Brian Schweitzer and Mitt Romney spend some time down in Park City, Utah. 2014 is not a slam dunk for incumbents. A University of Wyoming veteran says he was barred from saying the pledge of allegiance. And- the Democrats every Republican should quote. This week’s Political Trough is below.
Former officials and allies are getting worried about Obama’s priorities, and willing to say so.
As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, the Republican strategy seems clear: Campaign against Democrats as the party of Barack Obama, whose administration is out of step with the American people on foreign and domestic policy. With the president’s plunging approval ratings, that’s a sensible strategy. It might be more credible if they cite the mounting criticisms of Mr. Obama coming from his own former supporters or appointees.
Democrats have increasingly resisted the president’s judicial picks including Michael Boggs and Mark Cohen ; they blocked Vivek Murthy, his surgeon general appointee; and they killed the nomination of Debo Adegbile, his appointee to head the Justice Department’s civil-rights division. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi promised that Democrats would run on ObamaCare in November; many are not listening. Former Sen. Max Baucus called the law a “train wreck,” while Sen. Jay Rockefeller says the law is “beyond comprehension.” One candidate, Florida Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia, is running for re-election by openly bashing ObamaCare.
The author, Doug Schoen, served as a political adviser and pollster for President Bill Clinton from 1994-2000
A veteran in the student government at the University of Wyoming has been denied in his quest to have meetings open with the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance, reportedly out of the fear it would offend international students, Campus Reform reports.
Cory Schroeder, a six-year Army veteran who has served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, was elected in May to serve a year-long term as a senator on the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming, the university’s student legislative body. He told Campus Reform that he became upset when he attended meetings and discovered they did not open with the option to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Schroeder says that when inquired about opening meetings with the Pledge, he was told it was a “very touchy subject” because the Pledge might offend the body’s two international students.
The Fiscal Times- Gallup Poll: 2014 Midterms Not a Slam Dunk for Incumbents
Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer thinks this is an ongoing trend. “You’ve watched for years as the opinion of Washington, D.C., has gone down,” he said in an interview. “What happened with Eric Cantor is a subset of America just showing up and saying, ‘All right, we’ll just show you. We are going to start throwing these rascals out and we are going to start today.’…The mood has finally gotten to a point.”Schweitzer predicts, “There will be an increasing number of people who say, ‘I don’t really have any idea who the guy or gal is that’s running against the incumbent, but I know I’m not voting for the incumbent.’”
Real Clear Politics: Schweitzer Gets Noticed; 5 Reasons HRC May Not Run; A 3rd Rate Burglary
Brian Schweitzer Gets Noticed, But 2016 Hurdles Remain. RCP national political writer Scott Conroy describes how the former Montana governor’s populist message is gaining press attention for a longshot presidential bid, but few converts within the Democratic Party
MSNBC- Schweitzer: Mitt Romney a ‘fun-loving guy’ (Click link to watch video)
Fmr. Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont., spoke over the weekend at Mitt Romney’s ideas summit in Utah, and he joins Morning Joe to discuss. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., also joins the conversation for a discussion on Iraq.