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”.