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quote of the day

"I have a theory about Congress, which is that there is often a moment when the effective majority switches, when the minority takes control of the agenda well before an election. It happened in 1994 when Gingrich forced the Crime Bill back to conference. It happened in 1996 when Kennedy forced the Senate to take up the minimum wage increase. After those events, the majority never quite had control of the agenda again.

I think the same thing just happened today when Harry Reid took the Senate into closed session..."

-- Mark Schmitt
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11/01/2005 04:54:00 PM

Actually, it will just make it harder for Harry to get anything done on his agenda.

Rule 21 has never been invoked before without notifying the majority leader, however, Hot Head Harry not only didn't let anyone know what was up, he nearly bit a reporters head off for asking why.

If he's your leadership, and they are "taking effective control" God help us all.    



11/01/2005 06:04:00 PM

Howdy Crazy Politico,

Thanks for stopping by...

To your comment that the Senate closed vote was self-defeating and a "hot head" move...

I'd just say that while there is a place for common ground and principled compromise, there is also a place for standing your ground, taking true action and passionate opposition.

On your blog (http://crazypolitics.blogspot.com/) you called it a "screatching hissy fit." You're blog is also very critical of Dems and progressive political thinking in general.

Honest question: how would you advise Reid/Pelosi etc...leading an opposition minority power in the senate or congress -- as the Dems are now, or as Gingrich and the Republicans were earlier?

Part of this blog is to look at political action also from a Christian framework. From that vantage it would seem that a call to civility but not to passivity...encouraging speaking the truth and not caving to a majority voice would be good advise to any minority party. Is not giving Frist a "heads up" before invoking Rule 21 uncivil or just a strong political move? I see it now as a strong political act, in the face of strong inaction. You may see it differently.

But before you chalk it up as just a "screeching hissy fit" please hear that lot of us felt that the truth of run up to war and it's senate investigation had been stonewaled and ignored for two years now, and that it is in the vital interests of the nation that this be answered, especially with the reports that Libby, Cheney and team had specifically not given Congress crucial documents relating to the build up to war... http://nationaljournal.com/about/njweekly/stories/2005/1027nj1.htm

And as to it's effectiveness, ThinkProgress quotes the previous statement from Roberts saying:

"I don't think there should be any doubt that we have now heard it all regarding prewar intelligence. I think that it would be a monumental waste of time to replow this ground any further."

http://roberts.senate.gov/03-31-2005.htm

And then Frist today returns to the floor saying "The Majority Leader and the Democratic Leader will appoint three members from their respective parties to meet and report back to the leadership no later that the close of business on 11/14."

To those of us awaiting real answers, that sounds at least better...

Thanks for stopping in, feel free to post or chat more,

Tim    



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