In this entertaining new video, Missouri state Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Great Ideas) complains that Democrats in the Missouri House have proposed legislation making the possession of certain assault weapons a felony. And as the saying goes, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a bill is a good guy with a gun, so the video ends with Burlison and a pal unloading twenty rounds into the proposed law.
But does this rootin'-tootin' approach to blocking legislation work? Other politicians have tested the theory:
Tags: Advertising, Guns, Joe Manchin, Missouri, Obamacare, State Legislature
In a move that a cynical person might call politically calculated, but which I choose to call the sweetest, most adorable thing to happen ever, Al Franken has organized the Senate's first-ever Secret Santa…
Reports coming out of the gift exchange showed a group of senators seemingly giddy over their gifts. The biggest hit seemed to be Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)’s receiving of an elephant and donkey carved from coal.
The cockles of your heart aren't sufficiently warmed? How about this: The gift came from Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, along with the following note…
"With an eight percent approval rating, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress deserve to have coal in their stocking this year. Lucky for us, my state has more than enough to go around."
Ha ha ha! I do love when our societal betters poke fun at the lackluster job they're doing of governing us.
But in all seriousness, the event seems to have gone well. So well, in fact, that maybe they'll revive it for Easter. You know, if we still have a Senate.
Photo by Ryan Kelly/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images
Tags: Al Franken, Christmas, Chuck Schumer, Joe Manchin, Senate
Harry Reid may not be getting that bill to legalize online poker — not to mention that dump truck full of pork he was hoping for — but it does seem as though — despite my disgusted pessimism yesterday — he has an actual real life shot a passing some genuine historic legislation before the two chambers of Congress descend utterly into trench warfare next month.
And these pieces of legislation would actually be "historic" in a good way, believe it or not…
After abandoning on Thursday night a $1.3 trillion omnibus Senate spending bill, Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid filed cloture for the DREAM Act and a stand-alone repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" — both of which are now expected to reach the Senate for final votes as early as this weekend…
Republican Sens. Brown (who on Thursday confirmed his willingness to vote for the bill), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) have said they would support the bill, and all but one Democrat – West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin – is believed to be in favor of voting for repeal.
The prospects of the DREAM Act, however, are less clear. The measure, which would provide undocumented young people with pathways to American citizenship, has inspired criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike, and a Senate vote on the legislation was recently delayed due to lack of sufficient support for passage.
It's sad enough that these are even issues being vigorously debated in the year 2010 in which we are currently living. What's sadder, though, is that I'd actually feel like it'd be a victory to get one of these bills through.
Fantastic job of managing expectations, Congress! That is one thing you do very well!
Tags: DADT, Gambling, Harry Reid, Immigration, Joe Manchin, LGBT, Lisa Murkowski, Military, Money, Olympia Snowe, Scott Brown, Senate, Susan Collins
GOProud — the 527 political organization intended to represent the slim special interest group of LGBT conservatives who are not currently closeted — last night retweeted a message from its founder and CEO Christopher R. Barron concerning just who is to blame for the Don't Ask, Don't Tell'd dismal showing on the Senate floor yesterday.
And, if you ask me, the answer is pretty obvious…
Hmmmm… Harry Reid. Of course! That makes perfect sense at first blush, but what if we take a closer look at the numbers…
60 - The number of votes the repeal provision would need to defeat a filibuster by Republicans
57 - The number of senators who voted for repealing DADT
40 - The number of senators who voted against repealing DADT
39 - The number of Democrats who voted for repealing DADT (Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, was the one dissenting Democrat vote)
1 - The number of Republicans who voted for repealing DADT (Susan Collins, of Maine)
0 - The number of Harry Reids who voted against repealing DADT
Well, you can't argue with numbers like that! Totally, totally Harry Reid's fault. That jerk!
(via Joe. My. God.)
Tags: DADT, Harry Reid, Joe Manchin, LGBT, Military, Republicans, Senate, Susan Collins
Anything can happen on live TV, and Jon and Stephen's Midterm Teapartyganza was no different. Who will ever forget Aasif Mandvi's nude report from Washington D.C.? Or John Oliver and Jason Jones repeatedly shouting "f**k the FCC" while suspended from that ceiling fan? Or Samantha Bee straight up murdering that dude?
None of that happened, of course, but what did happen were the following quotes about last night's Democratic mega-massacre. You should read them until your brain explodes from being amused.
"John Boehner will be the new Speaker of the House. It is the highest elected office ever to be reached by an Orange-American." – Olivia Munn
14 more quotes after the jump…
Tags: Aasif Mandvi, Alaska, David Vitter, Jason Jones, Joe Manchin, John Boehner, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Kentucky, Midterms, Nancy Grace, Olivia Munn, Rand Paul, Russ Feingold, Samantha Bee, Senate, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, West Virginia