Bill Clinton knew best all along
Ben Domenech, writing for The Federalist
Hillary Clinton’s campaign wants you to think she lost because of not one, but two James Comey letters. She said as much on a call with donors following her shocking defeat, thinking “it would excuse them for making mistake after mistake in the course of her campaign.” Unfortunately, it’s not true. While Clinton lost for a number of reasons, “if there was one mistake that stands out above all the others, it is the decision by the campaign to ignore the warnings of one Bill Clinton.” Time and again in meetings, Clinton wondered aloud why his wife’s campaign was not doing more to garner the support of the white working-class voters who powered rival Bernie Sanders’s primary campaign. The former president, “one of the most successful politicians of his generation,” was instead ignored. The irony is too great, as “Bill Clinton ends his political career much the same as he started it—doubted by his party’s coastal elites.”
Obama should put Garland on the bench
David Dayen, writing for The New Republic
During the last two months of his term, President Obama should do one thing: put Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court via recess appointment. “Based on everything we know about Obama’s temperament and politics, he won’t,” but it would be a fitting last salvo in the long battle he’s had with Congress. A recess appointment would last only a year and would likely cause a national uproar, but too often Democrats “bring a butter knife to a gunfight.” It’s time to show some backbone.
Donald Trump could bankrupt America
Daniel Altman, writing for Foreign Policy
Donald Trump did us all a favor by finally revealing the Republican Party’s “abandonment of fiscal conservatism.” However, he “may well bankrupt the nation just as he bankrupted so many companies.” While some of Trump’s plans show promise, he has no intention of balancing his tax cuts and hefty infrastructure spending with increased revenue. Additionally, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is expected to raise interest rates, as early as December. With the combination of increased interest rates and rising debt, “another bankruptcy could be on the horizon.”
Scrapping the filibuster would be foolish
Erick Erickson, writing for The Resurgent
Republicans are considering scrapping the filibuster, but doing so would be “a very foolish mistake.” Republicans have said that Democrats would do so if given the opportunity, but history tells a different story. Yes, Harry Reid ended the filibuster on executive appointments, excluding Supreme Court justices, but ending the filibuster on all legislation would be short-sighted. Republicans might be in control now, but “both sides forget that at some point the other will control the Senate and now both sides will, within a decade, see the other party control everything all at once.” The filibuster is an invaluable tool and ought to be maintained for the short term and the long term.