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    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.

    EPA head to fundraise for DSCC while oil spreads.

    Priorities, folks: priorities.  Apparently Lisa Jackson figures that if Interior Dept CoS Tom Strickland could go white-water rafting while the oil spread, she can go raise money for the Democrats: As the Obama administration struggles to contain the massive oil spill threatening the Louisiana coast, one of its top environmental officials will be the featured attraction at a fundraiser for Senate Democrats next week in | Read More »

    Heck, ‘Road to Nowhere’ is worth at least *2* million.

    (H/T: Hot Air Headlines) I think that you should go for two million, David Byrne. I think that you should get an immediate injunction against, or seizure of Crist’s bank account – or whatever it is that they call it. And a groveling apology. Heck, want a pony? Charlie Crist should give you a pony. David Byrne is suing the governor of Florida, alleging that | Read More »

    Battered Media Syndrome: the endgame?

    (Via @jeffemanuel) It really has been a while since the last press conference, hasn’t it? Will Barack Obama go an entire year without holding a formal news conference? He’s getting close: The president’s last full-scale session with the press was on July 22, 2009, which was 307 days ago. [snip] In its defense, the White House says Obama answers a lot of questions from reporters, | Read More »

    Obama not leading in Gulf. And this was a *surprise*?

    Do you know what is the fun part of these poor reviews of Obama’s Gulf performance? [Chris] Matthews, speaking during an appearance with Jay Leno on NBC’s “Tonight Show,” said Obama’s response “scares me. He’s been acting a little like a Vatican Observer here. When is he actually going to do something?” [James] Carville, one of the President Bush’s harshest critics in the wake of | Read More »

    Rasmussen: Support for Obamacare repeal almost 2-to-1.

    I almost wish I hadn’t written this: it would have been perfect for this Rasmussen poll on Obamacare. Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama | Read More »

    The Joe Sestak thing is kind of a big deal, actually.

    I have to disagree with Jim Geraghty here that Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D) admitting that the White House tried to bribe him reflects well on Sestak. Either Sestak is lying about this, in which case he’s, well, a liar who did so for crass political gain; or Sestak’s telling the truth about this, in which case he’s pretty much explicitly participating in a cover-up of | Read More »

    All even in the House special election net tally.

    I’d like to put the history of special elections in the 111th Congress to date in context of well, the 111th Congress.  Which is to say that, after all the drama and excitement that we’ve seen thus far, the end result is that… we’re right back to where we started. Race Old New Switch? Net NY-20 Dem Dem No 0 IL-05 Dem Dem No 0 | Read More »

    Joe Sestak admits bribe offer.

    Marvel, my friends, at the moral heroism put on display here: If you define ‘moral heroism’ as ‘reluctantly and inarticulately admitting that one was offered a bribe by the White House, while neglecting to alert the relevant federal authorities of the alleged crime in question,’ of course. Which apparently Joe Sestak does. Watch that video to the end to see DNC chair Tim Kaine disassociate | Read More »