We saw a bit of high drama in the debate on confirming Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Senator Elizabeth Warren was reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King thirty years ago that accused Sessions of interfering with minority voting rights. Mitch McConnell invoked a rarely used rule prohibiting member from impugning the integrity of fellow senators. She was ruled out of order and not allowed to speak for the rest of the debate.
Predictably, members of each party declared their party was totally right and the other party totally wrong. This brings up two questions; was McConnell justified in taking this action and was it a wise decision.
Warren could have entered the letter into the record but chose to read it aloud. That clearly means she endorsed the contents of the letter and agrees with the charges against Sessions. To me, she broke the rule and McConnell had the right to silence her.
The wisdom of his decision is another matter. I can understand his frustration. Democrats are behaving badly in slowing the conformation process. Ironically, they would have had the power of the filibuster had Harry Reid not taken it away. However, he made a very poor decision. He made the King letter a front page staory in every paper and made Warren, a possible presidential candidate, a martyr.
Yesterday, I commented on the stupid decisions Democrats are making. It looks like they are not alone. These people need some adult supervision. Of course it’s also needed at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.