Utah Voters to Chaffetz: Do Your Job
Chaffetz had a very tough time last night at his town hall. It couldn’t happen to a-less nice-guy. If there is anyone in Congress who deserves to have a tough a hard time, it’s Chaffetz-aka the Lee Harvey Oswald of American democracy.
Chaffetz was the one who tweeted out Comey’s letter on October 28-a day that will live in infamy.
Of course, now that there’s a Republican in the White House, Chaffetz’s interest in providing ethical oversight as gone South for the Winter.
Jennifer Rubin did a great job of foreshadowing the anger of Utah constituents in a post of her’s yesterday.
“As an ethics complaint and widespread condemnation for White House boosterism and bullying on behalf of Ivanka Trump’s business plays out, Chaffetz sticks to the view that there is no legal basis for him to investigate anything. This unusual defense for sloth never came up when Barack Obama was in office. Chaffetz leaves it to Democrats to demand a hearing on the Yemen raid, apparently unwilling to suffer the same wrath Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) did for raising questions about the competency of the raid. (“Sen. McCain should not be talking about the success or failure of a mission to the media. Only emboldens the enemy! He’s been losing so … long he doesn’t know how to win anymore, just look at the mess our country is in – bogged down in conflict all over the place.”) As Trump mimics his idol Vladimir Putin in labeling opponents as traitors of the state, one could understand why lesser men would want to keep quiet. If Chaffetz agrees with the White House that questioning a military operation constitutes aiding the enemy, he owes Hillary Clinton and the families of four dead Americans in Benghazi one heck of an apology”
Actually a little later Chaffetz agreed to at least go through the motions in investigating Kellyann Conway’s blatant use of the office to boost Ivanka Trump’s business.
As Rubin says, Chaffetz sudden disinterest in government oversight writes the argument for divided government itself.
“If voters want constitutional government, limited government, in which facts matter and the most powerful branch, the executive, is held accountable between elections, then the only remedy is divided government. If Republicans protest that they aren’t capable of providing all that, then they need new leaders and new committee chairmen. That won’t happen. The water-carrying will continue up until the 2018 elections.”
Last night Chaffetz’s Utah constituents had a not so subtle message for him: do your job or we will relieve you of it.
“Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, yet he has been unwilling to perform oversight on President Trump’s numerous conflicts of interest. On Thursday night, his constituents appeared at a town hall meeting to demand that he start looking into them.”
“Chaffetz was booed so often that he repeatedly found himself saying “Hold on” and “Give me a second” when trying to answer the audience’s questions. Ultimately Chaffetz left the rally 40 minutes early.”
“Outside the high school auditorium where the event was being held, protesters chanted “Vote him out!” One woman was arrested.”
All the GOPers are getting roughed up at these town halls but none deserve it more than Chaffetz. His Twitter handle is ‘Jason in the House.’ Not for long if he keeps sleeping on the job with Trump.
David Brat sure has an appropriate last name:
“Hill Republicans are openly accusing liberal mega-donors of bankrolling the tide of local protesters storming their offices. They’re beefing up their physical protection from demonstrators. And they’re imploring out-of-state critics to stop clogging their phone lines.”
“It’s just yelling and criticizing. There is no substance,” said Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.). “It’s a protest against the election.”
I don’t think it’s possible for Utah’s voters to be clearer than they were with Jason in the House last night. You don’t get more substantive than do your job.
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