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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:08 PM
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Biden lets the Republican cat (oxymoron, I know) out of the bag
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 05:08 PM by BurtWorm
Maybe I should say the Republican hairball out of the cat's mouth? In any case, he broadcast to a Delaware audience that the GOP holds even its most senior members captive with the threat of withholding plum committee assignments, and as we all know, most Republicans are chickenshit in the face of threats:


http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/20...


BIDEN REFLECTS ON GOP PARTY DISCIPLINE.... Vice President Biden spoke at an event in his home town earlier, hoping to help raise some money for Chris Coons' (D) Senate campaign. Biden raised an interesting point about the chamber he served in for several decades.

VP Joe Biden on Monday accused Senate GOPers of holding their top members' votes hostage in exchange for ranking committee posts, assailing the GOP as sitting "on the sidelines" while the economy nearly collapsed.

"I know at least 7 senators, who I will not name, but were made to make a commitment under threat of losing their chairmanships, if they did not support the leadership on every procedural vote," Biden said at a fundraiser Monday night.

"Every single thing we did, from the important to the not so important, required for the first time in modern American history, majority votes required 60 votes. All the sudden a majority became 60 instead of 50," the VP added, according to a pool report of the event.



The RNC said something about this being "a scurrilous accusation," though the party didn't exactly deny it, either.

Is it really so far-fetched? Back in October, when Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) was weighing how to vote on health care reform, word went out that the ranking member post on Senate Commerce Committee was up for grabs, and if Snowe wanted it, she had to toe the party line. One unnamed GOP senator on the committee told a reporter, "A vote for healthcare would be something that would weigh on our minds when it came time to vote" on which senator got the slot.

Two months later, Snowe filibustered a motion to proceed, filibustered to prevent a vote, and opposed the legislation -- and never could explain why.

Indeed, there are widespread rumors that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) shifted away from cooperation on reform and towards belligerence immediately after his Republican colleagues made it clear that his future committee assignments were in jeopardy if he worked with Dems to pass a reform bill.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:15 PM
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1. i thought they had been like that since the Newt Gingrich days....at least.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:17 PM
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3. It's not a bad idea to let the public know what sniveling cowards their representatives in Congress
are.

:patriot:
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:43 PM
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7. Agreed.. 100%
That is one of the reason I believe that the Democrats should call their bluff and let the bastards filibuster the next bill they try to intimidate the Dems into withdrawing.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:31 PM
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10. Maybe Reid will get tougher if he wins in November.
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 06:37 PM by BurtWorm
And, please, universe, let him win in November!
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AnArmyVeteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:29 PM
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11. I hope he wins, but we need a Senate LEADER with GUTS!
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:09 PM
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8. Yes. Speaker Hastert was notorious, sacking at least one committee chair over loyalty.
I think there were more, but the one I remember was in early '05, when Hastert ousted Rep. Chris Smith as Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee because he opposed GOP limits on funding VA healthcare. Smith was removed, over the objections of all the major veerans' organizations.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:33 PM
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13. YES! I do remember that as well...
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:56 PM
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14. I checked, and Smith was the only chair ousted under Hastert
I recall other Republicans being disciplined for not toeing the party line, but apparently none was a committee chair.

Something else I remember is that when Smith was sacked, the party had to bypass two more-senior GOP members of the committee to find someone who could be trusted to be sufficiently loyal. That was Steve Buyer, who already was a Hastert ally.
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Lagomorph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:15 PM
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2. Why do such organizations exist and
what tools do they have to work with? It's called politics, business as usual.
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d_r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:23 PM
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4. didn't they flip out
because that guy was offered an appointment not to run for senate?
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:30 PM
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5. Yes, but that was because Big Crime Daddy Obama was pulling the strings
Everyone knows Mitch McConnell is not a Big crime daddy. He's just a little one.
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:41 PM
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6. Specter was one
They threatened to take away the judiciary committee from him
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Frustratedlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:22 PM
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9. They should be working for us, not their precious assignments/egos.
It is shameful and should be repaid in kind. No to the No Party.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:52 PM
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12. Reid, assuming we keep a numerical majority in Congress, better
revisit the organizing rules and make sure we get back to a 51 vote majority. I have no idea why everything now requires a 60 vote majority.
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 11:34 AM
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15. K & R
:thumbsup:
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