Congressional mid-term elections are in 2014, but their approval rating is only 12%. It may be difficult for democrats to win back the House. Democrats and Republicans will have to work hard for votes in this election. Noonan believes that Republican Chris Christy could actually win in the blue state of NJ because he is more moderate about the environment, gun control, etc. Christy believes that politics is "personal". Republicans can't win in VA. "Demography in this country isn't good for republicans."
TX, GA, OK, LA, MS, and WV refuse to give out military spouse identification that would allow federal marriage benefits to same sex couples. These states believe that Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel's order that gay spouses of militants get the same benefits that straight spouses would, doesn't apply to them as it conflicts with their state laws. They believe that they aren't breaking federal law because these people just have to go to federal bases to get their ID, but why create the extra hassle? The southern states are being discriminatory again just like the black and white segregation, but they'll wait to deal with this issue in upcoming elections.
Forget the Vitter amendment. Rand Paul wants to make sure that Congress can’t ever again write laws with provisions specific to lawmakers.
Rachel Murphy's insight:
Rand Paul and Sen. David Vitter don't like the idea that congress will be exempt from Obamacare because they will continue to receive federal employer contributions to help pay for insurance. Paul wants an amendment that will state that “Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress,” His idea seems only fair, but I don't if congress will vote to put more restraints on themselves.
Video on msnbc.com: NBC’s Kate Snow spoke with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin about the debt ceiling and what happens if Congress fails to raise that limit so the government can borrow more money to pay its bills...
I learned that hitting the debt ceiling means that the government isn't allowed to spend more money. If the debt ceiling is raised it means higher taxes for the American people. Interest rates for the US may increase. ARS says that the US will have to spend a lot more money in order to borrow money.
The roundtable debates the role of social media in politics following Twitter's IPO.
Rachel Murphy's insight:
IA Sen. Chuck Grassley is famous for his tweets. 100 senators, 97% of the House, and 49/50 governors all have twitter accounts. This goes to show how politics is modernizing and changing because of social networking. It is a quick way to directly communicate with the public, I agree with Keith Ellison's view. Heilemann believes that it is a great tool to speed up the news cycle and Navarro says that it's a great way to connect with the younger crowd, which is all true. Twitter is helping politics way more than it is hurting. Cokie Roberts is alone in her view that twitter is bad.
Because of low enrollment in the Affordable Care Act, Democrats might abandon part of the health law to support Republican Fred Upton, who is proposing a bill that will allow Americans to keep their current health coverage through 2014. The bill is being voted on tomorrow, Friday, so the White House and House Democrats must come up with an alternative. Sen. Mary Landrieu doesn't support Upton, but she is optimistic about her plan to strengthen the Affordable Care Act. Upton's plan would allow insurer's to sell plans that are substandard to the Affordable Care Act, thus rendering it useless.
Peter Baker talks about his book, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.” He calls the relationship between the duo, “one that drifted apart.”
Rachel Murphy's insight:
Baker's book about President Bush and VP Cheney's relationship details how Bush and Cheney started off pretty close. Bush would like to consult his VP about important issues like going to war in 2003. By 2006, that relationship was diminishing and Bush even went behind Cheney's back to replace Cheney's friend. They were arguing about pardoning Scooter Libby. Cheney was a very respected man and people listened to him.Cheney had a lot of health issues.
Obama and the tea party don’t like the practice of politics. Obama wished that his healthcare bill didn’t require so many negotiations with so many different people. He wished to have no legislative involvement which is pretty impossible to do with our Madisonian constitution. Obama and the tea party are impatient with Madisonian politics. The tea party better learn patience or it will become history. I didn't know that our own president is so reluctant to go through the mostly always difficult process of passing a bill. Especially a huge healthcare reform bill.
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