“How many candidates endorsed by Obama have won recently? In the PA12th race, Critz apparently made very little if any attempt to solicit Obama's endorsement. His platform read with some conservative ideas in fact. Let's wait until November.”
“I'll trust your stats. What was your source? And "abuse" is a subjective evaluation based upon one's political philosophy relating to the legislation locked in the filibuster. Were the tables turned, I imagine you would consider a filibuster less ignoble if Democrats used it to stall a Republican initiative with which you disagreed. Just admit it- if the filibuster is an abuse, then it must be so for both parties.”
“"When we elected a constitutional scholar we did not know he would go by the book ."
Presidential Oath of Office: " U.S. Constitution (Article II, Section 1):
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."”
“"The Republicans have simply decided to use the filibuster to block anything that President Obama proposes, and the president, thus far, hasn't quite mustered the nerve to take them on."
This article is another classic example of ignoring inconvenient facts:
The Republicans didn't have enough votes to start a filibuster until Scott Brown was elected. How, then, do you explain that Democrats could not force legislation through?
It seems illogical to assume any bipartisan solution is possible, I agree; however, the reason is that Democrats have already determined what health care legislation will be. The "summit" is only theatrics.”
Australian2 on Feb 22, 2010 at 02:23:18
“because the Dems had only 58 votes, and it takes 60 to shut down a filibuster.
Joe Lieberman (I-Aetna) and Sanders (I-VT) are practically polar opposites, and any compromise with one will enrage the other - not a good situation.
Also, if Rethuglicans didn't filibuster every bill of substance that came along, it'd only take 51 votes to get things done.
So, tell me: if the GOP in opposition is just as bad as the Dems were, then why did anything get done during the Bush years? The Republicans have NEVER held 60 seats in the Senate, yet bills got through - because some Dems were willing to talk, and the party's leadership was willing to let them, rather than run the Party like a quasi-Fascist dictatorship.”
freelyb on Feb 22, 2010 at 00:15:34
“There is little that the Republicans have proposed that makes any sense. They haven't earned a seat at the policy table because their focus has not been on formulating anything along those lines. Yes, it will be theatrics, but the farce has been largely of Republican making.”
McFlipFlop on Feb 21, 2010 at 23:45:47
“Repubs have been filibustering, requiring 60 votes with their 40. They've had that since the beginning of 2009. Your statement is incorrect.
There were 57 Dems until July when Franklin got seated. Now 58, with Sanders and Liebermann as Independents.
The Constitution makes it clear that 60 votes should not be required, yet the Senate has outdated rules whereby the minority party can force it. The Repubs have been abusing that rule.
Do some research.”
nomobull on Feb 21, 2010 at 23:34:56
“then explain their use of the filibuster before Brown was Elected.
you are just once again trying to justify the bad behavior of the republicans. why to excuse yourself for voting for these clowns.”
Nov 27, 2009 at 20:21:20
“Of all the topics in Keli's article why the focus on SP- soldiers, mom, pets, favorite/classic TV? The best way to marginalize someone is to, well, marginaize him or her. Why the vitriol for SP? Why give her status unless you somehow believe she has political potential?”
huffponewbie on Nov 27, 2009 at 20:55:30
“Clowns have been popular, in one form or another, for centuries. Why should we stop the laughing now?”
“'I also am grateful for Obama's invitation for debate and fair-minded criticism. His decision to bring in policy practitioners who have divergent views from one another, his embrace of heterodoxy, and the manner in which these conflicts come right up to his desk reflect a profound self-confidence in our young president.'
When did this happen and who are these practitioners? Does this guy live in the United States? This article is laughable. Surely this is a reprint of an article originally published before Obama's election, rose colored glasses and all!”
“Alec, did you check 2008 election contributions by party? Democrats raised $745M and spent $730M. Republicans raised $368M and spent $333M. These amounts are from Federal Election Commission data as of the week before the 2008 election. I suppose the corporate-industrial-military complex felt the pinch of the economy in their campaign contribution budgets. Or, is it possible that Democrats are especially adept at deflecting fundraising scrutiny?”
KayCo on Nov 24, 2009 at 20:31:28
“Alot (not all) of contributions to Democrats were from small donations from private citizens giving what they can to change things after 8 years of destructive Republican policies that have hurt Americans.”