Senate Republicans are really proud of themselves today: They got the Democrats to accept the human-trafficking bill after weeks of filibustering it, without removing the language banning abortion funding—a rule that had been around for 39 years.
All the Republicans had to do was move forward on the Loretta Lynch nomination, which McConnell had blocked until the Dems ended their filibuster. They confirmed her 56-43 Thursday.
Karl Rove’s Wall Street Journal op-ed yesterday exults in the fact that “Congress finally appears to be working again as the Founders intended.” His idea of “working” means not opposing the Democrats too much. This isn’t exactly what the Founders had in mind.
The WSJ “Review and Outlook“ editorial actually said the deal serves as a “lesson for the GOP in dealing with a president who consistently exceeds his executive power.”
Whatever that means.
How has the Senate “dealt” with the president? Obama wanted Loretta Lynch, his pick to succeed Holder as AG, to be confirmed; he publicly admonished Senate Republicans, “Enough! Enough!” Then Democrats and Majority Leader McConnell, hearing their master’s voice raised to near-anger, ended the filibuster on the bill and the block on Lynch’s confirmation. Now he has his choice for AG.
The Journal added, “Jeb Bush is right that the Senate should in most cases defer to a President’s choices to run the executive branch.”
Of course, everyone knows that Jeb is the darling of the WSJ and commonly owned Fox News, as is Karl Rove, the patron saint of the GOP Establishment. His philosophy is their philosophy.
In a rewording of the test for what’s good for America, “What would Reagan do?” we should evaluate this wonderful deal by asking: “What would the American People do?” This is a lot like asking what the Founders would do, because they were essentially just like us: they thought the three branches of government should stay in their places; they gave the Senate the power of advice and consent over presidential appointments—not to “defer to a President’s choices,” but to block him from appointing a stooge who would rubberstamp his lawless actions.
That’s exactly what the incredibly “qualified” Lynch intends to do; she has already served notice. The WSJ doesn’t get it, [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ], Jeb Bush and Karl Rove don’t get it, but [mc_name name=’Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’S001141′ ] does. This is what the Founders would say, if they were here:
“Ms. Lynch has announced that she supports and, if confirmed, would advance, the President’s unlawful executive amnesty scheme—a scheme that would provide work permits, trillions in Social Security and Medicare benefits, tax credits of up to $35,000 a year (according to the Congressional Research Service), and even the possibility of chain migration and citizenship to those who have entered the country illegally…
“The Senate must never confirm an individual to such an office as this who will support and advance a scheme that violates our Constitution and eviscerates established law and Congressional authority. No person who would do that should be confirmed. And we don’t need to be apologetic about it, colleagues.”
That’s the point—not the deal on the trafficking bill—and that’s what Jeb, Karl, Mitch, et al. wish to obscure. The president channeled Hugo Chavez; the Senate could’ve refused to fund his illegal amnesty, but did not. They could’ve listened to [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] and blocked Lynch forever, but did not. They could’ve voted against her confirmation, but did not.
These ten Republicans could’ve defended the Constitution yesterday, but did not:
[mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ] (KY), [mc_name name=’Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’H000338′ ] (UT), [mc_name name=’Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’G000359′ ] (SC), [mc_name name=’Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’F000444′ ] (AZ), [mc_name name=’Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C000567′ ] (MS), [mc_name name=’Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001035′ ] (ME), [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000360′ ] (IL) [mc_name name=’Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’A000368′ ] (NH), [mc_name name=’Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’J000293′ ] (WI), [mc_name name=’Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000449′ ] (OH).
From this pathetic episode, we can see quite clearly the future plans of McConnell’s Republican Senate: don’t fight too much, cooperate with the Democrats, don’t worry too much about principle. Don’t worry about what’s being done to America. Since they lack 60 votes to break a filibuster, Senate Republicans will be unable to do a single thing without Democratic permission.
Remember, that they lost the fight over funding the amnesty because the Dems filibustered four times the House’s bill—which contained amendments banning DHS funding of the amnesty. And McConnell has declared he would never shut down the government, or any part of it.
We have a president who has ignored the Constitution, to legalize millions of illegal aliens. This can only be seen as an effort to forever alter America as we have known it. It can only be seen as severely damaging to the constitutional balance of powers and to America. He now imports illegal aliens, flying them in, at taxpayer expense. There is no check on him because the Minority Leader can halt any legislation put forth by the majority, with a filibuster.
[mc_name name=’Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000146′ ] has thus reversed the result of last November’s election, and proceeds to help the president destroy the country. Surely the Majority Leader must see this. Does he seek an excuse to do nothing until 2017? When the GOP is in the minority it can do nothing, and when it’s in the majority, it can also do nothing?
McConnell must end the sniveling and suspend or eliminate the filibuster rule, so that a simple majority—which Republicans have—can pass legislation, or he should resign.