Full Steam Ahead
As the narcissistic faux-centrists continue their sanctimonious and sociopathic evasions in the media, letting people die so someone else can take the blame for "losing" Iraq, it's refreshing to see this from Raw Story yesterday (hat tip to Angie in comments for this FDL post):
Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has announced a "Democratic forum" on the Iraq war that will take place early next month, according to a press release issued today by her office.
"Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi announced today that House Democrats will hold a forum to discuss the war in Iraq on Tuesday, December 5," the statement begins. "Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and Major General John Batiste will join current and new members of the Democratic Caucus in discussing options for a way forward in Iraq."
. . . "We know that ‘stay the course’ is not working, has not made our country safer, has not honored the commitment to our troops, and has not brought stability to the region. I look forward to hearing from our distinguished group of experts as House Democrats discuss the deteriorating situation in Iraq."
I've long been an advocate for Democrats educating the public about the real situation in Iraq, so we can
get the hell out develop a saner policy free of McCain/Lieberman/Bushite fantasies of finding the pony if we just stay a little longer. So I'm delighted that Speaker Pelosi is taking this step, and even more so that she's framing the issue in terms of moral duty — protecting the country, and honoring our duty to our own soldiers. (Somewhere, Karl Rove is gnashing his teeth, saying "That's not fair! That's our narrative!" Well, it used to be, buddy.)
House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi made clear Tuesday she's not willing to cede the public spotlight to President Bush in the weeks before his State of the Union speech.
Pelosi plans to start the 110th Congress with a bang on Jan. 4 — when the House holds its ceremonial swearing in and elects her as speaker — by immediately setting off on a sprint of several weeks to enact the Democrats' ambitious 100-hour agenda.
Lawmakers usually return home between the swearing-in ceremony and the president's speech, but analysts say the hurried schedule gives Democrats a chance to show instant results. It could also put Bush on the defensive, forcing him to sign or veto a host of popular initiatives.
. . . "It is imperative that we waste no time in addressing the pressing needs facing our nation," the San Francisco Democrat said.
Tactically, the move has several advantages: January is usually a slow news month that the president dominates by leaking tidbits from his State of the Union speech and his proposed budget a few days later. Instead of waiting for Bush's agenda, Democrats could have a half-dozen bills waiting for his signature or veto by the time he makes his primetime speech.
This is great stuff — as a friend of mine said to me years ago after seeing a "Question Authority" bumper sticker, "Don't question authority; assume authority." Not only is Pelosi doing the people's business and refusing to be distracted by the inevitable sniping from the Republicans, their submissive allies in the corporate media, and self-serving factions within her own party, she's letting Dubya know that someone else is driving the train now… and it's about damn time.