Fusfoo Five: Politics (Paul Ryan, Supreme Court, Down-Ballot)


 As the possibility looms that Democrats may gain Senate majority control, top GOP figures have begun to push back. Among them is Arizona Senator John McCain, who recently promised, “we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up”. Due to the sudden passing of Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court has been functioning minus a justice since February. Legally, the standing President retains the right to appoint a new justice, but with President Obama’s final term nearing conclusion, Republicans refuse to approve his nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, insisting instead that the next president be granted appointment rights.

Bernie Sanders Responds to GOP Block Threats:


#NomineeBlocking #GOPDilemmas #SupremeCourtVacancy



Following House Speaker Paul Ryan’s brisk exit from the Trump campaign trail, the Republic Presidential nominee has begun to imply that Ryan’s actions were self-motivated. In a recent interview, when asked if he thought Ryan wanted him to win the presidency, Trump suggested, "maybe not…maybe he wants to run in four years.” When asked about Ryan’s desertion of Trump, a spokesperson for the Speaker did confirm a “refocusing”, but claimed the move was made so Ryan could turn his attention towards preventing Democrats from taking control of Congress. Trump supporters seem to doubt Ryan’s motives as well—during a recent GOP rally in Wisconsin (the Speaker’s home state), attendees were heard chanting, "Paul Ryan sucks".

Wisconsin Trumpers Diss Paul Ryan:


#TrumpDumped #GOPDivide #Election



 In a discussion about his post-presidential agenda, Barack Obama confirmed his role in the formation of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. The umbrella group, to be chaired by former Attorney General Eric Holder, will be dedicated to preventing gerrymandering through monitored voter redistricting. Gerrymandering, which Republicans currently stand accused of, is the act of manipulating voter district boundaries to benefit a specific political party. While NDRC’s main priority will be assembling legal challenges to state redistricting (and in doing so, leveling the playing field for vital House elections), it will also coordinate district campaign strategy, fundraising and ballot initiatives.

Gerrymandering in 45 Seconds:


#GerrymanderScandals #FixTheDistricts #NDRC


 4. Bernie Sanders Might Head Budget Committee With Big Dem Win.

 While encouraging the Wisconsin Young Republicans to turn out for congressional elections, House Speaker Paul Ryan may have inadvertently empowered GOP opponents and reformists. To stress the importance of Republican participation in congressional elections, Ryan explained that a Republican-majority Congress and Senate could easily block many of Hillary Clinton’s “liberal progressive” plans. As for the alternative, Ryan cautioned, “If we lose the Senate, do you know who becomes chair of the Senate Budget Committee?. Bernie Sanders.” The notion that Ryan considers Sanders a threat to the GOP immediately became a hot trending topic and has served to motivate voters of all sorts to join the fight for Democratic control of the Senate.

Bernie Sanders Confronts Alan Greenspan


#BerniesBack #SenateControl #GOPTroubles


 5. Down-Ballot Elections Hold Problems For Both Parties

 In the wake of Donald Trump’s tape leak scandal, Hillary Clinton’s poll figures continue to rise, and with them, widespread speculation that Dems may regain control of the Senate (and possibly even Congress). However, even if Clinton wins by a margin that would typically suggest the possibility of a “down-ballot” Democrat sweep, this is no typical election—given that many nonpartisan and off-put Republicans will be voting Clinton solely as an alternative to Trump, a Clinton win is no guarantee these voters choose Democrat across their ticket. Such uncertainty raises questions for down-ballot candidates of both parties.

Down-ballot Republicans Deal With the Trump Factor


#DownBallot #HouseControl #Prez2016


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