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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:57 PM
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can someone explain to me why GOP House members have any say in anything???
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 03:05 PM by LSK
We have a 257-178 advantage in the House. Why even give GOP members the time of day? All the Boner can do is bitch and moan and give speeches but he doesnt even have close to the votes to do a damn thing. Why should any of their proposals get the time of day?

Also in the Senate we need what? 2 votes? 3 maybe? That would come from Collins, Snowe or McCain.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:59 PM
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1. It's mostly Bohner trying to remain relevant. n/t.
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Hugabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:00 PM
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2. No shit. They should just consider this a two-year vacation.
Although I suppose keeping them occupied by letting them give their bullshit speeches on the House floor is better than leaving them to do whatever evil they might find themselves doing. Same rationale that cities use for "Midnight basketball" and other such stuff. Keep them out of trouble.
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grannie4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:03 PM
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6. good idea :):)
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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:02 PM
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3. If the house needs to override another bush veto we need them
oh wait...
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:03 PM
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7. old habits die hard
:rofl:
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Lindsay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:02 PM
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4. Because while it is tempting,
it's really not legal to tie them to large, heavy pieces of furniture and lock them in their offices.

More's the pity.
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Hassin Bin Sober Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:30 PM
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18. Can't we fix that law?
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:03 PM
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5. In truth they don't - and that will become painfully evident to them as the summer approaches.
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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:04 PM
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8. Obama wants Republicans to be invested in his policies.
If things don't get better, it won't just be the fault of Obama/Congressional Dems, Republicans will have a stake in it as well.

Clinton's first budget passed without a single Republican vote, and we saw what happened to our majorities in the following year.
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:06 PM
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11. on the flip-side, if they do not go along, Obama and the Dems fix things
in 2010 and beyond the GOP is totally destroyed.
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:05 PM
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9. "Good cop/ bad cop"
Or, in the spirit of the Kids in the Hall, Nice cop/even NICER cop.
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:06 PM
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10. Because we don't want to be the mob...
that craps on the minority. As much as some of them deserve it, the founding fathers wanted the minority to have a voice.
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JFN1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:30 PM
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17. Screw that! Be the mob!
When the minority is dangerous and delusional, there is no percentage in being "polite" or "parental."

I'd rather be a correct mob than a polite one, any day.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:11 PM
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12. I guess they're being given the option..
of being assholes or growing up.
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:16 PM
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13. We need more in the Senate
We need 60 to end a filibuster.
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:28 PM
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16. including Jomentum we have 58 right now
Franken makes 59....
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Ani Yun Wiya Donating Member (639 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:25 PM
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14. Explain how...
the republican party can even still exist.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:26 PM
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15. unfortunately some democrats vote like republicans
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:32 PM
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19. that's not very kumbaya of you.
The Obamacites will be in touch.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:13 PM
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20. What do you call yourself..
when you're not calling people names?
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:57 PM
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21. I call myself...
Mariah.

I call myself an Obama supporter.

I call myself...

a big fat sarcastic jerk.

I call myself happy to have Obama and not king george sleeping in the White House.

Woo hoo!



(I also call myself one who agrees with the OP that we marginalize the repukes to the maximum extent possible and act based on principle rather than politics.)
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