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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Simple Math Lesson for Senate Republicans

Now that presidential nominations can no longer be filibustered, the Senate has finally started voting on some of the nominees who have been blocked year after year.  The Senate can finally start filling some of the hundreds of judicial and executive vacancies created by years of filibustering and other GOP obstruction tactics.

Even without the filibuster, the opposition party can still spend up to thirty hours of debate on each nominee before finally agreeing” to hold a vote.  And needless to say, that's exactly what Senate Republicans are doing.

Now:  multiply thirty hours by the dozens of nominees whom Senate Democrats are determined to vote on ASAP, and what do you get?  Overtime.  Lots and lots of overtime.  The Senate has a lot of looong days and nights ahead.  During the next few weeks they'll be pulling more all-nighters than a college student cramming for finals.

Anyone whose IQ is higher than his/her shoe size could have made this exact prediction.  And this is exactly why Senate Republicans are absolutely dumbfounded, and throwing a hissyfit, that the obvious has finally happened.  Let's see...deliberately spending thirty hours delaying and dithering with each nomination knowing that there are dozens more nominees to be voted on and then being shocked! when you find out you've got some long hours ahead.  Jesus H. Christ, put two and two together!  With their complete inability to connect the dots, how did these dickwads ever graduate from high school, let alone get elected to higher office?

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander (RFlunked Math) said:

“I think it resembles fourth graders playing in a sandbox, and I’ll give the majority leader, Harry Reid, 99 percent of the responsibility for it.”

Several long-delayed federal judges have already been confirmed during the past few days, and next week's Senate schedule looks even more hectic.  If GOP senators keep digging in their heels, they might end up working through Christmas and New Years, if that's what it takes to get these backlogged nominees voted on.

Give 'Em Hell Harry Reid.

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

"...give the majority leader, Harry Reid, 99 percent of the responsibility for it.”

Yes, damn Harry for trying to confirm nominees. How dare he. I guess the republicans just can't figure out that at the end of one minute, or 30 hours, the result will be the same. Well, almost the same. Taking 30 hours per nominee leaves the republicans open for more obstruction charges. See, there is a bright side to everything.

December 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The People I feel sorry for are the staffers, Congress exempted them from Overtime rules and they have to work all night for the same rate, they are some of the most abused workers in the US.

There are a few more things they don't get as workers most of us take for granted, I just don't remember what.


December 15, 2013 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: You're absolutely right. The nominee is most likely to be confirmed, whether the debating process takes 30 hours or one minute. These senators are turning themselves into a bunch of sleepless zombies for nothing.

Erik: True, congressional staff are overworked and underpaid and shortchanged. I guess lots of people are clamoring for those jobs, hoping it'll be a stepping stone up the political ladder.

December 16, 2013 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Life As I Know It Now said...

They are dumbfounded that Reid actually will spend whatever amount of time it takes to get the nominees confirmed no matter how much they drag their heals or bitch about it. Yeah, it is amazing they got out of high school for sure!

December 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Life: Yup, Congress shows how far a dumb person can go if he/she has the right connections.

December 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM  

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