Reid to DeMint and Kyl: Stop whining about having to work over the holidays

posted at 4:18 pm on December 15, 2010 by Allahpundit

I can give you several good reasons why the GOP should slow things down in the lame duck. The idea that it’s “sacrilegious” or “disrespectful” to have Senators working during Christmas week — not even on Christmas Day, mind you, but just in temporal proximity — is not one of them, especially with unemployment sky high and Congress’s approval at rock bottom. Here’s Reid taking an easy lay-up by reminding his audience that, for a lot of workers who are lucky enough to still have jobs, Christmas this year ain’t a day off. If we’re going to stall on START and the omnibus spending bill, can we at least stick to the argument that momentous decisions on foreign policy and government funding should be made by the new Congress per the voters’ wishes? No need to drag Santa into it. He’s busy enough these days.

Incidentally, after a whinier-than-usual statement from Gibbs this morning calling the delay tactics “a new low,” DeMint has agreed to lift his demand to have the full START text read on the floor. (Dick Lugar is addressing the chamber on START as I write this.) It looks like Reid might have agreed to delay the cloture vote on the treaty until tomorrow, thus achieving DeMint’s goal of delay while sparing everyone the tedium of having the bill read. The money question: Does Obama have the votes for ratification? The Journal sounded skeptical earlier but this morning’s vote to proceed drew 66 yeses, just one short of the number they need to ratify — and Evan Bayh, who’s retiring and has nothing to lose by voting yes, was absent for the vote. Republicans voting yes: Bennett, Brown, Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe, Voinovich, and … McCain and Graham, the only two who might conceivably flip to no on the final vote. But if they’re going to do that, why vote yes on the motion to proceed? I think this one’s a lost cause for the GOP. Click the image to watch.


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I hate to say it but that ahole Reid has a point.

taney71 on December 15, 2010 at 4:21 PM

They shouldn’t complain about working on Christmas Eve. They have every right to complain however if votes on major legislation are held in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve(Obamacare, anyone?).

Doughboy on December 15, 2010 at 4:21 PM

The “conservative” Bennett is really going out in style.

His name is showing up on every one of these controversial bills.

He’s waving his big F.U. finger to Utahans.

aquaviva on December 15, 2010 at 4:22 PM

no he doesn’t have a point! the lame ducks should not be allowed to pass anything!!!!

Bambi on December 15, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Do we have to pay support people overtime if they work over the holidays?

MayBee on December 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Do they really do any “work” anyways?

modnar on December 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Make the Democrats work on May Day next year.

WashJeff on December 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Thanks a lot Las Vegas for reelecting this tool; I hope people consider vacationing in AZ, TX, MS and FL for their warm weather.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 15, 2010 at 4:24 PM

START, I think, isn’t worth going to the mat over, if only because international treaties are good for little more than toilet paper these days. If the treaty gets ratified, Russia will “reduce its nukes” and we’ll “reduce our nukes” and somehow stockpiles will remain constant.

The omnibus appropriations bill, however, is poison and must be stopped. Robert Fibbs can whine about Jim DeMint as much as he wants, but every porky detail of that approps bill has to be read on the floor. This calls for a nuclear option if necessary.

KingGold on December 15, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Although I’d say the scheduling is the way it is because of Reid’s lack of planning. All of these agenda items are old business and there’s no excuse for them not having been taken care of months ago.

MayBee on December 15, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Again, to the voters of Nevada, heartfelt thanks.

Can we boycott LasVegas now?

TexasDan on December 15, 2010 at 4:24 PM

TexasDan on December 15, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I hate to say it but that ahole Reid has a point.

taney71 on December 15, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Me too, and I hate it that it’s his point.

Esthier on December 15, 2010 at 4:26 PM

This is all because the Dems hid the beef until after November, and still got crushed.

John the Libertarian on December 15, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Thanks a lot Las Vegas for reelecting this tool; I hope people consider vacationing in AZ, TX, MS and FL for their warm weather.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 15, 2010 at 4:24 PM

We mustn’t deprive Sharron Angle of proper credit in that debacle – her terrible judgment of character and tendency to run her mouth were as good as any Harrah’s bribery.

KingGold on December 15, 2010 at 4:28 PM

One of the most despicable things in Congress is when one party makes significant substantive compromises because it doesn’t want to work on the holidays. So you’ll fight for your cause and ask us for money and time to help you fight, and then you’ll surrender because spending the week after christmas with your family is more important than saving a nation?

Raisedbywolves on December 15, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I can’t wait until Reid takes his dirt nap.

It seems that that is the only way we’re ever going to be rid of him since those geniuses in Nevada keep re-electing him.

UltimateBob on December 15, 2010 at 4:29 PM

God I am so sick of this man.

jawkneemusic on December 15, 2010 at 4:30 PM

No need to drag Santa into it. He’s busy enough these days.

Or, you know, Jesus Christ. Seeing as how “sacrilegious” refers to the birth of Christ and not a fat old man who delivers toys.

amerpundit on December 15, 2010 at 4:30 PM

If they make me work “around” Christmas I’d be happy to take a multi-week “Recess” You know, like we had when we were in grade school.

WitchDoctor on December 15, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Uber conservative Brown 2012.

Why? Because he drives a pick up truck!

Bishop on December 15, 2010 at 4:32 PM

I’m glad Bennett has put my mind at rest for voting him out in the caucus. I was troubled by it for some time, but I feel better about it thanks to this Start treaty vote of his. Now it’s time to carefully consider Hatch’s future as well.

scotash on December 15, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Yeah, says Reid, d**n that Christmas thing!

Lourdes on December 15, 2010 at 4:33 PM

But if they’re going to do that, why vote yes on the motion to proceed?

Waste time?

ninjapirate on December 15, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Reid just Drank Kyl & DeMint’s Milkshakes.

I have to work 5 days a week, Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, so why shouldn’t these Congressional members?

Way to play right into Reid’s hands you dorks.

portlandon on December 15, 2010 at 4:34 PM

An idea: let the Senate go on their Christmas Holiday and leave Reid to stew and boil and sweat and fume at the podium, behind his desk, wherever.

Lourdes on December 15, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Reid just Drank Kyl & DeMint’s Milkshakes.

portlandon on December 15, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Reid just tried to pour KoolAid into their milkshakes, that’s what happened.

Reid’s a sour little diva.

Lourdes on December 15, 2010 at 4:35 PM

How do we make it through the day when they’re not in session?

Akzed on December 15, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Me too, and I hate it that it’s his point.

Esthier on December 15, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Yeah. Why is it that Republicans have such a hard time just saying what they mean? Democrats can’t, because they have to lie to advance their agenda, but sometimes I think that most Republican politicians don’t really understand the basic power of our conservative point of view. They can’t properly state it, so they retreat into this fluffy BS.

peski on December 15, 2010 at 4:37 PM

What’s that sign I see in a lot of offices?

“Your failure to plan ahead does not constitute an emergency on my part.”

The difference being that rather than not planning ahead, Reid et al intentionally planned to drop this steaming turd this close to Christmas, then people either vote for it to go home early, or miss a sacred holiday by standing firm.

Obviously, they should miss it and stand firm, but do we really need to ridicule them for speaking out at the obvious ploy of Reid’s?

DrAllecon on December 15, 2010 at 4:38 PM

I think this one’s a lost cause for the GOP

That ain’t all that’s a lost cause for the GOP. We been sold out again.

Mr. Grump on December 15, 2010 at 4:39 PM

We mustn’t deprive Sharron Angle of proper credit in that debacle – her terrible judgment of character and tendency to run her mouth were as good as any Harrah’s bribery.

KingGold on December 15, 2010 at 4:28 PM

But, really, did anyone see any serious GOP candidate there? Angle seems to have filled the void, but the GOP didn’t emerge as being too intent on winning that election, is my point.

Wherever you see these “filler” candidates, the GOP is withholding. Castle, for example, deemed “serious” as candidate by some among the GOP but loathed by many of the GOP voters. So you get these “filler” populist candidates and it indicates a Democrat-likely win election.

What is needed (speaking to the choir here, I know) are candidates from the GOP that are credible, “serious” comers in these Democrat controlled districts/elections, such as Reid’s. Reid is saturated in and by a district that relies on what Reid delivers: cloaked rewards, “mysterious” paybacks, underthetable deals…

Lourdes on December 15, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Reid is a Godless, amoral dolt and Christmas means nothing to him. The fool staged this event and knew exactly what he was doing. Don’t give him an inch, c lose down the damn government . . . every stinking department and everything else.

rplat on December 15, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Republicans voting yes: Bennett, Brown, Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe, Voinovich, and … McCain and Graham

It’s like a RINO roll call.

portlandon on December 15, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I hate this little steaming, sniveling piece of dung! He had MONTHS to get the budget done. Ya know how he paid off his goons to get the votes out in November? I think he’s paying them off again with these worthless bills. And Kyl and DeMint should drink a big ol’ cup of STFU!
What is WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE???
We need freakin’ business people running the show. These idiots have no idea what is going out here in the heartland. Come January 5 the ‘majority’ best get it figured out…are you with us, or are you against us!
Freakin’ DIRTBAGS!

Yellowdog12 on December 15, 2010 at 4:44 PM

…Reid et al intentionally planned to drop this steaming turd this close to Christmas, then people either vote for it to go home early, or miss a sacred holiday by standing firm.

Obviously, they should miss it and stand firm, but do we really need to ridicule them for speaking out at the obvious ploy of Reid’s?

DrAllecon on December 15, 2010 at 4:38 PM

This part:

…Reid et al intentionally planned to drop this steaming turd this close to Christmas, then people either vote for it to go home early, or miss a sacred holiday by standing firm…

is probably the best summary I’ve read. Like I wrote, Reid’s a nasty little diva, he’s likely been salivating over ruining Christmas for a while now, obviously leaving these “emergency” and emotional-issue attempts at upset to the last minute for his own, bitter, nasty reasons.

Reid’s rendition of “fighting back”: stomp on feet, punch the groin, spit on old ladies, steal her purse…

He’s a nasty little diva.

Lourdes on December 15, 2010 at 4:46 PM

KingGold on December 15, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Well then, I blame Sue Lowden for messing up her primary campaign and what would’ve been an easy election.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 15, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Yep, there are some serious retards in Nevada. How could you dimwits elect this tool?

WarEagle01 on December 15, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Contrast this with what happened 10 years ago in Florida, when the Democrats who were busily trying to steal a Presidential election FUBAR’d things up even more by delaying the recount so they could take Thanksgiving Day off. Talk about 2 sets of standards…

Del Dolemonte on December 15, 2010 at 4:57 PM

And who argues, again, that it’s better to have a RINO in the “big tent” than a liberal???? This is the reason we conservatives hate RINOs. Now this garbage is painted as “bipartisan” instead of liberal dog poo. Out with RINOs!

search4truth on December 15, 2010 at 4:58 PM

It’s like a RINO roll call.

portlandon on December 15, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Those same names just keep popping up, like floaters in the toilet bowl. Incidentally, they float because they are full of gas. I’m just saying….

GnuBreed on December 15, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Republican politicians don’t really understand the basic power of our conservative point of view. They can’t properly state it, so they retreat into this fluffy BS.

peski on December 15, 2010 at 4:37 PM

That’s likely exactly it, and it’s depressing, especially after a really great November.

Esthier on December 15, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Republicans voting yes: Bennett, Brown, Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe, Voinovich, and … McCain and Graham

It’s like a RINO roll call.

portlandon on December 15, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Yep. Just roll a donut into the room…

TexasDan on December 15, 2010 at 5:11 PM

I’m waiting for someone on the GOP side to ram Reid’s “we’ve been blocked for this whole year” line back where it came from.

TexasDan on December 15, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Why on earth do we even allow a Lame Duck congress or any other Lame Duck governance to exist at all?

Let’s take the Lame Duck Girlfriend for example. What guy in his right mind would break up with a girl he’s been living with for 2-6 years, have a replacement girl ready to move in and all the while the old girlfriend still has the keys to his house, his car, and still has all his credit cards. Any moron knows what’s going to happen next and it aint pretty.

The proper procedure is to break up at a restaurant while your buddy the locksmith is back home changing the locks on everything you own and another buddy is packing all her stuff in U-Haul boxes and leaving them on the curb.

So is it any surprise what the Dems are doing to us now?

Just Sayin’

diogee on December 15, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Yep. Just roll a donut into the room…

TexasDan on December 15, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Donut?

Esthier on December 15, 2010 at 5:18 PM

*sigh* DeMint did not say it was sacrilegious to work on Christmas. Try reading the story again. He said it was sacrilegious to use the holiday to force a vote.

ynot4tony2 on December 15, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Heh. First time I agree with Reid on something.

Vyce on December 15, 2010 at 5:32 PM

My hubby has to work on Christmas, and isn’t whinining, and he’s not running a country.

I agree. Put the whining aside, and get to it. These are the sacrifices made when working for the government. Wouldn’t all the troops like to get sympathy on Christmas, when they have to work.

capejasmine on December 15, 2010 at 5:34 PM

He makes a big flippin’ deal about working on Christmas when the House and Senators don’t work that much during the year… and they never have. Suddenly he’s getting some conscience? No, the only reason is that they’re wanting to try to screw the country some more by feigning hard work. I ain’t buying it, A**H***

CynicalOptimist on December 15, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Reid knows this may the last chance to ram these socialist programs down the American public’s throat. The $1,100,000,000,000 being added to our national debt is treason. The people in Las Vegas and San Francisco must be very proud the psychos they re-elected are still leading this gang of thieves. The rape of our economy goes on.

volsense on December 15, 2010 at 5:46 PM

DeMint, another in a long line of Republicans who are long on talk and short on actually sticking to their guns. What a bunch of losers. They all need to be thrown out and people with character and some backbone need to be voted in!!

flytier on December 15, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Brown will never win reelection. Ironically its because he thinks by playing RINO he can get Democrats to vote for him….ha. All he has done is lose the Republican vote, too.

And that Murkowski piece if garbage really drives me up a wall. How did she win that election? She is absolutely the worst of the Republican party now.

alecj on December 15, 2010 at 5:51 PM

If we wanted these guys to work, they wouldn’t. Now that we want them to stop, they won’t.

wonderful

ted c on December 15, 2010 at 5:53 PM

He calls passing anti-American authoritarian bullcookies of legislation, the people’s work.

The senators that are really doing the people’s work, are the conservatives trying to stop him.

Slowburn on December 15, 2010 at 5:56 PM

There is simply no reason to pass the spending bill or even START before the new session convenes. There is reason to pass the tax bill now.

After that? They should go home. We’re done with this bunch of jokers and want nothing to do with their policies.

AnninCA on December 15, 2010 at 5:56 PM

She is absolutely the worst of the Republican party now.

alecj on December 15, 2010 at 5:51 PM

I agree. Her first adament statement was defending earmarks.

So look what her thinking cooked up. That spending bill is truly a slap in the face of voters.

AnninCA on December 15, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Business as usual. Trickery, deceit, lollygagging, bait and switching, special interest funding, closed door meetings, bills no one has read. We’re toast with these people in charge, the whole lot of them are feckless profligate lumps.

scalleywag on December 15, 2010 at 6:01 PM

crap the usual suspects from the gop side….

cmsinaz on December 15, 2010 at 6:04 PM

dingy harry isn’t a Christian so he won’t mind staying open for Christmas.

OmahaConservative on December 15, 2010 at 6:04 PM

the democrats are doing everything they can to destroy the country.

right4life on December 15, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Donut?

Esthier on December 15, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Because it has to be round to roll? I just meant that this group can’t really resist showing their true colors, and all it takes is a little incentive and they come out of hiding.

TexasDan on December 15, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I can give you several good reasons why the GOP should slow things down in the lame duck. The idea that it’s “sacrilegious” or “disrespectful” to have Senators working during Christmas week — not even on Christmas Day, mind you, but just in temporal proximity — is not one of them,

AP

*sigh* DeMint did not say it was sacrilegious to work on Christmas. Try reading the story again. He said it was sacrilegious to use the holiday to force a vote.

ynot4tony2 on December 15, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Even given the distinction by ynot (which I agree with completely), how quickly we all seem to forget! It was only last week that the President was bugging out of the office early, in front of the whole nation, to attend a Christmas party with his delightful wifey, two full weeks before Christmas! And Dirty Harry is calling foul on the Republicans?

Puhleaaaase.

parke on December 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Does anyone here seriously think that Reid would give a hoot about appear to “work” if he wasn’t looking down the barrel of a lame duck session?
The old weasel is getting something out of it, but it isn’t to feed his amazing work ethic.

Noelie on December 15, 2010 at 7:09 PM

SHUT IT DOWN.

Inanemergencydial on December 15, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Thanks a pant load Arizona. You really voted with intelligence.

ultracon on December 15, 2010 at 7:40 PM

The GOP just don’t have any balls. Worse yet, they want to knee-cap the one GOPer with balls, Sarah Palin. Sickening.

SilentWatcher on December 15, 2010 at 7:45 PM

There are very few non-evil people in Nevada. This man is an ass hole. Nobody alive who has a single moral bone in his body disagrees.

proconstitution on December 15, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Reid needs to be slapped up along side the head so hard it knocks the dog sh%t out of him

wepeople on December 15, 2010 at 8:54 PM

DeMint, another in a long line of Republicans who are long on talk and short on actually sticking to their guns. What a bunch of losers. They all need to be thrown out and people with character and some backbone need to be voted in!!

flytier on December 15, 2010 at 5:48 PM

A+ :)

cableguy615 on December 15, 2010 at 9:11 PM

It’s good to see someone with BALLS in the Senate. Too bad it’s Harry Reid. Cornyn and Demint suck, and are gutless cowards. They wouldn’t have the balls to filibuster a gang rape on the Virgin Mary.

roninacreage on December 15, 2010 at 9:43 PM

I don’t mind Reid holding them there through Christmas and New Years as long as the Republicans filibuster everything, delay delay delay. Stop everything, make thousands of amendments, what ever it takes to not let any thing pass.

Dasher on December 16, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have declared war on Christians, if anything, by their pushing a radical Liberal agenda. Especially by seeking to normalize homosexuality just days before we honor the birth of Jesus, a baby born to die for our sin, the sin that Democrats now seek to legitimize.

http://www.bluecollarphilosophy.com/2010/12/harry-reid-and-the-democrats-have-declared-war-on-christians-not-christmas.html

Christians should be on notice if this passes the Senate and is signed by President Obama.

Blue Collar Todd on December 16, 2010 at 12:38 AM