Will Republicans Have the Courage to use the Reid Rule

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Remember in 2013, when the New York Times wrote this? “The Senate changed its most infuriating rule and effectively ended the filibuster on executive and judicial appointments. From now on, if any senator tries to filibuster a presidential nominee, that filibuster can be stopped with a simple majority, not the 60-vote requirement of the past.”

They didn’t merely write it. They celebrated the news. “That means a return to the democratic process of giving nominees an up-or-down vote, allowing them to be either confirmed or rejected by a simple majority,” the Times added.

The NYT described the act as one of desperation by then Majority leader “Dingy” Harry Reid. The “nuclear option” as it has been dubbed, was the only way to “return to the democratic process.” Good guy Reid, “was pushed to act by the Republicans’ refusal to allow any appointments to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.”

ThinkProgress was a bit more harsh as they wrote in 2013 that, “The filibuster allows Republicans to sabotage government and then campaign on the fact that government isn’t working. This is a recipe for more sabotage.” read more

The Stupid Party Personified

Stupid Republican Believes Obama Dinner With GOP Was Sincere Bipartisanship

Bobby Jindal had it right: the GOP is truly the stupid party. Sure, stupid is  better than corrupt and deceitful, like the Democrats, and at least stupidity  will get good results sometimes, albeit accidentally. But man,  Republicans sure do have their share of moments of naïvete.

While Senator Rand Paul was speaking on the Senate floor for 13 hours to  filibuster the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA, there were twelve of  his Republican colleagues dining with President Obama at a fancy restaurant.

One particular member of the Stupid Party, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma,  lived up to his party’s name, saying that he believes Obama’s invitation to  dinner is a sign that Obama truly does want to end his partisanship. Oh, Tom,  bless your heart. (By the way, Coburn was one of the twelve).

“I think he gets it,” said Coburn, “and I think he’s genuinely reaching out.  I think the president is tremendously sincere. I don’t think this is just a  political change in tactic. I think he actually would like to solve the problems  of the country….”  Continue Reading

 

The So Called Adults Within the GOP Are Stupid

I realize there are those within the Republican Party who do not like Rush Limbaugh.  Some of them even think the GOP is worse because of him.

Likewise, there are those within the GOP who say they like Rush and see “a use” for him, but they themselves do not like listening to him.  He’s just not their cup of tea or something.

These people should really spend a week listening to Rush three hours a day and perhaps they would not be so stupid.

Most of the people who fall into these camps have been mouthing off on two topics about which their commentary has been decidedly stupid.  Perhaps if they were students of the Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies they’d wise up.

The first, of course, is CPAC, put on by the American Conservative Union.

The ACU gave Mitch McConnell a 100% rating and gave Renee Elmers of North Carolina, one of the most worthless members of Congress to ever be elected as a tea party candidate, some award to prove her bona fides.  That basically means the award is her conservative bona fides because she doesn’t have a record to show for it.

Basically, ACU is good at giving people cover.

And now they’ve given Chris Christie cover.  They haven’t invited him to CPAC.

Boo-freaking-hoo. Continue Reading

A Changing of the Guard for the Republicans?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I’m sure the left is just loving this, for they hate the conservative wing of the republican party as much as the RINO’s do.

McCainHuffPo writes: “One of the Senate’s leading hawks, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), took to the Senate floor Thursday to fire back at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), saying the Kentuckian’s rant against extrajudicial drone killings was ‘simply false.’” It should have read, one of the Senate’s leading hacks.

The HuffPo report continued: “Quoting extensively from a Wall Street Journal editorial that mocked Paul, McCain also argued that Paul had belittled the growing use of drones to kill terrorism suspects by invoking the name of Jane Fonda and suggesting a drone could have killed her when she was a Vietnam War protester.”

“I must say that the use of Jane Fonda’s name does evoke certain memories with me, and I must say that she is not my favorite American. But I also believe that, as odious as it was, Ms. Fonda acted within her constitutional rights, and to somehow say that someone who disagrees with American policy — and even may demonstrate against it — is somehow a member of an organization which makes that individual an enemy combatant is simply false,” McCain said, hitting his lectern for emphasis. “It is simply false.”Paul

The Wall Street editorial read, “Calm down, Senator. Mr. Holder is right, even if he doesn’t explain the law very well. The U.S. government cannot randomly target American citizens on U.S. soil or anywhere else. What it can do under the laws of war is target an “enemy combatant” anywhere at anytime, including on U.S. soil. This includes a U.S. citizen who is also an enemy combatant.”

The only problem with the Journal editorial and McCain’s remarks is that Mr. Holder kept trying to dodge Senator Ted Cruz’s clear and concise question of whether it is constitutional for this government to drone strike an American citizen, within our borders, for example, sitting in a café, that poses no immediate threat. Rather than just affirming the unconstitutionality of such an act, Mr. Holder chose to keep insisting that they would never do that., saying, ” It’s hard to imagine when that would ever occur.” Hardly the correct answer. I, for one, take Attorney General Holder at his word. He has, after all, proven himself to be an honest and forthright individual ( eg: fast and furious). Right!

And who, Mr. editorial writer, shall be the judge (jury and executioner) of exactly who is a domestic enemy combatant? This President? Some unnamed, faceless bureaucrat?

If a U.S. citizen, on American soil, was deemed to be an enemy combatant, why would the police or FBI not take him into custody and try him in court, asrand-paul-cspan2 is constitutional? You know, like they are going to do with the non-U.S. citizen, Osama Bin Laden’s terrorist son-in-law.

And as for that fossil, John McCain’s mocking assertion regarding a drone strike on Jane Fonda; she was not on American soil. She was in Vietnam giving aid and comfort to the enemy, which is not within her constitutional rights. I agree, she should not have been droned, technology at the time aside. She should have been brought back to the United States and tried for treason.

All these ridiculous side shows are just that; side shows. At the heart of this issue, for Senator Paul and the others who stood by him, is the reckless behavior of this administration. Obama and his minions believe they can do anything they wish, just daring someone to stop them. Finally, someone dared to do just that.

As for Senators McCain, Graham and the other old farts of the so-called republican party; they see, with this one brave act (the filibuster) a possible changing of the guard, and it scares the crap out of them.

If Senator Paul had spent his 13 hours in relative anonymity, none of the RINO’s would have their respective panties in a bunch.  It would hardly have been given a mention.ted-cruz

But, as we all know, that is not what occurred. Senator Paul became a conservative rock star overnight, literally. He has become the talk of the town, or nation. His status in conservative circles, has skyrocketed. And why? Because someone finally stood up to the democrats and more importantly, the establishment republicans. He, as a United States Senator, just decided to do it. He didn’t feel the need to clear it with daddy McCain first.

Mike_LeeTo make sure his word got out to more people than he could imagine, he appeared on all three of the conservative heavy-hitters radio shows; Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity and their multi- millions of listeners.. That surely rubbed salt in McCain’s wounds, for he would never dare to appear on either Rush’s or Glenn’s programs. I believe he hates Limbaugh and Beck as much as Obama does.

The McCain, Karl Rove, Bill Kristol, mushy middle-of-the-road wing of the republican party can ill afford a group of upstart young conservatives gaining popularity. These young bucks must be slapped down, and fast. If they gain too much popularity and real conservative voters begin to believe in them, the old guard will be sent out to pasture, along with all their advisors.

Thank you Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, et al.