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Dems lose control of Senate?

Postby happysadfun on Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:43 pm

It's a possibility. whith what's-his-face in brain surgery, the Democrats are trying to sound like there's no chance of it, but I highly doubt that he's as well as it seems. What's your opinion, Americans? (hint- if you're not an American, please don't try to debate on American polotics)
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Postby MeDeFe on Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:44 pm

I don't think there are any american politics, only smearing and throwing your own shit at your "opponents" in the hope that it'll stick.
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Re: Dems lose control of Senate?

Postby Backglass on Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:46 pm

happysadfun wrote:don't try to debate on American polotics


I'm sorry...I dont play polo.
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Postby Caleb the Cruel on Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:54 pm

I would like to have for this Democratic South Dakotan Senator to resign. Then the Republican Governor of South Dakota will pick a Republican to take the seat. Then the Senate will be 50Democrats to 50Republicans. Then Chenney will probably be the tie-breaking vote a lot which is good for 2 reasons: 1. He will vote Republican. 2. It will keep him away from hunting so he won't shoot anybody. Having a Democratic House and Republican Senate will force them to make more moderate compromises, which makes me happy because I am a moderate.
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Postby DogDoc on Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:55 pm

It's an absolute definite possibility. Should he declare (or be declared by the governor) to be unable to carry out his duties as a Senator, it would fall to the South Dakota governor to name the replacement. There are no requirements in SD that the replacement be a member of the same political party. Seeing as the SD governor is a Republican, it doesn't take a political junkie to guess what party the replacement would be from. That would make it 50-50 in the Senate with Cheney breaking any ties.

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Postby wolf_man on Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:28 pm

I t would take a 2/3 vote in the senate to expel him, and I haven't heard of a governer being able to declare a Senator incapacitaed.

Unless he dies or 25 Democrats vote to replace him with a Republican, there will still be a two seat lead for the Dems
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Re: Dems lose control of Senate?

Postby vtmarik on Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:32 pm

happysadfun wrote:(hint- if you're not an American, please don't try to debate on American polotics)


I'd like to declare that as racism based on the precedent set by the "Do you hate the scottish/irish/welsh" thread. :lol:

I think Americans should be the one to refrain from debating, we're too close to the institution to treat it with objectivity.
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Postby AndyDufresne on Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:52 pm

A few reports have come out stating that as long as he remains alive, the republicans are going to give him ample time to recover, if it all possible.


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Re: Dems lose control of Senate?

Postby Stopper on Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:05 pm

happysadfun wrote:(hint- if you're not an American, please don't try to debate on American polotics)


Probably the rest of the world will stop debating American politics when Americans stop interfering with the rest of the world's!

vtmarik wrote:I'd like to declare that as racism based on the precedent set by the "Do you hate the scottish/irish/welsh" thread.


What happened to that thread? I can't seem to find it anywhere. I seem to remember insulting the Welsh, but I've no idea what response I got...
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Re: Dems lose control of Senate?

Postby qeee1 on Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:17 pm

happysadfun wrote: (hint- if you're not an American, please don't try to debate on American polotics)


yes, because not being an American makes your opinion less valid. :roll:
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Re: Dems lose control of Senate?

Postby reverend_kyle on Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:19 pm

qeee1 wrote:
happysadfun wrote: (hint- if you're not an American, please don't try to debate on American polotics)


yes, because not being an American makes your opinion less valid. :roll:


Yes, because its more likely to disagree with happysadfun.
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Re: Dems lose control of Senate?

Postby Backglass on Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:34 pm

reverend_kyle wrote:Yes, because its more likely to disagree with happysadfun.


LOL...like the majority of america these days. :lol:
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Postby DogDoc on Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:56 pm

wolf_man wrote:I t would take a 2/3 vote in the senate to expel him, and I haven't heard of a governer being able to declare a Senator incapacitaed.

Unless he dies or 25 Democrats vote to replace him with a Republican, there will still be a two seat lead for the Dems


We're not talking about expelling. We're talking about whether or not his seat is considered "vacant." If Gov. Rounds decides that Johnson's incapacitation has resulted in a vacancy, he can appoint a replacement under South Dakota law. Would Johnson's seat be considered a "vacancy"? Who the hell knows. Probably will be decided by judges.
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Postby s.xkitten on Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:58 pm

i doubt it will personally, but you never know with south dakota... :roll:
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Postby wolf_man on Thu Dec 14, 2006 9:59 pm

According to what I've heard, South Dakota law has no provision for declaring a Senator incapacitated. So for there to be a vaccancy, he has to resign, die, or be expelled.
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