Amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell is pushing ahead with a loaded confirmation schedule this week, before the cabinet picks and other high-ranking candidates have had background checks and ethic clearances. And Hair Führer Donald Trump is going to give a press conference while the confirmations are in progress.
They are deliberately throwing as much at the wall as they can so no one can focus on any single person; it’s a Gish-gallop of sorts to baffle us with bullshit. The press will breathlessly cover the Trump talk (since the Russian Usurper has not had a press conference in 6 months, the media will be there full of bloviating self importance), and the confirmations will fly under the radar.
And so here’s our Activism Assignment: Everyone call your Senators (Republican AND Democratic) and tell them that no one should be confirmed until they have passed background and ethics checks.
It’s not an outrageous request, and in fact in 2009 Mitch McConnell insisted on it:
Mitch McConnell to Reid in 2009: nominee “financial disclosures must be complete… prior 2hearing being scheduled.” pic.twitter.com/wxCfXTPS6g
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) January 8, 2017
The very racist Sen. Jeff Sessions’ hearing to become the Attorney General starts on Monday.
Start calling. Be polite. Stay on message:
No confirmations before background checks and ethics clearances.