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2017 National Political Outlook - Carl Calabrese; Pt I

Jan 2, 2017|

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Carol calabrese political strategist with. This yellow mark Tucci calabrese & Associates happy new year Carl getting great holiday shipping it to you and all your listeners and a great 2017. Let's break it up and and first talks. National and then look at seven we'll switch to state and local but. Let's look at at the year ahead here with the new truck administration way what do you think. Well I think everybody ought to hold under the seats because I think the opening and a hundred days or so are are going to be fascinating to watch and and could be very contentious. What I'm going to be looking for a Super Bowl. What does Donald Trump lead with a during this first hundred days does he lead with an infrastructure. Program that he's talked about which I think would get bipartisan support would. A lot of Democrats and in the house and senate would be interested in that. And does he use that to build momentum for other initiatives. Or is it does he picked us to go right for the jugular and go with something very contentious like tax reform. Armed and so that that's who we're going to be watching that would tax reform would would be a flash point that that would get. A lot of debate a lot of heated debate so watch for that. Does he does lose the senate and the house repeal obamacare I think they will question is. What replaces it. Got a Supreme Court nomination coming up. Who is Donald Trump. Nominate to fill that vacancy and lots of people are watching that very closely if you were called during the campaign he came out with a list of of twenty judges that he said. Would make his his cock for a Supreme Court seat that those got pretty good not pretty good those got very very good reviews especially from conservatives. So we'll see what what good comes of this. All of his cabinet appointments. Thus far the Democrats have taken the scorched earth policy and basically said go 14 things about everybody he's appointed there either racist. A sexist a threat to the world economy or a threat to the world climate. She's you know it's it is there is really big kind of the boy who called wolf strategy. But that's what they've done now will be a treat interest in deceit. Do they pursue that strategy and and make every single point to Euro. The political version of World War I trench warfare. Or do they pick their battles. That's got political consequences in two years because. I only Donald Trump will put up for that kind of scorched earth policy what he's gonna say to them is Los listen. If you put if you continue to do this and not give me my appointments. Republicans gave. Barack Obama his appointments in in the 2008. Think they sail through within thirty days would bipartisan support. If you don't do the same for me okay Democrats there are ten have you. Up for reelection in two years in states that I want and and half of those states I won by double digits. I will be in your state you'll not only be fighting your Republican opponent for us and you'll be fighting me that's hard I think he plays so going to be watching that closely. So I I think you know I mean that's enough to keep us busy looked at that point today that is. I know what about that you mentioned holding bad over Democrats that campaigning interstate what about executive orders it does he go win. And right away say you were flipping these around Gerd are those things he can get old and say you know what. Maybe this stays in place if things go smoothly. Yacht that's the other one dynamite I did leave off in that is the on the repeal of a lot of these executive orders and there are just a ton of them I mean this president has. Has been so aggressive with executive orders because he couldn't get his agenda passed through congress couldn't do what I and so he he. Essentially governed by fiat which he called ten in the phone all of those can be on down. And there's so many of mcginnis question of what does trump lead with which ones does he go after the you know top of the food chain is the Iranian particular deal. And that was not passed by the senate. It was not a treaty passed by the senate. Plus all kinds of environmental regulations I mean he just took millions of federal acres of federal land. Off the table for development of any kind especially energy. So Donald Trump has got his work cut out form given the very aggressive. Regulatory approach that this administration has taken since since its birthday in office. I we did hear yesterday that on day one. That he would be repealing. A lot of these sat executive orders that he. No I mean as you Stewart executive orders and the environment and the economy there was executive orders immigration. Energy and use that he's still. As many easy want. And the day one I believe he can't get that can be undone that's what everybody said when Obama was doing at that you know the good the good news form as he gets it done. Even though we can't give congressional approval of bad news is. They can all be undone if Hillary Clinton doesn't win the White House and that's exactly what happened so. That alone is going to be a full time job for the first three months in repealing qualities. Looking ahead just in the next couple days trump said that he will have some sort of announcement on cyber security. Are you expecting anything in particular note what are you watching as far as the US Russia relations over the next month. Oh that that's going to be that's to be very interesting. Item to watch because. You know the trump. Trump is looking at the relationship of Russia is one that needs to be used the word Hillary Clinton used reset. And you know he's got a he's got a secretary of state nominee assuming mr. Towson gets appointed. Who's had long time relationship with Russia as a businessperson. And so it'll be issued and you know he's he's he's going to sit down with such a security intelligent people and get them. Top global briefing on just what happened and you'll be very touching to see if that changes his home. In terms of what happened during this election let's be clear. The Russians did not tip our election. No one is saying that the Russians got into the the recovery board of elections and change the vote total for Hillary Clinton vs Donald truck they tapped into if they did they tipped into. Private email accounts. And and leak those and they happen to be Democrat and Hillary Clinton's now Hillary Clinton is certainly walked into that trip by behavioral unsecured private savor. Or server but you know I look at the numbers during the campaign I don't think. And that those emails affected the election results. They impairs a lot of people specially top democratic officials Debbie Wasserman Schultz John Podesta very embarrassing. But if you look at what they did I think all Ollie did was reinforce what people already felt about Hillary Clinton that she was untrustworthy. Dishonest because hurt. Her numbers did not change. In terms of those features were hurt dishonesty. Did and untrustworthy number was the same after the emails were released as it was before so I think it just solidified people saying you know he had this is. I know I have proof positive that you know I have legitimate reasons why I feel this way that's what I think it yeah. But it's still it's still this outrage over the story over the weekend it's very disconcerting to me. And that is that it looks like somebody in Russia tipped into a power plant in Vermont. Then is very scary the ability to get into the power grid and showed off electricity in this country. Would be a classic example of what's called a symmetrical war we're much inferior opponent. Can take out a world power. And essentially decapitated by denying powers just think about it for a sec now it'll be about the ramifications of no electricity no heat no water no waste disposal note delivery of food delivery of medicines are catastrophic and that was in the Washington Post over the weekend. That there's evidence that somebody in Russia tipped into a power plant in Vermont so that. Hopefully down trump gets a good briefing on the potential for that issue.