So what would the GOP do with the Senate if they got it?

posted at 5:31 pm on May 3, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

There are precious few sure bets in American politics, but if Nate Silver starts giving you a 60% chance at something you generally pay attention. And that’s the odds Nate is laying out for the GOP to retake the Senate. But for a group of people who seem so entirely hell bent for leather on getting this done, we don’t really know what they plan to do with it if they get it. Over at Outside the Beltway, Doug shares some predictions from Michael Tomasky, who is not particularly optimistic.

Let’s start with the bleak view. “If the Republicans win the Senate,” says Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, “the conclusion they’re going to draw is ‘obstruction works,’ and they’re going to double down on it. So they’ll be thinking, ‘Why go out of our way to do stuff and why compromise when in two years we can win it all?’”

Ornstein’s frequent collaborator, Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution, thinks that while it should make sense that Republicans eyeing a 2016 White House win would want to have some accomplishments to point to, we shouldn’t bet on it. “The interests of the party in ’16 are clear, but whether that proves sufficient to produce something positive out of the Republicans in Congress is a big reach,” says Mann. “They almost have an incentive to keep the economy going at a more tepid rate.”

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, agrees. “A GOP Senate takeover would be terrible for Obama’s presidency,” Tanden says. “It would spell the end of any progress on any legislative action and with GOP control of both houses of Congress, Republicans would set up debates to help their presidential candidates in 2016. And of course, investigations of the administration would double.”

What about the senators themselves? New York’s Chuck Schumer predicts: “It would let loose six years of right-wing frustration. The potential for gridlock is enormous.”

Doug doesn’t have much more of a chipper outlook, but I have to wonder if some of these folks are relying a bit too heavily on recent history repeating itself. It’s easy to look at the current lay of the land and assume that with Barack Obama in office for the next two years, nothing much will change. But the ability to get bills out of committee in both chambers and send a finished piece of legislation to the President’s desk has a particular value all of its own. In the current configuration, Democrats can simply point to the divided nature of government as a reason for a lack of progress. But if Congress can begin shoveling finished legislation, approved by the elected representatives of the people, the picture changes.

It would be worth drafting up a number of bills and sending them to Barack Obama’s desk. If he simply vetoes them all, then he is the bottleneck for the next two years. And if he somehow manages to sign something in the spirit of bipartisanship? Bonus.


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Bishop!

Franklin100 on May 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

So what would the GOP do with the Senate if they got it?

POSTED AT 5:31 PM ON MAY 3, 2014 BY JAZZ SHAW

With Mitch McConnell the majority leader?

Zip, zero, nada. Oogahts!

Franklin100 on May 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Not a damn thing.

squint on May 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

What they did when Bush was president, so they won’t have their majority long, for sure.

rickv404 on May 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

IMMIGRATION!!

faraway on May 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

“Obstructionism” is considered the “bleak view”?! By whom?! I think it’s hopelessly optimistic to believe that a Republican Senate will actually do anything effective to try to stop the damage.

My fear is the added power to the McConnell/McCain/Collins RINO establishment will send their inner Quislings into an overdrive that sees them trying to cap this horrid administration with a whole new horrifying push at amnesty.

Gingotts on May 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

And if he somehow manages to sign something in the spirit of bipartisanship? Bonus.

Money says if anything is signed by the president, it will be corporate servitude (also known as immigration reform). Progressives from both parties are drooling for this.

Rode Werk on May 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

So what would the GOP do with the Senate if they got it?

They’d try to out-defecrat the defecrats.

Amnesty would be at the top of their list.

Ruckus_Tom on May 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Nothing, what do you expect them to do with just 2/3 of congress. The message would be we need to have the white house to be effective.

phatfawzi on May 3, 2014 at 5:43 PM

But for a group of people who seem so entirely hell bent for leather on getting this done, we don’t really know what they plan to do with it if they get it.

Cite your evidence of this intent, please.

I see nothing from here but a determined interest to do whatever it takes *not* to do well at the polls in November.

Midas on May 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM

They should flood the system with investigations and repeals of executive orders.

Investigate Solyndra, GM, IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, ObamaCare, various perjuries, hacking of Sharyl Attkisson’s computer, imprisonment of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, etc.

faraway on May 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

honestly, if they were to 51 votes, little would change…there’s enough RINO blood to make common cause with the left..in fact I would think that some RINOs will bolt the party or resign if they got of the center-left mold.

that is, the it would be a nominal majority…the real majority would remain left of center

r keller on May 3, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Well, if there really is a God, then the House will enter articles of impeachment, and the Senate will try the president and convict him.

That’s my hope, anyway.

TKindred on May 3, 2014 at 5:49 PM

“… And of course, investigations of the administration would double.”

Great: Two times Zero equals …

ShainS on May 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM

then the House will enter articles of impeachment, and the Senate will try the president and convict him.

That’s my hope, anyway.

TKindred on May 3, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I can’t think of anything dumber than this.

The people voted for a Marxist, and they got one.

faraway on May 3, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Impeach?
Just throwin’ that out there.

Mimzey on May 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

If history proves anything, it is that Mataconis is an unreliable predictor of everything.

The main and major difference will be in budgeting. Without the Reid/Murray block in the Senate, Republicans can pass budgets. The Ryan budget will get a vote in the Senate.

Let that sink in a minute. This has been the toxic effect of Harry Reid, who protected Democrats for nearly eight years now by refusing to even bring bills to a vote.

That is just the beginning, of course, but it is huge.

And those worthless losers who have been relentlessly trashing McConnell for years now can crawl back under their filthy rocks.

Adjoran on May 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

But for a group of people who seem so entirely hell bent for leather on getting this done, we don’t really know what they plan to do with it if they get it.

There’s no mystery about this. They will immediately adopt the “no budget required” strategy and spend like drunken sailors democrats.

Thats why they won’t talk about what they intend to do. There would simply be no reason to hold an election. Or at least vote in one.

BobMbx on May 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Pass term limits! Please.

Jocundus on May 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Remember two things:

1) Obama has the veto
2) Obama has the power of the EO. (and if he is up against two GOP houses you can bet he will be come even more desperate. )

CW on May 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

What about the senators themselves? New York’s Chuck Schumer predicts: “It would let loose six years of right-wing frustration. The potential for gridlock is enormous.”

Chuck, Chuck, we’re talkin’ RINOs here – Democrats who spell their party name differently. Nothing different. I’m too cynical to believe anything else. They all are for bigger and bigger government – It’s all about keeping score.

Chuck Ef on May 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

“… And of course, investigations of the administration would double.”

If I ever get accused of something, I want Issa to investigate it.

BobMbx on May 3, 2014 at 6:02 PM

So what would the GOP do with the Senate if they got it?

They’ll do whatever’s best for the GOP and their cronies.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

So what the hell is wrong with gridlock??? At this point we have too many laws by far.

conrad6 on May 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

If still controlled by the establishment Rino-cracy; they’ll do precisely what they Dims would do only at a slower pace.

StubbornGreenBurros on May 3, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Sell it to the Chamber of Commerce or a higher bidder if there is one. That is to the extent they haven’t already.

VorDaj on May 3, 2014 at 6:06 PM

It really depends on who the leader is. If it’s McConnell, who know what they’ll do. Probably they’ll try to be Democrat lite. Now, if we could find a way for Mike Lee to be the leader, then things could get exciting.

We do know one thing, the President, especially this President, is not going to have free reign with judges. Personally, I’d like to see him not get another judicial appointment for the rest of his term, but I’m sure that won’t happen.

It also depends on who the Speaker of the House is. If it’s Boehner, who knows what the House will send the Senate, for fear it might actually pass and they’ll be held accountable for it. That seems to be the way Boehner does things, pass something Reid will put in the trash so you’re no held accountable.

bflat879 on May 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Even though the House has the power of the purse, they say, “We don’t have the Senate”. If they get the Senate they will say, “We don’t have the Presidency”. If they get the Presidency, they will say, “We don’t have the Supreme Court”. If they get the Supreme Court, they will say, “We don’t have the UN”.

VorDaj on May 3, 2014 at 6:10 PM

The GOPe? The same as when a dog catches a car. Either stare at it dumbly or tear it apart but perish the hope they’ll do any good. Now conservatives on the other hand…

AH_C on May 3, 2014 at 6:10 PM

They can do whatever they want with the Senate, we are not going to get a veto proof majority so nothing is going to really change.

Obama is a thin skinned thug wannabe who is going to be extremely pi$$ed when he loses control of the Senate this November. He does not play well with others. I expect all sorts of shenanigans.

Johnnyreb on May 3, 2014 at 6:11 PM

So what would the GOP do with the Senate if they got it?

Raise taxes. Spend more money. Pass amnesty. Whine about Tea Party extremism.

The main and major difference will be in budgeting. Without the Reid/Murray block in the Senate, Republicans can pass budgets. The Ryan budget will get a vote in the Senate.

So what are they going to do when Obama vetoes the Ryan budget? I guess it will be “symbolically important” that Obama vetoed it or something.

And those worthless losers who have been relentlessly trashing McConnell for years now can crawl back under their filthy rocks.

Adjoran on May 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Who is trashing who again? http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/10/mitch-mcconnell-beating-tea-party-we-are-going-cru/

Good to know the Republicans’ top priority will be revenge against the base for criticizing them, though.

Doomberg on May 3, 2014 at 6:12 PM

They will do what they always do. The progs will propose 10 steps to the left, the repubs will “compromise” and only take 7.

tdarrington on May 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

IMMIGRATION!!

faraway on May 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Si’ empeñado!

bazil9 on May 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I expect all sorts of shenanigans.

Johnnyreb on May 3, 2014 at 6:11 PM

The dems will pull the same cloture blocking tricks as the repubs ahve been doing. The repubs will pass parts of Obama’s agenda to appear bipartisan going into 16.

tdarrington on May 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM

IMMIGRATION!!

faraway on May 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Amnesty would be at the top of their list.

Ruckus_Tom on May 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Sell it to the Chamber of Commerce or a higher bidder if there is one. That is to the extent they haven’t already.

VorDaj on May 3, 2014 at 6:06

Yep.

The700Level on May 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM

The GOPe is hellbent on amnesty. Hellbent. Passing it is their only reason to exist right now it seems.

ConstantineXI on May 3, 2014 at 6:24 PM

With Mitch McConnell the majority leader?

Zip, zero, nada. Oogahts!

Franklin100 on May 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Hate on ‘em all you want. But the turtle did get us the sequester for 2 years (before Paul Ryan Surrendered it in exchange spending increases).

Skipity on May 3, 2014 at 6:26 PM

It’s what they wouldn’t do: confirm any of Obama’s socialist nominees, or ratify any of his anti-American treaties.

pauljc on May 3, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Democrats can simply point to the divided nature of government as a reason for a lack of progress.

Progress? Like in Progressive? That’s what the GOP should be shooting for? Right up the ally of some of the GOP fossils in the US Senate. How about another EPA, a war on something or other – drugs, poverty, Putin? Amnesty? A Medicare or Medicaid expansion? Raise the national debt? Bailouts, there is going to a need for a lot of bailouts as one city after another follows the Detroit Democrat vote plantation model into oblivion. Fanny, Freddie, TBTF banks all may need a bailout. Lot’s of work ahead for the GOP.

Viator on May 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

So what would the GOP do with the Senate if they got it?

…give us “lip service”…as usual!

KOOLAID2 on May 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

The GOP will only pass corny capitalism bills. The GOP right now only cares about what their rich friends want and it will only continue in 2015.

BroncosRock on May 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

They should flood the system with investigations and repeals of executive orders.

Investigate Solyndra, GM, IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, ObamaCare, various perjuries, hacking of Sharyl Attkisson’s computer, imprisonment of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, etc.

faraway on May 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

…you found weedisgood‘s stash…^…haven’t you?
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on May 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM

The short and likely answer is “Punt.”

But suppose the Tea Party gets rid of McConnell, either in the primary or by voting for his opponent in November. Him gone is a plus, but it’s nothing compared to the stark fear of RINOs who suddenly realize they can be individually thrown off the gravy train by even a weak Tea Party movement. Suddenly they become open to Tea Party proposals….

PersonFromPorlock on May 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Amnesty FTW

Valiant on May 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Side with Biden, who hates legal Americans and their children.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Bash their base and the TEA party.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2014 at 6:42 PM

The Rs will win, but don’t earn/deserve it.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2014 at 6:43 PM

What would they do?
Pass Amnesty!

philw1776 on May 3, 2014 at 6:48 PM

So what would the GOP do with the Senate if they got it?

Nothing. The GOPe is just the slightly moderate wing of the Dem party now. Job number one, as always, is to get re-elected. So those pesky TP and conservative types will have to be silenced.

Ironically, since TP isn’t big enough to directly threaten the Dems, it’s the GOPe that sees TP as a mortal enemy, and reacts accordingly.

bofh on May 3, 2014 at 6:56 PM

The potential for gridlock is enormous.

Why do people say that like it’s a bad thing? Gridlock is the purpose of separated powers with checks and balances. The harder it is for the government to get something done, the more likely it is that they will do less. Sounds great to me.

Komsomoletz on May 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Spend all their time and a lot of our money making sure they get reelected in six years.

29Victor on May 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

What would the GOPe do if they took the Senate? Fcuk up. They’ll find a way…to be losers.

Who is John Galt on May 3, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Unfortunately, the descriptive, “republican leadership”, is an oxymoron………. and non existent.

ultracon on May 3, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Spend all their time and a lot of our money making sure they get reelected in six years.

29Victor on May 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Sadly, ^This.

Who is John Galt on May 3, 2014 at 7:02 PM

I don’t think the GOPe wants the Senate.

IF the GOP took the Senate, they’d be forced to stand up to Obama and Holder. As long as the GOP ‘only’ holds the House, they can continue to claim they’re powerless in the face of an executive who regularly legislates from his desk.

If the GOP found themselves in control of the Senate and the House while Obama is still in office they’d have to take him to task and restrain him, and they’d inevitably be smeared and labeled ‘racists’ by the LEFT, and not just ‘racists’, but the party of racism.

I think this explains why they’re seemingly bent on destruction with the current and otherwise inexplicable push for amnesty and the indefensible statement regarding Obamacare being ‘here to stay’.

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2014 at 7:03 PM

What would they do?
Pass Amnesty!

philw1776 on May 3, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Unfortunately, that’s probably the case.

A wish list for what they should do:

Put a stop/hold on all court nominations by Obama. Especially so concerning the Supreme Court.

Belittle Harry Reid at every opportunity. Make him retire out of humiliation, so Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval can replace him with a Republican.

And pass a real budget with the House to make Obama veto it. Repeat as often as necessary.

Along with the above, pass a full repeal of Obamacare, which Obama would veto.

Eastwood Ravine on May 3, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Make 0bama shyte or get off the pot on Keystone XL

Put a budget on his desk and dare him to veto

Find all kinds of ways to set Democrat interests at one anothers’ throats

Demand competence and fairness in Cabinet and court nominees

And so on

Sekhmet on May 3, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Maybe the plan is to gain the Senate, but lose the House by denying support to TEA party candidates. That way the GOPe could still claim to be powerless in the face of a president who regularly legislates from his desk and purge the TEA party representatives at the same time.

The push for amnesty and for keeping Obamacare are both coming from the House under Boehner’s leadership.

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2014 at 7:09 PM

They can start with repealing Obamacare and repealing the environmental protection act.

workingclass artist on May 3, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Well, considering the GOP held the House, Senate and Presidency from 2003 through 2006 and acted like Democrat Lite, my guess is nothing.

Today’s GOP establishment is exactly what it has long been accused of – being a mouthpiece for the U.,S. Chamber of Commerce and big business. The Chamber and big business want amnesty and no longer want ObamaCare repealed.

If you want to know what a Republican Senate will do, ask Thomas Donohue, head of the Chamber, the country’s #1 welfare queen and the man who gives the GOP leadership its marching orders.

bw222 on May 3, 2014 at 7:09 PM

The Bush Mafia does not know how “to lead.”

They allow the Democrats to do their dirty work for them. They are the “me too” wing of the party.

If a conservative was the Majority Leader instead of Ditch Mitch now we’re talking about something.

Jayrae on May 3, 2014 at 7:10 PM

immigration reform.
You can bet this account on it on some false hope Hispanics would vote for Republicans.
Of course they will learn a value lesson in 2016.

weedisgood on May 3, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Suddenly, the President is faced with having to put forth good candidates for the Supreme Court, should a vacancy arise.

Republicans would set up debates to help their presidential candidates in 2016. And of course, investigations of the administration would double.

So, does Neera Tanden know of twice as many things this administration has done wrong? We have Benghazi, we have the IRS, we have fast and furious — what else is there? Syria? The Ukraine? The President’s America-bashing abroad? I don’t think any of those are considered so horrible that an investigation would be needed. Indeed, looking at Benghazi and Fast and Furious, we have obvious incompetence at the fore. In looking at the IRS, we have disparate treatment of free speech where said treatment is directly related to politics.

Others talk of amnesty as a dirty word. I think it is a good thing — the beginning of full integration of an underclass into American life.

Others talk of “crony capitalism”. Do we not have that now — where said crony capitalists fritter away billions of dollars of taxpayer money and in the end have nothing to show for it other than fancy cars, homes, and yachts?

What should they do? A: Fix Obamacare so the result allows people of conscience to opt out or to build organizational policies which do not impact their faith observance. Make the religious organization requirements a lot looser. A: Pass a Freedom of Conscience Act. A: Pass a Freedom of Association Act. A: Pass a law requiring that all who receive welfare shall perform services to the People in restitution. A: Pass a law allowing a tax deduction for unborn children provided they are not aborted prior to birth. Allow them to be assigned social security numbers and for their date of conception to be used in place of date of birth for government matters involving age.

Indeed, if one wants to keep and maintain power, one has to be viewed as a party of increased (rather than decreased) rights for all.

Don’t bother fighting gay marriage, but don’t require those who oppose it from having to recognize it. Don’t bother fighting abortion but make its alternative much more attractive.

unclesmrgol on May 3, 2014 at 7:13 PM

But what would ‘weedisgood’ do?

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Bill Clinton + GOP Congress = some good things. Unfortunately, Obama is no Bill Clinton.

Pass term limits! Please.

Jocundus on May 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

That will take 67 Senators. Even if we run the table, we’ll only have 66 and we aren’t going to run the table.

However, a good shellacking might convince some Dems to vote with us on a couple of amendments. I think a BBA with a federal spending cap would be the best bet. Do that and I won’t care about term limits.

Grammar Nazi on May 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM

That’s the bleak view?

With the way the races are going, it looks to me like there’s a good possibility that the right will be strengthened against the Establishment.

If you Kentucky conservatives do your part and nominate Bevin, or not vote for McConnell, or even vote for Grimes, we could have the TPers around parity, with Cornyn as a leader who is unable to move too far left.

K. Hobbit on May 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM

The main and major difference will be in budgeting. Without the Reid/Murray block in the Senate, Republicans can pass budgets. The Ryan budget will get a vote in the Senate.

All the Ryan budget actually does is kick the can down the road. The Ryan budget cuts are in the future and future congresses are not necessarily subject to it.

bw222 on May 3, 2014 at 7:20 PM

But what would ‘weedisgood’ do?

thatsafactjack on May 3, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Smoke more Weed? Join the Choom Gang? Make policy as the “most powerful man in the world?”

Naaah, he’d just take another Bong hit. Then troll here, inanely.

Who is John Galt on May 3, 2014 at 7:20 PM

This topic is sad. It’s sad that the conservative movement has no leadership roles.

faraway on May 3, 2014 at 7:22 PM

I suspect they would do much the same as they did the last time they had it. The only difference between the Democrats and the GOP is that the media claims that it’s illegal, and or immoral when Republicans do it.

DFCtomm on May 3, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Pass term limits! Please.

Jocundus on May 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

The GOP had an excellent opportunity to pass term limits and the rest of the Contract with America between 2003 and 2006 and didn’t. Even though he was out of Congress, Gingritch could have pushed for it, but was too busy influence peddling.

bw222 on May 3, 2014 at 7:37 PM

What should they do? Do not try and “get along with Dems. Seal the border. Deport all illegals. Drug tests for welfare recipients. Close down the DoE, EPA, HHS, and many more. In other words take out the trash and do something good for a change.

Old eagle on May 3, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I know that it doesn’t always feel this way, but the Establishment incumbents are still defending their seats and the conservatives are winning the open ones. The Estblishment was going to spend all this money to toss out TPers, libertarians, etc. like Justin Amash. How’s that going? Are there any righties who are being threatened?

It’s slower than we want, but I still think it’s moving in the right direction.

K. Hobbit on May 3, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Concern trolls. We have to elect them to find out what they would do. Right Nancy?

Vince on May 3, 2014 at 7:42 PM

The right wing Taliban would insist on trying to make Christianity a state religion, overturn gay marriage, and generally make themselves annoying. This would make sure we would lose 2016, and achieve no fiscal goals. The government would continue to grow, and the USA will cease to exist as a viable country.

Shambhala on May 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Amnesty, big spending increases, more regulation, hand-outs to green energy companies, making unemployment payments permanent, minimum wage increase.

Did I miss something?

Clark1 on May 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

People keep pointing out that Obama has the veto. He has never used it. He has relied on Harry Reid bottling up the Senate to ensure that he never has to sign a law he doesn’t like or veto a law he doesn’t like. It’s about time Congress started sending him some laws that he doesn’t like so we can find out whether he has the backbone to actually engage in the fight instead of having other people like Reid do all his fighting for him.

I’ll bet he doesn’t.

jms on May 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

It’s not going to be some socon extravaganza, that’s for sure.

The socon agenda for the most part, is fringe stuff. Yeah, I said it. It’s a short list anyway. Mostly, ban abortion and punch everybody in the face with religion.

You didn’t see them move on much of it when they had it all and Bush was in the White House. Because most people aren’t interested in that.

And the term limits thing will never happen. I wish it would, but it won’t.

Moesart on May 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Doug shares some predictions from Michael Tomasky, who…

…is a nothing, and whyTF does Hotair seem to live to quote his idiotic blather? Good grief, dude.

Jaibones on May 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Doug shares some predictions from Michael Tomasky, who…

…is a nothing, and whyTF does Hotair seem to live to quote his idiotic blather? Good grief, dude.

Jaibones on May 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Because the usual suspects HA quotes to p!ss us off (David Frum, David Brooks, John McCain, etc. weren’t available.

And, to Jazz Shaw’s world, Michael Tomesky is a fellow moderate.

bw222 on May 3, 2014 at 8:23 PM

If the GOP takes the Senate, the House should immediately impeach TOTUS.

Of course, I am dreaming of a world where Republicans would act in accordance with their oath to defend and uphold the Constitution.

In reality, they’ll do nothing.

Ted the Average on May 3, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Jaibones on May 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Yeah….Dude! My HotAir has gone pretty mid-temp, still maybe slightly warm. Slightly. Mostly GOPe, room-temp.

Room temperature, as in Dead.

Who is John Galt on May 3, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Moesart on May 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Clark1 on May 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I guess I’m not alone.

Shambhala on May 3, 2014 at 8:49 PM

WTF – Jazz Shaw quotes:

Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast
Norman Ornstein, AEI
Thomas Mann, Brookings
Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress
Chuck Schumer, D-NY

Question for Jazz – Shouldn’t you be quoting Republicans on what they might plan to do, rather than no one but Democrats?
JUST ASKING!

pilsener on May 3, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Pass jobs and tax legislation up to the Preznit.

Let him veto it if he dares.

Act as a brake to the worst of Obama’s judicial appointments.

Not all that bad, really.

If the GOP was really smart about it, (Yeah, right!) the voting public would be pretty tired of a dem president by 2016.

trigon on May 3, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Enforce immigration laws and deport Illegal Aliens…..

Realdemocrat1 on May 3, 2014 at 9:02 PM

It’s kinda like the question, “what would the dog do when he catches the car.” They don’t know. It’s all about the chase.

307wolverine on May 3, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Amnesty FTW

Valiant on May 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Dude, pay attention. The Senate GOP liberals already passed amnesty. They can’t vote for the House, which has held out.

Jaibones on May 3, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Federal Term Limits…..

Realdemocrat1 on May 3, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Yeah….Dude! My HotAir has gone pretty mid-temp, still maybe slightly warm. Slightly. Mostly GOPe, room-temp.
Room temperature, as in Dead.

Who is John Galt on May 3, 2014 at 8:29 PM

I still love it here but wow. When Allah quotes these jackasses it is like “look what this dope said”. With Jazzi get no sense of irony or sarcasm. I get “here’s a smart opinion from one of my liberal friends”. Or am I being uncharitable?

Jaibones on May 3, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Bring back sanity with The Rule of Law?

Realdemocrat1 on May 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM

It is telling that with the exception of a few of the wish lists, not one commenter has any expectation that a Republican Senate means any improvement; and almost all expect betrayal.

That is not the reaction of a party that has any hold on its base.

Subotai Bahadur on May 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM

At the very least, bills would finally start getting through Congress instead of just gathering dust on Sen. Reid’s desk. Moreover, it would be interesting to see the President forced to make decisions (to veto or not to veto) instead of letting Reid & Pelosi run interference for him.

ss396 on May 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I agree that the best approach is just start firing up all sorts of bills.

Send a bill to repeal ObamaCare…Veto.
Send a bill to reform ObamaCare…Veto.
Send a bill to reform the IRS….Veto.
Send a bill to reform the NSA…Veto.

Send a bill to reform Immigration (not amnesty, just increasing legal immigration but still call it “immigration reform”)….Veto.

Send a bill for voter id…Veto.
Send up a bill decreasing taxes for all Americans…Veto.
Send up a bill decreasing taxes for the Middle Class…Veto.
Send up a bill decreasing taxes on small business…Veto.
Send up a bill increasing taxes on lawyers…Veto.
Send up a bull increasing taxes for entertainment industry…Veto.
Send up a bill for the XL pipeline…Veto.
Send up a bill reforming the EPA…Veto.

Send up a bill to reform Education in America, with vouchers…Veto.

Send up a bill with more sanctions on Iran…Veto.

etc….etc…

Make Obama wear out that Veto pin!

William Eaton on May 3, 2014 at 9:24 PM

The right wing Taliban would insist on trying to make Christianity a state religion, overturn gay marriage, and generally make themselves annoying. This would make sure we would lose 2016, and achieve no fiscal goals. The government would continue to grow, and the USA will cease to exist as a viable country.

Shambhala on May 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM

I’m assuming you are being tongue-in-cheek there, because if you had the first clue about “christianity’” and the founding of this Nation, you would know that statement is complete crap. However, never forget that morality is not negotiable. This Nation was founded on Judeo-Christian values and they seemed to work out pretty well for the first 150 or so years.

USNCVN on May 3, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Spend all their time and a lot of our money making sure they get reelected in six years.

29Victor on May 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Bingo. Lie, cheat, beg, whore and steal to stay in the Senate.

Jaibones on May 3, 2014 at 9:24 PM

But as to the question, they won’t accomplish anything. I’m still not certain they won’t manage to screw it up before then. I’m still betting they can pull out a loss before it’s all said and done.

USNCVN on May 3, 2014 at 9:25 PM

That is not the reaction of a party that has any hold on its base.

Subotai Bahadur on May 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Indeed.

In fact, it’s pretty much the reaction of a party at war with its base …

ShainS on May 3, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Oh…I forgot one….

Pass a bill cutting Obama’s salary…Veto.

William Eaton on May 3, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Raise taxes on Greedy Rich Hollywood Liberals…

Realdemocrat1 on May 3, 2014 at 9:35 PM

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