The Do Nothing Democratic Senate has Become a Tool of the Obama Re-election Campaign

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    Jan 27, 2012 11:35 PM GMT
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/permanent-recess_617427.html
    Permanent Recess - The AWOL Democratic Senate.
    Jan 30, 2012, By Fred Barnes

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    The Senate often goes into recess. This year it’s going a step further. It’s going into hibernation.

    Not turn out the lights, lock the doors, and leave town hibernation. But rather than go about its normal business—such as taking up more than two dozen bills approved by the House and awaiting Senate action—the upper chamber will limit itself to voting on a few items deemed helpful to President Obama’s reelection. These measures, mainly bits and pieces of Obama’s “jobs bill,” are not expected to pass. If they did, that would screw up the plan devised by Democrats.

    Their strategy is for the Senate, after extending the payroll tax, to reject or ignore everything else and become part of a “do-nothing Congress” that will serve as the chief villain in the president’s campaign. Since the Republican-controlled House has been a graveyard for Obama’s agenda, it already fits the bill as a do-nothing institution.

    But Democrats are in charge of the Senate, a problem for the “do-nothing” campaign. How could Republicans be solely to blame for obstructing Obama if they control only one chamber of Congress? Now we know the answer. Democrats will pretend Republicans actually run the Senate, too.
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    The Democrats’ best-case scenario is for voters to buy into the illusion of a Republican-led Senate. As Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, Reid’s deputy, has noted, many voters already have. This makes them susceptible to the notion that a “Republican Congress” is blocking legislation that would jolt the economy and create a wave of jobs. At least Democrats hope more voters are ready to swallow this canard.
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    What’s neglected in all this is the Senate’s insistence on ignoring or killing legislation passed by the House. As far as Republicans are concerned, we have a do-nothing Democratic Senate. For instance, the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in 1,000 days. In 2011, it voted against the House-passed budget, then declined to offer one of its own. Faced with Republican threats to disrupt the Senate, Reid allowed a vote on Obama’s budget. The Senate rejected it 97-0.

    The stack of bills the House dispatched to the Senate last year is large. It includes 16 measures to reduce the regulatory burden on various industries, 5 to spur entrepreneurship, and 5 to “maximize” domestic energy production. For those bills, the Senate is a morgue.

    As usual, Republicans get no help from the media. GQ magazine’s recent list of “the 50 most powerful people in Washington” ranked House majority leader Eric Cantor first and Senate minority leader Mitch
    McConnell second. The implication was Republicans run both houses of Congress. Harry Reid? He didn’t make the list.
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    Jan 27, 2012 11:52 PM GMT
    Hilarious.
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    Jan 27, 2012 11:53 PM GMT
    http://www.looktruenorth.com/culture/far-left-madness/17885-schumer-qwe-dont-control-the-senateq.html

    Schumer: We don’t control the Senate, October 12, 2011

    It’s becoming abundantly clear that the Democratic Party is in full meltdown mode. They have circled the wagons, battened down the hatches, called in the cavalry, said ten Hail Obamas!, and still they are a mess. No doubt a couple of things are happening here. The Democratic Party is desperately trying to position themselves as the minority party, while still controlling the Senate and the White House. The majority party is starting to feel like they no longer have a working majority. And, to top it all off, they have now adopted a bunch of anarchistic ragamuffins and incontinent potheads as their national mascot. These are dark days indeed for the progressive/socialist wing of the Democratic Party.

    According to Ezra Klein’s blogpost in the Washington [Com]Post, October 12, 2011, Sen. Chuck Schumer barked this at a reporter who said they control the White House and Senate so how do Democrats blame Republicans for the whole economic mess. “We don’t control the Senate,” Schumer shot back. “You write that and it’s false.” So, now Schumer is trying to persuade his camp followers in the media to blatantly lie to the American people. This reporter is supposed to pretend that Majority Leader Harry Reid isn’t really the majority leader in the Senate and even if he is, that doesn’t mean he runs that chamber.

    Of course, the disingenuous Schumer will thread the needle of his absurdly false comment with some dismissal like, ‘no one really controls the Senate. The majority leader merely tries to guide it,’ or some other such nonsensical thing. Back when Republicans only had 50 seats in 2001 and Vice President Dick Cheney was the tiebreaking vote, no one in their right mind would say Sen. Trent Lott wasn’t the majority leader and ran the chamber. But suddenly, now, with 53 votes in his caucus, Reid isn’t really controlling the Senate agenda and voting schedule?

    Schumer’s little slip is indicative of another random thought popping into his Marxist-driven brain. The recent vote on Obama’s jobs bill was close to a disaster. Reid, Durban, and Schumer have lost control of the Senate in a real sense because they no longer have the full support of many senators. When Obama plopped the bill down on Reid’s lap and told him to pass it, several Democrats balked. Webb of Virginia, who isn’t even running for reelection, Landrieu of Louisiana, and independent Joe Lieberman, who caucuses with Democrats and also isn’t up for reelection, flatly rejected the idiotic bill. They ended up voting for it but Nelson of Nebraska and Tester of Montana were petrified of the thing and voted ‘no’ They no longer have a working majority, as they believe it to be.

    Reid and Schumer are used to having the Supermajority where they could steamroll over the Republican opposition at will. Now, they actually have to build consensus. Consensus, as if that is something any progressive can abide. Progressives make deals, not build consensus. They ram experiments and spending down the throats of others, not persuade or make an argument. Schumer is frustrated and furious over this situation.

    Finally, Schumer is saddled with a poorly run Party leader in the form of a Barack Obama and a DNC chair who acts like a carnival game. Put a quarter in Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and who knows what kind of prize comes popping out. He’s got the Botox Queen over in the House with mascara streaking her cheeks blessing the Lost Boys of Occupy Wall Street who are annoying his angry constituents. Obama is racing around the country drawing crowds of tens of dozens of people for him to chide. What’s even worse, that Damned Tea Party is effectively marshaling voters and organizing responses. The conservative press is running rings around his tame lame-brained media supporters. The entire ‘Pass Obamacare, Save the Party’ strategy is a millstone around most Democrats necks. The wheels are falling off the bus, and what are they gonna do? I don’t think Schumer dares embrace the Occupiers like some are. After all, they are defiling his territory and not theirs. So, he has no choice.

    Pretend it’s the Republicans running the country and hope someone believes it. Of course.
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    Jan 27, 2012 11:57 PM GMT
    So for three years the Republicans obstruct everything from judicial appointments to legislation and now it's the Demcrats fault because they have a slim majority?

    Good luck with selling that.
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    Jan 28, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    Christian73 saidSo for three years the Republicans obstruct everything from judicial appointments to legislation and now it's the Demcrats fault because they have a slim majority?

    Good luck with selling that.

    Compare what the House has done with what the Senate has done. Good luck spinning that one! icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 28, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
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    Christian73 saidSo for three years the Republicans obstruct everything from judicial appointments to legislation and now it's the Demcrats fault because they have a slim majority?

    Good luck with selling that.

    Compare what the House has done with what the Senate has done. Good luck spinning that one! icon_lol.gif


    The Republican House has been one of the lowest performing congresses in the history of the country. That's widely known. In fact, unlike the spin of your article Bohner has had them on vacation every third week.
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    Jan 28, 2012 12:22 AM GMT
    Christian73 said
    socalfitness said
    Christian73 saidSo for three years the Republicans obstruct everything from judicial appointments to legislation and now it's the Demcrats fault because they have a slim majority?

    Good luck with selling that.

    Compare what the House has done with what the Senate has done. Good luck spinning that one! icon_lol.gif


    The Republican House has been one of the lowest performing congresses in the history of the country. That's widely known. In fact, unlike the spin of your article Bohner has had them on vacation every third week.






    You know Christian73, as you said above "Hilarious", what is hilarious is that this old repub fundi shill actually believes this shit he posts. Kinda sad to see an old fella come to this. LOL You know it really is true, "there's no fool like an old fool", and like a buddy of his here, "you just cannot argue with ignorance".
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    Jan 28, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    So, just pointing out: Socal, in another thread, you attack the usage of mediamatters as a source...

    In this thread, you use looktruenorth as a source...

    If you are going to call mediamatters biased towards a liberal front and to be "anti-fox," I think you should be careful with the usage of looktruenorth.
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    Jan 28, 2012 12:41 AM GMT
    Good god....

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    Jan 28, 2012 12:50 AM GMT
    LMFAO!

    FYI - poll numbers for the Repubs in the Congress - especially the Tea Party radicals in the House - are LOWER than poll numbers for the Democrats!

    And BTW - when are the Repubs going to start focusing like a laser beam on JOBS JOBS JOBS like they promised?
    It's been a full year now and the DO-NOTHING REPUBLICANS have DONE-NOTHING on JOBS JOBS JOBS!

    LOL!

    The broken promises and lies told by the Repubs in election 2010 are going to come back to bite them in the ass in this election cycle!
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    Jan 28, 2012 12:54 AM GMT
    nanidesukedo saidSo, just pointing out: Socal, in another thread, you attack the usage of mediamatters as a source...

    In this thread, you use looktruenorth as a source...

    If you are going to call mediamatters biased towards a liberal front and to be "anti-fox," I think you should be careful with the usage of looktruenorth.

    The difference is the MediaMatters made numerous declarative statements with no back-up or attribution. True North, on the other hand, was an opinion piece based on a comment by Schumer, attributed to the Washington Post, the source not hard to find:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/schumer-we-are-going-to-be-labeling-tea-party-economics-tea-party-double-dip-recession-tea-party-gridlock/2011/08/25/gIQAIETRfL_blog.html

    Reading the source shows the other gimmicks Schumer has planned. I think they will find labeling everything Tea Party won't stick too well if they choose to pursue that course, especially with the record of the House compared to that of the Senate.
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    Jan 28, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    RickRick91 saidLMFAO!

    FYI - poll numbers for the Repubs in the Congress - especially the Tea Party radicals in the House - are LOWER than poll numbers for the Democrats!

    And BTW - when are the Repubs going to start focusing like a laser beam on JOBS JOBS JOBS like they promised?
    It's been a full year now and the DO-NOTHING REPUBLICANS have DONE-NOTHING on JOBS JOBS JOBS!

    LOL!

    The broken promises and lies told by the Repubs in election 2010 are going to come back to bite them in the ass in this election cycle!

    Memo to RickRick - go back to the OP and read what I bolded in red, just like this. PS. I did not just bold that. It was in red bold when I first posted it. Maybe you just skipped over that.
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
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    nanidesukedo saidSo, just pointing out: Socal, in another thread, you attack the usage of mediamatters as a source...

    In this thread, you use looktruenorth as a source...

    If you are going to call mediamatters biased towards a liberal front and to be "anti-fox," I think you should be careful with the usage of looktruenorth.

    The difference is the MediaMatters made numerous declarative statements with no back-up or attribution. True North, on the other hand, was an opinion piece based on a comment by Schumer, attributed to the Washington Post, the source not hard to find:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/schumer-we-are-going-to-be-labeling-tea-party-economics-tea-party-double-dip-recession-tea-party-gridlock/2011/08/25/gIQAIETRfL_blog.html

    Reading the source shows the other gimmicks Schumer has planned. I think they will find labeling everything Tea Party won't stick too well if they choose to pursue that course, especially with the record of the House compared to that of the Senate.


    Please... When Media Matters posts the actual audio and video of things
    Republicans say you still claim it's (magically) biased.