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    SallyCat, Granny Doc, dallasdave

    Do you think the country has the luxury of waiting that long?

    •  This is pretty much (7+ / 0-)

      what we have been screaming about since November, '06.  This is the way the Republicans have used their power base for a generation - they played the proceedure card and battled the Dems to a stand still on issue after issue.  It's not as though there hasen't been a good template for Reid, et al, to follow.  Slow?  Weak?  Stupid?  Or just too embedded in the DC culture to understand his job?

      You want me to do WHAT? Not in these shoes!

      by Granny Doc on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 12:27:37 PM PST

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    •  I think we fight them now when we can (6+ / 0-)

      and replace them as they come up for re-election. That was my mantra to Harry Reid's office yesterday. No money to incumbents that pass amnesty. Same every time I call...I'll support only progressive primary candidates until every incumbent is gone.

      They are hearing the money angle...and the pissed off donor angle more than the integrity of the country factor.

      Do we have the we have a choice?

      Memo to Congress: Put up or shut up ~ all talk and no action pisses me off.

      by SallyCat on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 12:30:46 PM PST

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      •  Rockefeller's term is up in 2008. n/t (6+ / 0-)
        •  Do "we" have a candidate? (2+ / 0-)
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          maralenenok, protectedmode

          Bush Administration: Proving the saying, "You can fool most of the people some of the time, and 30% 24% all the time."

          by Helpless on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 12:56:36 PM PST

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        •  Rockefeller doesn't need us, with HIS friends... (1+ / 0-)
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          from an October 2007 article:

          Top Verizon executives, including CEO Ivan Seidenberg and President Dennis Strigl, wrote personal checks to Rockefeller totaling $23,500 in March, 2007. Prior to that apparently coordinated flurry of 29 donations, only one of those executives had ever donated to Rockefeller (at least while working for Verizon).

          In fact, prior to 2007, contributions to Rockefeller from company executives at AT&T and Verizon were mostly non-existent.

          But that changed around the same time that the companies began lobbying Congress to grant them retroactive immunity from lawsuits seeking billions for their alleged participation in secret, warrantless surveillance programs that targeted Americans.

          The Spring '07 checks represent 86 percent of money donated to Rockefeller by Verizon employees since at least 2001.

          The people who brought you the War on Terror are the same ones who brought you the War on Drugs.

          by Terminus on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 12:58:14 PM PST

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