Kerry, Obama, Spar Over “Credit”
While the world waits for the next development in the Syria debacle, Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama passive-aggressively battle over credit for the idea to allow Russia as mediator. Kerry was sure to remind everyone that his “rhetorical” challenge for Assad to turn over chemical weapons was accidental genius and as of such, he deserves credit. The US state department stressed that | Read More »
AFL-CIO Convention Report: Union Bosses Call For Radical Overhaul of U.S. Labor Laws
Every four years, union bosses from the AFL-CIO’s now-56 unions gather to establish their organizational and political goals. While union bosses often converge on cities like Las Vegas or Bal Harbor, Florida, the last convention was held in Pittsburgh. This year, the AFL-CIO is holding its convention in Los Angeles. During its quadrennial conventions, union bosses propose and approve resolutions that spell out their agenda | Read More »
House GOP Leaders Prepare “Hug It Out” Strategy to Fund Obamacare.
Eric Cantor is always looking for new and imaginative ways to screw conservatives. He has Pete Sessions (R-TX), as Rules Chairman, helping him with his latest creative way to screw conservatives. I’ve already well documented Pete Sessions’s increasingly bitter attitude toward Ted Cruz and staggering contempt of his own constituents who want to defund Obamacare. Cantor and Sessions’ latest idea tops even his most absurd | Read More »
Pete Sessions Latest Texan to Run Scared From Funding Government Without Obamacare
Congressman Pete Sessions – steadfastly avoiding serious town halls where he may face conservatives / tea party activists in Dallas – recently was caught on camera arrogantly claiming 1) that he was unable to get Obamacare defunding language from Senator Cruz (false), and 2) that this language supposedly does not work (language he co-sponsors). See below for an example of establishment-gone-unhinged: Now, this isn’t the | Read More »
The New York City Mayor’s Race: Race, Crime, Unions, Taxes, and…Other Stuff
Tomorrow – Tuesday, September 10 – New York City voters go to the polls to pick the major-party candidates for their next Mayor. Candidates need 40% of their party’s vote to avoid an October 1 runoff election among the top two finishers in the primary. At this writing, it appears that the nominees – possibly without a runoff – will be Republican candidate Joe Lhota | Read More »
Updated: Refocusing on Obamacare
[Update: Based on what I’m hearing from House sources, the worst suspicions are confirmed. Eric Cantor is floating an idea to pass a short-term CR with a defund rider. But just as we predicted, they plan to write a rule that will sever the defund rider from the body of the bill after it passes the House. This will allow the Senate to vote down | Read More »
Spoken Like a Democrat Married to a Democratic Operative
Chuck Todd thinks Democrats opposed to going to war in Syria are “principled”.But Republicans opposed to going to war in Syria are doing so because of politics.Really.Let’s use this as a timely reminder that Chuck Todd was once a Democratic staffer to Senator Tom Harkin and is married to Kristian Denny Todd who served as a communications person for the Democratic Party and then helped | Read More »
Blame vs. responsibility
The New Yorker has a long, fascinating piece by Ariel Levy on the Steubenville, West Virginia rape case – a confusing affair in which teenage drinking, old town culture, and New Media hysteria combined to produce an incomprehensible mess. The basic outlines of the case are clear enough, as a teenage girl drank enough to pass out, and was mistreated by a group of high-school athletes. It’s | Read More »
The Obama Administration Gets Pwned By AIPAC?
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When Elizabeth O’Bagy penned an influential — and seemingly deceptive — op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, she shaped the view of the Administration on Syria. It looks like she had a lot of help.
Rooting for Injuries and the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon
The correct policy for American engagement in Syria is to root for injuries between the warring parties. Neither side is our friend. Neither side wishes to be our friend. When Middle Eastern tyrants are willing to pay us to take out the Assad regime and the rebels are butchering Syrians as badly as Assad — possibly with chemical weapons according to the United Nations — | Read More »
Why GOP Leadership Is Going Along With the Syrian Misadventure
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If you have been wondering why Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor have decided to support Obama’s request to use military force in Syria, despite it being bad policy and being opposed by about 80% of Americans, the answer is easy. They are idiots.
Obama Claims He Didn’t Set A Red Line
Apparently, the Internet doesn’t exist, either. “First of all, I didn’t set a red line,” said Obama. “The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are [inaudble] and passed a treaty forbidding their use, even when countries are engaged in war. Congress set a red line | Read More »
The Ads Write Themselves
At this point, all I can hope is that the Republican primaries are devastating to incumbent Republicans. The ads write themselves — [Insert Incumbent Republican here] would not fight to defund Obamacare, but would fund a fight with Syria. What the hell happened to the Republican Party? Then I stumble across this quote: “It’s pretty striking that Heritage has decided to go full libertarian under | Read More »
On Syria: Not At This Time
For two years, President George W. Bush made a public case for an invasion of Iraq. He built public support, international support, and congressional support. His administration documented CIA intelligence on weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein’s personal cheerleading over 9/11, the dictator attempting to assassinate President George H. W. Bush after the President had left office, Al Qaeda’s use of Iraq as a training | Read More »
Excuse Me, But We Are Not “Isolationists”
I’ve about had all I’m going to take from the bouncers of compassion who tell me and others all day, every day, that if we don’t bomb Syria then I, we are “isolationists.” Exhibit A: Most Republicans don’t want to become, again, the party of isolationists. Not consciously at any rate. Nearly all of them profess fidelity to a strong military, to Israel’s security, to | Read More »