My party is unified again, and seems to know what it’s doing. It’s a nice feeling to have, and it’s been a long time a-comin’.
Case in point: today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bushwhacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch (The Turtle) McConnell into filibustering his own bill. That’s right: the Party of No said “no” to itself.
“The ability of the minority to obstruct is dependent on the willingness of the majority to be obstructed.” – Jim Naureckas
“Filibuster” is a word we hear over and over. Courtesy of Examiner.com, it’s about Senate rules for passing a bill. They specify that before debate on a bill can end, and the bill can proceed to a floor vote, a separate vote must be held on ending the debate, or “cloture.” That vote requires 60 votes. So essentially, they vote on whether to vote on the bill!
Now if a Senator feels really strongly about the bill, either pro or con, that Senator is allowed to prolong the “debate” as long as he or she wants and stall the cloture vote. This stall game is known as a “filibuster.” The only way to stop a filibuster is to either wait for the Senator to run out of wind, or force him or her to stop speaking with a vote of 60 Senators. Potentially then it takes 60 votes to make the Senator shut up and sit down; another 60 votes for “cloture”; and then a simple majority to pass the bill itself. It’s amazing bills ever get passed. This Stupid Senate Trick happens all the time; the House doesn’t roll like that.
So how did McConnell end up stalling his own bill? According to Talking Points Memo, McConnell was trying to be cagey and it backfired. He wanted to prove that Democrats don’t have the firepower to change Congress’ control over the US debt limit. He brought up a bill that allows the President to unilaterally lift the debt ceiling, unless the Senate musters a two-thirds vote to stop him. He didn’t really want this bill to advance to a vote; he expected Reid to get nervous and shoot it down so then he could say, “See? The Democrats don’t even have enough votes to give this to their own President!”
Reid, however, had another idea. He quickly conferred with the rest of his party and then said, “Go ahead. Make my day.”
So here’s McConnell, who had just introduced a bill he didn’t expect to advance any further in an effort to diss the Dems, having to argue that he didn’t want it to go to a floor vote after all. Homina-homina-homina.
“The Republican leader objects to his own idea,” Reid declared on the floor. “So I guess we have a filibuster of his own bill.”
Senator Chuck Schumer told reporters that McConnell thought he’d thrown Democrats for a loop. “It was a little too clever by half,” said Schumer, adding that it “would have been a great moment.”
“This may be a moment in Senate history when a Senator made a proposal that, when given an opportunity for a vote on that proposal, filibustered his own proposal,” said Senator Dick Durbin. “I don’t think this has ever happened before.”
McConnell claimed he never agreed to hold a simple majority vote on the bill – yet he bought it to the floor. Brilliant. For his next trick, McConnell will hit himself in the face with a banana cream pie.
“Senator McConnell’s filibuster prevented us from having this vote today,” Reid later said in a statement. “But I will continue to seek an agreement to hold an up-or-down vote on his proposal to avoid another debt ceiling debacle.”
As blogger Smartypants put it: if you’re not enjoying how badly the Republicans are getting beaten these days, you’re not paying close enough attention.
Papa John’s Allegedly Sent 500,000 Illegal Text Messages To Customers
Shares of Papa John’s declined on Tuesday following news of class-action certification for a lawsuit that claims the pizza chain had unsolicited text messages sent to cell phones.
The lawsuit filed with the US District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle claims Papa John’s violated state and federal law when they had the marketing company OnTime4U send unsolicited text messages on its behalf to cell phones advertising their pizza products. The lawsuit says that 500,000 illegal text messages were sent to Papa John’s customers across the US.
Papa John’s faces potential damages of more than $250 million.
So how many cents per pie does that work out to?
The plaintiffs may each potentially receive $500 or more in damages for each text message.
So fine him 14¢ per message, and there’ll be plenty of money to pay for his employees’ health care.
Messages left with Papa John’s seeking comment were not immediately returned.
Hmmm. Maybe you shoulda texted them.
Have you ever noticed that when the Repos lose, the media is flooded with all these pieces that say we should just link arms, sing Kum-ba-yah, and all work nicely together? But when the Repos win, all the pieces are “In your face, losers”?! That damn liberal media…!
It is said after every election that the victors should put politics aside and work for the good of the country.
If President Obama believed this pious nonsense, he would put his second term in jeopardy. Asking politicians to ignore politics is like insisting that professional hockey players switch to basketball. In a system with national elections every two years — and in which the two parties are in relatively close balance — politics never disappears.
Fortunately, the president knows foolishness when he sees it. He has been toughened by four years of unremitting Republican opposition and has behind him both a large Electoral College victory and an advantage of about three million popular votes.
“32 months of private sector job growth with zero Republican help…the country runs without them, so why vote for them ..”