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Oh, What a difference a year makes - part 1

For years the Republican party chanted the mantra “an up or down vote.” Now, when debates on Iraq emerge, they want everything but a up or down vote.

As judicial nominations came up, we continually heard the repeated chorus give them an up or down vote. Don't employ delaying tactics; don't use the Senate rules to block a nominee; just let a vote take place. And when, it looked like there would be a filibuster over appellate court nominees, what emerged? The nuclear option: stop debate with a simple majority vote, not a two thirds vote as was previously required. How were they to do this? By use of a chink in the rules that would allow the Vice President to rule in favor of this action. Yes, some would say, it seemed reasonable, although it did not permit the minority party to have a mechanism to delay or halt conformation.

Fast forward a year. The American people demanded a debate on the Iraq war by replacing the Republicans with a slim Democratic majority . However, for some reason, it was determined that to pass a vote the most contentious issue of the day should not require a simple majority, 51 votes, but sixty. Effectively, the Republican have stifled debate on the single issue that cost them the 2006 election. They condemned the Democratic party forf using the Senate rules a year earlier to perform the same action.

The actions of the Republican party, both in this and the previous congress are base politics at its worst. When the American people wanted changes in the war effort, we observe the continued actions of the Bush administration through its congressional representatives to keep to its plans intact. The Republican party has managed to stifle any action that would reflect the will of the people.

When the expected oversight hearings emerge, it is likely that we shall see the money made by the friends of the Bush administration. The cloak will be removed, allowing the public to observe the way in which the war has been conducted. But, don't expect to see them this year. The Democrats will also play politics. The hearings will commence prior to the 2008 presidential election, coming to a head in late October. It may result in the discrediting of the Republican party, further weakening their hold on congress and turning the presidency over to the Democratic party.

Posted by M.L. Schneider at March 13, 2007 11:39 AM
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Are you surprised that people in Washington are committing politics?

The Dems and Republicans have switched places so they have also switched strategies.

Posted by: Jack at March 13, 2007 12:46 PM
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In Congress Republicans touted: “we are the majority and the majority has the right to make its own rules”.

Now they are the minority and are jumping up and down madder than a hornet’s nest just urinated on saying the Democrats rules aren’t fair.

Politicians. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. But, we can replace them often with much positive effect !!! :-)

Posted by: David R. Remer at March 13, 2007 3:04 PM
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Good article M.L. Schneider.
You know what else may also may lead to the further discrediting of the GOP? The firings of those eight U.S. attorneys that now appear to have taken place because of a White House directed a housecleaning of those judges who weren’t doing their political will.
Take a look at this e-mail.
Between this and the illegal FBI snooping that Gonzales “didn’t know” was going on, isn’t it obviously time for Torture Gonzales to go? I certainly think so.

Also, why would Condi Rice be ignoring Congressional inquiries when that is not not consistent with how our constitutional government has always been run?
Waxman to Rice: Answer 11 ignored letters on Iraq claims
Waxman is the man to watch on both the Libby leak investigation, including how the White House has been choosing to release classified information for their own political purposes.

Posted by: Adrienne at March 13, 2007 3:25 PM
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We cannot expect anything else from the Republicans in Congress. They have been co-conspirators with this Administration and have much to hide as well. They can stop the debate but they can’t stop the investigations, the exception being the committee ran by Liberman.

Posted by: jlw at March 13, 2007 3:47 PM
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Whoops. I just realized I didn’t finish my sentence and mention the other thing to watch when it comes to Waxman. That should have read:
Waxman is the man to watch on both the Libby leak investigation, including how the White House has been choosing to release classified information for their own political purposes, and for some new legislation just introduced (The Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007) that contains a dozen new provisions that will give the public better access to government information. With Bushco sealing everything up as tight as possible, to maintain their insane level of secrecy, and cover up their lawbreaking, we need this now.

Posted by: Adrienne at March 13, 2007 3:59 PM
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Now why don’t it surprise me that it’s business as usual up there in DC.
The Republicans were in the majority and insisted on things being done their way. And the Democrats cried foul.
Now the Democrats are in the majority and insisting on things being done their way and the Republicans are crying foul.
The only difference I see is who has the majority to get things their way, and who’s doing the crying.
And they still aint addressing the major problems facing this country.

Posted by: Ron Brown at March 13, 2007 5:24 PM
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Ron Brown, absolutely right. And neither side can lay claim to fair and ethical governance. Period!

Posted by: David R. Remer at March 13, 2007 6:01 PM
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Cong.Ron Paul is in. Watch him on C-Span

Posted by: matt at March 13, 2007 9:48 PM
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Rep. Ron Paul frequently makes too much sense to be a Republican. Then there is the rest of the time.

Posted by: David R. Remer at March 14, 2007 8:37 PM
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