That sound you hear? Democrat heads ‘sploding.
The Senate voted 57-41 Monday night to proceed to a financial regulatory reform measure, falling short of the 60 votes needed to advance the measure.
James P. Gannon of The American Spectator brilliantly sums up what is driving the anger across America and points out that the majority of those who are fed up are seething in silence.
It is the fury of the voiceless, the powerless, the ordinary nobodies of Flyover Country who are ridiculed, preached to, satirized and insulted by the Celebrity Loudmouths of the two Left Coasts, the Jon Stewarts and Keith Olbermanns, the Paul Krugmans and their ilk.
It is the salted wound of the millions who see that ruling Democrats in Congress are not listening to them but are willfully ignoring public opinion and the verdict of recent elections in passing a huge new health care entitlement when the existing entitlements of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are already going broke.
It is the frustrating helplessness of citizens who revere the Founding Fathers and the genius of the Constitution that they wrote, who actually believe the words of the Constitution mean what they say, not more and not less. They who watch politicians and the courts stretch and bend that Constitution — finding “rights” not enumerated, powers never granted, meanings unimagined — believe that their country is being redefined without their consent.
Most of the angry are not out marching in the streets, waving signs or shouting into bullhorns. And they are not smashing windows or phoning death threats to politicians. They are simply waking up angry in the morning, and going to bed angry at night. And their resentment is multiplied by the media’s efforts to portray them all as dangerous, crazy people, and by the effort of certain Democrats to tar them with brush of violent intent.
Read it all and be prepared for spontaneous fist waving.
This is rich. The rumor that Maddow is so offended over was started by a Tweet from the MA Democratic party chairman and furthered by a liberal talk radio host.
“The idea that the Democrats are to blame for this doesn’t even make sense. It’s ridiculous,” Maddow told the Herald yesterday. “Scott Brown made this up in order to make money off my name and likeness and I think he should stop. And I think he should apologize.”
Maddow, who lives in western Massachusetts, called Brown a “creep” in a planned MSNBC newspaper ad scheduled to run today and slammed him for sending out a nationwide fund-raising letter this week “smearing me to raise money for himself.”
However, the rumor sprang from a Facebook page launched by a liberal Northhampton radio host, was fueled by a mysterious tweet from the state Democratic party chairman and got pumped up as recently as Wednesday by the state’s Democratic governor.
Maddow is offended that Brown used the potential match-up for fund-raising. So what does the failed Air America turned MSNBC host do? She takes out a full-page ad to denounce him while promoting her unwatchable show.
Typical liberal. Playing the victim while doing the same thing you accuse your foes of.
And Rachel dear, I wouldn’t worry too much about Scott Brown making money off of your likeness.
House Democrats in vulnerable districts are waking up to the news that they will have to vote for ObamaCare for the third time.
Senate Republicans succeeded early Thursday in forcing a change in a measure altering President Obama’s newly enacted health care overhaul, meaning the bill will have to return to the House for final congressional approval.It was initially unclear how much of a problem this posed for Democrats hoping to rush the bill to Obama and avoid further congressional votes on what has been a politically painful ordeal for the party. Obama signed the main legislation, making sweeping changes in the country’s health care system, into law on Tuesday after more than a year of battling with Republicans and struggling to round up sufficient Democratic support.ma
Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said Republicans consulting with the Senate parliamentarian had found “two minor provisions” that violate Congress’ budget rules. The provisions deal with Pell grants for low-income students.
Manley said those two provisions will be removed from the bill, and he expected the Senate to approve the measure and send it to the House. Manley said Senate leaders, after conversations with top House Democrats, expect the House to approve the revised measure.
Just when they thought they could slither out of town for the Easter break these schmucks have to reaffirm their support of the wildly unpopular bill.
Thanks Easter Bunny!
Unless some bribes took place overnight, the votes aren’t there yet.
According to Roll Call, Loretta Sanchez is a NO. She voted yes for the House bill back in November.
According to Hot Air, Zack Space and Jim Matheson are both now in the NO column.
I am not convinced this is a done deal.
Update: Firedog Lake has an excellent graph of the YES and NO votes as of 8:00 p.m. last night.
And he’s not down with voting for a bill which includes the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase, either:
“Everyone’s going around saying there’s a compromise—there’s no such thing,” Stupak said. What’s changed between this week and last, Stupak went on, is that he had his first real conversation with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Congressman Henry Waxman about fixing the bill.
Stupak highlighted other problems with the bill: The president’s proposal has not been translated into legislative language and it still leaves some special deals in place. “If you look at the President’s proposal,” Stupak said, “it says that the Cornhusker agreement is out, but the Louisiana Purchase is in.”
“Members don’t have a whole lot of appetite to vote for the Senate bill as a stand alone bill–that’s for sure,” Stupak said. If you’re going to correct these inequities in the Senate bill, you better tie bar it to something. No one wants to vote for a freestanding bill so they can be accused of voting for a special deal for Nebraska on Medicaid.”
Stupak isn’t about to be hoodwinked into voting for the Senate bill with the promise from the Senate to fix the abortion language and remove the bribes for its passage at a later date. That speaks volumes about the level of trust he has in members of his own party.
Some advice to Stupak: avoid the House gym.
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Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this year, a decision that hands Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in the middle of the country.
“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so by serving in Congress has waned,” Bayh will say.
Another one bites the dust. Aren’t you happy you voted for that health care bill, Senator Bayh?
Update #1: Gabriel Malor at Ace of Spades notes that Bayh was polling ahead of his GOP challengers and plenty of cash to wage a campaign against them.
Now, the puzzled guess-work: Why would Bayh quit? He polls way ahead of his potential GOP challengers. Like 20 points ahead. He’s got a $13 million warchest.
So, scandal, family matters, or “family” matters?
Update #2: Major Garrett’s take on Twitter:
Here is summary of Bayh polling. Cleary, they read deeper trouble in these numbers. http://tinyurl.com/yb3tfbv
The special Senate election on Jan. 19 presents Massachusetts voters with an opportunity to send a message to the rest of the nation that it is time to curb the bad habits of Washington and bring a measure of thoughtful balance to this state’s delegation on Capitol Hill. On a number of critical issues, including health-care reform, taxation, immigration, job creation and national security, Congress is likely to face razor-thin votes in the months and years ahead that will involve billions of our dollars and profoundly shape the nation’s economic prospects and the freedom and security of all Americans.
There is no question that with the passing of Ted Kennedy, Massachusetts lost one of the most powerful voices ever to serve in the Senate. Any candidate seeking to succeed him will need years of experience and a gift for reaching across the political aisle if they hope to approach the level of influence he wielded. Given the serious issues that face our nation, and the deep ideological divides that have riven Congress, we believe that state Sen. Scott Brown is the best choice to reinvigorate Massachusetts’ voice on Capitol Hill.
The times they are a changin’.
I don’t buy it. It’s old, there is no breakdown of party affiliation and it’s the Boston Globe so don’t worry. This is the Globe’s screaming headline today and it is meant to discourage Brown supporters from voting.
The poll, conducted Jan. 2 to 6, sampled the views of 554 randomly selected likely voters. The poll has a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.
Which would bring it closer to the Rasmussen numbers. Until we see a breakdown of party affilitation I am ignoring this because it just does not jive with what I’m seeing and hearing on the ground here.
Update: Read the comments on the Globe site. Nobody elese is buying it and the Globe trashing is classic.
The Hacks on Beacon Hill appear to be preparing a contingency plan to pass health care should Scott Brown beat Martha Coakley on January 19th.
At a business forum in Boston Friday, interim Sen. Paul Kirk predicted that Congress would pass a health-care reform bill this month.
“We want to get this resolved before President Obama’s State of the Union address in early to mid-February,” Kirk told reporters at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
“Absolutely,” Kirk said, when asked if he’d vote for the bill, even if Brown captures the seat. “It would be my responsibility as United States senator, representing the people and understanding Senator Kennedy’s agenda. . . . I think you’re asking me a hypothetical question but I’d be pleased to vote for the bill.”
When are these people going to get it through their heads that the seat never belonged to Ted Kennedy and his agenda/intentions died with him.
Friday, a spokesman for Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, who is overseeing the election but did not respond to a call seeking comment, said certification of the Jan. 19 election by the Governor’s Council would take a while.
“Because it’s a federal election,” spokesman Brian McNiff said. “We’d have to wait 10 days for absentee and military ballots to come in.”
Another source told the Herald that Galvin’s office has said the election won’t be certified until Feb. 20 – well after the president’s address.
Since the U.S. Senate doesn’t meet again in formal session until Jan. 20, Bay State voters will have made their decision before a vote on health-care reform could be held. But Kirk and Galvin’s office said Friday a victorious Brown would be left in limbo.
In contrast, Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) was sworn in at the U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 18, 2007, just two days after winning a special election to replace Martin Meehan. In that case, Tsongas made it to Capitol Hill in time to override a presidential veto of the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Scott Brown is furious – rightly so.
“This is a stunning admission by Paul Kirk and the Beacon Hill political machine,” said Brown in a statement. “Paul Kirk appears to be suggesting that he, Deval Patrick, and (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid intend to stall the election certification until the health care bill is rammed through Congress, even if that means defying the will of the people of Massachusetts. As we’ve already seen from the backroom deals and kickbacks cut by the Democrats in Washington, they intend to do anything and everything to pass their controversial health care plan. But threatening to ignore the results of a free election and steal this Senate vote from the people of Massachusetts takes their schemes to a whole new level. Martha Coakley should immediately disavow this threat from one of her campaign’s leading supporters.”
Again we see how the goalposts are always moved to benefit the Democrat machine in Masachusetts. And it is clear that they are willing to do anything to advance their leftist agenda locally and nationally.