Political Roundup for February 16, 2017

Good morning.  We wake to an America where the Deep State / Political Staffer-Consultant Industrial Complex continues to incompetently plot coup-like behavior and the Trump administration continues to respond to it an equally incompetent fashion while the Democratic Party collectively lights itself on fire.  It is now time for today’s roundup:


Labor: Andrew Puzder proved that being a scumbag only allows you to become president and is a disqualifying attribute for Secretary of Labor.  To that end, Puzder withdrew his nomination on Wednesday for the post as evidence mounted that he is not a good hombre, but an hombre who threatened his ex-wife.

OMB:  Senator John McCain (R-Defense Department) plans on voting against President Trump’s nominee for Director of Office of Management and Budget, Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-Club for Growth).  McCain accuses Mulvaney of aiming at the Defense Department in his efforts to cut the deficit.  This seems like one of those situations where Mulvaney needs to explain to our dear friend Senator McCain that Mulvaney will be busy aiming at whatever discretionary spending is left in the budget.

NSA:  The National Security Adviser position might be going to Vice Admiral Robert Hayward.  Hayward would replace former National Security Adviser former General Michael Flynn resigned based on allegations he was in bed with the Russians, which may or may not be true depending on what side of the Deep State you trust as your source.

Obamacare:  While the Republicans are allegedly planning to repeal and replace Obamacare any day now (I bet it happens the same day the Deep State decides it must follow Trump’s orders), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released new rules that might more insurance companies to play in the infamously underperforming individual marketplace exchanges.


PA-COH:  Here are the latest COH numbers for Pennsylvania congressional critters.  Congressman Pat Meehan (R-Delco) is sitting on a big pile of cash.

NRCC:  The NRCC named its top ten defensive targets for 2018 Wednesday.  No real surprises here.

DCCC:  The DCCC on the other hand is claiming that it is getting a lot of interest from veterans to run as Democrats in 2018.  Lets see if this plays out or are they really just talking to Manan Trivedi about PA-6 again. RRR cannot control himself if Manansanity breaks out again!


VA-Gov: Progressive favorite and generally overrated former Congressman Tom Perriello (College Town D) compared Trump’s election to 9/11.  While insulting all those people who died that September day and all of those who have died or were wounded subsequently in the various wars in response, Perriello’s behavior resembles the stereotypical Democratic politician now incapable of containing the urge to lead the Bold Progressive horde to fight the political anti-Christ, President Trump.

PA-Corruption Update:  We have not had too many good PA corruption updates lately (Thank you former Governor and Attorney General Tom Corbett for jailing so many political deadbeats).  We have an interesting one from Lycoming County where the current District Attorney is running for a Common Pleas judge spot and he allegedly started an investigation against his rival, which was subsequently dropped by the Attorney General’s office when it took over the case.


Trudeau:  My friend JJ McCullough highlights how important the visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Supreme Allied Commander of the Heir Force – Left) to Washington was viewed in Canada while nobody could care less here in the US other than it being clear Trump considers Canada “Good Trade Hombres” and used the gatherings associated with it to highlight how the Mexicans are “Bad Trade Hombres”.

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  • GerGOPFebruary 16, 2017 at 7:07 am

    It was pretty clear who wrote this roundup After the second sentence.
    I share the Sentiment, btw.

    As for VA-gov: Periello WAS considered a moderate Dem back in the days, iirc. Shows you how far off the deep end this has gone.

    And we havent even finished the first month. If this Continues, everyone NOT living in the moonbat strongholds will Throw up their hands in disgust and tune out of politics before the year ends

  • Mayor PerkFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:29 am

    KS-Gov: Wichita businessman Wink Hartmann (R) is in. He previously ran for the open KS-04 seat in 2010 that now CIA Director Mike Pompeo won. Hartmann took third with 22.8% in the R primary.


    30. OH-12. Establishment Republican.

  • WingNightAloneFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:32 am

    As far as the Trudeau-Trump thing goes people here still haven’t shut up about how Trudeau TOTALLY WON YOU GUYS (won what, I’m still not sure). Spicer messing up his first name has been all over Facebook, as has Ivanka looking at him (the same way she looks at literally anything interpreted as undressing him with her eyes). I don’t get it.

    24. Saint John-Rothesay. Consultant.

    • Ryan_in_SEPAFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:38 am

      If Ivanka was not already taken, I would take Ivanka’s glaze at the Heir Force Prime Minister as a threat to the territorial integrity of Canada.

      In all serious, this reminds me good ole Peter McKay and Condi Rice from 2006 when we were all young and the world was so simple: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/13/washington/13diplo.html

      31, PA-6, fiscally conservative communitarian

    • GOPTarHeelFebruary 16, 2017 at 9:31 am

      People are still talking about that? Geez. That meeting was remarkable only because no news at all was made out of it.

      R/NC-4. Needed a May, got a Trump.

  • WingNightAloneFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:38 am

    The Canadian census population results are out! The language numbers will be out in May. I’m going to be working on a particular project regarding redistribution in New Brunswick for the 2022 provincial election. Anyone interested in helping, let me know.

    -Maps are of electors, not population (not a big deal in a low-immigration older province)
    -Maps must split the 49 seats by English/French share of the population (Was 32E-16F-1 50/50 after 2011 census, is almost certainly closer to 34E-15F today if not better), least-change from 2014 map preferred. All I know is one French seat outright leaves the North Shore and moves to suburban Moncton, and another moves to somewhere in Fredericton.

    24. Saint John-Rothesay. Consultant.

    • JonFebruary 16, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      Will this census change the number of seats in the federal parliament that provinces get?

      44, M, MO-02

      • rdelbovFebruary 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm

        Eventually but as much as Canadians bemoan our strange electoral college system the allocation of seats to provinces is not strictly based on population. So likely Ottawa and a few western provinces will still add some seats

  • Conservative FirstFebruary 16, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Special Prosecutor Appointed To Investigate Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

  • TekzillaFebruary 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Berniebots upset at Perez and Ellison having dinner together. I can’t with these people. I’m all for having a big tent but keep those crazies out, my god.

    35/M/NY-01 (D)

    • cerFebruary 16, 2017 at 9:33 am

      As a conservative Republican having Perez and/or Ellison leading the Dems is a DREAM come true. By all means keep moving further to the left.

      • TekzillaFebruary 16, 2017 at 9:58 am

        If you are excited about Perez moving the party further to the left, you clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

        35/M/NY-01 (D)

        • GOPTarHeelFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:12 am

          Actually I think Perez will run the DNC in a more lefty fashion than Ellison. Just like HRC, he’ll constantly have to pander to the Berniebots to keep them in the tent. Ellison on the other hand will have to moderate to appeal to big DNC donors. Ultimately though running the DNC is a meaningless role.

          R/NC-4. Needed a May, got a Trump.

          • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:51 am

            The DNC also isn’t that left-wing of a group for obvious reasons. Just moving the DNC to the center of the Democratic Party is a relative move to the left.

            "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

          • IzengabeFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:35 am

            Also Perez is a borderline communist. He’s extremely far left and his record as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights was one of left wing social justice and his record at DOL was one of instituting big government regulations on industry. The fact that people think Perez is somehow mainstream shows how far off the charts them Democrats have gone. The man is a loon. But heck if the Democrats want to nominate someone to lead their party that didnt even know enough about election law to make the ballot for Attorney General in Maryland more power to them.

            Follow me on Twitter: @Izengabe_

            • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:46 am

              Considering that one of the most influential and successful right-wing idealogues in America is also a self proclaimed Leninist, one might want to reflect on how rapidly our country has plunged left in a manner reminiscent of the 1920’s USSR. Things can always get worse. And surely Tom Perez and Keith Ellison differ in their idealogy, as did Laventry Beria and V. Molotov.

              "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

        • cerFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:42 am

          Tek, if your party moves further to the left, it continues to prove that your side still doesn’t get it.

          So, by all means, keep on playing identity politics.

          • fzwFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:04 am

            I guess white identity politics isn’t a thing.

          • GOPTarHeelFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:05 am

            Meh. That might limit their gains but their an out-party with a currently unpopular President. I’m sure we would have done better if we had run moderate Republicans in every race in 2010/14, but we still won. Their performance depends more on Trump than anything else.

            R/NC-4. Needed a May, got a Trump.

            • krazen1211February 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm

              I don’t think left/right matters as much for the party chain as general competence and strategy. All of Reince’s work to rebuild our various state parties really paid off in 2016.

              With regards to Perez himself I don’t know what to think. He has to be better than DWS right?

      • Son_of_the_SouthFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:48 pm

        Trust me, you don’t want Perez. He’s an obama puppet who will unite the DNC and outside groups. you want Ellison. He keeps the civil war going.

        23, R, DC-AL
        Classical liberals are a minority. Fusionism is the answer.

        • zbigreddogzFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm

          Yes, but this is one of those “Good for Republicans, bad for the country” things. Ellison’s sympathetic to Islamist and anti-semitic groups and has peddled far, far left antisemitic conspiracy theories, and not just before he entered Congress.

          It’s best if people like him are not given real power.

          I see Perez as a hard leftist ideologue but, from what I can tell, an admirable person. That’s more than I can say for Ellison.

          • HSFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:51 pm

            100% Agree. Ellison spent over a decade at the Nation of Islam. A universally acknowledged hate group. His excuses for doing so are ludicrous and clearly BS. If he becomes Chair that is disgraceful.

          • MikeFLFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:55 pm

            100% agree.

            26 | FL-3/-16 | Fiscal Conservative
            Hoping for the best.

  • RRRFebruary 16, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Mick, not Mike, Mulvaney.

    I would edit it myself, but I only have intermittent service on the subway.

    NY-07 via PA-02 & IL-09
    Scarsdale test neo-liberal
    America was already great

  • MosheMFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Grassley: Gorsuch confirmation hearings to start on March 20

    28, M, R, NY-10

    • FiveAngelsFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:23 am

      From there it will take probably 4-6 weeks until the confrimation vote. Basically, Gorsuch won’t take part in a case before October. Hopefully he can use the spring to get to know everybody and convince Kennedy to retire.

      • cerFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:48 am

        March 20 is ridiculous, they should be starting a lot sooner than that.

        • rdelbovFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:51 am

          FBI background cks, ABA review and committee questionaires take time. March 20th is historically very fast-modern era that is.

          • cerFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:53 am

            Just still seems soooooooooo slow, but I get your point.

            • BostonPatriotFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

              Consistent with Alito’s timeline but slightly longer than Sotomayor and Kagan, who were both about 6 weeks between nomination and the start of hearings. Time from hearings to confirmation has historically been about a month.

      • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:10 am

        I was under the assumption that Kennedy would retire in 2019 to maximize his tenure but ensure a Republican replacement, but I am no longer that confident that the GOP will hold the Senate in 2018.

        "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

        • FiveAngelsFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:21 am

          It would take losing Nebraska or Texas and not beating anyone from the Romney state 5.

          • FiveAngelsFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:30 am

            Also, it’s hard to guess what’s going on in Kennedy’s head. Blackmun and Stevens waited out Republican presidents, but I don’t think Kennedy is anyway nearly as estranged from GOP as they were, even though I’m sure he didn’t vote for Trump. But Trump is approaching SCOTUS picks like any other modern day Republican would, so it doesn’t really matter who’s the President.

          • shamletFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:47 am

            Actually the more I think about it the Dems’ best shot at taking the Senate is probably for Gardner, Daines, Capito, Kennedy, Cassidy, Toomey, Burr, or Tillis having a major health issue sometime after the 2018 filing deadline. That’s probably more likely than them flipping Texas.

            R, MD-7
            Process is more important than outcome.

        • fzwFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:31 am

          Kennedy seems the kind of Justice that would WANT a split WH and Senate. Regardless though, I don’t see how Dems win the Senate in 2018, barring Trump’s numbers falling to GWB levels, and even then, a 50-50 split seems like a best-case scenario.

          • FiveAngelsFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

            The thing is, it’s a question if anyone get confirmed during a WH/Senate split at this point. Especially not the replacement for the most influential SCOTUS Justice ever. Trump would have to stick to the list of 21 in order not to piss off the conservative base, and Schumer would surely envoke the Garland precedent and say 2020 campaign already started,

          • AD123February 16, 2017 at 12:10 pm

            Not sure 50-50 is enough to significantly shift Kennedy’s seat right. Will Collins (or Murkowski) really vote to overturn Roe, which is what it will all be about?

            • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm

              Sure, if the judge in question doesn’t have a record on abortion. They can just play dumb at that point. 50/50 just means we can’t get a Pryor-type in. If they were abortion absolutists, they wouldn’t be Republicans in the first place.

              "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

              • AD123February 16, 2017 at 12:29 pm

                You don’t need to see a record, though, to know that Gorsuch is anti-Roe or that Sotomayor was pro. Not sure it’s something Collins just shrugs off as long as she has plausible deniability – there are some things politicians actually care about, after all.

  • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Bloomberg runs through a set of possible Puzder replacements. They all seem like better picks than Puzder.


    "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

  • Conservative FirstFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:53 am

    MI-SD14: SOS Ruth Johnson exploring state Senate run
    Replace ‘state’ with ‘US’ and I’d be much happier.

    • MosheMFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:02 am

      She needs the paycheck?

      28, M, R, NY-10

      • shamletFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:12 am

        Or she could have her eye on being Senate President or something like that. The ladder to top spots in the MI legislature is very short.

        R, MD-7
        Process is more important than outcome.

      • WingNightAloneFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:22 pm

        What? She makes $112K as SoS, she’d be taking a $40K haircut for a less prestigious role.

        24. Saint John-Rothesay. Consultant.

        • shamletFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm

          This is why I imagine she’s banking on being Senate President (or some other Senate leadership job) in 2023. If she wanted to just keep her name rec for something like Oakland County Exec a run against Stabenow would have probably been better, and she has more than enough influence to cash out or go to academia now if she wanted that.

          R, MD-7
          Process is more important than outcome.

        • Red OaksFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:49 pm

          Well she’s term limited as Secretary of State and the governor’s race is getting crowded. I think she would be a good US Senate nominee too but no Republicans in general seem interested. Unfortunately MI is only maybe the 11th or 12th best GOP Senate pickup opportunity in 2018 which means the eventual nominee won’t be getting much outside help.

          MI-03 Castle voter who now says Give Trump a chance

    • Republican MichiganderFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      I’d rather see her go for US Senate against Debbie Stab-me-now.

      MI-08 - Michigan is a red state again. We need a 50 state strategy and an 83 county strategy.

      • TekzillaFebruary 16, 2017 at 2:39 pm

        Hey now, Kid Rock has dibs on that.

        35/M/NY-01 (D)

  • MosheMFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Mulvaney confirmed

    28, M, R, NY-10

  • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:34 am

    The Daily Caller has found a surprising number of ex-intel guys who have been willing to come out and say on the record that they think the leaks against Flynn are part of a “coordinated coup” to oust Trump.


    "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

  • MaxwellsDemonFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Secretary of Labor pick expected at noon. They must have known Puzder was going down for a while. ALso the only person to have met with Trump recently is Peter Kirsenow, so I’d assume its going to be him.

  • MosheMFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

    U.S. Senate advanced (invoked cloture on) Scott Pruitt EPA administrator nomination on 54-46 vote

    28, M, R, NY-10

    • Upstater22February 16, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Heitkamp and Manchin the Dem yes votes

      R, NY-22

    • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      How long should the other nominations take? Ross, Zinke, and Acosta are now the only nominees I think still in committee. The rest just need to be rammed through a floor vote.

      "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

      • Upstater22February 16, 2017 at 1:58 pm

        Zinke, Ross, Carson, Perry, and Pruitt are through committee, so 30 hours apiece (Pruitt on the clock).
        Perdue, Acosta, Lighthizer, and Coats not through committee yet.

        R, NY-22

        • TekzillaFebruary 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm

          I think I saw on twitter there were murmurs of Coats backing out, has anyone else seen this?

          35/M/NY-01 (D)

  • shamletFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Alex Acosta new labor secretary nominee.

    R, MD-7
    Process is more important than outcome.

    • BostonPatriotFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Former Alito clerk. That’s a good indicator.

      • sentinelrulesFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:14 pm

        Latino/Gay…he should get a large number of Senate Dem votes.

        • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm

          Alternatively, he will get even fiercer liberal opposition because he is now a race traitor and homophobe(somehow?).

          "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

          • WingNightAloneFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:22 pm

            Agreed. He’s not a real Latino or a real gay now.

            24. Saint John-Rothesay. Consultant.

        • MaxwellsDemonFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm

          Where does it say that he’s gay?

        • IzengabeFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm

          Acosta is not gay.

          Follow me on Twitter: @Izengabe_

    • MikeFLFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Great pick. He actually interviewed for the Deanship at my law school a couple years back. Did great things for FIU Law from what I heard as well.

      26 | FL-3/-16 | Fiscal Conservative
      Hoping for the best.

  • sentinelrulesFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    RTW voted down in NH House.


    • The EmperorFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:10 pm


      male/21/R/TX-22, CA-52/originally CA-45, KS-03
      Rubio Republican

      • Mike1965February 16, 2017 at 12:13 pm


        "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost!" - Ronald Reagan.

        • JamesFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:24 pm

          Seem to have forgotten you’re on a Republican site.

          Let's Make America Greater

          • Mike1965February 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm

            I debated whether to post my one word response but since I was replying to a one word opposite response I figured it would be OK. I get this a Republican leaning site but I also think this a site that has accepted other views.

            BTW I have always been curious as to why RTW has been seemingly exempt from the no policy policy of this board. I have no problem with it, in fact I wish we had more policy discussions, but it does seem talking RTW is always fair game.

            "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost!" - Ronald Reagan.

            • MosheMFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:49 pm

              It’s never debated. It’s just posted as a goal. I have yet to see a single R post on here debating the merits. It’s universally supported among Rs.

              28, M, R, NY-10

            • BostonPatriotFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm

              That’s an interesting question. On the first point I would say that we definitely welcome opposing views but it’s just accepted that Democratic posters will support Democratic policy outcomes. We don’t need that reinforced. This is a Republican site and it’s fine for Republicans to be happy/upset about GOP policy outcomes within reason, but Democratic cheerleading doesn’t drive the type of discussion we want here.

              I think we’ve talked more policy here than I personally would want but I think RTW is salient policy because ever since Wisconsin in 2011 labor policy has been closely tied to state legislative elections. It breaks down on such clean lines. But that’s a good point.

              • Republican MichiganderFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:29 pm

                A lot of my family are union. Some of them actually supported RTW because union leadership is more about politics than jobs and contracts.

                MI-08 - Michigan is a red state again. We need a 50 state strategy and an 83 county strategy.

              • GrantFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:47 pm

                On that note, are there any good right leaning policy discussion sites or blogs that keep a level of decorum similar to RRH?

                26, R, OK-5

                • Conservative FirstFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm


                • Son_of_the_SouthFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:54 pm

                  Lol that’s basically impossible. There are none that I’m aware of at the moment.

                  23, R, DC-AL
                  Classical liberals are a minority. Fusionism is the answer.

            • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:56 pm

              RTW is also a policy perceived to weaken Democrat-leaning groups and thus influence elections. Similar to all kinds of voting policies, although to a much smaller degree.

              RTW is one of those issues that I don’t really support, but the party is pretty unified on. And I don’t really care about it enough to break with them on, so I guess I “support” the party position insofar that I think they should fight to implement it, especially because their opponents on these issues really suck. Similar to my views on school choice, gun control, and abortion.

              "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

              • segmentation_faultFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:10 pm

                I don’t care that much about RTW either.

    • MosheMFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Not unexpected, but the caucus is loaded with RINO’s.

      28, M, R, NY-10

      • BostonPatriotFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm

        It’s more accurately loaded with people who aren’t politicians who respond to normal caucus stimuli. There are so many people in the caucus that it’s impossible to whip them they way you can pretty much in every other legislative chamber. So this vote was really a matter of who showed up today and how they made up their minds.

    • Mike1965February 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      House votes to indefinitely postpone Right to Work — that means it can’t come back during rest of 2 year session #nhpolitics

      "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost!" - Ronald Reagan.

    • AD123February 16, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Overrated as a Republican goal, anyway. The real electoral and policy benefits lie in taking on public sector unions.

      • JonFebruary 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm

        which right to work is a key step in doing; in states without it the unions can write into the contract clauses that force new employees to join the union.

        44, M, MO-02

  • Mayor PerkFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    WI-Sen: Rep. Sean Duffy (R) is out.


    30. OH-12. Establishment Republican.

    • The EmperorFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Not the best development, but we have a huge bench in WI.

      male/21/R/TX-22, CA-52/originally CA-45, KS-03
      Rubio Republican

  • Mayor PerkFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    DNC Chair: Former PA Gov. Ed Rendell endorses South Bend, IN Mayor Peter Buttigieg.


    30. OH-12. Establishment Republican.

    • indoconFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      No white need apply here.

  • IzengabeFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Looks like Chris Christie won’t be joining the Trump administration anytime soon:

    Follow me on Twitter: @Izengabe_

  • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    A staunchly anti-Putin and relatively anti-Trump commentator has an interesting piece comparing the IC’s war against Trump to the KGBs war against Boris Yeltsin. And although I am no fan of Yeltsin, he points out I think correctly that the “aggressive and shameless” war waged by the Soviet deep state against Yeltsin played a huge role in the catastrophic collapse of the USSR.


    "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

  • MosheMFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm


    Q VA-GOV

    28, M, R, NY-10

    • Mike1965February 16, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Lots of undecideds, especially for the Primaries.

      "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost!" - Ronald Reagan.

      • TekzillaFebruary 16, 2017 at 2:33 pm

        True, but still Periello and Northam have decent leads even considering undecideds.

        35/M/NY-01 (D)

        • indoconFebruary 16, 2017 at 2:54 pm

          VA is gone, time to seriously think of finding a way to split our voters in south and west VA and attach with WV, maybe the new state gets called South Virginia. Laugh all you want but we are heading that way with more polarization. VA D’s can already win with urban and suburban seats only, leaving a vast swath of land where our voters are spread out. Another flashpoint state could be WA once the liberals get to enact some type of income tax, which I will bet is coming sometime soon.

          Interesting how WV split from VA in first civil war, and new we are seeing the second cold civil war in the nation.

          • jnccaFebruary 16, 2017 at 3:20 pm

            If WA enacts an income tax Eastern Washington will get over it. It’s not like Eastern Oregon is trying to secede because they have to pay state income tax.

            23, CA-6. "If you think you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere" -- Theresa May

          • MikeFLFebruary 16, 2017 at 3:21 pm

            We are not heading into a second civil war, give me a break.

            26 | FL-3/-16 | Fiscal Conservative
            Hoping for the best.

            • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm

              Yeah. The Civil War ended with malice toward none and charity for all.

              "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

              • jnccaFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm

                Except the Blacks who saw their rights erode for nearly a century.

                23, CA-6. "If you think you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere" -- Theresa May

                • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:08 pm

                  Yes, that was pretty awful, but most of that happened after Reconstruction ended.

                  Follow-up is very important. My takeaway lesson is that if we have our foot on the neck of the established oligarchy, we can’t ever let up. No declaring victory and starting a kumbaya with the old order even if we surge to 60% approval and win in 2020.

                  "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

        • MikeFLFebruary 16, 2017 at 3:24 pm

          I think a lot of it just ends up depending on how much the Republican brand is tied to the President come this fall. If Gillespie can keep his brand separate, he has a good shot of winning.

          26 | FL-3/-16 | Fiscal Conservative
          Hoping for the best.

          • indoconFebruary 16, 2017 at 3:32 pm

            Its a “cold” civil war we are in. After Trump’s election its amazing how many of my colleagues who I always assumed were standard issue liberals have become pure unhinged, and started treating my totally differently. The next D president will no doubt cause similar reaction on our side. One wide will loose in this eventually.

            • MikeFLFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:51 pm

              I really think that is a small subset of both the left and right. The vast majority of everyone I interact with even on an infrequent basis have continued their lives as usual, regardless of their ideology. Most people are not politically active and clamoring for a purge of anyone who they don’t agree with.

              26 | FL-3/-16 | Fiscal Conservative
              Hoping for the best.

              • Son_of_the_SouthFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:56 pm

                I agree, though this kind of behavior is definitely concentrated in certain social strata and professions. For example, you don’t see this with nurses or truck drivers very much. You dos ee it fairly often among lawyers and upper management, though. I think it’s also fairly geographically concentrated. It’s not common in Cinncinnati, but you probably wouldn’t have to look too hard in the Silicon Valley.

                23, R, DC-AL
                Classical liberals are a minority. Fusionism is the answer.

        • andyroo312February 16, 2017 at 7:46 pm

          Yeah, much as I personally like Gillespie, this one’s probably a Lean D affair.


    • rdelbovFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Call me skeptical of this poll as it has a 2008 turnout model for this election. It has D loyalty numbers ala 1932.

      I don’t buy it.

      • rdelbovFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:55 pm

        Folks may Gillespie got 1% of the D vote in this poll. McCain, Romney and Trump got 9% or so of the D vote in VA in their elections. A GOP candidate since 1966 has not received 1% of the D vote in VA.

        Just junk and chunk this poll

        • MikeFLFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:56 pm

          To be fair, there are a lot of undecideds too.

          26 | FL-3/-16 | Fiscal Conservative
          Hoping for the best.

          • rdelbovFebruary 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm

            Among D voters it was 87-1 so no alot of spare room for Ds to vote for any R

            IMO this poll screams outlier!

  • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm



    NBC’s Pete Williams reports (as we have all along) that investigators have found no collusion between Trump campaign and contacts in Russia.

    "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

    • Son_of_the_SouthFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Yeah. This was posted yesterday. Pete Williams was actually downstairs talking to a friend of mine yesterday. It felt really weird to read that and then here him talking in the stairwell. I wanted to just go and ask him about this, but the conversation that he was in was private.

      23, R, DC-AL
      Classical liberals are a minority. Fusionism is the answer.

    • ManhatlibertarianFebruary 16, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Yeah the FBI has supposedly been investigating this for months so if they had hard evidence that Trump campaign staff were colluding with Russians to sabotage the Clinton campaign I would think we would have heard something by now. The MSM has used the Flynn affair as an opportunity to recycle this story again, even though what Flynn did had nothing to do with trying to sabotage the Clinton campaign.

      • MosheMFebruary 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm

        It would have long been leaked. There is only so many times that you can allege without more specifics.

        28, M, R, NY-10

      • VirginianVoterFebruary 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm

        My stumbling point here is Obama. He was reportedly briefed on all this, and I’m sure he knew this was being investigated behind the scenes. Considering that, if Trump aides were colluding with Russian intelligence against Hillary, I figured Obama would’ve said something or the other? I just can’t see Obama sitting back, letting that happen, and then handing everything over to Trump.

        • Left Coast LibertarianFebruary 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm

          What could Obama do? Once Trump was elected and certified by the House of Representatives he becomes President whether he colluded with Russian intelligence or not. That’s the Constitution.

  • GOPTarHeelFebruary 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    More Trump press conferences please. He’s freaking hilarious.

    R/NC-4. Needed a May, got a Trump.

    • IzengabeFebruary 16, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      “The biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan” with the exception of Obama in 2008 & 2012, Bill Clinton in 1992 & 1996 and George H.W. Bush in 1988.

      Follow me on Twitter: @Izengabe_

      • zbigreddogzFebruary 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm

        So it’s absolutely true…if by that you mean you exclude every election except GWB’s narrow wins in 2000 and 2004.

    • TekzillaFebruary 16, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      I mean I get that some of you guys on here hate how some on my side are reacting to Trump, but I really don’t get embracing Trump and how he’s acting. Hilarious is not a word I would use to describe that presser.

      35/M/NY-01 (D)

      • IzengabeFebruary 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm

        You either laugh or cry. Better to laugh.

        Follow me on Twitter: @Izengabe_

        • jnccaFebruary 16, 2017 at 2:51 pm

          I’m with Izengabe. Maybe it’s a Jewish thing…in our culture whenever something terrible (well, not Holocaust-terrible, but you get the point) happens it’s best to laugh because the alternatives are worse.

          23, CA-6. "If you think you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere" -- Theresa May

      • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 3:10 pm

        The lying press is more than the opposition party at this point. They are a hateful group utterly alien to our values that seek our destruction. I don’t distinguish between Donald Trump lambasting the Very Fake News! and Ronald Reagan lambasting the Evil Empire.

        "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

        • segmentation_faultFebruary 16, 2017 at 3:50 pm

          Only difference is Morning Joe doesn’t have nuclear weapons

          • GOPTarHeelFebruary 16, 2017 at 4:03 pm

            Morning Joe and Fox and Friends effectively control them now though!

            R/NC-4. Needed a May, got a Trump.

          • IzengabeFebruary 16, 2017 at 4:04 pm

            That and the fact that one is a group of Americans exercising their 1st amendment rights and the other is a foreign government with a socialist ideology bent on world domination.

            Follow me on Twitter: @Izengabe_

            • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 4:06 pm

              “a foreign government with a socialist ideology bent on world domination.”

              but enough about the Obama CIA!

              "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

      • GOPTarHeelFebruary 16, 2017 at 4:03 pm

        I can laugh or cry, I choose to laugh. He’s also better at this than Spicer or (God knows) Conway.

        R/NC-4. Needed a May, got a Trump.

        • IzengabeFebruary 16, 2017 at 4:05 pm

          The only way I can even try to be supportive of Trump is to never listen to him ever and pretend he’s someone else!

          Follow me on Twitter: @Izengabe_

          • IzengabeFebruary 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm

            Maybe if Trump talked like this I’d give him a pass for talking like a crazy person:

            Follow me on Twitter: @Izengabe_

            • krazen1211February 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm

              I have no idea why people listen to Trump talk if its just going to make them upset. That can’t be healthy.

              As far as I can see, its just Trump being Trump.

              • MikeFLFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:54 pm

                Yeah, I choose not to listen to him 95% of the time because a) I know I’m going to end up complaining about it, and b) it’s not going to change. Just get the important stuff from here and my Twitter feed.

                26 | FL-3/-16 | Fiscal Conservative
                Hoping for the best.

          • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm

            I prefer this other video the same guy did. Because it actually gives me a newfound further appreciation of Trump.


            Actually much easier for me to follow, understand, and appreciate this version. Trump suddenly jumped to 100% cogency for me. :O

            "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

      • HSFebruary 16, 2017 at 6:35 pm

        I haven’t embraced Trump in any way. He was a better choice than Hillary, for reasons I listed before, and I am happy he won.

        Today’s press conference was ridiculous in many ways, and I found it tough to watch. But if he does what he says he is going to do, as a newly minted semi-conservative, I will for the most part be happy. And if he spends most of his time during his silly press conference slamming the MSM and Democrats, …well, that’s just chickens coming home to roost. The MSM and the Democrats pushed him in the primaries, believing he would lose to Hillary.

      • Upstater22February 16, 2017 at 7:02 pm

        This site is Republican leaning, but many here still live in the urban/suburban bubble. Again, I didnt vote for Trump, but I understand those who did. This is how people in Luzerne County, PA and Chatauqua County, NY and Trumbull County, OH and Allen County, IN talk.

        If you dont interact with these kinds of people on a daily basis, its hard to describe. They know a lot of factually correcct information, but they get a lot of the details mixed up and discombobulated. The details dont matter as much as the message. They eat this stuff up.

        R, NY-22

    • Mike1965February 16, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Reaction on Twitter to President Trumps press conference has Festivus trending (airing of grievances).

      "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost!" - Ronald Reagan.

      • HSFebruary 16, 2017 at 6:04 pm

        Well, he did Air his Grievances. But I didn’t see any Feats of Strength.

  • ike56February 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    WRT to the DCCC recruiting Veterans for office, this is something we need to learn how to combat (pardon the pun), and in so doing, Democrats could take note of how to neutralize this when the GOP does the same. By this I mean that most of the veterans who have run as Dems since the Afghanistan and Iraq wars started have not been front line combat fighters, but rather distant support personnel far from the front, even if they were deployed to the region. In particular, I note the considerable amount of JAG personnel who sought office under the auspices of being war heroes or something to that effect (they may not have claimed that themselves, but their campaign committees had no problem implying this to an electorate that really doesn’t know better as unlike prior eras, the average person doesn’t have someone in their family who served and could tell the difference). I don’t say this to demean those who put on a uniform and volunteer to serve their country, far from it in fact (I served a tour with the JAG stateside), but as a combat veteran myself, I take exception to the notion that a desk jockey, even an honorable one, should be elevated to the level of one who has been baptized by hostile fire. Joe Schmoe won’t probably know the difference when walking into a voting booth after months of ads and flyers, and may default to the veteran as a sort of tie breaker status when unable to decide.

    I say this is also useful to Democrats because the GOP has its own share of non-combat veterans. It’s just that the few in Congress and elsewhere in the states who have been under fire are usually Republicans, in contrast to earlier times when people like Jack Brooks (D-TX) were battle hardened Marines, for example.

    38, USN CPO (CA-52, stuck with Scott Peters until a good candidate comes along).

    • WahoowaFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      There are plenty of combat action badges to be seen in the Army JAG Corps. I get the general thrust of what you’re saying; there’s clearly a difference between the experiences of a combat arms guy and finance or something like that. But the threat environment in Iraq and/or Afghanistan significantly blurred the idea of where the “front lines” are.

      Since you spent most of your time talking about judge advocates, I’ll focus on that. If you’re a JA dealing with detainee operations or targeting decisions or anything else ops related, I think you have a solid understanding of what it’s like to be involved in military operations, etc. Do you understand it like some SF sergeant? No. But it’s pure ignorance to have the attitude you do that all support staff are “desk jockeys.” And I suspect LTG Chip Luckey (current chief of the Army Reserve, who deployed to Panama as a judge advocate with the 82nd Airborne Division) would disagree as well.

      To bring it back to politics: in a world where only a miniscule percentage of the population has any military service but veterans are still massively respected, attacking somebody because their service was somehow not good enough is a recipe for disaster unless the other candidate has a clearly more impressive service record. And those situations are rare. If you wanna attack some candidate because he was “just a JAG” or something, be prepared for a crap storm unless the other guy has served as well (and, preferably, has a silver star). IIRC, people tried that desk jockey thing with Jason Kander to zero effect.


      • ike56February 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm

        I respect your opinion, so allow me to clarify in that Army JAG is highly likely to be different than, say, Air Force or Navy (in the Army, as in the Marines, one is always an infrantryman first). My point is to be able to thread a clearly delicate needle so that the Chris Carney’s (D-PA) of the world aren’t given carte blanche on military affairs given their much more limited experience. That’s all.

        As for your assertion that I am purely ignorant, I’ll let that stand as it is without comment. However, I would direct you to the brave Marines and SEALs with whom I have deployed and ask them how they feel about politicians if both parties who trade (blatantly or otherwise) on their service, particularly when never under direct fire. In my mind, their opinion counts more than yours.

        38, USN CPO (CA-52, stuck with Scott Peters until a good candidate comes along).

        • ike56February 16, 2017 at 5:46 pm

          And FWIW, I also ran a military brig for three years as a Command Duty Officer. I assure you that holdin detainees, while certainly challenging, is in no league like front line duties. The only “understanding” one gains from that is what the apprehended had to contend with en route during transport.

          38, USN CPO (CA-52, stuck with Scott Peters until a good candidate comes along).

        • WahoowaFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:29 pm

          You won’t get any argument from me over being disgusted with politicians who trade on their military experience. It drove me crazy that in the CO-Sen primary last year there wasn’t a photo of John Keyser where he wasn’t in uniform or standing in front of a plane or something like that. You join the military because you love your country and want to serve, not because it’ll give you good photo ops in a future campaign. But it also irritated me when Darryl Glenn started criticizing Keyser’s bronze star as somehow fake or unearned. Inter-branch and inter-service rivalries are fine as far as they go, and combat troops deserve special honor. But serving in the military is honorable and praiseworthy, no matter how you serve. One of my favorite medal of honor narratives ever is for Emil Kapaun, and he was a chaplain.

          I do think you’re putting words in my mouth, though. I said it was ignorance if you think everyone not in combat arms is just a desk jockey. I didn’t just call you ignorant as a general matter.


  • sentinelrulesFebruary 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Setback in NH, but Iowa legislature passes collective bargaining changes.
    Governor to sign.


    • kewgardensFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Both could be correct. Flynn could have lied to the FBI. But the FBI may decide not to pursue charges.


      Because the transcript is arguably unlawful evidence that could not be entered at trial. Plus, Flynn would have the right to confront the persons who produced and leaked the transcript. Don’t know if the FBI wants to go there.

  • Mike1965February 16, 2017 at 5:48 pm


    Congressman Ron Kind Not Ruling Out Run for Governor In 2018

    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost!" - Ronald Reagan.

  • RogueBeaverFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    NSA: Harward rejects the offer. https://www.ft.com/content/e89c64b8-f494-11e6-95ee-f14e55513608

    MTL/Blue Tory/M

    • GOPTarHeelFebruary 16, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Not good.

      R/NC-4. Needed a May, got a Trump.

      • MosheMFebruary 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm

        Too many liberals and elitists were cheering for him, for me to think that he’s a good fit, or that I’d like his positions.

        As long as Trump keeps Bannon and Miller, it’s very hard for any non-hardcore Trumpists to sign on AFTER seeing the utter dysfunction.

        28, M, R, NY-10

        • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 6:38 pm

          Do we want anyone but Trumpists? The leaks and lack of loyalty are poisonous and corroding everything, from the GOP domestic agenda to the nomination of Gorsuch. Harward inadvertently did more today to stop tax and Obamacare reform than Chuck Schumer did in a month. When the President’s approval rating drops, it becomes much harder to corral Congressman onto an agenda. At Trump’s current approval, he probably doesn’t have the ability to corral GOP congressman into getting tax or Obamacare reform passed. And without presidential haranguing, those things are not going to get passed.

          Harward himself seems like a man of integrity, but the people he wants to bring over honestly can’t be trusted to not continue the leaking or moves towards a soft coup.

          Coincidentally though, if and when 2018 turns out to be Democratic landslide, we’ll have a pretty easy group of people to blame for this, so 2020 is not yet lost.

          "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

          • MikeFLFebruary 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm

            Yeah, we will have an easy group to blame if 2018 is a Democratic landslide: the Trump administration. Yes, much of the media is hostile towards him after their plan to boost him during the primary so Hillary could win failed, and yes, the amount of leaks now and during the campaign from the intelligence agencies is also concerning, but his administration has dealt itself A LOT of self-inflicted wounds. How they were not prepared for the media being ready to launch onto any mistake they made bewilders me.

            26 | FL-3/-16 | Fiscal Conservative
            Hoping for the best.

    • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Probably trying to extort far more leverage out of Trump than a military official should have. Better cut his losses and stay with Kellogg instead of abdicating civilian control of the intelligence services. Now, no one can say that Trump didn’t try to offer an olive branch.

      "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

  • MosheMFebruary 16, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    This pretty much proves that Scott Pruitt is the right pick for the EPA. https://t.co/b340Nx1BcD

    28, M, R, NY-10

    • IzengabeFebruary 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Its pretty outrageous to have the bureaucratic apparatus of a government agency to be in open revolt of an elected government.

      Follow me on Twitter: @Izengabe_

      • The EmperorFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:42 pm

        Time to repeal the Pendleton Act and go to at-will employment

        male/21/R/TX-22, CA-52/originally CA-45, KS-03
        Rubio Republican

        • kewgardensFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:51 pm

          Requires 60 votes in the Senate. That’s not happening.

          • JonFebruary 17, 2017 at 12:41 am

            Yup; best he could do is give those he would fire if he could inspection tours of such places as Barrow Alaska during the Northern Hemisphere winter and the US base in Antarctica during the Southern Hemisphere winter.

            44, M, MO-02

            • kewgardensFebruary 17, 2017 at 5:51 am

              Although I would think that the Pendleton Act would not protect government employees engaged in outright insubordination.

              • Ryan_in_SEPAFebruary 17, 2017 at 9:43 am

                It would not. I still think the way to eliminate a lot of these insubordinates from serving in government positions is to disburse their functions to far flung offices located in population centers having airports with regional jet service at best.

                31, PA-6, fiscally conservative communitarian

                • Republican MichiganderFebruary 17, 2017 at 10:10 am

                  I’d station them at International Falls, Minnesota.

                  MI-08 - Michigan is a red state again. We need a 50 state strategy and an 83 county strategy.

                  • MosheMFebruary 20, 2017 at 11:01 am

                    Winter there has been very warm this year…

                    28, M, R, NY-10

                    • californianintexasFebruary 21, 2017 at 1:54 pm

                      February here has been unusually warm, like in 2015. The catch then, though, was a colder March and snow in April.

                      34, Female, Libertarian-leaning Independent, UT-02 (hometown CA-31)

  • ManhatlibertarianFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Apparently Congressman Elijah Cummings and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi held a press conference this week where they claimed that Gen Flynn had sent out a tweet where he said he was a scapegoat. She thundered that this proves that “Other people have blame that should be shared in all of this.”

    The only problem is that the NY Times story was fake news; the Times picked up the tweet from what is apparently a false Gen Flynn Twitter account.

    Oh well Nancy, back to the drawing boards.


  • GorrestFumpFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Apparently RAS has Trump w/ 29% approval with Ds according to Enten. Overall it is (55-45) and they are polling LV. I am wondering what they consider as LVs because nobody else is finding what they have.

    • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Rasmussen does two things, one that it’s criticized for unfairly, one that it is criticized for fairly.

      They robocall. Robocalling probably gets better results because of the whole “Shy Trump” thing which wasn’t a thing until it was? Or something. It might be a thing. They get criticized for that, which is unfair.

      The other thing is they weight by party identification. Which as unskewed polls told us in 2012, is a terrible idea. Terrible terrible idea.

      In short, Rasmussen is a legitimate poll but with questionable methodology and extreme partisan skew. Much like PPP.

      "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

      • kewgardensFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:48 pm

        Yet they were the most accurate presidential pollster in 2016, correctly predicting a Hillary +2 result.

  • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    The Senate might still be confirming Trump nominees into 2019.

    “Democrats may obstruct all nominations. My research finds that, among the 1,200 administration positions that must be confirmed by the Senate, the lower-level nominations can be most easily slowed down.”

    “Under the new Senate rules a determined minority can still require 30 hours of debate even after a cloture vote, which closes the discussion. Using this procedure on every nomination would actually require more time than the Senate works in an average presidential term.”


    If they actually do this, then it would become a entirely and legitimate plan to refuse to confirm any executive nomination for any position in the entire federal government during the next Democratic administration.

    "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

    • GreyhoundFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Or just change the rules so that the “waiting time” happens simultaneously. Vote for cloture for 100 people, take the next day off, then confirm them all in the afternoon of the next day.

      R, 26, CA-18. Nothing smooths over divisions like victory.

    • rdelbovFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      This is all true but at some point in time GOP can do 24/7 hearings and in theory not even pass a budget.

      Are we at the point where we are not going to have a budget and shut down the government because we can’t get an assistant secretary of the interior in office?

      Is this why DiFi is running for office again so she work 7 days a week for confirming asistant SOS?

    • The EmperorFebruary 16, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      This is a potent weapon in the 2018 elections. Every Republican candidate needs to run on it and McConnell needs to kill that rule, have the confirmation vote happen directly after cloture

      male/21/R/TX-22, CA-52/originally CA-45, KS-03
      Rubio Republican

    • HSFebruary 16, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      This is disgraceful. And there is absolutely no reason for any of this. Most of his cabinet nominees have been excellent, but the Democrats have gone after about half of them and slowed down all of them.

      The next Democrat President should get the same treatment.

      • IzengabeFebruary 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm

        The more time the GOP has to waste getting nominees confirmed the less time they have to other legislative business. Democrats are trying to run the clock out on the Trump administration by grinding everything to a halt.

        As for confirmations, wouldnt the easiest way to overcome Democrat obstruction to be to recess the Senate and have Trump make mass recess appointments. Politically it could look bad for Trump to have to do this but that maybe what Democrats are driving him to do.

        Follow me on Twitter: @Izengabe_

        • HSFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:41 pm

          I know. I meant a legitimate reason besides partisanship 😉

    • w920usFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      At some point Senate Democrats are gonna overplay their hand here, and force the Republican majority to change the rules by going nuclear, limiting debate, suspending the rules, declaring a Senate recess to permits hundreds of appointments by Trump, or a variety of other means. All of which will render Democrats even more impotent than they are now.

      R, South Philly, 47, Gay, WFU Alum
      #TrumpVoter #NeverHillary

  • Red OaksFebruary 16, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Sabato’s Crystal Ball released its 2018 US Senate rankings today:


    Basically they are really cautious now – only three races listed as tossups – IN, MO, & ND.

    MI-03 Castle voter who now says Give Trump a chance

  • RogueBeaverFebruary 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    UK: Corbyn more unpopular than Foot was at a similar point (spring 1982) and Lab increasingly pessimistic about Copeland to the point where they’re saying CUTS WILL KILL WOMEN & BABIES. There’s also an investigation into mass leaks of membership info to Momentum. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/17/jeremy-corbyn-now-less-popular-michael-foot-stage-leadership/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    MTL/Blue Tory/M

  • MosheMFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Chris Christie says President Trump made him order meatloaf when they dined together at the White House this week https://t.co/aucIwogQqd https://t.co/qVybHGnTvp

    28, M, R, NY-10

  • MosheMFebruary 16, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Sr State officials are so out of the WH loop they are asking foreign diplos w contacts to Trump what’s going on https://t.co/aWBLgYAl6U

    28, M, R, NY-10

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