Senate Democrats continue laser-like focus on America’s most important issue: Keeping control of the Senate

posted at 4:01 pm on May 24, 2014 by Dustin Siggins

It’s May of 2014, and America faces enormous challenges.

We have the Obama administration’s secrecy and dishonesty on Benghazi, where an ambassador and four service members died. The House is finally addressing this in a real fashion.

The treatment of veterans after over a decade of war is abhorrent. Both parties are to blame for this, as it certainly didn’t start with Obama, and both parties sent people into two badly-run wars that have increased the strain on the VA’s resources.

At least a million babies will die in their mother’s wombs this year, often times crushed and dismembered along the way, solely for profit.

The federal debt continues to grow, now standing at $17.5 trillion and rapidly increasing.

And, of course, I would be remiss to not address the name of the Washington football team, which 50 Senate Democrats signed a letter opposing, and the important issue of expediting duck hunting permits.

And, yeah, the Senate is really going to vote on a bill related to sportsmen, rather than, say, passing a budget in keeping with the laws of the Senate. Or working to prevent the War on Women being waged by Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups. Or investigating the Obama administration’s incompetence and dishonesty that led to the Benghazi cover-up.

Or doing any one of a hundred other things that should be easy to accomplish in a bipartisan fashion. But I guess doing the work of the people doesn’t help Senate Democrats get elected. Comparing the name of the Redskins to Donald Sterling’s comments does, for reasons of empathy — as opposed to things that would actually benefit America’s minorities, like reformed education and welfare policies — and of course vulnerable Democrats want to tell their constituents they stood up against the big, bad federal government when it comes to hunting.
To be fair, this election-year maneuvering is hardly a Democratic problem — the GOP-controlled House did it in 2012. And it is occasionally helpful, such as when several vulnerable Democratic Senators asked the EPA to delay some forthcoming emission regulations earlier this week.

But, yeah, mostly this is a gigantic pile of Beltway horse hockey. Unfortunately, both parties know they’re going to get away with it, because this is a longtime tradition of Congress. Which leads to the question of whether the American people will finally get tired of it all, and vote the bums out of office instead of re-electing them.


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No wonder. This keeps getting worse for them.

July 4 obama will declare amnesty…the result will be even more hatred towards the DC latrine rats.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM

How the D-latrine rats are ‘winning’

No, no se puede!

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Harry Reid is the Mortician of America.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Harry Reid is the Mortician of America.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Mortician? That’s not how you spell asshat.

Happy Nomad on May 24, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Harry Reid is the Mortician of America.

Schadenfreude

I beg to differ…he is the corpse, not the Mortician.

Gothguy on May 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Until the Republican Party realizes it’s in a war, this election will always be in doubt. If I had the Koch’s money, I’d take it to every Democrat in every state and ask them why they’re willing to support a dysfunctional Senate being controlled by a dictator. Let there be no doubt, they agree with everything Harry Reid is doing, if they didn’t there’d be a revolt, and there isn’t. So why aren’t the Republicans making the accountable for their lack of action? In some cases, it’s because the republican establishment agrees with them. There’s also the factor that republicans have no leadership and, therefore, no plan.

if Mitch McConnell becomes the Senate Majority Leader (a disaster in my mind) he’ll soon find out how an opposition party deals with the majority. They haven’t taken notes as to how a majority party deals with the minority, so they won’t squash the Democrats like they have republicans.

The tea party was responsible for giving us a Republican controlled House of Representatives. What have the Republicans done with that trust? They’ve voted over 40 times to repeal Obamacare, yet actually did nothing about it. Rather than forcing the Senate to do budgets, they’ve continuously signed on to continuing resolutions. Does John Boehner really believe that’s what the American people wanted him to do?

Regardless of what you think, the Democrats have the leadership in place they want. They understand what it takes to win this war, because they believe it is a war, and the Republicans believe in………..well they must believe in something they just haven’t told me what it is.

Luckily, if the choice is electing the party that wants to thoroughly divide the country so they can win elections, and the party that doesn’t understand that, I can still vote for the party that has faith in people and doesn’t believe they’d be capable of dividing the country for political purposes. However, I sincerely hope they elect leadership that understands how destructive the Democrats are to the country and is willing to do what it takes to not allow them to do it.

bflat879 on May 24, 2014 at 4:29 PM

I keep wondering McConnell isn’t out on every Sunday show and every other show most days of the week hammering home exactly what is going on in the Senate and how ludicrous it has become.

But he’s not. Which means he’s in on it. Just like 99% of them. Just waiting for their turns at the trough.

MistyLane on May 24, 2014 at 4:34 PM

In the immortal words of Hillary Clinton, “what difference, at this point, does it make?”

A McConnell-led Senate and a Reid-led Senate all share the same priorities. The only difference is who gets the larger purse from their big-money donors.

I couldn’t care less who holds the majority status come November. I do NOT care for a Republican majority, I care for a small Govt. conservative majority.

TheRightMan on May 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

We booted the nutcase Pelosi from power, (ain’t it fun watching her pretend she’s relevant now?) now it’s urgently overdue for Dirty Harry. I want to watch him slink away like the blotch that he is.

Tard on May 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM

harry reid is the greatest living american statesman next to obama and hilary. all others are just pale imitations. and being paler than harry is a hard thing to acomplish.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 24, 2014 at 4:48 PM

In the immortal words of Hillary Clinton, “what difference, at this point, does it make?”

A McConnell-led Senate and a Reid-led Senate all share the same priorities. The only difference is who gets the larger purse from their big-money donors.

I couldn’t care less who holds the majority status come November. I do NOT care for a Republican majority, I care for a small Govt. conservative majority.

TheRightMan on May 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

You aren’t going to get it.The best you will ever hope to get is a punch that’s bigger than your weight class. Now what? Give control to Harry Reid who will have presided over more spending then all the other administrations in US history combined?

V7_Sport on May 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

I want to type Harry Koch less on these threads.

22044 on May 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I beg to differ…he is the corpse, not the Mortician.

Gothguy on May 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Reid is the corpseman Obama was referring to.

BobMbx on May 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Now what? Give control to Harry Reid who will have presided over more spending then all the other administrations in US history combined?

V7_Sport on May 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Yep!

If we can’t have a responsible conservative majority, then the next best thing is to ensure that the traitorous GOP Establishment get no seat at the table.

We will retire every single one of them, one critter at a time. Hopefully, they will return back to the Democrat Party where they feel so much at home and fade into obscurity.

TheRightMan on May 24, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Which leads to the question of whether the American people Republicans will finally get tired of it all, and vote the bums out of office instead of re-electing them.

Nope. Republicans believe in lifetime politicians. They believe that bringing home the pork with senior members is more important than anything. And it’s convenient too, when voting. Don’t have to watch any extra debates, don’t have to worry about risking a seat, don’t have to think, don’t have to fight. All Republican voters have to do is sell a piece of their soul each election cycle at the cost of acting like Democrats from time to time.

But hey, as long as we got this seat. And we’re supposed to believe that when we eek out a majority someday, things’ll change. Then they’ll transform from limp noodles to honey badgers.

Dongemaharu on May 24, 2014 at 5:14 PM

In a fair world, when it gets bad enough, maybe
“One Man, One Vote” would become
“One Man, One Shot”.

With enough prior practice and participation, that will do fine.

Just Sayin’

Tard on May 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM

This is the year that I hope conservatives will finally wake up and realize that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the very definition of insanity.

Giving power to the same bunch of crooks (McConnell, Boehner and the Bush Republicans) and expecting things to change is folly. How did it work out when we gave control of the House to them in 2010? They cried out that they needed the Senate in order to fight. But now that control of the Senate is possible, they are backpedaling and indicating they won’t change anything much.

The only election that is worth fighting is the primaries. If an Establishment candidate wins, hang them out to dry and retire them.

TheRightMan on May 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

The NSA’s behavior never makes these lists of sins. Not on Jazz’s earlier list, either. I suppose that’s because we’re law and order types.

Axe on May 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Yep!

If we can’t have a responsible conservative majority, then the next best thing is to ensure that the traitorous GOP Establishment get no seat at the table.

We will retire every single one of them, one critter at a time. Hopefully, they will return back to the Democrat Party where they feel so much at home and fade into obscurity.

TheRightMan on May 24, 2014 at 5:08 PM

The words of a complete moron.

There is already a party that hates the “GOP Establishment” – by the way, our leadership teams in House and Senate haven’t even faced a serious challenge within the Party, so it is you who are out of touch with the mainstream, not vice versa – which you can join. It’s called the Democratic Party. Since you’d rather see them in power, quit pretending and follow your heart – and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

╚≡╗

As far as you thinking you will “retire every single one of them, one critter at a time,” let’s take a look at the scoreboard:

Six years, three cycles, and so far challengers have won exactly two Senate primaries, but only effected one retirement (Murkowski won without the nomination), Lugar, in the process of giving the seat to the Democrats.

At this rate, you’ll replace all 47 Republican Senators in just another 282 years.

Good luck, Zippy.

Adjoran on May 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I hope Rush Limbaugh picks this post up and quotes from it.

Well done.

Key West Reader on May 24, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Unfortunately, our elected officials – both Houses, both parties – aren’t interested in dealing with the problems we’re facing … problems they & their predecessors are, in large part, responsible for creating.

And the guy in the White House doesn’t give a damn about it – he’s trying to ‘socialize’ the economy as much as he can as fast as he can. I guess he figures that when it all blows up, the citizenry will demand that ‘guvmint’ solve the problem.

Bottom line – we get the government we deserve. If a majority of Americans truly wanted these problems addressed, they would be – - – but that would be hard, programs would be cut or eliminated, people would have to do for themselves . . . they don’t want that, so they tell themselves it isn’t really “necessary.’

One party lies to them by telling them it isn’t necessary; the other lies by pretending it can be done without anyone experiencing any pain.

When the train wreck happens, there’s going to be a lot of pain. There’ll be plenty of people around who’ll say “We told you this was coming 20-30 years ago, but you wouldn’t listen.”

They won’t listen then, either – they’ll round up the usual suspects, string up their scapegoats and absolve themselves from any responsibility.

It’ll only get “fixed” when they have no other option.

Which, I believe, is something Churchill said about us – that you can count on America to do the right thing after it exhausts all other options (or something like that).

BD57 on May 24, 2014 at 6:04 PM

At this rate, you’ll replace all 47 Republican Senators in just another 282 years.

Good luck, Zippy.

Adjoran on May 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

282 years? That’s exactly the same time frame that the GOPe is planning on finally governing like conservatives!

You keep expecting the same ol’, same ol’ out of Republicans, and all that you can show for it is a country hopelessly spiraling towards a Socialist utopia.

Myron Falwell on May 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

…as opposed to things that would actually benefit Americans’s minorities, like reformed education and welfare policies…

FIFY…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 24, 2014 at 6:09 PM

…as opposed to things that would actually benefit Americans’s minorities, like reformed repealed education and welfare policies…

FIFY…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 24, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Missed one…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM

At this rate, you’ll replace all 47 Republican Senators in just another 282 years.

Good luck, Zippy.

Adjoran on May 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

That will be true if conservatives follow the insane path of dutifully voting for the Establishment critters after failing to remove them in primaries.

But if conservatives adapt the new strategy of refusing to vote for the Establishment candidates in the general or voting for their Democrat opponents… can you re-work your calculations? How many years will that take?

I daresay in two to three terms, we would have cleared the Senate of the traitors.

TheRightMan on May 24, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Until the Republican Party realizes it’s in a war,

The Republicans are Democrats and the Democrats are Republicans.

Term limits.

This Conyers BULLSH*T is beyond decency.

THROW THEM ALL OUT

Key West Reader on May 24, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Until the Republican Party realizes it’s in a war,

And they are on the wrong side.

crankyoldlady on May 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM

No surprise here. The congress is LOADED with stupidity! Both sides of the aisle.

ultracon on May 24, 2014 at 8:40 PM

TheWrongMan on May 24, 2014 at 5:08 PM

‘Now what? Give control to Harry Reid who will have presided over more spending then all the other administrations in US history combined?

V7_Sport on May 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Yep!

So much for you being a conservative.. Or patriot…

If we can’t have a responsible conservative majority, then the next best thing is to ensure that the traitorous GOP Establishment get no seat at the table.

Looks like you are a democrat from here on in.

We will retire every single one of them, one critter at a time. Hopefully, they will return back to the Democrat Party where they feel so much at home and fade into obscurity.

The only one who is going to fade into obscurity are those who are so thick that they are going to empower the likes of Harry Reid out of conservative principles. Welcome to Wacko Bird land.

V7_Sport on May 24, 2014 at 9:20 PM

This is the year that I hope conservatives will finally wake up and realize that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the very definition of insanity.

TheRightMan on May 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Me too, hopefully they will stop insisting on electing witches, cockfighting aficionados and being duped into letting the democrats chose someone who doesn’t stand a chance.
I hope conservatives do realize that doing the same thing over and over, like staying home on election day and helping to elect socialists when they don’t get every last thing that they want, is the very definition of insanity.

V7_Sport on May 24, 2014 at 9:29 PM

How about some laser focus on getting one marine out of a mexican jail.????????????

Pomai on May 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Harry “roadblock” Reid is focused on preventing any Republican amendments, and blaming everything on the Koch brothers.

sadatoni on May 25, 2014 at 12:52 AM