Yes, the polls don't look so good for the GOP right now, but the Democrats just can't help themselves. They continue to use their Congressional majorities to try really stupid stuff. If the GOP has the wit to make a big enough stink over selected shenanigans, the public will respond. The mainstream media blackout technique no longer works. The latest example (hat tip: LGF) comes from Audrey Hudson of the Washington Times:
Democrats are trying to pull a provision from a homeland security bill that will protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leadership aides.
The legislation, which moves to a House and Senate conference committee this afternoon, will implement final recommendations from the 911 Commission.
Rep. Pete King, New York Republican and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Steve Pearce, New Mexico Republican, sponsored the bill after a group of Muslim imams filed a lawsuit against U.S. Airways and unknown or "John Doe" passengers after they were removed for suspicious behavior aboard Flight 300 from Minneapolis to Phoenix on Nov. 20 before their removal.
"Democrats are trying to find any technical excuse to keep immunity out of the language of the bill to protect citizens, who in good faith, report suspicious activity to police or law enforcement," Mr. King said in an interview last night.
One of the Democrats' many Achilles heels is their subservience to the trial lawyers. When you combine their reluctance to rule out lawsuits with their political correctness and apply it to survival issues, like reporting suspicious behavior, there is a winning issue. The fact that this lends itself to satire so readily is a huge bonus. Ridicule is one of the most powerful weapons in politics.