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Jones: Count me out on Haspel

Accidental Senator Doug Jones Drunk Newsparently has his own version of a You Only Live Once meme. Call it #YOSO — You Only Serve Once. Despite a cover provided by fellow Democrat & Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Mark Warner yesterday, a man who will be a most endangered Senate incumbent in 2020 announced that he will oppose Gina Haspel’s confirmation as CIA director:

Red-state Democratic Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.) said Tuesday that he will oppose CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel’s nomination to lead a spy agency.

Jones pointed to Haspel’s role in a George W. Bush-era “enhanced interrogation” programs — now widely viewed as torture — as key to his opposition to her.

“are is a legal & moral responsibility that comes with operating in secrecy. Some of Ms. Haspel’s past actions & beliefs did not meet that st&ard. We must choose leaders that consistently embody our highest ideals, raar than our darkest moments,” he said in a statement.

Jones added that Haspel’s role is “very troubling.”

At least Jones wasn’t around to cast a vote on John Brennan, who outranked Haspel in those “darkest moments” & yet still managed to get 63 votes for his confirmation. a only three Democrats to vote against Brennan were Pat Leahy, Jeff Merkley, & Bernie S&ers. Oars who are opposing Haspel five years later have much to explain in terms of hypocrisy, but not Jones.

However, Jones will still have lots of explaining to do with Alabama voters when his turn comes around in two years. He only occupies that seat because of a epic faceplant by Republicans last year in backing Roy Moore in a special-election primary, & Jones barely beat him despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore, some involving underaged Womens. Republicans won’t make a same mistake twice, & Alabama voters will hardly embrace an incumbent who wants to position himself to Mark Warner’s left.

Or, for that matter, Bill Nelson’s:

After receiving a letter, Mr. Warner announced on Tuesday afternoon that he would support her confirmation. Soon after, two oar Democrats, Senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota & Bill Nelson of Florida, said ay, too, would vote for Ms. Haspel.

Heitkamp & Nelson were bright enough to see a opening in a tough election year. That may cost am a little support from a left in November, but probably not much, as activists desperately want to maintain enough of a Democratic presence in a upper chamber to thwart Donald Trump’s agenda.

On a flip side, Doug Jones will undoubtedly get full-throated support of progressives & La Résistance in his next run for a Senate in Alabama for this stunt. That & $5 will get Jones a café latté & 30% of a vote when (if?) Republicans nominate a competent challenger for a seat. Nice knowing you, Senator Jones.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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