A Repug “Pigskin Payback”

January 15, 2009

Hat tip to The Daily Kos for this (meant to get to this earlier)…

Harry Reid’s innovative new way to overcome Republican opposition: vote on Sunday. Only three Democrats missed the vote (including Kennedy, presumably for health reasons, and Biden, who’s out of the country) but 17 Republicans did.

As noted here, this is what happened on the rare Sunday session…

On a vote of 66-12, the Senate agreed to take up a package of 160 different bills joined under an umbrella measure. The package has been dubbed a Tomnibus since the whole idea is to merge multiple proposals opposed by (Oklahoma Repug Tom) Coburn -– a physician known in the Senate as Dr. No. — and win passage all at once. Fifty-nine votes was the threshold.

As Carl Hulse of the Times tells us, the bill “sets aside 200 million acres for public wilderness in nine states. It adds more than 1,000 miles to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System and 2,800 miles of new trails to the federal system.”

And I got a kick out of this editorial comment from Jim Geraghty of NRO (though not in the way he intended, I’m sure)…

I guess forcing your agenda through the Senate is easier when your caucus doesn’t need to either go to church or watch football.

I’ll set aside the “church” snark for now (just noting that every Catholic archdiocese in this country offers Saturday services also – the Philadelphia archdiocese was the last to OK it many years ago), and concentrate on the football remark, which is funny given that Repug U.S. Rep Cliff Stearns of FLA, one of the numbskulls who engaged in that stunt last August chiding Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats for the summer recess while gas prices spiked (as if one was related to the other), recently asked Madame Speaker to reschedule House votes so he could attend the BCS College Football Championship game between the University of Florida and the University of Oklahoma (here).

But returning to the Times story about the “Tomnibus” bill…

A dozen Republicans did vote for the measure, which irritated Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, one of Mr. Coburn’s chief allies.

“If my colleagues on my side continue to accept this, there’s going to be no such thing as a Republican Party,” he said.

We can only hope (and speaking of football – “GO IGGLES”!!!).

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