Richard Burr

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The two men at the top of the Republican ticket continue to stand by Donald Trump through thick and thin. Pat McCrory and Richard Burr both have endorsed Trump's candidacy, and show no signs of repudiating him, even after his reckless call for a "Second Amendment" solution to stop Hillary Clinton.

Neither man has the courage to disavow Donald Trump. They are betting their political futures that there are enough North Carolina voters who share their bigoted and hateful view of America.

The case against Richard Burr

This is my take on Senator Richard Burr’s recent years in Congress.

Mr. Burr is a cheery front man, who masks a so-so performer in every way. He does mostly what GOP leaders want, even when what they want puts North Carolina at risk. Burr reliably favors Big Business over Regular People, most significantly in the area of big energy, big banks, and big guns. He even voted to allow terror suspects to purchase assault weapons.

Burr endorses Trump

You knew there would come a time when Richard Burr would have to choose between the Republican Party and the United States of America. And you will not be surprised to learn that he has chosen his party. Yesterday, Burr endorsed Donald Trump for president of our country.

The only goal that unites this Republican Party is the desire to defeat Hillary Clinton. It's for that reason that Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., announced on Twitter his endorsement of Trump on Wednesday.

That would be the same Donald Trump who speaks in this video:

When I think of Senator Burr, the word "pathetic" comes to mind. Just like it did years ago, when I learned that he had told his wife to withdraw a bunch of cash from an ATM in the middle of the night. Back then, he was using secrets he learned as a Senator to protect his own ass. He wasn't watching out for you or me. Not for one second.

Burr's endorsement of Trump tells you everything you need to know about both men.

Bungling Burr does it again

Imagine that you're Richard Burr, trying desperately to show voters that you're not a lazy, frat-boy slacker. You really, really want the world to believe you actually know how to get somethin' done, and so you pour your heart and soul into pretending like you do. You reach across the aisle to make nice with one of America's preeminent Democratic chickenhawks, and come up with a technology encryption bill bill that does the exact opposite of what you intend. Why are we not surprised:

The cluelessness of Dick Burr


Living in his DC bubble:

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr on Friday fended off questions about House Bill 2, though he said he doesn’t think it will deter more companies from moving to the state. “It’s a state issue,” Burr told the Observer. “You need to talk to state legislators. I’ve still got companies talking to me about moving to North Carolina.”

“I don’t think there’s anything we’ve done that will deter people from moving to North Carolina, because this is a great place,” he said.

How the hell would you even know if this is a great place or not? You've been a Beltway Boy since before Milli Vanilli got busted for pantomiming, I'm surprised you don't get lost on your way back down here.

More on Burr's hypocrisy over IT security protocols

And his artful dodging of questions:

The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from warrantless searches and seizures. How would you ensure that Americans are protected against government spying but still protected against terrorism?:

"San Bernardino is a sobering reminder that America is under constant threat from hostile forces that will stop at nothing to see us fall. I will continue fighting to equip America's intelligence professionals with all the tools that are legal, valid and effective to subvert terrorist plots and thwart attacks."

As you can see, Burr's only recognition of the core of this question, how he will protect us from unconstitutional search and seizure, was the brief and dismissive "tools that are legal." As we learned from the Bush administration, such legality is easily decided with a clever staffer's scribbled brief. As to his flag-waving and fear-mongering election-year posturing, here's an excerpt from a bill he sponsored last year:

Senator Burr lies shamelessly in national Op-ed

Trying to take a bite out of Apple:

The FBI believes that Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, attempted to destroy as much evidence as possible before their attack. They did not, however, destroy everything. Investigators found an intact Apple iPhone in a vehicle they used.

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has issued an order directing Apple to assist law enforcement agents in unlocking the phone. There are no decryption demands in this case, and Apple is in no way required to provide a so-called backdoor. The FBI needs access to the phone so the agency can better piece together information about the terrorists and whom they contacted.

Bolding mine. In true GOP fashion, Burr reveals exactly what he's trying to do through his denial. The FBI is most certainly trying to obtain a backdoor that can be used on other devices in the future, by forcing Apple to create a custom program to circumvent security lockouts:

N&R bites a chunk out of Burr's butt for Supreme Court stance

It says "advise and consent," not "obstruct and dissent."

“In this election year, the American people will have an opportunity to have their say in the future direction of our country,” Burr said in a statement released by his office Monday. “For this reason, I believe the vacancy left open by Justice Antonin Scalia should not be filled until there is a new president.”

Someone could just as credibly argue that Burr, who’s running for re-election this year, should leave important votes to whomever the people of North Carolina choose for his seat in November. But that’s absurd. Burr was elected to a full term; so was Obama.

A lot of scholars, wags, wonks, and other Congressional Watchers have noted that the longest any Supreme nominee has been delayed in the past has been a hundred-some days, implying that any obstructionism by Senate GOPers wouldn't last very long, and there's nothing to really worry about. But the obstructionism President Obama faced so far has already broken many records, has soared to levels none of those scholars could/would have predicted. And when you've got leading GOP Presidential candidates saying crazy shit like this on national television, don't expect a backlash "wave" from a majority of the voting public:

It's official: Deborah Ross is running for US Senate

Dick Burr may actually be in trouble this time:

"We all want a government that puts people first," Ross said in a three-minute campaign video. "I don't have every answer, and I won't promise to make all problems immediately disappear. But what I do have is a strong faith in America's promise to make people's lives better."

"Many of the politicians in Washington have made a mess. They play political games while families face real challenges," she said. "These challenges aren’t for the faint of heart. It’s going to take leaders who won’t shy away just because it is hard," she said. "We need a government that puts people first."

I generally abhor the idea of going negative in campaigns, but Richard Burr has slouched back to DC numerous times because his opponents thought they could win without seriously attacking him. So a couple of decades of dis-service to North Carolinians in general and veterans in particular have gone unchallenged, and most voters are simply unaware of his behavior. And because of that, he keeps winning.

Dick Burr: Still lazy after all these years

A few things in life are entirely predictable. The sun will rise in the morning. Water is wet. And Senator Richard Burr is a lightweight slacker who never fails to disappoint. Today's New York Times has but the latest example of his toxic blend of laziness and incompetence. As the US faces one of its most complex national security issues ever, there could not be more unqualified individual leading the Senate's intelligence oversight:

Some Senate Republicans fumed privately as well. They said Mr. McConnell and Senator Richard Burr, the North Carolina Republican who is chairman of the Intelligence Committee, should have written an alternative to the House bill to give Republicans something to rally around.

We pay our Senators a lot of money and, I at least, expect them to do their damn jobs. Except in the case of Richard Burr. The only thing I expect from him is more of nothing.


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