Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Tuesday in Washington DC was notable for (a) a 3 inch snowstorm that as usual created havoc in the city, and (b) the first session of a congress that has the greatest Republican majority since WWII.
With both houses firmly in GOP hands this will not be another “do nothing” Congress. What will be of interest is how much impact the extreme right of the party can have on proposed legislation. The chances are that at least in the House that group the old “Tea Partiers” will block much bipartitism legislation that the Centralist would like pass with an eye on the 2015 Presidential election.
It is true that the first order of business will be passing the Keystone pipeline approval which Obama has said that he will veto. The true indicator will be if the Republicans can override the veto.
About the Presidential race, there has been one as of yet non-candidate Jeb Bush a favorite of the old liner’s Republican powers who has made all the moves to make an early entry into the race.
This will put pressure on other potential candidates who have expressed interest to commit sooner than they would desire. This list includes of course Christie, as well as former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, KY Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Marco Rubio, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Quite a group!
For the Democrats the question is who will challenge Hillary Clinton. Mass. Sen. Warren has been alluded to as a possible candidate but most likely it will be a male Democrat Governor; perhaps Cuomo.
The national political scene this year will be interesting.