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(TRENT NELSON | Tribune file photo) Sen. Mike Lee says changes to the nominating system in Utah won't deter him from running for — and winning — re-election..
Esquire’s Pierce goes after 'crackpot' Mike Lee

If you want to read some finely honed invective, aimed directly at the junior senator from Utah (and, indirectly, at the people of Utah), The Cricket recommends a read of this post from Esquire magazine’s political blogger, Charles P. Pierce.

Pierce calls out Republicans for blocking ratification of a United Nations treaty for the rights of the disabled, calling it an "indecency perpetrated by the black-helicopter faction of the Republican party." Pierce gives special attention to Utah Sen. Mike Lee, one of the "empowered crackpots" now populating the U.S. Senate, who took credit for defeating the treaty.

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Pierce provided a lengthy laundry list of what the Senate’s "decent Republicans" (if one can find any) should do to Sen. Lee:

"No later than tomorrow, it could be explained to Senator Lee that he has worked to embarrass his country, his institution, and his party in the eyes of the nation and the world. It could be explained to him that the U.S. Senate is not going to conform to the leaky contents of his own paranoid brainpan. As part of this explanation, it could be made clear to Senator Lee that his seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee now belongs to someone else. It could be made clear to him that no funds from the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee will be available to him now, or in the foreseeable future. It could be made clear to him that he is not welcome at the 2016 Republican National Convention, and that he will not be allowed into the hall even if he buys a ticket. (Hell, they almost did it to Ron Paul this time around.) It could be made clear to him that any primary challenge to sitting Republican senators elsewhere will be held to his personal account, and that the sanctions will be more severe if that challenge is successful, and infinitely more severe if the challenger is defeated in the general election, costing the party a seat. It could be made clear to him that, because of his reckless disregard for anything except his own bizarre theories and groundless night-terrors, he is now a non-person within the Republican caucus. If the people of Utah want to be represented by a non-person, they’re welcome to him. But that shouldn’t be our problem as well."

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