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(Slashdot)   House of Representatives adjourns. Republicans refuse to leave, Democrats turn out lights. It's not news, it's kindergarten   (news.slashdot.org ) divider line
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2008-08-01 03:55:41 PM  
From Politico:

Update 6: Rep Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) just pretended to be a Democrat. He stood on the other side of the chamber and listed all of the GOP bills that the Dems killed.

He then said, "I am a Democrat, and here is my energy plan" and he held up a picture of an old VW Bug with a sail attached to it. He paraded around the House floor with the sign while the crowd cheered.


Wow. Just wow.
 
2008-08-01 04:09:55 PM  
Like that one lady in the office (your office, everyone's office) who at events has to take control by acting like a little brat until everyone does what she says.

"I turned out the lights so everyone has to shut up now!"
 
2008-08-01 04:14:17 PM  
This will make a great ad campaign for the fall elections. They turned out the lights on your representatives. They turned out the lights on the American people.
 
2008-08-01 04:16:25 PM  

databit: "I turned out the lights so everyone has to shut up now!"


www.cinepad.com

Shhhhhhh
 
2008-08-01 05:18:39 PM  

EriksMom: He then said, "I am a Democrat, and here is my energy plan" and he held up a picture of an old VW Bug with a sail attached to it. He paraded around the House floor with the sign while the crowd cheered.


phoenixwoman.files.wordpress.com
 
2008-08-01 05:24:05 PM  

lunchinlewis: This will make a great ad campaign for the fall elections. They turned out the lights on your representatives. They turned out the lights on the American people.


My counter ad would be "They turned out the lights to conserve. They turned off our dependence on oil."
 
2008-08-01 05:24:55 PM  
I wish they had been as passionate about debating the Iraq war or deregualting the mortgage loan industry.

Only when they're shilling for big oil do they find their passion.
 
2008-08-01 05:33:47 PM  
The Republicans are truly the party of theatrics and drama.

We should really start voting every single incumbent out starting in November. Maybe in six years or so we'll have a house and senate capable of doing things in the best interest of the country instead of themselves.
 
2008-08-01 05:51:35 PM  
how embarrassing is it to be a republican these days? jesus. i'm glad my grandfather isn't alive to see what's become of his beloved GOP.
 
2008-08-01 06:15:55 PM  
Meh... reposted from the earlier redlit thread as I'm lazy and on my way home to drink beer:

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders opposed the motion to adjourn the House, arguing that Pelosi's refusal to schedule a vote allowing offshore drilling is hurting the American economy.

Boehner does realize even some folks who support opening up offshore drilling admit that it will have no immediate or dramatic effect on gas prices or the economy, right?

I wonder why this is such a crucial issue right now in early August of an election year... Hmmmmm, I wonder.

and:


Update 6 - Rep Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) just pretended to be a Democrat. He stood on the other side of the chaber and listed all of the GOP bills that the Dems killed.

He then said "I am a Democrat and here is my energy plan" and he held up a picture of an old VW Bug with a sail attached to it. He paraded around he house floor with the sign while the crowd cheered.



Heh...The Great GOP Circle Jerk of 2008. Too bad Larry Craig is a Senator... That kind of stuff is right up his alley, I hear.
 
2008-08-01 08:47:13 PM  
Now that's whining!
 
2008-08-01 08:47:53 PM  

Diogenes: My counter ad would be "They turned out the lights to conserve. They turned off our dependence on oil."



And then cut to a picture of an oil-burning electric plant.
 
2008-08-01 08:47:59 PM  
Follow up story for tomorrow: Wave of loose salt shakers plague the Congressional cafeteria.
 
2008-08-01 08:51:40 PM  
What a bunch of self-congratulatory drama queens. They're hoping their constituents back home saw them trying tooth and nail to get gas prices to plummet by Monday. Idiots.
 
2008-08-01 08:51:54 PM  

Wulfman: Diogenes: My counter ad would be "They turned out the lights to conserve. They turned off our dependence on oil."


And then cut to a picture of an oil-burning electric plant.


coal?
 
2008-08-01 08:53:07 PM  
No news here. House Republicans have been in the dark for more than a few years now.

Sadly, the so-called Democratic leadership is, too.
 
2008-08-01 08:53:22 PM  
What really chaps my ass is how they're claiming that nothing is being accomplished. Which is because the GOP has threatened to filibuster so many bills, nothing can get passed. You don't get to complain about nothing being done when you are intentionally blocking things attempting to be done. That's like the ol' "Stop hitting yourself! Why are you hitting yourself? Stop it!" bullies pull.
 
2008-08-01 08:53:32 PM  
It's not news, it's republicans trying to address important issues while democrats go on vacation.
 
2008-08-01 08:53:36 PM  
Did Boehner cry? It's not full drama until he does, streaking his spray tan and causing his mascara and eyeliner to run.
 
2008-08-01 08:54:43 PM  
FADA: (new window) Also, Republicans can thank Shadegg for turning on the microphones the first time. Apparently, the fiesty Arizona conservative started typing random codes into the chamber's public address system and accidentally typed the correct code, allowing Republicans brief access to the microphone before it was turned off again.

"I love this," Shadegg told reporters up in the press gallery afterward. "Congress can be so boring. ... This is a kick."


This is hilarious. I wish they didn't kick the reporters out, I want to see footage.
 
2008-08-01 08:55:00 PM  

Diogenes: lunchinlewis: This will make a great ad campaign for the fall elections. They turned out the lights on your representatives. They turned out the lights on the American people.

My counter ad would be "They turned out the lights to conserve. They turned off our dependence on oil."


Hard to "turn off our dependence on oil" when you refuse to vote on an energy bill that has that in mind
 
2008-08-01 08:55:03 PM  
Hahahahahaha, I do that to my brother when he comes into my room to bug me in that sibling rivalry way and I'm leaving.

Just flick the lights out and ignore the protesting.
 
2008-08-01 08:55:50 PM  
When did they start letting 8-year olds serve in Congress?
 
2008-08-01 08:56:09 PM  

Mike1480: It's not news, it's republicans trying to address important issues while democrats go on vacation.


Off-shore drilling is hardly an urgent issue. Why is it so hard to get that through some people's thick skulls. This was a publicity stunt.
 
2008-08-01 08:56:13 PM  

Mike1480: It's not news, it's republicans trying to address important issues while democrats go on vacation.


And I guess the Republicans don't get the same vacation?
 
2008-08-01 08:56:17 PM  

re-elect_jimmy_carter: wow, the house of representin' is turning into taiwanese parliament


www.senate.gov

/approves
 
2008-08-01 08:56:17 PM  
213 vs 212 vote to leave on vaction and not vote on any energy issues... One single democrat shifting their vote could have gotten America cheaper gas over the next 5 weeks, now the USA has to wait... While they vacation.

Ma and Pa America, who are having issues afording to get to work each day are NOT going to be pleased about this.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Prez Bush MAY just ORDER them all back into session on Monday and mandate a vote on the issue...

Wouldn't that just be interesting? Wonder how Ms. Pelosi will react to that... ;)
 
2008-08-01 08:56:42 PM  
Nancy decided to close up shop instead of even alllowing debate on dozens if issues they didn't want to talk about. The democrats adjourned and killed dozens of bills which would have funded development of alternative energy including solar, wind and geothermal. It wasn't just about off-shore drilling. They adjourned without passing a single piece of appropriations legislation. They knew if they allowed discussion on any of these subjects, they'd start losing votes. They knew there are enough democrats interested in doing what their constituents want they would vote with republicans. They knew they would lose, so they took their ball and went home.

We can't drill our way out of our problems, but neither can put our fingers in our ears and sing until they go away.

Unfortunately for them, we'll still have the same issues when they get back and sooner or later they'll have to come up for discussion or the entire government will come to a grinding halt.

/not such a bad thing, come to think of it...
 
2008-08-01 08:56:56 PM  

CravenMorehead: Maybe in six years or so we'll have a house and senate capable of doing things in the best interest of the country instead of themselves.


HAAAAAAAAAAA....Breath HAAAAAAAA...

They are politicians. Maybe in the Senate Bernie Sanders(I) from Vermont or maybe Ron Paul, however misguided on some issues still believe in the Constitution. The rest won't get out until they are taken out Ted Stevens Style.
 
2008-08-01 08:57:02 PM  

Mike1480: It's not news, it's republicans trying to address important issues while democrats go on vacation.


running back and forth with a picture of a volkswagen beetle with a sail on it is definitely important in addressing issues.


partisan dumbass
 
2008-08-01 08:57:25 PM  
Ahhh...

Revenge.
 
2008-08-01 08:57:35 PM  
The old saying is true. Congress IS to opposite of Progress.
 
2008-08-01 08:57:38 PM  

re-elect_jimmy_carter: coal?



Diogenes said his counter ad would be "They turned out the lights to conserve. They turned off our dependence on oil." My point was that we don't use oil for electricity*, so turning off the lights is just hurting the coal miners in WV and PA. Bad for domestic economy, Dems.

*it's less than 3% and dropping, and it's not imported crude.
 
2008-08-01 08:57:49 PM  

MilitaryTigger: 213 vs 212 vote to leave on vaction and not vote on any energy issues... One single democrat shifting their vote could have gotten America cheaper gas over the next 5 weeks, now the USA has to wait...


It's funny you really believe that.
 
2008-08-01 08:58:24 PM  
This House needs a reset button, or to be nuked from orbit

/twice to be sure
 
2008-08-01 08:59:47 PM  

re-elect_jimmy_carter: Mike1480: It's not news, it's republicans trying to address important issues while democrats go on vacation.

running back and forth with a picture of a volkswagen beetle with a sail on it is definitely important in addressing issues.


partisan dumbass


Wait, are you saying that you are in favor of a one-party government?
 
2008-08-01 09:00:13 PM  

Mike1480: It's not news, it's republicans trying to address important issues while democrats go on vacation.


Who cares? The public is already on vacation from reality, our reps might as well be too.
 
2008-08-01 09:00:40 PM  

MilitaryTigger: 213 vs 212 vote to leave on vaction and not vote on any energy issues... One single democrat shifting their vote could have gotten America cheaper gas over the next 5 weeks, now the USA has to wait... While they vacation.

Ma and Pa America, who are having issues afording to get to work each day are NOT going to be pleased about this.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Prez Bush MAY just ORDER them all back into session on Monday and mandate a vote on the issue...

Wouldn't that just be interesting? Wonder how Ms. Pelosi will react to that... ;)


For a party that screams 'Let the market decide', they sure do seem to want to legislate the problem away....
 
2008-08-01 09:00:44 PM  

MilitaryTigger: 213 vs 212 vote to leave on vaction and not vote on any energy issues... One single democrat shifting their vote could have gotten America cheaper gas over the next 5 weeks, now the USA has to wait... While they vacation.


Really? 5 weeks to do exploration, put up an oil rig, and pump oil?

On that timeline, I'll have my imagination powered car up next Tuesday.
 
2008-08-01 09:01:31 PM  

Wulfman: re-elect_jimmy_carter: coal?


Diogenes said his counter ad would be "They turned out the lights to conserve. They turned off our dependence on oil." My point was that we don't use oil for electricity*, so turning off the lights is just hurting the coal miners in WV and PA. Bad for domestic economy, Dems.

*it's less than 3% and dropping, and it's not imported crude.


they're just gonna sell that surplus coal to china.

energy is currency.
 
2008-08-01 09:01:58 PM  
assets.espn.go.com

"Turn out the lights ... The Party's over ..."
 
2008-08-01 09:02:40 PM  
Remember when those Texas Democrats ran off to Oklahoma... they were considered heroes.

Love this game.
 
2008-08-01 09:02:58 PM  
Republicans pulled the same parliamentary crap when they ran Congress and the Dems whined. Now the Dems pull procedure and the Republicans whine. When the Dems lose control, the cycle will start all over again.

I'm with CravenMorehead -- just vote them all out and start over.
 
2008-08-01 09:03:01 PM  
Serves them right (new window)
 
2008-08-01 09:03:04 PM  

Ace Attorney: re-elect_jimmy_carter: Mike1480: It's not news, it's republicans trying to address important issues while democrats go on vacation.

running back and forth with a picture of a volkswagen beetle with a sail on it is definitely important in addressing issues.


partisan dumbass

Wait, are you saying that you are in favor of a one-party government?


maybe if it was a really kickass party....with lots of easy chicks and free booze.
 
2008-08-01 09:03:17 PM  

Fart_Machine: MilitaryTigger: 213 vs 212 vote to leave on vaction and not vote on any energy issues... One single democrat shifting their vote could have gotten America cheaper gas over the next 5 weeks, now the USA has to wait...

It's funny you really believe that.


It's sad your partisan beliefs refuse you to allow the idea of it even possibly working from happening... Least until Jan when you hope to give credit for it all to (you hope) your candidate...
 
2008-08-01 09:03:57 PM  

re-elect_jimmy_carter: Mike1480: It's not news, it's republicans trying to address important issues while democrats go on vacation.

running back and forth with a picture of a volkswagen beetle with a sail on it is definitely important in addressing issues.


partisan dumbass


ignorant jackass
 
2008-08-01 09:05:05 PM  

brainiac-dumdum: Ahhh...

Revenge.


See, this kind of honesty I can respect. Back when Pelosi et al were in the minority and wailing about all of the bills that weren't called to the floor and all of the dirty tricks the GOP was pulling, they sure sounded like they wanted to "clean house" to coin a phrase. But it's always about blocking each other and having a pissing contest. GOP will do the same in spades when they retake the House in a decade or two.
 
2008-08-01 09:05:09 PM  

Reverend Otis: Mike1480: It's not news, it's republicans trying to address important issues while democrats go on vacation.

Who cares? The public is already on vacation from reality, our reps might as well be too.


So let me get this straight;

Polling shows that Americans are against the war
You: If the public is against it, our politicians should do everything the can to bring the troops home

Polling shows that Americans are for offshore drilling
You: If the public thinks this is good, then the politicians should just stop trying and ignore the issue
 
2008-08-01 09:05:28 PM  

stolibro: re-elect_jimmy_carter: Mike1480: It's not news, it's republicans trying to address important issues while democrats go on vacation.

running back and forth with a picture of a volkswagen beetle with a sail on it is definitely important in addressing issues.


partisan dumbass

ignorant jackass


are you new around here, boy?
 
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