Senate Democrats: Losers

What a bunch of losers, led by chief loser himself, Harry Reid:

Congressional Democrats prepared Wednesday for major concessions on Iraq war funding, children’s health insurance, tax policies, general spending and energy, because they could not overcome vetoes by President Bush.

Why don’t they just give away Social Security why they are at it? Hell, give New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, California and Texas back to Mexico too. Pathetic. Absolutely no “oh, please understand it’s 49+1 in the Senate” bullshit excuses are going to work here. They caved. Full stop. They caved on just about everything important to Democrats across the country, caved on just about everything the people elected them to take take care of. And the chief ringleader in all of this? Harry Reid.

Why is it that the only thing Reid seems to care about is patronage and pork, as a friend noted to me today?

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  • I’m not sure where you are headed with this. It is not a 49+1 issue. Even if you get past the 60 votes to overcome a filibuster, to get anything through the Senate that the President opposes you still need a veto proof majority and the Democrats don’t have that now. It’s not a “bullshit excuse”, it’s the reality on the ground. What are you suggesting they do?

    “I despise ideologues masquerading as objective journalists.” – Bill O’Reilly, March 30, 2007

  • from getting anything they want, at a bare minimum. But it seems they are incapable of doing even that. If you can’t enact your own agenda, the very least you can do is to not enact the oppositions for him, you know?

    “Is not our first thought to go on the road? The road is our source, our vault of treasures, our wealth. Only on the road does the ‘traveller’ feel like himself, at home.”
    Ryszard Kapuscinski

  • but the numbers are what they are and excrement of horss has nothing to do with it.

    “I despise ideologues masquerading as objective journalists.” – Bill O’Reilly, March 30, 2007

  • chap my hide, I have to admit that they are weak because the are really several parties under one name. The Repubs are willing to unite and vote as a block. That’s why they look so pathetic.

  • in mentioning the give back away bit you seem to have forgotten the small tiny bits of Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. Just making sure we have things all cleared up here, that’s all 😉

  • 49+1 means the Democrats have to always gets rolledby the Rpeublicans? Why do we enact their agenda? That I don’t get. And simply repeating that “the numbers are what they are” doesn’t explain it either, right?

    “Is not our first thought to go on the road? The road is our source, our vault of treasures, our wealth. Only on the road does the ‘traveller’ feel like himself, at home.”
    Ryszard Kapuscinski

  • I care. 😉

    “Is not our first thought to go on the road? The road is our source, our vault of treasures, our wealth. Only on the road does the ‘traveller’ feel like himself, at home.”
    Ryszard Kapuscinski

  • they don’t have to make concessions but the fact is that Congress’ approval ratings are about 15% lower than Bush’s and it’s not because they are kowtowing to the Republicans but instead the perception that they can’t get anything done. The average voter is just simply not sophisticated enough to see past that and the Congressional Dems act accordingly. What we need are more and better Democrats to move the agenda forward. My state has two in the Senate so we can’t do better than that……

    “I despise ideologues masquerading as objective journalists.” – Bill O’Reilly, March 30, 2007

  • I’m real tired of hearing the Dems whine about filibusters & veto-proof majorities, as if every US Congress that ever accomplished anything had those tools. Here’s a thought: f-i-g-h-t.

    If the Dems had an entire collection of vertebrae among them, and dug in for a fight they MIGHT wear down some of the GOP partisan hacks up for reelection or afraid of an investigation.

    Of course, now that the jackasses have proven their “mettle” (think mercury) the GOP can bring in cots to nap while Reid & Pelosi fight with each other. Dramatic entertainment provided by John Boner (I know) as he cries over how this partisan paralysis devastates our troop morale.

    Glenn Greenwald did note one exceptionally earth-shaking achievment (see Update):

  • The energy legislation ends the SUV loophole – an epic scale victory -and boosts Corporate Average Fuel Economy for the first time since the regime started in 1975.

    What if Dems just held there breath or something? What did you think when Gingrich tried shutting down the govt. by being childish about spending bills?

  • Dem leaders continue to make threats if they just cave in everytime. Let the republicans filibuster, let their voters hear how they are against what the public wants. Let the damn gov close down and see how fast the rep backtrack when the uproar is heard.

  • US House approves stopgap funds to avert shutdown

    13 Dec 2007 20:11:05 GMT
    Source: Reuters

    (New throughout)

    By Richard Cowan

    WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved another stopgap funding bill to avert a looming government shutdown, underscoring the difficulty of passing substantive legislation in a Congress where Democrats are battling Republicans and themselves.

    By a vote of 385-27, the House sent the Senate a temporary funding bill that will extend until Dec. 21 one that is set to expire on Friday.

    The Senate is expected to also approve the one-week extension soon and send it to President George W. Bush for enactment. The measure was needed as Congress has so far failed to pass 11 of 12 individual spending bills to fund the government in the fiscal year that started Oct. 1.

    By Dec. 21, lawmakers hope to end a year-long squabble with Bush and combine into one massive bill funds for government activities for the rest of the fiscal year.

    The budget bill, to pay for Washington’s contributions to health care, education, border security, foreign aid, airport screeners and thousands of other U.S. government programs, was still being crafted. Votes are expected next week.

    “We were encouraged by what we’ve heard from Capitol Hill about the budget,” said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, who noted many details still needed to be worked out. It was a rare moment of comity between the White House and Democrats.

    On Wednesday, Democratic ranks showed signs of strain and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, announced her party would meet Bush’s demand that overall “discretionary” spending would not exceed the $933 billion cap he has demanded since February.

    Thursday, Pelosi was fending off questions about congressional Democrats acquiescing to Republicans.

    “This isn’t about caving. This is…about setting a high water mark”
    and then having to settle for less in the face of Bush veto threats, Pelosi said.


  • The problem isn’t that they aren’t getting anything done, it’s that the only things they seem to get done are the WRONG things. It’s real easy, you just sit on your ass and don’t approve a single dollar of spending on Iraq. Poof, war is over lickity spit…

    Who cares if Republicans won’t vote for your other bills or Bush threatens to vote all your bills, they were going to do that anyway. They came to play hardball and our boys are still breaking out the wiffle ball bats.

    Come on, enough is enough.

  • when it joined the Union, not part of Mexico.

    I’d be fine if we went back to being an independant nation so long as George bush and his ilk went back to Conneticut or wherever the hell he came from.

    I did inhale.

  • …that maybe Dems are just fucking incompetent? The last two generations seem to prove that notions.
    …or that Webb, Tester, and McCaskill are really Republicans who couldn’t pass their states’ GOP litmus test? They sure vote that way.

    …or that Bayh and the Nelsons are squeamish about the “D” next to their names and try to show their DINO bona fides every chance they get?

    …Or maybe it’s because our senators can see the electorate is shifting back to the Republicans and their issues?

    All these are true, and should be handled with care.

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