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“Democratic” Party Shows True Colors

By Greg L | 20 January 2010 | 29th VA Senate, Virginia Senate | 11 Comments

The other day Jim Hoeft pointed out the wonderfully “post partisan” way that Virginia Democrats in the Senate of Virginia are exercising their leadership which isn’t a whole lot unlike the way Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi demonstrate the new “post partisan” era on Capitol Hill. Unlike Republican Speaker of the House Howell ensuring proportional representation in all House committees, Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw has decided that Democrats deserve a two-thirds majority on several of the most important committees in the Senate despite the fact they only hold a two seat majority in the Senate. By reducing the number of committee assignments given to Republican members so that Democrats have a 10-5 advantage in committee, Democrats can exercise power over bills at the committee level far beyond their ability to do so on the floor.

That’s representative democracy, according to the party that fatuously labels itself “Democratic.”

Jim notes one of the mainstream media outlets that have talked about this:

As reported by the Roanoke Times and elsewhere, the Senate Democrats, apparently by their massive two-vote advantage in the Chamber, have decided to do away with the long-standing tradition of proportional representation for Senate committees.

Instead, the Democrats have decided that this two-vote advantage gives them the right to have two-thirds of the seats on two of the most influential committees in the Senate, Courts of Justice and Education and Health. But they didn’t stop there:

Democrats eliminated a seat on the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee, leaving them with a 9-6 majority on the panel. Democrats chose to shrink the committee rather than appoint a replacement for former Sen. Ken Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, who has left the Senate and was succeeded by a Republican.

The downside of this shenanigan, and it’s all downside for the Commonwealth, is that bills which make it through the House with overwhelming bipartisan support will be killed in these Senate committees.  It’s always hard to get good legislation through committees such as Senate Courts, but with the restructuring Dick Saslaw has done, it will be considerably harder.  Now popular bipartisan initiatives to bring E-Verify to Virginia, Bob Marshall’s HB 10 that would secure our 10th Amendment rights in Virginia, and a host of other initiatives are in serious doubt as a Senate Committee entirely unrepresentative of the electorate or the choices they made will decide if these ever get to the floor, where they would most likely pass.  Democracy dies in committee in the Senate of Virginia.

Senior Senators that have long crowed about their “legendary” fairness and how their ethics are above reproach were utterly silent when this happened.  I’m thinking specifically about Senator Chuck Colgan here, the most senior member of the Senate of Virginia and chairman of the Finance Committee, who could have pretty easily put a stop to this.  Colgan repeatedly assured his heavily Republican district that we could trust him, a Democrat, to make decisions that would be fair, ethical, and while we might not always agree with him, at least those decisions would be defensible.  Now, right under his nose and pertaining specifically to the Committee he runs, Dick Saslaw reconfigures membership with nine Democrats and six Republicans and Colgan doesn’t say a word.  In the absence of any action to even question why Democrats deserve 60% representation on a Committee, one has to assume he supports the idea of dis-proportional representation for Democrats, and Democrats only.

The stink of Democrat partisan politics goes all the way from Washington right to the chambers of the Senate of Virginia.  With the cratering of Democrat’s popularity nation-wide, Virginia Democrats will without a doubt try the old Mark Warner ploy of “sure we’re Democrats, but we’re not like those Democrats.”  The hell they aren’t.  Democrats have no interest in actual Democracy, regardless of whether they’re in Chicago or Richmond.  Their only interest is in seizing and maintaining political power wherever it can be had, and by any means necessary — ethics be damned.

I sincerely hope that the stink of this consistent behavior from the “Democratic” party sticks to Democrats running for Congress this year such as Gerry Connolly and Tom Perriello.  They’re going to try the “we’re moderate Democrats you can trust” garbage which never turns out to be true, and sorely need to be retired so we can wrest control of congress away from the corruption of Nancy Pelosi.

Saslaw and Colgan, you’re next.



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11 Comments

  1. Kevin C said on 20 Jan 2010 at 11:32 am:
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    BVBL: “Colgan repeatedly assured his heavily Republican district that we could trust him…”

    I SAY AGAIN:

    (These FACTS are excerpts borrowed from Bob FitzSimmonds’ letter to the editor of the Potomac News, February 20, 2008)

    From Colgan’s web-site:

    Colgan: “I do NOT SUPPORT any increase in the gas tax.”

    Colgan: “I do NOT SUPPORT allowing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.

    Bob FitzSimmonds: “After his successful reelection in November, Colgan returned to the Senate this winter and got opportunities to address both of these issues. Already this year, Colgan voted FOR SB 652 allowing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and FOR SB 713, which will increase the gas tax five cents over the next five years.

    Kevin C: SO MUCH for ANYTHING Colgan says!

    Sometimes you just HAVE to say things TWICE: SO MUCH for ANYTHING Colgan says!

    *** *** *** ***

    Add to that, Colgan (probably) doesn’t care about ANYTHING!!!

    He will (probably) NOT run again!!!

    He’s SCAMMED the voters TOO MANY times!!!

  2. Advocator said on 20 Jan 2010 at 11:36 am:
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    “Colgan repeatedly assured his heavily Republican district that we could trust him, a Democrat, to make decisions that would be fair, ethical, and while we might not always agree with him, at least those decisions would be defensible.”

    “Colgan repeatedly assured his heavily Republican district that we could trust him, a Democrat, to make decisions that would be fair, ethical, and while we might not always agree with him, at least those decisions would be defensible.”

    This is a guy who stood up in several different venues and told his constituents that the Illegal Invaders who were taking their jobs, destroying their neighborhoods, degrading their children’s schools, overloading the County’s social services, creating economic chaos, and pissing on sidewalks were hard-working, honest, legal residents who were granted sanctuary from storms and wars. Anyone who believed this lying, traitorous, sack of dog doo-doo after hearing that tripe should go to New York and try his luck with the three card monty sharks. They’ve got more honor than Colgan.

  3. Kevin C said on 20 Jan 2010 at 1:16 pm:
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    Advocator said on 20 Jan 2010 at 11:36 am: “Anyone who…after hearing that tripe should go to New York and try his luck with the three card monty sharks. They’ve got more honor than Colgan.”

    Until you said, “They’ve got more honor than Colgan.” I was thinking, PLEASE don’t INSULT the three card monty sharks by comparing them with Colgan.

    Ain’t it amazin’ how some voters are so EASILY FOOLED?

  4. Red, White and Blue said on 20 Jan 2010 at 1:38 pm:
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    What else does anyone expect out of Duck Colgan?
    He has been a bane in the side of Virginia for the last 29 years. I have a personal letter from Duck, signed and dated, yet he voted the other way, imagine that. He refuses to answser letters, phones, faxes and emails. I wonder if his loyal, liberal administrative aide is to cause of some this.
    Regardless, Duck only made it in this last time because of voter backlash against the republicans and yet Howell continues his same course just like the Duck. No wonder people get disgusted with likes of the 2 of them.
    Duck is finished, he knows it but he doesn’t really care despite his nice old image of the little elf he pretends to be.
    One thing I personally cannot stand is a flat out liar. The shoe fits him fine. Hey Duck, I ain’t politics - it’s called lying.

  5. Kevin C said on 20 Jan 2010 at 1:51 pm:
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    Red, White and Blue said on 20 Jan 2010 at 1:38 pm: “I have a personal letter from Duck, signed and dated, yet he voted the other way…He refuses to answser letters, phones, faxes and emails.”

    Should you EVER get ‘hold of him, THIS (I know from EXPERIENCE) is EXACTLY what he’ll say, after DENYING everything: “I’ll have to check my notes.”

  6. Big Dog said on 20 Jan 2010 at 3:21 pm:
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    And Republicans behave differently when they are in control?

    This is an example of unsavory in-your-face “politics”
    practiced by both parties.

  7. Greg L said on 20 Jan 2010 at 3:25 pm:
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    Republicans have held the majority in the House for some years now, and never tried this kind of garbage. Even when Republicans held the majority in the Senate, Democrats were afforded proportional representation on committees.

    No, in Virginia this is a uniquely Democrat phenomenon. Just like how Reid and Pelosi won’t let Republicans into the meetings where the healthcare bills have been marked up.

  8. Kevin C said on 20 Jan 2010 at 9:55 pm:
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    Big Dog said on 20 Jan 2010 at 3:21 pm: “This is an example of unsavory in-your-face “politics” practiced by both parties.”

    The FACT of the matter is, as I have said (MANY times) before,
    politicians don’t SOLVE problems, politicians FUND problems!

    Logic says, if you SOLVE a problem, then you cannot justify the FUNDING for the problem.

    Examples: War on Crime
    War on Drugs
    War on Poverty
    War on Terror
    War on Stupidity
    Immigration
    Traffic
    Global Warming
    Global Cooling
    War on Stupidity

    Why don’t we see if we can get a GRANT, say about a 100K, from the Federal Government so we can STUDY this “theory?”

    I think the FUNDING would be JUSTIFIED, don’t you?

    Then, in about six months, when we find that we haven’t FOUND anyting (yet) we can ask for some MORE funding, say about 200K.

    It’d be EASY if we could get some POLITICIANS involved!

    Are you IN?

  9. local gop said on 21 Jan 2010 at 1:33 am:
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    This entire post lost all credibility when it was stated that Bob Marshall’s HB10 will receive “popular bipartisan” support. Really? Are you actually going to try to argue that more than handful of Democrats will vote for that bill? Nope, not gonna happen. Now it may get like I said a handful, but not a large portion, probably not even a majority. But that doesnt matter because the GOP controls the House and doesnt need a single democratic vote.

    Additionally, how do you figure that “democracy dies” in the Senate committees? In what way were the Senators not democratically elected? In what way is the party that controls the chamber making the committee assignments as it has always been practiced (yes, believe it or not, even the GOP stacks committees) isnt ‘democratic’?? That makes no sense. Besides, it doesnt matter if Speaker Howell places 1 democrat on a committee, or enough to be just under half, all he needs is a simple majority vote to pass committee….it isnt some act of divine bipartisanship that he made those assignments, it was political, and every party does it after gaining power….its very naive to not believe so. Sorry.

  10. Citizen12 said on 21 Jan 2010 at 4:27 pm:
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    Nobody likes change but a wet baby.

    The reelection rates for both Congress as well as the Virginia house of Delegates are truly stupefying.

    http://www.opensecrets.org/bigpicture/reelect.php?cycle=2008

    http://www.via.vt.edu/fall97/termlimit.html

  11. FED UP said on 21 Jan 2010 at 5:57 pm:
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    Speaking of True Colors…..My new favorite (and true) color is BROWN!!!!!!!

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