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(The Hill)   Chuck Schumer did it. He actually. Farking. Did. It. He sent Yertle a copy of his own 2009 letter to the then-incoming Obama administration, which demanded that all Presidential nominees be fully vetted, paperwork completed, before being confirmed   ( thehill.com) divider line
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2017-01-09 04:46:11 PM  
Consistency is the hobgoblin of libtard minds.
 
2017-01-09 04:50:41 PM  
What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
 
2017-01-09 05:01:05 PM  
and McConnell will promptly ignore the letter and try to push through the Trump shiat show.
 
2017-01-09 05:17:43 PM  
AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S SPINE GREW THREE SIZES THAT DAY
 
2017-01-09 05:23:09 PM  
I LOLed.

But seriously, folks, does anyone expect Yertle to look at that letter and say "Yep, I need to be consistent with what I said eight years ago"? I sure as fark don't.
 
2017-01-09 05:39:12 PM  
This seems perfectly consistent for a man who filibustered himself.
 
2017-01-09 05:42:09 PM  
The best part is just a single GOP senator can clog the whole process.

It should be fun to watch, in kind of the same way one enjoys watching a truck full of raw sewage spill into oncoming traffic.
 
2017-01-09 05:44:14 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: The best part is just a single GOP senator can clog the whole process.

It should be fun to watch, in kind of the same way one enjoys watching a truck full of raw sewage spill into oncoming traffic.


How can one do it? They'd still have 51 Senators ready to vote for a nominee if one defected, and they'd have 50 Senators and Mike Pence ready to vote for a nominee if two defected.
 
2017-01-09 05:45:44 PM  

Serious Black: I LOLed.

But seriously, folks, does anyone expect Yertle to look at that letter and say "Yep, I need to be consistent with what I said eight years ago"? I sure as fark don't.


Wouldn't hurt to call his office in the morning and let him know that you know he's been sent a copy of his own requirements, would it?

Might be nice to zip off an e-mail to Schumer with some appreciation for the move.

We need to stop letting these people operate in a vacuum, either way.
 
2017-01-09 05:50:54 PM  

parasol: Serious Black: I LOLed.

But seriously, folks, does anyone expect Yertle to look at that letter and say "Yep, I need to be consistent with what I said eight years ago"? I sure as fark don't.

Wouldn't hurt to call his office in the morning and let him know that you know he's been sent a copy of his own requirements, would it?

Might be nice to zip off an e-mail to Schumer with some appreciation for the move.

We need to stop letting these people operate in a vacuum, either way.


Nope; if I'm going to contact any Senators or Members of Congress, I'm going to contact my own in accordance with the best practices laid out by the staffers who wrote the Indivisible Guide. I will HAPPILY call my Senators at their local offices tonight and ask them why they aren't speaking about against hearings for Donald's nominees when they haven't cleared the transparency and ethics standards they set for Obama's nominees eight years ago, and I encourage everyone else to do the same.
 
2017-01-09 05:51:19 PM  
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2017-01-09 06:07:11 PM  
Dammit, now i'm going to have to buy something from Old Navy.
 
2017-01-09 06:07:50 PM  
Good for him.

Maybe this part of the Dems growing a spine for once.
 
2017-01-09 06:13:15 PM  

whidbey: Good for him.

Maybe this part of the Dems growing a spine for once.


I'd be happy if they'd realize just how much fun obstructionism can be
 
2017-01-09 06:34:08 PM  
Well, that'll change Mitch McConnell's mind for sure!
 
2017-01-09 06:35:01 PM  
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thehill.com
 
2017-01-09 06:35:55 PM  
Well done Sen. Schumer, well done.
 
2017-01-09 06:35:56 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: The best part is just a single GOP senator can clog the whole process.

It should be fun to watch, in kind of the same way one enjoys watching a truck full of raw sewage spill into oncoming traffic.


None have done squat, so far.  They're busy ramming through unsavory legislation, undermining the foundations of a just, functional society, bringing us back to the late '90s (1890s that is) as fast as they possibly can.

fark the GOP.
 
2017-01-09 06:36:14 PM  
And Yertle thought, "I wonder why Chuck sent me this letter. Weird."
 
2017-01-09 06:37:54 PM  
Queasy is the feeling I get when I think about Schumer leading the charge of opposition to what's about to fall on all of our farking heads.
 
2017-01-09 06:38:45 PM  
Oh man, that's funny.

That he thought a Republican would be consistent with his own policies.
 
2017-01-09 06:39:13 PM  
That was different.  A Democrat was about to take office.
 
2017-01-09 06:39:43 PM  
Is that part of your job? Then do yor farkin job.
 
2017-01-09 06:41:09 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: What's good for the goose is good for the gander.


I heard it as "sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander" -- either way our goose is cooked :)
 
2017-01-09 06:41:33 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Queasy is the feeling I get when I think about Schumer leading the charge of opposition to what's about to fall on all of our farking heads.


Schumer managing to reach down deep and rediscover his testicles wouldn't even be the twelfth weirdest thing about our time.
 
2017-01-09 06:41:43 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: That was different.  A Democrat was about to take office.


I didn't know that the N word started with a D.
 
2017-01-09 06:43:22 PM  

meerclarschild: Sin_City_Superhero: What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

I heard it as "sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander" -- either way our goose is cooked :)


It doesn't matter. Turtles are not geese.

Chessmates, libtards.
 
2017-01-09 06:43:33 PM  

Weatherkiss: Well, that'll change Mitch McConnell's mind for sure!


Who knows, he might be on the fence.
 
2017-01-09 06:46:11 PM  
MITCH MCCONNELL: Well, we're-we're still in the process of getting the papers in. I think at least five of the nominees have all of their papers in. You know, what this is about, John, the Democrats are really frustrated that they lost the election. I was in Senator Schumer's position eight years ago. I know how it feels when you're coming into a new situation, that the other guys won the election. What did we do? We confirmed seven cabinet appointments the day President Obama was sworn in.
 
2017-01-09 06:46:19 PM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: Is that part of your job? Then do yor farkin job.


You mean like confirming a Supreme Court justice?
 
2017-01-09 06:46:45 PM  
Of course, what was the Democratic response to this in 2009?

/Serious question that will actually impact my interpretation of Trump's future actions.
 
2017-01-09 06:47:18 PM  

ManateeGag: and McConnell will promptly ignore the letter and try to push through the Trump shiat show.


YUP.
 
2017-01-09 06:47:38 PM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: MITCH MCCONNELL: Well, we're-we're still in the process of getting the papers in. I think at least five of the nominees have all of their papers in. You know, what this is about, John, the Democrats are really frustrated that they lost the election. I was in Senator Schumer's position eight years ago. I know how it feels when you're coming into a new situation, that the other guys won the election. What did we do? We confirmed seven cabinet appointments the day President Obama was sworn in.


And how many of those confirmations didn't have their ethics paperwork submitted or financial disclosures?
 
2017-01-09 06:47:43 PM  
For everyone shiatting on this move as "useless":

What the fark else is Schumer supposed to do, if not publicly point out GOP hipocrisy and how far they're willing to deviate from the established norms?
 
2017-01-09 06:48:10 PM  
I try to comfort myself by thinking about how much worse a Ted Cruz presidency would likely be.
 
2017-01-09 06:49:59 PM  

qorkfiend: For everyone shiatting on this move as "useless":

What the fark else is Schumer supposed to do, if not publicly point out GOP hipocrisy and how far they're willing to deviate from the established norms?


The problem is that if he's sending back his own damn letter, this isn't a deviation from the established norms.

Hypocrisy yes, but then it's bi-directional hypocrisy.
 
2017-01-09 06:50:01 PM  

Serious Black: Nope; if I'm going to contact any Senators or Members of Congress, I'm going to contact my own in accordance with the best practices laid out by the staffers who wrote the Indivisible Guide. I will HAPPILY call my Senators at their local offices tonight and ask them why they aren't speaking about against hearings for Donald's nominees when they haven't cleared the transparency and ethics standards they set for Obama's nominees eight years ago, and I encourage everyone else to do the same.


Called Cornyn and Cruz's offices this morning.  I very politely made it clear that if working in the low levels of the US government requires a completed background check before a job offer is forthcoming, it's only reasonable to expect the full background checks to be complete before the Senate consents to the hiring of the entire Executive branch, other than the positions of President and Vice President.  To Senator Cruz's staffer answering the phone, I pointed out that if Mr. Trump had been vetted before the RNC allowed him to run for office using their party apparatus, we may have been inaugurating President Cruz in 11 days.
 
2017-01-09 06:50:29 PM  

Repo Man: I try to comfort myself by thinking about how much worse a Ted Cruz presidency would likely be.


I used to tell myself this, but since Pence is running the show there's no difference.

This might be worse, actually, since we have a Tweeting populist providing covering fire for the right wing insanity that's going on.
 
2017-01-09 06:50:40 PM  
But...Biden rule!
 
2017-01-09 06:51:27 PM  
Good to see a Dem with a set!
Give em hell Schumer.
 
2017-01-09 06:52:22 PM  

qorkfiend: For everyone shiatting on this move as "useless":

What the fark else is Schumer supposed to do, if not publicly point out GOP hipocrisy and how far they're willing to deviate from the established norms?


For the next 2 years, pointing out hypocrisy at every turn is going to be a vital weapon.
 
2017-01-09 06:54:09 PM  

stoli n coke: qorkfiend: For everyone shiatting on this move as "useless":

What the fark else is Schumer supposed to do, if not publicly point out GOP hipocrisy and how far they're willing to deviate from the established norms?

For the next 2 years, pointing out hypocrisy at every turn is going to be a vital weapon.


And having a public record of it.
 
2017-01-09 06:55:15 PM  
That's pretty hilarious.
 
2017-01-09 06:55:19 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Queasy is the feeling I get when I think about Schumer leading the charge of opposition to what's about to fall on all of our farking heads.


I'm not a fan either, but this gives me hope.
 
2017-01-09 06:55:55 PM  
How special, remind me again how many of such nominees were subjected to it? What's that? Almost none of them because Republicans respected the results of the election and accepted that the president gets to appoint people?
 
2017-01-09 06:56:15 PM  
You can all start cheering when they actually accomplish something.  Words are free.  This did nothing.
 
2017-01-09 06:58:03 PM  

parasol: Serious Black: I LOLed.

But seriously, folks, does anyone expect Yertle to look at that letter and say "Yep, I need to be consistent with what I said eight years ago"? I sure as fark don't.

Wouldn't hurt to call his office in the morning and let him know that you know he's been sent a copy of his own requirements, would it?

Might be nice to zip off an e-mail to Schumer with some appreciation for the move.

We need to stop letting these people operate in a vacuum, either way.


Or all of us could call or respective senators and all them demand the same rigor for all appointees.
 
2017-01-09 06:58:10 PM  
I'm not Schumer's biggest fan, but kudos to him for at least making an effort to embarrass the GOP into doing their jobs.... not that they're capable of embarrassment.

I'm also impressed that he managed to keep McConnell's 2009 letter this long without smudging the crayon.
 
2017-01-09 06:59:11 PM  

randomjsa: How special, remind me again how many of such nominees were subjected to it? What's that? Almost none of them because Republicans respected the results of the election and accepted that the president gets to appoint people?


Merrickgarlandsayswhat?!
 
2017-01-09 06:59:36 PM  

randomjsa: How special, remind me again how many of such nominees were subjected to it? What's that? Almost none of them because Republicans respected the results of the election and accepted that the president gets to appoint people?


Subjected to what?  Basic background checks by the FBI and Ethics office?  That's standard practice, apparently.
 
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