Previously on Election 2016…
One of the themes of the Sean Hannity show in the last few weeks has been the host’s insistence that the processes by which the Republican party selects delegates for the national convention is flawed. He has bashed the selection process – in particular the Colorado method – and supported not just a uniform standard for the party but also a single primary day. With due respect for a man who has built his career in political commentary into an empire on radio and cable television, he is mistaken.
On the Wednesday March 2nd edition of The Sean Hannity show, Newt Gingrich commented that Marco Rubio had turned to character assassination in his effort to destroy Donald Trump. Gingrich said Trump needs to come up with responses to the attacks by the establishment and return the focus to the issues.
My postman seems to have misplaced my copy of the National Review issue that caused such a fuss last week. As I wait to sort it all out I would like to toss my two cents into the internet ether.
The president recently hosted a town hall meeting with a focus on the topic of firearms and the gun control measures he intends to enact by executive order. Distortions, appeals to emotion, and incomplete information is bound to enter into his performance so let’s see if we can address some of the main points.
As polls closed and the returns began to flash across the airwaves it looked like a second Republican wave was in the making.
It seems that every election for the last dozen years is “the most important election in our lifetime.” Candidates for office, their campaigns and supporters, and even the media hype this line of thinking. As election season builds to the important day, anyone who has ever signed up for an email from an interest group or donated to a politician finds their mail box, snail and electronic, inundated with appeals for support.
This year, of course, is no different. Republicans want to maintain their hold on the U.S. House of Representatives and anticipate reaching a majority in the Senate. Democrats appear to have abandoned hopes of taking back the House majority they had going into the 2010 elections and are focused on getting vulnerable incumbents over the finish line in conservative states in order to stay in control of the Senate. Vulnerable Senate Democrats are in a bind. Many have supported the president’s agenda but are now avoiding being seen with him and multiple cases where they are refusing to admit whether they voted for the president in 2012.
ca·boo·dle: the lot, group, or bunch
The death penalty, March for Life, Glenn Beck’s Bombshell!, and congressmen gone wild in this week’s Current Caboodle.