Former Democrat San Antonio mayor and Obama HUD Secretary Julian Castro is entering the 2020 presidential race Saturday in his hometown.
The Politico speculates that Nevada’s early primary could give Castro a boost, but California moving its primary up to March appears to favor that state’s senator Kamala Harris much more than Castro.
Castro recently pulled off the impressive feat of saying that troops should be pulled out of Syria while also criticizing President Trump’s handling of the hoped-for troop pullout.
Castro will need some creativity to compete with other 2020 aspirants, who are trying to top each other with social media appeal as they flirt with running or outright declare their intentions.
Elizabeth Warren flopped with her beer-toting announcement-day video, which came off stilted.
Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke went to the dentist.
Kamala Harris changed the “Dreamers Welcome Here” sign outside her Capitol Hill office to a Spanish-language sign.
But the Democrat trend-setter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who declined Vox’s support for her to run for president in 2020, is driving the mainstream media meme-off.
“Moderate” Democrat Senator Joe Manchin Wants Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz Removed From the Senate
So much for moderation and unity…
Conventional wisdom can often be misleading and at times dangerous if we believe in it too strongly.
Take for example West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. He is constantly marketed as the Democrats’ most moderate Senator. There is a grain of truth to this. Manchin has publicly stated that he opposes ending the filibuster and has also poured cold water on $2,000 stimulus checks. But that’s where the moderation ends.
Manchin is now saying that the Senate should entertain the idea of expelling Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) by using the 14th Amendment over their recent decision to challenge the Electoral College results.
On PBS’s Firing Line, Manchin said the Senate should look into the option after right-wing activists stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Manchin is of the opinion that President Donald Trump and Senators like Hawley and Cruz “incited” these demonstrators.
“That should be a consideration,” Manchin stated. “He understands that. Ted’s a very bright individual, and I get along fine with Ted, but what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities or our privileges.”
According to the 14th Amendment, no elected official “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
Hyped up leftist pundits believe that the 14th amendment is applicable to Cruz and Hawley due to how they allegedly “incited” the riot by talking about electoral fraud and pointing out electoral irregularities.
“I’m totally convinced it was done because of political reasons. This was all politically motivated. This was calculated,” declared Manchin. “I believe that all my colleagues truly made a decision that was politically best for them and expedient for them. It was not what they believed to be true or false.”
Unquestionably, Manchin is an establishment hack through and through. He may have reasonable views on gun policy, in part due to West Virginia’s strong gun culture, but Manchin is still a member of the D.C. swamp. His recent statements demonstrate this. Republican nationalists should relieve him of the burden of holding public office in 2024.
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