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One of the pet pterodactyls of the Republican Party is to demand up-or-down votes every time they advance one of their quaint Cretaceous Era Solons for a judicial seat, or when some legal action intended to take from the poor to enhance the wealthy is presented as the Next Best Thing to Slick White Males with Bread.

There are many examples to demonstrate the case, beginning with Senator Bill Frist, continuing through the blatherings of Senator Orrin Hatch, and visiting the alien planet inhabited by Senator Jim Bunning, and other members of the Senate Republican Conference. Many other GOP-or-Down quotes can be had from the remaining Republican Senators.

Over in the common half of the Capitol, Rep. Harold Ford represents the fact that GOP doesn’t ignore the lower-class club.

At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House regularly issues partisan agitprop concerning GOP-or-Down votes for their cash-selected fascist judicial nominees, examples of which have been culled from the archives for March 2003 and May 2005.

Lofty “Grass Roots” putting green organizations – such as the Judicial Confirmation Network, RenewAmerica, the American Family News Network and the Independent Women’s Forum – also get into the act to expel their elitist vision of a divided America into legal reality without a contrary word being spoken.

Even the “liberal” media can get into the act, as editorials from USA Today, the Deseret Morning News, the The Decatur Daily, and The Omaha World-Herald illustrate. Have any of these publications editorialized about Bush’s pending veto of the bill to increase funds for juvenile health coverage? I didn’t think so.

There are organizations which can advocate in their own interest, unlike needy minor children or their impoverished parents. Business Groups – such as The Edison Electric Institute – also lobby Congressional Republicans for GOP-or-Down Votes when they want something for nothing from the voters’ empty pockets.

But don’t you dare put the shoe on the other foot to walk a mile on more progressive trails! The Greedy Oligarch Plutocracy will filibuster until the hormone-drenched bovines return to the domicile, vigorously wagging their genetically-engineered ovine empennage behind them to prevent the serfs – those who aren’t a part of the Have or Havemore extended-hand families – from seeing any up or down votes on bills that just might instead benefit Leona’s little people!

Now the excrement-propeller impact is pending! Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid is going to call for cloture to end the Republican filibuster against the The Reed-Levin amendment (S.AMDT.2087) to the Department of Defense Authorization Bill. It is expected that one of the main Democratic debate points will be the history of Republican support for up or down votes – a history far larger than the samples I’ve presented above.

But there should be a silver lining in this massive political cumulonimbus. As blogger Bob Geiger relates, “I’m hopeful this will shine a white-hot spotlight on the Senate’s Republican leadership and show Americans how the GOP doesn’t truly support helping troops and their families at home or extricating them from pointless involvement in the Iraqi civil war.”

We’ll see, Bob. The Vast Right Wing Media Conspiracy is still very much alive and well – and extremely partisan. They could still extract a pachyderm from their dorsal ports and cause the Do-No-Crats to retreat in fear once again.

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  • http://www.elitebloggers.com Dave Nalle

    What’s that Shakespeare quote this article brings to mind, again…

    Oh yeah, from Macbeth:

    “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

    Wow, that certainly sums this article and most of your contributions up remarkably well, Realist. But I still admire you for the incredible irony of your nom de blog.

    BTW, the title is completely incomprehensible.

    Dave

  • Clavos

    This quote from Honest Abe comes to mind:

    “He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.”

  • Baronius

    I really have no idea what this article is about.

  • http://www.elitebloggers.com Dave Nalle

    I don’t think the author even knows what it’s about.

    Dave

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Well, I’ll chime in. As the NY Times pointed out this morning, the Republicans are now freely using the filibuster tactics they previously professed to abhor, and threatened in fact to “nuke” – until they became the minority party again. They used them to kill immigration reform, and now the troop reduction bill for Iraq.

    Realist may not have expressed this as clearly as he could have, but all three of you who just contributed snarky little comments know exactly what he’s writing about.

  • http://mondoproject.com Mark Saleski

    “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

    is there some new rule that editors get to call writers idiots in the commentary?

    very classy, but typical of what the politics section has become.

  • Baronius

    Handy, I think the argument that the Republicans had made was for up-or-down votes on appointments. I don’t remember protests against filibusters on legislation, apart from some natural grumbling. Maybe that’s the distinction that Realist is missing in his article. I’ll have to reread it.

    Good call, Mark.

  • http://www.robot-of-the-week.com Christopher Rose

    Strictly speaking, Mr Nalle, although he is the editor that most frequently is rude to people, didn’t call Realist an idiot, so I decided to let this one slide. He did more recently directly call someone a moron though and that has indeed been stricken. He is very naughty but what can you do?

    I like to think that he undermines his own general credibility, which on some issues is deservedly strong, by such loutish arrogance. Of course, he does refer to himself as an elitist pig and run an ugly looking and not very popular site called elitist bloggers, which may be punishment enough!