|Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, appropriately on the left. And Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, who really should be farther right, right off the page|
The one who does not look anything at all like the late Senator Joseph McCarthy, is Elizabeth Warren, a liberal populist, something we haven't seen in a long time, well, I guess since Ted Kennedy died. I will admit that I like her. Her politics are decidedly left of center and I hope she represents a new movement that will inch the nation in that direction. Heaven knows the likes of Ted Cruz have nearly taken us over a cliff the other way.
So, I'll probably be up late tuned to C-Span 2, watching to see if I go to work on Monday. Oh wait, that's a telework day making it a lot easier. We were told last Thursday that if we were teleworkers and there was a shut-down, we would have to officially report in at the office to implement shut-down procedures. That's basically turning off our computers and going out to breakfast. I think I'll just not answer the phone or check e-mails from work this weekend.
It is such a sarcastic joy to be a federal employee these many years. Government used to be held in respect. Now we're all Rodney Dangerfield. I found this great article on a statistical analysis of bad words used in public comments to federal agencies. Please note our Fish and Wildlife Service is No. 2 right after the IRS:
Apparently, Munchkin Senators Cruz and Lee were outmaneuvered on a procedural point from their grandstanding in-eloquence and that's why Reid is going through a weekend session to get as many Presidential Appointments confirmed as possible. And the Cromnibus will likely pass on Monday. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/conservatives-move-backfires-113556.html?hp=t2_r
Update No. 2:
With C-Span 2 going on as I do laundry and occasionally nap, I am enjoying the process of the Senate confirming the President's numerous nominees for positions in the Executive Branch. This was all brought about by the sheer stupidity of Senators Cruz and Lee and now there is more political reporting catching up. From Vox:
The Senate did pass a CR this afternoon to keep us feds working until Wednesday hoping they will get the Cromnibus passed by then. But there's always the chance Cruz and Lee could blow some procedure again.
There is no better parliamentarian in the Senate today than the Honorable Majority-soon-to-be-Minority Leader Harry Reid. And none worse than Cruz and/or Lee. The next couple of years could be highly entertaining for political junkies.
Don't believe me? Check these quotes from some of Senator Lee's close associates in the Senate:
From Politico.Best quote:
"Asked if he thought the Cruz-Lee plan was effective, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said: “The answer is no.”'Second best quote:
“I don’t see how conservative ends are achieved,” said Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a fiscal hardliner. “I think it’s counterproductive. Some of the nominations that we had issues with, like the surgeon general, were not going to move forward. Now they’re going to move forward. “
Update 7:35 pm Mountain Time:
It's over, Baby! Reid just got cloture on Cromnibus 77-19 or something. Bi-Partisan. Holdouts on the far right and not so far left.
Reid now taking Cruz to task on the floor. Final vote now!!! It will pass.