Scott Brown Will Vote No On Disclose Act, John Fredo Kerry Seethes; Update: Dems Fail To Get 60 Votes Needed For Cloture

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Yesterday, Scott Brown announced he would vote against the Democrats’ thinly veiled attempt to influence the midterm elections in the name of the Disclose Act.  John Kerry, the Fredo Corleone of the Massachusetts Senate delegation,  begged the Tea Party and GOP to go along with the scam.

“In the year of the Tea Party, when the Tea Party is asking for accountability and the Tea Party is asking for sunshine and they want reform, I’d like to hear the Tea Party stand up today and say, ‘Republicans ought to vote overwhelmingly to have sunshine shine in on the funding process of our campaigns,’” Kerry said in a speech on the Senate floor. “I would think that the Tea Party ought to be excoriated over the notion that a corporation has been given the same rights as the Constitution gives to an individual.”

Senator Scott Brown criticized the bill, and Democrats for trying to move forward with it.

“Americans, especially those looking for work, want this Congress and this administration focused on job creation and getting the economy back on track,” the Massachusetts Republican said in a statement. “Putting people back to work should be our number one priority, not pushing through a wildly unpopular campaign bill that gives a tactical advantage to the majority party in future elections.”

Poor Fredo.  Michael has spoken.  Now go entertain some of your senator friends in Cuba.

Update:  Disclose Is Dead…for now.  Even the Maine Twins saw this bill for what it is.

Obama’s 2nd TSA Nominee Withdraws Amid Controversy

I guess Barry & Co. were too busy forcing ObamaCare on us to thoroughly vet yet another nominee. 

President Obama’s choice to lead the agency that guards United States airports abruptly withdrew his nomination on Friday night amid questions about his work as a defense contractor, the second time the White House has lost a nominee for the critical security post.

Maj. Gen. Robert A. Harding, a retired Army intelligence officer, was selected to take over the Transportation Security Administration, or T.S.A., just two and a half weeks ago, following the withdrawal of Mr. Obama’s first pick under fire.

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But it was his work after the military that drew scrutiny. His firm, Harding Security Associates, provided intelligence debriefers in Iraq, but after the government ended a $49.2 million contract early in 2004, an audit found that the firm received an overpayment and collected more money for termination costs than it should have.

The audit questioned $2.4 million of the $6 million actually paid to the firm, according to Senator Susan Collins of Maine, the senior Republican on the Homeland Security Committee. In the end, General Harding told the committee Thursday that his firm was forced to refund $1.8 million in a negotiated settlement in 2008.

Can you imagine the shrieking had George W. Bush picked the head of Haliburton to run the TSA?   This guy wasn’t  even a blip on the radar until his $1.8 million dollar “accounting error” was discovered.

Collins and Lieberman: Does The Obama Adminstration Really Believe We Are At War?

In a letter to Eric Holder and John Brennan, Senators Collins and Lieberman rip the Justice Department a new one for mirandizing Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab while he was signing like a canary and push to have him transferred to the Department of Defense – where he should have been since Northwest flight 253 landed on Christmas day. 

Citing reports that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was “speaking openly about the attack” and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s involvement in it before he was read his Miranda rights, Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins said that reading the suspect his rights shortly after his arrest was an opportunity lost. 

Lieberman, I-Conn., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Collins, R-Maine, the committee’s ranking Republican, said officials would be able to continue interrogating Abdulmutallab and try him before a military commission if they treat him as an enemy combatant.

“The decision to treat Abdulmutallab as a criminal rather than (an unprivileged enemy belligerent) almost certainly prevented the military and the intelligence community from obtaining information that would have been critical to learning more about how our enemy operates and to preventing future attacks,” the senators wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan. 

“Though the president has said repeatedly that we are at war, it does not appear to us that the president’s words are reflected in the actions of some in the executive branch, including some at the Department of Justice,” they wrote. 

Contrary to what Dough Boy Gibbs et al are saying, this was one of the driving issues behind Scott Brown’s win last week.  Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to treating terrorists like common criminals and reject trying them in our civilian court system.

This line at The People’s Rally drew thunderous applause:

“WE WILL USE OUR TAX DOLLARS TO PROVIDE WEAPONS TO KILL TERRORISTS AND NOT USE TAX DOLLARS FOR LAWYERS TO DEFEND TERRORISTS!”

But then again, we were a bunch of racist, redneck, truck-driving homophobes so what the hell do we know.