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What do you think of the GOP's move to halt Senate affairs?

Asked by squirbel (4277points) March 24th, 2010

Senate Republicans are fuming over the passage of health care reform are now refusing to work past 2 p.m.—a tactic they can employ by invoking a little-known Senate rule. Making good on Sen. John McCain’s threat to withhold all Republican cooperation from Democrats in the Senate in retribution for the majority party using reconciliation to pass health care reform, the GOP used the rule that states committees can only meet when the chamber is in session with the unanimous consent of all members. That consent has almost never been withheld—until now.

So when a completely unrelated committee came before the Senate [Armed Services], the GOP shut down.

What are your thoughts on this?

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fyoz's avatar


laureth's avatar

Sounds like they’re a bunch of quitters who won’t work. We know what Republicans think of people who choose not to work – they’re subhumans who deserve no mercy, sympathy, or support of any kind. Let’s therefore give them what they say they want. ;)

syz's avatar

I think pretty much everyone in Washington needs a swift kick in the pants. And then they need to be fired. If they worked for me, I’d fire them. Hey, wait, don’t they work for me?!?

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

Awesome. An obstructionist policy should really be helpful in the challenging times ahead of us.

AstroChuck's avatar

Wah, wah, wah. Let the GOP throw their little tantrum.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Apparently the Senate made the rules. Perhaps they had a reason for that when they did it?

Anyway, the Senate can make new rules if it wants to. The Democrats can change the rules today, if they really want to.

Judi's avatar

I think this will back fire. I feel like making my election sign now.

“If you don’t want to work,
I don’t want to pay you!”

mrentropy's avatar

I think it’s a good idea. They shouldn’t be having affairs in the first place! You can’t go around flaunting family values and then be cheating on your spouse!

[Channeling Rosanne Rosannada]

gemiwing's avatar

I think it’s sad, predictable and deplorable.

skfinkel's avatar

I hope that the country is watching this ridiculous show carefully, and taking notes. I expect many of these Republicans will not be around to be obstreperous in the future. There are too many Americans who would like to participate in the business of making laws—and these folks seem to want to do anything but.

Snarp's avatar

They’re babies. “I’m taking my ball and going home.”

LostInParadise's avatar

Do they really think they are going to get the public’s sympathy this way? I support the Democrats, but if the situation were reversed and the Democrats were doing this crap, I would quickly start looking elsewhere.

dpworkin's avatar

I hope they keep it up until the midterm elections.

janbb's avatar

They’re showing their true colors (not that they weren’t already), and their followers will applaud them for courage. How it will play out come November is anybody’s guess. What a fucked-up country we are right now!

dpworkin's avatar

Only 25% of the electorate approves of their behavior. Luckily for us, it’s the 25% they are trying to court/are afraid of angering right now. In my opinion, this confluence is very, very good for our side.

janbb's avatar

From your mouth to something’s ears!

filmfann's avatar

I can’t wait for their reelection campaigns, when they can brag about how they didn’t do anything.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I’m aghast. It’s a dog-and-pony show for a very small number of people. And for what?

mattbrowne's avatar

More frightening behavior.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@mattbrowne “frightening”? Don’t be silly. This silly, anyway.

mattbrowne's avatar

@CyanoticWasp – Those are not my words. I quoted James Zogby. Details see my recent question

I’m worried.

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