Short attention span musing


By Craig McDermott, crossposted from Random Musings

…The race isn’t over yet, not by a long shot, but Hillary Clinton went a long way toward securing the 2016 Democratic nomination for the presidency, and toward securing a general election victory, when she faced down the bullies masquerading as Republican members of Congress this past week.

And I am hardly the only person who thinks that.

For what it’s worth, I am a supporter Bernie Sanders and believe that Clinton is *far* too close to Wall Street and other 1%’ers (and their lackeys).

I think Sanders is far more concerned with working to enhance the lives of average Americans than any other candidate, D or R.

Supporting him is an easy choice.

Having said that, she did incredibly well, staying cool, calm, and collected in the face of a marathon session thinly-veiled partisan bloviating dressed up as questioning.

Her biggest gain from the session won’t be in attracting hardcore supporters of Sanders and the other Democratic candidates, it will be in attracting the support of voters who are late arrivals to the primary season.  The image of Clinton facing Trey Gowdy and his merry bunch of cutthroats and not even batting an eyelash will be the main image in their minds when those voters figure out who they think is the best candidate.


…The Republican field of candidates in CD1 is growing, as Paul Babeu, Pinal County Sheriff, and David Gowan, speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, have announced their candidacies (Ken Bennett, former AZSOS, and Gary Kiehne, a businessman, are already in the R field).

Babeu seems to be appealing to the pro-LGBT nativist portion of the GOP electorate.  Lending new meaning to the term “microtargeting”…

On the other hand, Gowan has become renowned for his “tin ear”, politically speaking.

In other words, my prediction is that these two will be fighting it out for third and fourth place.  Unless someone else gets into the race (which may yet happen – perennial R candidate Wendy Rogers has been establishing ties to CD1).

Then they’ll be duking it out over fourth and fifth place…


…News broke Saturday that a deal has been reached in the ongoing lawsuit over the state’s consistent, and unconstitutional, underfunding of the state’s education system.  Details are sketchy at this point (OK, they’re nonexistent at this point), but it looks likely that there will be a special session of the legislature during the first two weeks of November (after that, the calendar will turn to the holiday season, a period during which no non-Maricopa legislator wants to be in Phoenix)..

That issue will be worthy of a separate post (or posts) in coming days; today, however, it highlights the failure of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to do its job.

In LD26 (Tempe and west Mesa), there is a senate seat that was vacated at the end of September when Ed Ableser resigned to accept a job in Nevada.

Shortly after that, the Democratic PCs of LD26 sent the names of three nominees to fill the seat to the MCBOS.

Word then was that the supes were going to make the appointment at their meeting on October 21st.

They didn’t.

This isn’t the first time that they’ve played partisan games with the district – in 2012, there was a vacancy in the old LD17 House contingent (most of the old LD17 became most of the new LD26 after redistricting).  At first, the supes refused to make an appointment, and then they tried to give it to someone who had just won election to the House to start his term limits clock early.  Observers quickly figured out what the supes were intending to do, and that nominee withdrew his name for consideration for the appointment.  Ultimately, nothing happened.

At the time, while there was some grumbling over the supes’ high-handed tactics, in general people didn’t sweat it that much – the appointment would have mostly been pro-forma as the lege was not in session and there was not any expectation of a special session.

Now, however, things are different.

Now, a special session of the lege is imminent, one regarding what is perhaps the issue that is most significant to average Arizonans – their children’s education.

Now, as this looms, one of the areas of Maricopa County is significantly underrepresented.

Well, one thing is the same – the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is shirking its duty.

The three nominees (L–R) State Rep. Andrew Sherwood, LD26 Chair Sam Pstross, State Rep. Juan Mendez











At this point, the supes don’t have any regular meetings scheduled to take place before the likely dates of a special legislative session


  1. Watching the interrogation reminded me of the long ago Marshall McLuhan, wrote a book called “The Medium is the Message”. Not since the first Kennedy Nixon debate in 1960 have we seen such a visual contrast between a calm, collected Hillary Clinton and the flop sweat drenched Trey Gowdy.

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