Republican Representative George Santos of New York was expelled from the House of Representatives on Friday of last week. The vote was 311-114-2-8. This was the third attempt at expulsion, (keep in mind that Santos didn’t take his seat until January of this year). I’d like to list the 112 Republicans who voted to keep Santos in office. 8 (split 5-3 Republicans to Democrats) did not vote; I’ll comment one on. Then I’d like to explore the motivation for some of the votes. (Even a political junkie like me isn’t comfortable ascribing motivations to many of the back benchers.) Totally perplexing to me are the two Democrats who voted “Present”.
W.C. Fields is credited with the line, “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with…” well you remember the last word and I’m protective of my PG rating. So, message communicated. We saw two examples of that in Washington last week and I for one certainly wasn’t fooled. Baffled at how we allow these less than brilliant people to stay employed (on our dime); but not fooled!
After my hiatus this format was inevitable. The only questions are will one day be sufficient and how much will I miss. Continue reading Progressive Sweeping LV
I’m back from my “hiatus” and with that back to my version of live blogging. The biggest political story, (although some may dispute me on my choice), revolves around the election of Louisiana Republican Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House. As I began to formulate my thoughts on approaching this article an old comedy routine came to mind. Arguably it was made most popular in a 1978 Natural Light beer commercial in which comedian Raymond J. Johnson, Jr. offered several alternatives by which he could be addressed culminating in a slap stick/burlesque quality punchline “…but you doesn’t have to call me Johnson.”
Timestamp: Saturday morning.
As of publishing date the United States House of Representatives has been without a speaker for 19 consecutive days. It appears that the earliest this situation could be resolved is on Tuesday of this week and that is a bit optimistic. The bottom line is that for decades the Republican Party is and has been incapable of governing. It is really that simple.