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(The Hill)   Republicans pause their complete distaste of everything Obama to confirm one of his appointments. Republicans CAN put aside partisan politics when really bad things happen   (thehill.com) divider line 60
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2014-07-21 11:15:21 PM  
So 6.6 million furlough days and $2 billion in lost productivity wasn't a "really bad thing"?
 
2014-07-21 11:24:05 PM  
"Republicans are stalling executive nominees vital to our national security to get back at Democrats? How does that work?"

It means that the truly qualified appointees get fed up with keeping their lives on hold waiting months for confirmation and give up. So the chances of getting an incompetent chump in the position increases, allowing the GOP to complain about how government is always the problem.
 
2014-07-21 11:35:03 PM  
They were just waiting and hoping for a better candidate - one who had some experience showing horses.
 
2014-07-22 12:00:13 AM  
No... no, they can't
 
2014-07-22 12:38:23 AM  
He sufficiently deferred to Putin.
 
2014-07-22 01:06:40 AM  
After it's too late to do any damn good is right in character for the GOP. Assholes to the bitter end.
 
2014-07-22 01:32:03 AM  

MrBallou: After it's too late to do any damn good is right in character for the GOP. Assholes to the bitter end.


content6.flixster.com
 
2014-07-22 01:37:12 AM  
So the GOP are heroes now because they only stalled this particularly timely appointment for one week and just to show that aren't complete assholes they also confirmed 1 Judge and and Ambassador to Niger?

Please.
 
2014-07-22 01:50:24 AM  

quatchi: So the GOP are heroes now because they only stalled this particularly timely appointment for one week and just to show that aren't complete assholes they also confirmed 1 Judge and and Ambassador to Niger?

Please.


what you done did, i seen it.
 
2014-07-22 01:54:35 AM  

MrBallou: After it's too late to do any damn good is right in character for the GOP. Assholes to the bitter end.


He's one guy on a committee... please tell us how confirming him last week would have changed anything.
 
2014-07-22 02:00:26 AM  
Election year.

Government isn't the problem.

Republicans intentionally sabotaging our government is the problem.
 
2014-07-22 02:11:03 AM  

quatchi: Niger?

Please.


Nice.
 
2014-07-22 02:11:38 AM  

quatchi: So the GOP are heroes now because they only stalled this particularly timely appointment for one week and just to show that aren't complete assholes they also confirmed 1 Judge and and Ambassador to Niger?

Please.


Shaming them and public ridicule hasn't worked in the last few years, so maybe we need to change tactics. Instead of yelling at them when they Fark up, applaud them when they get something right, even little frivolous things like putting on pants correctly. Eventually, like a dog learning new tricks, they'll adjust to actually doing their jobs that they were sworn in and paid to do.

It sucks, and I'd say it cheapens the system, but well, we didn't get to this point by electing people worth a damn.
 
2014-07-22 02:13:58 AM  
Finally now we can have peace!
 
2014-07-22 02:23:27 AM  

RoxtarRyan: Shaming them and public ridicule hasn't worked in the last few years, so maybe we need to change tactics. Instead of yelling at them when they Fark up, applaud them when they get something right, even little frivolous things like putting on pants correctly. Eventually, like a dog learning new tricks, they'll adjust to actually doing their jobs that they were sworn in and paid to do.


I'm thinking some Snausages might help in this regard.

/Congresscritters go crazy for 'em!
//Well... "crazier" technically.
 
2014-07-22 02:32:19 AM  
Just put every single nomination up for a floor vote one after the other. No farking about, yes or no.
 
2014-07-22 02:51:09 AM  

gaspode: Just put every single nomination up for a floor vote one after the other. No farking about, yes or no.


You wanna filibuster? Start talking. You stop, we vote. We don't stop voting until votes are done.

Not in this Senate. I wish, though.
 
2014-07-22 03:16:57 AM  
I think subby forgot about when Congress' vacation plans were threatened by the FAA shutdown.

/only non-partisan when they can benefit, the ultimate in Fark you, I got mine mentality
 
2014-07-22 03:25:37 AM  
You're not a f*cking hero for doing your f*cking job!

/unless your f*cking job is f*cking rescuing people, at great f*cking risk to yourf*ckingself
//f*ck
///rule of f*cking threes
 
2014-07-22 03:28:36 AM  
www.andantedairy.com
 
2014-07-22 03:34:34 AM  
I wish delays in court proceedings were as sexy as a plane shot down. I'd be making babies like a Mormon.

/not really
//passed the bar
///failed to apply for admission
////making money instead
//and babies
//but not like a Mormon
 
2014-07-22 04:19:09 AM  
I hope that was meant as the most sarcastic Hero tag ever.
Thanks for doing your jobs for once, in however minor a capacity.  D*cks.
 
2014-07-22 04:44:15 AM  
The Senate also voted 94-0 to confirm Julie Carnes to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Court.

Is that a typo?
 
2014-07-22 05:25:08 AM  

SpaceBison: The Senate also voted 94-0 to confirm Julie Carnes to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Court.

Is that a typo?


No one voted against her but not everyone voted. 6 people either abstained or weren't there for the vote. Foregone conclusion is foregone.

Apparently Carnes is part of a package a deal Obama cut with the GOP to fill 6 vacant federal judicial posts in Georgia.

Julie Carnes was originally appointed by Dubya and was selected for this gig by Georgia's 2 Republican Senators, Chambliss and Isakson.

5 other Judges have already been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee but still need confirmation by the Senate proper.

So this looks like a tit for tat deal.
 
2014-07-22 06:02:32 AM  
This is damning with faint praise. They were withholding the nomination out of spite and only relented because an emergency.
 
2014-07-22 06:39:35 AM  

nyseattitude: Election year.

Government isn't the problem.

Republicans intentionally sabotaging our government is the problem.


THAT
 
2014-07-22 06:49:11 AM  

fusillade762: "Republicans are stalling executive nominees vital to our national security to get back at Democrats? How does that work?"


We've replaced Senate Majority Leader Harry Ried with former Vice President Dick Cheney circa 2006.  Let's see if anyone notices!

The GOP can go EABOD for not doing their job for 6 years now, but what's with Ried calling EVERYTHING a "vital national security" issue?
 
2014-07-22 07:07:24 AM  

GoldSpider: The GOP can go EABOD for not doing their job for 6 years now, but what's with Ried calling EVERYTHING a "vital national security" issue?


Maybe it's desperation to get the Republicans to actually do something since fear seems to be the only thing that motivates them? Perhaps he got the clue and is using their psychotic fears against them?
 
2014-07-22 07:18:12 AM  

GoldSpider: fusillade762: "Republicans are stalling executive nominees vital to our national security to get back at Democrats? How does that work?"

We've replaced Senate Majority Leader Harry Ried with former Vice President Dick Cheney circa 2006.  Let's see if anyone notices!

The GOP can go EABOD for not doing their job for 6 years now, but what's with Ried calling EVERYTHING a "vital national security" issue?


Maybe Reid noticed that the GOP's refusal to pass (or even come to vote) anything at all has been causing a compounding problem that has made the lack of appointed officials a serious threat to national security.
 
2014-07-22 07:19:38 AM  
Okay, so this gives us a starting point.  300 people mostly non americans for the senate to approve 1 person (and a judge apparently).  Lets do the math

about 65 judicial nominations (http://judicialnominations.org/ ) at 300 (or 150) non americans a position is 19,500 (9750).

Lets start with an exchange rate of 1:10 American to Non-American.  That means Republicans would rather that 1,949 (974) people die rather than all those judicial nominations be approved.

To put it in a number that they would understand.  Republicans would rather have 487 (243) Benghazis than approve those judges.
 
2014-07-22 07:21:48 AM  
The GOP openly states the purpose of their existence is to ruin the federal government.
 
2014-07-22 07:24:13 AM  
Well, given that Lawson (and his wife?) raised close to a million dollars for the Obama campaign, I could see the GOP being none too eager to confirm him for  anything.  Of course, of the 27 "bundlers" that page lists, he's probably the only one whose background (lawyering and then leading the board of commissioners in charge of LAX) is  totally, obviously, directly relevant to what he was nominated for... so failing to confirm him was a really buttheaded move.

One page over, it's also a butthead move to not confirm the former Director of the Export Control Policy and Cooperation office at farking  Los Alamos as Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation. And given how much we gripe about the UN's laissez-faire attitude toward human rights, it's probably also a butthead move to not confirm a human rights lawyer, who served as an aide to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, as an alternate representative to the UN.
 
2014-07-22 07:27:49 AM  

dbirchall: One page over, it's also a butthead move to not confirm the former Director of the Export Control Policy and Cooperation office at farking Los Alamos as Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation. And given how much we gripe about the UN's laissez-faire attitude toward human rights, it's probably also a butthead move to not confirm a human rights lawyer, who served as an aide to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, as an alternate representative to the UN.


I don't understand how much leverage the GOP has in holding up these nominations, and what they expect to get in return for doing their damned jobs.  These seem like low-risk (politically) appointments, and their refusal lends credence to the idea that deliberately sabotaging the federal government is not the means to an end, but the end itself.
 
2014-07-22 07:27:50 AM  

dbirchall: Well, given that Lawson (and his wife?) raised close to a million dollars for the Obama campaign, I could see the GOP being none too eager to confirm him for  anything.  Of course, of the 27 "bundlers" that page lists, he's probably the only one whose background (lawyering and then leading the board of commissioners in charge of LAX) is  totally, obviously, directly relevant to what he was nominated for... so failing to confirm him was a really buttheaded move.

One page over, it's also a butthead move to not confirm the former Director of the Export Control Policy and Cooperation office at farking  Los Alamos as Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation. And given how much we gripe about the UN's laissez-faire attitude toward human rights, it's probably also a butthead move to not confirm a human rights lawyer, who served as an aide to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, as an alternate representative to the UN.


But they're not even voting on the nominations, which is their goddamned job to do.

If they don't want to confirm someone, fine. Vote not to, and then vote on the new nominee.  It's a butthead move to just ignore all of these appointees and pretend that voting on these confirmations - be it yes or no -  is not something they were voted into office and paid to do.  Just take the damned votes and fill all these open positions.
 
2014-07-22 07:37:57 AM  

dbirchall: Well, given that Lawson (and his wife?) raised close to a million dollars for the Obama campaign, I could see the GOP being none too eager to confirm him for  anything.


lol
 
2014-07-22 07:45:51 AM  
Ah ha! I'm just asking questions here, but what if Obama had the jetliner shot down just to railroad his liberal nominees through the Senate?! You have to admit, after the horror of clipghazigate, anything is possible.
 
2014-07-22 07:48:41 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Ah ha! I'm just asking questions here, but what if Obama had the jetliner shot down just to railroad his liberal nominees through the Senate?! You have to admit, after the horror of clipghazigate, anything is possible.


Because everyone knows he did it to distract everyone from the refugee crisis at the Southern border.  DUH. The guy isn't capable of multi-tasking, being such an empty suit.
 
2014-07-22 08:06:29 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Ah ha! I'm just asking questions here, but what if Obama had the jetliner shot down just to railroad his liberal nominees through the Senate?! You have to admit, after the horror of clipghazigate, anything is possible.


If one of the rightwingers on SCOTUS decides to keel over dead while Obama is still in office, nothing you have seen yet will even approach the blizzard of slung dung that will fly. Luckily, the only replacement he's likely to make is Ginsburg, and he'll replace her with someone more conservative (being the Reagan Democrat that he is) than her, so the Goppers won't squawk too much.
 
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2014-07-22 08:24:37 AM  
GOV IS BAD! Well, until it might personally hurt me or make me look like I am putting the country in danger. Then LET'S MAKE GOV WORK FOR THE PEOPLE!
 
2014-07-22 08:45:45 AM  
one... MILLLION.... dollars

*evil laugh*
 
2014-07-22 08:48:01 AM  

dookdookdook: So 6.6 million furlough days and $2 billion in lost productivity wasn't a "really bad thing"?


No, in fact that was so awesome they plan on repeating it every time.
 
2014-07-22 08:51:28 AM  

jso2897: Rapmaster2000: Ah ha! I'm just asking questions here, but what if Obama had the jetliner shot down just to railroad his liberal nominees through the Senate?! You have to admit, after the horror of clipghazigate, anything is possible.

If one of the rightwingers on SCOTUS decides to keel over dead while Obama is still in office, nothing you have seen yet will even approach the blizzard of slung dung that will fly. Luckily, the only replacement he's likely to make is Ginsburg, and he'll replace her with someone more conservative (being the Reagan Democrat that he is) than her, so the Goppers won't squawk too much.


Since when has that ever stopped the GOP from squawking?
 
2014-07-22 08:53:42 AM  

robohobo: [www.andantedairy.com image 555x522]


I know this is not the point, but, damn, that looks good.
 
2014-07-22 08:59:56 AM  
So 300 people have to die every time for those assholes to do the right thing?  And I'll bet the crazier ones still held out -- I'm looking at you, Cruz.
 
2014-07-22 09:45:07 AM  

jso2897: Rapmaster2000: Ah ha! I'm just asking questions here, but what if Obama had the jetliner shot down just to railroad his liberal nominees through the Senate?! You have to admit, after the horror of clipghazigate, anything is possible.

If one of the rightwingers on SCOTUS decides to keel over dead while Obama is still in office, nothing you have seen yet will even approach the blizzard of slung dung that will fly. Luckily, the only replacement he's likely to make is Ginsburg, and he'll replace her with someone more conservative (being the Reagan Democrat that he is) than her, so the Goppers won't squawk too much.


Oh no, they will squawk. In their minds they will believe they have 2016 in the bag. They would literally cream their shorts at the thought of leaving the Supreme Court at 5-3 balance then 6-3 once they nominate a replacement in 2016.
 
2014-07-22 10:02:17 AM  

MindStalker: Oh no, they will squawk. I


Yeah, this - there is no plausible scenario in which they don't squawk. He could nominate Ronald Reagan and they'd still biatch about him trying to tilt the Court liberal, because you know the dead always vote for Democrats...
 
2014-07-22 10:07:20 AM  

RoxtarRyan: quatchi: So the GOP are heroes now because they only stalled this particularly timely appointment for one week and just to show that aren't complete assholes they also confirmed 1 Judge and and Ambassador to Niger?

Please.

Shaming them and public ridicule hasn't worked in the last few years, so maybe we need to change tactics. Instead of yelling at them when they Fark up, applaud them when they get something right, even little frivolous things like putting on pants correctly. Eventually, like a dog learning new tricks, they'll adjust to actually doing their jobs that they were sworn in and paid to do.

It sucks, and I'd say it cheapens the system, but well, we didn't get to this point by electing people worth a damn.


No, we need Obama and Harry Reid to complain every time they do something right. The more the GOP think they're pissing those two off, the harder they'll keep doing whatever it is.

I'm only half kidding when I say that Obama could probably get the GOP to adopt a lot of liberal policies by advocating their opposites.
 
2014-07-22 10:10:07 AM  

Delta1212: I'm only half kidding when I say that Obama could probably get the GOP to adopt a lot of liberal policies by advocating their opposites


I betcha he could literally say out loud on camera what he was doing, and it would still work. They've ingrained that contrary habit so deeply there's no way they can shake it.
 
2014-07-22 10:37:12 AM  
What the senate did its job without the republicans filibustering everything till it can no longer legally do so? well that deserves a #hero tag if I ever seen a reason.
 
2014-07-22 10:48:51 AM  

dbirchall: Well, given that Lawson (and his wife?) raised close to a million dollars for the Obama campaign, I could see the GOP being none too eager to confirm him for  anything.


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