Predictions for 2015.
These are quite often wrong. will be confirmed as Speaker of the House. will be confirmed as Senate Majority Leader. Neither nor will announce their retirements in 2015. A Republican will win the special election for NY-11. The Supreme Court will, in a 5-4 decision, rule that Obamacare only authorizes subsidies to individuals who have signed up via a state exchange, not the federal one. | Read More »
Scenes from the 2016 Democratic Shadow Gutter War: Clinton v. Webb.
Via Hot Air comes a whisper of the back-alley brawls that are even now starting to form over the 2016 election, out there where nothing is really too low a blow and everything can be denied later: While they aren’t acknowledging [Jim] Webb publicly, [Hillary] Clinton loyalists are keeping an eye on him privately. The week before Thanksgiving, staffers of Philippe Reines, Clinton’s longtime communications guru, pitched talk | Read More »
On trying to shoehorn populism into the modern Left. Somehow. Somewhere.
I’m gonna push back a little on Salena Zito’s argument here on populism, although I certainly agree with her assessment of Elizabeth Warren: We are in the midst of a record wealth gap between America’s rich and middle class, according to the Pew Research Centers. That has fueled the populist opposition to Washington among Main Street Americans on both sides of the political line — | Read More »
The TRUE Great Failure of Barack Obama.
There has been quite a bit of commentary – not to say, ‘gloating’ – about the Democrats’ rather problematical 2016 prospects*. To wit: their front-runners are all old (late sixties to early seventies), all have baggage, and all distinctly lacking in any sort of executive experience whatsoever**. Worse, their front-runners are also their bench, as the surviving Democratic governors aren’t exactly anything to write home about, | Read More »
Alissa Starzak should NOT be confirmed as US Army General Counsel.
This is a few days old, but it’s Christmas and I was sick anyway. Anyway, this is going to be an issue next year: Sources on Capitol Hill and in the intelligence community say Alissa Starzak, a majority staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) who has been nominated for the position of general counsel to the U.S. Army, is one of two | Read More »
Oof: Bill de Blasio spurned by NYPD at Rafael Ramos funeral.
I don’t know what de Blasio was hoping to accomplish with his presence, but this probably wasn’t it: “Hundreds of police officers turned their backs on a screen showing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral of one of two officers killed last week in what has been called an “assassination.”” On the other hand, I don’t really know | Read More »
Dynamic scoring takes another step forward in Congress.
Well, this is a promising first step: “House Republicans are moving to increase the use of dynamic scoring through a rules change that would require long-term estimates of the economic effects of major legislation. The macroeconomic estimates required under the rule would include the projected effects of legislation on economic output, employment and capital stock, resulting in an assessment of how a proposal would cause | Read More »
George HW Bush hospitalized.
For shortness of breath; obviously, when somebody’s ninety you don’t want to take any chances. Hopefully it’ll be nothing and the former President will be back home in time for Christmas. Until then, our prayers and good wishes for him and his family.
The Daily Beast ‘realizes’ that the Black Bloc blackshirts have infected the #ferguson protests.
The Black Bloc uses protests the way that a digger wasp reproduces. Now it’s the Ferguson protests’ turn.
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How Bruce Rauner (R, GOV-ELECT, Illinois) can instantly become a Republican rock star.
I certainly hope that that gets his attention. Or that of his staff. Either will do. Anyway… once upon a time, in the far-off year of 2004, there was a Republican candidate for Illinois Senator called Jack Ryan. Ryan was widely considered to be an excellent replacement for retiring Republican Senator Peter Fitzgerald… right up to the point that the Chicago Tribune got tipped off | Read More »
Buried lead: Barack Obama comes out in favor of Citizens United!
Dear God but this man is unaware of the universe. (2:45, if it doesn’t work) Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they’d start doing if they see a documentary that they don’t like… Actually, we don’t have to imagine what they’d start doing. You see, in 2008 a federal court decided that a documentary called Hillary: the | Read More »
George Clooney discovers the essential uselessness of the Hollywood he helped create.
Oh, God, while the Sony situation isn’t funny George Clooney’s reaction to it certainly is. Well, not Good Funny. This is Bad Funny… anyway, let’s go over who Clooney blames, shall we? The press. “They played the fiddle while Rome burned.” They should have mentioned that this was blatantly a North Korean-friendly (at least) operation, based on the very name (I freely admit that I missed the | Read More »
Barack Obama not yet understanding that he needs to be irrelevant to 2016.
This should be fascinating to watch: “In recent weeks, Democratic operatives have begun to voice concerns that the 2014 midterms made plain the limits of an approach that failed to reach beyond minority groups or those who are reflexively liberal. And yet what should come next is not yet totally clear.” Largely because it’s essentially futile. The Democrats will not have control over their message in 2016, | Read More »
Visas, Hillary Clinton, and the Ecuadorean ‘alien smuggler.’
I wonder if the New York Times is not entirely comfortable with the idea of a Hillary Clinton candidacy: “The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns, according to finance records and government officials.” Specifically, the woman (Estefanía Isaías) got a visa from | Read More »
Sure, let lame duck Barack Obama normalize relations with Cuba.
Since John F Kennedy, Presidential foreign policy towards Cuba can be summed up in one sentence: Let my successor be the one who has to be the guy that let Fidel Castro win. Well, guess what: Barack Obama volunteered to be the poor, stupid sad sack that has to eat the pavement on that. CNBC reports: “The U.S. is starting talks with Cuba to normalize full diplomatic | Read More »