Saturday, August 02, 2008

Republicans Show Spine, Mr. Smith back in washington?


Compiled from Politico Sources :
"Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House, turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.

Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders opposed the motion to adjourn the House, arguing that Pelosi's refusal to schedule a vote allowing offshore drilling is hurting the American economy. They have refused to leave the floor after the adjournment motion passed at 11:23 a.m., and they are busy bashing Pelosi and her fellow Democrats for leaving town for the August recess.

At one point, the lights went off in the House and the microphones were turned off in the chamber, meaning Republicans were talking in the dark. But as Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz..) was speaking, the lights went back on and the microphones were turned on shortly afterward.
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"This is the people's House," said Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.). "This is not Pelosi's politiburo."
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Update 2: This message was sent out by Blunt's office:

"Although this Democrat majority just adjourned for the Democrat 5-week vacation, House Republicans are continuing to fight on the House floor. Although the lights, mics and C-SPAN cameras have been turned off, House Republicans are on the floor speaking to the taxpayers in the gallery who, not surprisingly, agree with Republican energy proposals.

"All Republicans who are in town are encouraged to come to the House floor."

Update 3: Democrats just turned out the lights again. Republicans cheered.
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"I love this," Shadegg told reporters up in the press gallery afterward. "Congress can be so boring. ... This is a kick."
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Update 7: Rep Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) just pretended to be a Democrat. He stood on the other side of the chamber and listed all of the GOP bills that the Dems killed.

He then said, "I am a Democrat, and here is my energy plan" and he held up a picture of an old VW Bug with a sail attached to it. He paraded around the House floor with the sign while the crowd cheered.
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They have brought in dozens of their members, who are walking up and down the aisles making speeches. They have packed the floors and galleries with staffers. When Capitol Police tried to remove reporters from the gallery, Republicans stopped it from happening. The crowd has repeatedly broken out in chants of "Vote, vote, vote!" There are several dozen Cub Scouts sitting on the House floor in seats normally occupied by members.
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Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the dimly lit chamber is a "vision of the future by the Democrat Party: The lights are out, there's no power, and the air conditioning is gonna go off soon.""


I love our republic. This won't have much effect, because most people won't know about it. But I do, you do, and the ones in the positions of power know it. We may yet have some action on this issue, once they come back from their 5 week vacation.
Thats another thing, 5 weeks of vacation with no action on the most pressing political issue of the day? Bad form, bad form. This is only going to get worse, and the republicans had better strike while the iron is hot this season, because the democrats have no solutions.

6 comments:

Solameanie said...

I'm enjoying it too, but I am a little irritated with Bush. He could have called Congress into special session and not let them go home. I can only assume he's doing that for political reasons, expecting that people will get so mad it will have an impact on the fall elections.

Palm boy said...

I'm pleased he didn't use it. While this is a significant issue, it's not on par with a looming war or internal rebellion, which I think such executive powers are best reserved for.

FAICA Soldier said...

Plus I get the nagging suspicion that it would kill this whole thing if Bush stepped in. Call me cynical but this has been an "urgent" issue for at least 6 years and the only solid effort from the republicans comes at the close of a session. Where has the fight been all along? It seems like this is a stunt that the republicans are all too happy to be having in the absence of the democrats. This actually scares me some. I think the democrats have done a better job winning over the public on energy and environmental issues than most will acknowledge. People like us are a solid contribution to the voting body but if this actually does make the news the childish nature of it could hurt our cause more than help it.

For me the bottom line is this; if they make a run at an issue like this and it results in gaining any ground then awesome, but if they do this and get shot down or ignored in Congress, the GOP will continue to look week and ineffectual. We need more than jokes (even funny ones) and we need a victory.

Gino said...

i love it when politics is shown to be the performance art is really is.

Palm boy said...

Aaron, I think this is definetly a political stunt. But it's one I agree with.

Gino, as usual you made me laugh.

Guitarman said...

Nice scoop! Too bad the rest of the world (who doesn't watch much news) will be totally oblivious to this!