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Liz Warren 2020 POTUS Campaign
« on: February 08, 2017, 08:02:59 PM »
Liz is obviously going to run for POTUS in 2020, and has started her campaign early by getting herself in the Newz as a Chief Adversary of The Donald.

I'm giving her her own thread, because something tells me she is not going to let up.  ::)

Quote from: Mitch McConnell
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Feminists will eat up this bit of "mansplaining" by MM. lol.

Kickoff post below.


Shutting Down Speech by Elizabeth Warren, G.O.P. Amplifies Her Message


Backlash to Warren’s Silencing

Backlash to Warren’s Silencing

After Senator Elizabeth Warren’s remarks were halted during a Senate confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions to become attorney general, many people rallied around her. By NEETI UPADHYE on Publish Date February 8, 2017. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press. Watch in Times Video »

WASHINGTON — Republicans seized her microphone. And gave her a megaphone.

Silenced on the Senate floor for condemning a peer, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, emerged on Wednesday in a coveted role: the avatar of liberal resistance in the age of President Trump.

Late on Tuesday, Senate Republicans voted to halt the remarks of Ms. Warren, already a lodestar of the left, after she criticized a colleague, Senator Jeff Sessions, the nominee for attorney general, by reading a letter from Coretta Scott King.

Instantly, the decision — led by Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, who invoked a rarely enforced rule prohibiting senators from impugning the motives and conduct of a peer — amplified Ms. Warren’s message and further inflamed the angry Senate debate over Mr. Sessions’ nomination. He was confirmed on Wednesday.

For Ms. Warren’s supporters, it was the latest and most visceral example of a woman muzzled by men who seemed unwilling to listen.
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Critics saw something else: a senator who has rankled members of both parties with her nose for the spotlight lobbing a far-too-early salvo in the next presidential race.

“A lot of that’s about 2020 politics,” Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota, grumbled on MSNBC.

Mr. McConnell’s subsequent explanation for his maneuver seemed destined for a future Warren campaign ad: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” After an unsuccessful effort to draft her for the 2016 presidential race, Ms. Warren is considered a very early front-runner for 2020, should she run.

Mr. McConnell’s coda has already been repurposed as a sort of rallying cry. Across social media, Ms. Warren’s allies and supporters posted with the hashtag #shepersisted, calling to mind some Democrats’ embrace of the term “nasty woman” after Mr. Trump deployed it to describe Hillary Clinton during a debate. Appearing with Mrs. Clinton in New Hampshire in October, Ms. Warren reminded Mr. Trump that “nasty women vote.”

After the vote to bar Ms. Warren from speaking further about Mr. Sessions, other senators, including Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Tom Udall of New Mexico, read Mrs. King’s letter without facing any objection, prompting some activists to raise charges of sexism.
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Spicer Responds to King Letter on Sessions
Spicer Responds to King Letter on Sessions

Asked about a letter that Coretta Scott King wrote regarding Jeff Sessions in 1986, the White House press secretary said he “would respectfully disagree with her assessment of Senator Sessions then and now.” By THE NEW YORK TIMES on Publish Date February 8, 2017. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images. Watch in Times Video »

Ms. Warren has long displayed an instinct for capitalizing on highly visible fights. After she was barred from speaking on the Senate floor, she began reading the 1986 letter from Mrs. King on Facebook. By Wednesday evening, the video had attracted more than nine million views.

In the letter, Mrs. King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., took aim at Mr. Sessions’s record on civil rights as a United States attorney in Alabama, saying he had used “the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.” She called on the Senate not to confirm Mr. Sessions to a federal judgeship, and his nomination to that post was ultimately rejected.

On Wednesday morning, in a conference room in the Capitol — the vote prohibited Ms. Warren from speaking about the nomination only from the Senate floor — Ms. Warren addressed civil rights leaders, recounting her long night.

“What hit me the hardest was, it is about silence,” she said. “It’s about trying to shut people up. It’s about saying, ‘No, no, no, just go ahead and vote.’”

She went on.

“This is going to be hard,” she said. “We don’t have the tools. There’s going to be a lot that we will lose. But I guarantee, the one thing we will not lose, we will not lose our voices.”

As Democrats strain to navigate the early days of the Trump presidency, weighing the merits of the blanket opposition that many in their base seem to crave, the latest rancor appeared to raise the likelihood of further confrontation in the Senate chamber.

Some left-leaning groups seemed comfortable with that.

“What the public needs to see from Democrats right now is more backbone and more standing on principle,” said Adam Green, a co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “Elizabeth Warren continues to be the model for good behavior.”

The timing is fortunate for Ms. Warren, whose fiery denunciations of corporate greed have long made her a Democratic celebrity.

Her new book deal was announced this week. Its title: “This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class.” Shortly after Mr. McConnell’s objection on Tuesday, Ms. Warren called a favorite TV anchor, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, and spoke live on the air.

On Wednesday, Republicans betrayed no regret for their move, accusing Ms. Warren of ignoring repeated warnings to avoid violating the Senate rule, known as Rule XIX. She had also read a letter from Edward M. Kennedy, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate, disparaging Mr. Sessions.
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“You don’t insult — whether it be from a letter, or from a message from God, or on golden tablets,” said Senator John McCain of Arizona. “That’s the rules of the Senate. They want to complain about it, complain about it.”

Democrats and their allies resumed their protest against Mr. Sessions on Wednesday with renewed swagger, despite their long odds of blocking his confirmation.

“If Mr. McConnell or anybody else wants to deny me the right to debate Jeff Sessions’s qualifications, go for it,” Mr. Sanders said from the Senate floor hours before the vote.

Since the election, Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren have been among the lawmakers jockeying to be leading messengers for Democratic politics under the Trump administration.

There have been bumps. Last month, Ms. Warren faced rare criticism from liberals after voting in a Senate committee to approve Ben Carson as Mr. Trump’s secretary of housing and urban development, infuriating voters who had hoped for uniform opposition to Mr. Trump’s cabinet.

Defending herself on Facebook at the time, Ms. Warren wrote that she appreciated the feedback. “Unlike the new administration,” she said, “I don’t believe in ignoring or silencing people who disagree with the choices I make or the votes I take.”

This week, it seemed, all had been forgiven., the liberal political group, said it had collected about $300,000 in contributions for Ms. Warren since Tuesday night.

And by midafternoon, a fund-raising email from Ms. Warren had arrived in the inboxes of her supporters.

“I’m still banned from speaking on the Senate floor — but there’s still time for you to make your voice heard,” the email read, with a link to a page for contributions.

She signed off with a familiar message: “Keep fighting.”


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Warren seizes spotlight after GOP rebuke
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2017, 08:15:29 PM »

Warren seizes spotlight after GOP rebuke
By Alexander Bolton - 02/08/17 08:29 PM EST

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren cut off after criticising Sessions

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) decision to rebuke the Senate’s most prominent liberal woman has significantly raised the temperature in what was already a ­red-hot chamber of Congress.

The partisan back-and-forth between McConnell and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was the culmination of weeks of simmering tension over President Trump’s Cabinet nominees and the latest indication that bipartisanship will be elusive in 2017.

Senate Republicans aren’t regretting the unusual Tuesday night vote to suspend Warren from the debate on Sen. Jeff Sessions’s (R-Ala.) nomination to serve as attorney general, even though it caused a media firestorm and energized the Democratic base.

For McConnell, it was about defending a colleague and friend with whom he has served since 1997 and firing a warning shot at Democrats.

Frustrations have steadily mounted within the GOP conference over Democratic maneuvers that have slowed the confirmation of Trump’s Cabinet nominees to a crawl. In addition to bogging down McConnell’s timeline, Democrats have raised a variety of questions about the ethics and competence of the nominees.

Warren, who is viewed as a top-tier 2020 presidential candidate, is usually very selective about her media interviews and generally does not engage with reporters in the Senate hallways. But on Wednesday, she went on a media blitz, which included interviews with CNN, MSNBC, ABC’s “The View” and The Hill.

“The rules are designed so that we can have tough debates about difficult issues without impugning one another’s motives,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). “I promise you, if the Senate becomes a place where people routinely insult one another, Americans aren’t going to be happy.”

A senior GOP aide said, “Senate Republicans were not going to allow Democrats to turn the Senate floor into a forum for invective against a sitting member of this chamber.”

The level of partisanship in the Senate has been on the rise over the last several years, but some contend that 2017 could be the nastiest year in recent memory. For example, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called his Democratic colleagues “idiots” for not showing up to confirmation hearings, and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was one of only six Democrats to reject Elaine Chao to head the Transportation Department. Chao is McConnell’s wife.

Not one Republican member on Tuesday voted against the motion to invoke Rule 19 of the chamber, which prohibits senators from impugning the motives of a colleague. The 49-43 party-line roll call promptly ended Warren’s ability to speak about Sessions on the floor.

Sen. Steve Daines, an affable Republican from Montana, was presiding over the chamber and issued a warning when Warren quoted a 1986 statement from the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) calling Sessions’s prior service as U.S. attorney a “disgrace” to the Justice Department.

After Warren went ahead and read a 30-year-old letter from Coretta Scott King accusing Sessions of “reprehensible conduct,” alleging that as a  U.S. attorney he tried to intimidate African-Americans into not voting, McConnell came to the floor to invoke the rules.

Republicans say Democrats have treated Sessions badly since the moment Trump nominated him and point to Warren as one of the primary instigators of their hardball strategy.

Immediately after Trump tapped him, Warren told her colleagues “there can be no compromise with racism; no negotiation with hate,” a reference to allegedly racist statements Sessions made decades ago as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.

That call to arms put pressure on other Democrats to put up a fight against Trump’s nominees and led to one of the most contentious nomination process in recent memory. Only five of Trump’s Cabinet nominees had been confirmed as of Wednesday afternoon. President Obama had 12 confirmed at the same point in his first term, and President George W. Bush had 14.

Session was confirmed in a vote of 52-47 Wednesday evening.

Democratic tactics have irritated Republicans, specifically Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) asking Sessions at his confirmation hearing whether he ever received an award from the Ku Klux Klan and Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) testimony against his nomination before the Judiciary panel — an unprecedented effort by a senator to derail the nomination of a sitting colleague.

“I think decorum is important in the House and the Senate,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a former member of the House. “I hope if I ever disparage any of my colleagues on the Senate floor, I hope somebody calls me on it.”

GOP aides said there was also growing pressure from their base to stand up to Democratic “obstructionism.”

“Our own side is asking, ‘Why don’t you stand up and fight for the integrity of an honorable man?’ ” said the Republican aide. “If we didn’t stand up for him, what was our base going to say?”

The effect on the liberal base, however, appeared to be more pronounced and gave Warren a lot of free press on Wednesday. Many prominent Democrats, including 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, came to her defense.

McConnell’s statement justifying the discipline — “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” — became a rallying cry for the left. On Wednesday afternoon, #ShePersisted was the top or second-highest trending hashtag on Twitter.

The Daily 202, a political blog published by The Washington Post, wrote that McConnell had given Warren’s possible 2020 presidential campaign “an in-kind contribution.”

Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, suggested that McConnell in Machiavellian fashion had intentionally helped Warren reap a media bonanza because he thinks she would be relatively easy for Trump to beat if he faces her in the 2020 general election.

“This is a strategic player,” he said of McConnell. “It could not have possibly escaped him that telling the most prominent woman senator [to] sit down and shut up while reading a letter from Coretta Scott King would promote her among Democrats.

“Who do the Republicans say they’d like to run against in 2020? Elizabeth Warren is usually the first name mentioned,” he added. “They think she’s too far to the left and they have a lot of ways to beat her.”

He said McConnell had elevated Warren above other Democratic White House hopefuls, a handful of whom are serving in the Senate.

When asked about this theory, Warren in an interview with The Hill said, “I don’t know how I feel about that,” adding, “I think you have to ask [McConnell].”

Liberal Democrats said if that’s what McConnell’s motive was, they’re elated to see Warren’s political stock rise.

“God bless him,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), one of the Senate’s most liberal members. “May he elevate the progressive wing because I think it’s resonating powerfully with Americans.”

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), another progressive, thinks the explanation for McConnell’s disciplining of Warren is relatively simple.

“Elizabeth Warren gets the Republicans’ blood boiling. She’s hard-hitting and speaks her mind,” he said.

Republican senators on Wednesday defended McConnell. But they weren’t thrilled with the messy fight, which only further energized Democrats who on Tuesday evening appeared a little weary after conducting an all-night talkathon to protest Betsy DeVos’s nomination for secretary of Education.

Rubio said the decision to rebuke Warren was “borderline,” and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said it would have been preferable if a vote could have been avoided.

On Wednesday morning, several male Democratic colleagues read King’s letter on the Senate floor and did not receive any discipline.

Pressed on whether there is a double standard for her, Warren demurred and said, “Ask Mitch McConnell.”


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