Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Hope for the Right Starts with a Spine and a Pair

 

I guess the best place to start is an example of what the complete lack of a political spine and an empty sack looks like. Remember this:

“I think we ought to let Senator Clinton, who obviously is qualified, and obviously will serve, to get to work immediately.”

That was Sen. John McCain in early 2009 on the prospect of confirming one of the most clearly corrupt people ever to the position of Secretary of State. (Of course, that may have been part of her resume that sealed the deal for him.) The most “deliberative” body in history (just puked in my mouth a little there) showed how unserious they were even at the beginning of the Obama farce by confirming her by the whisker thin vote of 94-3. (Note: It got worse from there.)

That leads me to an item that I flagged to bring up a week ago. Witness Sen. Tom Cotton signaling that he may be the anti-McCain (via Instapundit):

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton Takes a Hard Line on Potential Biden Cabinet Picks: No to Susan Rice for Anything

No, I cannot imagine a Republican Senate confirming Susan Rice to any position. Remember that Susan Rice is the “Typhoid Mary” of the Obama Administration foreign policy. Every foreign policy disaster of the Obama Administration…. has Susan Rice as a central player in it.

The article then goes on to remind us:

Even though they lacked a majority in the Senate, the Democrats led by Chuck Schumer did EVERYTHING they could to slow down and impede the Trump Administration’s efforts to staff the Executive Branch in 2017 – and beyond. They refused every unanimous consent request on every nominee that required Senate confirmation, meaning under Senate rules the specified number of hours of debate on EVERY nominee was required, slowing the confirmation process to a crawl. It meant months – and years in some instances – that positions remained vacant.

This lack of political leadership in various Departments and Agencies to the policy goals of the Administration impeded the pursuit of the Administration’s policy agenda.

Moreover:

If the GOP controls the Senate Majority, I would go one step further than the Senate Minority was able to go over the past four years – the GOP must block confirmation of a particular groups of individuals if nominated by a Biden White House. … No Russian Hoaxers Confirmed … No Participants In Ridiculous Impeachment Exercise … No Chinese Lobbyists

Seems like a good start. More treats from Mr. Cotton this morning:

Facts First: Tom Cotton Takes Aim at Joe Biden’s Prospective Cabinet Picks, No Punches Are Pulled

(Go scan the whole smackdown. I’ll wait.)

Keen observers will note how even our local stoolies are behaving as if their four-year temper tantrum was righteous and any retaliation in-kind will be tut-tutted as unsophisticated by serious people who care about the future. Expect men and women with real fortitude like this being signaled by the good Mr. Cotton to be met with much the same and significantly worse from both inside and outside their own perimeter.

For the record, I have it on good authority that sign and logo suppliers across the nation are already busy with orders changing “Never Trump” to “Never Cotton” on all kinds of merchandise. Such a principled bunch (just puked a little in my mouth again).

But hey, yada, yada, yada …Unity.

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  1. James Gawron Thatcher
    James GawronJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    philo: No, I cannot imagine a Republican Senate confirming Susan Rice to any position. Remember that Susan Rice is the “Typhoid Mary” of the Obama Administration foreign policy. Every foreign policy disaster of the Obama Administration…. has Susan Rice as a central player in it.” …

    Hallelujah! Thank you, Senator Cotton. Philo, you are about a 1,000% right on this.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • November 25, 2020, at 8:50 AM PST
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  2. Vance Richards Member
    Vance RichardsJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Treat cabinet members they way they treat conservative judges. We let Democrats set the rules, now we should play by them.

    Of course, if you look at the make-up of the “Republican” senate . . . Biden gets whatever he wants.

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    • November 25, 2020, at 8:55 AM PST
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  3. DrewInEastHillQuarantineZone Coolidge

    philo: Keen observers will note how even our local stoolies are behaving as if their four year temper tantrum was righteous

    Yes.

    • #3
    • November 25, 2020, at 8:55 AM PST
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  4. philo Member
    philo

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    philo: No, I cannot imagine a Republican Senate confirming Susan Rice to any position. Remember that Susan Rice is the “Typhoid Mary” of the Obama Administration foreign policy. Every foreign policy disaster of the Obama Administration…. has Susan Rice as a central player in it.” …

    Hallelujah! Thank you, Senator Cotton. Philo, you are about a 1,000% right on this.

    Regards,

    Jim

    I will stress again the finer details:

    philo: No Russian Hoaxers Confirmed … No Participants In Ridiculous Impeachment Exercise … No Chinese Lobbyists

    And specific to Biden himself, there are “confirmation paybacks” tracing all the way back to the late 80s that need to be cashed. (Again, sorry if that comes across as “unsophisticated” to some here on the Member Feed. That’s just me…)

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    • November 25, 2020, at 8:58 AM PST
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  5. JoelB Member

    I think we may see a lot of simple majority voting in the senate. Democrats + the usual suspects among the GOP.

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    • November 25, 2020, at 9:04 AM PST
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  6. Hoyacon Member

    Agreed. But unfortunately, some important posts won’t require confirmation.

    Haines is a certified swamp creature and veteran of the Obama administration. She worked at the White House starting in 2010 as a national security lawyer and In 2013, then CIA Director John Brennan appointed her deputy director for the CIA. In 2015, she became the principal deputy national security adviser. 

    A John Brennan acolyte. What could possibly go wrong?

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    • November 25, 2020, at 11:03 AM PST
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  7. James Gawron Thatcher
    James GawronJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    philo (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    philo: No, I cannot imagine a Republican Senate confirming Susan Rice to any position. Remember that Susan Rice is the “Typhoid Mary” of the Obama Administration foreign policy. Every foreign policy disaster of the Obama Administration…. has Susan Rice as a central player in it.” …

    Hallelujah! Thank you, Senator Cotton. Philo, you are about a 1,000% right on this.

    Regards,

    Jim

    I will stress again the finer details:

    philo: No Russian Hoaxers Confirmed … No Participants In Ridiculous Impeachment Exercise … No Chinese Lobbyists

    And specific to Biden himself, there are “confirmation paybacks” tracing all the way back to the late 80s that need to be cashed. (Again, sorry if that comes across as “unsophisticated” to some here on the Member Feed. That’s just me…)

    Philo,

    After 2 years with an unlimited budget, the Mighty Meuller had nothing on the President of the United States. In 2 weeks by an accident caused by Joe’s drug-addicted son who left his laptop at a computer repair shop, massive hard evidence of the complete compromise of Biden with Chinese investment money is available. Then the man that Biden picked to run his Chinese investment firm Sino-Hawk had enough of the Bidens. He confirmed everything on the laptop and provided more damning evidence plus leads to other offshore bs that Sino-Hawk Joe had wet his beak on.

    Biden is so dirty that if he were any other man he would already be behind bars. He and Hunter and his brother are scum. If the media in this country had a brain, a spine, or even a gender, they would have taken this two-bit scumbag down, not let him steal an election.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • November 25, 2020, at 11:23 AM PST
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  8. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    Treat cabinet members they way they treat conservative judges. We let Democrats set the rules, now we should play by them.

    Of course, if you look at the make-up of the “Republican” senate . . . Biden gets whatever he wants.

    You are thinking, Mitt Romney, right?

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    • November 25, 2020, at 11:23 AM PST
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  9. Full Size Tabby Member

    I like the concept, and hope that Sen. Cotton and company have plans for getting the message to the public, to counter the media that will be reporting no substance and just repeating that Republicans are being obstructionists. And messages of substance, like the one about Susan Rice’s horrible history, not just “payback.”

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    • November 25, 2020, at 12:51 PM PST
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  10. philo Member
    philo

    DonG (Biden is compromised) (View Comment):

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    Treat cabinet members they way they treat conservative judges. We let Democrats set the rules, now we should play by them.

    Of course, if you look at the make-up of the “Republican” senate . . . Biden gets whatever he wants.

    You are thinking, Mitt Romney, right?

    I thought I had covered his shortcomings in the latter part of the post title. 

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    • November 25, 2020, at 1:03 PM PST
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  11. DrewInEastHillQuarantineZone Coolidge

    This is getting a bit out of hand. Will the GOP have the balls to combat this censorship?

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    • November 25, 2020, at 4:37 PM PST
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  12. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil FawltyJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Not spine. Steyn.

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    • November 25, 2020, at 4:38 PM PST
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  13. Chuck Thatcher

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    I like the concept, and hope that Sen. Cotton and company have plans for getting the message to the public, to counter the media that will be reporting no substance and just repeating that Republicans are being obstructionists. And messages of substance, like the one about Susan Rice’s horrible history, not just “payback.”

    You’re dreaming, right?

     

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    • November 25, 2020, at 5:50 PM PST
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  14. Gary Robbins Reagan

    While I disagree with Senator Cotton on immigration, he is a very bright man who went to Harvard Law and then volunteered to go into the service. My brother from Arkansas thinks highly of him. And the Presidency would not be an entry level position for him. He has shown himself to be better able to work with others than Senator Cruz. I wish that he had had some executive experience, but then again, he commanded service members in the Army as a Captain. I hope that Senator Cotton throws his hat into the ring.

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    • November 25, 2020, at 8:36 PM PST
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  15. Stad Coolidge

    philo: Spine and a Pair

    This ought to be the Republicans’ new motto.

    It’s He-Man vs. Pajamaboy, Beauty vs. the Beast, the Roadrunner vs. Wile E. Coyote.

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    • November 26, 2020, at 5:36 AM PST
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  16. Tedley Member

    “Typhoid Mary” – I love it!

    • #16
    • November 26, 2020, at 8:10 AM PST
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