Happy New Year!
HNY, Elle. I was waiting too.
HNY & congrats Elle!
Congrats. 🐞 I’m teasing with my emoticons I hear. 😘
all i see are tiny little boxes…..
Oh, that’s too bad. I know what that feels like. I’ll stop for tonight.
You show off, you, Carolmae! And they are so dainty looking too. :razz: :razz: No, don’t insist. You can’t show me how to do them tonight because I’m far too tired to take it in. Maybe tomorrow, if I’m not too tired from my proposed stint to stimulate the economy.
HNY Elle!! Congrats on being one of the firsts on the first! :-)
A very happy new year to you too. Congrats on 1st.
Congratulations for you also. 🐛 I’ll tell you tomorrow about my bugs.
Just trying to find my way around this sight. See if the buttons work the way I’m used too.
Darryl Issa is an ASSHOLE!!!
yes…maybe he’s drunk
He’s a drunk asshole.
Yes, he’s been ranting all evening. I just turn the volume down when he steps up. :-(
Smart woman. My reflexes weren’t working so well :). Must be the wine.
What station are you watching? I was thinking of going to C-Span? MSNBC is blah with reruns and hi lights from 2012.
I’ve been watching C-Span all day.
Knew I should have changed channels. What are callers saying? Thanks.
Besty you look at some of these Republicans and you wonder how the hell did they get elected?
I am waiting too.
Seems lika a lot of people waiting to hear what these GOP nutjobs actually decide.
HAPPY NEW YEAR CHIPS & GANG!
Nancy pelosi talking
She was great.
Way to go!
Still here; waiting.
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?’
I think you are right, and I also think McConnell helped Boehner here to help him keep his job. I bet they both hate Cantor.
Bcantor is a snake in the grass. Boehner should have learned by now Cantor cannot be trusted.
Boehner and his cohorts are not even in the same ballpark as President Obama. People are calling Cantor #1 Enemy on Twitter.
he is dwfinitely Public Enemy # 1!
yes we can
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.
Is he going to Hawaii? Yippee! 😍
No he’s not. I’m not sure where LDS got that from.
Oh huh. 😥
I know kids will be going back to school here in N. Carolina tomorrow, so I’m sure Sasha and Malia will be going back soon. So I’m sorry to say there is no Hawaii for POTUS.
Schools in DC open on Monday but I’m sure the girls will be back before Sunday so that they can get accustomed to the 6-hr time zone difference.
Nancy is speaking now
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!
“I do not need one of your prescription glasses”
Are you suuuuuuuuuure???
Yep! Still have the last two you gave me, and no space (to wear them all).
whew!!!! I thought it was me.
No dear, CookeM. It was Chips not using a clear picture. Don’t forget it’s almost always Chips’ fault, when it isn’t Amk’s.
I see you.
That’s okay. It’s no secret it is usually your fault, PBO’s fault, or Amk’s fault. We just have to take our pick depending on the issue under discussion. /patting CC’s shoulder/ It’s nothing to worry about because you are in good company.
Yes, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it, right? I’m in.
My turn to be jealous. I like the changing face! 😉
Yet again Issa stands before the House & distorts reality. HE VOTED for GWB tax cuts & wars AND NEVER PAID the Bills. cc @NancyPelosi— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 02, 2013
RT Yo Mark – Issa voted for GWB tax cuts & wars and NEVER voted a DIME to PAY for any of it. You are an enabler of GOP LIES. @markknoller:— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 02, 2013
Nancy Smashhhhh is breaking it downnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok, guys, enough talking about the bill and VOTE already!
They have to steut around a bit to partially justify their sorry assed existence.
I mean “strut”.
I knew what you meant Sailor. But, I’m tired and ready for the bull to END!
LOL- Might as well be steut, because that’s what it seems they’re doing – steuting.
TRUE hf :D
Clue to @RepDaveCamp – you have not 'permanently settled' ANY revenue issue. You're delusional if you thing otherwise. cc @NancyPelosi— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 02, 2013
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.
Nice pics of POTUS and VPOTUS . Such respect.
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…
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.
Do you think G W and Cheney family like one another, no. Who could like Dick Cheney?
Thanks, I enjoyed seeing those pics agai.
live coverage of the floor
Here too http://www.c-span.org/Events/House-Takes-Up-Senate-Passed-Fiscal-Cliff-Bill/10737436933-4/
DF – Why does the GOP man keep saying “I reserve” – is this so all the anti bill talkers will come at the end?
Possibly….I think they may want to speak at a later time
I think that guy is Sandy Levin who is a Dem.
Oh dear – I just assumed otherwise because all the folks who do speak are dems. I am very confused
GOPer Camp is reserving his time …
No worries. I think he is on the Ways and Means Committee and just gave others time to speak.
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
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.
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.
Enjoying the Dems in the House.. Nice to see sanity.
They are going for it tonight, aren’t they Jackie? Proud of them!
So, to be clear, in March, the Sequester comes due, we have to fund our Government and we mat default on our bills!
I may not even pay attention, because that seems Like the beginning of the Appocalypse.
don’t get all squirrely yet….PBO isn’t going to play that game…remember?
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.
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.
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 …
THAT WAS MY neighboring congresswoman Alison Schwartz from Pennsylvania!!! LOVE HER!!!
The President must have a plan for the debt limit? He always has a plan!
I’m sure he has a plan…..how about those defense cuts happen unless the RWNJ’s pay the nation’s bills that they voted to fund!
Jovie, it was no mistake that the cuts were kicked down for 2 months, right when the debt limit is reached. PBO will hold the defense budget over the GOP like a sword of Damocles. Really, I’ve known this has been his plan, to emasculate the GOP, but seeing it in action is just a thing of beauty to behold.
Yep. Same page, for a very long time, LL ….
It’s a simple equation in 2 months’ time: Does the GOP want to fuck the poor, or get fucked by the MIC? One is definitely more painful than the other.
jovie141, POTUS learn from the last time, he will not be bully by those crazy ass Republicans.
Might as well give the gavel back to Nancy.— K.W. (@KayDubzHU) January 02, 2013
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.
Nancy's straw reaches allllllll the way across the room & she says to Boehner "I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE" SLUUUUURRRRPPPPPPP— Arrogant Demon (@ArrogantDemon) January 02, 2013
This tweet cracked me up! Thanks for posting.
mr claiburn up
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.
Not only have you upset me, LL, you have this fella weeping again too:
As much as I love JT, he wouldn’t know roquefort from pecorino.
:lol: I never thought I’d have anything in common with him, but!
Hope you had some slices of juicy cantaloupe for that prosciutto:) I’m salivating here!!
Don’t encourage him DF, he might tell us what he’s having for breakfast :cry:
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BREAKFAST!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll have the left overs from the night before!
left over filet mignon roast, egg beaters, blackberries, and coffee. Since you asked :-)
works for me!
Grapes and dried cranberries. mmmmmmm
LL, will you and your wife please adopt me? PLEASE? :grin: pretty please? :grin:
:-D No, but if you’re ever in LA, you have a standing invitation to dinner.
Make a plate for me, pretty please. If I found a man who can cook as well as you, I might be tempted to break my vow to never get married.
Well, to be frank, no cooking was involved tonight. Just laying out on a plate. But there’s just something satisfying about meat, cheese, bread, and fruit as a meal.
I know, but I have so little imagination when it comes to food. I always enjoy your menu and recipe posts.
So the country wants it. President wants it. Senate wants it. House minority wants it. So, only ones who doesn't want it is #gop teabaggers.— (@amk4obama) January 02, 2013
Rep Clyburn looks so much like my late Father – whom I adored and respected. He makes me miss my Dad
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.
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.
I remember that great speech. Gov Patrick also said “we are not going to let President Obama be bullied…..”
And we and almost 52% of the electorate made it so.
Steny’s up so it’s ALMOST VOTE TIME (whew!)
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’?
I may be wrong, but I suspect the Re-thugs have some whining to do. After all, they are the majority party…..
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!)
Debate time is over. Hallelujah!
Peace be with ya!
Drudge is melting down. Don't laugh. Oh, go on then. http://t.co/uwE8ydVK— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) January 02, 2013
Chipsticks!!!! you got me laughing out loud bwwwwwhhhhaaaaaaaaahaaahahahaha
Sorry to disappoint. RT @ZekeJMiller: What's missing from this deal? A moniker like "sugar coated Satan sandwich."— Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (@repcleaver) January 02, 2013
what is Zeke saying,,,Ooooooooooo weeeeeeeee
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
This guy still thinks trickle down works!
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.
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.
TY @RepSandyLevin for reminding irresponsible GOP folk like Rep Camp that the President will ONLY reduce the deficit in a BALANCED way.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 02, 2013
Time to vote!
Recorded vote underway – first of two votes …
Recording VOTE will begin in 3, 2, 1
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 –
saw that story today. They ALL need to do that everytime. W/O fail! Good for him
hey. The gavel guy gaveled his gavely thing. I think they’re voting and it’s supposed to be recorded
“The gavel guy gaveled his gavely thing”
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Josh Whedon would’ve written that line for a “Buffy” episode!
Please, please, please excuse my crassness, but the fuckers are finally voting. Now where’s my wine?
Anonymous in Illinois
co-signed, a tired dem in hawaii!
Shocking language Jacqueline, and entirely perfect!
Thanks, blogmommy! Just couldn’t hold it in!
I got me rhum and coke right hear.
I’ll toast with ya whatever it is the House is doing. They’ve been at it so long, me forgets! To the vote! Clink!
A serious question, if I may. I like to add an “O” to things in honor of Pres. Obama. Like calling myself O’Boomer. Stuff like that. Well, ya know, ever since the Presidential debates, I’ve kind of needed wine to fortify myself through some of this RWNJ crap. Does that make me a Wine-O? #PSWhoCares
Oh puhleeeeze! Don’t audition for Comedy Cental.
I already got the job!
Co-signed by a sleepy person whose Winter break has ended. Have to face teenagers at 7:00 am tomorrow.
May the force be with you! Ha!
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):
535 people need to GET THIS MEMO!
Who are the 4 Dems voting no?
I think there are 9 now. Maybe it’s the 7 dwarfs and a couple friends?
Dems voting against this have lost their brain – currently 4 – I hope the President has AF1 ready to leave for Hawaii
Rthugs in action
Ha! The bill passed, despite the Rethugs, and it’s on its way to Pres. Obama.
I see. PBO is gonna speak in a few minutes.
Oh, thanks. What channel?
MSNBC AND CNN in about 5 min. Probably C-Span too.
I found it – CNN and probably others. Thx.
Happy New Year everyone..Republicans lose 40-1..taxes to cuts..What a disgraceful negotiating job..Children will pay— Jack Welch (@jack_welch) January 02, 2013
HaHa the rich guy will be paying more taxes in 2013. Hey Jack ya want some cheese with that whine. ;)
Compared to current policy, 92.2 percent of the Senate deal is absorbed by millionaires, who will pay $122,500 more in taxes next year.— Zachary A. Goldfarb (@Goldfarb) January 01, 2013
Okay so how many votes needed to pass? Is it 218?
Oh, I see — CSPAN says “simple majority needed for passage”
Golf announcer: "And now Barack Obama walks up to the green here on the 18th leading by 5;going for an eagle for the win. Let's listen in."— ForUS50 (@FORUS50) January 02, 2013
here’s something funny while we wait
LOL. http://t.co/qX6Z2ZDW— Joan (@jmcaninch68) January 02, 2013
love the hillary tweets!
One Dem just changed their vote from yea to nay. That’s 5 Dems voting no.
Damn! A pox upon their houses!
I see on twitter that voting has started in the House and is progressing nicely it seems. Finally!
Why is it that whenever anyone mentions milkshakes this pops into my head?
Goodness that is one sexy lady!
One hit wonder. But what a hit.
Guys, ya’ll line up and march right straight to the naughty mat. I think that one made even me blush :oops:
Cause ur a nasty rascal. :-D
Well, yeah. :-D
Where are the milkshakes?
Guys behave! Chips, where are the naughty mats?
Naughty mats for what? Ain’t nobody breaking a sweat over that kid. Where are the women with some meat on the bone?
Sure you’re not….. :lol:
Damn sure. Thank you very much.
So far 42 Rs voting yes, so it will pass.
These are 42 R’s to whom Nancy will whisper.
Thanks for the count.
How any votes to get this thru?
watching cnn It’s 133 yay votes to 82 nay. Who are the 8 dem fuckers voting nay?
They need a some disciplining, don’t they?
Out to the woodshed with their sorry hynies….
Now 10 – whatever their political leanings the no vote probably relates to the fact that the President looks “different”
While we wait for the vote to finish, this seems appropriate :-)
While we wait for the House vote, this seems appropriate ~ 15 minutes of the Jeopardy think music: youtu.be/HuABhumm6fY— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) January 02, 2013
Levin is a very good man.
He spoke very well mary & supported PBO 100%. Meanwhile given this vote – both Boehner and Cantor or any other GOPer might have trouble being voted in for speaker
He was in the Obama headquarters on election night. Both Levins have represented Michigan for a long time. I like them and respect their service.
Should have said the Obama headquarters in my area.
He is indeed! I wish we had him in Arizona.
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 …
52 repub Yay’s so far. This is done deal. boner voted yes although speakers traditionally don”t vote
Guys you keep saying PBO drank their milkshake, what does it mean exactly?
I have been out all day. Did they (House) amend the bill in any way?
He out-smarted them in the negotiations.
’Mudcat’ Saunders: Eric Cantor is a ’bought and paid for crook’ on.msnbc.com/UH4OJh via @leanforward— diane straub (@didikins4life) January 02, 2013
This bill is passing! Go flush yourself down a toilet, Eric Cantor! That’s where you and your saboteurs belong.
lovely thought Bill – many will concur
In an era of obstruction, Obama raises taxes on the wealthy. That's on the top 1 percent..call it leadership..— Ed Schultz (@WeGotEd) January 02, 2013
I think we’ve got this.
does NV mean not voting?
not voted (yet). The number gets smaller as more people vote.
Yes number left to vote actually.
One minute left…..tick…..tock…..tick…..tick…..tick
Ha! almost there.. finally!
no time remaining?? WTH is that???
Who are the 11 Dems?
DOne! I think it passed..someone check me
This is like watching the electoral votes – the US sure likes the drama in its politics
Actually in most things; we do homework, projects, Christmas shopping and so many things at the last minute.
At 225 and counting. It’s passed.
Dear @NancyPelosi given Rs voting 'yea' on the motion to concur would seem as potential 'flips' to escape the #Teahadists & put U in control— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 02, 2013
It passed 231 – 157 with
No turning back now. We got this.
House has passed the bill – it now goes to POTUS!!!!
So Boehner voter ‘aye’ even though he didn’t have to vote as Speaker?
curious abut the Dems that voted against the bill
Done….goes to PBO to sign:)
Given the dem votes against – highlights how difficult it is for the President to implement his platform – what he has achieved is amazing in this climate
Woooot! The deed is DONE!!!
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??
Yay me. I predicted double digit margin the last thread. :)
LOL! This reminds me of your “come to papa” moments with the electoral/popular votes in November. :)
Paul Ryan Yes Cantor NO go figure
Still wonder how the HELL he got back in.
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.
I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!!!!!
Kool & The Gang ~ Celebration: youtu.be/3GwjfUFyY6M TY Mr. President and VP Biden!!!— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) January 02, 2013
Me too Dudette :). I have enough love for all the hate.
At 256 with ten votes uncounted. It’s a done deal!
Yea!!!!!!! A fantastic way to start the new year.
Fucking teabaggers lost. Eat that ryan, cantor, issa and punks
It’s a done deal. PBO sign the damn thing then go to your family. Luke Russert – Prophet of Doom.
Am i the ony one tired of Luke Russert
No. I usually don’t watch the pundits, but have it tuned to MSNBC for coverage tonight. Luke sounds like a third grader. :roll:
Ok I can pack my parachute. Looks like the free fall is over.
Dana bash haz a sad.
Her a&& will have to pay more taxes. :)
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.
1. voted for it
2. violated the Hastert Rule
Paul Ryan voted yes!
He’s covering his ass….
wants Boner’s job
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!!!!!
Kudos to boner to standing up to his crazy nutball caucus. All puns unintended.
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*
The Obama Tax Cuts have now officially passed. WooHoooooo!
President Barack Obama: Can't Touch This….Hammer Time! youtu.be/PLIJc7YE_jw / **dancing**— (@3ChicsPolitico) January 02, 2013
Paul Ryan voted for this? Do tell.
I bet the Senators in the House knew that all of America was watching this VOTE on C-Span
So how hard was it for the house to do this 10 days ago – 1st rate fools and idits
Please join me in never again speaking out loud the following two words I hope to be writing for the last time here:
An American Not In Paris
And btw I was just joking about the apocalypse stuff. It was a bad joke, although I can be a sarcastic young man!
Dear @SpeakerBoehner Congratulations on leading the historic violation of the 'Hastert' Rule & placing Country before Party! cc @NancyPelosi— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 02, 2013
Bonehead needs a little reinforcement for that behavior.
The President tyo speal 11:20pm
PBO in Brady room at 11:20 est
Breaking- Obama Tax Cuts of 2013 now approved by Congress and await his signature to become law. @BarackObama @SenatorReid @NancyPelosi— Bill R (@cmpnwtr) January 02, 2013
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?
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.
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.
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!
PBO scheduled to speak from White House at 11:20 pm est
CNN has some bald headed rethug pundit coming out with that ‘both sides’ b.s. as a reason why this wasn’t done earlier.
Wait Karl Rove says it's too early to call Cliff Deal vote.— DR (@pollbuster) January 02, 2013
Whitehouse.gov is hot.
I’m happy PBO left the jackals clamoring to ask questions. Wish he’d slapped the podium, too.
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