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.

Paul Ryan: It’s Time to Repudiate Your Support of Donald Trump

Dozens of times since the GOP National Convention Representative Paul Ryan has had to walk back statements made by Donald Trump, deny that he agrees with them, or outright called Mr. Trump out for some of the things he has said.

But Saturday Rep. Ryan took the easy way out and disinvited Mr. Trump from a joint GOP appearance in Elkhorn WI…in the middle of Rep. Ryan’s district.

That is no longer enough. It’s time that Rep. Ryan simply takes back his endorsement of Mr. Trump and find his way back to the supposed high road he’s made claim to the past 8 or more years. He’s safe in his gerrymandered red district but will probably take some heat within his party and the members of the house. But if wants to survive the coming debacle due the current GOP, he had better bail on Mr. Trump now.

Rep. Ryan: it’s time to put your self-proclaimed integrity ahead of party.

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.

Now Marco Rubio Is Sending Me Emails!

How in the heck did this happen? The email that I use only for political business and Blogging Blue related inquiries just got a contribution solicitation from Senator Marco Rubio! Don’t these guys vet anything?

Ed,

It’s no secret. Obama’s vision for America has been a disaster.

And yet, Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton actually want to continue the failed policies that have weakened our great country and our citizens.

That’s why it’s crucial for our friends in Congress to reach their End-Of-Month fundraising goal ahead of the FEC deadline.

Speaker Ryan’s vision for America is a stark contrast to the one laid out by Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.

But if Paul Ryan loses the Speaker’s gavel after only one year, Nancy Pelosi will stop at nothing to put in place a radical liberal agenda. That’s why we must stand with Speaker Ryan.

Will you join me by pitching in to help Paul Ryan keep the majority?

Plus, If you donate to this email by midnight tonight, every single dollar will be double-matched.

I hope you’ll join me in this fight.

Sincerely,

Senator Marco Rubio

Don’t Like How The Democrats Pick Their Presidential Candidate?

So over the past 9 or 10 months of the primary season there has been a great deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth on how the Democratic Party selects their candidate for president. Many people and a candidate have complained about the rigged process and the unfairness of super delegates and closed primaries and caucuses and debates and such…on and on and on…although these things have been a known quantity in one form or another for decades.

Now let me repeat part of this with emphasis added: “…how the Democratic Party selects “their” candidate for president”. And let me stress one more time: CANDIDATE

Should the process be reviewed? Are there places for improvement? Sure, without a doubt. But be careful what you wish for…

The one overreaching complaint of course is that the process isn’t democratic (well it is within the party but for the overall population not so much…but that’s how it should be). But compare the American process for selecting a candidate to the British process of actually electing the next leader of their nation, the Prime Minister!

First, the Conservative Party holds the majority in Parliament. Three Conservative Party members wanted to be Prime Minister…so a primary was held to narrow the field down to two. Did the great population of Great Britain vote in the primary? No, it came down to the 329 Conservative Party members of Parliament…they voted the first round:

Britain is on course to get its second female prime minister, after Conservative lawmakers chose Home Secretary Theresa May and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom on Thursday to fight a runoff contest for leadership of the country’s governing party.

May received 199 votes in a ballot of Conservative members of Parliament, while Leadsom received 84. Justice Secretary Michael Gove got 46 votes and was eliminated from the race.

Incredibly democratic so for, hey?

So the Conservative Party has their candidates…what about the other parties? Well they get no say whatsoever. None, nil, nada. So who gets to vote? Well the 150,000 members of the Conservative Party:

Some 150,000 Conservative Party members will now vote by postal ballot on the two candidates, with the result announced Sept. 9.

The winner will replace Prime Minister David Cameron…

Wait, what? No other parties get to put forward candidates? Labor Party can’t vote? Wha?

So despite the fact that millions of Americans got to vote for the Democratic candidate for president…it’s not democratic…well compared to what? A nation that is sometimes held up as an example of the democratic process is going to elect their Prime Minister on the backs of 150,000 members of one single party just because they currently hold the majority in Parliament. Suppose we had something like that here and now in the US. Would you want Rep. Paul Ryan’s cabal selecting your next president.

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!

House GOP Continues To Practice Medicine Without a License

I didn’t know that getting elected to Congress was a fast track to being able to play doctor. They finally have passed a funding bill to address the Zika virus in the United States but added some pretty unusual addendums…and of course prescribed how the funds could be directed.

The House passed a proposal that allocates $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus — just over half the amount the Obama administration requested four months ago to stop the epidemic.

Democrats are furious that Republicans short-changed the president’s funding request. They are particularly upset that the bill excludes $50 million in requested funds for maternal and child health and blocks supplemental funds from going to Planned Parenthood for birth control services. The bill mandates that the Zika funds be prioritized for mosquito control programs, vaccines and diagnostics, leaving no resources for contraceptives or condoms (emphasis mine).

So instead of allowing health professionals take whatever actions they deem necessary, the House is dictating what they can and can’t do? BTW: do we even have a viable vaccine yet?

But never fear:

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the bill would sufficiently address the crisis.

“It is a responsible plan that assures the administration will continue to have the needed resources to protect the public,” he said.

I wish there was a responsible plan to protect the public from House Speaker Paul Ryan.

And the White House response:

“It is clear that once again, Republicans have put political games ahead of the health and safety of the American people, particularly pregnant women and their babies,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. “This plan from congressional Republicans is four months late and nearly a billion dollars short of what our public health experts have said is necessary to do everything possible to fight the Zika virus, and steals funding from other health priorities.”

One more time the House GOP is slow to react to a looming health issue…some parts of the country are months into the mosquito season already…and then take a strange turn and blunt the ability of our health care providers to do their jobs effectively (remember Ebola?).

Paul Ryan stands with the NRA, mass shooters, domestic violence offenders, and those who engage in hate crimes

Tonight Speaker of the House Paul Ryan proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that when faced with the opportunity to do the right and moral thing on behalf of his constituents and all those Americans who want to see common sense gun control legislation, he’d rather stand firmly on the side of the NRA, gun manufacturers, domestic violence offenders, those who engage in mass shootings, and criminals who engage in hate crimes.

When faced tonight with the opportunity to do the right and moral thing and say enough is enough in regards to gun violence and mass shootings, Paul Ryan instead showed his complete and utter lack of courage, character, and honor. Instead of calling for a vote on common sense gun control legislation, Paul Ryan instead called the House of Representatives back into session in order to attempt to override a presidential veto of a Republican-backed measure that would make it easier for financial advisors to cheat their clients.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachussetts summed up Speaker Ryan’s actions in favor of allowing financial advisors to cheat their clients quite nicely while ignoring common sense gun control legislation thusly:

Paul Ryan showed tonight he is nothing more than an empty suit willing to do the bidding of those who line his pockets and the pockets of his fellow Republicans, and he should be (but most assuredly is not) ashamed of himself.

When Will Paul Ryan Finally Get Tired of Walking Back Trump’s Insanity?

If my memory serves me, Rep. Paul Ryan endorsed Donald Trump on June 2, 2016.

Since then he’s had to chastise Mr. Trump for his comments about a federal judge being biased against him because he is of Mexican heritage, despite being a native born American.

And this week he’s had to chastise the presumptive GOP candidate for his open attack on Islam and Muslims in the wake of the shooting in Orlando this past weekend.

So two hysterical outbursts (and the following double down) by Mr. Trump and two denials from Rep. Ryan in just under two weeks. So how long can Rep. Ryan maintain the hypocrisy of his endorsement as Mr. Trump continues to embarrass himself, the GOP and the United States of America?

Come on Rep. Ryan, pull your endorsement and save what little face you have left!