Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Senator John Cornyn: Poster Boy for Petty Politics

Who would have thought that on Inauguration Day – not just any Inauguration Day, but on this unique and historic Inauguration Day – a thoughtless bozo in a position of public trust would choose to piss on the parade.

Texas Senator John Cornyn – and, yes, of course he’s a Republican – says he will vote against confirming Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State ... thereby sucking up to his far-right political base.

But all it really did was prevent Hillary’s confirmation today by “unanimous consent” and delay formal action on her nomination for 24 hours. There will be a roll call vote in the Senate tomorrow and she will pass overwhelmingly.

Was it too much to expect that a clown like Cornyn would refrain from snotty, petty, partisan politics just for this one special, historic day?

Evidently so.


Mike said...

Jim, Cornyn's timing was/is lousy, but, frankly, I like a little dissent in this democracy. Part of what I look forward to over the next four years.

But yesterday felt like that first warm day of spring when you raise the window and let fresh air into the house.

Mike said...

OK, I'm going to all but retract what I said yesterday.

Yes, I believe that honest dissent is essential to a democracy.

But last night's news stated that Cornyn is demanding, as a condition of confirmation, that Eric Holder promise not to prosecute Bush administration people.

It is hard for me to think much of an individual who demands that an attorney general not uphold the law. But then former AG Mukasey remarked a few months ago that "not every violation of the law is a crime."