GOP Dead Set Against 59th Dem

By: Manu Raju
February 14, 2009 05:57 PM EST





Having just seen what President Barack Obama can do with 58 Democrats in the Senate, Republicans are more determined than ever to keep him from getting a 59th.

Especially if the 59th is Al Franken.

Franken, the former comedian, leads Republican Norm Coleman by 225 votes in a “Groundhog Day” of an election that dawned more than three months ago and shows no signs of ending soon.

Which is exactly how Senate Republicans want it. The National Republican Senatorial Committee held a ritzy fundraiser for Coleman in Washington this week, helping him raise the money he needs to keep his legal challenges alive through a trial and then a lengthy legal process if he loses.

How long should Coleman hold out?

“However long it takes,” says Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who chairs the NRSC.

“I encourage him to see it through the end,” Cornyn said Thursday. “He feels like he owes it to the voters of Minnesota and his colleagues here. He realizes how important retaining that seat is to us.”

The Democrats know how important the seat is — and they accuse the GOP of prolonging Coleman’s legal fight just to keep it empty.

“It’s clear that national Republicans see the vacancy in Minnesota as one of the few arrows in their quiver to obstruct Democrats in the Senate from getting real change passed,” said Eric Schultz, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

With 58 Democrats in the Senate — technically 56, plus Independents Joe Lieberman and Bernie Sanders — Obama was able to push through a $787 billion economic recovery plan by picking up just three Republican votes: Sens. Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter. With Ted Kennedy unable to vote because of his health issues, he needed all three of them.

If Franken becomes the 59th senator to caucus with the Democrats, the GOP knows that Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will be able to railroad legislation through the Senate by picking off a single Republican moderate.

So while Coleman’s gone — having neither won nor lost yet, he can’t return to his old seat and has been booted from his Capitol Hill office — his friends in the party are doing everything they can to keep him in the game. At this week’s NRSC fundraiser, PAC hosts paid $5,000 each; individual hosts had to pony up $2,300 apiece, and attendees paid between $500 and $1,000 to attend.

Republicans turned out in force. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has already maxed out to Coleman’s effort, giving $10,000 from his PAC, including $5,000 at the fundraiser – and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has given the maximum as well, according to a source familiar with the fundraiser.

Other Republican senators who contributed the $10,000 maximum limit include Mike Crapo of Idaho, Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the third-highest ranking Republican in the Senate. Republican Sens. James Inhofe of Oklahoma and Charles Grassley of Iowa each contributed $5,000, while Collins chipped in another $2,000 and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska donated $1,000, the person said.

Cornyn said Coleman said Coleman has raised $5 million since election day – and that even that isn’t enough.

Republicans insist that they’re simply helping a colleague fight to make sure that all the votes are counted.

Franken has been taking steps — mocked by the GOP — to make it look like his victory is in hand. He discussed potential committee assignments with Reid and repeatedly made the rounds in Washington, where he was this week for policy briefings and meetings with current and former Senate staffers.

Reid has said definitively that Coleman will “never, ever” serve in the Senate again. But he said earlier this week that he will wait until the trial ends to decide whether the Senate should use its constitutional authority to seat Franken.

That’s probably a moot point. The GOP has promised to mount a filibuster — which would require 60 votes to overcome — if Democrats attempt to seat Franken before Coleman exhausts his legal remedies.

Democrat Amy Klobuchar also is eager for it to end. Being the lone Minnesota has been a “challenge,” she told Politico, saying her home-state office has been flooded with phone calls and said her staff has seen its casework double in size.

“Every day I say it will be resolved in a month — then the day changes and I say the same thing,” Klobuchar said.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Rules and Administration Committee that would oversee a dispute in the Minnesota Senate race, expressed confidence that Franken would win the case within a month.

“I would doubt anything is going to change,” Schumer said. “I’d say the odds are very, very, very high that Franken is the winner.”

Schumer wouldn’t say what Democrats would do if Coleman loses then appeals, saying “he’s been appealing and appealing and appealing.”
 
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Original Post

The Republican Image:

A bunch of painted in the corner, spoiled crying babies who have completely lost their way, have no direction, destroyed this country, elected a "token" leader (Steele) and can only say the word "NO" and bitch to everything.

They are obviously still hurt and reeling over the election loss and now they want to try and derail Al Franken's highly contested Minnesota senate win with legal B.S. and trying to tie it up in the courts for as long as they can so that they can continue to scheme protesting and keep blackmailing their own Republican congress and senate members from voing on legislation with the Democrats to make changes in this country.

Judd Gregg did not change his mind based on differnces, he was bullied by his own Republican party members.

They got to him and these idiots have no compassion for traitors.

Gregg knew hat if he accepted the Commerce Secretary job, his life would be trashed constantly by his rRepublican peers, his wife & family shunned by his political circle socialite friends and forver labeled as a traitor to his Party.

The Republicans first need to admit that they have totally fucked up before they can move forward. But they can't and won't admit it and all they can say is Reagan this, Reagan that, Reagan, Regan, Reagan.

Republicans, get a clue: No one cares about your whining and nobody gives a good goddam. td6

You've lost your nut and can't get it back.

Play ball or else. spank
And...

The Republican Party is really stressed with the bill for giving the vote to residents of Washington, D.C. storming through Congress.

And Eleanor Holmes Norton is a Democrat.

Can statehood be far behind?

OH...MY...GOD!!!!!

That Republican guy on ABC's Sunday Morning show has already figured out star-arrangement for the flag.

NERVOUS!!!!!!!!!

Can I get a 60?????!!!!

PEACE

Jim Chester
quote:
Originally posted by Cholly:

The Republican Image:


laugh

That picture is SO perfect!! appl

I must say, I was actually shocked when I heard how the Repubs had arm-twisted Gregg into not taking that job!! Eek And, it's not easy for Repubs to shock me, because I know that there is nothing in the way sleazy, underhanded, corrupted, dirty shiggidy that is too low for them. Roll Eyes

Considering the fact how so many of them are willing to kill themselves over losing money ... we are probably about to witness all manner of psychotic behavior over the prospect of them losing power now, too! And they ARE about to lose some. I guess they've lost a bunch already.

The Republicans have been dominating the Congress for more years than they have had control of the White House. They really are used to running this country. And they never have been able to do that ... *change* thang very well!

I'm kinda scared of their tricks (cause you better believe they've got some they haven't pulled out their black bag yet Eek) ... however, this is kinda fun and interesting all at the same time! I hope the Dems find their brains and grow some ... courage ... and get while the gettin' is GOOD!! Now is definitely the time to put those Repubs on the run!

I think I'ma pull up a chair and enjoy the show! munch
Can you just imagine what an awesome thing that would be?---EbonyRose

The single major thing I am looking forward to watching is the re-structuring of the Republican Party, and....

The formation of the new coalition of 'The Dixiecrats' and 'The Evangelicals'.

Oh My!!!!!

It would seem the time for African Americans to register Inpendent....en masse...has arrived!!!!


PEACE

Jim Chester
quote:
Originally posted by Cholly:

The Republican Image:

A bunch of painted in the corner, spoiled crying babies who have completely lost their way, have no direction, destroyed this country, elected a "token" leader (Steele) and can only say the word "NO" and bitch to everything.

They are obviously still hurt and reeling over the election loss and now they want to try and derail Al Franken's highly contested Minnesota senate win with legal B.S. and trying to tie it up in the courts for as long as they can so that they can continue to scheme protesting and keep blackmailing their own Republican congress and senate members from voing on legislation with the Democrats to make changes in this country.

Judd Gregg did not change his mind based on differnces, he was bullied by his own Republican party members.

They got to him and these idiots have no compassion for traitors.

Gregg knew hat if he accepted the Commerce Secretary job, his life would be trashed constantly by his rRepublican peers, his wife & family shunned by his political circle socialite friends and forver labeled as a traitor to his Party.

The Republicans first need to admit that they have totally fucked up before they can move forward. But they can't and won't admit it and all they can say is Reagan this, Reagan that, Reagan, Regan, Reagan.

Republicans, get a clue: No one cares about your whining and nobody gives a good goddam. td6

You've lost your nut and can't get it back.

Play ball or else. spank


yeah

For 8 years the GOP labeled anyone critical of President Bush "unpatriotic" or "anti-American" or even a "traitor". I see they don't apply that logic to themselves when they're in the same position. Like Michael Steele suggested they're going back to their old obstructionist ways during the Clinton Administration. Blocking anything and everything the Dems do. Pure partisanship lockstep. But with "friends" like the Democrats who needs enemies? The Democrats do nothing but cater to the Neocons despite having a clear majority (the GOP didn't do the same when they were in power) and side with them. They went along with the Republicans cutting anything and everything out of the bill that had any semblance of aid for anyone but corporate America.

Forget these 'people'.

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