Ain’t pol­i­tics fun?

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Opinion - Alan Char­tock

So it’s fi­nally over. The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be con­trolled by the Democrats and there is the chance that the so-called lower house will fi­nally take its over­sight re­spon­si­bil­i­ties se­ri­ously. There are, of course, Democrats who are al­ready say­ing that they should leave Don­ald Trump alone. That would be ex­actly the wrong thing to do. The time to in­ves­ti­gate Trump has fi­nally ar­rived. And now for the first time, the House rel­e­vant com­mit­tees will prob­a­bly have Bob Mueller’s re­port to work from and will have sub­poena power to ask for things like the pres­i­dent’s tax re­turns which, he has fought against like a ban­tam rooster. Trust me, you don’t fight that hard to pro­tect the pri­vacy of your taxes if you have noth­ing to hide.

Then, too, there is the fa­mous Russian con­nec­tion, which the feck­less Repub­li­cans in the House and Se­nate have failed to prop­erly in­ves­ti­gate. You can ex­pect that Don­ald Trump will tweet like a ca­nary and the House will be­come the new en­emy of the peo­ple. It will be­come very, very nasty be­cause Trump knows that his en­tire rep­u­ta­tion will prop­erly be at risk.

The ques­tion of Nancy Pelosi’s con­tin­u­a­tion as the Speaker of the House will be on the minds of many of the new­bies who were elected to the House and who, fol­low­ing the short­est path to be­ing elected, swore to their elec­torate that they would not vote for Pelosi. For her part, Pelosi has been quoted as say­ing that she wants to be a tran­si­tion leader. But it should be re­mem­bered that in this, the year of the woman, it might be very dif­fi­cult for some of the new mem­bers to be seen as hos­tile to the top fe­male leader in the coun­try.

It should also be re­mem­bered that with the Democrats tak­ing con­trol of the House, there will be a lot of new, very pow­er­ful lead­ers tak­ing prom­i­nent po­si­tions. Richie Neal, one of my fa­vorite peo­ple in pol­i­tics, will as­sume con­trol of the Ways and Means Com­mit­tee, one of the most pow­er­ful in the House. Paul Tonko may be­come the chair of the sub­com­mit­tee that will take con­trol of things en­vi­ron­men­tal.

In New York state, there will be a num­ber of im­por­tant changes. The State Se­nate, too of­ten put­ting ob­sta­cles in the way of pro­gres­sive leg­is­la­tion like the cod­i­fy­ing of Rowe V. Wade into state law, will now be con­trolled by the Democrats. For years, the As­sem­bly has passed good pro­gres­sive leg­is­la­tion and the Se­nate has made sure that the As­sem­bly prod­uct goes nowhere. In fact, they even passed some badly-needed ethics leg­is­la­tion but we will have to see whether the As­sem­bly folks who were elected un­der the old self-serv­ing rules have the co­jones to put for­ward the same leg­is­la­tion now that it ac­tu­ally has the pos­si­bil­ity of its pass­ing.

The other prob­lem is that the his­tory of New York is re­plete with ex­am­ples of self­de­struc­tion once the Democrats take power. It is im­por­tant to re­mind those in the Demo­cratic camp to obey all the laws and not to en­dan­ger their ma­jor­ity by do­ing some­thing that will surely get them thrown into pri­son. We have seen that hap­pen be­fore – you can look it up. To the new Se­nate Leader, An­drea Ste­wart-Cousins, we send our best wishes for good luck in herd­ing the new Se­nate Demo­cratic ma­jor­ity cats into a re­spon­si­ble and pro­duc­tive group of leg­is­la­tors. For­tu­nately, she will have the able help of Michael Gia­naris to make sure that the Democrats don’t blow it.

Then there is Gov. An­drew Cuomo who promised the peo­ple that he would serve out his full term. I sus­pect that he may not have been telling the truth and that he will find a rea­son to break that pledge. He will, of course, run for pres­i­dent, and if you have been lis­ten­ing to him, you’d guess that he al­ready is.

Ain’t pol­i­tics fun?

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