Self-destructed – from 06 to today, and the way to climb back
Going into yesterday, I told those that asked me that I gave McCain a 40% shot to win. I thought he had a shot at Pennsylvania. If he didn’t win there, he had to run the table. I didn’t think that could be done. My realistic odds were closer to 30% than 40%. Part of that was the McCain campaign’s doing. Most of it was | Read More »
They’ll call for Boehner’s head for this, no doubt.
This is a family-friendly blog, so I have to edit slightly the comments of House Minority Leader John Boehner on Senator Obama: “Now, listen, I’ve voted ‘present’ two or three times in my entire 25-year political career, where there might have been a conflict of interest and I didn’t feel like I should vote,” Boehner said. “In Congress, we have a red button, a green | Read More »
The good, the bad, and the ugly crap sandwich.
There was an interesting dynamic to the bailouts. This was a populist revolution against leadership. About 40% of the democrats said no. Over 60% of the Republicans voted no. I salute those that voted no, from Mike Pence to Dennis Kucinich to our state delegation that said “No deals.” Mike Rogers, Tim Walberg, Thad McCotter, Pete Hoekstra, Joe Knollenberg, Candice Miller, John Conyers, Bart Stupak, | Read More »
Some Straight Talk For House Republicans: Time To Lead From The Rear
The question of the day is whether House Republicans are going to support some form of bipartisan bailout deal. The Paulson plan is pretty much the only plan that is on the table with any conceivable chance of passing a Democrat-controlled House and Senate, period. There will undoubtedly be battles over what to add on to the basic bones of the Paulson plan, or whether | Read More »
Conservatives Talk Energy Solutions While Liberals Play Dress Up
Republicans gathered on Capitol Hill today to cap their 25-day protest on the House floor over the high cost of energy and the refusal of Democrats to do anything about it. The press conference, held on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, was met with loud chants from a crowd of about 50 protesters. A few brave liberals sweltered in the 90 degree weather | Read More »
Boehner: ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ on Drilling
Over the past two weeks, House Minority Leader John Boehner has traveled the country in support of Republican candidates, raising money and talking about the GOP’s uprising on the House floor. Boehner was back on Capitol Hill today to kick off day 14 of what’s been called the Don’t Go Movement. I had an opportunity to sit down for a one-on-one interview. Before we talked, | Read More »
Boehner Rallies Republicans, Plans to Continue Protest for Two More Weeks
(Note: Follow developments from the House floor at twitter.com/RobertBluey.) The House GOP’s energy protest, which has captivated Capitol Hill since last Friday, won’t end anytime soon. Minority Leader John Boehner said in a memo to Republicans tonight that members should make plans to return to Washington over the next two weeks. The nationwide House GOP energy protest is making history, and we are writing to | Read More »
Cancelling markups to avoid votes on energy
Today, Senator Robert “Sheets” Byrd (D-KKK/WV) cancelled a markup in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Why? He even told us. To avoid a vote on energy: “Given the uncertainty in how the oil and gas drilling issue is currently playing out on the Senate floor, I have decided to postpone the July 24th appropriations markups at this time,” Byrd said in a statement. Earlier, Boehner noted | Read More »
Will Democrats Shut Down Government Over Oil Drilling?
Fresh from a trip to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, House Minority Leader John Boehner promised to “use every option we have” to force votes on energy production, including a showdown over the Sept. 30 expiration of the off-shore drilling ban. Boehner came out swinging at Democrats this afternoon. “We will use every option we have to force votes in the House,” | Read More »
The Most Important Congressional Election in the Next 12 Months.
Prepare yourself: we are going to have our arses handed to us in November. I remain cautiously optimistic that McCain might win the White House, but I regard it as a near certainty that we are going to lose 3-6 seats in the Senate, and between 15-30 seats in the House. That is not to say that I want any of these things to happen. | Read More »
Rep. Capuano’s Newspeak for Censorship
As the Obama candidacy gains momentum, we should all become more accustomed to “newspeak.” Out is the word “censorship” to be replaced with the phrase “freedom of speech.” The former phrase “freedom of speech’ will be prohibited except in classical texts until such texts can be reprinted wherein all references to actual free speech will be deleted. That, of course, seems the natural progression from | Read More »