The Hastert Rough Guideline That Is Used Occasionally

The real Violence Against Women Act, the one that doesn’t leave out LGBT, undocumented and Native American Women (since, to paraphrase Burke’s position in A Vindication of Natural Society, they ain’t shit) passed the House with 87 RINOs voting for it. Cathy “Turncoat” McMorris-Rogers’ amendment to put those foreigns and gays back in their place died the death of 60 cuts from Republicans who haven’t been attending their Bible study class with Steve King.

For those of you keeping score, 49 rebels got their mother in a whirl and voted for Sandy relief, and 85 heretics ate halal, knelt in the direction of Mecca, and voted not to go over the Fiscal Cliff. So Denny Hastert’s “rule” has been folding on the edges during recent outings.

Also, too, if your “Democratic” rep is named Lipinski or McIntyre, call that fucker up and ask him why he thinks Native American women, LGBT and undocumented immigrants shouldn’t get the same protection as the rest of the women. It’s Roll Call 54 if they act dumb.

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  1. 1
    Hill Dweller says:

    I’m hoping the Village halfwits can pull themselves away from their mirrors long enough to notice any progress will be contingent on Boehner dropping the stupid Hastert rule.

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    ronin122 says:

    Wouldn’t bother with Lipinski. He’s my congressman and he’s a blue dog in the very definition of a “safe seat.” No one with a shot in hell is going to primary him, he’s going to get at least 2/3 the total vote guaranteed (and got 75% when he first got into office under the controversy of being handed the seat from his dad), and the GOP has literally no one (one year their primary was between a neo-nazi and “Spanky the Clown”, no joke…). Depressing, yes; but he’s not going to listen and he has no reason to, really.

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    Punchy says:

    but he’s not going to listen and he has no reason to, really.

    Except that, like, his job description pretty much demands it.

    A Rep representing his voters over himself? Unpossible.

  4. 4
    YellowJournalism says:

    @ronin122: Yeah, but isn’t it the principle of telling him to go blow himself that’s important?

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    dmsilev says:


    the GOP has literally no one (one year their primary was between a neo-nazi and “Spanky the Clown”, no joke…).

    Could be worse. I’m in IL-2, where the Republican choice in the just-concluded special primary features “20 years in state prisons” for assault, burglary, etc. as part of his resume.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    Watching the WH press briefing, it’s hard to believe all these reporters don’t already work for Fox.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Did Dennis Miller get the keys?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Depressing, yes; but he’s not going to listen and he has no reason to, really.

    So? Right-wingers are constantly calling my blue rep in a blue area and bothering him. Let the right-wing representatives be the ones taking the annoying calls for a change.

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    Citizen_X says:

    Well, hooray for the bill passing!

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    sharl says:

    @ronin122: Yeah, that was my impression too, from back in 2008 when there was a leftie/progressive push to primary Dan “Little Lip” Lipinski with a better candidate (Mark Pera). At least back then, that district was described as solidly Democratic, but very socially conservative (think older Catholic 1st/2nd generation immigrants, IIRC).

    Little Lip is very creepy on womens’ issues too, in that way that church traditionalists so often are.

    Man, I had always heard about the “Chicago Democratic Party Machine”, but when I read the actual accounts back then of the machinations used to insert Little Lip into that office to replace his dad (“Big Lip”?) – and the dude wasn’t even living in IL at the time – I could see what the Pera campaign was up against. I sent a few bucks to Pera anyway, and at least Pera was able to rile up the the Machine candidate a bit, as this old Open Left post shows.*

    *If you click on that link, you’ll get a pop-over notice that the site is no longer active – which is true – but they’ve fortunately kept the archives alive. Just click on ‘Proceed to Open Left’ (or words to that effect), and you’ll be able to take that journey of sad memories down Little Lip Lane.

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    Sly says:

    Did Boehner meekly approach Pelosi and mutter, “Parley?”


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    jl says:

    Next cave in by loser House GOP will be on immigration reform? I hope so.

    As the most reactionary GOP clowns render themselves disgusting to the majority of the population, even among the saner white bigots who still have enough brains to change their minds, more the of House GOPers not in super safe districts will fold.

    So, don’t think have to break GOP House majority to break log jam. Just let the vicious loons rave and fling poo in public, and hope to whittle down their majority in the midterms.

    If GOP has another bad Congressional election, the total loser label will begin to stick. Heck, our failed corporate media celeb kewl kids hat losers even more than they hate liberals, and they love a simple mindless narrative they can yammer about endlessly without doing a lick of real work.

    And just because they will be mindless about reporting the narrative, that does not mean it isn’t true.

    Hell, I can tell you E equals m c squared all day long and I guess in some sense its true. Don’t ask me the details about whether m refers to rest mass or not. (Damn I would make a great TV pundit).

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    gbear says:

    @Citizen_X: Yes. Let’s not forget to celebrate the good news that the non-shitty version of the bill was passed. Now Obama gets to make a big deal of it when he signs the bill. Hope he rubs some salt into those self-inflicted wingnut wounds.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Fuck that cunt Dan Lipinski.

    Ooh, that felt good.

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    kindness says:

    @BGinCHI: Don’t use that word. Yes the women in my life have trained me well.

    And I wasn’t referring to fuck.

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    Frankensteinbeck says:

    @Hill Dweller:
    Obama is Not Their Kind. His skin color might be forgivable, but he’s a strong, successful Democrat, he won’t tongue bathe them, he regularly humiliates their tire swing buddies, he’s publicly disproven several of their Narratives, and he believes that government should help people. Even one of these would be a cardinal sin.

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    gbear says:

    Gohmert voted against putting the exclusions in the bill? Is he having an opposites day today?

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    Yutsano says:

    Minor correction: it’s Cathy McMorris-Rogers. Apparently she gets picky about that. The shame of Walla Walla.

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    TOP123 says:

    @ronin122: Must be a safe seat; that man’s official portrait screams ‘Walking Dead extra’.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @kindness: I subscribe to the Lenny Bruce school of language use.

    If it offends you then don’t read it.

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    Mike in NC says:

    McIntyre is my less-than-worthless rep. Textbook DINO and Blue Dog. The Republicans went out of their way to redraw the district to favor the GOP and then ran a protege of Jesse Frickin’ Helms against him, yet he still eked out a narrow win. I bet he either retires in 2014 or switches parties.

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    MikeJ says:


    Some conservative advocates — including the Heritage Foundation and RedState editor Erick Erickson — saw the procedural move as a blatant surrender, and threatened to target Republicans who voted in favor of the plan with the expanded provisions.

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    jon says:

    Israel destroyed. White men under the Red Man’s yoke.

    Good job, Congress. Let’s see what next week brings.

  24. 24
    Roger Moore says:

    @Mike in NC:
    Doesn’t sound completely worthless; he’s keeping some total wingnut douchebag Republican out of the seat.

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    batgirl says:

    @TOP123: I work in a library in his district and have to look at a photo of him everyday. I call him rat face.

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    Commenting at Balloon Juice Since 1937 says:

    The republicans are so dumb. They could get part of they want if they compromise. Instead they are forced to pass Dem bills time and time again.

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    burnspbesq says:

    My former crappy Republican Congresscritter, Royce, voted “yes.”

    The even crappier Republican Congresscritter that I got in the recent redistricting, Campbell, voted “no.”


    Even worse, we’re less than a half mile from being in Loretta Sanchez’ district.

    Remind me again why I was supposed to like the new California map.

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    Heliopause says:

    I’ve asked this before, but is there any recourse in the arcana of House rules for the Crazy Caucus to oust their leadership?

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    jl says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    ” I’m hoping the Village halfwits can pull themselves away from their mirrors long enough to notice any progress will be contingent on Boehner dropping the stupid Hastert rule.”

    Who has the courage to break kay fabe first? that is a big problem. Any crooked carny who outs his cronies will be ostracized.

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    shortstop says:

    @burnspbesq: You live in Irvine by choice. Seems silly to complain.

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    shortstop says:

    @Mnemosyne: I have friends in the 3rd. They enjoy calling Lipinski’s office and complaining loudly that he doesn’t appropriately represent any part of his district. His spokesperson likes to sneer at his boss’ “urban constituents” and claim the suburban portion of the district is full of “Reagan Democrats,” which it was…25 years ago.

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    gene108 says:


    Next cave in by loser House GOP will be on immigration reform? I hope so.

    The problems with the immigration system are ingrained, I don’t think Congress understands enough to address it.

    They can do something to grab the Mexican vote by saying the illegals have a pathway to citizenship, but it won’t actually fix the problems that will arise, when millions of new immigration petitions start flooding the system.

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    jl says:


    That is another issue, but I agree. I have very rarely heard a good report from non-citizen residents and visitors on navigating US immigration and visa system, no matter where they come from, or why, or how, or for what purpose or anything.

    Unless they are well connected or rich, which is also a bad sign.

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