Partisanship trumps right for right and left

Partisanship from Republicans allowed former USA President Donald Trump to escape impeachment.

. . .The final vote, 57-43, fell 10 short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection. . . 

In the vote, seven of the 50 Senate Republicans joined the chamber’s unified Democrats to convict Trump, but it was not enough to find him guilty. . . 

Those seven let right overrule the partisanship that led the rest of their colleagues to vote against impeachment.

At least there were seven with the courage to vote against their party.

No-one at all in Labour stood up for what was right when Chris Bishop moved a vote of no confidence in the Speaker Trevor Mallard    which Barry Soper says shows their hypocrisy:

Jacinda Ardern preaches about it time and again: How we should all be kind to each other and to look after our wellbeing.

Well, the Prime Minister’s just lost all moral authority to preach to us about niceness, because on that score she’s failed miserably – and so have her Labour sheep in Parliament.

You just had to hear them bleating in Parliament’s debating chamber as National’s Chris Bishop attempted against all odds to move a vote of no confidence in Speaker Trevor Mallard. . . 

If they were an open and transparent Government, if they were democratic and prepared to have the country listen to why National’s lost confidence in Mallard, they could have remained silent and the debate could proceed, even if at the end of it Mallard would remain in his job.

Perhaps they felt the argument for removing him would have been so overwhelming – and it would have been – that their defence of him would have burned their political capital in bucket loads.

So in reality they are now telling us it’s okay to call a man a rapist, to ruin his life leaving him bereft and jobless? Well, that would seem to be the case.

For Ardern to simply say Mallard made a mistake and he’s atoned with an apology for it is simply not good enough.

Within 24 hours of labelling the man a rapist, Mallard says he realised he was wrong. But he waited for 18 months, leaving the taxpayer with a $330,000 legal bill, before he admitted it. He waited for the last day Parliament was sitting to make public his dreadful mistake and issue an apology, on the same day that the Royal Commission into the mosque shootings delivered its report and knowing Ardern had finished her round for media interviews for the year.

This was simply his attempt to bury it, to hope no one noticed.

Mallard may be safe in his job but is now without any moral authority.

Not only has he no moral authority his inability to do the right thing after besmirching a man’s reputation with an unwarranted slur that cost him his job and his health, his colleagues in standing with him have lost some of theirs too.

6 Responses to Partisanship trumps right for right and left

  1. Gravedodger says:

    Agree, well stated, place in history as the worst ever Speaker now established, case proven


  2. adamsmith1922 says:

    Reblogged this on The Inquiring Mind and commented:
    Furthermore, Ardern’s lack of leadership and morality is exposed for all to see. Quick let’s have a lockdown as a diversion. OK, overly cynical perhaps.


  3. Heather Adam says:

    Mallard is, and always has been, a nasty ‘bit of knitting’. But, let’s be honest … who does she have in her team who would be remotely capable of taking on the speaker’s job ?


  4. Tom Hunter says:

    At least there were seven with the courage to vote against their party.

    This was no exercise in political courage. Of the seven:
    – Toomey and Burr had already announced they won’t be running again.
    – Susan Collins not up for re-election until 2026 and will likely retire due to age anyway. Not many MAGA votes in Maine also.
    – Romney is basically butt-hurt from the backlash he’s received from GOP voters over various things from his wimp response in a critical Obama debate in 2012 to marching in BLM protests. And of course after harsh criticism of Trump in 2016 he was more than willing to suck up for a job as Sec State. He likely knows he’s politically dead in 2024 so screwing his own voters by siding with the Democrats again no longer matters.
    – Cassidy, as a Democrat until the mid-2000’s, when he became a Republican claiming that conservative Democrats were dead (true), already knew the clock was ticking for him in deep-red Louisiana.

    The only one who has this “courage” is Sasse, who won in 2020 after being explicitly anti-Trump. But even there you could argue that he was looking to have Trump excluded as a future candidate supporting a primary opponent, something no Senator wants to see.

    As far as the rest are concerned, this article points out.

    the 43 GOP Senators who voted to acquit are mostly in three camps — 1) they are up for election in 2022, and want to avoid a MAGA challenge in the next 8-12 months which will put them in a difficult primary fight; 2) they are up for election in 2024, and without the certainty of barring Pres. Trump from the ballot, they didn’t want to stand for re-election in a contest where Pres. Trump might be on the ballot and pointing out the fact that the GOP Senator in the state voted to prevent him from running again, and 3) if Pres. Trump does not run again in 2024, they want to be in a position to have Pres. Trump back them for the nomination with the MAGA base.

    The Senate is all about self-preservation. The vote today had little or no concern of the merits of the question presented to the Senate. Each GOP Senator read the tea leaves through the lens of his/her own self-interest.

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  5. Tom Hunter says:

    But here’s the main point that these seven Senators (plus others who voted to protect their hides) don’t get.

    Trump is gone but Trumpism is here to stay, and that includes direct attacks on an MSM that is now little more than the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party.

    That’s why these seven Senators are now severe attack from their home-state GOP parties, who are clearly closer to the voters than the Senators are and understand their mood.

    McConnell and the rest of his ilk simply do not understand that 74 million voters cannot be dismissed or bullied into going back to supporting the likes of Romney, McCain or Bush (you would think that the rejection in 2016 of Jeb and his $100 million of funding would have been the first clue).

    I also get the fact that for a lot of National voters like yourself, the likes of Romney are attractive candidates in their similarities to National in NZ. But as is often pointed out, the USA is more conservative than NZ, and for all the abuse of “Far Right” and “Hard Right” those GOP voters supported McCain and Romney, despite their reservations of being sold out. But by 2016 they’d had enough.

    And in any case, as this article points out – after accurate rather than emotional “mean Tweets” shots at Trump:

    … the Trump agenda was never well prepared and thought through. To his own enthusiasms it added orthodox GOP thinking about tax cuts, judges and deregulation. Trump made the resulting mix his own, however, and those policy commitments formed a working definition of Trumpism: economic protectionism, “internal improvements” or infrastructure spending, immigration reduced and tied to assimilation, a modest foreign policy mindful of the national interest, low taxes, judges willing to enforce the constitutional limits of legislative power and a patriotic civic culture.

    This is a very old-fashioned Republican policy mix, adapted, in effect, from the party of Lincoln and Calvin Coolidge. In a surprising way Trump led the GOP back to its roots before World War II, back to when it was, not entirely coincidentally, the majority party.

    In the USA the Democrats suffered not at all from their blindly partisan defence of Clinton during his impeachment. Nor did the GOP get punished for their war on Obama: instead they were rewarded in 2010. Such things as this are a huge noise in capital cities but fade compared to the issues facing everyday people. It is one of the reason why there is so much mockery on US political Right-Wing sites of such Republicans as Romney with the cry “But Muh Principles”, which often turn out to be no principles at all, as the disgusting Lincoln Project testifies following all their “principled” opposition to Trump and now their pedophile implosion.

    And to bring things back locally: nobody, especially Labour voters, will give a damn about the lack of principles involved in their party’s defence of Mallard. It is one of the secrets of their current success.

    What National should be thinking about is what the votes for Brexit and Trump in 2016 mean, rather than imagining that the forces driving them can be wiped away by Trump losing. You are not going to be rewarded by simply saying that you’ll do the same as Labour but with better management. In the face of failing public systems, especially education, that’s no longer good enough. The 2020 election told you that when voters are presented with such they’ll just vote Labour.

    And the lesson is not to be like Mitt Romney: that approach just won’t cut it anymore. Real solutions – like charter schools – backed by a willingness to fight with the likes of Tova and John Campbell when they use their emotional bullshit arguments. That’s yet another lesson that Trump has taught at least the next generation of GOP politicians. I see Nikki Halley is already being talked up but the future actually lies with the likes of Ron DeSantis, Tim Scott, Tom Cotton, Mike Pompeo, and Kristi Noem.

    Who National’s future lies with I have no idea.

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  6. Tom Hunter says:

    Ok. Try this, assuming you’re familiar with Jonah Goldberg from the USA. This is some guy reflecting on his writings of the last twenty years – and then his reaction to Trump, The Mote in Thine Own Eye

    The day I read Liberal Fascism (and it was really a single day or, rather, a single night; on a flight 13 years ago across the Atlantic, I was supposed to rest, sleep if possible, but I couldn’t put the massively enlightening — and deeply troubling — eye-opener down), I went from simple admirer of Jonah Goldberg to fervent follower of Jonah Goldberg.

    That is why I have been so dumbfounded by his attitude in the past four or five years.

    By all means, eviscerate President Donald Trump all you want (although “a bane of humanity”! — really?!) — in 2016 I too was among those who were suspicious of the New York billionaire’s intentions — and go after the (rare) Republican who shows signs of delusion and/or derangement.

    But can it really be that Jonah himself might be among the latter? Doesn’t he realize that the entire left is anti-Jewish (with numerous examples of antisemitism in the past decade(s)) and anti-Christian to boot — not to mention… anti-American?!


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