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Senate Democrats have the power to stop Trump. All they have to do is use it.


Senate Democrats have a powerful tool at their disposal, if they choose to use it, for resisting a president who has no mandate and cannot claim to embody the popular will. That tool lies in the simple but fitting act of withholding consent. An organized effort to do so on the Senate floor can bring the body to its knees and block or severely slow down the agenda of a president who does not represent the majority of Americans.

The procedure for withholding consent is straightforward, but deploying it is tricky. For the Senate to move in a timely fashion on any order of business, it must obtain unanimous support from its members. But if a single senator objects to a consent agreement, McConnell, now majority leader, will be forced to resort to time-consuming procedural steps through the cloture process, which takes four days to confirm nominees and seven days to advance any piece of legislation — and that’s without amendment votes, each of which can be subjected to a several-day cloture process as well.

McConnell can ask for consent at any time, and if no objection is heard, the Senate assumes that consent is granted. So the 48 senators in the Democratic caucus must work together — along with any Republicans who aren’t afraid of being targeted by an angry tweet — to ensure that there is always a senator on the floor to withhold consent.

Because every Senate action requires the unanimous consent of members from all parties, everything it does is a leverage point for Democrats. For instance, each of the 1,000-plus nominees requiring Senate confirmation — including President Trump’s Cabinet choices — can be delayed for four days each.

The link has the whole article, from the Washington Post.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Mar 18, 2017, 03:10 PM (35 replies)


I saw this bumpersticker on a car today, and loved it.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Mar 16, 2017, 10:26 PM (9 replies)

Adidas lost out, big time, by ignoring this. Have a look. Bring a box of tissues...

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Mar 12, 2017, 04:19 PM (10 replies)

Heavenly Bamboo

This is just outside my window, and it's blooming/getting berries!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Mar 1, 2017, 03:05 PM (22 replies)

This is a MUST READ. ThinkProgress issues a warning to all of us.

It's a fairly long read but very worthwhile. It's full of information about Trump and what could happen to our nation with him at the helm.

The Democratic Party is screwing up its opposition to President-elect Donald Trump. They can’t help it.

The reason why is that democrats — that is, small “d” democrats, referring broadly to people who believe in democracy — are ill-suited to address the threat posed by Donald Trump.

Those of us who agree with the Declaration of Independence that governments derive their legitimacy from the consent of the governed are poorly equipped to resist Trump. Those of us who agree that governments exist to secure “certain unalienable Rights” are fighting with one hand tied behind our backs.

We have brought a sheet of parchment and a set of abstract principles to a knife fight. We’re going to get cut.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Dec 1, 2016, 03:47 PM (36 replies)

About Trump and his "nominees":

It seems that for whatever office he is considering, he assiduously looks for AND finds the absolute worst, least experienced, or completely unqualified person to fill said office.

Every. Single. Time.

I am no longer horrified, but instead feel saddened and outraged.

I expect the Senate Democrats to put up very stiff resistance and opposition to this parade of the extremely unworthy.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Nov 30, 2016, 05:37 PM (20 replies)

Doyle McManus on how to prioritize panic under Trump--today's LA Times:

Donald Trump has given people plenty to worry about in the first 10 days of his transition to the presidency — especially anyone who thought all along he was unqualified for the job. It’s as if a bunch of people who never expected to win the White House have been suddenly asked to organize an actual administration. The result has been chaos, eccentric nominations (Jeff Sessions — really?) and Twitter outbursts from an unreformed president-elect.

But you can’t hit all your panic buttons simultaneously. So I thought it might be useful to do triage, sorting the biggest concerns from lesser ones. Call this a semi-optimistic guide for the seriously distressed.

Let’s start with issues we can put off worrying about for a while.

The economy is going to be fine for the short run. Financial markets didn’t crash when Trump won; they soared when investors figured out his plans to spend trillions on infrastructure, defense and tax cuts will add up to a giant economic stimulus. Although Republicans hated the idea of stimulus when it bore President Obama’s name, watch them hail Trump’s as an act of genius.

Over time, all that stimulus is likely to boost inflation, just as conservatives warned in 2009. It may even lead to a recession in time to disrupt Trump’s reelection campaign.
Trump, who cast himself as a candidate of renewed American strength, may lead us to a dangerous era of weakness instead.

All of it at the link: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mcmanus-20-trump-worry-20161120-story.html

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Nov 20, 2016, 01:14 PM (2 replies)

Take care of yourselves, my dear DU friends!

I fully recognize that this is a most stressful time, probably the most stressful time we've ever experienced as a nation, but we must take care of ourselves.

Stress can shorten your life.

The Greek philosopher Epictetus said that there are two kinds of things: The things you have control over, and the things you don't.

If you can't affect something, then try not to worry about it. But do what you can, obviously!

And...go for walks, bike rides, swims...whatever makes your body work. Take your medicines. Get away from the news now and then.

I'm worried about our nation too, but today I went to the gym and when I came home, I felt calmer and more in control of myself. I was also more aware of my own abilities. It cleared my mind.

We will get through this.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Nov 18, 2016, 06:03 PM (68 replies)

I just found this absolutely charming commercial, yes, commercial, on Facebook:

It's short and lovely. Hope you all enjoy!

There's a short bit of text explaining it and then when you scroll down, you'll see it...


Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Nov 16, 2016, 04:38 PM (4 replies)

I knew I would want to hang onto Skinner's post about the hack...

and also keep as many responses that our membership sent to that page.

So.........Here they are!

It starts with Skinner's wishes that DU would soon be up and running, and then it talks about the hack, and last are our posts.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue Nov 15, 2016, 11:38 PM (6 replies)
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