John Tsitrian scolds National Review shouter Andrew C. McCarthy for calling South Dakota’s Republican voters “saps.” In his hyperventilation over the unnecessarily and irresponsibly delayed Senate confirmation of Loretta Lynch as our next Attorney General, McCarthy says Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds committed a disgrace in voting to end debate on the nomination that outweighs their vote against the nomination itself. Tsitrian says he’s glad Thune and Rounds aren’t wholly hewing to McCarthy’s hyperventilations:
According to mad (and I use that in both senses of the word) man McCarthy, Lynch is “an Attorney General who won’t uphold the Constitution.” This, of course, is the completely crazed ranting of a committed ideologue who reads the Constitution as a document suited to his peculiar predilections, whatever they are, not as an organic body of ideas and principles that needs constant re-interpretation by a society that persists in the process of becoming. McCarthy’s inflexible obsession with a document that must be adhered to as he sees fit makes his fist-shaking rage against the Republican machine predictable and cloying. I suppose there are some self-styled committed Constitutionalists in South Dakota who go along with this solipsistic nuttiness, but for the most part, Republicans that I know here tend to be pragmatically, not ideologically, driven [John Tsitrian, “This Is Rich. The National Review Just Called Thune and Rounds Supporters ‘Saps’,” The Constant Commoner, 2015.04.26].
On pure parliamentary grounds, I can see the daylight between voting to end debate and voting on the issue at hand. Responsible lawmakers should be able to recognize when debate should end and an issue should receive a vote.
However, I am willing to let stand McCarthy’s criticism of Thune and Rounds supporters as “saps.” Thune and Rounds run on conservative Republican slogans about smaller government and individual liberty that disappear in their support for the military-industrial complex and other favors to their corporate pals that degrade our individual liberties.