John McCain Twists Arms Fast and Furiously to Confirm Obama’s Nominee for ATF Director

U.S. Senator John McCain gestures as he arrives to address the third session of the Republican National Convention in TampaFrom, By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary), July 31st, 2013 – No agency better exemplifies the malfeasance of this administration than the ATF – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  This same organization that was involved in the most egregious gun running scandal in American history (Fast and Furious) is also prosecuting law-abiding gun owners with zealous furor.  Yet, Senator John McCain has just ensured that the man who was at the scene of the crime gets confirmed as the next permanent director of ATF.

After being without a director for five years, McCain is hell-bent on rewarding Obama’s bad behavior by confirming the acting director, Todd Jones, as permanent director.  Todd Jones was the highest ranking official during Fast and Furious.  Mr. Jones has refused to answer questions from Senator Grassley, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, concerning the scandal and any disciplinary action taken by his office.

What is even more concerning is that Jones is under investigation by the Office of Special Council over accusations that he retaliated against whistleblowers when he was U.S. Attorney in Minnesota. This is particularly disturbing given the necessity to shine some sun light inside the ATF.  Jones has already warned ATF employees not to report on anything outside their chain of command.  Additionally, Jones has already overseen egregious gun stings that went awry, such as Milwaukee Operation Fearless.   In that instance, individuals were erroneously charged with crimes, federally owned automatic weapons lost, and a gun store was damaged by ATF agents.

There is no doubt that gun control activists want Jones confirmed so the ATF can begin its persecution of American gun owners instead of cleaning up its own broken house.   So why would any Republican support his nomination?

Well, remember that earlier this month Mitch McConnell sent out his minions to cut a deal with Democrats to confirm every radical nominee under the sun. Now President Obama knows he will have 60 votes for every nominee, and is taking full advantage of the free ride to passage.  Initially, Democrats were two votes shy, but McCain was seen on the Senate floor twisting arms.  He convinced Senator Lisa Murkowski to flip her vote.  Now they are just one vote shy and are holding the vote open until pseudo-moderate, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, flies into D.C.

Once again, we must ask, where is leadership?  Where are their staffers?  Where are the floor speeches against this?  Is Mitch McConnell the party leader or is John McCain the defacto leader?

Update: Democrats won the cloture vote after Senator Heitkamp flew in from North Dakota to cast the 60th vote for Jones, laying waste to the notion that there are any pro-gun Democrats.  The six Republicans who voted for cloture were Ayotte, Collins, Graham, Kirk, McCain & Murkowski.

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  1. Senatoor_Blutarsky

    Twisting arms for a false result….

    Reminds me of the story of FAKE Medal of Honor winner Col. Bud Day, who was buried today, and good riddance to him.

    Day and Mccain shared a cell at the Hanoi Hilton in 1967. Day was a “witness” to ” Hanoi Johns'” many misdeeds as a POW. As a reward for keeping him quiet, Johnnys dad, Admiral mcCain was instrumental in getting a special waiver – the ONE & ONLY time a MoH was awarded with ZERO witnesses to account for the deeds of a MoH.

    Just make up a heck of a John Wayne-style war story, get a special waiver by special people, and – voila~, help cover Hanoi Johns’ treason and sellout for 4 decades.

    And also help seal the records of POW/MIA so as to keep fortunate son McCain for being exposed as the traitor he IS & WAS, during the Viet nam war.

    ” Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions on Jan. 6, 1968, near Chu Lai, South Vietnam said the following of the Medal of Honor: “I was awarded the Medal of Honor, but my fellow soldiers who supported me in the actions and took the time to write it up earned it. I wear it for them. They own my medals. And every Medal of Honor recipient and hero I know believes as I do. Medals should be a sign of patriotism, a symbol of sacrifice, support and defense of a great nation. The highest form of patriotism is service to our youth; heroes also wear their medal for them to signal the importance of courage. Heroes do not use their medals for personal political gain. As I said they are not theirs to use.”

    Unless you are coverup artist Bud Day.


    “Sampley’s exposure of Colonel Bud Day’s Medal of Honor controversy, McCain’s possible ties to Russian intelligence (still haunting us today) and an endless line of democrats he hated made him one of the few combat vets and tireless fighters that earned the respect of veterans.”

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