Category Archives: Arizona Congressional Delegation

Time to question John McCain’s capacity and competency to serve (updated)

Arizona’s angry old man, Senator John McCain, is not a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but he is an “ex officio” of the committee, so he was allowed to participate in today’s testimony by former FBI Director James Comey.

The local media tried to build up John McCain as “playing a key role” in the questioning of James Comey, because the local media all kiss his wrinkled old butt. See this ABC 15 report. John McCain to question James Comey at Thursday’s congressional hearing.

Sen. McCain went last in questioning today as an “ex officio” of the committee, and hoo-boy! Was that ever a disturbing and deeply embarrassing performance, both for him and for this state.

It was as if someone woke up Grandpa Simpson from his nap and he started spouting off on a different topic from what everyone else had been talking about for the past two plus hours.

McCain appeared dazed and confused, frequently confusing “Mr. Comey” for “Mr. Trump,” and everyone – including James Comey – was staring at him with pained expressions on their face wondering to themselves “what the hell is he talking about?”

Here is how Foreign Policy describes McCain’s bizarre performance. What on Earth Was John McCain Asking James Comey?

During former FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated testimony Thursday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) launched into a strange line of inquiry that puzzled Comey and everybody watching the hearing. While questioning Comey, the one-time Republican president candidate seemed to confuse the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the campaign with the closed probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

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Evil GOP bastards are still trying to destroy health care — contact your senators

While everyone is distracted today with James Comey laying the predicate for an obstruction of justice charge against Donald Trump (and any co-conspirators), keep your eye on Congress because the evil GOP bastards (right) are still busy trying to take health care away from 24 million Americans and to destabilize the health insurance market for everyone else, with less coverage and higher premiums.

Joan McCarter at Daily Kos writes, McConnell starts fast-track process for Trumpcare in the Senate:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) began the procedure Wednesday for fast-tracking Trumpcare to get it to the floor with a minimum of transparency and a maximum of pressure.

McConnell began the process under what is known as Rule 14, according to the Senate minority whip’s office, to allow a repeal bill to be put directly on the Senate calendar so that it is available for a floor vote when Republicans are ready to vote on it. The move comes as GOP senators continue their closed-door meetings to hash out a deal that would secure the 50 votes they’ll need to pass legislation dismantling the Affordable Care Act, which they they are pushing through a process known as reconciliation that avoids a Democratic filibuster.

Rule 14 allows a bill to bypass committees and be sent directly to the floor, without going through normal procedural requirements, like the two-day availability of a committee report prior to floor consideration. The one thing McConnell has to do is get a Congressional Budget Office score before a vote. Former Sen. Harry Reid’s Chief of Staff, Adam Jentleson (who knows McConnell as well as anyone on the Hill) agrees with our speculation that McConnell is following the Ryan model—push this thing through as fast as he can, pressuring his conference to get the 50 votes he needs.

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Are You Ready for US Senator Martha McSally?

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Future US Senator Martha McSally

By Larry Bodine, Precinct Committeeman, Precinct #238, Tucson.

Yes, this may happen right here in Tucson. A worthless hack who has done little or nothing for her constituents may soon become US Senator Martha McSally.

How can this nightmare happen?

  1. Aging and ailing US Senator John McCain becomes disabled or dies in office.
  2. Governor Ducey appoints Martha McSally to fill the vacancy, as provided by the U.S. Constitution, 17th Amendment
  3. An election is held to fill the 2nd District seat. The Republicans run a stumblebum backed by the Goldwater Institute, who will vote the party line.
  4. McSally goes on to serve 5 terms in the US Senate.

Old age is terrible and it catches up to all of us.

John Mcain was born back when Hitler opened the summer Olympics.

John Mcain was born back when Hitler opened the summer Olympics.

I am a senior citizen myself. I personally understand the toll time takes on the human body. McCain is 80 years old and has outlived the life expectancy of 60 years for a white man born in 1936.

McCain should be whiling away his final days in Green Valley, not being an elected official. How long ago is 1936? That was the year Hitler opened the summer Olympics, when a gallon of gas was 10 cents, when the No. 1 movie starred Charlie Chaplin.

McCain has had 4 cases of melanoma (skin cancer) and has had more than a dozen patches of abnormal skin cut out or burned off, including on his face. Old age catches up with all of us. At age 80 many people have hearing loss, osteoporosis,  less recall of recent memories, slowness in remembering names and details, kidney decline and incontinence.

Why McSally?

The Republicans know they need to find a younger replacement for McCain. McSally is 51 years old — young blood! The life expectancy of a woman born in 1966 is 85 years. She can expect to wreak havoc in Tucson for another 34 years.

To be sure, there are 4 other Republican Congressmen, but none appeal more to the hillbillies who elected Trump. She is perfect for the Republican hegemony:

  • 100% voting record in support of Trump.
  • Voted for Trumpcare and famously told her colleagues to get this “fucking thing” done.
  • Anti-abortion.
  • Anti-gay marriage.
  • Anti-immigration.
  • Anti-renewable energy, solar, wind and thermal energy.
  • Panders relentlessly to the ex-military crowd.
  • Harvard master’s degree.
  • Right-wing financial support from the US Chamber of Commerce, and a gaggle of business, home building and wholesale interests. Locally, car dealer Jim Click is a big donor.

Plus she has the slimy quality of not revealing her positions. She never said whether she recommended voting for Trump. Before voting for Trumpcare, she refused to answer questions on where she stood.

“McSally did her best to bob and weave, clearly intent on not giving a “yes” or a “no.” Instead, I heard a lot of baloney about not wanting to look backward and only wanting to look ahead,” wrote Stuart Rothenberg when he interviewed her for Roll Call.

And we all know how Arizona Republicans like slimy, slithery things.

 

 

 

JFK, Where Are You Now That We Need You?

By Larry Bodine, Precinct Committeeman, Precinct #238, Tucson.

I remember when as a young boy, still in grade school, I shook JFK’s hand. JFK would be 100 years old this week, were he still alive.

The day was August 17, 1962, and President John F. Kennedy spoke at the opening of the Oahe Dam in South Dakota. It was a beautiful day in the summer, and cars from hundreds of miles around lined up in rows on a big hillside.

At the bottom of the hill was a podium with cloth fluttering in the wind. The hydroelectric dam is the second largest one on the Missouri River. It took 14 years to build.

JFK stood at the podium and spoke in that unmistakable accent. You can listen to his speech on Youtube.

I was so optimistic that I wanted to join the Peace Corps.

I felt so idealistic that I wanted to serve my country.

Before he left, he walked into the crowd of well-wishers and shook my hand.

Then he climbed into a black Lincoln Continental convertible with two American flags flying on the front bumper and rode off as thousands of people cheered. I have never forgotten that day, 55 years ago.

Where have you gone, Jack Kennedy?

As I look around the toxic Arizona legislative leadership and governor, I ask myself, “where are the political leaders who inspire us?”

I don’t see them. Certainly not in our state Capitol.

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Trent Franks blames the liberal media boogeyman

I happened to run across Arizona’s most embarrassing congresman, Rep. Trent Franks, in a segment on MSBC discussing The Guardian reporter who was phyically assaulted by the Montana GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte — who still won his race yesterday, by the way.

Franks told MSNBC that liberals must share the blame: “The left has precipitated this tense, confrontational approach throughout the country in recent months.”

Seriously?

This is after a campaign in which his pal Donald Trump castigated the media as the “enemy of the American people,” and continues to do so as President.

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This is after a campaign in which his pal Donald Trump incited violence against protestors and members of the media at his rallies, for which he is being sued in federal court. It’s plausible Trump incited violence, federal judge rules in OK’ing lawsuit.

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This is after his pal Donald Trump threatens to weaken First Amendment protections for reporters.

Which leads to this story in the New York Times. A Journalist Was Body Slammed, but Some Conservatives Want the News Media to Apologize:

In this time of intense partisanship, shiv-in-the-kidney politics and squabbles over the meaning of truth, can Americans come together and agree that a politician slamming a journalist to the ground for asking a question is wrong?

The answer, it turns out, is no.

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Quinnipiac University poll: the public is solidly opposed to Zombie ‘Trumpcare’

A new Quinnipiac University poll released May 25 finds that:

American voters disapprove of the [Zombie “Trumpcare” (AHCA) bill] 57 – 20 percent, compared to a 56 – 21 percent disapproval in a May 11 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University, shortly after the revised plan passed the House of Representatives. Republicans in the House cancelled a vote on the first attempt to “repeal and replace” Obamacare on March 23, the day a Quinnipiac University poll showed voters opposed the idea 56 – 17 percent.

Among independent voters, a key bloc, only 17 percent are more likely to support an elected official who backs the health care plan, while 41 percent are less likely. Republicans are the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group to support the health care plan, by a lackluster 42 – 24 percent, and the only group where more voters say they would support a candidate for reelection who backs the latest health care plan.

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This is GOP tribalism reinforced by Epistemic closure and the ‘conservative misinformation feedback loop’ media bubble.

“Advisory to Republicans who support the replacement for Obamacare: Backing this bill could be very hazardous to your political health,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Only 20 percent of American voters say they are more likely to vote for a Senator or member of Congress who supports the revised Republican health care plan, while 44 percent say they are less likely and 31 percent say this issue won’t affect their vote, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

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