Archives for Capitol Hillbillies

Rangel says Obama acting like Dick Cheney

Charles Rangel, the scandal-scarred Democrat who has become a symbol of an unwillingness of Democratic leaders of Congress to police their own, said over the weekend that President Barack Obama is acting more and more like Dick Cheney because of his commitment to the Iraq war and big oil. “I challenge anyone to tell me we aren’t there (Iraq) because of the oil,” Rangel told supporters as he kicked off his re-election bid for a 21st term in Congress. Rangel said Obama is not being honest with Congress or the American people about the war. “The lack of an honest
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McCain in fight for his political life

A serious re-election fight wasn’t what Republican John McCain expected when he returned to the Senate after losing the presidency. But the four-term senator is battling for his political life in a race that embodies the volatility of an unpredictable election year. He’s facing former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a fellow Republican pushing him farther to the right as GOP voters demand conservative purity in their candidates and punish those with ties to the Washington establishment. Two longtime Senate incumbents have fallen — Bob Bennett, R-Utah, and Arlen Specter, D-Pa. A third — Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark. — could see her hopes
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Mullen: Congress should have waited on gay ban vote

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday he would have preferred that Congress had waited before voting to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that bans gays from serving openly in the military. Adm. Mike Mullen did not directly criticize a House vote on Friday that marked a step toward repealing the ban. But he said it would have been better for lawmakers to wait until the Pentagon completed its review of how to make the repeal work. That study, due in December, is based on a current survey of troops and their families. “Ideally, I
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Congress moves forward on removing gay military ban

Congress has taken two big steps toward ending the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. In quick succession Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee and the full House approved measures to repeal the 1993 law that allows gay people to serve in the armed services only if they hide their sexual orientation. The votes were a victory for President Barack Obama, who has actively supported ending the policy, and for gay rights groups who have made repealing the ban their top legislative priority this year. “Lawmakers today stood on the right side
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Freshmen Dems to Obama: ‘Stay the hell away from us’

Freshman Democrats who owe their seats in Congress to the Barack Obama poltical tsunami in 2008 now want to keep the President at arm’s length because they fear his increasing unpopularity and political missteps cold hurt them in the November midterm elections. Many fear alignment with Obama could cost them the election and want to campaign without his endorsement or a presence in his district. “I just think we don’t quite know yet where his popularity is,” Pennsylvania Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper told Congressional Quarterly in a recent interview. Some have already told the White House they don’t want or need
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Republicans win House seat in Obama’s home district

A Honolulu city councilman has defeated two Democrats to give Republicans a midterm election victory in the U.S. congressional district where President Barack Obama grew up. Charles Djou’s win Saturday is the latest triumph for the GOP as it looks to take back control of Congress. And it came as a blow to Democrats who could not rally around a candidate and find away to win a congressional race that should have been a cakewalk. The seat had been held by a Democrat for nearly 20 years and is located where Obama was born and spent most of his childhood.
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Senate passes financial industry overhaul

In a major victory for President Barack Obama, the US Senate has passed the most sweeping overhaul of financial industry rules since the Great Depression of the 1930s. By a 59-39 margin, lawmakers approved Thursday an ambitious effort to curb Wall Street excesses blamed for fueling the 2008 global economic meltdown, amid smoldering voter anger months before November mid-term elections. “To Wall Street, it says: No longer can you recklessly gamble away other people’s money,” Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “It says to those who game the system: The game is over.” Senate Banking Committee chair Chris Dodd, a
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Warning to incumbents: You got trouble

Go home. Stick to your guns. Keep your nose clean. Distance yourself from Washington, or even better, your own party. That’s the advice political operatives are giving incumbents and establishment-backed candidates after voters delivered a harsh message to insiders Tuesday night: Enough! One Senate incumbent, Arlen Specter, lost his seat in Pennsylvania. A second, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, was forced to defend hers in a runoff. And an establishment-backed candidate in Kentucky, Trey Grayson, lost badly to a tea party favorite who said voters don’t want “the same old, same old politicians.” Fingers planted firmly in the wind, Washington incumbents
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Another GOP hypocrite caught in sex scandal

A sexual fling by another “family values” Republican resulted Tuesday in a swift resignation as Rep. Mark Souder admitted dorking a part-time female member of his staff. Souder becomes the third Indiana Congressman to step down this year and the second to leave under an ethical cloud. GOP Rep. Steve Buyer quit under fire over a questionable spending by a foundation he established to fund college scholarship. Rep. Brad Ellsworth is leaving to run for the Senate. Buyer and Ellsworth will finish out their terms but Souder is leaving immediately and a special election will be set for find someone
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Democrats pile on the pork

With so many of their House colleagues in trouble back home, Democrats have pulled out all the stops to pile on the pork while actually working at governing the country as little as possible. The party of the jackass packed 54 self-serving amendments on to a innocuous science competitiveness bill this week before adjourning early and heading back home to campaign. It’s a craven, cynical political ploy that shows Democrats are scared and willing to do anything to save their endangered jobs. The pork is piled on so thick that any attempt at subtlety is lost: $50 million for a
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