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By pandering to the base, Democrats show they know they're losing the Senate
Washington Examiner ^ | 07/17/2014 | BY DAVID FREDDOSO

Posted on 07/17/2014 11:01:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The tell-tale sign Republicans expected to lose the Senate in 2006 appeared June 28 of that year. That was when the GOP turned to stunts to save themselves.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., brought to the floor a constitutional amendment banning the burning of the American flag. Flag-burning had not been a serious issue for years. But after Hurricane Katrina, and with the Iraq War going poorly, Republicans were desperate to change the subject.

“Flag burning is a form of expression that is spiteful or vengeful,” said the late Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., whose chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee was at stake in the coming election. “It is designed to hurt. It is not designed to persuade.” The amendment failed by a single vote. (To his credit, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, now the Senate GOP leader, voted against it.)

Today, the Senate is a mirror Image of what it was then. Senate Democrats, expecting to lose, have given up on actual bills intended to become law in favor of more cynical political stunts.

Their bill to undo the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision is just a bit of blue meat for the base -- a messaging opportunity for their well-worn “war on women” theme.

More audacious, perhaps, is their proposed constitutional amendment to let Congress regulate political speech. This attempt to weaken America's original Bill of Rights could well backfire on the 41 Democrats who are co-sponsoring it, but for now it serves as a symbolic sop for the Left's naïve true-believers in campaign finance reform.

Neither of these measures has a prayer of passage -- especially the constitutional change, which would require two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate and ratification by the states.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; democrats; pandering; senate

1 posted on 07/17/2014 11:01:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The Wapo makes it an 86% the Republican wing of Uniparty takes over.


2 posted on 07/17/2014 11:04:17 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Dems’ foolish and hateful policies are going to make them lose BIG in NOvember!
3 posted on 07/17/2014 11:07:25 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: SeekAndFind

Next step , kill all these Unconstitutional(in A Demonut’s head)Voter ID laws


4 posted on 07/17/2014 11:10:02 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tanks to Dems who elected America’s first terrorist president..


5 posted on 07/17/2014 11:11:14 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: SeekAndFind

I only respect one thing about the dems and thats their willingness to pander to their base. The GOP considers its base racists, homophobes and nativists to be ignored as they pander to lefties who laugh at them and vote dem.


6 posted on 07/17/2014 11:12:18 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: SeekAndFind

So, since the GOP is NOT pandering to it’s one-time conservative base, what does that mean?


7 posted on 07/17/2014 11:12:21 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SeekAndFind

The rats are desperate, they smell their coming destruction.


8 posted on 07/17/2014 11:13:28 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12;32)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wouldn’t count my senate seats before they’re sat in. The gop-e is trying it’s hardest to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Or is it the other way around? I’d love to see hairy run out of his chair but I ain’t holdin’ my breath.


9 posted on 07/17/2014 11:13:33 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ok, so let’s just assume the Establishment-controlled Republican party wins back the Senate in November. Then what??


10 posted on 07/17/2014 11:13:36 AM PDT by DestroyLiberalism
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t forget the Dems have the cemetary vote, the illegal vote, and those that vote multiple times. Far from certain.


11 posted on 07/17/2014 11:17:54 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: RginTN

RginTN wrote:
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I only respect one thing about the dems and thats their willingness to pander to their base. The GOP considers its base racists, homophobes and nativists to be ignored as they pander to lefties who laugh at them and vote dem.
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Well said... Especially that last part about the GOP’s insane pandering to the lefties.


12 posted on 07/17/2014 11:18:35 AM PDT by DestroyLiberalism
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To: DestroyLiberalism

I miss gridlock but it’s probably too late for gridlock to do us any good, the judges are making our law now.


13 posted on 07/17/2014 11:19:52 AM PDT by dangerdoc ((this space for rent))
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To: jmaroneps37

Bump


14 posted on 07/17/2014 11:21:56 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: jmaroneps37
The Wapo makes it an 86% the Republican wing of Uniparty takes over.

Memo to White Hut: Time to start ordering Maalox in 55-gallon drums.


15 posted on 07/17/2014 11:23:31 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: bigbob

It means they are taking our votes for granted.


16 posted on 07/17/2014 11:26:53 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: SeekAndFind

RAT campaign tactics are fear-mongering and vote fraud. If they couldn’t lie and cheat, they’d never win another election.


17 posted on 07/17/2014 11:31:56 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: RginTN
I only respect one thing about the dems and thats their willingness to pander to their base.

I also give grudging respect to their willingness to fight 24/7/365 to win. They have a thirst for victory that GOP can only dream of. I despise Nancy Pelosi, but I have no doubt she can kick the snot out of any of those candy-assed Republican "leaders" anytime. They play to win... The GOP only plays not to be disliked.

18 posted on 07/17/2014 11:32:01 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: jmaroneps37
The Wapo makes it an 86% the Republican wing of Uniparty takes over.

No friggin' way. They don't WANT to win.

19 posted on 07/17/2014 11:33:12 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Graybeard58

I can’t stand rats. You have to use paraquat on them.


20 posted on 07/17/2014 11:33:58 AM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: SeekAndFind

Re: “Senate Democrats, expecting to lose, have given up on actual bills intended to become law in favor of more cynical political stunts.”

Why would Democrats expect to lose?

Republicans lead in only 4 “pick up” states.

Democrats are tied, or hold small leads, in the next 6 most competitive states.

After months of bad news for the Democrats, is this the best Republicans can do?

If I were a Democrat, I’d be downright optimistic about holding the Senate.


21 posted on 07/17/2014 11:39:15 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: SeekAndFind

Dems are experts at stealing elections. They can’t lose.


22 posted on 07/17/2014 12:03:04 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: RginTN

You have brilliantly captured the essence of the situation in just a few words.


23 posted on 07/17/2014 12:03:30 PM PDT by Dave W
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To: jmaroneps37

Can’t they BOTH lose!?!??


24 posted on 07/17/2014 12:16:48 PM PDT by trillabodilla (For I am the LORD, I change not; Malachi 3:6a)
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To: zeestephen
“If I were a Democrat, I’d be downright optimistic about holding the Senate.”

I've been told by a certain candidate for the US Senate in an extremely blue state that his first hard polling has the Democrat incumbent leading him 47 to 32 percent with 21 percent undecided. Nobody, even knows his name and he has 32 percent in the poll. He is giddy and said the info was not for publication yet.

25 posted on 07/17/2014 2:45:11 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: Dave W
You have brilliantly captured the essence of the situation in just a few words.


I got a degree in journalism so thank my leftwing journalism professors...lol!

26 posted on 07/17/2014 3:28:12 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: HenpeckedCon
Well, we will have a definitive answer in 14 weeks.

It's possible the “Border Invasion” may push Republicans into the Senate majority.

But I'm not sure why.

Besides Senator Jeff Sessions and Congressman Steve King from Iowa, there are no well known elected Republicans who vigorously campaign against Amnesty or the 1.1 million LEGAL immigrants who enter America each year.

In fact, just today I read an essay by Reince Priebus posted on Free Republic.

Priebus is the Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

He called the Border Invasion a “humanitarian crisis!”

Why would any Conservative be motivated to vote for a political party that is led by people like that?

27 posted on 07/17/2014 4:34:09 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen
It's amazing what these pols don't know about the Senate amnesty bill. I told him about the complete free ride illegals will get for identity fraud and he was speechless! He's young, successful, articulate and very good on his feet. He's far more conservative from our last republican senator.
28 posted on 07/17/2014 4:43:00 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: zeestephen
Seems that ALL invasions cause humanitarian crises. The regime tried hiring 65,000 'escorts' for unaccompanied minors to arrive at the borders WAY BACK IN JANUARY before the first train load was even loaded to pass through Mexichole.
29 posted on 07/17/2014 4:48:21 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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