Posts tagged ‘Dianne Feinstein’

Thank You Dianne

As some have noted, extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and that is what one of most traditionalist Senators did yesterday.  She realized that the Republicans were being totally disingenuous about what was said in the Fusion GPS transcript, cherry picking data out of context and then claiming this was a plan to smear Trump by the Democrats that then started the FBI investigation.  They also characterized, Glenn Simpson the head of Fusion GPS as being evasive.  Neither are true and you can read the interview yourself.  Bottom line here is that the Fusion GPS was just one more data point that the FBI had received (others from foreign intelligence services) that Trump and company were having disturbing contacts with the Russians.  Note that almost everything in this report has turned out to be true

It exposed Senator Graham and Grassley as lying sacks of shit as they totally misrepresented what was said and tried to bring criminal charges against Mr. Steel the former British spy hired to investigate the campaign’s ties to Russia for lying when it is clear he did not and the whole thing was bogus attempt to distract from the Russia probe.   So that is what we have from Republicans in Congress.  There are no more honorable Republicans who put their country before party.  The nice thing is that it is now out there for all to read, you know, it’s called transparency. something those freedom loving Republicans want to throw mud on.

But it gets better.  Senate Democrats put out their own report on Russian interference in the election on day after Senator Dianne Feinstein releases the Fusion GPS transcript.

Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued a 206-page report that said President Trump’s failure to recognize the danger or to challenge Putin means Russia is likely to interfere in the next U.S. presidential race in a repeat of the 2016 campaign.

The key finding is that we aren’t doing anything.  As Republicans try to deflect on the Trump collusion, they fail to follow-up on the known facts:

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that a Russian intelligence operation, approved at the highest levels of the Kremlin, used hacked Democratic Party emails, phony social media accounts, disinformation and other tactics to try to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race. The agencies did not look at whether the Russian effort affected any votes.

So who are these Republicans?  Traitors to the United States of America.  We are at war with them and extrodinary times require extrodinary actions They are all evil.

Filibuster Reform

For those of us who see the dysfunction of the Senate through the use of filibuster, it is a no brainer that we need filibuster reform. So I was shocked when I saw that my two Senators, Barbra Boxer and Dianne Feinstein had not sign up to vote for the reform proposed by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon). Right now there are 48 Democrats willing to vote for it and you really have to wonder what the others are thinking. They need the magical 51.

Ezra Klein of the Washington Post’s Wonkblog has indicated that Carl Levin and John McCain have put forward a plan that basically changes nothing (Read: John McCain’s Filibuster Reform). As Ezra put it:

“If you think the Senate is pretty much working well as is, and the biggest threat are the folks who want to change the rules, then this is the proposal for you. It lets people say they’re doing something to curb the abuse of the filibuster without actually doing anything at all. But if you think the Senate is broken, there’s nothing in here that would even plausibly fix any of its problems.”

I am a loss to explain or understand how these Democrats cannot see that the world has changed and the good old boy club of the Senate does not exist anymore. If we want to govern with majority rule, then this idea of silent filibusters and a Senator’s hold are no longer niceties we can afford. After seeing Senator McConnell propose and then filibuster his own bill, and my guess will be they will filibuster anything in the Senate that might solve the fiscal cliff, you think Democrats might get a clue.

I will work tirelessly to have Boxer and Feinstein defeated by more Progressive Democrats if they cannot see that those days are gone and if they hope to get anything done against the Republicans who take no prisoners, they must reform the filibuster with real reforms. I cannot imagine after failing to reform it in 2010, they have not learned their lesson. If they have not, they have no business leading our state in the Senate. We voted for change twice and hopefully they are not going to thwart change again or according to that old cliche: They will have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Please sign the petition to reform the filibuster at Reform the Filibuster.