Kyrsten Sinema's op-ed defending filibuster panned by Lawrence O'Donnell as being '20 years out-of-date'
MSNBC anchor and former U.S. Senate staffer Lawrence O'Donnell on Monday panned a new op-ed by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) that was published by The Washington Post.
"Good-faith arguments have been made both criticizing and defending the Senate's 60-vote threshold," Sinema claimed. "Instability, partisanship and tribalism continue to infect our politics. The solution, however, is not to continue weakening our democracy's guardrails. If we eliminate the Senate's 60-vote threshold, we will lose much more than we gain."
O'Donnell noted Sinema's position supported GOP efforts to kill federal legislation protecting democracy as Republicans in states that include Arizona have passed voter suppression bills.
"The path forward will be blocked tomorrow in the Senate by Republicans when the voting rights bill called the For the People Act comes the a vote which will require a 60-vote threshold before proceeding to simply having a debate on the bill," he explained. "The only path forward on that bill, or Joe Manchin's compromised version of that bill, is to eliminate the 60-vote threshold."
"And every single thing in Sen. Sinem's Washington Post op-ed piece is what just about 100% of the Senate believed about 20 years ago," he noted. "It is an op-ed piece that as of tonight is approximately 20 years out-of-date."
The host then played a clip of Barack Obama slamming the 60-vote threshold with "democracy on the line."
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On Fox News Monday, Tucker Carlson went off the rails with an attack on CNN late-night anchor Don Lemon that outed the neighborhood in which he lives, and the interior of his house.
Carlson referred to Lemon, who is Black, as a "successful victim" who "doesn't like diversity," and noted that his neighborhood is majority-white. But perhaps the strangest moment of the segment was when Carlson zeroed in on Lemon's cookie jar, which appeared to be in the shape of a mid-twentieth century Black caricature figure.
"You have heard from the White House, from the president himself, that white supremacy is a lurking threat," said Carlson. "You might not always see it, but like Russian spies, white supremacists come in the dark of night, in the most surprising form. They're shapeshifters. Now, we're not calling anyone a white supremacist, but you have to ask yourself — what is this? This symbol of hate — symbol of hate, posing as a cookie jar — doing in Don Lemon's kitchen? Do you see that? That right there, ladies and gentlemen, is a white supremacist QAnon cookie jar."
"Now, we're not calling for the Department of Justice to look more deeply into this, because that's not our place," said Carlson. "We're a cable news show, not a law enforcement agency. But let's just put it this way. If you find yourself with a blackface cookie jar in your own kitchen — hah — it's time to reflect."
The latest Fox News panic is that Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman may continue investigating Donald Trump.
Although the newspaper hasn't published a story by Haberman since June 5th, Fox News personality Sean Hannity lashed out at Haberman on Monday.
His rant came off like a satirical impersonation of a Trump speech, complete with outlandish nonsense and lies about "fake news."
Hannity even smeared Haberman as a "stalker."
"The New York Times completely botched their Russia coverage," Hannity falsely claimed, much like Trump would lie about his capitulation to Putin being a hoax.
"You never told your readers the truth," the Fox personality said without a hint of self-awareness.
I know that Fox News is currently BIG MAD at Maggie Haberman again, but tonight's Hannity monologue really does sound like something that could have been pulled directly from 2018. pic.twitter.com/eD9nhZ21wL
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 22, 2021
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