Nothing stirs the passions of Democrats these days quite like the prospect of gutting the Constitution. In an unprecedented act of pretend political bravery, House members held a catered sit-in, demanding that Republicans allow a vote to strip away protections of Second, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution. It was quite the scene.
There were the selfie-happy Democrats singing “We Shall Overcome” while demanding passage of a bill that those right-wing nut jobs over at the American Civil Liberties Union have “strongly” argued would undermine civil liberties. As of this writing, no participant has been beaten down by the cops or thrown into a dank cell, although iPhones were probably getting perilously low on juice for those who’d forgotten their chargers.
The Michigan Republican Party at its state convention Friday and Saturday chose its 59 delegates to represent Michigan at the Republican National Convention in July.
Congratulations to Delta County’s very own Judi Schwalbach who will be attending our National Convention in Cleveland representing John Kasich.
Here are the Michigan delegates who will represent each candidate:
♦ Donald Trump:
Sen. Jack Brandenburg
Linda Burns Torp
So, more thoughts on Donald Trump’s candidacy, because I can’t stop being fascinated.
You know the latest numbers. Quinnipiac University’s poll this week has Mr. Trump at a hefty 28% nationally, up from 20% in July. Public Policy Polling has Mr. Trump leading all Republicans in New Hampshire with 35%. A Monmouth University poll has him at 30% in South Carolina, followed 15 points later by Ben Carson.
Here are some things I think are happening.
One is the deepening estrangement between the elites and the non-elites in America. This is the area in which Trumpism flourishes. We’ll talk about that deeper in.
Double standard. Identity politics. Awful journalism. That just about covers Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin’s interview with Ted Cruz. Ruben Navarrette called it “painful,” “uncomfortable,” and “nauseating.”
The online interview show that Halperin co-hosts on BloombergPolitics.com is called “With All Due Respect.” But there was nothing respectful about the line of questioning. It started off innocently enough with Halperin asking the 2016 GOP presidential candidate about whether he thinks Hispanics will vote for him. He also mentioned a speech that Cruz had given to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and gave Cruz the chance to explain his argument that Republican economic policies help Hispanics.
BOYNE FALLS, Mich., May 9, 2015 – The Michigan Republican State Committee today elected Kathleen Berden as Republican National Committeewoman, one of the state’s representatives to the Republican National Committee. In response, Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement:
“Congratulations to Kathleen Berden on her election as our new Republican National Committeewoman. She will be an outstanding representative for Michigan Republicans. Having held this position in the past, I know Kathleen’s communication skills, work ethic and dedication to conservative principles will be an asset to our Michigan Republican team.”
While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats.
But I wouldn’t be shocked by a larger gain.
Rothenberg Political Report ratings reflect both where a race stands and, more importantly, where it is likely headed on Election Day. Since early polls rarely reflect the eventual November environment, either in terms of the candidates’ name recognition and resources or of the election’s dynamic, there is often a gap between how I categorize each race (my ratings) and what I privately assume will happen in November.