Interesting week. After the Obamacare train wreck, the Trump Administration seems to be moving along on all its initiatives. Trump put out an executive order dismantling the Obama war on coal and fossil fuels. The EPA reiterated that climate change policy is no longer being pursued. Senate Majority Leader McConnell has said that a vote on Gorsuch will happen by April 10th.
The Gorsuch vote should be informative. Senate Minority Leader Chuck (The Schmuck) Schumer has declared that he will force a filibuster. But there are a number of senators in red states up for re-election in 2018. Several of them have already declared that they will not block cloture. In addition, some dem strategists have stated that forcing the republicans to use the “nuclear option” (eliminating the filibuster for supreme court approvals) at this point will make it easier for the republicans to get the next SCOTUS appointee in when it will be a true change in the status quo. If either a democratic appointee or Justice Kennedy is the next justice to be replaced with a truly conservative choice it will fundamentally change the complexion of the court. So it’s even possible that Schumer knows that the filibuster won’t happen and he’s just posturing.
The North Carolina legislature predictably caved on fake women using the lady’s room. Interestingly, Texas seems to have a little more backbone when it comes to standing up to corporate pressure tactics. We’ll have to see where the country moves on these battles now that Obama’s not there to use strong arm tactics for the liberal agenda.
Jeff Sessions said that convictions will be necessary to deal with the leaks coming out of the intelligence agencies. And his Justice Department is going after sanctuary cities, threatening to cut off law enforcement funds to cities that refuse to cooperate with ICE agents taking illegals into custody after they’ve been arrested for other crimes. And once again Texas takes a conservative initiative. Governor Abbott is introducing legislation holding Texas sheriffs accountable if they cooperate with Sanctuary City efforts to shield illegals from ICE agents. Pretty smart.
Once Gorsuch is seated, I expect the Supreme Court will be asked to rule on the bogus lower court interference with President Trump’s immigration executive orders. Vice President Pence voted to break a tie to approve a bill to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood if they choose. And finally, bids are being requested for contracts to build the border wall. Some Mexican companies have been branded traitors for their interest in the contracts.
So, all in all Trump and company have been fairly busy after their “crushing defeat” last week. I want to once again go on the record to state unequivocally that I am still not tired of winning. In fact, I think I am now officially addicted to winning. So much so, that I need my fix more often and in bigger doses. I hereby put President Trump on notice that he’s gonna havta up my dosage. Speed up the winning treadmill. That’s an order.