“By the way, I’m in this race because I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor…”
You know, I believe his true beliefs actually came out here.
So the SuperCommittee isn’t getting anywhere. So what will the government do about our financial problems.
And what about jobs?
- Does the GOP enjoy the misery of others? (dangerousminds.net)
- Truth Squad takes on GOP debate (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Peter Kinder bails on Missouri governor’s race (dailykos.com)
So last week was Tea Party Week… maybe this will scare the rest of America enough to stop criticizing Obama and join ranks…
Take a look:
Let’s make this week Democratic Week…
- Tea Party Member Confronts Obama on Biden’s ‘Terrorist’ Smear (sfcmac.wordpress.com)
- Jon-Christopher Bua: Washington Notebook: An America Divided (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
This morning we heard the debunking of the GOP talking point that the S&P downgrade was due to debt:
“We know the hole we have been digging out of is deeper than we thought. The question is whether or not the stock market dropping 500 points in a day and as much as it did in two weeks, the downgrade is going to be a wake-up call. What is feasible in Washington? The downgrade message, whatever you think of S&P, they mentioned the need for increased revenues and revenues being on the table three separate times. They indicted the Republican Party right now in Washington. It’s a question about whether or not there will be a change in fashion and whether or not it will be a wake-up call that the parties need to work together rather than the Republicans fashion right now, which is any deal is a bad deal.”
– Rachel Maddow on Meet The Press this morning.
… but are they coming up with anything? The Senate has kept the Boehner Bill from getting voted on…. the House has voted down the Reid Bill (which he Senate hasn’t even voted on and which they can’t agree on an up-and-down vote… in which it would pass… or a 60 person vote…which it would fail.)
- House to vote today on Reid’s debt ceiling bill (dailykos.com)
- Timeline: How To Track The Next 80 Hours (businessinsider.com)
- Senate Debt Ceiling Watch Party (firedoglake.com)
- Senate Vote Scheduled for Middle of Night (politicalwire.com)
- House Republicans prepare to reject debt plan (nj.com)
- GOP Leaders: We’ll Get It Done (foxnews.com)
- US Senate Kills Boehner Debt Hike Plan;Reid Wants Talks W/GOP (forexlive.com)
Harry Shearer dropped an interesting stat on Le Show this weekend: last month Rupert Murdoch’s organization gave significantly more in campaign donations to Democrats than it did to Republicans. Of approximately $50,000 in contributions, $32,000 went to Democrats… and primarily those associated with committees relating to the judiciary… as if Rupert had predicted in June the problems he’d be in in July.
However, it also appears that in the last couple of years Murdoch’s empire has given somewhat more to Democrats than to Republicans across the board. As Shearer pointed out, if the Fox News fans realized this, wouldn’t they protest?
- News Corp. Reports Political Donations (huffingtonpost.com)
… then this video from the Kaiser Family Foundation will give you an overview of what is actually covered, what it costs and how it keeps more people safe than not having it:
Those candidates who “debated” last night should sit down and watch this all the way through.
Asked what the White House thinks of the Weiner situation and whether or not it supports the Democratic leadership that wants the Congressman‘s resignation, Press Secretary Jay Carney said the following:
“We think it’s a distraction from the important business that this president needs to conduct and Congress need to conduct. Beyond that, I don’t have any comment.”
Carney also said that Weiner’s activity was inappropriate. On the news tonight (an NBC leap into the front line), President Obama said Weiner should resign.
- White House Weighs In On Weinergate: ‘A Distraction,’ Behavior And Dishonesty ‘Inappropriate’ (mediaite.com)
- “The president feels, we feel at the White House, this is a distraction, as Congressman Weiner has…” (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Carney weighs in on Weiner (whitehouse.blogs.cnn.com)
- Carney on a scandal – W.H. won’t say Weiner must go (politico.com)
- White House calls Weiner a ‘distraction’ (nydailynews.com)
- White House: Weiner scandal is a ‘distraction’ (cnn.com)
According to a poll reported on by The Hill:
Furthermore, those polled didn’t seem to trust one party over another… and 68% believe that ethical standards have declined among politicians in recent decades while only 7% thought they had improved.
69% of those polled said they somewhat or strongly disapproved of the job Congress is doing, 25% said they somewhat approved and just 3% said they strongly approved. 33% said men in office are less ethical than women.
- Is Congress Getting More Unethical? (politicalwire.com)
- Poll: Weiner constituents say stay (politico.com)
- Everybody Hates Congress (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Pols misread polls, spin wrong message from Weiner (proseandthorn.wordpress.com)
“Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person. In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.”
Weiner spokeswoman, Risa Heller
What clinic treats Twitter stupidity?
- Anthony Weiner Requests Leave of Absence to Seek Treatment (blippitt.com)
- Weiner to seek professional treatment, requests temporary leave of absence from the House (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Breaking: Rep. Weiner Asks For ‘Leave of Absence’ (inquisitr.com)
- Anthony Weiner Takes Leave of Absence from Congress, Seeks Professional Help (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Weiner says he’ll get help, take leave from Congress (ctv.ca)
- Weiner Heads To Rehab As Pelosi, Party Leaders Call On Him To Resign (annem040359.wordpress.com)
I have said that I would lay off on the Anthony Weiner brouhaha, but it doesn’t seem to go away… and now some major Democrats are joining virtually all Republicans in saying Weiner should resign his post. I expect that from Republicans… even though they didn’t express the same kinds of thoughts when their officeholders were revealed to have sexual affairs in the past year or so (I’m thinking especially of creeps like Eric Cantor who, it would seem, thinks the main fault with Weiner is that he is a Democrat.
His constituency, on the other hand, as polled doesn’t seem to want the resignation as much as his colleagues. The last figures on the news last night put Keep Weiner at 50% and Dump Weiner at 28% with the remaining 22% undecided. In interviews on the street in Brooklyn and Queens, television reporters found many who said they would vote for Weiner again.
Of the 500 voters surveyed, 61 percent say Weiner’s behavior was unethical, but not illegal. Only Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz shared kind words for Weiner with NY1 on Wednesday, but he also expressed some relief that he was not in the same predicament.
However, 56 percent of those polled say he should not run for City Hall. Weiner was thought to be a front runner for mayor before the scandal broke.
So far, there has been no comment from Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, who is on a European tour with her boss, Hillary Clinton. It is thought that she is the last judgement on the situation and that Weiner would resign if she wanted him to. What kind of advice do you think she is getting from Hillary, who stood behind her husband who didn’t resign during the scandal that almost brought him down?
In my opinion, what he did was both extremely stupid and amazingly juvenile. It was not, however, a crime. It was more of an embarassment, and, as such has no legal grounds for his leaving office. There is the social stigma that this affair puts on Weiner’s character which some would find insufferable… but Weiner seems ready to, as they say, stick it out. It is highly doybtful that he will be able to run for Mayor of NYC in 2013 as he had intended.
So I think he should stay in and see if he can get reelected in 2012. I think his constituents should decide his future and his republican colleagues should support him (unless they are as personally clean as they claim.)
One big result of the Weiner scandal is the drop in use of Twitter by the Congressman’s colleagues. Elected officials tweeted about 28 percent less the week of May 30 to June 3 than the previous week, according to a study by TweetCongress.
- Pressure Builds On Weiner To Resign As New Photo Surfaces On Internet (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- The Long and the Short of the Strange Case of Anthony Weiner (irondice.wordpress.com)
- Rep. Weiner’s Eventful Day (blogs.wsj.com)
- Huma Abedin, The Primary Reason Anthony Weiner Is An Idiot (buzzfeed.com)
- I Can’t Believe Anthony Weiner Will Keep His Job (lukeford.net)
- #WeinerGate : Huma Abedin PREGNANT (dave-lucas.blogspot.com)
- Huma Abedin, Wife of Anthony Weiner: Pregnant! (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Ignant Column – Pressure ramps up on Anthony Weiner to resign – Source: The Washington Post (curmilus.wordpress.com)
- Hell No, He Won’t Go! (powerlineblog.com)
- Anthony Weiner Should NOT Resign (inquisitr.com)
- The Honorable Anthony Weiner (geneveith.com)
- How Anthony Weiner can recover from scandal (cbsnews.com)
- Top Democratic Rep Calls For Anthony Weiner’s Resignation (alternet.org)
- Eliot Spitzer Talks Anthony Weiner Scandal (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Weiner: I’m not quitting (politico.com)
They’ll stop at nothing to steal the Presidency.
We have to act now to stop these bills from becoming law. The Democratic Governors Association is the only organization devoted solely to electing Democratic governors who will veto any and all attempts to limit voter rights. Use the form at the right to stand with the DGA and demand that Republicans stop their politically-motivated attempts to suppress votes.
- Linking Money to Votes… (themoderatevoice.com)
- DGA Video: Will GOP Governors ‘Stand with Scott’ Walker’s Power Grab? (middletownmike.blogspot.com)
- Voter registration could be key to Obama in 2012 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- My new podcast is at 10 AM… I’m getting ready. (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
I did. here it is:
Victories like this are what happen when we fight together to protect our core Democratic values.
Congresswoman-elect Hochul’s victory in a staunchly-Republican district has shocked the political world and sent an unmistakable sign that the American people will not stand for the Republicans’ reckless and extreme agenda to end Medicare.
This is our third straight special election victory in New York — and it is truly one for the ages. All of the Republicans’ right-wing outside groups with their secret money and dishonest attacks were no match for the combined strength of grassroots Democrats.
Thank you again for fighting to protect and defend Medicare and bringing us one step closer to regaining our Democratic House Majority.
Hopefully, this is the start of taking back the House from the crazies.
- NY-26: Kathy Hochul victory thread (dailykos.com)
- Democrats win upset New York victory (politics.ie)
- What NY-26 Means for 2012 (politicalwire.com)
- Referendum on Medicare? Dem Wins Special Election in GOP-Leaning NY-26 (abcnews.go.com)
- Nancy Pelosi squeezes Paul Ryan on Medicare (thehill.com)
- Pelosi effective foil for GOP? (politico.com)
- New York Special Election: Medicare Will Be Issue Of 2012 (huffingtonpost.com)
- Democrat Kathy Hochul wins upstate NY race – Reuters (news.google.com)
- New York’s Extra Special Election: A GOP Wake-Up Call? (swampland.time.com)
Republican results (unofficial)
|Mark A. Sorsaia||2,950||4.82%|
|Larry V. Faircloth||2,369||3.87%|
|Mitch B. Carmichael||2,045||3.34%|
|Ralph William Clark||1,230||2.01%|
Democratic results (unofficial)
|Earl Ray Tomblin||51,191||40.37%|
|Natalie E. Tennant||21,954||17.31%|
|John D. Perdue||15,904||12.54%|
|Jeffrey V. Kessler||6,715||5.30%|
- Maloney to Face Tomblin for West Virginia Governor (politicalwire.com)
- WV-Gov: Dems Win All Permutations, Tomblin Leads Primary (dailykos.com)
- Maloney Catches Ireland in West Virginia (politicalwire.com)
- Democrat Leads Field in W.Va. Governor’s Race (online.wsj.com)
- 6 Dems, 8 Republicans in W.Va. special primary (sfgate.com)
While I’ve been waiting at home for the delivery of my SuperFocus glasses (according to UPS tracking they left the Hagerstown UPS facility at around 7:30 this morning… it is now around 1:30 in the afternoon and they are not here yet. Of course, the estimated delivery listing said they would come at “some time” today… so I’m just going to wait.
Anyway, while sitting here waiting, I was thinking about the things that make politicians the servants of corporations with endless supplies of money, while they ignore the needs of citizens who have little or no cash to spare. Notice I didn’t distinguish between Democrats and Republicans… I can cite instances where members of both parties have knuckled under to Corporate funds. Although I must say that, during this season, and especially after the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, the Republicans are a good ten times ahead of the Democrats in raising corporate donations for campaign ads (about $100.00 vs. $1,000,000.00 so far) and, unlike the small players, the Republican contributions have not been attributed to anyone… they are completely secret.
That’s going to make the campaign season a little off center as we watch TV ads and listen to radio shows. It’s going to be the responsibility of blogs like this one to keep all the players honest. So I hope as petitions come up and phone calls need to be made that my readers will be as active as necessary to help us preserve the America that is run by the People and not by the Corporate Elite.
- Ben & Jerry on the “Personhood” of Citizens United: (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Can Administration Thwart “Citizens United” Ruling (lezgetreal.com)
- GOP’s Political Warfare: Long-Term and Virtually Unopposed (elections.firedoglake.com)
- Doug Kendall: Will the Supreme Court Prevent Citizens United From Being Fixed? (huffingtonpost.com)
- New Democratic “Super PACs” Start Spending (swampland.time.com)
- Koch brothers become political Big Brother (rt.com)
- Senate Democrats to Force Senate Republicans to Vote for Awful Republican Budget (slog.thestranger.com)
- Senator Dick Durbin We Hardley Knew Ye (jonathanturley.org)
- My Superfocus Glasses are supposed to be here tomorrow! I’m excited… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
Nothing would make me happier than Republicans, and by that I mean The Tea Party (or the Koch Brothers Front) losing control of the House next year.
Steve Israel (see below) is right on the money here, and if those uncompromising righties don’t sign along with the rest of us to restore taxes on the Top 1%, then they will guarantee the loss of control.
Picked this up at Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire:
- DCCC Chair Steve Israel Says Ryan Budget, Medicare Will Cost Republicans the House (blogs.abcnews.com)
- All in: House passes Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget, 235-193 (hotair.com)
- DCCC posts fundraising haul (politico.com)
- Meet the Democratic Campaign Leaders (pinkbananaworld.com)
Right now, the economy is weak. Giving into austerity will weaken it further, or at least delay recovery for longer. And if Obama does not get a recovery, then he will not be a successful president, no matter how hard he works to claim Boehner’s successes as his own.
It’s worth your time to read the whole column HERE.
- Agent Orange: (brothersjuddblog.com)
- In Government Shutdown Analogy, NBA’s David Stern Is John Boehner; Will Billy Hunter Be Obama? (sbnation.com)
- Once Again, We Are Defeated… (delong.typepad.com)
- Budget Compromise a Bad Deal for Democrats, American Economy (blogs.forbes.com)
- The President Says We Won. Harry Reid Says We Won. So Why Does My Butt Hurt? (bruceturnerjr5.wordpress.com)
The Teabaggers are trying to defund Planned Parenthood, eliminating pap smears and breast exams (and, yes, abortions) for poor women. Patty Murray looked at it as blackmail:
“I am really stunned, and I am angry as a woman that we have come to this after weeks of negotiating on numbers, where we have in principle an agreement on numbers, that there are those in the Republican Party in the House who are willing to shut down the government, take people’s paychecks away from them, because they want to deny women access to health care in this country.”
“Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.” ~William E. Gladstone, 1866
Received this in the e-mail this afternoon:
WI Republicans are in a panic. There will be a recount, but the damage is already done. In fact, district by district results show major problems for the WI Republican Senators across the state — especially for Republican Senator Dan Kapanke where JoAnne Kloppenburg won his district handily.
As you know, Kapanke is the first of the Republican Senators to have a recall petition filed on him. Let’s see if they can add more to the list…and hold out until January so they can recall Gov. Walker.
- Wisconsin Democrats File First Petition To Recall Dan Kapanke (huffingtonpost.com)
- Wisconsin Dems file 30,000 signatures to recall Kapanke, twice what’s needed (dailykos.com)
- It’s On Like Donkey Kong!: Wisconsin Has The Signatures For Recall Of Republican State Sen. Kapanke (crooksandliars.com)
- BREAKING: First Republican Recalled …boldprogressives.org (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- Dems to force recall of Wisconsin GOP senator (thehill.com)
Perhaps Cantor should consult any grade school student who has studied U.S. History and find out what he is suggesting is unconstitutional.
This from HuffPo (if you click their URL below there’s more):
- Echo Chamber? House Plans New Vote on Old Spending Bill (blogs.wsj.com)
- Eric Cantor Admits Republicans Want to Kill Social Security (firedoglake.com)
- Cantor Debuts Bill That Would Make GOP Budget Law Of Land Should Shutdown Become Imminent (huffingtonpost.com)
- Eric Cantor: No Stopgap Spending Bill Beyond April 8 (huffingtonpost.com)
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- Right now in Wisconsin (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- Campaign to recall Wisconsin Republicans gaining steam (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Recall elections in Wisconsin … (ynative77.wordpress.com)
John Nichols has written another revealing article on the Wisconsin situation in The Nation. This one is a really frightening one for any free American: proposing legislation to deny State Senators the ability to serve their constituents.
Nichols cites State Senator Fred Risser of Madison in the article:
“Who does Senator Fitzgerald think he is? Just because his brother is the speaker of the Assembly and his best friend is the governor of Wisconsin does not give him the power to decide who can and cannot vote in the State Senate,” said Risser, whose Senate service began before Fitzgerald was born. “His statement that Senate Democrats can no longer vote in committee is the height of arrogance. In my tenure in the legislature, I have never seen any attempt to deny duly elected legislators their right to vote.”
Here’s a clip, but go into The Nation’s site and read it all:
- John Nichols sums up the Wisconsin situation in his The Beat column from The Nation. (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Fitzgerald Grinds the Axe- Wisconsin Democratic Senators Barred From Committee Votes (blogs.forbes.com)
- Does Scott Fitzgerald hate his political opponents more than he loves his own country? (boremetotears.com)
- Wisconsin Anti-Union Bill Gets March 18 Hearing (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- More groups join Wisconsin fight – Politico (news.google.com)
- Welcome Back Wisconsin 14 (mythoughtsideasandramblings.com)
- Wisconsin Senate Won’t Count Democratic Votes (politicalwire.com)
- Kos’s pollster, PPP, surveyed Wisconsin districts about recalling Republican state senators. (althouse.blogspot.com)