Poor Mitt Romney. He’s going to be reading ledes like this one every day between now and the day that he concedes the 2012 Republican primary race:
Mitt Romney on RomneyCare: The former Massachusetts governor talks about the subtle differences between his state’s health care reform and that signed by President Obama.
And Poor John McCain.
Yes, it’s still true: Republicans are despicable. Even to their own people.
Did you know that promiscuous women cause earthquakes?
I can’t think of a better argument for drug legalization than this one.
Lucy gets her football ready – again:
“I’m optimistic that maybe the Democrats won’t go forward with the [Financial Reform] bill as it is,” [Sen. Olympia] Snowe [R-Maine] told reporters outside her office. “Over the next few days, hopefully, something will change to make that possible. I don’t see why it would be impossible because frankly I think that there isn’t that much of a gap.”
Would such an agreement be possible within the week, to keep within the Democrats’ preferred timeframe?
“I think it certainly could be, absolutely,” Snowe said. “I’m always willing to be the only Republican if it’s the right thing, and it’s important to do the right thing on this.“
As she’s said before, when history calls, history calls.
Governor Rick Perry (R-Texastan) thinks W was the Best. President. Evah.
At the end of the day, when the history books are written, I think George W. Bush will go down as a very, very good President. Approaching great? I don’t know yet because I don’t know if we’ve seen the –
A year and a half since he’s been out of office, this may be a little bit early to write George’s history. But here’s why he was an incredibly good President: because this man kept America safe. […]
Anyone who is not a rank political hack, who has an agenda, and looks at this President’s efforts — I mean, there are two things that I think people judge Presidents on: their safety and the economy.
No doubt. One of the most epic terrorist attacks in world history, a soaring deficit, and a near-economic collapse later, George’s posterity is sitting pretty.
Speaking of keeping America safe:
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and US officials say two leaders of al-Qaeda in Iraq have been killed in a joint Iraqi-US operation.
Mr Maliki said on national TV that the Iraqi al-Qaeda leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who led an affiliate group, were dead.
US Vice-President Joe Biden said their deaths were “potentially devastating blows” to al-Qaeda in Iraq.
You know – the “al-Qaeda in Iraq” that didn’t even exist until Rick Perry’s BFF invaded the country.
When Pat Bond told her lover Henry Willenborg, a Franciscan priest, that she was pregnant, he urged her to have an abortion.
Bond, who was 28, had a miscarriage and then became pregnant again. This time Willenborg’s superiors urged her to give up the child for adoption.
Bond, from Missouri, kept the child but agreed to a vow of silence. In a signed contract with the Catholic Church, she undertook to keep the priest’s identity secret in exchange for financial support for her son, Nathan.
In America, Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Austria,women made pregnant by priests have signed such pledges in exchange for hush money from the church.
Deus vult, and all that.
Looks like Jews for Sarah Palin may have launched their web site a little too soon:
“Hearing any leader declare that America isn’t a Christian nation and poking at allies like Israel in the eye — it is mind-boggling to see some of our nation’s actions recently, but politics truly is a topic for another day,” Palin said.
In some ways the really noteworthy thing here is that Palin specifically combined her denunciation of religious minority groups with an attack on Barack Obama’s insufficient fealty to Israeli government policies. The two themes were in the very same sentence.
Jim Crow is alive and well in Arizona. Thanks to the Arizona legislature, having brown skin is the only probable cause police now need to pull you over and ask for your papers. Jawohl!
This is pretty much all you need to know about the Republicans’ loyalties when it comes to passing meaningful financial reform.
The Douchebag Council at Pat Robertson’s Liberty University argue that unless employers are allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual preference, deviant sex offenders are going to rape the bloody stumps of paraplegic veterans.
For Mitch McConnell, telling lies is like breathing:
CANDY CROWLEY (CNN, Sunday): The president says you are being deceptive in describing this bill.
MCCONNELL: Well, Candy … there is a bailout fund in the bill that was reported out of the Banking Committee, the partisan bill that came out of committee on a party-line vote.
CROWLEY: But that still does not–
MCCONNELL: I don’t think that’s in dispute.
CROWLEY: But that bailout is funded by the banks themselves, is it not? It is not a taxpayer bailout?
MCCONNELL: Well, Robert Reich, who was Bill Clinton’s secretary of labor, says it is a bailout fund.
When Mitch McConnell has to misquote me to find evidence he’s telling the truth, he is desperate. No, Senator, I never said Dodd’s finance reform bill contains a bailout fund. The fund in the Dodd bill is a $50 billion liquidation fund designed to keep the creditors of distressed banks from jumping ship so fast they’d cause widespread financial panic before the bank’s operations could be wound down. And the cost of that liquidation fund would be paid entirely by Wall Street’s biggest banks. So it’s not, I repeat not, a bailout fund.
As always, Eugene Robinson nails it:
The overhyped Tea Party phenomenon is more about symbolism and screaming than anything else. A “movement” that encompasses gun nuts, tax protesters, devotees of the gold standard, Sarah Palin, insurance company lobbyists, “constitutionalists” who have not read the Constitution, Medicare recipients who oppose government-run health care, crazy “birthers” who claim President Obama was born in another country, a contingent of outright racists (come on, people, let’s be real) and a bunch of fat-cat professional politicians pretending to be “outsiders” is not a coherent intellectual or political force.
Speaking of the incoherence of the Tea People:
Tea party activists are divided roughly into two camps, according to a new POLITICO/TargetPoint poll: one that’s libertarian-minded and largely indifferent to hot-button values issues and another that’s culturally conservative and equally concerned about social and fiscal issues.
The results, however, suggest a distinct fault line that runs through the tea party activist base, characterized by two wings led by the politicians who ranked highest when respondents were asked who “best exemplifies the goals of the tea party movement” — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a former GOP presidential candidate.
Call it the Dingbat/Wingnut split.
Finally, there is much to criticize about the Obama administration. Thinking that America’s success is measured by how much the rest of the world hates us is not one of them.