As the weather this early morning in Pittsburgh resembles the electoral chances of Republicans in 2018, it is time for today’s roundup:
Congress / National
Republican Fear: The New York Times has a great article articulating the rampant fear running through the Republican ranks and those who really just want out of town because the place has become such a freak show in the Era of the Donald:
- PA-15: Representative Charlie Dent (R) might resign early to take a TV gig giving the Democrats a special election pickup opportunity.
- AZ-Sen: Republicans are scared that Senator John McCain (R-War Hero) might resign or die soon and the strongest candidate to replace retiring Senator Jeff Flake (R), Representative Martha McSally (R-McCain’s Political Heir) might be appointed to replace McCain instead of nominated to replace Flake. Such a switch might leave Chemtrails Kelli Ward (R-Crazytown) as the Republican nominee to replace Flake since former Representative Trent Franks (R-Creep) resigned due to his efforts to impregnate staffers.
- NV-Sen: National Republicans plan to aggressively attack Ward along with perennial candidate Danny Tarkanian (R-Used to be sane) who’s trying to primary Senator Dean Heller (R) for not being conservative enough and not being a Trump sycophant.
- MS-Sen: Speaking of nuts, Chris McDaniel (Confederacy) is still leaning towards a primary run against Senator Roger Wicker (R). Dirty Roy’s loss is not scaring this Bannon sycophant away. Here is more on McDaniel as well.
- UT-Sen: Salt Lake County Council member Jenny Wilson (D) is running against Senator Orrin Hatch (R), who might or might not run depending on how much Hatch is pushed by President Trump to prevent former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Adult in Room) from being anointed Senator-For-Life.
Iowa: President Trump is wildly unpopular in Iowa. Trump has a 35% approval rating in a state he won by 10% a year ago. In addition, similar numbers find the country heading in the wrong direction. Iowans give their state good numbers though with 47% to 40% saying the state is heading in the right direction. Not surprising seeing the Republicans won a state Senate seat in Iowa on Tuesday by 8% when Trump won it by 40% in 2016.
AZ-Sen: Speaking of McCain, his health is taking a turn for the worse. He is in our thoughts.
Infrastructure: Seeing that the Donald is mortally wounded, Democrats are not going to put any effort into reaching a bipartisan deal on infrastructure.
Obamacare: Repeal of Obamacare is now dead with the Democrats winning AL-Sen.
Trump/AL-Sen: President Trump was relatively well behaved after Dirty Roy Moore’s loss on Tuesday. Politico says advisers attribute it to Trump being prepared for the loss beforehand and not really liking Dirty Roy in the first place.
The Perverts and Enablers
AL-Sen: Dirty Roy Moore (R-Jesus Sometimes) refuses to concede defeat. His steadfast hypocrisy makes you wonder if he is a distant relative of former PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D-Persisted Too Much).
NV-4: A second accusation of sexual misconduct has been made against Representative Ruben Kihuen (D). Kihuen just had to behave himself and he could have had a relatively comfortable career in Congress representing a district that will only get safer for him.
OH-9: Representative Marcy Kaptur (D) is in water hotter than Lake Erie has ever been over comments she reportedly made that have been interpreted as “slut-shaming”. I suspect such statements will enrage some in her district, but will likely not enrage that many considering the demographics of the seat.
MN-Lt. Gov/MN-State Senate: The appointment of Lt. Governor Tina Smith (DFL) to the US Senate will elevate State Senate President Michelle Fischbach to Lt. Governor while she remain President of the Senate. This is consequential to the extent that Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) is battling cancer.