Joe Nation wrote:
Back in 2013 there was a big debacle where President Obama wasted all of his political capital in a futile frontal assault against the NRA.
Consequently, he now has no political capital with which to achieve anything at all.
There is a small chance that immigration reform will happen, but if it does, it will not happen because of Mr. Obama, but because Republican leaders decide they want to pass it.
By 2016 it will have been a long six years since Mr. Obama got any legislation passed through Congress. The voters will be more than ready to make a change by then.
Joe Nation wrote:
Look, the GOP is now going to have to show it knows how to govern rather than just oppose. They can't; this current crop of Republicans don't know anything except how to be in opposition.
I predict them to be abject failures and expose that ineptness in various ways to their detriment and, I hope, their ultimate dissolution as a political party.
About all that is required of them is that they pass budgets that the President is willing to sign (unless they can override a veto, but they probably can't).
They may or may not decide to have more budget showdowns, but in the end it will not change the reality that 2016 will take place with the backdrop of Mr. Obama having not achieved any legislation in six years.
I like Hillary (much more than I like Bill). She seems nice, and is suitably militant toward those little troublemaker countries. However, I'm probably going to cross party lines and vote in the Republican primary in 2016. The way I see it, since the Republicans are guaranteed a win in the general, we best make sure we nominate the best possible Republican.
I hear Jeb is thinking of running. I could do with another 8 years of Bush presidency. The Bush family is always a good safe reliable choice, IMO.
I've also heard that Romney might go again if Jeb bows out. Good solid businessman there. Another fine choice.
I don't know much about this Cruz guy, but I've heard people say he has the potential to be another Reagan.
And of course the fat guy from Jersey (sorry I forget his name, I swear I'm not trying to be rude to him) vetoed the attempted ban on .50 BMG sniper rifles in his state. It's always nice to see an American politician stand up to the Freedom Haters.