democrats are now 0-3 in Trump Era special elections. Democratic candidate John Ossof wasn’t really close to winning Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. He was handily defeated by Karen Handel after the most expensive congressional race in U.S. history – a contest marred by vicious ads attacking Ossof. Shadowy right wing PAC money painted Ossof as a stooge of the “mouthpiece of terrorists” and attempted to tie him up in the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise.
Ossof could not even match the showing of little-known Archie Parnell in the almost completely under the radar South Carolina special election also held on Tuesday. Ossof lost by 6 points, Parnell only lost by 4 in a much more heavily Republican district.
All this shows that the GOP is holding serve where it needs to and that the Dems are lost in the woods right now. Running basic unknowns against established politicians isn’t going to cut it no matter how much money is thrown at a race. The message of “At least we’re not crazy” doesn’t seem to be resonating in the heartland. Sitting around waiting for the Republicans to shoot themselves in the foot (something they are wont to do) is not working. There is no coherent message as an alternative to a party that has been the party of War and Recession for nearly 40 years. If you can’t beat these guys, maybe just maybe you should think about folding up shop. Red has some ideas for a new party – but that is for another time.
Right now 2018 is looking better and better for Trump. Red thinks Trump has a real shot at securing an even larger working majority in the House and Senate while the GOP retains control at the statehouse level across the country. The U.S. is not headed towards strict one-party rule (like Texas), but it is approaching de facto status in that regard.
Politico reports that Texas Republican Congressman Mike McCaul (more or less of Austin – although with his heavily gerrymandered district it’s hard to pinpoint an epicenter) has reported approximately 7,300 stock transactions in an array of industries over a two-year period. McCaul is reportedly the first or second wealthiest member of Congress with an estimated net worth of almost $300,000,000. Yet, that aint enough apparently. McCaul and his family are voracious stock traders bent on acquiring even more money and creating a potential ethical quagmire as McCaul surely must be voting on matters that affect his personal wealth. Red foolishly thinks that a Congressman should actually pay attention to the business of the nation more than his own pocketbook.
Now don’t get Red wrong here. Red admires McCaul as someone who got rich the old-fashioned way. He married well. Most of McCaul’s wealth is held by his wife, Linda McCaul, the daughter of Clear Channel Communications CEO and founder Lowry Mays. His skyrocketing overall net worth appears to be the product of generational wealthtransfer. If only Red had been so smart he too could have been busy carrying water for his corporate masters in D.C. in his spare time after he finished his day-trading.
From the Annals of Lying Ted – In 2015, Sen. Ted Cruz (TP-Texas) announced that he would seek the GOP nomination for President. Cruz who had held elective office for less than 2 years and was widely reported to be the most hated man in the U.S. Senate seemed a long shot at the time but stunned observers by winning the Iowa Caucuses. That win kept him in the race for the long haul. Cruz racked up several more primary and caucus wins including Texas. Cruz’s campaign, however, was dogged by accusations and proof of various “dirty tricks” including a misinformation campaign about Ben Carson before the Iowa Caucus and a smear campaign against Marco Rubio. These problems resulted in Donald Trump (amazingly now it seems) tagging his as “Lying Ted.” In the end, Cruz was unable to match the bombastic firepower of Donald Trump and was forced to suspend his campaign after losing in Indiana. There was talk of Cruz attempting to engineer a brokered convention but that fell apart with Trump’s closing rush. It is hard to say how the losing run will affect Cruz’s political future. He seems certain to draw an opponent in the Republican primary in 2018.
On a personal note, Red can state that within in 10 minutes of meeting Ted Cruz (well before he became a major public figure), he was convinced that he was about the most obnoxious person he had ever met.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TP-Texas) is refusing to attend any town halls in his district because he is scared that he might get shot.
“At this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safetyis afraid of being shot.”
Of course, Gohmert offers no evidence of his “fake news” regarding people being paid to attend town halls and no evidence that any violence has erupted at such an event. Gohmert went so far as use the shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords as an excuse for his cowardice. Loony Louie pathetically attempted to cloak his spinelessness in the context of protecting his constituents. Gohmert claims that the House Sergeant at Arms advised him after Giffords was shot that the “civilian attendees at Congressional public events stand the most chance of being harmed or killed.”
As a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, I am sure that Gohmert would fully support citizens openly sporting firearms at any town hall and according to NRA theology that will prevent anyone from acting up – because “an armed society is a polite society.” Take your own gun Louie and out draw the bad guys.
So why is Gohmert really afraid to face his constituents? Could it have anything to do with the challenges that other members of Congress are getting at their events? Could it have anything to do with LG’s inability to string coherent thoughts together in response to a sensible argument? Or is Gohmert just a spineless little coward?
Why stop at the mainstream media (with the notable exception of Fox & Friends)? Surely there are lots more enemies of the American people lurking out there. Red will help Trump out on this one. Here is Red’s list of at least 100 more EOTAP’s that must be rooted out and villified.
Independents who voted for Hillary
Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)
Any Court or Judge that rules against Trump
The Sierra Club
The Wilderness Society
State Department Foreign Service Officers
The Black Panthers
Coretta Scott King
The Green Party
The Gallup Poll
Real Clear Politics
The Clinton Foundation
Anyone who sues Trump
Saturday Night Live
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Four Members of the Supreme Court
The Salvation Army
Liberal Arts Colleges
The National Park Service
Alternative Energy Providers
Criminal Defense Lawyers
Red from Texas
And maybe you!
Notably missing from the list of Enemies of the American People are Vladimir Putin and his Russian Kleptocracy because wouldn’t it be great if we got along with a brutal dictator, murderer and his gang of criminals.
In the first of what likely will be a long line of broken promises from the Trump administration, comes news that Mexico will not be paying for the “beautiful wall” after all. Instead, Trump and his feckless Republican allies will rely on a previous authorization from the W. Bush era which provided for construction of a fence – not a wall. The GOP will seek to add funding for the fence to an omnibus budget bill to lessen the chance of opposition.
Now as you know, Red fully supports the Trump/GOP agenda under the theory that America voted for these clowns and deserves to get the just desserts of its choice. Which means that Red fully supports a beautiful wall (not a fence) paid for by our good amigos in Mexico. After all, what were the two most prominent items that DJ Trump kept promising over and over at his massive rallies? It’s seems so long ago, but Red vaguely remembers that Hillary was going to prison and that Mexico was paying for the wall. Remember “Lock her up!” and “Who’s going to pay for it?” Guess what saps? Hillary is going nowhere and you are paying for the wall.
Since the people have spoken and want the GOP in charge of everything, Red is jumping on the bandwagon and he wants it all. Red wants the entire Trump/Republican agenda. And he will be damn pissed off if it doesn’t come to pass. Here’s what Red wants:
The 12-15 million illegal aliens need to be rounded up and sent home. Every last one of those free-loading bastards.
The beautiful wall on the southern border needs to be built and it better be a real wall.
Mexico needs to pay for it.
No more Chinese made crap in our stores.
NAFTA needs to go.
NATO allies – screw them. Whatever Putin wants is cool.
Minimum wage – you’ll take what we give you and like it.
Get rid of the EPA and environmental regulation – business knows best. Dirty air and water are a small price to pay.
Discrimination laws gone – again business knows best.
Hillary must be put in prison – Lock Her Up!
Overturn Roe v. Wade.
Women who get illegal abortions need to go to prison where they can hang out with Hillary.
Better yet, the death penalty for an abortion because murder is murder.
Massive tax cuts for the wealthiest. They have been so put upon.
More taxes for the poorest, it’s entirely their fault they are poor. They need to pay.
End federal funding of education. Dumber folks will continue to vote Republican.
Recriminalize sodomy. Those homos who are screwing each other need to go to jail
End same sex marriage. You decided to be queer – get over it.
English only everywhere. Comprende, Pedro?
Bring back the gold standard – get rid of the Federal Reserve.
Take over fight for Mosul. Defeat ISIS and take the oil.
No Muslims coming to the US. Sorry Abdul, go back to camel racing.
Bomb the ever-loving shit out of Iran. Then bomb them some more.
Make it as hard as humanly possible to cast a vote – unless White of course.
Stop and frisk every person of color whenever possible – they are probably criminals and just don’t know it yet.
In fact, just let the police do whatever they think is best – as long as the Republicans are in control anyway.
Enforce the Second Amendment. You want a personal nuclear warhead, that’s cool because you have the right to bear arms and a nuke is an “arm.” If you’re black and carrying a weapon, however, you are just asking for it.
Endangered species – to stupid to live – not our problem.
Global warming beats the hell out of global cooling. Carbon is life. We need more carbon.
Coal mines. Dig deeper.
Steel mills – reopened.
Wall Street needs to be set free to create more opportunities for the wealthy to get wealthier. A rising tide . . . and all.
Withdraw from the UN – bunch of commies.
Repeal Obamacare. Replace it with something that increases the bottom line for insurance companies. They know best too.
Social security and Medicare need to be privatized too. People will make wise decisions – like investing in a Trump property or taking a class at Trump U.
Balance the budget – recession be damned.
Increase military spending – double what the rest of world combined spends just aint getting it done.
Red is sure there is more, but this is a good start. He’ll get back to you.