Can You Believe?
Can you believe the chaos in the White House? We know it has been chaotic from the beginning, but this week it descended into total madness, and it’s likely to get worse before it gets better. Some senior staffers may mount a silent resistance to Trump’s craziest moves, but the only way to halt the madness is to put a Constitutional check on his imbalance. And to do that, we must win control of at least one house of Congress.
I have felt all along that 2018 would be the most important Congressional election in our lifetime. Now I’m more certain than ever. If we lose this election, we lose our Republic.
They Said It – Republicans Outside of Congress Speak Out Against Trump
“Trump’s actions as President have created a clear moral test: Are you complicit or are you against? Trump has gone so far – racial demagoguery and slurs, abuse of office, dictator appeasement, nepotism and family corruption, blazing incompetence, contempt for the rule of law, betrayal of public institutions, epic dishonesty, authoritarian thuggishness … the list never ends – that he is damaging public institutions and debasing the Presidency of the United States.”
– Mike Murphy, longtime GOP political consultant
Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves
Hits of the Week: The one-two punch of Bob Woodward’s book excerpts and the senior WH staffer’s New York Times op-ed rocked the White House and put Trump on his heels.
Miss of the Week: Trump’s claim that the op-ed author was guilty of “TREASON” and his demand that “the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!” So much for the First Amendment.
Hot House Race of the Week
CA-45 is red hot. A new poll out Thursday shows Katie Porter with a 3-point lead over GOP Rep. Mimi Walters. I’m working with Pac for a Change to turn up the heat even more, running a hard-hitting digital ad about Walters’ heartless record on health care. Watch our ad and help put Katie Porter over the top: https://barbaraboxer.wpengine.com/replace-mimi-walters
On this week’s podcast, Nicole and I discuss Colin Kaepernick’s new Nike campaign, Bob Woodward’s new book, and Ayanna Pressley’s Massachusetts primary victory. Then I speak with George Mason University professor and former CNN political analyst Bill Schneider about the importance of the midterms and his new book, and Nicole talks to activist filmmaker Sarah Ullman about her mission to stop gun violence.