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It is NOT the filibuster you should want to end, it’s Senate Rule #22 the CLOTURE VOTE

#EndCloture If you want to put an end to the abuse of the Senate Rule which requires a 60 vote majority to pass, you want...

You know that trainload of hundreds of bills Senate Republicans have blocked? Here’s a linked list

While impeachment understandably is getting most of the attention now, in our messaging to the nation Democrats should keep reminding the public that the attack on the...

Hey Democrats. You have another power besides subpoenas, so USE IT!

Earlier today I wrote an article in which I stated that billionaire Tom Steyer was being less than forthright in the way he portrayed public sentiment in the Democratic base on the subject of impeachment. But that topic rouches on a problem that the Democrats are creating for themselves, especially in the House, and one that they can easily correct. In my earlier article, I posited that Steyer was attempting to show that the Democratic incumbents in the House were alienating their constituents in failing to move immediately to impeach El Pendejo President, when in fact most of the 40 new Democrats avoided the subject of impeachment like the plague, running instead on Housing, wages, infrastructure, healthcare and education. But that is the impression Steyer is trying to portray. In fact, based on everything I’ve seen, heard, and read, the truth is exactly the opposite of what Tom Steyer is claiming it to be. Most of the people you talk to, or reporters talk to at least, both Democratic and Republican, as well as independents and small barnyard animals, are sick up-to-here with Robert Mueller, Trump-Russia, and impeachment. They want their representatives to do what they sent the goofy bastards there to do in the first place, legislate the issues that they voted them into power to deal with. And yet, when almost any member of congress is before a camera and microphone, what is the first, last, and normally only subject of the interview? The friggin’ Mueller report and impeaching His Lowness! It’s not like the Democrats are falling asleep at the switch here. They passed HR 1, a sweeping omnibus resolution aimed at reforming money in politics and voter rights. Parts of that are now being surgically removed to be voted on as stand alone bills, to be sent to the Senate to force Yertl the McConnell to obstruct them. They passed a potent gun background bill, the first truly significant piece of gun control legislation in a generation. They just passed, or are in the process of passing a bill to help reduce prescription drug costs. And they are holding hearings on our current healthcare status, with an eye to determining how to move forward to lower medical insurance costs and increase coverage. Speaker Pelosi is awaiting word from The Great Pumpkin on how a new trillion dollar plus infrastructure plan is to be funded before proceeding into the weeds on preparing a package. The Democrats are doing exactly what they promised to do, legislating on the issues people elected them to solve. But all you hear about in the media is Robert Mueller and impeachment. Most of y’all spent more than a year running to become congress critters, and in about 6 months you’re gonna have to do it all over again. One of the nice things about being in congress is that there is no shortage of TV crews and reporters in the Capitol. Hell, you can’t make a visit to the loo without tripping over a half a dozen of them in the hallway, and all of them are looking for a quote. They’re right there, use them fer Crissake! Tout the bills you’ve passed, the ones in committee that will shortly be coming to the full House for a vote, and pertinent issues being discussed […]

Mitch McConnell is the key, right? Right?

OK, look, I know that I’m not the sharpest scalpel on the surgical tray, but even I can see a pattern emerging when it’s a 20’x20’ checkerboard. In several recent articles, I have talked about the changeover in the House control putting upward pressure on McConnell, as well as Trump. I have received a myriad of well thought out comments, explaining that McConnell doesn’t care about external pressure, in fact, he has been totally resistant to it for the last two years. And fundamentally, I agree with these comments. But my basic point is a little more nuanced than that. Up until now, Mitch McConnell has been riding his golden chariot across the sky, like some ancient Roman god. He has been able to do this for one simple reason. McConnell has been able to do this for one simple reason, because he can create and effect lasting change without having to get the approval of either of the other two branches, the White House, or the House. That is what has made him as effective as he has been, and given him his power, especially where Trump is concerned. McConnell has had a get-out-of-jail-free card for the last two years. Ryan’s chattering monkeys in the House could pass any idiocy that they wanted, but McConnell could quash it with impunity, by laying the blame on the Democrats for filibustering said nonsense. This not only let Trump blame the Democrats for obstructionism, it also allowed McConnell to avoid forcing his GOP Senators to vote “no” on some amazingly stupid shit. Talk about the original win-win scenario. McConnell’s whole shtick, and his Senate legacy is in packing the courts with conservative judges. And to do this, he hasn’t needed to run anything past the carnival fun house that was the GOP controlled House. Trump provided McConnell with names, and McConnell rammed them through the nomination and confirmation process. It was as simple as stamping judicial widgets. There was no real effort involved in keeping his caucus in line for this procedure. That changes today. The House, now firmly under Nancy Pelosi’s grip, is going to pass bills to reopen the government, and to fund all shutdown effected departments except DHS through September. McConnell has promised to block this bill, “since the President won’t sign it.” First of all, establishing control of the paper flow to the president’s desk isn’t McConnell’s job, he passes bills, and Trump either signs them, or he doesn’t. But this is going to be the first of what will be many trials that will test McConnell’s hold over his caucus, in a way that it hasn’t been tested before. The USDA is now effectively shuttered by the shutdown. Which means that farmers in red states like Kansas, Iowa, and Indiana can’t get their claims for Trump Tariff War subsidies processed or paid. The EPA has ground to a halt, which means that regulations can’t be scrapped, or grants for boondoggle R%D projects from GOP donor companies can’t be approved. The National Park Service is on a forced vacation, which means that small to medium sized business in close proximity to national parks are suffering from a lack of customers no longer visiting the abandoned parks and national monuments. Same thing for small businesses in close quarters to shuttered government offices. All […]

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