The Tuesday Weinergate Democratic screaming match.
If you have ever wondered why the GOP leadership’s first instinct in time of scandal* is to immediately jettison the offenders (whether they like it or not)… well, there’s a reason for that: it rarely gets better if you let things fester. Case in point… Politico reports that a Democratic caucus Tuesday devolved into a bit of a screaming match; Rep. Bill Pascrell of New | Read More »
Operation Fast and Furious’ fast and furious unraveling.
So. Somebody in the Obama administration is telling lies to the House Oversight/Government Reform Committee. That’s not smart. When people tell lies to House committees, people go to jail. Background on this: this is all about the BATF/Justice Department Operations Gunrunner and Fast & Furious, which were originally purported to be methods by which [illegal purchases of] guns could be detected and arrested*. However, they | Read More »
A mini-Ice Age?
Better throw some more logs on the fire. What may be the science story of the century is breaking this evening, as heavyweight US solar physicists announce that the Sun appears to be headed into a lengthy spell of low activity, which could mean that the Earth – far from facing a global warming problem – is actually headed into a mini Ice Age. [snip] | Read More »
Fred Clark (D-CAND, WI-SEN): would-be abuser.
I say ‘would-be’ because Rep. Clark (who is running against incumbent Wisconsin Senator Luther Olsen in the upcoming recall election) doesn’t have the nerve to say things like the below to a constituent’s face: FC: “Ok. I feel like calling her back and smacking her around.” Nope! Clark’s much more comfortable with waiting until he thinks that she’s off the phone, and only then playing tough-guy. | Read More »
Richard Mourdock’s valuable life lesson.
Do not let your campaign manager assault* a blogger. Richard Mourdock (R) will be apologizing for this event (more details about the incident here) which took place after Right-blogger rebelpundit came up to the Indiana Senate candidate and started asking him some fairly direct questions about Mourdock’s willingness/reluctance to identify with the Tea Party. The actual triggering moment was when rebelpundit asked a Fair Tax | Read More »
New Romney Ad: “Bump in the road.”
[UPDATE]: Nice take on this by one of our diarists. It’s strong; I thought that it might have been a bit long before watching, but there’s nothing in there that doesn’t need to be. Mitt Romney‘s campaign came up with a good one, here. One with a theme that should be repeated by the eventual candidate, at every opportunity. Via Jim Geraghty. Transcript (via email; | Read More »
The New York Times kills itself some dissidents.
(Via Hot Air) All in the name of the scoop, of course. The title is bad enough (“U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors“), but the fools who wrote the article* gave names and procedures. They also explicitly used still-classified material to break this story: The American effort, revealed in dozens of interviews, planning documents and classified diplomatic cables obtained by The New York Times, ranges | Read More »
David Mamet’s grunt of relief.
I am linking to this David Mamet interview in the Financial Times largely for this passage: But attitudes in Europe to the Middle East tend to be more sceptical about Israel than American ones, I interject. Does he believe that anyone who disputes Israel’s land claims and believes in reallocation of territory to the Palestinians is anti-Semitic? Uncharacteristically, Mamet hesitates slightly as he starts to | Read More »
The new-and-improved ’12 logo.
The President’s apparently ramping up the use of his first campaign sign, but Chicago Boyz felt that it… lacked something. So they punched it up some. Link. Pass it on. Moe Lane (crosspost) PS: I prefer ‘improved’ to ‘hacked,’ actually.
Hey, Jeff Toobin! About that Andrew Breitbart #Weinergate thing.
You remember how you went on CNN to attack Andrew about the ludicrous, oh so ludicrous suggestion that Anthony Weiner might have been having private digital conversations with teenagers? You know, this attack: “This is the silliest little thing.” Well, it’s also the funniest thing! The Delaware police are now looking into Anthony Weiner’s… private digital conversations with a teenager! Which Weiner is totally admitting | Read More »
Why New Media exists. (Or, Sarah Palin’s Emails cause insanity!)
A picture is, as they say, worth a thousand words… or, in this case, several pounds’ worth of emails. That picture is of the media, as Justin Hart put it,” jammed and running to the elevator to get the #PalinEmails.” For those wondering, the “#PalinEmails” are… the collected email record of Sarah Palin when she was Governor of Alaska, and the media has gone into | Read More »
Debbie Downer’s bad first month as DNC Chair.
(Via Hot Air) The Politico is just now starting to realize just how big a boon DNC chair Debbie Downer (aka Debbie Wasserman Schultz) is… for the Republican Party: She’s accused Republicans of wanting to reinstate segregation and of waging a “war on women.” She has asserted, somewhat nonsensically, that the GOP wants to make illegal immigration — by definition against the law — “a | Read More »
Obama takes Argentina’s side in Falklands dispute.
Ed Morrissey and Fausta are both not getting why the President is taking the side of Argentina (thus sharing a podium with that noted beacon of freedom, tolerance, and capitalism known as Venezuela) in its perennial attempts to get the United Kingdom to give up the Falkland Islands. It’s not just that we’re signed on to the OAS declaration demanding that the British negotiate on | Read More »
Wisconsin Republicans spoil Democrats’ recall fun.
There is an interesting thing about the Wisconsin recall process. Essentially, if you read the document regulating it you will discover that the designation of a particular date for a recall election assumes that there was no primary; if there is a primary, it occurs on that date, with the general election taking place a month afterward. Also of note… political parties do not have | Read More »
SWAT team raids by… US Department of Education.
[UPDATE: Folks, it looks like they just updated the story and changed the URL. Here you go with the new one.] Apparently, there was this woman who had skipped out on her student loans, so the feds sent a SWAT team to her house to deliver a search warrant. That is to say, the SWAT team stormed the house, broke down the door, handcuffed her | Read More »