Other headlines – 09/16/2015

Yes, yes, I know, there’s other stuff going on besides the GOP debate tonight. But see, because I am just a lowly blogger, I am not allowed to just focus on Trump 24/7 like the rest of the media does. I have standards.

When you’ve lost Tom McClintock: Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) has just resigned from the House Freedom Caucus, or as I like to call them, the “Do Nothing” Caucus. As we all know by now, these are the individuals with short-term memories and the only people who think the shutdown the GOP brought upon us two years ago did anything remotely successful. Of course, the 2013 shutdown did not stop Obamacare (more on that below), the GOP’s favorability ratings are well below those of the Democratic Party’s, and everyone still thinks that Congress is incapable of doing anything right. The last part of course is not true, it’s just that the House Freedom Caucus gets tons of fundraising money by not doing anything, and of course they are the most vocal resistance to immigration reform and anything else with the word reform in it. Anyway, the letter of resignation, brought to us by Tierney Sneed at TPM, shows us that Congressman McClintock has had enough of the caucus’s B.S. and wants nothing to do with the impending shutdown over Planned Parenthood. It’s always funny when one crazy guy looks at a bunch of other crazy guys and goes “screw these guys, I’m going home”.

Obamacare is working, part 11,672: Jordan Weissman at Slate brings us some charts that show us that Marxist-Socialist-Communist-Kenyan-Care brought the number of uninsured individuals down from around 14 percent in 2010 to 10.4 this past year. Thanks to Marxist-Socialist-Communist-Kenyan-Care, 8.8 million fewer Americans are uninsured. Even if it is true that most Americans sought coverage through Medicaid expansion, it still means that accessing basic care has become easier for millions of Americans. Even conservative lawmakers like this State Senator in Kansas is now considering being open to Medicaid expansion in Kansas. Back to the original article, Weissman shows that the uninsured rate declined much more precipitously in states that went through with the Medicaid expansion. Furthermore, the doomsday predictions from conservatives failed to materialize and we’re not seeing Grandmothers and Grandfathers being executed by government enforced death squads.

Attention anyone named Hillary Clinton; please read this: I know Hillary Clinton won’t actually read this (she’s kinda busy at the moment), but a lot of other people should. Tommy Christopher at Mediaite has a great column which discusses the various onslaught of negative attention Clinton is getting from all different types of political media. It’s not just Fox News hammering her, MSNBC and the New York Times are lambasting her despite the fact that the State Department gave her clearance to delete the infamous e-mails that are in question (as part of “e-mail/server-gate” scandal), her hard drive actually wasn’t wiped and she has agreed to testify (yet again) that she didn’t actually orchestrate Benghazi. Regardless, as Christoper notes, because Hillary is common enemy number-one among the political media, she will continue to be hammered even though the scandals attributed to her are largely exaggerated for the benefit of those reporting on it (not to mention Republicans). Christopher concludes his column by recommending that Clinton “Apollo Creed” Trump and challenge him to a one-on-one debate on CNN (hosted by Jake Tapper). I have to admit, I have no idea what Christopher is referencing, but I do recommend that Hillary not take the bait from the media and question her front-runner status. Challenge Trump as if you already know you’re going to face him in the general election. Show the media that you’re unafraid and you’re not going away quietly. Don’t be scared of Bernie Sanders, either. Sanders’ is clearly elevating himself in the polls and has run an increasingly impressive campaign, but don’t take the media’s bait. Please.

Read more Amanda Marcotte: Just do it. You won’t regret it.

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