It looks like Biden will be the Democratic nominee next year. As it appears that potential Democratic contenders like Gov. Newsom (CA) and Gov. Whitmer (MI) are keeping their powder dry for 2028. But on the GOP side it looks like either Trump or Haley will be the GOP nominee. If Trump is convicted between now and the GOP Convention, he will likely get house arrest as opposed to federal prison. If so, he might well run for the Presidency as a third party candidate (which would siphon off a large number of votes from Haley). Rest assured, I will be voting for Biden next year. Yes, Biden is trailing in the polls, but so were Reagan, Clinton and Obama in the Novembers of 1983, 1995 and 2011 respectively. Polls don’t really mean all that much.
Well, Santo has just been expelled from Congress! I don’t know if he will be replaced by special election or of NY Gov. Hochul will appoint someone to replace him. I would love Congress to expel MTG or Boebert, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the voters would want to replace them in November.
When there is so much turmoil in the world (Gaza, Ukraine, etc.), Tuberville deliberately gumming up the works in confirming military officers is a fool’s errand at best, downright dangerous at worst. Doesn’t he realize he’s putting many military families in limbo just to score MAGA brownie points? When new officers are commissioned and assigned to bases, their families also have to be accommodated, their kids need to be put in school, housing arranged and so on. We need to replace Tuberville on the Senate Armed Services Committee ASAP!
It’s easier to break things than fix them. I consider Biden’s age an issue sure (though he is in way better shape than Trump, who’s only three years younger than Biden). But for all we know, Trump may have gotten convicted of one or more of the charges filed against him between now and the post-Super Tuesday primary season. If he is convicted, he would likely get house arrest as opposed to federal prison. If so, his oversized ego would likely keep him in the race in some way. He might ultimately run as a third party candidate in November (which would definitely siphon off votes from the GOP nominee, likely Nikki Haley). As for the Democratic side, Biden (unless his number gets called “upstairs”, leaving Harris to be the one running for reelection) will likely be the nominee next year. But I will be voting for him next year because I do not want DJT to be in the White House again!
Poor Ron DeSantis found that outside of Florida, his “when woke goes to die” routine wasn’t nearly as popular as he thought. His suit with Disney didn’t go nearly as well as he thought it would and his immigration crackdown led to a huge laborer shortage in the Sunshine State. It certainly didn’t help that Jacksonville (FL’s largest city) elected its first Democratic mayor in decades last year or that DeSantis revoked the tax exemption for Disney World (still Florida’s largest employer). Talk about “all hat, no cattle”.
I am hopeful that the Senate Armed Services Committee removes Tuberville from that committee (much like the Freedom Caucus in the House removed MTG because she was too cray cray even for them!), and replace him with a GOP Senator who recognizes gumming up the works on commissioning military officers with rising tensions in Gaza, Ukraine, etc. is a fool’s errand at best. A lot of work goes into locating officers and their families when they are commissioned. Homes bought or rented, schools to be enrolled in (if they have school aged children), etc.
We need to stand up to the book banners, there’s more of us who support the freedom to read “challenged” books than those that would ban them outright. But if we just sit back and watch as they turn out at school board meetings and town meetings, they will continue to get the attention.
Happy Small Business Saturday! I went to a local farmers market and stopped at an independent bookstore (Solid State Books on H St NE) and got a book for myself. Next week, I need to get cards and wrapping paper, and a birthday card for a nephew in NY. So, I will be going to a local card store next week as well. I realize to insist on buying local 24/7 is too utopian in much of the country, but I am a believer in buying local when I can.
I am not much of a Black Friday person myself. I might do some shopping at my local bookstores for “Small Business Saturday” or even some online shopping on “Cyber Monday”. But I do a lot of my holiday shopping at the Holiday Market downtown, I find some really nice stuff there, and I’m also helping local businesses. But trampling others to get a new TV? Not my thing.
I have always liked Thanksgiving. The Parade, getting together with my brother’s family, and my brother makes a really nice turkey each year (I took some breast meat home with me for a sandwich later today). And most of the people in our holiday group have the same political affiliations so no political arguments. Yes, the story of the first Thanksgiving is shrouded in myth (much like George Washington and the cherry tree). But for me, it’s a chance to get together with friends and/or family and to hop off the societal merry go round and enjoy a nice meal together.