The South Carolina 1st Congressional District Special Election Primary Open Thread.
At the moment, it looks like a runoff is likely: Mark Sanford is ahead, but he’s only getting about 35% of the vote. Will link to updated results when I get a good one. [UPDATE: Politico's results are here.] Moe Lane PS: The Democrat nominee will be Elizabeth Colbert Busch; based on the fact that she’s getting less votes than Sanford and the general makeup | Read More »
Harry Reid concurs with Ted Cruz: Dianne Feinstein is a blithering idiot.
I am, of course, inferring that from context. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided that a proposed assault weapons ban won’t be part of a gun control bill the Senate plans to debate next month, the sponsor of the ban said Tuesday, a decision that means the ban stands little chance of survival. Instead, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she will be able to offer | Read More »
Barack Obama to double down on sequester stupidity and cancel Easter Egg Roll?
I am starting to conclude that Barack Obama is simply not as bright as he thinks that he is: The next casualty of sequestration could be the Easter Bunny – at least according to a White House e-mail that recently landed in Capitol Hill inboxes. The White House warned Congress that budget cuts could nix the annual Easter Egg Roll for kids, which is planned | Read More »
Chris Wallace smacks Dick Durbin over Barack Obama’s debt rhetoric hypocrisy.
I personally think that maybe Chris Wallace shouldn’t have done this to Senator Dick Durbin. Executive summary of “this:” Wallace asked Durbin why it was that President Barack Obama in 2013 declared that our $16 trillion debt was “sustainable,” when Candidate Barack Obama in 2008 declared that $9 trillion debt was “unpatriotic;” and Durbin answered the question by declaring to Wallace that Durbin had had | Read More »
Cyprus to raid private bank deposits, on orders from European Union.
Basically, it goes like this: the EU bails out Cypriot banks to the tune of 10 billion euros, in partial exchange for a 6.75% to 9.9% raid on Cypriot personal accounts (which is supposed to net about 5.8 billion euros in revenue), collectable probably now Tuesday*. See also here, here, and here. Naturally, the subjects of Cyprus (I can’t in either good conscience or grammar | Read More »
Andrew Cuomo tells local governments to consolidate.
Alternate title: Son, you’re on your own. The New York state budget currently under negotiation may be remembered years from now as the beginning of the end for many small towns, cities and school districts. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had tough words Friday for local officials facing fiscal crises and seeking more help from Albany, telling them they should consolidate services or whole governments and school | Read More »
Organizing for America is still underperforming. Shocker, I know.
Background: Organizing for Action is just as bad at pushing actual policy positions during Obama’s second term as its previous incarnation was as bad at pushing actually policy positions during Obama’s first term. I know that this will disappoint everybody who was expecting OfA a +5 Vorpal Juggernaut, but this was not exactly an unexpected outcome. Well, unexpected by some: there’s possibly an emotional aspect | Read More »
Sen. Robert Menendez a subject of grand jury investigation.
I do not see how this could possibly end badly for the …can we call him ‘embattled,’ yet? Yes, let’s! …embattled New Jersey Democrat*. A federal grand jury in Miami is investigating Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), examining his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, according to three people aware of the probe. Menendez has intervened in matters affecting | Read More »
Beltway “whistleblowing” groups: not-curiously silent on Barack Obama’s lack of transparency.
The solution to this quandary about transparency in the Obama White House is pretty easy to resolve… Whether it’s responding to Congress, media questions, or FOIA requests, this administration is no better than its predecessor. The big difference: Obama is a Democrat. And because he is a Democrat, he’s gotten a pass from many of the civil liberty and good-government groups who spent years watching | Read More »
New Jersey Democratic Mayor to… it’s too comprehensively fun to summarize, sorry.
It’s hard out there for a New Jersey Democrat: East Brunswick Mayor Dave Stahl will head to the Colonial Diner (located at 560 Route 18 N) [Tuesday] morning at 10:30 a.m. and announce his intention to (1) endorse Chris Christie AND (2) switch parties (3) AND run as a GOP candidate for State Senate this fall. That’s Buono’s seat. ‘Buono’ being ‘Christine [Barbara*] Buono,’ who | Read More »
Funny, funny lines from the Senate’s budget follies.
Pick which one you like best! I can’t decide. Senate Democrats say they will soon pass their first budget in four years, but it is proving a test. You can tell, right from the start, that the Hill itself will believe that Senate Democrats will pass a budget when the Hill actually sees one. Senate Democrats are tired of the GOP taunts over their failure | Read More »
Dianne Feinstein slanders PTSD sufferers.
And why is she dumber than soup? It is not entirely because of this errant nonsense: At a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Thursday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) opposed an amendment to her Assault Weapons Ban legislation that would allow military veterans to continue to buy the firearms that would be banned. Feinstein says a veteran may be mentally ill and should be prevented from | Read More »
Barack Obama v. Disappointed Iowan Sixth Graders.
Mr. President? I’d like to introduce you to some of the American people that you are harming with your petulant closing of the White House to tours. (video link here) “The White House is our house! Please let us visit!”
Barack Obama’s basic filibuster mistake.
And it’s a mistake that has little if anything to do with the nomination of John Brennan as CIA Director (although having House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell somewhat surprisingly announce that he was opposing cloture on the eventual vote is not going to help Barack Obama any). It’s also a mistake that has less than you think to do with the question of drone strikes | Read More »
A very contrarian view of Aaron Swartz that will do me no favors.
Sorry for that. But I read this New Yorker piece about Aaron Swartz (short version: was being prosecuted by the government for illegally downloading JSTOR archives; recently committed suicide), and this is the narrative that I take from it: Once upon a time there was a very bright, but easily bored boy who spent his entire life not having to do anything that he didn’t | Read More »