I don’t really feel like writing another 1,300 word blog post, so I’m just going to post some relevant political headlines.
-There are several interesting developments going on with New York Senator Chuck Schumer’s opposition to the Iran Nuclear Deal. Apparently the Obama Administration is now trying to persuade Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) to pass over Chuck Schumer for a leadership position when Reid steps down in January 2017. Steven Dennis and Matthew Fleming of Roll Call are noting that Democratic Party staffers on Capital Hill are pushing Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) or Washington state senior Senator Patty Murray to push for a position in leadership. We’ll see what else comes from the fallout, but no question that some in the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party are attempting to make an example out of Senator Schumer in an attempt to stave off other opposition on the Democratic side. Although multiple Democratic senators are saying Senator Schumer is still safe for the next leadership position, a close Iran Deal vote may sway Democrats to look elsewhere for leadership. Naturally, conservatives are lavishing Senator Schumer with praise, and the Wall Street Journal is even calling him a “hero.”
–Sara Jerde of Talking Points Memo is reporting that the next Republican presidential debate, currently scheduled for September 16th at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, will be a two-tier debate with 16 candidates. Because former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore is currently polling below 1 percent, he will not be invited to participate in the debate. Who could have seen this coming? Literally everybody, that’s who. The debate will be hosted by CNN and will feature prominent anchor Jake Tapper as the debate moderator.
-The story broke yesterday, but former Texas Governor Rick Perry is no longer able to pay his South Carolina campaign staff. Shane Goldmacher notes at National Journal that Perry has not raised a significant amount of money during the last month ($1.1 million in the second quarter). On the bright side for Perry, his super-PACs are doing well (according to Alex Jaffe at NBC News they raised almost $17 million for him), but that’s probably not going to be enough to keep him in the fight very long. I’m going to go on the record and predict that Perry will be out of the running by October.
-In Hilary Clinton news, Hilary announced her plan to help make public colleges more affordable. Clinton will propose that $350 billion should be used to cover future American’s college tuition funds. From Charisse Jones at USA Today:
“The multi-pronged plan includes giving grants to states to make them partners in a pledge that no student should have to take out a loan to pay for tuition if attending a four-year public college in their state. It would require students to help pay their way through school by contributing based on what they earn from 10 hours of work per week. And, echoing a plan already proposed by President Obama, students would be able to attend community college for free.” I personally like this plan, and also believe that even Progressives who are skeptical of Clinton will like this plan too.
-Courtesy of Allahpundit at Hot Air, the latest Rasmussen poll has Donald Trump down significantly at 17 percent. Trump is still leading all other candidates, but he was at 26 percent before the debate. Could The Donald’s numbers continue to slide down? Or is this just an effect of the debates making the candidates names more familiar? In second place comes Florida Senator Marco Rubio and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 10 percent each. Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker both received a significant bump and are both polling at 9 percent. Despite not making the main debate stage, Fiorina definitely got the attention she needed. Maybe Fiorina will get on the top-tier stage at the upcoming CNN debate?
UPDATE: just saw this from POLITICO (H/T Eliza Collins), Trump is still in the lead in Iowa according to the latest poll from Suffolk University. Trump gets 17 percent, while Walker, Rubio and Carson trail at 10 and 9 percent. Also, courtesy of Jeremy Diamond at CNN, is Trump waffling on defunding Planned Parenthood? Aside from gun control and immigration, taking a moderate or liberal stance on this issue could definitely sink him among GOP primary voters.
-If you’re in need of a laugh, Jimmy Fallon did a skit on his show last night impersonating Trump. His Trump is not the best I’ve seen, but the video is still pretty funny. Would definitely recommend it if you have 3 minutes and want some laughs.