Senate Democrats plan all-night global-warming talkathon in support of … er …

posted at 9:21 am on March 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Talk about hot gas. Rick Perry may have affectionately mistaken our site name once, but Senate Democrats could be in position to trademark it for themselves after tonight. The caucus will hold an all-night talkathon to demand action on climate change, which has USA Today very confused. After all … don’t Democrats control that chamber?

A majority of Senate Democrats on Monday will launch an overnight “talkathon” until approximately 9:00 a.m. Tuesday to draw attention to climate change.

The overnight effort, organized by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is part of the recently launched Senate Climate Action Task Force headed by Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. …

The Democratic effort is cause for some confusion because these senators are calling for action in a chamber they control but without any specific legislation to offer up for a vote, or any timetable for action this year.

In other words, this is nothing but a stunt — and transparently so. Senate Democrats control all of the Senate committees, and what comes to the Senate floor. Boxer herself is the chair of the committee on environmental affairs, and could push through legislation any time she wants to the floor. They don’t have global-warming legislation bottled up by Republican obstruction, because they don’t have global-warming legislation at all. Why? It would kill any hopes of rescuing red-state seats for Democrats in the upcoming midterms, that’s why.

If these Democrats wanted to do something about this issue, they could put together legislation, and Senate Republicans would have few options to stop them. That isn’t keeping Democrats from blaming Republicans, though. Instead, they’re rallying for more executive action as a way to keep from dealing with the GOP:

Asked about the lack of a legislative proposal to serve as a focus for the talkathon, a Democratic aide suggested minority Republicans are at fault. “Our door is wide open for Republicans to talk through and discuss solutions as soon as they’re ready to accept scientific reality,” the aide said Sunday.

But it’s possible the Democratic campaign has little if anything to do with ever passing a global warming bill. After all, Senate Democrats had a huge, filibuster-proof majority in 2009 and 2010 and did not act on the cap-and-trade bill passed by the Democratic House at the time. It could be that the Senate Democrats’ strategy is more about encouraging the White House to take unilateral executive action on the environment than it is about Senate Democrats sticking their necks out by supporting major legislation in an election year.

“This caucus, what we have done is set up a Climate Action Task Force because we want to encourage the administration to take more action,” said Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin when the group introduced itself at a news conference in January. Beyond that, Cardin said, the Task Force wants to block bills that come from the House — no problem there, since that’s something that Majority Leader Harry Reid can do all by himself. Finally, Cardin said, Democrats want to make “incremental progress.” So the talkfest on the Senate floor Monday and Tuesday could well be an extended rah-rah for the White House more than a call to any legislative action.

Here’s a question. Since Senate Democrats don’t want to pass budgets (again demurring this year) and don’t want to write legislation for their own policy agenda, why are they contesting their incumbent Senate seats at all? After all, they’re not terribly interested in governance; they’re mostly interested in expanding the executive branch’s power so they won’t have to do their own jobs. If that’s all Senate Democrats want to do, let them join the executive branch, and Republicans can have their seats instead.

In a related note, The Hill’s Alexander Bolton wonders whether this is the worst Congress ever:

Veteran lawmakers are used to partisanship and stalemate, but they say Capitol Hill has sunk to a new dysfunctional low.

Congress has in some ways already closed for business until after the mid-term election. Any laws made between now and November will be minor.

President Obama’s “year of action” has started slowly and could end up as a punchline. Congressional approval ratings have hit all-time lows.

The relationships between congressional Republicans and Obama as well as between Democratic and GOP leaders on Capitol Hill lack the indispensable element of trust.

Well, when the Senate majority conducts a PR stunt without having the intestinal fortitude to back it up with action, the “dysfunctional” issues are clearly not equally applied across the aisle.


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Pro Tip: Turning off the Senate Chamber Lights at Nighttime Reduces Our Carbon Footprint

blammm on March 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM

This is hilarious.

supernova on March 10, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Then in ’08 hubby and I came into some bucks and needed a new car. I said to him that because we’re gettin up there in age, if we were going to get another Vette then was the time. I had ONE stipulation…if they didn’t have six-speed manuals that year, we had to wait. They did, we bought–only we chose titanium blue.

So, it isn’t JUST guys!

jersey taxpayer on March 10, 2014 at 11:17 AM

I adore you……

ToddPA on March 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Discussion Topic:

Was it the hockey stick graph, or the polar bear picture that convinced you that the atmospheric CO2 %age controls the climate?

ShadrachSmith on March 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Pro Tip: Turning off the Senate Chamber Lights at Nighttime Reduces Our Carbon Footprint

blammm on March 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM

This. Well played, blammm.

RI_Red on March 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

In our paper today it was reported that the CA Senate – in the clutches of the Dems – will consider a revision to the cap and trade bill passed in 2006.

It seems that the law’s impact starting next January 1 will increase the price of gasoline in this leftist nirvana by 10-12 cents/gallon with spikes of up to 40 cents a gallon. The head of the CA Air Resources Board demurs by saying that

“refiners are not required to pass along the increased costs to consumers. It would appear to be some deliberate mesasure on their part if there were to be a sudden rise in prices…”

But the Dem pols are figuring that might boomerang on them, so they are proposing a flat 15 cent a gallon tax in 2015 rising to more than 40 cents/gallon by 2029.

Here is the kicker. The CA Senate President Pro Tem says that 2/3′s of the $3.6B raised by a flat tax in 2015 will go to households earning less than $75,000. The remaining 1/3 will go to mass transit projects.

Carbon tax = Massive income redistribution scheme. Period.

in_awe on March 10, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Bishop on March 10, 2014 at 9:24 AM

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Yup…some real thought went into that one…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Talk about hot gas. Rick Perry may have affectionately mistaken our site name once, but Senate Democrats could be in position to trademark it for themselves after tonight. The caucus will hold an all-night talkathon to demand action on climate change, which has USA Today very confused. After all … don’t Democrats control that chamber?

Ah, the ultimate in political show theater: Let’s have a dramatic fight to demand action by … the people who already have the power to take that action.

On the bright side, at least they won’t be doing much damage.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM

You can’t fight these idiots with reason . . . you must be brutal.

rplat on March 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I wonder if the chemtrail believers will be there too.

mixplix on March 10, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I heard Harvey Weinstein has a Barbara Boxer biopic in the works but he’s having trouble getting his lead star, Dustin Hoffman, insured because the script calls for him to be on LSD 100% of the time …

M240H on March 10, 2014 at 1:53 PM

From the ‘mind’ of the Climate Cultist:

Wellstone: The only “contrary empirical evidence” is produced on behalf of and funded by the Koch brothers.
http://disqus.com/home/dashboard/#comment-1278871845

DinaRehn on March 10, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Sorry, wrong link on that comment:

Wellstone: The only “contrary empirical evidence” is produced on behalf of and funded by the Koch brothers.
http://m.washingtonexaminer.com/senate-democrats-donor-friendly-global-warming-show/article/2545354/comments#comment-1278871845

See folks, it’s not cold out there – that’s just an illusion conjured up and funded by the Koch brothers.

DinaRehn on March 10, 2014 at 1:59 PM

The Middle East is on fire, our relations with Russia is more strained than ever, millions out of work in the U.S., 17 plus trillion dollar debt, a budget that hasn’t been passed in years, the IRS and NSA spying on everyone except the terrorist (missed the Fort Hood shooting, the underwear bomber, the Boston marathon bombers, the NYC bomber..exactly who have they stopped?!?!) and other numerous issues….But they have time for this charade…this is pretty pathetic and really shows people how out of touch most politicians are and why we need term limits. Plus who has time to watch these knuckleheads when most people have to work and sleep to provide for themselves or their families in the economy they shaped for our country. All I can do is say, “Wow” and shake my head in disbelief.

One_If_By_Land on March 10, 2014 at 2:02 PM

They need to spend a night in hemp pajamas chatting it up to make themselves feel better about their massive and unending stupidity and corruption.

They think doing this will somehow generate support among the majority that don’t believe a word that comes from their corrupt, fascist faces.

Yawn……

Diluculo on March 10, 2014 at 2:12 PM

I suspect that Babs (Empty Box 4 Brains) Boxer … “Don’t call me Mam.” She will speak for an extended period of time to help her purple state colleagues so they don’t have to risk association with this brain-dead activity. Which puts this in line with a majority of Senate floor speeches. (With the exception of Sen. Rubio’s wiping the floor with the Senator Tom “IdiotsOutWalkingAround” Harkin about the love affair the Gimmedats have with Raul and his continuous 7 decade island prison system. Anyone care to guess how much effort and support the Presstitutes of the Manure Spreading Media will expend helping to place blame for this Red Herring stupidity?
I’ll guess leading story for two days and above the fold at the WAPO; NYT and LAT (of course).

Missilengr on March 10, 2014 at 2:29 PM

One_If_By_Land on March 10, 2014 at 2:02 PM

But on the bright side, King Putt is golfing in Key Largo….

dentarthurdent on March 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

The body of Senator Henry ‘Scoop’ Jackson D-WA must be spinning in his grave.
What the hell has happened to the Democrat Party?

I’ll take a shot (pun intended) I blame Killary and her … whatever ANYONE might characterize their ‘relationship’ … Blue Dress Partner.

I believe it is going to take longer to fix the Gimmedats and their party of lying thieving CorruptoCrats than it will take the Stupid Party to countermeasure the last two years of King Putt’s Reign.

I wonder if the Stupid Party will be able to trace the whereabout of the 800 billion of $timulous money before King Putt runs out of Presidential Pardons?

Pure ether perhaps but I have to believe in something worth while.

Missilengr on March 10, 2014 at 2:40 PM

So, it’s an all night nag-a-thon? Sounds fitting.

Kokonut on March 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM

“Our door is wide open for Republicans to talk through and discuss solutions as soon as they’re ready to accept scientific reality,” the aide said Sunday.

“Scientific reality”?… It is a damn religious cult that has nothing to do with science and everything to do with taking other people money, controlling their lives, and making a bunch of limousine liberals and liberals scientists very rich… They are now selling carbon credits to the followers of this new religion in order to redeem their “sins” against nature similar to the paper of indulgence the Roman sold in the Middle ages so the faithful sins will be forgiven… And they f***ing dare to call it science…

mnjg on March 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Sadly, that’s the case for a lot of what is called, “science.” Once progressives figured out that you could convince people to go along with their agenda if you made them believe science backed you up, they started pushing their agenda by manipulating science.

Bad science claims were behind a lot of the push for social change in the 60s and 70s. Which is one reason why William F. Buckley, though in some ways not at all a social conservative, widely rejected the push to overturn social customs and mores based on what he considered dubious social science claims.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Is that kind of like praying to nobody?

Hening on March 10, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Separation of church and state, please.

John the Libertarian on March 10, 2014 at 2:56 PM

They’ll just come up with another theory to replace it which comports with their liberal belief of collective guilt. The liberal guilt, the “we are all guilty”, that’s the thing. Climate change, or whatever, that’s just window dressing.

LashRambo on March 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Sounds a lot like Catholicism. Everyone is a sinner and has to assuage their guilt by giving money to the rich church.

crankyoldlady on March 10, 2014 at 2:58 PM

But on the bright side, King Putt is golfing in Key Largo….

dentarthurdent on March 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Thanks,…why should The One be bothered with such mundane world events when he has tee time to get to, how rude of me. But a more important question….where is Joe when you need him? I need some comic relief from the court jester of this admins regime.

One_If_By_Land on March 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Missilengr on March 10, 2014 at 2:29 PM

We now have a scientific explanation for the gimmedats:
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/03/10/sponges-likely-paved-way-for-all-life-on-earth/?intcmp=features
So we originated from sponges.
That pretty well says it all for the direction our society is going.

dentarthurdent on March 10, 2014 at 3:11 PM

You can’t fight these idiots with reason . . . you must be brutal.

rplat on March 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

There is no reasoning with those that want absolute power and control. Absolute control over energy production and absolute power to control usage. That has always been the endgame.

98ZJUSMC on March 10, 2014 at 4:26 PM

…..and the RINO Senate and House Leadership is basically disarmed and clueless before this absurdity….

kingsmill on March 10, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Hey, Barbara, instead of creating a bunch of hot air whining about global warming, maybe you and your idiot cohorts can work on that silly thing you are Constitutionally obligated to pass….A BUDGET!!!!

Snitchmo on March 10, 2014 at 5:10 PM

I wish i found out about this sooner, it has drinking game written all over it.

SUV – drink !
denier – drink !

i’d be passed out within the first hour.

its actually a perfect example of why no member of congress should be allowed more than 2 terms and are cannot allowed to become lobbyists.

even though the american public has said they dont want green vehicles and green energy, congress still knows better and wants to push green solutions down our throats.

its fitting that the only ones that will listen to them are themselves.

cougar on March 10, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Meanwhile the snowplows & shovel ready jobs are standing by!

And could you all please stop posting pictures of homely frumps like Boxer and Schultz … yikes!

kregg on March 11, 2014 at 6:12 AM

good God, these people are idiots.

the senator from maryland is now going off on how climate change has risen the sea level over 1.5 feet on one of maryland’s islands.

you freaking idiot ! thats erosion !

the seas levels have been measured the world over and barely moved an inch in 100 years !

and these people are now in charge of your healthcare. yes, obamacare is going to workout well.

cougar on March 11, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Did the Malthusians disclose the number of undesirable people that must be culled for their utopia to take fruit?

Murphy9 on March 11, 2014 at 8:40 AM

There was no issue being debated…
There was no legislation being discussed…
There was no vote to be taken…
They read the children’s book ‘The Lorax’…
They used tax dollars to buy pizzas for their ‘slumber party’…

They simply went on an all-night rant about ‘climate change’…an issue not 1 American seriously believes is even in the top 10 issues our nation must address!

It’s not like they have more important issues to deal with, like:
- 92 million Americans gave left the job force
- Unemployment
- 6 million more Americans – on top of the original 6 million Obamacare was suppose to insure – have lost their health care due to Obamacare…
- Millions of Americans have lost their jobs thanks to Obamacare…
- While Congress debates sending an aid package to the Ukraine Russia’s troops have marched further into the Ukraine…
- the news is reporting there is evidence that the CIA hacked into a Congressional Investigating Committee’s network to spy on the investigation into an Obama scandal, one that also has retired General Patraeus, now head of the CIA, being investigated for possible perjury — forget Watergate – this blows that out of the water if true…

Yeah, wasting tax dollars for liberals to sate their climate change fetish was a brilliant idea, and certainly more important than those other things…. (MASSIVE sarcasm, if anyone was wondering….)

easyt65 on March 12, 2014 at 3:01 AM

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