Bob Kerrey: Hey, let’s hire someone to run the government for Obama

November 5, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

COO.


Why not? Zeus would clearly rather be out doing the stuff he’s good at, like campaigning or playing golf or cooking up increasingly involved metaphors involving cars and Slurpees to explain the American political landscape. As Will Smith once said, “Barack Obama as a person is a fantastic individual, but Barack Obama as an idea [...]

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Chris Matthews: Let’s face it, the GOP forced Obama to the left

November 4, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

“They made him into a lefty.”


Via Greg Hengler, give the man credit: Amid the cacophony of dreary, rote Democratic excuses for the election — “messaging” is and forever shall remain my favorite — he’s got something novel going with this one. On the basics of it, that somehow Republicans thwarted Obama’s burning desire to be the post-partisan pragmatist of David [...]

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Obama To Supporters: Let’s Not Sugarcoat It, “Last Night Was a Tough Night”

November 3, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: On an intended pep-up call to supporters today President Obama said that he doesn’t think the results of last night’s election should be sugarcoated: that it was just a tough night. “We just had a very tough environment,” Obama admitted, “Obviously last night was a tough night and I don’t think we should sugarcoat it.”



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Obama To Supporters: Let’s Not Sugarcoat It, “Last Night Was a Tough Night”

November 3, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: On an intended pep-up call to supporters today President Obama said that he doesn’t think the results of last night’s election should be sugarcoated: that it was just a tough night. “We just had a very tough environment,” Obama admitted, “Obviously last night was a tough night and I don’t think we should sugarcoat it.”



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Exit Polls: Enough about the campaign – let’s talk about the campaign

November 3, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

(CNN) - It’s after midnight, which means the 2010 vote is over…and the 2012 race is officially underway.

In exit polls Tuesday, Republicans in three key early-voting states were asked about four of their leading presidential contenders.

In Iowa, it appears Mike Huckabee’s still got a base: the former Arkansas governor is tied with Mitt Romney at 21 percent, with Sarah Palin close behind at 18 percent, and Gingrich nabbing single-digit support.

In New Hampshire, former Massachusetts governor Romney displays his home court advantage: he draws more support, at 39 percent, than the rest of his top rivals combined. Palin once again nabs 18 percent, Huckabee drops to 11 percent, and Gingrich stays in the single digits.

And in the key early-voting state of South Carolina – where Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney both endorsed Gov.-elect Nikki Haley in the GOP primary this year – Palin, Huckabee and Romney are again neck-and-neck. The former Alaska governor has support from 25 percent in Tuesday’s exit poll, followed by Huckabee at 24 and Romney at 20. Newt Gingrich polls at 10 percent.


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Democrats: “If We’re Gonna Lose, Let’s Go Down Running Away From Every Legislative Accomplishment We’ve Made” - The Onion has the courage to say satirically what progressive leaders refuse to say bluntly

November 2, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

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WASHINGTON—Conceding almost certain Republican gains in next month’s crucial midterm elections, Democratic lawmakers vowed Tuesday not to give up without making one final push to ensure their party runs away from every major legislative victory of the past two years.

Party leaders told reporters that regardless of the ultimate outcome, they would do everything in their power from now until the polls closed to distance themselves from their hard-won passage of a historic health care overhaul, the toughest financial regulations since the 1930s, and a stimulus package most economists now credit with preventing a second Great Depression.

Laugh or cry-take your pick.

This piece by The Onion captures the disgust I hear from pretty much every progressive I know inside and outside the beltway.  My only nit-pick is that the post spares Barack ‘no narrative’ Obama, who is the messager-in chief.  Here’s more tragi-comedy:

“There’s a great deal on the line, and we know it isn’t going to be easy for us,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), speaking from the steps of the Capitol. “But if we suffer defeat, we will do so knowing we cowered away from absolutely anything we produced that was even remotely progressive or valuable in any way.”

“And we will keep cowering right up until Election Day,” Reid continued. “From Maine to Hawaii, in big cities and small towns, we will collapse into a fetal position and refuse to take credit for our successes anywhere voters could conceivably be swayed by learning what we have achieved on their behalf.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) acknowledged the task would be difficult, but said Democrats would remain steadfast in permitting their opponents to deride the accomplishments of the $ 787 billion Recovery Act, even as the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reports that the 2009 measure has created millions of jobs.

“While the stimulus isn’t a cure-all, we owe it to the voters to scatter like pigeons whenever the Republicans grossly mischaracterize it as a wasteful giveaway,” Pelosi said. “Their sleazy, cynical distortions may win them votes in the end, but we will not let that happen without doing whatever it takes to sit idly by and let them get away with it.”

According to party leaders, the Democrats are putting their sweeping new health care law at the top of the list of accomplishments to back away from, mainly by allowing its most popular provisions—federal subsidies to make health care more affordable; allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26; and rules that prevent sick people from being denied coverage—to be summarily dismissed as “Obamacare.”

“Thanks to our efforts, a lot of people don’t even realize they may already be benefiting from these reforms,” Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL) said. “They certainly don’t realize they might be one of the 30 million currently uninsured people who will be provided coverage by the time the law is fully enacted.”

“You can be certain we’ll keep that information a deep, dark secret until we’re thrown out of power,” Bean added.

Political consultant James Carville praised the strategy, saying it was gratifying to see the party dissociate itself from what he described as some of the most useful and principled laws passed in nearly half a century.

“It’s the ninth inning now, and Democrats are finally getting serious about hiding in the weeds at the slightest mention of last year’s credit-card legislation, which put an end to predatory lending schemes that are universally considered repugnant,” Carville said. “Now that’s smart politics, right there. The chips may be down, but they’re still finding a way to curl up like a bunch of pathetic little hedgehogs and piss all over themselves the moment any sort of challenge is mounted.”

When reached for comment, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters he wasn’t surprised his opponents were disowning policies he described as “disastrous for the economy, disastrous for families, and disastrous for America’s future.”

“And, what the heck, put down that it’s disastrous for our men and women in uniform,” McConnell said. “Might as well.”

Might as well.

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Glenn Beck: Let’s face it, that Stewart/Colbert rally was awful

November 1, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

“It was high-school talent show stuff.”


To cleanse the palate. As Greg Gutfeld said on Twitter while the rally was going on, “Feel like I’m watching a celebrity child’s birthday party.” Stewart takes a few knocks here but Colbert — certainly the more partisan of the two — gets the brunt of it. And yet I can’t help feeling that Glenn’s [...]

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Boehner: On second thought, let’s not compromise with Obama

October 27, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Heh.


Remember what he told NPR over the weekend? Quote: “I think the American people want us to find a way to work together to address the concerns that face the American people every day. We’re going to drive for a smaller, less costly and more accountable government here in Washington, D.C.,” Boehner says. “And to [...]

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Dem congressman: Hey, let’s impeach John Roberts

October 25, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Stupid.


Via the Blaze, the logical conclusion to weeks of Democratic demagoguery aimed at the Supremes’ decision in the Citizens United case, which of course made it safe for swarthy foreigners to buy the election this year by donating to the Chamber of Commerce or something. This is almost too stupid to dignify with a response, [...]

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Keith Ellison: Let’s face it, what Juan Williams said was “un-American”

October 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Sure, why not?


A searing indictment from a guy known to idly compare 9/11 to the Reichstag fire. The good news: By the standards of prominent Democrats, this accusation of un-American-ism almost qualifies as serious. The last time this charge was made, it was Jennifer Granholm complaining about, er, criticism of the Chevy Volt. The bad news: He’s [...]

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