Politics As Usual

22917566-3330-4BFE-9D78-24638DFA15E4“You call that a viable solution?” the committee’s chairman, Senator Alan Green, said. “I find your recommendation to be both stunning and incredibly partisan. I ought to ban you from this hearing.”

“That’s a cheap shot, Senator,” Senator Elizabeth Browne responded. “I’m just trying to make sure that nothing in this investigation falls through the cracks. We should reopen the investigation without putting limits the scope, the witnesses that can be interviewed, and without setting an unrealistic timeframe to complete it.”

“Well, Senator Browne, I respectfully disagree,” Senator Green said. “We’ve already conducted an investigation and have found the woman’s accusations to be totally baseless. How much longer do we need to drag this thing out?”

“You call having your majority staff conducting a two-day investigation to be fair and impartial?” Senator Brown said. “The only investigation that would mean anything would be one conducted by an independent body, like the FBI, and which would have no restrictions or conditions.”

“Overruled!” the chairman shouted, pounding his gavel on the table. “We have what we need. Let’s vote. All in favor of moving the nomination forward to the full Senate say ‘aye.’”

Written for these prompts: Daily Addictions (solution), Word of the Day Challenge (stunning), Scotts Daily Prompt (ban), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cheap), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (fall).


6 thoughts on “Politics As Usual

    • Fandango September 29, 2018 / 9:26 pm

      Odds are against it.


  1. James September 30, 2018 / 9:03 am

    Except that’s not what happened. That said, what can an objective investigative body find relative to actual facts after over three decades. I commend Senator Flake in calling for such an investigation against the wishes of his own party, but unless there’s a “smoking gun” somewhere, I don’t know what they’ll come up with.

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    • Marleen September 30, 2018 / 9:43 am

      I still don’t perceive the choice to be about putting him on the Court if he’s not a rapist (or facilitator or someone who committed assault(s)… or…)

      He was already a liar, and then he lied in the hearing after Ford testified. His temperament is horrible, and he lacks basic respect and decorum.

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    • Fandango September 30, 2018 / 10:23 am

      I know that my flash fiction post is not what happened. But let me ask you a question. Do you honestly think his behavior at the hearing, his anger, his vitriol, his partisan attacks, his disrespect for the Democratic senators, his lying, and his overall demeanor are befitting of a Supreme Court Justice? He was practically foaming at the mouth. There are so many of qualified conservative judges who could ascend to the Supreme Court. Why are the Republicans so stubbornly defending this lightning rod of a nominee?


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