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Scorched earth politics: Anticipating that they'll lose the House, Dems planning to use lame duck session to pass controversial legislation

John Fund writes at the Wall Street Journal that the House Democrats got some very bad news from Charlie Cook at the National Journal about their reelection chances in November, so if they want to pass the policies and programs that will allow them to hoard even more power and micromanage almost every aspect of the American people's lives, they will have to do it during the lame duck session:

Members gulped when National Journal's Charlie Cook, the Beltway's leading political handicapper, predicted last month "the House is gone," meaning a GOP takeover. He thinks Democrats will hold the Senate, but with a significantly reduced majority.

The rush to recess gives Democrats little time to pass any major laws. That's why there have been signs in recent weeks that party leaders are planning an ambitious, lame-duck session to muscle through bills in December they don't want to defend before November. Retiring or defeated members of Congress would then be able to vote for sweeping legislation without any fear of voter retaliation.

Some of that sweeping legislation includes card check, cap and trade, ratification of the New Start nuclear treaty, and probably the most frightening of all the Democrats' plans, a "federally mandated universal voter registration system to override state laws."

With ACORN workers having been charged and prosecuted for voter fraud in at least six states, the Democrats want to make absolutely sure that no state has voter registration laws and regulations that are more difficult to manipulate than Chicago's.

John Fund, at a David Horowitz Freedom Center seminar in January 2009, explains:

Here's the transcript from what John Fund said:

In January, Chuck Schumer and Barney Frank will propose universal voter registration. What is universal voter registration? It means all of the state laws on elections will be overriden by a federal mandate. The feds will tell the states: 'take everyone on every list of welfare that you have, take everyone on every list of unemployed you have, take everyone on every list of property owners, take everyone on every list of driver's license holders and register them to vote regardless of whether they want to be...'

If the Democrats manage to pass universal voter registration, America's election process will no longer be free or fair, but will be as untrustworthy as Russia's.


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The muslim in chief will de... (Below threshold)
914:

The muslim in chief will declare Marshall law when its clear he will lose reselection.


They will try to take our guns away next along with the internet. I will not go quietly.

By the way, Michelle Bachma... (Below threshold)
914:

By the way, Michelle Bachman rocks!!!

914, i mocked those on the ... (Below threshold)
ke_future:

914, i mocked those on the left when they said the same thing about bush. obama is a lot worse, and dumber, but there is no way that is even a possibility.

I don't know that Democrats... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I don't know that Democrats would be that stupid. If kicked out this November by a large vote, the last thing they'd want to do is tell the voting public 'fuck you' by passing such leftest laws. Seems that would only insure an even bigger backlash in 2012.

And what the lame duck Congress can pass, the new Congress can revoke. If Barry is dumb enough to try a veto, Congress controls the purse-strings. All they need do is cut off any funding to Barry's programs.

"but there is no way that i... (Below threshold)
914:

"but there is no way that is even a possibility."

I thought it improbable we could have a triple dip depression and Carter would look like a financial genius either but here we are?

The hole remains unplugged for one reason. It is on purpose!

My guess is there will be a... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

My guess is there will be at least one state that will challenge in court. I would be surprised if it is only one.

My current theory on the la... (Below threshold)
Rick Caird:

My current theory on the lame duck session is that it is mostly a feint. The Democrats will talk about a laundry list of things they intend to pass, but they will have a session and when they only pass a handful of damaging laws, the country will be grateful some of the other horrible proposals did not get done. Hence, we will thank them for only doing a little grievous harm rather than the lots of grievous harm we feared.

The Dems are getting in tou... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

The Dems are getting in touch with their inner Stalins, Maos and Pol Pots.

Here Rev Lee Ward Wright le... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Here Rev Lee Ward Wright let me save you the trouble.

Republicans didnt mind lame duck sessions of Congress before a black man became President.

Not only that but with the ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Not only that but with the voter rolls in the hands of the federal government it will be nearly impossible to get them cleaned up. It's bad enough at the local level where you actually have some ability to verify who is and who isn't an eligible voter.

However, I do not think that even in that case they could muster the ability to pass anything in the short time alotted. They would have a devil of a time getting one major piece passed.

I doubt they could do card check or cap and trade. The universal voter registration would be another tough one. That's giong to amount to a federal ID card and there would be massive constitutional challenges against it.

M1 is right. Kommiecrats ca... (Below threshold)
serfer62:

M1 is right. Kommiecrats can dream that OHbamaCare & the Stimulous were for the good of the unappreciative voters but political DEFEAT is reality raising its ugle head.
I suspect many losers will not attend the lame duck session and the few surviviors maybe looking around if the next election is their pink slip.
The senators up for election in'12 will have lots to consider while most GOP will be more condifent.
BUT THEN
there is the DC GOP and Gramnesty...

914, first you misspelled m... (Below threshold)

914, first you misspelled martial law. Which makes it clear to me you don't really understand what it is.

Second, it constantly amazes me how much innacurate fear you project onto one lawfully elected, natural-born citizen who's also a self-made millionaire. Try to take your guns? I guess that's why he made it legal for them to be carried in public parks?

Oh, and Michelle Bachman is a loony.

I understand the congress c... (Below threshold)
dnb:

I understand the congress critters who lost their seats playing fast and loose with a lame duck session, but I don't understand why any one left standing would take such a chance with their seat?

jim x:"Second, it ... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

jim x:

"Second, it constantly amazes me how much innacurate fear you project onto one lawfully elected, natural-born citizen who's also a self-made millionaire. Try to take your guns? I guess that's why he made it legal for them to be carried in public parks? "

Oh, sorry - you misspelled "inaccurate". By "jim x" logic, your post is null and void.

Just kidding.

Let's look a your points:
"...onto one lawfully elected,..."
Yes, he was. Not "anointed". Not "above all others".
Elected.

"... natural-born citizen .."
Prove it. The "natural-born citizen" actually did not.
And before you get into the "birther" crap, just show where he produced the birth certificate his mother actually signed. Not the extract his campaign produced.

"...who's also a self-made millionaire..."
And exactly what private sector job did he have to earn his million?

"Try to take your guns? I guess that's why he made it legal for them to be carried in public parks?"
Link, please. Right now.

Thanks for playing!

jim x,Are you actu... (Below threshold)
jim m:

jim x,

Are you actually referring to barry as being a self made millionaire? Get serious. He didn't make anything. He has cultivated friends in influential places and has reeped huge windfalls from running charitable boards that misspent millions of dollars to achieve no recognizable difference in anyone's life. He has been elected to office in Illinois not because he was the best person on the ballot but because he was virtually the only person on the ballot. His books are more likely than not ghost written (that's not a big deal most people in his position do not write their own autobiographies).

In short he is not self made in the normal sense that he worked hard to raise himself up out of some poorer condition. He is, if anything, an affirmative action millionaire.

who's also a self-... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:
who's also a self-made millionaire

Kinda like George Soros, then?

"Retiring or defeated... (Below threshold)
John S:

"Retiring or defeated members of Congress would then be able to vote for sweeping legislation without any fear of voter retaliation..."

They're forgetting about the Second Amendment.

... If the "Democrats" mana... (Below threshold)

... If the "Democrats" manage to pass universal voter registration, America's election process will ... be as untrustworthy as is Russia's.

Nope.

Post the so richly Soviet-agent-larded "administration" of the traitor, Roosevelt, to be even close to being true, this would need to read: 'Whether or not the "Democrats" manage to pass universal voter registration, America's election process will continue to be less trustworthy than is Russia's.'

Amazing how fast little jim... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Amazing how fast little jimmy x went scurrying back under his rock to join his butt buddy Lee.




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