Mike Gomez

Mike Gomez

This morning I surprised my conservative buddy by asking him if he thought the January 6 siege on our Capitol was “legitimate political discourse.” He said, “Is that all you called me for?”  I reminded him that turnabout was fair play but he never did answer my question. We then switched the topic to a more pleasant one and he thanked me for calling him. Wait! Did he dupe me again?

I heard Mitt Romney say that the RNC was stupid for making that statement but he didn’t have very much support from his Senate colleagues. The House led by the Freedom Caucus doesn’t have a problem with the statement and even if they did, they are not coming forward. On the other hand, they are not blaming democrats, BLM, or Antifa anymore. Baby steps.

Yesterday, Mitch McConnell said that anyone who saw the Jan. 6 attack on TV knows “it was a violent insurrection with the purpose of trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power.” I can hear the local Trump decibels calling him a RINO. Yes, after ushering in all those conservative judges he’s no longer useful to them. And that’s a double RINO for Mike Pence, who is a conservative's conservative. Look up the word conservative in the dictionary and I wouldn’t be surprised if a picture of Mike Pence was used as an illustration. How dare he call a liar, a liar.

This is my opinion based on what I’ve seen happen in the past. I don’t agree much with Pence or McConnell but I think they choose their words carefully and everything is thought out beforehand. For example, Pence knows he does not have the support of the base so he’s hoping he can reunite the old GOP and hope Trump doesn’t run for one reason or another. McConnell may be looking at Senate internal polls showing his candidates will not win by supporting the Big Lie. McConnell may know something about what’s in the Jan. 6 Committee that will harm his party in the midterms. The Senate minority leader may have some details of all the ongoing Trump investigations; civil and criminal.

I haven’t used a political label to describe my beliefs in decades because I just don’t know. Chuck Todd showed a chart that stated only 15% of the Democratic Party call themselves liberal. Who decides? We have our Bernie Sanders faction (15%) who call themselves progressives and call the rest of us DINOs.

Local Republicans call anyone not toeing the line with Trumpism a RINO.

Local primaries are really boring for me. It seems like they have one every other night. I don’t have a dog in the hunt. In the local races, it’s basically one republican going to cut more taxes than their Republican opponent.

In the congressional, it’s a coin flip. They all share the same ideology and policies. It’s the same “I can be more inhumane in stopping the illegal crossing of our southern border.” It’s a done deal in my opinion but there may be a run-off in the primary. In the end, Club for Growth money, Trump endorsement, name recognition, and incumbency are a steep hill for the underdog to climb.

It's pretty evident that the governor’s race will be between Beto and Abbott. Yesterday’s poll had Abbott ahead in that primary with a 59% approval, with West in second with 6%, Huffines is in 3rd with 4% in the poll. Abbott has over $60 million in the bank while West has $82,000. Huffines has $12 million but he’s way out there in wingnut country, even more than West and Abbott.

Republicans are already measuring the curtains because they expect to be riding a giant red wave into their new Washington digs. They have to be banking on the traditional purging of congressional seats after a presidential election because it’s not based on what they have done.

I say November 2022 is a long way off and let’s see what the impact of the Jan. 6 hearings brings, the criminal and civil investigations of Donald Trump, and the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v Wade. I expect a GOP senator or two to eliminate themselves when they start talking about women’s reproductive rights. Roe v Wade will be on the ballot.

I’ve got to get out more because I never thought anyone in Victoria County would be praising the likes of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene but I heard it on local radio and saw it on a Facebook timeline. Perhaps the rumor I heard about a hard-core QAnon group being based in Victoria is correct. What happened to my hometown? We had our differences but we had a knack of separating the crazies; regardless of party. Then again if I began and ended my day with hate radio, I too would hate liberals, Democrats, or anything left of Atilla the Hun.

On the positive, the economy is purring along but inflation has its big thumb on the scale. Omicron is slowing but only if people keep getting vaccinated. Biden still has low approval numbers but consumer confidence is improving as job numbers and wages continue to rise. If those numbers keep improving the GOP gains in the House will be low and Dems have an excellent chance of keeping the Senate.

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Michael Gomez is a retired, opinionated left-of-center, political junkie who likes to discuss issues, as opposed to ideology.

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Michael Gomez writes a politics blog on VictoriaAdvocate.com.

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