The Damage Lame Duck Democrats May Do

There might be more danger between November and January than we can suspect – from Neo-Neocon at Pajamas Media:

Think cap and trade is dead? Think again: Politico’s Mike Allen reports that Obama and the Democratic congressional leadership have a plan, a continuation and deepening of the disregard for the American public they so amply demonstrated through the process by which they passed the despised HCR bill:

Phil Schiliro, the White House congressional liaison, has told the Senate to aim to take up an energy bill the week of July 12, after the July 4 break (and after the scheduled final passage of Wall Street reform). Kagan confirmation will follow, ahead of the summer break, scheduled to begin Aug. 9. The plan is to conference the new Senate bill with the already-passed House bill IN A LAME-DUCK SESSION AFTER THE ELECTION, so House members don’t have to take another tough vote ahead of midterms.

I’ll bet they’ll try – but I also bet it won’t be as easy as they think. If 2010 is a debacle, the very large class of Senate Democrats up in 2012 will be looking over their shoulders and trying to figure the best means of survival. Passing an unpopular legislative agenda at the behest of an ousted Congressional leadership might not appeal to them.

But the fact that they are thinking along these lines tells us two things:

1. They know things are looking increasingly grim for them. The polls don’t even offer a glimmer of hope. While there is still happy talk on the economy, it is beginning to come home to people that the second half of 2010 will be, at best, flat in economic activity and may see a return to outright recession by the 4th quarter. The campaign in Afghanistan goes badly and plenty of other foreign and military problems are coming up – while the Gulf spill just erodes Obama’s credibility as a leader day by day. While they’ll keep up brave talk of winning in November and they’ll try their best to make it happen, they know they teeter on brink of defeat.

2. They don’t care about the American people or what we think. They’re primary goal, now, is just to cement as much power and money in their hands as possible so that no matter what the despised people do, they still hold the levers of power. Congressmen facing defeat might be convinced to go along with the depredations against the Constitution in return for a sinecure in the government organizations to be created for ObamaCare, Cap and Trade and other boondoggles.

Our task, should we win and should the Democrats go through with this, is to use every legislative trick in the book to force Obama to sign off on 100% repeal of everything enacted between November and January. The people will back us on this, and as 2012 comes closer, we’ll gain great leverage over an Obama trying to triangulate himself back to the center for the election.