To combat public outrage prior to the midterms, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Vice President Joe Biden are trying to tamp down the gossip wildfire, to little effect. That's because Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) are simultaneously anyone within earshot what they intend to do. Apparently they didn't get the memo, or they can't shut up, or they're just flat dimwitted ("all of the above" is also an acceptable answer).
“We’re going to have to have a lame-duck session, so we’re not giving up,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said at the weekend Netroots Nation conference of liberal bloggers, in reference to Democrats’ unfinished priorities. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said the need for such a session depends on how much work lawmakers get done before the elections.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has suggested the card-check bill, or Employee Free Choice Act, might be prime to move in a lame-duck session.
Bill Samuel, the legislative director for the AFL-CIO, said that the union had no specific agenda — from card-check to jobs bills — in mind for lawmakers for any such session, but that it would press lawmakers to work actively through the period...
Samuel went on to pooh-pooh Van Hollen's suggestion that the 111th Congress' heavy lifting is done: "My assumption is that he’s sort of responding to fear-mongering by Republicans."
Thus, at least three powerful insiders have confirmd that Democrats intend to shove their radical left-wing agenda down the throats of the American people -- even if they lose in a midterm landslide.
But they do so at their own peril. The American people are slow to anger, but socialized medicine, a quadrupling of the deficit, a takeover of two auto companies, and a faux financial reform bill have awakened the sleeping giant.
Democrats, meet the Whigs. Whigs, meet the Democrats.