Looking Heavenward for an Explanation The GOP ain’t called “The Stupid Party” for nothing. Reports last week indicate that Senate Democrats - the minority Party - had pulled together enough of their Republican majority cohorts to have a lame-duck session vote to give Democrat Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel a brand new term. A lame-duck session - as in a vote by members whom We the People just said we don’t want voting anymore. To preemptively foist upon incoming Republican President Donald Trump - a Democrat-controlled FCC. Now that’s stupid. Here’s how the FCC is populated. There are five voting Commissioners - one of whom also serves as Chairman. Thus the partisan split is 3-2 - with the President’s Party holding the majority. They serve Senate-confirmed terms - which means Commissioner tenures often bridge administrations. Current Democrat Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s term does. So do the terms of both current Republicans - Ajit Pai and Mike O’Reilly. Commissioner Rosenworcel’s term ends this year - in other words, imminently. Thus the Democrat push to renew. One problem that has arisen - is chronic-problem-creator Chairman Tom Wheeler. The longstanding precedent is that the sitting Chairman resigns when an opposing-Party president is elected. Wheeler has been saying for almost a year that
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