As I said in yesterday’s Snarky Snippets post, it is getting easier to find positive things to snark about, but today I’ve got a bit of snark rolling out of my ears in the form of steam, so … I shall share it all with you!
Has Grassley’s time come?
Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa is still debating whether to run again in 2022 for another 6-year term. Grassley is 87 years old and has been in the U.S. Senate for 41 years. He is currently serving his 7th term. While he may not have made up his mind, it seems that the people of Iowa have decided it’s time for him to retire.
According to the latest Des Moines Register poll, 55% of Iowans want Grassley to end his political career next year as compared to just 28% who said they would like to see him run for another term. More than one-third of Iowa republicans say the time has come for him to retire. I would agree. He, like Mitch McConnell, is a poster boy for term limits.
At 87, he is the second-oldest member of the chamber — only California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is older — and if he did run and win an 8th term, Grassley would be 95 by the time it ended. Grassley has consistently been popular among Iowans, and it is widely believed that he is the best bet for the Republican Party to hold on to that senate seat, but it seems the people aren’t too keen on voting for a man 89 years old, as he will be by election day.
If Grassley decides not to run, he will be the 6th Republican senator to decide not to seek re-election in 2022. Let us hope there aren’t even worse ones waiting in the wings.
Lunacy in Ohio
I am sickened and disgusted that two Ohio state legislators, Jon Cross and Reggie Stoltzfus, have proposed legislation to make June 14th a state holiday in honour of the former guy. To date there are 11 cosponsors for the bill. People have lost their bloomin’ marbles!!! If they succeed, I will do everything in my power to move myself and my family out of this state of numpties! But wait … there’s more!
In North Eastern Ohio there is a park named Mosquito Lake State Park. Another Ohio state representative, Mike Loychik, wants to rename the park after the former guy! I swear I don’t know why I live in this state with this bunch of loons!
President Biden has been quiet on the subject of the filibuster, but yesterday during an interview with ABC News he opined …
“I don’t think that you have to eliminate the filibuster; you have to do it what it used to be when I first got to the Senate back in the old days. You had to stand up and command the floor, and you had to keep talking. It’s getting to the point where, you know, democracy is having a hard time functioning.”
And that is the truth, my friends. For years now more bills have failed in the senate largely because of the filibuster than I can count. There are some critical bills coming up in the Senate, covering voting rights, gun laws, police reform, etc. To have them all fail simply because the Republicans in the Senate are determined to play games with our lives is unconscionable. Mitch McConnell, however, is throwing threats around, should the rules for the filibuster be changed to make it more difficult to obstruct legislation.
“Everything that Democratic Senates did to Presidents Bush and Trump, everything the Republican Senate did to President Obama, would be child’s play compared to the disaster that Democrats would create for their own priorities if — if — they break the Senate. Let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues. Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin — can even begin — to imagine what a completely scorched earth Senate would look like — none. None of us have served one minute in a Senate that was completely drained of comity, and this is an institution that requires unanimous consent to turn the lights on before noon.”
As I said before, McConnell is a poster boy for why we need term limits … his power has gone straight to his head and he no longer believes that good governance is important or that he has a responsibility to the people of this nation! Sadly, McConnell’s term doesn’t end until 2026, so there are only two ways he will be leaving the senate: voluntary retirement or death. He’s just stubborn enough to refuse to do either.
**Note to readers: It is now 1:00 a.m., and I put this post on the schedule two hours ago. Just this minute did I realize that … OH SHOOT … this is Wednesday … Good People Doing Good Things day!!! My sincerest apologies … this is the result of a cluttered and aging mind. Good People will be on Thursday morning this week … thank you for your understanding and patience!