(Update) Blood in the water. John Boehner, make those Senators vote on CCB.
(H/T Carolina — The vote in the Senate on CCB is scheduled for Saturday according to Freedom Works. Great news!)
Refuse to consider any Senate bill until CCB is voted on in the Senate.
The most hilarious article of the day: Reid is waiting for John Boehner to tell him the path forward. Hello, he already told you with the bill he passed. Now vote on it. Of course, Reid and the MSM are trying their best to pooh-pooh it, saying it is DOA in the Senate. Prove it is DOA, Senator Reid. Call for a vote on the freshly passed CCB bill that the House just passed.
Folks, there is no way CCB is dead in the Senate so long as the GOP Senate insists on the floor and on the air waves for a vote. The reason why is Harry Reid doesn’t want to call this bill to the floor for a vote. Why?
Daniel Akaka, Hawaii, Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico, Sherrod Brown, Ohio Joe Manchin, West Virginia, Maria Cantwell, Washington, Benjamin Cardin, Maryland, Thomas Carper, Delaware. Robert Casey, Jr., Pennsylvania,
Kent Conrad, North Dakota, Diane Feinstein, California Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota. Herb Kohl, Wisconsin. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Robert Menendez, New Jersey. Ben Nelson, Nebraska. Bill Nelson, Florida. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan, Jon Tester, Montana, Jim Webb, Virginia, Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island.
There are seven (I mistakenly made Tom Carper of Delaware red. No way that seat flips.) strong likelihood of flips in that list alone. That would put the GOP at a 54 seat majority Senate for 2012. The interesting seats are Bill Nelson in Florida and Debbie Stabenow in Michigan. Stabenow got a huge shot across the bow when Pete Hoekstra announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat in Michigan. Hoekstra is a first tier candidate. The dust in Florida has yet to settle but whomever gets Marco Rubio’s endorsement is going to prove to be a very stiff challenge for Nelson. If those seats flip it is +9 for the GOP. Light blue seats are those that I would probably consider fools’ gold but shouldn’t be given up on.
This list should tell you that Reid DOES NOT want to bring this to a vote in the Senate. If a vote came up, it is very possible that there could be enough vulnerable Democrats who would vote to save their jobs and (Democratic gulp) send the bill to Obama’s desk. Want further evidence?
The Obama administration signalled it may accept a short-term increase in the U.S. debt limit if it is combined with a major agreement to cut the deficit.
“The president has been clear that he will not support a short-term extension of the debt ceiling” without an agreement to cut the deficit, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters today. President Barack Obama plans to meet with top congressional Democrats today as the Aug. 2 deadline for raising the US$14.3-trillion debt limit nears.
While the deadline is “real and fast,” the press secretary said, “there is still time to do something significant if all parties are willing to compromise.”
Remember Obama’s temper tantrum when Cantor suggested a short-term deal that would make this an election year issue? If the White House is now considering making this an election year issue, they seriously don’t want this debate going any further. The passage of CCB has forced their hand. The coordinated counter-response with the “Gang of 6 to the rescue!” kabuki theater that was created by Democrat and some GOP elitists to defang House conservatives has failed and boomeranged badly.
Here’s more. If Tom Harkin is complaining about the cult fringe getting in the way, you know the Democrats in the Senate aren’t happy. By the way, anyone see a budget from Reid or plan to solve the debt ceiling problem yet?
Please Speaker Boehner, refuse to consider any Senate plan until CCB is voted on by the Democratic Senate. Insist on a vote in the Senate.