My phone rang twice in less than an hour on Tuesday night. Both messages were long, loud campaign announcements from the same Illinois primary candidate offering to send someone to my house to put a sign on my lawn. Congratulations, Dr. Shah (Republican, 10th Congressional District). You are the first candidate to assault my evening peace and quiet with a campaign robocall.
In a state where everything political is offensive an already infamous campaign ad from gubernatorial hopeful Jeanne Ives raises the bar. This is a difficult feat in a state with a history of outrageous campaign spots that often have a tenuous connection to the facts. The truth is there is nothing particularly striking or distasteful about her ad except that it challenges national Democratic Party values the GOP allowed itself to be bullied into accepting.
The most serious national problems are often decided not by facts, but by who yells and threatens the loudest. We just heard a message of hope and faith in America that challenges noisy Democratic harangues about white supremacy, racism, and hate. These diatribes have a single goal: getting rid of the president. The script doesn’t foster unity or hope.
The flu epidemic isn’t very glamorous. It’s difficult to get political traction from an equal opportunity disease that kills children, the fit, and the elderly and doesn’t have a clue about religion or skin color. No matter how bad this season gets, influenza just doesn’t have the appeal of other problems that push our hot buttons.
House Republicans introduced H.R. 4760 the day before the s*** storm erupted over Trump’s White House immigration meeting. The Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 offers three more years1 of deferred action without extending any protection to criminals and gang members. One day later, senators talking bipartisan agreement met with the president to fix a problem created not by American citizens, but by foreigners who Democrats are using to challenge the meaning of “national interest.”
Before we have an agreement, we need to define national interest.