Your Democratic Party at Work Fighting for You: Strategy for Supreme Court Nominee

chris coons  So refreshing.  So forceful.  Chris Coons is on Morning Joe with the new Democratic strategy for preventing the Supreme Court from being taken over completely by Right-wing ideologues.  What is it?

“There’s very little we can do.”  “Elections have consequences.”

And the Democrats wonder why people don’t turn out to vote for them.  They fight like hell to prevent anybody like Bernie Sanders from bringing integrity, democracy and backbone to the party.  “There’s very little we can do.”  It’s pathetic.

Look Who’s Talking: Lawrence Wilkerson

lawrence wilkerson  Lawrence B. Wilkerson

is a retired U.S. Army Colonel.  He is also the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell.  Wilkerson was part of the preparation of Colin Powell for his February 2003 presentation to the United Nations Security Council which helped pave the way for the invasion of Iraq.

Subsequently, Wilkerson has stated that the information on which this presentation was based was false.  Powel, he has said, was not made aware of doubts about the source of the information at the time.  Wilkerson has also publicly spoken out about the poor planning and execution of the Iraq War.  He is a strong critic of the decision-making process of the Bush Administration largely taken over by Vice President Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

Wilkerson has appeared on Bill Mahrer several times, most recently in June 2018 with Jennifer Rubin.  On that show, Wilkerson pointed out that the Intermediate Nuclear Forces agreement is in danger of collapse.  We should, he argued, be talking with the Russians.

As the Guardian (Borger, 4/17/2018) has pointed out: “the 2010 New Start treaty limiting the deployed strategic warheads and delivery systems of the US and Russia, will expire in February 2021, unless urgent steps are taken to extend it.”

Wilkerson, however, has very little confidence that this president at this time could cope with these issues.

Wilkerson and Powell were profoundly disillusioned by their experiences within the Bush Administration.   Wilkerson can always be counted on to speak his mind and speak truth to power.

See:

Borger, Julian (4/17/18) “US and Russian nuclear arsenals set to be uchecked for first time since 1972.”  The Guardian.

Mayer, Jane (2008) The Dark Side.  Doubleday.

New York Times Op-Ed 2018 by Lawrence Wilkerson

 

 

 

 

Susan Collins is not going to protect Roe v. Wade

susan    Susan Collins made this statement yesterday:

“I’ve done a lot of work on the list and, I have told the White House counsel individuals that to me appear to meet the criteria of accepting that Row v. wade is settled law and who have extraordinarily good backgrounds.”

In 2026, she wrote in the Washington Post that Trump was “unworthy of being our president.”  Now, she’s willing to allow him to appoint a justice to the Supreme Court.

Susan Collins is not a moderate and she’s not an ally.

Sunday Thoughts: Jennifer Rubin

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Jennifer Rubin was once accused of being such a fawning supporter of Mitt Romney even the right thought she was trying to get a job in a future Romney administration.  Nevertheless, she has become a forceful voice against the Trump administration and all it stands for.

Jennifer Rubin, former Republican writer for the Washington Post :

On the Democrats: “Don’t play defense, play offense.”

On the White House Press Corps: “They sit there, they take it, they record it…”  “Get up and leave.”  “Your lives are in danger.”  “That’s incitement to violence too.”

On Sarah Huckleberry Sanders: “These people should be made uncomfortable.”  And it should be a “life sentence.”

(Joy Reid Show, 71/18)

On the Republican Party, it “has become the caricature the left always said it was…” (Politico, 4/17/2018)

 

 

Susan Collins Will Soak Up the Publicity and then Find a Way to Betray Women

susan   The headlines have given me yet another chance to point out that Susan Collins is not a reliable ally of anyone except herself.  She was reported by CNN to be meeting in the White House with Donald Trump last night along with others who might be considered potential votes against Trump’s new Supreme Court Nominee.  Don’t count on Susan Collins for anything even though she’s “nice.”

Susan Collins: And another thing…

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Susan Collins, Senate, Wealth of Congress, Rich Congresspersons, but she’s got a great smile…

Not all politicians come to congress wealthy, but many leave that way.  Susan Collins is cited as one of the “Top 10 winners of the past decade.”  Her average wealth is listed as 223,000 in 2005.  By 2015, her average wealth had risen to $3,726,000.  That is a 1570.9% increase.  At openserets.org you can check out the financial interests of your congressperson.

https://www.opensecrets.org/personal-finances

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