Posts Tagged ‘Senate Democrats’
Democrats in the Senate are trying to stop a Republican filibuster of the financial services regulatory bill. They think that forcing a vote today, tomorrow, the next day and so on will make Republicans look bad, because EVERYBODY hates Wall Street and should be clamoring for more regulation.
The problem for Democrats is that the American people aren’t stupid. They know a permanent bailout when they see it. The Democrats can claim they are getting tough on Wall Street, but it just doesn’t sell because so much of Wall Street is a part of the Obama Administration now. Goldman Sachs employees gave more money to Obama’s campaign (more than $900,000) than any other private sector employees (only employees from the vast University of California coughed up more dough.)
This is just a partial list of the Goldman Sachs connections: Gary Gensler, the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Mark Patterson, a former Goldman lobbyist who is chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; and Robert Hormats, the undersecretary of state for economic, energy and agricultural affairs.
On a slightly different note, check out this video from the folks at Americans for Prosperity.
All I can say is Specter will fit right in with the Senate Democrats who don’t keep their word.
Specter Will Be Junior Democrat on Committees
May 5, 2009, 8:55 p.m.
By John Stanton
Roll Call Staff
Despite promises from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) would retain his seniority after switching parties, Specter will be put at the end of the seniority line on all his committees but one under a resolution approved on the floor late Tuesday.
Under the modified organizing resolution, Specter will not keep his committee seniority on any of the five committees that he serves on and will be the junior Democrat on all but one — the chamber’s Special Committee on Aging. On that committee, he will be next to last in seniority.
As a result, Specter — who as a Republican was ranking member on the Judiciary Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, as well as ranking member of the panel’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education — will now rank behind all the other Democrats, at least until the end of this Congress.
According to a senior Democratic aide, it remains unclear whether Specter — who will still retain his seniority in the Senate outside of the committees — will see a boost in his committee seniority should he be re-elected for the next session. The status of his seniority for the next Congress will be determined once the 112th Congress convenes in 2011, the aide said.
Democrats said that while unrelated, Specter’s comments to the New York Times Magazine this weekend indicating he would support former Sen. Norm Coleman’s (R-Minn.) disputed re-election bid against Al Franken have angered many Democrats.
“Sen. Specter better watch comments like these. They won’t help him in the caucus,” a Democratic leadership aide said, adding that the comments have “caused a lot of heartburn in the caucus.”
David Drucker and Emily Pierce contributed to this report.
We all do it. We’re sitting in a traffic jam with cars moving at a snail’s pace because there is an accident up ahead. We get frustrated because if everyone ahead of us just drove, instead of rubber necking, traffic would be moving much better. But then we get to the accident scene and we HAVE to look, and we go as slow as possible because we thought we caught a glimpse of someone laying on the ground.
I feel like the whole drama with Gov. Blagojevich’s attempt to sell Obama’s Senate seat and then his giving the Democrat establishment the back of his hand with his appointment of Roland Burris is like a bad traffic accident that I just can’t divert my eyes from.
I predicted that Blago would try to take as many people down with him as he could. The complete train wreck that Obama’s Senate seat has become reads like a cheap drama novel. From the Democrat Secretary of State refusing to certify Blago’s appointment of Burris, to Burris going to the Ill. State Supreme Court to force the SoS to certify, to Senate Democrat Leaders finding creative ways to block Burris being seated (one plan was to post an armed guard at the Senate doors to prevent Burris from getting on the floor, now they are “buying themselves” 90 days by investigating the credentials of the appointment) this whole deal is a huge distraction for both Obama and Congressional Democrat leadership. Happy New Year to them.