Rand Paul To Use Abortion To Gum Up Transportation Bill

There was a time when members of congress from all parts of the nation could agree on at least one issue.  Transportation projects and the means to fund them.

But like so much else that has become dysfunctional in Washington the roads and bridges that once were bi-partisan projects are now just one more partisan firestorm.  This year that tension is going to grow even more so as one of the Republican presidential candidates who has seen his poll numbers fall will make a spectacle designed to bolster his conservative credentials at the expense of the nation’s roads, and those who use them.

Senator Rand Paul has proven to be a joke in the past where his alienating of Democrats is only rivaled by his dislike from members of his own party.  Now the man who looks like he has pubic hair on his head will take steam away from transportation needs to fight over…………abortion.

The Kentucky Republican’s presidential campaign said Rand would be seeking an amendment vote on blocking federal funding for Planned Parenthood next week.  That will help crumbling bridges in Missouri and new stretches of pavement in Pennsylvania.

The problem with the Senate is that it has no germaneness requirement such as the House has so the Republican with no hope of winning any state primary in 2016 will stir things up, slow things down, and in the end win nothing but the ill will of those who are truly seeking a road bill.

Scott Walker Hurting From Donald Trump Media Frenzy

There are too many clowns all vying for attention from the crowd.

A handful of participants noted that Trump distracted from Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor who announced his presidential bid this week and leads in Iowa polls.

Walker is “barely registering in voters’ minds because The Donald is such a compelling blend of hair, media catnip, and voter rage” even during his announcement week, said one Iowa Republican.

Trump and Walker “are both in the state today, and every local reporter is more interested in covering [Trump] than Walker,” observed a New Hampshire Democrat.

Do Not Take Angry Donald Trump Seriously

People want to feel inspired when it comes to electing a president. They want to see the sunny possibilities of the nation. That is why Presidents Kennedy, Reagan, and Obama were such popular victors.

So it strikes me as most odd that the angry bombastic and bigoted Donald Trump seems to only be able to gain traction with hateful and spiteful comments.   That tactic may sell within the Republican Party but even then we know it will not work for long with the establishment wing who wants to have a winning hand come the general election.  Furthermore the nation is not about to condone or allow Trump any space to operate in elected government.

So what can be said about the place in the polls that Trump now holds, and how that plays in the weeks to come?

The magnificent Donald Trump has soared, bald-eagle-like, to the top of Republican presidential primary polls. He’s now in second place, behind only Jeb Bush, with what The Donald might call “the highest 13 percent ever recorded in human history” in polls conducted since he announced his bid for the presidency last month. So how seriously should we take the Trump “surge”? The take-Trump-seriously logic goes something like this: There’s a lot of anger in the far right of the Republican Party, and The Donald is successfully tapping into it. But the polling points to another, less sexy story: First, Republican voters don’t rate Trump as all that conservative, and second, he’s actually polling about equally well among all sections of the GOP. In Trump speak, this means he is loved universally; in reality, the broad, shallow nature of Trump’s support suggests it’s due mostly to near-universal name recognition, thanks in part to being in the news more often than the news anchors.