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Dick Saslaw: Why Aren’t We Retaliating?

By Greg L | 23 February 2010 | Virginia Senate | 13 Comments

Dontcha just love to see how Virginia Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw is so concerned about good governance in Virginia and getting the people’s business done?  Right on the heels of stacking committee memberships in Finance and Courts by stripping Republicans of membership, now he’s decided the most important thing he should be doing is”retaliating” against the House of Delegates.  I’ve seen High School students display better behavior than this.

From the Virginia Pilot:

“Bills that pass out of here 38 or 40 to nothing can’t even get a full hearing in committee over there,” Saslaw said of the House.

“I have been advocating this for years,” he said of the procedural change, “and now a majority of the people are saying ‘why aren’t we retaliating?’”

Perhaps because the people who elected you actually expected you to do your stinkin’ job.  That’s why.  I don’t imagine a whole lot of people pulled the lever for members of the Senate of Virginia hoping Senators would focus on engaging in pointless fights with the House of Delegates.

I sure hope we send these children back home and elect some adults to the Senate of Virginia next time.  This is ridiculous.



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13 Comments

  1. DPortM said on 23 Feb 2010 at 4:28 pm:
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    Dick “sans law” needs to be a primary target to take out when he is up for reelection. Speaker Howell (RINO) needs to be the second. They are both obstructionists…

    We need to recruit constititutional conservatives to take them both out.

  2. Greg L said on 23 Feb 2010 at 4:33 pm:
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    Here’s another facinating quote from Senate leadership that was on the Washpo blog recently:

    The idea was a key part of McDonnell’s transportation program during the campaign and he was fairly irked when Senate Democrats killed the bill a few weeks back. But on Monday, several Democrats who voted against the measure the first time voted for it on the second go-around.

    Leading Democratic Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D-Prince William), who switched his vote, said he always supported the measure but he had decided to vote against it the first time because the Democratic caucus decided to use the issue to make a show of strength to the governor. “The Democrats were solid,” he said. “It was political.”

    On reflection, Colgan said that he and a few others decided they had achieved little other than upsetting the governor with their message of unity. “A couple of us decided, why do it? What did we accomplish with that?”

    Better late than never to recognize how dumb this is, but aren’t we supposed to expect a better initial judgment from the Senate’s most senior ranking member?

  3. DPortM said on 23 Feb 2010 at 5:13 pm:
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    At least Senator Colgan realized how utterly stupid he and others were being. However, I look forward to having a new Senator soon. Hopefully Colgan will retire early.

  4. Kevin C said on 23 Feb 2010 at 6:10 pm:
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    DPortM said on 23 Feb 2010 at 5:13 pm: “At least Senator Colgan realized how utterly stupid he and others were being.”

    Maybe he referred to his notes?

    For those of you who don’t know him, whenever he SCREWS UP then tries to DENY it, his standard answer is, “I’ll have to take a look at my notes.”

  5. anon said on 23 Feb 2010 at 7:18 pm:
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    “…the Democratic caucus decided to use the issue to make a show of strength to the governor…”

    It’s all about power. Does it ever enter their feeble minds that they are there and voting to serve the people’s best interests?

  6. local gop said on 23 Feb 2010 at 8:29 pm:
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    “Dontcha just love to see how Virginia Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw is so concerned about good governance in Virginia and getting the people’s business done? ”
    ****
    You mean like bills that prevent the anti christ from coming back and giving us all the mark of the beast? yep, thats REAL work of the people….please.

  7. Gnarly said on 23 Feb 2010 at 10:57 pm:
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    The backroom gamesmanship has always been there, but it was always as a means to get other legislation passed that mattered to a member’s particular district or pet cause. As was just pointed out by “anon” above, it’s only about power now. They are so arrogant that they mouth off about what they’re doing to the press and anyone else that will listen instead of keeping it in the backroom. Pathetic any way you cut it.

    I can’t even stand to set foot in the halls of the General Assembly anymore because they all make me sick to my stomach.

  8. Anonymous said on 24 Feb 2010 at 12:09 am:
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    Greg, do you think Colgan is senile?

  9. Greg L said on 24 Feb 2010 at 1:08 am:
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    I’ve seen no evidence to suggest that whatsoever. He’s kind of been like this consistently, so I don’t think there’s a mental issue developing here. That’s my honest opinion.

    Even if there was an issue, I’d be reluctant to speculate on such matters. I had a grandfather go down that difficult road, and the last thing I would have wanted was a bunch of strangers talking about it. I figure if there ever is such a thing happening, it’s probably best to let the family deal with it and hope the right decision was made for everyone.

    But let me stress again, Chuck Colgan has always thrown out some real whoppers from time to time, and this statement doesn’t seem out of character at all. We can address the policy and procedural issues that statement raises without having to speculate on medical conditions.

  10. Groveton said on 24 Feb 2010 at 2:20 am:
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    “Bills that pass out of here 38 or 40 to nothing can’t even get a full hearing in committee over there,” Saslaw said of the House.”.

    Is that true?

    If so, I’d probably retaliate too.

    What’s the alternative? Just watch the House of Delegates ignore legislation sent, almost unanimously, from the Senate go into the “bit bucket”?

    Sounds from Sen. Saslaw’s comments (if true) that the real villians are the Delegates.

  11. Freedom said on 24 Feb 2010 at 7:42 am:
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    Well Groveton, regardless of origin, can you think of a better place for “bit bucket bills” then the bit bucket? I can’t.

  12. Riley said on 24 Feb 2010 at 1:04 pm:
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    Colgan has said he doubts he will run again in 2011. Let the games begin…

    http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/colgan-doubts-he-will-seek-reelection-in-2011/

  13. Advocator said on 24 Feb 2010 at 4:27 pm:
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    DeportM said, “We need to recruit constititutional conservatives to take them both out.”

    Better watch out, the crazies will view that as a threat and report you to the fbi.

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