Kent Conrad’s Partisanship Lament

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It’s become fashionable, over the last several election cycles, for self-styled “moderate” politicians who are retiring to lament partisan, polarized politics on their way out the door. Senator Kent Conrad is no different.

“The job is somewhat different because it’s become more political theater than getting results and quite frankly a reason why I am less interested in being here,” Conrad told a local CBS affiliate in an interview. “I am really interested in getting results and a lot of my colleagues on both sides are more interested in political posturing. And I Find that incredibly unfortunate, really unfortunate for the country. It was much more getting things done when I first came here than it is now.”

That’s certainly a very self-serving comment for Conrad. Why, back in his day Senators were about Getting Things DoneTM, unlike these young whipper-snappers today who are all caught up in taking principled positions on things.

This from the guy who, not once but twice in his Senate career could have been the deciding factor on the passage of a balanced budget amendment and demurred. How’s that for getting things done?

And, of course, let’s not forget to mention that the Senate Budget Committee, which Conrad has chaired since 2007, hasn’t produced a budget since 2009. Getting things done, indeed.

But let’s be clear, things have changed since Conrad was first elected to the Senate. The media has changed. Where once it was very easy for self-styled “moderate” Democrats like Conrad to walk the line between red state constituencies and the far more liberal expectations of their parties in Washington DC, especially when the local media where most constituents got their news were (and still are) such utter lap dogs. But with the advent of the internet, causing an avalanche of new information and viewpoints to land in the laps of voters, it’s much harder to be so flexible.

Voters expect fidelity to promises and principles, and that has caused things to become more polarized in Washington, and it’s had the side benefit (in my humble estimation) of making things positively untenable for poseurs like Conrad.

Combine that with the ugly scandal Conrad was involved in during this last term – one which saw him one of hundreds of elected officials and bureaucrats who sold mortgage bailouts for mortgage deductions – and you can see why he’s not running.

It’s not because of partisan politics. It’s because of increased transparency, and all the headaches that come with that for prevaricators like Conrad.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • kevindf

    Not to worry; Gaylord will still collect government checks for the rest of his life, just as he always has.

  • Lianne

    It is time for him to put on his big boy pants, act like a man with some dignity and go quietly into the night.

    • two_amber_lamps

      I was thinking he could go find himself a nice rock to crawl under…. but I’m sure he’s found a nice PAC/Lobbyist shark outfit to play ramora to.

      • Guest

        I was think you could find yourself a nice person to settle down with, but since nobody likes a swollen gastropod, I’m sure you’ll find a nice cat who will at least conceal its disgust of you.

        • two_amber_lamps

          Speaking of ramora… the Guest Anal Ramora has arrived! Find yourself a juvenile boy @%%$ to attach yourself to?

          • Guest

            Speaking of ramora, you probably started making your way to Red Lobster. Find any lost cheetos attached to the folds in your body?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Why did the “Guest” cross the road?

            Because it was a school crossing and his c$#%k was stuck in a 10 year old boy!

            BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!

          • Guest

            Why did two amber lamps drive her rascal the road?

            Her legs aren’t nearly sturdy enough to support her morbid obesity.

          • Onslaught1066

            You need to calm down, hannitard, your syntax is in error.

  • Harold

    Senator Conrad has always been a far far left person, its just that he hide that aspect from the voters here in North Dakota through the years in office very well.

    • two_amber_lamps

      I’m not so sure how well he actually managed to hide it from ND voters… they seem to have a blind spot for leftists (Heidi) and RINO’s….

      All goes back to the fact that “We The People….” have a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of government, Federal or otherwise.

      • Guest

        Thankfully you have two amber lights attached to warn of us the inching forward, heavy-breathed, hyper-obese monstrosity you are. I’m not sure how posting online hides your corpulence in any way. All goes back to the fact that you have a fundamental misunderstanding of “you are what you eat,” piggish b*tch or otherwise.

        • two_amber_lamps

          Good morning pederast! How are you today? You’ll be happy to know that many socialist countries look at your deviant preferences at a treatable disease rather than rotted moral character. Soon perhaps you’ll be able to apply for a gubmint check and Obamaphone so you can talk to your “dates” for free?

          You should talk to Mr. Ellinasty… maybe he could give you some “tips” on how to be a more proficient child molester.

          Have a pleasant day!

          • Guest

            You’ll be happy to know many obese like you chose to sit online so to remain hidden from the disapproving glare of others. Soon perhaps you’ll be apply for a disability so you can sit online being a fat b*tch for a living. You should be talking to Mr. Boyardee,.. maybe he could give you some “tips” on how to be a more prolific eater and get disability more quickly.

            Have a porcine day!

          • two_amber_lamps

            Lol… even if I was fat (which I can assure you is a fallacy concocted in your own twisted mind) at least weight won’t land you in pound-you-in-the-#@$ prison… pedophilia certainly shall.

            Knowing you and your ways, you’ll probably enjoy playing catcher for your celly.

          • Guest

            Lol… even though you are fat, stealing insults from Office space won’t hide it… sitting online denying being a fat b*tch shall.

            Knowing you and your ways, you’ll probably enjoy putting nutella in your belly.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Oh, look! You’re just barely coherent enough to have seen that movie! Shall wonders never cease! I thought for sure you were a lot happier watching sponge-bob square pants with your 10 year old boy date!

            Once again, your sick preferences are liable to land you in the clink… with a 300 lb. celly who’s probably got an arm that can “throw all day”…. Hope your “mitt” doesn’t get too tender!

            Enjoy! Lol!!!

          • Guest

            Oh, look! Your fingers aren’t too stubby to hack out a response! Shall wonders never cease! I thought for sure your pudgy fingers were unable to transcribe your lazy responses!

            Once again, your gluttonous preferences are liable to give you heart disease with a 300 lb belly who’s probably more of friend than any other living being. Hope your butt doesn’t get too tender under all that pressure!

            Enjoy being a fat b*tch who sits online all day! Lol!!!

          • two_amber_lamps

            Says the pederast that takes time out of his “busy” day trying to lure 10 year old boys to his house a la “To catch a predator” to spend time trolling the SAB blog…

            Congratulations hypocrite!

          • Guest

            Says the fat b*tch he sit online all day being a fat b*tch on the SAB blog….

            Congrats on proving the allegations true!

  • Guest

    Even retiring Republicans, such as LaTourette and Snowe, cited unprecedented partisanship as reasons for retiring. If so many are complaining about it on both sides of the isle, it’s probably a real thing.

    I doubt it has anything to do with being a poseur. If Conrad had decided to run again, I doubt Berg would’ve tried to run with only one term in the House, so his seat would be relatively safe safe despite internet transparency like you cite for his departure. If Heitkamp beat Berg, Conrad almost certainly would have.

    • Onslaught1066

      Hanniturd, I realize that you’re as retarded as the next retard, but there’s one, and only one reason why any politician retires from a life time of stealing OPM, and that’s because they don’t think they can get re-elected and they know that switching parties wouldn’t help.

      Now, go bob for Tootsie Rolls™ in your sand box.

      • Guest

        Um, no. While imminent defeat can be a reason, it isn’t the only reason. Snowe would’ve easily won re-election in Maine, for example, but chose not to run again.

        • Onslaught1066

          Hanniturd, you do like to double down on stupid, don’t you?

          • Anon

            Do have anything Snowe would’ve been defeated had she ran? Almost everyone thinks she would’ve won. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/maine-sen-olympia-snowe-to-retire-in-blow-to-gop/2012/02/28/gIQAkzWkgR_blog.html http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203833004577251893158327180.html

            Hey, I suddenly thought of another reason a politiican might retire early: dealing with stupid f*cking sh*thead constituents like you would get tiresome.

          • Onslaught1066

            Giving up the “Guest” so soon?

            What a funny little (short that is) hanniturd you are.

            You may now return to your hate filled sand box and continue bobbing for Tootsie Rolls™.

          • Anon

            Nothing to back up your meritless conjecture, how unsurprising. You can go back to googling gay pornography then, assuming you ever stopped.

          • Onslaught1066

            Nothing to prove she would have won re-election, how unremarkable.

            You may now return to your irrelevance.

          • Guest

            I gave links saying she would’ve been a shoe-in, you’ve provided nothing but delusion. Sorry for distracting you from downloading your granny porn.

          • Onslaught1066

            You gave links stating opinion, now find proof that she would have won re-election.

            You sound dangerously close to another greek pederast here at SAB.

          • Anonymous

            Give anything that she would’ve been defeated. I’ve shown links saying she was a shoe-in from top newspapers and you’ve given nothing.

          • Onslaught1066

            She quit.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Quitters never prosper…. cept she’ll still get her Senator’s retirement for life now. Don’t forget to thank that $%$# for Bamster-care.

          • Guest

            snowe didn’t vote for the aca. stop being a stupid sh#thead b*tch

          • two_amber_lamps

            Lol… good morning pederastic Guest troll! Nailed yourself a 10-year old boy this morning so you’re all full of game, eh? I guess you missed the part about Snowe’s YES vote that let Bamster-Care out of committee? Too busy trolling the grade school playgrounds looking for a date I suppose. Anyways yes, that centrist turd set in motion the chain of events that led to what we have now…

            I apologize in advance for the fact that you’re too stupid to wrap your tiny little pea-brain around that fact.

          • Guest

            She voted against on the final bill, but you’re too f*cking obese to read anything that’s not a candy wrapper.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Dear pederast… read my earlier post. I never claimed she voted for anything. She let it out of committee.

            Or better yet, have your 10 year old boyfriend read it for you, apparently your reading comprehension has suffered since that onset of syphilis.

          • Guest

            Dear pudgy… read your earlier post. You claimed she was to be thanked for Obamacare even though she voted against it.

            Or better yet, have it printed in lucky charms so it briefly flashes before your eyes before engorging yourself further, apparently your reading comprehension has suffered from adult-onset diabetes.

          • two_amber_lamps

            I guess you missed the part about Snowe’s YES vote that let
            Bamster-Care out of committee? Too busy trolling the grade school
            playgrounds looking for a date I suppose. Anyways yes, that centrist
            turd set in motion the chain of events that led to what we have now…

            I apologize in advance for the fact that you’re too stupid to wrap your tiny little pea-brain around that fact.

            Communists (and a pederastic one at that) have issues with history, current events, cause and effect, etc. I apologized for your failings, the public education system obviously failed you and now with your child molesting tendencies the criminal justice system shall have to eventually pick up the slack.

          • Guest

            I guess you missed the part about voting No on the bill and Democrats could’ve gotten the bill out of committee without her? Too busy trying to get the last few Doritos out of the bag I suppose. Anyway yes, you being a fat b*tch set in motion the chain of events leading to our discussion now.

            I apologize in advance for the fact you’re too fat to glance at anything while shoveling food into your mouth. Fat b*tches who sit online all day have issues with history, current events, causes and effect, etc. I apologize for your numerous failings, the public health department obviously failed and now with your hyper-obese body which the department will have to clean up once the neighbors start complaining of a more offending odor than usual emanating from your residence.

          • two_amber_lamps
          • two_amber_lamps

            I’m sure either of them could help you with your reading comprehension issues!

            Bwhaaahahahahahahahahahhahaaaa!

          • Guest

            So tell us oh great droptank, which snack food are you inhaling now?

            http://cdn.mdhil.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Donuts.jpg

            http://c586412.r12.cf2.rackcdn.com/candies.jpg

            I’m sure it’s probably both to hopefully hasten the impeding diabetes related death!

            Bwhaaahahahahahahahahahhahaaaa!

          • Guest

            She quit because she didn’t like Washington. You’re using circular reasoning. She quit because she wouldn’t be relected as evidenced by her quitting. Since you couldn’t provide any evidence for your meritless argument, I accept you concession that you were lying. Time to get dressed for high school, where being an internet troll doesn’t make up for not having a girlfriend.

          • Onslaught1066

            She quit because her source of ill gotten gain was about to dry up.

          • Guest

            Still no evidence or links to back up your meritless argument. I again accept you concession that you were lying.

          • Onslaught1066

            Still no evidence or links to back up your merit-less argument. I again accept your concession that you were under the mistaken impression that others opinion constituted actual fact..

          • Guest

            I provided links saying she was a shoe-in while you’ve given nothing to support your wholly unsupported belief she would’ve been defeated. I again accept your concession that you your argument is without merit.

          • Onslaught1066

            You provided links to other peoples opinion that she was a shoe in. Opinion is not proof.

            Did she win re-election and then step down?

            Did she leave in the middle of her term?

            The answer is no and no, and as such no amount of bloviating by you nor anyone else constitutes evidence that she would have won re-election and so the only reason that she is “retiring” is that the gravy train was pulling out and she knew she was not going to be on it.

            Again I will accept your concession that you were under the mistaken impression that others opinion constituted actual fact.

          • Guest

            Of course whether she would’ve won or been defeated is speculation since it didn’t happen. Unless there’s a “what if” machine somewhere, nobody’s certain if she would’ve won or been defeated. I’ve provided evidence that favored her re-election, you’ve presented nothing but speculation. To borrow your own retarded logic.

            Did she lose re-election?

            The answer is no, and as such no amount of bloviating by you nor anyone else constitutes evidence that she wouldn’t have won re-election and so the only reason that she is “retiring” is that the she did not like the job anymore

            I’ve provided links saying she would’ve been lock to win re-election and polls showing her over 30 points ahead of her potential challengers, and you’ve only provided circular reasoning that she didn’t run because she’d win as evidenced by the fact she didn’t run. Since I have hard evidence and you have only flawed logic and mimicry, I again accept your concession that you your argument is without merit.

          • Onslaught1066

            Did she run for re-election? The answer is: she quit before she had to chalk one up in the loser column.

            You sure are stupid, aren’t you?

            You might want to pull out of that ten year old boy and have him read a dictionary to you describing the difference between fact and opinion.

            Again I will accept your concession that you were under the mistaken impression that others opinion constituted actual fact.

          • Guest

            Again with the circular logic. She didn’t run because she wouldn’t win because didn’t run. My evidence: polls and experts showering her a lock. Your evidence: nothing but circular reasoning. Since I have hard evidence and you have only flawed logic and mimicry, I again accept your concession that you your argument is without merit.

          • Onslaught1066

            You have no evidence, only speculation.

            Again I will accept your concession that you were under the mistaken impression that others opinion constituted actual fact.

          • Guest

            You have no evidence she would’ve lost besides circular reasoning, I have polls and expert opinion. Since you couldn’t provide even one shred of evidence she was in trouble, I again accept your concession that you your argument is without merit.

          • Onslaught1066

            You have no evidence she would’ve won besides innuendo and conjecture. I have years of first hand knowledge that no politician will voluntarily give up the opportunity to steal OPM.

            Since you couldn’t prove one shred of evidence she did not quit for fear of losing, I again accept your concession that you were under the mistaken impression that others opinion constituted actual fact.

          • Guest

            Still no evidence to support your position she quit rather than take a chance on losing. Since you only mimic me and employ circular reasoning to support your argument while I have experts and polls saying she would’ve won, I accept your concession that your argument is without merit and you should kill yourself.

          • Onslaught1066

            I see that I have trapped you in a logic loop from which there is no escape and like the uneducated liberal that you are, you resort to
            threats of violence, how charming.

          • Guest

            The only trap is your unmoving stupidity.

            My evidence: She said she wasn’t running because she didn’t like Washington and thought she could win re-election. Experts saying she would’ve safely won re-election. Polls showing her over 20 points ahead of her challengers

            Your evidence: She didn’t run because she couldn’t win as evidence by the fact she didn’t run.

            Since you only mimic me and employ circular reasoning to support your argument while I have experts and polls saying she would’ve won, I accept your concession that your argument is without merit and you should kill yourself.

          • Onslaught1066

            Firstly, you’re the one who conflates opinion and fact, so you are the obstinately stupid one here.

            Secondly, a pederast, such as yourself is notoriously soft brained seeing as how its perverted lifestyle contributes to atrophy of the cerebrum.

            Thirdly, exhibitions of violent tenancies is a clinical sign of low intelligence, and in certain cases warrants close monitoring, which can include involuntary confinement to a facility equipped and staffed to handle persons who demonstrate an inability for self control.

            And forth, she quit because she knew she couldn’t win, a trait which, by the way, you could do with a modicum of.

          • Guest

            You again offer no evidence, just name calling and repeating your circular logic.

            My evidence: She said she wasn’t running because she didn’t like Washington and thought she could win re-election. Experts saying she would’ve safely won re-election. Polls showing her over 20 points ahead of her challengers

            Your evidence: She didn’t run because she couldn’t win as evidenced by the fact she didn’t run.

            Since you only mimic me and employ circular reasoning to support your argument while I have experts and polls saying she would’ve won, I accept your concession that your argument is without merit.

          • Onslaught1066

            You have never known a politician to lie, you are certainly sheltered in your make believe world arent you?

            I see by your absence of violent imagery that the nice young men have been around with your meds, how nice for you.

            Opinion is not evidence no matter how many times you repeat the lie.

            No politician will ever give up the gravy train as long as they have a free ride, when that comes to an end, so does their fleeting notions of “public service”.

            She quit because she knew she couldn’t win.

          • Guest

            * circular reasoning that she didn’t run because she wouldn’t win as evidenced by the fact she didn’t run.

          • Onslaught1066

            Prove me wrong.

          • Guest

            I did. If you choose to ignore polls and newspaper saying she would’ve been a lock, that’s not my problem. My evidence: polls and experts. Your evidence: circular reasoning

          • Onslaught1066

            No, you did not.

            You only think you did because you are stupid and believe opinion in lieu of verifiable fact.

            Show me where Snowe ran for, won, and then stepped down following re-election in protest.

            You can’t because she didn’t because she knew she would lose and didn’t want to go out the loser that you are.

          • Guest

            Show me where Snow would’ve lost. You can’t because she was a favorite. My evidence: polls showing her ahead and experts saying she would win. You evidence: there wasn’t an election. derp. Since you have no evidence to support your argument I accept your concession that you your argument is without merit.

          • Onslaught1066

            She quit rather than take the chance on losing.

            Again I will accept your concession that you were under the mistaken impression that others opinion constituted actual fact.

          • Guest

            Still no evidence to support your position she quit rather than take a chance on losing. Since you only mimic me and employ circular reasoning to support your argument while I have experts and polls saying she would’ve won, I accept your concession that you your argument is without merit and you should kill yourself.

          • Onslaught1066

            I see that I have trapped you in a logic loop from which there is no escape and so like the uneducated liberal that you are, you resort to threats of violence, how charming.

          • $8194357

            Like playing chess with a pigeon, huh.

          • Onslaught1066

            Pigeons are geniuses compared to this MPD sock puppet.

          • $8194357

            But when playing the pigeon?
            No matter how good you are or do…
            It will knock over the chess pieces, shit on the board
            and then claim victory…..

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Let’s not forget the countrywide scandal Conrad has hanging over hid head.

      And politics are more polarized in direct correlation to the rise of the internet allowing more scrutiny for squishes like Shows and Conrad.

      • Guest

        Please, it was barely reported on when it happened. Fact is, Berg probably wouldn’t have run and Conrad could’ve kept his seat if he didn’t like Washington’s descent into partisanship.

  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    Gaylord is just a typical liberal. He believes his own lies and talks out of all his holes, most notably his a$$hole.

  • $8194357

    Pride goeth before the fall…..

    The ‘world’ loves its own as they grow fat, yet starve spiritually..
    We have ‘Bread to eat’ the world knows little of…

    Daniel 1:8-17

    8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
    9 Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs.
    10 And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.”

    11 So Daniel said to the steward[a] whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
    12 “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.
    13 Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.”
    14 So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.

    15 And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies.
    16 Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.

    17 As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

  • Don Quixote

    “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives;
    but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” So it isn’t the Senate’s responsibility to produce a budget. Where was the House the past two years? Oh, yes. They were busy drawing lines in the sand and making a mess of the legislative process.
    As far as the balanced budge amendment goes, we are far better off without it.
    As far as your comment about voters expecting fidelity to promises and principles causing a polarized Washington. That’s a laugh. The polarization is caused by the minorities in both parties choosing the candidates. The Republican party has swung right faster and further than the Democrats have swung left. To be elected the annointed candidates of both parties have to swing toward the center. After being elected, they then prolcaim that they were elected on their radical stands.
    What we need is a third party of moderates.

    • ND in MD

      As I recall the House did pass a budget or two, including one by Paul Ryan, but once they were sent to the Senate, they died – Harry Reid refused to bring them to a vote. Harry Reid, the guardian of gridlock.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Actually, when Republicans took over the house they started passing a Budget every year.

      Let’s not revise history, shall we?

    • two_amber_lamps

      “As far as the balanced budge amendment goes, we are far better off without it.”

      Thank you for invalidating your entire diatribe with one statement Comrade Statist.

      • Guest

        Thank you for invalidating any remaining worth of your value as a human-being with one statement.

        • two_amber_lamps

          Oh!!! So says the faceless Guest troll…. so what are you hiding? Or should I ask how many sockpuppet names you have in your repertoire?

          • Guest

            Oh!!! So says the fugly b*tch… so what are you hiding? Or should i ask how many chins you have on your face?

          • two_amber_lamps

            How many nubile boys did you corrupt today? You’re just full of p!ss and vinegar! Lol!!!!

          • Guest

            How many chairs did you break today! You’re just full of fat and cholesterol! Lol!!!!

          • Onslaught1066

            One fewer, I suspect, than the number of balls on your chin.

  • ND in MD

    As I recall, when state Tax Commissioner Kent Conrad was running against Senator Mark Andrews in 1986, didn’t Comrade Countrywide promise that, if elected, he would work to balance the budget? He even went so far as to say he would not seek reelection if the budget wasn’t in balance? I really doubt he was asked this question by the TV station.

  • VocalYokel

    I’m only interested in hearing his parting lament…although I’m sure it will be equally as self-serving.

  • brain trust

    And lets not forget Kent’s complaining about the $350 Billion deficits under the Bush administration but not a peep out of him with Dear Leader Kim Jung O’s $1.2 Trillion deficits. Kent for rent is just as partisan as the people he criticizes.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Yeah, that was classic partisanship from the guy who says partisanship is the problem.

    • Guest

      Except that Bush actually dropped a 1.3 trillion dollar turd in the doorstep which Obama had taken down.

      • brain trust

        Wrong, Bush didn’t sign the stimulus package of $800 billion or the omnibus spending package of $300 billion.

      • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

        There’s some truth to what you’re saying. Bush was a spender. However that last deficit included TARP, which was a one time program. Obama supported TARP and asked for the second half to be implemented. So while Bush is at least partly to blame, Obama is just as much for the 2009 and he and the Democrats are 100% to blame for the subsequent deficits.

        • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

          OH and Come with the Cash Kent was for TARP and every other crazy spending scheme Obama could come up with.

  • Thresherman

    Conrad has always been a partisan hack despite trying to portray himself as something else. As chairman of the Budget Committee Conrad was bound by law to produce a budget, a law that he repeatedly violated. Yet now he whines about not being able to get things done. Had he showed that he had a pair, he could have gotten something done and produced 3 different budgets. But instead he chose the lick the boots of Harry Reid because it was more important to do his bidding than to properly represent his state. And dispite her blather about being independent, Heidi is going be another Reid bootlicker as well. Without his money she never would have been able to afford the smear campaign she ran to defeat Berg and he is not going to let her forget that debt.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      He violated the law at the behest of his party which doesn’t want to pass a budget.

      But remember, Conrad is so totally a centrist. Because he says so.

  • DelawareBeachHouse

    In 2005, President George W. Bush sought Conrad’s support for bipartisan Social Security reform. The Senator could have really made a difference by signing on to a serious effort to save the entitlement, but in the end, he chose Democratic partisanship instead.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25304-2005Mar10.html

    Since then, Conrad has talked. Promoted himself. And talked.

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