WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE U.S. SENATE?…..

…..I’ll tell you what has gone wrong with what was once called the greatest deliberative body in the world. The extreme right wackos are having a huge impact on the conservative republican caucus. This group of Senators has been so bullied and threatened with their political lives by these wing-nuts, that they are giving in to them, in fact even starting to behave like them! That is what has gone wrong with what was once a gentleman’s club made up of friends. They used to socialize with each other, even work out compromises on legislation while on the golf course or at the local watering hole. No more! Republican members have been scolded by leadership for being too friendly with the enemy, the Democrats! Tip O’Neil and President Reagan used to have drinks and enjoy each others company in the evenings after sparring with one another all day! Can you imagine the senior”No” representative in the House, Jon”suntan year-round from Ohio?”, Boehner and President Obama having a belt after work together? Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh would call for the assassination of Boehner the next day for such a treasonous act! That’s what it’s come to. The inmates are definitely running the Republican asylum! 

   There was an uproar from the “right” this week when Senator Al Franken(D-MN), in his role as presiding officer of the Senate denied Sen. Joe Lieberman(R-CT) additional time to speak. The Majority leader earlier that day had given anyone serving as presiding officer that day the order to deny requests for additional speaking time due to the tight time frame they were working on. Later, Senator John McCain commented what a tragedy it was that Senator Franken did that. ” This is a first”, said McCain. He continued “the conduct in the Senate has reached a new low”! I guess McCain forgot that twice in the past, as presiding officer of the Senate, he denied Senator Byrd(D-WV) and Senator Mark Dayton(D-MN) requests for additional speaking time! McCain’s motto of course would be”do as I say, not as I do!”

  On June 22, 2004 Vice President Dick Cheney, as President of the Senate, went down to the well on the Senate chambers floor to confront Senator Pat Leahy(D-VT) about some pending legislation. The brief exchange between the two concluded with the Vice President telling Senator Leahy to “fuck himself”! It takes a lot of class to do that one!

   The other night, as the Senate was preparing to reconvene for the historic vote on denying the ability of the “party of no”, to go to cloture. The Democrats needed all 60 votes to win. Senator Tom Coburn(R-OK), on mike and camera, asked Americans to pray that one of the sixty Senators needed to carry the vote, wouldn’t be able to get back to vote. This Senator Coburn, a medical doctor and self-described Christian asked for prayers for ill will toward one of the enemy, a Democrat. What kind of sleazy classless act would do that, especially on the Senate floor with cameras rolling? Not only is Coburn a low life piece of human excrement, but he’s really stupid too!

   I laughed when the tabloid journalism, once again, is intruding into political and governmental business. I can’t believe what a stir was created when Senator Chuck Schumer(D-NY) was over heard whispering to a travel companion that the flight attendant was a bitch. This is not news! Hello! It gained more exposure than Coburn’s classless call for something bad to happen to one of his Senate colleagues. Do you see the problem with this picture? 

   The flames of the wing-nuts are being fanned by the media. Anybody that believes the media in our country is liberal, better think again. The media has sunk to tabloid journalism, attacking anyone. They don’t care if they are going after liberals or conservatives. This type of journalism has spawned the birth of the very extreme right-wing. Eventually, traditional conservatives will be kicked to the curb by the extremists, and the Republican party will become more conservative or a national wing-nut party will grow in size and strength. They already tried this fall in New York’s 23rd Congressional district. They failed, but I believe that probably strengthened their resolve.

  Having grown up in the Washington D.C. area, in a very political family and my Dad working in political appointed positions, I can say I know of what I speak. The conduct of the Congress is disgraceful! They are weak sniveling wimps, that seem to care only about where their next dollar is coming from and seeing to it their pet special interests are being well cared for. Where are Lyndon Johnson and Sam Rayburn when this country needs them more than ever? Thank you.

Cam Obert

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