The United States Senate: disgraced itself – which has become de rigueur these days – when it censured and silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren for reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King about then U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, a nominee for a federal judgeship. King’s letter was in opposition to Sessions’ appointment, which was, in fact, rejected by the Senate on the grounds that he had used his authority to abuse the rights of black voters. He was a bigot. (I doubt that in 1986, one could become a U.S. Attorney for any district of Alabama without being a bigot.)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked Senate rule XIX, which forbids Senators to say nasty things about another Senator, because it might hurt their feelings. Warren responded that it was terrible that she couldn’t read a letter from such an icon as Mrs. King. Both of these positions miss the point.
When Senator Warren spoke in objection to Sessions’ appointment, she was not talking about a Senator. She was talking about a nominee to become Attorney General, a completely different thing. Sessions was, in fact, a Senator, loathsome as he was at it, but he should have been exposed to the same “advice and consent” process as any other nominee. Sessions is unqualified to be Attorney General, but he was confirmed.
Again, ladies, I hold you responsible for where we are today. As Warren was treated, the entire Republican Party leadership, legislators, and particularly President Donald J. Trump treat you all the time. They demean, disparage, dismiss and at times abuse you, and yet you still vote for them. What the hell is wrong with you?
Speaking of the Ladies: Kellyanne Conway got busted for shilling Ivanka Trump’s apparel line on network TV. Her doing so is a patent violation of the ethical rules.
Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, must be choking on his own liver this week. Anticipating a Clinton victory, Chaffetz had planned a series of investigations to disrupt her presidency. Suddenly, his job turned 180 degrees from one of attacking Clinton to covering up for President Donald J. Trump and his administration.
He had to begin with Conway’s violation, so egregious and so public that it couldn’t be ignored. He and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the Committee, wrote a joint letter to Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub that said Conway’s comments “raised extremely serious concerns.” This must have been galling to Chaffetz.
It’s OK to harangue Ponzi Don’s miscreant minions about ethics violations. It’s fun and richly deserved. Ponzi Don’s administration violates ethics rules every day. But don’t lose focus on the criminal acts, which are happening almost as frequently. These have the potential for more serious disruption and punishment.
Speaking of Criminal Acts: Newly appointed National Security Adviser Michael Flynn conducted official business with Russia as a private citizen, and some pretty nefarious business at that. This means, without putting too fine a point on it, he broke the law! So, channeling The Blues Brothers, he is both kinds of bad: ethical and criminal.
Besides being a lawbreaker, disqualifying on its face, do we really want a National Security Advisor stupid enough to think that his conversations with a Russian ambassador wouldn’t be monitored? Is he really that stupid? How stupid does he think we are? And, if you think that others in Ponzi Don’s administration didn’t know what Flynn was doing, you are that stupid.
Ponzi Don’s own priorities in week three: The president spent most of the week saying his daughter is a sweetheart, the judiciary is corrupt, that he knew nothing about any of the other shit, and he went to Florida to hold hands with Japan…for 19 seconds.
Status of the States: After a long drought, Arizona, my own personal state, gets the cup this week. In a brave act to keep America safe, our Phoenix office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested and deported to Mexico, one Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 36, who came to our country at the age of 14, married here, has a husband and two children who are American citizens, and has been working and paying taxes here for 22 years. What a security risk!
Rayos was convicted of making up a false social security number so she could work here, a very common practice. For this, she was required to report to ICE, which, criminal threat that she is, she did regularly. This time, however, she was arrested and deported.
Please explain to me, and to other rational human beings, how deporting such a person furthers our national security. Note: ICE says Ponzi Don had nothing to do with this decision. Sorry, Ponzi, but what happens on your watch is your fault. That said, shame on us all.
Coming Attractions: My thoughts on the Obama presidency, and thoughts on our divided nation. Spoiler alert: we’re not.