Senate

Romney on board with considering Supreme Court nominee

Featured image Mitt Romney reportedly has agreed with Republican leadership’s decision to move ahead with the process of confirming a Supreme Court nominee. With Romney apparently on board, Lindsey Graham says that leadership has the votes to get a nominee confirmed, assuming no unexpected developments. I think confirmation needs to occur before the election. Afterwards, it will be too easy for certain Senators to defect if Trump loses. And frankly, there would »

The McSally conundrum [UPDATED]

Featured image Andy McCarthy points to a wrinkle that seems to diminish the likelihood the Senate will confirm President Trump’s selection to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in the event that Joe Biden wins the election. Right now, Republicans hold the Senate by a 53-47 margin. This means that a nominee can be confirmed even if three GOP Senators refuse to go along. Barring exceptional circumstances, there would have to be four defectors »

Questions on the table

Featured image There is an obvious follow-up question or two to the widely quoted statement made by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer during a Democratic Caucus conference call Saturday afternoon. Schumer is quoted saying “everything Americans value is at stake” and warned of possible payback if Republicans fill Justice Ginsburg’s vacant Supreme Court seat before January. “Let me be clear: if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing »

From the Intel Committee Report

Featured image The Senate Intelligence Committee released a redacted version of the final volume of its report on RUSSIAN ACTIVE MEASURES CAMPAIGNS AND INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION. All five volumes of the report are accessible here. Volume 5 (pages 941-943) states ADDITIONAL VIEWS OF SENATORS RISCH, RUBIO, BLUNT, COTTON, CORNYN, AND SASSE. Here is their statement (emphasis in original): (U) Volume 5 of the report on Russian Active Measures Campaigns »

Roger Marshall defeats Kris Kobach in Kansas primary

Featured image Rep. Roger Marshall is running well ahead of Kris Kobach in the Republican Senate primary in Kansas. The AP projects that Marshall is the winner. Kobach, Kansas’ former Secretary of State, is something of a conservative hero for his positions on immigration and his tireless work in opposition to voter fraud. However, many Republicans harbored doubts as to whether Kobach could hold the seat for the GOP, considering that he »

Daniel Gade to face Mark Warner. He’s worthy of your support.

Featured image Yesterday, Virginia Republicans selected Daniel Gade to run for the Senate seat held by Mark Warner. Gade easily won the primary, collecting more than two-thirds of the vote. I wrote about Daniel here. He is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, who served for more than 20 years. In 2004, he deployed to Iraq where he led his unit on many combat missions, was wounded by enemy fire twice, and »

A Trump-Sessions-Coulter Twitter grudge match

Featured image President Trump blasted Jeff Sessions once again this weekend. He tweeted: 3 years ago, after Jeff Sessions recused himself, the Fraudulent Mueller Scam began. Alabama, do not trust Jeff Sessions. He let our Country down. That’s why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville), the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda! There’s nothing new here or in Trump’s follow-up venting. What’s new is that this time Sessions, whose chances of defeating »

Marco Rubio named acting Senate Intelligence Committee chairman

Featured image Mitch McConnell has selected Marco Rubio to serve as acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Rubio replaces Richard Burr, who stepped down last week because he’s under investigation by the FBI regarding stock sales he made just before the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic caused stock values to plummet. Rubio was once best known in the Senate for his amnesty-style immigration reform bill. Now, he’s probably best known for his hardline »

Will Republicans “lose it all” in November ?

Featured image E.J. Dionne thinks they very well might, and for once I agree with him. So, apparently, do some Republican Senators. (I hope I’m wrong. If I am, it won’t be the first time I have underestimated President Trump and the American public.) Let’s start with the presidential race. Come November, the U.S. will likely be in a depression. Deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. might well be in the »

Biden opposed creation of office to probe sex harassment by Senators

Featured image The Office of Senate Fair Employment Practices was established in 1991 to investigate claims of discrimination, including sexual harassment, arising from the Senate. Some Senators opposed the creation of this office. The opposition was bipartisan. It included Republicans, led by Warren Rudman, as well as Democrats, including Joe Biden. Prior to the creation of this office, Congress was exempt from laws banning employment discrimination. Charles Grassley introduced an amendment to »

Mitch gets mad

Featured image It’s hard to tell when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gets angry — perhaps because it doesn’t happen very often, perhaps because he is a supremely self-disciplined man. He was visibly angry last night when the pending relief package failed on the floor of the Senate. He has tweeted out the video of his remarks below. We can only can hope that the Democrats’ misconduct is not rewarded. It will »

Jeff Sessions’s “geographical advantage”

Featured image The first round of the Alabama Senate primary did not go well for Jeff Sessions. Few expected the former Senator to win a majority in the first round, given the crowded field. But Sessions didn’t even win a plurality. Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville outpolled Sessions, 33.4 to 31.6. On its face, this result suggested that the runoff race between Tuberville and Sessions would be a tossup. However, I »

Keeping an eye on the Alabama GOP Senate primary [with updates]

Featured image In addition, to following the Democrats’ Super-Tuesday, we will also be covering the race in Alabama for the right to knock off Democratic incumbent Doug Jones. This is a three-way contest featuring former Senator (and Attorney General) Jeff Sessions, Rep. Bradley Byrne, and former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville. There are other candidates including Judge Roy Moore, but the three mentioned above are the true contenders. If no one gets »

Jeff Sessions may be headed for a runoff election. What will Trump do?

Featured image The day after tomorrow isn’t just the Democrats’ Super Tuesday. It’s also the day when Alabama Republicans will vote on whom to run for the Senate against the highly vulnerable incumbent Democrat, Doug Jones. Jeff Sessions is running for the Republican nomination. There hasn’t been much publicly reported polling about the race, but it appears that Sessions is well out in front. However, it also looks like he will fall »

Roberts rules

Featured image Senate Minority Leader Schumer seems to have thought he might get 50 votes for the Dems’ motion to add “witnesses” and “documents” to the case assembled by the House impeachment managers. Planning ahead, Schumer wondered what might happen in the event of a tie vote on the Dems’ motion. Schumer raised the issue by way of an “inquiry” to Chief Justice Roberts this past Friday, seeking to have Roberts commit »

From Paul Sperry’s notebook

Featured image Behind the impeachment of President Trump lies the “whistleblower” whose identity the mainstream media have carefully protected from disclosure. The Democrats have classified it Sensitive Compartmented Information. This must account for the media have blackout. At RealClearInvestigations, Paul Sperry (@paulsperry) has refused to abide by the blackout “rules.” He explored the back story in his deeply reported 4,000-word investigative account “Whistleblower Was Overheard in ’17 Discussing With Ally How to »

Dems then & now: Biden memo edition

Featured image It’s hard to top my first impeachment related edition of “Dems then & now.” The retrieval of the 1999 Biden memo, however, makes a timely appearance for the windmills of your mind. John Bresnahan and Burgess Everett report at Politico: “In January 1999, then-Sen. Joe Biden argued strongly against the need to depose additional witnesses or seek new evidence in a memo sent to fellow Democrats ahead of President Bill »