This one is a couple of days late this month, and just in the nick of time, John McCain does not disappoint. Once again, we have a liberal caucus on the ropes, stuck in a political quagmire of their own making, and once again, like the foulest gremlin for all things right of center, John McCain swoons to the ground in order to snatch defeat from certain victory. The result of course is that the multi-year delay of confirming the single worst choice to head up the newly formed and euphemistically named Consumer Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, has been ended, and John McCain has once again delayed a fight that needed to take place. The compromise received for allowing this continuation along the path towards self destruction is as usual, not a gosh darned thing.
Nobody should be surprised that John McCain has finally won an award that will probably bear his name on the yearly version, as he kisses the canvas so many times and with such precision that my guess is that very few would recognize the man were he standing in a vertical position. When ever the GOP is close to any sort of tactical victory in the Senate, along comes McCain to form some sort of, “Gang of,” group that will amount to an unmitigated surrender of each and every principle that the GOP has been founded upon.
Just in case you were wondering whether this latest bit of politicking amounts to such a surrender, read the quote from the leader of the Liberal Cabal, taken from the Hotair article linked to above.
“I’m pleased that the Senate took action today to move forward on the nominees who have waited far too long for a vote,” Obama said. “Over the last two years, I’ve nominated leaders to fill important positions required to do the work of the American people, only to have those positions remain unfilled – not because the nominees were somehow unqualified, but for purely political reasons.” …
“I want to thank the Senators from both parties – including Leader Reid, Leader McConnell and Senator McCain – who have worked together to find a path forward and give these nominees the votes they deserve,” Obama continued. “In the weeks ahead, I hope the Congress will build on this spirit of cooperation to advance other urgent middle-class priorities, including the need to take action to pass commonsense immigration reform and keep interest rates on student loans low for families trying to afford a higher education.”
If you think the EPA is dangerous to the American economy, with its hyper regulatory stance, the lack of accountability, the lack of transparency, its ability to rewrite its own rules to suit the whims of those in charge, the ability to place itself above the laws and Constitution, then wait till you get a load of the Consumer Protection Bureau. That will make you believe the good folk of the EPA are the warm and fuzzy creatures found in a Jim Henson production. Make no mistake about it, Cordray, a man who Ohio voters needed only four years as Attorney General to realize that they wanted nothing more to do with, is so far left of center that he actually believes that our nation needs an emperor to micro manage even the most mundane of daily decisions, will use his new position to make any sort of economic success punishable by death via a thousand paper cuts.
Yes it is true that if the Reid led Senate had voted to change its own rules, Cordray would likely have been nominated anyhow. But that’s only part of the story. The Democrats are very visibly concerned with their electoral prospects next year, and any such rules changes would increase the power of all future majorities as well as the current one. Those concerns are well founded, as once again they find themselves defending seats in States where the electorate is visibly upset with the blatant disregard for the will of the people who sent them to Washington. Had John McCain allowed this fight to take place, it is not a certainty at all that Reid’s attempt at a power grab would have been successful. If it had been successful, the Senate would still have had a House controlled by the opposition party to contend with, and this increased power for the majority would have been secured for future Sessions as well, meaning, the likely Republican Controlled Senate of 2015 and 2016 at least.
Such a maneuver would also have cost Reid politically, as his speeches shrieking about similar Republican initiatives while he was in the Minority were as obnoxious as they were plentiful. While it is true that much of America lacks an adult memory, it is also true that the sociopaths who inhabit our Legislative Branch by and large do not. They also possess the ability to perform some fairly complicated political calculus. The Democrats had far more to lose in this fight than gain. That was true up until the moment that John McCain decided to hand them this victory free from any political cost at all. The man kisses the canvas better than anyone in our nation’s history, and should be given the nickname, “Chief Falling Bull,” for his prowess.