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Friday, February 5, 2010

Sky Is Falling, Fire The Senate Quick

Hissy fit alert. The left-wing blogs are screaming in perfect harmony about bad, bad, bad Richard Shelby of Alabama (R-of course), who put a hold on the entire government.

That's not quite clear at this point, it appears that Shelby used a longstanding Senate mechanism to put a "hold" on numerous Obama appointees (Shelby says several, the blogosphere says 70 or more).

We must stop this Senate with all its rules and procedures and customs and practices, they say. Government can't function this way. Shelby has "shut down" the government, OMG.

Except that he hasn't. Just as there are rules to place a "hold" on nominees, there are rules to remove that hold. The Democrats just don't want to follow those rules.

I'm not in favor of pork-barrel politics, but it's all the Democrats have been about this year. Democrats have no standing to cry foul. Which is another way of saying, what goes around comes around.

For the past year the Democrats in the Senate connived and schemed to shut Republicans out of all major pieces of legislation, and are conniving right now to figure out a way around the Senate filibuster rule to pass the abominable health care plan. Using those quirky, pesky Senate rules.

The same set of rules Democrats invoked when they almost sparked a constitutional crisis a year ago by initially refusing to seat the duly appointed Roland Burris.

I guess some Senate rules are more equal than others.

It may be that the administration has to engage in dialogue with Republicans, rather than dictation. A little give and take, not just give and not just take.

That is how these rules developed over the decades, to ensure a balance of power lacking in other parts of the government. Deal with it, now that Scott is in town.

This is one big waaah from people who thought they were omnipotent, but have been brought back down to earth. And what a long, strange trip it's been.

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  1. When leftists used the "hold," conservatives did not call for the abolition of the Senate.

    The leftists are calling for the abolition of the Senate because that is part of their underlying program.

    It is their goal to replace the Constitutional government of the United States with a bureaucratic socialist state.

    Shelby's holds simply afford them a pretext with which to conceal the fact that abolition of the Senate is part of their basic program.

    It's important to recognize when the various hydra-heads of the leftist program show themselves, and identify them as such.

  2. Shelby is a typical old time D.C. creature, I have no sympathy for him. He is what is wrong with GOP and why we cannot allow GOP to co-opt Tea Party.

    As for Democrats having two standards for themselves and everyone else, well... Thank you for the life-saving clarification, Captitain Obvious!

  3. You are arguing with a straight face that what Shelby is doing is okay after every phony word that has come out of the GOP this year? McConnell himself survives and runs off of pork and now this?

    The Teabaggers are nuts but they at least mostly admit this is a total joke and a humiliation.

  4. Chicago, New York, Detroit, it's all on the same street....
    Your Liberal city involved in a Liberal daydream...

    Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings! :o)

  5. Why are Dems such babies? When they don't get their way, they just call names, rather than try to negotiate and work out a solution. No government action is far preferable to unrestricted action controlled by a majority. Irrespective of which party is that majority.

  6. I imagine that should Republicans regain majorities in both houses Liberals will be wearing out Senate rules to try and stop the repeal of their destructive legislation. I wonder if anyone will bother to point out the hypocrisy when they do.

  7. 1) I'm personally against the hold as it's in defense of pork, but

    2) Harry Reid himself did the very same thing a few years ago to rounds of applause from the Left. So they can stick their complaints some place that sure to cause severe discomfort in the sitting position.

  8. ザイツェヴ said...

    Shelby is a typical old time D.C. creature, I have no sympathy for him. He is what is wrong with GOP and why we cannot allow GOP to co-opt Tea Party.

    As for Democrats having two standards for themselves and everyone else, well... Thank you for the life-saving clarification, Captitain Obvious!

    Dear Troll,

    your attempts at leaving a comment are rather pathetic.

    It seems to me that you have not even bothered to read the post, but you are only intent upon leaving a slur comment about Senator Shelby.

    The point of the post is that Shelby is using Senate rules to hold up some nominations of people who are not fit to fill those posts in the first place.

    All the bleating and crying from progressives is truly absurd when they have used those very same rules over the past 8 years to play havoc against Republicans.

    The Dhimmis need to grow a pair and they need to stop being babies.

  9. I think the Republicans and the Democrats need to take a "time out" if they can't get along. I'm thinking.... a year or two should be sufficient. Maybe by then, in their absence and lack of legislation that "helps" the American people we can pull ourselves out of this mess and start putting people back to work. Just think of it. A year or two without them picking our pockets and taking our liberties with every bill they pass. Actually they all could go home and we'll call them when and if we need them for something. They weren't needed to declare war because we don't do that anymore. They don't pass budgets because they don't really do that anymore. We'll save a ton in expenses alone.

  10. Dems only like rules when it works to their advantage.