My meanderings about politics, space exploration, cars, cats, tech things and whatever else strikes my fancy. To the current occupant of the White House, we will not be taken into war on anyone's leash.
I was a Sag-Aftra agent for many years. I have had the privilege of working with some of the best casting directors and none of them could have envisions a monthly crew like the people who surrounded Trump before and after the election.
I’ve said this on my blog before, I have seen this movie before. And the last time the Senate committee released documents about a president this damaging was during Watergate.
People are continuously asking me what I believe the endgame is going to be. I truly believe that people are going to go to jail and I don’t think that Mike Pence is going to become president. Mike Pence was in charge of the transition. He had to know what was going on. His weird Allegiance, almost cult-like, to Trump tells me that Trump knows a lot that he’s holding over Pence.
This is a white house that has no head. And I mean it has no brain. Not to have foreseen that the North Koreans were playing them is mind-boggling. Everything this white house has done before the election and since it’s been in power has been a shit show.
The GOP is fond of saying that this dossier was commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign. What they always fail to say was that it was first commissioned by a republican running against Donald Trump.
They refuse to let the transcripts of several witness interviews be released to the public including those of Donald Trump jr. The problem is that they have no basis for not allowing this to be released. In Watergate there was a separation of the powers that made it difficult to get papers released because they were asking for documentation from the executive branch and the legislative branch does not have power to do so as easily as it does to ask for its own documents. Once again the GOP is trying to hide the truth about the Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and the cover-up and obstruction of justice. Let’s not forget this happened during to transition and Mike Pence was in charge during the transition. So this does not stop with Donald Trump it goes throughout his campaign and White House.
John McCain, the self-described Maverick, must be having quite a hard time right now. In the face of overwhelming evidence that Donald Trump is not a friend to Veterans John McCain remain silent. When Donald Trump said he had donated millions of dollars to Veterans groups it was a lie. He only donated money wants the lie was exposed. He has attacked a gold star family. He has accepted the Purple Heart from someone and said it wasn’t that hard to get. What else must Donald Trump do to get John McCain to say enough?
All things being equal I would rather have a republican-led senate than a Donald Trump presidency. And that’s what the Koch brothers are counting on. Unfortunately for the brothers this year is an unusual year for the Senate election. There are 34 Senate seats up for election. Of the 34, 24 are Republican seats and many of those are in states where Republicans are not doing well. Maybe it was smart for Mccain not to show up at the convention now he can collect the Koch brothers money to try to reach out an election victory.
I never thought I would be relieved by something the Koch brothers say and for their own greedy reasons they are not supporting trunk. But all those millions and millions of dollars are not going to go into the feeding Hillary. And at the end of the day that’s a good thing. The Koch brothers believe that Congress will act as it has with President Obama and create a spot in 2020 for a republican run. What they’re not taking into consideration is how Hillary Clinton reaches across the aisle and get things done.
The United States Senate has 6-year terms. There are a hundred members of the Senate so every six years 34 of them are up for reelection. This is one of those years. Normally this is just one vote extra for this cycle. But this time around in 2016 out of 34 Senate seats available 10 are currently held by Democrats and 24 are held by Republicans. The Democrats need to send it back plus another 10 seats to make it filibuster-proof.
The state of Colorado is already purple. So when you get a conservative Tea Party candidate up for Statewide vote the Republicans have basically forfeited that seat to the incumbent Democrat.
Perhaps I am jaded, but I can’t say that I am surprised by this vote. The NRA has its fists down on the Republican Party and will not let go. Those Senators who voted against the bill don’t belong and Congress. So we’ve got to redouble our efforts to make sure that these people don’t come back to serve because they are not serving the people they are serving the special interests. This is disgusting and they all have blood on their hands from now on. AVB http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/senate-gun-votes-224560
Unfortunately it is unlikely that Senator Warren would be tapped to be Hillary Clinton’s vice president. If she became vice president then she would have to resign her senate seat. The governor of Massachusetts is a Republican and he would choose a republican replacement losing the seat for the Democrats. Elizabeth Warren is playing the long game and if the sentence goes democratic she will have much power to shape the agenda of how the Senate votes and decides on which bills will be taken up. So I think it’s a pipe dream to think that Elizabeth Warren is going to be Hillary Clinton’s Vice Presidential nominee butt she has a great future in the Senate and perhaps Beyond. AVB http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/2016-elizabeth-warren-trump-us-senate-elections-democrats-politics-progressives-213874
I have a message to people who want to run for the presidency of the United States. Do your homework. First you have Bernie Sanders doing terrible at answering questions in his interview at the New York Daily News and now Rachel Maddow called him out on his own abilities on what’s happening these of the Saudi Arabia. Once again it’s stark, how similar Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are. Until recently Bernie Sanders was at least polite but he’s thrown that out the window as well. AVB http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/bernie-sanders-stumbles-senates-saudi-bill