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New Senate Composition Means Manchin And Sinema Are About To ‘Lose Power’

Next Tuesday, if Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) defeats GOP challenger Herschel Walker (and every metric suggests he will), Democrats will have a 51-49 advantage in the U.S. Senate, a gain of one seat in the recent midterm elections.

And if Warnock wins, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) will no longer be able to stand in the way of progress being made by their Democratic colleagues in the upper chamber of Congress.

Nick Reynolds of Newsweek explains:

Depending on the result of next week’s runoff election between Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker, Democrats stand to control 51 seats in the U.S. Senate as well as the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, requiring both senators to break with their party to sink a piece of legislation.

Bottom line: Manchin and Sinema are about to lose what power they have.

“I don’t expect Manchin or Sinema to have much influence to be quite honest,” Joshua Huder, a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute, told Newsweek.

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“To the degree that they do have influence, it’ll be much more in the vein of the infrastructure bill-type influence,” Huder said in reference to concessions they received for fossil fuel permitting and corporate tax carveouts in a recent infrastructure package.

“They’re not going to be able to kill Democratic initiatives like they did,” he added. “They’re not going to be able to threaten not to go along with the filibuster.

“They’re not going to be able to do any of the stuff that really gave them a lot of veto power. They can be a positive influence in the sense that they can negotiate with Republicans, but that’s really the limit of what they can do.”

Gregory Magarian, a professor at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, concurs, noting:

“Republicans will need to pass legislation that Democrats will accept, while what we’ve seen Manchin and Sinema do over the last couple of years is pull the legislation sufficiently far to the right to be acceptable to those pivotal House Republicans.

“So at that point, if we’re thinking about this in fairly linear ideological terms, there really shouldn’t be anything left for Manchin and Sinema to do.”

Good! All they’ve done is obstruct, so it’s time they became powerless and irrelevant.

 

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Herschel Walker: In Order To Pass The Green New Deal We’ll Have To ‘Get Rid Of The Government’

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker said Tuesday that his goal is to “get rid of the government” because it will allow Congress to pass much-needed legislation.

Surprisingly, Walker said he would vote to pass the “Green New Deal” when the time was right.

“When they get to the point they want to get to with the Green New Deal, I will raise my hand [and vote yes], but we’re not at that point yet. So, why are they trying to force it to something that we’re not ready to go yet.”

Walker continued:

“Think about it. They’re going to our enemies; they’re going to terrorists; they’re going to dictators, asking them to help us!”

The candidate added:

“We don’t need them to help us. We can help ourselves. We need to get rid of the government and get back to the people.”

Get rid of the government? If we did that, there would be no Senate, no House, and no president. So Walker wouldn’t be a senator. Instead, we’d have some tyrannical clown like Donald Trump telling us all how to live our lives and how many times a day we have to bow down and pay homage to him

Does anyone have any idea what in the hell this idiot it talking about?

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Newspaper Editorial Urges Democrats To Save The Nation From GOP ‘Toddlers’ In The House

On January 3, 2023, the new Republican majority will take control of the House of Representatives, meaning that the next two years will likely be a shitshow on steroids with clueless GOP buffoons such as Reps. Jim Jordan (OH), Matt Gaetz (FL), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), and Lauren Boebert (CO) vying for leadership positions on important committees that control the budget, foreign policy, intelligence, and national defense.

The idea of such clowns running the House has the editorial board of the St. Louis Times-Dispatch terrified, and they’re using an op-ed to urge Democrats to try and minimize the damage before control passes to the GOP.

Just as it’s a good idea to child-proof a home before having toddlers over for a birthday party, congressional Democrats should be doing what they can during the current lame-duck session to prepare for the incoming Republican House majority — a crowd that has literally announced its intention to threaten America’s fiscal stability, block election reforms and abandon Ukraine.

A perfect example, the writers continue, is Republicans who plan to use the federal debt ceiling as a “tool” to get what they want: Cuts in entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

Refusing to raise the debt ceiling when necessary isn’t akin to reining in spending. The spending has already happened; this is akin to refusing to pay the bills when they come due, jeopardizing economic stability domestically and globally. Congress should, right now, raise the debt ceiling enough to ensure it won’t be an issue again for at least two years, depriving [Republicans] of this particular mischief.

Additionally, the editorial adds, is foreign policy, especially as it relates to Russia and our Ukrainian allies.

Many Republicans are threatening that (Ukrainian) aid — apparently having forgotten that America is supposed to stand up against tyranny and for democracy.

The op-concludes with a call for Democrats to act and act quickly to save the country from the horrors Republicans plan to try inflict on the nation.

Democrats who still control Congress now have not just a right but a duty to ensure that the worst instincts of the incoming majority are reined in before they’re seated. Let’s cover those plug sockets.

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Lindsey Graham Does 35 Push-Ups To Support Herschel Walker – And It’s Even Worse Than You Can Imagine

In an effort to get Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker elected in next months runoff election, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday evening and agreed to do push-ups to prove his support for Walker.

Queerty ran across the video of Graham working out on Walker’s YouTube account and reports:

The challenge came about after Sean Hannity spoke to Walker and Graham on a Fox News segment. He said that Walker impressed him previously with his ability to do push-ups. Hannity suggested Walker check out whether Graham was up to the challenge of doing some himself.

This led to a campaign video in which Graham challenges viewers to donate $34 if he and Walker can each do 34 push-ups. It’s unclear why they plumped for the number 34.

In the video, Graham happily gets down and does 35 push-ups, followed by Walker.

Before you watch the video, you might want to make sure your children and elderly relatives are out of the room. It could well be too much for impressionable youngsters and lead to cardiac arrest for anyone over the age of 60 once they start laughing and can’t quit.

Graham was also present when Walker was being interviewed and the candidate proudly proclaimed that “This erection is about the people.”

Erection election in a pumped up direction. Since Walker is too clueless to explain policy, the push-ups tell all you need to know about the “substance” of his campaign.

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Newt Gingrich Says Herschel Walker Is A Better Black Person Than His Democratic Opponent 

Proving yet again that he knows even less about race then he does politics, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is now claiming that Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker deserves to win the December runoff against incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) because he’s a better “African-American.”

Speaking with right-wing host Charlie Kirk on Real America’s Voice, Gingrich remarked:

“I think that Herschel Walker has the courage, the integrity to be a really remarkable U.S. senator. And I think, having an African-American with his background — somebody who is good at business, somebody who has given over 400 speeches on military bases to help young people dealing with PTSD because of his own experience with having had concussions playing football.”

Gingrich continued:

“I think Herschel would be such a dramatic improvement over Sen. Warnock, who is a hardline, um, left-wing politician, that I really do think that it’s worth a lot of effort to make sure Herschel wins.”

The real reason Gingrich identifies so closely with Walker is probably because both of them are serial adulterers and hypocrites who are emblematic of today’s Republican Party. They want to impose their beliefs on others but don’t think their so-called “religion” applies to them.