Thursday, October 27, 2016

Republicans plan to continue obstruction in Senate -- if we let them keep control

Republicans in the House are already gearing up, we hear, for endless investigations of President Hillary Clinton.   You know that House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that held an eighth government hearing on Benghazi, including an 11 hour testimony from former Secretary of State Clinton?   The one that cost millions of dollars and produced . . . nothing new?    The committee that grilled the IRS Commissioner and threatened to hold him in contempt -- because he didn't come up with evidence to confirm their paranoid conspiracy theory?  The committee that the truly odious Darrel Issa (R-CA) used to chair, followed by the only slightly less odious Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)?

Seems to me, when the Democrats were in control of the House and its committees, that committee used to do some useful work that was really needed.   But under Republicans, they seem to use it primarily to torture Democrats.

And then there's the Senate.   Both Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and (speaking of odious) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)  have said that the Senate will not confirm any nominees to the Supreme Court made by President Hillary Clinton.

To me, that is, on the face of it, reason enough to vote the Republicans out of office so they cannot paralyze our government that way.    If our fellow citizens don't see fit to do that, then I think the Democrats ought to begin impeachment proceedings against all of the Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee for abuse of power and failure to carry out their duty to uphold the Constitution.

In Georgia, it's a bit of a long shot but not totally out of the possible.   Our incumbent and generally well-liked Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson has a small lead over a not-well-known Democratic challenger Jim Barksdale, plus a Libertarian candidate -- the combination could send it into a run-off.    So, Georgia voters, let's give it a try.   Vote for Jim Barksdale for Senate.


Late afternoon news flash:  Someone from the Cato Institute has put out a paper giving the opinion that the Senate could actually and literally refuse to confirm any new justices to the Supreme Court, ever -- even to the point of letting the institution die.   His point is that the Constitution gives the Senate the responsibility to "advise and consent" on judicial appointments, but it does not define "advise and consent."   If we don't vote these clowns out of office now when we have the chance, we could have a major constitutional crisis on our hands.  Please wake me up from this nightmare.

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