This week Candy answers five questions from Facebook and one from Twitter including a possible political comeback for Anthony Weiner, the influence of the NRA, and ninjas... yes ninjas. Thanks for all the questions and check back next week for your chance to Ask Candy.
Facebook question from Fritz Alcenat
"What do you think about "Weiner" comeback running for New York Mayor. It's New York people would trust him again or we wouldn't trust him at all. As I'am a democrat, I would like to know your opinion, because he was a good person."
Voters have been known to forgive some politicians involved in a variety of sex scandals and I don't think Weiner would even be considering running for New York Mayor if he didn't have an inkling that enough NY voters have/will forgive his sexting and lying about it (perhaps some preliminary polling or some such?). Having said that, Weiner's past is going to come up if he runs. New York is a tough political and media environment. Do he and his wife want to put up with the snickers, the jokes, the questions?
Facebook question from Abby Livingston
"How does one become a ninja?"
One does not become a ninja. One is born a ninja.
Facebook question from Lynn Nehrkorn Goldmacher
"Do you think that the current political discourse will improve anytime soon? State of the Union is the best show on Sunday morning. I enjoy your middle of the road approach to politics."
Sad to say, I don't see the tenor of the political discourse improving anytime soon. I blame a number of factors beyond politicians including re-districting, the media and a culture which increasingly values speed over deliberation and the vitriolic (often anonymous) quip over truth and a rational discussion.
Facebook question from Jeff J. Simon
Do you miss me?
Sorry, do I know you?
Facebook question from Patsy Mecca
"If our elected officials are so intimidated by the NRA then why not let us vote?... 3 separate ballot items, ban on assault weapons, universal background checks, and ban on high capacity magazines. Then the politicians don't have to worry about their jobs."
It sounds so simple, but honestly it's not. Under current circumstances , it would be impractical and likely chaotic to have Americans vote directly on every contentious issue.
Consider that in 2008, Californians voted to ban same-sex marriages. (The famous prop 8 , the legality of which is now before The Supreme Court). Less than 5 years later, polls show Californians FAVOR allowing same-sex marriage. A big majority of Americans favored the war in Iraq before it started. As it wore on, most Americans turned against it. How often would polls be taken before an issue would be put to another vote?
Having said that, legislating by plebiscite is not how the system is set up on a national basis. I guess the simplest answer is that we HAVE voted, for representatives, senators and president. If we don't like how they then vote on the issues, we can vote against them in the next election.
Also, the NRA is a big lobby with lots of sway, but I would be careful about believing that all the opposition to some of the items you list is because officials are "intimidated" by the NRA. There are genuine differences of opinion involved
Twitter question from @JonathonRushh
@CNNsotu why #immigrationreform to promote illegal immigration is more important than #immigrationenforcement we need to stress on legal way
Jonathan, let's wait until we see what Congress does with Immigration reform before we look at this question. (let me plug Sundays show with Senator Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate group trying to figure out how to reform the immigration system_. Everyone involved in that group and in the House group has told me that they are very sensitive to ensuring that enforcement of immigration law is as big a part of immigration reform as the answer to the question of what to do with the millions of people now in this country illegally.