Donkey Punch

December 7, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — cangrejero @ 2:14 pm


I swear, this party pisses me off sometimes:

Politico’s Mike Allen is previewing an article set to appear in Sunday’s Las Vegas Sun about Harry Reid’s efforts to roll back the Vice President’s expanded role under Dick Cheney by barring Joe Biden from Senate Democratic caucus meetings:

“The new Congress will reassert its constitutional independence from the White House by barring the vice president from joining in internal Senate deliberations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in an interview with The Sun. The move is intended to restore checks and balances to a system that tilted heavily toward the White House in the Bush presidency. By giving Vice President Dick Cheney regular access to Senate Republican caucuses, at times with White House advisers in tow, party unity became more important to many Republicans than upholding their responsibilities to provide legislative oversight of the executive, experts say. Asked if Vice-President Joe Biden will be allowed to attend Senate Democratic caucus meetings, Reid said: ‘Absolutely not.'” Must credit Las Vegas Sun. Full story 2 a.m. Sunday at

This is a great idea, the ridiculous growth in power of the executive branch under the Bush administration has been horrible and unconstitutional. So why, two years after they took control of congress, are the Democrats acting to stop it now? Their concern over the growth of power of the White House only applies to when Obama and Biden take office? What the hell is wrong with this party?



  1. […] Cross-posted at Toby’s. […]

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  2. To be fair, some of it probably has to do with having greater control of the Senate… But overall, yeah – WTF took y’all so long, Sen. Reid?

    Comment by protected static — December 7, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

  3. i think harry reid just wants to try to look tough on biden to make people forget how he rolled over for lieberman AGAIN.

    Comment by sarah — December 8, 2008 @ 12:50 am

  4. The Democratic congress could not prevent the GOP from allowing Dick Cheney into their caucus meetings.

    If that’s what the GOP wants they have the right.

    Reid is saying his party is going to at least appear to be more autonomous that the GOP under Bush.

    If it’s true it’s great. And the way it should be.

    Comment by Roland Charlemagne — December 8, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

  5. You’re right, Roland, it appears I got a little knee-jerky on this one. Force of habit, I guess.

    Comment by Cangrejero — December 8, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

  6. I still don’t have any idea what the fucking senate leadership thinks, ever.

    Pelosi and Reid are in Bush and Cheney territory in my book.

    Just a bunch of smug assholes covering their own asses.

    So why is this news if it isn’t some kind of change from how things were done?

    And…fuck Joe Lieberman sideways.

    Comment by t4toby — December 9, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

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