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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:17 PM

Emerson unexpectedly resigns her Missouri congressional seat

Source: Kansas City Star

Colleagues and congressional analysts expressed surprise and dismay Monday after learning U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri had decided to quit.

Within minutes, though, the state’s politicians began pondering the race to replace her.

Emerson, a 62-year-old Republican from Cape Girardeau, announced her retirement less than a month after southeast Missouri voters overwhelmingly elected her for the 9th time. She’ll become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in March.

“Our district has earned its reputation for commonsense above all else, and I will leave Congress in February with a heavy heart,” she said in a statement.



Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/12/03/3946723/emerson-unexpectedly-resigns-her.html

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Reply Emerson unexpectedly resigns her Missouri congressional seat (Original post)
IDemo Dec 2012 OP
JackRiddler Dec 2012 #1
marble falls Dec 2012 #2
cloudbase Dec 2012 #3
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #4
Jack Rabbit Dec 2012 #9
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #12
FiveGoodMen Dec 2012 #24
Jackpine Radical Dec 2012 #17
LiberalFighter Dec 2012 #19
Dont call me Shirley Dec 2012 #5
nineteen50 Dec 2012 #6
RC Dec 2012 #7
Jack Rabbit Dec 2012 #10
Lydia Leftcoast Dec 2012 #8
Jack Rabbit Dec 2012 #11
Grins Dec 2012 #29
hrmjustin Dec 2012 #13
DeSwiss Dec 2012 #14
DailyGrind51 Dec 2012 #15
Bossy Monkey Dec 2012 #16
decayincl Dec 2012 #18
Ken Burch Dec 2012 #21
Ken Burch Dec 2012 #20
WranglerRog Dec 2012 #22
hatrack Dec 2012 #28
question everything Dec 2012 #23
Hugin Dec 2012 #25
JanT Dec 2012 #26
Hugin Dec 2012 #27

Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:29 PM

1. Ka-CHING

Couldn't wait another term for the payoff!

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:40 PM

2. And she keeps her campaign warchest and she doesn't have lose in two years. She used her golden ....

parachute. There will be more.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:42 PM

3. Leave with a heavy heart

and a full bank account.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:44 PM

4. commonsense. sure. I HATE that term that the GOP overuses.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:02 PM

9. I presume you mean the way Sister Sarah uses the word

Where commonsense means anti-intellectual and just plain stupid.

Somebody should explain to Sister Sarah (and most of the GOP congressional caucus and even some crooked Democrats) that supply side economics had been failing since 1981 before it failed dramatically in 2008, just like when under another name it failed since after the Civil War until it failed even dramatically in 1929. Consequently, anyone who still advocates supply side economics, including austerity, is just plain stupid and lacks any commonsense.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:13 PM

12. it's pretty much used like a dog whistle/code word here in NC during election season.

every single repub ad has the term common sense in it.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 11:04 PM

24. They're crooked, not stupid.

Supply side works fantastically.

It talks poor and middle-class Americans into letting the rich run off with EVERYTHING.

There's nothing that the GOP (leadership) need explained to them regarding Supply Side Economics(TM).

Rather, Americans need it explained to them that the GOP's idea of a good economy is based on feudalism.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 06:03 PM

17. "Commonsense" = stupid & simplistic enough to fit in a soundbite.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #17)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 07:08 PM

19. Here in Indiana they call it

Hoosier common sense. As if only Hoosiers have common senses. It irks the hell out of me.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:47 PM

5. Just like Sarah Quittypants

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:49 PM

6. and a fat and growing wallet.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:50 PM

7. Republican, commonsense, Missouri?

 

Not in the two years I have been here, do they go together.

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Response to RC (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:03 PM

10. Does that ? translate to "Show me"?

??

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:01 PM

8. Ironically, the Rural Electric Cooperative Association was a New Deal initiative

So I guess the New Deal is bad---unless you can profit from it?

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:06 PM

11. I was wondering about that, too

Usually, the Republicans regard any economic entity as illegitimate unless it's owned by a right wing billionaire GOP donor. Aren't cooperatives socialist by definitiion? Gasp!)

On Edit

Somebody from Missouri fill me in on this.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:06 AM

29. "Soshilism!"

She's going to work for one of those "soshillist" "cooperatives"?!?!

Shocking.

Not.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:18 PM

13. Won't miss her!

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:43 PM

14. K&R

- Run afoul of Cape Girardeau's ''first family'' did she?

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:52 PM

15. Cape Girardeau is Rush Limbaugh's home town, just sayin'! :) n/t

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:57 PM

16. But what about Lake and Palmer?!!! :P n/t

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Response to Bossy Monkey (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 06:52 PM

18. ya think that's old

I thought her family (at one time) made the best TVs.

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Response to decayincl (Reply #18)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 07:18 PM

21. And her great-great-great-grandad wrote some pretty good poetry, too.

(and hung out with Walt Whitman...the Allen Ginsberg of the 19th Century).

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 07:17 PM

20. This isn't a seat we'd have any chance of taking in a special election, is it? n/t.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 08:38 PM

22. So Hooker Joanne is calling it quits....

Let's see, worked as a lobbyist lobbying drunken ol' Bill Emerson right out of his marriage. Apparently a Missouri Republican tradition (see Roy Blunt and hooker/ second wife). And yes, if you take money and sleep with someone you're pretty much a hooker.

After Bill died she took over and has been a useless if somewhat humorous representative. I remember a few years back when she took a tax payer paid junket to Malibu for "spiritual renewal". Ah, if only Jesus had known about Malibu instead of spending those 40 days in the desert.

She sent a letter calling one of her constituents who had the audacity to criticize her an "asshole", then denied doing it even though she had signed the letter.

Oh well, as a resident of her district I'll miss voting against her every election although I'm sure we'll elect some repug who is equally qualified.

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Response to WranglerRog (Reply #22)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:02 AM

28. I always thought of here as the Helen Chenoweth of the Ozarks

Slightly more attractive, but similarly just as dumb as a mud fence.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:56 PM

23. And, of course, tax payers will pay for special elections

Why can't they - her, Jackson - make up their minds before the general elections?

One has to wonder about how cavalier they are about tax payers.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:28 AM

25. Re-enter Todd Akin stage right?

Anybody else see that happening?

Oh! Look who's on this House Committee!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_Science_Subcommittee_on_Energy_and_Environment#section_1

I wonder if they have any say in who gets that plum job she's suddenly been offered.

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Response to Hugin (Reply #25)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:45 AM

26. oh no not again. what a asshat nt

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Response to JanT (Reply #26)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:42 AM

27. Perhaps, the game's afoot.

Eh, Watson?

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