Episode #195: Sitting On The DACA The Bay
Remember all the things Congress needed to get done this fall? Carl Hulse of the New York Times explains that many of the lawmakers’ priorities have shifted in the wake of the unexpected huge expense of paying for the cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and, to add to the misery, Hurricane Irma.
Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report gives us an early-bird look at the Senate seats up in 2018. The numbers favor the GOP; of the 33 seats up, 25 are currently held by Democrats, leaving them more vulnerable. But the poor approval ratings for President Trump may temper some of the Republicans’ hopes.
Democrats have their own problems, with lingering resentments between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Now Clinton, in her post-election book entitled “What Happened,” explains why she lost … and includes some swipes at Sanders, her rival for the Dem nomination last year. Aaron Blake of the Washington Post has analysis.
And we go back 50 years, to September of 1967, when the presidential hopes of Michigan Governor George Romney were damaged when, in a TV interview, he talked about being “brainwashed” while touring Vietnam. Scott Romney, son of George — and brother of Mitt — talks about how the gaffe, which became more logical as the years went by and Americans learned more about how the war was going, hurt his father’s campaign.
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