Whining in the House. Perhaps they'd like a little cheese?

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    Even before officially becoming the minority in Congress, Republicans are already whining about having their "rights" respected...

    <blockquote>Thirty-one-year-old Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) is not a large man, standing perhaps 5 feet 3 inches tall in thick soles. But he packed a whole lot of chutzpah when he walked into the House TV gallery yesterday to demand that the new Democratic majority give the new Republican minority all the rights that Republicans had denied Democrats for years.

    "The bill we offer today, the minority bill of rights, is crafted based on the exact text that then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi submitted in 2004 to then-Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert," declared McHenry, with 10 Republican colleagues arrayed around him. "We're submitting this minority bill of rights, which will ensure that all sides are protected, that fairness and openness is in fact granted by the new majority." - The Washington Post</blockquote>

    What Representative McHenry neglected to mention was that the Republican majority utterly ignored this request by the Democrats, while blocking Democrat attempts to bring some measure of sanity back to the halls of Congress.

    During the years of their majority rule, the Republican leadership showed nothing but contempt for the rights of the Democratic Congressional minority. Representative McHenry, apparently, has no sense of irony with regards to the hypocrisy of his stance. House Majority Leader Pelosi has stated that she will conduct the House with a civility which was absent during the recent years of Republican one party rule. We should take her at her word until she proves otherwise.
     
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    That should take about 1 hour.
     
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    Fear not, the Democrats will forever be the winner in a crying contest.
     
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    Nancy Pelosi, the new Speaker of the House, was the picture of grace and dignity today as she took up her new role. She offered the olive branch of bipartisanship, more genuinely than any Republican in the last six years, longer if you count the time since the GOP took control of Congress.

    Denny Hastert, by contrast, was utterly ungracious and undignified. Rather than do as every outgoing Speaker holding a seat in the House has done, and hand the gavel to his successor, he sat it out. Instead, he had John Boehner (R-OH) and now minority leader, carry his water for him. He showed just how he is going to approach the spirit of bipartisanship Speaker Pelosi offered. Denny acted every bit the fat, florid, bitter old man he truly is. He will carry on, as he did since assuming the role of Speaker, by ignoring anything which doesn't comport with the party line.

    So instead of graciously accepting defeat, and looking to put the nations business, rather than the party's business, first and doing the hard work of putting America back in order and restoring its position in the world, he sat on his fat ass looking as if he was about to stroke out. Bitterness and divisiveness were the hallmark of his speakership and the Republican party for the last six years, to this nation's detriment
     
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    LOL! Bully I just love how you do these!
     
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    since when is telling people they cant even debate on any of the issues extending the branch of bipartisanship?
     
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    Funny... it didn't bother you for the last six years.
     
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    really, the fillabusters really ticked me off. So did the failure to release nominations from committees.
     
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    What on earth are you smoking? Democrats were invited to participate in every single major piece of legislation that's been introduced. Heck Ted Kennedy wrote the "No Child Left behind act" (Something he coveniently forgot when he started attacking the President on it) he was also a major contributor to the immigration Amnesty bill which is why it sucked so much.

    you have to be living in a dream world if you think Democrats didnt have a say the past 6 years.
     
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    The issues you are speaking of were debated, if they reached the floor at all under the Republican majority, on a number of occaisions in the last six years. They will now be put to a straight up or down vote. Isn't that what Chimpy wants on issues before Congress?...A straight up or down vote? No. Only when they will line the pockets of GOP backers will he or many of the congressional Republicans argue for such a course of action.
     

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