A Republican is demanding a gay man be named an ambassador. The Democrats opposing it.

A conservative Republican senator from Utah is demanding the confirmation of a gay man as ambassador to Germany. It’s a whole new  world.

Sen. Orrin Hatch took to Twitter on Monday to demand the Senate confirm Richard Grenell’s appointment as Ambassador to Germany.

You might remember Richard Grenell from Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.The openly gay spokesman was hired by the campaign to handle foreign policy messages, but was forced to resign after being attacked by anti-gay right wing conservatives.

Now, apparently, Grenell has gone from “too gay to represent a Republican presidential candidate” to “not too gay to represent the United States abroad.” What gives?

The president nominated Grenell to serve as ambassador to Germany months ago, making him the administration’s first openly gay nominee. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to support Grenell’s nomination. Twice. But it has languished without a floor vote in the Senate.

The delay caused Hatch’s tweet to his senate colleagues to get on with it already.

You might remember Orrin Hatch as the guy who once told his fellow Republicansthat they should be proud of their party because “we don’t have the gays and lesbians with us.” (Hatch later explained that he meant Republicans should be proud not to have the support of a group of “very intelligent, highly educated, high-earning people,” like gays and lesbians.)

Hatch is not exactly a rainbow flag wager. Yet he’s going to bat for a gay man’s diplomatic appointment. Let that sink in for a minute.

Have we gone through the looking glass here? Well, not exactly, but clearly we aren’t in Kansas anymore.

Times have changed, that’s all.

It’s not clear just who’s responsible for the holdup of Grenell’s nomination. Republicans blame Senate Democrats. Democrats say they have some concerns about Grenell’s past statements about women.

What’s clear is that just a few short years after Grenell’s orientation was enough to get him bounced from a Republican presidential campaign, now it’s not enough to stop prominent Republicans like Hatch and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn from supporting his nomination.

It may not seem like much, but when measuring progress, every little bit counts. Don’t expect to see Hatch or Cornyn in a pride parade anytime soon. But, in some ways, we’re looking at a whole new world.




National: President Trump gets positive job approval on economy; taxes; terrorism and veterans but voters overall divided by YouGov

President Donald Trump job approval on the economy:
DEM: 19/72
GOP: 82/09
IND: 41/34

Overall: 47.4/39.4

President Donald Trump job approval on foreign policy:
DEM: 12/76
GOP: 75/14
IND: 35/39

Overall: 39.9/44.0

President Donald Trumps job approval on gun controll:
DEM: 15/78
GOP: 69/22
IND: 31/42

Overall: 37.8/48.3

President Donald Trump job approval on immigration:
DEM: 13/80
GOP: 79/15
IND: 39/42

Overall: 42.8/46.7

President Donald Trump job approval on taxes:
DEM: 15/76
GOP: 79/13
IND: 40/35

Overall: 43.9/42.5

President Donald Trump job approval on terrorism:
DEM: 18/71
GOP: 79/10
IND: 41/32

Overall: 46.1/38.7

President Trump job approval on veterans:
DEM: 20/64
GOP: 77/12
IND: 35/32

Overall: 43.5/36.9

President Donald Trump job approval:
DEM: 16/84
GOP: 83/17
IND: 52/48

Overall: 49.3/50.7


National: Plurality of voters back tariffs, while 52% say Trade War is likely by Morning Consult

A plurality of voters support President Donald Trump’s announcement that he is imposing 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% on aluminum imports! Fifty-two percent of all voters surveyed in the recent poll said there will likely be a trade war because of the tariffs, while 24% said they did not know or had no opinion. Another 23% said they did not think there would likely be a trade war. A 46% plurality of Republicans said a trade war was likely, as did 63% of Democrats.

Do you support or oppose raising tariffs on steel and aluminum???
DEM: 22/54
GOP: 70/13
IND: 29/36

Overall: 40.0/34.9

NJ: Senator Menendez has a strong lead for re-election and President Trump is very unpopular by Quinnipiac

If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Robert Menendez the Democrat and Bob Hugin the Republican, for whom would you vote?
DEM: 85/03
GOP: 81/07
IND: 41/36 Menendez

Overall: 50.7/34.0

President Donald Trump job approval:
DEM: 07/93
GOP: 81/19
IND: 39/61

Overall: 36.6/63.4

Americans rate their quality of life the highest since tracking began in 2006 by Rasmussen

Under President Donald Trump, the percentage of Americans rating their quality of life where they live as good or excellent is at the highest level since tracking began in 2006. More Americans began to give higher marks to their quality of life than is historically normal in July.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 78% of American adults rate the quality of life where they live as good or excellent, the highest level of satisfaction in their regular survey.

Just five percent (5%) rate their quality of life as poor.

The percentage of Americans who gave a positive rating for their quality of life has maintained in the high 60s for the last 10 years. However, it rose to 74% in July and the increased satisfaction is measurable across the board.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of American adults say they live in a suburb, 34% in a city, and 27% say they live in a rural area. Yet, where they live has little to no impact on their quality of life and happiness.

At least three-quarters of Americans in all areas rate their quality of life positively.

Of those who live in a suburb, 36% rate their quality of life as excellent and another 44% rate it as good. Twenty-six percent (26%) of Americans who live in cities say their quality of life is excellent and another 49% say it’s good. In rural areas, 29% say their quality of life is excellent and another 48% say it is good.

The same is true of race.

An excellent quality of life is rated by 33% of whites, 25% of blacks and 26% of all other races. In that order, another 48%, 45%, and 45% rate their quality of life as good.


CIA director will become the new Secretary of State and Gina Haspel will become the new and first female CIA director

President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, orchestrating a major change to his national … The president continued, “Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the CIA, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo and she will be the CIA’s  first female director!

“I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State,” Trump said. “Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, served with distinction in the U.S. Army, and graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle.”

The president continued, “Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the CIA, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo and she will be the CIA’s first-ever female director, a historic milestone. Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect.”