Around 9 30 pm Senator Warren, speaking as part of the Democrat's opposition to Sessions , attempted to provide relevant information about the 1986 Senate's decision to reject him as a federal judge. After reading Senator Kennedy's 86 statement she attempted to do the same with Coretta Scott King's 86 letter of opposition.
Which ought to have been in the Senate files,but wasn't , according to Rachel Maddow , because Senator Thurmond took advantage of his then role in Republican Senate leadership to suppress it.. So the existence of Ms. King's letter was essentially significant new information. For the Senate and the country.Or would have been if Warren had read it. She didn't.
Mitch McConnell ordered her to stop, saying she was violating Senate Rules by impugning the reputation of a fellow senator. Oh. So Margaret Chase Smith didn't criticize Joe McCarthy?
In describing this totalitarian action ,Maddow pointed out that while always arguing forcefully Warren is punctilious about observing senate rules and scorns seeking notoriety for personal publicity.
Possibly I'm over reacting- I don't think so- but with McConnell's tactic- the Republicans have "Crossed the Rubicon" (sorry for the pretentious allusion but it's apt) and started down a road which may lead to fatally diminishing not only the reputation but the actual reality of the Senate.
Future historians may say "that's when it all started to go wrong.:"
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