Capitol Theater, With a Capital Tea

From POLITICO:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) called Democrats’ push to force through an arms control treaty and an omnibus spending bill right before Christmas “sacrilegious,” and warned he’d draw the process out to wage his objections.

“We shouldn’t be jamming a major arms control treaty up against Christmas; it’s sacrilegious and disrespectful,” he told POLITICO. “What’s going on here is just wrong. This is the most sacred holiday for Christians. They did the same thing last year – they kept everybody here until [Christmas Eve] to force something down everybody’s throat. I think Americans are sick of this.”

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DeMint’s comments echo those of Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) who said Tuesday that Reid’s voting schedule is impossible to accomplish “without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians.”

Reid took to the floor Wednesday afternoon and defended jamming through a packed lame-duck agenda in the final days of the session, blaming Republicans for stalling legislative business throughout the year.

“As a Christian, no one has to remind me of the importance of Christmas for all of the Christian faith, all their families across America,” he said. “I don’t need to hear the sanctimonious lectures of Sens. Kyl and DeMint to remind me of what Christmas means.”

Some Christian leaders joined Reid in criticizing DeMint – and later in the day, the South Carolina Christian conservative issued a statement clarifying his concerns.

“I have no problem working every day until Christmas and beyond to stop this rampage of spending and bad policy, what I object to is Democrats trying to rush through an agenda voters rejected and hoping that Americans are too busy with the holidays to notice,” DeMint said.

The heated back-and-forth has set up a high-stakes showdown that could determine whether Reid scales back his lame-duck agenda. At stake are votes on a repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibiting gays from serving openly in the military, a vote on the DREAM Act immigration measure, and the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.

From abc NEWS:

Now that the Senate has passed the tax bill in a rare show of bipartisanship, the world’s greatest deliberative body seems poised to become a place of bitter partisanship, fierce divisiveness, and negative tactics. In other words, business as usual.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to take up the START nuclear treaty with Russia and a massive $1.1 trillion omnibus bill that includes $8 billion of earmarks. After that, he still wants to pass the stand-alone Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal and the DREAM Act.

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Oh, and about that Christmas break – it might not be much of one at all.

“Christmas is a week from Saturday. I understand that,” Reid said Tuesday. “But I hope the Republicans understand it also, because we are going to complete our work no matter how long it takes in this Congress. We have to do the work of the American people. We’ve been stalled and stalled and stalled this whole Congress, and it’s going on right now.”

That stalling is only going to get worse over the next week. Republicans led by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, plan to force readings on the Senate floor of the START pact and the omnibus, an effort to force lawmakers to slow down and learn what is in the bills.

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“What a colossal waste of time,” Reid said Wednesday.

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Reid even raised the possibility of working during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

“There’s still Congress after Christmas. So if the Republicans think that because they can stall and stall and stall that we take a break, we’re through, we’re not through. Congress ends on January 4th.”

If the possibility of working on Christmas Eve didn’t already have Republicans fuming, then the chance of losing their post-Christmas break surely did. Kyl said the Senate should simply pass a funding bill to keep the government running once the latest continuing resolution runs out on Saturday – and then go home.

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“We ought to pass the tax legislation and keep the lights on around here. Everything else can wait,” railed Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday.

So to recap, Republicans say Democrats are disrespecting Christmas, disrespecting the Senate, and disrespecting the voters. Democrats say Republicans have stalled all year long – and that it would be an affront to voters for them to leave now with so much work still incomplete.

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34 responses to “Capitol Theater, With a Capital Tea

  1. afrankangle

    Is DeMint playing Kevin Costner in Christmas Story?

  2. jean-philippe

    I look at your work with McConnell and ask, Madam, where are the chins ?

    Thank you for trying to Chevy-Chasing Kyl’s heart. It may start beating anytime soon.

  3. Senator DeMental says, “I think Americans are sick of this.” Actually…I want their asses working. A lot.

    Pretty colors! Homely subjects. 😀

    • i want them working, too. in fact, i think they should go out and shovel the steps of the capitol and scrub the toilets when they’re between votes. they want to cut the budget? that should get them started.

      p.s. demented doesn’t do ralphie’s glasses justice, but i put them on him, hoping the prescription is really wrong and his eyes will hurt. 😀

  4. be back soon, kids. the offspring came down to take me out to dinner for my birthday. 😀

      • we did! we went to a japanese restaurant he had taken me before, and he laughed at me for having to get the kids’ chopsticks, because i can’t use those damned things for the life of me! i ate wayyyyyy too much, and i feel like i’m going to burst. oh, almost forgot. before we left, we got in the offspring’s car, and he said that he forgot his phone. he got out and went back in the house. just then, a car pulled into the next parking lot behind the one i was in. i saw the headlights when i turned around. offspring was taking a while, and i figured that he had hired someone to kill me, and his excuse would be that he was in the house at the time (i read way too many real crime books). however, i wasn’t killed, and he finally came back out. anyway, like i said, i ate wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too much. i also drank a lot (just water) to wash down all that yummy food, so when we got home, i really had to pee. i went to my room and then to the connecting bathroom and took care of business. i hadn’t bothered to turn on the light in my room. when i got out of the bathroom, i turned on the light, and there was a big black box sitting on my bed. i didn’t remember putting anything on my bed, but i’m getting to that age when i forg….what was i talking about? oh yeah, so i look at the box, and i couldn’t believe my eyes! 😯 he got me a wacom intuos4 tablet! (he didn’t really leave his phone in the house! he was planting the present! 🙂 ) i had told him i wanted one, but i meant the little piddling one i had seen in staples. he got me this one! he set it up and installed whatever it is that has to be installed, and then he went back to his apartment, only to return tomorrow for the weekend. the tablet’s so awesome, and i have no idea what the hell i’m doing! actually, i can click on one thing or another, but i haven’t tried out photoshop yet. i’m sure i’ll be totally lost.

  5. I found you from Jillsy Girl. I love your site. I’m going to poke around a little bit, but don’t worry I’ll put everything back where I found it!!

  6. “This is the most sacred holiday for Christians.”

    No, that’s Easter. A birth is unremarkable. A resurrection, now, that’s worth celebrating.

  7. Well isn’t this a nice little sampler of what’s in store for the next 2 years?
    I’m dreading it. Bickerfest 2011-2012 coming soon!
    Congress…. Holy?

    More like Holy Hell.

    One thing’s for sure, DeMint is Demented.
    Guess what Jim? Many Americans who pay the taxes that pay your salary, are working on X mas eve too….. some even on X mas, because employers know you are lucky to have a job.

    Let the congressional scurvy spiders earn their pay.

    • look on the bright side, fran. it’ll be fun watching yertle mcconnell trying to fend off jim demented and his merry little band of teabaggers. they may have hoodwinked a certain percentage of the unwashed masses, but there are plenty of independents out there who are wondering why demented and kyl are bitching about cutting short their vacations, while the average joe is working 2 jobs just to stay afloat and would be happy to work on christmas day so he can get time and a half. dick armey thought he was being all kinds of slick, but now he’s handed yertle a huge mess.

  8. ” the sanctity of Christmas..”. Where? Not in the materialistic crapfest that is the present state of observence that starts in retailing on Sept. !. Way back in the kid days of the 50s it started to get going about the second week of December and was that dreamy time of year you had waited for all year to get that big present. In modern times junior just has to throw a shit fit to enjoy endless materialism all year long that seems not to satisfy him. Merchandisers have ruined it in my opinion. As Alan Watts once observed, “it’s like a garbage truck collided with a dime store”.

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