Cruzin’ with Ted: Loretta Lynch Edition

Infamous Texas crazypants Senator Ted Cruz asks questions of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch:

With regard to the limits of executive power, Sen. Cruz asked, “Let me ask about your understanding of prosecutorial discretion. Would it allow a subsequent president… to state that there are other laws that the administration will not enforce – labor laws, environmental laws – would it allow a president to say every existing federal labor law shall heretofore not apply to the state of Texas because I am using my prosecutorial discretion to refuse to enforce those laws? In your judgment, would that be constitutional?”

Nominee Lynch responded, “Again, I would have to know what legal basis was being proposed for that.”

Sen. Cruz continued, “I find it remarkable that you are unable to answer that question. I can answer it straightforward. It would be patently unconstitutional for any subsequent president to refuse to enforce the tax laws, or the labor laws, or the immigration laws for the very same reason that President Obama’s actions refusing to enforce immigration laws are unconstitutional. And it is discouraging that a nominee who hopes to serve as attorney general will not give a straightforward answer to that question.”

It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant and unprepared some presidential nominees are when they appear before the Senate for confirmation. Even more amazing is that they get confirmed anyway.


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135 Responses to Cruzin’ with Ted: Loretta Lynch Edition

  1. DeniseVB says:

    There is no doubt in my mind she’ll be confirmed. It’s that secret pac the duopoly have with each other. “We’ll confirm your nutjob if you confirm ours”. I think the only exception was when GWB nominated Harriet Miers for SCOTUS and all hell broke lose on the right more than the left, she withdrew before the confirmation hearings.

    • Propertius says:

      IIRC, Robert Bork didn’t fare to well, either (or Carswell before him), but those were in the Late and Early Cambrian era, respectively.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      It’s only in Hollywood where crazypants Senators try to block nominees who are always good and qualified people. Then there are a few movies where a brave and honest Senator successfully blocks a crazypants nominee when the fix was in.

  2. 49erDweet says:

    Yeah, it has only been thus in recent times. But it’s that very policy which confirms in the mind of the body politic the notion there’s less than a nickel’s difference between most of the lot.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      If you vote for my corruption I’ll vote for yours.

    • Propertius says:

      Quite true. I hear they’re going to change the national motto to “Duopoly for duopoly.”

      • 49erDweet says:

        I sometimes think a high wall running along the eastern VA and WV, and southern PA and NJ borders would be better for the country than the same along the southern edge of TX, NM, AZ and that other state.

        • Constance says:

          Great idea. But it won’t stop the big wigs from taxing us.

          • Lulu says:

            That is funny. Two more states joined the suit against Obama’s illegal immigrant non-enforcement lawsuit pending in Brownsville. The suit implies that very thing about borders. It openly implies that if there is no border the feds do not have sovereignty nor the power to tax for a border that they don’t recognize nor enforce and to add insult require states to tax to pay for the very immigrants that they are required by sovereignty (a border with laws applied to all who live within them that are enforced) to keep out. Taken (by a logical person) if borders are arbitrary so is a states requirement to recognize it. It goes both ways in that sovereignty thing. In essence the Obama feds are devolving the United States into 50 countries and giving their own sovereignty power away. The Obama administration recognizes a border and everyone in it for the fun stuff like taxing and bullying people with the EPA, DOJ, etc but not the hard stuff like illegal immigration nor probably national defense. If they won’t turn Central American hordes away who thinks they would repel Chinese missiles? They are violating the sovereignty contract which gives them power in DC. It is a a CONTRACT. They are violating it. After a point it becomes VOID. This is how revolutions are started and new countries form or change sovereignty. People know this except for the history illiterate vile progs, and Dem and Repub leadership. We are closer to splitting up as a nation than these idiots understand. Cause and effect. They never think it through.

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  3. Myiq2xu says:

    Why cheap gas is bad.

    • 1539days says:

      I feel so much turmoil every time I pay $20 instead of $40 for a tank of gas.

    • Propertius says:

      I think they’re missing something important here. This is a good, old-fashioned price war: and its purpose is to stop exploration and drilling in order to return control of the market to existing conventional producers (and Saudi Arabia in particular).

      I’d like to think this was all being orchestrated by some clever person in DC to take the wind out of Putin’s sails, but I’m pretty sure there’s nobody there who’s bright enough to pull something like this off.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        Oil companies are a standard boogeyman on the left. I’m sure the Koch brothers must be involved too.

        • swanspirit says:

          Yes , because the Koch brothers actually invented something ; which is how they made their money. They invented a faster cheaper way to refine crude oil into gasoline, which brought gas prices lower .
          Also they manufacture and produce goods in the USA that you buy in your grocery store every day.
          As opposed to the “good guy” Soros, who was a hedge fund manager, and currency manipulator. ohhh wait…………..

          • Propertius says:

            IIRC, the Koch brothers didn’t invent much of anything. They inherited the company from their dad, Fred Koch (who established the refinery that was the genesis of Koch Industries).

            Personally, I figure that nobody becomes a zillionaire by being a “good guy” or an altruist. That goes for Bloomberg, Soros, Buffet, Omidyar, and, yes, the Kochs. When one of them tells me how he’s going to save the world I figure it’s time to hide my wallet and count the silverware to make sure none of it is missing.

        • 1539days says:

          This reminds me of a “Bush is so dumb” meme about how he somehow managed to lose money in the oil business. He did in the 80’s. So did a lot of other people because OPEC was trying to stop US oil production and encourage drivers to buy those gas guzzlers again like before the embargo.

        • Propertius says:

          When did I mention oil companies? I think the Saudis (primarily) are interested in insuring that they maintain control of the market. They’re willing to eat a bit of loss to put a stop to exploration elsewhere (and particularly to limit shale oil and tar sands development in North America).

  4. Lulu says:

    I’m starting to think that Ted being the stalking horse may let Walker slip in with the media hyperventilating and going bonkers over Ted. They are one track minds and don’t see behind the screen. Then Prez Walker can put him on the Supreme Court (he is 42 or 43 so potentially 40 years on the Court) when Ginsberg kicks the bucket. Cause and effect. Ted would be much more dangerous to vile progs on the S Ct.

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  9. Myiq2xu says:

    Lena Dunham Pens Open Letter To Mitt Romney; ‘Don’t Run’:

  10. Myiq2xu says:

    Via AofSHQ:

    I have seen, with my own two eyes, a 19 year old white woman — smart, well-meaning, passionate — literally run crying from a classroom because she was so ruthlessly brow-beaten for using the word “disabled.” Not repeatedly. Not with malice. Not because of privilege. She used the word once and was excoriated for it. She never came back. I watched that happen.

    I have seen, with my own two eyes, a 20 year old black man, a track athlete who tried to fit organizing meetings around classes and his ridiculous practice schedule (for which he received a scholarship worth a quarter of tuition), be told not to return to those meetings because he said he thought there were such a thing as innate gender differences. He wasn’t a homophobe, or transphobic, or a misogynist. It turns out that 20 year olds from rural South Carolina aren’t born with an innate understanding of the intersectionality playbook. But those were the terms deployed against him, those and worse. So that was it; he was gone.

    I have seen, with my own two eyes, a 33 year old Hispanic man, an Iraq war veteran who had served three tours and had become an outspoken critic of our presence there, be lectured about patriarchy by an affluent 22 year old white liberal arts college student, because he had said that other vets have to “man up” and speak out about the war. Because apparently we have to pretend that we don’t know how metaphorical language works or else we’re bad people. I watched his eyes glaze over as this woman with $300 shoes berated him. I saw that. Myself.

    These things aren’t hypothetical. This isn’t some thought experiment. This is where I live, where I have lived. These and many, many more depressing stories of good people pushed out and marginalized in left-wing circles because they didn’t use the proper set of social and class signals to satisfy the world of intersectional politics. So you’ll forgive me when I roll my eyes at the army of media liberals, stuffed into their narrow enclaves, responding to Chait by insisting that there is no problem here and that anyone who says there is should be considered the enemy.

    By the way: in these incidents, and dozens and dozens of more like it, which I have witnessed as a 30-hour-a-week antiwar activist for three years and as a blogger for the last seven and as a grad student for the past six, the culprits overwhelmingly were not women of color. That’s always how this conversation goes down: if you say, hey, we appear to have a real problem with how we talk to other people, we are losing potential allies left and right, then the response is always “stop lecturing women of color.” But these codes aren’t enforced by women of color, in the overwhelming majority of the time. They’re enforced by the children of privilege. I know. I live here. I am on campus. I have been in the activist meetings and the lefty coffee houses. My perspective goes beyond the same 200 people who write the entire Cool Kid Progressive Media.

    • 1539days says:

      This is the elitism we speak of. It has nothing to do with money or power, although those elitist often have both. It has to do with setting up a tiny fraction of the population as the arbiters of correctness. This is Newspeak. It is so ingrained that if you pointed that out, either they never heard of 1984, (the book or the year) but they would dismiss it outright for the misogyny and otherism contained within.

      The difference between sides is clear now. One will disagree and fight to the death to defend your right to say it. The other side will fight you to stop you from saying something and claim their right not to have to hear it. If you have the courage to speak, then you will be Palin-ized for it in the hope you can be an example for the next.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Problem with the guy noticing these things, is he thinks it’s just some bad apples doing bad things. It’s actually core to the ideology.

    • leslie says:

      I overheard 2 men complaining about that terrible person from Wisc, Walker, who wants to cut $3 million from the university budget. In the same conversation they were cheering on bronco’s plan for free community college. I bit my tongue. I was on my way in to work and couldn’t afford to get beaten up and miss the day.
      Stupid a$$es.

  11. 49erDweet says:

    I feel so much safer knowing our caring, concerned government is watching out for our best interests. {{hitsheadwithhammer}}

  12. Myiq2xu says:

    I disagree with this kind of stuff when OWS, BLM or Code Pink does it too.

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  16. swanspirit says:

    This is a review of German author Bettina Stangneth’s most recent book, “Eichmann BEFORE Jerusalem”, in which she shreds Hanna Arendt’s account of Eichmann (in “Eichmann in Jerusalem”).
    Among many things, Strangneth describes Eichmann’s years in Argentina, his pride in his actions in the Holocaust, AND, most importantly, how he had an abhorrence for Israel and a deep sympathy and love for the Arab states. As per the book, his deep love for the Arab nations was because he felt that since the West was nominally a Christian society, and since Christianity derived from Judaism, the West was already “Judaized”. He clearly missed the part about how even Islam evolved from Judaism but he felt the Arabs resisted the “Judaization” of their societies. She also talks about how Nazis found common cause with Arab fascists, and how many Nazis settled in various Arab countries and had high positions in the military and bureaucracy of their respective adopted Arab nations.
    If you’d like to purchase the book

  17. HELENK3 says:

    Reports: Mitt Romney to update supporters on 2016 intentions during 11 am ET conference call – @bpolitics, @CNN
    End of alert

    • leslie says:

      NYT reports Romney won’t run in 2016.

      • lyn says:

        😦 He would have been a good president, but it was the right decision. I hope Hillary will do the same.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Maybe Jeb bought him off. 😀

      • swanspirit says:

        I am truly sorry to hear it. I do believe he is the most qualified and best candidate. Damn that Ann Romney ! ( not really but I wonder )

        • lyn says:

          Romney never met the GOP purity test for conservatism. Shame on our country for not sending him to Washington in 2012.

          • leslie says:

            ^This^ Romney was the first R I happily voted for. (SP doesn’t count as she wasn’t running for POTUS) This country made the biggest mistake in 2012. I could almost forgive people for 2008 – —– almost. But in 2012, how could anyone with half a brain NOT have voted for Romney?

          • 49erDweet says:

            Do you really think in 2012 enough right wingers either failed to vote or voted for backtrack to make the difference?
            At the time I thought Romney came up a little short in “fire in his belly” department, and didn’t inspire enough of the middle, not the right.

  18. HELENK3 says:

    taliban takes credit for attack on Americans at military base near airport

    you know that group that the backtrack bunch say are NOT terrorists

  19. piper says: Interesting Article – How Russia Outfoxes Its Enemies
    “Russia’s annexation of Crimea last year caught almost everyone off guard. The Russian military disguised its actions, and denied them – but those “little green men” who popped up in the Black Sea peninsula were a textbook case of the Russian practice of military deception – or maskirovka”

  20. HELENK3 says:


  21. HELENK3 says:

    I was taught that when customers complain, you fix the problem. guess that is not allowed in this country anymore

  22. HELENK3 says:

    More from Mitt Romney’s statement to supporters: ‘I feel that it is critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I have wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president’ – @hughhewitt
    2016 US elections
    Mitt Romney, in statement to supporters: ‘After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee’ – @hughhewitt

  23. HELENK3 says:

    backtrack secretly begins importing 75000 muslims into these 7 states

    well isn’t this just peachy.
    we know how well they will be vetted. just look at our southern border and see how many felons come over every day

  24. HELENK3 says:

    so what would happen if a girl wore a hijab and carried a bible and a rosary?

  25. fif says:

    Looks like Romney is out and throwing his weight behind Christie. Meanwhile, Dems are aching for a President they can actually talk to.

    “He can connect, but many times he doesn’t give himself the time,” said New Jersey Democrat Bill Pascrell, who was elected in 1997 during Clinton’s second term. “I don’t know whether it’s inborn or it’s learned. It’s not schmultz. It’s not glad handing, or massaging and patting on the back. It has a lot more to do with your empathy toward other human beings. That’s natural to some people and others it’s forced.”

    • John Denney says:

      We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

      Americans unite to defend each person’s life, liberty, and property. Anyone who would unjustly deprive another of life, liberty, or property is either a criminal or an enemy.

      Pledging allegiance to the flag is tacit acknowledgement and support for these underlying principles.

      A more direct question would be, “Do you support a person’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, even if that pursuit leads them away from Islam?”, followed with, “Are you willing to defend that person’s right?”

  26. Somebody says:

    Where is Klown this morning? Did the Tag have a follow up appointment from his big day?

  27. HELENK3 says:

    lets bring back segregation
    that will limit the interactions between races and we will have less hurt feelings

    do away with affirmative action
    make everyone compete on merit regardless of race

    make each neighborhood responsible for what is taught and expected in schools

    I think these actions should trump the race card

    • Somebody says:

      If I was paying a fortune to send my kid there I’d be really pissed right now.

    • elliesmom says:

      “At first I didn’t want to do (anything) because I felt like it was going to be really intense,” McDonald told The DePauw. “But then I thought ‘How selfish of me not to do this for future generations.’”
      Inflated sense of self-importance, much?

      • SHV says:

        Narcissism seems to be the sine qua non of today’s Progressives. No surprise, I guess, when their dear leader is a sociopath.

  28. HELENK3 says:

    when I see stories like this I do not know whether to laugh or cry.

    I remember when there were complains about the expression “black Friday” for the shopping day after Thanksgiving. Screams of racism all over the place. the term was a bookkeeping term for when stores when from the red to the black due to increased sales.

    Had to go to a seminar where a young girl was talking about interaction between people. We had to explain to her that the expression ” toe to toe” meant confrontation.

    I have no idea who taught these people

    • SHV says:

      Repubs and Dems both win with their bases and donors with that vote. The northern Keystone XL isn’t going to get build due to current and near future oil prices. A few weeks ago, a pipeline from North Dakota to OK was cancelled.

  29. HELENK3 says:

    the military has a bureaucrat problem.
    this can not be good
    we really do need someone to look into this

  30. foxyladi14 says:

    Yes and ASAP!!! 😦

  31. HELENK3 says:

    Photo: Smoke on Boston’s Orange Line train forces partial evacuation from the T station – – @fox25news
    see original on

    here we go again. I do not believe in coincidence.
    do not know if it is testing or not. this seems to be going on in a lot of different places lately

  32. HELENK3 says:

    federal judge accuses justice dept attorneys of possible fraud upon the court.

    for the lawyers here, how bad can this get?

  33. John Denney says:

    Headline on Drudge:
    BIDEN: ‘Past Six Years Have Been Really, Really Hard For This Country’…

    John Wayne saw it coming when he said, “Life is hard. Life is harder when you’re stupid.”

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