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  • Richard Shelby Takes a Deep Breath, Lets Go of His Holds on Obama Appointees

    Remember this bit of mindless important obstructionism?

    Having proved his obstructionist important point, Sen. Richard Shelby is finally backing down

    Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama will stop blocking Senate confirmation of about 70 government appointees nominated by President Barack Obama, his office said.

    Shelby had placed "holds" on most of Obama's nominees, delaying the Senate from acting on them, in a dispute over federal spending involving his state.

    "The purpose of placing numerous holds was to get the White House's attention on two issues that are critical to our national security - the Air Force's aerial refueling tanker acquisition and the FBI's Terrorist Device Analytical Center," Shelby spokesman Jonathan Graffeo said in a statement Monday night.


    Imagine all the trouble that could've been avoided if Sen. Shelby's staffers had shown him how to operate that square-shaped talking box thing on his desk.

    Tags: Republicans, Richard Shelby, Senate, White House
  • Somebody Get Sen. Richard Shelby a Lap Cat and a Heidelberg Scar STAT!

    Remember when people used to accuse Republicans of being mindlessly obstructionist just for the sheer fuck of it?

    That was just so silly

    Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put an extraordinary "blanket hold" on at least 70 nominations President Obama has sent to the Senate, according to multiple reports this evening. The hold means no nominations can move forward unless Senate Democrats can secure a 60-member cloture vote to break it, or until Shelby lifts the hold.

    Obviously, they're doing it for billions of dollars worth of pork…

    According to the report, Shelby is holding Obama's nominees hostage until a pair of lucrative programs that would send billions in taxpayer dollars to his home state get back on track.

    Um, doesn't the United States government have a strict policy of not negotiating with terrorists?

    Tags: Money, Richard Shelby, Senate
  • GOP Watches in Horror as Stimulus Package Lurches to Life

    Time's running out for Republicans to go on TV and wring their hands over the economic stimulus plan: it's expected to squeak through a Senate vote early this week, then proceed to final negotiations with the House before collapsing, bloody and scarred, on President Obama's desk.

    Sen. Richard Shelby (R.-Ala.), would you like to open the whine this morning?

    Leading Republicans warned Sunday that the Obama administration's $800 billion-plus economic stimulus effort will lead to what one called a "financial disaster."

    "Everybody on the street in America understands that," said Sen. Richard Shelby, the ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee. "This is not the right road to go. We'll pay dearly."

    It will lead to a financial disaster, you see, because up until now the fundamentals of our economy have been — what's the word? Oh yes, strong. And that reminds me of somebody else

    "I know we're in trouble. I know America needs a stimulus. We need tax cuts. We need to spend money on infrastructure and on other programs that will immediately put people to work. But this is not it," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

    "You need to get it right. You don't want to spend these precious taxpayer dollars in the wrong way," Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

    Heavens, no! Because every time a precious, precious taxpayer dollar is squandered on ballooning initiatives that don't directly improve the lives of hard-working Americans, a Republican sheds a tear.

    Which, by the way, is how John McCain filled his swimming pools. Three trillion Republican tears.

    Tags: Economy, Iraq, John Ensign, John McCain, Republicans, Richard Shelby, Senate, Stimulus