Getting the news from a continuous fire hose is becoming tiresome. And, now we find that the Occupant of the Oval Office is headed to the Silver State once more:
President Donald Trump will be returning to Nevada within weeks to campaign in advance of the midterm elections, according to White House officials who spoke to reporters Tuesday afternoon.
A person familiar with the president’s thinking would not name the candidates for whom Trump will stump, but noted that Trump has campaigned for Sen. Dean Heller’s re-election effort, GOP gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt and congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian. [LVRJ]
Within weeks? No definite date? And, while we’re at it, can we ask Who Is Paying For This? Who’s paying for the use of Air Force One? Is the Trump Campaign paying for the travel and security expenses incurred for these campaign appearances? Who’s the beneficiary? Is it Senator Dean Heller?
Senator Heller, would you care to discuss funding for women’s health care? Or will you be satisfied to have the Oval Office Occupant speak in generalities about “best health care ever in the history of all history?” While the GOP resolves to re-impose costs on those with pre-existing medical conditions? While the GOP decides to discard the basic provisions of the Affordable Care Act and Patients’ Bill of Rights to cover maternity expenses? Mental health care? Children’s health care? While the Republicans allow insurance companies to offer Junk Insurance to people who can barely afford any medical bills? Perhaps Senator Heller would like to discuss what’s happened with the Great American Tax Cut, most of which went to the top 1%? Or, would he care to speak to his rather murky pronouncement on minimum wages? Frankly, it all gets rather murky when Senator Heller starts his word salad spinner such that whatever policy position he espoused last week is something rather different this one.
Would Adam Laxalt care to discuss women at all? He’s at the ready to discuss his role as the “bulwark against the Democratic tide.” [NVIndy] Evidently I’m supposed to read this as he’s the Trump-Lovin’ Immigrant Bashing Gun Adorin’ candidate for the governorship, even though the outgoing governor doesn’t seem too thrilled with the prospect of having him as his successor. I could see my way clear to vote for him the day I decide it’s OK to separate children from their asylum seeking parents at the southern border? It’s OK for him to capitalize on his famous-immigrant Nevada heritage in the Sweet Promised Land, while signaling those coming later are rapists, murderers, and members of MS 13. Or, it’s OK to ignore the majority of Nevada voters who said we wanted background checks for gun sales… in short, I don’t see “that day” coming any time soon.
And Tarkanian? Is there some office for which he’s not been a contestant? I’m not sure if Clark County elects its Animal Control Officers, but should they do so, we can wager Mr. Tarkanian will seek a position? Meanwhile, he’s still packing around the baggage from his previous election ventures. The citizens of Nevada’s third Congressional District deserve better, and Susie Lee is that option. They aren’t likely to debate, so we’ll just have to stay tuned.
I think I’d be better pleased if the Oval Office Occupant (or Triple 000) on my keyboard) would stay in D.C., continue rage tweeting in the small hours of the morning, and continue convincing people he really did know about violations of campaign finance law — he didn’t know, he did know, he knew but it’s not a crime if he knew it, he knew it was a crime but it’s not that big a crime, or a crime isn’t a crime. I don’t hold out any hope he’ll attend to those 500+ children who’ve been separated from their parents and still haven’t been reunited, or that he’ll think about the possible effects of continuous delays in trade negotiations with China and Mexico on American farmers, ranchers, and orchard operations. However, it’s a free country and he’s welcome to come to the Silver State and embrace whichever candidates still want to get one of his bear hug handshakes while he spends his “rally” time talking about himself, barely mentioning the candidates for whom he is supposed to be campaigning.
If the candidates can stand it, I can ignore it.