302 Responses to “Waiting….”


  1. 1 Elle in MI
    January 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Happy New Year!

  2. 11 vcprezofan2
    January 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Me too.

  3. 15 Betsy
    January 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Darryl Issa is an ASSHOLE!!!

  4. 24 JER
    January 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I am waiting too.

  5. January 1, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR CHIPS & GANG!

  6. 27 desertflower
    January 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Nancy pelosi talking

  7. 29 LDS
    January 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Congrats, Elle.
    Way to go!

  8. 30 CEB
    January 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Still here; waiting.

  9. 31 cookemom
    January 1, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    So who comes out on top in the House Cantor or Boehner? Sounds like Boehner is taking the youngster to the tool shed. He’ll get some of Cantor’s crew to break. That’ll leave Cantor and the Teabutts out in the cold, rendered useless and irrelevant. Boehner gets to keep his gavel, Cantor learns a valuable lesson, you gotta take the head off a snake. Then there’s Ryan, Christie, Jeb, Jindal, and all the other 2016 hopefuls who’ve learned to keep their powder dry. They’re like, ‘wassup, did I miss anything?’

  10. 34 sabreen60
    January 1, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Boehner and his cohorts are not even in the same ballpark as President Obama. People are calling Cantor #1 Enemy on Twitter.

  11. 37 LDS
    January 1, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I am waiting for President Obama to get on the plane and go see his family.
    To hell with these nuts…..they are all crazy. They must go in 2014. I despise all of them.

  12. 43 GGail
    January 1, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Nancy is speaking now

  13. 44 vcprezofan2
    January 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Don’t laugh guys, but it took me a while to figure out what the President had on his shoulder, and I had to take off my glasses to actually see the hands of the clock. I won’t say what I thought he had on his shoulder. :oops: I don’t know, it must be the lateness of the evening – and no Chips, I do not need one of your prescription glasses!

  14. January 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Facts …

  15. 54 prettyfoot58
    January 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Nancy Smashhhhh is breaking it downnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. 55 GGail
    January 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Ok, guys, enough talking about the bill and VOTE already!

  17. January 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm
  18. 63 99ts
    January 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I like when the speakers talk of the President – too many give kudos to everyone else – who do not deserve it and sure haven’t earned it.

  19. 64 desertflower
    January 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Nice pics of POTUS and VPOTUS . Such respect.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/01/partners.html

    • 65 prettyfoot58
      January 1, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      I watched PBO approach the VP on stage on Election Night…he seem to say,,,,WE did it Joe,…and then.grasped the VPs hand and shoulder…they looked at each other and embraced…..

      i loved that moment…

      • 66 anniebella
        January 1, 2013 at 10:44 pm

        prettyfoot58, What is great about it, is the Obama family and the Biden family seem to truly like one another. It’s not something you just see on election night or before the cameras.

    • 68 carolmaewy
      January 1, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks, I enjoyed seeing those pics agai.

  20. 77 99ts
    January 1, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I don’t think our markets have gone up this much in one day for the past 4 years – open for slightly less than 2 more hours – if the vote is before then could be a frenzy in the last short while. This is truly economic madness to have such violent ups and downs in any economy – my brain can’t comprehend

    • January 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Hi 99 – the pent-up reserves (capital seeking deployment) across the planet is enormous. Folk are desperate to see the US not adopt ‘austerity’ but to expand the ability of it’s people to generate demand. If we can just provide some ‘certainty’ that that is the direction America is taking, you are going to see an accelerating recovery.

      #FORWARD

      • 79 99ts
        January 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        TY Bob – your knowledge is much appreciated – our main index is now c. 4700 – In the heady days of 2007 it got to 6500 – has been a long road back – up and down between 4 and 5000.

  21. January 1, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Enjoying the Dems in the House.. Nice to see sanity.

  22. January 1, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    So, to be clear, in March, the Sequester comes due, we have to fund our Government and we mat default on our bills!
    Holy shit!
    I may not even pay attention, because that seems Like the beginning of the Appocalypse.

    • 83 desertflower
      January 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      don’t get all squirrely yet….PBO isn’t going to play that game…remember?

    • January 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Please, Jovie – no ‘apocalypse’ is going to happen. The President will now have even more support from Americans and has all the skills and leverage he needs to steer the 113th Congress (a much stronger D Congress than the 112th, by far) in a steady direction #FORWARD.

      Give your good soul a long rest from the ‘sky is falling’ stuff … take care.

      • January 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

        Someone on Twitter said that the R’s who voted for the bill would be R’s that PBO could turn to support at least some of his policies.

        • January 1, 2013 at 10:34 pm

          Possibly … for sure, the dynamics in both the House & Senate are going to be very different – just imagine Warren and no Brown or Lieberman, some really cool new folk in the House and much narrower margin, the #teabaggers being detested throughout the Nation, etc …

  23. 87 isonprize
    January 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    THAT WAS MY neighboring congresswoman Alison Schwartz from Pennsylvania!!! LOVE HER!!!

  24. January 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    The President must have a plan for the debt limit? He always has a plan!

  25. 95 prettyfoot58
    January 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm
  26. 96 Dudette
    January 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Well, I got home just as my Nancy Smash was about to leave the podium. I’m bummed that I missed her, but after 5 mins my eyes are rolling back in my head listening to these people.

    Anybody know how much longer for the debate period? I’d rather go watch a pair of lizards mate.

  27. 98 prettyfoot58
    January 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm
  28. 100 a4alice
    January 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    mr claiburn up

  29. January 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    So, tonight’s menu:

    Quite simple. It was a charcuterie plate. Dry salame, prosciutto di Parma, and cappocolo, with an herbed goat cheese, a Roquefort stinky bleu cheese, and a German cheese i won’t even try to spell here. With bread, fruit, and nuts. And, of course, wine.

  30. 117 amk for obama
    January 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm
  31. 118 GGail
    January 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Rep Clyburn looks so much like my late Father – whom I adored and respected. He makes me miss my Dad

    • 119 anniebella
      January 1, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Rep. Clyburn is one who think FLOTUS should run for political office. She doesn’t want too and seeing the B.S. POTUS has had to deal with from the left, the right, the media, I can’t blame FLOTUS for wanting to stay as far away from D.C. once she ,POTUS and the girls walk away from the WH for good.

  32. 120 CEB
    January 1, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Remember at the DNC when Gov. Duval Patrick said that dems need to get a backbone? It appears that many have finally done so. Our PBO has been leading the charge alone for so long; hope the dems stay strong and have his back for the rest of his term.

  33. 123 GGail
    January 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Steny’s up so it’s ALMOST VOTE TIME (whew!)

  34. 124 Dudette
    January 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Okay, I don’t mind listening to Jim Clyburn and Steny Hoyer, but then can we be done with debate and just git on with the votin’?

    • 125 isonprize
      January 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      I may be wrong, but I suspect the Re-thugs have some whining to do. After all, they are the majority party…..

    • 126 jacquelineoboomer
      January 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Each side is given a certain amount of time (I know you know this), which they divide up, and they just keep going until the clock runs out.

      Reminds me of the saying: The amount of time it takes me to do something is exactly equal to the amount of time in which I have to do it.

      (I was just keeping you busy until Mr. Levin finishes, because I think he said we’ll get to the vote next. Maybe not. But first he’s standing up for the President to the dirtbag R who just put PBO down!)

  35. January 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm
  36. 131 prettyfoot58
    January 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    what is Zeke saying,,,Ooooooooooo weeeeeeeee

  37. 132 99ts
    January 1, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Lets hope the b..s… from the GOP about deficits ensures they are defeated in 2014 – deficits don’t matter in a GOP administration – they are so hypocritical I break out screaming at the wall

    • 133 99ts
      January 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      This guy still thinks trickle down works!

      • 134 99ts
        January 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm

        replying to myself – fortunately Rep Levin is calling out the last gop speaker – there is NO permanent level of revenue set by this bill – and he is reading the President’s statement. A man who supports his President.

  38. January 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    This idiot complains about the costs of entitlements (I don’t like that word) and spending. Where was their concern about spending during the Bush years? Good for Levin that he clears up the record.

  39. January 1, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Time to vote!

  40. January 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Recorded vote underway – first of two votes …

  41. 138 GGail
    January 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Recording VOTE will begin in 3, 2, 1

  42. 139 donna dem 4 obama
    January 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Wow a rare display of journalism. Check out this link from Ali Velshi on CNN and scroll down to see the second link where he factchecks the Congressman.

    CNN’s Velshi Calls Out GOP Rep for Misleading Stats on Taxes and Small Businesses –

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/cnns-velshi-calls-out-gop-rep-misleading-s#sthash.zy098jTZ.KwHeGbUm.dpbs

  43. 141 a4alice
    January 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    hey. The gavel guy gaveled his gavely thing. I think they’re voting and it’s supposed to be recorded

  44. 144 jacquelineoboomer
    January 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Please, please, please excuse my crassness, but the fuckers are finally voting. Now where’s my wine?

    Signed,
    Anonymous in Illinois

  45. 159 Ladyhawke
    January 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    EARNED BENEFITS

    Five Words and Phrases Progressives Should Never Say Again

    Posted by Jill W Klausen – (October 09, 2012)

    ———————————-

    1. Never say Entitlements.
    Instead, say Earned Benefits.

    While the word “entitlement” was originally coined as a way to illustrate that the receiver of the benefits was entitled to them by having worked to earn them, or having been taxed to support them, it has been re-defined by the right as akin to a spoiled child who acts as if they’re “entitled” even though they are not.

    “Earned benefits,” on the other hand, cannot be twisted or misconstrued to mean anything other than what they are: something the recipient has actually earned, as opposed to something they are being given. Social Security and Medicare are paid into through taxes deducted from employees’ paychecks, or the paychecks of one’s spouse or parent. No one who hasn’t either personally paid into these programs, or been the spouse or child of someone who has paid into these programs, or, in the case of Medicare Part B, paid a monthly premium in order to receive them, can extract benefits from these programs.

    Here is a perfect example of how the right wing uses the word “entitled” as a pejorative associated with Democrats (emphasis mine):

    ————————–

    http://www.winningwordsproject.com/five_words_and_phrases_democrats_should_never_say_again

  46. January 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Who are the 4 Dems voting no?

  47. 164 99ts
    January 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Dems voting against this have lost their brain – currently 4 – I hope the President has AF1 ready to leave for Hawaii

  48. 165 yardarm756
    January 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Rthugs in action

  49. January 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm
  50. 174 Dudette
    January 1, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Okay so how many votes needed to pass? Is it 218?

  51. 176 prettyfoot58
    January 1, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    voting starting

  52. 177 forus50
    January 1, 2013 at 10:45 pm
  53. 179 a4alice
    January 1, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    here’s something funny while we wait

  54. January 1, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    One Dem just changed their vote from yea to nay. That’s 5 Dems voting no.

  55. 183 vcprezofan2
    January 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I see on twitter that voting has started in the House and is progressing nicely it seems. Finally!

  56. January 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Why is it that whenever anyone mentions milkshakes this pops into my head?

  57. 196 Bill R.
    January 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    So far 42 Rs voting yes, so it will pass.

  58. 199 yardarm756
    January 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    How any votes to get this thru?

  59. 202 amk for obama
    January 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    watching cnn It’s 133 yay votes to 82 nay. Who are the 8 dem fuckers voting nay?

  60. 206 Dudette
    January 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    While we wait for the vote to finish, this seems appropriate :-)

  61. January 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Levin is a very good man.

  62. January 1, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    The next vote determines the outcome.

    While I think it will pass, without a doubt this is Cantor, Ryan & the #teahadists ‘last stand’ … we’ll see …

  63. 214 amk for obama
    January 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    52 repub Yay’s so far. This is done deal. boner voted yes although speakers traditionally don”t vote

  64. January 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Guys you keep saying PBO drank their milkshake, what does it mean exactly?

  65. 220 dotster3
    January 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm
  66. 221 Bill R.
    January 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    This bill is passing! Go flush yourself down a toilet, Eric Cantor! That’s where you and your saboteurs belong.

  67. 223 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm
  68. January 1, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I think we’ve got this.

  69. 225 prettyfoot58
    January 1, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    does NV mean not voting?

  70. 230 GGail
    January 1, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    One minute left…..tick…..tock…..tick…..tick…..tick

  71. 231 sherijr
    January 1, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Ha! almost there.. finally!

  72. 232 desertflower
    January 1, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    no time remaining?? WTH is that???

  73. 235 desertflower
    January 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    DOne! I think it passed..someone check me

  74. 236 99ts
    January 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    This is like watching the electoral votes – the US sure likes the drama in its politics

  75. 238 Bill R.
    January 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    At 225 and counting. It’s passed.

  76. January 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm
  77. 240 amk for obama
    January 1, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    It passed 231 – 157 with

  78. January 1, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    No turning back now. We got this.

  79. 242 GGail
    January 1, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    House has passed the bill – it now goes to POTUS!!!!

  80. 243 vcprezofan2
    January 1, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    So Boehner voter ‘aye’ even though he didn’t have to vote as Speaker?

  81. 244 prettyfoot58
    January 1, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    curious abut the Dems that voted against the bill

  82. 245 desertflower
    January 1, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Done….goes to PBO to sign:)

  83. 248 Dudette
    January 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Woooot! The deed is DONE!!!

  84. 249 sherijr
    January 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Look at all those republicans voting AGAINST the majority of the people of this country. All you repub voters peeking in here- shame on you for putting these do-nothings into Congress. Who do you think they work for??

  85. 251 amk for obama
    January 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Yay me. I predicted double digit margin the last thread. :)

  86. January 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Paul Ryan Yes Cantor NO go figure

  87. 255 donna dem 4 obama
    January 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I left just a little of my New Year’s Eve wine so I could toast PBO for getting the wealthy to pay their fair share
    Here’s to our great President.

  88. 257 Dudette
    January 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!!!!!

  89. 260 Bill R.
    January 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    At 256 with ten votes uncounted. It’s a done deal!

  90. 262 amk for obama
    January 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Fucking teabaggers lost. Eat that ryan, cantor, issa and punks

  91. 263 yardarm756
    January 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    It’s a done deal. PBO sign the damn thing then go to your family. Luke Russert – Prophet of Doom.

  92. 264 prettyfoot58
    January 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Am i the ony one tired of Luke Russert

  93. 269 cookemom
    January 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Ok I can pack my parachute. Looks like the free fall is over.

  94. 270 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Dana bash haz a sad.

  95. 272 dotster3
    January 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Passed. Mike Viquera mentioned that maybe PBO could go join his fam in Hawaii for a few more days. I’m in favor of that. Because I think messing up Obama’s Hawaii vacation played a significant role in all these stalled and last second idiotic maneuverings. Sign and go, President Obama.

  96. January 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Orange Julius:
    1. voted for it
    2. violated the Hastert Rule

    IT PASSED.

  97. 277 carolyn
    January 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Just heard on local news….it’s passed the house!!! Go President Obama and VP Biden!!! You brought it home, you two wonderful people!!! This is just the beginning!!!! Hope we never have to see Cantor’s smirk again…..HE LOST!!!!!

  98. 278 amk for obama
    January 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Kudos to boner to standing up to his crazy nutball caucus. All puns unintended.

  99. 279 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I still have some sparkling wine left over from last night. *clinks glasses with TOD Family*

    Cheers to our phenomenal team of President Obama, Vice President Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid…. and I’ll even throw a kernel of recognition out to McConnell and Boehner.

    Now, to wait for my President to comment. All is well. *sips bubbly*

  100. 281 Bill R.
    January 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    The Obama Tax Cuts have now officially passed. WooHoooooo!

  101. 282 Dudette
    January 1, 2013 at 11:04 pm
  102. January 1, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Paul Ryan voted for this? Do tell.

  103. 285 GGail
    January 1, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I bet the Senators in the House knew that all of America was watching this VOTE on C-Span

  104. 286 99ts
    January 1, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    So how hard was it for the house to do this 10 days ago – 1st rate fools and idits

  105. 287 jacquelineoboomer
    January 1, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Dear World,

    Please join me in never again speaking out loud the following two words I hope to be writing for the last time here:

    Fiscal Cliff

    Sincerely,
    An American Not In Paris

  106. January 1, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    And btw I was just joking about the apocalypse stuff. It was a bad joke, although I can be a sarcastic young man!

  107. January 1, 2013 at 11:06 pm
  108. 291 prettyfoot58
    January 1, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    The President tyo speal 11:20pm

  109. January 1, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    PBO in Brady room at 11:20 est

  110. 293 Bill R.
    January 1, 2013 at 11:07 pm
  111. 294 isonprize
    January 1, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    okay, 2 questions.
    1. What is the reconsideration? As in ‘ why is it so quiet now? Are they finished? Is it official that the House agreed with the Senate bill?

    2. If so, does the agreement mean that Boehner suspended the Hastert (majority of the majority) rule?

    • 295 Bill R.
      January 1, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Motion to reconsider is a pro forma parliamentary action. Means nothing. They are finished. It is official. House has passed Senate bill. The Hastert Rule is a Republican convention that they invented to not vote on anything unless they have a majority of R votes to pass it. It was a very arbitrary practice started under Speaker Dennis Hastert.

      • 296 isonprize
        January 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm

        Thanks Bill R. The “Hastert” rule always sounded a bit squirrelly to me, but I just wanted to make sure. This also has been a refresher course in civics for me.

  112. 297 FoxfireTX
    January 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Incredible congrats to PBO on this–for campaigning on this issue and then getting it done. And congrats as well to Joey B for using those contacts. I don’t envy either of them the next two months but hopefully the high from this will carry them through. YES WE CAN!

  113. 298 cookemom
    January 1, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    PBO scheduled to speak from White House at 11:20 pm est

  114. 299 yardarm756
    January 1, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    CNN has some bald headed rethug pundit coming out with that ‘both sides’ b.s. as a reason why this wasn’t done earlier.

  115. 300 Bill R.
    January 1, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    LMAO

  116. 301 yardarm756
    January 1, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Whitehouse.gov is hot.

  117. 302 majiir
    January 1, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    I’m happy PBO left the jackals clamoring to ask questions. Wish he’d slapped the podium, too.


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