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This Week in the Senate

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Health Care Boss Battle!

Fight on!

This week will be the start of the debate on the Health Care Reform bill of course.  How quick the debate lasts depends on  how fast they can come up with a compromise on the public option, but this needs reminding, it should be a true compromise and not just Sen. Snowe and the conservaDems dictating policy.

Sen. Reid and the Senate Democratic Leadership expects multiple Saturday sessions to finish the bill in time for Christmas and the Holiday recess especially if Republicans pull obstructionist tactics, which they probably will.  You can watch the debate live on CSPAN 2 or online.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment
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Sen. Vitter Caught Shopping for Lingerie

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

A Roll Call reader caught Sex Scandal Dave Vitter at Victoria’s Secret presumably shopping for his wife?  Anyways, Roll Call has the scoop:

Just hours before casting his health care vote, the sex-scandal-scarred Louisiana Republican looked “a bit lost” amid the ladies’ unmentionables, our spy said. Our witty, bargain-seeking HOH tipster mused on a few reasons that the Senator might be there.

“Is he looking for some ‘extra support’ for tonight’s big health care floor vote or is he up to his old habits?” the spy wondered.

I can do one liners too!  Ehem, here goes …

“Psst, Dave.  The DC Madame’s house is that a way.”

“Sir, the changing station is over there.”

“No, Victoria’s Secret does not count as a fact finding mission on women’s health.”

“Please Senator … stop touching those signs inappropriately.  People can see you.”

Lou Dobbs Supports Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants (Really?!)

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

So says the Huffington Post:

Mr. Dobbs told Spanish-language network Telemundo he now supports a plan to legalize millions of undocumented workers, a stance he long lambasted as an unfair “amnesty.”

What he actually said on Telemundo leaves a lot of wiggle room:

“I hope that will begin with Maria and me and Telemundo and other media organizations and others in this national debate that we should turn into a solution rather than a continuing debate and factional contest.”

And what are these proposed solutions, Mr. Dobbs? There’s already one on the table called Comprehensive Immigration Reform, a tough but fair bipartisan compromise in the works that will increase interior enforcement, streamline the immigration system, require otherwise law abiding undocumented immigrants to register and become legalized, and protect the border.

Lou Dobbs should know that he is viewed by the Latino and immigrant community much like Bull Connor and  Joe McCarthy — men who have led witch hunts whipping up frenzy and hate in the process.  These men are also now considered pariahs of history.  If Lou Dobbs has had a genuine change of heart, the Latino and immigrant communities will welcome it.

But remember this Mr. Dobbs: We can forgive, but we will never forget.

Fox News Poll Goes Rogue

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Stop Going Rogue, Sarah.  You’re causing an epidemic of rogueness!!!

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This Week in the Senate

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

No Senate this week due to the Thanksgiving Recess.  You can call your Legislators to support Health Care Reform.  There’s also plenty of stuff to buy for Black Friday!

Special Saturday Edition: 1st Health Care Cloture Vote Expected Tonight

November 21, 2009 Leave a comment
  • Watch the debate Live on CSPAN 2.  Debate should start soon.
  • Debate started!
  • Only Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s vote is in doubt.  Hopefully, she will allow for debate for the benefit of Arkansas.
  • Alright!  Sen. Lincoln will vote for cloture.  She was the last of the question marks after Sen. Landrieu said she will vote for cloture earlier.  Not that unexpected but really, the hard part begins the week after Thanksgiving.  Should be fun.
  • Yawn.  Is it 8 PM yet?
  • LOL, Sen. Minority Leader McConnell gives up even before the debate starts.

Speaking at an afternoon press conference four hours before an 8 p.m. procedural vote that would bring the bill to the Senate floor, McConnell said Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) appears to have the necessary 60 votes for the procedural motion — and that, based on Senate history, eventual passage is likely.

“Well over 95 percent of the time, I’m told, when we approve a motion to proceed to a bill, the bill is ultimately approved,” McConnell said. “Most of the time, when we proceed on the bill, the bill eventually passes.”

The Republican leader quickly denied his observation was an admission of defeat, promising stiff opposition up until the final vote in the near future.

  • Question of the Night: Is Sen. McConnell quitting when the going gets tough just like Sarah Palin?  Let’s see. Sarah Palin, Lou Dobbs, and now Sen. McConnell on health care all quit recently.  Coincidence?
  • And we have a health care debate!  60 Democrats voted to proceed with debate and 39 Republicans did not.  Sen. Voinovich (R-OH) did not vote.