Michigan GOP moves to strip Democratic officeholders' power

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Michigan GOP moves to strip Democratic officeholders' power
By David Eggert, Associated Press

"Republicans who control Michigan's Legislature voted Wednesday to advance a measure that strips campaign-finance oversight power from the Democratic secretary of state-elect, and they moved to give lawmakers authority to stand up for GOP-backed laws if they think the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general are not adequately defending the state's interests."
"Democrats countered that the legislation is an unconstitutional overreach."
"The Legislature makes the laws, the executive branch enforces the laws and the judicial branch interprets the laws," said Rep. Robert Wittenberg of Huntington Woods. "Let's be clear: This legislation would have never been introduced, much less put on the agenda, had we seen different results in the top-of-the-ticket elections less than a month ago."










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There we see yet one more example of execrable stupidity at work this time in Michigan by one political party against the other just because they didn't win. They're just literally begging for states with Republican governorships and other top officials but with Democratic legislatures to strip the GOP of THEIR power as well in order to get even. Enough is enough. It's time for the courts to intervene to stop this Republican madness. That is not why the voters in Michigan elected those officials just to see their powers stripped bare. They have to be mad as hell that Republicans are doing that. That goes beyond shamefulness to a downright act of tyranny by the Republican legislative majority. Many protests are certain to come and they can't come soon enough.
 
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I think it's a practical mistake in that it will not accomplish the aims they're looking for -- state and federal courts will throw some of it out -- but it's also a political mistake. If you win an election, it's a bad idea to start kicking your opposition in the nuts on Day 1 of your new term of office. If you LOSE an election, it's a *really* bad idea to try to do the same on the way out the door.
 
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I think it's a practical mistake in that it will not accomplish the aims they're looking for -- state and federal courts will throw some of it out -- but it's also a political mistake. If you win an election, it's a bad idea to start kicking your opposition in the nuts on Day 1 of your new term of office. If you LOSE an election, it's a *really* bad idea to try to do the same on the way out the door.
Republicans are such Bad Losers and are in extreme denial about their losses in several states. They are simply beside themselves at this point. The voters kicked them out and saw them as a liability but they just don't have enough sense to leave quietly and gracefully.
 
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They havent exactly been gracious winners either.
That's what I'm saying, this is a new evolution of an existing problem, in that Republicans are increasingly buying into the notion that elections are not just about defeating your opponent, they're about DESTROYING them, and scorched Earth is the only legitimate response to a defeat in turn. That's just the natural progression of things.

It'd be one thing if this approach had paid dividends for the GOP. It has not. They're more unpopular than they've been since the worst days of Iraq/Katrina scandal, and even then, they retained the support of the soccer moms. That's gone now. A militant, revanchist, white exurban party is a big political loser in the long term, and if they continue to dig in their heels on these matters, then they will just prolong the period of time where they can't govern except in perpetual crisis and usually won't be in power.

Eventually, the donor base will abandon that kind of bullshit and either force them to reform or burn down the party and start over. It's happened before.
 
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That's what I'm saying, this is a new evolution of an existing problem, in that Republicans are increasingly buying into the notion that elections are not just about defeating your opponent, they're about DESTROYING them, and scorched Earth is the only legitimate response to a defeat in turn. That's just the natural progression of things.

It'd be one thing if this approach had paid dividends for the GOP. It has not. They're more unpopular than they've been since the worst days of Iraq/Katrina scandal, and even then, they retained the support of the soccer moms. That's gone now. A militant, revanchist, white exurban party is a big political loser in the long term, and if they continue to dig in their heels on these matters, then they will just prolong the period of time where they can't govern except in perpetual crisis and usually won't be in power.

Eventually, the donor base will abandon that kind of bullshit and either force them to reform or burn down the party and start over. It's happened before.
We're already seeing this happen to a degree. The Trump era is kind of the "peak."

In 10 years, guys like Sheldon Adelson — who will give $1 billion per year for nothing more than tax cuts, unfliching support for whatever Israel wants and a Presidential Medal of Freedom for his wife — will be dead. His wife, who may or may not continue his habits, will not be far behind him. The Kochs will drop off at some point.

The Democrats, via their own backers and an unprecedented grassroots small-dollar machine, already outraised the GOP's Adelson bloc by a significant amount. If the GOP loses these key backers without replacement, they'll be deprived of any ability to compete and will go the way of the dinosaur.
 
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Frankly, we have a clear precedent for politicians attempting to directly and explicitly defy an election, or keep an election from happening in the first place.

THAT is the time where you start reaching for the tricorne hats and muskets.

For if elections with clear results — in the case of Wisconsin, every statewide officeholder thrown out — don't give remaining officials pause, what else can?

I'm mostly kidding, of course. But if the GOP stays on this path, if it starts getting copycatted in more states, they will regret it.