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LIVE VIDEO: Sessions Confirmation Hearing Day Two

UPDATE: Bumping this post back to the top because Cory Booker is due to testify shortly.

Things have just started. Expect even more fireworks today, courtesy of Cory Booker. CNN reports:

Sen. Cory Booker will make history Wednesday when he becomes the first sitting senator to testify against another sitting senator for a Cabinet post as he fights Jeff Sessions’ nomination to become President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general. The decision has thrust Booker, a New Jersey Democrat and fixture on lists of potential 2020 presidential candidates, into the limelight. Republicans quickly accused Booker of seeking to improve his own political prospects. Democrats made clear Booker is on his own.

“It’s not for me to approve or disapprove. He’s asked to testify and his message is whatever he wants it to be,” said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2-ranking Democrat. Now, liberals searching for new leadership within their party — and a strong voice of opposition in the Trump era — will be watching Booker closely to see if he meets the moment he created for himself.

  • Bared Bear

    C’mon Booker… exorcise that demon so people can see Sessions’ head spin out pea soup like a lawn sprinkler.

    • bill weber
      • No doubt you’ll be sharing links to alex jones and breitbart next.

        • bill weber

          You never address the substance of evidence when it’s against your “side,” I guess? I’m not interested enough to ask if you believe there is such a thing as criticizing Democrats from the left….

      • Gerry Fisher

        I read 2/3 of the column. On the one hand, I’m not a Booker fan. It think he’s more show than substance. That being said, this columnist had an ax to grind. The dripping sarcasm and passive-aggressive side comments were annoying to read. It’s not the kind of writing I’d trust. I’d want to see its contents stated in other more reliably written pieces.

      • Lawerence Collins

        Booker wants to be Obama 3.0. He’s an establishment Democrat. No thank you!

        • bambinoitaliano

          Don’t you worry about the next president, lets survive a nuclear holocaust in the next four years first.

        • petert

          He is the only one w/ big enough cojones to take on Sessions bigotry and his desire to obliterate gay people.

        • Goggles

          Booker is setting himself up for a 2020 run. Speaking out against Sessions is unequivocally a good thing, but Booker is still not a progressive at the end of the day except on social issues.

          His campaigns have accepted $267k over the last six years from Big Pharma, and just yesterday Booker was one of the few Dems to vote down an amendment that would import lower-cost medications from Canada. Not even Manchin stooped so low, and his daughter is a Pharma exec FFS.

          • Lawerence Collins

            I’m well aware of who and what Booker is doing.
            I just wish more of us could see the Democratic Party for what it’s really become.

      • petert

        irrelevant. Booker taking on Sessions is what is important. Sessions is a bigot and a tool and will be enemy #1 to the gay community. I’d love to see him go down.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i don’t think Booker is part of the first panel today

  • Michael R

    ” Today I am still not a racist – FINAL ANSWER “

  • JT

    Sessions Confirmation Hearing

    Sessions: I will do or say anything to get this position so I can be closer to the source of the golden shower experience.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Someone PLEASE read Coretta Scott Kings letter. That was awesome.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    umm, they don’t believe in ” marital rape “

    • james1200

      But how else would Jeff Sessions ever have sex again?

      • edrex

        or in the first place.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        lots of possums in the south

  • djcoastermark

    Eew, when Canterbury heard t rump wanted to tap Sessions, he was ecstatic ? eew just eew.

  • bill weber

    They’re all going to be confirmed. So what’s the point of watching, again?

    • Gustav2

      To give the press a heads up what to report on later.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Transparency in a constitutional republic.

  • BearEyes

    I wish you success, Cory
    sic’m!

  • david fairfield

    This slimeball can barely hold back his contemptuous smirk, as if he knows that no matter what he’ll be voted in. I can hardly stand to look at his hateful serial killer face. Cruz and Paxton have the same effect on me.

  • Dk6

    It is unfathomable that this man is up for AG–if taken separately, all of Peehead’s appointments are even more jaw-droppingly awful, when you group them all together, they seem less threatening somehow, and easy to just gawk at the sh*tshow, so I prefer to think of them on an individual basis, and this one SUCKS!!!!

  • greenmanTN

    Condensed version.

    “I’m a people person. I love everybody, so long as they are white, accept Jesus as their savior, and don’t play with their buttholes.”

    • Stev84

      And don’t smoke weed. He really hates that. Even among his KKK buddies

      • greenmanTN

        Of course he doesn’t. If you want to take the corncob out of his ass it’s going to require sedation and medical instruments, and even then it’s likely to grow right back.

    • rubellapox2

      Lol…

  • HZ81

    Kick his ass, Cory. Then you can come over to my ass and fu..

    Sorry, kids. Forgot JMG was a family blog! πŸ˜‰

    • Bared Bear

      It is? As in “Trump resigned to spend more time with his family” kind of blog?

  • JoeMyGod

    Booker is just now sitting down……

  • Lars Littlefield

    You can kick Booker to the top any time you want, Joe. :-)

  • JT

    Maybe Cory will take the piss out of him.

  • Lazycrockett

    Maybe he will come out.

    • coram nobis

      Maybe we’ll forget Donald for a few minutes.

  • Lars Littlefield

    He’s trying to bring to light Sessions having never actively defended the rights of minorities, immigrants, LGBT and general race relations issues. But as yet, he hasn’t stated any facts illustrating Sessions’ abuses. He needs to do that.

  • JoeMyGod

    Opening statements are always meh – the real drama comes during the direct questioning…..

    • TrollopeReader

      there will be no questions for the panel … 5 min each, and then it’s all over.

      • JoeMyGod

        Hmm. The panel asked questions yesterday…..

  • Strepsi

    “Democrats made clear Booker is on his own” — WHY?

    Jesus, get some balls, ovaries, spines, anything!
    #TeamBooker

    • Bared Bear

      Gah… *pounds head into keyboard*

    • TrollopeReader

      Because they believe in collegiality more than the movement.

      • The_Wretched

        I dare say olde chape, I wasn’t in agreement over watching the world burn but at least i handed it to you nicely.

    • bill weber

      Because the numbers say every one of the appointees gets confirmed.

      • Strepsi

        But SO WHAT? The lesson they *should have* learned from the Republicans is to repeat the story, repeat, repeat, smear, smear until it sinks into the public mind.

        The benefit we have is our smears are TRUE — so by having this “why bother” attitude the Dems dig themselves deeper by letting assholes go unchallenged.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    While we’re waiting for the fireworks to begin, I would like to share whats happening on other social media…for instance, this gem just popped up on FB and Instagram….

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/58ff84b2cc2684b833fbc0893fa5c6591a643e9400915d2f526c98fe4f458179.jpg

    It writes itself, doesn’t it?

    • coram nobis

      Will this remake star Angela Lansbury as well?

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  • Jimmy R

    Following Cory, we get uncle Tom, the token black lawyer in his office, used as a puppet in civil rights cases.

    But here comes John Lewis, a great man…

  • Slippy_World

    THE Truth Teller :

    Propane Janeβ„’

    ‏@docrocktex26

    My main question for this and any other Trump cabinet hearing is why the fuck are we holding ANY of them when Trump is a Russian plant?

  • Lazycrockett
    • Strepsi

      John Lewis is a national treasure.

  • beariac

    John Lewis just gave a very moving and impassioned testimony.

  • Alan S. Lee

    Following John Lewis is another Uncle Tom?

    • another_steve

      I have a hunch that the Sexual Predator-Elect’s nominee to replace the dead and maggot-infested Justice Scalia will either be an Uncle Tom like Clarence Thomas or an Hispanic person.

      Will make it a bit more “uncomfortable” for Democrats and progressives to wage war against her/him, whoever it is.

  • Tiger Quinn

    You’re watching the beginning of Booker’s Presidential run.

    • Lazycrockett

      Im okay with that.

    • Strepsi

      Booker / Sims 2018

      • Ray Taylor

        2020?

        • Strepsi

          I’m presuming Trump’s impeachment followed by Pence’s impeachment. πŸ˜‰

          • Ray Taylor

            Still would be 2020, 2018 is not divisible by 4. Ryan would be president until 2020.

          • CraigNJ

            Only if Pence is impeached before he could name a new Vice President.

          • bill weber

            It should not be a surprise to me that a majority of you have no fucking idea about the basic processes of our government.

          • Strepsi

            Apologies — I’m just posting nonsense from a foreign country…. carry on.
            http://www.freshprintmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Im-canadian.gif

    • bill weber

      He might be even more corrupt and corporatist than Thrillary.

      • Neon Maniac

        Awwww, did another accomplished person-of-color make the diaper baby feel insecure?

        At least we know where you can send those used diapers now!

        • bill weber

          No, bowelface, we were talking about CORY BOOKER. List some of his accomplishments. (No, don’t, I’m sure “getting elected” counts with you.)

  • Snarkaholic

    I’ll bet the funereal black suit and tie were deliberate (and I approve).

  • Alan S. Lee

    Lots of Uncle Toms out of the woodwork today!

    • DaddyRay

      Paid Schil

    • bill weber

      racist

  • JoeMyGod

    Welp, that was un-riveting…..

  • AJ Drew

    Heh. That was not what I was expecting at all.

  • GayOldLady

    There wasn’t enough time in that segment for Cory Booker or even John Lewis to put a scratch on Sessions. It was a waste of time.

  • BeaverTales

    It’s important to understand where the top legal prosecutor in the country will be placing his priorities. AGs tend to be sub rosa policy makers in their own right.

    We don’t want a fossilized male version of Pam Bondi to become the top legal executive in the country.

  • greenmanTN

    I don’t know if he is is gay, straight, or what, but Mr Booker hits more than a few of my buttons.

    http://33.media.tumblr.com/2b414adb6e30295252c395239bfd9a88/tumblr_n6rlq3hTYo1td73xio1_400.gif

    • The Sentinel

      So does Lola Heatherton!

      • greenmanTN

        I wanna bear your children! πŸ˜‰

  • JNK

    Corry Booker is another corporatist whore. If this is who the Dems have leading the 2020 march…we are in deep sh*t.

  • Charlie

    dear invisible sky fairy – I love Cory Booker!

  • Henry Auvil

    Cory B. is no Barack Obama, but DAMN! he is bone-able.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    This live mic is amusing

  • sword

    No self-respecting Republican would do so a thing…maybe release false news about another Republican but never have the guts to testify against another senator.

  • KnownDonorDad

    An NPR report said that Sessions’ confirmation seems certain. So frustrating, makes it hard to mobilize against these appointments. On a positive note, Trump has appointed someone who seems capable to head Veteran’s Affairs, an Obama appointee. I was half-expecting Sarah Palin.

  • JellyDonut

    Booker 2020

  • Halloween_Jack

    Cory Booker’s WTF face gives me a tiny but much appreciated boost of strength.