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  •  On a more substantive note, (2+ / 0-)
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    isn't the major issue right now the delay in the committee markup?  At this point, December 7th, even if the bill were marked up it wouldn't make it onto the House calendar for what little remains in this year.  But, and here's the real question, what is the time table in the committee?  If the markup is finished between now and the end of this session, then the bill could be considered in the House early in 2010.  So, where does the committee stand?

    •  Democrats? a time table? (4+ / 0-)

      "next time"

      "after the next election"

      "when we increase our numbers in Congress"

      "Is a nanosecond before the end of time soon enough for you?"

      They will NEVER give a firm time table because then that is something to which we can hold. They want to remain as nebulous as possible.

      Clarknt67 is right. When next year rolls around, it will drag on to the point they will say we can't do this this year because we have midterm elections to deal with so we'll do it in 2011. In 2011, when Democrats have lost seats in Congress because they have been do-nothing hand sitters for the last 11 months on the most important issues facing the nation, they well say we don't have the votes OR the frenzy of the two year election campaign for President will shut it all down until 2013 when they will have possibly lost control of Congress or Obama will possibly have lost re-election or both.

      Now was our time and the Democrats have pissed away the opportunity to steer the country back in the right direction. The failed to pass a large enough stimulus bill (the Nobel Economic Laureates all said so), spent months on health care reform that has been so watered down by Democrats it will be an ineffective mess if it miraculously passes without being further watered down and haven't even tackled wall street regulation or climate change, so getting basic civil rights protections for the faggots will have to wait in their mind.

      "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

      by craigkg on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 09:48:57 AM PST

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      •  There's yet another option: (3+ / 0-)

        until 2013 when they will have possibly lost control of Congress or Obama will possibly have lost re-election or both.

        They'll win the WH, majorities in both houses and piss away the opportunity to move the country toward progressive change. Just like they have this year.

        •  I'm not so sure (4+ / 0-)

          The patience of the American people will have worn as thin as ours by late 2012 if real progress hasn't been made. At the pace they are going, it will be impossible to have sufficient progress unless they make a huge push for everything at once, putting forth real HCR, climate change legislation, Wall Street regulatory reform, GLBT civil rights, a jobs package, etc at the same time, holding the entire Democratic caucus together and giving Republicans no time to maneuver against the measure.

          OK, that last part was a lame attempt at a joke. Harry Reid is so good, could have 90 Democratic Senators and find a way to lose.

          "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

          by craigkg on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 10:00:04 AM PST

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