Thom Tillis

Tillis and the looming destruction of the social safety net

It's not what you know, it's who you listen to:

Republican Sen. Richard Burr, the state’s senior senator, escorted him around, as did others who know the place well. Now Tillis is one of the 100 senators, talking to them all the time. “Not only about the senatorial process, but which hallways you can go down that don’t actually have a dead end,” he joked, at least in part. The Capitol is a labyrinth of marble stairways, long corridors, senators’ secret hideaways and underground passageways. It’s easy to get lost.

The desk of Tillis’ chief of staff, John Mashburn, is under a large state seal in the same room as the receptionist, directly opposite the office’s entrance. Mashburn is known as a very conservative Republican. He’s a North Carolina native with long experience on Capitol Hill, including work for the late Sen. Jesse Helms.

Mashburn is more than just another of Helms' old cronies. He's an anti-Welfare zealot, whose goal of punishing the poor has been blocked for decades by less radical elements in the GOP, not to mention Democrats. But he may finally get his wish by pulling Tillis' strings:

Tillis starts his own PAC, plays with model of lear jet

Okay, I made up the part about the toy jet, but the PAC thing is real:

In launching a political action committee to raise funds, Thom Tillis has made his first name an acronym: Together Holding Our Majority.

The Federal Elections Commission this week posted the filing that creates THOMPAC. The entity is a leadership PAC – the type formed by members of Congress – which raises money for the lawmaker’s non-campaign expenses and provides a vehicle to contribute to their colleagues’ campaigns.

I think it's blatantly obvious who Tillis' #1 constituent is. He should have named it "THAM" (Thom Holding Alla Money). Me? I'm just trying to hold my gorge down...

Daily Dose: Two chickens cross the road

Gonna be a long six years, folks. Tillis is coming out-of-the-blocks with torture advocate Richard Burr as his role model. Neither has served a split-second in the armed forces. Not a split second.

Tillis echoes Burr on torture report (Raleigh News & Observer) -- U.S. Sen.-elect Thom Tillis, who was in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, said the release of the report on CIA interrogation practices during the Bush administration could harm U.S. relations with other countries. His comments echoed those made by his soon-to-be Republican colleague, Sen. Richard Burr.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/10/4393708_tillis-echoes-burr-on-torture.html

POLICY & POLITICS
Abortion Debate Looms: Public Asked to Comment on DHHS Rules (Public News Service) -- The future of reproductive health in North Carolina is in the hands of the general public. This month, the North Carolina Department of Health (DHHS) and Human Services proposed new regulations for abortion clinics and now the public has an opportunity to comment.
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-12-11/health-issues/nc-abortion-debate-looms-public-asked-to-c...

DC's newest chickenhawk: Thom Tillis

Gee, I wonder why he didn't say these things during election debates:

Sen.-elect Thom Tillis (R) of North Carolina and Sen.-elect Gary Peters (D) of Michigan called on Congress Sunday to debate a measure authorizing military strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“I think it would probably be wise so that you move forward again,” Tillis said. “The president and the Congress need to find opportunities to show some way of coming together. That would be a show of good faith from the president and I think it would give Congress more confidence they’re part of the process,” he added.

Really? You want to send more American troops to die in battle because it could grease the wheels of bipartisanship? Are you completely insane, or just terminally clueless? Here's an idea, you could work with the President to help veterans who have already pulled 2-3 tours of combat duty, and maybe cut down on their horrific suicide rate, instead of adding to their numbers senselessly.

Arrogance

News this week that Thom Tillis privately commissioned a makeover at the legislature seems to have come as a shocker to more than a few people. Not me. Because if you've had the pleasure of reading my commentary about his Magnificent Presence over the past year, you know such imperiousness is perfectly in character. It comes from being a certain kind of partner in one of the large consulting firms. The world itself revolves around them. They do what they want, even when it is ethically bankrupt.

Hanging that hat on the wrong peg

People in the business of candidates and elections often think that outcomes hinge on the few months in which a campaign unfolds. That leads to this kind of analysis by Thomas Mills, which makes sense as far as it goes. But in my view, it doesn't nearly go far enough. To argue that Kay Hagan should or shouldn't have distanced herself from Obama , or that she should have done this or that during her campaign, is to miss the larger question: What did Kay Hagan do during her nearly six years in office?

An open letter to Mr. Tillis

Dear Thom.

I was struck by the illusion of humility captured in one of your quotes this morning:

"I got elected by 49 percent of the voters, but I represent 100 percent of them, and I want to make sure that they know that their feedback and their priorities are important,"

To put a finer point on it, you were elected by 49% of the 44% who voted, so you are correct in interpreting your victory as slim and your mandate as fragile. Indeed, you captured the lowest level of support in the history of senate races. But let's set that aside for now. You won.

I also too note of your happy-talk about bipartisanship and outreach, though I couldn't help but observe the incongruity in your comments:

Tillis promised to reach out to the 51 percent of the electorate who picked Hagan and Haugh. He said he will come back to North Carolina from Washington every weekend. He aims to connect as he sought to over the past few years as House speaker, he said.

As you "sought to over the past few years as House speaker"? Seriously? If that is your standard for engagement, we are well and truly screwed. You may have "sought" to connect, but as our friend Yoda has said so well, "There is no try." You either did it or you didn't. And trust me on this, you didn't.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Thom Tillis