Friday's HOT MIC
Senate roll of honor for opposing omnibus.
When I saw the bill passed the Senate, I feared the worst — that conservative heroes like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, Tom Cotton, or Cory Gardner had abandoned their principles. Here's the roll on the vote.
Remember these honored names:
Sen.s Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), John Barasso (R-Wy.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Mike Crapo (R-Id.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Enzi (R-Wy.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), James Lankford (R-Okla.), James Risch (R-Idaho), EVEN JEFF FLAKE (R-Ariz.) voted against it.
Meanwhile, Republican sellouts:
Sen.s: Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Todd Young (R-Ind.).
Many of the sellouts rightly received primary challenges when they were last up for election. Surprising disappointments from Rubio, Inofe, and Scott. Let's hope they come to their senses.
Trump explains crumnibus vote: All about the troops.
He also wants a line-item veto. Dems destroyed him in this round, and there's no way he'll get a line-item veto.
Congress tried to give President Bill Clinton a line-item veto, and the Supreme Court said, "Nope. Unconstitutional." This actually makes sense. In 1998, SCOTUS ruled in Clinton v. City of New York that using a line-item veto is tantamount to a unilateral amendment or repeal by the president of only parts of bills authorizing federal spending.
This takes away Congress's authority to draft legislation, especially on spending. Sorry, Trump, but the rules won't just magically change for you.
As there has been a lot of discussion here today about the budget and President Trump
caving signing it, I thought I would post the link to the video I just did for the PJ Media Facebook page. Apologies for the vertical orientation, but FB was being difficult (AGAIN).
Not to be a party pooper, but I don't think Trump had much choice but to sign the creepy omnibus bill. He has bigger fish to fry at the moment than a conservative wishlist - namely he's about to go into serious negotiations with North Korea. He needs a strong military for that negotiating stance. He needs that to stand up to Putin as well. Further, it's real easy to sit in Congress as Cruz and Rand did and vote no, another thing to veto a bill as POTUS. Way different, in fact, if you think about it. Also, Trump was right to weigh in against the filibuster. That should be followed up on. Okay, now, have at me as squishy but just remember my latest piece for PJM was just read aloud today by Rush Limbaugh. So be careful whom you diss. [insert smiley here]
I'd love to join you for that meat and drink! But ironically, I am abstaining from drink during Lent (and meat on Fridays). Can't wait until Easter!
The real question is, does this betrayal inspire calls for a primary challenge from the Right, in addition to the one Trump might face from someone on the Left of the party. His "never again" promise holds very little weight, given the man's personal history (and his switching from one party to the other).
How does the Right hold him accountable after this? Will this cave-in motivate conservatives for 2018, or drive them away from the polls?