As Democrats wonder how many some dudes they will have to deal with in their enlarged caucuses in 2019 and Republicans if Vice President Mike Pence knows too much, it is time for today’s roundup:
Special Prosecutor: In case you have been unconscious for the last day and this is the first news you are reading (talk about being a loyal reader), former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named Special Prosecutor by the Justice Department to investigate the involvement of Russia in the presidential election along with the always <s>more damaging</s> cover-up. The appointment was by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whom I am not sure how he still has his job after such an appointment.
More Special Prosecutor: The appointment of Mueller was a surprise to President Trump, which is not a surprise considering what happened to the last guy investigating this mess. It appears Trump took it well.
Even More Special Prosecutor: Erick Erickson makes several good points on how Mueller’s appointment is a good thing.
President Pence: Some Republicans are gleefully beginning a President Pence whisper campaign. Pence is considered generic and boring enough of a Republican that he could potentially save the brand and salvage something resembling a congressional majority.
Republicans Impeachment: Some Republicans, led by Senator John McCain (R-Real Hero), have brought up the “I” word and Nixon in response to the growing dumpster fire known as the Trump administration.
Democrats Impeachment: While some Republicans are whispering about impeachment, Democrats are trying to control their Impeachment Happy caucus to not exterminate the Trump presidency prematurely before it causes the maximum amount of damage to Republicans.
Voters: Trump does not appear to be suffering too much among voters in the Rust Belt states according to Bloomberg interviews. I am not sure anyone really considers Concordville, Delaware County, to be “Rust Belt” though.
OH-Sen: Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Labor) looks to buck the Trumpian trend in Ohio during his upcoming reelection campaign. Brown has a strength in his strong ties to organized labor as a means of mitigating some of the disconnect between working class whites and Democrats.
NRCC: The NRCC had its best April ever from a fundraising perspective and its fourth month in a row over $10 million raised. The NRCC raised $46 million over the first 4 months of the year, which is $19 million higher than the last off-year, 2015.
PA-12: Democrats have another candidate to take on Representative Keith Rothfus (R) in former teach Aaron Anthony (D-Bold Progressive). Anthony seems like a some dude candidate in a district where the Democrats still have a bench, but it is definitely not a progressive bench. Tom Prigg is also running for the Democratic nomination.
PA-Gov: Businessman Paul Mango (R) launched his gubernatorial campaign on Wednesday and will be doing a tour of the Commonwealth. Mango is considered a long shot candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor, but seems to be taking the Governor Wolf style approach of being an outside businessman as the basis of his campaign.