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    On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders

    Moments before a conference call with reporters was scheduled to get underway on Tuesday morning, Charles E. Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, apparently unaware that many of the reporters were already on the line, began to instruct his fellow senators on how to talk to reporters about the contentious budget process.

    After thanking his colleagues — Barbara Boxer of California, Benjamin L. Cardin of Maryland, Thomas R. Carper of Delaware and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut — for doing the budget bidding for the Senate Democrats, who are facing off against the House Republicans over how to cut spending for the rest of the fiscal year, Mr. Schumer told them to portray John A. Boehner of Ohio, the speaker of the House, as painted into a box by the Tea Party, and to decry the spending cuts that he wants as extreme. “I always use the word extreme,” Mr. Schumer said. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week.”
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    Re: On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders

    The distributing of talking points pretty typical for all politicians

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    Re: On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    The distributing of talking points pretty typical for all politicians
    Sure seems to cut against sincerity though, doesn't it?
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    Re: On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Sure seems to cut against sincerity though, doesn't it?
    You expect politicians to be sincere?

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    Re: On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    You expect politicians to be sincere?
    Maybe I'm naive but I believe that some (granted precious few) actually are.
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    Re: On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Sure seems to cut against sincerity though, doesn't it?
    Politicians follow talking points. That's what we've started with this 24 hour news cycle. If it's more than a small sound bite then you get ignored.
    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    uh that is so small as to be stupid. Do you want registration? given less than 3% of criminals get their guns from private sales, its pretty much a waste of resources
    **Thirty Minutes Later**
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    you are confused. I never denied that many criminals get guns in private sales.

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    Re: On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Maybe I'm naive but I believe that some (granted precious few) actually are.
    I agree with you there, but those sincere politicians still speak in talking points. That's pretty much guaranteed. Especially if they belong to either of the two major parties.
    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    uh that is so small as to be stupid. Do you want registration? given less than 3% of criminals get their guns from private sales, its pretty much a waste of resources
    **Thirty Minutes Later**
    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    you are confused. I never denied that many criminals get guns in private sales.

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    Re: On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders

    And, was there any disagreement with what was said? No? Didn't think so.

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    Re: On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders

    Quote Originally Posted by roughdraft274 View Post
    Politicians follow talking points. That's what we've started with this 24 hour news cycle. If it's more than a small sound bite then you get ignored.
    Pretty much. Since there is so much news and no more content than in previous years, the rhetoric gets jacked up and stuff like this becomes necessary to overcome some of the signal to noise ratio.

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    Re: On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders

    Quote Originally Posted by roughdraft274 View Post
    Politicians follow talking points. That's what we've started with this 24 hour news cycle. If it's more than a small sound bite then you get ignored.
    Ok, but now we know that any future bashing of Boehner or the T party as being extreme is nothing but a talking point dictated by Schumer.
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