Republicans demonstrate they are not ready to govern

Earlier this week, we learned this (my emphasis):

House Republicans want to use their final week in Washington before the August recess to send a signal that they are ready to govern.

As the country’s attention turns to the fight for control of the House and Senate, Republicans want to show they are capable of handling two of the nation’s toughest issues: the thousands of children crossing the border, and the veterans in need of healthcare.

“This is a crisis situation. We need to show that we can respond in a crisis in a thoughtful way,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said of the effort to move a border bill.

Are the Republicans ready to govern?

By their own measure…apparently not:

House GOP leaders ditched their plans to vote on a border supplemental today after failing to secure the votes to pass it.

“We don’t think we have the votes,” said Kay Granger, R-Texas, one of the architects of the bill.

How can a party, whose fundamental philosophy is that the federal government is evil, ever be ready to govern?

They can’t…it simply doesn’t make sense.


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    Better spews:

    How some republican see it.

    “Think about this for a minute: House GOP Leadership would rather do nothing about the immigration problem than secure the border. Anything they passed would have been blocked by Harry Reid. Anything.

    This, by the way, is a big win for Ted Cruz of Texas and Jeff Sessions of Alabama Both Senators have come out forcefully against the House plan not including DACA. It appears enough Republicans in the House listened.”
    Teabaggers, It’s better to do nothing, than do something that doesn’t deport the Dream act kids too.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    But they did vote to sue Obama. Having voted 50 times to repeal Obamacare, and having gone nowhere with that, they’re now trying to destroy Obamacare with a lawsuit against the president. So you shouldn’t say the Republicans did nothing.

    You should say they did less than nothing.

    In math, negative numbers are possible; and, likewise, in politics it’s possible to do less than nothing and have a negative impact on the country’s well-being.

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    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    How can a party, whose fundamental philosophy is that the federal government is evil, ever be ready to govern?

    Answer: When you have the DUMMOCRETIN party who thinks the US Constitution is outdated, who hates capitalism, a president who decides what laws are worth observing, a senate leader who changes the senate rules to fit his agenda and mouths off to the press how evil private citizens are while being evil himself, and a just us department who decides what laws it will selectively prosecute, a Homeland Security Division who will steal your car without any questions asked because it can,and a willing press that allows that party to operate in that fashion, that’s the outcome! Unlike the DUMMOCRETIN Party that marches lockstep, Republicans and conservatives debate issues. DUMMOCRETINS think throwing money at the issues solves everything.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @4 It’s about time Democrats started behaving like Republicans. Is karma bothering you, pissypants? What comes around, goes around.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Well well, Wisconsin Republicans have finally found an actual case of voter impersonation fraud in their state:

    “In the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling, … the justices cited a case … in which 50-year-old Robert Monroe was charged by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office with 13 counts of voter fraud. …

    “Monroe is a Walker supporter who claims he had a form of temporary amnesia that kept him from remembering … voting five times during Walker’s recall election, three times under his own name and two times via mail-in absentee ballots using the names of his son and his girlfriend’s son.”

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    MikeBoyScout spews:

    some people believe “Unlike the DUMMOCRETIN Party that marches lockstep, Republicans and conservatives debate issues. DUMMOCRETINS think throwing money at the issues solves everything.“.

    Of course people who believe that must believe that “reality has a well-known liberal bias” which just must be ignored.

    Let’s consider for a moment the topic of ‘Immigration Reform’. There was this Republican president who ran in 2000 and again in 2004 who had a proposal.
    Did Republicans debate it during their years of Congressional majority?
    Then there was another Republican guy, a Senator, who ran for the office of president in 2008 who had a proposal. Did Republicans allow that proposal to come up for debate in the Senate?

    On June 24, 2013 the Democratic majority run Senate brought forth the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act and the Republicans forced a cloture vote, a vote as to whether “debate” could proceed.
    27 of 42 Senate Republicans present (64% of Senate Republicans) voted against debating. No Democratic member voted against “debate”. The bill eventually passed the Senate.

    Funny. The Republican led house has held NO DEBATES on that bill.

    Let’s get back to the latest “Immigration” issue. To its credit the Republican led House allowed ‘debate’ on a bill today.
    Having intentionally scheduled the debate and vote on an issue Republicans demand action upon for the last day of the session (because the Republican House leadership demands a vacation!), the Republican House leadership did not allow a vote on the bill.
    And even with an approved House bill (to the apparent amazement of all Republicans) the legislative work is not complete because that good ‘ole Constitution requires both legislative bodies to approve legislation before it goes to the president for action.

    Bottom line, Republicans are going to quit before the job is done.

    If you like half ass quitters, like former half-term Governor Sarah Palin, then you are a true Republican.

    The job of an elected official is to govern.
    The job of an elected legislator is to move legislation which helps the nation move forward.
    By any objective standard today’s Republicans are the lamest takers which have ever disgraced our nation.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @4 “DUMMOCRETINS think throwing money at the issues solves everything.”

    Throwing NO money at the border problem, like the House GOPers just did, gets you no fences and no border agents, so the Democratic concept isn’t entirely wrong.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @11 Shit, watcha talkin’ about, the guy was only whistling “Dixie” and merely associates with a southern secessionist party. Secession isn’t about race, it’s about restoring slavery, plus casting aside a whole passle of other annoying federal laws, such as voting rights and civil rights, not to mention making ranchers pay for grazing rights. And if we’re gonna have slavery, somebody’s gotta be slaves, so it might as well be blacks. Because, you see, they’re easy to identify when they run away. The problem with enslaving whites is it’s near-impossible to tell a white slave from a free white. You might sic the police dogs on some Tea Party redneck by mistake.

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    Deathfrogg spews:

    Calling themselves “The Party of Lincoln” while waving a Confederate flag.

    Yeppers. Being “Y’all Kayduh” means being a real goddamn American. If’n yah gotta stretch a few nigger necks, thats jest fine.

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    A last-ditch effort to deliver aid to Israel during its war with Hamas died on the Senate floor, as Republicans blocked the proposal over concerns that it would increase the debt.

    These stupid Republicans can’t even agree on a bill that helps both Israel (who they fawn over at every opportunity that serves their interests) and western states fighting wildfires because of the worst drought in memory.. Unfreakingbelievable.

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    czechsaaz spews:


    Were the act being done by the Piddles character a finished film critics would savage it for being derivative, cliche and one-dimensional and the lead actor would be up for Razzies.

    Imagine the pitch meeting. “Well these are the top 10 complaints on World Net Daily comment threads and we’ve got seven of them in the script. It’s kind of like Manchurian Candidate meets the 300 set in a socialist distopia. It will sell itself!”

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    Better spews:

    Best joke tweet of the day….
    “I am very concerned Obama’s tone towards the House GOP might discourage them from working with him.”

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    Better spews:

    “WASHINGTON — The House is expected to vote later Friday on a reworked and even more conservative package to address the ongoing border crisis, with measures that would speed up deportations and a separate vote to end a policy that protects from deportation undocumented young people with long-standing ties to the U.S.”
    But the Senate is not here to vote on it, so it’s just theater to show how not ready to govern the republicans are.