The Brilliance of Jim DeMint
I apologize for bloghogging - two in one day! - but I'm going out of town for a couple of days, so there!
I just love Jim DeMint, in the way you love it when your head stops banging against a wall. The heroic Senator of the Fuck You, America Party has been holding up the appointment hearings of one Erroll Southers, whom Barack Obama nominated in September to head up the TSA. DeMint's bogus reason for the hold is that Southers might unionize the TSA, and as all of us Raygun fans know, that would simply never do! (They might end up with "Cadillac" health plans or something!)
Oooh, if Southers had been in charge, maybe the terrorist who was on the terrorist watch list and whose father reported him to Homeland Security and who got on the plane without a passport, might not have been able to almost blow up that Northwest Airlines jet!
In their inimitable way, the Democrats are doing their best to lose this argument to Senator DeMint, who would most likely lose a tic-tac-toe game to a tree frog. They are now blaming Senate procedure for the delay in nominating Southers. Jim DeMint responds to the procedural baloney thusly:
DeMint, however, said in a statement that Reid had refused to schedule a timely vote and now was trying to "grandstand by filing cloture" while all DeMint wanted was time to debate the issue and hold an open vote.
"Senator Reid refused to schedule a vote on this nominee for weeks and now after the recent terror attempt he's trying to show concern for airport security," DeMint said.
"I hope this critical debate and the Christmas bomber incident will convince Reid and President Obama that we cannot give union bosses veto power over national security at our airports," he said.
DeMint 1, Democrats -74,000.
DeMint is right. Procedural excuses are bullshit now. There are 60 votes ready and waiting in the Senate. There is nothing holding the Dems back except themselves.
Remember how the Repubs, when in power, used to break the rules all the time? Guess what? They got their agenda passed, didn't they? So you're telling me that Reid can't get rid of the "hold" procedure in the Senate, or at the very least, ignore it and tell DeMint to sit and spin?
Everyone knows the Repubs are the Party of Bush, the Worst President Ever. Everyone knows they do not care AT ALL about anyone but themselves. The more the Dems pretend that some mysterious "procedure" is preventing them from standing up to the Repubs, some of whom are active enemies of women, LGBT, people of color and the poor, the more the Dems look like the enabling assholes they are.
Guess who don't win elections? People who refuse to stand up for what they purport to believe in, and use some stupid, arcane, procedural rule as an excuse.