Liberty Nation brings you a preview of the week’s political stories from two perspectives: The most significant developments in US national politics and which stories will be most talked about – unanticipated developments notwithstanding.
On July 30 and July 31, Democratic Party presidential candidates will square off in the second round of primary debates, with ten hopefuls taking the stage on each of the two nights. Naturally, this will be the dominant political story of the week. The fight over border security will also be extensively covered, in light of a recent Supreme Court decision to overrule the Ninth Circuit block of President Trump’s attempt to use some $2.5 billion of Pentagon money for border wall construction. The ruling was a major victory for Trump, though this is a fight that may not yet be over.
Impeachment Farce Continues
In the wake of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s farcical testimonies before two House committees, one might have expected Democrats to back away from efforts to impeach the president. Surprisingly – and as if they have heard Mueller say something entirely different from what he actually said – Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) appear even more determined to hold Trump accountable for crimes they imagine he has committed.
Following on from that, Nadler’s attempts to obtain grand jury testimony submitted during the special counsel’s Russia investigation are expected to garner attention. Congressional Democrats continue their fight to hear testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn.
There is a good reason presidential advisers are usually protected from testifying to Congress: Any advisers need to know that what they discuss with the commander-in-chief remains confidential. If that protection is removed by Congress, many candidates for advisory roles in the West Wing may become reluctant to take the job, knowing that – at some later date – their conversations with the president might be used against them.
Dem Primary Race Likely to Narrow
Democrats are pushing their allegations of racism against this president harder than ever, which seems to indicate that they may be concerned about their 2020 voting base. Trump is hardly likely to win the majority of either black or Latino votes as he seeks a second term, but if he is able to grow his share of those votes by even a couple of percentage points, the Democrats are in real trouble
The most talked-about domestic political story of the next seven days will likely be withdrawals from the Democrat primary race. Barring any surprises during the debates, the pecking order is beginning to take shape, and there are several candidates whose campaigns have never gotten off the ground.
It is entirely possible that donors and bundlers may begin to realign themselves after these next debates, and several candidates may find themselves confronting the very real prospect of their respective campaigns becoming financially unviable. By the end of the week, the race may see at least one more withdrawal, if not two or three.