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Pod Bros: Obama “Barely Had A Majority” After 2008 Election

This is what happens when the straight shooting centrist on your team was a speechwriter for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and you don’t have anyone in your orbit to call out your BS. Crooked Media’s Jon Favreau actually believes “the main reason that Barack Obama was not able to pass even more Progressive legislation” was because entered office with a Senate that was “barely Democratic.” If he’d only had a few more Democrats….

PSA: It’s the Pod Bros, so be grateful there’s only 1 F-bomb in the audio below.

Back in the real world, Barack Obama entered office with a 57-41 majority (no, you don’t get to pretend Bernie Sanders is an independent) that quickly swelled to a filibuster proof 60 seat majority as contentious races were finally brought to a close.

Far from holding the majority for “only a couple months” as Favreau idiotically claims, Democrats held the Senate for the entirety of Obama’s first term in office and half of his second term. They held a filibuster proof majority for not one, not two, but more than six months, a full 184 days of which Congress was in session for 173 days.

Favreau and co-host Dan Pfeiffer can whine about Democrats being out of power now, but they’re not even close to the complete and total destitution of the 111th Congress’ Republican caucus. For a quarter of the session, Republicans couldn’t even slow down, much less stop, any part of Obama’s agenda.

It’s not the right’s fault Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid chose to squander the Democrats’ legislative majorities by ramming through unpopular, destructive legislation that ultimately helped knock more than 1000 Democrats out of office nationwide during Obama’s tenure.

Irma Pummels Florida, And It’s Been 16 Years Since 9/11

Irma hammered Florida yesterday, and the full impact won’t be known for days or weeks. The storm pummeled the coast with 130+ mph winds, and ripped the roof clean off a building in Miami. The storm surge has done as much or more damage. As the waters recede from this latest natural catastrophe, we also remember another tragedy. It’s hard to believe the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City are now 16 years old. Children who weren’t even born then are now old enough to drive. As we clean up from the storms, we should also remember those who lost their lives on that fateful day.

Here’s an excellent, short retrospective produced by the History Channel for last year’s anniversary.

As horrific as the damages were, adversity has a way of bringing people together. We’ve seen countless stories of Good Samaritans in Houston in the wake of Harvey, from two men with a hovercraft who got permission from Coca-Cola to raid all the water in their Beaumont distribution center for those in need, to the grandparents who called Chick-Fil-A for help and rode out of their living room on jet skis. I’m sure we’ll see more of the same in Florida, even if the media would rather hyperventilate about the need for a conversation on climate change.

Batten Down the Hatches, NFL

As the winds battered Flordia, the Washington Post turned its battering ram on the National Football League. It’s only week one–Go Panthers!–but WaPo Columnist Jerry Brewer says the “NFL season is making me queasy” because of the league’s “blackballing of Colin Kaepernick.” “How could this man, who took a knee during the national anthem last season and wore a Castro T-shirt in Miami, possibly remain unemployed?” Hint: it’s because he decided to load up more baggage than his talents could carry.

The Second Amendment Advances in Maryland

With everything else that’s happening, you could be forgiven for not knowing a major gun rights case is moving forward in Maryland. Stephen Gutowski writes at the Washington Free Beacon:

The case stems from Maryland’s law requiring those who want to purchase a handgun to obtain a license before doing so. In order to obtain the license, a Maryland resident is required to obtain training, submit an application to the state police, submit electronic fingerprint records to the state police, pay associated fees, and pass a background check. The same background check is also required when purchasing any firearm in the state, whether from a licensed dealer or in a sale between private individuals.

Personally, I’d like to see someone from Maryland Shall Issue make the argument that gun licensing isn’t fundamentally different from a poll tax. It can easily cost more than $200 just to apply for a Maryland Handgun Qualification license. We would never allow poll workers to charge a $200 fee for the privilege of possibly being issued a ballot if the state decides you’re qualified to vote.

McCain Prepares His Legacy

And finally, I’m no fan of John McCain’s politics, but this moment from his latest CNN interview with Jake Tapper stuck out. Asked how he wanted to be remembered, McCain responded that he hoped people would say, “he served his country, and not always right, made a lot of mistakes, made a lot of errors, but served his country, and I hope you could add honorably.”

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