Posts Tagged ‘Faux Pas’

How now, Madame Speaker?

January 30, 2009 Leave a comment

So that’s why they took our the birth control money….because they just couldn’t find the words to explain how handing out free condoms would help create 3 million jobs.

I suppose they could have hired people to deliver them door to door……

Beware the ides of November

January 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Nancy Pelosi was extremely bold today in explaining how Republicans just shouldn’t matter as Congress outlines the stimulus package. From ABC:

Pelosi took umbrage when asked about complaints by Republicans today after their meeting with President Obama LINK: that he seemed willing to work with Republicans while Pelosi and Democrats in Congress seem hollow in their efforts at bipartisanship.

She said she Democrats have met with Republicans in committee on the stimulus, before the inauguration and now the President has met with them too. She said Republicans were given 25 hours of debate in relevant committees to provide input on the stimulus and will be given a vote on their own substitute.

Really, she implied, what Republicans are complaining about is losing the election.

“They had opportunity to make their views heard and put on the table,” Pelosi said. “Now, we had an election that was about our different views and the direction our country was going in. We had a different point of view. The American people agreed with us. Bipartisanship means giving an opportunity to make their voices heard and maybe to persuade in the marketplace of ideas. It does not mean we will have a continuation of the last eight years of failed economic policies that have taken us where we are today. 

Madame Speaker seems to remember just where President Bush’s exhortation that he had “political capital he intended to spend” got him four years ago. Perhaps to put it a more poetic way, the Speaker should take heed that so 45 odd percent of this country did not sign the Democrat’s two year lease. If they keep up this sort of presumptuous behavior, they may not be interested in renewing in 2010.

You Don’t Say?

January 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Noted historian Rod Blagojevich has some new perspective on the attacks on Pearl Harbor and its modern day parallels. From the AP:

“Dec. 9 to my family, to us, to me, is what Pearl Harbor Day was to the United States,” Gov. Rod Blagojevich told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. “It was a complete surprise, completely unexpected. And just like the United States prevailed in that, we’ll prevail in this.”

Congressman Connolly: Voter Suppression A-OK

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Now, I understand that this was a joke, and I will admit that I have been privy to a few “pray for rain” jokes shortly before an election. However, to clearly make a joke about telling Republicans the wrong date of an election in a speech about voter turnout, particularly in this age of over-litigated elections, is not only in bad taste, but downright moronic. I would argue doubly so for a newly elected congressman in what is still arguably a purple district. 

Hopefully Pat Herrity will prove that so on February 3rd. 

Two days in…..

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment

And Vice-President Biden has already managed to produce one of his patented faux pas. From Fox News:

Biden was to swear in senior executive staff at a White House ceremony after having already given the oath to newly confirmed Cabinet secretaries. When Obama reminded him that he had only done the one group and hadn’t done the second yet, Biden quipped, “My memory is not as good as Chief Justice Roberts.”

It was a relatively good natured jab, and I will grant that Biden is (for the most part) one of the more joival figures in Washington. However, his good nature can also lead to him being a bit loose lipped at times. I think the remark was uncalled for, particularly since the Chief Justice was good enough to come over to the White House to re-administer the oath to avoid any legal confusion. I stated from the very beginning that the Obama camp was taking a calculated risk by bringing Biden is as their consummate insider to balance out Obama’s inexperience, given his long history of gaffes. Time will tell if his actions lead to embarrassment such as was Spiro Agnew in the Nixon administration.

McAuliffe Makes a Fan Faux Pas

January 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Bob Gibson at the Daily Progress reports an amusing faux pas by Terry McAuliffe at a recent UVA-UNC basketball game:

As McAuliffe took his front-row seat courtside next to John and Renee Grisham, more than a few Wahoo fans noticed that McAuliffe’s sweater was a significantly lighter blue than Virginia’s dark blue hue.

The front-running candidate of three Democrats in the money race approaching the June 9 Democratic Party primary for governor, McAuliffe had not committed the cardinal mistake of wearing a baby blue sweater to the basketball game dominated by the Tar Heels, but his sweater was a noticeably moderate blue.

Not to worry about such things, McAuliffe kept up a lively conversation with John and Renee while the man who had been sitting next to him disappeared and reappeared a few minutes later with a Virginia hat.


At halftime, McAuliffe doffed a dark blue Virginia jacket with orange lettering, completing his transition from a moderate blue fan to one wearing Virginia colors.

Apparently, McAuliffe didn’t quite finish his research on the state’s colleges before he decided on Virginia as the best place for him to buy the Governorship. Of course, Terry has the money to fix any mistake on the campaign trail, as well as to be, well, just about everywhere. 


Terry McAuliffe: He’s Everywhere You Don’t Want Him To Be.