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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Democrats' rotten week

By Jennifer Rubin

Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" mocked the left for its run of bad news, specifically the NPR debacle and the president's acknowledgement that Guantanamo won't be closed. But there was so much more (much after the program aired).

Let's review. The Senate Democrats were embarrassed when the Republican spending- cut plan got more votes than their own plan in a body in which Democrats enjoy a six-vote majority; Wisconsin state senators and public employee unions lost their battle to stare down Gov. Scott Walker (R); the Obama administration abandoned its delaying tactics in the ObamaCare lawsuit; and President Obama's poll numbers are sinking again. Meanwhile, Obama is being lambasted for paralysis on Libya. And if all that were not enough, it turns out that, just as was the case in the Ground Zero Mosque, Americans really don't appreciate being called Islamophobes by the left. Gallup reports:

Republicans and Democrats differ significantly in their views of the House Homeland Security Committee hearings to investigate terrorist recruitment efforts in the American Muslim community, scheduled to begin Thursday morning in Washington. While 52% of all Americans say these hearings are appropriate, Republicans, at 69%, are much more likely to say this than are Democrats, at 40%. Independents' views are similar to the national average, with 51% supporting the hearings. . . .

The current data suggest that Americans overall are more likely than not to agree with [Rep. Peter] King that his hearings are appropriate, at least in their reactions to the description of those hearings included in this survey. The majority of Americans, however, do not believe that Muslims in this country are sympathetic to al Qaeda.

Of course, King (R-N.Y.) is making no such allegation about Muslims; to the contrary, he's trying to figure out how a small minority of them are lured into jihadism.

Is the left cracking up again? We thought the midterm elections were the low point for the Democratic Party. But just as 2006 was only a warm-up to Republicans' defeat in 2008, it may be that through a combination of presidential inactivity, legislative intransigence (not a penny more in cuts!) and dependence on Big Labor that the Democratic Party may not have bottomed out yet.

Conservatives shouldn't pop the champagne corks yet. They still don't have a presidential candidate who can wow the base. They haven't yet presented their own budget. And Obama's ability to mollify his base and demonize Republicans shouldn't be discounted. But you'd be hard-pressed to find another week in which the Democrats did so poorly.

By Jennifer Rubin  | March 10, 2011; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Obama White House  
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Dems will hit bottom in 2016 or 2018. I don't think that independents are likely to forget these past two years (and the next two) anytime soon.

Posted by: johnhiggins1990 | March 10, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Let's review. The Senate Democrats were embarrassed when the Republican spending- cut plan got more votes than their own plan in a body in which Democrats enjoy a six-vote majority;

How much did this victory cut the deficit?
Jennifer,you're not a very bottom line person,it's like a salesman reporting to his boss about why he didn't close the sale,but Boss,"our competition didn't get the sale either,and I was told we got more votes than them,but not enought to close the deal."

Posted by: rcaruth | March 10, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm not the biggest fan of Peter King, and I sympathize with those who say that his hearings could and even should be more well rounded. But I don't think that means the hearings are inappropriate. If imbalanced/stacked congressional hearings were inappropriate, we could immediately start renting out the congressional hearing rooms on a full time basis to outside parties for a fee and start reducing the deficit. This is the way these things work. It's part of the deal that comes with being in the majority.

And while there may be legitimate flaws in King's approach, in the end, I far prefer it over continuing to peddle the idyllic fiction that there's no problem here and that it's illegitimate on its face to ask any questions that might suggest otherwise. We've got an undeniable problem, the extent of which should be explored in an effort to gain greater understanding and to better distinguish those who are part of the problem from those who aren't, which strikes me as a pretty healthy pursuit on all sides. The only question is whether we're willing to have an honest, sober discussion about it, or value plastic smiles of denial instead.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | March 10, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"But you'd be hard-pressed to find another week in which the Democrats did so poorly."

...so far. But there is still next week, God willing.

Posted by: nvjma | March 10, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"But you'd be hard-pressed to find another week in which the Democrats did so poorly."

...so far. But there is still next week, God willing.

Posted by: nvjma | March 10, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

pcow

NPR is a famous broadcast corporation for that all commenter and politician depend on their news broadcast. Recently NPR's CEO are leave from NPR.

http://fms.nu/eKCPpp

But I think it will be not create a problem on NPR's broadcast. I wish NPR always supply us real news.

Posted by: webcontent2011 | March 10, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

And if all that were not enough, it turns out that, just as was the case in the Ground Zero Mosque, Americans really don't appreciate being called Islamophobes by the left.
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Typical Jennifer. She wants to make an argument, but can't find support for it, so she just slaps some citation into her column that doesn't actually say what she claims it does, declares victory and goes home.

This is what annoys me about these columns. Jennifer's doesn't so much offer a conservative perspective, so much as her opinions are just a mix of anti-leftist rhetoric and Obama derangement syndrome.

Posted by: mustangs79 | March 10, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Chill Jen.

The Mob is winning in Wisconsin because the people are either too stupid or (more likely and more common) to realize just how badly they are being #&%^ by the public sector unions. Barry's rating held up up the relentlessly positive media coverage and R cowardice remains in the high mid to high 40s and there is still no plausible challenger on the horizon.

Posted by: cavalier4 | March 10, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Great summary, Jennifer.

Please keep posting.

Posted by: MartinChuzzlewit | March 10, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7kGZ3XPEm4

Modern TERRORISM was invented by this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gah_cu3czvc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-apbkQzhUo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz_uEGQIsGU


Peter King is an ugly faced racist. Too many lies over the course of his life issued from his frontal-lobes in his brain and then to hide them has put those ugly features on his face. Bush crime family and Cheney and NEOCON ZIONISTS have the same although Bush had to get the subtle BOTOX job.

911 , ANTHRAX , OKLAHOMA is an INSIDE CIA-FBI-MOSSAD job.

American Media and OFFICIALS makes white lies - as proven on its stance on double murderer Raymond Davis - CIA operative caught RED HANDED in Pakistan for recruiting terrorists and planning to give them NUCLEAR material as reported by EUROPEAN TIMES and Russian Intelligence.

Almost everyone with high IQ knows that 911 is inside job.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7kGZ3XPEm4

Posted by: BuildingSeven | March 10, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Many of these REPUG-nants are ADULTERERS. I am sure there is a lot behind PETER KING of HATE like his collegue NEWTON GINGRICH - who is a secret member of the ANTI-CHRIST RACIST group of KKK !!!

The white crime rate is 5 times per capita than asians according to SUNY crime stats and census bureau below 40 and also above 40 with the same per capita ratio.

Focus on whites for terrorism.

Posted by: BuildingSeven | March 10, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

A suggestion for mustangs: if you find the columns so annoying, why not simply ignore them? Who needs more annoyance in their lives?

The left has a behavior pattern that is now quite clear. Instead of arguing the merits of their position, they prefer to engage in personal insult and destruction.

so if an American of deeply held faith finds homosexuality to be morally repugnant, the left will brand that person a homophobe.

If a rational American finds the pattern of domestic muslim terror to be disturbing, the left will brand that person an islamophobe.

this is not a substitute for an effective argument for their positions. It is just a dodge. My belief is that the left cannot in fact defend the gay life style or the muslim propensity to mass murder. So they resort to plan B: personal attacks.

It is a sad and feeble way to argue their positions. But then, we must consider the source.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | March 10, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

A suggestion for mustangs: if you find the columns so annoying, why not simply ignore them? Who needs more annoyance in their lives?

The left has a behavior pattern that is now quite clear. Instead of arguing the merits of their position, they prefer to engage in personal insult and destruction.
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I actually did argue the merits of my position. My position was that Jennifer's citation had nothing to do with her comment regarding that citation. I thought she was wrongly using the poll to offer proof that her comment was correct, when I did not think the two had anything to do with each other.

As for the rest of what you said Skip, stay classy.

Posted by: mustangs79 | March 10, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Why thank you mustangs, I certainly will.

Speaking of classy, it seems to me that the commenter "building seven" is part of the galaxy of lefties that complained endlessly about bush. I must admit that he's got a certain flair to his writing, no?

Every time the lefties seek to attach the "birther" to the conservatives, I remind them that the "truthers" fellow travelled with the left during the Bush years.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | March 10, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

As usual, Rubin has been watching too much Fixed News. This week, the GOP had one of the worst weeks in recent memory. In addition to having lost Wisconsin to the Democrats for 2012, and almost certainly for the next 20 years, this week included the following GOP disasters:

In the past week Mike Huckabee was revealed to be a craven pseudo-Christian liar, then a damn fool when he tried to convince USA that he "misspoke" in referring to "Kenya" when he meant to say "Indonesia."

Scott Walker was revealed to be a craven liar by the amendment of the so-called "budget" bill to withdraw the union-busting portion as a (suddenly) non-budget item. In the process Walker galvanized labor and anti-GOP sentiment to a degree unimaginable a month ago.

Peter King and his committee were revealed to the world to be religious bigots willing to stoop to any depths to pursue an agenda whose closest parallel is the McCarthy hearings of 2 generations ago. In the process, they alienated every religious minority in USA for generations to come.

All of this, of course, completely evaded Rubin and her fellow Fixed News viewers. What a surprise.

Posted by: J_B_A | March 10, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Reading these posts is giving me a deja vu of the times I saw on TV that 60's movie "King of Hearts" with Alan Bates and Genevieve Bujold.

Posted by: aardunza | March 10, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

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