On September 30, the budget reconciliation process ends. This means the GOP will no longer have the ability to pass an Obamacare repeal and replace plan on only 51 votes (requiring zero Democratic support in Congress). Beginning in October, the Senate will once again require 60 votes to pass similar legislation.
Like Skynet losing the future war, the GOP is preparing to turn the tide by sending one last terminator back in time… in the form of the Graham-Cassidy health care plan.
Last Wednesday, the Senate voted against a budget reconciliation bill amendment proposed by Senators Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, which allowed the import of prescription drugs from Canada and other countries.
Channeling Game of Thrones‘ High Sparrow, Sanders responded by publicly attacking the thirteen Democratic senators who voted against the amendment, while potentially planting the seeds for dissent within the party for 2020 in the process.
E-mails! Wasserman Schultz! Rigged! No, these aren’t safety words in a Conservative bondage club. These are the headlines and opinions in the media on the first day of the Democratic National Convention… and judging from the social media posts, they are in desperate need of context.
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton became the first woman in America’s history to clinch a major party presidential nomination; a moment of which Bernie Sanders failed to recognize its historic nature when speaking to his supporters in a Santa Monica hanger later that night.
It’s impossible to know what Bernie Sanders was thinking as he watched the California returns, but I imagine “I sat through a Foster the People set for this?” has to be right up there.
Last Saturday, attendees of the Nevada Democratic State Convention were likely questioning if they accidentally entered a Trump rally as fevered Bernie Sanders supporters collectively lost their shit when a motion for a recount for the state’s delegates was rejected.
The response rippled through social media. Claims of rigging, Clinton dictatorships and the death of the Democratic Party itself were mixed in among links to the latest Youtube cat videos and never-ending Minion memes.
While the GOP race came to a swift (and ridiculous) conclusion by Wednesday night, the same can’t be said for the Democrats. Even though he won the Indiana primary, Bernie Sanders has a larger issue to face than an uphill delegate battle: accepting his race is over.
It’s been a busy week! Trump swept all five primary states on Tuesday. Ted Cruz made a Hail Mary VP selection in Carly Fiorina, and Bernie Sanders claimed he still had a pathway to the Democratic nomination. How appropriate that the week ended in a night of jokes at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.