What’s the story with the lone House Republican, VA’s Scott Rigell, who voted against defunding Obamacare?
The House just voted to defund Obamacare, by a nearly straight-line party vote. Two Democrats voted with the GOP majority. One of those is Utah’s Jim Matheson. There are two words that readily explain his vote: MIA LOVE. He narrowly beat her in 2012, and she’s running hard again for the seat. I assume that the other Democrat apostate, NC’s Mike McIntyre, is attempting to | Read More »
A Tale of Two Comments: Obama on Benghazi, and on the Navy Yard shooting..
Wow!! Talk about a tone-deaf White House. Apparently nobody realized the dissonance that can be created. But I guess it’s harder and harder to pen trite, banal phrases bereft of any semblance of the truth. Obama, 9/16/2012: As the remains of the 4 Americans killed at Benghazi returned home: “…We will bring to justice those who took them from us…..” Obama, 9/16/2013: comments | Read More »
The implications of the GOP failure to defund Obamacare: long term, it could be a really good thing
It appears now that the GOP leadership in Congress lacks the cojones to defund Obamacare if it requires shutting down the government to do so. They are paralyzed by the fear that the voters will blame them for the shutdown, and then toss them out of office. Erick describes their behavior as “head pats and seal slaps.” True, but for me it’s a far more | Read More »
Who will remain in power longer: Assad or Boehner?
Events in and around Syria, and the proposed strike continue to unfold like a classic British farce. It’s going somewhere, but right now the audience hasn’t a clue as to the denouement. But if we pick at a few threads among multitude, there are indeed some interesting data points to examine: 1. Assad is evil. After happily slaughtering over a hundred thousand Syrians, including many | Read More »
Has Tom Cotton pulled a “Rubio?” (Will the GOP base continue to devour its best and brightest?)
In early 2009, I drove to St. Pete to hear this guy, Marco Rubio, (about whom I knew next to nothing) speak. His supporters had taken over a sports bar for the afternoon, and the place was packed with hundreds of supporters, and an air of excitement. Rubio gave a bravura performance. Standing in the middle of those in attendance, he spoke for about 30 | Read More »
Has the House GOP leadership ever been as detached from the caucus as it is on Syria? And BTW, why wouldn’t the House want to vote on the resolution.
Immediately after a conversation with Obama, Speaker Boehner rushed to the microphones to announce that he supported the president’s idea of bombing Syria. Majority Leader Cantor soon followed with his own endorsement. (James Lankford, 4th in the leadership, is opposed) With upwards of 90% of House Republicans opposed to the idea, I can’t recall a comparable instance of the leadership ever being so out of | Read More »
Gen. Martin Dempsey: Take away the four stars..give him four “*” instead
We fully expect that most of our political leadership will lie, cheat and steal,and then try and pass the buck and blame anyone and anything except themselves. The US military is today the most respected institution in this country, primarily for the gallantry and sacrifices of our troops. But as many a general officer rises in the ranks, he or she becomes far more concerned | Read More »
On being Lindsey Graham: His support for Obama’s Syrian policies (among other things) all but guarantees a primary defeat.
One of the nice, warm, fuzzy, comfortable beliefs about how our government works is that “politics stops at the water’s edge.” Propounded by Sen. Arthur Vandenberg in 1947, we could long pretend that the common cause of America’s best interests would overcome any crass political concerns. The despicable behavior by most Democrats towards the Iraq war, during the Bush administration finally buried that idealistic notion. | Read More »
Pop Quiz: Guess when Hillary will say something about Syria, and what will she say?
The one person who’s having a really, REALLY, REALLY bad weekend as the Syrian mess unfolds has yet to utter a peep. If you think that Obama, or perhaps Kerry, or heck, even Assad, is having a rough week, well…Hillary’s $100k rental for a week in the Hamptons is $$$ down the drain, because she sure isn’t enjoying it. Just think: Sec of State Hillary | Read More »
Should conservatives completely ignore MSNBC? (why even bother to waste the time?)
The best advice that anyone can give a person who receives harassing phone calls..you know, the “heavy breathing” type, is to quickly hang up..not say a word, don’t give them the satisfaction of annoying you. Most likely they’ll soon stop..as they get no gratification from being ignored. I’m beginning to wonder if it’s time to start treating the MSNBC universe the same way. Most every | Read More »