VIRGINIA – There is a debate going on in the state of Virginia over whether the state should accept federal funds to expand Medicaid and give 400,000 low income Virginians access to health care. The measure must pass through the state senate which is deadlocked on the issue…20 Democrats for, 20 Republicans against.
Democrat State Senator Phillip Puckett, a proponent of the measure, had made it known that he covets the lucrative chairmanship of the state’s powerful tobacco commission. He had also made it clear that he would like to see that his daughter, already a southwest Virginia judge, receive a full six year term on the bench. Puckett’s position on the state senate prohibits him from accepting an appointment on the tobacco commission. But GOP leadership made it clear that if Puckett were to resign his senate seat his dreams could become reality.
Yesterday, Puckett resigned his senate seat handing Republicans the 20-19 advantage they need in the senate to block Medicaid expansion. Later that same day, apparently overwhelmed by the withering allegations that he had been bribed to resign, Puckett declared that he would not seek the commissioner’ position.
Puckett represents everything we hate about politics. And it doesn’t take a genius to recognize bribery when you see it.
TEXAS – The Republican Caucus of the Great State of Texas is hammering together its platform for the upcoming elections. The platform consists of a litany of ideas that the party stands for. These are the things the party holds dear.
On Saturday the Texas Republican Party ratified a “plank” in that platform that includes support for “reparative therapy” for gays. Reparative therapy, which is discredited by the American Psychological Association and other major health organizations, seeks to turn gay people straight.
Perhaps there is some form of therapy for those who see homosexuality as a mental illness in need of a cure.
HILLARY – Hillary is out with a new book. “Hard Choices” hits book stands today. Like any big name author Hillary is out on tour promoting her latest endeavor. She appeared for an interview last night with ABS’s Dianne Sawyer. Clinton was commenting about the financial challenges she and Bill faced upon leaving the White House.
“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there and we struggled to you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy…Bill worked very, very hard.”
Is this interview the first of many public appearances on the Hillary Clinton book tour? Or is this book tour the first of many calculated steps in a run for the presidency? We don’t know because Hillary hasn’t told us.
If Hillary decides to run we believe that the only thing that can prevent Hillary from winning is Hillary. If this was her first public appearance on the road to the White House then she needs to do better. For a seasoned politician her comments were as stupefying as they were tone deaf. You want out of touch…that was out of touch. Did she not watch the Romney campaign where the candidate handled inquiries about his wealth like a St. Bernard trying to catch a beach ball? Seriousely?
Here's a tip. As a person of means, never, ever whine about the life you have been so fortunate to live. And when discussing your finances the word “house” should always be used in the singular.