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    President begging GOP for doc fix favor.

    The background: Obamacare assumed in its ‘official’ numbers cuts in Medicare payments to doctors; this has been scheduled for some time, but every year there was a ‘doc fix‘ to keep the cuts from being enacted.  The merits of the doc fix can be argued later: what is important here is that the Democrats used these supposedly planned cuts to make Obamacare look fiscally responsible, | Read More »

    My Green Jobs suggestions.

    You know, at first I was probably just a touch annoyed that the White House has spent billions – this is not an exaggeration; billions – on encouraging ‘green jobs’ without knowing what the heck a green job is: Buried deep inside a federal newsletter on March 16 was something called a “notice of solicitation of comments” from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the | Read More »

    PotUS November strategy: fighting where they REALLY ain’t.

    This article in the New York Times on the awkward disconnect between the President of the United States and the political party that he’s presumably in charge of is actually… not  too bad, really.  This, for example, is pretty clear-headed: In 2006 and 2008, Democrats did something that had not been done in American politics since the Great Depression, which is to string together two | Read More »

    Meet Michel Faulkner (R CAND, NY-15).

    It’s pronounced ‘Michael:’ he’s running in Charlie Rangel’s seat, assuming of course that Charlie Rangel doesn’t get ousted in the primary itself. I like our chances on this one. Rangel’s got a serious primary challenger, he’s got a very poor ethical reputation right now, and Faulkner’s the sort of candidate that you want to have on hand for a general election challenge when in a | Read More »

    From the Dan Coats (R CAND, IN-SEN) conference call.

    This should have been up a couple of days ago, but I’m having computer issues. Dan Coats did a conference call on Monday, and I took the opportunity to ask him a question on Republican unity, post-primary: Actually, I asked two questions, but the first wasn’t much of anything; just Coat’s reaction to Evan Bayh’s tacit admission that Brad Ellsworth is going to lose the | Read More »

    Carly Fiorina vs. the Sainted Delta Smelt.

    Newly-chosen candidate Carly Fiorina (R CAND, CA-SEN) had a conference call today, and spoke somewhat about an issue of some interest to both myself and the California agricultural community: the delta smelt. For those who are unaware: the delta smelt is, to quote Rep George Radanovich (R, CA-19), “a worthless little worm that needs to go the way of the dinosaur” – mostly because it’s | Read More »

    SEIU to GOP: please target the following races…

    …because they’re going to be written off: Larry Kissell (NC-08) Mike McMahon (NY-13) Michael Arcuri (NY-24) Zach Space (OH-18) At least, that’s my impression from this petulant whine from the SEIU about the way that they were forced to spend ten million dollars to lose the Lincoln/Halter race, and how they’re not going to support the Senator anyway, so there.  She can just go down | Read More »

    Alvin Greene (D CAND, SC-SEN) up on felony charge.

    You know, South Carolinian political shenanigans are ever so much more fun when they’re not aimed at anybody on your side: South Carolina’s surprise Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is facing a pending felony charge. Court records show 32-year-old Alvin Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge | Read More »

    AR-SEN (D): Lincoln chosen to be beat by Boozman.

    Some people like to talk big. “We’re going to take out Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas,” said Moulitsas. Seeing as Politico just called it for Lincoln… no, we’re going to take out Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas. You’re going to stay home and play your theme song. I hear that it’s Ned Lamont’s favorite. Moe Lane PS: Your polls are bloody awful. Has anybody told you that | Read More »

    South Carolina Results.

    First off: Haley and Barrett will face each other in a runoff. Given that Nikki came within a fraction of winning this outright and got twice Gresham’s votes, I think that maybe the Congressman should think about whether he wants to continue.

    Primary results open thread.

    I know, inadequate for ten states, but I’m feeding one kid and am about to give the other one his bath. So deal. [UPDATE] In SC: GOV: Haley/Barret 47.7/22.8, 57% in. SC-01 Scott & Thurmond looking likely for the runoff. SC-03 Duncan & Cash looking likely for the runoff. SC-04 Gowdy over Ingless… 49.6/23.7, with 50% in.

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    The factory, the government, and the boom.

    Let me tell you a story (via Instapundit). Once upon a time there was a owner of a packaging material factory in Maine who found out one day that there was a major oil leak disaster going on in the Gulf of Mexico. It turns out that a useful item for oil leak containment – known as ‘floating oil containment boom,’ or just ‘boom’ – | Read More »

    Lee Fisher (D CAND, OH-SEN) and sweet, sweet corporate lobbyist money.

    Dirty, dirty lobbyist money, too – at least, if you’re a progressive – but that just adds that little sparkle to Lee’s eyes, I’m betting.  He’s got that look. Lobbyists for drug, oil and hedge fund industries to mix, mingle with Lee Fisher and Sherrod Brown Read the entire article, which first lists some of the Big Pharma, Big Oil, and hedge fund clients of | Read More »

    His ego wrote checks his skills* can’t cash, Froma.

    Froma Harrop is very, very upset that mean people are picking on President Obama: Gulf Coast residents are supposedly mad at President Obama for not keeping the oil from threatening their beaches and marshes. We hear this in stereo — from political opposition on the right and liberal pundits bored by the president’s cerebral approach to problem-solving. Stopping the waves is a job for Neptune, | Read More »

    Lots of Primaries today.

    According to RCP, we’ve got primaries in California, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia.  The news has been dominated by California’s, Nevada’s, and of course South Carolina’s – but they’re all important, so if you’re a voter in that state, hie yourselves and any reliable Republican voters within reach to a polling station.  You can let the | Read More »