Tag Archives: Democrats

The prisoner’s dilemma: Why Democrats should block Gorsuch

Source: The American Prospect
by David Atkins

“In a two-party political system, each party can be seen as a prisoner: Refuse to cooperate too much, and government falls apart with no one getting anything. Cooperate too much, and the other party will take advantage of you. If America were still a rational political system, Democrats would be advised to cooperate on the Gorsuch nomination. Even though he would occupy a Supreme Court seat functionally stolen from President Obama when Senate Republicans refused for almost a year to hold confirmation hearings on Merrick Garland, Gorsuch is not patently unqualified for the job. … The next time there is a vacancy on the high court, Trump could well tap someone further to the right than Gorsuch to replace a liberal jurist. So shouldn’t Democrats cooperate with Trump today, and save their ammunition for the next and arguably more important battle? The answer is no — for the simple reason that America no longer has a rational political system.” (02/07/17)


Scalia, the sequel

Source: The American Prospect
by Erwin Chemerinsky

“Senate Democrats face a difficult decision: Do they filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s appointment to the Supreme Court or confirm a justice they know will be very conservative? Senate Democrats are rightly outraged that Republicans stole this seat on the Supreme Court through the unprecedented refusal to hold hearings or a vote on the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland. Everything known about Gorsuch is that he will be a reliable conservative vote across a wide range of constitutional and statutory questions. Democrats remember that there were 48 votes against Clarence Thomas and 42 against Samuel Alito — and in hindsight, that it was a huge mistake not to block them through filibusters. But filibustering Gorsuch risks the Republican majority in the Senate changing the rules to eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.” [editor’s note: I’m hearing all kinds of stuff on this guy, most of it seeming positive, compared to what could have happened – SAT] (02/01/17)


Senate delays vote on Trump EPA pick after Democrats boycott

Source: Reuters

“Republican U.S. senators on Wednesday delayed a committee vote on President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency after the panel’s Democrats boycotted the meeting, saying that nominee Scott Pruitt doubts the science of climate change. The boycott in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee delayed the transition to a new administrator for the agency. Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat, said he could not support Pruitt, a Republican and the attorney general of Oklahoma, for a public health position because he ‘denies the sum of empirical science and the urgency to act on climate change.’ At a confirmation hearing held by the panel earlier this month Pruitt, who has sued the agency he intends to run more than a dozen times on behalf of the oil-drilling state Oklahoma, expressed doubt about climate change science. But he said he would be would be obliged for now to uphold the agency’s 2009 ‘endangerment finding’ that carbon dioxide emissions harm public health.” (02/01/17)


Democrats should seriously consider this GOP alternative to Obamacare

Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“Against a backdrop of increasing liberal concerns that Democrats in Congress are being too solicitous of President Donald Trump, too accommodating of his cabinet nominees, too concerned about the challenges they will face in the 2018 midterms, it is worth noting that Democrats have given Republicans no quarter in their efforts to abolish the Affordable Care Act. Democrats have insisted, too, that any alternative health care reform plan be just as expansive as Obamacare and provide people access to a similar level of care. In that spirit, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was unsparing Monday in his critique of a rare proposal by two Republican senators that, unlike other GOP proposals, doesn’t call for undoing all of Obamacare’s progress and starting over.” (01/25/17)


Democrats will try to delay vote on Sessions confirmation

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to request a delay in the confirmation vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, a move that will push the panel’s vote back to Jan. 31. The Judiciary panel was scheduled to vote Tuesday on Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination. But committee rules allow any member of the panel to hold a vote over until the next week, and members of both parties frequently do. A spokesman for California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Monday that she will request the extra week ‘to give the committee more time to conduct its due diligence.’ At Sessions’ hearing earlier this month, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said he looked forward to ‘moving to his appointment without delay.’ In a statement, though, he noted that such delays happen frequently.” (01/23/17)


Thank you, President Obama

Source: Town Hall
by Derek Hunter

“This is it, the last full day of President Barack Obama’s tenure. Damn, it feels better than I thought it would. Forgive my smile as I type. As President Obama makes his way out the door like a drunk who has been tossed from a bar and is determined to smash every glass on his way out, it’s important to take a moment to reflect upon all the good he’s done while he occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Yes, you read that right – thank you, President Obama. No man has done more to both discredit Democrats and elect Republicans than he has over the last eight years. More than 1,000 elected Democrats are now experiencing first-hand the joys of looking for work in the Obama economy, with roughly 4,000 more political appointees set to join them tomorrow. Were it not for Barack Obama, Democrats might still control the House and/or the Senate.” (01/19/17)


Booker and the Big Pharma Dems have no excuse

Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“It’s devastating, and potentially lethal, when Americans can’t afford life-saving drugs because their elected representatives are in thrall to Big Pharma. It’s disappointing when Democrats offer implausible excuses for their votes, as Sen. Cory Booker and twelve other senators did last week. And it’s downright outrageous when those same Democrats claim their votes were driven by drug safety concerns, since all twelve voted to lower drug safety standards when they supported the 21st Century Cures Act. If Booker and the others hadn’t broken with their party and ignored the needs of the American people, a budget amendment from Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar would have paved the way for the importation of prescription drugs from Canada, where they cost far less than they do in the United States. This was a rare opportunity for bipartisan progress. Twelve Republicans broke with their party to support the amendment. If these Democrats hadn’t moved the other way, it would have passed. Their betrayal crushed one of the few remaining rays of hope for the millions of Americans whose health and financial security are endangered by the new Republican Congress.” (01/17/17)


Sanders attempt to import cheaper drugs from Canada: 13 Dems vote against it

Source: Raw Story

“During Wednesday’s late-night Obamacare ‘voto-rama,’ Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced an amendment that would have supported importing cheaper drugs from Canada to help lower the cost of prescription drugs in the United States. The amendment predictably went down in defeat — but not in the way many expected. In fact, a total of 12 Republicans, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) voted in favor of the amendment. These Republicans were cancelled out, however, by 13 Democrats who joined with the majority of Republicans to kill the amendment.” [editor’s note: DO NOT tell me the GOP is the only obstructionist wing of the War Party – SAT] (01/12/17)


The Transition: From Democrat to Autocrat

Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

“Donald Trump’s capacity to unravel President Obama’s legacy is typically cast in terms of the president-elect’s plans to reverse his predecessor’s actions on health care, immigration, environmental protections, and worker rights, among other areas. But Trump is also poised to shred another equally important if less tangible of achievement of the Obama era: the outgoing president’s role as a champion of democracy and a democratic culture. Where Obama advanced voting rights, government ethics, civil discourse and efforts at bipartisan cooperation, Trump is careening to the opposite extreme. He’s trashing democratic norms across the board, and his presidency will almost certainly corrode voters’ faith in public officials, elections, and government institutions.” (01/12/17)


Democrats should run a celebrity for president, too

Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Meryl Streep’s rebuke of Donald Trump during the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday has revived the familiar complaint, heard from the left and right, that Hollywood’s liberalism hurts the Democratic Party. In Jacobin, Eileen Jones argued that Streep ‘strikes me as about the worst possible spokesperson imaginable for the Left in an era of working-class rage, so naturally she’s embraced even more tightly by liberals doubling down on their delusional Clinton Democrat worship.’ National Review’s David French offered a conservative assessment that made essentially the same point: that Streep’s speech shows ‘why Trump won. … Lots of voters don’t like to be hectored,’ he wrote. ‘Lots of voters defy Hollywood’s commands.’ French, however, does think this liberal alliance has won something more important: the culture wars.” (01/11/17)