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A Stable Genius and a Rush for the Exits

Can You Believe?

Can you believe Trump calling himself a very stable genius? How sick is it to talk about yourself this way? And how does Trump’s claim jibe with his erratic, impulsive behavior and his utter lack of knowledge about history, the Constitution, the legislative process, or the basics of his job?

Can you believe Jeff Sessions’ fanatical war on pot? Sessions has called marijuana nearly as dangerous as heroin and says “Good people don’t smoke pot.” It’s reefer madness, but at least it takes time away from his suppressing voting rights or persecuting Trump’s opponents.

Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves

Hit of the Week:  Senator Dianne Feinstein’s bold release of Glen Simpson’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the GPS dossier on Trump. Senator Feinstein took action after Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley refused to release the transcript and referred Simpson to the Justice Department for criminal investigation. The American people deserve better than this kind of government by secrecy and intimidation. Bravissima, Dianne!

Miss of the Week:  The Trump administration’s move to deport 200,000 Salvadorans by stripping them of their work authorization and Temporary Protective Status. These people fled violence, corruption, and poverty in El Salvador in the 1990s. They have jobs, homes, and families – including thousands of children born in the United States. Deporting them will cause severe and immediate harm to them and their native country while doing nothing to make America stronger.

Hot House Race of the Week

California’s 39th and 49th Congressional Districts have been two of the hottest races in the country, and with the retirement of incumbents Ed Royce and Darrell Issa they just got hotter. Royce and Issa definitely felt the heat – from PAC for a Change’s Resist & Replace campaign and from other grassroots efforts to defeat these two Trump lackeys – and chose to quit before they were fired.


The Cook Political Report has just moved both the 39th and 49th Districts to Lean Democratic. Cook now rates a total of 19 GOP House seats as Lean Dem or Toss-up, compared with no Democratic seats in play. That’s very good news, but we Democrats have to play our cards right to win open seats in GOP districts. A messy primary, with too many Democrats locked in dogfights, could allow Republican candidates to hold seats we should be winning. Whatever the outcome in June, Democrats must come together to win in November.