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And then there were three: Dem. Sens. Mary Landrieu, Joe Manchin, and Mark Pryor still haven't evolved


then there were three gay marriage equality evolution

Add one more Democratic senator to the list of supporters of marriage equality. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) joined the flurry of Dems who have decided it's time to evolve.

Or to put it the way Johnson did, evolve "sufficiently." As in, just enough to get re-elected.

Here is his statement, via WaPo:

After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation. This position doesn’t require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom.”

That leaves the three unevolved Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), all from red states. As was Johnson before he decided not to run again, Landrieu and Pryor are both up for reelection in 2014.

Rob Portman (Ohio) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) are the only two Republican Senators who support marriage equality. Given that many in the GOP don't believe in evolution, this is no surprise.

Note: Edited to correct.


VIDEO- Barney Smith vs Smith Barney: Republicans hold the nation hostage


As expected:

The Senate on Saturday rejected President Obama’s proposal to extend the Bush-era tax breaks for all but the wealthiest taxpayers, sealing a triumph for Republicans who have long called for continuing the income tax cuts for everyone. [...]

The measure proposed by Democrats fell seven votes short of the 60 it needed under Senate rules. By a vote of 53 to 36 [...]

Republicans voted unanimously against the House-passed bill and they were joined by four Democrats and Joseph I. Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut.

Those Democrats were Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jim Webb of Virginia, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.

The second plan was also blocked by the GOP:

Later, by a 37 to 53-37 vote, the Senate also stopped consideration of "the Millionaires' Tax," a bill that would have extended the Bush tax cuts for every American making less than $1 million per year, while returning income taxes to 2001 levels for everyone making more than $1 million annually.

Democratic Sens. Richard Durbin of Illinois, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Tom Harkin of Iowa, and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, along with independent Democrat Joe Lieberman, voted with the Republicans.

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If David Stockman can put things so succinctly and clearly, why couldn't the Dems? And please note who the messenger is. Eugene Robinson:

David Stockman's name "used to be synonymous with right wing economic kookiness... He hasn't moved, he's making sense. The Republicans have moved so far to the right that it has left David Stockman to the left... That has left me gobsmacked."

I jotted down some quotes from today's Senate debate. There is some paraphrasing, but most of the quotes are pretty accurate:

Byron Dorgan (D-ND):

They invent... Then, most of the reporting is off of that invention. It goes something like this: We say the world is round, they say the world is flat. The reporting: "Opinions differ on whether the world is flat."

The GOP wants millionaires to get 1000 times the cut as the average American. The average American would get $900 each, the wealthy would each get $104,000 each year.


As for the GOP [meme], this is about small businesses, wrong. That's an altered state of reality. The American people deserve better.

Some of this can be viewed here.

Dorgan then presented an absolutely eye-popping chart showing the difference between how the wealthiest Americans would benefit from the GOP tax cuts as compared to the rest of us. I can't find that clip yet.

ADDED: You can see the clip of Dorgan and his chart here, starting at about 3:25:50

Mary Landrieu (D-La.):

The starting point for the Republicans is, "We want to defeat the president."  Then they ask the president to come around to their way after they state that their aim is to defeat him.

Most people don't understand what the tax debate is, it's not reported very well. The cut is for the first $250,000 of income for EVERYONE, even Warren Buffett. Ever person in America would get a tax cut.

Claire McCaskill (D-Mo):

They want no tax cuts on the second, third, fourth, fifth million...

I feel a little bit like I'm in the Twilight Zone...

Don't take these people seriously about the deficit. It's a joke...

Some of these same people didn't even vote for the Bush tax cuts...

Clarence Thomas got the same number of votes we just cast...

The GOP says, if you don't give people a tax break on their second million, nobody gets one. Really?

President Obama just now:

"I am very disappointed... middle class held hostage... especially when it costs $700 billion...  I've spoken to Dem leadership in Congress, expect to speak to GOP, too... It will require some compromise, I am confident we can get it done. ... 2 million Americans saw their unemployment benefits expire... during holiday season... We'll work on this through the weekend, early next week... We need to get this resolved. I'm confident we can do it."

CNN's Ed Henry, paraphrased:

In other words, he's set a new deadline, and the Dems are worried... We'll see a deal in the next few days to extend all the tax cuts.

To quote Byron Dorgan, unbelievable.


James O'Keefe & friends plead guilty in Mary Landrieu office matter


As I said in a previous post:

Imagine if these little conservative brats had been "unconnected", "liberal" African Americans who approached a white employee... while duping the public into thinking they were dressed as pimps/hookers at the time.

We can imagine all we want, but here's the slap on the wrist that he and his BFF did get:

The four defendants who were arrested in January in Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in the Hale Boggs federal complex in New Orleans pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in federal court to entering real property belonging to the United States under false pretenses.

Magistrate Judge Daniel Knowles III sentenced Stan Dai, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan each to two years probation, a fine of $1,500 and 75 hours of community service during their first year of probation.

O'Keefe, got three years probation, and was fined $1,500 plus 100 hours of community service. But hey, at least they apologized! They didn't mean to cause the federal building security workers any inconvenience, honest! What a stand-up bunch.

Here's what little James said:

"I take full responsibility for our decision to visit Sen. Landrieu's office." Referring to their decision to pose as telephone workers in order to investigate complaints that office staff members allegedly ignored constituents' phone calls, he said "I should have used other means."

Legal and ethical means would have been a good start.

All James O'Keefe posts can be found here, including the uncut "pimp" videos, just in case you need a refresher course.


Quote-O'-The-Day: Former FEMA Fool edition


By GottaLaff

Heckuva quote, Mary:

"He was a fool when he stepped off the plane in Louisiana 4½ years ago, and unfortunately for him, he apparently still is."

-- Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), quoted by Politico, on the attempted comeback of former FEMA Director Michael Brown.

Many of us are still trying to figure out why he was allowed back on the Tee Vee Machine in the first place.