Perfect storm on killing tax cuts?
This is passing “institutional cowardice” and is rapidly approaching the status of “blackmail threat:” Democratic leaders are likely to punt the task of renewing Bush-era tax cuts until after the election. Voters in November’s midterms will thus be left without a clear idea of their future tax rates when they go to the polls. I can just see the slogan, too. “Vote Democratic, or we’ll | Read More »
Democrats suppressing GOP visits to Gulf.
(Via Instapundit) It’s the little things that underscore the pettiness that’s infesting the Democratic party’s leadership these days: Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) wanted to fly 10 lawmakers down to the Gulf of Mexico to see the damage caused by BP’s gigantic oil spill first hand. House Democrats said no.
Malice/Stupidity Watch: Obamaspill edition.
This article by Dick Morris on Alabaman problems with regard to Obamaspill is like Problems With Big Government 120: According to state disaster relief officials, Alabama conceived a plan — early on — to erect huge booms offshore to shield the approximately 200 miles of the state’s coastline from oil. Rather than install the relatively light and shallow booms in use elsewhere, the state (with | Read More »
Patrick Gaspard’s $37K disclosure form lie.
It’s not the lying, really: President Barack Obama’s political director failed to disclose that he was slated to receive a nearly $40,000 payout from a large labor union while he was working in the White House. Patrick Gaspard, who served as the political director for the Service Employees International Union local 1199, received $37,071.46 in “carried over leave and vacation” from the union in 2009, | Read More »
The Dodd-Frank procedural dance.
OK, here’s the situation on the Dodd-Frank financial bill. The Democrats need 60 to get it over the finish line, and they currently have 58 Democrats in the Senate. They got 60 aye votes on the first version. Senators Feingold (D) and Cantwell (D) both voted against Dodd-Frank last time. Senator Brown (R) voted for the first version, but is being reported now as having | Read More »
Time for the *important* Byrd succession question.
Now that it’s been determined by the Secretary of State for WV that there will be no special election for Byrd’s now-vacant seat… OK, let me just note something here. The seat was held by a Democrat; the Governor is a Democrat; the state government is more or less dominated by Democrats. The people of West Virginia seem more or less happy about this state | Read More »
The “Not on his best day” open thread.
Links: The Campaign Spot. Daniel Webster. Open thread. Moe Lane
Hypocrisy Watch: Rep Herseth-Sandlin (D, SD-AL).
Make up your mind, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin: Last week, we examined whether Max Sandlin’s job as a lobbyist would be something that Republicans try to exploit, like they did in the 2004 Daschle/Thune contest. Herseth Sandlin emphatically said that her husband should not be attacked in the campaign. I didn’t know it at the time, but Max Sandlin already had jumped into the battle | Read More »
Blago subpoenas Giannoulias.
A pleasant beginning to the week, no? First it was President Barack Obama, then White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, now U.S. Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias is joining the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial subpoena list. Giannoulias is in the middle of a hard fought campaign against Congressman Mark Kirk for the right to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama. So | Read More »
The May Rasmussen trust numbers.
There’s no article up on them yet, but the raw numbers are available here. May 2010 April 2010 Issue Dem GOP Diff Dem GOP Diff Shift Health Care 41% 48% (7) 41% 48% (7) – Education 40% 43% (3) 43% 39% 4 (7) Social Security 40% 42% (2) 40% 42% (2) – Abortion 40% 42% (2) 40% 42% (2) – Economy 39% 48% (9) 39% | Read More »
Businesses noticing Dems don’t like them very much?
While it’s pleasant to have the people that we’ve been trying to tell this finally get this: Mr. Seidenberg, officially Verizon’s CEO, moonlights as chairman of the influential Business Roundtable, the “association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies.” That would be the same Business Roundtable that woke up this past month to discover the White House has been playing it for a patsy. | Read More »
Pundit theory vs. activist practice, ACORN edition.
In 2008, I (and most of the rest of the Online Right) engaged in a long and unsuccessful fight against the notorious group ACORN. It was, honestly, a frustrating one: although you could show, time after time after time again, that ACORN was routinely involved in election fraud (including election registration fraud, which was its usual apologists’ prime excuse/primary distraction) we never could get any | Read More »
Gitmo is not going anywhere.
‘Zounds (Via Hot Air Headlines): Stymied by political opposition and focused on competing priorities, the Obama administration has sidelined efforts to close the Guantánamo prison, making it unlikely that President Obama will fulfill his promise to close it before his term ends in 2013. The “‘zounds” (which, by the way and in case you ever wondered, is short for ‘God’s wounds’) is not quite sardonic, | Read More »
Latest Cook Shift: Dem Woes Worsen.
It’s a little hard to immediately see, because what happened was an inadvertent cascade effect. A couple of races became competitive at the same time that rather more races became rather more competitive, one after the other. Net result? Six Democrats are now in more danger of losing their seats, while one Democrat is now in less danger: ID-01 Minnick Toss-Up Lean D NC-02 Etheridge | Read More »
DISCLOSE Act passes the House.
Elections have consequences – and here’s one, now. Thursday, the House of Representatives approved the bill 219-206, with 36 Democrats and 170 Republicans in opposition to the measure, which was written by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Maryland Democrat who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this year, and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who led the Senate Democrats’ campaign panel in 2008. The bill | Read More »