Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on Tuesday used the D.C. snowstorm to make a political jab, saying that it provides evidence for global warming skeptics.
The conservative senator took to Twitter on Tuesday amid reports that the area is due to receive another 10 to 20 inches of snow this week:
It's going to keep snowing in DC until Al Gore cries "uncle"
Some conservatives have echoed DeMint's sentiments that the snowstorm should poke holes in evidence backing global warming.
DeMint took direct aim at the former vice president, who is one of the foremost proponents of government action to counter global warming.
Reports of more snow caused the House of Representatives to call off the rest of its votes scheduled for this week. The Washington, D.C. area was blanketed with about two feet of snow last weekend, causing the Senate to adjourn Thursday earlier than expected on Thursday.
The South Carolina senator was not the first Republican to use the snowstorm to make a political point. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas) said that absence of votes in the House is a plus for taxpayers.
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas) said that absence of votes in the House is a plus for taxpayers.
Because congress isn't voting on anything for the rest of the week.
Is this really what you guys want? Complete dysfunctionality of our government until the whole thing collapses?
It seems to be what Republicans are shooting for these days - a world in which compromise doesn't exist and majority rule decides the day, always.
A very strange comment coming from an avid supporter of the party with large majorities in both houses of the legislature and its own saint-in-chief in the White House.
It is amusing to watch the after-the-fact rationalizations of those who failed politically as a result of their hubris and conviction that they alone posessed a true understanding of what is right and what the people really want. Now, in dissarray, they blame it all on the formerly despised and ignored opposition, and call for ..... compromise.
Such self-obsessed whimpering and whining merits only contempt. It is amost .... embarassing to behold.
What's really embarrassing is the straw-men that you create.
The Dems' didn't fail to reform health-care because of the Republicans, they failed because of their own missteps. I don't believe that most dems are blaming the Republicans for this failure. So your accusations are pretty false, at least if you are talking about me they are. And I would challenge you to link to any post where I engaged in said behavior - but we all know that isn't going to happen, don't we?
What we're talking about tho is the double-talk that the Republican party engages in. They go on and on about 'compromise' and 'bipartisanship,' but when asked what they are willing to compromise on, the answer is: nothing. Nothing at all. Even if it means that nothing gets done ever - to them, letting the country's problems get worse isn't a big deal, for two reasons:
The Republicans put forward a HC plan which includes several elements which are ALREADY included in the Dem plan; yet they are completely unwilling to vote on the Dem plan at all.
Oh ? Then we agree on this point. That indeed is what I meant when I wrote that the Democrats failed as a result of their own hubris and conviction that they alone had the answers.
No more so than the Democrats were willing to vote on the Republican plan you cited
The Dems failed for two reasons:
1, the members of the Dem party who have taken the most money from the health insurance industry successfully delayed the bill for months and months, and the leadership did nothing to stop them; and
2, the leadership made a tactical error in not choosing Reconciliation right off the bat. It gave too much power to guys like Lieberman who used that power to **** up the whole mess.
The majority typically does not debate and vote on the plans of the minority; or perhaps you have a basic misunderstanding of the way our system works?
Is is the job of the minority to debate and vote on the legislation proposed by the majority. If the Republicans want their ideas to be the ones which make it into legislation, they can either learn to compromise or they can win the leadership, there's no third choice.
The fact that Democrats overplayed their hand and included no accomodation to the wishes of the minority
This outrage has already led to a succession of Democrat losses in key special Congressional elections and more are already likely.
Everything under discussion is nothing more then another opportunity for you to express your disdain for the Democratic party. Every single problem is evidence of the failure of Dem ideas. All issues boil down in the end to your point of view being right and all others being wrong. You pretend that the public supports your positions but ignore evidence that shows they do not; even after repeatedly having this demonstrated to you, you persist in speaking on behalf of 'Americans.'
Change "Democrat" to Republican" and you have aptly described your own rhetorical style.
Apparently you deny that there has been a serious reversal in the political fortunes of the current administration - both in Congress and probably the White House.
Apparently you believe that the current health Care legislation, or some amorphous combination of the House and Senate bills, will emerge from the misuse of the reconciliation process, and an adoring public will welcome this outcome. I do not.
2. The Democrats will suffer significant setbacks in both the House and Senate in the November elections (significantly higher than "normal" for mid term elections), reducing their majority in the Senate to no more than two or three, including Republican victories to fill the Senate seats once occupied by the President and Vice President..