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Stevendsmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:01 PM
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Would a Dem House be hobbled by a Rethug Senate and White House?
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 01:00 PM by Stevendsmith
Now, I know the Senate is within reach as well, but I'm curious to know how a Rethug Senate and White House could check the power of a Democrat-controlled House -- and I'm thinking mainly in terms of the persuit of justice for Rethug foreign policy and domestic crimes.
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bowens43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:03 PM
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1. Yes. But so will the republicans.
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greeneyedboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:04 PM
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2. you know what they say about looking a gift House in the mouth.
oh wait, that's "horse", not "house". never mind.


in any case, i'll take any victories we can get, and worry about the complications later. there's plenty of down side to losing, as we all know.

GOTV!
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bullimiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:07 PM
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3. they surely could have investigations and subpoena power.
they can also refer criminal charges to the justice department.

they will be hobbled more on legislation than on investigation and of course you can impeach but it takes a big vote in the senate to convict.

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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:11 PM
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6. Yes, but hopefully the reports of the investigations will be public
and result in a wave of national resentment which changes the existing calculus.
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Stevendsmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:41 PM
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9. I like the sound of that! (n/t)
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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:09 PM
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4. Actually the House can hobble the other two.
It takes 3 to tango in the US. Stop this extremist agenda in it's tracks!
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Totallybushed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:10 PM
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5. Well, a Rethug
Senate would never convict an impeached President. Secondly, if the House wanted to accomplish any of its aims other than impeachment, it would have to work with a Rethug Senate. That means compromise. Finally, if the President and his accomplices are not removed from office, they are still in a position to get payback on House members who have offended them.

So, yeah.
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Gloria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:18 PM
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7. Well, it would have to be treated as an opportunity to CAMPAIGN
non-stop until 2008 on all the crap the Repugs have done and will try to do.

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cautiouslywaiting Donating Member (243 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:19 PM
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8. Yes
But we could keep them from getting any more of their fascist agenda passed.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:45 PM
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10. Definitely
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 12:45 PM by WilliamPitt
The idea for 11/7 isn't to take over completely, but to put up a wall between the White House and the congressional rubber-stamp party that has been going on since 2002.

Oh, and subpoena power.
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Stevendsmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:59 PM
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11. Subpoena power alone makes me giddy with excitement!
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 01:06 PM by Stevendsmith
Are you confident the Dems would use this power in a vigorous and effective manner? I'm not so sure. I've seen no evidence that the Dems have grown a spine. Then again, we know that Conyers and Waxman will be given new powers!
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:04 PM
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12. Judges are President, Senate alone. Thats what worries me. For the rest...
a democratic house would be able to subpeona and would keep a republican senate in check.
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