Seth, We Hardly Knew Ye

Congressman Seth Moulton of Massachusetts is no longer running for president.  Most people probably didn’t know that Moulton was running.  He announced for the Democratic nomination in April but he never registered in any of the polls nor did he manage to make it to any of the debates.  It always seemed strange to me that the equally obscure Tim Ryan managed to get at least 1% in the qualifying polls but Moulton couldn’t get above 0%.  Perhaps it’s because Ryan is a more familiar name than Moulton.

Moulton actually had a good message, which was that the Democrats are heading too far to the left and wasting too much time listening to the twitter outrage mob than to the swing voters who actually decide the election.  Moulton’s correct though it may not matter in 2020, when the election will probably be less about the Democratic nominee and more about Trump.  Still, if a Democrat does win in 2020, they’re going to have to govern.  If anything could lead to another Republican wave election, it would undoubtedly be President Elizabeth Warren or President Bernie Sanders lecturing people on television every night.

Seth Moulton returns to Congress and we are now down to 21 major candidates.

It’s Time To Pass The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act

Seth Moulton is one of the more obscure Democrats running for the party’s presidential nomination.  The congressman from Massachusetts has never polled above 1% nor has he been invited to any of the debates.  Unfortunately, for Moulton, Tim Ryan seems to have beaten him to the punch when it comes to claiming the role of the moderate, youngish congressman who knows how to win over blue collar workers.

Seth Moulton will probably never be president.  Because his last name isn’t Kennedy, he probably won’t ever be a Massachusetts senator either.  But he and Chris Stewart, a Republican from Utah, have teamed up to sponsor a very good bill.  The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act would replace the current suicide hotline with a three-digit dialing code.  The bill would allow Americans experiencing a mental health emergency to get help by dialing 988.  Not only would 988 be easier for everyone to remember (like 411 or 911) but, for someone having suicidal thoughts, the difference in the amount of time that it takes to dial just three digits as opposed to ten can be the difference between life and death.

Moulton and Stewart have set aside partisan differences to co-sponsor this bill.  Hopefully, Congress will do the same and pass it.