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The Only Thing That Matters To Republicans

Settling scores and making money. The well-being of the country isn’t even on their radar.

Countdown has obtained a memo entitled “Action Alert – Auto Bailout,” and sent Wednesday at 9:12am, to Senate Republicans. The names of the sender(s) and recipient(s) have been redacted in the copy Countdown obtained.

The Los Angeles Times reported that it was circulated among Senate Republicans. The brief memo outlines internal political strategy on the bailout, including the view that defeating the bailout represents a “first shot against organized labor.” Senate Republicans blocked passage of the bailout late Thursday night, over its insistence on an immediate union pay cut.


Today at noon, Senators Ensign, Shelby, Coburn and DeMint will hold a press conference in the Senate Radio/TV Gallery. They would appreciate our support through messaging and attending the press conference, if possible. The message they want us to deliver is:

1. This is the democrats first opportunity to payoff organized labor after the election. This is a precursor to card check and other items. Republicans should stand firm and take their first shot against organized labor, instead of taking their first blow from it.

2. This rush to judgment is the same thing that happened with the TARP. Members did not have an opportunity to read or digest the legislation and therefore could not understand the consequences of it. We should not rush to pass this because Detroit says the sky is falling.

The sooner you can have press releases and documents like this in the hands of members and the press, the better. Please contact me if you need additional information. Again, the hardest thing for the democrats to do is get 60 votes. If we can hold the Republicans, we can beat this.

Most Republicans didn’t have a problem “rushing to judgment” on the financial bailout (which was fifty times bigger), but now they want to put 3 million people out of work and crash the economy just to strike a blow against card check? Wow.

TPM drives the point home a little farther:

If the UAW was really the party who blew up the auto bailout negotiations, the people screaming the loudest would be the automakers. Yet, all the noise today is coming from Senate Republicans and their surrogates. What does that tell you?

The GOP could care less about the economy or anything else.  All they want to do is make sure the unions get screwed and their cronies get rescued.

(h/t C&L and Ann in AZ)

1 comment December 12th, 2008 at 09:57pm Posted by Eli

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Friday Quote & Gorilla Blogging

This week’s quote is from the very underrated Cabin Boy, starring Chris Elliott:

Sweet Mary! She’s got more whiskers than a laid-off circus clown!

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s gorillas…

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December 12th, 2008 at 09:45am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

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