Welcome to Monday.
We lead with a story of petty vengence:
“The White House has met with at least three actual or prospective primary challengers to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in recent weeks, a reflection of Donald Trump’s strained relations with the senator and the latest sign of the president’s willingness to play hardball with lawmakers who cross him — even Republican incumbents. Flake, a longtime Trump critic who refused to endorse the president during the 2016 campaign, is one of a handful of undecided Republican votes on the Obamacare repeal effort. He’s also one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for reelection in 2018.
This ain’t normal. Remember, the Russian Usurper also directed his ire at Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) threatening him with a primary if he didn’t support Trickle-Down Healthcare for Billionaires’ Tax Cuts, but then promptly stopped running the anti-Heller ads.
And speaking of Heller: “Metro Police say they are investigating a Sunday morning burglary at U.S. Sen. Dean Heller’s southwest Las Vegas office. Officers were dispatched about 9 a.m. to Heller’s local office … ” Not that I would put a break-in past the Republicans (see what I did there?), but Heller is one of theirs.
In Trickle-Down Healthcare related news, the NYTimes tells us that Grandpa Walnuts might be out for longer than a week, and that his blood clot surgery could be indicative of something worse (they had to take out a piece of his thick, mavericky skull, remove the clot, and replace the rock, er, skull). We wish for Sen. McCain’s recovery as we’ve noted before Universal Healthcare means for everyone, even for Walnuts.
The more time the Repeal/Replace bill is in the sunlight, the worse the smell gets, and this additional delay means that the CBO score will be revealed before the vote. Amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell is gonna have THAT score go public, too, which must keep his jowls a-quivering. This week or more delay is an opportunity for us to keep the pressure up on our Senators.
Oh, also/too: there are only 9 days left before those hard-working Senators go on their August recess (binge-drinking, hookers and blow, and drying out before returning to grift). They will not vote before they go. Anyone know the house odds that they delay their debouchment and stick around?
Little Moscow on the Potomac:
“The U.S. Secret Service on Sunday denied a suggestion from President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer that it had vetted a meeting between the president’s son and Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign. … In an emailed response to questions about [Jay] Sekulow’s comments, Secret Service spokesman Mason Brayman said the younger Trump was not under Secret Service protection at the time of the meeting, which included Trump’s son and two senior campaign officials. ‘Donald Trump, Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June, 2016. Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time,’ the statement said.”
Caitlyn Jenner, the reality show star and transgender activist, and former Olympic gold medalist, is thinking about running for the U.S. Senate representing California.
The Russian Usurper has kept his base, even though his poll numbers are historically bad. Those who identify as Republicans continue to approve, 82%-15%. Jeebus, what’s wrong with these people?!