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Charles Pierce — The Democrats Are Bringing Guns to a Gunfight

Senate Democrats are considering leaking emails between Harry Reid and John A. Boehner’s chiefs of staff. . . . I also spoke to a leading Democratic congresscritter over the weekend who told me that, very soon, the Democrats in the Senate will start going through the sequester line-by-line, demanding public votes on funding things like medical research and environmental protections, and sticking Republicans with a choice of being for or against curing, say, Alzheimer’s Disease or cancer. As someone who thought the sequester not merely stupid but Beltway stupid, I applaud this decision as well. Forcing people into uncomfortable votes works both ways. Making John Boehner cry should be a bipartisan affair.

Meanwhile, Fox News is (a) denying there has been a real shutdown; and (b) blaming Dems for rejecting an 11th hour (almost literally) demand to meet for a conference committee. Chris Hayes explains why this is bogus.

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The thing is, Republicans going back several years have whined to anyone who will listen that the Dems are ruthless and mean to them, even as by all objective measures the Dems resembled a warm Jello mold. If the baggers keep this up, the Dems of their fantasies may actually materialize.

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  1. Lynne  •  Oct 1, 2013 @2:38 pm

    “If the baggers keep this up, the Dems of their fantasies may actually materialize. ”

    Yup. I can see this happening, gradually. We aren’t good at being too tough – our strengths lean towards reaching consensus and working with each other. Our belief in fairness sometimes works against us.

    We need more Bernie Sanders types. The old slug it out Dem has pretty much died out.

  2. c u n d gulag  •  Oct 1, 2013 @4:00 pm

    And when the Democrats are done kicking their asses, they ought to get in a couple of hard kicks in their nuts – with pointed shoes!!!
    They’ll find Boehner’s in Ted Cruz-ader’s tighty-whitey’s – so that’ll be a two-fer.

  3. uncledad  •  Oct 1, 2013 @5:03 pm

    “Democrats in the Senate will start going through the sequester line-by-line, demanding public votes”

    Ever hear the saying: “when your enemies are killing each other get out of their way”? Harry and the dems should just sit back and enjoy the show.

  4. Swami  •  Oct 1, 2013 @6:08 pm

    Now you’re seeing the result of closing down mental hospitals. They just turned them out on the street so the prison system and Congress have to deal with them.

    http://huff.to/1dUMow6

  5. Bill Bush  •  Oct 1, 2013 @8:47 pm

    I think the ‘baggers have begun to accumulate a sufficiency of stranded hemp.



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