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Will the Senate Rubber-Stamp Power’s Contempt?

July 19th, 2013 - 3:17 pm

I don’t believe in permanent international institutions. They serve the interests of the institutions, not the American people. We’d be much better served by ad hoc collaborations with real allies — collaborations that lapse when the transient conditions for entering them lapse. Geopolitics presents countless scenarios in which China, Russia, the 57-government Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and even our occasionally cantankerous European friends can frustrate our national interests. Why, in addition to all that, we should cede them legal rights to undermine us, and pay dearly for the privilege, is a mystery to me.

Consequently, I don’t think we should participate in the U.N. scheme at all. But the bipartisan Beltway clerisy is hyper-invested in it — much more so, I’d wager, than the public — so I am not daft enough to think we are going to pull out any time soon. That being the case, I would certainly see the sense in supporting a strongly pro-American ambassador — a John Bolton or Jeane Kirkpatrick who could be trusted in that hostile arena to pursue our vital interests and overmatch the anti-Americans.

With President Obama, in stark contrast, we have an administration that shares the U.N.’s predilections, including its desire that Americans be ruled by transnational progressive pieties, rather than determine their own destiny. As a result, I find myself unable to get worked up over which Obama operative carries out the president’s misbegotten policies at the U.N. The problem is the U.N. and Obama’s affinity for it. To oppose Power for a gig at the anti-American U.N. because she holds opinions that I’m confident Mr. Obama enthusiastically shares would imply that I believe the U.N. would be a better deal for America if only the president would pick one of his other friends. I don’t. If Congress really wants to do something worthwhile, let it work on cutting the U.N.’s funding, blocking its treaties, and enacting laws that protect our constitutional rights against U.N. encroachments. Then Obama and whoever his ambassador is could do less damage.

All that said, though, obstruction of necessary governmental processes is a different, more serious matter. By confirming Ms. Power, the Senate would effectively be saying that congressional hearings are a clown show. Lawmakers would be inviting future witnesses to treat them with the same contempt Ms. Power exhibited. Imagine …

Q:     Did you, as an IRS bureaucrat, target conservative groups on orders from your superiors?

A:      I think America is the greatest country in the world because it guarantees free expression for all Americans….

Q:     Can you tell us what the president was doing between 6pm and 2am while Americans were under siege in Benghazi?

A:      The president believes American is the greatest country in the world, and as he has said many times, he takes his duties as commander-in-chief extremely seriously….

Q:     Did you, Mr. Attorney General, approve a search-warrant application that represented to the court that a member of the media was not just a witness but had committed a serious felony?

A:      I think America is the greatest country in the world because it guarantees freedom of the press in a robust marketplace of ideas.

Q:     But didn’t you tell the court that a member of the press had done enough to be prosecuted before telling us under oath that you’d never considered prosecuting members of the press?

A:      Well, America being the greatest country in the world and all, I can’t tell you how much I admire the Framers for giving us a Congress I so admire and a court system I so admire so that journalists can do the vital work we all so admire….

You get the drift. Why should anyone ever again answer a significant question in a congressional hearing about a matter of public interest? And why pretend that confirmation hearings are anything other than theater — why convene them at all — if the nominee gets to give the soliloquies of her choosing and thumb her nose at all confrontational lines of inquiry? Those would be the lines most revealing about her suitability, the ones that go to the essence of the Senate’s constitutional duty to evaluate high-level appointees.

I was fortunate to appear before scores of excellent federal judges in many years as a government lawyer. I cannot think of a single one who would have let Samantha Power pull what she pulled in the Senate foreign relations committee on Wednesday. They had too much self-respect.

Does the Senate have any?

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If the Congress of this country had a backbone and did it's job instead of delegating all it's constitutional duties to others their would be no "contempt of congress". Congress has no one to blame for the lack of respect they receive then themselves. Congress, because of it's control of the nations purse strings should be the strongest branch of our government, but in reality it has become the weakest through apathy. Rubber stamp self serving politicians are a disservice to our country, that is why Congress is held in such low esteem. The patriots are out in the hinderlands of the nation and the cowards are in Washington DC.
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Being anti-American is a feature, not a bug in this administration.

However, Andy...the point is...no American should approve without resistance or principled dissent putting yet another into a role to do us harm.

Of course, it is futile. We recognize the futility fully. The feckless and hapless Republicans are completely incapable of bringing to light the open hostility held by the leftists...so we are left to our own devices.

Clearly the Agenda Media, (along with Agenda Entertainment and Agenda Academia) covers up the treason as active co-conspirators.

It's a nightmare we are living as patriots.

But, it does not mean we have to sleep through it...or surrender to it.

Oppose each and every traitor with every fibre of our being. We can do nothing less.
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Alger Hiss, arch-communist spy and infiltrator, virtually birthed the UN. We need to get out of the UN, yesterday. You say it can't happen, not likely, and all that. Well: The US is doomed if it tarries longer among its sworn enemies. But then, maybe that's the plan.
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Samantha Powers not only exhibited Contempt for Congress- but on a much more serious note. Does Ms.Powers hold dual citizenship? Most Irish born and their offspring have dual citizenship . Then Ms.Powers by extension has also EU citizenship. Senators should ask Ms.Powers whether or not she has dual citizenship- before making their informed judgment.
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There are 54 Democrats (who vote as a bloc); 2 Independents who vote with the Democrats on most issues; (straight-talking) John McCain's posse of 6 RINOs who vote with the GOP establishment's big government &crony capitalism policies; and another 4 RINOs like Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Mark Kirk, and Saxby Chambliss who can come off the establishment bench if needed. Harry Reid has control of 66 votes 2/3 of the Senate), so he can and will deliver anything Obama wants. The only thing McConnell and the establishment Republicans will fight for is their seats at the table (Washington DC) and their place on the Beltway B list for social events.
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Andrew nails it. While anyone nominated by O to this post will of course be a left wing wacko, they should show a least a bit statesmanship or tact. Rubio did himself proud by showing us the arrogance and insolence of Power. He made her contempt for the Senate obvious to anyone paying attention. Every Senator should be personally offended and those consenting to this nomination should feel only shame.
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Andy's being a little disingenuous here. He knows Senate Democrats are "all in" with this administration--just as he knows Republicans don't have the spine for taking them on.
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The great Republican Hispanic hope Rubio is a total failure. First there was his going along with the latest McCain gang on immigration and now this hapless performance in front of someone treating him with contempt. Don't any of the hapless Republican's have any idea what they are doing? Rubio's inability or unwillingness to point out Power's contemptible behavior is a total failure on his part. It reminds me of Rep. Issa's haplessness in front of that IRS woman Lois Lehrner when she pulled that contempt testifying testifying to her innocense but then taking the 5th in front of him while he sat there silent and open mouthed but failed to call her on her contempt. Don't these Republican's ever get any training in how to conduct a congressional hearing before they are allowed to attend one? The witnesses make them look like complete fools. Are then not even smart enough to have an old wise person on their staff who can whisper in their ear during the hearing and tell them what fools they are making of themselves and what to do about it and how to confront these hostile witnesses? I am embarrassed to ever say I ever supported Marco Rubio. What hope is there if these Republican fools are so hapless in their oversight roles. Sam Ervin must me overturning and laughing in his grave. I would not be surprised if Rubio now votes to confirm her. Great piece Mr. McCarthy. You are one of the few great ones on our side left in this country.
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Slight OT. Do you think Senator Liz Cheney would smack her around and lobby heavily for non-confirmation?
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Yeah. I'd love to see Liz in the Senate.
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(self-respect ...) Does the Senate have any?

No. Note what you mean by self-respect.

To some degree, it's apparently a generational thing, even with Harry Reid who is no spring chicken. Previous generations cared what they accomplished, or didn't. GenX is famous for "roles not goals". As long as folk like Reid are senatoring, they apparently don't care what it is they are doing. The trip is their self-respect, not the destination, and a trip to purgatory is just fine with them, as long as they're driving.

From another perspective it's just a sign that there is no opposition to the Obamanation. The Republicans are still playing to an MSM that stopped caring a generation ago, and now simply obstructs anything resembling a Republican, or more to the point anything not resembling a Democrat.

I don't know that we need to pull out of the UN entirely, just reduce it to the debating and chowder society it has always been, the theatrical aspects have a certain positive value, I think. OTOH, if you actually read the charter and take it seriously - then yes, Écrasez l'Infâme.
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It will be a complete shock if she isn't confirmed. The elite, too-long-serving Republicans are every bit as corrupt as the Democrats. They try to hide it to a degree but everyone but their poor dumb constituents sees through them. It is these contemptible RINOS and the new young crew that held such promise but turned out to be more Quislings are killing the GOP. Why bother to vote when your candidates are in bed with the enemy?
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So what? Does the senate have any power of enforcement? That would be the DOJ, right? And if the Senate itself has any power of enforcement, whatever power that would be now rests in the hands of the party in power. That would be the Anti-American Party. McCarthy is right. You could replace Samantha Power with any other nominee of the president and you would have the same problem. The problem is the party.
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