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    State of the Race: Rick Barber (Al-02).

    The primary for Alabama is Tuesday, so we checked in with Rick Barber to find out the state of the race: I also asked Rick (like Hot Air Greenroom’s Laura Curtis) why Alabama’s commercials have been so memorable this cycle.  Listen for the answer, of course. Rick’s site is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.

    ‘He was supposed to be competent.’ Wait, what?

    That’s the title of a Peggy Noonan piece, and Joy McCann (Little Miss Attila) has some comments about the stars – or scales – falling from Peggy’s eyes: …she, Ann Althouse, and Megan McArdle will have to deal with it for the rest of their lives. Those three women have all been an intellectual blessing to public discourse in this country, but they all succombed | Read More »

    An interesting column from Byron York.

    What?  No, not this one.  Not that it isn’t interesting, or that I have anything really to add to it except that I read it, disagreed with its conclusion, and yet retained my respect for Byron York as a columnist and conservative.  We try to leave obsessive own-goal feuding to regional bloggers: like, say, South Carolina’s.  If it weren’t for the fact that I’ve been | Read More »

    Le Affaire Sestak: It’s the he-campaigned-on-it, stupid.

    (H/T: Hot Air Headlines) I refuse to believe that Eric Alterman is dumb enough to not know the answer to the questions: Why in the world did he go blabbing about it? What did he possibly think he had to gain? …if only because his essay* rather conspicuously danced around even trying to work out a rationale – which is odd, because said rationale is | Read More »

    Meet Ilario Pantano (R CAND, NC-07).

    Ilario Pantano has had his primary, so he’s the official GOP candidate against Mike McIntyre. You probably remember him for (while serving in combat in Iraq) being falsely accused of murder – a statement that will hopefully infuriate quite a few antiwar types out there. Ilario’s site is here. Crossposted to Moe Lane.

    ‘Sarah, John! Sarah… from the *ID*!’*

    (Via Ed Driscoll) Yes.  This is precisely how it comes across. Oh hi there! I was out shooting caribou on the Arctic Cat and saw your synapse lights on, and so I said to myself, “now, gosh darn it, Sarah, you’ve been living inside this nice person’s cerebral cortex for, what is it, almost two years now? By golly, it’s about time you dropped in at their | Read More »

    QotD, Hobgoblin of Little Minds edition.

    It comes from Ace of Spades: They say the Constitution is not a suicide pact. Neither is consistency a suicide pact. If Bush and Obama were competing in the Olympics in the high jump, and the liberals set the bar at 9 feet for Bush, we cannot permit them to set the bar at three feet for Obama. Nine feet is the mark. I didn’t | Read More »

    Gov. Brewer removes AG Goddard from immigration law defense.

    Let me put it a different way: Gov. Jan Brewer (R, AZ-GOV) removes AG Terry Goddard (D-CAND, AZ-GOV) from the defense of the illegal immigration law that the former supports and the latter opposes. Late Friday night as the Memorial Day weekend began, Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, in effect, suspended the state’s Democratic attorney general from defending the new law in upcoming legal challenges. | Read More »

    I wonder who got fired over the Birnbaum oopsie.

    Actually, knowing this administration, I wonder if somebody got fired for it: It was a remarkable moment in President Barack Obama’s press conference Thursday: just hours before, the head of the Minerals Management Service had left the top post at the agency that oversees offshore oil drilling. And yet, the president said he didn’t know whether Liz Birnbaum had resigned or been fired. If he | Read More »

    DNC accuses Nikki Haley of having affair.

    Anonymously, of course.  The next Democratic staffer who has the guts to attack a conservative woman to her face will be the first. The DNC, the political wing of a president who launched his campaign decrying slash-and-burn campaign tactics, is highlighting new stories about a sex scandal rocking a GOP primary. [snip] “We don’t see a thing wrong pointing out when a politician of the | Read More »

    Gov. Granholm (D, MI) called to call out the National Guard.

    Amusing Internet fact: once upon a time, many members of the Online Left was actually despondent that the Constitution forbid Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm from running for President (she isn’t a born citizen*).  This would be before the breakdown of… well, show me a part of Michigan that hasn’t broken down by now.  Latest example comes from the city of Flint (via theblogprof): Shootings have | Read More »

    And now, a little screaming from Steny Hoyer.

    He’s finally noticed that the hull’s full of iceberg, so it’s time to get those deckchairs rearranged: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said during a Wednesday morning meeting with committee chairmen that he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) intended to hold them to a Friday deadline to submit detailed lists of duplicative and wasteful programs that can be eliminated from the $3 trillion budget. | Read More »

    NRLC-PAC endorses Dan Coats (R CAND, IN-SEN).

    The endorsement of Dan Coats by NRLC-PAC (link) is no less painful for Brad Ellsworth for being completely unsurprising: As a member of both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, Dan Coats was a leading champion for pro-life policies. Dan Coats was the author of key pro-life amendments, including a law that prevents the government from penalizing medical training programs for refusing to | Read More »

    Joe Biden Opens His Mouth: Dick Blumenthal edition.

    It’s enough to make you wonder whether the White House wants the Democrats to keep Dodd’s seat: Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday took an unexpected dig at Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal (D) for misstating his military service record. While speaking at a barbecue for wounded soldiers, he commented about veterans coming home from the Vietnam War. Biden, who has a penchant for being | Read More »

    EPA’s Lisa Jackson admits responsibility to Gulf…

    …by belatedly canceling a Democratic fundraising appearance: Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson has canceled her appearance at a Democrat fundraiser hours after Politico published a story detailing that engagement. Jackson was scheduled to appear at a breakfast in Manhattan Thursday to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. An EPA spokesman noted that the appearance was scheduled before the oil spill occurred.