Thursday, January 28, 2010

This has got to stop:

In the news: (emp add)
Senate permits gov't to borrow an additional $1.9T

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats needed all the 60 votes at their disposal Thursday to muscle through legislation allowing the government to go $1.9 trillion deeper in debt.

Democratic leaders were able to prevail on the politically volatile 60-39 vote only because Republican Sen.-elect Scott Brown of Massachusetts has yet to be seated. Republicans had insisted on a 60-vote, super-majority threshhold to pass the measure. An earlier test vote succeeded on a 60-40 vote. (...)

Earlier Thursday, Obama's Democratic allies in the Senate rejected a plan attempting to adopt a modified version of the president's proposal to freeze spending on domestic spending passed by Congress in annual spending bills.

A 56-strong majority of senators supported the plan, but it failed because 60 votes were required. It serves as a marker for later this year when Congress passes its budget.


Harry Reid just wrote every Republican's attack Ad. He's so dense he doesn't even know he's being set up.

A very astute observer noted that Scott Brown didn't really run against Coakley. He ran against Obama. And won.

Republican candidates are going to run against Obama this November, and they are going to also win.

I forsee a long, well-deserved winter for the Democratic party. Possibly a generation or more.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/28/2010 7:56 PM  

Step away from the crack pipe, nony. Independent voters gave Brown the edge over Coakley, not Republicans. The GOP is still radioactive. Last night's synchronized poutfest at the SOTU cemented their rep as the Party of No. As in no ideas, no vision, no future. They're the party of the South, and nowhere else. Possibly for a generation or more.

By Anonymous Death Panel Truck, at 1/28/2010 10:52 PM  

Maybe someone way smarter could explain to me and Krugthulhu why you seem to think the deficit is really worth freaking out about during a friggin' recession with crisis-level unemployment? Seriously.
After that, please walk me slowly through the part where you explain how you envision making any noticeable dent at all in the longterm deficit without first addressing health care costs and military/spook spending. Thanks in advance, I'll hang up and listen.

By Anonymous melior, at 1/29/2010 4:36 AM  

Apparently it isn't going to stop. The Senate is going to use the expired Senate seat to invoke cloture on Patricia Smith.

I wonder how long it will take them to realize that they can ram through health care while Mass. stalls on certifying the election results.

Watch for Reid to make a move this week to do just that.

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