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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 02:13 PM
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Whhhaaaa! GOP energy protest to continue Monday
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/gop-energy-protest-...

GOP energy protest to continue
By Jackie Kucinich
Posted: 08/03/08 02:10 PM


A group of House Republicans will again take to the shuttered House floor on Monday to protest the decision of House Democrats to adjourn without acting legislatively to combat the rising cost of energy.

Reps. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Tom Price (R-Ga.), Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Wally Herger (R-Calif.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rob Whittman (R-Va.) and Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) will return to the well of the House floor on Monday according to the office of Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

By now youve heard of Fridays successful energy sit-in by House RepublicansThank you to all of the Members who were able to participate in that historic debate, an email from the Whips office to GOP lawmakers said. Leader {John} Boehner (R-Ohio) and Whip Blunt, at the urging of many of you, are asking for an energy call to arms this week, to build on Fridays success. Over 10 Members have already committed to returning to D.C. Monday morning to begin floor debate at 10am.

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We have a debate every single day on this subject, Pelosi said, calling the GOP protest the war dance of the handmaidens of the oil companies.

Pelosi also opened the door for more GOP demonstrations and parliamentary mischief, telling Stephanopoulos that Republicans could use parliamentary tactics to force a vote on the issue.

They have to use their imagination as to how they can get a vote and they may get a vote, she said.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 02:14 PM
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1.  the war dance of the handmaidens of the oil companies.
Ok Nancy.. I have to hand it to you on that one.. Very good line..

Images of guys in suits jumping around campfires with painted faces...
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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 02:17 PM
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2. If it's so important to them
...they should still be sitting in the dark sweating instead of taking the weekend off.

Maybe they think the metaphorical "sitting in the dark sweating" they're doing as a party is enough.
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 02:26 PM
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3. I hope the oil companies are paying the GOP for overtime
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DarthDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 02:26 PM
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4. Aren't They Consuming Electricity Unnecessarily?

Just wondering. Or maybe they are heroically doing this by candlelight with the A/C turned off. Sure.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 02:30 PM
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5. Are they so afraid of returning
to their constituencies? Are they afraid of facing the irate electors.
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 02:45 PM
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7. You may have something there.
I wonder how each of them is polling in his or her district.
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johnaries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 02:35 PM
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6. We need to launch a counter-protest. Repukes BLOCKED
legislation that would have produced an immediate effect. Dems started moving legislation to regulate oil speculation (prices immediately started coming down). Friday, Repukes filibustered and blocked the bill (prices immediately started going back up).

Drilling will do nothing. Closing the Enron Loophole will bring prices back down immediately!
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jimshoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 02:56 PM
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8. Great maneuver Nancy
Edited on Sun Aug-03-08 02:56 PM by jimshoes
Why not give them the password to your computer and E-mail accounts. Maybe leave a strategy book lying around. The keys to your office maybe. You ought to be telling those slugs to hold their little hissy fit in some dingy basement cubicle like they do to you.
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Hidden Stillness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 03:06 PM
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9. Great AP Story on This
There was actually a very good article by the Associated Press on this incredibly stupid Republican stunt, which was quoted by C-SPAN on Friday just as the House was letting out. This is a "print-friendly" version, avaiable on many news websites. C-SPAN gave the name of the reporter, but the copy I went to does not have it; it is great: http://www.kfsm.com/global/story.asp?s=8776442&ClientTy...

Quotes from the AP story: "unusual and sometimes bizarre protest," "There was clapping, chanting, booing, and standing ovations because the usual rules of decorum didn't apply. Tourists were invited into the chamber to watch the spectacle." The C-SPAN voice-over on Friday mentioned that Republicans were cheering and chanting for their own, and kept booing Democrats as they spoke. I can hardly believe, yet I guess I do, that these dumb assholes--whose only purpose is to obstruct--actually believe that this turned out well, and was a smashing success for them. How can they not know that they came across as a bunch of Goddamned assholes?

I can't decide if they did it just as part of their usual fucked pattern of behavior, to make it seem they are trying to solve the energy problem when they are the ones who caused it by deregulating the commodities speculation market, or to completely unhinge and derail the ongoing debate for the Equal Pay bill, now killed again?
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