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Friday, July 20, 2007

Senate Votes 94-3: Gitmo Terrorists NOT to be brought onto U.S. Soil

This is twice in 2 days I am going to link to Hugh Hewitt. The first was yesterday with his wonderful interview with General David Petraeus and today Hewitt shows us how the Senate Democrats got "MitchSlapped" last night.

Before showing you an excerpt from the above linked article, let me say, I am seeing something happen here.

Something big and something we should take notice of.

I fully admit that when the Republicans were the majority in Congress and in the Senate, they got lazy.

In an amazing turnaround though, now that the Democratic party holds the majority in both houses, the Republican party has not only energized but are showing how, in 6 months, not only have the Democratic leadership gotten lazy, they have gotten stupid to boot.

The example of this is in the excerpt I am now going to show you from Hugh Hewitt's piece today:

After a couple of Republican amendments failed, Mitch McConnell took to the floor and offered his own amendment, which was a Sense of the Senate that Guantanamo detainees not be allowed released or moved to U.S. soil. To conservatives, this obviously makes sense. To liberals, especially California’s Dianne Feinstein, one of the chief proponents of the effort to close the detention center at Gitmo and relocate these detainees into the American justice system, especially when tagged onto a student loan and grant bill, you’d think this measure would go down in flames. Except a funny thing happened. The bill was titled in a way that you had to vote yes to vote no, and no to vote yes. The final vote was 94-3, officially putting the Senate on record as saying terrorist detainees shouldn’t be moved to the U.S. Before the Democrats, who clearly hadn’t read the amendment, realized they screwed up, the vote was recorded.

Jim DeMint of South Carolina was the author of the next amendment in line, had just gotten the consent of Bernie Sanders, the presiding officer, to order the yeas and nays. Up stepped Massachusetts senior Senator Ted Kennedy, now obviously aware that he and his colleagues just got bamboozled, and went on a full-throated rant, with reckless disregard to obvious hypocrisy, and blasted DeMint and the Republicans for slowing down the works in the Senate. The rant is worth hearing, so here it is.

Once the rant was over, Kennedy threw the Senate into a quorum call so that the Democrats could regroup. The session progressed well into the night, and McConnell could easily have rested on his laurels, but he wasn’t finished. Colorado Democrat Ken Salazar offered his own irrelevant amendment, asking for a sense of the Senate that President Bush not pardon Scooter Libby. McConnell, with that wry smile he offers when he’s up to something, countered with a secondary amendment to Salazar’s, saying that if it’s fair to bring up the Senate’s view of potential future inappropriate pardons, maybe we should also have a sense of the Senate of past inappropriate pardons, and proceeded to maneuver the Senate clerk into reading off the laundry list of Clinton administration pardons, including those of Marc Rich and others, which again set the Democrats off in a tailspin. After throwing the Senate back into a quorum call for half an hour, the beleaguered Harry Reid came out and pulled the Salazar amendment off the floor. He’d been Mitchslapped twice in one night.

Hewitt titled his piece "The night Mitch McConnell became the leader of the Republican Party." It is worth it to head over and read the whole thing.