Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) (
by Dan Burns
Jan 22, 2021, 7:30 AM

Tina signs on to going after Hawley, Cruz

Well, I’ll be darned.

The Democratic senators — Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Tina Smith of Minnesota, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sherrod Brown of Ohio — said the question for the Senate to determine is not whether Cruz and Hawley had the right to object, but whether the senators failed to put loyalty “to the highest moral principles and to country above loyalty to persons, party, or Government department.” They also said the investigation should determine whether Cruz, of Texas, and Hawley, of Missouri, engaged in “improper conduct reflecting on the Senate.”
(CBS Minnesota)

I recently blogged, admittedly with sarcastic intent, about how great it would be, if Senators Smith and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) took the lead on something like this. I’m not suggesting for an attosecond that Sen. Smith, or any of her associates, took any notice of that whatsoever.

This is still a long way from the expulsion proceedings that should be happening, directed at Hawley, Cruz, and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). But it’s something, and I am pleasantly surprised to see Tina’s name on it. One thing I did quickly notice is that the names of the Senate’s two most high-profile progressives – Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) aren’t there. Maybe they’re looking at a different approach.

I’ll update this as I see more.

Update: Here’s more detail.

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