This will be short and … sour.
Alaska Republican Joe Miller said in an interview Wednesday that he is interested in serving on the Senate Judiciary and Armed Services committees should he beat Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams (D) this November for the seat now held by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R).
Think about that. Imagining him on the Judiciary Committee alone sends chills down my spine.
In the 19th century, the Committee’s focus included legislation related to criminal justice, the expansion of the judicial system to new territories and states, and judicial salaries. Today, the scope of the Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction has broadened to include terrorism, human rights, immigration law, intellectual property rights, antitrust law, and Internet privacy. The Committee is also tasked with considering the President’s nominees for federal judgeships, including Supreme Court justices. One of the most important functions of the Committee is to provide oversight of the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
As for that pesky Armed Services Committee:
Aeronautical and space activities peculiar to or primarily associated with the development of weapons systems or military operations; the common defense; the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force, generally; maintenance and operation of the Panama Canal, including administration, sanitation, and government of the Canal Zone; military research and development; national security aspects of nuclear energy; naval petroleum reserves, except those in Alaska; pay, promotion, retirement, and other benefits and privileges of members of the Armed Forces, including overseas education of civilian and military dependents; selective service system; and strategic and critical materials necessary for the common defense.
Comprehensive study and review of matters relating to the common defense policy of the United States.
Is there any doubt at all that getting out the vote will be mandatory in November? Well, it is anyway, but mandatory-er than usual.