How not to govern

boehner 1How to play a loosing game at politics:

  • Republicans set themselves up for a fall when they refused to include Homeland Security funding in the CRomnibus budget bill.
  • With short term funding running out, they passed a bitter partisan bill, H.R. 240, certain to be vetoed should it pass the Senate.
  • Republican intransigence proved unpopular with the public.
  • H.R. 240 didn’t pass the Senate.
  • The Senate removed the offensive provisions and sent it back.
  • Republican dissidents blocked a three week continuing resolution with most Democrats, playing hardball, voting NO ( H J RES 35: roll 104). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  • A majority of the House, Republicans and Democrats, blocked a conference on the Senate bill (H.R. 240: roll 105). Rep. Reed voted NAY.
  • The Senate amended H.R. 33  Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act to avoid a shutdown for one week.
  • At two hours to midnight, the House agreed to H.R. 33 as amended with the support of most Democrats (roll 106). Democrats reportedly were promised a clean vote on the Senate bill, H.R.240, next week.

All this so the GOP can struggle with itself again next week.



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9 Responses to How not to govern

  1. josephurban says:

    The GOP needs to wallow in their own mud. They invited in the radical right. They wanted to win so badly that they took anyone, no matter how looney, into the party. They demonized the president of the US. They convinced their followers that Obama is evil. How do you cooperate with the devil? Now they have to figure out how to control the uncontrollable. Ideologues will not be moved.


  2. whungerford says:

    Reportedly, GOP candidate Ted Cruz thinks motivating conservatives is key to winning. Jeb Bush says a candidate might have to “lose the primary to win the general…”


  3. pystew says:

    Thank you for recording the events leading up to last night’s hectic and confusing votes. This should be re-posted during the 2016 campaign season to remind us all about how close we were to an unnecessary dangerous shutdown. Voters seemed to have forgotten the 2013 shutdown she they went to the polls last November.

    We now have to see what happens next. Will the GOP end this silliness early next week (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday) or will the drama continue to Thursday or Friday?

    The story really begins when the Senate passed a comprehensive Immigration bill in 2013. A year and a half later the House hadn’t brought the that bill up for discussion. The President then took bold steps that Presidents Reagan, Bush 1, and Bush 2 have took. That gave the Republicans another attack point.

    I contend we really have a three party system, with two parties calling themselves Republicans. We need to realize that the Republicans who are willing to close the DHS because of the President’s Immigration Actions are in safe, gerrymandered congressional districts.

    We should ask our Republican friends if they are proud of what their party is doing. More importantly, we should ask our Independent friends if they are proud of what the Republicans are doing.

    This is no way to govern.


  4. pystew says:

    For Jeb to be correct, he’ll have to run as a Third Party candidate.


  5. whungerford says:

    That’s an interesting idea. Bush’s remark reflects Republican strategy–to act responsibly and avoid internecine conflict, a strategy which they haven’t been able to execute. If Jeb did run as an independent, he might be a formidable candidate. More likely though, he will win the Republican nomination after a long, bruising campaign.


  6. whungerford says:

    The House has scheduled a day off next Friday and doubtless members plan to leave work early on Thursday.


  7. josephurban says:

    Thank god for small favors. A permanent vacation would be the patriotic thing to do.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. solodm says:

    verb gov·ern \ˈgə-vərn\ –
    : to officially control and lead (a group of people) : to make decisions about laws, taxes, social programs, etc., for (a country, state, etc.)
    : to control the way that (something) is done
    : to control or guide the actions of (someone or something)
    transitive verb –
    1 a : to exercise continuous sovereign authority over; especially : to control and direct the making and administration of policy in
    b : to rule without sovereign power and usually without having the authority to determine basic policy
    2 a archaic : manipulate
    b : to control the speed of (as a machine) especially by automatic means
    3 a : to control, direct, or strongly influence the actions and conduct of
    b : to exert a determining or guiding influence in or over
    c : to hold in check : restrain
    4.: a: to serve as a precedent or deciding principle for
    intransitive verb
    b: to prevail or have decisive influence : control
    c: to exercise authority

    At the moment we have two of three functioning branches of government. Unless we use the archaic meaning of: manipulate.
    I would like to know the total monetary cost to the American people, of the wasted federal funds of the 112th, 113th, and 114th Congresses’ abuse of the term “governing”.


  9. whungerford says:

    On March 3, the House voted to consider the Senate bill, H.R. 240, as amended. A motion to table the matter was defeated. Rep. Reed, to his credit, voted NO.

    An hour later, the motion to fund DHS, H.R. 240, passed. Surprisingly Tom Reed voted No on the motion to table the matter and No on the motion. So in the space of an hour, he voted on both sides of the issue.


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