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The Democrats Lose Control of the House

The Democrats have lost control of the House, and, I must say, it's pretty satisfying to watch them in complete disarray. From The Crypt's Blog at The Politico:

House Democrats pulled a bill to grant voting rights to Washington, D.C., after Republicans offered a motion that would repeal the gun ban for the District.


The move is a clear signal that Democrats have lost control of the House floor on the voting rights issue after minority Republicans presented the Democratic majority with a politically unpalatable motion that their conservative members would be forced to support for fear of angering the gun rights community.

Fifty-two Democrats voted with Republicans on a similar measure to repeal the gun ban in 2004. That would be more than enough support for Republicans to add a repeal to the voting rights bill - something a majority of Democrats would vehemently oppose.

Republicans have taken great pride in offering motions to recommit during their time in the minority, an often over-looked legislative procedure that has allowed them to amend various bills on the House floor.

Drudge is following this, of course, and offers details of how bad things are inside Democratic leadership:

Dem leadership pulls DC voting bill from floor; conservative Dems were supporting DC gun repeal...

Leader Hoyer seen yelling at staff on floor...
Speaker Pelosi absent because she is desperately searching for Iraq supplemental votes...
Holmes-Norton standing silently in disbelief..

Ah, how sweet the schadenfreude.


Comments (32)

Liberal House Dems To Back ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Liberal House Dems To Back Leadership's Iraq Bill
By Greg Sargent | bio
It's official: Less than 24 hours before the House Dem Iraq supplemental spending bill is set to go to a vote, the key liberal House Dems holding out against the bill have decided to back it, making its passage far more likely.

Wow, that really sounds like the Dems can't get their sh*t together!

Barney beclowns himself aga... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Barney beclowns himself again. Keep it up buddy, always enjoy the laughs.

They lost control when that... (Below threshold)

They lost control when that creepy Kos kid came trapesing into Ned Lamont's house.

DINOs - Democrats in Name O... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

DINOs - Democrats in Name Only

Do you think it will catch on?

Ah, now that the Republican... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Ah, now that the Republicans are out of power, we can all cheer the obstructionist minority!

Nah, Democrats will get to ... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Nah, Democrats will get to know what its like to have a party full of self-serving 'moderates'.

And tomorrowthat g... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

And tomorrow

that giant statue of Nancy Pelosi

will be toppled by an angry mob

(or pulled down and carefully videotaped by a public relations firm).

Methinks BarneyMoron is pan... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Methinks BarneyMoron is panicking.

MoveOn To Back Hou... (Below threshold)
Rovin:
MoveOn To Back House Dem Leadership's Bill On Iraq

By Greg Sargent | bio

MoveOn's Washington director, Tom Matzzie, just confirmed to me that despite earlier concerns that the House Dem leadership's Iraq plan wasn't tough enough, the organization yesterday started polling its members and has decided to back the legislation, which would mandate a pullout from Iraq by Fall 2008 at the latest.

Liberal House Dems To Back Leadership's Iraq Bill
By Greg Sargent | bio

It's official: Less than 24 hours before the House Dem Iraq supplemental spending bill is set to go to a vote, the key liberal House Dems holding out against the bill have decided to back it, making its passage far more likely.

???????? I'm just a little confused. Is it the Dems or is it it's mouthpiece?

Barney, what is the point. ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Barney, what is the point. It will not pass the senate. Got that? Will not. You desperate leader is using a lot of political capital to fail. I though you guys were going to clean up congress. Guess Willian Jefferson deserves an important committee position. Anything to get a vote. When people in the party of the left, which has no ethics or morals, display the fact they have no ethics of morals why should I be suprised?

mouthpiece it is.A... (Below threshold)
marc:

mouthpiece it is.

And cash cow!

<a href="http://www.breitba... (Below threshold)
marc:

Meanwhile:

Democrats are divided on the issue and hold only a narrow majority in Congress. Their leaders, hands tied if just a few members stray, are finding it tough to pass legislation that would require Bush to start bringing troops home.

[S]everal hurdles remained. Several anti-war liberals were expected to join Republicans in opposing the measure because they say it continues to bankroll an immoral war. And if the bill does scrape by in the House, it may sink in the Senate, where many Democrats have resisted firm timetables on the war.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., continued Wednesday to press party members to back the bill, unsure whether she had enough votes to pass it. In a closed-door meeting, former President Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, tried to convince party skeptics that the bill was their best chance at ending the war.

Pelosi initially had planned for a final vote Thursday but pushed it off until Friday, a tactic that gives her more time to ensure she has the votes to pass it.

I just knew I smelled jimmy the dhimmi in the air.

It's somewhat frightening h... (Below threshold)
Proud Kaffir:

It's somewhat frightening how much control the fringe far-left groups and bloggers communites have over the Dems. They tell them where they can debate and whether they can vote for passage of a bill or not. Aren't the Congressional reps suppose to represent their districts? Why don't they just place (D-Dkos) or (D-Moveon) next to their names, if that's who they represent?

It's almost as if they ask, "Mother, may I?", before they do anything. Pathetic.

Mark my words, all this is ... (Below threshold)
sam:

Mark my words, all this is leading to a massive implosion within the Dem party at the time of their convention. The Congressional Dems will not be able to get anything done on Iraq in the year left, and the moonbats will not be pacified. Great theater, will make 1968 look like a kindergarten picnic. Their nominee will be another moonbat McGovernite, Ned L:amont on a national scale.

Someone tell me what has pa... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Someone tell me what has passed the congress in the past two months that helps the American people? I read a lot and check the congressional web site regularly. Something seems to be missing. like any legislation.

Peeeloshi has lost control of her moonbats to. They are occupying her office to force her to go along with the biggest idiots in the country.

The comedy continues, keep it up boys and girls. It's been a fun two months, don't know if we can stand another 22 months, or if America can survive another 22 months of no leadership in congress. The constitution bans the President from passing bills and the congress is too stupid to pass a bill. The economy is already showing signs of a collapse. How much longer before the democrats destroy the economy? Maybe Algore-abge will come up with another WorldCom swindle to save the day.

Oh scrapie, since when did ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Oh scrapie, since when did you care about bills passing the congress?

The House met their 100-hour pledge and this week the Senate striped the Patriot provision that Bush and Gonzo was abusing by a vote of 94-2. The same will follow on the national security letters.

Nothing like a little scandal to promote bipartisanship?

Meanwhile, there is a very interesting poll that shows a major shift in party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.

Ha Ha

The Democrats lost control ... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

The Democrats lost control of the House?! I missed it; how did the Republic Party pick up 20+ seats?! There wasn't even an election this week!

According to Gallup's month... (Below threshold)
Rovin:

According to Gallup's monthly update on job approval of Congress -- in a March 11-14, 2007, national poll -- 28% of Americans approve of the job being done by Congress and 64% disapprove.

Sure glad your party got that productive 100hr pledge in there Barn. How can 64% disapprove of such wonderous legislation?

The House met their 100... (Below threshold)
marc:

The House met their 100-hour pledge and this week the Senate striped the Patriot provision that Bush and Gonzo was abusing by a vote of 94-2. The same will follow on the national security letters.
Posted by: BarneyG2000

What was important that was passed in the first 100 hours barney?

What about the 911 commission recommendations the Dems have been screaming about for 4 years?

The bill instituting them are still stuck in the Senate as they do nothing but bow before The Goracle and pamper the likes of mama sheehan and moveon.

And what of that "all important" raise in the minimum wage barney? That bill sits as well.

the Senate striped the Patriot provision that Bush and Gonzo was abusing by a vote of 94-2.

Nice try dipshit. That provision only would apply if a new US attorney was named to complete an unfilled 4 year term.

If they were named to start a new 4 year term that provision isn't germane.

This is the crowd that can ... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

This is the crowd that can never shoot straight.

It brings to mind the old saying, "be careful what you wish for."

When you are as clueless as this Party is, and has been for decades, it's going to be a big pig mess, like this.

This ought to remind some of the "independents" why they often vote Republican.

it's pretty satisfying t... (Below threshold)
Brian:

it's pretty satisfying to watch them in complete disarray.
...
Ah, how sweet the schadenfreude.

Yes, let's remember to link back to this attitude the next time there's a thread on here where the right is lambasting the left for "enjoying" Bush's problems, relishing "payback", or supposedly hoping for Iraq to collapse simply because it would make Bush look bad.

This ought to remind som... (Below threshold)
Brian:

This ought to remind some of the "independents" why they often vote Republican.

"Often"? 40 years of voting Democratic, then 12 years of Republican, then right back to Democratic. Probably more accurate to say that voting Republican reminds them of why they usually vote Democratic!

Did BarneyGoogle post somet... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Did BarneyGoogle post something here about this legislation from MOVEON.ORG? But redacted the reference to MOVEON.ORG.

It's time BarneyGoogs gave it a rest, and MOVEON with his little one man freak parade.

I think sam nails it; these hard left moveon types think they bought and paid for, nee made, the Modern Democrapic(tm) Party, and it's now their play thing.

God help 'em in the primaries and convention. It will make the most unholy spectacle to ever plague their party and reprise their title as the socialist, defense-hating party they truly are.

It's more fascist than socialist, since you'll be hounded to silence by Code Pink, Cindy Shehan, et ick.

Nice try Brain-less, but th... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Nice try Brain-less, but there were a whole bunch of moderates who have elected many more Presidents than you boys have the last 40 years--you still google, don't you? I thought that was your main past-time.

And in the same period, you boys lost the state houses, governorships, and about everything else to the point of parity.

In NC, everyone used to be Democrap until about 27 years ago; remember what happened then, twerp.

Quick, google it!

Drudge is following this... (Below threshold)

Drudge is following this, of course, and offers details of how bad things are inside Democratic leadership

Your link is to the main Drudge Report page NOT the particular column, which is not in evidence at this late hour. May we please have the benefit of a more specific link?

Do you need more proof that... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Do you need more proof that dealing with the democrats is like dealing with pre-school children in a head start (welfare) program. You have a chance of changing the life style of maybe 10% of the head start children and no chance of the democrats ever changing. Grew up stupid and anti-American and will remain that way forever.

As long as the situation ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

As long as the situation in Iraq is kept below the fold, the leadership of both parties are only too happy to spend time practicing parliamentary maneuveurs for the edification of student councils everywhere.
Both leaders payed obeisiance to AIPAC last week, assuring them that the Iran Option is still on the table, and with the logistical tail such an operation will require, the Iraq War debate is being shunted to the '08 elections.
The political landscape favors the Democrats. Policy differences from the party left will be resisted, and Pelosi will claim the title Moderate. Committee chairmen will be emphasized as kinglings, loyal to, but outside of the speaker's power of dissuassion.
The rest is ambient noise.

I heard <a href="http://vic... (Below threshold)
ptg:
Nice try Brain-less, but... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Nice try Brain-less, but there were a whole bunch of moderates who have elected many more Presidents than you boys have the last 40 years

My Google powers tell me 5-3. I wouldn't call that "many".

you still google, don't you? I thought that was your main past-time.

Nope. Just when I have a fact I want to substantiate, to prevent people like you from hand-waving it away. So far it's been really successful. You should try it. Far more successful than the "it's true because I said it" approach you and others typically take.

"Do you need more proof ... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

"Do you need more proof that dealing with the democrats is like dealing with pre-school children"

Lol, that's what happens when criminal frauds actually succeed in deceiving their way into a position of power (responsibility). Their incompetance is so evident.It's sad to think that there are so many ignorant , stupid and evil people to have voted these Psuedo-Americans into the Majority.

Some people know not what they do.

The dimmers problems all st... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The dimmers problems all started with their very cozy relationship with the ultra liberal lefty anti-war crowd during the last election. The made a lot of promises they can't possibly keep. We knew it then and now we see it happening. I am not surprised the dimmer leadership is in disarray. If Hoyer were Speaker, maybe things would be different. But the dimmers being what they are wanted Pelosi so they can say we have the first female speaker. Now the dimmers are lacking competent leadership. I am enjoying this. Harry Reid has become ineffective two months ago. I said it before, yes you get power with leadership, but also ALL the responsibility and accountability. So far I grade the dimmers with an F. ww

"Leader Hoyer seen yelling ... (Below threshold)
wavemaker:

"Leader Hoyer seen yelling at staff on floor..."

"Pelosi absent..."

This tells me that Hoyer's whip organization is utterly incompetent, and Pelosi's Rules Committee Chair isn't doing his job.

Maybe Clyburn got his Whip's job for other than competence reasons?




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