Orrin Hatch: “Outright war” in the Senate if Dems try reconciliation

posted at 7:34 pm on January 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

I think I have to root for it to happen now. Traffic uber alles, my friends.

Hatch said Thursday that using reconciliation would be “one of the worst grabs for power in the history of the country” that would permanently impact relations between the two parties.

“It is going to be outright war and it should be, because it would be such an abuse of the reconciliation rules,” Hatch said. “If they abuse those rules it is going to lead to even more heated animosities between not just the two parties, but even between individual senators.”

Oh, the vids we shall cull; getting to see the famous McCain temper finally unleashed alone makes it worth it. But don’t celebrate just yet. No less an O-Care booster than Ezra Klein sounded grim this morning about the Dream dying on the Senate floor. Not with a bang but a whimper:

The timetable Emanuel is laying out makes little sense. The jobs bill will take some time. Financial regulation will take much longer. Let’s be conservative and give all this four months. Is Emanuel really suggesting that he expects Congress to return to health-care reform in the summer before the election? Forgetting whether there’s political will at that point, there’s no personnel: Everyone is home campaigning.

Moreover, there’s a time limit on health-care reform. The open reconciliation instructions the Senate could use to modify the bill expire when the next budget is (there’s disagreement over the precise rule on this) considered or passed. That is to say, the open reconciliation instructions expire soon. Democrats could build new reconciliation instructions into the next budget, but that’s going to be a heavy lift. The longer this takes, the less likely it is to happen. And Emanuel just said that the administration’s preference is to let it take longer. If I were a doctor, I’d downgrade health care’s prognosis considerably atop this evidence.

What he neglects to mention is that reconciliation itself could take a fantastically long time. Read this wonkish but valuable analysis at TNR of all the procedural hurdles Senate Democrats would have to jump through to make it happen. There’s no specific timetable given, but it sounds like it’d take weeks at least; depending upon how the public reacts, the GOP could be emboldened to try to make it months, with Brown likely tapped for some sort of visible role to leverage the symbolism of him as a popular veto against ObamaCare. On top of all that, there’s the fact that House Dems don’t trust Reid and company to actually pass a reconciliation “fix” if the House passes the Senate bill first, either because procedurally it’ll be too difficult or because too many centrists will end up bugging out in fear and they won’t have 50 votes. Listen to Clyburn below. Exit question: Reid’s seriously going to try this? Seriously?


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Hatch, I’ll believe it when I see it.

But good luck!

b1jetmech on January 29, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Go GOP, GO!

Get on the war wagon and every news program.

Speakup on January 29, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Exit question: Reid’s seriously going to try this? Seriously?

Why bug about this? Pelosi and Reid have been pushing … this isn’t surprising me. But it should make an impact on Reid’s election coming up.

upinak on January 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Tell you what, Orrin baby!

When I start seeing you talk-talk Republicans finally get out of the talking stage and start acting on things like this, then I will believe you!

pilamaye on January 29, 2010 at 7:38 PM

I’m with you AP.

Bring. It. On. Dem’s.

Knucklehead on January 29, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Rules? What Rules…

Remember, this is the same Senate which allowed the appointed now X Senator sitting in Scott Browns seat, to vote yesterday on THREE contraversial Closure Votes… when it is CLEAR by both the Senate rules, past Precedent, and current law, that he cannot vote.

Progresives don’t believe in Rules.

Romeo13 on January 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Reid’s seriously going to try this? Seriously?

a desperate man will do desperate things…

cmsinaz on January 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

I think I have to root for it to happen now. Traffic uber alles, my friends.

Nope. Future of this nation uber alles.

rbj on January 29, 2010 at 7:40 PM

pilamaye on January 29, 2010 at 7:38 PM

+1…want to see some action and some spines!!

cmsinaz on January 29, 2010 at 7:41 PM

‘Progresives don’t believe in Rules.’

Yes they do. The thing is the rules keep changing. That is why they are so good at fizbin

enginemike on January 29, 2010 at 7:41 PM

In the Senate and the whole of the country. I can’t see half the country taking this sitting down anymore. Even us “young ones.” The lines been drawn for a while, they crossed it a few miles back. These people want a war is the problem. they’re gonna get it.

roopster217 on January 29, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Not going to happen. But it’s fun to think about what a colossal clusterfark it would be if they tried it.

Missy on January 29, 2010 at 7:43 PM

The timetable Emanuel is laying out makes little sense.

It makes perfect sense if you want the issue to die away without further action that hurts your party.

Chuckles3 on January 29, 2010 at 7:43 PM

James Clyburn is a racist, and I don’t trust him.

Consider that Byrd is in ill health. I doubt he’ll be around this summer.

SouthernGent on January 29, 2010 at 7:43 PM

ObamaCare is dead. It lives on as a vivid memory with the Dems. Reid is out of bribes, Pelosi is out of votes, and Obama is out of time. Mate in five moves. Time to resign.

For fun, read Dkos and see how the active fantasies around reconciliation and calling your congressman live on. Those people have no lives.

EMD on January 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Bring back caning on the senate floor.

farright on January 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM

I’m not convinced the Dems aren’t brazen enough to try reconciliation, and like AP, some devious part of me hopes they do. It would be the final nail in their repugnant political coffins.

anXdem on January 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM

But war is such an ugly word, maybe we could call it a man-caused disaster or something.

Lily on January 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM

” . . .Brown likely tapped for some sort of visible role to leverage the symbolism of him as a popular veto against ObamaCare.”

First, they have to get Scott Brown sworn in as Senator. Interim Senator Kirk’s continued voting since January 20 is also a power grab.

Emperor Norton on January 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM

The quicker the dems implode, the better for our nation. We must have true conservatives back in control to rid the government of these ridiculous jerks who know so much more than we do about everything.

November 2010 can’t get here soon enough.

dthorny on January 29, 2010 at 7:45 PM

The longer this goes on, the better the chances Democrats facing re-election will desert.

GarandFan on January 29, 2010 at 7:45 PM

The weird irony of this is, if the Dims were to accept the Republican version of health reform, the Dimmy’s would probably get re-elected.

Of course, egos prevent this. Rush on swine, to your utter destruction. The sea awaits.

Lincoln Cadillac on January 29, 2010 at 7:47 PM

“Sundance Kid: I can’t swim. Butch Cassidy: Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you. …”

NeoKong on January 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM

This fight may have been the best thing to happen to the GOP in a long time.

I don’t think they’ve been this united since 1994.

gophergirl on January 29, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Time to give them the Preston Brooks treatment!

conservnut on January 29, 2010 at 7:53 PM

James Clyburn is a racist, and I don’t trust him.
SouthernGent on January 29, 2010 at 7:43 PM

I trust you read today he’s getting a primary challenger, right?

LastRick on January 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

This will be fun. Bring out the popcorn.

Never heard Orrin Hatch so angry. These liberals have crossed the line.

cubachi on January 29, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Rules? What Rules…

Remember, this is the same Senate which allowed the appointed now X Senator sitting in Scott Browns seat, to vote yesterday on THREE contraversial Closure Votes… when it is CLEAR by both the Senate rules, past Precedent, and current law, that he cannot vote.

Progresives don’t believe in Rules.

Romeo13 on January 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

This is spot on!

If we have any legal eagles in this thread, I have a couple of questions.

I. On the matter of “standing” to bring suit, as the senate is spending the collective states money could’nt any American sue? Showing not only individual harm, but generational towards one’s progeny as well.

II. Certainly someone in MA should be able to sue to as they are being “represented” fraudulently.

III. Why in the hell is not some, any Senator, suing or in some other manner barring this travesty as fraudulent? Since Brown’s election, whoever the seat warmer is, he no longer carries the “qualified” label legally.

IV. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Foxtrot is going on here? Is there actually no-one in the Senate that gives a sh!t?

Archimedes on January 29, 2010 at 7:56 PM

“Listen to Clyburn…”

Hearing him talk about the loss of Teddy’s seat and Nelson getting having to leave a Pizza joint was too good.

They are scared for their jobs. They know America doesn’t want this crap sandwich.

“Of course you realize… This means war!”

Seven Percent Solution on January 29, 2010 at 7:59 PM

While a great fight would be fun to watch, the risk is too great. Obamacare needs to be killed.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 29, 2010 at 8:00 PM

The Senate Minority leader bears the responsibility. Maybe he or his staff read the Massachusetts special election law requiring “election and qualification” of Brown to mean “election and certification,” which it doesn’t. The qualification was already done: Brown is over 30 years old, a US citizen, and a resident of Massachusetts.

Emperor Norton on January 29, 2010 at 8:01 PM

I hope they try it because the first casualty in a full on scorched earth Senate fight will be Obama’s presidency.

elduende on January 29, 2010 at 8:02 PM

What people don’t realize, is that there are already huge tax increases that have been passed and are already in effect. Take, for instance, the tobacco tax. Yes, I am a smoker. I do not, and cannot smoke in public buildings. I smoke outside, or in my home. Since I have been unemployed, I have been rolling my own cigarettes. The price for a tin of tobacco (about a carton) has gone from 12.99 to 40.00 in less than one month. I know that smoking is bad, but there is a large group of Americans who DO smoke, and while MOST of us do not want to affect non-smokers, we also should not be unfairly taxed without recourse. I, as many of my fellow smokers, go through about a carton a week, meaning that, I have had a weekly tax increase of 27.01, in addition to future taxes.

I know, I know, “Why don’t u quit, then?” Well, buddy, niccotene addiction is proven to be harder to kick than Heroin. Yet there are free Methodone clinics, but nothing for us smokers, except taxes.

viviliberoomuori on January 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

The two things Obama could do that would cause people to take to the streets are this and trying KSM in a civilian court that turns into a circus and/or invites an attack.

Obama is so out-of-touch he has no idea he’s sowing the seeds of his own political destruction as well as his party.

Scott Brown’s election was a shot that struck the bow. If they keep going the next shot is going to take out the entire bridge.

TheBigOldDog on January 29, 2010 at 8:07 PM

I’m nervous about going into all out war with Snowe in our foxhole. And Collins. And Graham. And the new guy.

myrenovations on January 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Oh, puh-lease.

Christien on January 29, 2010 at 8:09 PM

no they won’t. This is posturing to keep the hounds of the left at bay and to make the right more amenable to negotiations.

rob verdi on January 29, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Scenario:

1-William Ayers bombs the Pentagon (again).
2-Rahm Emanuel urges O’Toonces to declare martial law and suspend the Constitution.
3-O’Toonces obliges and declares l’etat, c’est moi for the duration.
4-Hilarity ensues.

J.J. Sefton on January 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

viviliberoomuori on January 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Maybe you should take up heroin; it might cure you of the nicotine addiction and then you could use a methadone clinic to get off the smack.

Bishop on January 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM

We have heard it all before Sen. Hatch .What are you going to do this time go on Msnbc and say nasty things about your good friends (your words).I remember when your good friend Teddy said all those nasty and vile things about Bush and all conservatives.You just smiled and said my good friend Teddy was just upset. Give me a break. You and the rest of the Rep should do like Truman said .If you want a friend in D.C. get a dog.You and the rest can,t even tell the American people that Obama and most of the libs lie lie all the time.Hell fire when Joe Wilson told the truth last year you and the rest had a cow.Do us all a favor grow a set get a backbone or quit.

thmcbb on January 29, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Maybe we should just call their bluff. If acting at the direction of the majority of Americans and trying to stop this monstrosity makes us “the party of no,” so be it. And if it’s really so great and in America’s best interest, there’s no reason why the Dems should hesitate. They should be TRYING to take all the credit. Voters will greet their actions with flowers and dancing in the street, right?

Do it you asshats. I dare you.

Infidoll on January 29, 2010 at 8:18 PM

farright on January 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Bring back the tar and feather express when they come home after ignoring what the people want.

chemman on January 29, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Orrin Hatch should be slowing down the Senate’s business to a crawl until Scotty B. is sworn and seated…

Seven Percent Solution on January 29, 2010 at 8:20 PM

The weird irony of this is, if the Dims were to accept the Republican version of health reform, the Dimmy’s would probably get re-elected.

Lincoln Cadillac on January 29, 2010 at 7:47 PM

The true irony would be that in that event, the whole motive of the Dems for HCR, increased government dependence and control, would have collapsed in favor of increased individual control and independence.

Barnestormer on January 29, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Obama’s finally going to give us some C-Span! Woot!

Dusty on January 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

myrenovations on January 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

While Brown is certain to disappoint us I doubt it will be on this one. It was a signature issue during his campaign.

chemman on January 29, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Still don’t see a stake in the heart and until then will be ever vigilant.

jukin on January 29, 2010 at 8:25 PM

viviliberoomuori on January 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM
Maybe you should take up heroin; it might cure you of the nicotine addiction and then you could use a methadone clinic to get off the smack.

Bishop on January 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Thanks for your 2 cents,Jackass. I’m with vivi here.

katy the mean old lady on January 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Hatch needs to answer why Paul Kirk is still functioning as a Senator.

Credo on January 29, 2010 at 8:27 PM

anXdem on January 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Only if the GOP has finally grown a pair big enough that you don’t need a SEM to find.

chemman on January 29, 2010 at 8:30 PM

This will never die until they are run out of office. They respect no rukes whatsoever. Obama said it the other night, “if the Republicans are going to continue to insist on 60 votes to pass things” etc.. Another trial balloon floated or laying ground work to change the rules completely. Whne theyae run out of office and or behind bars where most of them belong then this version will be dead.

bluemarlin on January 29, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Bishop on January 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM

lol….

Ahh, Bishop…Always the voice of reason here!

Patrick S on January 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

This will never die until they are run out of office.

bluemarlin on January 29, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Nov. 2, 2010, for starters? I believe the thought has occurred to some of them.

Barnestormer on January 29, 2010 at 8:35 PM

viviliberoomuori on January 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Agreed, but I have no intention of ever quitting, I enjoy it. The taxes are unfair but sadly those that don’t smoke just don’t care. They will when their favorite soda or coffee drink gets hit but until then not a word.

kahall on January 29, 2010 at 8:36 PM

katy the mean old lady on January 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

I am pretty sure Bishop was being sarcastic.

kahall on January 29, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Cold civil war.

Mason on January 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM

I think they should try. They’re finished in November either way.

Punditpawn on January 29, 2010 at 8:41 PM

More like a sorority pillow fight.

Fletch54 on January 29, 2010 at 8:47 PM

I am pretty sure Bishop was being sarcastic.

kahall on January 29, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Sorry, I do fly off the handle. Bish is usually someone I agree with.

katy the mean old lady on January 29, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Time to give them the Preston Brooks treatment!

conservnut on January 29, 2010 at 7:53 PM

I realizesure as heck hope you meant this metaphorically… but have you ever actually read that entry about the attack? It was a despicable and cowardly attack made by a someone who got his feelings hurt. In other words, he lashed out just like a liberal does/would. So, uhm, basically,…NO we do not want to act that way. We can leave the thug tactics where they belong, with the Dhims, thanks.

TASS71 on January 29, 2010 at 8:54 PM

I don’t trust Hatch to follow through. If it is a choice between holding hearings about college football bowls, or rubbing napalm on Dems…he is definitely going to hold a hearing.

He is positioning for a kewpie doll from Reid and Obama.

This is where the Reps are not going to seize the moment and do what is right, because they haven’t the balls to make war when they should. Think of falling off the A-list in the DC party circuit…is that fate worse than avoiding real character tests? Reps have failed in CA and doomed themselves to near permanent irrelevance because they did this, made exactly that calculation, and went along to get along.

The challenge Reps at every level, elected and party functionairies alike, have is taking a real position against the marxists and following through, even if they lose in the end. Die on your feet, live on your knees.

The other side is not going to take any prisoners, so to speak. They will never give up. You either match that or lose. The Tea Party movement scares the hell out of them because they have had a monopoly on marching and carrying on. We all had nice manners and tried to listen…but listening to manure is useless. Wastes time, you learn nothing.

The poor little weenie who tried to sell Obamacare at the town hall I attended was quite undone taking flak. A Pelosi puppy, he is an intellectual gelding and to encounter non-echo chamber thoughts just paniced the little man.

If that is the cailber of people figuring out how to run this country, we are a few years too late on the Tea Party gig. But all is not lost, if the Reps really get moving. If.

Harry Schell on January 29, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Rules? What Rules…

Remember, this is the same Senate which allowed the appointed now X Senator sitting in Scott Browns seat, to vote yesterday on THREE contraversial Closure Votes… when it is CLEAR by both the Senate rules, past Precedent, and current law, that he cannot vote.

Progressives don’t believe in Rules.

Romeo13 on January 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

When will they catch a clue? Why haven’t any republicans said anything? Where is Scott Brown? Doesn’t he care? Are we a nation of laws? I for one am sick and tired of these shameful, criminal games. It has to come to an end.

Blacksmith8 on January 29, 2010 at 9:07 PM

What is that delectable aroma?

Why it’s the sweet, sweet smell of a Dem asswhooping come November.

GinaE on January 29, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Let’s be conservative and give all this four months.

Let’s be Conservative and not do it at all.

Count to 10 on January 29, 2010 at 9:14 PM

What we are seeing is a blow hard contest amongst puffer fish and no one knows what to do. Which is good, for now.

Dhuka on January 29, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Did the democrats not get the memo? If they think the gop senators are going to go nuts, what about voters? I’ll start burning senators in effigy.

Blake on January 29, 2010 at 9:16 PM

War? War!! Is there some way we can help? I’d just like to stand in the balcony and throw water balloons.(Yeah!I know that’s tame but I’d still like to anyway)

jeanie on January 29, 2010 at 9:26 PM

vivi @8:06
Non smoker here who agrees with you. The taxes on tobacco are outrageous and insidious: They cut into your freedom and thereby into mine.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 29, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Wow! The Democrats have a super majority to pass anything they want, without looking corrupt. I guess Obama is right after all when he said he inherited a mess…his own party.

Electrongod on January 29, 2010 at 9:40 PM

**YAWN**

BobAnthony on January 29, 2010 at 10:15 PM

I love the tough, decent, honorable Orrin Hatch – when he decides to show up. When he’s good, he’s good. He just negates it periodically by supporting something or someone he shouldn’t. He’s an old-school gentleman, who still lives by the naive code that says your political opponents aren’t bad people, just misguided.

BTW, you can enjoy conservative discussion in an open forum at “It’s About Freedom” by clicking on my signature.

IronDioPriest on January 29, 2010 at 10:20 PM

vivi @8:06Non smoker here who agrees with you. The taxes on tobacco are outrageous and insidious: They cut into your freedom and thereby into mine.GaltBlvnAtty on January 29, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Same here. Have you looked into e-cigarettes? Cheaper (about $70 to get started), not taxed as tobacco and no smell.

citrus on January 29, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Bring it on, Demidiots. This is what we’re hoping for.

BottomLine5 on January 29, 2010 at 10:26 PM

IDP: Yes, Orrin Hatch, because he is a long-time senator, cannot process that some other senators are enemies that must be defeated.
See myrenovations at 8:08.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 29, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Guess we should ship cases of Red Bull to the GOP Senators…

atheling on January 29, 2010 at 10:32 PM

The GOP will wimp out as usual, turning into the doormats they always are and won’t last more than a day fighting the Dems. All talk and no action. I guess I’m surprised they even had the talk.

flytier on January 29, 2010 at 10:49 PM

He’s an old-school gentleman, who still lives by the naive code that says your political opponents aren’t bad people, just misguided.
IronDioPriest on January 29, 2010 at 10:20 PM

I think that’s one of our main problems with Congress. Republicans like to think of themselves as personal friends with those across the aisle. Hey, my senator, Tom Coburn, likes to think of himself as a close personal friend of Obama! They don’t seem to realize that the rest of us are in counter-revolutionary mode here trying to protect the country from these socialists! (And I’m convinced that most “progressive” congressperps would slit the throat of anyone who stood in their way, politically speaking of course.) The Republicans are just naive wimps!

Christian Conservative on January 29, 2010 at 10:57 PM

I remember when all you Senators coddled Teddy and sang his praises and it made me want to puke. You’re gone this November you phony bunch of hypocrites.

mixplix on January 29, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Here it is January and its started already with these government officials calling each other names and saying threats. It reminds me of a couple of lawyers screaming at each other in court and having a beer afterwards. Be wise my friends for we will have lies, tears, screams and every other emotion you can think of this year before the November elections. Be calm and remember who you vote for this November.

mixplix on January 29, 2010 at 11:11 PM

I am optimistic that this time… it really is dead.

Okay, reality. I’ve thought that at least 3 other times and each time it starts breathing on it’s own again.

I wish for the country’s sake they would take a couple of simple things everyone agrees would help and pass them. But that would be far too too sensible for a government run by incompetent Dems.

I hope if the Republicans get control they pass some common sense measures and see if Obama will sign it.

He claimed today that he isn’t ideological. Has he ever told a bigger lie?

petunia on January 30, 2010 at 12:11 AM

You know, of course, that COBRA was passed by reconciliation.

Jimbo3 on January 30, 2010 at 12:22 AM

Good news, next big fight-the economy. We must protect America, it will take decades to fix it as it is. Time to boot ‘daddy gov’ and bring Uncle Sam back to full health.

allrsn on January 30, 2010 at 12:23 AM

All out war? Really?

From some of these guys, it would be more like the Christmas Day Truce, circa 1914.

Of course, then we’d have the next few years spent with both sides blasting the crap out of one another, so…maybe?

catmman on January 30, 2010 at 12:54 AM

Heh! Here it is at a a football game.

Ol’ Miss Rules

This was so hard to find. It’s almost like someone wanted to hide it.

BTW The War of Northern Aggression was a political, economic and demographic disaster that was brought on by another bunch of liberals with “my way or the highway”. That really worked out well. Party of peace, yeah right.

Here we are again on freedom and economics. Sigh. Only this time the sides are not geographic.

Caststeel on January 30, 2010 at 3:02 AM

Notice the segue to The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Just a small hint, D’rats.

Caststeel on January 30, 2010 at 3:05 AM

Orrin ““I like Barack Obama and want to help him if I can” Hatch as the point man in the struggle is less than inspirational.

Nichevo on January 30, 2010 at 4:21 AM

Orrin’s already loading up on marshmallows -a fitting weapon for these wimpy republicans -the party that wouldn’t criticize Obama out of raw fear. Imagine them going up against the king. Imagine them going against a faux messiah. So frustrating -give Orrin the Oscar and lets all go get a cocktail or two.

Don L on January 30, 2010 at 7:24 AM

OK, so who greased Nancy’s Pole Vault thingy.

BigAlSouth on January 30, 2010 at 7:49 AM

HEY ALLAHLIB “war” sounds obliquely violent. You gonna threaten Hatch with expulsion? Just askin again.

Mr. Grump on January 30, 2010 at 8:28 AM

In the words of one Tony Montana; “You wanna war? I go to war!”
This ain’t over. The demoncRATS are gonna try to pass this steaming pile of excrement. I hope they try. I want to see the circus in the Senate that would ensue, should Hatch grow a pair.

mountainmanbob on January 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering several steps that would review the legality of the controversial Bowl Championship Series, the Justice Department said in a letter Friday to a senator who had asked for an antitrust review.

In the letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch, obtained by The Associated Press, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote that the Justice Department is reviewing Hatch’s request and other materials to determine whether to open an investigation into whether the BCS violates antitrust laws.

What a coincidence.

percysunshine on January 30, 2010 at 9:20 AM

I’ll believe it when I see it.

McConnell and DeMint also told us that they were going to require the reading and re-reading of the original and all amendments prior to the vote that was taken in December.

Sporty1946 on January 30, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Hatch, I would really love to see your definition of all out war with the Libs.

mobydutch on January 30, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Reid’s senate seat is going to someone else and he knows it. What has he got to lose. He can push this and ingratiate himself with The Jug-eared Won and get some cushy appointment after the voters of Nevada toss him like last month’s leftovers. This would be a good opportunity to see if there is one functioning gonad left among the Republicans. When it comes down to ugly namecalling, I’m guessing there won’t be.

Extrafishy on January 30, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Meanwhile Sen (temp) Kirk keeps voting while Sen elect Brown waits for the Massachusetts all clear sign as they and ACORN see what they can come up with.

Sure you will Sen Hatch, sure you will.

tarpon on January 30, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Hatch is my Senator. This is a big deal coming from Hatch.

He usually bends over backwards to get along.

scotash on January 30, 2010 at 11:49 AM

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