October 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm #98588
I love this commercial.
As you spend this weekend with family and friends, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.October 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm #98589
Happy Sunday everyoneOctober 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm #98590
Wanker of the Day: Ruth Marcus
Sun Oct 20th, 2013 at 06:42:05 PM EST
Ruth Marcus probably angers me more than she should. Is that my fault, or hers?
I don’t know, but I swear that if I were Jeffrey Bezos and I was coming in and taking over the Washington Post, I would not allow any of my regular columnists to spend more than three months out of the year in the Washington Metro area. It’s just too poisonous to common sense.
While I recently went out on a limb and said something somewhat similar, Ms. Marcus let her irrational exuberance get the better of her in saying “the bipartisan group of 14 senators assembled by Maine Republican Susan Collins represents a vibrant and growing coalition of the reasonable and responsible.” She’s referring to a totally failed effort to get the Democrats to give in to hostage demands. It wasn’t a vibrant effort. It isn’t growing. And we should all be glad that it failed.
Ms. Marcus joins Ezra Klein in arguing that the Democrats will never be able to convince the Republicans to agree to more revenues, so they should just stop trying. I can respect that advice if it is coupled to some kind of overarching strategy wherein the Democrats get something of value, but look at this:October 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm #98591
Grinding Themselves to Pieces
Sun Oct 20th, 2013 at 01:11:48 PM EST
The lobbying industry, which has been laying in near-dormancy ever since sequestration kicked in, is getting ready to fight for money in the upcoming budget negotiations. Ironically, this means that Washington DC is kind of, sort of, working again. It also means that the Republicans are in for a world of pain. Because they refuse to lift spending above sequestration levels or tolerate any new revenue, that means that they are going to piss off every single lobbying organization in the country. It won’t be enough to tell a defense industry lobbyist that you’ll try to restore some of their funding by taking it out of granny’s fixed income. The scheduled defense cuts are far too deep for that game to work. The high-tech industry and the Chamber of Commerce still want immigration reform, and will be annoyed at the Republican leadership for not allowing a vote on it that would pass. Seniors and educators are going to be unsatisfied even if they get a good deal, relatively speaking.
Simply put, the budget is too austere. It’s so austere that the House couldn’t even pass a transportation bill because their own members couldn’t stomach the cuts. If the Republicans don’t make enough concessions to pass a Farm Bill, one of their strongest constituencies is going to revolt.
I don’t see how the Republicans can oppose immigration reform and stand by and allow the kind of cuts to defense, agriculture, entitlements, and transportation that they are contemplating and retain the loyalty of the armed services, the farmers, the elderly, and the Chamber of Commerce. I don’t know how the voters will react, but the lobbyists will turn to the Democrats.
To understand how the Republican Party is grinding itself into oblivion, you need to understand how their ideology has drifted away from the interests of their most powerful and organized supporters.October 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm #98592
Senate Career Advice for Cory Booker
Sun Oct 20th, 2013 at 10:22:08 AM EST
If you aren’t a long-time observer of New Jersey politics, you probably won’t understand all the simmering tensions between Camp Menendez and Camp Booker. Nor will you understand why, in nine cases out of ten, you probably should prefer Camp Booker. My hope is that these wary feelings are held more by their respective supporters than by the two senators themselves.
Sen. Bob Menendez is a product of the Hudson County machine, which is not a compliment, although his hard work, perseverance, and will power should be respected. Menendez is also a workhorse who has very intelligently navigated his way into a position as a powerful player. He not only landed the plum chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but also coveted seats on the Senate Finance and Banking committees. Some people worry that Cory Booker is too close to Wall Street, but his senior colleague already has that avenue covered. Sen. Booker needs to carve out a different niche.
After his election to the Senate last Wednesday, Booker did not say what committee assignments he wants, but he did say that two of the things he wants to work on in the Senate are prison reform and gun regulation. To do that, he is going to want to angle for a seat on the Judiciary Committee. Unfortunately for him, he is unlikely to find a seat on that committee immediately available to him.
The senator Booker is replacing, Gov. Christie-appointed Jeff Chiesa, sits on three committees, all of which could serve as short-term launching points for Booker’s Senate career. These may be the committee seats that Booker gets, at least, initially.
The most powerful of these committees is Commerce, Science & Transportation. It could be a wonderful fit for Booker for a variety of reasons. What could be more natural for a former Newark mayor than sitting on the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security? What’s a better fit for a New Jersey politician than a seat on the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard? Cory Booker has experience with the video-sharing start-up Waywire and close relationships with Silicon Valley, which makes a seat on the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet eminently sensible. And, if he wants to get some of the progressive credibility that Elizabeth Warren has earned, he could do it serving to protect vulnerable citizens on the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance.
The second committee that Sen. Chiesa was serving on is the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. It’s an out-of-the-way committee that doesn’t have much prestige, but it is also small, has high turnover, and, with luck, you can rise to the chairmanship within two terms in office. The most prominent Democrat to make a living on the Small Business Committee is John Kerry.October 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm #98593
Thursday, October 17, 2013
WELL, THERE’S ALWAYS IMPEACHMENT
What are crazy people going to do when Mitch McConnell is saying there’ll be no more GOP-led government shutdowns?
“One of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is there’s no education in the second kick of a mule. The first kick of a mule was when we shut the government down in the mid 1990s and the second kick was over the last 16 days,” [McConnell] said. “There is no education in the second kick of a mule. There will not be a government shutdown.
“I think we have fully now acquainted our new members with what a losing strategy that is,” he added.
Well, there’s always impeachment:
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) recently arranged for the delivery of an anti-Obama impeachment book to all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The book, Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office, by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott, is published by the conspiracy web site World Net Daily, which also reported on Rep. Stockman’s helping hand….
Impeachable Offenses claims that President Obama has committed many violations of the U.S. Constitution that could qualify him for impeachment, such as delaying the implementation of Obamacare and granting waivers to some companies and Congressional staffs….
Here’s the book trailer for Impeachable Offenses, which is like a video supercut of every right-wing email forward of the past five years (Benghazi! Fast and Furious! Gun control! Mexicans!:
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