Daily Wisdom

May 19, 2005

Check and Checkmate

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today delivered a flaming diatribe on the floor of the Senate demanding that the Minority Democrats be allowed to run the Senate by ignoring the elections of 2004. "We know that most people think elections are held to decide who runs things in Washington and throughout the country", said Reid, "but those are old concepts. Today, it's the Democrats who run things, regardless of elections".

Reid's rantings seemed somehow familiar as he began to pound the podium and interspersed his comments with the occasional "Sieg Heil!". Reid's demagogic performance comes in the face of Republican threats to end the ability of Democrats to filibuster President Bush's judicial nominees.

"The Senate is not a rubber stamp for the executive branch," Reid said. "Rather, we're the one institution where the minority has... the ability to check the power of the majority. Today, in the face of President Bush's power grab, that's more important than ever." Reid went on to say, "If Republicans roll back our rights in this chamber, there will be no check on their power".

President Bush is apparently taking Reid's remarks seriously and intends to offer an apology to Democrats in his weekly radio address next Saturday. An unnamed Whitehouse spokesman leaked an early draft of the message in which Bush is expected to say the following:

"I want to take this opportunity to speak directly to Democrats. I'm sorry that I 'grabbed power' by winning the election of 2004. I'm sorry that the Republicans increased their majority in both the House and the Senate. I'm sorry that the American people have spoken so clearly. I'm sorry that they want us to run the government and not you. I'm sorry your feelings were hurt. I'm sorry that you are sore losers. Please just get over it. Checkmate. Thank you and God Bless America."


At 5/19/2005 1:53 PM , Blogger LebenFrei said...

Senator Reid was using his shoe to pound the podium only because he had to take off his shoe after having injured his foot kicking something offensive out of his path. I heard Senator Reid debating Senator Frist last week in the Senate and he was most complimentary to Senator Frist. He had some trouble pronouncing Frist and it sounded like "Fist" which was not his intention. He had stated then that he was certain that he could work out something with Senator Fist and some of his Democratic colleagues before the so called "nuclear option" was triggered. Senator Reid is being misunderstood by the general public. He did not say he would "shut down the Senate" because of the disagreement between the two parties concerning the up or down vote. He was simply referring to the fact that almost all the Democrats had scheduled their summer vacations early to avoid the crowds at the beaches and resorts. None or the Senators realized that the others had scheduled their spring break at the same time. Just as soon as they return from their vacations in the fall, they will immediately comply with the up or down vote thing and not to worry.

At 5/19/2005 8:06 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

I feel like a pawn in this whole chess game thingy.

At 5/19/2005 11:51 PM , Blogger Kajun said...

I feel like I'm on "Golden Pawn"...where was I...what was the topic? I think I'm lost...maybe I've got that uh disease old folks get uh, uh, you know that uh...

At 5/20/2005 3:55 AM , Blogger camojack said...

Just thought I'd check out what you're posting, mate...hopefully this filibuster gets fully busted.


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