Ethical oil’s excellent enemies: Saudi Arabia & Think Progress.
One of the nicest things about being a mainstream supporter of the Global War on Terror is that you are blessed, for a given value of ‘blessed,’ with a collection of the vilest, most despicable, most appalling domestic enemies in recent political history. Nazis, Communists, Stalinists, Maoists, blackshirt anarchists, Jew-haters of various flavors, anti-human deep ecologists, anti-Israel conspiracy theorists… honestly, by the time that the | Read More »
California gun-grabber bill on Jerry Brown’s (D, CA) desk.
Your move, Governor Moonbeam. The measure, aimed at an increasingly popular tactic used by 2nd Amendment activists, would make California the first state since 1987 to outlaw the controversial practice of publicly displaying a weapon. The governor — a gun owner — has not taken an official position on the bill, passed by the Legislature last week. He has argued both sides of gun control | Read More »
Operation Fast & Furious… Rocket Launchers?
You’re going to see the below quoted text a lot, because it’s an excellent summation of the problem that we’re having with the Obama administration’s catastrophically incompetent Fast & Furious disaster*: Let’s review: When we first learned about Fast and Furious, the news was that a number of assault rifles had been sold to straw purchasers. Soon, we learned that the number was approximately 2,500 | Read More »
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D, CA) Rotten Week.
These things usually come in threes. First and foremost is the highly embarrassing – and possibly expensive – Kinde Durkee affair. For those not following along with that story: Durkee was a Californian accountant used by numerous Democratic campaigns on the federal, state, and local level. Said campaigns are all now freaking out, because Durkee was just recently arrested on multiple accounts of mail fraud | Read More »
DGA Martin ‘Whitebread’ O’Malley (D, MD) speaks on Republican racism!
So. We got Maryland Governor and DGA head Martin O’Malley out there SNEERING about us awful, awful racist Republicans (for the full effect, assume that I’m fluttering my hands like I’ve got the St. Vitus’ dance): Using Governor Rick Perry (formerly) of the RGA for that, too. You see, good old Martin here really, really respects the heck out of Rick, you understand; despite the | Read More »
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R, VA) on short list for VP?
That’s one potential conclusion that you can draw from today’s and yesterday’s Quinnipiac polls looking at Virginia political conditions. Admittedly, they’re just one firm’s polls; also admittedly, anyone likely to be reading this is a hardcore political junky anyway, so we might as well take a look. Yesterday’s Q-poll looked at Governor McDonnell’s popularity rating*, which is – to be modest about it – practically | Read More »
Some round-ups on NY-09.
A little bit of a relapse today, so let me just grab three pretty-good analyses of yesterday’s NY-09 results* from RCP and go with them. First off: Michael Barone’s “NY-9: Stunning Repudiation of Chuck Schumer.” After noting that disgraced Congressman Weiner was a protege of Schumer, Barone points out: In January 2007, just in time for the new Democratic majority in Congress, [Shumer] published a | Read More »
The infinitely avoidable US/UN Palestine showdown.
Now it may be because I’m this horrible, horrible neoconservative Right-Wing Death Beast and everything – but I have to admit: articles like this confuse me. The United States faced increasing pressure on Tuesday as the Palestinian quest for statehood gained support from Turkey and other countries, even as the Obama administration sought an 11th-hour compromise that would avoid a confrontation at the United Nations | Read More »
NY-09, NV-02 Special Election Results Open Thread.
[Final UPDATE, 12:15 AM]: We got ‘em both. Polls just closed in NY-09. AP Results here. Polls in NV-02 still open until 7 PM Pacific. [UPDATE: Polls closed. Results here.] UPDATE, 10:03 PM: For the record, if the final result is as below (it won’t be)… …then the Democrats are going to be ticked.
Ohio redistricting map out!
(Via The Campaign Spot) And… it’s subtle. Executive summary: Ohio loses two districts, overall. Republicans Steve Austria and Mike Turner end up competing with each other in the same district. Democrats Marcy Kaptur & Dennis Kuchinich, ditto. Democrat Nancy Sutton loses her district and gets thrown into a district that heavily favors her new Republican opponent Jim Renacci – and she doesn’t get to bring | Read More »
Michele Bachmann: Embracing Teh Lefty Anti-Vaccy Crazy?
Look, let’s start off by me noting I didn’t care for the way that Congresswoman Bachmann went after Governor Perry over Gardasil last night, frankly: I recognize that there’s a core issue there about choices for your kids, but the central issue is more complicated than either side wants to admit, and it’s heavily partisan-tinged at this point. But put that aside. This isn’t beanbag. | Read More »
Barack Obama tries the same failed tactic on ‘stimulus.’
Let me just simplify this for the President’s tired and rather sad proposal on how to pay for his tired and rather sad ‘jobs’ bill: President Barack Obama would pay for his $447 billion jobs plan by ending a series of tax breaks for oil and gas companies, hedge-fund managers and people making more than $200,000, the White House said Monday. In total, Mr. Obama’s | Read More »
PPP (D) Poll: Turner (R)/Welprin (D) 47/41 in NY-09.
PPP spells it out, and it’s good news for Republican Bob Turner. Turner’s winning in a heavily Democratic district for two reasons: a huge lead with independents and a large amount of crossover support. He’s ahead by 32 points at 58-26 with voters unaffiliated with either major party. And he’s winning 29% of the Democratic vote, holding Weprin under 60% with voters of his own | Read More »
Democrats: PASS THE SCHRODINGER’S JOB BILL!
President Barack Obama: Pass this jobs bill — pass this jobs bill, and starting tomorrow, small businesses will get a tax cut if they hire new workers or if they raise workers’ wages. The bill has not been written yet. Valerie Jarrett, senior White House adviser: Congress should pass this bill right now. Again, the bill has not been written yet. Huffington Post: During a | Read More »
California caves on Amazon tax. For now.
The can has been kicked for another year. Lawmakers on Friday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a compromise bill that delays California’s effort to force online retailers such as Amazon.com to collect the state’s sales taxes while retailers lobby Congress for national rules governing online sales taxes. Essentially, California legislators passed a bill earlier this year that ‘exploited’ a loophole in federal case law that would | Read More »