Election Results: Ralph Norman won the Republican primary runoff in SC-5 by a razor-thin margin, which will lead to a recount. Kay Kirkpatrick won the Georgia SD 32 runoff with a healthy 58% of the vote. Wendy Brawley won the South Carolina HD 70 Democratic runoff. Two non-machine candidates won the Democratic nominations in Philadelphia for District Attorney and Controller. Lawrence Krasner (D-Bold Progressive) and Rebecca Rhyhart (D) will likely be the next District Attorney and Controller respectively. Bill Peduto (D-Bike Lanes) is on his way to a second term as Mayor of Pittsburgh after winning the Democratic primary easily. Finally, in Los Angeles, councilman Gil Cedillo (D) won re-election and Monica Rodriguez (D) won an open seat.
The news a bit light as President Trump is sucking the oxygen out of our political circus with his growing dumpster.
Governed by a Child: David Brooks (Scarsdale Republican) articulated what I have been saying for months about Trump in a recent NY Times piece… Trump is not an authoritarian, Nixon, populist or corporatist, but is nothing more than an infant leading the most powerful nation in human history incapable of exercising any form of self-control. While I think Brooks comes off as a smug elitist at times, he is on point.
Watergate: Senator John McCain (R-War Hero) is calling the level of “odd behavior” to put it mildly coming from the White House as reaching Watergate levels. You need 2/3 to convict a president in an impeachment trial. The Democrats have at least one Republican flirting with the idea.
Comey: With an alleged memo floating around where former FBI Director James Comey noted that President Trump asked him to stop investigating former DNI Director Flynn’s love affair with Mother Russia, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R) is going to subpoena said memo if it exists.
Democrats: While the current occupants of the White House resemble a burning ship adrift, Democrats with presidential ambitions were dancing around down the street trying to appease potential decisionmakers in the anointing of a new Democratic champion if Hillary Clinton gives up her death grip on the Democratic Party.
Obamacare/Trumpcare/Moderatecare: A bipartisan group of moderate senators is pushing a proposal to keep Obamacare afloat despite the respective caucus leaders engaging in taunts of the other saying their caucus is united. It is not clear what the compromise bill will look like or whether it would ever make it to the floor for a vote.
NY-27: Representative Chris Collins (R) faces an ethics inquiry into investments he made in an Australian biotech firm. The Office of Congressional Ethics did not comment, but allegedly they are investigating Collins.
UK-Labour: While the new Rome burns, the Labour Party wants to tax the British people at levels not seen since the time Clement Attlee was Prime Minister.