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World Agenda: Democrats not all smiles as Al Franken enters Senate
London Times ^ | 7/7/2009 | Catherine Philp

Posted on 07/07/2009 5:45:47 AM PDT by discocrico

The comedian Al Franken will be welcomed by fellow Democrats at a lunch on Capitol Hill today after he has been sworn in as senator, taking the party’s Senate vote bank to the magic threshold of 60.

His arrival makes the Democrats the first party in three decades to attain the fabled super majority, allowing them – in theory – to override Republican filibusters and implement their legislative agenda.

A week after Mr Franken was declared Senator of Minnesota, however, doubts are growing as to how politically useful a super majority will be when the hard bargaining over controversial issues such as healthcare and climate change begins.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 111th; franken; frankenstein; sociopath; stolenelection; supermajority
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It will be interesting to see whether the Dems can muster all 60 votes to pass the progressive's agenda. There is real strong possibility that Ben Nelson or other fiscal hawks could block key legislation if they feel the amount of debt being added by the legislation is unsustainable. In some ways, these fiscal hawks are a check and balance aganist unsustainable programs that have unsustainable long-term liabilities.
1 posted on 07/07/2009 5:45:47 AM PDT by discocrico
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To: discocrico

Only Dems can screw things up now, but I am sure they will find a way to blames Republicans.


2 posted on 07/07/2009 5:47:52 AM PDT by Long Island Pete (Stupidity is in the DNA of liberals.)
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To: discocrico

They will all do what Obama tells them to do.


3 posted on 07/07/2009 5:48:49 AM PDT by Hattie
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To: discocrico

Were I a Senator, I would be ashamed to have someone like Franken on an equal footing with myself....How demeaning!


4 posted on 07/07/2009 5:48:50 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: discocrico
taking the party’s Senate vote bank to the magic threshold of 60.

There's been lots of talk about the threshold of 60 (never heard it called "magic" before, though), but has there been anything close where not having the 60 has hurt the Dems?

5 posted on 07/07/2009 5:48:52 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: discocrico

Next up

Jerry Springer

Alec Baldwin

David Letterman


6 posted on 07/07/2009 5:49:48 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Sacajaweau

He’s going to expose what they all are underneath.

He’s going to assault someone on the Senate floor.


7 posted on 07/07/2009 5:49:56 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: discocrico
Just a reminder of where OUR money is already going. Closing in on THIRTEEN TRILLION, Kids! Franken is going to be a disaster. I can't WAIT for the stories about his mental illness, sexual perversions and angry outbursts. I hope he punches Hillary! right in the schnoz, LOL! Oh, wait...he's a Dem. His insanity will be celebrated as 'diversity.'
8 posted on 07/07/2009 5:51:26 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: discocrico

THis seems to be a report with 1 purpose: to “calm” the people. “Theoretically they can pass these huge spending bills, but don’t you worry, it’s not likely.” I have little doubt that Harry Reid and his minions will pull the long knives on every Dem to vote for these huge legislative disasters....


9 posted on 07/07/2009 5:51:35 AM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: MrB

Yup. He is going to embarass the Democrats. He’ll go on TV and curse the Republicans. He will publically repimand the Democratic leadership if they don’t go along with him. He’ll be like the DU senator.

Then he will assault someone and get tossed out of the Senate. Way to go, Minnesota!


10 posted on 07/07/2009 5:52:06 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: MrB

LOL! See my Post #8 - Great Minds. :)


11 posted on 07/07/2009 5:52:12 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: discocrico

For starters, Hoosiers need to quit electing Bayh. He’s not a hard-core lefty. Why not just elect a conservative?


12 posted on 07/07/2009 5:53:27 AM PDT by bustinchops
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To: Sacajaweau

How appropriate that the capstone of the Democrat supermajority is a third-rate comedian.


13 posted on 07/07/2009 5:53:44 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: AppyPappy

Don’t blame “Minnesota” so much, except for making the race “stealable”.

Coleman won by 752 votes. Then the ACORN elected SOS allowed a recount and EVERY decision made by the SOS’ office went in Franken’s favor.

This election was outright stolen. And it is the fruit of ACORN and the left’s “Secretary of State Project”.

They’re following the Stalin model - those who cast the votes decide nothing, those who count the votes decide everything.


14 posted on 07/07/2009 5:54:41 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: discocrico
Correction: The comedian Mean loudmouthed drunk Al Franken will be welcomed by fellow Democrats Stalinists at a lunch on Capitol Hill today after he has been sworn in as senator, taking the party’s Senate vote bank to the magic threshold of 60 and sweeping away the last vestages of the old republic .

There that's better.

15 posted on 07/07/2009 5:54:53 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: MrB

We need someone to be a “mole” drinkin’ buddy for franken. Someone to get him drunk at lunchtime. Sooner or later, he’ll explode.


16 posted on 07/07/2009 5:58:30 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: YankeeReb

Good job. That is far better.


17 posted on 07/07/2009 5:59:11 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (The most dangerous fascists are those with a warm smile and soothing voice.)
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To: Sacajaweau
..Democrats not all smiles as Al Franken enters Senate

...ushered in to the tune of "Bring in the Clowns"

The Minn. Deadbeat-Americans have made the Senate a laughing stock...

18 posted on 07/07/2009 5:59:23 AM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: discocrico

Joe Biden has some competition now for the biggest dumb*** on capital hill..


19 posted on 07/07/2009 5:59:50 AM PDT by IamConservative (I'll keep my money. You keep the change.)
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To: discocrico

There will be enough votes, with RINO help, for immigration reform (nation killing amnesty) as well as many other detrimental pieces of legislation.


20 posted on 07/07/2009 6:03:29 AM PDT by umgud (Look to gov't to solve your everday problems and they'll control your everday life.)
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To: Long Island Pete

You see this is a double edged sword.

There will be certain Democrats who will want a lot of things and frankly they are going to screw each other to get what they want out of it, I’d be surprised if they get much done with a majority of 60, too many primadonna’s, lots of holdouts and lots of fighting.

Secondly, whenever something goes wrong all we have to do is point a finger and go, they have the supermajority, they railroaded it through, don’t look at us. Firmly in their ballcourt.

Thirdly come next year I am sure the american people may decide they really need some sort of check and balance and take it out on the senate and house ala 1994.

Forthly Franken in the Senate makes us laugh and point even more. Minnesota voted in a tax dodging clown who frankly will probably be the biggest waste of space and non-entity in there.


21 posted on 07/07/2009 6:03:50 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: Long Island Pete

Is there any further proof needed than the election of Al Franken to the Senate, that the entire Democrat Party has devolved into a sick scatological joke?


22 posted on 07/07/2009 6:06:23 AM PDT by DGHoodini (The New York Times, are lying 'Rats!)
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To: MrB

Exactly right about this being a stolen election.
Which makes republican/conservative turnout an
imperative in the next elections. Make the margin
of victory large enough that it can’t be stolen...

ok, ok....where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Finally though, the moderates (you know those squishy people
who can’t take a stand) are starting to turn. All
those people who ASSURED us that Dear Leader would
govern from the center are now eating their words...
as they begin to panic about their families’ future
and their own retirements.


23 posted on 07/07/2009 6:07:08 AM PDT by Josa
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To: discocrico

Franken will be a sock puppet in the US House of Haha for zero’s radical agenda. He knows he can cheat the system so he doesn’t have to worry about being accountable to the voters of MN.

MN voters - when are you going to dump all the cheats and frauds in your state that allowed this clown to become your senator?


24 posted on 07/07/2009 6:11:10 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Carley

At least Springer is respectable!


25 posted on 07/07/2009 6:11:41 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Carley

Perhaps Prince could run for the other Minn. Senate seat or Governor. Lets see....Minnesota voted in Jesse Ventura and Al Franken. I think that Prince has a legitimate chance of winning given the complete gullible foolishness of the Minnesota electorate.

Prediction: Within 6 months, Minnesota will be a laughing stock by all.


26 posted on 07/07/2009 6:14:09 AM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: Josa

Moderates: “Oh, I’m sure he can’t/won’t be the radical leftist that his history shows him to be. Besides, even if he is, I want to be ‘hip’ and vote for the ‘cool black guy’. After all, this country owes it to the ‘African Americans’ for our history of oppression.”


27 posted on 07/07/2009 6:14:17 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: TMA62

Prediction, more than likely Franken will do something worthy of a resignation within 6 months. You know the idiot cant keep his mouth, trousers or tax dodging activities shut.


28 posted on 07/07/2009 6:15:32 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: Sacajaweau
Were I a Senator, I would be ashamed to have someone like Franken on an equal footing with myself....How demeaning!

Puhleeze.... I guess being in the same "club" as TED (manslaughter drunkard, toad) KENNEDY, (Mr. KKK) Bryd, ("call me senator") Boxer, (mental midget) Feinstein, Patty (holy crap I'm an idiot and in the senate) Murray, and the spineless RINO's Snow, Spectar and Chaffee....

If you're a senator and worried about equal footing, it is similar to a turd feeling inadequate in a toilet bowl.

29 posted on 07/07/2009 6:18:08 AM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: MrB

I agree- we could start a pool —
days until Franken assaults somebody on the Senate floor.


30 posted on 07/07/2009 6:19:43 AM PDT by rod1
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To: sunmars

>>Prediction, more than likely Franken will do something worthy of a resignation within 6 months. You know the idiot cant keep his mouth, trousers or tax dodging activities shut.<<

Look, if they can keep Dennis Kuchinich under wraps, they can keep Franken.

And what makes anyone think the media will report it anyway?
Seriously?


31 posted on 07/07/2009 6:22:16 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: discocrico
Minnesota's esteemed Senator.

This photo must be posted on every thread mentioning this clown.

32 posted on 07/07/2009 6:23:29 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (It is impossible to convince someone of facts or truth if they don't want to believe it.)
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To: sunmars

He will probably be a nightly guest on Matthews’, Ed’s and Olberman’s shows on MSNBC, their favorite new dem senator.


33 posted on 07/07/2009 6:24:22 AM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GM)
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To: discocrico

Franken’s a high profile lowlife. He’s not going to help their cause.


34 posted on 07/07/2009 6:25:30 AM PDT by GOPJ (Central park didn't hit 85 degrees in June this year - last time was 1916. Al Gore is nuts.)
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To: moose2004

i’m dying to see what new bill he sponsors. Lets see, tax relief for adult diapers.


35 posted on 07/07/2009 6:28:05 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: GOPJ

Democrats/leftists try to keep their lowest common denominator core beliefs hidden, true.


36 posted on 07/07/2009 6:29:32 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: discocrico

Franken is the new face of the Democratic Party. The clowns are in charge.


37 posted on 07/07/2009 6:30:39 AM PDT by pallis
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To: behzinlea

Franken= third-rate comedian.

Your being quite generous!!!


38 posted on 07/07/2009 6:30:40 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: discocrico
i predict Franken is exactly the face that Democrats do not want to represent them. Every Republican should use the ‘morph’ technique in their campaign ads...
39 posted on 07/07/2009 6:31:07 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: discocrico
His arrival makes the Democrats the first party in three decades to ...

I can't help but wonder if this quote would sound the same if it were put, equally accurately as; "His arrival returns the Democrats after three decades into ...". This would remind the reader that the GOP has NEVER had a 'Super Majority'.

My point in this is that this crisis is built from YEARS of poor and outright bad decisions. By never having a super majority AND by the presence of RINOs, the GOP frequently danced to the tunes of the like of Ted Kennedy and Chuck Schumer etc. Yes the GOP bears responsibility, particularly with things like the Ted Steven's 'Bridge to Nowhere', but remember that was a time-frame of about 4-6 years in the past years.

Should not this be considered an aberration of the GOP whereas spending appears to come naturally to the Democrats.

40 posted on 07/07/2009 6:36:06 AM PDT by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: discocrico
There's also the possibility that some of these Dems may be just smart enough to realize -- they will totally OWN every bad thing that happens from now on. They won't be able to get away with "Oh, some Republicans voted for it, too," as the Republican votes won't matter.

Will be interesting to watch the clash of the lib party-ideology herd mentality versus the instinct for political self-preservation.

41 posted on 07/07/2009 6:37:43 AM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: B.O. Plenty

42 posted on 07/07/2009 6:39:19 AM PDT by cartoonistx
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To: cartoonistx

43 posted on 07/07/2009 6:41:23 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: MrB
He’s going to assault someone on the Senate floor.

It's happened in the past, and betting on Franken losing it on the Senate floor is a no-brainer.

44 posted on 07/07/2009 6:42:14 AM PDT by Pistolshot (The Soap-box, The Ballot-box, The Jury-box, And The Cartridge-Box ...we are past 2 of them.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Were I a Senator, I would be ashamed to have someone like Franken on an equal footing with myself....How demeaning!

Were I a towelboy, I would be ashamed to have someone like Franken on an equal footing with myself . . . How demeaning! There, fixed it.

45 posted on 07/07/2009 6:42:48 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (This tagline temporarily closed until I finish building my deck.)
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To: Pistolshot

Guess I won’t get you on a “sucker bet” then... :)


46 posted on 07/07/2009 6:43:06 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: discocrico

Franken will be an embarrassment and will soon resort to his idiotic rants. The people of Minnesota will come to regret him being their US Senator.


47 posted on 07/07/2009 6:43:58 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: NewJerseyJoe
There's also the possibility that some of these Dems may be just smart enough to realize -- they will totally OWN every bad thing that happens from now on

Bingo! - All their excuses are gone. They can no longer hide behind the threat of a filibuster to avoid difficult decisions (and it has been the threat of filibuster that both sides have used to avoid hard votes since no actual filibuster has been attempted in years.)

Now the screaming leftists will demand the entire agenda be passed forthwith - this is going to be fun to watch.
48 posted on 07/07/2009 6:45:15 AM PDT by slumber1 (Serenity Now!)
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To: MrB

Try liberals. They bet on losers all the time.


49 posted on 07/07/2009 6:45:46 AM PDT by Pistolshot (Brevity: Saying a lot, while saying very little.)
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To: Carley

You inadvertantly left out:

BORAT!
KEITH OLBERDUCHE!

Schucks! The rest of the MORONS are already ensconced in their DEMORAT Seats in CONGRESS!


50 posted on 07/07/2009 6:49:18 AM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD Continue to BLESS Our Great President George W. Bush!!)
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