Our crap politics: Senate sleepover fizzles; Update: “I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s horrendous”; Update: Reed-Levin fails, 52-47; Update: Congressional approval at 14%; Update: Reid pulls entire defense policy bill

posted at 9:38 am on July 18, 2007 by Allahpundit

So after all the pants-wetting over a promised blowhard blowout all-nighter, Reid let them go home. Most of them, anyway:

Although Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) initially warned that votes on legislation to withdraw combat troops could occur at any time during the night, he agreed shortly after midnight to delay even procedural votes until 5 a.m. and to put off until 11 a.m. a vote on legislation to bring home most troops by May.

That meant most senators could grab a few hours of shut-eye, so long as a few remained in the chamber at any given time to continue a debate which offered little, if any, movement toward resolving the stalemate over how to end the war.

Hillary stuck around to follow McCain after his speech ended at 4:10 as part of her “impress the nutroots” initiative. Meanwhile, a fitting capper to this stupid, loathsome spectacle:

No sooner had Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that there would be no procedural votes between midnight and 5 a.m., then a mass exodus of senators started as many legislators headed to their cars to go home for some much needed sleep. As the senators streamed towards their cars in the Capitol parking lot, TV cameras spotted a rowdy group of Code Pink protesters greeting them with jeers and cheers, depending on the senators’ stances on the Iraq war…

Poor Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was not only heckled by the people in pink, but also lost his car in the dark Capitol parking lot. After minutes of wandering around aimlessly with a policeman by his side, all the while being jeered by the protesters at every turn, Stevens finally found his car and headed out into the night.

Bob Schieffer’s verdict on the sleepover: “It pretty much widened the partisan divide.” Of course it did. Go read what the Iraqi ambassador and a colleague of his have to say about withdrawal, noting especially the comment about the “fuzzy thinking” behind Baker-Hamilton. That’s the plan that’s going to win over the Republican fencesitters to the Democrats’ side. The Iraqis seem to think we shouldn’t even bother.

Update: Bush doesn’t need congressional approval to implement Baker-Hamilton, as far as I know. If he decides that’s how he wants to go, he simply pulls most troops out, tasks the ones who are left with hitting AQ and protecting trainers, and that’s it. He’s already pursuing one strand of B-H’s recommendations without any input from Congress; if it ever comes to the point where they have the votes to force his end, I suspect he’ll simply beat them to the punch by adopting B-H himself and then pretending like he wanted to do it all along.

Update: It’s come to this:

The office of Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) dispatched interns to buy toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant for delivery to GOP leadership offices, with a note offering the “supplies for your sleepless night.” It added: “Help us bring an end to this war.”

Update: Most of them — Reid, Durbin, Ike Skelton, etc. — won’t speculate on the consequences of withdrawal. A few of them — Murtha, Biden, Lynn Woolsey — think it won’t be that bad.

Some of them fear the worst, though, and are prepared for it.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s horrendous,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey (D-Wis.), who has helped spearhead efforts against the war. “The only hope for the Iraqis is their own damned government, and there’s slim hope for that.”…

[W]earied by U.S. casualties and pessimistic about the chances that American troops could stop a full-blown civil war, many lawmakers are resigned to letting Iraq’s communities fight it out.

“It will grow,” predicted Oregon Sen. Gordon H. Smith, one of three Senate Republicans backing the Democratic withdrawal plan. “But it will burn itself out. That’s how civil wars are fought. That’s just the brutal truth.”

Update: Confirmed — the sleepover was a complete waste of time. 52-47 on cloture.

Update: Fourteen percent. Adjusting for the usual leftward tilt of most Zogby polls, that means the actual favorable rating is about -11%.

Update: Our crap politics — having failed to get his up or down vote, Reid throws a tantrum by yanking the entire defense policy bill from the floor.


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We must really be impressing all the bad guys around the world who are watching this! And they want this group to run my Health Care? Yea…whatever!

sabbott on July 18, 2007 at 9:42 AM

Oh, come on! The thought of Di, Babs, and Nance in nighties and a pillow fight is hot!

Blake on July 18, 2007 at 9:43 AM

What time did the moveon.org event end?
Can I be the first to say ” I question the timing”?

TunaTalon on July 18, 2007 at 9:45 AM

I’m becoming more and more convinced that the only way we can “change the tone” in Washington is to get rid of all these career politicians. Teddy Kennedy, for example, hasn’t worked an honest day in his life outside of Capitol Hill. I simply don’t see things changing when SO CLEARLY stunts like the one last night are designed to keep the moonbats contributing to the Democrat Party without any real purpose.

Were Harry Reid a leader, he’d be working to come up with something that could get cloture instead of letting traitors like Dick Durbin pretend that he cares about the troops (after calling them worse than genocidal killers).

highhopes on July 18, 2007 at 9:48 AM

It wasn’t a total wash. My daughter was fussy last night and the C-SPAN coverage lulled her right to sleep.

Slublog on July 18, 2007 at 9:48 AM

As a political junkie – I love all this. This lunacy of the entire event is also the beauty of our political system. A do-nothing Congress is exactly what we need right now. I love it.

jake-the-goose on July 18, 2007 at 9:49 AM

I’d laugh if the subject weren’t so serious. The Senate – hah! Never have so many losers owed so much to so many (our armed forces) and they don’t have half a pea brain to see it. They should dump the ridiculous ROE imposed on our troops and let them go medieval on the terrorists. Oops, am I allowed to say ‘terrorists’?

Ignorant Mensan on July 18, 2007 at 9:55 AM

We’re in the first car of the “end of the world as we know it roller coaster”, and these a** wipes are busy pulling stunts like this? TERM LIMITS!

JWS on July 18, 2007 at 9:57 AM

As a political junkie – I love all this. This lunacy of the entire event is also the beauty of our political system. A do-nothing Congress is exactly what we need right now. I love it.

that might be overstating things a bit. I’m all for a do-nothing congress, but for goodness sakes, can’t we at least have a congress that understands the importance of winning a war? Or at least not looking like jackasses?

marc@hubsandspokes on July 18, 2007 at 9:59 AM

It wasn’t a total wash. My daughter was fussy last night and the C-SPAN coverage lulled her right to sleep.

Hahaha. Your government at work for you.

Spirit of 1776 on July 18, 2007 at 9:59 AM

I’m becoming more and more convinced that the only way we can “change the tone” in Washington is to get rid of all these career politicians.

Term limits-Two terms in congress just like the President.
Term limits are for life, no moving back and forth between the house and the senate. Do your two terms in either and you are retired from congress for life.
Return the responsibility for appointments of senators back to the state governors and legislatures where the founding fathers intended it to be.
No pention, no benefits after leaving office.
Pay all of them half a million a year while in office and then they are gone.
Barred from lobbying for 10 years after leaving office with very stiff, nonnegotiable penalties if convicted.

peacenprosperity on July 18, 2007 at 9:59 AM

It wasn’t a total wash. My daughter was fussy last night and the C-SPAN coverage lulled her right to sleep.

Yeah, but look in her closet and drawers. Pink. Pink. Pink. You’ve been warned!

Blake on July 18, 2007 at 10:00 AM

Durbin, Reid, et al. What a bunch of little girls.

there it is on July 18, 2007 at 10:01 AM

I hope someone’s taking a favorability poll on Congress this morning. This transparent stunt should put them into single digits.

fogw on July 18, 2007 at 10:06 AM

Code Pink, Answer, Daily Kos, thats who this all- nighter was for. The nutroots.

2theright on July 18, 2007 at 10:07 AM

No wonder they can’t commit to win a war. They can’t even commit to winning an all night DEBATE!!

Bicyea on July 18, 2007 at 10:07 AM

Shameful, really. Complete waste of time is right.

I spoke to an Iraqi man the other night at church – he’s been in Canada for 10 years now, and he told me that after he escaped, his wife and son tried to escape and join him (escape was his word). They were caught before reaching Kuwait, and shot and killed by Saddam’s thugs.

It seems to me that more of this, and worse, is in store if we pull out before the job is done, and just as that Iraqi politician said, who Allah quoted in another thread – all progress that has been made will be lost.

nailinmyeye on July 18, 2007 at 10:08 AM

Oops, am I allowed to say ‘terrorists’?

Ignorant Mensan on July 18, 2007 at 9:55 AM

You are forgiven. As you said, you are in your menses.

JiangxiDad on July 18, 2007 at 10:08 AM

I spoke to an Iraqi man the other night at church

We ought to offer asylum to Christians in Muslim lands.

JiangxiDad on July 18, 2007 at 10:10 AM

This is the result of women in politics. Now they are organizing slumber parties.

davidcaskey on July 18, 2007 at 10:11 AM

Paging Mr. Smith!

Paging Jefferson Smith!

Hmmm…seems he hasn’t been in Washington for quite some time.

MadisonConservative on July 18, 2007 at 10:12 AM

Don’t these clowns work like, three days a week?
Maybe they should have started their work week on, I don’t know… MONDAY this week instead of pulling this crap?

Dork B. on July 18, 2007 at 10:15 AM

Our withdrawal from Iraq will be tauted as a victory like the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. The people of Iraq have no reason to trust our military at this point. The Dems are damned to prove Westerners have political ADD and move on leaving their saved allies to be butchered.

Bin Ladens killers are there to plant the flag when we retreat. This would make the pull out of Vietnam look very small in comparison, and we have been paying for that disgrace for over thirty years.

The enemy of this Republic is the modern Democratic party, and they will stop at nothing, ally themselves to anyone and allow the death of millions to get power and keep it.

Why do people vote for these idiots?

Hening on July 18, 2007 at 10:17 AM

Those politicos are beyond disgust . . . they’re absolutely embarrassing. This little pout fest must have cost the taxpayers a bundle. When the so called “leaders” of this country begin acting like a bunch of spoiled brat kids it’s time to send everyone of them packing. What’s next? Will that dolt Reid take the podium and hold his breath until he turns blue?

rplat on July 18, 2007 at 10:20 AM

Not that I didn’t care enough to watch the all nighter. I slept through knowing it would be video chloroform.

captivated_dem on July 18, 2007 at 10:21 AM

As long as politicians can make political hay for themselves by engaging in spectacles like this, they will continue to use them.

csdeven on July 18, 2007 at 10:23 AM

This was nothing but red meatorganic tofu for the nutroots.

I don’t understand why they can’t just wait till Petraeus’ September report, well, I understand why their doing it, but the shamelessness of engaging in this kind of theatrics is just, I dunno if I can even put words to it.

If we’ve found the right strategy for dealing with the assorted terrorists and insurgents, they have to give the armed forces more time. You can’t bail if we’ve finally got things right.

Bad Candy on July 18, 2007 at 10:27 AM

Reid & co. continue to accomplish nothing and look foolish…at least they are giving us alot of ammo to get the majority back…

DCJeff on July 18, 2007 at 10:28 AM

WOW…It’s interesting to note that Ohio has the two worst Senators in it’s long history…what morons…

How about congress’ approval rating is less than half of GW’S….????…What say you hairy and nanc…???

areseaoh on July 18, 2007 at 10:34 AM

Laura’s calling it the Defeat-a-thon on her program right now… Love it.

Dork B. on July 18, 2007 at 10:36 AM

Was teddy k there…???…was he sober…can you imagine him sleeping on a cot…that’s laughable…a very big cot at that…

areseaoh on July 18, 2007 at 10:36 AM

While watching this laughable exercise by Reid and the other children, I went to my copy of the US Constitution and couldn’t find anything on this point ” What would have happened if 40 or 50 Senators would have gotten up and and said ‘ screw you I’m going home’”?

MNDavenotPC on July 18, 2007 at 10:45 AM

Was teddy k there…???…was he sober…can you imagine him sleeping on a cot…that’s laughable…a very big cot at that…

areseaoh on July 18, 2007 at 10:36 AM

I heard they had to call the zoo to bring in a hippopotamus cot.

WisCon on July 18, 2007 at 10:49 AM

I hope all that pork the Republicans got in the last congress was worth it to leave us with this bunch of losers

pedestrian on July 18, 2007 at 10:55 AM

As a political junkie – I love all this. This lunacy of the entire event is also the beauty of our political system. A do-nothing Congress is exactly what we need right now. I love it.

jake-the-goose on July 18, 2007 at 9:49 AM

What he said.

Heck, I’d even like to see them start impeachment proceedings. ANYTHING to keep them from passing legislation.

Labamigo on July 18, 2007 at 10:59 AM

peacenprosperity on July 18, 2007 at 9:59 AM

Close enough for me.

right2bright on July 18, 2007 at 11:01 AM

Oh, and one more thing.

We need to start the drumbeat, and make it as familiar as saying our own names.

The worst Congress in history.
The worst Congress in history.
The worst Congress in history.

Labamigo on July 18, 2007 at 11:01 AM

Craptastic!

On-my-soap-box on July 18, 2007 at 11:03 AM

Paging Mr. Smith!

Paging Jefferson Smith!

Senator Smith was run out of office some time ago. Seems that his ties to an organization for children was enough rope for the moonbats to hang him.

Larry Flint printed unsubstantiated rumors that he was a pedophile. The Democrat Party was all over the media essentially convicting him of crimes he was never charged with. In the end, it was all straightened out but the damage to Smith’s character had been done.

highhopes on July 18, 2007 at 11:05 AM

Teddy Kennedy, for example, hasn’t worked an honest day in his life outside of Capitol Hill.

I fixed that for you.

Was teddy k there…???…was he sober…can you imagine him sleeping on a cot…that’s laughable…a very big cot at that…

Imagine the sleep apnea and the deep, resonant snores echoing throughout the chamber. Probably there would be some thunderous wind breakage as well.

Kensington on July 18, 2007 at 11:07 AM

As a political junkie – I love all this. This lunacy of the entire event is also the beauty of our political system. A do-nothing Congress is exactly what we need right now. I love it.

that might be overstating things a bit. I’m all for a do-nothing congress, but for goodness sakes, can’t we at least have a congress that understands the importance of winning a war? Or at least not looking like jackasses?

marc@hubsandspokes on July 18, 2007 at 9:59 AM

That’s just it, (I’m hoping anyway) we need this congress to f*** up so they will get their butts voted out. The problem is, those crazies rallying outside, don’t see it that way, and the MSM will spin it the way they think it should be.

4shoes on July 18, 2007 at 11:08 AM

Larry Flint printed unsubstantiated rumors that he was a pedophile. The Democrat Party was all over the media essentially convicting him of crimes he was never charged with. In the end, it was all straightened out but the damage to Smith’s character had been done.

You left out the part where the latest polls showed the American people turning decisively against Senator Smith’s party in response to the non-stop propagandizing of the mainstream media.

Kensington on July 18, 2007 at 11:11 AM

he agreed shortly after midnight to delay even procedural votes until 5 a.m.

That’s when the Metamucil ran out.

infidel4life on July 18, 2007 at 11:11 AM

With the defeat of Reid/Levin the Defeat a Thon continues I wanna put dibs on the crying towel concession and diaper changing stations for these idiots.

MNDavenotPC on July 18, 2007 at 11:31 AM

After minutes of wandering around aimlessly with a policeman by his side, all the while being jeered by the protesters at every turn, Stevens finally found his car…

At which point I’m guessing the fantasy of indulging in a bit of “Pink Bowling” at least crossed his mind. Fortunately, restraint was shown. Or perhaps the grackles merely scattered at the sound of his ignition.

Blacklake on July 18, 2007 at 11:32 AM

Wow, just listening to the FED hearing. Anyone else hearing the dems desire to change college from private to public education? Talk about a power grab.

unseen on July 18, 2007 at 11:33 AM

That’s just it, (I’m hoping anyway) we need this congress to f*** up so they will get their butts voted out. The problem is, those crazies rallying outside, don’t see it that way, and the MSM will spin it the way they think it should be.

4shoes on July 18, 2007 at 11:08 AM

Zogby poll shows 14% approval. You might get your wish.

unseen on July 18, 2007 at 11:36 AM

Before we celebrate too much, I’m smelling a big, fat rat here. I wouldn’t be too surprised if the Dingy One gets rid of the filibuster (or at least tries to).

steveegg on July 18, 2007 at 11:37 AM

If you’re pulling an all-nighter, why do you need cots?

Did any Dems actually catch some zzz’s on the cots? If so, did any Republican staffers sneak in with bowls of warm water?

reaganaut on July 18, 2007 at 11:38 AM

Before we celebrate too much, I’m smelling a big, fat rat here. I wouldn’t be too surprised if the Dingy One gets rid of the filibuster (or at least tries to).

You mean the so-called “nuclear option”? I’m surprised they haven’t tried already.

Kensington on July 18, 2007 at 11:39 AM

The problem with the Senate is a bad case of mesothelioma, I bet. According to OpenSecrets.org, Harry Reid was largely put up by trial lawyers and casino owners.

HARRY REID (D-NV)
Top Industries
The top industries supporting Harry Reid are:
1 Lawyers/Law Firms $1,184,488
2 Casinos/Gambling $533,813
3 Real Estate $304,250
4 Lobbyists $295,838
5 Securities & Investment $268,810

http://opensecrets.org/politicians/indus.asp?CID=N00009922&cycle=2006

HARRY REID (D-NV)
Top Contributors
1 MGM Mirage $159,050
2 Harrah’s Entertainment $78,600
3 Simmons Cooper LLC $73,400
4 Station Casinos $38,000
5 Baron & Budd $37,000
6 Sierra Nevada Corp $34,300
7 Citigroup Inc $33,250
8 Park Place Entertainment $31,850
9 Newmont Mining $31,799
10 Waters & Kraus $31,650
11 Lionel, Sawyer & Collins $31,000
12 Caesars Entertainment $27,215
13 Weitz & Luxenberg $25,000
14 Microsoft Corp $24,000
15 Cassidy & Assoc/Interpublic Group $23,662
16 AT&T Inc $23,300
17 American Media Inc $22,000
18 Thornton & Naumes $21,000
19 Greenberg Traurig LLP $20,191
20 Petroleum Marketers Assn $20,000
20 Securities Industry Assn $20,000

http://opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.asp?CID=N00009922&cycle=2006

OpenSecrets.org explains the figures this way: “The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organization’s PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.”

Here’s the website of Simmons Cooper LLC.

http://simmonscooper.com/

Here’s the “Company Overview” page at the website of MGM Mirage. (The start page has distracting audio and video.)

http://www.mgmmirage.com/companyoverview.asp

I hope this information is helpful as a starting point.

Kralizec on July 18, 2007 at 11:41 AM

Aw come on! A liberal sleep-over is a blast! You get to play all those cool games like Spin the Bottle with Ted Kennedy and of course everyone’s favorite Twoofer Dare!

A thousand years from now, historians will marvel at how our country was founded by such gifted men as Jefferson, Franklin, and Washington and how it survived this period with such mind-numbingly incompetent ass-clowns as Reid, Pelosi, and Kennedy at the helm of congress.

jcmorris on July 18, 2007 at 11:42 AM

I see that Reid and the Dems pulled out of the all-nighter.

Zach on July 18, 2007 at 11:42 AM

You mean the so-called “nuclear option”? I’m surprised they haven’t tried already.

Kensington on July 18, 2007 at 11:39 AM

If the ‘Rats are anything, they’re incremental. They first had to ensure that they had a majority in favor of retreat and defeat.

steveegg on July 18, 2007 at 11:43 AM

You left out the part where the latest polls showed the American people turning decisively against Senator Smith’s party in response to the non-stop propagandizing of the mainstream media.

Kensington on July 18, 2007 at 11:11 AM

(Slapping forehead) DOH!!!! How could I have forgotten that! Constant propoganda complete with Doris Kerns Goodwin talking about how many pedophiles had been removed from office, leading polling questions, and outright slander all designed to sway public opinion when the facts and truth is elsewhere.

highhopes on July 18, 2007 at 11:45 AM

“supplies for your sleepless night.” It added: “Help us bring an end to this war.”

Are these idiots in Junior High? What the hell? What a prick – this is how they use their time, and our money.

nailinmyeye on July 18, 2007 at 11:47 AM

I see that Reid and the Dems pulled out of the all-nighter.

Zach on July 18, 2007 at 11:42 AM

Hey they stayed till midnight. A twelve-hour day IS an all-nighter for a group that considers “recessing” for three months out of twelve consititutes working full time!

Personally, I think the GOP missed a golden opporuntity when they didn’t show up en masse in footie PJs to make the point that political stunts like this are only as good as the threats behind them. Harry Reid lost the minute he didn’t really make all the Senators stay there- particularly after making repeated statements about “working all night if necessary to bring the troops home now.”

highhopes on July 18, 2007 at 11:49 AM

The Dhemocrats are guilty of torture. Sleep deprivation is not allowed for political prisoners like the Republicans.

Mojave Mark on July 18, 2007 at 11:52 AM

The thing that angers me more about this stunt that the Democrats pulled is that there is legitimate legislation that has been stalled up in the Senate for who knows how long that they idiots could have used this all-nighter for to finally get pushed through, but instead, it was just another Bash-Bush session that accomplished nothing! You think by now voters are realizing the major mistake they made by voting these chuckleheads into the majority?

pilamaye on July 18, 2007 at 11:55 AM

Allah,

What about a post on the Fed hearing? Our reps are out doing themselves on showing the american people how stupid they are.

Ron Paul was just on. Now he’s saying that the Iraqi war is going to cause a dollar crisis. Does this guy understand basic economic policy?

The dems have floated the idea to taking over private college education and make it publicly funded.

The are now floating massive taxation on business to close the wage gap.

unseen on July 18, 2007 at 11:56 AM

Update: Fourteen percent. Adjusting for the usual leftward tilt of most Zogby polls, that means the actual favorable rating is about -11%.

Huh. It dropped 10 points overnight, just like you predicted.

PRCalDude on July 18, 2007 at 12:00 PM

Are these idiots in Junior High? What the hell? What a prick – this is how they use their time, and our money.

nailinmyeye on July 18, 2007 at 11:47 AM

Just remember: it’s the greatest deliberative body in the world.

PRCalDude on July 18, 2007 at 12:01 PM

Term limits-Two terms in congress just like the President.
Term limits are for life, no moving back and forth between the house and the senate. Do your two terms in either and you are retired from congress for life.
Return the responsibility for appointments of senators back to the state governors and legislatures where the founding fathers intended it to be.
No pention, no benefits after leaving office.
Pay all of them half a million a year while in office and then they are gone.
Barred from lobbying for 10 years after leaving office with very stiff, nonnegotiable penalties if convicted.

peacenprosperity on July 18, 2007 at 9:59 AM

I would add that congressman will be fined $1 million PER offense if it’s proven they have taken any kind of gift/contribution from any lobbyist while in office. That would include any form of transportation, lodging, gifts, freebies, money, stock, future job offers, land deals, visits to golf courses, resort homes, country clubs and whatever new bribe lobbyists can think of to further screw taxpayers and citizens.

I can see them racking up a billion dollars in no time. Don’t know what to do with the money though. Maybe giving it to military families for their service and sacrifice would be a good start… or to build the damn fence.

FireFly on July 18, 2007 at 12:04 PM

Just remember: it’s the greatest deliberative body in the world.

PRCalDude on July 18, 2007 at 12:01 PM

I still say if we get rid of the Senate our carbon footprint would go down to that of Denmark and “global warming” would be a thing of the past.

unseen on July 18, 2007 at 12:05 PM

FireFly on July 18, 2007 at 12:04 PM

Or we could give them all $10 million/year pay. Just think of the amount it would then take to bribe them. Added bonus everyone and their brother would be running for congress. Office turn over wold be huge.

unseen on July 18, 2007 at 12:08 PM

“Help us bring an end to this war.” — Dickie Durbin

Got any suggestions, besides cutting and running? Got any suggestions that won’t abandon Iraq to terrorists, who will be emboldened by their success in getting US to withdraw?

I know! Let’s send Dickie and Teddy over to negotiate with al Qaeda. I’d happily donate some of my tax dollars to see that! My only hesitation is that when they return, minus their heads, IL and MA will elect two Senators even worse!

JannyMae on July 18, 2007 at 12:17 PM

These are the same jerkimers who keep DEMANDING that the Iraqis meet BENCHMARKS.

RushBaby on July 18, 2007 at 12:19 PM

Just remember: it’s the greatest deliberative body in the world.

Hmmm. Is that good news, or bad news?

nailinmyeye on July 18, 2007 at 12:26 PM

unseen on July 18, 2007 at 12:08 PM

Not a bad idea really. We are almost at rock bottom with the current a@@clowns in Congress as it is.

FireFly on July 18, 2007 at 12:33 PM

oops, sorry about the link, was a mistake.

FireFly on July 18, 2007 at 12:35 PM

FireFly on July 18, 2007 at 12:33 PM

Add to that triple the size of the House.

unseen on July 18, 2007 at 12:37 PM

The enemy of this Republic is the modern Democratic party, and they will stop at nothing, ally themselves to anyone and allow the death of millions to get power and keep it.

Why do people vote for these idiots?

Hening on July 18, 2007 at 10:17 AM

It doesn’t say much for the electorate, does it? Consider:

- In any election about half of eligible voters can’t even be roused to vote. Every election the campaigns start earlier, and spend more money, and the result is the same.

- Of the approximate half of the population that does vote, a sizeable chunk of them are woefully uninformed about the key issues of the day. This is especially true of the donkey base, whose “identity politics” encourages them to simply pull the levers reflexively: labor unions, teachers’ unions, blacks, the moonbat crowd … they don’t need to actually “know” anything about the issues to know who they’re going to vote for.

To a donk supporter, the pathetic narcissism and ridiculous ineffectiveness of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, or the bigotry of Keith Ellison and Robert Byrd, or the hypocrisy of John Edwards and John Kerry, or the sociopathic dishonesty of Bill & Hill, or the brazen corruption of William Jefferson, Dianne Feinstein and Marion Berry, or the malicious slandering of the troops by Dennis Kucinich and John Murtha, or the idiocy of Joe Biden, Patrick Kennedy and Barbara Boxer, or the intemperance and drunken lecherousness of Ted Kennedy … matters not at all.

For donkey voters, what matters about their preferred candidates has nothing to do with who they are, what they believe, or what they do and what they say; what counts is that they have the “right” enemies: i.e., Republicans.

Check of proof: Despite a 14% approval rating for Congress, I’ve seen a recent survey which indicated that generic approval ratings for donkeys are still better than 50%, while those for Republicans are around 35%. Donkeys scored higher in confidence ratings for every single category, including national defense, the economy and immigration.

This kind of result is only possible if the 50%+ of respondents who approve of donkeys in general have absolutely no clue about who and what it is that they’re approving of, and don’t care that they don’t know. This is how the term, “Yellow-dog democrat” came about in the first place:

“If there’s a choice between a Republican and a yellow dog, you vote for the yellow dog.”

Spurius Ligustinus on July 18, 2007 at 12:38 PM

Ya! Go Arlen Go Arlen Go Arlen

oakpack on July 18, 2007 at 12:43 PM

What…no photo ops of those who used the cots? Didn’t these people ever pull an all-nighter…who naps?

deedledee on July 18, 2007 at 12:55 PM

Update: Our crap politics — having failed to get his up or down vote, Reid throws a tantrum by yanking the entire defense policy bill from the floor.

Good, after Ted “I ran away while Mary Jo drowned” Kennedy snuck that crapistic hate speech amendment in it wasn’t worth passing anyways.

doriangrey on July 18, 2007 at 1:03 PM

What…no photo ops of those who used the cots?

Forget about who used them. I want to know how many federal dollars were involved in having the staff dragging those cots out of storage and setting them up. I want to know how many dollars were spent on overtime for security personnel, staffers, etc. All because Harry Reid wanted to through a temper tantrum for the media.

P.S. It would be one thing if there were any chance of something happening by doing this BUT the outcome was a foregone conclusion so the entire event was a big waste of time designed to prove the anti-military bias to the moonbats.

highhopes on July 18, 2007 at 1:07 PM

Ron Paul sermonizing about how our status in Iraq is going to hurt the dollar, the day after the Dow crosses 14K for the first time. Brilliant. We’ve been there for more than 4 years now, if the economy was going to tank because of it, that day would have been in the rear-view mirror by now.

I can still recall the libs crying that we can’t afford BOTH a war in Iraq and tax cuts. And yet, in spite of massive illegal immigration and unchecked government fraud at all levels, unemployment is at record lows and the economy is rock solid.

Gas prices are still too high though, so this must be the worst economy in 50 years. And the left will believe it, in the face of all facts to the contrary.

Freelancer on July 18, 2007 at 1:15 PM

Gas prices are still too high though, so this must be the worst economy in 50 years. And the left will believe it, in the face of all facts to the contrary.

Freelancer on July 18, 2007 at 1:15 PM

gas prices are more a function of the price of the dollar than the economy. the current price of oil is a function of the dollar’s decline, investor speculation and some inflation in the oil itself. We are above the 5 year avg of supply in oil reserves. Yet the price is $75.00/bl. the $ has lost about 20% of its vaule over this time. So about $10.00-15.00 of the increase is due to the decline in the dollar. $10-15.00 is due to speculation. And about $20.00 is due to the growth of the world economy.

unseen on July 18, 2007 at 1:30 PM

America has a problem: Democrats run the Senate by a very slim majority (1 vote). And the are running a scam by claiming that somehow this 1 vote majority is a mandate to surrender to Al Qaeda.

These following comments, tell the story.

“having failed to get his up or down vote, Reid throws a tantrum by yanking the entire defense policy bill from the floor.”

It is my hope that this crook be indicted and frogmarched from the capitol building for bribe taking. But until he is, HE controlls the what bills are considered, what bills get advanced from committee, and HE is the bossman of the cut and run strategy of surrender to the Islamofascists in the Senate.

“Help us bring an end to this war,” says Traitor Dick Durbin. This is just one of the items that mark Durbin as a man that must be removed when he runs for reelection. His far left, anti-military, agenda is reinforced because he is the number 2 man in the Senate. He really is a loathsome toad whom you can depend upon to undermine the war at every opportunity.

However, he’s up for reelection next year. If the “Stupid Party,” as some of us in Illinois call the Republicans, can’t use his calling the military “Nazi death camp guards,” etc., and his other anti-military hate speech to toss his ass out of office, they deserve to be out in the cold.

I swear to God, the Illinois Republican Party leadership has fecal matter for brains. They had a strong candidate in Jim Ryan (millionaire ex husband of actress Jeri Ryan) who ran for and got the nomination for Senate opposite Barry Hussein Osama, er, Obama. His divorce from Jeri was “messy” and contentious. Charges of misconduct were made, as sometimes happen when high-priced ambulance chasers operate to justify their big fees.

So the party leaders threw Ryan under the bus when it was brought to light and brought in Alan Keyes, WHO DOESN’T EVEN LIVE IN ILLINOIS, and put him on the ballot. Keyes, perceived by just about everyone as a carpetbagger and a loon, lost big time to the very unknown Barry Hussein Osama (Obama).

In other words, because of the stupid party’s leadership, an unqualified, ultraliberal, do-nothing, KNOW-NOTHING, assclown became a “Senator,” and the “darling” of the Traitor Party who is running for the nomination for president.

And just to prove that the stupidity wasn’t a fluke, last year, running against an incumbant Democratic governor that even a good portion of Democrats couldn’t stand, they nominate a party hack, Judy Bar Topinka, and then refuse to fund her early enough to counter 9 months of dirty ads run by Rod Blagojevich, who was sitting on nearly 10 million dollars of campaign contributions gleaned, some say, illegally in “pay to play” extortion.

The Stupid Party lost that election, too.

Well, in 2008, they have the opportunity to use Durbin’s ultra liberal, anti-military statements against him. They have the Jay Rockerfeller memo that former Democratic Senator Zell Miller says is either treason or its first cousin to use against him. They have his votes to DEFUND the troops, and his ultraliberal gun hating policies, and the fact that he’s Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley’s b*itch in Washington. And they have the fact, that if it wasn’t for Chicago and East St. Louis (both vote fraud havens), Illinois would be an overwhelmingly RED STATE.

Until the current Stupid Party leadership took over, Illinois’ political legacy was REPUBLICAN Senators and Governors. But they pissed it all away and ran loser hacks, crooks, and carpetbaggers against Durbin, Blagojevich, and Osama (Obama).

If they run true to form, they’ll blow this election, too.

I don’t know what it is going to take, but we must unelect Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Russ Feingold (Wisconsin), among others, and a few RINOs, from the Senate. If we don’t, the liberal Traitor Party will increase it’s strangle hold and it won’t matter who is president. Their work product will be Socalialsm and surrender to the Islamofascists.

End of rant….

georgej on July 18, 2007 at 1:55 PM

When they hit 10%, maybe they’ll drink the koolaid

ahem on July 18, 2007 at 2:35 PM

When they hit 10%, maybe they’ll drink the koolaid

ahem on July 18, 2007 at 2:35 PM

We can only hope and pray

unseen on July 18, 2007 at 2:40 PM

Harry Reid has lost even the appearance of respect from other Senators.

Yesterday on the Senate floor John McCain rose in opposition to the Reid/Levin amendment and said “I respect Senator Levin”. His feelings for Reid were left dangling.

This Morning Senator Spector dropped all pretence of comity and described Senator Reid as “rude and dictatorial”. There was more of course, and it was provoked.

Ah yes, the greatest governing body in the world.
Sorry world that was rude.

TunaTalon on July 18, 2007 at 3:19 PM

I liked Lieberman’s line about the cots waking up the senators. Hatch was very good also.
So the Dims threw a slumber party for Kos, CPinko, and the press. Got them their attention, and nothing else. Dingy Harry throws a hissy fit, takes his ball and tells everyone to go home. But not before saying “We spent two days showing America we’d fight this. How can we shrink from this fight?” Try letting a guy that you approved to do a job, do that job, without your politicized BS.
One more thing. This was no all nighter. Back in the day Teddy K could do an all nighter. One thing he could have done was give some tips.

PowWow on July 18, 2007 at 4:07 PM

Think of the DC Economy! The bars and especially the $400.00 per hour hookers that were on their own last night…oh the humanity!

sabbott on July 18, 2007 at 5:00 PM

Why would you expect them to act like anything other than jackasses when their party’s symbol is a what? Donkey=jackass’s cousin.

TruthToBeTold on July 18, 2007 at 6:48 PM

You would think, with 15% of the population believing Elvis is still alive that congress couldn’t get lower than that. But Pelosi and Reid have done it…The liberals, they always find a way to f*** things up even more.

right2bright on July 18, 2007 at 8:41 PM

Dear Right2bright,

In 1978 (according to Baron, Byrne, and Kantowitz, Psychology: Understanding Behavior, 2nd ed., 1980, a Gallup poll found 10% of Americans believed in witches.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 18, 2007 at 10:08 PM

Is it true that during the Senate sleepover, Harry Reid demanded Cot Blanche?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 18, 2007 at 11:49 PM

unseen on July 18, 2007 at 1:30 PM

You obviously missed my sarc tag. Yes, the way money movers play the game, they force the dollar down whenever the U.S. economy is strong. The high oil prices are NOT that closely indexed to the dollar, however, but production rates out of the OPEC countries. Those prices are international, not American.

Freelancer on July 19, 2007 at 4:24 AM

Oh, I left out that the REAL major factor in the rise of oil prices is the glut of personally owned vehicles in China since they relaxed their nationalistic hold on life a wee bit. Plain old supply and demand on a massive human scale in the Far East.

Freelancer on July 19, 2007 at 4:26 AM