Monday, November 27, 2006

Dems: "We won't be liberal!"

Right...and Barney Frank will start digging chicks, too. From al-Reuters:
Three Democratic congressmen who are about to take important leadership posts said on Sunday they plan to pass popular legislation blocked by Republicans but would refrain from pushing some of the most controversial elements on the liberal agenda.

The three, appearing on Fox News Sunday, are among the most liberal Democrats who will take over key committee chairmanships when Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives in January.
In other words, the most liberal members will be chairmen (or, in the case of Frank, chairwomen) of committees and Speaker of the House...but no, nothing to worry about when it comes to the liberal agenda! Continuing:
Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, who will take over the U.S. House of Representatives committee that covers banking and other financial institutions, mentioned raising the minimum wage, providing cheaper drug coverage for the elderly and providing more affordable housing and help with college tuition as the focus of Democratic legislation.
Expanding the size of the federal government further? Nope, that's "moderate", huh? In fairness, the GOP helped balloon the size of government over the last six years; however, continuing the increase is as "moderate" as Ted Kennedy's drinking capacity.

Proving my frequent assertion that Dems can't, as a whole, be open about their liberalism, they are at least paying lip service to not trying anything stupid(er):
Asked about his opposition to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gay service men and women, Frank, one of the few openly gay members of the House, said he would fight discrimination but that issue was "not what we're going to begin with."

"Democrats like winning elections," said Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the incoming chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the longest serving member of the House.

"We want to win elections and we're going to do our best to do so," he said. "This doesn't mean to get into any extreme positions on any matter. We'll do what makes good sense."
Extreme like, say, proposing a draft bill that failed 402-2 last year?

For those of you on the left who are delusional enough to think that the Dems won this year because of the electorate's overnight embracing of leftist "values", it must be annoying to see your party pledging to abandon said "values" for what they believe to be electoral expediency.