The Wall Street Journal had a piece on a potential deal concerning the FCC.
We hear Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Harry Reid are negotiating for an FCC transition in which Chairman Tom Wheeler would leave in January. GOP leaders would then reconfirm two commissioners: Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, whose five-year term has expired; and Republican Ajit Pai, who is not up until next year and is in the mix to be the next chairman.
The WSJ suitably addressed the foolishness of the overall deal.
I have a related concern. Why deal with Senator Harry Reid (D, NV) at all? That man is wholly untrustworthy, and besides, he’ll be gone in January. Why deal with the Senate Democrats at all? As a group, all they’re interested in doing is obstructing anything Republican. Senator Tim Kaine (D, VA) has said he’d do everything he could to prevent Republicans from acting. So has Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D, IL). So has Senate Minority Leader-in-waiting [sic] Chuck Schumer (D, IL). And on and on. These folks’ word cannot be taken as reliable except as they promise to get in the way of the nation’s business for their own personal political gain.
And, courtesy of Reid’s prior dishonesty regarding the filibuster, most of the Senate’s nearby business doesn’t need these obstructionists’ participation to conclude in any event.