Dem Congressman on ObamaCare delay: “I may as well retire”

posted at 10:12 am on January 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Give yourself a moment to think about what Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) tells his House colleagues, as reported by Politico, during the negotiations on ObamaCare.  Pomeroy, whose Senate colleague Byron Dorgan suddenly retired and left a safe seat ripe for a Republican takeover in November, tells his caucus that the long debate over ObamaCare has left him so vulnerable at home that he may as well join Dorgan for retirement — or more likely in both cases, a new career in Beltway lobbying.  But what does that really say about Pomeroy’s performance as a Representative for his constituents — and that of the other Representatives quoted in this article?

Democrats moved closer to a final deal on health care reform Thursday — and for some vulnerable members, the end can’t come soon enough.

In an emotional talk with other Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee this week, North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy said the protracted debate is hurting him so badly back home that he might as well retire if it drags on much longer.

A Democrat who attended the Ways and Means session said Pomeroy was “very angry” as he spoke about the delay. “Other folks were upset, but he was the maddest by far.”

“I believe Congress needs to resolve fairly quickly this protracted health care debate,” Pomeroy told POLITICO on Thursday. “We have a number of other issues that haven’t been able to get enough attention, because health care is taking up all the floor time, all of the attention. We need to move on.”

Pomeroy isn’t alone in this, although he’s the only one publicly acknowledging that his longtime sinecure in the House may be coming to an end.  John Boccieri (D-OH), Jason Altmire (D-PA), and Steve Dreihaus (D-OH) all say the same thing — that they need to get this off the table so that they can focus on economic policy and job creation.  They need to show their constituents that they’re paying attention to the real crisis in the US.

So what’s stopping them?  Even the White House hinted at back-burnering the ObamaCare debate for a “hard pivot” to the economy.  Instead, the Democrats continue to use all of their energy attempting to shove through Congress a bill so unpopular that almost every major pollster shows it under water, and has for months.  Meanwhile, the economy continues to bleed jobs, and the next item on the Democratic agenda is a cap-and-trade bill that will kill even more of them.

Pomeroy will get retired from the House, along with more than a few of his caucus colleagues, because they stopped listening to their constituents.  All they needed to do was to tell Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama to get a clue as to what constitutes the real economic crisis in the country.  Instead of representing their constituents, they represented Pelosi and Obama — and the voters will replace them with candidates who understand their priorities better.


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Promises, promises…

Vashta.Nerada on January 15, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Its about the votes back home stupid.

jbh45 on January 15, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Slitting your wrists would be more approriate if it passes. The Democrat leadership is a pox upon this great nation.

trs on January 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Dark-Star on January 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Represent the people who voted you into office.

What a concept!!!

bridgetown on January 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

left him so vulnerable at home that he may as well join Dorgan for retirement — or more likely in both cases, a new career in Beltway lobbying

Golden parachutes are to Wall St. what “new careers in Beltway lobbying” are to former Democrats.

ted c on January 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy said the protracted debate is hurting him so badly back home that he might as well retire if it drags on much longer.

Dude, it isn’t the debate that is hurting you, it is the bill.

Vashta.Nerada on January 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Even the White House hinted at back-burnering the ObamaCare debate for a “hard pivot” to the economy.

That’s code for brilliant proposals like Porkulus II, Cash For Appliances, and the Bank Tax. Which will add even more to our debt and won’t do a single thing to turn around the economy.

And God help us if they tack on crap-and-betrayed and amnesty on top of all that.

Doughboy on January 15, 2010 at 10:17 AM

“I may as well retire”

Don’t let me stop you.

MarkTheGreat on January 15, 2010 at 10:17 AM

All of their ass’s are toast…

PatriotRider on January 15, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Y’know, my mom had this sweater once, a knitted one, and it had this thread. I just couldn’t resist pulling on it and, once I did, the whole thing fell apart…..
.
I don’t know what made me think of that, but Pomeroy, Nancy doesn’t care about you unless you’re inside her sweater.

ted c on January 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM

It’s a real toss-up for me on whose defeat I am going to enjoy more, Boccieri’s or Altmire’s. Canonly be settled by a coin flip.

Hopefully I will still have a coin come November.

myrenovations on January 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Maybe he should go into the same pizza joint Ben Nelson got booed out of last night and see what people really think of him…

PatriotRider on January 15, 2010 at 10:19 AM

I wish you would, Pomery.
We in North Dakota are disgusted by you.
GTFOutta here.
I am sure tired of all the voters in cities like Fargo, Bismarck & Grand Forks voting these pukes in who are making decisions that help ruin my life.
City people bite. (not all of you ;)

Badger40 on January 15, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Pomeroy complains that the delay cause by the protracted health care ‘debate’ (internal to Democrats only) has logjammed other legislative initiatives. That’s not a bug; that’s a feature.

chaswv on January 15, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Dude, it isn’t the debate that is hurting you, it is the bill.

Vashta.Nerada on January 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Exactly right. And this congressman is so clueless, he thinks the backlash will disappear if they just pass the bill so that they stop talking about it. This guy is toast.

jwolf on January 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Barack The Magnificent is throwing out all the stops (doorstops?) because if he heads into the State of the Union without this he will look like more of a fool to his base (Far Left) than he already does. And he’s more than willing to sacrifice the rest of the Congressional Dems to accomplish this.

kingsjester on January 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM

I like the idea: Mass retirement of all Democrats. The Dow will hit 20,000 overnight!!!!!

search4truth on January 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM

PLEASE SEND SCOTT BROWN $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$</strong>

OmahaConservative on January 15, 2010 at 10:21 AM

If laws aren’t going to be enforced anyway, we may as well retire ALL of Congress. Rahm Emanuel is turning America into Mexico See http://www.butterdezillion.wordpress.com

justincase on January 15, 2010 at 10:21 AM

I don’t know what made me think of that, but Pomeroy, Nancy doesn’t care about you unless you’re inside her sweater.
ted c on January 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Now that’s an image I did not need.

kingsjester on January 15, 2010 at 10:21 AM

“I may as well retire”

Do it effective immediately!

tims472 on January 15, 2010 at 10:22 AM

This is the midwest and this tool is gone along with Ben Nelson, Traitor, NE if he supports Obamacare!
Bens’ constituents agve him a “warm welcome”!
If this tool retires he might want to consider what my Senator Harkin does, Live in another country, in Harkins case the Bahamas!
Read about Bens neighbors welcome here:
http://whyimnotademocrat.blogspot.com/2010/01/senator-ben-nelson-chased-out-of-pizza.html

dhunter on January 15, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Not a comment specifically about this thread but about that I just ‘read’ this story from your Headlines section. Seems that happens somewhat often. There will be a Headline story and then hours later a Hot Air take on the story. To be honest, I would just rather wait and read Ed and AP’s take on the story. You guys always give links to the original if I want more detail. Anyway, just saying, save the Headlines for topics you aren’t going to cover. Just my thoughts.

Good day and keep up the great work.

Hot Air is my “must read” place to go for information.

b4itsover on January 15, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Please do retire. Immediately.

rbj on January 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Dude, it isn’t the debate that is hurting you, it is the bill.

+1

KeepOhioRed on January 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM

At one time the Japanese had a tradition that went a little beyond retirement, when one completely disgraced themselves. Just sayin’…….

joedoe on January 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM

the voters will replace them with candidates who understand their priorities better.

And it will be too little, too late. Barring a miracle (or several), not only America’s health care system but it’s economy, and the relationship between its citizens and the government, is about to be fundamentally transformed. Just as Obama promised nearly a year ago. He and Pelosi have both acknowledged their willingness to sacrifice seats currently held by democrats in this year’s elections in order to accomplish this. Why? Because it will be IRREVERSIBLE. The transformation once set in motion will be unstoppable. America will never be the same again.

How’s that for some gloom and doom.

ProfessorMiao on January 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Instead of representing their constituents, they represented Pelosi and Obama — and the voters will replace them with candidates who understand their priorities better.

I really hope that’s true. Right now, I still can’t read sentiments like this without picturing galloping off on a winged unicorn.

But Brown’s starting to make a believer out of me…

DrAllecon on January 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

I don’t know what made me think of that, but Pomeroy, Nancy doesn’t care about you unless you’re inside her sweater.

ted c on January 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM

That thought just curdled my coffee!

Yoop on January 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Doing unpopular stuff is making me unpopular. Waaaaaaaaaahhhhh!

LibTired on January 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Anyway, just saying, save the Headlines for topics you aren’t going to cover. Just my thoughts.

Good day and keep up the great work.

Hot Air is my “must read” place to go for information.

b4itsover on January 15, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Some topics stay just in headlines, but the ones that are likely to generate lots of traffic and comments are likely to encourage ed or ap to create a main thread for them. Soon following that, the headlines post of the same article heads toward the back of the bus.

ted c on January 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Instead of representing their constituents, they represented Pelosi and Obama George Soros.

Let’s just be clear on who’s at the helm here now.

Wine_N_Dine on January 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM

That thought just curdled my coffee!

Yoop on January 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Curdled coffee better than curdled healthcare.

troof?

ted c on January 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM

These slugs will not go away, they will become invisible instigators.

bbz123 on January 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM

O/T: Anyone know if there are any good unionized Amish communities in Nebraska?

joedoe on January 15, 2010 at 10:28 AM

‘“I believe Congress needs to resolve fairly quickly this protracted health care debate,” Pomeroy told POLITICO on Thursday ‘

From this we are to assume that doing something stupid quickly, is infinitly preferable to doing something stupid slowly?

Tools…

percysunshine on January 15, 2010 at 10:28 AM

*Can you hear that?*

That’s the sound of a thousand buttholes slamming shut in the DNC. Coakley is poised to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and this dem congressman from the Dakotas is talking about retiring. And, lemme guess, it has nothing to do with obama’s agenda…?

ted c on January 15, 2010 at 10:29 AM

“O/T: Anyone know if there are any good unionized Amish communities in Nebraska?”

Ok, that gets the chuckle of the day award.

percysunshine on January 15, 2010 at 10:29 AM

For all those congressmen and senators, including president Obama who thought we were not doing liberty, freedom, and capitalism correctly they are illustrating just how poorly America does socialism. I hope they come to their collective senses before the country implodes.

fourdeucer on January 15, 2010 at 10:29 AM

The biggest problem with politicians is that they don\’t view their position as a responsibility, they view it as their reward for winning the \”game\”.The \”game\” is to accumulate as much power and ability for themselves, and their colleagues. There are no rules, and you can tell who won by who is still in office next year.Most have no real understanding of their constituents wants and needs, only their own. they are pathological.

NavyspyII on January 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM

O/T: Anyone know if there are any good unionized Amish communities in Nebraska?

joedoe on January 15, 2010 at 10:28 AM

I hear that they were going to establish one on the grounds of the former Offutt AFB that Obama is going to close because Ben Nelson won’t vote for his bill….er, wait a minute, scratch that…..*newsflash* an American Indian reservation has offered 1 acre of land for the new Nebraska Amish Nation at the end of their sluice pit. The $300 million kickback Benny got will go towards putting up an electric /barbwire fence around it for you guys. Happy Camping!

ted c on January 15, 2010 at 10:32 AM

And he’s more than willing to sacrifice the rest of the Congressional Dems to accomplish this.

kingsjester on January 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM

The correct term is cannon fodder. Obama has no conscience.

Yoop on January 15, 2010 at 10:33 AM

-Democrats will soon pass any health care bill.
-Declare victory.
-2010 elections: Blame Republicans for bad bill, because they did not offer any ideas.

albill on January 15, 2010 at 10:33 AM

O/T: Anyone know if there are any good unionized Amish communities in Nebraska?

joedoe on January 15, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Just to build on your idea:
I think all of us need to form the National Conservative Amish Union of America. Liberals need not apply. :)

search4truth on January 15, 2010 at 10:34 AM

“Pomeroy will get retired from the House, along with more than a few of his caucus colleagues, because they stopped listening to their constituents. All they needed to do was to tell Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama to get a clue as to what constitutes the real economic crisis in the country. Instead of representing their constituents, they represented Pelosi and Obama — and the voters will replace them with candidates who understand their priorities better.”

Damn right!

WannabeAnglican on January 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

O/T: Anyone know if there are any good unionized Amish communities in Nebraska?

joedoe on January 15, 2010 at 10:28 AM

I say we create our own HA union. The commenters get $.01, we unionize, then are exempt. Works for me.

txag92 on January 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

The ObamaCare bill will soon supplant the British Labour Party’s 1983 election manifesto as “the longest suicide note in history

J_Crater on January 15, 2010 at 10:36 AM

All they needed to do was to tell Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama to get a clue as to what constitutes the real economic crisis in the country.

They had a great chance to do just this weeks ago….
……it’s called voting “NO” on this government takeover of Health Care.

Baxter Greene on January 15, 2010 at 10:36 AM

This is a good demonstration of the arrogance these pols have had.

Only now do they realize they are accountable to their constituencies – not the Dem leadership?

What a bunch of idiots…

catmman on January 15, 2010 at 10:36 AM

There’s like some invisible stupid shield of D.C.

SouthernGent on January 15, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Wouldn’t a quick way to resolve this “protracted debate” for those that are worried to just SAY NAY and walk away???

What a concept.

tru2tx on January 15, 2010 at 10:37 AM

joedoe on January 15, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Lots of Amish near me! lol These bozos need to drop this bill and forget about cap and trade. I just got my electric bill yesterday…$341.00!!!! Thats for a month! This winter is not going to lower the cost either. ugh

becki51758 on January 15, 2010 at 10:37 AM

From this we are to assume that doing something stupid quickly, is infinitly preferable to doing something stupid slowly?

Tools…

percysunshine on January 15, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Disagree.

Even the worst of tools were designed with some useful purpose in mind. Some tools are very useful. ;-)

There is no single word that adequately describes the complete uselessness of these _______ .

Yoop on January 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM

*obamacare debate over*
debate called due to lack of a coherent argument and voter dissatisfaction.

.
Common Sense

ted c on January 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Sequence is everything. Retire this very second.
You just can’t fix stupid.

BetseyRoss on January 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM

There is no single word that adequately describes the complete uselessness of these _______ .

Yoop on January 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM

no, many things we may deem as useless can be extraordinarily useful. Take chum for instance….it’s gross, it’s disgusting, but, when used in the right circumstances, it sure is helpful.

ted c on January 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM

“I may as well retire”

Because the whole world revolves around you and we’re all really just fighting to keep you gainfully employed. No doubt your pass-ObamaCare-to-save-Pomeroy campaign will do the trick. /

Ronnie on January 15, 2010 at 10:42 AM

The ObamaCare bill will soon supplant the British Labour Party’s 1983 election manifesto as “the longest suicide note in history“

J_Crater on January 15, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Could you elaborate? I’m a bit rusty on recent British politics.

Dark-Star on January 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM

they are going to pass it so who cares

tomas on January 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM

I say we create our own HA union. The commenters get $.01, we unionize, then are exempt. Works for me.

txag92 on January 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

This raises another interesting question. Are all unions exempt? Or, is a hand-picked few that are exempt?

How can any of this BS be constitutional? geezzzz

joedoe on January 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM

OT but theres a nuclear power plant on lockdown in Amirillo, Texas.

becki51758 on January 15, 2010 at 10:46 AM

North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy said the protracted debate is hurting him so badly back home that he might as well retire if it drags on much longer.

So how much does he want?

flameofjudah on January 15, 2010 at 10:46 AM

I say we create our own HA union. The commenters get $.01, we unionize, then are exempt. Works for me.

txag92 on January 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

I hereby apply for the job as union enforcer. I already have my own liberal bat.

Yoop on January 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM

There will be little more delay. They’re going to ram this through before Brown wins in MA.

Guaranteed.

Yakko77 on January 15, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Hey congressman believe or not most of your people that sent you to congress expect you to do and vote for what is best for them not whats best for Nancy,Obama or Harry.If you don,t know that why wait for Nov.Quit now.

thmcbb on January 15, 2010 at 10:50 AM

This is a good demonstration of the arrogance these pols have had.

Only now do they realize they are accountable to their constituencies – not the Dem leadership?

What a bunch of idiots…

catmman on January 15, 2010 at 10:36 AM

They feel no compassion for their constituents or accountability. How to judge?

They will STILL vote FOR this bill!

They’re just pissed because it’s taking too long and has become a liability. Simple as that.

donh525 on January 15, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Instead of representing their constituents, they represented Pelosi and Obama — and the voters will replace them with candidates who understand their priorities better.

Exactly! This could have ended a few months back, but they went thru with it anyway. Now they whine, and complain because it’s hurting them in their districts? Wha wha wha.

They had a choice. Nancy, and Obama, or the people they represent. They chose unwisely. Idiots!!!

capejasmine on January 15, 2010 at 10:50 AM

If they’re so close (i.e. Headlines), why is he so upset?

UnderstandingisPower on January 15, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Would that EVERY marxist would retire.

Not to worry, November 2010 will be your REAL “enlightenment.”

jeff_from_mpls on January 15, 2010 at 10:52 AM

OT but theres a nuclear power plant on lockdown in Amirillo, Texas.

becki51758 on January 15, 2010 at 10:46 AM

WHAT?! I live in Amarillo. More please…

UnderstandingisPower on January 15, 2010 at 10:53 AM

“I may as well retire”

Then quit whining about it, man up & JUST DO IT!

huskerdiva on January 15, 2010 at 10:53 AM

“I believe Congress needs to resolve fairly quickly this protracted health care debate,” Pomeroy told POLITICO on Thursday. “We have a number of other issues that haven’t been able to get enough attention, because health care is taking up all the floor time, all of the attention. We need to move on.”

So, instead of fighting this potential career-ender, just get it passed, move on and hope his constituents forget about it? Excuse me if I feel no sympathy for Pomeroy or any other Rep who risks losing their seat over this debacle.

Nichevo on January 15, 2010 at 10:55 AM

If they’re so close (i.e. Headlines), why is he so upset?

UnderstandingisPower on January 15, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Out of the frying pan…

ElectricPhase on January 15, 2010 at 10:55 AM

A breath of fresh air out of North Dakota. Pomeroy and Dorgan have a point here–why waste so much time and energy trying to force socialized medicine on the American people WHO DON’T WANT IT, when they really want JOBS?

Obama and the Democrats could have saved themselves lots of grief if they had listened to Hillary Clinton. She tried socialized medicine in 1993, and it cost Democrats the House in 1994. Those who don’t study history (Obama) are doomed to repeat it.

A GOP House in 2011 !!!

Steve Z on January 15, 2010 at 10:57 AM

All these union members will be exempt from the Cadillac tax. Their generous salaries are paid by taxpayers, and they get better benefits than most private sector employees. Now, not only will we be paying their salaries and benefits, they will be exempt from a 40% tax on their benefits that the rest of us will be stuck paying (a tax which will eventually kill our own insurance plans).

Words cannot properly describe how disgusted I am.

Buy Danish on January 15, 2010 at 10:58 AM

WHAT?! I live in Amarillo. More please…

UnderstandingisPower on January 15, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Hunters in a field next to plant. No big deal.

donh525 on January 15, 2010 at 10:58 AM

These IDIOTS actually believe that if they pass ObamaCare, they’ll be able to SELL IT TO THE PUBLIC LATER. They haven’t a clue that it will be used to club them all to death this November.

GarandFan on January 15, 2010 at 10:58 AM

I’m not sure if I’m understanding him right. Does he want Congress to table health care and move on to other things? Or does he want them to rush it through, thus angering the public even further?

I could be wrong but I think he mainly wants the former. Which is an interesting development imho.

Missy on January 15, 2010 at 10:58 AM

These IDIOTS actually believe that if they pass ObamaCare, they’ll be able to SELL IT TO THE PUBLIC LATER.

I think only some of them believe this. I’m betting a bunch more see the writing on the wall. They want to give up on healthcare, at least for the time being, for the sake of their jobs and the rest of their agenda. I think this is what Pomeroy is really trying to say.

Missy on January 15, 2010 at 11:00 AM

UnderstandingisPower on January 15, 2010 at 10:53 AM

The official release from the plant, for whatever it’s worth.

http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=402277

Can’t find anything else from anyone – which may or may not be the result of a government shut-up-or-else order on the news agencies to ‘prevent panic’ or somesuch.

Dark-Star on January 15, 2010 at 11:00 AM

UnderstandingisPower on January 15, 2010 at 10:53 AM

All I know is its one that produces missles…it was reported on Fox.

becki51758 on January 15, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I could be wrong but I think he mainly wants the former. Which is an interesting development imho.

Missy on January 15, 2010 at 10:58 AM

How often are you pleased with what a politician says?

Now, how often are you pleased by what a politician does?

Yeah, me too.

donh525 on January 15, 2010 at 11:06 AM

The rats are announcing they will not stay on board a sinking ship… too bad these were the fools who caused it to start sinking in the first place.

Now it is time to stop electing rats that are bad or worse, its been hard to tell what with all the wheeling and dealing going on by both parties. It is vermin removal time and the House needs a good cleaning and fumigation.

ajacksonian on January 15, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Dude, it isn’t the debate that is hurting you, it is the bill.

Vashta.Nerada on January 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

This clown obviously thinks the problem is that if the bill drags on, he won’t have enough time afterward to bring home the pork and other goodies he thinks will get him re-elected as usual. And he is right about that. This thing is so bad it was going to take a year of rehab for any vulnerable Democrat in a reasonably conservative district to cover it over. Once it went past November, these guys could see it was going to kill them this fall.

Pomeroy is just speaking the truth. This is a far-leftwing bill and the center-right Democrats are out of time to try to spin it or recover from helping to pass it before November.

rockmom on January 15, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Don’t stress yourself Pomeroy, retire now.

ranzofola on January 15, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Obama and the Democrats could have saved themselves lots of grief if they had listened to Hillary Clinton. She tried socialized medicine in 1993, and it cost Democrats the House in 1994. Those who don’t study history (Obama) are doomed to repeat it.

A GOP House in 2011 !!!

Steve Z on January 15, 2010 at 10:57 AM

It’s the Democrats’ Third Rail, just like Social Security has always been for Republicans. Donks always thought America was with them but they just didn’t have enough votes to pass a government takeover of health care. They completely misread these last two elections and thought they finally had their mandate for it. And now they are so far gone down the path they can’t seem to find their way back, no mate how much further into the weeds and brambles they get and how many cuts their members are bleeding from.

rockmom on January 15, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Many here want to judge Pomeroy on what he says.

Judge him on what he’s done so far!

donh525 on January 15, 2010 at 11:11 AM

donh525 on January 15, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Good point. I just think it’s interesting that it’s gotten to the point where some Dems are willing to say they’d prefer to shelve this POS bill.

If I’m correct about Pomeroy’s meaning, and I very well may not be. He’s not making a definitive statement, obviously.

Missy on January 15, 2010 at 11:14 AM

rockmom on January 15, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Well said. I wish I had a crystal ball so I could figure out whether they’ll get out of the woods by Tuesday. They seem to be trying to rush something through.

Missy on January 15, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Micah 7 (New International Version) The Evil That People Do/Israel’s Misery (or ours at this point)
1 What misery is mine!
I am like one who gathers summer fruit
at the gleaning of the vineyard;
there is no cluster of grapes to eat,
none of the early figs that I crave.
2 The godly have been swept from the land;
not one upright man remains.
All men lie in wait to shed blood;
each hunts his brother with a net.
3 Both hands are skilled in doing evil;
the ruler demands gifts,
the judge accepts bribes,
the powerful dictate what they desire—
they all conspire together.
4 The best of them is like a brier,
the most upright worse than a thorn hedge.
The day of your watchmen has come,
the day God visits you.
Now is the time of their confusion.
5 Do not trust a neighbor;
put no confidence in a friend.
Even with her who lies in your embrace
be careful of your words.
6 For a son dishonors his father,
a daughter rises up against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.
7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD,
I wait for God my Savior;
my God will hear me.
Read this this morning and wanted to share.

sicoit on January 15, 2010 at 11:18 AM

For Gods sake man …JUMP .. before you are pushed along with the rest of you Obama enablers..

Sandybourne on January 15, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Another casualty of the Cloward-Piven strategy being employed by Obama, the demrats, and the rest of the socialists scum of this country.

csdeven on January 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM

donh525 on January 15, 2010 at 11:06 AM

+ 1

May we never forget that reality!

IlikedAUH2O on January 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM

At one time the Japanese had a tradition that went a little beyond retirement, when one completely disgraced themselves. Just sayin’…….

joedoe on January 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM

This assumes that there is honor involvedn reference to the one srewing uo, a trait that has not been seen in DC for several hundred years.

Badger40 on January 15, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Can you hear us now Pomeroy?

ted c on January 15, 2010 at 11:27 AM

One more useful idiot thrown on Obama’s bone heap.

Mr. Arrogant on January 15, 2010 at 11:27 AM

It’s intriguing reading all these news articles where the focus in on “what’s good for the politicians”.

How many months has it been since there seemed to be any thought as to what’s best for the people?

Perfect example of the horse-race, who’s-up-who’s-down nature of Washington political coverage. They’re so involved in process, they fail to see that the bubble they live in is about to POP!

jeanneb on January 15, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Breaking… Obama announces new job creation initiative: Rebuilding Haiti. Reconstruction will be partnered with General Electric and financed by cuts in Medicare and Defense. Twenty million jobs to be created/saved.

petefrt on January 15, 2010 at 11:30 AM

He might as well quit now if he is afraid of voters, as Dorgan and Dodd are. Delaying Obamacare or speeding it up is not going to change what they do to you, Pomeroy.

You have missed the point of what they have been telling you…which is “don’t do this, idiot”.

Now if you were a man of principle, you would stay on and take what comes face on, instead of hiding from your failure as Dorgan and Dodd have.

I bet you will retire. You aren’t getting the message, and you have a solution to your discomfort that will not work. You are a hack, and hacks lack the courage to fail.

Harry Schell on January 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM

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