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More and more, it seems like the fight here is between the Republican House of Delegates members and every other person who identifies as a Republican in Virginia being embarrassed by their behavior...
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Bold post by Durrette. However, I think your topic is mistitled. It's not so much an in-fighting story. I think the bigger story is the crude blocking of bipartisan redistricting. Is there a base of voters who wants their rep to fight to keep the current and obvious congressional district gerrymandering?
Pete in Williamsburg |
January 28, 2009 at 11:27 AM
If the only bill the House GOP leadership ever bungled was a bi-partisan redistricting plan; I would be on cloud 9.
I seriously doubt this is our biggest problem.
January 28, 2009 at 12:20 PM
I would think the GOP would want bipartisan redistricting so the dems don't rape us next year once they take control of the hod.
January 28, 2009 at 12:40 PM
Different men have differing definitions of “good government”.
On the national scale we see that democrats believe that “good government” means spending trillions of dollars on activities that are not related to our economic stimulus, and many republicans disagree.
We see that “getting money back into the hands of the people” makes sense to democrats, where republicans believe that “not taking money out of the hands of the people” is more prudent and a lot less expensive.
Just like the “stimulus” plan will come out of congress, no doubt a redistricting plan will be passed in Virginia, those who like it will believe it is “good government” those who oppose it will not.
January 28, 2009 at 02:43 PM
Nice try. It is not as subjective as you suggest, and anyone willing to see the truth understands that.
The issue is, regardless of party, representatives should not be picking their voters, voters should be picking their representatives.
In order to do this we must pass a law that follows a NON-PARTISAN redistricting commission model like Iowa or Arizona.
Doug in Mount Vernon |
January 28, 2009 at 04:47 PM
The post who defines what men think is good government...Women think too by the way.... That aside, how scandalous to suggest that the Dems are spending trillions in taxpayers money on things that will not stimulate the economy. It was your President that raped our country of trillions upon trillions of dollars for a failed war that has crippled our economy and caused thousands to lose their jobs. Fiscal conservative are you? You better switch parties awfully quick if that's what you define as fiscally responsible. Thank God we now have a President who is trying to navigate out of the mess that was left for him by the Republican demolition derby! Your definition of "good government" obviously doesn't work. Time to take the blinders off, it's a new day!
January 28, 2009 at 05:04 PM
Haha libs, NOT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN voted for the so-called "stimulus".
You own the bill now, libs. When it fails to end the recession you cannot claim bi-partisanship.
Have fun in 2010! :)
January 28, 2009 at 06:56 PM
Hats off to Cantor! He just kicked your ass, socialists!
January 28, 2009 at 07:05 PM
Nice try anon 6:56. Let's see, incoming president has a 70% approval rating, Democrats have a 9 point generic lead nationally and strong majorities in the house and senate. Obama is at least trying to be bipartisan and find common ground.
People want to get something done. This isn't 2002 or 2004.
January 28, 2009 at 11:55 PM
People don't just want to get "something" done. They want the right thing done. Part of the reason the republicans lost their majority is because the wrong things were done.
Too much taxpayer money has been wasted, too much government intervention, loss of freedoms.
Republicans lost majority years ago in the congress, if you don't know that you need to do some more study.
We are being told that "more" money given to the government will solve the problems. We have been giving "more" to Washington for years and the growth in the problem seems directly proportional to the exapansion and growth in Washington excess.
These continued abuses by Washington (R's or D's) is only prolonging the problems. While Americans are losing their jobs; Obama, Pelosi and the crew are swigging drinks and eating steak.
This "let them eat cake" attitude will bring about the same outrage towards democrats as that which costed republicans their majority.
Blame Bush time is over, congress passed the TARP monies and just as democrats passed this recent legislation w/o republicans they could have denied TARP.
"trying to be bipartisan" is not defined as "I won" suck it up.
January 29, 2009 at 02:37 PM
You're entitled to your own set of opinions but your aren't entitled to your own set of facts anon 2:37. The GOP had the congress for 12 years and at least 6 years of total control of DC. I think it was only two years ago.
January 29, 2009 at 11:09 PM
speaking of facts,
which party controlled congress (therefore spending)for the past two budgets?
which party was in charge when the 300 billion dollar "bailout" that did not work passed?
which party passed the trillion dollar spending package a couple days ago (all by themselves) against bi-partisan wishes?
January 30, 2009 at 04:26 AM
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