Not A Good Week For Our Side
November 22, 2010
By Phil Perkins
The past week has shown us, from Alaska to Washington DC, that liberal-leaners still have more influence than we care to admit in the political realm. All the more reason why we must keep up the fight and not rest on the laurels of the election results.
First, long-time Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel was found guilty of multiple ethical violations by a House panel. No question that if he were a Republican, he would be long gone. But Rangel being the unapologetic, slick operator that he is, will get no worse than a censure for his transgressions, meaning that when all is said and done he will keep his seat. He would be losing his committee chairmanship anyway with the transfer of power in January. So where is the justice; where is the outrage? The former, nowhere to be seen in the halls of Congress; the latter, nowhere in the liberal media newsrooms across the country. It’s bad enough that he just won reelection with about 90 percent of the vote, against an honorable if politically inexperienced opponent.
Second, the iron-fisted-in-velvet-gloves Nancy Pelosi twists enough of her colleagues’ arms hard enough to retain her as their leader in the House. Some on our side are saying that this is a good thing, that Pelosi continuing in power along with the hapless Harry Reid in the Senate will provide a continuing reminder of why Congress, and especially its Democrat majority, had such a low rating with the public prior to the recent election. However, the bad news is that with the uber-liberal Pelosi still in power, the Republicans will have no chance of wooing what few “moderate” Democrats remain that may possibly have been swayed to cross the aisle from time to time.
Third, write-in RINO Lisa Murkowski was declared the winner of the Alaska Senate race over Tea Party Republican Joe Miller. This was a discouraging loss for the Tea Party in general and Sarah Palin in particular, whose pull with the people of Alaska was supposed to help Miller to victory. Murkowski can now join the Maine Senate delegation of Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins as the “Republicans” most likely to stab us in the back when we need some votes on key legislation.
While all of this was going on, the molesting of our freedoms (pun fully intended) continued apace with the mandated and outrageous nude scanning and pat-downs of airline passengers. It remains to be seen whether the public outrage over these procedures causes any change to them. Don’t hold your breath on that.