Daily Archives: December 19, 2010
I guess I don’t either. I spent an hour or so watching them debate the START treaty this afternoon… actually debating an amendment or two which are NOT going to get on the bill (they’ll be voting on amendments at 3:00… that’s when I’ll turn it on again)… and was amazed at how frightening it is to have politicians control nuclear weapons. I had to turn the TV off while Senator Kyl was trying to find things to blame Obama on in this treaty… and, of course, to complain about being forced to work when they should be home celebrating Christmas.
Will they get this through by tomorrow or Tuesday? We’ll see. The Republicans are great stallers here and want to take up as much time as possible (and there are some judicial appointments that are taking up space in the Senate minutes as well) and perhaps we will have to leave until the January term begins and the Dems have less Senators and no control on the House. As Driftglass told Bluegal on their on-line broadcast Wednesday, the Republicans are hostage taking thugs that will use all kinds of crap to make important legislation either die or get watered way down. They hold our security hostage and the Dems and Obama are knuckling under. Do you hear the alarm going off?
I didn’t notice if Manchin has shown up today, but I’m not sure it matters. I hate to say it, but I think everything has been pre-decided. We’ll find out when the votes are over, but I don’t think we’ll be surprised.
- McConnell Will Oppose START Treaty, But Two Top Lawmakers Predict Passage (politicsdaily.com)
- Parties at Odds on START Treaty Support (online.wsj.com)
- Senate Republican Leader to Oppose Missile Treaty – New York Times (news.google.com)
- McConnell: I can’t support START; Update: Deal reached on budget (hotair.com)
- Senate votes down McCain amendment to the START treaty (cnn.com)
- Senators clash on arms treaty as pressure grows (reuters.com)
- In letter to Senate, Obama says New START pact won’t limit missile defense – Washington Post (news.google.com)
- US Senate rejects bid to kill Russia treaty (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Obama invokes Reagan to push START treaty (reuters.com)
- START Treaty Wins Backing of GOP Senators Snowe, Collins (politicsdaily.com)
- Congress rushes to finish bills before holidays (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Frank’s musicians comment on Zappa’s Conducting:
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- Disney and Ahmet Zappa to Open The Museum of the Weird (dreadcentral.com)
- Frank Zappa’s Yellow Shark, Roundhouse, review (telegraph.co.uk)
- Captain Beefheart obituary (guardian.co.uk)
Looks like Joe Manchin is taking it from GOP and the Press (and Me) for skipping the Senate votes on DADT and The Dream Act…
… it seems he had a “family party” in Charleston, WV (about an hour away by regular United Airlines flights), that he couldn’t miss last night. So he didn’t join with the other Senators, and ALL the other Democrats, who put the important votes ahead of their own personal lives to serve the people who elected them.
Of course, according to the Sunday Gazette-Mail:
In statements issued Saturday, Manchin said he would not support either the immigration bill or a repeal of the military ban on openly gay service members.
He was the only Democrat to oppose reversing the military’s policy when the Senate voted on the issue earlier this month. He said Saturday he still has “concerns over timing and implementation” of lifting the ban.
Perhaps it is just as well that he wasn’t there… and you can see why the GOP (who tried to recruit Manchin to party-switch after the election) was pissed that he wasn’t there to vote.
I said during the election when I voted for Manchin that I really didn’t have any other choice… the Republican running against him was a loony toon and the Independent candidates were unsupported enough that voting for them would have assured Republican victory. Manchin is pretty conservative… supports the coal mining industry, pollution or not, Mountaintop Removal or not… and in any other state he would be considered a Republican. So we ended up with our Governor at the time, Joe Manchin, finishing Robert Byrd’s term.
Well, he is up for a full-term election in 2012 and I hope we get at least ONE more effective Democrat to primary against him. This being West Virginia which, with the exception of the Eastern Panhandle, where I live, and a few other locations, is a pretty conservative state, this is not going to be easy. Look for contenders to start crawling out of the bushes now, especially if Manchin pulls more Senate absences like he did last night.
Sara Payne Scarbro, Manchin spokeswoman, said the family event was in the Pittsburgh area, where Manchin’s daughter, Heather Bresch, lives. It seems to me that Pittsburgh is also an hour’s flight out of DC.
Maybe one more Republican will be ashamed enough of their killing this bill last week that they will come in next week…Maybe.
- ‘Christmas Miracle’ for 9/11 Responders? (abcnews.go.com)
- NY senator renews hope for 9/11 health bill (msnbc.msn.com)
- Gillibrand Optimistic About Passage Of 9/11 Health Bill (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- McCain rips Zadroga bill push as ‘fooling around’ (nydailynews.com)
- 9/11 Health Bill Fails in Senate Test Vote (time.com)