We don’t know how you top 2022, but 2023 is going to try.
That’s how it works.
(D) Joe Biden*
(R) Donald Trump
(D) Diana DeGette*
(D) Joe Neguse*
(R) Lauren Boebert*
(D) Adam Frisch
(R) Ken Buck*
(R) Doug Lamborn*
(D) Jason Crow*
(D) Brittany Pettersen
(D) Yadira Caraveo
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Nice Piece on Elizabeth Warren in WaPo by Perry Bacon
Warren has been particularly effective in leveraging her policy ideas. Pretty good for a Finance professor specializing in bankruptcy law.
Popular Progressive policies ? I’ll take it. Let the sold-out “moderates” keep on fear-mongering about creeping socialism. They’ll benefit from the policies, too, and Democratic candidates will continue to win elections because they are associated with these policies whether their wealthiest donors like them or not.
But let's remember, Biden's student loan giveaway scheme still needs to survive that gauntlet of Thomas, Alito, Roberts, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett.
This may be the best of both worlds. Biden can tell millennials that he made good on his promise, but that nasty right-wing Supreme Court stopped him.
Boebert was significantly above average on one measure, according to The Colorado Sun.
Some have been kind enough to show some interest in the Denver Urban Debate League tournament’s I’ve talked about. The next tournament will be virtual, so if you are available, you could be judging while projecting a meaningful avatar and wearing your most comfortable clothes. If interested, you can drop an email to Executive Director Jessica Clark – JessicaClark@urbandebate.org
All rounds will be on Saturday, January 14, 2023, starting at 8:30. You could help all day or as little as about 90 minutes. The full schedule is at http://www.denverdebate.org
Oh, OK. I’m out of excuses now. I wrote to Ms. Clark, and will presumably judge some debate on the 14th.
I admittedly had no clue what would happen if the top House Speaker candidate didn't have the 218 votes needed to win on the first ballot. That's partially because failing to win on the first ballot hasn't happened for exactly 100 years.
If McCarthy doesn't have 218 on the first ballot, it goes to a floor process, which I imagine would be a real spectacle given the typical demeanor of his detractors. Apparently McCarthy or someone else could ultimately win with less than 218 during if there are members absent or voting "present," according to this NYT story.
But if it winds up in some prolonged process that doesn't yield a winner for days, or longer, this next paragraph concerns me a tad:
So, if enough Rs vote present, then a Democrat could win? Oh wouldn't that be fun to see!
2/3 of the Colorado GOP delegation will probably either be absent or vote “present”. Buck has often sidestepped controversial votes this way, including five “not voting” in the last session. Lamborn will bow to whomever puts on the most pressure or makes the best offer.
Boebert, of course, will create a spectacle.
There are a few additional procedural rules to make things even MORE complicated.
Good news … I have no doubt things won't be the WORST ever:
"Sectional conflict over slavery and a rising anti-immigrant mood in the nation contributed to a poisoned and deteriorating political climate"
As Mark Twain said, "history doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes."
While the MAGA caucus is fairly blatant and non-apologetic when it comes to its xenophobia, not even MTG is advocating a restoration of slavery – at least not yet and not publicly.
But they are pretty fixated on indoctrinating children with the fairy tale version of US history and scrubbing any references to the south's "peculiar institution" as being wrong.
“which I imagine would be a real spectacle given the typical demeanor of his detractors”
I’m looking forward to this degenerating into a complete shit show with the crazies fighting over the microphones with the non-Trump Republicans and fighting over whether to continue with an immediate second ballot or whether to recess for a couple of days to allow Mar-A-Lago to express an opinion.
They will not have even adopted rules by the time of the speaker’s election. To call it a “real spectacle” is probably an understatement.
PS They are reporting that “Trump’s Kevin” has already moved into the speaker’s suite. Possession is 9/10 of the law.
Oh, believe me – I expect canings!
I’m pretty sure BoBo and the rest of the clown car will be moved by Newt’s words 🙃
Newt Gingrich blasts Republicans who oppose Kevin McCarthy as speaker: 'It's him or chaos'
Oh, I get so excited when Newt Gingrich preaches on morals and moral authority.
After all, didn't he and his former mistress/third wife produce a movie about Pope John Paul II?
Perhaps he can give a eulogy at Cardinal Ratzinger's funeral later this week.
As usual, Newt Gingrich has an incomplete logic: "Newt Gingrich blasts Republicans who oppose Kevin McCarthy as speaker: 'It's him or chaos'"
There is a clear, ever-present danger that it will be Kevin McCarthy as Speaker AND Chaos.