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Bush Surprises Senate Aides With Unexpected Interruption of White House Meeting
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Posted by Sherry 2007-07-17 13:57|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6484 views ]  Top
 File under: Iraqi Insurgency 

#1 and... Reid needs to read up on his parliamentarian rules It's called a quorum

This is a really, really stupid stunt, and I'll tell you why: It can all be over in 15 minutes, unless the anti-war Republicans decide to cooperate — and why should they?

Right now, there are only 50 working Democratic Senators (Tim Johnson D, S.D. hasn't cast a vote yet this year), and there are only 49 if you don't include Joe Lieberman (who I hear isn't really up for this sleepover, whether you want to count him as a Dem or not).

You need 51 senators for a quorum, in the event that someone makes a quorum call — which any senator can make at any time. So all it takes is one Republican to stay in the chamber, object to anything the Democrats try to do, and then note the absence of a quorum. When the quorum is called, and only 50 senators are present, the Senate adjourns (or at least it can't come out of the quorum call without unanimous consent), and the whole stupid stunt is over before Senator Byrd can even begin his outraged four-hour speech.

Any parliamentarians out there can correct me, but I've checked with two Senate sources and I'm pretty sure I'm right about this. I can't even imagine what Reid is thinking.
Posted by Sherry 2007-07-17 14:15||   2007-07-17 14:15|| Front Page Top

#2 Reid's Defeat-A-Thon is yet another example of why the Donks should never be in charge of anything.
Posted by Phinater Thraviger 2007-07-17 14:17||   2007-07-17 14:17|| Front Page Top

#3 Dang it! And, reading the headline, I'd hoped that his quote was:

"Bombing begins in 5 minutes!"
Posted by BA 2007-07-17 14:25||   2007-07-17 14:25|| Front Page Top

#4 When it comes to cajones we know Bush has brass ones and the Democrats [even Jim Webb, who I still can't figure out] have little pea sized ones just like their spirit and patriotism. If anyone can stare down these useful idiots it will be W. All I know is that if there was someone other than W as Potus at this time and place, Petraeus would be home by now.
Posted by Jack is Back!">Jack is Back!  2007-07-17 14:28||   2007-07-17 14:28|| Front Page Top

#5 So why can't W go on an"..adamant and mildly profane..." tirade in the full House or Senate, or beter yet, prime time to rally the folks, instead of just appearing to sit back and jack his doinker....?
Posted by USN, Ret. 2007-07-17 15:20||   2007-07-17 15:20|| Front Page Top

#6 I don't think Webb is too hard to figure out. In fact he's easy to understand when you look the world through his perspective: It's all about James Webb.
Posted by Angaiger Tojo1904">Angaiger Tojo1904  2007-07-17 16:08||   2007-07-17 16:08|| Front Page Top

#7 Sherry is correct. No quorum, no vote. (Wonder if Sens Byrd or Kennedy will be wheeled in, for different reasons, to mumble 'here' at 0400 and propose a self-congratulatory toast.)
Posted by Phinater Thraviger 2007-07-17 18:08||   2007-07-17 18:08|| Front Page Top

#8 What? The President has been given counsel for some changes in war strategy. He would be open to constructive criticism. The status quo won't wash.
Posted by McZoid 2007-07-17 21:06||   2007-07-17 21:06|| Front Page Top

#9 I hope they talk all night. There is a chance that a Red State "moderate" will spout something that annoys his/her constituents. I hope ther are plenty of pictures.
Posted by Super Hose 2007-07-17 22:23||   2007-07-17 22:23|| Front Page Top

23:58 Verlaine
23:47 Eric Jablow
23:45 Zenster
23:41 ed
23:41 Zenster
23:39 Phinater Thraviger
23:18 Verlaine
23:13 Super Hose
22:57 Zenster
22:45 Anonymoose
22:38 BA
22:37 Super Hose
22:36 W.O.P.R.
22:30 Super Hose
22:23 Super Hose
22:23 Sherry
22:17 Raider Ray
22:08 Odysseus
21:59 Super Hose
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21:40 JosephMendiola
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21:28 Mike N.
21:25 WTF

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