27 comments

  1. Common Sense says:

    I know they make Ten Commandments flash cards but do they make them for the House rules?

  2. Holly says:

    Lynn’s amazing. I love this project. I was able to see it in action in person recently. Very, very effective for keeping things from coming to the floor that you don’t want there.

    Perhaps, Rugby, you don’t like the fact that he’s found a way to keep Dems from ramming through bad bills, but it’s smarter and far more entertaining than anything the Dems came up with when they were in the minority.

  3. Painterman says:

    Westmoreland is one of the few really conservative Republicans in the House. I’m glad he’s standing up and causing trouble for a House trying to raise my taxes, loose the war and tank the economy with all of their grand plans. It’s called doing the most with the hand you’ve been dealt. Lynn spoke at the Americans for Prosperity event last Saturday and did a great job explaining that the trouble is that there are very few real conservative in DC. The Republican Conservative Caucus has something like 171 members and he said you could only really rely on 65 votes on key conservative issues. The rest just want to tell the folks back home that they belong to the group because it sounds good.

    BTW – Lynn got 7 out of the 10; Colbert edited it to where it only showed Lynn getting 3.

  4. Paul Shuford says:

    Like the Dems weren’t filibustering every nominee Bush came out with. It’s only obstructionism if it’s the other party doing it. I’m personally glad both parties do it, the less the government does, the better off we all are.

  5. CobbGOPer says:

    Well, it’s what he did best as Minority Leader in the GA House for so long. If it throws a monkey-wrench in the Democrat agenda in the House, then more power to him.

  6. Andre Walker says:

    The last thing I want to do is defend Lynn Westmoreland and the Republicans, but their strategy is a legitimate one; and it’s one that Sen. Robert Byrd has employed on more than one occasion.

    I’m reminded of the movie “The Skulls” particularly the line, “We live by the rules. We die by the rules.”

    As a matter of personal opinion, I don’t see anything wrong with Congressional Republicans wanting to use the rules of the House to thwart the Democratic agenda, because if I were in their position, I’d probably do the same.

    I absolutely love parliamentary procedure and I’ve used it to my advantage several times and will continue to do so. If you’ve got a problem with it, then you need to learn the rules, live by the rules, and die by the rules.

    And with that, I move the previous question.

  7. grabbingsand says:

    BTW – Lynn got 7 out of the 10; Colbert edited it to where it only showed Lynn getting 3.

    Okay. So he got 70% (an old-school “C”) instead of 30% (a flat-out “F”). Is that anything to be proud of when the bill you were sponsoring is about a total of ten commandments, only seven of which you can truly name?

    If he believed truly that knowledge of the Decalogue is essential to the understanding of what it means to be a US citizen, I would hope he would lead by thorough example.

  8. CHelf says:

    Oh it’s a legitimate action. But do you really want to have an open and publicized group actively trying to undermine anything in Congress and bog it down when confidence in Congress is already in the 20’s? Is guerilla warfare Congress-style what you want to be credited to your party going into the 2008 elections?

  9. Archibald Bulloch says:

    CHelf, I couldn’t agree with you more.

    You don’t win back power by being obstructionists.

    I can see the NRCC and NRSC campaign lines now:

    “Vote Republican in ’08: Because who else can use procedure to ensure nothing gets accomplished.”

  10. IndyInjun says:

    CHelf – This silliness does nothing to hurt them when they are joined at the hip with the worst POTUS in history and even today are lapdogs for him.

  11. DMZDave says:

    While FAT isn’t the best acronym it was probably better than Fast Action Response Team. And Painterman,not sure I’d be touting a score of 70 percent on the 10 Commandments, that’s not good enough for a HOPE scholarship.

  12. atlantaman says:

    Feel free to call Westmoreland a lot of things except joined at the hip with Bush. He’s parted ways with Bush on a number of votes.

  13. IndyInjun says:

    Thanks Atlantaman, I looked his record up after posting and found that he was not in Congress for the Medicare D fiasco that all GA GOPers except Norwood voted for.

  14. Donkey Kong says:

    I think this will fly some with GOP voters. After all, many of us think the government that governs least governs best.

    The Dems could never get away with obstructionist techniques like the GOP can, though, except pertaining to the courts. Dem voters want as many bills passed as possible, and obstructionism slows this process.

    I think Westmoreland’s tactics could serve to fire up the base. Give us something, FINALLY, to unite over. There are other issues for us to unite over, but our leaders aren’t leading on those issues. It’s hard to unite behind a conservative issue when your “leaders” are telling you that issue is not conservative. (i.e. Bush on immigration, GOP on Medicare expansion, etc.).

  15. Icarus says:

    Westmoreland voted AGAINST Katrina relief. One of eight in the entire house, I believe. He objected to the biggest line item being “other”, and correctly predicted that passing a bill authorizing billions of dollars in expenditures with no plan would result in massive fraud, waste, and abuse.

    A couple of weeks ago, he was one of two house members (Pres candidate tinfoil was the other) to vote against a measure to fund a cold-case civil rights division within the justice department. His reasoning; Justice didn’t ask for it nor want it, as they already have both a cold case division and a civil rights division.

    He’s willing to stand on fiscally conservative principles, and he does understand how to exert some minority influence.

    Though I know he’s seriously looking at a run for Gov in 2010, I really think our GOPers in congress could use a few more like Lynn to keep their spending plans honest.

  16. Burdell says:

    Westmoreland seems like one of those guys who absolutely thrives in the minority, but can’t cut in once his side takes control.

    His District should elect two congressmen–Lynn, to serve when the Democrats are the in Majority, and someone else, to serve when the Republicans are in charge.

  17. IndyInjun says:

    Icarus,

    Good.

    I will keep a better eye on this guy.

    It makes me feel better that there is someone on the Georgia delegation who meets the definition of conservative, even if he is acting somewhat like a partisan obstructionist.

  18. Rpolitic says:

    I am amzaed. This is exactly what a defense attorney does every day. This is how boards are run.

    Andre kudos to you for put your beliefs first. I too like to use the procedures and rules and have debated them with many folks since I was in college.

    If you know the rules of the game and you don’t use them then why play? I am much happier to debate and argue with some one on the opposite side who has a genuine knowledge of the game and a passion in their beliefs then the whiney pretenders that flourish in both parties.

  19. Painterman says:

    Lynn is very embarased he couldn’t remember all ten. He was caught off guard and had a brain freeze. What I was pointing out is that Colbert made it look worse than it really was.

    We need more like Lynn in DC and under GA’s gold dome as well.

  20. Jace Walden says:

    Awwww….poor Lynn. He was embarassed.

    Lynn is a fiscal conservative. This much is clear. He is a great friend to the taxpayers.

    Other than that, he’s the typical “Aw, shucks” Georgia Republican. As in “Aw, shucks, I can’t name all of them.”

  21. Donkey Kong says:

    Jace,

    Lynn is a fighter. We need more like him. Let’s boot Linder (please, God! please!) and replace him with someone like Lynn.

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