McConnell goes Orwellian on Senator Warren

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"Senator Elizabeth Warren’s speech on the Senate floor was interrupted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday night, and Senate Republicans voted to ban her from speaking during the remainder of the debate over the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general. Her infraction: quoting from a 30-year-old letter written by the late Coretta Scott King."  [nymag.com]

 

In the Senate McConnell invoked rule "19"

To silence Elizabeth Warren.

I wonder if colleagues had dared  intervene

Would he have put rule  "84" in?

 

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  • Chef says they want to impose Rule 69. We can't have no wimmen speaking on the floor of the Senate, especially to try to derail one of our fascist colleagues from getting the chief civil rights enforcement job.

    Also, it seems like Sessions was still a senator to vote on DeVos. The fix is in.

  • Republicans sometimes can be politically stupid. If they had just let Warren blather on in her usual, extreme manner, this would not have become an issue. However, Senate decorum is no small matter, and it seems to be disappearing. See the Hill's story: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/318422-senate-votes-to-silence-warren-after-sessions-speech

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    I noted at the end of that ""All of us need to take stock and need to start thinking about the people on the other side of the aisle and need to start thinking about how we might bring each other together," [Hatch] said. " Exactly the kind of fascist "unity" I noted on HHH.

    Somehow, somebody forgot El Rushbo's statement "Bipartisanship doesn't mean agreeing with what the Democrats are doing," but I guess that was conditioned on "Democrats."

    I'll agree with you on stupid, and not just politically stupid.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    It is difficult to see how reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King is a breach of Senatorial decorum when it deals with a candidate for Attorney General for which the Senate bears the responsibility of advice and consent. Also, have you seen some of the clips of floor speeches by Republicans, especially Ted Cruz?

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