“[Rep. Trey] Gowdy — that’s my guy, even though he doesn’t know how to dress. Fuck [Rep. Jim] Jordan. Fuck [former Rep. Jason] Chaffetz. They’re both assholes.”
– Former House Speaker John Boehner, who should know.
A Politico review of TownHallProject.com, a crowd-sourced database, “found that only 14 of the 217 House Republicans who voted for the bill last week — less than 7% — are listed as holding town halls with their constituents. … Healthcare advocates we contacted said the Town Hall Project’s database aligned with their own lists.”
Those who choose to do the NRA’s bidding will be held accountable by our constituents. Something has to be done. We must take a stand. The American people are desperately looking for help, some help, any help. It will never be possible to prevent every shooting. We know that. But we have a responsibility to try. There are certain things we can do.
— Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), calling the NRA the “quasi-militant wing of the Republican Party,” Politico reports.
Even Nixon didn’t destroy the tapes.
— RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, quoted by The Hill, blasting Hillary Clinton for wiping her private email server and permanently deleting all emails.
The 47 senators who mounted the intervention
Thought they were preventing nuclear annihilation.
But it would have been better
To have not sent the letter,
Which Iran saw as proof of the U.S.’s disintegration.
Leave it to Al Jazeera America to give a little lesson in international relations to the 47 asshats who signed the now infamous letter to Iran threatening to obviate any agreement on that country’s nuclear designs. It’s worth a read, since I haven’t seen a similar explainer in the capitol press corp’s output.
Here’s a sample:
Beyond the amusing inaccuracies about U.S. parliamentary order, it seems there are some features of the nuclear negotiations that the signatory senators don’t fully understand — not only on the terms of the deal, but also on who would be party to an agreement.
There are no negotiations on Iran’s “nuclear-weapons program” because the world’s intelligence agencies (including those of the U.S. and Israel) do not believe Iran is currently building nuclear weapons, nor has it made a strategic decision to use its civilian nuclear infrastructure to produce a bomb. An active Iranian nuclear-weapons program would render moot the current negotiations, because Iran would be in fundamental violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Isn’t this the ultimate degree of the collapse of political ethics and the U.S. system’s internal disintegration?
— ran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, asserting that a letter from Republican lawmakers warning that any nuclear deal could be scrapped by the next U.S. president is a sign of “disintegration” in Washington, the New York Times reports.
With a majority in the Senate, the GOP’s unfettered,
And on foreign policy, they think they know better.
Now we’ve learned that the incident
Is without historical precedent,
And that it takes 47 Republicans to send a letter.