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How The Legislative Sausage Factory Works

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 3: 49 PM

How do you know when a liberal Democrat Speaker of the House does not have the votes to pass a bill? Easy, when she goes on Charlie Rose and claims she has the votes:

Of course, there is even a better way to know when she doesn’t have the votes. If the vote has not yet been held that can only be for one reason. They votes are not there. At least, not yet. As soon as the votes are there, the vote is held quickly, before anyone can change their mind. CBO score or not, she will wait for nothing the minute she knows she has the votes. We’re talking Democrats here.

But to lie so blatantly on the Charlie Rose show [Rose himself is not naive enough to believe her] means she has very little respect for the political savvy of the audience. Well, she knows they’re all liberals.

SlaughterBesides, if she did have the votes why would she and House Rules Chairman Louise Slaughter be trying to do this?

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  1. Kevin in TX said, on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 4: 17 PM at 4:17 PM

    TeeJaw in 1., March 14 over in Snowflakes in Hell, thanks for illuminating on real intentions here (to pass Obamacare really quick and dirty) but you lost me – if Pelosi, et al. “deem” the original Senate (“Christmas Eve”) bill “passed” and then procede on to reconcile it in House, aren’t they changing the substance of the original Senate bill (to make it more palatable for the BlueDogs of course)? Meanwhile, over in the Senate, the Dems are frozen with the original bill text- can’t clean it up because Scott Brown (reviving filibuster) and Jim DeMint (no conference) have done their good work. How does this end us up with two identical bills passed separately by each house, to go to the President – what am I missing? Seems like things are at stop over in Senate. Illuminate further please.

    • TeeJaw said, on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 5: 39 PM at 5:39 PM


      You aren’t missing anything. If they were following the rules you mention they couldn’t do it. But they are Democrats, and they don’t think the rules apply to them.

      Everything they are doing violates the Constitution, specifically Article I, Section 7. They don’t care, they are going to do as they please and figure once it’s done it won’t matter to anyone. I hope they’re wrong.

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