Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

Congrats on making it to Wednesday – Hump Day! It’s time for Wednesday’s Political Potpourri!

When there are several political stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today I provide that valuable independent commentary you’ve come to love from The Western Word. Today’s subjects include:

-Department of Homeland Security funding & reaction
-Netanyahu’s speech & reaction
-Republicans & private fundraisers
-Hillary’s e-mail issue
-Obamacare & the Supremes
-David Petraeus & his mistress

There’s a lot more, so read on…

DHS Funding:

The U.S. House voted Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The vote was 257-167. The 167 “no” votes were all from Republicans, including Montana’s lone Representative, Ryan Zinke. Click HERE to read Zinke’s comments on why he voted “no.”

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) hailed the passage saying, “I’m glad the House followed the Senate’s lead, worked across the aisle, and passed a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill.” Read his full comments HERE.

The big question is can Speaker John Boehner survive after allowing this vote? It was not long after the vote that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent out an e-mail with the subject, “BREAKING: BOEHNER CAVES” and “Boehner backed down!”

It has not been a good start for the Republicans in Congress.

Netanyahu Speech:

The Republicans seemed overly happy and the Democrats not so much so. When the Prime Minister entered the House Chamber, it was like you were listening to a crowd cheer after a winning touchdown at a professional football game.

It did not end well for all Republicans, like Lindsey Graham.

What is it with Republicans saying stupid things at private fundraisers? Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (I have called him Senator Hindsight because he has all the answers after the fact) was speaking at a private fundraiser after the Netanyahu speech and made these nasty remarks about Nancy Pelosi:

“Did you see Nancy Pelosi on the floor. Complete disgust,” he said, according to one attendee. “If you can get through all the surgeries, there’s disgust.”

He later apologized. Graham should just save the time and money and not campaign for President; I have a better chance than he does.

As for the actual speech, the Associated Press did some fact checking HERE.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke were pretty happy with the Netanyahu speech. You can read their comments HERE and HERE.

As for me, I fell asleep a couple times. It was fun seeing people look around before clapping and/or standing making sure they were following the party line.

Hillary’s E-mail:

The New York Times reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state” and she “did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department.”

Thanks a lot New York Times – now we’ll probably see 10 or 15 more Republicans decide to run for President.

This Daily Beast article says “Not So Fast” about condemning Clinton. They claim that new regulations about using personal e-mail went into effect after Clinton left office. They report, “In fact, John Kerry is the first Secretary to use ‘a standard government email address,’ according to The Washington Post.

A lot of elected officials will be quick to attack Clinton. They are probably planning their attacks via private e-mail. Almost every elected official has a private e-mail account that they use for “other things.”

The problem with Hillary’s e-mail could be something simple, like she was never around long enough for the IT folks to set up her official e-mail…

Obamacare & the Supremes:

The King v. Burwell case gets its day in front of the United States Supreme Court today. The issue is whether people in 37 states are illegally receiving subsidies through Affordable Care Act. The Hill reports today:

A victory for the plaintiffs would instantly revoke the insurances subsidies for up to 9.3 million people, according to the nonpartisan Urban Institute, sending shockwaves across the healthcare system.

“Not only would many millions of people lose health insurance and rejoin the ranks of the uninsured, but premiums for everyone else would skyrocket,” said Ron Pollack, the executive director of the pro-ObamaCare Families USA.

Republicans acknowledge the high stakes in the case and have drafted emergency plans to soften the financial blow for ObamaCare participants if the lawsuit succeeds.

The case hinges on the meaning of four words in the text of the law: “established by the state.”

Probably the most interesting part of this case will be hearing what everyone believes the Justices will decide.

David Petraeus Plea:

The headlines tell it all:

Ex-CIA Chiefs Admits Sharing Military Secrets with Mistress
Petraeus Reaches Plea Deal Over Giving Classified Data to His Lover

According to a story by the Associated Press:

Prosecutors said that while Broadwell [the mistress and the biographer] was writing her book in Washington in 2011, Petraeus gave her eight binders of classified material he had improperly kept from his time as the top military commander in Afghanistan. Days later, he took the binders back to his house.

It’s pretty disgusting what Petraeus did, and if he stays out of prison he should count himself lucky.


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