Shall we reconsider blocking Ambassador Robert Ford’s appointment?
I’m starting to think that the current Republican opposition to Ford’s formal appointment as ambassador to Syria, while valid in general – we’re actually not well-advised to play Albright-style kissy-face games with rogue states – may be counterproductive in this specific case. Then again, the general principle doesn’t apply here, does it? After all, Ambassador Ford is not exactly playing nice with the Assad regime; | Read More »
We shall have Alan Grayson to kick around some more.
The fellow is planning to run for Congress again. Alan Grayson is, of course, the frothing lunatic who was elected to FL-08 in 2008… and then promptly lost his first re-election in 2010, mostly because he was, well, a frothing lunatic who called his opponent (one Daniel Webster*) a member of the Taliban and made up stuff about Webster at a level not usually seen | Read More »
Almost the Ultimate Carter Moment in Damascus.
Here is a free hint to all appointed members of the Obama administration: if Syrian ‘loyalists’ follow up today’s attack against the US Embassy in Damascus… Protesters loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad briefly broke into the US embassy in Damascus on Monday and security guards used live ammunition to prevent them storming the French embassy, diplomats said. …by actually seizing the embassy? If that | Read More »
The Wisconsin redistricting maps are out.
There is a gutter war going on right now in Wisconsin, by the way. It’s not one that the Republicans there started, but darned if they’re not grimly intent on finishing it – and for anybody who might be upset at that notion, let me remind you of something: oddly enough, when you threaten a man or woman’s family, it’s rare that he or she | Read More »
Paul Ryan: 20% tipper.
(Background here.) That’s pretty much the most important thing that you should take from neo-Puritan* Susan Feinberg’s decision to make a scene in a restaurant by accosting (drunkenly?) Rep. Paul Ryan’s choice in alcoholic beverages (which he paid for on his personal card**): the man subscribes to the “20% is the new 15%” rule of tipping in this wonderful new economy that Reid, Pelosi, and | Read More »
The Democrats and unemployment, summed up in one screencap.
[UPDATE] Jaw-dropper of the he-ran-in, then he-ran-out press conference itself: the President actually – and shamelessly – embraced the so-called “Bush tax cuts” that he campaigned against in 2008, and (extremely reluctantly) went along with in 2010. I really should add some commentary to this, but what can I say that this picture does not? The President’s eventual remarks on the job report will | Read More »
DSCC chair Patty Murray tries to get her some Koch campaign cash.
I can almost understand why DSCC chair Sen. Patty Murray would try to hit up the Koch Companies for ‘five figures’ (read: the maximum allowed by federal election campaign finance law). First off, Sen. Murray is not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer (she’d almost have to be, given that Murray actually left a voice message as well as sent a letter*). Second, what’s | Read More »
Amazon, Tennessee, Bill Haslam, and a national sales tax.
(Full disclosure: I am an Amazon.com Affiliate for Maryland.) Glenn Reynolds noted this apparent contradiction in what Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s position actually is with regard to having Amazon.com collect sales tax: is the Republican Governor for it, or against it? I say ‘apparent’ because there isn’t one, really; there’s just not enough context. Basically, the position that Haslam is taking is that the state | Read More »
The QotD: In Twitter Veritas Memorial Open Thread.
PJ Tatler caught this one. President Barack Obama, during his so-called “Twitter Town Hall” yesterday: …we will have to make tough decisions about Defense spending, or even on programs that I like… (Via Jim Geraghty) Seriously, the administration needs to cut down on the number of occasions where the President is allowed to talk off the cuff, and unscripted. He’s incredibly bad at avoiding disaster | Read More »
Fast and Furious update: Ken Melson’s secret testimony.
The sound that you’re hearing is the muttered “Uh-oh” of a plethora of staffers at the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives. Of particular interest is the letter that Oversight Chair Darrell Issa and Judiciary Ranking Member (for now) Chuck Grassley sent to Attorney General (for now) Eric Holder regarding Melson’s testimony… but we’ll get that in a moment. For | Read More »
Bobby Jindal’s steadily-advancing re-election.
55 has two major meanings, in fact: First off, it’s ‘merely’ Governor Bobby Jindal’s approval rating in Louisiana last year – and unchanged, six months before the election*. Second, it’s the number of signatures on the latest recall petition against Jindal – a petition that expires next week. If you look at the above Politico article from December, you might suspect that the Politico author | Read More »
Martin O’Malley (D, MD) pushing for Amazon tax.
(Full disclosure: I am an Amazon.com Affiliate for Maryland.) It’s still in the early stages – the Governor has started the paperwork process and Comptroller for Maryland Peter Franchot supports the idea – but the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, and goodness knows that the Democrats keep doing precisely that when it comes | Read More »
Barack Obama’s disappointing 2Q?
Possibly the Obama campaign wants me to have that reaction, which was based on the news that they’ve released the total number of donors to date (just under 500,000) rather than the total amount collected in the second quarter. The campaign did so enjoy playing the expectations game in 2008. But what the heck: if it’s a trap, let me charge forward and trigger it | Read More »
QotD, Joe Biden Opens His Mouth edition.
Episode 34,872. Our illustrious Vice President, reminding the Teamsters that democracy must always give way to naked political partisanship: “And don’t any of you, by the way, any of you guys vote Republican,” Biden said. “I’m not supposed to say, this isn’t political. …don’t come to me if you do! You’re on your own, Jack!” Now, is that the official position of the United States | Read More »
NYT uses bad guesser Jack Bass to attack Nikki Haley.
I will admit that the New York Times largely did not attack South Carolina governor Nikki Haley (R) all that harshly in this article; in fact, they said some things that were actually complimentary (given that the governor is openly going after entrenched Republican interests in SC, that’s probably not a surprise). But they couldn’t quite resist playing silly games by getting local liberal political | Read More »