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"Bipartisanship"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been making the media rounds to stump for the Democrats' health care bill. When asked about the bill's notable lack of GOP support, the speaker offered up a very interesting definition of what "bipartisanship" really means:

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REP. NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF., SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: They have had plenty of opportunity to make their voices heard and if they wanted to truly have — bipartisanship is a two-way street. The bill can be bipartisan even though the votes might not be bipartisan because they have made their imprint on this.

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Huh? Who knew the Democrats had their own language. That explains a whole lot about how things have gone in Washington over this past year.

That Was Then…

It seems the House speaker is a gift that just keeps on giving. The New York Times may be calling for Charlie Rangel's resignation, but the San Francisco speaker is mounting the ethics violator's defense.

Now that's a little odd coming from the woman who promised to drain the swamp in D.C. Here's what Speaker Pelosi had to say about the House Ethics Committee's findings against the New York congressman:

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PELOSI: All I saw was the press release where they said that he did not violate the rules of the House. And I think that's an important statement that they made. But they did not take action against him. They just said he did not willfully break the rules.

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Wow, how lenient.

I'm surprised that Pelosi didn't extend the same courtesy to former Texas Congressman Tom DeLay in 2004 when he found himself in a similar situation. Here's what she had to say way back then:

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PELOSI: Republicans must answer — do they want an ethically unfit person to be their majority leader or do they want to remove the ethical cloud that hangs over the Capitol?

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Now Madame Speaker, I think it's about time you take care of that "ethical cloud" that's hanging over your House of Representatives.

Trouble in 2012?

Given that the president has already started planning for his 2012 re-election campaign, this news should make him specially nervous.

In 2008 the anointed one won eight states that went to President Bush in 2004. According to the Public Policy Polling, however, he now has a negative approval rating in each and every one of those states — Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.

If those states are any indication, the governors races in Virginia and New Jersey may just be the tip of the iceberg.

Congratulations, Mr. President. Looks like you have sent independent voters a very clear message: They don't want you.

Island Payback

As proven by the unemployment numbers, we know the president's policies are hurting businesses all around the country, and it now appears that his physical presence is having the same effect.

According to The Honolulu Register, 20 Hawaii tour companies say that the president's Christmas vacation on the island cost them collectively around $200,000. The businesses were not given enough warning to readjust their schedules and were forced to restrict tours or shutdown all together during the anointed one's much deserved vacation.

The affected businesses are now asking the federal government to reimburse them for their losses.

Mr. President, I guess another job well done when it comes to helping out our nation's businesses.

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