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Friday, February 16, 2007

The Iraq debate and lawn care

mitch mcconnell, hypocrite extraordinaire...
"We could have had a civilized, well-structured debate," McConnell lamented, "but that appears to be not possible at the moment."

you also "could have had" a v-8...

what mcconnell wants is NOT a "civilized, well-structured debate..." what he wants is what he got after the first go-round...
McConnell responded by mounting a Republican filibuster Democrats couldn't overcome. And the Senate was prevented from proceeding with its planned week of debate on the Iraq war.

That Republicans won this encounter should have been clear to everyone. A poisonous debate on Iraq, attracting massive press coverage that was bound to be unfavorable to Bush and his war plans, was averted.

precisely... what he wanted was to avoid "a poisonous debate on iraq," the biggest foreign policy disaster in u.s., and possibly world, history... so, what's a poor senate majority leader to do...?
After four years of fighting in Iraq, and two weeks of trying to force senators to debate the conflict, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yesterday wheeled out the ultimate weapon. He ordered his colleagues to work on Saturday. To the average American, this would be an inconvenience. To a senator, a Saturday vote is a hardship reserved for national crises such as impeachment or Terri Schiavo. Votes have been held on Saturday only five times in the past 10 years.

and the vaunted filibuster tool, so reviled by the r's when the dems threatened to use it to derail bush's extreme right supreme court nominees, has been neutralized...
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.): "We're calling their bluff. We're staying here. Now vote yes or no."

cue the whining...

Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)...

"I don't think that is a fair or appropriate process for this body to follow," he said. Particularly because he had plans to attend the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Florida on Saturday.

Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell (Ky.)...
[H]e was asked how his colleagues felt about surrendering their Saturday. "You'll have to ask all of them," he said tightly.

Hillary Clinton (D-NY)...
The candidate's "Conversation with Granite Staters," which was to have been held at 2:30 Saturday in the Dover High School cafeteria, had been scrapped.

and the idiocy...

Ric Keller (R-Fla.)...

"Imagine your next-door neighbor refuses to mow his lawn and the weeds are all the way up to his waist. You decide you are going to mow his lawn for him every single week. The neighbor never says thank you, he hates you, and sometimes he takes out a gun and shoots at you. Under these circumstances, do you keep mowing his lawn forever?"

< rolls eyes >

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