Breaking: Senate shoots down CCB, 51-46; Update: DeMint vows to force new CCB vote

posted at 11:10 am on July 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

When Harry Reid scheduled a rare motion-to-table vote for this morning rather than waiting for the cloture vote tomorrow, one had to presume that he had the votes to kill the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.  He did — but but it was close.  From the Boss Emeritus:

Update: 10:57am Eastern…The Senate just voted down the House Cut Cap and Balance bill, 51-46. Reid danced on its grave, proclaiming it “over, dead, and done.” Back to the Democrat plan:

Nothing!

Speaking of which, remember when Reid insisted on Wednesday that it was just terrible for the House to take the weekend off in the middle of the crisis, just in case the Senate needed them to act on a proposal from the upper chamber?  Now, apparently, it’s Miller Time, according to Politico’s Manu Raju:

Senators catching flights home now – weekend votes ain’t gonna happen, we’re told

The House has at least proposed two different plans to deal with the debt crisis.  The Senate has yet to come up with any plan.  Neither has the White House, despite the hysteria over the August 2nd deadline.  So why are Senators streaming out of Washington DC, Senator Reid?  And doesn’t that make this earlier whining a little more hypocritical?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) confronted White House budget director Jack Lew during a Thursday afternoon meeting about secret talks on a deficit-reduction deal between the president and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

“I’m the Senate majority leader — why don’t I know about this deal?” Reid demanded as soon as the budget director walked into the historic Mansfield Room for a meeting with Senate Democrats, according to a lawmaker who witnessed the exchange.

Maybe if the Senate Majority Leader spent some time leading, he might be important enough to include.

Update: Actually, Reid could have filibustered it had he chosen to do so.  I’ve fixed the first paragraph.

Update II: Straight party-line vote.  It will be interesting to see how Ben Nelson and Claire McCaskill defend their decision to deny a balanced-budget amendment vote when it comes time to run for re-election next year.

Update III: Senator Jim DeMint pledged in a statement to force another vote on CCB:

“The bipartisan House-passed Cut, Cap, Balance bill remains the only plan on the table, the only one that preserves our AAA rating, and is only four Democrat votes away from a Senate majority to end this debt crisis,” said Senator DeMint. “I will work to force another vote on Cut, Cap & Balance next week because the President and Democrats have not offered the American people any other viable solution.

“It is outrageous that every Senate Democrat voted against even allowing a debate on balancing the budget within 10 years, a plan supported by two-thirds of Americans with wide support across all party lines. Why are Senate Democrats so afraid to debate a balanced budget? Cut, Cap, Balance is the compromise plan that passed the House and can end the wasteful spending that caused this debt crisis. It gives the President the debt limit increase he has asked for in return for immediate spending cuts, enforceable spending caps, and a constitutional amendment to force Washington to stop spending more than it brings in.

“The President and Democrats have been beyond reckless in this debate, refusing to offer any serious solution to our fiscal crisis. The only plan the President has offered would increase our debt by $10 trillion and push our nation into bankruptcy.

“I urge Republican leaders to stop letting the President to drag you back like children into secret meetings where he pretends to do something constructive. The President created this crisis by irresponsible spending and borrowing that has left our economy in shambles, and if he’s unwilling to simply agree to balance the budget in 10 years then he is not a credible negotiating partner.

“No more closed door meetings, no more phony compromises that don’t solve the problem, no more useless commissions. We have a balanced approach supported by a bipartisan House majority that ends our debt crisis if just four Senate Democrats would keep their promise and support a balanced budget.

“We must pass Cut, Cap & Balance to keep our nation from falling off a fiscal cliff.”

The bill has not been entirely killed.  The House does not have to re-send the CCB in order for the Senate to reconsider it after it has been tabled.  If DeMint can get enough votes, he can force Reid to bring it back to the floor from the table.

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Send another one Boehner.

gophergirl on July 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM

These guys suck!

SPGuy on July 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Stock up on ammo…August 2nd is coming….

PatriotRider on July 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Hold the line, House, hold the freakin’ line…

Lando Jones on July 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Obama has a series of vacations scheduled and he wants this settled before the trips leak out and show his extravagant lifestyle.

seven on July 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM

What does the Senate have against the economy?

Ryan Anthony on July 22, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Oh well, time to consider the demorat’s plan.

It’s got to be around there somewhere, try looking under the chairs or behind the curtains or something.

Bishop on July 22, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Put the Kleenex down JB and just send another over, asap.

Sandybourne on July 22, 2011 at 11:14 AM

obviously August 2 was not a real date, unless Boehner has assured them they have the votes in the House to do a short term extension and then Gang of 6 plan.

txmomof6 on July 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Unbelievable. The Senate Majority Leader is destroying this country and he’s doing it with a smile on his face. And is being the best exemplar of the concept that elections have consequences.

Tell me again why taking the Senate at all costs wasn’t important in 2010. And do so with a straight face.

KingGold on July 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

What is the preferred drink to sip while on the deck of the Titanic?

WashJeff on July 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Of COURSE they voted it down! Why would they want to pass something that might make the Republicans look good? Instead, let’s NOT create a plan, and then blame Republicans for being partisan!

jedijson on July 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Send another one Boehner.

gophergirl on July 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM

He’s Speaker of the HOUSE

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Expected.

Why do Democrats want default and an unbalanced budget?

Good Lt on July 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Send up another one Boehner

Youngs98 on July 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM

He’s Speaker of the HOUSE

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

I know that – not sure what your comment means

gophergirl on July 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM

What is the preferred drink to sip while on the deck of the Titanic?

WashJeff on July 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Hemlock martinis.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM

“I’m the Senate majority leader — why don’t I know about this deal?”

Consider the source of this comment when looking for the answer to this question.

Harry Reid couldn’t lead anyone out of a paper sack.

pilamaye on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

It’s got to be around there somewhere, try looking under the chairs or behind the curtains or something.

Bishop on July 22, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Just drive over to Kent Conrad’s state office. I am sure you will find his proposal there.

WashJeff on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Send it over again, and again…

Fallon on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

How can you have 51 votes to kill a bill but not 41 votes to filibuster it?

Count to 10 on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Party of No.

CDeb on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

He’s Speaker of the HOUSE

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Exactly.

Pass another one and SEND IT TO THE SENATE AGAIN. And again. And again. Make it very clear that Senate dems and Pres are the ones responsible for anything bad that happens come Aug. 3rd.

Youngs98 on July 22, 2011 at 11:18 AM

The 3 Rs in the Gang of 6 are complicit in ruining the best chance the Congress has ever had in getting a balanced budget amendment sent to the states.

txmomof6 on July 22, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Meanwhile, O’hole is on his Communist Collegiate Indoctrination of the Children Tour at the University of Maryland.

PatriotRider on July 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Here comes the default, and who will the media blame?

The Republicans and their insistence on “budgets” and “plans”.

MadisonConservative on July 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM

How can you have 51 votes to kill a bill but not 41 votes to filibuster it?

Count to 10 on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Brain fade. It’s already fixed.

Ed Morrissey on July 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM

keep passing CCB in the house….don’t bring anything else to the floor.

tinkerthinker on July 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM

He’s Speaker of the HOUSE

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Yup, he needs to send CCB over again…

Red rover, red rover,
Send Cut, Cap and Balance back over…

Fallon on July 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM

& Steve Wynn supports this bozo?

Someone should find a way to force feed a real $hit sandwich & broadcast is on YouTube… because that is what all of us are forced to do everyday this idiot remains a Senator.

Danny on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

know that – not sure what your comment means

gophergirl on July 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM

They will need to pass another bill before sending it.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Thanks, Nevada. I hope you’re the first to go belly up.

teacherman on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

The House needs to outplay the WH and Senate now. Over the weekend introduce 4 bills and pass them one that does a 30 day debt limit increase with cuts equal to the increase +50%. A 60 day limit increase with cuts equal to the increase plus 25%. A 180 day limit increase with cuts equal to the limit increase. And a 365 day limit increase with cuts equal to the limit increase.

Pass them all send them all send them to the Senate and be able to say on every sunday show that they have passed 6 separate bills to deal with the debt situation we have compromised on cuts and negotiated.

When they (the media) talks about revenue the Representative needs to stop them dead in their tracks and say “It’s possible the you have a comprehension problem with the Constitution, but ALL bills for raising taxes must originate in the House. The elected Representatives of this country have been elected to Not raise revenues and you and the senate and the WH can either accept or reject the constitutions limitations but we are bound by them. So it is time to move on…we have passed what we have passed not it is up to the senate and white house.”

DONE

Gov98 on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Send another bill now!

Still spewing the same talking points…Cripe

cmsinaz on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

How can you have 51 votes to kill a bill but not 41 votes to filibuster it?

Count to 10 on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM
Reid had 51 to table it, but not 60 to prevent a filibuster.

txmomof6 on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Good to see “Harry’s Senate” is so dead-set serious to solve this debt crisis.

pilamaye on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

51 Senators — and Osama Obama — should be on the way to jail for booking right now.

Or doesn’t deliberately destroying the economy count as treason in the President Historic First© regime?

MrScribbler on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Back to the Democrat plan:

Nothing!
++++++++++++++++++++++

But they do have plan: It’s called Gut, Grab, and Unbalance.

Gut the private sector, Grab whatever they can and Unbalance the economy.

NMRN123 on July 22, 2011 at 11:21 AM

bho and dingy own this! They have done zero to try and get this resolved with a bill. bho has his face on the tube now trying to sell the citizens on his non-bill. Gads, these people are slug slime!
L

letget on July 22, 2011 at 11:21 AM

They will need to pass another bill before sending it.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

No kidding.

gophergirl on July 22, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Gov98 on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM
Boehner will not allow that unless forced.

txmomof6 on July 22, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Yup, he needs to send CCB over again…

Red rover, red rover,
Send Cut, Cap and Balance back over…

Fallon on July 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM

It won’t matter at all. The decision to vote on this thing is predicated on Reid’s whims. It’s his decision what bills get voted on, and when they get voted on.

To all: Tell me, again, why taking the Senate at all costs was unimportant in 2010.

KingGold on July 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Un-freaking-believable.. I swear, if i ever met Dingy Harry in a dark alley…

bernzright777 on July 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Folks, this is smoke and mirrors. Obama, Reid, and the democrats have planted this story to suggest Obama is meeting “secretly” with Boehner to cut a deal. Dingy Harry pretends to stomp his feet, and Barry gets to have his triangulation moment, appearing as though he’s far more “centrist” than those bad tax and spend libs. He’s finally getting around to Clinton’s 1996 re-election playbook.

Rational Thought on July 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Reid had 51 to table it, but not 60 to prevent a filibuster.
txmomof6 on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Why would he want to prevent a filibuster?

Count to 10 on July 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Harry and his gang of 51 cannot argue now that time is of the essence. So there’s that.

txmomof6 on July 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM

But they do have plan: It’s called Gut, Grab, and Unbalance.

Gut the private sector, Grab whatever they can and Unbalance the economy.

NMRN123 on July 22, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Thread Winner!

milwife88 on July 22, 2011 at 11:24 AM

The senate just threw granny off a cliff!!

KMC1 on July 22, 2011 at 11:24 AM

To all: Tell me, again, why taking the Senate at all costs was unimportant in 2010.

KingGold on July 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Stop masturbating. It was never a realistic possibility.

gh on July 22, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Reid is such a lying weasel. Boehner and the House needs to keep sending something like CCB to the Senate. Play the Dims game, and wear them down. Spending MUST BE stopped. Or else we’re done.

conservative pilgrim on July 22, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Have a nice weekend fellas.

BKeyser on July 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Reid had 51 to table it, but not 60 to prevent a filibuster.
txmomof6 on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Why would he want to prevent a filibuster?

Count to 10 on July 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM

He wanted to stop debate on CCB so that the public would not hear of the details and momentum would not build in favor of it. Also if they are debating CCB they could not simultaneously be working on Gang of 6.

txmomof6 on July 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

How can you have 51 votes to kill a bill but not 41 votes to filibuster it?

Count to 10 on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Tabling it is a more permanent measure than filibustering it. It now stays on the sideline until Dingy Harry is g*ddamn good and ready for it to go back. That should be on the 32nd of Nevember.

teke184 on July 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

I suppose Senate democrats don’t really care about default.

darwin on July 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Why would he want to prevent a filibuster?

Count to 10 on July 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Yeah, I think the mere fact that Ed mentioned “filibuster” has thrown everyone into confusion.

To clarify – this was a motion to table the bill, not approve it. Therefore, it was in Reid’s interest that the vote succeed. The Republicans cannot filibuster a motion to table, they can only filibuster a cloture motion – that is, final debate and approval.

KingGold on July 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Gov98 on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I like it.

bernzright777 on July 22, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Pure partisan vote. All Democrats voted to table. All Republicans voted against. McCain, Gillibrand, Kerry didn’t vote.

Where’s McCain?

huckleberryfriend on July 22, 2011 at 11:27 AM

They don’t care about “We The People” yet. ((((Sharpening pitchfork and heating tar))))

psychocyber on July 22, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Boehner will not allow that unless forced.

And I have no clue why. It’s like they are unwilling to win the media war.

Gov98 on July 22, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Pure partisan vote. All Democrats voted to table. All Republicans voted against. McCain, Gillibrand, Kerry didn’t vote.

Gee, Kerry ditched out early for the weekend? Big surprise.

teke184 on July 22, 2011 at 11:29 AM

I don’t understand why they didn’t treat this bill as a platform, amend it and send it to conference.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2011 at 11:29 AM

All right DeMint!!!!!

gophergirl on July 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM

keep passing CCB in the house….don’t bring anything else to the floor.

tinkerthinker on July 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM

CCB is a one-shot deal. It’s not realistic until the GOP takes the WH.

Standard and Poor has already said that there must be a rational plan. Use every deadline. There is the Sept deadline for FY 2011 and April 15 for the FY 2012 budget.

Give the senate something that they have to pass but that Obama has already said he will veto. Give him absolutely as little as possible and make him do it.

gh on July 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM

No more debt.

No more deals.

JohnGalt23 on July 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Kool-aid drinkers at the town hall

cmsinaz on July 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM

OT: Read this piece of bilge that just showed up in the Chicago Sun Times! They are trying to make Dick Durbin look like the frigging “voice of reason” during this debt crisis, while making people like Joe Walsh look like raving loons!

pilamaye on July 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Pass another one and SEND IT TO THE SENATE AGAIN. And again. And again. Make it very clear that Senate dems and Pres are the ones responsible for anything bad that happens come Aug. 3rd.

Youngs98 on July 22, 2011 at 11:18 AM

And double the cuts. The American people get this, y’know, but the Emperor Failbama and his cronies don’t know it. They don’t think anyone is paying attention. Boy are they in for it.

dogsoldier on July 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Nelson, McCaskill, and — McCain not voting?

DrStock on July 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM

DONE

Gov98 on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I like your style –I wish Boehner would play some liar’s poker about now.

horatio on July 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Tabling it is a more permanent measure than filibustering it. It now stays on the sideline until Dingy Harry is g*ddamn good and ready for it to go back. That should be on the 32nd of Nevember.

teke184 on July 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Technically though it can be removed from the table (motion to recommit?) so if things get really hairy hopefully a Republican can make a motion to get it back on the floor to consider it on the merits. Unlikely, I know.

txmomof6 on July 22, 2011 at 11:31 AM

And I read the comments over at CNN and the like and everyone blames the republicans….and they believe it.
I’m so confused.
How are people so freakin’ stupid?

bridgetown on July 22, 2011 at 11:31 AM

gh on July 22, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Number one, you’re disgusting.

Number two, yes it was. Nevada, Delaware, Colorado, and Washington were winnable.

KingGold on July 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Go, Senator DeMint!! Hot Air commenters whose senators are in peril of not being re-elected, should get on the phone and email the over the weekend!

4Freedom on July 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Burn the phone lines, everyone…

beatcanvas on July 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

I am just finishing up a coast to coast driving trip across America. People are pissed. They are NOT pissed so much with the Republicans. They are absolutely livid that their investment in their homes have been wiped out. They are upset at antics like this by the Democrats that block getting spending under control. They see Congress as having gone crazy with the people’s money.

They see the Republicans as trying to get this back under control and they see the Democrats as being drunk with spending.

I believe they Democrats are facing a jaw-dropping defeat in 2012 on top of their previous jaw-dropping defeat in 2010. The states that brought in Republican governors and legislatures in 2010 have in most cases turned their state economies around.

The Democrats just don’t seem to understand how deeply their support is waning across America. The NYT, LAT, WAPO do NOT reflect the mood of the people.

So far on this trip I have been to Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado. The mood is pretty much the same with one exception. In talking to someone in Northern Virginia, they were absolutely convinced that Obama was going to win re-election by a landslide. I said that based on what I had heard in the rest of the country so far, I don’t see how that is possible. He got a look on his face like I was from Mars.

crosspatch on July 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Could someone explain Dingy Harry’s justification for not wanting to put the nation on a sound fiscal footing?

Is the Democrat’s plan really that much better?

Chip on July 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Harry Reid couldn’t lead anyone out of a paper sack.

pilamaye on July 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Even when it is wet? Wow! That is poor leadership.

Mirimichi on July 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Republican Kevin McCarthy Says No Debt Deal Likely Today, Or Over Weekend: Treasury Now Projected To Have -$15.5BN Cash Balance On August 15 $31BN Coupon Date

And Zero Hedge adds:

Translation: the money runs out, and the US is in default. Not selective. Not transitory. The real deal.

Emperor Norton on July 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Dear leader just said he has made good choices and they applauded

Bleh

cmsinaz on July 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Un-freaking-believable.. I swear, if i ever met Dingy Harry in a dark alley…
bernzright777 on July 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM

What exactly? Zombies are notoriously difficult to deal with, and Reid recently had his embalming treatments enhanced with botox.

You would do well to stay clear.

Bishop on July 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Pass a two month raise in the debt limit and tell the senate to pass something that can go to conference committee and actually be analyzed and debated. Obama wants another last minute no-can-can-find-out-what-is-in-the-bill until-it-is-passed monstrosity. If the Senate won’t pass a two month extention, then they are the cause of the problem and should take the consequences. If Obama vetos it the same goes. IF the Senate never passes anything, just keep doing extentions each two months and point out that if the public wants deficit and debt reduction, they have to change the Senate and White House. There is no need to get into the trap of passing permanent tax hikes for a mess of pottage.

KW64 on July 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM

McCain chose not to vote: can we finally stop pretending he’s anything more than an opportunistic RINO?

blogpre on July 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Blaming bush again

Inheritance yada yada yada

cmsinaz on July 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Harry Reid, you limp piece of flesh….right now, that’s the nicest thing I can think of to say about you…I sure wish Alfred E. Packer could have eaten you for dinner…

roxi618 on July 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Emperor Norton on July 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Well ok then. And the socialists own it. Huge backfire incoming to Failbama and Reid and they don’t see it coming.

dogsoldier on July 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Sen. DeMint, keep on keepin’ on. (BTW, do you think you could talk Rep. Scott into primarying Grahamnesty?)

either orr on July 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Missed the update.

If DeMint can get enough votes, he can force Reid to bring it back to the floor from the table.

But he can’t get enough votes.

The GOP house and senate must come up with a unified strategy going forward. Another attempt at CCB is only good for about a week. I realize that the public support it. If that hold up then they need to modify it to make it more “reasonable”.

gh on July 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM

What is the preferred drink to sip while on the deck of the Titanic?

WashJeff on July 22 at 11:15 AM

A Depth Charge.

KyMouse on July 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Why do GOP reps keep talking about simple majorities needed to pass CCB? The amendment portion needs 2/3 vote in both houses. Simple majorities don’t cut it.

WashJeff on July 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Great statement by Demint.

rrpjr on July 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM

The Senate just voted down the House Cut Cap and Balance bill, 51-46. Reid danced on its grave, proclaiming it “over, dead, and done.” Back to the Democrat plan:

So, Steve Winn, still feel like supporting Reid?

AH_C on July 22, 2011 at 11:37 AM

McCain chose not to vote: can we finally stop pretending he’s anything more than an opportunistic RINO?

blogpre on July 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM

He was there on the floor, I saw him leaving after the vote started.

txmomof6 on July 22, 2011 at 11:37 AM

crosspatch on July 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Northern Virginia has a disproportionate amount of Obots, since it is the home of many federal workers. I have two sets of in-laws in the area — one set is pure Obot, the other set has brains.

either orr on July 22, 2011 at 11:38 AM

What is the preferred drink to sip while on the deck of the Titanic?

WashJeff on July 22 at 11:15 AM

A Depth Charge.

KyMouse on July 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM

If we are using good clear tequila, I’m good with that.

WashJeff on July 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM

KingGold on July 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

One or two might have been taken but not all 4. Not unless everything went perfectly. Delaware was deliberate sabotage. In Nevada, Reid called out the thugs. Can’t remember exactly what happened with the other two.

gh on July 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM

bridgetown on July 22, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Half the people in this country are stupid enough to take Jon Stewart as actual news, and if you stopped someone on the street to ask them who the 40th President was they’d say “Chocolate upside-down cake” as though they were in the middle of a freaking Netflix commercial!

Ryan Anthony on July 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Democrats vote down what the people say they want? Nah, really?

Let everyone know if the President orders some checks don’t go out, the Dems had a popular opportunity to avert the pain.

Speakup on July 22, 2011 at 11:41 AM

As the Stomach turns…

kingsjester on July 22, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Obviously the Democrats want Grandma to not get her SS checks and to starve. Are the Reps on talking head shows lambasting them yet?

Are the nitwits who supported that Obama meme castigating the Dems for not passing this?

lol, as if.

Midas on July 22, 2011 at 11:42 AM

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