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Mon Dec 10, 2018, 10:28 PM

We are former senators. The Senate has long stood in defense of democracy -- and must again.

Letter published in WAPO

Dear Senate colleagues,

As former members of the U.S. Senate, Democrats and Republicans, it is our shared view that we are entering a dangerous period, and we feel an obligation to speak up about serious challenges to the rule of law, the Constitution, our governing institutions and our national security.

We are on the eve of the conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller IIIís investigation and the Houseís commencement of investigations of the president and his administration. The likely convergence of these two events will occur at a time when simmering regional conflicts and global power confrontations continue to threaten our security, economy and geopolitical stability.

It is a time, like other critical junctures in our history, when our nation must engage at every level with strategic precision and the hand of both the president and the Senate.

We are at an inflection point in which the foundational principles of our democracy and our national security interests are at stake, and the rule of law and the ability of our institutions to function freely and independently must be upheld.

During our service in the Senate, at times we were allies and at other times opponents, but never enemies. We all took an oath swearing allegiance to the Constitution. Whatever united or divided us, we did not veer from our unwavering and shared commitment to placing our country, democracy and national interest above all else.

At other critical moments in our history, when constitutional crises have threatened our foundations, it has been the Senate that has stood in defense of our democracy. Today is once again such a time.

Regardless of party affiliation, ideological leanings or geography, as former members of this great body, we urge current and future senators to be steadfast and zealous guardians of our democracy by ensuring that partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest.

Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), Richard Bryan (D-Nev.), Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.), Max Cleland (D-Ga.), William Cohen (R-Maine), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Al DíAmato (R-N.Y.), John C. Danforth (R-Mo.), Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), David Durenberger (R-Minn.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Wyche Fowler (D-Ga.), Bob Graham (D-Fla.), Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Gary Hart (D-Colo.), Bennett Johnston (D-La.), Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Paul Kirk (D-Mass.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), Larry Pressler (R-S.D.), David Pryor (D-Ark.), Don Riegle (D-Mich.), Chuck Robb (D-Va.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Jim Sasser (D-Tenn.), Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), John W. Warner (R-Va.), Lowell Weicker (I-Conn.), Tim Wirth (D-Colo.)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-are-former-senators-the-senate-has-long-stood-in-defense-of-democracy--and-must-again/2018/12/10/3adfbdea-fca1-11e8-ad40-cdfd0e0dd65a_story.html?utm_term=.93173850fdf0&wpisrc=al_trending_now__alert-politics--alert-national&wpmk=1

Never seen anything like this before.

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Reply We are former senators. The Senate has long stood in defense of democracy -- and must again. (Original post)
boston bean Dec 2018 OP
DURHAM D Dec 2018 #1
boston bean Dec 2018 #2
gopiscrap Dec 2018 #3
Just a Weirdo Dec 2018 #4
honest.abe Dec 2018 #5
Freethinker65 Dec 2018 #6
milestogo Dec 2018 #21
Beakybird Dec 2018 #7
JI7 Dec 2018 #34
lindysalsagal Dec 2018 #8
boston bean Dec 2018 #9
JI7 Dec 2018 #35
Cartoonist Dec 2018 #10
boston bean Dec 2018 #13
watoos Dec 2018 #18
Marie Marie Dec 2018 #11
watoos Dec 2018 #19
mcar Dec 2018 #12
shanny Dec 2018 #14
RainCaster Dec 2018 #15
hibbing Dec 2018 #16
Martin Eden Dec 2018 #17
watoos Dec 2018 #22
lindysalsagal Dec 2018 #37
ffr Dec 2018 #20
watoos Dec 2018 #23
NBachers Dec 2018 #24
tblue37 Dec 2018 #25
RainCaster Dec 2018 #26
burrowowl Dec 2018 #27
DoctorJoJo Dec 2018 #28
boston bean Dec 2018 #30
AlexSFCA Dec 2018 #29
lunasun Dec 2018 #31
KPN Dec 2018 #32
Cha Dec 2018 #33
Azathoth Dec 2018 #36

Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 10:40 PM

1. What? Senator Dole and Senator Dole did not sign.

Also, a little surprised that Kay Hagan NC did not sign.

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 10:42 PM

2. I don't think the letter was circulated for signatures

to all former senators.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 10:51 PM

3. Wow!!!

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 10:51 PM

4. Fucking Nightmare-Campbell

 

He's still a fucking turncoat, and still won't forgive him.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:03 PM

5. This is amazing.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:17 PM

6. Current GOP Senators (Paul, Collins, Grassley, Hatch, etc.) do not give a damn

They will let the country die to protect Trump and their own asses

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Response to Freethinker65 (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:59 PM

21. Even former GOP Senators with nothing to lose do not give a damn.

They are rotten to the core.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:20 PM

7. Where's Senator Wide-Stance from Idaho?

He must be in a public stall pondering.

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Response to Beakybird (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 02:21 AM

34. how about the one who likes diapers and prostitutes

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:24 PM

8. Could be read as supporting 45. Too fuzzy to help, imho.

Too little, too late.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:24 PM

9. I did not read it that way at all.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 02:22 AM

35. most of them are democrats . you think Russ Feingold and John Kerry would be supporting Trump ?

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:32 PM

10. A lot of nothing

we urge current and future senators to be steadfast and zealous guardians of our democracy
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Well whoop de do

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Response to Cartoonist (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:38 PM

13. Well, I think it is significant in this way.

The public is being braced for what is to come. I think it was meant for that more than for the repugs who are magats.

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Response to boston bean (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:54 PM

18. I agree with you 100%,

 

there were 11 Republicans who signed that letter, that's a message to the current Senators.

Every little crack helps, the tide is starting to turn.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:32 PM

11. Mitch - you listening?

Probably not.

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:56 PM

19. Mitch is worried about what the Russian spy, Butina,

 

is going to say about how many rubles the NRA gave to him.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:33 PM

12. This is remarkable

Current Senate Rs should hang their heads in shame that it's come to this.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:39 PM

14. fewer than 25% are Rs

 

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:44 PM

15. And..

Like others, I am doubtful that our current senate will even understand what "do the right thing" means. Corruption runs so deep in the GOP that they would go down with Komrade BoneSpurs.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:47 PM

16. Before all Rs were batshit crazy like now n/t

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:49 PM

17. What specific action are they suggesting?

Impeachment?

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Response to Martin Eden (Reply #17)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:59 PM

22. Indictment would be better,

 

impeachment followed by a Pence pardon puts Trump above the law.

Lawrence Tribe was just on Lawrence O'Donnell explaining why the founders felt a sitting president can be indicted.

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Response to Martin Eden (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 07:18 AM

37. Right. Not specific enough to even make a dent.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 11:57 PM

20. If we know anything, McConnell understands a good bribe. Maybe if someone threw him more money

he'd sway back in line with his constitutional duty.

What the heck am I talking about. The guy is just pure evil.

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Response to ffr (Reply #20)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:03 AM

23. He got some of that 30 million

 

that the Russians gave to the NRA. Funny how the NRA only gave Romney 11 million. Funny how they gave Trump/GOP 30 million when they are crying they are going bankrupt.

I hope Butina spills her guts, if she does she will definitely have to go into the witness protection program. Sending her back to Russia would be a death sentence.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:04 AM

24. Reading that list of Democratic Senators makes me wish we could have most of 'em back again.

A few exceptions; obvious enough to not be mentioned.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:07 AM

25. Not many Republicans in there. Party over country for most of them, it seems. nt

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:50 AM

26. We have seen stronger words from President Carter

This was so wishy-washy. I was disappointed that the wording wasn't more clear. History will judge them.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:54 AM

27. K&R!!!

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:58 AM

28. What's With All the Repeated Paragraphs??

 

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Response to DoctorJoJo (Reply #28)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 01:23 AM

30. fixed.. sorry about that

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 01:15 AM

29. super vague, way too late in the game letter that will have zero impact

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 01:27 AM

31. He was toxic campaigning for the nomination 2016 . Too late to form a meaningful contingent imo

But better late than never to speak out I guess .
Plus have they checked out the R congress critters because who are they talking to
that is listening ?

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 01:58 AM

32. Just 6 former Republican Senators? Fail.

This is weak. Itís a war.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 02:07 AM

33. Wow! Amazing from some

those former Senators!

Thank You, bean!

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 02:35 AM

36. Not really a bipartisan letter. None of the few R's there are influential Republicans

Many of them either endorsed a Democrat or were appointed to posts in Democratic administrations, and all of them are marginalized/excommunicated from mainstream Republican politics.

There's no "battle for the soul of the GOP", no influential, respected party figures trying to pull the party out of the lunatic asylum. The GOP is now a lockstep crime syndicate in the service of Donald Trump.

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