There are any number of House bills that were duly passed in the last few months that happen to deal with handling the individual mandate. Including, I believe, one from September 30th, which in retrospect is a deal that Mark Begich, Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, Mark Pryor, and Jeanne Shaheen (at the very least) kind of wish that the Senate Majority Leader had taken, given | Read More »
There are times when I wonder whether Barack Obama really wants the Democrats to retake the House of Representatives. Aside from everything else (with ‘everything else’ ranging from ‘the Democrats would have to strain to pretend to be moderates again’ to ‘Obama would lose his favorite devil figures’), it’d mean that Barack Obama would have to interact more with… with… with Debbie. Democrats will be | Read More »
You know it’s going to be good when an article about a Democratic candidate for governor starts with this paragraph: Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said Thursday that showing up at a “beach week” party of teenagers and not investigating whether there was underage drinking was “a mistake that I made.” No kidding there, Sparky. Particularly since there’s a picture of him attentively watching | Read More »
I should not be surprised: Harry Reid is the wellspring for all clumsy lies in the Senate. But you’d think that the President wouldn’t have been this stupid. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told his Democratic caucus last week in a private meeting that a top House Republican said to President Barack Obama, “I cannot even stand to look at you,” according to two | Read More »
They’re starting to crack under the strain, guys. Allegation: A top Senate Democrat said that a leading House Republican told President Obama that they could not ‘even stand to look at you’ during negotiations over the government shutdown. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in a Facebook post that the alleged confrontation happened during a meeting between Republicans and the president. Denial: Spokesmen for both Speaker | Read More »
Gee, this doesn’t sound ominous for Obamacare boosters. No, not at all: “The White House is meeting with CEOs of health plans on Wednesday, according to two insurance industry sources.” I got a reaction to this from a (non-insurance company) CEO who, for reasons which will become abundantly clear as soon as you read it, prefers to stay anonymous. You can guess whose code name | Read More »
So, if the story’s from the Washington Post, then why am I picking Talking Points Memo as the go-to link for this story? Federal health officials went ahead with the Oct. 1 launch of Obamacare’s online health insurance marketplace despite a failed test days before, the Washington Post reported Monday. Government officials and contractors ran a test to see whether the web portal could handle | Read More »
But there’s no such thing as election fraud in this country: Congressman Joe Garcia’s former chief of staff will head to jail for orchestrating a fraudulent, online absentee-ballot request plot during last year’s elections.
I’m not going to mince words: you need to go and support Ken Cuccinelli. I don’t think that the third party polling we’re seeing is accurate – Virginia, historically, does not reward third parties with that level of support – but I do think that Terry McAuliffe is probably ahead, and McAuliffe is certainly acting as if he’s got the momentum. Boils down to this: | Read More »
A couple of things about this report: The Obama administration Sunday said it’s called on “the best and brightest” tech experts from both government and the private sector to help fix the troubled website at the root of the Obamacare enrollment problems. The unusual Sunday 600-word blog post from HHS was the first update in more than a week on the many failings of an | Read More »
September 27, 2013: In another delay for the Affordable Care Act, White House officials quietly told Hispanic groups on Wednesday that the Spanish-language version of the healthcare.gov website will not be ready to handle online enrollments until mid-October. Mid-October:
And this is why we left that particular political philosophy in the Thirties, where it belongs. Grim reading on the Obamacare exchanges here from Yuval Levin (short version: the exchanges are in one whole joojooflop situation), with an important caveat: The character of the conversations I had with these very knowledgeable individuals in the last few days reminded me of something: It reminded me of | Read More »
Oh, dear. This looks very awkward: What’s worse than firing your top political adviser and chief of staff amid a state elections-fraud investigation? Having to pay him $25,000 in invoices that appear once the FBI opens up a separate inquiry. Welcome to Congressman Joe Garcia’s world.