∴ Irony, Near Dead

Still on the fence about it. Tonight’s censure of Senator Elizabeth Warren by Senator Mitch McConnell, for her reading of a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King (quoted below) opposing the confirmation of now-Senator Jeff Sessions as a federal judge, drives the stake a little deeper. Sessions was rejected for the bench over doubts about his ability to act fairly and impartially regarding race.

McConnell has been silent on the disgrace that is Mr. Trump’s assumption of the presidency and his behavior since, silent in the face of Trump’s onerous executive orders, silent in the face of Trump’s moral equivocation of the United States and Russia. But he’ll be damned if he’ll let one senator speak ill of another, invoking the rarely-employed Rule 19.

Bravo, Senator McConnell, bravo. You have taken America one step further down the road of self-parody.

Irony is on life support.

King’s letter (TIME.com):

Dear Senator Thurmond:

I write to express my sincere opposition to the confirmation of Jefferson B. Sessions as a federal district court judge for the Southern District of Alabama. My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting. Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.

I regret that a long-standing commitment prevents me from appearing in person to testify against this nominee. However, I have attached a copy of my statement opposing Mr. Sessions’ confirmation and I request that my statement as well as this be made a part of the hearing record.

I do sincerely urge you to oppose the confirmation of Mr. Sessions.

Coretta Scott King

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