It’s must see TV today.
Getting ready (June 6, 2017)
If you’re astute you’ll invest in popcorn futures.
Less than a month ago:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
7:26 AM – 12 May 2017
Contemporaneous notes might do. We’ll find out on Thursday.
“…This is great if you live in la-la land where the current House is capable of passing any sort of solution on immigration. Yes, they should “quit stalling, get to work, and do their jobs.” — but you know full well that is not going to happen. So when the chips are down, Claire, where do you really stand? I’m so tired of your ‘bipartisan’ platitudes. Families are suffering because of our broken system. You are part of the problem and I wish Missouri had a better Democrat representing us…”
Senator Claire McCaskill [file photo].
Senator Claire McCaskill
11 hours ago
“Our immigration system is broken, and I support a comprehensive plan to fix it, but executive orders aren’t the way to do it. The system can only be truly fixed through legislation by Congress. The Senate’s comprehensive plan got overwhelming bipartisan approval, and Republicans in the U.S. House have sat on their hands for a year-and-a-half, refusing to even consider that bill. They should quit stalling, get to work, and do their jobs-debate the comprehensive plan that passed the Senate with a two-thirds margin.” -Claire
A sample of the responses:
[….] I can’t believe I voted for you. I’ve never voted republican in my life.
[….] When did you become a republican?
[….] When you give the voter a choice between Republican and Republican-lite, they’re going to choose the full-flavor choice.
[….] Congress does need to get to work and pass an immigration bill but we all know that isn’t going to happen as long as we have the current president because the republicans will pass nothing. Until we have a comprehensive immigration bill the executive action is the best solution! I am highly disappointed in you lately Claire!
[….] Claire…you’re losing your base…..support our President…or we see no reason to support you…
[….] A “yes” vote for Keystone and now this, Claire? I wish we had more Bernie Sanders in office.
[….] Well they haven’t done a thing! So I support whatever Pres. OBama feels he needs to do. The GOP already want to jump down his throat, funny how they didn’t do that with the Bush presidents or Reagan when they use executive orders!!! You should be supporting him also Claire.
[….] I am really concerned by this trend you seem to be displaying to be at odds with everything that the president has been attempting to do! I worked hard in past election cycles to get you re-elected here in my home town, and I am really regretting my decision to do so! Please, if you are so afraid of losing your senate seat, that you don’t back the president that we, YOUR CONSTITUENTS, elected, then at least have the decency to tell us about your change of party affiliation!
[….] In a prior interview, around 2011, you stated “If my walk doesn’t match my talk, shame on me and don’t ever vote for me again.” so, I will take your advice.
[….] You can tell it is coming to an election cycle. We did not elect you to be on the right. Stand up for Democratic values!
[….] Claire, deeply disappointed in you. Your principles are no longer mine. You have lost my support, both financially and my vote.
[….] Claire, I have recently lost respect for you. You just confirmed why.
[….] I support the President on this issue. Sick of a do-nothing congress.
[….] Hmmm sounds like a republican answer. Time to vote in a democrat.
[….] Senator McCaskill, I have always been a strong supporter of you, but after reading this post and realizing that you no longer stand for the people, nor do you support OUR President, I will be withdrawing all support for you. You have become too much like the far right, perhaps you have been bought by special interests like the rest of Congress, but your behavior (not to mention the behavior of Congress in general) is inexcusable. Shame on you and many of the Democrats. Don’t you understand that your non-support of the POTUS is part of the reason why we lost in the mid-terms? Despicable. I will certainly be finding a new Democratic candidate for my vote next election.
[….] President Obama has already tried to work with Congress and you have already seen what has happened on immigration. He is creating action and helping to eleviate a problem. You should be supporting his efforts!!
[….] We no longer care about what you think, Claire. Not after you sold us out for KXL.
[….] Senator McCaskill – Take a peek at Senator Elizabeth Warren’s post tonight. That’s what a true Democrat looks like. I’m very disappointed in you.
[….] And the hits just keep coming. I am officially not following your feed anymore and you have lost my vote when you decide to re-up for Senate or for the Gov. of Missouri. You know good and well why he had to do what he did. You are now part of the problem in my view… Quit pandering for vote, it doesn’t suit you.
[….] When did Clair become a repubican?
[….] I disagree. Nothing will ever get done that way. I support my President and so should you.
[….] President is doing what has to be done and that’s why I support him.
[….] Claire, they haven’t passed anything – I’m proud our President is taking legal action to get it moving. Be careful you’re leaning the wrong direction!
[….] I thought you are a democrat. You are talking like a republican
[….] Claire, trying to be a centrist for the sake of being a centrist does not a centrist make. Do you actually believe the Republicans are going to bend one inch for the likes of you if you pander to them?
[….] This is great if you live in la-la land where the current House is capable of passing any sort of solution on immigration. Yes, they should “quit stalling, get to work, and do their jobs.” — but you know full well that is not going to happen. So when the chips are down, Claire, where do you really stand? I’m so tired of your ‘bipartisan’ platitudes. Families are suffering because of our broken system. You are part of the problem and I wish Missouri had a better Democrat representing us.
[….] Wow, I remember a time when you dissed Clinton and jumped into Obama’s camp…. why don’t you just turn republican?
[….] You should be applauding our president, not bad mouthing what he is doing! While comprehensive immigration reform passed by Congress is, of course, the ideal, in the meantime, executive action is the only possible way forward. Bravo, President Obama! (BTW – I was out knocking on doors for you during your last election.)
[….] I support the President.
[….] You’ve become a truly lousy senator. I hope someone runs against you in your next primary. You are a political coward.
[….] Stop your nonsense and get on board with our President!
[….] Claire, what planet do you live on? If the last House couldn’t agree on immigration, what makes you think the next (more Republicans, more conservative) House can agree on anything?
[….] What is WRONG with you Senator??? Congress has had its chance. It is most certainly time for executive action. Between this and your pipeline vote, I have to ask: who bought you??
[….] Claire you got my last vote
[….] Such a disappointing response from you! You too run away from a President who has accomplished so much with a worthless Congress and such lack of disrespect I am disappointed in you as a Senator.
And there were several hundred more comments.
By all means, keep bleeding off the base.
President Obama: On Immigration (November 20, 2014)
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): Well, that went over like a lead pipeline… (November 19, 2014)
Padding Mary Landrieu’s resume (November 18, 2015)
A good take on Claire “Lieberman” McCaskill’s dissing of Harry Reid (November 17, 2014)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): shifting tar sands (November 15, 2014)
We need the Keystone XL pipeline because? – part 3 (November 15, 2014)
We need the Keystone XL pipeline because? – part 2 (November 14, 2014)
Charles P. Pierce is meaner (November 14, 2014)
And then all hell broke loose (November 13, 2014)
We need the Keystone XL pipeline because? (November 13, 2014)
Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning (r – obstruction) blinked:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2010
Statement by President Obama on Signing of UI Extension Bill
“During these difficult economic times, supporting American workers, their families and our small businesses must be everyone’s focus. The bill passed tonight by the Senate will extend access to health care benefits for workers who have lost their jobs, help small businesses get loans so they can grow and hire, and extend unemployment insurance benefits for millions of Americans who are looking for work. I’m grateful to the members of the Senate on both sides of the aisle who worked to end this roadblock to relief for America’s working families.”
We received the following statement from Senator Claire McCaskill’s (D) office:
“The idea that someone would play politics with unemployment benefits while our country is facing ten percent unemployment is offensive,” McCaskill said. “This emergency extension was about keeping food on the table for thousands of unemployed families, yet Republicans were more concerned with holding things up in the Senate. When Americans see this sort of thing happening in Congress, they have every right to be frustrated. Frankly, I’m frustrated too.”
Petulance appears to be a republican trait:
…Bunning’s obstruction, however, continues on another front.
Democrats say he has put a hold on all pending presidential nominations, effectively blocking “several dozen” of President Obama’s nomations…
Good luck Senator McCaskill.