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… Dingy Harry , take Your Own Advice … Sit Down and Shut Up …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,August 1st,2013

.. Harry Reid , a.k.a. Dingy Harry , has become one of the most reviled senators in the history of the United States Senate .

.. Some Senate leaders have rules the chamber with an iron fist . Even then , they would allow the Senate process to work it will , and allow individual Senators to take actions , even ones that were not popular with their own party leaders . Dingy Harry does not . He gums up the works , forcing the chamber to proceed with business only in the way that he wants , and no one else ‘ s opinion matters worth a damn . Even senators of his own party get run over in the process .

[h/t– the Washington Examiner] …             

As Senate heads towards its August recess, tempers are getting short.

As Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, began to speak on the Senate floor about an appropriations bill, it was clear that other senators were milling about and talking after a previous vote.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., stepped in, asking the presiding Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. “Madam president, have senators sit down and shut up, okay? It’s unfair. Sen. Collins has something to say. It’s just not polite.”

It’s been a tense few weeks for senators on both sides of the aisle. The the implementation of the filibuster-busting “nuclear option” was only narrowly avoided through bipartisan compromise. And on Wednesday, President Obama’s pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms and Explosives, Todd Jones, advanced only after Democrats pressured Sen. Lisa Murkoswki, R-Alaska, to change her vote and then held the vote open for hours so Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp could fly back from North Dakota to cast the 60th and final vote.

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… Do Senate Dems have the votes for the “Nuclear Option ? ” …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,June 18th,2013

English: Kay Hagan, U.S. senator from North Ca...

English: Kay Hagan, U.S. senator from North Carolina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. a.k.a. , does Dingy Harry have a Death Wish ?

.. that damn fool just might .

.. it is simple math. Lautenberg ’ s death means Dems now only have 54 votes in the

Senate. (His temporary Republican replacement can’t be expected to back rules reform.) Aides who are tracking the vote count tell me that Senator Carl Levin (a leading opponent of the “nuke option” when it was ruled out at the beginning of the year, leading to the watered down bipartisan filibuster reform compromise)  is all but certain to oppose any rules change by simple majority .

.. If Dems lose those four votes, that would bring them down to 50. And, aides note, that would mean Biden’s tie-breaking vote would be required to get back up to the 51 required for a simple Senate majority. That’s an awfully thin margin for error.

.. How precarious , indeed . How about getting anything done , at all . Any business to get done in the Senate requires the at least grudging consent of the minority party . If you want to piss them off that much , you are asking for trouble .

.. And political payback . And , revenge . Large . and , Small .

.. They will not back down , Greggy . Count on a block on Perez , especially with the Supreme Court granting cert in the Mount Holly case . Cordray will be blocked , due to the power grab by POTUS on the recess appointments . As well , the other gal , at the E.P.A. , for obvious reasons to break the back of the EcoSocialists .

.. I do not think that Reid has the votes . Not now . Begich is a No . ditto Pryor . Baucus is a wildcard . Heitkamp is going to be under enormous pressure . ditto Donnelly , and Kay Hagan . Johnson is a possible No . Carl Levin , of all people , is

a possible No . Angus King , as you might think , is a wild card . He is independently wealthy , and $$ pressure will not work .

.. Lautenberg’s passing has put the Dems’ ability to change the rules in peril, it has also increased the potential for more brinksmanship — and more miscalculation. Anyone who is telling you they know how this is going to end is lying to you.

.. The only way to know for sure that Dingy Harry has the votes for sure , is when he calls this forward . Everyone will be in the Senate chambre . Everyone in the Senate . Yea , that includes VPOTUS in the chair .

.. and afterwards , it will be the political equivalent of thermonuclear war .

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