Welcome Back To The Legislative Badass Of The Year Podium, Elijah Cummings!
The very model of badassery
Guys, we're not sure whether we're even allowed to award the Legislative Badass of the Year prize to anyone ever again, since last year Yr Wonkette said we'd given it to Harry Reid for "2016 And All Time." On the assumption that was hyperbole and not legally binding, we're going to award Legislative Badass 2016 anyway, and while we really considered giving it to Harry Reid once more for his leadership of the Senate minority during a year of unprecedented dumbassery, or to Elizabeth Warren (again!) for her ability to get Dems to stand up and cheer, we decided this is a year that calls for someone with the tenacity, gravitas, and pure gentlemanly cussedness of Maryland's Rep. Elijah Cummings, who has used his position as ranking member of the House Oversight Committee (and the House Special Committee on Benghazi) to clear away the unceasing tide of Republican bullshit and stand up for reality.apologize to Hillary Clinton around Hour Ten of the Inquisition, thanking her for her willingness to suffer Republican fools like committee chair Trey Gowdy, and closing,
So I don’t know what we want from you. Do we want to badger you over and over again until you get tired, until we do get the gotcha moment he’s talking about?
We’re better than that. We are so much better. We are a better country. And we are better than using taxpayer dollars to try to destroy a campaign. That’s not what America is all about.
So you can comment if you like; I just had to get that off my chest.
And verily, there was applause, even in a Republican-run hearing.
But surely Trey Gowdy will still find the smoking gun, yeah?
Will Trump be in violation of the lease on his fancy new DC hotel the very day he takes office? MAYBE PROBABLY!
The Trump transition team was only kidding about purging climate science from the government. For now.
It's time to see who's actually going to be a patriotic American statesman around here.
In short, Elijah Cummings may be in the minority party, and unable to direct the Oversight Committee. But he damned well isn't going to let that detail get in the way of his keeping a very careful, skeptical eye on the new occupant of the White House. The man's a hero, and we won't be surprised if we're typing his name in this space again next year. If our institutions are going to hold together through the Trump years, we'll need Elijah Cummings using his investigative powers to keep the bastards in check.
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