Stupid Move, Democrats

Like a chorus of Southern Baptist Bible thumpers, the Senate Democrats rose in self-righteous fury to damn Al Franken and force his resignation.

They did it without due process.

They did it based on questionable allegations of sexual misconduct.

They did it based on accusations preceding his Senate position, going back decades.

They did it with a mob mentality.

They did it with cruelty.

They did it intending to score political points.

But let’s be clear. The Senate Democrats who lynched Al Franken cannot profess to any legitimate concern for women. They are not feminists or activists or in pursuit of societal transformation.

NO.

They cannot stand on any pedestal of purity.

They have not altered the mind of any man who preys on women, children or other men.

They have not awakened some latent sense of power within women.

They will not affect the Alabama election.

They will not shame their Republican counterparts.

They will not increase their 2018 vote counts.

INSTEAD

The Senators who shamed and bullied their so-called friend have displayed a political ineptitude that is infuriating.

They have fallen prey to the newly weaponized claim of sexual misconduct. One that quickly morphed from #MeToo into Lynch Him Now!

They have sacrificed one of their own in pursuit of ridiculous aims.

They have diminished the effectiveness of the Judiciary Committee.

They have angered a lot of Democrats.

They have shown they are simply not up to the game.

They will not defeat Donald Trump.

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DOUBLE WHAMMY: Mueller’s Grand Jury Coincides With Senate Requests for Info

The Special Counsel’s grand jury matches the timing of requests from two Senate committees, making this a double whammy for the beleaguered Trump administration.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller convened a grand jury in Washington D.C. recently. The Wall Street Journal broke the revelation on 3 August, quickly followed with more details from the NY Times and  The Washington Post. The actual date of the grand jury is not specific other than a reference to “a few weeks ago.”

Lost in the newest headlines is a similar probe by two US Senate committees sent on 19 July, which would coincide with the time frame of Robert Mueller’s grand jury. Continue reading

Bernie’s Senate Re-Election Bid Active

It’s Super Tuesday. The Democratic 2016 Presidential campaign is in full swing with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battling it out in the national arena with 12 states up for grabs today. Yet while all this hoopla is going on, a small fact remains quietly perched on the political back burner: Sanders is also running for re-election as a U.S. Senator. His Senate seat will be decided anew with the 2018 midterm cycle, and if Vermonters vote favorably, he’ll take office at the age of 77 for his third term.

Interestingly, Sanders is running as an Independent. Even more curious, his donors are unlike those behind his Presidential bid. Continue reading

Choice Harry Quotes

Choice quotes from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after meeting with President Obama and House Republicans today in efforts to find a way to re-open government and deal with a debt ceiling vote.

 

On House Republicans:

THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY WANT.  I hope the Republicans decide what they want.

Said with a suggestion of sadness, a move past frustration and anger, acknowledging that Speaker John Boehner and the House GOP are twisting on their own petard.

 

On the reality of government service:

We are here. The government should be open. Now.

 

On working with GOP House proposals:

The House has a unique form of legislating: it’s hour by hour.

That Harry Reid can manage this slide of humor when faced with the slings and arrows, the nursery rhymes and hostage demands, the ineptitude and the dismal status of the government says much about this man’s will.

 

On the need for immediate reopening of the government.

There is so much pain and suffering out there. It is tear-jerking.

This is called compassion, a quality that is rarely demonstrated among House Republicans and their Tea Party comrades.

 

On negotiating with the House GOP before a debt ceiling is passed:

Not going to happen.

Brevity – also missing from GOP tirades.