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Senator Claire McCaskill (D) [2017 file photo].

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) this morning via Twitter – on the republican tax scam:

Claire McCaskill‏ @clairecmc
We got this at 10:18 pm last night. Expected to work on it at 10:00 am today. This is nuts. What’s the damn rush? Why can’t we have a reasonable time to read and study?

GOP Senate Finance‏ @GOPSenFinance
Here’s the chairman’s modified mark and score for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: [….]  #taxreform

7:17 AM – 15 Nov 2017

Uh, because they need to present a legislative “victory” to the moron at the head of their party? Just a guess.

From Masha Gessen on November 11, 2016:

Autocracy: Rules for Survival
Rule #5: Don’t make compromises. Like Ted Cruz, who made the journey from calling Trump “utterly amoral” and a “pathological liar” to endorsing him in late September to praising his win as an “amazing victory for the American worker,” Republican politicians have fallen into line. Conservative pundits who broke ranks during the campaign will return to the fold. Democrats in Congress will begin to make the case for cooperation, for the sake of getting anything done—or at least, they will say, minimizing the damage. Nongovernmental organizations, many of which are reeling at the moment, faced with a transition period in which there is no opening for their input, will grasp at chances to work with the new administration. This will be fruitless—damage cannot be minimized, much less reversed, when mobilization is the goal—but worse, it will be soul-destroying. In an autocracy, politics as the art of the possible is in fact utterly amoral. Those who argue for cooperation will make the case, much as President Obama did in his speech, that cooperation is essential for the future. They will be willfully ignoring the corrupting touch of autocracy, from which the future must be protected.

“…In an autocracy, politics as the art of the possible is in fact utterly amoral…”

Let’s remember that.