Ben Jacobs, writing for The Daily Beast snidely opined that “lefty groups are signing petitions urging” the socialist senator “to register and throw his hat in the (presidential) ring, the problem is that there is nothing bearing the slightest resemblance to a path to victory” for him in Iowa, a state where presumed front-runner Hillary Clinton is weakest and which has traditionally proved receptive to liberal candidates.
Who cares? Consider this—by and large this doddering old fool is relatively unknown—he needs to show his political chops. So…
Parroting The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer, the socialist Vermonter is waiting to see facts from the ongoing investigation of the burgeoning VA scandal.
On Thursday, Sanders blocked a move by Sen. Marco Rubio to pass a bill that would make it easier for the VA secretary to fire senior executives. The House passed its measure on Wednesday, over Shinseki’s objections with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 390 to 33. All of the “no” votes came from Democrats.
Harry Reid and Bernie Sanders were immediately confronted with the stark choice of standing with veterans who rely on the VA health care system or standing alongside poorly performing bureaucrats entrenched in a dysfunctional personnel system.
Sanders said he felt that any legislative fix should not get a vote without a hearing and he sought Rubio’s support for a more comprehensive bill.
That stunt incensed Rubio who said, “He said we may one day pass it, it’s a really good idea, but he wants to have a hearing on it first. And I just don’t understand that. They blocked it. And unfortunately members of Congress will head home for Memorial Day and veterans will keep waiting for accountability, and that’s outrageous.”
“We could have sent this bill to the president, and next week when the preliminary investigation returns Shinseki could have started firing people that weren’t doing their jobs,” said Rubio.
By closing ranks with TWMDCO, Senate Democrats are playing a treacherous game of politics with the lives of veterans. Political power is their craven desire.
UPDATE: Linked by The Pirate’s Cove and we thank him.