Skip to comments.The Obama-Pelosi Lame Duck Strategy
Posted on 07/09/2010 12:23:19 PM PDT by Southnsoul
Democratic House members are so worried about the fall elections they're leaving Washington on July 30, a full week earlier than normaland they won't return until mid-September. Members gulped when National Journal's Charlie Cook, the Beltway's leading political handicapper, predicted last month "the House is gone," meaning a GOP takeover. He thinks Democrats will hold the Senate, but with a significantly reduced majority.
The rush to recess gives Democrats little time to pass any major laws. That's why there have been signs in recent weeks that party leaders are planning an ambitious, lame-duck session to muscle through bills in December they don't want to defend before November. Retiring or defeated members of Congress would then be able to vote for sweeping legislation without any fear of voter retaliation.
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Particularly on ALL nominations to the judiciary STARTING with Kagan.
The Liberals MUST be punished.
It is a doomsday scenario that needs reckoning. Tar, feather, and rail futures should be on the rise.
Are they all planning on leaving the Country after they are swept out of office? If they intend to ruin the lives of their voters before the new Congress is sworn in, I'm sure the voters won't forget who they are just because their names aren't listed in the phone book.
The pair should take two aspirations and resign in the mourning!
There are 41 Republicans in the Senate. Democrats can only achieve something in a lame duck if some Republican breaks in the Senate. After the kind of election that is expected, that would take real arrogance, even on the part of the Maine twins.
They may vote to end democracy.
bump for later.
The "wise Latina," can't read English. No? Just look at her dissenting opinion regarding MacDonald v. Chicago.
Kagan must not get confirmed. She will NOT view Heller and MacDonald as stare decisis. Trust me.
What we need is a ban on Lame Duck sessions and other activities associated with their office, including junkets and hearings. Every two years the House and Senate could recess between the election and January 20, subject to callback in national emergencies on the order of 9-11.
Think of the money we would save on travel, heating expenses, holiday decorations and parties, franked Christmas/re-election cards, new laws.
Think of the family time these folks would enjoy. How often have politicians decried the need to resign their office to spend more time with the family.
Think of the inability of the Administration and leaders to hold politicians hostage on Christmas Eve to vote for unpopular bills.
Think how green it would be to save on fuel, heating, and lighting.
The only downside would be a deep freeze in Washington DC due to the lack of hot air usually emanating from the Capitol Building.
(Actually, it would be kind of cool to use some of the tactics of the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements to prevent a mad-duck session. Imagine 10,000 people around the Capitol Building chanting “The Whole World is Watching,” or singing “We Shall Overcome.”)
That scenario scares me as well. Thank goodness there are a couple of vacations during that time as well, which will also slow them up.
“Are they all planning on leaving the Country after they are swept out of office? If they intend to ruin the lives of their voters before the new Congress is sworn in, I’m sure the voters won’t forget who they are just because their names aren’t listed in the phone book.”
No, they are not planning on leaving the country. However, neither are they planning on returning to where they came from. Most will stay in DC as lobbyists or figure out some other scheme to continue to feed at the government trough.
>> It’s called Filibuster use it.
Do you really expect the GOP to stoop to such an undignified level?
The GOP has standards, and disrupting the adversary as it shreds our liberties is simply outside the boundaries of Senatorial decorum.