Saturday, January 23, 2010

How Definitions Change Over Time


.........................Old 41...........................




















....................................................................New 41.........................











Old 41 is, of course, former U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush (1989-1993), the 41st President of the United States. He has been called “Old 41” to differentiate him from his son, George Walker Bush, the 43rd U.S. President (2001-2009).

The new 41 is U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown of Massachusetts (2010-?), who will fill “the people’s seat” (or, as it is known by Democrats, “Teddy Kennedy’s seat”). Until Brown’s overwhelming victory in a special election last Tuesday, the make-up of the U.S. Senate was 60 Democrats, 40 Republications, making it “filibuster-proof” because 60 votes are required to cut off debate on certain issues before the Senate. But with Brown as the 41st Republican Senator, the Democrats’ ability to end a Republican-led filibuster (filibusters are used to delay final votes and to bring public attention to issues) or to approve such bills without the cooperation of a single Republican (who needs bipartisanship?) has vanished. On other issues, however, a simple majority of 51 votes is all that is required to pass a bill.

11 comments:

Putz said...

woe is us, we are undone...health care for my mentally ill son, and and for millions who will have to rely on mercy and not right to get their health care

Putz said...

we are lost like a polar bear with white eyes in a snow storm

rhymeswithplague said...

Putz, think happy thoughts. And take several deep breaths.

Carolina said...

I'm not familiar with this subject, so I can't write a significant comment. So I'm writing an insignificant one.
;-)

Dr.John said...

Now they might just try working together>

Snowbrush said...

How generous of him to pose nude and to offer up his daughters. Such things would have constituted a problem at one time.

Yorkshire Pudding said...
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Yorkshire Pudding said...

Thank heavens that Bush Senior didn't pose in the nude for "Cosmopolitan"! Stiil - I guess it's one way to win votes from women and gay men.

Snowbrush said...

Yorkshire Pudding "Thank heavens that Bush Senior didn't pose in the nude for "Cosmopolitan"!"

Does this mean you would have liked to have seen nudie photos of Junior?

Yorkshire Pudding said...
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Yorkshire Pudding said...

SNOWBRUSH Ha! Ha! You got me. Dubya was/is such a sexy dude. Far more shapely than his father. But I think he'd be more the "Playgirl" type.