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Good News!

Posted by  ▪  July 13, 2011
A reminder from Bill Kristol (h/t commenter Mike Hinton) But even if [the McConnell plan] created a bad news day yesterday for Republicans, the good news is that it’s already yesterday’s news. It’s House Republicans—not Senate minority leader McConnell—who will control tomorrow’s news. It is dawn yet?  It was just a bad dream, right?
 

Call his bluff

Posted by  ▪  July 13, 2011
Obama is bluffing.  He so desperately wants to keep spending at high levels and to increase taxes that he is threatening to withhold social security checks from recipients. Republicans should take a reasonsble deal if it is available.  A structure of scaling back spending, even if not what we would want, without…
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Obama fails to match Bush fundraising / Update – 2Q v. 3Q

Posted by  ▪  July 13, 2011
You will not see that headline.  Instead you will see headlines about Obama’s blowout fundraising of $86 million combined for his campaign and the Democratic National Committee.  Of that amount, $47 million was for Obama’s campaign. But as The NY Times notes deep down in its article on the fundraising, that $47 million…
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Just say NOPE

Posted by  ▪  July 13, 2011
Sent by reader Karl who snapped the photo in Rochester Hills, MI, and who writes: I’m a long-time reader but I haven’t registered for comments or anything; however, I was behind this bumper sticker and didn’t recall ever seeing it on your list before. Thought you might appreciate the red lights (and…
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Someone please tell me it’s darkest before the dawn

Posted by  ▪  July 12, 2011
Because the more I think about Mitch McConnell’s proposal, the darker things are looking. I tried in my initial post to be fair and balanced, and not simply reactive.  But it’s growing on me, and not in a good way. The good news is that 98% of Americans probably have no idea what…
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Is it worth $2.5 trillion to defeat Obama?

Posted by  ▪  July 12, 2011
Below is the video in which Mitch McConnell sets forth his proposal, and here is the WaPo analysis: McConnell’s proposal would have the effect of forcing Obama and congressional Democrats to take full responsibility for raising the debt limit, and require Democrats to vote on the matter as many as six times…
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Nice to see

Posted by  ▪  July 12, 2011
Someone who after 9 years is not suffering from Blogger Burnout or any other known blogging disorder. We all should be so lucky.
 

Mitch McConnell Sets The 2012 Narrative

Posted by  ▪  July 12, 2011
I have praised Mitch McConnell before, when he was fighting an almost impossible battle to hold the line in the Senate on a variety of issues when the Democrats had a filibuster-proof or near filibuster-proof majority. Now McConnell may have set the narrative for 2012 on the most important issue facing the…
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Prof. Susan Feinberg: Proud to have confronted Paul Ryan / Update – Audio added

Posted by  ▪  July 12, 2011
Susan Feinberg, the Rutgers Professor who confronted Paul Ryan at a D.C. restaurant over the cost of a bottle of wine ordered by people at Ryan’s table, appeared on the Dom Giordano radio show in Philadelphia moments ago (h/t to a commenter).   I hope to have the audio soon, and will…
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Obama throws Democrats’ Mediscare campaign off a cliff

Posted by  ▪  July 12, 2011
Almost the entire Democratic Party theme for the 2012 elections at every level is that evil Republicans want to destroy “Medicare as we know it,” whereas Democrats want to save the program by raising taxes on the “rich.” As Michael Alan  documented here, groups behind the “Mediscare” campaign already have started running advertisements…
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You must not have received the memo

Posted by  ▪  July 12, 2011
Spotted by reader Will in Denver, Colorado: The car owner obviously is operating under a false impression: That’s what the revenue debate is about.  It’s not because I want to raise revenues for the sake of raising revenues, or I’ve got some grand ambition to create a bigger government. 
 

How will it end?

Posted by  ▪  July 11, 2011
Help me formulate possible answers for a reader poll asking that question. Considering that some people wanted more than two alternative in the Flash Poll today, I’m taking suggestions.
 

They will fight in the restaurants, they will fight on the front lawns ….

Posted by  ▪  July 11, 2011
The story about a Rutgers professor confronting Rep. Paul Ryan at a Washington, D.C., restaurant over the cost of wine ordered by people at Ryan’s table rightly has been criticized, including by me. But most of the criticism deals with the professor being a busy-body and snoop, not to mention a hypocrite. But…
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He’s the only reasonable person, in his own mind

Posted by  ▪  July 11, 2011
I was right, mostly. The serious, conciliatory Obama showed up at the press conference today. The only reasonable person in the room was the theme. I was wrong to the extent that in his opening statement and throughout Obama framed the issue as the Republicans not being serious, not living up to…
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What are the rules of engagement at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus?

Posted by  ▪  July 11, 2011
That’s the question I have, because the French obviously have different rules than we do (h/t Israel Matzav): Syrians loyal to President Bashar Assad stormed the US and French embassies in Damascus on Monday. The crowds managed to break into and enter the American compound, but French guards repelled the attack against…
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Flash Poll – Which Obama will show up at today’s press conference?

Posted by  ▪  July 11, 2011
Obama is holding another press conference today, at 11 a.m. , with regard to the debt talks.  The last press conference was an unmitigated disaster for him, leading one MSNBC talking head to drop the “D” bomb. My take is that we will see a different Obama today, the conciliatory, serious, “can’t…
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Mexico, Maryland, literally

Posted by  ▪  July 11, 2011
Sent by reader Ulises, who writes (embedded link added): … saw this one in the Sears parking lot in Cockeysville, MD… maybe the in-state tuition debate that has shone a light on the problem of illegal inmigration in the state.  By the way, I’m a legal immigrant, originally from the Dominican Republic. Maybe…
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