It was a sad week in Washington for the sake of the Republic. It’s an epic reminder the elections have consequences.
Jeff Sessions Senate seat, after being approved to be the Department of Justice head, is a few weeks from being voted on in Alabama. On Wednesday, the Republican candidate Roy Moore was accused of sexual contact with a 14 year old and in the aftermath pretty much admitted to dating teenagers while in his 30s (with the caveat he has permission of the mothers to date the teens). And Republican officials in Alabama were fine with this (follow the thread for most of them):
This morning on the treadmill I flipped the TV over to Fox news. I like to vary where I get information from and hadn’t been on Fox in awhile. Fox & Friends was running their Saturday edition. What unfolded in the half hour span was nothing short of an authoritarian’s delight.
Last week Michael Flynn stepped down as National Security Adviser when CNN broke the news of improper contact with Russia during and after the election and prior to taking office. This past Thursday the news broke that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus tried to get the FBI to dispute media reports about the Russian interference. As President Trump is so able to do, Friday was a diversion from all of this when certain news groups were banned from a White House presser. Cue the Outrage Machine about a free press vs. an authoritarian state. Continue reading
This morning brought a flood of Twitter reaction to President Trump blasting a judge, who late Friday put a nationwide block on his Executive Order. Raise your hand if you expected the President to go on the offensive over night. See? That was expected. Move along, nothing to see here.
Whether the President cares, the a federal judge is part of an equal and independent branch and cannot be fired like he did a week ago to acting Secretary of State Sally Yates. Those on the left were, wrongly, outraged at that firing: Continue reading