Just. One. Senator.

One senator could make a difference? What a Capitol idea.

That’s all it would take, given the present composition of the Senate, for that august body to do its fucking job for a change.

As James Fallows notes:

Every one of them swore an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution, not simply their own careerist comfort. And not a one of them, yet, has been willing to risk comfort, career, or fund-raising to defend the constitutional check-and-balance prerogatives of their legislative branch. …

In any circumstances, the Senate’s arcane procedures mean that lone senators, determined to make a stand, can hold up business or block nominees to get their way. When the ruling party holds only 51 seats, or for the moment 50, the power of any one or two members goes up astronomically. With great power comes great responsibility—a responsibility that 50 men and women are choosing to shirk.

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8 Responses to “Just. One. Senator.”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    All they care about is getting re-elected.

  2. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Seems like as soon as the AZ governor appoints some Trumpanzee to take McCain’s place the Rethugs will have what they need to f–k things up quite a bit before the midterm elections. They’ll get it while they can!!! Same s–t, different day. Gawd how I’m looking forward to getting outta here…I figure by the time we get to Italy on a semi-permanent basis their current fascist/moron coalition should be kicked out of power and some adults just might be back in-charge? In the US of A we can only hope for enough opposition folks to be elected to put a wrench in the Rethug plans until 2020..when someone (like Elizabeth Warren?) can take over from President Pence and swing the pendulum back the other way for awhile?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It’s gonna be interesting. Vanity Fair says Il Douche has gone full Captain Queeg, alternating between deep funk and screaming at people over the phone.

      I’m not at all sure the Republic gets out of this with a whole skin. Neither is Paul Krugman, who is a lot smarter than me. You may find yourself with a lot of visitors real soon. Get a big couch. A big big couch.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      A big couch, and a big ass garage to hold all the bikes. Yo ass better learn how to make pounds of pasta and gallons of sauce too. Like feeding all the made men when we go to the mattresses. This asshole is losing his mind, and he is supported by people who lost theirs years ago. By the way, even though you don’t care much for it, have at least two or three cases of Peroni cooling in the basement. If there isn’t any cold beer, then shit will get ugly real fast.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Piedmont Cycling Resort has apartments that can be rented and tiny Ortigia in Sicily has a whole lot of hotels and such. No problems regarding either beer or bikes.
        If I’m going to live in a place with a corrupt, ineffective government at least it’s going to be in a place with the best food and wine in the world. What’s that they say about the best revenge?
        Only a few more months…

  3. Mark Rothschild Says:

    8/28/2018…and the Corporate Coup…rolls-on

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Gives me a secure feeling to know that the guy in charge is up at 2AM googling his own name.

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