Fast and Furious update: Ken Melson’s secret testimony.
The sound that you’re hearing is the muttered “Uh-oh” of a plethora of staffers at the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives. Of particular interest is the letter that Oversight Chair Darrell Issa and Judiciary Ranking Member (for now) Chuck Grassley sent to Attorney General (for now) Eric Holder regarding Melson’s testimony… but we’ll get that in a moment. For | Read More »
Bobby Jindal’s steadily-advancing re-election.
55 has two major meanings, in fact: First off, it’s ‘merely’ Governor Bobby Jindal’s approval rating in Louisiana last year – and unchanged, six months before the election*. Second, it’s the number of signatures on the latest recall petition against Jindal – a petition that expires next week. If you look at the above Politico article from December, you might suspect that the Politico author | Read More »
Martin O’Malley (D, MD) pushing for Amazon tax.
(Full disclosure: I am an Amazon.com Affiliate for Maryland.) It’s still in the early stages – the Governor has started the paperwork process and Comptroller for Maryland Peter Franchot supports the idea – but the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, and goodness knows that the Democrats keep doing precisely that when it comes | Read More »
Barack Obama’s disappointing 2Q?
Possibly the Obama campaign wants me to have that reaction, which was based on the news that they’ve released the total number of donors to date (just under 500,000) rather than the total amount collected in the second quarter. The campaign did so enjoy playing the expectations game in 2008. But what the heck: if it’s a trap, let me charge forward and trigger it | Read More »
QotD, Joe Biden Opens His Mouth edition.
Episode 34,872. Our illustrious Vice President, reminding the Teamsters that democracy must always give way to naked political partisanship: “And don’t any of you, by the way, any of you guys vote Republican,” Biden said. “I’m not supposed to say, this isn’t political. …don’t come to me if you do! You’re on your own, Jack!” Now, is that the official position of the United States | Read More »
NYT uses bad guesser Jack Bass to attack Nikki Haley.
I will admit that the New York Times largely did not attack South Carolina governor Nikki Haley (R) all that harshly in this article; in fact, they said some things that were actually complimentary (given that the governor is openly going after entrenched Republican interests in SC, that’s probably not a surprise). But they couldn’t quite resist playing silly games by getting local liberal political | Read More »
First North Carolina redistricting map!
And it firmly embraces the old folk saying: What goes around, comes around. This is the first of three new maps (all of which will be coming out of the newly Republican-controlled state legislature): To give you an idea of the shift (which is already forecasting DOOM for at least three North Carolina Democrats), here’s the old map:
Fourth of July: REPUBLICAN BREEDING GROUND!!!!!
[UPDATE: Promoted, with a link added from AoSHQ. I wish that I had written #1 on that list. - ML] I suspect that the Democratic party probably doesn’t want to ever see this sentence from a Harvard statistical survey appear in a news story: Taken together, the results indicate that Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming | Read More »
Mark Halperin says what he thinks about Barack Obama’s speech.
The alternate title for this, of course, is “Mark Halperin calls Barack Obama a d*ck.” A few thoughts on this: The longer video – as opposed to the one found here – makes it kind of clear that when Halperin said that “I thought he was kind of a d*ck yesterday” it wasn’t precisely an off-the-cuff moment. Nope. Malice, as they say, aforethought. As I | Read More »
Obama’s class warfare… against Obama’s stimulus program.
Even for Barack Obama, this is simultaneously: shameless; and clueless. I’ve said to Republican leaders, ‘You go talk to your constituents and ask them, “Are you willing to compromise your kids’ safety so some corporate-jet owner can get a tax break?” ‘ ” Just in case any viewer missed his class-clashing message, Obama referred to corporate-jet owners at least three more times before he took | Read More »
The DSCC Limited Resources Map.
Consider this map (via Politico) showing what the DSCC calls a “Limited Resource Plan” for the 2012 elections: …which is, of course, being waved around by the DSCC for the purpose of convincing wary Democratic donors that donating money in 2012 to the group that lost seven* Senate seats and struck out on four prime pickups** in 2010 is a good idea. This did | Read More »
White House caves on tax hikes in debt ceiling talks.
Personally, I’m not entirely certain why the Obama administration is so adamant about raising taxes on small businesses, but they’ve at least abandoned their previous position where a possible early end to Bush-era tax breaks (now scheduled to expire in 2012) was on the debt ceiling negotiating table. Unfortunately, the White House is still adamantly refusing to accept the pesky objective reality that there are | Read More »
Gov. Scott Walker (R, WI) balances budget over Democratic protests.
Via Ann Althouse comes this video of a mini-stampede by Wisconsin Democrats, upon hearing that Governor Scott Walker was supposedly leaving the Capitol after signing legislation balancing the budget without raising taxes: …Oops. Well. Natural mistake. Try this:
Antiwar Left to crank-call State Department over Gaza.
I (and Legal Insurrection) AM NOT MAKING THIS UP. It all has to do with that flotilla that antiwar activists are putting together to help notorious terrorist group Hamas out in the Gaza strip via a little blockade-running; turns out the Greeks have impounded a number of the boats, so 0ur favorite Useful Idiots are calling for antiwar activists to call up the State Department | Read More »
Reviewing Ann Bradley’s physical attack on David Prosser…
…what? I am perfectly entitled to use the rules of thumb popularized by left-wing hack groups like ThinkProgress or Talking Points Memo: since they felt justified in using uncorroborated anonymous reports to vicariously convict Prosser of assault, they have absolutely no justification for other people using the precise same criteria to vicariously convict Bradley. Besides, my version makes much more coherent sense. OK, let me | Read More »