Yes, I knew Greg Gianforte would win his special election race for Montana’s sole House seat. We’ve long ago reached the point in this country where right wing Republican voters exalt in their elected representatives being violent thugs, especially when the violent attack is perpetrated against a news reporter, and a foreign one at that. You know how some them wingers hate them Brits.
But, once again, it was the Democrats that gave this victory to the Republicans by running Rob Quist, a folk singer against a billionaire, a billionaire who styled himself as a Trump clone because that’s what gets you elected in right wing congressional districts now. These voters are so fed up with Washington that they elected billionaire bullies to fight the crooks for them, never realizing that those billionaire bullies will feel right at home within the congressional political system, fighting against the interests of their constituents who elected them. For example, Donald Trump, the Bully-in-Chief, is making a mess of this country yet his Evangelical voter base still loves him.
The Democratic Party is still regarded as the party of whiney wimp liberals by the Right, and as the party of Republican Lite feckless incompetents by the Left. But the significant difference is that Democratic voters sit out the elections in protest while Republican voters come out in large enough numbers to elect their candidates.
As I see it now, the poll numbers showing Trump’s falling popularity are meaningless. Gianforte was elected in his district despite highly negative poll numbers. This just goes to show that in the absence of Democrats running a hero, voters will elect the Republican billionaire bully. Yes, this was just one right wing Republican district voting as predicted. But I worry that this could also be a harbinger of 2018 and 2020.
David Nir, political director of Daily Kos and was a fundraiser for Quist, is quoted as saying, “Republicans might be breathing a sigh of relief that their morally reprehensible candidate won on Thursday night, but they should still be very worried about 2018.”
To use the words of the great Vin Scully, Nir is viewing the political landscape with his heart and not with his eyes. I’m not feeling nearly as confident at this point.
Donald Trump is fond of talking about fake news. This self-serving specious column by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican House representative from Washington State’s 5th congressional district, is an example of fake opinion, since the Washington Post has labeled it as “opinion”. This is typical propaganda bullcrap by a typical Republican only concerned with her own political career advancement. Just another case of putting people before politics.
What she left out in her entire article was the salient fact that House Republicans included a clause in the Affordable Health Care Act (keep in mind that Republicans always title their bills with the name that means the very opposite of what the bill will do) which exempts them from the AHCA while maintaining their full eligibility and enrollment in Obamacare health plans. Which means that HER Obamacare will continue to fully cover her son’s preexisting Down syndrome special needs while with the rest of us, the AHCA will result in about 10 years, 24 million people losing their healthcare coverage by no longer being able to afford it, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. That means that 19% of the American people will no longer be covered by health insurance.
What a wonderful prospect, considering that most Red State refused to expand Medicaid coverage, which was meant to help the very people targeted by Republicans to lose their employer-provided or self-pay health insurance coverage. So she’s all for screwing YOU over because she and her family get to keep theirs.
Secondly, although I’m not privy to the reported incomes of the Mc Morris Rodgers family from all sources nor the value of their varied investments and holdings, I’d say they’re well-positioned to pay out of pocket for medical expenses far beyond the financial reach of most of us. And by voting for this she knows it will affect her and her family not in the least while screwing middle and low income classes who remain unprotected by the greed and self interest of House Republicans.
Lastly, McMorris Rodgers is a long-time House member and is the House Republican Conference. You can bet her Obamacare-supplied health insurance company treats her as a special case.
So, please don’t cry for her, Argentina, nor anyone else cry for her either. She can write any kind of crap she chooses. She represents a safe district, and as I said, she has hers. I only wish she was in a different congressional district so she could get hers in the election next year.
It’s great to see two overly-cocky, buffoon blowhards brought down in front of the world. Paul Ryan thought the AHCA was a done deal. It’s a poor leader who overestimates his leadership abilities. But then the intelligence and abilities of Ryan have always been overestimated by the his own party and by the corporate media. If it wasn’t for his outsized ego based on no tangible evidence of any foundation for it, he would resign the Speakership. But only a total idiot would choose to be Speaker of the House with this GOP in the majority, Ryan has been that idiot since October 2015.
Trump’s blaming the failure of the bill on the Democrats. Trump came into his fraudulently-won presidency thinking it was all government by executive order, that he would run the federal government and the entire country as just mere Trump corporate subsidiaries. Except for the hard core delusional who still think Trump’s doing a great job, his own party now has proof of his ineptitude and his failure to grasp reality as he lives in his delusional world within his suite at the Mar-A-Lago.
Both men have been shown that it’s easy to oppose and talk big in superlatives and lies. In other words, comedy is easy, actual governing is hard, very hard. And neither are cut out fo the work.
Now, the only real and present danger is Turtle Man McConnell fast tracking the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to SCOTUS. Not sure if the coming Democratic filibuster will do nothing more than delay that vote but with this display of the total lack of Trump and Ryan’s influence on their own party, maybe the Dems have a shot providing another embarrassing setback for the GOP if somehow they can turn aside the Gorsuch nomination, which is a long shot.
I will preface this post by reminding people I do not support Hillary Clinton in any way, shape, or form. That being said, I avidly hope that the House of Representatives does vote to impeach her in an election year.
Why? Because for a Republican-controlled House of Representatives to impeach a Democratic presidential candidate would be absurdist political theatre at its best. It would make the Republicans the laughingstock of the the world–even more than they are now. Because it would put into sharp relief how partisan and loony that Party has become that they would reach that far and stoop that low to take someone they view as a danger to their own presidential candidates out of the race.
And it shows how utterly stupid a person and politician Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala) is. It brings out the Curly in me to want to shout “Oh Mo! Oh Mo! Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.”
That’s right, Mo, give your party yet another poke in the eye.
Yesterday I started seeing an online Netflix ad for a Mitt Romney documentary, “MITT”, that it’s showing exclusively. It’s a chance to get to know the Mittens you never knew. And boy– are they right! Mitt’s showing us—hey, I’m just like you—with mussed hair above a pair of tired, faintly hopeful eyes looking at the camera as if saying, “Do you accept me now?” Mittens allowed tousling of his perfectly coiffed and dyed hair? Wow, it’s the FIRST thing I now know that I never knew!
But once the afterglow of discovery fades away, a gnawing question replaces it: why this documentary showing the “human” side of Romney now? If he possesses any reason—as opposed to intelligence—he’ll never run for president again. So, what could be behind this? Hmmm…Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick is ending his term this year and has announced he won’t seek reelection. Is Romney thinking that with the presidency forever out of his reach he just might try to return to the seat of his former glory? That would be very Mittens-like but since he hasn’t announced he’s running or set up an exploratory committee that I know of, it’s just conjecture on my part.
The Utah governor, Gary Herbert, just started his second term, but who wants to be the new governor of a state that officially refuses to recognize gay marriage and deprives little school kids of their unpaid lunches by throwing them in the garbage—right in front of them? That’s not the tousled-haired Mittens I know!
The House of Representatives is too small to hold a man of Romney’s wealth so that leaves the Senate. No open seats in Utah and I think Massachusetts voters won’t be venturing back into the dark Right side any time soon. So, this leaves the Massachusetts governor’s office as his only possible target. I mean, there had to be reason why Mitten’s guys paid Netflix all that money to run their vanity project. And the director of this epic, inside look at the Mittens we preferred to stay far away from as opposed to wanting to get up close and personal? Greg Whiteley, with only two other credits to his name: “New York Doll” which examined an ex-member of the New York Dolls who renounced his past when he became a Mormon, and “Resolved”, a documentary on high school debates that for some reason puts Koch Bros. employee SCOTUS Justice Sammy Alito front and center. Either he was one of the high school debaters or that’s how he got his judging experience.
It took six years to make this documentary. Why did it take so long? It probably took that long for Whiteley to film enough footage to make Mitten’s life look interesting enough to fill 90 minutes.