Yeah, I’m still here. Let’s do some recaps.
Jim Webb is out: Okay, we all know the guy never had a chance to begin with. But I would argue that of all the candidates on the Democratic side not named Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, Webb by far had the best chance. Frankly, he also had the best platform as well. As much as I am happy with the Democratic Party embracing the incoming demographic changes of the country (i.e. less white folks), there is a good argument to also try to make the platforms in the party palatable to rural white voters. First and foremost, because there are plenty of rural areas in swing states such as Virginia, Colorado and Ohio where someone like Webb could have taken away votes from the Republican nominee. But also because poverty is something that affects people of all nationalities and people in all areas of America. Democrats should remember that going forward and not hesitate to embrace trying to use government to improve the lives of all Americans. That doesn’t mean we abandon our support for a path for undocumented immigrants to become citizens, affirmative action, gun control, and using government intervention to attempt to reduce income inequality through social programs and other avenues.
All that being said, Webb clearly faced an uphill battle because of his poor debate performance. Instead of using the debate as an opportunity to establish himself as a credible alternative with a ton of valuable public sector experience, he whined and complained the whole time (ala Rand Paul) and came off as entitled and bitter. Furthermore, Webb did not want to do anything outside the box in terms of campaigning and which made him look stale to many Democratic voters (i.e. young folks). Webb also faced a ton of unfair criticism from liberals who treated him as if he were a Republican because of his reticence to embrace strict gun control and affirmative action (for non-Black Americans). So anyway, the debate confirmed what we already know: this is a horse race between Sanders and Clinton. Expect Webb to get a position in Hillary’s administration (maybe running the VA?).
Do they really want to repeal Obamacare?: So apparently there’s an upcoming vote in the House to do a full repeal of Obamacare. But Heritage Action, otherwise known as the most awful group in America, says that if any member of the GOP House vote for it, they will primary them. Here’s further information from Tierney Sneed at TPM:
“The repeal legislation, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Ac, is being brought through a legislative procedure known as budget reconciliation, which only requires a simple majority to advance in the Senate and thus could overcome Democratic opposition to land on President Obama’s desk. However, the maneuver is only workable, under parliamentary rules, if it reduces the deficit and a full-on Obamacare repeal would add $353 billion to the deficit, the Congressional Budget Office has found. So Republicans are targeting only certain aspects of the law — such as the individual and employer mandates — that, if repealed, would reduce the deficit. It would also almost certainly be vetoed by the president.”
I don’t know what the point of all this is. Even if this made it past reconciliation (i.e. the “nuclear option” where you only need a simple majority to pass it) , President Obama would veto it and then what? The public still doesn’t want to see the law repealed and you end up right back where you started. As for Heritage, the chances of the law being repealed in 2017 aren’t good either considering that the Democratic debate last Tuesday showed everyone that there’s only one political party in this country that’s actually serious about governing (or even semi-capable of it). Dream on, morons.
The return of Trudeau: Canada, our neighbor in the Great White North, had an election last night. Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Canada Liberal Party (sort of a middle-ground between the Conservative Party and the social-democracy leaning New Democratic Party) gained enough seats to form a majority in their parliamentary government. In case anyone is unfamiliar with the name Truedeau, Justin’s father Pierre was the 15th Prime Minister of the country who served in the early 80’s. So anyway, while Stephen Harper (the Prime Minister of Canada until last night) tried to get the country to continue to embrace an economic platform centered around oil production in the Province of Alberta, Truedeau campaigned on running a budget deficit of $10,000,000,000 for three years to invest in infrastructure. Now, while I consider myself a Canadianphile, I have to confess that I have no idea why Canada voted for Truedeau. I do know that Truedeau beat expectations in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada (Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland), where the Liberal Party tends to not do as well as they do in Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario. I’m guessing the Country was just sick of Harper. Harper, the previous Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, had been Prime Minister since 2011. I’m guessing it was time for a change.
Trump still ahead: Latest polls (CNN/ORC as well as NBC) still show Trump ahead. Just a reminder folks, it’s only October. We have two months until we should start seriosuly pondering the implications of a Trump administration. According to the polls, Trump is ahead with every faction of the GOP with the exception of the Very Conservative voters (Carson wins that group). The next GOP debate is on the 28th, and it’s in Boulder, CO hosted by CNBC.