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Tauscher Talks: Wants More Meetings With Bush

by: Julia Rosen

Thu Dec 07, 2006 at 12:33:25 PM PST


(as usual this can be found at Ruck Pad and is at dkos)

The Representative from CA-10 has done a lot of talking in the last few months.  She spoke of Kabuki, insinuating that Democrats will be put on a show, but standing, as Sirota says, "for nothing other than than their own party."  She has spoken of the dangers of "getting the majority and running over the left cliff".  This was of course before the election, which had the lovely consequence of reinforcing Republican talking points that a Democratic majority would be disastrous.


This week, we learn that she is going to some more talking, this time with President Bush.  The blogosphere is not happy, worried that this is an attempt by Bush to peel off Democrats for his own agenda.  The Democrat, representing a district outside San Francisco that went overwhelmingly for Kerry in 2004 says:

Julia Rosen :: Tauscher Talks: Wants More Meetings With Bush
It won't work, Tauscher says.


"I'm going to tell the president that I really wished that this was a bigger meeting that included other members of the Democratic leadership, including the Progressive, Hispanic and black caucuses," Tauscher said by phone from the House earlier this afternoon. "This idea that he's going to pick off the moderates is ridiculous.


"We are fully committed members of the Democratic Party and we are foursquare with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. There is no sunshine between us."


The difference is that you are going to this meeting and Speaker-elect Pelosi is not.  The Democratic leaders already had their post-election make nice meeting.  Are you really telling me that in the 20 minute meeting you are having with the president that you will start off criticizing him?  Aren't you worried that George Will is going to accuse you of disrespecting the President?


More from Tauscher:


When the White House called the New Dems last week to request the meeting, they were skeptical.


"We wanted to know, 'Why now?' " Tauscher said. "After all, our phones have been working for six years."


But when the President of the United States calls, Tauscher says, members of Congress pick up the phone.


"We are public servants that believe in the U.S. Constitution and the importance of dialogue between the branches of government," she said. "We have had significant complaints about the fact that this White House has not engaged with us for a very long time. But we respect the office and when the president calls, members of Congress want to cooperate."


Ok, this seriously made me laugh.  You know exactly why, everyone knows why.  Bush has not abruptly changed his tune.  He wants to find a way around the majority and he has the best shot at it by talking to you.


Lest you worry that this is a one time shot, Tauscher makes it very clear that she is looking for this to turn into a regular thing.


"It's barely more than a photo opportunity, a fresh-start kind of meeting," Tauscher said. "We've made it clear that this is nice and thanks, but we're not going to take it too seriously unless there is some regularity to the offer and our colleagues are included."


There you have it folks.  Tauscher wants to take this meeting seriously.  She wants it to be a regular occurrence.  Rather than having the President go directly to the Democratic leadership, she finds value in this sub group meeting with Bush.  The only value is to split our caucus.


Tauscher needs to go.
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This place (0.00 / 0)
is running the risk of turning into all Tauscher all the time, but this was too important not to pass up.

5th diary in 2 days (0.00 / 0)
If she would stop giving us so many reasons to get mad then we could focus on other issues.

Twitter: @BobBrigham

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Ridiculous (0.00 / 0)
Before we go too far down the road of blog-happy ecstasy at the thought of chopping down one of our own, we need to ask ourselves – Who is actually dividing the party?

Tauscher's OWN WORDS refute the criticism laid out in this post. "I'm going to tell the president that I really wished that this was a bigger meeting that included other members of the Democratic leadership, including the Progressive, Hispanic and black caucuses," Tauscher said by phone from the House earlier this afternoon. "This idea that he's going to pick off the moderates is ridiculous.

"We are fully committed members of the Democratic Party and we are foursquare with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. There is no sunshine between us."

Add to this the fact that she has been on television and radio criticizing the president’s Iraq policy and cheerleading Speaker-to-be Pelosi. 

Whatever your thoughts about creating a Lieberman-style coup, they are misplaced here.


her words are worthless (0.00 / 0)
She can say whatever she wants, but that doesn't change what she is doing. She should have said no. Period.

Whatever your thoughts about creating a Lieberman-style coup, they are misplaced here.

Elections aren't coups, the voters had every right to reject Lieberman as they did in the primary. There is a reason why Tauscher stands for re-election every two years and it is perfectly fair for the voters to conclude that she was literally dead wrong on Iraq, has been a disaster on economic issues, and is a detriment to the Democratic Party.

The 10th District deserves a Rep who will work with our Speaker and the district can do far, far, far better than Tauscher.

Twitter: @BobBrigham


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She was the one mentioning the Kabuki dance (0.00 / 0)
I am inclined to take that to mean that she is speaking for herself when she says that Democrats will talk a progressive game, but really work on other priorities behind the scenes.

Why should I think that she is doing anything different now?  If that is really how she felt, she could have made a better statement than charging on into the White House, anyway.

At this point, her actions speak volumes.

She was the one dividing the party in the run up to the election talking about the "left cliff."  And it is that same imagery she is using in criticizing the Iraq policy.  It is all just Kabuki to her.


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I feel... (0.00 / 0)
like you've put her into a no win situation. Most of what she's saying here is good, especially this:

"I'm going to tell the president that I really wished that this was a bigger meeting that included other members of the Democratic leadership, including the Progressive, Hispanic and black caucuses," Tauscher said by phone from the House earlier this afternoon. "This idea that he's going to pick off the moderates is ridiculous."

It means she's hearing our rumblings and she's worried and she feels the need to clarify. That's good.

As for wanting more meetings, her point is that it shouldn't be a one time photo opp thing. If Bush means it, he should have meetings with every Dem caucus, progressive included. Somehow I don't think we'd be worried about bypassing the leadership if the mtg was with the progressive caucus.

We know Bush doesn't intend to really be bi-partisan and I think Ellen Tauscher knows it. But she'd be foolish not to at least take the meeting.

Anyway, that's my two cents (again.)


why is she giving Bush a photo op in the first place (0.00 / 0)
If Bush isn't going to be bi-partisan, why would Tauscher allow him to have the appearance of doing so?

Twitter: @BobBrigham

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Exactly right... (0.00 / 0)
...Todd, fingers off the trigger, please.

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You are correct (0.00 / 0)
we would not be upset if Bush was taking the time to meet with all of the different caucuses.  We would not be as upset if Tauscher had made these statements as she accepted the meeting, rather than upon hearing criticism.  But she and the rest of them are meeting with Bush, with encouragement for more.  They are the most likely members that he can pick off and that is why they are the only one meeting with him.

If Bush means it that is good, but lets not be naive..he doesn't.


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Talk is cheap (8.00 / 2)
You wrote: It means she's hearing our rumblings and she's worried and she feels the need to clarify. That's good.

I disagree. 

First, do you have any evidence that she actually is paying attention to anything we're saying?  I know she doesn't pay attention to her own constituents, so why the heck would she care about what bloggers are saying on the internets?  At the very least, I think we ought to be very skeptical about the words of a woman who has shown no compunctions about throwing progressives under a bus.  This is especially the case when this is coming from Ellen "Kabuki" Tauscher. 

Second, we know Tauscher's lying she says, "This idea that [Bush is] going to pick off the moderates is ridiculous."  Hasn't that been Bush's MO all along when he needs Democrats to vote for his agenda?  It's about as credible as the assertion that "the idea that Bush is going to attack the patriotism of his critics is ridiculous." Time and again Bush is able to pick off moderates.  That's why a lot of us are so pissed at them.  And Tauscher has allowed herself in the past to be picked off on issues like "free trade" and the bankruptcy bill. 

Although you can undermine Democratic unity by saying something divisive on the record (something Tauscher is notorious for doing), you do not help Democratic unity by brutely denying the possibility of something that happens regularly. 

So Tauscher lacks credibility when she says these things.  So don't fall for Tauscher's kabuki. 


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I would only make one correction (8.00 / 1)
She wasn't "picked off" on the bankruptcy bill.  She wound up helping lead the charge.

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Tauscher needs to go. Yep, and we're starting NOW! (8.00 / 1)
WE need a candidate to organize around. Anyone want the job? anyone know anyone? See here for my email-K
http://dumptauscher....

Start pledging now to dump Ellen Tausher

I've been hoping that this would come to (0.00 / 0)
Fruition for a while now. I think CA-10 deserves better, Ellen's been implying for ages that she needs to be conservative for her District. This is Bull, I think it is her nature.
I believe Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano and that bit of Sacto County can support a Progressive Dem, who can win, in both the Primary & General Election. That District has changed demographically snce Tauscher first won it in '96, she was the first beneficiary of its leftward movement.
I say go for it.

(-8.50/-7.44) Progressive Blue, An Oasis

Pyrric Victories (0.00 / 0)
To steal now from Anna Quindlen (http://www.msnbc.msn...)

“Can it truly be that the people who once brought us Social Security and civil rights, often through frantic horse-trading, are now so frozen in the amber of high-mindedness that they have become the official party of the Pyrrhic victory?”


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