posted on Jan, 4 2007 @ 11:12 AM
Let’s cut to the chase. That’s right. The Dems pledged that in the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress, things would be different. The Dems said
they would enact a new minimum wage - politically potent but economically neutral but wisely not saying how much leaving maneuvering room - the Dems
said they would change the law forbidding Medicare from negotiating lower prices with the pharmaceuticals. The Dems said they would adopt new Ethics
Rules. The Dems said they would slow or stop earmarks. The Dems said they would not rubber stamp any Administration money bill. Transparency would be
the Dem’s by-word, for a change long overdue.
Then, 4 days later - 100 hours - there would be a fresh breeze in the House, one not seen since the halcyon days of the Republican's Contract for
America. The 100 hours of course harkening back to the First 100 Days of the New Deal.
Let’s get real. Yes, the Dems won more than the required 18 seats to get control of the House. The new breakdown is 233 to 202. A 31 seat majority.
13 seats more than expected. Not great, not a record, but good enough to keep Bush43 on his toes. Nothing like the sea change in 1932, for the Dems,
or the sea change 1994, for the GOP.
But raw numbers can be misleading. The overall majority for the Dems in the popular vote was razor thin. The county was not voting socialist, but it
was reprimanding Bush43 and his puppet Congress under Bill Frist and Dennis Hastert. Both natural disasters. So the Dems must “pay back” those old
time Dems who voted as usual, and wanted to impress the new voters they were capable of passing desirable legislation.
So lighten up. If the GOP wants to be bi-partisan, they will have all the opportunity they will need. We’ll see how they respond. I do not get any
sign from the WH or the Great Decider B43 that he has any intention of compromising or accommodating. I’ll have to wait on that. But not for
long as he will fully reveal himself and his intentions either in the Iraq Fiasco Speech or the State of the Union Message.
[edit on 1/4/2007 by donwhite]