Posted by: maboulette | March 23, 2017

Senators from Both Parties Forming Power-play Alliances against Trump on Russia

Whitehouse and Graham

Has the fundamental threat to democracy posed by the unhinged Donald Trump and his Russian conspiracy finally pushed the United States Senate into a post-partisan landscape? It’s rather hard to believe, but just look at the latest increases out of the Senate. Just look who’s suddenly raising whose name for cover, who’s suddenly making a point of standing next to whom, and you begin to see the cross-party power-play alliances that are now emerging.


And so this Democrat and Republican have united for a power play whose enthusiasms couldn’t be more clear: they know they will probably end up having to subpoena the evidence they seek. And when you start subpoenaing evidence about the president, you’re going to have to make the case to the American public that these extraordinarily moves are acceptable.


But these two give each other cover, you see. It’s why they keep citing each other’s names, to remind the public that this is bigger than either one of them. No one can allege Whitehouse of going after Trump for partisan reasons, so long as he keeps pointing out that he’s acting in concert with Graham. And no one can tell Graham to simply bow down to his own party’s leader in the White House, as long as he keeps pointing out that Whitehouse won’t back down even if he does. And they’re not the only such alliance.


Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein and Republican Senator Chuck Grassley are equally outraged that Trump’s DOJ won’t allow FBI Director James Comey to give them a answer on the total status of the Trump-Russia investigation, so they began calling for it jointly. They finally got their meeting with Comey. And afterward they appeared together before cameras for the sole purpose of appearing together before the cameras, because the entire briefing was classified and they knew there was nothing they could say about it anyway. But don’t mess with them, you see, because they’re together on this.


The thing about Senators is that, irrespective of party, they consider themselves important. And they’re right; there are only a fraction as many Senators as there are members of the House. It’s far harder to get elected to the Senate, and the term lasts three times as long. It’s set up that way for a reason. Senators are supposed to have power by intention. And when they have to forcibly invoke the furthest amount of their powers to take on a wholly uncooperative and corrupt Executive Branch, they’re going to rally together.


For now, even if it’s only temporary, the U.S. Senate is rapidly becoming one of those action hero sequels where the traditional rivals have to somberly team up with each other to stop a madman who’s a universally known danger. And history tells us that there are very few things more powerful in our government than the Senate during those brief windows when it’s united as one unified body.


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