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All Eyes on the Senate: Can Two Veterans Deliver a Debt Deal?
http://swampland.time.com/2011/07/30/all-eyes-on-the-senate-can-two-cagey-veterans-deliver-a-debt-de ^ | 7/30 | newton small

Posted on 07/30/2011 6:09:06 AM PDT by RummyChick

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are not chatty men by nature. Notoriously monosyllabic, either man could probably compete for a world record in shortest average phone conversation. But that doesn’t mean they’re not talking now. Although not fast friends, Reid and McConnell have one of the most functional professional relationships in a Congress that’s currently in the news for remarkable dysfunction.

If only listening to their public speeches, one might think the two were mortal enemies.

“Rather than working the last few days toward a solution to this crisis the way the Republican majority in the House has, the Democratic majority here in the Senate has been wasting precious time rounding up no votes to keep this crisis alive,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Friday morning.

“We’re willing to work with him and his staff as we have to try to come up with a solution,” Reid shot back. “I’m here indicating to the world that I spent my whole adult life trying to compromise and build a consensus.”

But behind the scenes, they get along well and, in fact, share quite a lot in common. Both men came to the Senate as young men in humble circumstances. McConnell served as an intern for Kentucky Republican John Sherman Cooper, a favorite across-the-aisle partner of then President John F. Kennedy. Reid worked part-time as a Capitol Hill police officer while earning his law degree at George Washington University. They both became lawyers and went on to spend most of their adult lives in politics.

(Excerpt) Read more at swampland.time.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cageysobs; darthvader

1 posted on 07/30/2011 6:09:14 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

Any of you that doubt there is already a deal should read this article carefully.


2 posted on 07/30/2011 6:10:42 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick
Any of you that doubt there is already a deal should read this article carefully.

You mean "the fix is in".

3 posted on 07/30/2011 6:13:22 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: RummyChick

Two crusty old farts who need to be replaced by Tea Party-style Conservatives.


4 posted on 07/30/2011 6:15:29 AM PDT by no dems (Never miss a chance to say "I love you" because you may never get the chance to say "goodbye".)
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To: no dems

The picture symbolizes what is wrong with Congress


5 posted on 07/30/2011 6:19:47 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

These two long term spoiled slugs should be off fishing somewhere and allow someone with vision to make decisions.
McConnell never had a real job and Reid sounds as if demetia is one step behind him. God help America.


6 posted on 07/30/2011 6:29:35 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: RummyChick
They remind me of a couple of Star Wars characters. Reid and McConnell as apprentices for the Sith Lord Darth Sidious (Obama).
7 posted on 07/30/2011 6:33:15 AM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: no dems

“either man could probably compete for a world record in shortest average phone conversation”

The above quote is BS, because “motormouth” REID is so quick to criticize anything by GOP on camera, and talks about phone calls with Pelosi, who we know is the black hole of bull....no way is the above statement of Reid correct...lol


8 posted on 07/30/2011 6:39:39 AM PDT by Kackikat
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To: RummyChick

Well, they are certainly what’s wrong with the Senate, but I’d say there is a nce division in the House now.


9 posted on 07/30/2011 6:41:08 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: RummyChick

Veterans? More like con-artists and crooks.

They have long fraked us over and behind closed doors, have long fraked on this debt ceiling. The fix was long in..... =.=


10 posted on 07/30/2011 6:43:57 AM PDT by cranked
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To: RummyChick

We’re playing hot potato now.

A downgrade is coming no matter what and its all a matter of who is holding the bag when it happens.


11 posted on 07/30/2011 6:44:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: no dems

Yes the main thing wrong with Reid and McConnell is that they have been in the Senate since they were young men. They are professional politicians. Totally out of touch with the general public.


12 posted on 07/30/2011 6:48:35 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: RummyChick

Dopes in Black


13 posted on 07/30/2011 6:59:27 AM PDT by not2worry (A credible message needs a credible messenger because charisma without character is catastrophe.)
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To: RummyChick

But behind the scenes, they get along well and, in fact, share quite a lot in common.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Two of lobbyist’s best customers.


14 posted on 07/30/2011 7:04:12 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: RummyChick
Our local mullet wrapper has a front page article(editorial) today blaming the 'TEA Party' for the 'tragedy facing Congress'. The article made it clear that the 'TEA Party' insisting on a balanced budget amendment was the cause of the problem.

The fools. They gave the TEA Party credit for being the only honest mature adults in the room. Thank you liberals. You spelled our name correctly!!

"There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress." - - - Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar

15 posted on 07/30/2011 7:10:27 AM PDT by CharlyFord (t)
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To: RummyChick

Damn. How long have these guys been in politics? About a hundred years? Why do these guys refuse to go out and live in the world they helped create?


16 posted on 07/30/2011 7:12:18 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: RummyChick

I sent McConnell this email this morning.
There has been much rhetoric in the past few days about the current situation in which the United States of American has found itself.One fact that can not be argued is that the United States of America is in trouble. Decades of foolish and irresponsible behavior has resulted in the destruction of the most wonderful form of government that has ever been conceived on this planet.There have been many heroes in the history of this once great nation. Men and women who stopped doing what was in their interest and , in spite of the consequences , put this great country above their own personal aspirations and fortune. You are in the position to become one of those heroes,Mr. McConnell. It is time for Washington to stop the business as usual. We are broke. We do not have the money to continue business as usual. We are broke. The House of Representatives and Senate made us broke. You can no longer kick the can down the street. We are at a turning point and, I suspect, probably at the end of life as we know it. It is time for some hard realities but, Americans in the past have been known to look hard realities in the face and then do the right thing in spite of the pain and personal sacrifice that this entails. Gather your troops and stop this madness. Stop Spending Money We Do Not Have. Stop Lying to the American People. Stop killing this country.Stop listening to the lies of your party and the lies of the Democrats. Will you rise to the challenge Mr. McConnell ? Or, will you continue the con games that the legislative bodies of this country have foisted upon those of us who only want to work, raise our families, and live in the greatest country in the world ?. I am a realist. I know that the group of people who are supposed to run the government of this country are self centered, greedy and hateful men and women. I weep for my country. We are watching you Mr. McConnell


17 posted on 07/30/2011 7:15:25 AM PDT by contrarian (proud new monthly contributor... even when I kill threads by posting)
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To: RummyChick
"But behind the scenes, they get along well and, in fact, share quite a lot in common."

And there in lies our problem with the Senate and Congress in general.

Few Congressional leaders get along well with us nor share a lot in common with those who elected them.

18 posted on 07/30/2011 7:21:15 AM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: RummyChick
“We’re willing to work with him and his staff as we have to try to come up with a solution,” Reid shot back. “I’m here indicating to the world that I spent my whole adult life trying to compromise and build a consensus.”

And when I play poker, I indicate things that aren't true about my actual hand - "indicating" and telling the truth are very different thing...

19 posted on 07/30/2011 7:25:36 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: RummyChick
Harry picks him clean!


20 posted on 07/30/2011 7:28:24 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: RummyChick

TWINS, whose minds think alike.....and it is all about remaining YOUR MASTER.

You will notice NOT 1 of either the House or Senate plans have REFORM in them, not 1 illegal kicked off.

Not 1 quid pro quo 45+ year of palm greasing eliminated,

And the MASTERS will NOT place themselves and the Pres under Medicare, it isn’t good enough for their ‘exalted’ selfs.

All we are being offered are PHONY cuts, more taxes, and Blank Checks for 0, while the Mooch is planning her next tax payer funded vacation.


21 posted on 07/30/2011 7:28:43 AM PDT by GailA (Any congress critter who fails to keep faith with the Military, will NOT keep faith with YOU!)
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To: RummyChick

McConnell: "...waste deep in the Big Muddy..."
Reid: "Push on!"

22 posted on 07/30/2011 7:33:25 AM PDT by mrsmith
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To: RummyChick
Reid and McConnell have one of the most functional professional relationships

And the RINOs wonder why we are upset with them.....

.....Dealing with the left means compromising with the left.

.....Compromising with the left means giving them EVERYTHING they WANT while never getting what you NEED.

You cannot "deal" with the left, you must deny them and push for what is necessary.

23 posted on 07/30/2011 8:06:52 AM PDT by SteamShovel (Smart Grid is Stupid)
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To: RummyChick

I like the idea that Boehner should simply adjourn congress until August 3rd. They’ve got two bills to them already. That’s what they get, period.


24 posted on 07/30/2011 8:07:38 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: GailA

I was going to say. the only difference I see between the two is their ties. They look almost exactly alike.

Reid could benefit from a few Big Macs though. (with supersized fries. No apples)


25 posted on 07/30/2011 9:04:44 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: cableguymn

Oh, Lord, you are killing me...I’m dieting, have to, as the extra 20 lbs is not helping my multiple muscle conditions. It takes weeks of going hungry, to move a couple of pounds. And no I can’t afford those fancy meal plans, 1 week of them is my month’s food bill. Fixed incomes are not friendly to extras.

And I could eat my weight in hamburgers and fries easily.


26 posted on 07/30/2011 9:52:29 AM PDT by GailA (Any congress critter who fails to keep faith with the Military, will NOT keep faith with YOU!)
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To: RummyChick

It is pretty clear that the Democrats refuse to compromise


27 posted on 07/30/2011 12:18:30 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: RummyChick

Thanks for tipping me on this, RummyChick - less than $2 trillion in cuts over 10 years - wow, boys, knock yourselves out!!! You are right-the FIX IS IN.


28 posted on 07/30/2011 1:51:47 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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