After the trials of the day, I had spaced out there was yet another event in this busy election cycle. My roommate reminded me and I managed to get my post done and published within seconds of it starting. In getting the link on Facebook, I missed the first minute or two but, as I’ve found out, that isn’t a critical time.
Bernie went first. I don’t know if it was the result of a coin toss or what. Last time, it was. Anyway, he was on. As usual, he spoke about having free college and a single payer health plan — Medicare for all. He’s making promises but if he’s the nominee and elected, he’d still have the channels to go through to get them enacted. Either one, by itself, is a tall order. Together, well, it’s something I’ll have to see for myself. If I have the opportunity, that is.
Hillary came on for the second hour. She is naturally lower-key than Bernie is. There were five women in the audience she’d met with that day. All of them had lost family members to gun violence. She had them stand up to be acknowledged. It seemed she related to the questioners personally.
The most powerful moment of the whole evening, to me, was when she was asked how she would harness the power of forgiveness to heal divisions. A portion of her answer was, “I could not be standing here if I had not been forgiven many times and if I had not been able to forgive, myself, those who I thought had in some way disappointed or wronged me.” And, boy! has she ever had a lot to forgive! I don’t think I could have handled myself the way she did during Bill’s well-published transgressions.
I watched the analysis of the Town Hall until they turned to the Nevada caucuses. It was still well over an hour until the returns would start coming in so I turned in for the night.
This morning, I found that (surprise!!) Donald Trump had won Nevada. Rubio was second and Cruz was a very close third. Kasich and Carson were ‘way down in the single digits. I’m wondering when they are going to cut their losses and give up.
The vacancy in the Supreme Court is also up there in the news. The Constitution states
He [the President] shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law: but the Congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.
Sounds pretty cut and dried to me. He can nominate and the Senate can block. Wonder who Trump would choose? Someone suggested Obama could nominate Trump but that would just too weird. According to the news, he’s considering the Republican governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, but Mitch McConnell has already painted himself into a corner saying they’d block any of his picks.
On the home front, it’s been a restful day. I’ve not started back on my PPI since I saw this article in the news. I may not have much longer but I want to have as many of the marbles left that I can. Who knows? The damage may already be done and this is it.
Catz are quarrelling out on the deck. Another bowl has been knocked down. I filled five and figured if six show up at the same time, they’ll have to share. I wasn’t in the mood to crawl around and get the missing one.
The black cat followed me to the door this afternoon. When I opened it, he took a good look inside, turned around and walked off. Fine with me.
When the phone rang today, the handset closest to me was dead. A transcript of the message the caller left soon showed up in my email. It was the pulmonologist’s office reminding me of my upcoming appointment. That’s one I’d love to skip.
I did get some good news today. My sister doesn’t have to wear a brace any more. She’ll still have to have PT but that’s certainly progress!