In a story that makes our hyperventilating about Trump on the world stage look silly, we absorb this quiver-inducing news. The Vice Chairman of the FEC resigned on Monday, which leaves three active commissioners on a board with six positions. That same commission requires four commissioners to vote upon any action. With fewer words, the FEC, the election cops, have no badge right now. The FEC cannot reach out and stop, or penalize, any election violations. The oncoming election in 2020 is the most important presidential election since 1860. We just had an election in which our intelligence agencies noted unprecedented manipulation by a foreign power. We have evidence that the current president is on the take, and under a foreign dictator’s influence. And now, we do not have anyone looking after the rules constraining the candidates for federal office. Breathe … for me. According to The Hill: Matthew Petersen, a Republican who has served as a commissioner since 2008, wrote that he will formally step down on Aug. 31. His departure leaves the agency with only three of the four members required to vote on proposed actions. “By law, no more than three Commissioners can represent the same political party, and at least four votes are required for any official Commission action,” the FEC wrote on its website. “This structure was created to encourage nonpartisan decisions.” No problem with “the structure,” or its mission. However, it is currently constructed such that it cannot do any mission. Moreover, the commission had been doing its job with relative competence and integrity, perhaps that was the problem. Because, now, we have no reason to believe that the commission will be in a position to do anything about violations occurring in the next year and a half: The remaining commissioners are Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat; Commissioner Caroline Hunter, a Republican; and Commissioner Steven Walther, an independent. President Trump nominated Republican attorney Trey Trainor to serve as an FEC commissioner in 2017, but the Senate has not voted on his nomination. Get that? The commission had four members, and a Republican Trump nominee, yet the Senate still has not added the Trump-appointed nominee from two years ago. One can only conclude that it served Republican interests to require all four current members to vote unanimously. Now that the commission cannot serve any interest, why would anyone think that the Republicans and Election-Violation-King Donald Trump, the one that paid off a porn star with campaign funds, to fill that seat? We still do not have a permanent Secretary of Defense, and somehow Trump is going to nominate, and the Senate approve, a critical fourth member to the FEC? Hell no. Which means we will not have anyone oversee the 2020 federal elections. If that doesn’t scare the ever-living hell out of all of us, we’re not paying close enough attention. So, let’s delve into possible “explanations” as to why a Republican would step down now, out of the blue, as the federal campaign season just starts to get its legs under it. Is it irresponsible to question whether Peterson was pushed out? Could he have been paid off? Would anyone need to pay him off, given some threats that could have reached him? It is all crazy, right? Engaging such conspiracy-theory thinking? Except, no, it is not, because it isn’t crazy to worry about such conspiracies […]
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