GOP RINO Season Opens Tomorrow- Sarah Palin has Steve Schmidt stampeding into the RINO Pit

If you do not know of Steve Schmidt, you will…

Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue,
clears the air on this GOP RINO
Starting Monday, November 16th 2009
on the Oprah Winfrey Show
and a series of interviews
with Bill O’Reilly on FOX News

steve schmidt rino poster

First a little Background on Steve Schmidt, the McCain Campaign’s Main Man managing the day-to-day activities of a failure-in-the-making  McCain Campaign who targeted Sarah Palin and essentially single-handedly prevented Sarah from making the McCain campaign a winner.

One might ask themselves, why would a Campaign manager do that to a campaign they are managing? Answer, when a campaign manager is a my way or the highway Social Leftist in GOP clothing.

Some campaign managing history of Steve Schmidt…

  • Steve Schmidt specializes in political “message development and strategy”
  • 1995, Steve Schmidt managed Will T. Scott’s failed campaign for attorney general of Kentucky
  • 1995, Schmidt was Communications Director for the failed U.S. Senate campaign of Matt Fong
  • 1999, Schmidt was the communications director for failed Lamar Alexander‘s presidential campaign
  • 2006, Schmidt was campaign manager in the re-election campaign for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, his RINO-ness was favorable in California, home of Nancy Pelosi.
  • 2008, Schmidt was overall manager of the  day-to-day operations of the failed McCain campaign

Quite a campaign resume, isn’t it?

Steve Schmidt is at his RINO Best when slamming Christians and Christianity and promoting Same Sex Marriage.

Same Sex Marriage

Schmidt predicted gay marriage will create a bigger and bigger divide between the GOP and the electorate in the years ahead. He said that as young voters age, they may adopt conservative views on the economy and national security — but they will not abandon liberal, social beliefs.

This would put the Republican Party at odds with a swath of voters, Schmidt said.

A point of fact – Gay Marriage has been voted down by a majority of voters  in 31 consecutive US States in which Gay Marriage has been on the ballot, including Nancy Pelosi’s own state of California.

So much for Steve Schmidt being “in touch’ with the thinking of the majority of Americans and his dismissal of Christians and Christianity as a flaw of the Republican Party to be purged and squelched.

Reporting for The New York Times, Abby Goodnough writes,
“With the repeal of the same-sex marriage law, Maine became the 31st state to reject same-sex marriage at the ballot box. Five other states — Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire and Vermont — have legalized same-sex marriage, but only through court rulings and legislative action.

Now comes Sarah Palin
in a face off with Steve Schmidt

palin liberal ankle bitersSteve Schmidt adopted the Socialist Tactic of Demonizing Christians and Christianity, thus demonizing Sarah Palin during the McCain Campaign and undercutting and attacking her at every opportunity… the majority faith in the United States of America. Not a wise row to hoe…

Steve Schmidt also employed Sexism as a weapon against Sarah Palin in attempts to paint her as suffering from Postpartum Depression… gee, when did Steve Schmidt become an OB/GYN and Psychotherapist?

In my view, Steve Schmidt is on virtually the same level as a Perez Hilton.

Results of Radicalized Marxist Infiltration of the Gay Rights Movement

As I stated in a previous blogpost (Hate Crimes Law will Strengthen Conservatism, Weaken Leftists; the unintended consequences) I view the eventual political stage as being strengthened not weakened for the 96% of the US population who are heterosexuals not the remaining 4% who have become infamous through radicalized Marxist infiltrated community organizers who apply Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals against heterosexuals. There is room at the table for the homosexual children of heterosexual couples… but the tail does not long wag the dog.

When the Left spend their time obsessing about Sarah, Obama gets jealous.

Reason being… a spotlight is a spotlight and his grows dimmer… Mama said there will be days like this, there’d be days like this, his mama said… mama said, mama SAID.


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Geoffrey Dunn: Schmidt Calls Palin’s Memoirs “Total Fiction”

Steve Schmidt Calls Sarah Palin’s Memoirs “Total Fiction” « Sarah

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Top 10 Palin Book Leaks – Page 1 – The Daily Beast

Tomgram: Max Blumenthal, How Palin Became a Rogue

Getting Ready For Sarah « Giovanni’s World

McCain camp: Palin book ‘petty and pathetic’

Man With Palin 2012 Billboard Fights For Right To Display In San Fran Suburb (VIDEO)

Book review: “Sarah from Alaska” : TPC

Sarah Palin Newsweek Cover: “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah?”

Rush Limbaugh: Sarah Palin’s Book Is “Truly One Of The Most Substantive Policy Books I’ve Read”

Sarah Palin to settle scores in book – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room

McCain Admits Tensions Over Palin Among Former Staff (VIDEO)


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111 Responses to GOP RINO Season Opens Tomorrow- Sarah Palin has Steve Schmidt stampeding into the RINO Pit

  1. Ian says:

    Sounds like you’re one of those Christian Conservatives who hates everyone who doesn’t agree with your Nazi agenda 100%.
    Go ahead, purge your party. It did wonders for the Whigs…

  2. VotingFemale says:

    Sounds like you are one of those whiny Perez Hilton types who asks people to pee in their wheaties… so they can go boo hoo hoo


    and you are sooo concerned about the Conservative Party… isn’t that quaint!

    I am well acquainted with your Saul Alinsky Rules for Radials playbook… and use it with effect. just sayin’ 😉

    now run along sonny boy back to the left side of the tracks… your marxist handlers will be worried.

    Wink! Wink!
    You Betcha!

  3. LisaInTX says:

    How refreshing. New Meat is on the table…..LMAO…..

  4. LisaInTX says:

    You REALLY need to research the terminology yoy spew.
    This group HAS done the research and we are not fooled by it and damned sure know what is going on.

  5. VotingFemale says:

    meow…. (she says in all innocence)


    LisaInTX says

    How refreshing. New Meat is on the table…..LMAO…..

  6. LisaInTX says:

    The purging that needs to be done is getting all the commie loving Stalinist/Marxist/Maoist out of OUR Democrat Party.

  7. VotingFemale says:

    Ian will run if he knows whats good for him…

    else we will have him crying like a baby…

  8. LisaInTX says:

    Oh and removing the Nazi gun control fanatics and homosexual radicals too….

  9. VotingFemale says:

    hey Ian? Bring your whiney baby buddies, dear! coo…

  10. LisaInTX says:

    Hahhahahahaaa!!! ROLFLMAO….HAHAHAAA

    At least he wasn’t a rabid dog radical…least not yet…..;-D

  11. LisaInTX says:

    Mmmmm…..Mmmmm…..Mmmmm….Good 😀

  12. VotingFemale says:

    let me look up “call them nazis” in my Saul Alinsky Book…. mmmmm…. there it is! 😀

  13. VotingFemale says:

    Several applicable Alinsky rules for use on them whiney little thumb suckers…

    Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. It also infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.

    Hey, Sarah Palin says something outrageous and liberal blogs get infuriated, foam at the mouth, and run the story constantly. I’d say she has them well-trained.

    Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, then there is something very wrong with the tactic.

    I once saw a flyer from a Marxist group wanting to recruit people that said “Join us in the struggle.” Golly that sure sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

  14. LisaInTX says:

    We TRUE Patriots of the extremist radical Thomas Jefferson agree with the 2nd amendment and the right to bear arms, yet what party is advocating for gun control like the Nazis?
    Oh yeah—-the Communist Party aka ‘The new and improved” almost “enlightened” Democrat Party

  15. LisaInTX says:

    I have that page bookmarked. Call them “Racist” “Red-neck” “Slaver” “Birther” “Deather” are alternate versions of Nazi.

    VotingFemale // November 15, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    let me look up “call them nazis” in my Saul Alinsky Book…. mmmmm…. there it is!

  16. LisaInTX says:

    Dang…i gotta run errands and will now miss all the tasty morsels being served.
    I hope Ian comes back before dessert is sliced up.
    Yummmm….Yummmm…..tasty 😀

  17. VotingFemale says:

    whether he comes back is yet to be determined… depends on his diapers

  18. VotingFemale says:

    And then there is this… I laughed till I cried!

    poo widdow Perez Hilton got spanked for being an ass!

  19. samiam60 says:

    My my my, what have you ladies been up too?

    Oh my, did a little progressive boy fall on his face today or what?

  20. VotingFemale says:

    Hi samiam 😉

    Ian? he is probably off sucking his thumb now… afraid of a couple of conservative women who know what they are talking about…


  21. Ian says:

    Heck, I’m not afraid of anyone. You’re free to voice your opinion, I’m free to disagree with it. One of the perks of living in America.
    But, you know, I love it when conservatives spout Jefferson. If he were alive today he’d be working for the ACLU. Remember a certain letter he wrote explaining the wall of separation between church and state?

  22. roxannadanna says:

    Why do these jerks always chicken out and run? They are so entertaining, especially against women with way more clues than he has!

  23. Foxwood says:

    You might be a liberal if your sad Chicago didn’t get the Olympics, but did get the next best thing, the terrorists.

  24. Foxwood says:

    “If he were alive today he’d be working for the ACLU.”

    Oh! Your saying he would be a Communist?

  25. Foxwood says:

    “Remember a certain letter he wrote explaining the wall of separation between church and state?”

    I love it when the Commie Libs think a letter is part of the Constitution.

  26. Foxwood says:

    You might be a liberal if you’ve got half a brain…because the doctor didn’t remove all of it when he performed the abortion.

  27. VotingFemale says:

    Jefferson probably had Islam in mind when speaking of separation of Church and state.


    Glad to see you actually have some backbone-age

    Ian says

    Heck, I’m not afraid of anyone. You’re free to voice your opinion, I’m free to disagree with it. One of the perks of living in America.
    But, you know, I love it when conservatives spout Jefferson. If he were alive today he’d be working for the ACLU. Remember a certain letter he wrote explaining the wall of separation between church and state?

  28. m2 says:


    Ian doesn’t sound much diff than the libbies on ireport. I’ve heard the Whig crack before. That’s an honor considering they were for freedom from central power corruption.

    Better than being the current Dem party which closely resembles Stalinism, and indeed- is comprised of Communists.

    The current Repub party is the Dem party of our grandfathers.

    Got any new Soros-funded talking points? I’m tired if the ones in rotation now.

  29. m2 says:

    Yeah TJ wasn’t for any of the “welfare” programs the govt has bloated us into inconceivable benefit payouts that total more than the GDP of the planet… And he sure as heck wouldn’t want taxpayers funding eugenic-abortion services.

    Dem. these days are corporate funded hacks with 60’s retread activists managing offices they could never be fairly elected to, all supported by a foreign billionaire hedge fund nihilist/corporatist.

    So anyway, we got NJ, VA, and possibly NY-23.
    The reckoning is coming for Obama and his SDS network of communists.. No doubt.

  30. Foxwood says:

    M2 says:
    “Yeah TJ wasn’t for any of the “welfare” programs the govt has bloated us into inconceivable benefit payouts that total more than the GDP of the planet”

    Yeah, when welfare didn’t mean then what it means today. Yet they keep calling it the “Welfare Clause”. He was for personal responsibility, not handout.

  31. samhenry says:

    Hi everyone – just a driveby. I’m using Warrant’s Car and I’m parked at the dock using my megaphone.

    VF – unbelievable post – I don’t know how you put these things together. The mind of a clever cat….

  32. samhenry says:

    Policeman approaches DOG in car and tells DOG to move along.

    DOG yells excitedly from shore – see you all later – love. The Policeman grimaces.

  33. samhenry says:

    Carrier Pidgeon Drops message for M2; poop for the Head of the FOX

    “That was an excellent piece, M2.”

  34. Foxwood says:

    That was some good info. Will keep it for later use.


  35. ohiobelle says:

    Hello All..

    Ian wrote: Heck, I’m not afraid of anyone. You’re free to voice your opinion, I’m free to disagree with it. One of the perks of living in America.


    There are no “perks” when a narcissist is in control!

  36. Kynikos says:

    You know I do a lot of fishing in my home state, and it is always more fun to let the fish run, pull him in let him run, or just play him, that is much more rewarding than just jerking him right in the boat.

    OK who understands what this is in reference to??

    see above, and play the fish…and for gods sake do not spook him!

  37. samhenry says:

    DOG yells down from hot air balloon – love to force you to post another pigeon pic. lol Balloon drifts back to docks. DOG wishes it could be otherwise and there could be play time on the deck of the good ship VF.

  38. m2 says:

    VF, I love the resume you outlined for this loser, Schmidt. And someone should remind the liberals how Obama won’t sign on to gay marriage, even though I a proud conservative care not if it happens. Obama won’t let it happen, because as he likes to claim African Americans as his supporters, the majority of both African American and Hispanic democrats are against gay marriage. The lying Obama says anything to any constituency to get elected. He is not a principled man, unless you count his religious submission to Communism and Saul Alumsky. Ah! There… He does have some principles afterall…

  39. Foxwood says:

    Got a buddy that should be here soon, VF. DaggetDBeaver. I told him to let you know he knew me. Funny guy. I’ve posted a couple of his “You might be a liberal” jokes.

  40. Foxwood says:

    I’d like to have that pigeon pie!

  41. samhenry says:

    Clarence intones: Monsieur Renard, ze peegeon eez nut fer peye mehking, humph.

    DOG SCREAMS – Clarence, put down those binoculars and that megaphone and go to your “rhume” (oh mine got, I talk like the Basset encore). Warrant, you will never know the sacrifice I am making for you.

  42. Foxwood says:

    Obutthole is having a Town Hall in Shanghi RIGHT NOW! F*CKING COMMUNIST!

  43. LisaInTX says:

    There is NO MENTION of any “wall” within our Constitution. If our founding fathers had wanted one, they would have included that wording in it.
    The commies have twisted the REAL meaning of the Danbury Baptist letter and if you read it, you would see that Jefferson was ASSURING the Baptist, that there would not be a One National Religion forced upon the people.
    Our Constitution guarantees the Freedom OF Religion and NO LAW shall infringe that right.
    That an activist judge did NOT FOLLOW the Constitution, but instead used a personal letter, only shows us that our judicial system began to fail years ago.

  44. LisaInTX says:

    Oh and Ian. Kudo’s for braving it back over here. Open Mature debate is refreshing and a good learning experience on both sides.

    However, I advise that you best be prepared with FACTS and not rhetoric—-we have ALL been thru that rabid liberal spew and have very little tolerance for the koolaide drinking mentality.

  45. LisaInTX says:

    You just rock my world with your words!! Hahahaa…well said! 😀

    m2 // November 15, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Yeah TJ wasn’t for any of the “welfare” programs the govt has bloated us into inconceivable benefit payouts that total more than the GDP of the planet… And he sure as heck wouldn’t want taxpayers funding eugenic-abortion services.

    Dem. these days are corporate funded hacks with 60’s retread activists managing offices they could never be fairly elected to, all supported by a foreign billionaire hedge fund nihilist/corporatist.

  46. Kynikos says:

    Lisa in Texas has hooked a big Blue fish…love the banter, reminds me of days of yore.

    Samhenry, you upped your meds? Silly dog in a balloon, send some my way.

    Back to the salt mines…

  47. Foxwood says:

    It’s close Kinky.

  48. arlenearmy says:

    I think you must be referring to the Jefferson in Louisiana whose awaiting his 13 yr. prison sentence. He had a wall in his freezer for purpose of separation of cash & not getting caught

  49. arlenearmy says:

    I know.. i know.. i know… Jefferson is still alive.

    If you talking about forefather Jefferson, then I seriously doubt he would had demeaned himself by associating w/the likes of an ACLU.

  50. Daggett says:

    Hello there VotingFemale. Great blog. I’m a friend of Foxwood from Twitter, greetings.

  51. VotingFemale says:

    Hi Daggett!

    Welcome and hope you will feel at home commenting and sharing with us!

  52. VotingFemale says:

    Hi K,

    I will understand your drift… with that said, a testing of a potential debate opponent to make the grade over the long run eliminates little fish who only think they have the ability to debate. Sorta like picking the net that catches the big fish and lets the little ones go on their way back to the shallow end of the lake.

    I am also of the opinion that hit and runner bloggers like Ian (as opposed to random drive-by commenters who have no blog) are the ones doing the fishing… trying to lurk folks into commenting on his blog to pump his view stats, where he controls the moderation and has comment edit privs and he is the one with the commenting back up from his buddies.

    I wont bite that bait… he came here… let him defend his POV here or run back to mama where he feels safe. I wont follow him.

    Kynikos says

    You know I do a lot of fishing in my home state, and it is always more fun to let the fish run, pull him in let him run, or just play him, that is much more rewarding than just jerking him right in the boat.

    OK who understands what this is in reference to??

    see above, and play the fish…and for gods sake do not spook him!

  53. VotingFemale says:

    SanHenry is a master of literary device and her creative use of soliloquy and metaphors is refreshing, individually uniquely her, and entertaining. I think her ‘meds’ are not an issue… appreciation of her writings though, is a higher form of appreciation of creative word-smithing…
    I enjoy it…

    Kynikos says

    Lisa in Texas has hooked a big Blue fish…love the banter, reminds me of days of yore.

    Samhenry, you upped your meds? Silly dog in a balloon, send some my way.

    Back to the salt mines…

  54. Foxwood says:

    Sieg Heil und Guten Morgan fellow unAmerican Nazis!
    It’s time to unfurl the Confederate Swastika and fire the cannon!

  55. Foxwood says:

    Morning VF!

    Good to see you here Daggett!

    Arlene, You were up late! Good morning!

  56. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning Foxwood!

    Dagget make his comment about 10:30pm last evening but I changed the time stamp so it would not be buried up in the comment log.

    Arlene is a night owl, for sure!

  57. samiam60 says:

    Good Morning SamH, VF, Kinky, and Foxwood.

    Thanks for the Cannon Fire this morning. I needed that to get moving.

  58. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning Samiam!

  59. VotingFemale says:

    Sarah Palin’s interview on Oprah’s show is today… I set the DVR a few days ago to record it.

    I have never been a fan of the Oprah show thus I have no interest in watching it but this episode is different.

  60. samiam60 says:


    more to follow.

  61. samiam60 says:

    China Criticizes U.S. Financial Management During Obama Visit

  62. samiam60 says:

    Regulator says U.S. policy puts global recovery at risk as Obama arrives in Beijing.

  63. samiam60 says:

    BEIJING — China’s top banking regulator issued a sharp critique of U.S. financial management only hours before President Barack Obama commenced his first visit to the Asian giant, highlighting economic and trade tensions that threaten to overshadow the trip.

    Liu Mingkang, chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, said that a weak U.S. dollar and low U.S. interest rates had led to “massive speculation” that was inflating asset bubbles around the world. It has created “unavoidable risks for the recovery of the global economy, especially emerging economies,” Liu said.

    The situation is “seriously impacting global asset prices and encouraging speculation in stock and property markets.”

    His comments signaled that Obama — on the third leg of a four-country Asian tour — can expect blunt talk from Chinese leaders on the economy. The issue could complicate his broad agenda in China that also includes efforts to extract new commitments on climate change and to encourage them to take a more active role to defuse nuclear threats in Iran and North Korea.

    Before heading to China, Obama underscored the urgency of his agenda on Iran by joining Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in warning Tehran that “we are now running out of time.”

    The trip has already had some hiccups. Wrangling between the administration and Beijing over Obama’s town hall meeting with university students in Shanghai on Monday was intense, with China wanting to screen the audience and its questions, and the U.S. wanting a freer exchange.

  64. samiam60 says:

    Ahahahahahaha Barrack, your Commie Puppet Masters are going to hand you your dumb A$$ just like the Russians did you idiot.

    Ahahahahahahaha…………… 🙂

  65. samiam60 says:

    Hey Barrack as you Bow Down before your Puppet Masters in China you might want to look over your shoulder for whats comming your way once you hand them the United States of America.

  66. m2 says:

    Mornin’ sam, VF, fox-

    what do you guys think of the administration moving the jihadists to Illinois?


  67. Foxwood says:

    “Hey Barrack as you Bow Down before your Puppet Masters in China you might want to look over your shoulder for whats comming your way once you hand them the United States of America.”

    Or at least look between your legs if you want to see it coming.

  68. Foxwood says:

    Yeah, Chicago doesn’t get the Olympics, but they still win.

  69. Foxwood says:

    Off to the showers! BRB!

  70. m2 says:

    Wow isn’t that what Obama’s bankroll, Soros, is great at though? Devastating weak economies, and forcing bubbles with false speculation (like how he drove up the cost of oil/gas in campaign summer 2008?)….

    sam wrote:

    Liu Mingkang, chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, said that a weak U.S. dollar and low U.S. interest rates had led to “massive speculation” that was inflating asset bubbles around the world. It has created “unavoidable risks for the recovery of the global economy, especially emerging economies,” Liu said.

  71. samiam60 says:

    Morning M2, welp it looks like Obamanomics is falling on its face in China. Spend and Tax is not going to do anything but destroy what is left of our struggling economy.

    I am sure the Chinese will send Barry home with new marching orders. Perhaps he will order the Chinese Flag be flown over the White House Permanently.

  72. samiam60 says:

    Chicago now has 100,000 gang members roaming the streets. I would imagine adding a few terrorists to the count won’t change things much in Chicago.

    Obama’s Thugland home.

  73. m2 says:


    yeah I’m sure the Chinese didn’t get the memo that the earth is being destroyed by a few uppity self appointed oligarchy so they can realize their centurian vision of a “new world order”…

    I saw a story the other day about a guy called Paulson (hedge funder friend of Soros), who made billions off betting against the mortgage market and buying inti insurance for risky loans.

    One year and a half ago, I read an article about a lunch meeting between Paulson and Soros in which Paulson schooled Soros on how to bet, manipulate the mortgage market (the actual meeting took place years ago, as we all know, but was being revisited by Paulson in 2008)…

    Put these ppl in jail. Where they ought to be, and maybe China will gain some luck with respect to the future of modern civilization and working economies.

    That’s what I say.

  74. VotingFemale says:

    The policies and political moves and F-ups of the Obama such as the 9/11 trial in NYC, telling Congress not to investigate the DoD/FBI/CIA on its PC screwups like their handling of Assassin Hasan the SoA, picking a prison near Chicago without consensous of Illinois Voters, is like a Laural and Harvey Movie.

    If it were not for America taking the punishment of it… I would be terminally laughing.

    What he is doing to the US is criminal… and the majority of the American Public see it for what it is…

    Samiam, this development with China is major… MAJOR!

    China teaching The US Communist-In-Chief about best practices of a Free Market System?

    This is the single largest Ass Kicking of a US President’s Fiscal Policies in the history of the United States… and from a Communist Nation.


    m2 says

    Mornin’ sam, VF, fox-

    what do you guys think of the administration moving the jihadists to Illinois?


    samiam60 says

    Morning M2, welp it looks like Obamanomics is falling on its face in China. Spend and Tax is not going to do anything but destroy what is left of our struggling economy.

  75. VotingFemale says:

    Time for a new SNL Obama Skit…

    Will all the economic screwup ass kicking of Obama by China, now comes this… and from the New York Times…

    Obama Hobbled in Fight Against Global Warming

    Published: November 15, 2009

    WASHINGTON — President Obama came into office pledging to end eight years of American inaction on climate change under President George W. Bush, and all year he has promised that the United States would lead the way toward a global agreement in Copenhagen next month to address the warming planet.

    But this weekend in Singapore, Mr. Obama was forced to acknowledge that a comprehensive climate deal was beyond reach this year. Instead, he and other world leaders agreed that they would work toward a more modest interim agreement with a promise to renew work toward a binding treaty next year.

    The admission places Mr. Obama in the awkward position of being, at least for now, as unlikely to spearhead an international effort to combat global warming as his predecessor — if for different reasons.

    In Mr. Bush’s case, he remained skeptical about the science of global warming until near the end of his presidency and dubious about the need for concerted global action.

    And his reluctance was echoed by a Congress that wanted to see clear commitments from developing countries like China.

    But Mr. Obama has been a champion of climate change regulation. He has moved unilaterally to limit greenhouse gases from vehicles and large sources such as coal-burning power plants. And in recent months, China, India, Brazil and some other developing countries have issued promises to slow the growth of emissions, although with the knowledge that a binding treaty to enforce such pledges will not take effect for at least several years.

    Yet Mr. Obama has found himself limited in his ambitions by a Congress that is unwilling to move as far or as fast as he would like.

    American negotiators have been hamstrung in talks leading to the Copenhagen conference by inaction on legislation supported by the administration that would impose strict caps on carbon dioxide emissions. The House passed a relatively stringent bill in June, but the Senate is not expected to begin serious debate on the measure until next year.

    Without a firm commitment from the United States — for decades the world’s leading emitter of climate-altering gases — other nations have been reluctant to deliver firmer pledges of their own. Mr. Obama’s aides say he remains determined to use his domestic authority and international clout to continue pressing toward a global agreement. despite the latest setback.

    “Is this impasse the United States’ fault? Of course. But others are at fault as well,” said Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign in Washington, citing the opposition of polluting industries and the reluctance of emerging economies to commit to binding curbs on emissions. “We have both the obligation and capability of taking the lead on this issue. The longer we delay, the more extreme the steps that will have to be taken.”

    Mr. Obama expressed support on Sunday for a proposal from Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark to pursue a two-step process at the Copenhagen conference.

    Under the plan, the 192 nations convening in the Danish capital would formulate a nonbinding political agreement calling for reductions in global warming emissions and aid for developing nations to adapt to a changing climate. The group would also promise to work to put together a binding global pact in 2010, complete with firm emissions targets, enforcement mechanisms and specific dollar amounts to aid poorer nations.

    “We must in the coming weeks focus on what is possible and not let ourselves be distracted by what is not possible,” Mr. Rasmussen said in Singapore, making clear he would prefer to lock in the progress that has been made to date and not postpone action until countries are prepared to accept legally-binding commitments.

    Although many read the compromise as a sign that the Copenhagen talks were doomed to produce at best a weak agreement, Yvo de Boer, the United Nations official managing the climate negotiations, said the statements out of the Singapore meeting did not limit his ambitions.

    “Copenhagen can and must deliver clarity on emission reduction targets and the finance to kick start rapid action,” Mr. de Boer said. “I have seen nothing that would change my view on that.”

    Not everyone blames the United States for the apparent deadlock. A European Union official, who asked that his name not be used so he could speak more freely, said that Mr. Obama was moving to use his executive authority to regulate greenhouse gases, but that India and China had delivered little beyond promises.

    He said that it had been clear for months that Copenhagen was not going to yield a breakthrough and that there was plenty of blame to go around.

    Rajendra K. Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said the compromise agreed to by the leaders in Singapore was an honest admission of what had become obvious over the past several weeks, as negotiations toward a climate treaty stalled.

    But he said the admission was a severe disappointment from President Obama and the other leaders.

    “It signifies an abandonment of moral responsibility that a position of leadership on the world stage clearly implies,” Mr. Pachauri said in an e-mail message, adding that the scientific consensus on global warming demanded immediate action, not stalling tactics.

    Mr. Obama, speaking in Japan on Friday, seemed to anticipate the criticism the United States will face for the setback in the Copenhagen talks. He said he had started a momentous change in American policy on global warming that would take some time to complete.

    “Already, the United States has taken more steps to combat climate change in 10 months than we have in our recent history,” Mr. Obama said, “by embracing the latest science, by investing in new energy, by raising efficiency standards, forging new partnerships and engaging in international climate negotiations.

    “In short, America knows there is more work to do,” he said, “but we are meeting our responsibility, and will continue to do so.”

    James Kanter contributed reporting from Paris, and Andrew C. Revkin from New York.

  76. VotingFemale says:

    I have never seen a President accomplish so little and F-up so many times and so massively in my life… and he has done it in a 10 month time span…

    When the Democratic Party picks a loser as their champion, they don’t screw around… they do it in the biggest way possible.

    It adds new meaning to “Failed Policies” and we will no doubt hear…

    And did Obama keep us safe from homeland Terrorist Attacks? Ask Assassin Hasan that question.

    The failures of The Obama are Mounting and Massive… 10.2 percent and grow unemployment on the heels of the 878 billion “Stimulus” bill… which is stimulating the devaluation of the dollar and stimulating Tea Parties all over the country.

  77. samiam60 says:


    It is time to Resign Barry. Save yourself the humiliation of Impeachment.

  78. tellitlikeitis says:

    Good Morning Everyone! I can see Vf had a few newcomers join the party over the weekend.

  79. tellitlikeitis says:

    Federal oversight of subways proposed
    Red Line crash spurred safety plan Obama administration to push for Congress to change law

    By Joe Stephens and Lena H. Sun
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    The Obama administration will propose that the federal government take over safety regulation of the nation’s subway and light-rail systems, responding to what it says is haphazard and ineffective oversight by state agencies.

    Under the proposal, the U.S. Department of Transportation would do for transit what it does for airlines and Amtrak: set and enforce federal regulations to ensure that millions of passengers get to their destinations safely. Administration officials said the plan will be presented in coming weeks to Congress, which must approve a change in the law.

    The proposal would affect every subway and light-rail system in the country, including large systems in Washington, New York, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    Administration officials said they are responding to a growing number of collisions, derailments and worker fatalities on subways — and in particular to the fatal June 22 crash on Metro’s Red Line and failures in oversight that have surfaced in its wake. Those failures have been the subject of an ongoing investigative series in The Washington Post.

    “After the [Metro] train crash, we were all sitting around here scratching our heads, saying, ‘Hey, we’ve got to do something about this,’ ” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in an interview. “And we discovered that there’s not much we could do, because the law wouldn’t allow us to do it.”

    Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the agency had not seen details of the proposal. “The bottom line is we welcome additional safety oversight with open arms,” she said.

    LaHood said he expects the proposal to be welcomed on Capitol Hill, but some Republicans said Saturday night that more federal oversight might not be the answer.

    “The administration is right to raise this issue, but federal regulation should only apply to systems that cross state lines,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who had not been briefed on the plan.

    Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) said the proposal sounded like a credible way to fix a broken oversight system. “Without seeing the details, it would make sense,” Wolf said. “Some states have done a good job, while others have not. There needs to be consistent safety enforcement.”

    Critical details of the plan remain unclear, including how much it would cost, where the money would come from, how the federal government would enforce its rules and whether it is equipped to carry out enhanced oversight. Existing state oversight bodies could remain in place to enforce the new regulations but would need to meet federal standards and gain federal approval.

    Safety experts praised the initiative.

    “It’s long overdue,” said Kitty Higgins, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board until August. “I applaud the secretary and his team for recognizing the gap in oversight in the current law. I hope that Congress will act on it swiftly.”

    An exception to the rule

    The federal government long has regulated the safe operation of airplanes, Amtrak and even ferries. But a law passed in 1965 prohibits federal regulation of subways. When that law was put into effect, there were only a handful of subways — Metro wouldn’t open its first line for another 11 years — and lawmakers reasoned that federal oversight would hamper their growth.

    As a result, rail transit operates under two very different federal systems offering disparate levels of safety oversight.

    Commuter rail systems, such as MARC and the Virginia Railway Express, are subject to a long list of federal regulations and are regularly inspected by federal safety monitors.

    Safety oversight of light-rail and subway systems, on the other hand, is delegated to 27 regional bodies controlled by states. Quality varies widely, as does funding and enforcement power. With a few notable exceptions, those agencies tend to be threadbare, averaging less than one staff person per agency, according to federal statistics.

    The state organizations have been criticized for lacking expertise and independence. Some rely on the transit systems they oversee to supply their funding. Many lack the legal authority to force transit agencies to grant them access to equipment and documents, and cannot compel transit agencies to correct any deficiencies they identify.

    For Metro, the second-busiest subway system in the nation, the monitoring body is the Tri-State Oversight Committee, which has six members but no employees, office or phone number. It also has no direct regulatory authority over Metro.

    As it stands, the Transportation Department also cannot direct subway systems to adopt safety recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board.

    Details of the proposal

    Under the administration’s proposal, states that kept their oversight bodies would have to pass safety certification programs and demonstrate that they had an adequately trained staff, as well as financial independence and authority to compel compliance from systems they oversee.

    States running their own programs would receive federal funds to cover salaries, training and other expenses. Federal regulations would ensure that the state programs established standards similar to those set by federal monitors.

    The Federal Transit Administration would assume direct oversight for states that opt out of safety monitoring. The agency also would take over for state organizations that the administration determined to be inadequate.

    If subway or light-rail systems did not meet the new safety standards, they would risk losing federal funding for capital expenditures, according to an administration official who was briefed on the plan.

    Transit systems would be responsible for shouldering the cost of complying with new federal safety requirements.

    The plan would also allow the FTA to issue safety regulations for bus transit systems, but officials said early efforts would focus on rail.

    In August, The Post reported that Metro’s supposedly fail-safe crash avoidance system had failed in March on Capitol Hill, allowing two trains to come perilously close to colliding. A few weeks later, the newspaper reported that the automatic crash avoidance system also failed in 2005, when three trains narrowly escaped what records said would have been “disastrous collisions” in a tunnel under the Potomac River. That system is a focus of the federal investigation into the cause of the June 22 crash, which killed nine people and injured 80, making it the deadliest incident in the history of Metro.

    Last week, an article revealed that Metro had barred independent safety monitors from walking along live subway tracks to assess compliance with safety rules. Since the ban began, two track workers have been fatally injured on the rails.

    Metro board Chairman Jim Graham said Friday that the agency is increasing supervision of safety chief Alexa Dupigny-Samuels, who denied access to the monitors.

    Also last week, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) called on LaHood to investigate Metro’s oversight by the committee. And Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who chairs a transportation subcommittee, said he would hold a hearing in the next few weeks that will look into issues raised as part of the investigation.

  80. samiam60 says:

    15% unemployment is just around the corner as companies continue to lay off worker with NO NEW JOBS on the horizon.

    Foreclosures will skyrocket as more and more people find themselves out of work.

    The “Christmas Season” I am allowed to say that here because so far we still have free speech.

    But, I believe the Christmas Shopping season will be dismal with so many barely able to put food on the table.

    Auto Sales will continue to tank as so many people will find their credit rating going down the tubes as they struggle to pay bills on time.

    I could go on and on but the picture is clear. This President will be out of office before his term is completed.

  81. samiam60 says:

    Good Morning Tellit and good to see you this fine morning in Obama land.

  82. samiam60 says:

    I bet Barry is Moon Walking for the Chinese right now.

  83. VotingFemale says:

    Check out this blogpost dated a year ago… after the election and before Obama took office… November 11, 2008

    Japan Fears And Dreads Pro-China Obamao
    November 16th, 2008 Posted By Erik Wong

  84. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning Tellit!

    a new visitor… he didn’t last long LOL

  85. m2 says:

    You have to be a failure to succeed in the current Democrat party… The more you fail, the higher the position you attain.

    Look at Gore, a 100 millionaire. Pelosi, a 14% “approval” rating. Poor Hillary Clinton accomplished too much and was too rational…so she’s been banished to 2nd rate secretary of state.

  86. m2 says:

    LMAO –

    It called him “the most dubious character in history to occupy the White House.” Criticizing Obama’s foreign policy statements as “abstract” and “strings of empty words such as ‘consultation’ and ‘cooperation,’ ” the article concluded that under Obama, the United States would lose its position of global leadership and drag the world into “enormous chaos.”

  87. VotingFemale says:

    time to do a new blogpost…

    an email heads up gets my attention should something arise..

    be back asap

    lets roll!

  88. samiam60 says:

    Obama and Company is crumbling right before our eyes in my view. It is now only a matter of time for them to totally self destruct.

    I am finding more and more Former Obama Supporters now complaining about there choice and asking: What can we do to right the wrong we did? I am hearing this from Family members and many in my circle of friends.

    Bottom line, many of these folks are now just plain Scared.

  89. samiam60 says:

    As for Soros M2. This man is right out of the Villiam pages of a James Bond Novel.

  90. tellitlikeitis says:

    Yes it seem like you still have those Kool aid addicts like Ian that like to live in the Obama fantasy world of “hope and change.”

  91. samiam60 says:

    Tellit seems like when a Lib gets his or her chance to comment here all they have to offer is Empty Words.

  92. tellitlikeitis says:

    No Hope! and Change for the worse! This is what happens when you elect a boy to do a man’s job. The perfect recipe for disaster.

  93. m2 says:

    Their hatred for America’s freedoms and subsequently, hatred of “conservatives” keeps them in a demoncrat-oppressed fog. When it hits home in a big way, they will finally AWAKEN, and perhaps feel ashamed for their trivial hatred of their countrymen when the true evil of communism encompasses the civilized world and embroils us in the 3rd world war.

  94. m2 says:

    I got to go out, will talk to y’all laters!

  95. tellitlikeitis says:

    I want VF to allow more in. We will have fun batting them around like a cat bats around a ball of yarn.

  96. tellitlikeitis says:

    See ya m2. Come back soon!

  97. samhenry says:

    VF has said:

    SanHenry is a master of literary device and her creative use of soliloquy and metaphors is refreshing, individually uniquely her, and entertaining. I think her ‘meds’ are not an issue… appreciation of her writings though, is a higher form of appreciation of creative word-smithing…
    I enjoy it…

    SamH and Clarence send hugs to VF for that. We greatly appreciate it.

  98. samhenry says:

    I watched a little Fareed Zakaria yesterday – they talked about US- China relations. A Chinese professor here said that the US is going over there in a weakened condition but that it could be turned around if America makes its own demands vis a vis trade, etc. They didn’t think Obama could do it.

    I am sure Obama is star-struck by so many people surrounding him with Communist credentials that are impeccable – more so than Marx – that he must not be able to sleep nights in his excitement and of course will be wetting his pants.

  99. samiam60 says:

    Ah Yes the “Obama Drama” continues.

    I bet someone has already begun writing the book:

    The Rise and Fall of one Barrack H. Obama.

  100. samiam60 says:

    Our whole financial Meltdown could have been avoided if the Democrats had listened to the warnings.

  101. tellitlikeitis says:

    The new wave of female firebrands striking fear into liberal AmericaRight-wing radicals are already pinning presidential ambitions on a mother-of-five from Minnesota who calls herself a ‘fool for Christ’ and condemns Obama as a socialist at the head of a gangster regime
    She is a striking brunette with a decidedly outspoken attitude. She lambasts President Barack Obama as a socialist and has become the darling of America’s right-wing activists who flock to her appearances. She is hated by liberals and loved by conservatives.

    Sarah Palin? Not quite. Meet Michele Bachmann, a Republican congresswoman from Minnesota who is being hailed as a new and increasingly powerful voice in American politics.

    Bachmann, at 53, is a darling of the so-called Tea Party movement, which has campaigned vociferously against healthcare reform, the economic stimulus package and legislation to combat climate change. Her followers have been behind mass rallies in Washington and smaller ones all over the country. She has emerged as one of the most visible politicians in America, frequently appearing on the conservative Fox News channel, whose hosts often champion her causes.

    She is part of an increasingly visible “female brand” of conservatism that is rising in America in the wake of the election of Obama. They include notable syndicated commentators such as Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter, whose dislike for liberals has grown ever more shrill in recent months. And, of course, Palin herself. She is still a giant of the political and media landscape and next week embarks on a book tour to sell her autobiography. It has already sparked a media frenzy, with a heavily hyped appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s show, and become a huge bestseller on pre-orders alone.

    All these women express a mood of conservative discontent that is becoming increasingly vocal and, some experts warn, extreme. The Republicans have been kicked out of power in the White House and Congress. The party is becoming more white and southern at the same time as national demographic changes give power to other regions and minorities. Many Americans are also suffering in the recession. That is a grim picture but one that also makes many voters vulnerable to a talented rabble-rouser. “They are tapping into grassroots frustration… they are charging up an already highly charged group of people,” said Shaun Bowler, a political scientist at the University of California at Riverside.

    The politics espoused by Bachmann, Palin and others on the far right of the conservative movement warn darkly of Obama’s intentions. They paint a picture of an America that is under threat from its own president. Bachmann has spoken of the possibility of the White House setting up “re-education camps” for America’s youth. Palin once accused Obama of “palling around” with terrorists. To the many critics of this new breed of conservatism, people such as Bachmann and Palin are putting an attractive female face to a very ugly brand of politics.

    The crowd gathered in Washington DC on 5 November had answered Bachmann’s call. Using Fox News and her own press announcements, Bachmann had demanded that conservative activists descend on the nation’s capital to invade the corridors of Congress and demand that politicians stop healthcare reform. Thousands of people did just that, showing up for a mass rally. They chanted: “We want Michele!”

    Many liberals criticised the protest as a failure. But from Bachmann’s point of view that was hard to see. The move catapulted her to the front of the Republican party as politician after politician showed up to address the crowd. She was a fixture on cable news all day. In the short space of a couple of years Bachmann had gone from obscure congresswoman to national media figure.

    But out in the crowd the ugly face of some modern conservatives was not hard to find. There were 12 arrests. One protester wore a mask of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with handfuls of bloody foetuses. Another protester held up a picture of piles of Jewish corpses from Dachau concentration camp. “National Socialist Healthcare”, the sign read.

    Bachmann later condemned those who had made Holocaust references at the rally. But even a cursory glance at her career reveals that this rising star has long trafficked in some extreme positions. In October last year Bachmann called some of her fellow congressmen anti-American. She has said Obama holds socialist views. She has attacked global warming by saying that carbon dioxide emissions are a natural part of the atmosphere. “Carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas, it is a harmless gas,” she said. She has fed into fears of a violent backlash against Obama by saying that “having a revolution every now and then is a good thing”. She has spoken of “gangster government” in a speech viewed more than two million times on the internet. She has dubbed Obama’s plans to increase AmeriCorps – a government volunteer service group – as a plan to forcibly indoctrinate young people. “I believe there is a very strong chance that we will see young people put into mandatory service… there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people,” she told an interviewer. Her language in opposing healthcare reform has been bloodcurdling. At a recent event in Colorado she told her audience: “What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn’t pass.” She is also extremely socially conservative, strongly opposing abortion and gay marriage, and deeply religious. She has described herself as a “fool for Christ”.

    Such extreme statements and beliefs have made Bachmann a figure of both fun and fear among liberal Americans, especially in her home state of Minnesota. “It is hard to think that people take her seriously. But on a national level it is happening. It scares me,” said Aaron Landry, a senior correspondent at, a Minnesota-based politics blog. But what makes liberal Americans laugh or cry has got the conservative wing of the Republican party extremely excited. In an article that sent shockwaves through America’s political classes, top conservative newspaper columnist George Will recently wrote a piece anointing Bachmann as a new star of the movement. “Some of her supposed excesses are… not merely defensible, they are admirable,” Will wrote. It is easy to see why Bachmann is being so enthusiastically embraced by conservatives. The high profile of Palin showed the impact a charismatic, young conservative woman could have on the right wing of the Republican party.

    “Politics on the right used to be a parlour game played by old, white men,” said Bowler. Palin changed that and Bachmann has followed. They have replaced the dulcet tones of grey-haired Washington senators with Midwestern vowels and Alaskan twangs. They have risen swiftly through careers forged a long way from Washington, wearing their outsider label as a badge of pride. They have given conservatism the look of a middle-American suburban soccer mom with first-hand experience of raising a family in tough times.

    That is certainly much of Bachmann’s appeal. She was born in Iowa and then moved to Minnesota. When her parents divorced, her mother was left to fend for herself. Bachmann has known what it means to scrimp and save to get by. But she made a success of herself. She and her husband now run a small business in mental health and she is the mother of five children. She has also given foster care to a staggering 23 kids. Political legend has it that her career began when she spoke out at a local Republican party meeting after her state senator had shifted his politics in a liberal direction. When asked by others in the crowd if she herself should try to unseat the incumbent, she gave a speech that so excited those assembled that she was plunged into the race, which she went on to win. It was the unlikely start of a career that has now come to national prominence.

    But Bachmann – and Palin too – are more than just individual politicians. They have come to represent a mass social movement that stretches far beyond just turning up on election day. It is no coincidence that both Palin and Bachmann have inspired lines of T-shirts, coffee mugs and action figures for their fans to snap up. That movement first made its appearance during John McCain’s rallies after he picked Palin for his running mate in the 2008 election. The choice electrified what had been a fairly moribund campaign. Suddenly crowds of thousands were turning out to Republican rallies, as well as Democratic ones. They were there to see Palin, not McCain.

    Palin’s brand of homespun wisdom, rooted in uber-patriotism and killer heels, was a breath of fresh air that conservatives had been looking for. So were unashamedly conservative views and a willingness to state bluntly what she thought about Democrats. Palin’s subsequent self-destruction in a series of media interviews only served to make her more popular.

    Indeed, to examine the impact of both Palin and Bachmann is to see an America split firmly into two different worlds. The first is a liberal one where such politicians make outlandish comments that become the butt of jokes on the Daily Show or Saturday Night Live. The other is one where Palin and Bachmann are the victims of a liberal media that hates its own country. “For their supporters, attacking Palin and Bachmann actually gives them the proof that they are the victims that they already believe themselves to be,” said Bowler. To the conservative mind-set, these women are truth-tellers who are viciously attacked precisely because of the validity of the message that they are carrying.

    That side of the great American divide is about to get a prolonged period in the sun. This week Palin begins her book tour, touting her autobiography. It is already a massive hit and leaks have hit the internet, generating stories and gossip. Palin is set to talk about her feelings about her daughter’s pregnancy, dish dirt on McCain and his aides and slam the very same media that once slammed her. Her tour is like a mini political campaign. She and her family are set to travel by bus across America as she shuttles from stop to stop. She is also shunning large cities such as New York and instead going to small towns and out-of-the-way states.

    It is a stunning reversal of the situation after the McCain-Palin ticket lost, when McCain’s staff tried to distance themselves from Palin and blame her for the defeat. But now McCain, hated by many conservatives, has retreated quietly to the Senate, while Palin powers from strength to strength.

    But the political future is not likely to belong to Palin. The trouncing that she received in the media during the presidential election campaign and the fact she currently holds no office have rendered her political power symbolic. Though it is not impossible, it is hard to imagine Palin launching a credible run in 2012. But what she has done is pave the way for an extremist conservative candidate to emerge as the Republican nominee. The excitement coursing through the conservative movement, and the power wielded by its media stars such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, has made selecting any sort of moderate very difficult.

    Palin’s legacy could be to place the 2012 nomination in the hands of the people who supported her. Could that recipient be Bachmann? It is an outside bet. But Bachmann has spoken of it, couching the question in religious terms that are deeply familiar and beloved of her followers. “If I felt that’s what the Lord was calling me to do, I would do it,” she told one conservative website of her potential presidential ambitions. Such comments have filled liberals with scorn and fear. “Most people don’t think she can have presidential ambitions. She’s too crazy,” said Landry. “But a lot of people in Alaska thought that about Sarah Palin.”

  102. samhenry says:

    Morning Sami

    Tellit – good article.

  103. tellitlikeitis says:

    Good Morning SH.

  104. tellitlikeitis says:

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  106. tellitlikeitis says:

    Senate won’t rush health bill: top Republican

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will not rush consideration of healthcare reform legislation sought by President Barack Obama, and lawmakers can expect a number of amendments, the chamber’s top Republican said on Sunday.

    “This will be on the floor for quite a long time,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told “Fox News Sunday” ahead of possible action this week on a procedural vote to bring the legislation up for debate on the Senate floor.

    McConnell would not elaborate on a time frame for consideration or say whether the measure to reform the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare system could clear the chamber by the end of the year as President Barack Obama has said he hopes.

    “There will be a lot of amendments over a lot of weeks. I mean, the Senate is not the House. You saw in the House three votes and it was over in one day,” McConnell said.

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved its version of the Democratic healthcare bill on November 7 by a narrow margin.

    The Senate now must approve its own version, after which lawmakers would iron out the differences between the two bills. The House and Senate each then would have to pass the compromise legislation before sending it to Obama to sign.

    “We know it’s been in Harry Reid’s office for six weeks and the other 99 senators have not seen it,” McConnell said of the Senate healthcare bill, referring to the Senate majority leader. “I think we ought to at least have as much time for the other 99 senators and all of the American people to take a look at this bill as Majority Leader Reid has had.”

    “The only way to guarantee that for sure would be to delay the process to allow everyone to fully understand what’s in the bill,” McConnell said.

    Securing passage of healthcare reform legislation is Obama’s top domestic priority. Democrats have accused Republicans of working to delay the measure as long as possible.

    Republicans have opposed the cost and scope of the legislation in Congress, with some Republicans saying defeating the measure could inflict serious political damage on Obama.

    Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, told reporters last week the goal for action is this year. But he said lawmakers would “get it done” even if that deadline slips.

    Democrats hold 60 seats in the 100-member Senate. Supporters need at least 60 votes to overcome any procedural hurdles throughout the process.

    Backing from all Democrats on key issues is not a certainty, meaning supporters could need help from Republicans to get the bill through

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