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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):
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.
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:
(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.Published in