Matheson is advocating that the Executive Branch control one of the Houses of
the Legislative Branch. That is not what is meant by separation of powers.
@Esquire wrote,"Matheson should know better than to write this
nonsense."That's an understatement.If the vice
president had some legal power to force legislation to be voted on in the
Senate, then it is obvious that Joe Biden would have forced the vote on Merrick
Garland back in 2016. But he doesn't. To make it worse, McConnell has not
an ounce of integrity, and Pence does not have much more. Pence sits in office,
with a plastic smile on his face, waiting out Trump's term(s) without doing
a thing which might upset the Trump base, in the hopes of becoming president
when Trump exits.
Pence taking a more active role in government besides sitting like a dime-store
mannequin next to Trump gazing at him with fawning adoration is a scary thought!
The author is entirely mistaken about what the Vice-President "could
do." Things in the Senate are happening exactly as the Republican majority
wants -- and there's nothing that any amount of so called "Democratic
obstruction" could do about that, for the simple reason that they don't
have the votes. Thus, it is the Republican senators and the Republican
committee chairs that determine everything that happens or doesn't happen.
It is thus understandable that many bills proposed in the House never come to a
vote in the Senate at all. The Republicans (at least in theory) hold fast to
this view: "that government is best which governs least," so
they'll never be in a hurry to enact new laws unless those proposals inure
to the benefit of their "campaign contributors." Pence cannot force his
will on the Senate precisely because there are things that the administration
wants the Senate to do, and the Senate will do none of them if they see VP Pence
as some kind of glorified hatched man for Trump's agenda. More than
anything else, they want Mr. Trump to learn that they, too, have agendas that
need support. Right now, it's support they're not getting.
Matheson is in some sort of fantasy here. He should know better. McConnell is
the cause of Senate dysfunction, and he rules with an iron fist. Pence
isn't going to change that, nor does Pence have the strength, gravitas or
political power to do it. Matheson should know better than to write this
The reality of it is...Mitch McConnell doesn't trust his own
party to follow the Trump line. If he allows votes on important and meaningful
issues, Trump might have to veto the bill. Then McConnell would be forced to
attempt an override, which I believe on many such issues, the GOP would
support.Trump does not represent enough of the traditional GOP
ideals, yet the GOP members in Congress subject themselves to him. They've
abandoned many principles in an effort to keep Trump from looking foolish. I wish they would simply congratulate the 'Emperor on his new
clothes' and move forward.
Mitch is my senator. I voted for him countless times to keep the GOP in control
of the Senate. No more. If he'd lost his last race, the GOP would have
still held the majority, but Mitch would have been gone. Term limits are need
to get of the likes of Shumer. McConnell. And Pelosi.
I'm truly interested in how you consider Chuck Schumer to be in collusion
with Mitch McConnell on holding bills up from going to a vote. This is not well
spelled out in your article, as far as I can tell because it's wishful
thinking and not true. Seems to me this is squarely in McConnell's court -
he's the only one with power to bring bills up for a vote, no? Am I missing
"During the first two years of the Trump administration, with Republicans in
control of both chambers of Congress, more than 76 percent of the bills passed
by the House received no action in the Senate."Yeah, because
McConnell was playing God on which bills, most backed by the GOP majority in the
House, as well as Republican voters, would see the light of day. But, expecting
Pence, whom sits stoically idle while Trump acts against just about every
christian value Pence purports to honor, to act now, is dreaming. Trump says
jump and Pence asks how high. No matter the issue or the falsehood.