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Breaking: Reid Yanks Defense Authorization Bill To Force GOP's Hand
TPM CAFE ^ | 7-18-07 | Greg Sargent

Posted on 07/18/2007 9:38:10 AM PDT by tcrlaf

Ratcheting up the stakes in the wake of the GOP's successful blocking of a vote on Iraq withdrawal just moments ago, Harry Reid just announced on the Senate floor that he won't allow a vote on the entire Defense Authorization bill until the Senate GOP drops its filibustering of votes on Iraq.

The move is significant because it could hold up the funding of the Pentagon's fiscal 2008 priorities until the standoff is resolved.

It comes only moments after the Republican filibuster succeeded in preventing a vote on the Reed-Levin amendment, which would have mandated withdrawal by April 2008.

Reid said:

I have temporarily laid aside the Defense Authorization bill and have entered a motion to reconsider.

But let me be clear to my Republican colleagues – I emphasize the word "temporarily". We will do everything in our power to change course in Iraq. We will do everything in our power to complete consideration of a Defense Authorization bill. We must do both.

And just to remind my Republican colleagues – even if this bill had passed yesterday, its provisions would not take effect until October.

So we will come back to this bill as soon as it is clear we can make real progress. To that end, I have asked the Democratic Whip and Democratic Manager of the bill to sit down with their counterparts to work on a process to address all outstanding issues related to this bill so the Senate can return to it as soon as possible.

What this means is that Reid isn't allowing any votes on any other Iraq amendments -- not the toothless Warner-Lugar amendment, not the Ken Salazar amendment that would force adoption of the Baker-Hamilton plan, nothing.

Fellow TPM reporter Spencer Ackerman also says that Reid's move is very significant in another way:

Because the Pentagon's priorities won't become law until a Defense Authorization bill is passed, the Pentagon's fiscal 08 priorities won't get funded until this standoff is resolved -- and Reid is insisting that won't happen until the GOP allows a vote on the Iraq withdrawal measures.

More soon.


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KEYWORDS: congress; democraticcongress; democrats; dhimmicrats; harryreid; iraq; moonbat; reid; spartansixdelta; war; wot
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To: goldstategop
I hope they're stupid enough to politically immolate themselves by cutting off funding for the War.

I think that they are.

151 posted on 07/18/2007 12:06:51 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * U.Va. Engineering '09 * Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Democrat * Fred in 2008)
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To: goldstategop
they're laying the seeds for their own political demise.

The 'rats simply don't understand that we are fighting a real war against a deadly and ruthless enemy. We can't just declare the war over and go back to ogling Paris Hilton full time. The enemy has other ideas.

They can blame Bush for future attacks all they want. When there is a mushroom cloud over Detroit or San Fransisco or an American Beslan the people will demand a government dedicated to decisively ending this conflict once and for all. That government won't be headed by Pelosi, Reid, or Clinton....

152 posted on 07/18/2007 12:07:59 PM PDT by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: tcrlaf
Reid reminds me of Uriah Heep in Dickens' The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, and Observation of David Copperfield, the Younger.
153 posted on 07/18/2007 12:11:18 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: tcrlaf

starved and defenseless


154 posted on 07/18/2007 12:17:25 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8...down to 3..GWB, we hardly knew ye...)
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To: noexcuses
Hillary is up...showing cleavage?? What’s that about????? UGH!

Perhaps she's trying to show Mrs. Breck Girl her feminine side.
155 posted on 07/18/2007 12:17:54 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: tcrlaf
No words....


156 posted on 07/18/2007 12:18:48 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.)
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To: GretchenM

That is a very interesting comparison.

When I look at Harry Reid, I just see a death’s head, a skeleton without a soul.


157 posted on 07/18/2007 12:21:42 PM PDT by Maeve (Do you have supplies for an extended emergency? Be prepared! Pray!)
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To: tcrlaf

And congressional approval rating goes even below the 14% it is now??? Brilliant reid...just brilliant!!!


158 posted on 07/18/2007 12:24:00 PM PDT by jackv
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To: Mad_as_heck
The 'rats simply don't understand that we are fighting a real war against a deadly and ruthless enemy.

No big deal. They figure they can surrender our country and help the enemy and that the new power structure will reward them and they'll be able to live out their lives in comfort elsewhere. They probably figure that in a worst case scenario they could be on a plane to Barbados with fat bank accounts and live out their lives there. The resulting ethnic cleansing of Christians, Jews and all other "offensive" groups back here will just be something they see on the evening news in their new homes.

159 posted on 07/18/2007 12:24:22 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: tcrlaf

How low can Harry’s numbers go!


161 posted on 07/18/2007 12:30:57 PM PDT by TheDon (The DemocRAT party is the party of TREASON! Overthrow the terrorist's congress!)
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To: tcrlaf

I must say I am impressed. The Republicans would never have done something so bold when they were in power. Sure we all think Reid is very wrong, but he is using his power as a leader should.


162 posted on 07/18/2007 12:32:24 PM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

My thoughts exactly!


163 posted on 07/18/2007 12:34:04 PM PDT by zeebee
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To: tcrlaf
So when the left uses filibusters to delay actions it is just fine, but when the republicans use it, then the left starves the troops?

Yet the left then complains that we do not have enough equipment, but they are the ones who deny the funding for it (the M1114 HMMWV was available in the late 90s, but never had procurement funds).

“Disgusting traitors” does not even BEGIN to describe my opinion of the left.

To Sen Reid:
A better action you should put forward is to answer, under oath, why the Federal Marshalls investigating the Senate have been re-assigned, fired, or otherwise removed from their jobs after they found out what you were really doing.....

164 posted on 07/18/2007 12:35:28 PM PDT by M1Tanker (Proven Daily: Modern "progressive" liberalism is just National Socialism without the "twisted cross")
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To: GloriaJane
Could Reid stoop any lower?

Oh, I'm sure he could, knowing Reid...

165 posted on 07/18/2007 12:35:28 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.)
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To: tcrlaf

166 posted on 07/18/2007 12:36:28 PM PDT by engrpat
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To: GretchenM
Well, I think that you are Right on the mark. LOL! Dingy, Squalid, Scum-Sucking Harry and his fellow travelers are smelling the odor of their policies and leadership beginning to rot on the vine. More and more polls are pinning the 17% approval ratings on the Congress headed up by the Party of Defeat. The stakes for the Dims are now higher than they have ever been in my lifetime, and I watched the Ike inauguration on TV in my elementary school days.

Even the shaky Arlen Specter lost his usual aplomb today when he called Senator Slime an ineffective majority leader. Maybe some senator will wake up and announce what Harry actually is -- a power mad cretin who would sacrifice the safety and well-being of our troops in the field.
167 posted on 07/18/2007 12:38:58 PM PDT by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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To: ReaganRevolution

Liebermann did vote with the Republicans!


168 posted on 07/18/2007 12:40:37 PM PDT by TexanByBirth (San Antonio Spurs - 2007 NBA Champions!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
It may turn out that things will continue to take such a drastic turn in Iraq for the better these clowns will have to go silent a few months down the pike. The turn in al Anbar for instance is not being totally silenced by the L/MSM. Now, when the L/MSM anchor person makes comments like... al Anbar being the most dangerouse province in Iraq, and now is seen as turning on AQIR and having few incidents, it could start to get the ear of more casual viewers.
As Dayala and other provinces follow suit, and Baghdad sees only decreased violence, again, the news slowly leaks out.
The L/MSM know just when and how much to allow good news to start to flow. They are not stupid nor lame, nor blind. Just because their reporters may sit around in comfy hotels, does not mean they do not follow what is actually happening say via. military web sites, FR, etc..
And Reid and his goon squads fully well understand their window is short, as the surge continues to produce good results. And if anything. The Pentagon is not going to give them any leeway in how it constructs the benchmarks. At least I would hope they don't.
169 posted on 07/18/2007 12:48:08 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Hunter in 2008)
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To: TexanByBirth
Liebermann is wrong on every issue but the war but he has shown that he is a man with the courage and integrity to stand by what he knows is right even when the going is very tough.

During the Sore-Looserman days I would never have imagined that Joe would worm his way into my respect. He is the last real liberal left in government: The rest are just rich, power hungry frauds.

Thank you Joe Liebermann!

170 posted on 07/18/2007 12:48:28 PM PDT by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: tcrlaf

Isn’t this the bill that funds the entire defense department? What if it does not pass by October 1st? Does the country’s defense system shut down?

It seems to me that Reid is really playing with fire on this one. Can you imagine what would happen if soldiers families don’t receive their paychecks? How about the military’s hospitals, etc?


171 posted on 07/18/2007 12:52:16 PM PDT by NRG1973
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To: tcrlaf

Dems have signed off on another hundred years of being the opposition.

I just hope the pubbies throw it in their smarmy faces every day during the campaign.

Jerks and traitors.


172 posted on 07/18/2007 12:56:20 PM PDT by eleni121 (+ En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great)
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From a purely political standpoint, Obama would do himself a world of good to stand up and completely break with his party on this issue. He almost put it together a while back when he made a statement about not cutting funding for the troops. If he did that he would suddenly flank Hillary IMO. I think only the very kooky fringe would be in favor of cutting funding, and the Dems are misplaying evne a show of such a thing.

It would be interesting how a GOP senator was running for President that had a chance (McCain aside) would handle this debate. I suppose if George Allen hadn’t blow up his candidacy/senate seat, this would have been his moment to get out in front.

Would have been nice for Santorum to still be around as well.


173 posted on 07/18/2007 12:56:21 PM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: tcrlaf; shield


Courtesy of MacRanger
174 posted on 07/18/2007 12:57:20 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President 2008)
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To: tcrlaf; P-Marlowe; Cannoneer No. 4; JohnHuang2; Jeff Head; blue-duncan; RedRover; Girlene; ...
Democrats backed by Hillary Clinton & Harry Reid Forbid Troops in Iraq from Receiving their Pay!
175 posted on 07/18/2007 12:58:49 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain And Proud of It! Those who support the troops will pray for them to WIN!)
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To: Son House

I love our energy..but do we really think the Republicans are going to fight back? They have been beat up and beat up...opening after opening..and they stay silent...Pres Bush will miss another great opportunity to paint the differences while he still has the bully pulpit. I fear in all of this momentum for our side..we will hear nothing but silence


176 posted on 07/18/2007 1:08:08 PM PDT by burrite
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To: Plains Drifter

Interesting. Can you elaborate?


177 posted on 07/18/2007 1:08:09 PM PDT by Piranha
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To: xzins

Thanks for the ping, xzins. Harry Reid and the Democrats who are playing politics with defense funding are playing with fire. I guess they’re in a huff because the Republicans wouldn’t play truth or dare last night at their slumber party.


178 posted on 07/18/2007 1:08:53 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: xzins

Now what? When does the pay stop? IF it does stop, can we help them out? or is the amount of $$$ way beyond our abilities?


179 posted on 07/18/2007 1:13:11 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Girlene

Maybe Milkulski was hoping to play spin the bottle with Graham..or 7 minutes in heaven with Allard and they both told her no...Republicans are obvioulsy no fun at slumber parties


180 posted on 07/18/2007 1:15:21 PM PDT by burrite
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To: burrite

Mike Enzi for Vice President!!!!


181 posted on 07/18/2007 1:17:02 PM PDT by burrite
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To: tcrlaf
Rush on yesterday's show:

They don't think you're smart enough to understand that they are the ones who are trying to engineer a humiliating defeat for the United States for the simple purpose of pinning the loss on Bush. I've long been saying this, and I've been saying it since as a theory, but it much more acutely now. It is crystal clear to me what these people are doing. It's also crystal clear to me that they're tone deaf. It is crystal clear to me that their arrogance and condescension is such that it prevents them from seeing the mistake that they're making. Here we are in the middle of the surge. It's working. The boots on the ground everybody is talking about, are working. The Democrats are not the disputing these reports, by the way, from General Pace; yesterday the New York Times, Major General Rick Lynch. The Democrats -- well, they might tonight. It will be interesting to see. But so far they haven't disputed any of this.

They just ignoring it, and they're trying to create false news with the help of their buddies in the Drive-By Media. "It's all falling apart. It's so bad, we can't wait. We have to get out now!" What I want you to know is, the only reason we have to get out now is because if it's working -- and this, by the way, the NIE and these two statements from the two military guys in the past two days? They were the worst news the Democrats could have heard. That's why they're doing this all-nighter tonight. That's why here hoping it gets covered the way they want it covered: "Bash Bush! Blame Bush! Try to overwhelm the report of the surge being successful with another all-nighter of drum beating, doom and gloom, negative Bush-bashing," knowing fellowly the Drive-Bys are going to amplify it and cover it. Here's the point. Iraq will be a Bush and Republican loss -- even though the Democrats will have forced it -- if they succeed somewhere down the road the next year and a half. They're peeling off these Republican moderates. I'll get a little story on that as the program unfolds today. So far, they don't have the votes to cut off funding, and I don't think that they would ever do it if they did have the votes.

It wouldn't be veto proof. But this defeat, this theoretical defeat that they're seeking, and all the horror that will flow from it will be laid at the Republicans' feet. I'm telling you what this is. This is about one thing. It's about building a Democrat political agenda for the next 25 years. They're not going to lose the House again like they did in '94. They're not going to go through 14 years in the wilderness! That's not going to happen -- and they're not going to lose the Senate. It's not going to happen! So they're setting all this up. They gave it a shot with immigration. That was the Comprehensive Destroy the Republican Party Act of 2007. We staved it off, but these people are relentless. Their weakest point has been national security. They intent to manipulate the war effort to, in their minds, "fix" that. So, while embracing surrender and the anti-war movement and undermining the war, they expect to come out of this as the national security party -- and they can only do that with the help of the Drive-By Media and securing a loss. But I don't even think they can pull that off. I don't think there is any way that they can be seen as strong as national security, given the rhetoric and the votes and the way they have behaved in the first six and a half months of this Congress.
182 posted on 07/18/2007 1:20:21 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Crimson Elephant
From a purely political standpoint, Obama would do himself a world of good to stand up and completely break with his party on this issue.

We are really suffering for a lack of a sane wing in the Democratic party. Too bad Obama lacks what it takes to bring them back from edge of the abyss.

183 posted on 07/18/2007 1:20:40 PM PDT by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: GloriaJane

Yes, he could stoop lower, for he is:

Harry “The Chamber” Pot: The bedroom doom that never ends.


184 posted on 07/18/2007 1:22:39 PM PDT by GOPologist (By the time you decide to look for greener pastures, you're too old to climb the fence.)
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To: NormsRevenge

DINGY HARRY JUST CAN'T SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY!


185 posted on 07/18/2007 1:24:50 PM PDT by Stayfree (*************************Get your copy of The Fred Factor by David Gill at Capitol Hill Comedy.com)
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To: All

how did the Dem’s pajama party become a GOP filibuster


186 posted on 07/18/2007 1:24:58 PM PDT by sure_fine ( not one to over kill the thought process)
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To: All

Do we have a better source for Harry Reid’s actions than this blog? I can’t find the info anywhere else.


187 posted on 07/18/2007 1:28:16 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Piranha

I’m getting my information here on Freepers, try a title search in the search bar. I’ll look thru my history, that story wasn’t over a week old.


188 posted on 07/18/2007 1:29:30 PM PDT by Plains Drifter (If guns kill people, wouldn't there be a lot of dead people at gun shows?)
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To: sure_fine

Someone should wake up Drudge so that he can change his page..let him know that news is happening


189 posted on 07/18/2007 1:29:39 PM PDT by burrite
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To: madison10

If this is some kind of hoax, I’ll be both relieved and annoyed. Relieved for obvious reasons, annoyed because I’d really like to see the Dems blow their foot off over this...and because I already wrote a scathing e-mail to Ol’ Searchlight.


190 posted on 07/18/2007 1:32:09 PM PDT by Dan Middleton (Radio...Free...Mars)
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To: tcrlaf
Reid said: I have temporarily laid aside the Defense Authorization bill and have entered a motion to reconsider am having a hissy fit because I didn't get my way.

There. . .fixed it.

191 posted on 07/18/2007 1:33:36 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Miss Didi
But this defeat, this theoretical defeat that they're [ the Dims] seeking, and all the horror that will flow from it will be laid at the Republicans' feet. I'm telling you what this is. This is about one thing. It's about building a Democrat political agenda for the next 25 years.

Ah, the divine Rush... This is the salient point of the entire matter. It's a bell curve thing. The general public will not easily believe that one of the major parties is capable of this sort of treachery. The same approach worked for Hitler. The one indispensable ingredient for a Rat success is a US defeat in Iraq etc.. The GOP Has once again been handed a club by the Party of Defeat. The question is, of course, one of whether the Pub's will put the lumber to the Leftist scum?
192 posted on 07/18/2007 1:36:56 PM PDT by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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To: SirJohnBarleycorn

This is a GREAT idea. I wish there was a grass roots organization to have local bake sales and fund raisers for the troops. I’ll bet Melanie Morgan could pull this off.


193 posted on 07/18/2007 1:40:33 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: PerConPat

The Military Hating Dems can go rot...


194 posted on 07/18/2007 1:40:35 PM PDT by madison10
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To: I_like_good_things_too

In general, you are right, because it matters in terms of raw numbers as to who (which party) has a control of Congress / Senate and thus sets the agenda, including which bills even make it to the table, though GOP is inept enough that they can’t seem to even exercise their majority.

In the specific case of Linc Chafee, it wouldn’t matter because he declared after the loss that he would switch parties if he won - that, after the huge amount of money and immense support and pleas to Republicans by White House and RNC and NRSC to vote for him. I think it’s better that he lost in the election than actually bestow that ultimate act of betrayal upon the people who supported and voted for him, despite his obvious disqualifications and ingratitude.

I only hope that voters in “red states” can do the basic math and see this logic of voting for Republicans instead of faux “conservative” “Blue Dog” Democrats, because for their issues to be advanced depends a lot more on leadership of the Congress than their local Congressman. Of course, it would be nice if the Republicans deserved to be voted for, but that’s the matter to be reolved in primaries and for voters to warn their local or state party that their chosen candidate will have no chance to win in general elections.


195 posted on 07/18/2007 1:43:03 PM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: enough_idiocy
When does funding actually run out? When will this have an effect?

This funding bill was originally scheduled to come to the floor of the Senate in late September. The DemRats moved it up for some partisan political reason that I don't understand. What ever the reason, the grandstanding of Reid in announcing he was pulling it from the floor has back fired on him. Reid is a fool and has played the wrong card at the wrong time.

196 posted on 07/18/2007 1:45:01 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (Feds)
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To: PerConPat

Yes, the divine Rush is right. At least someone is exposing the Dems for what they are. I pray that the Repubs will club them good.


197 posted on 07/18/2007 1:45:57 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: tcrlaf

Reid has just proven he cares more about saving Al Qaeda from defeat then feeding our troops and giving them the bullets to defend themselves.


198 posted on 07/18/2007 1:47:20 PM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: Soul Seeker; SunkenCiv

So far Reid has promised (and delivered):

All the obstructionism of Daschle,
Twice the hatred, and
Half the intelligence.

Last month Joe Lieberman threatened to switch parties if the Dims didn’t change their ways, thereby giving the Senate back to the Republicans. Maybe now is the time for him to do that.


199 posted on 07/18/2007 1:51:19 PM PDT by Berosus ("The candidates that can't face Fox News can't face Al Qaeda."--Roger Ailes)
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To: tcrlaf
I say we stop paying our taxes and send our money directly to the soldiers.
200 posted on 07/18/2007 1:52:12 PM PDT by elizabetty (The funding dried up and I can no longer afford Tagline Messages.)
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