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Archive for January 19th, 2011

Wonder what you would find if you frisked the United States House of Representatives today?

Answer: The Republican-led House easily passed legislation to repeal Obamacare!

Politico reports:

House Republicans passed a bill to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care plan Wednesday, taking their first major step toward rolling back the massive overhaul that has dominated the American political landscape for almost two years.

The vote was 245 to 189, and unanimous GOP support gave the vote the same partisan feel of the March vote to pass the law, underscoring once again the hardened political lines of the health care debate. Only three Democrats backed the repeal, a smaller number than Republicans had once predicted.

The bill will head next to the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has promised to block it. If it did receive a vote, the repeal bill would be unlikely to draw support from even a majority of senators. Even so, House Republican leaders have challenged Reid to give the bill a vote since Democrats, who control the chamber, have little to fear.

Political pundits have repeatedly said that H.R. 2 (the repeal of Obamacare) will not make it through the Senate. Granted, the odds are extremely slim, but it is not impossible. There is a way to get it on the Senate calendar:

  • Republican Senators need to use Senate Rule 14 and object to the second reading of the bill. By doing this, the bill will “hold at the desk” and sit on the Senate calendar which could be brought up for debate at any point during the next two years.
  • Since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) will not proceed with the bill, Republican Senators can use Senate Rule 22 to commence debate on H.R. 2 if they have held the bill at the desk. By doing this, it would bring up a cloture vote, but Republicans will not have the 13 Senate Democrats to break the filibuster. Instead, it would force Democrats, who cried about the filibuster and obstructionism for the past couple years, to engage in a real filibuster. In the end, this would be exciting to witness.

Ultimately, full repeal of Obamacare will depend on the courts. If a number of federal courts declare parts of Obamacare unconstitutional, then there will be more incentive for Democrat Senators to vote for repeal. Also, as Hot Air points out, “if the GOP regains a Senate majority in 2012, they could conceivably use reconciliation to break a Democratic filibuster and push a repeal bill through.”

It will be tough to do, but full repeal must be done!

On a side-note, watch Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) slap House Democrats with a giant dose of reality and common sense:

Beeeeeeeeautiful!

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder gives his first State of the State address tonight at 7 pm.

The Detroit News reports:

Snyder will set out “a clear roadmap” for Michigan and detail an online “dashboard” that will be accessible to the public and measure the state’s progress in 21 different areas spread among five key sectors.

Those five areas, which align with the divisions in Snyder’s slimmed-down inner cabinet, are: economic strength; public safety; health and education; quality of life; and value for government.

I will be posting updates on both of my Twitter accounts: MacStoddard and FriskALiberal.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman’s re-election strategy for 2012?

Answer: Retirement.

At this rate, it seems like Democratic Senators are dropping like flies.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

First elected to the U.S. Senate in 1988, Lieberman opted not to seek a fifth term on Wednesday, as he faced the likelihood of strong challengers on both the right and the left.

Lieberman lost the Democratic primary in 2006, but he won the general election as an independent. In the years since, Democrats and left-leaning independents in the state have soured on him, in part because of his support of Republican John McCain in the 2008 presidential race.

Lieberman said he looked forward to completing the last two years of his term with his long-held priorities in mind: protecting America, protecting the environment and representing Connecticut.

So long Joe.

In 2006, Lieberman won with a majority of independents and the help of many moderate Republicans. In 2012, he would most likely face a loyal Democrat and an energized Republican candidate with hopes of a better outcome than Linda McMahon’s 2010 US Senate campaign. In other words, the support just isn’t there.

Unlike the North Dakota Senate seat, Republicans do not have very good odds at picking up this seat. As I mentioned above, Linda MaMahon’s 2010 campaign was unsuccessful after dropping $50 million of her own money against one of the worst Democratic candidates in the 2010 midterm election cycle. Either way, I will be rooting for a strong conservative Republican to come out of the blue-state of Connecticut with a victory.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the liberal mainstream media’s coverage of the tragic Tucson, Arizona shooting?

Answer: Some of the dumbest political sound-bites you have ever heard.

Props to Reason.tv for parting together this video:

Immediately following last week’s tragic events in Tucson, television pundits fell over each another to assign blame. According to the professional talking heads–and despite any actual evidence–the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords could be pinned on the Tea Party, Ayn Rand, gold enthusiasts, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, heavy metal, marijuana, and/or the “heated rhetoric” of cable news. Reason.tv trawls the archives and compiles the dumbest responses from America’s dumbest pundits.

To be honest, with all of the stupidity that came from the mainstream media last week, I am pretty sure that this video could have easily been a lot longer.

After watching a video like this, it is hard not to want to shake some sense into these people. Wait… Is shaking too “vitriolic” these days? I can’t keep track anymore.

Side-Note: Not like any of you care, but I am starting to get extremely annoyed by the word “vitriol” being tossed around by political pundits more often than a game of Hot Potato. I beg you all, please open up a thesaurus and find a few alternatives.

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