U.S. Congress greets new members, keeps old divide

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    sailwind

    The 12 newly elected senators include Rep Tim Scott, the first black Republican in decades.

    Poorly researched reporting once again.

    Congressman Tim Scott was elected to the U.S House of Representatives in 2010 in South Carolina with strong Tea Party backing. South Carolina Senator Jim Demint just recently announced his resignation from the Senate to pursue other interests. Congressman Scott was then appointed by South Carolina Govenor Nikki Haley to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacated seat with a special election called for in 2014.

    Congressman Scott has been very popular in South Carolina politics and will more than likely win the election for the seat in 2014, he hasn't faced the South Carolina voters yet for the ballot confirmation that they concur with Govenor Haley yet. As much as I like Congressman Scott for his fiscal conservative views and I am excited for his appointment to the Senate, giving the impression that he was elected to the Senate isn't factual and pretty sloppy reporting.

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    JDB829

    You ask me, it's a case of same soup, different bowl !

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    Laguna

    The winner of today's partisan House election: Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader.

    The loser of today's partisan House election: John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

    The Speaker is no longer the Speaker; he is a figurehead, beholden to what unfolds within the House GOP caucus. Cantor was smart not to seek his position - any who did would have faced the same fate, for the House is no longer a deliberative body. The Hastert Rule and the Tea Party mixture of the GOP house has ensured that.

    Boehener, as price of his re-election, has vowed no longer to negotiate with the President of the United States, nor to even listen to his opinions; his position has thus been reduced to plugging his ears and chanting, "Nah nah nah."

    The House Majority Leader is now the effective leader of the house. With the Hasert Rule now dogma, all that matters is the majority of the House GOP. It looks to be a long time before a bill that lacks the majority of GOP support is even introduced for vote, no matter its popularity in the American electorate overall.

    Boehener may just sit back now and watch as Cantor calculates the cards. Cantor wins by being a step away if their Manchurian positions fail - and to reap whatever benefits occur if they succeed, which he has calculate that they will not. That is why the GOP has set itself up in this way: a satrap as "House Leader" and a coward counting the few strings he has to pull.

    These are all anathema to real democracy and a pathetic realization of what the Republican Party has become.

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    sailwind

    for the House is no longer a deliberative body. The Hastert Rule and the Tea Party mixture of the GOP house has ensured that.

    Kinda like when Pelosi was speaker and she was passing Obamacare I'd say.

    "But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."......Nancy Pelosi (Former Speaker of The House).

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