“Big California Win”
Can You Believe?
Can you believe Dana Rohrabacher claiming victory and Trump calling it a “big California win”? Rohrabacher is an incumbent who got 30% of the vote! If that’s what Republicans call a “big California win,” they’re in for some big California losses in November.
Can you believe Scott Pruitt using a top staffer to pursue a fast-food franchise for Mrs. Pruitt? Just when you think this guy can’t get any more venal, he pushes the envelope again.
Can you believe Trump claiming that as “the nation’s top law enforcement official” (and here I always thought that was the attorney general), he has absolute power to pardon anyone including himself? Pardon me!
Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves
Hit of the Week: Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley’s response to Trump’s claim of absolute power: “If I were President of the United States and I had a lawyer who told me I could pardon myself,” Senator Grassley (R-IA) said, “I think I would hire a new lawyer.”
Miss of the Week: Trump disinviting the NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House because some team members love the First Amendment and not him. In the battle of Ego vs. Eagles, the players won and Trump again showed the world what a petty tyrant he is.
Hot House Races of the Week
This week’s election confirmed my belief that Democrats can flip at least five GOP House seats in California alone this November. Based on Tuesday’s results, the hottest races of the week are the 48th District, where voters have clearly had enough of Rohrabacher, and the 49th District, where Democratic candidates together got more votes than Republicans in the open primary. PAC for a Change will work to put the Democratic nominees in these districts over the top, but we won’t stop there – we will fight to make California the high-tide mark of the Blue Wave.
On this week’s podcast, Nicole and I discuss Tuesday’s primaries and the outlook for California in November. Then I talk with historian Douglas Brinkley about history’s effects on his work and on today’s politics. Afterwards, Nicole speaks with Charlie Mirsky, co-founder of March For Our Lives, about the vital importance of young activism.