Wave of Republican Retirements Grows

We’ve heard recent news that there is a “wave” of Republicans retiring from Congress and refusing to run for reelection in 2018.  In fact, some are calling it a record number of retirements, the likes of which we haven’t seen in a hundred years.  The conventional wisdom is that there is a Democrat “wave” coming in the mid terms and the Republicans would rather go back to the private sector (or wherever) rather than battle it out.

But buried in this news story is the fact that, in addition to low level congress critters, high level and extremely powerful committee chairs (and even the Speaker of the House!!!) are also announcing their retirement at an extraordinary pace.  The committee chairs usually come from safe districts, are very well funded, and stand a very strong chance of winning reelection even in a tough political climate.  So why are 9 of the most powerful politicians in the U.S., including the the person third in line to be president, also retiring and walking away?

It could be the “wave” everyone is talking about.  Or it could be that these more powerful Republicans, who see a lot more information than the low level congress critters, know that there is big trouble brewing for the Republican party in terms of the Mueller investigation.  Could it be that a slew of indictments against the President’s team are coming down such that they will destroy Republican chances of reelection and fundamentally destroy Trump’s presidency?  Could it be that for congressmen like Nunes and Gowdy, two retiring chairmen who were also members of Trump’s political campaign and/or “transition team,” also see that they may personally have some exposure if Trump’s team goes down?

We don’t know, but there is a strong possibility that these retirements are due to something far more interesting than an upcoming “tough election.”


Trump’s Immigration Race Purge

The debate on immigration started with the “dreamers” and “illegals.” But as it began to look like Republicans and Democrats reached a very conservative deal, Trump blew the deal up and said he also wanted restrictions on legal immigration from “shithole” countries that happen to have a lot of black and brown people.

Suddenly we went from no “illegal immigrants” to “no immigrants,” but since Trump used foul mouthed language to make that point, people focused more on the curse word than the message.  Trump is now demanding that we put immigration law back to the 1950s, where only white people could get in. That changed in 1965, during the civil rights era, when immigration rules became more race neutral.

The Democrats for their part are in chaos. They don’t know what their own position is. Hell, I don’t know what their position is on immigration. All we know is they want to save the “Dreamers” (people who were brought here illegally when they were young children and who only know the US and no other country as home). The Democrats drew themselves into a box by saying they’d shut down the government if they did not get a Dreamer deal.  Hard to make a bargain when you take an extreme position up front.

The Democrats need a unified message on what they stand for when it comes to immigration, and they need to make sure every American knows what they stand for on the issue. The 2018 elections are going to simply be whether people like Republicans or not, and the Democrats just need to present an alternative. It’s crazy that so far they can’t even do that.


Attorney General Wants Trump To Fire Him

The morning started with reports that president Donald Trump is very angry at attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump is angry that Sessions refused to take control over the investigation into Russian hacking and campaign spying, and instead “recused” himself, or in other words, removed himself, from the investigation.  Trump was probably angry because he thought Sessions would be there to cover up Trump’s ties to Russia:

“I thought that was a pretty damning report for the president,” Miller said. “Why would the president care if Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation or not unless he wanted him to exert inappropriate influence over it. It shouldn’t really matter who’s leading the investigation unless you want the person in charge to somehow steer it in a way that benefits you.”

Article after article kept coming, talking about how pissed off Trump was at Sessions, and explaining that the Trump’s tweets about the “travel ban” were really a way for him to blow off some of the steam he has built up about Sessions.  Trump effectively strangled the justice department’s case before it ever had a chance of making it before the supreme court:

The discontent was on display on Monday in a series of stark early-morning postings on Twitter in which the president faulted his own Justice Department for its defense of his travel ban on visitors from certain predominantly Muslim countries.

After all the bad stories about Sessions, it then was leaked to the press that Sessions actually offered to resign.  He’s had enough with El Trumpo, and seems to be who Trump is taking out his anger on these days.  Could it be that El Trumpo is getting scared?

As for Sessions, he’s ready to retire and pursue his life-long dream!