Monday, April 3, 2017

The Political Page, T+72 -- April 3, 2017

Fretting over Texas. Yesterday, in the Dallas Morning News, there was a long (very long) op-ed lamenting that Texas was no longer #1 in business or something to that effect. I can't recall what the writer was actually lamenting except to say that the Texas economy was no longer what it used to be. Most of the op-ed seemed to be about the "bathroom issue." I do remember that the writer lamented that the state of New York spent $20,000 per student in K - 12, whereas Texas only spent $7,000 per student. The writer was concerned that Texas students were not receiving the education they needed to succeed in the 21st century or compete with students from New York. But today, Platts is reporting that Texas is indeed #1 in something: gasoline consumption. Archived.
Fretting over Gorsuch. Mitch McConnell is not used to losing but it's not beyond the pale this time.

Fretting over Trump. Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies -- AP.


  1. The filibuster is dead. This is not news. Anyone who has been following the just resist movement by the Democrats knows the filibuster is dead both for confirmations and for legislation. Republicans will honor the legislative filibuster when honoring it helps their cause. When they need to pull the trigger they will and it will be gone for good.

    1. Agree completely. There may have been a movement for quite some time to end the "filibuster" option once and for all. At one time it may have made sense but it appears its usefulness has been lost.

      One wonders if the alt-left has painted Mitch McConnell / the GOP into a corner. The GOP can allow the filibuster and lose Gorsuch OR the GOP (McConnell specifically) can go down in history as the party/individual that was responsible for the end of the filibuster. Up until now, Harry Reid was "saddled" with that honor, that he was the one who was first to use the "nuclear option."

      Now, that "honor" will be passed on to the GOP if they end the filibuster for US Senate confirmations.

      To the average American (99.99% of Americans on this issue) it may not mean anything, but to historians and to folks who have a deep historical attachment (for lack of a better word) to the Founding Fathers, this is a big, big deal.

      It is interesting that the "final nail in this coffin" occurred due to infighting over a most qualified individual.

      One could argue that discretion is the better part of valor and the GOP should not be the ones to change the rules on a US Supreme Court judge nomination, but it appears that in politics, at least in this case, valor may not apply to politicians.

  2. I think McConnell is loving this opportunity. He warned Reid not to use the nuclear option saying using it will come back to haunt the Democrats. Reid went ahead anyway. The time has arrived for McConnell to use the nuclear option on confirmations and he will do it with a smile. Next up is using the nuclear option on legislation if the legislation is really important for Republicans. That might not get 50 Republican votes in the Senate.

    1. I had forgotten that about McConnell warning Reid. That changes everything and you are absolutely correct; he should be loving it.

      I'm beginning to think everyone is making too much of this "filibuster / nuclear option" issue. What did anyone expect would happen?