Tag: senate

Join Jim and Greg as they lay out their fearless – and conflicting – predictions for who will win the White House. They also explain who will win the tightest Senate races and which side will control the House. They shake their heads as reports of electioneering inside polling places and refusing GOP poll watchers pop up in Philadelphia. And they react to New Jersey announcing no in-person votes will be counted for at least a week.

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud a new ad urging voters to keep the GOP in control of the Senate. They also hammer a New York Times writer for complaining that conservative outlets are giving too much attention to the multiple nights of vandalism, looting, and violence in Philadelphia. And they unload on California Gov. Gavin Newsom for his utterly insane COVID rules for Thanksgiving or any other gathering.

Join Jim and Greg as they watch staffers of disgraced former California Rep. Katie Hill accuse her of abusing and mistreating her staff just as Hill’s victim narrative is about to become a movie. They also cheer new polling showing a significant jump in support for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett in just one week. And they have fun as the Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Kansas has no idea what the Patriot Act is.

Join Jim and Greg as they chronicle the media meltdown over President Trump’s return to the White House and the genuinely concerning commentary from Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin. They also discuss the revelations of another extramarital scandal involving Cal Cunningham, the Democrat running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. And they dissect Joe Biden’s latest cringe-inducing racial statement and explain how it’s not really a gaffe as much as it is a window into the very different ways Democrats and Republicans look at minorities and the poor.

Join Jim and Greg as they’re encouraged to see and hear strong indications that President Trump is doing much better in his fight against COVID-19 and may be back at the White House soon. They also wish that the White House had been more forthcoming with details of the president’s medical condition and that media didn’t hyperventilate with every piece of new information about the president’s treatment and other details. And they get a kick out of Sen. Chuck Schumer demanding that confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett be postponed while senators are fighting COVID.

Join Jim and Greg as they react to 51 Senate Republicans announcing they will support the process of confirming a Supreme Court nominee before Election Day. They also hammer Dems from the Obama and Clinton teams for insisting that Democrats adding seats to the high court is the only response to the supposed constitutional crisis spawned by a vacancy near an election. And they crush Joe Biden for refusing to say whether he supports court packing.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Massachusetts voters rejecting the Senate bid of Rep. Joe Kennedy III, who didn’t have a reason to run other than being a Kennedy, and helping dismantle the stupid notion that America has a royal family. They also unload on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for flouting COVID restrictions while constantly lecturing everyone else. And they hammer local D.C. political figures for wanting to “remove, relocate, or contextualize” the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument among other sites – and call out the Washington Post for pretending there was never a call to remove or relocate them.

Join Jim and Greg as they discuss how the campaign is about to pivot from speculating about Joe Biden’s choice of  running mate to dreading that person becoming president if Biden wins in November. They also highlight Kentucky Democratic Senate hopeful Amy McGrath’s habit of forgetting to pay taxes. And they have more than a few questions as Russia claims to have the first coronavirus vaccine.

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up all crazy martinis today!  First, they cringe as Joe Biden literally forgets where is giving a speech, showing more evidence of decline just weeks before Democrats officially nominate him for president. They also dig into the long game of the Democrats and their media allies, as they hammer the COVID responses of the GOP governors of Texas and Florida.  And they get a kick out of how the Joe Kennedy III Senate campaign is lashing out at Boston Globe after the paper endorsed incumbent Democrat Ed Markey.

Join Jim and Greg as they relish Lincoln Project founder Rick Wilson – the “principled conservative” who wants to defeat Trump and all other Republicans – getting blasted for hypocrisy and grift by Stephen Colbert’s “Tooning Out the News.” They also welcome CNN’s Jake Tapper slamming New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his self-congratulatory poster and TV appearances. And they marvel at the the rise and fall of Jeff Sessions over the past four years.

A Brief Observation on Anti-lynching Laws

 

Senator Tim Scott Even after Senator Tim Scott got Mitch McConnell to agree in advance to allow 20 Democrat amendments to his police reform bill, which included an anti-lynching portion, the Democrats killed the bill by filibuster. Now, if you have been paying a bit of attention to history, this might sound familiar. Yes, indeed, there is a long and ugly history, in the Progressive Era, of Democrat senators filibustering anti-lynching laws every time they came to the Senate floor, and of the Republican leaders not changing the rule to stop this facilitation of race-based political terrorism. Meet the new Senate, same as the old Senate.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, states and local governments controlled by white supremacist Democrats blocked blacks from serving on juries and reliability acquitted white men if officials even felt a need to hold a trial over the killing of a black man. The original intent of federal anti-lynching laws was to bypass white supremacist controlled state and local governments, stopping them from providing legal cover, from holding occasional trials of white killers of black men and always acquitting them. It was the norm in segregated states to pervert justice in this way. The point now is some sort of symbolism, as current federal civil rights law already provides ways to prosecute and no jurisdiction has anything like the poisonous conditions of Jim Crow.

Still, this legislation had been revived by Senator Tim Scott and supposed by Democratic Senators Harris and Booker in 2018. Now, they refuse to even allow debate on such a bill. Senator Scott calls them all on their real reason for not letting the bill be debated on the merits: naked electoral politics.

The good martini has the day off, so brace for three bad ones! Join Jim and Greg as they question New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s failure to change state policy that sends some COVID-19 patients to nursing homes after leaving the hospital. They also cringe at new Senate polls in Montana and North Carolina. And they remain concerned about our food supply chain (and have flashbacks to the 1980’s) as Wendy’s announces some of their locations cannot serve burgers right now.

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It always feels good to make it to Friday, but this week it’s especially welcome.  Join Jim and Greg as they discuss reports that we may be days away from a national lockdown that closes airlines, the markets, and forbids millions from commuting to work. They also groan as a number of U.S. senators face lots of questions after selling off stocks before the market plummeted over coronavirus fears. And as three New Hampshire residents sue Gov. Chris Sununu over his allegedly unconstitutional order banning gatherings of more than 50 people,they discuss the tensions between freedom and safety.

Big votes are coming soon on impeachment and in Iowa. Join Jim and Greg as they dive into reports suggesting three Senate Democrats are torn between convicting and acquitting President Trump. But will any of them actually buck their party? They also shudder at reports that the head of the Harvard chemistry department took taxpayer-funded research grants, only to pass his discoveries along to the Chinese for a very handsome sum of money – and he’s not alone. And while Jim generally gives high marks to Florida Sen. Rick Scott, he is exasperated to see Scott launching ads in Iowa which most analysts see as a thinly veiled preview of a 2024 White House bid.

Adam Schiff and Missing Mental States

 

I am still confused by Rep. Schiff’s repeated claim that Trump must be impeached for attempting to interfere in the 2020 election. I know that Jen Rubin, Bill Kristol, and the wider NeverTrump universe are in near-orgasmic agreement with whatever Schiff says in his anointed role as Trump-Slayer-in-Chief (a title formerly held by Robert Mueller) but I find the logic of this particular charge convoluted. I don’t get it.

Let’s assume that the leadership of Ukraine capitulated to the pressure they did not know was being applied and began the investigations that Trump had requested (which have not yet begun and for which inaction there was never a consequence as would be expected in a quid pro quo— but never mind that now). [Note: See Comment #4 from @kozak below Turns out they were already investigating prior to the Trump request.]

If the investigation were to find nothing, then Mr. Biden not only suffers zero adverse political consequences but could then argue that he and his family were unfairly targeted—a political plus for being a victim. The only way Trump gains an advantage is if the Bidens are in fact dirty, i.e., the absurdly exorbitant payments to Biden the younger did, in fact, purchase the desired influence and protection from Biden the Elder in his role as point man for the US on Ukraine policy. Given the broad, detailed involvement of the Obama administration in the selection of investigative targets subject to Ukrainian anti-corruption law enforcement, it is entirely reasonable to believe that such an investigation is warranted and would be fruitful.

What to Expect During the Senate Impeachment Trial

 

It begins, the first Senate trial of an impeached President in 21 years, and only the third in our nation’s history.

As a former Secretary of the Senate – the Senate’s chief legislative, financial, and administrative officer – it’s painful to hear pundits and so-called legal experts misinform people. Much of the disinformation and errors seem to be coming from CNN (surprise!) and, of course, the Twitterati. I’m happy to help set the record straight.

First, the Senate’s role is not synonymous with that of a jury. Juries do not compel the attendance of witnesses, but the Senate can. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will preside over the trial and may issue rulings on such matters as the admissibility of evidence. But a majority of the Senate can overrule the Chief Justice, not vice versa. More likely is that instead of ruling on a contentious issue, Chief Justice John Roberts will simply submit a request to rule to a majority vote (then-Chief Justice William Renquist did that during the 1999 Clinton impeachment trial). By the way, there is no debate when the Senate votes on whether to rule or to overturn the ruling of a chair. I highly recommend reading Federalist 65, written by Alexander Hamilton, which outlines the thought process behind the Framer’s somewhat unique impeachment process, as outlined in Article I of the Constitution (sections 2 and 3).

No good martinis but plenty to talk about today!  Join Jim and Greg as they dissect Republican fears that the open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas could be at risk this year if primary voters nominated Kris Kobach, who lost the 2018 governor’s race there.  They serve up a double-barreled crazy martini as Utah Sen. Mike Lee fumes that Wednesday’s Iran briefing offered few specifics and that national security officials told lawmakers not to debate the issue in public. But they’re also surprised to see Lee planning to channel that frustration into support for the War Powers Act revisions restricting the ability of a president to order time-sensitive military action.  And they have a lot of fun as House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith tells CNN that its time for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to deliver the articles of impeachment to the Senate only to go on Twitter a short time later to say he “misspoke” and whatever Pelosi wants to do is fine with him.

Kevin McLaughlin and Matt Whitlock of the NRSC sit down with Senator John Cornyn to talk about Buddy the Cat, Indian food, Texas sports, 40 years of marriage, and more!

It’s finally Friday of a very busy week! Jim and Greg have plenty to say about a member of the House Democratic leadership admitting to CNN that the Democrats may never send the articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate unless Mitch McConnell agrees to the demands of Democrats for how the trial of President Trump ought to be structured.  They also hammer Joe Biden, who admitted that he’s willing to kill thousands – possibly hundreds of thousands of jobs in the energy sector – because he’s supremely confident the green economy will offer just as many opportunities for great jobs.  And they are the glad the holidays are right around the corner as Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate descends into discussions of wine caves and selfies.

Starting Monday, Jim and Greg will begin their six-episode Three Martini Lunch Awards for 2019.  They each hand out 18 awards in categories ranging from overrated and underrated political figures to rising and fading political figures to the best and worst political ideas of the year, eventually working up to their choices for person of the year.  Enjoy these special episodes and let us know what you think of our choices and share who you would choose!