I am reaching out to the DKos brain trust to see if this idea has any merit. Like all of you I have been frustrated by the Repubs use of the filibuster. But part of me thinks it should be kept for when they take back the Senate (in 2 or 20 years it will tragically happen at some point - this country did re-elected Bush!?!?!).
My idea is to reverse the way a filibuster works:
If someone calls for unanimous consent and there is an objection instead of the current system requiring 60 votes for an override - The new rule would require 40 votes to sustain the objection.
Now this might not sound like a big deal but take for example the case of Bunning objection to the unemployment extension. Instead of just one retiring Senator being able to stop things all 40 repubs would have to go on recorded voting against extending unemployment benefits. As opposed to simple not taking a vote which they can do now since an absent vote = a no vote in the current system.
It would require the minority party to have their entire caucus either in the chambers or close enough by to get there for a vote any time congress is in session. It brings some weight and pain back into the process that was lost.
Yesterday the story of 40 call center workers who walked out rather then spread McCain's slime was on the Rec'd list.
Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.
Today we have the opportunity to HELP the courageous worker who actually walked out.
Lets show people the power of the NetRoots and that if people take a stand we have their back. We set up a fund drive to help replace their lost wages. Please contribute to "Support the Walkout Against Slime Calls."
40 employees forfeited pay for the sake of cleaner campaigning - now its up to us to stand with them. A $9 donation makes up for an hour's pay - an hour that won't be spent making attack calls against Obama.
I am very concerned that there is no Dkos (either frontpage or Rec'd diary) response to the "Redistribute the Wealth" drudge headline and charge being pushed by McCain and Fox. I know everyone is Jumping around yelling landslide and talking about the lead in the polls - but we can not let any attack go unanswered. Not now not even after we win the election. This cannot be left unchallenged. When I saw the attack I immediately turned to this site for the usually debunking. There was none - so I started digging.
The key point is that the tape has been edited to paint a picture that Obama was talking about economics not social justice.
'You know what, we as a court have no power to examine issues of redistribution and wealth inequalities. With respect to schools, that's not a race issue, thats a wealth issue and something and we can't get into."
Later in the interview, Obama seemed to concur with conservative and mainstream liberal scholars on the court's more modest view of its powers: (source)
Last week Pinocchio Politics brought you McLiar Bingo http://chronicle.com/... - this week, PP has a new version with updated lies and a randomizer that makes it easy to print as many unique boards as you want.
With McCain promising to step it up after last Wednesday's tepid performance, you can expect some king sized whoppers in this last debate, and McLiar bingo is one of the best ways to keep up with his lies as they happen. The board features the McCain-as-Pinocchio and includes 24 of Mac's favorite lies on the economy, energy and national security.
Also, for this economy-themed debate, Pinocchio Politics has created "Fundamentally Strong" Cocktails - a set of cocktail recipes that are the best way to drink to McCain's lies. Drinks include "Old Fashioned Bailouts" and "Wa-Mu Martinis."
Apologies in advance for the short nature of this diary but we are trying to get the word out to as many people as possible. We want a big turn out so we can make some news.
Come out and join our Pinocchio Posse to greet John McCain and Sarah Palin at the New York Waldorf-Astoria as they attempt to restore their flagging credibility by hobnobbing with foreign leaders and fellow liar Henry Kissinger. The Posse will gather at 10:30am on Wednesday 9/24 in front of the Waldof. Look for noses and noise as the Posse takes on McCain/Palin Pinocchio Politics in person!
John McCain and Sarah Palin are coming to your neck of the woods if you live near Philly tomorrow Monday 9/22 at 3PM.
When: September 22, 2008 3:00 p.m.
Where: Steps of the Delaware County Courthouse
201 West Front Street
Lets get as many people out in a "Pinocchio Posses" wearing pinocchio noses. We need to make the Liar label stick and this is one of the best ways to do it. Goes straight to the reptilian brain. Its a simple and effective visual image that undercuts one of McCain's strength his character. They did it to Kerry in 04 with the Flip-Flops now we can return the favor. Check out Pinocchio Politics and http://pinocchiopolitics.blogspot.com/ for more info. As well as below the fold
Dkos reader we need your help. Pinocchio Politics is just getting started - we put up a place holder site today but are in need of volunteers to help provide content and design/website help.
The purpose of the site is to make the LIAR label stick to McCain/Palin. The site will be a simple website, that has :
McCain & Palin's travel schedule
Simple instructions for making your own nose AND links to on-line purchasable pinochio nose costumes
Messaging support tools -- downloadable talking-points, chant-sheet, press release template, maybe a 8.5x11 pdf poster or two "america needs leaders not liars", "mccain was against lying before he was for it", etc., that can be blown up at kinko's to 11x17 or larger
Some tool for people to self-organize actions & report back with photos et al
A comprehensive list of all the lies that the McCain campaign has told.
We also need people to spread the word about Pinocchiopolitics.org especially in swing state where McCain and/or Palin are holding events so we can get people there in Pinocchio Noses.
Are you sitting there scratching your head thinking, can they really steal this election again? You've given money (if not do it now!), maybe even phone banked, signed up new voters and canvassed (Thats great).
Now its the time for direct action!
Go on the offense!
This is a call to Action for all DKos readers!
The McCain is a Liar meme is starting to catch on but we need to put it over the top. We need to get people out to EVER McCain or Palin rally with Pinnochio noses.
You can go to your local costume store or halloween displays maybe to find them - if not
click here to order (this is on an endorsement of this reseller)
If you never have been involved in a direct action its great - below is the link to the Mccain calendar so you can see if he is going to be near you or near someone you know soon. This need to be a sustained thing - so plan ahead.
We can do this lets turn the Pinnochio nose into the 2008 equivalent of the Kerry rally Flip-flops.
This is a letter I got from a good friend of mine in Wisconsin - it is one of the best framings of McCain - enjoy the read.
McCain says he puts his country first. But what country is that?
The country of Cindy and John McCain who have never worried about
their house payment medical care, never worried about, retirement,
never worried about their children's education. Never had to think
about those things and have never had to worry about how to pay for
gas or medicine. Mr. McCain you can talk all you want about walking
the walk but my friend, with all due respect to your service to our great
land as a pilot and your 26 years in the Senate, you wear 500. dollar
loafers and those shoes were't even made by a company from the United
States shoes so how can you tell me you understand. You tell us you
want to give us a 7,000 tax credit to pay for health insurance. But
Mr. McCain the people who need the help don't pay 7K in taxes. They are poor.
I don't know about you but the idea of my donation to Obama going to pay down HRC campaign debt make my stomach turn.
She has ruled it out, but a prompt withdrawal from the contest for the Democratic nomination offers Sen. Hillary Clinton the prospect of major rewards.
One of the most inviting is the near certainty that the Obama campaign would agree to pay back the $11.4 million she has loaned her own bid, along with an estimated $10 million to $15 million in unpaid campaign expenses
I've read this in a couple of places this one is from HuffPo. If its happened I would be outraged. The Clintons made over 100 million. They can easily afford to pay down her debt.
Obama should just let her campaign wind down on its own - it will be over by May 20th if not sooner. That money should be spent on winning the Presidency. Why should we have to pay for HRC's badly run campaign. I was going to donate to Obama (again) after his win yesterday but now I'm going to hold off until this is straightened out.
About the author: I am Dyslexic, it is a battle (which I often lose) to write without error. Thanks in advance for putting up with my mistakes
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