Category Archives: senate

Hypocrisy among Politicians over RBG Replacement

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Hypocrisy in defense of virtue is no vice… or something like that.

Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, ten months before the November presidential election.

So President Obama did his duty and nominated Merrick Garland to fill the opening. But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to bring the nomination to the Senate floor for a vote.

Here’s what McConnell had to say about that:

“The American people may well elect a president who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration,” McConnell said. “The next president may also nominate someone very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice.”

The already touchy Democrats weren’t happy.

Hypocrisy

But here’s what Senator Schumer had to say in 2007 when George W. Bush was president:

I will recommend to my colleagues that we should not confirm a Supreme Court nominee EXCEPT in extraordinary circumstances.”

And here’s what Schumer had to say when the Notorious RBG joined her good friend Nino in eternal rest:

The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, the vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.

Oh, and then there’s Lindsey Graham explaining in 2016 why Judge Garland shouldn’t be confirmed:

I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination

Fireworks for Everybody

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There weren’t many fireworks in the speeches at the virtual RNC. But the show at the end was nice.

South Carolina launched Joe Biden’s Democratic Primary win. And Republicans seem to be hoping the Palmetto State will do the same for Donald Trump in the general election.

If the country suffers from systemic racism you’d expect to find it in the first state to secede from the union. Tim Scott grew up there poor and black in a single parent home. But somehow he managed to work his way from “the cotton fields to Congress.” At least that’s how how he put it in his RNC Speech. He even beat Strom Thurmond’s son in a congressional primary.

Fireworks

Speaking of Scions, there were way too many of them on stage. Even The Donald, Jr’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, got in a minute and a half at the top of her lungs.

My favorite convention event, however, was the fireworks display over the National Mall.

Wonder how the BLM protesters attacking Rand Paul and guests on the other side of the White House liked it?

That Little Girl on the School Bus

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Remember that little girl on the school bus? That would be Kamala Harris, last seen pistol whipping Joe Biden in a primary debate. Then she played the race card because he opposed forced busing 40 years ago. But apparently all is forgiven. And now she wants to be remembered as Joe’s running mate.

Senate Stock Market Tycoons

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White House and Senate agreed to a $2 trillion stimulus deal for the economy. And the economy likes it. The Dow shot up 11% for its best day since 1933.

Speaking of stocks and Senators, some senators dumped stocks just before Corona virus market meltdown.

Senate Stock Market Tycoons

Here’s Professor Jonathan Turley writing in The Hill:

Senators Richard Burr, Kelly Loeffler, James Inhofe, and Dianne Feinstein together are responsible for as much as $11 million in recent stock sales. It turns out that many lawmakers become market investment geniuses after they enter Congress. A University of Memphis study found that 75 percent of randomly selected members had made “stock transactions that directly coincided with legislative activity.” A Georgia State University study noted that, from 1993 to 1998, senators beat the stock market by 12 points with their portfolios and outperformed “corporate insiders” by 8 points.

Senator Threatens Supreme Court Justices

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Senator Chuck Schumer was feeling it at an abortion rights rally outside the Supreme Court. So he threatened two justices by name. Here’s what he said:

“I want to tell you, Gorsuch! I want to tell you, Kavanaugh! You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

Chief Justice Roberts was having none of it, and he rebuked Schumer:

Threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous.”

So Senator Schumer apologized. Kind of:

I shouldn’t have used the words I did, but in no way was I making a threat. I never — never — would do such a thing.