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In their own words

Democrats pointing out how important the filibuster is… when they are the minority.

Tyranny of the majority is only bad when they aren’t the majority, I guess.


Those High Class, Color Blind Democrats

Oh, no bigots or racists here.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect” in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign.

“I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words,” said Reid in a statement. “I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments.”

This is the majority leader in the Senate.  I’ll wait patiently for the calls of resignation from the rank and file Democrats, who showing no hypocrisy will denounce this man who certainly doesn’t represent them.  Right?  They’ll do that, won’t they?

Oh, wait.  Two words tell me what they’ll really do:  Joe Biden.


An example of just how screwed up this all is

ABC Headline:  Senate Health Care Debate Stalls as Republicans Invoke Delay Tactics

What were these “delay tactics”?

On Capitol Hill, Democrats faced further delays today as Republicans demanded that an amendment in the health care bill that would introduce a single-payer system be read on the Senate floor — all 766 pages.

Such delays by GOP lawmakers could force senators to stay in session through Christmas or force Democrats to wait until next year to vote on their health care overhaul bill.

The amendment offered by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont would throw out Democrats’ health care plan and replace it with a single-payer system. It was doomed for failure from the start, but liberal Democrats wanted the opportunity to vote to show that it did not have the votes to pass.

Normally, senators allow their amendments to be entered into the record without actually making the clerk read them. But Republican Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma doctor who opposes Democrats’ health care overhaul efforts, objected when Democrats tried to enter an amendment into the record today, saying the amendment must be offered 72 hours in advance and with a full cost assessment. He then invoked his right to require that the amendment be read out loud.

Yes, reading the amendment is a delay tactic.  No bias here, please move along.

Even more awesome is the Democrats’ reaction.

Senators resumed debate in the afternoon after Sanders withdrew his amendment, saying the Republican delaying tactic was an “outrage.” The Vermont senator, whose vote Democrats will need to pass the health care bill, said today he has not yet signed on to the latest push by Democratic leaders.

Here’s what these folks think about reading and understanding the legislation.


Specter of Politics

I disagree with Mike Steele. Arlen Specter (Undecided – PA) didn’t bolt from the GOP for any reason other than to flip the bird to the voters in PA. He’s going to run as a Democrat because, and ONLY because, he was going to lose his reelection bid as a Republican.

And that, mind you, is what it’s all about: reelection.   He said so himself, claiming he would “Not let those people (PA Republicans)” decide if he is going back to the Senate in 2010.

I’m not suprised, the man has shown he has no principles.


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