The Democrats continue to self-destruct in so many ways. Used to be the moderates had and used common sense representing their constituents. They gotta be getting nervous with the direction and choices the the "extreme" left has taken. With the latest polls showing only 13% of the country really think the President is responsible for the poor response in the disaster of Katrina, the left continues to spew the "blame it on Bush" game. Now they are starting to look pretty silly with all these false accusations. Seems to be getting obvious that the responsibility started from the local level up. Not the top down. But the Dems have been upside down since '94 and haven't seen much straight since.
Wes Pruden, over at the Washington Times sums up the Democrats meltdown:
"But as appalling as the behavior of the churlish, the thuggish and the barbaric has been, the behavior of our politicians is worse. The politicians, who have the excuse of neither poverty nor ignorance, deliberately exploit the misery of others for personal gain. The early rebukes of the mayor, the governor and the president got things moving, but with that accomplished you might think that for once we're neither black nor white, liberal nor conservative, Republican nor Democrat, but Americans eager to help other Americans.
When Rep. Diane Watson of California said "desperate people do desperate things," she was "explaining" looters, robbers and rapists in the Big Easy, but she might have been talking about her Democratic colleagues in Washington. None of the mudballs they've thrown at George W. connect; most Americans don't blame presidents for hurricanes. When Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. asked, "Who are we to say what law and order should be in this unspeakable environment?" he only reveals that he never listened in Sunday school. Lawlessness and disorder, whether by lynch mobs or by roaming robbers and rapists, is wrong. Democratic frustration runs at flood tide, with no relief in sight. " Complete story here.
To make matters worse, the left out in California try to run an end round the will of the electorate by passing a gay marriage bill even after prop 22 in 2000 dictated how the people of California felt about the definition, and the institution of marriage. This legislation will be vetoed by Schwarzenegger, (which I believe was the whole plan to alienate some of his perceived base), but the Dems may even see this one backfire come election time. Debra J. Saunders has a great post on the subject in the SF Chronicle called "A marriage of convenience".
Her first two paragraphs sum up the most upsetting part of this legislation:
"IN PASSING a law to legalize same-sex marriages, Democrats in the Legislature sent a clear message to California voters: You don't count. And I say that as someone who was in the minority in 2000. I voted against Proposition 22, an initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage, but 61 percent of state voters supported the measure.
On the one hand, it was courageous for Democrats -- only Dems, but not all Dems, voted for the same-sex marriage bill introduced by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco -- to ignore the will of the voters and vote their conscience. But the vote also was arrogant, because it flouted California law. " Read the whole story here.
Pelosi Wins Parks and Flood Control Funding for San FranciscoThursday, July 28, 2005
"With these funds, the Maritime Park can protect this striking local landmark from the wear and tear of time and weather, preserving it for future generations to enjoy," Pelosi said.
"Residents of Shotwell Street have suffered chronic flooding for years, with water rising several feet into their homes following heavy rains. It's time to fix the problem," Pelosi said.
I sure hope the folks on Shotwell Street don't have the same problems as the folks on Bourbon Street. Instead of Pelosi making a jackass of herself accusing the President of failures, she might want to make sure the money is spent properly in her own district. It appears the Democrats in Louisiana had that problem.