Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I'm Confused.

Wasn't it just a few months ago that the media was telling us that the NRA was responsible for ebola?
If only there was someone around who could educate the American public about the actual level of risk. Someone who was trusted as a public health expert and whose job it was to help us understand what we really need to worry about and what precautions we should take.

Actually, that is one of the primary responsibilities of the United States surgeon general. There’s just one problem: Thanks to Senate dysfunction and NRA opposition, we don’t have a surgeon general right now. In fact, we haven’t had a surgeon general for more than a year now — even though the president nominated the eminently qualified Dr. Vivek Murthy back in November 2013.
And yet:

Surgeon general nominee Vivek Murthy, opposed by gun lobby, confirmed
President Obama's pick to serve as the next surgeon general was confirmed Monday evening more than a year and half after being nominated, the first of nearly a half dozen of the president's picks set for confirmation this week as Democrats prepare to cede control of the U.S. Senate.

Senators voted 51 to 43 to confirm Vivek Murthy, a Harvard and Yale-educated doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, whose nomination had been in limbo amid concerns about his experience, and opposition from the gun lobby.
So, basically, the media was/is full of s**t. Back when they were claiming that the NRA was responsible for holding up Murthy's nomination, that was a big wet sack of horse manure lie. Nothing changed in the Senate from the time that first story came out. Heck, nothing changed in the Senate from the initial nomination of Murthy.

Except, of course, that in about a month the Senate gets handed over to the GOP. You know, the party that the American people overwhelmingly elected last month? And before the Senate changes hands, it's one big middle finger to the GOP and the people that elected them. Top. Men. They could have confirmed Murthy literally at any time after he was nominated. ANY. TIME. Yet they didn't, because by and large the Surgeon General position is a useless figurehead, and far better for it to be a bludgeon with which to beat the GOP about the head and shoulders should something go wrong.

Like, you know, letting a bunch of people from a region experiencing an ebola outbreak come to the U.S. with no rules of quarantine...

Don't change the rules. Keep them exactly as Harry Reid changed them. No more "nuclear option." They're the ones that removed it when they were in power. Let them deal with the consequences of their actions now that they are no longer the majority party. This is one of the few battles you can win - it is THEIR actions that did this. You quite literally need to do NOTHING - why should you change the rules back?

Just sit back and - for once - let the Democrats reap the consequences they have sown...

That is all.


Armed Texan said...

Sorry, but the Republicans will change the rules back. The only reason that the Dems felt comfortable removing the filibuster for nominations is because they knew the media would carry their water for them.

Anonymous said...

"The Generals provided deliberately ineffective opposition as a foil for the Globetrotters' comedy routines. The Globetrotters' acts often featured incredible coordination and skillful handling of one or more basketballs, such as passing or juggling balls between players, balancing or spinning balls on their fingertips, and making unusual, difficult shots. The Generals on the other hand would try to play a game of 'serious' basketball in return."

From The Washington Generals Wiki

Stretch said...

The rules will be put back to 60 votes.
"Bi-partisanship" you know.

Old NFO said...

Amen... Turn about IS fair play...

Roger said...

The GOP is not known as the "stupid party" without significant cause.
They earned it the hard way, they worked for it!
Speaking of the NRA, I visited their museum Wednesday morning.
Looked around for a while and drooled over the beautiful weapons but did not see you or your Harley.

Sailorcurt said...

You quite literally need to do NOTHING - why should you change the rules back?

I'm agreeing with previous commenters on this one.

Look at the difference in how the media treated that horrible Ted Cruz for the virtually terroristic act of opposing the Cromnibus bill as compared to their fawning approval of Elizabeth Warren's virtuous opposition to the same bill.

If the Republicans don't change the rules back to what they were before, the media will portray the act as Republicans gaming the system, and trying to undermine the constitution and install a dictatorship etc. etc. etc.

When it is brought up that the democrats were the ones who changed the rules in the first place...the "shut up" defense will be employed, quickly followed by "Racist!" "Anti-Woman!" and "Fascist!".

Quickly followed by the Republican leadership issuing public apologies for their insensitivity and changing the rules back.