The more things change, the more they stay the same. On either side of the Atlantic, it seems. Germany’s grand coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel has been in power for a year now but other than having applied a band-aid or two on existing social systems here, the coalition partners have accomplished little more than a benevolent Stillstand (standstill) on the reform front. The real effort is being placed in positioning themselves for the next election, which will be soon enough. And the real question is whether this will blow up in their faces or not.

Now it’s America’s turn to languish domestically for a few years. The Democrats have wasted no time in getting off on the wrong foot. Not only does Nancy Pelosi shoot herself in said foot the first week after the election by breaking with tradition and openly supporting a challenging candidate for majority leader who then loses, thus raising serious questions about her leadership ability and political instinct, she and her fellow Democrats have gone out of their way to pack the Congress with pretty much the same committee chairmen who were kicked out of office during the Republican takeover back in 1994, the very same individuals mind you.

These new/old chairmen are the same old left wing Democrats who went extinct during the Clinton era but still don’t know it because nobody has had the heart to tell them yet. They are still physically present, you see, and that would be rude, I guess. It’s the middle, stupid. But their function will now be to spend the next two years calling together investigative committees to explain the past six years of the Bush presidency. Needless to say, they will perform this duty admirably. And they will waste all of our time, the moderate Democrats’ time, too, by the way (just ask the Clintonistas).

You see, the real effort will now be placed in positioning themselves for the next election, which will be soon enough. And the real question is whether this will blow up in their faces or not. Do you see any parallels here yet?

The President of the United States may indeed soon have become a lame duck, but he will certainly be in the best of company.

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