How the GOP Really Should Be Reacting to the Russian Hack

There seems to be a lot of shoulder shrugging and nonchalance across the GOPsphere about the Russian hacking of the DNC, RNC and Senator Lindsey Graham. It should be garnering a little more attention and some hearings on the hill. And it probably will but whether it will be as energetic as the hearings about emails and Benghazi remains to be seen.

But what should be happening are hearings on how and what needs to be done to prevent something like this from ever happening again not matter who the actor. I bet that gets nary a mention. Prove me wrong Speaker Ryan and Senator McConnell.

And When Congress Finally Does Something…they prove Incompetent!

Congress was all full speed ahead damn the torpedoes in passing their Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, known as JASTA, that would allow Americans who suffered a loss on 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia. Despite the stern warnings from the White House and President Obama’s veto…they went ahead and for the first time in Pres. Obama’s Presidency, overrode his veto.

But then buyer’s remorse set in:

U.S. lawmakers expressed doubts on Thursday about Sept. 11 legislation they forced on President Barack Obama, saying the new law allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia could be narrowed to ease concerns about its effect on Americans abroad.

A day after a rare overwhelming rejection of a presidential veto, the first during Obama’s eight years in the White House, the Republican leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives opened the door to fixing the law as they blamed the Democratic president for not consulting them adequately.

“I do think it is worth further discussing,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters, acknowledging that there could be “potential consequences” of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, known as JASTA.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress might have to “fix” the legislation to protect U.S. troops in particular.

And of course whose at fault here? As quoted above:

…they blamed the Democratic president for not consulting them adequately.

Out of the 535 members of the House and Senate…there aren’t any policy wonks that know what all this entails? Who know what the risks and benefits might be? How can you pass legislation when you don’t know the ramifications?

So after 7+ years of basically doing nothing and working the fewest days this year in nearly 60 years…when they finally get off their posteriors…they pass a heinous bill and within 24 hours regret it.

And all of us suckers are pretty much going to send them all back to Washington in November.

NRA Identified As One Of The Owners Of The US Senate

We’ll get to some of the nonsense about delaying tactics for the hearings and vote on the Supreme Court vacancy over the weekend…but Senator Mitch McConnell came too close to the truth this week when saying the NRA needed to weigh in on the candidate for the next justice

It turns out that the most important voice in the Supreme Court nomination battle is not the American people’s, as Senate Republicans have insisted from the moment Justice Antonin Scalia died last month. It is not even that of the senators. It’s the National Rifle Association’s.

That is what the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, said the other day when asked about the possibility of considering and confirming President Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, after the November elections. “I can’t imagine that a Republican majority in the United States Senate would want to confirm, in a lame-duck session, a nominee opposed by the National Rifle Association,” he told “Fox News Sunday.”

In other words, forget the voters. Forget that Judge Garland has been supported and praised by top Republicans and Democrats for years. The N.R.A. doesn’t like him — for no fact-based reason — and that’s all that matters.

So there you have it…

Could President Hillary Clinton Pack The Supreme Court With Ex-Presidents?

It would be rather intriguing if a President Hillary Clinton appointed former President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton to the Supreme Court…sorry just doing some thinking out loud!

Meanwhile the GOP Senators aren’t budging on their announced decision to ignore any nomination from President Obama for a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia no matter who it is.

Mitch McConnell Would Be Wise To Accept Obama SCOTUS Nomination

Most of you are aware that following the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the shoot out at the OK Congress is underway as President Obama promises to nominate a replacement justice and the US Senate promises to ignore the appointment.

The Senate Majority Leader is standing firm against President Obama’s pledge to nominate a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Today, Mitch McConnell said the Senate will not confirm a Supreme Court nominee from President Obama during his last year in office.

But that might be very bad advice from Senator McConnell. Particularly in light of Donald Trump’s ascendancy in the GOP presidential campaign. Something that the oligarchs in the party are finally starting to fear, but Senator McConnell is working on that:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is advising vulnerable Republican senators to break with Donald Trump if he wins the GOP nomination, according to a bombshell New York Times report Saturday.

That would include Wisconsin’s Senator Ron Johnson.

McConnell has reportedly advised Republicans that they can run ads against Trump to create separation from the polarizing GOP frontrunner if they believe it can help their reelection efforts.

The majority leader is also preparing to pitch the Senate as a necessary check to an inevitable Hillary Clinton presidency if Trump is the GOP’s nominee, according to the Times.

Trump has won three of the four first presidential primaries and leads in most states voting on Super Tuesday, which could virtually cement his lead.

Well all well and good…but assuming a Democrat, either Senator Sanders or former Secretary of State Clinton is elected in November…the chances of getting a Supreme Court nominee to Senator McConnell’s liking are slim to none…with none getting the point spread in Vegas.

And with a Democratic victory there is a good possibility the GOP will lose their 54 to 46 majority in the Senate and won’t be able to stop a very liberal nomination at any cost.

So what should a Senate Majority Leader do in this situation? Take an Obama appointment and run with it. Hell the President was all but finished naming Nevada Republican Governor Brian Sandoval to the vacant seat…that is before Governor Sandoval withdrew his name. Like always the President dodges chances to build his legacy in an attempt to work with the other side (that’s why we have Obamacare instead of Medicare for All for instance).

President Obama reportedly is considering nominating Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval to the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

The nomination of a Republican would be seen as an attempt by Obama to break the Senate GOP blockade of any of his choices. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said his 54-member GOP caucus is opposed to holding confirmation hearings or vote on Obama’s pick, insisting that the choice rests with the next president.

The White House’s consideration of Sandoval was first reported by The Washington Post and the Associated Press. The Post reported that Senate Republicans reaffirmed their vow to not consider any Obama nominee, regardless of party affiliation.

So the Senate still has some leverage on a SCOTUS appointment…they can actually get President Obama to appoint someone fairly moderate at this point…they should take him up on it…instead Senator McConnell, et al. are willing to fritter the chance away:

“This is not about the personality,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told the paper. McConnell said in a statement to the Post that whoever replaces Scalia “will be determined by whoever wins the presidency in the fall.”

At this point, I am almost willing to accept Republican recalcitrance and hope for an extremely liberal appointment once the Democrats win the White House again and take back the Senate! If I was Senator McConnell, I’d accept a reasonable appointment now and avoid being totally embarrassed next January!

So let’s talk about that Supreme Court vacancy…

The lengths Republicans in Congress will go to obstruct President Barack Obama (while in the process not doing their jobs) seems to know no limits, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky issued a statement just an hour after Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was announced making it clear Republicans in the Senate had no intentions of doing their jobs and considering any nominee put forth by President Obama to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate should not confirm a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia until after the 2016 election — an historic rebuke of President Obama’s authority and an extraordinary challenge to the practice of considering each nominee on his or her individual merits.

The swiftness of McConnell’s statement — coming about an hour after Scalia’s death in Texas had been confirmed — stunned White House officials who had expected the Kentucky Republican to block their nominee with every tool at his disposal, but didn’t imagine the combative GOP leader would issue an instant, categorical rejection of anyone Obama chose to nominate.

It’s worth noting the longest Supreme Court confirmation process from nomination to resolution was Louis Brandeis at 125 days, and with President Obama having just under a year left in office it would be historic if he nominated someone to replace Antonin Scalia and the Senate failed to take action on that nominee.

Syrian Refugee Issue To Be Buried In Budget Bill

The stand tall GOP members in Congress can be proud of themselves again…instead of taking a real stand on Syrian refugees and debating it and passing a real bill that they know the president will veto…they decide to stuff it in the budget bill. Hoping the president will hold his nose and sign it instead of vetoing the whole thing and shutting down the government. Bunch of brave souls we got there…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the Syrian refugee issue will likely be addressed in a must-pass government funding bill this month.

The Republican leader said the spending bill was a “work in progress” but that “the refugee issue is likely to be dealt with in some way” in that legislation, which faces a Dec. 11 deadline for passage by Congress.

McConnell did not say whether the spending bill, needed to avert a government shutdown after Dec. 11, would have language to further tighten controls on Syrians seeking asylum in the United States or instead focus on revising a “visa waiver” program. That program allows travelers from a few dozen countries, many in western Europe, to come to the United States without going through a visa process.

A lot of big tough talk but when it comes down to the nuts and bolts they can’t find their wrench so we get a screwing.

Mitch McConnell gets a dose of his own medicine and doesn’t like the taste

Yesterday U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued a statement after Senate Democrats filibustered legislation advancing the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Senate Democrats to support the Keystone Pipeline:

“The Keystone jobs bill is a bipartisan infrastructure project the American people deserve.

“So the vote last night to filibuster was disappointing.

Of course, the irony in Sen. McConnell’s disappointment is the fact that Sen. McConnell spent 8 years as Senate Minority Leader doing everything he could to filibuster or otherwise obstruct virtually anything and everything Democrats were trying to do.

New Leadership In Washington?

On the radio this morning I heard three different Republican victors in races for the House and Senate declare that they were excited about new leadership in Washington in January…yet everyone says Mitch McConnell will be the Senate Majority Leader…NEW LEADERSHIP INDEED?!?

Mitch McConnell tough fight against Alison Lundergan Grimes

Over at The Hill Alexander Bolton has an excellent piece about the tough fight Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is facing against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in his bid for reelection.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) faces an enormous challenge in the coming months: defining his general election opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, without offending female voters.

The Senate minority leader in Tuesday’s primary is poised to trounce his opponent, businessman Matt Bevin, whose campaign struggled out of the gate. McConnell quickly pounced on Bevin, accusing him of inflating his resume and supporting government bailouts.

But going after Lundergan Grimes, who is unknown to a large chunk of Kentucky voters, won’t be as easy. Early attempts to paint the 35-year-old as not ready for prime time have backfired.

Democrats and women’s groups last year accused the National Republican Senatorial Committee of sexism when a GOP spokesman said that Lundergan Grimes was “incapable of articulating her own thoughts” and called her an “empty dress.”

Another McConnell ally, state Rep. Stan Lee (R), sparked an outcry last month when he called her “fat.”

“We’ve already seen their playbook on her. It’s to make a lot of misogynistic comments about she’s a woman and not all that smart, and she’s an empty dress,” said Justin Barasky, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “There’s really no cohesive message there that’s appealing to voters.”

As noted by a commenter who emailed me a link to the article I posted an excerpt from, the McConnell vs. Grimes battle emphasizes the old vs. the new, man vs woman, experienced politician vs. relative novice, conservative and/or TP vs. liberal, big money vs. little money, and Oligarchy vs. Republic.