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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:25 PM

Nancy Pelosi Sets A Shutdown Trap For Mitch McConnell

https://www.politicususa.com/2019/01/11/pelosi-mcconnell-shutdown.html

Posted on Fri, Jan 11th, 2019 by Jason Easley
Nancy Pelosi Sets A Shutdown Trap For Mitch McConnell


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is setting Mitch McConnell up to own the shutdown by passing a bill to fund the FAA.

Speaker Pelosi tweeted:



Pelosi is masterfully squeezing McConnell and Trump to reopen the government

Speaker Pelosi is forcing Mitch McConnell to say no to reopening the government over and over again. Pelosi is sending the message to the rest of the country that Trump and his party are keeping the government closed. Democrats are trying to reopen the government, but Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump won’t say yes.

There can be no mistaking who is to blame for the continuation of the shutdown. Mitch McConnell could put real pressure on the White House if he passed any of the funding bills that the House has sent to the Senate. The problem is that Trump believes that he will lose leverage if he opens the government without wall money, so he is refusing to open a single agency.

With each vote to reopen a part of the government, Nancy Pelosi is using her House majority to increase the pressure on McConnell. Republicans don’t support this shutdown or the wall.

They are looking for a way out. Speaker Pelosi keeps opening the door and telling them to come on in.

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Reply Nancy Pelosi Sets A Shutdown Trap For Mitch McConnell (Original post)
babylonsister Jan 11 OP
Freethinker65 Jan 11 #1
maxsolomon Jan 11 #10
groundloop Jan 11 #31
maxsolomon Jan 11 #32
raging moderate Jan 12 #47
Me. Jan 12 #51
maxsolomon Jan 14 #55
Me. Jan 14 #56
maxsolomon Jan 14 #57
Me. Jan 14 #58
maxsolomon Jan 14 #59
Me. Jan 14 #60
joshdawg Jan 12 #45
True Blue American Jan 12 #49
OMGWTF Jan 11 #22
erronis Jan 11 #23
chwaliszewski Jan 11 #28
donkeypoofed Jan 11 #2
Lonestarblue Jan 11 #13
JustABozoOnThisBus Jan 11 #14
Mr.Bill Jan 11 #24
cilla4progress Jan 11 #3
Amaryllis Jan 11 #40
Ohiogal Jan 11 #4
PJMcK Jan 11 #5
pangaia Jan 11 #35
PJMcK Jan 11 #38
pangaia Jan 11 #39
Andy823 Jan 11 #6
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 11 #7
pangaia Jan 11 #36
KPN Jan 11 #8
maxsolomon Jan 11 #12
KPN Jan 12 #50
MontanaMama Jan 11 #9
LiberalArkie Jan 11 #16
MontanaMama Jan 11 #17
YessirAtsaFact Jan 11 #11
Hassler Jan 11 #15
bdamomma Jan 11 #19
Kurt V. Jan 11 #18
gratuitous Jan 11 #20
NurseJackie Jan 11 #21
True Blue American Jan 11 #25
Baltimike Jan 11 #26
tiptonic Jan 11 #27
marble falls Jan 11 #29
ehrnst Jan 11 #30
ProudLib72 Jan 11 #33
pangaia Jan 11 #34
KY_EnviroGuy Jan 11 #37
BumRushDaShow Jan 11 #42
KY_EnviroGuy Jan 11 #43
Honeycombe8 Jan 11 #41
greymattermom Jan 12 #48
Honeycombe8 Jan 12 #54
Beartracks Jan 11 #44
mucifer Jan 12 #46
sarcasmo Jan 12 #52
customerserviceguy Jan 12 #53
Takket Jan 14 #61

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:27 PM

1. Mitch says what Trump tells him to. "No vote"

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Response to Freethinker65 (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:48 PM

10. Not that simple.

The Turtle is wily. He has an end game or he wouldn't be playing the fool.

He's probably told Trump he has a month to play with, and then this poorly-written play will close.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:09 PM

31. I dunno.... is McTurtle 'wily', or just a stubborn asshole?



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Response to groundloop (Reply #31)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:18 PM

32. he baited Reid into ending the Filibuster for the Federal Judiciary

because he obstructed them for the majority of Obama's terms.

now he's filled those positions with RWNJs and we weren't able to do a thing about it.

he blocked Garland and denied Obama a SCOTUS pick, and we weren't able to do a thing about it.

he's been there since 1984 - 6 terms - 35 years, going on 36. he's been drinking our milkshake since assuming GOP leadership in 2006, whether he's majority or minority leader. so, yeah... he's wily.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #32)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:46 AM

47. I think you are right.

Mitch McConnell had to know the fix was in on this 2016 election, or he would not have blocked the Supreme Court nomination of the very moderate Merrick Garland. The blocking of Obama's other judicial appointments was also very suspicious. And now he is refusing to allow a vote on a measure that would reopen the federal government, when a number of Republicans are said to be ready to give it a veto-proof majority. He had to know about some massive hidden support system insuring that he could violate the US Constitution in these ways, with impunity.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #32)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:30 PM

51. He's So Smart He Allowed HImself To Collude On The Russian Scandal

by using political blackmail to restrain PBO from revealing what was then known about Individual 1's attachment to Putin. That it may come back to bite him big time is eveidence that he isn't so smart.

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Response to Me. (Reply #51)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:05 AM

55. We'll see. I have little faith that consequences will follow that maneuver.

That aside, there's little doubt he's controlling this shutdown, and it's entirely to weaken House Dems at the outset of this Congress.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #55)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 12:04 PM

56. The Cons Are Being Blamed 2/1

How's that working for him

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Response to Me. (Reply #56)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 12:14 PM

57. Working fine so far. The RWNM is holding the line among America's Flibberdigibbets

The GOP apparently believes that the General Public will forget about this shutdown by November 2020.

It's a good bet.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #57)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 12:18 PM

58. They Just Lost The House

and now they endanger the lives of Americans to protect him. I don't think anyone is going to forget anything, especially as he is never going to change and his egregious behavior will be there to remind them every day until the next election. His base is not large enough and he's done nothing to grow it, in fact, it is shrinking.

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Response to Me. (Reply #58)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 12:31 PM

59. America's Flibberdigibbets are the Low-Info Voters

the ones that barely know there's a shutdown. the "Independents" who think "both parties are the same".

they exist. they vote. they won't remember. after all, there's going to be an Impeachment between now and then.

the GOP has made this bet before and it paid off. the nation awarded their obstruction and intransigence with complete control of the Federal government in 2016.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #59)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 01:35 PM

60. WE'll See

But as with so much the last 2 years, the cw no longer applies. And those low-info people are the ones being impacted, also, by loss of income. Money talks.

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Response to groundloop (Reply #31)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:26 AM

45. FWIW, my vote goes to stubborn asshole.

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Response to joshdawg (Reply #45)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:48 PM

49. Terrified,stubburn AH.

Mitch is in Russian money up to his eye balls. So is Lindsey Graham.

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Response to Freethinker65 (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:15 PM

22. And Vlad the Poisoner tells Traitor Tot what to do

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Response to OMGWTF (Reply #22)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:26 PM

23. Would you like ketchup with that, sir?

Love the "traitor tot".

And I would be very hesitant to spread any sauces on my tots, if I were the pResident.

Wonder how many minions have already been offed by polonium. You have to have a death wish if you work for that party.

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Response to erronis (Reply #23)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:48 PM

28. To me, he's Pol Potbelly

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:28 PM

2. For the Repukes, there is no out without lookin' mighty dumb

Like holdin' up a mirror, that rather homogenous bunch sure will be regretting all this.

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Response to donkeypoofed (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:49 PM

13. There is a way out. Hold a vote.

Mitch can strongarm enough senators in his party to pass a veto-proof bill. Some of Trump’s more rabid base might complain, but most people, including Republicans, would think that the Senate was finally doing their job and acting like the adults in the room. The shutdown is not popular and gets less so every day.

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Response to donkeypoofed (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:50 PM

14. It's a little late to worry about "lookin' dumb". That ship has sailed. nt

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Response to donkeypoofed (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:27 PM

24. No loss, since they looked mighty dumb before all this. n/t

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:30 PM

3. I learned a lot about Madame Speaker from

Joy Reid's special last week.

She is one tough customer! She has thought through all her steps and is very strategic.

I have total confidence!

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 08:56 PM

40. Agree; we desperately need experienced leadership right now. Nancy is perfect for this

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:31 PM

4. Right on, Madame Speaker!

Keep putting the onus on McTurtle & Co.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:37 PM

5. This will be interesting

Imagine that McConnell finally feels enough pressure to allow a Senate vote on the House-passed bill. Either the GOP stand in opposition and the bill dies or enough Republicans vote for the bill.

In the first instance, the Republicans will own the shutdown even more than they already do. Americans will increasingly turn away from the party of "No." In the second instance, the bill would face a potential veto by Trump. In that case, it's hard to see how both Houses won't override the veto. The nation's air travel is in jeopardy.

Well played, Madame Speaker. Keep it up! You have my support.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:31 PM

35. This is about a LOT MORE than air travel.

Think of the ripples spreading out if therer is little or no air travel?

Total chaos in America.
And THAT is what thgis is about.

Financial, structural and political destruction....

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Response to pangaia (Reply #35)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:41 PM

38. Of course it is

The thing is simply this: Members of Congress don't go to National Parks or worry about the EPA.

But they all have to fly. This could be the way that they learn first-hand how their behavior in Congress affects people's lives.

Regarding the breadth of problems caused by the Trump Shutdown, let me call your attention to this post by an air traffic controller who outlines the secondary and tertiary effects of the shutdown:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=11657776

This story is but one example of how Trump has damaged many facets of one agency he won't fund.

Keep in mind that many other organizations will have the same trickle-outwards effects. Think of the results for the EPA, IRS, NPS and many others.

With respect to your theory that Trump's plan is the total destruction of our country and society, we'll have to wait and see.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #38)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 08:02 PM

39. Thanks fo0r the link. The results will be felt even much farther and wider than ATC,

pilots, etc, as I am sure you know.

As for my trump theory, I would say it is 'putin's plan, and it is working to a T,, even faster than I thgoughtm and I am the eternal pessimist,,,


BTW, I love listening to some live atc VIDEOS,, boston john AND THE HLARIOUS GUY AT jfk.. bOTH RETIORED i BELIEVE,,

Those guys are brilliant, pure artistic genius

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:40 PM

6. Republicans do have a way out

They have to do what is right for the country, not what trump wants. All they have to do is take a vote, and override any veto trump may impose. The vast majority of Americans want this shutdown to end, no matter what trump says.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:43 PM

7. wall -- dictatorship or democracy

Speaker Pelosi understands the stakes. Give Donald the wall and he has a dictatorship. He already has the cult of personality and has done wholesale damage to our government. If he gets the wall then he can fulfill that, "I alone can fix it" boast. Deny him the wall and we continue to be a nation of law.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:33 PM

36. " Deny him the wall and we continue to be a nation of law. "

If air travel is shut down..
total chaos..

No wall he will declare a national emeregency. At that point he is a dictator.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:44 PM

8. Mitch is following Putin's orders. nt

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Response to KPN (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:49 PM

12. No, he's not.

He plays the long game, and he's smart.

It is never as simple as we want it to be.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:58 PM

50. No question about that. At the same time, supporting Trump because he's in it up to his ears

is his onlyhope for a personal long game. In other words, keeping Putin happy. There is no difference.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:47 PM

9. I'm still trying to figure what

Moscow Mitch's end game is all about.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:57 PM

16. The South shall rise again.

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Response to LiberalArkie (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:58 PM

17. I was thinking it was more likely

that he's up to his chin waddle in rubles...

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:48 PM

11. It's all about Trump's ego

Last week he told Schumer that if he allowed the government to be reopened without his wall, he would look foolish.

We’re looking at a situation where the funding billing will likely be approved by the House and Senate and then vetoed.

At that point, the Republicans may say enough is enough and override.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:55 PM

15. McConartist is thinking of his 2020 election. Probably Lindseed as well.

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Response to Hassler (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:06 PM

19. They won't have a chance to get re elected

if they keep Government People away from their jobs. McConnell's Local and DC office phones should be ringing continuously.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:04 PM

18. she is the master, grasshopper

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:08 PM

20. Air traffic controllers aren't mission critical and don't get paid

But the part of government that issues $0.00 pay stubs is mission critical and working just fine. Heckuva job, Republicans!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:13 PM

21. Experience we can trust! NANCY PELOSI ROCKS!!!

Amazing to think about how some wanted to choose someone else to be Speaker. So much hand-wringing about wanting "new blood" or "someone younger" ... basically they wanted change for the sake of change. What a short-sighted mistake that would have been! Especially NOW.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:32 PM

25. Trump is backing away from the Emergency

He is saying he can do it but it would have to go to the Courts.
He agreed to back pay for the workers this afternoon. Little by little Trump is losing, so is McConnell.

Democrats really went after him today. Then he whined he could not understand why the Senate was closed.

That dog don’t hunt!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:32 PM

26. I wonder where all those naysayers are today

the ones who said she couldn't do it...that she had to agree to bizarre parameters...all to help the other side, and not her/us.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:37 PM

27. Just curious

Just curious, as to much money (campaign contributions) took from Putin.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:16 PM

29. If Trump were half the negotiater he claims to be you'd think he'd go with what both ...

sides want and ignore the one they can't: the wall. He'd be able to go back to his constituency and say. "I'm still fighting for this and then after he shuts up about it, let it die after about six months. By then his legal problems will bury the wall. His followers will be barking about his impending impeachment and then we adults can finally talk about border security in context of making citizenship reasonably possible and for temporary visas for temporary or seasonal workers.

Pelosi has the right idea. She's almost handing a life jackets to at the few Republicans who want to distance themselves from cheeto. Who has something on Mitch McConnell that he's acting against his own interests??

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:55 PM

30. Watch and learn, young ones in Congress. This will be talked about in history books.

You can say you were there when she cut off the GOP's head, and they didn't even know they were bleeding.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:22 PM

33. I'm hoping you are correct and she can commandeer the narrative

to hang around Cocaine Mitch and Rump's necks. Because, so far, what I've been seeing is that most people still believe there isn't enough "negotiation" happening.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:25 PM

34. "Pelosi is masterfully squeezing McConnell and Trump to reopen the government .."

With all due respect for Nancy, I do not think these treasonous bastards can be sqyeezedd by out side.
UNLESS-- somebody gets something on them WORSE than the russiand haVE.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:36 PM

37. Trump and McConnell will give in when big business tell them to.

This fiasco is starting to hurt business travel and bottom lines, so many phone calls will be made. Their calls will be heard and acted on while ours go in the dust bin........

McConnell has never listened to his constituents, but only his big business donors and a few people in his Repug bubble at home.

Speaker Pelosi is doing her part well in applying maximum legislative pressure and keeping appropriate issues in the press.

Thank you, Madam Speaker!........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #37)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:23 PM

42. THIS

and they are already rattling the cages a bit. Just a bit.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #42)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:44 PM

43. Thank you for the good link...

(snip)
Bradley noted that small businesses were unable to receive assistance from the Small Business Administration, while companies are “delayed in their ability to raise additional capital or complete the process of going public” because of the partial shutdown.

He added that travelers are facing delays and the processing of imports “is hindered, and tariff exclusion requests are unprocessed. Safety inspectors are sidelined, mortgage approvals are delayed, and research is halted.”

It's always a BFD when the Chamber bucks any Republican or their policies!.......

I love Republican circular firing squads.........

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:17 PM

41. The Turtle ran home to Kentucky instead of funding the FAA. He's not worth spitting on.

That is downright shameful, that he's a Senator.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #41)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:19 PM

48. Maybe TSA and air traffic control

Will do a sick out at CVG. Get Ohio involved too.

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Response to greymattermom (Reply #48)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:10 PM

54. This is so wrong. Who would blame them for anything they do.

They can't strike, though. Reagan fixed that.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:51 PM

44. Mitch is a tool. Or an idiot. Thinks Congress works for the president.

Funny thing: the president thinks so, too.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:53 AM

46. A lot of the press is not reporting on the house votes just "both sides don't care" crap

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:30 PM

52. If airports shutdown, the GOP will fold.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:44 PM

53. After Merrick Garland

it is obvious that McConnell is completely shameless. And besides, he knows he can win Kentucky next year if he just stays out of Trump's way.

Trump already took all of the GOP blame onto himself. McConnell's sitting pretty right now. He knows Trump will be gone someday, and that if he keeps on doing what he's doing, he'll be the survivor.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 01:37 PM

61. I guess McConnell wasn't too worried about the trap

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