Conservative Wanderer

“A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.” — Ronald Wilson Reagan

Democrats Vs. Democrats On ObamaCare

Will Rogers once famously said, “I am not a member of any organized party — I am a Democrat.” That quote came to mind as I read this story:

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) postponed the health bill markup that he planned to hold Wednesday afternoon amid a backlash from liberals to the deal that he cut earlier with four conservative Blue Dog Democrats.


The weakening of the public option incensed some liberal Members, with Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairwoman Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) declaring she would vote against it.

So… if the Progressives (who are Democrats, remember) support the bill, the Blue Dogs (who are also Democrats) won’t. If the bill is retooled to make the Blue Dogs happy, the Progressives threaten to bolt.

If this thing goes down in flames, as appears likely at this time, you can expect lots of recriminations about how the GOP wrecked it. The simple truth, however, is that the GOP doesn’t have enough votes to stop it; if this fails, it’s entirely the fault of the President’s own party.

“I Supported [Obama]. I Voted For Him. I Will Not Again.”

Those are the words of Cambridge policewoman Kelly King (who happens to be black) to a CNN reporter. Officer King’s comments start at about 1:15 into the video (sorry, it doesn’t seem to want to embed), the money quote above is at about 1:50.

For my money, Officer King seems to be an intelligent, well spoken lady, which makes it a Bad Thing that His Obamaness has apparently forfeited her support just because he felt to comment on something that, as Officer King says, he should have recused himself from (for those mis-educated in public schools, to recuse oneself means to stay out of the middle of something.

Maybe Mr. Obama should learn to keep his mouth shut from time to time.

Who Is The Cowboy Now?

I’m sure most people who haven’t been living under a rock for the last decade or so have heard former President Bush being derided as a “cowboy.” (If memory serves, they flung the same accusation at Reagan, though not at the elder Bush… but I could be wrong.)

So, it’s interesting to see this translation of an editorial from an Iranian newspaper whose editor is appointed directly by the Supreme Leader:

What punishments they threaten are to persuade Iran to come to the negotiation table, not in order to punish Iran after eventual failure of negotiations which they themselves know is neither realistic nor effective. For now the situation is this: that the Americans in a very impolite way and like uncivilized cowboys beg Iran to negotiate. Their imperialist nature has not yet taught them that begging someone to negotiate with has its own ways and shouting and screaming in a state of emergency can’t be interpreted as a sign of strength. The final and returning point is…that they have no strategy, but only beg to negotiate. After the elections they for a couple of days wanted to speculate that something had changed in Iran and that they should use a different method, but not much time had passed after which they found out that the governments in Iran only execute the decisions of the Leader…

I guess Obama’s attempt to be the anti-cowboy anti-Bush really isn’t working all that well. Kinda like the rest of his agenda.

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