Key Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution — after breaking rules to rush vote

posted at 5:21 pm on September 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

The longer this drags on, the greater the risk that a public backlash will grow and derail passage in Congress. The obvious democratic solution: Fudge the rules a little to ram the resolution through committee ASAP. After Obama was nice enough to consult Congress for once before bombing someone, it’s the least they can do.

No one on either side of the Beltway takes our system of government very seriously anymore, do they?

“This is a rush to war behind closed doors,” one senior GOP senate aide said. “We were told there was a need to have a thoughtful and public debate about how this nation goes to war, but this seems to be about simply getting a resolution done to cover the president.”

According to Senate rules, hearings should be notified seven days in advance, business meetings should be notified at least three days in advance, and members should have 24 hours to consider legislative text before having to vote on it. A spokesman for Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) pointed out that the chairman and ranking member of the committee have the discretion to call a business meeting earlier if they both agree…

The committee had announced it would debate and vote at 11:30 Wednesday morning on a resolution to authorize Obama to strike Syria. The resolution, the result of a last-minute compromise between Menendez and committee ranking Republican Bob Corker (R-TN), was given to senators the previous evening. Amendments were due at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, before the classified briefing for members with Secretary of State John Kerry and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had ended.

They had to pass the war authorization to know what’s in it. The final vote: 10-7-1 with Democrat Ed Markey of Massachusetts voting “present,” which would normally qualify as the most humiliating thing a Democrat’s guilty of this week but doesn’t even crack the top five given Obama’s and Kerry’s performances lately. It wasn’t a party-line vote, either:

Voting “yes” on the resolution were Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Ben Cardin (Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Chris Coons (Del.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Bob Menendez (N.J.) and Tim Kaine (Va.); as well as Republicans Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Voting “no” were Democrats Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.); as well as Republicans James Risch (Idaho), Ron Johnson (Wisc.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), and big names Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.).

Wait a sec — wasn’t Maverick a “no” on the Senate resolution this morning? Indeed he was, because he was unhappy that the Corker/Menendez resolution — which is already loaded with vaguely worded loopholes that Obama can exploit to launch a more aggressive attack — isn’t quite aggressive enough. His solution was to draft an amendment with Democrat Chris Coons specifying that “it is the policy of the United States to change the momentum on the battlefield” and to “upgrad[e] the lethal and non-lethal military capabilities of vetted elements of Syrian opposition forces, including the Free Syrian Army.” In other words, Congress won’t simply be authorizing O to punch Assad in the face for using WMD. They’ll be authorizing him to throw in America’s lot fully on the side of the Syrian rebels until the “momentum” of the war is changed — theoretically a much more ambitious form of intervention. Is it at all relevant, I wonder, that the leadership of the FSA is already in the process of disintegrating? Not to Maverick, and apparently not to a majority of the Foreign Relations Committee either.

As for Rubio’s vote, it’s no surprise, but read the statement he issued after the vote. Key passage, aimed squarely at Rand Paul in order to reassure Rubio’s fans that he’s still a true blue hawk at heart:

“Let me close by recognizing that there is a movement afoot in both parties to disengage the United States from issues throughout the world. It is true, we cannot solve every crisis on the planet. But if we follow the advice of those who seek to disengage us from global issues, in the long run we will pay a terrible price. America is not just another country. It is an exceptional one. The most influential, the most powerful and the most inspirational nation on Earth. We must recognize that the world is a safer place when America is the strongest country in the world. When America doesn’t lead, chaos follows. And eventually, that chaos forces us to deal with these problems in the most expensive and the most dangerous ways imaginable. Just because we ignore global problems doesn’t mean they will ignore us. Instead, they become bigger and harder to solve. And sadly, Syria is just the latest example of that fundamental truth. Had we forcefully engaged in empowering moderate rebels, today we would have more and better options before us. But instead, unfortunately, the President, with the support of some voices in my own party, chose to let others lead instead. And now we are dealing with the consequences of that inaction.”

Exit question via Mark Krikorian:


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Syrian civil war

White House on committee vote on Syria: ‘We commend the Senate for moving swiftly and for working across party lines on behalf of our national security’ – @mikememoli

12 mins ago from twitter.com/mikememoli by editor

canopfor on September 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Key Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution — after breaking rules to rush vote Save Obama’s rapidly shrinking credibility.

portlandon on September 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Let me close by recognizing that there is a movement afoot in both parties to disengage the United States from issues throughout the world. It is true, we cannot solve every crisis on the planet. But if we follow the advice of those who seek to disengage us from global issues, in the long run we will pay a terrible price. America is not just another country. It is an exceptional one. The most influential, the most powerful and the most inspirational nation on Earth

He said, drooling, with glassy eyes.

HB3 on September 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM

“We’re democrats.! We don’t need to follow no stinkeen rules!

And in related news, Fransisco Franco is still dead. And John McCain is still a doosh.

SteveThomas on September 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Rubio voted NO, because he has made it abundantly clear that he is opposed to a “limited strike”, but rather, favors a full-scale WAR – BUT, we should not take this NO vote as any indication of how Rubio will vote later – HE WILL do exactly as obama tells him to do – just as he did with his AMNESTY plan. Rubio cannot be trusted.

Pork-Chop on September 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

What a clusterfark.

Jackalope on September 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Don’t worry – Bo(eh)ner will bust the Hastert Rule once again (and also toss the non-compliers off their committees) for the benefit of Teh SCOAMT’s bid to become Caliph.

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

on the backlash, they’d better hurry…on 2nd thought, it may be already too late as I’ll quote myself:

call and email your senators and congressmen/women and tell them to vote NO on any military intervention in Syria. I know Toomey is in favor of it but when I called his office to tell him to vote NO they said he (Toomey) had received 187 NO calls this afternoon and 2 YES calls.
Let them know that the safe vote for them is a NO vote if they want to keep their constituents happy.

gracie on September 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM

gracie on September 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Republicans Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Bmore on September 4, 2013 at 5:33 PM

“No matter what our constituents want.”

kingsjester on September 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Neither Markey or Obama, or any other gutless windbag who votes “present” on important matters before them on the floor of the legislature, would last one day in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

There is no yellow “I’m a total pussy, but hey, I showed up to collect my pay check” button. There’s a red one to vote “NO” and a green one to vote “YES”.

If you’re in your seat and fail to push one of those two buttons when the vote is called, you get your ass singled out and called down to the well by the House Clerk and you are compelled to state to them your vote so that it can be entered manually into the system.

That so many people looked at Ed Markey and thought “Yeah, he’ll be an awesome senator!” is sad beyond measure. Must be something in the (bong)water.

Bruce MacMahon on September 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Maybe they should have authorized a nuke strike to satisfy McCain…

PatriotRider on September 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Well at least Rubio got his much needed cover. /

Bmore on September 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Any GOP House member worth his weight needs to vote NO- HELL NO!

Force Obama to go it alone since he’s the one trying to defend his red line.

Tater Salad on September 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM

We still don’t know which rebels are “legit” and which ones are drone fodder. How do we know who to arm? How are we supposed to know when the “balance of power” is tipped in the right direction? What would the right direction even look like? Are we seriously going to take troops who are fighting against Al Qaeda in one country and make them fight alongside Al Qaeda in Syria? WTF?

HotAirian on September 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM

This has NOTHING to do with our National security. Nothing.

Key West Reader on September 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Republicans Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Bmore on September 4, 2013 at 5:33 PM

I wonder how Arizona feels about McCain dragging the jr. Senator into a yes for President Obama.

WisRich on September 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Exit question via Mark Krikorian:
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Hmmmm,good question!

canopfor on September 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM

If it involves us continuing to be at war, McCain will sign on…

I can’t believe I voted for that douchebag..

PatriotRider on September 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Republicans Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.)

Three orders of primaries, please!

rbj on September 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Force Obama to go it alone since he’s the one trying to defend his red line.

Tater Salad on September 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Obama didn’t draw no red line. Obama said he din’t do that – Congress and the World did. Not Obama.

/Get with the program!

Key West Reader on September 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM

My Congressman has already e-mailed us to say he was a no vote.

As for my Senators, big RINO’S, so probably a yes vote. Have not heard back from them.

Barred on September 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM

This has NOTHING to do with our National security. Nothing.

Key West Reader on September 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Amen…

PatriotRider on September 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Jeff Flake=McCains new mini-me. He stabbed us in the back.

Turncoat.

wolly4321 on September 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM

I could care less about Rubio or McCain, but the more interesting thought experiment is what the Congress would do if McCain were President? I think we all know the answer.

txhsmom on September 4, 2013 at 5:40 PM

“moderate rebels”

Rubio cannot stop lying, can he?!!

kunegetikos on September 4, 2013 at 5:40 PM

I’ll be interested in hearing the excuses after this cluster fark comes to no good end.

GarandFan on September 4, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Over at Drudge… “Kerry: Arabs will finance our war”…

Under Obama and Kerry our military has been reduced to an international mercenary force…fighting for the Arabs and AQ…how pathetic…

PatriotRider on September 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I’ve changed my mind after reading about Sen Markey’s vote in the Senate committee. The entire House GOP needs to vote “present” when it comes to the floor.

If they all did it, it would leave it in Obama’s hands since the “aye” votes wouldn’t carry.

Tater Salad on September 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

So much for being the most deliberate body in the world, evah. There has been some improvement, tho, they did pass this in the light of day out in the open.
McLame said he played poker with fake money and still lost. All of our money is fake these days, John.

Kissmygrits on September 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

https://twitter.com/Reuters

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters 1h

Senate panel passes authorization for use of military force in Syria http://reut.rs/1a7sR9T
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Reuters Politics ‏@ReutersPolitics 2h

U.S. Senate panel passes authorization for use of military force in Syria by 10-7 vote http://reut.rs/14jsGrg

canopfor on September 4, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Pork-Chop on September 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Yes, everyone long ago figured out that Rubio plays to the base only when his vote doesn’t matter.

The disgusting trio of McCain, Flake, and Corker gave Rubio a “Schumer Republican” pass.

kunegetikos on September 4, 2013 at 5:45 PM

WisRich on September 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Not sure how much dragging was involved if any. Still if I was in AZ I’d be livid. Both need to go. One is way past his shelf life.

Bmore on September 4, 2013 at 5:45 PM

both kansas senators are a no on this, as well as the 3rd district rep. called them and thanked them. time to break those phone lines again.

LaughterJones on September 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

In other words, Congress won’t simply be authorizing O to punch Assad in the face for using WMD. They’ll be authorizing him to throw in America’s lot fully on the side of the Syrian rebels until the “momentum” of the war is changed — theoretically a much more ambitious form of intervention.

Gotta make that alliance with Al Qaeda explicit.

besser tot als rot on September 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I’m still waiting for an explanation of who are the GOOD guys in Syria.
Are the good guys the anti-Israel terrorist supporting Assad forces, or the Christian murdering terrorist rebels?

dentarthurdent on September 4, 2013 at 5:48 PM

So, what is the next step? Does this now go to the full congress
for a vote? Or are these the only yahoos allowed to vote because they are on the committee?

BTW, Rubio is an idiot. What he fails to realize is that he is not only jabbing at Rand Paul, he is pissing off millions of Americans that feel exactly like Rand Paul. We are war fatigued at the very least. We are also realizing that half of what the politicians do is orchestrated for their own selfish interests rather than ours or that of the country. So now he has two strikes
against him: 1) immigration and 2) his faux “no” vote. We are not as stupid as he thinks to fall for his crapola.

Amjean on September 4, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Over at Drudge… “Kerry: Arabs will finance our war”…

Under Obama and Kerry our military has been reduced to an international mercenary force…fighting for the Arabs and AQ…how pathetic…

PatriotRider on September 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Carrying my question over from the earlier thread…

Seriously, when our Arab paymasters say, “Crack Palestine open for us because we’ll never be able to”, what will Teh SCOAMT do?

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I wonder how Arizona feels about McCain dragging the jr. Senator into a yes for President Obama.

WisRich on September 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM

I doubt Flake needed to be dragged. He’s almost as big of a douche as McCain. They’re both liars and frauds, and fools in the bargain.

I’m seriously thinking about running here myself, I’m so fed up with these damn idiots.

AZCoyote on September 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

’ve changed my mind after reading about Sen Markey’s vote in the Senate committee. The entire House GOP needs to vote “present” when it comes to the floor.

If they all did it, it would leave it in Obama’s hands since the “aye” votes wouldn’t carry.

Tater Salad on September 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I’ve been thinking about this…. it might happen. I mean, this idiot came right out and said it wasn’t HIS red line, it was Congress’ red line… W.T.F.

If they line up behind Bozo? We will then know we no longer have a 2-party system.

Key West Reader on September 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Hey, at least we get to see Rand Paul go to work in his comfy shoes that much sooner.

Mark V. on September 4, 2013 at 5:53 PM

I’m still waiting for an explanation of who are the GOOD guys in Syria.
Are the good guys the anti-Israel terrorist supporting Assad forces, or the Christian murdering terrorist rebels?

dentarthurdent on September 4, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Depends on whether you ask Jean Kerry or Plugs Biden.

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 5:53 PM

I could care less about Rubio or McCain, but the more interesting thought experiment is what the Congress would do if McCain were President? I think we all know the answer.

txhsmom on September 4, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Pubbies would line up behind him (just like the “leadership” is lining up behind Teh SCOAMT), the Rats would be uniformly opposed.

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Over at Drudge… “Kerry: Arabs will finance our war”…

Under Obama and Kerry our military has been reduced to an international mercenary force…fighting for the Arabs and AQ…how pathetic…

PatriotRider on September 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

PatriotRider:Here ya go:)
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Kerry: Arab countries offered to pay for invasion

VIDEO:
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Secretary of State John Kerry said at Wednesday’s hearing that Arab counties have offered to pay for the entirety of unseating President Bashar al-Assad if the United States took the lead militarily.

“With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes,” Kerry said.

“They have. That offer is on the table.”

Asked by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) about how much those countries would contribute, Kerry said they have offered to pay for all of a full invasion.

“In fact, some of them have said that if the United States is prepared to go do the whole thing the way we’ve done it previously in other places, they’ll carry that cost,” Kerry said. “That’s how dedicated they are at this. That’s not in the cards, and nobody’s talking about it, but they’re talking in serious ways about getting this done.
=====================

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics-live/liveblog/the-houses-syria-hearing-live-updates/?id=e68f139f-e012-476c-876e-2467ba30e5e3

canopfor on September 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Oh, come one. They do enough assinine things that you don’t need to make them up. Are they seriously supposed to wait a week for a meeting when everyone agrees it needs to be held now?

I just hope the full senate votes it down. My senate emails against are in.

talkingpoints on September 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Well, if the Arabs are paying for it…

Will they pay for the funerals of our warriors too?

patman77 on September 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

I’ve changed my mind after reading about Sen Markey’s vote in the Senate committee. The entire House GOP needs to vote “present” when it comes to the floor.

If they all did it, it would leave it in Obama’s hands since the “aye” votes wouldn’t carry.

Tater Salad on September 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I’ve been thinking about this…. it might happen. I mean, this idiot came right out and said it wasn’t HIS red line, it was Congress’ red line… W.T.F.

If they line up behind Bozo? We will then know we no longer have a 2-party system.

Key West Reader on September 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

The irony of a “present” vote would delicious.

Tater Salad on September 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

So, did McCain vote before or after his afternoon med’s? I’m beginning to hate Arizona for keeping the old coot in office. I also find it interesting that yesterday while traveling through Colorado, ALL I heard on local talk radio was, “No, No, Hell NO, on Syria, and today on the Kansas City local radio, it was the same story. This was from both sides of the aisle- we really ought to be able to sway more of Congress to back off this ridiculous war; I’ve yet to hear of more than a handful of people in favor, and they’re only doing it so that their beloved Obama isn’t humiliated!

BettyRuth on September 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Special people DESERVE special rules!

SMACKRUNNER on September 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Bunch of freaking chumps.

Bmore on September 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Well, if the Arabs are paying for it…
Will they pay for the funerals of our warriors too?

patman77 on September 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Better yet – will they pay for it with Arab blood being spilled?
No reason for our soldiers to die if the Arabs aren’t willing to die as well.

Well, really, I don’t see any reason for ANY of our troops to die no matter who is paying the bill.

dentarthurdent on September 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM

No one on either side of the Beltway takes our system of government very seriously anymore, do they?

Welcome to the new normal. Brought to you by Hope & Change.

Oxymoron on September 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Without the Republicans, Obama cannot get this through either chamber. So far, the GOP is covering for him.

kunegetikos on September 4, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Well, if the Arabs are paying for it…
Will they pay for the funerals of our warriors too?

patman77 on September 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Sure, they’ll pay for it by jacking up the price of the oil they sell to us.

If these Arab states are so “dedicated” to getting rid of Assad, let them send their own sons and daughters to fight him.

Americans have sacrificed too many of our kids’ lives and limbs on fights between warring Muslim tribes. Enough.

AZCoyote on September 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Time for Egg to break out the Magic Egg-Ball:

- We start bombing Assad.

- Assad throws everything he has left at Israel.

- Israel retaliates massively.

- The Arabs, the pEU, and the UN (though I repeat myself) demand Israel’s head on a platter.

- Teh SCOAMT gleefully complies.

- The Muslims celebrate with terror attacks in America a couple years later.

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Let’s take inventory:

1 We’re going to war with the wrong country (we should be bombing the atom bomb- building Iran.)
2 We’re going to war for the wrong reason (pie-in-the sky idealism instead of national security.)
3 We’re going to war with the wrong faction (Assad poses little threat to America but Al Qaeda has already levelled downtown Manhattan.)
4 We could be attacking the innocent party (Al Qaeda has more to gain by using poison gas than assad does.)
5 We are using the wrong weapons. Cruise missiles cannot reduce Assad’s chemical stockpiles–besides he has had more than sufficient warning i9n advance of our every move. If you want to destroy the weapons you need ground pounding foot soldiers–thus escalation.
6 This stupid resolution by the senate is so limited in scope it 100% guarantees failure of a plan already 99% doomed to catastrophe.

AND ALL TO SOOTHE AN INCOMPETENT’S SWOLLEN EGO!!!!!

MaiDee on September 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Paging Senators Paul, Cruz and Lee. Your country needs you.

May I suggest tennis shoes this time and power bars lots of power bars.

gophergirl on September 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I despise my RINO Senator, Corker…

ladyingray on September 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Obama war!

catch it

cmsinaz on September 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

so bloody disappointed with flake…i knew it was useless with mccain

cmsinaz on September 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

WTF Arizona…I get McCain, but Flake too…

Flake just lost my vote, hopefully somebody primaries him!

nextgen_repub on September 4, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Obama war!
catch it

cmsinaz on September 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I wonder if he’ll get another Nobel Peace Prize for this one…..

dentarthurdent on September 4, 2013 at 6:14 PM

nextgen_repub on September 4, 2013 at 6:14 PM

yup

dentarthurdent on September 4, 2013 at 6:14 PM

heh

with these idiots, probably

cmsinaz on September 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM

…one senior GOP senate aide said. “We were told there was a need to have a thoughtful and public debate about how this nation goes to war, but this seems to be about simply getting a resolution done to cover the president.”

Well, another nominee for Captain Obvious.

socalcon on September 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

socalcon on September 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

lol

cmsinaz on September 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

So bring it to a full vote, right now.

House and Senate, vote. right now. If it’s such a stellar idea,
it should have no problem passing.

Oh, and McCain can eat it.

a5minmajor on September 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Well, if the Arabs are paying for it…
Will they pay for the funerals of our warriors too?

patman77 on September 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

There’ll be little chance of American casualties (unless a cruise missile explodes on the deck of a ship prior to launch.) Obama saw to that.

Of course cruise missiles won’t do the job and bombers will then be necessary. Phase two of ObamaWar. Then there will be a slight chance of casualties and maybe even a prisoner or two. Obama has figured that.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 will fail. Could there be a ground troop phase? THEN you will see casualties. That’s out of Obama’s pay grade–ask Valery Jarrett.

MaiDee on September 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Phase 1 and Phase 2 will fail. Could there be a ground troop phase? THEN you will see casualties. That’s out of Obama’s pay grade–ask Valery Jarrett.

MaiDee on September 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I’m kinda miffed that we totally skipped over the “advisors” phase.

BobMbx on September 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

How could Marco’s popularity have taken a hit on immigration. I thought everyone was for it.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2013 at 6:47 PM

I’m done with the republicans. Third party split is going to happen and the donks will rule imperiously but I will have my consciousness intact.

The GOP leadership is just like a battered wife, they keep thinking if they are nice to 0bama and the evil democrat party they will not be hit again. Then they get hit again.

jukin3 on September 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Obama’s and Kerry’s performances lately.

Oh c’mon! Haven’t been listening to Michael Medved? Kerry’s performance has been “PRESIDENTIAL”!

/

WTF is going on with “conservatives”. They’re so eager to give Juggears cover on this.

jawkneemusic on September 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Big whoop as seen all over the MSM..a handful of fat cats in the Senate decide to cover BO’s ass.

To hear the media explain it, that’s proof Obama is justified for his actions, never mind the House..

What a joke!

celt on September 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

I’m done with the republicans. Third party split is going to happen and the donks will rule imperiously but I will have my consciousness intact.

The GOP leadership is just like a battered wife, they keep thinking if they are nice to 0bama and the evil democrat party they will not be hit again. Then they get hit again.

jukin3 on September 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I feel you but c’mon. We can’t give up. Instead of throwing a hissy fit and voting third party, allowing 100 years of oppressive statist democrat rule. We have to work to oust these RINO’s and replace them with better people. We also have to work on the local level and get enough states together to propose Amendments to strip away the power the Feds have over us.

jawkneemusic on September 4, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Can anyone be shocked that those who allow illegal aliens to shatter federal and state law without penalty, those who ignore federal drug laws at will, those who support a president who legislates from his desk in clear violation of the separation of powers, choose to break congressional rules?

Anyone?

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Amendments were due at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, before the classified briefing for members with Secretary of State John Kerry and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had ended.

Isn’t that reassuring, the now war mongering Winter Soldier, John Kerry and the liar in chief James Clapper are leading the parade!

RJL on September 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM

This seems to be a grudge match between Putin and Obama. Asaad wouldn’t have done it without Putin’s approval.

Funny I feel like I’m back in the cold war.

This is a run of the mill proxy war between Putin and Obama, too bad people have to die to prove Obama isn’t a pansy.

Oh my gosh, I hate this.

petunia on September 4, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Who/what is the SCOAMT?

avagreen on September 4, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Who/what is the SCOAMT?

avagreen on September 4, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Stuttering clusterfark of a miserable tyrant; morphed this year from the SCOAMF, a stuttering clusterfark of a miserable failure.

Madisonian on September 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Madisonian on September 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

OHHHHHHHHHHH!

YEAUSSSSSS!

avagreen on September 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Rubio is a McMaverick-in-training.

virgo on September 5, 2013 at 12:36 AM