Turtle Thursday

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On Monday I wrote about the GOP’s long-term plan to turn the presidency into a (Republican) unitary executive office. You might think that it makes no sense that members of Congress would go along with such a thing, seeing as it directly interferes with their own constitutional prerogatives. That was certainly what the founders assumed would be the case. They assumed that human egos would demand that people jealously guard their own branches of government, thus preserving the checks and balances that would keep any one branch from gathering too much power unto itself. But it turns out that the modern Republicans are loyal to their party above all else, and no one personifies that dedication more than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

When the history of this bizarre era is written, it may very well be said that McConnell was the man behind the curtain who made it all happen. Depending on who does the writing, he could also go down as one of America’s most notorious senators. No, he’s not like those traitors who abandoned the Senate to join the Confederacy, nor is he a crude segregationist like the 20th century’s Theodore Bilbo or James Eastland of Mississippi. He’s no demagogue like Wisconsin’s Joe McCarthy or Louisiana’s Huey Long either. But there are elements of all of those men in McConnell, who holds a very special place in that pantheon as what historian Christopher R. Downing called “the gravedigger of democracy.”

Heather Digby Parton @ TRUTHOUT

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8 Responses to Turtle Thursday

  1. Micki says:

    I doubt the marshals will be called in.

    A contempt citation doesn’t guarantee an outcome Democrats want. While defying a congressional subpoena is technically a misdemeanor crime, it is up to the Justice Department to decide whether to prosecute. And though Democrats have mused in recent weeks about the authority of the House to apply punishments, including fines and detention, those outcomes have little modern precedent and are unlikely to actually be pursued.

    Instead, a contempt citation would effectively push the dispute into the courts, where a judge could decide whether to force the administration to hand over the material. But that process would be lengthy, especially with Democrats likely to turn to the courts in a range of other disputes over Trump’s tax returns and over other potential witnesses to the obstruction investigation.

    Every person who having been summoned as a witness by the authority of either House of Congress to give testimony or to produce papers upon any matter under inquiry before either House, or any joint committee established by a joint or concurrent resolution of the two Houses of Congress, or any committee of either House of Congress, willfully makes default, or who, having appeared, refuses to answer any question pertinent to the question under inquiry, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 nor less than $100 and imprisonment in a common jail for not less than one month nor more than twelve months.
    (R.S. § 102; June 22, 1938, ch. 594, 52 Stat. 942.)

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  2. Carol says:

    Ari Melber, host of an MSNBC show, said while you and I would be hauled to jail if we didn’t answer a subpoena, he said the people at the top won’t be treated the same.

    See? One set of rules for us, a different for our “betters.” Because of that everyone above us is going to get away with breaking laws, horrible precedent for the future, that’s for sure.

    Looks like no mowing today. Drizzled earlier, looks like the sun is trying to come out. It was 59° this morning but I’ve been cold all morning. Turned up the heat and bundled up in a blanket while I had my coffee and almonds.

    Heading for the grocery store and my credit union shortly. Don’t need much, thank goodness, mostly salad makings and Kleenex.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    A bee, a solitary bee. Finally.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Took 29 minutes to stick walk the standard way to the Old Post Office.

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  5. Den says:

    When a hippopotamus takes a bite out of your bottomus :

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