It’s December and as usual for this time of year in politics, things are getting weird. A COVID vaccine is imminent, a government funding bill must pass Congress in 9 days, and a stimulus bill is in the mix on Capitol Hill. However, there are no betting opportunities that I know of on these things, so here is a run-down of lesser news that does have $$$ attached.
(1) Friend of the Blog and Commander of The Fighter Pilot Party, Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA), won a full term in Congress against the odds this past week in one of the tightest races this cyle.
In what future generations may see as an act of true genius, Garcia disavowed his “Republican” party label and instead opted to run as a member of the ascendant Fighter Pilot Party.
And when he won on Monday after a lengthy recount, he just posted this savagely fighter pilot tweet rather than doing the typical thing — giving a boring speech from some Marriott by the airport.
Honestly, that is the most Fighter Pilot Party thing I have ever seen in my life.
(2) California Demorats have gone full retard
At SSG’s HQ in Los Angeles, we’ve noticed the gradual decay of sanity among California health officials.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and LA County Health Supervisor Sheila Kuehl all got busted dining out after banning all their constituents from doing the same. Nate Silver absolutely napalmed them.
Or as I like to put it:
Anyway, I personally will be interested to see if these officials’ growing unpopularity will create a gap that The Fighter Pilot Party can target in the coming elections; or if Golden State politics will continue to be a competition between woke wealthy tech bros (Newsom) and Latino/union focused labor candidates.
(3) Speaking of California Dems, it has gotten very popular to pump State Attorney General Xavier Becerra as a Biden cabinet pick. As I mentioned on one of our recent podcasts, I have been basically turned into the #1 Xavier Becerra simp in America and am betting on him everywhere I see his name.
I am glad that others have caught on.
(4) I am still waiting to get paid out all the free money I have bet on Trump losing the election that was held a month ago. Shocking.
Like honestly, is this really going to drag out until December 14, when the Electoral College certifies its election?
More importantly, should I pay my credit card bill this month while I wait? These are serious questions that serious political gamblers are asking everywhere.
(5) Trump is being such a whiny little b*tch about losing this election that I am starting to get nervous about my bets on GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue holding their senate seats in Georgia that are going to run-off on January 5.
If Trump is still leading the news with conspiracy theories that even Georgia’s GOP officials won’t back-up, then Democratic insurgents Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock will have the opportunity to effectively run against Trump again in January, and boost turnout among all the people that Trump triggers massively.
Of the two, I think Loeffler has the weakest hand due to the fact that she got corona and is more boring than baseball. Also check out this campaign ad that Warnock made to convince all those people in the Atlanta suburbs, who have a fraught relationship with both race (yikes!) and Trump (he’s fake news!) that he is their kind of guy.
This has triggered Republicans massively and they are now fully playing the race card in this election.
(6) Biden’s cabinet appointments continue to be pretty predictable. I don’t want to dwell on the cabinet too much because we already did a podcast on the subject that I stand by, but Neera Tanden’s nomination for OMB Director might be the single most brilliant move any politician has ever pulled since George Washington invented freedom back in 1776.
Tanden is a great nod to Progressives but she is probably going to get blocked by Mitch McConnell’s Senate due to the fact that she is a hard line communist. So Biden will eventually get to install someone in that job that is more like him (not a Progressive), but by losing this confirmation battle, he’ll buy some good will with his critics.
Okay, that’s it for now.