If you haven’t seen where everything finally ended up after Florida was called (which took an awfully long time and right up to the very end the GOP said Romney had it… but he didn’t), then here it is:
Now we will listen to Boehner claim that he is ready to cooperate, but will keep the House just a opposed to increasing taxes on the very rich and solving the rest of the economic problems. Will the House Republicans finally support Obama’s goal to increase jobs? Looks like they are going to stay just as opposed. Didn’t they learn anything from the election?
Mitch McConnell will probably keep the Republicans in the Senate from letting things go through, although they are still in the minority. McConnell is up for reelection in Kentucky in 2014, so maybe he will cooperate a little bit just to show that he’s not a schmuck. We’ll wait and see.
- Boehner and McConnell Dissed Obama on Election Night – Refused Phone Calls from the President, Claiming They Were Asleep (pensitoreview.com)
- Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s strategy worked (washingtonpost.com)
- Obama Tried To Call Mitch McConnell And John Boehner On Election Night, But They Lied That They Were Sleeping (tribuneofthepeople.com)
- McConnell warns Obama on taxes (politico.com)
- McConnell (kind of) promises to work with Obama (tv.msnbc.com)
- Mitch McConnell offers a helpful reminder of why Senate Democrats must reform the filibuster now (dailykos.com)
- Boehner suggests Republicans will Accept More Revenue, Work Together (he must not have met Mitch McConnell) (freakoutnation.com)
- Election Gave Obama and Boehner Chance for a Do-Over – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Obama’s mandate (wnd.com)
David Horsey in the L A Times:
Makes me yearn for baseball season…
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Self promotion has it’s dangers…
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Kevin Siers in the Charlotte Observer:
When you get swallowed whole, it’s time to reconsider…
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Jeff Stahler at Sunshine State News:
…and a divided party?
- Greenberg cartoon included among 2011’s best (laobserved.com)
- Ky. plant to be featured in Toyota Super Bowl ad (mysanantonio.com)
Rex Babbin in The Sacramento Bee:
Who’s in charge here, anyway?
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… and how will they tell us what’s really going on?
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… and what will the Government have us do to keep the basics going?
Isn’t it getting depressing living in the USA today? Gee I’m glad we helped the Rich out by cutting their taxes. Why should they suffer?
Of courser, it beats spending money on Education…
Thanks to PZ Myers at Pharyngula:
Those Kentukyans just stuck us with Rand Paul, too. How they spend their tax money is their business. Hope to hell it’s not Federal Tax Money, because that means some of it is mine.
- KENTUCKY: Creation Museum To Build “Full-Scale Replica” Of Noah’s Ark (joemygod.blogspot.com)
- Sen. Mitch McConnell’s earmark power credited for revitalizing Louisville – Washington Post (news.google.com)
- Kentucky to Build Greatest Religious Amusement Park Ever [Religion] (gawker.com)
From Talking Points Memo:
You know… it is amazing what some people will say or do for a brief moment of National fame.
- What Shall It Profitt Thee (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Following Up On The Kentucky Head Stomper: Rand Paul Coordinator Apologizes (mediaite.com)
- The Kentucky Stomper’s ridiculous excuse (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Waiting on Rand Paul’s Apology Over Campaign Coordinator Who Stomped on Woman’s Head (womensrights.change.org)
- Tim Profitt Issued Summons, Whines [Greg Laden’s Blog] (scienceblogs.com)
- Tea Partier Who Stomped Lady’s Face: ‘I’m Sorry It Came to That’ [Crazies] (gawker.com)
Yesterday I had the lowest number of visitors (and by that I mean serious visitors, not quick check-ins pushed by Alphainventions, Blogitti, Blogiche or Blogsurfer) to Under The LobsterScope that I have had in the last couple of years. The number of SPAM postings that I have to look at and make a decision over has increased markedly as well. I’ll admit that yesterday I was gone most of the day getting my new old car in Silver Spring, but it is usually the evening that gives me my biggest amount of real participation.
I am now midway through my 64th year and rapidly heading to 65… tired, retired and mired in medication for diabetes, ADD, Depression and a new set of indications which they are testing for. I have the Radio Show to prepare for each week and the housework I’m now committed to as my wife is the full-time employed person. And I’m so low on physical energy that working myself up over the incessant trash dumped everywhere by the extreme right wing is becoming exercise I no longer wish to partake in. Plus, with the advances from Sustainable Shepherdstown working locally, the idea of creating a life that would mean survival if the Conservatives finally destroy our economy and and social structure now takes up a major portion of time and will only grow in the future.
I am quite depressed about the current election season, as I think, no matter what we reveal as the honest truth, America is getting ready to pull off a suicide vote this year and just the thought of John Boehner undermining health care as Speaker of the House and Rand Paul eliminating public schools for our growing population of poor children and Mitch McConnell gleefully putting party ahead of country for the next four years until he is up for election again (not that I think Kentucky will ever wise up) makes me shiver. Politics has become a lost cause, and since this blog is about 75% politics, it is not effective enough to maintain.
I’ll be deciding what to do in the next day or so (my wife and I are celebrating 32 years of marriage this weekend and I’d rather think of her than saving the country today and tomorrow) and will probably come out on Monday with a final statement on what will happen with UTL. Meanwhile, let me know what you think… if you are out there.
- Rand Paul to Jack Conway in Caustic Kentucky Senate Debate: ‘Be a Man’ (politicsdaily.com)
- Depressing morning… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- John Boehner: The timebomb who could be Speaker (capitolhillblue.com)
I received this in the email:
My adult son Michael committed suicide in July, after three years fighting an addiction to prescription painkillers. This is a painful story, a personal story. It’s not easy for me to share.
But I decided to share my story for Jack Conway, because I want to prevent another family from having to suffer what my family went through.
In response, Mr. Paul directly insulted me, calling my story “creepy.”
My son’s life was not “creepy.” And my baby grandson sure isn’t “creepy.” Both are blessings, as his second child due in February will be also.
When Rand Paul attacks people who are suffering instead of offering solutions, it shows he doesn’t understand Kentucky.
And that’s why I’m asking you to help me defeat Rand Paul and elect Jack Conway — someone who has tackled drug abuse as Kentucky’s Attorney General and actually understands Kentucky families.
Watch the video I did for Jack Conway today, and share it with your friends:
Sometimes I hear people say Rand Paul just has a few wacky ideas, and he won’t really hurt anyone. Well, it hurts my family — and thousands of other families in Kentucky — when Rand Paul just dismisses life-or-death issues in our state.
It’s a shame Rand Paul reacted that way, but this issue is bigger than he is. Kentuckians deserve someone in the United States Senate who understands them and who will fight for them. I know Jack Conway is that person.
That’s why I’m asking for your help to beat Rand Paul and elect Jack Conway — start by watching the video of my story and sharing it with those you know.
Thank you for hearing me out, and thank you for supporting Jack Conway.
We’ve been hearing lots of things about Rand Paul’s attitude toward his potential citizenry if he is elected… and it is not pretty. Kentucky has a bad habit of inflicting unusually negative Senators and Representatives on the rest of us (Mitch McConnell and his public revelation that they will only vote NO to any Democratic proposed legislation). Mike Donta’s story is one of many.
- KY-Sen: Rand Paul attacks his own plan to raise Medicare deductibles (dailykos.com)
- KY-Sen: Big Dog to campaign for Conway (dailykos.com)
- Rand Paul vs. Pregnant women and newborns (dailykos.com)
- Rand Paul: Medicaid has turned into welfare (salon.com)
- Chris Matthews’ Bullying Interview with Jack Conway (crooksandliars.com)
This p0st from Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway was in this morning’s HuffPo. Here it is in its entirety:
When George Bush took a $236 billion surplus and turned into a $1.3 trillion deficit, Jim Bunning voted with him again and again.
When Bush and the Republican Congress ran up the national debt to eight trillion dollars, Bunning went along.
Why is it that only now, when unemployment benefits for millions of Americans are on the line, Jim Bunning has decided to have a temper tantrum on the floor of the U.S. Senate?
It is the worst kind of political grandstanding.
I am sending Senator Bunning a petition signed by myself and hundreds of my fellow Kentuckians, asking him to stop the political games and do the work of the American people. These are tough economic times and he’s playing with people’s lives.
Stand with me to tell Jim Bunning to stop playing politics with the help working families need.
We’ve seen way too much of this kind of this kind of obstruction and gridlock in Washington. Most politicians act like they don’t work for the people anymore. It is especially unfortunate that Kentucky families may suffer at the hands of their own retiring junior senator. I share the frustration of so many citizens across the Commonwealth who feel that Kentuckians deserve better representation.
Yet Republican senatorial candidates Rand Paul and Trey Grayson have sided with Jim Bunning and against Kentucky families. By opposing the renewal of benefits, they have promised to continue more of the same old politics that aren’t helping working families in the Bluegrass State.
Kentucky needs a new voice in Washington — a voice that puts workers and families first. That is why I am running for United States Senate to create jobs, cut the deficit, and bring accountability to Washington. As attorney general, I’ve saved money for taxpayers by taking on waste, fraud and abuse and protected consumers from price gouging by big oil and pharmaceutical companies. As United States senator, I will continue to stand up for Kentucky families.
We sent a strong message today telling Jim Bunning that the people of Kentucky must come before politics as usual. I invite all Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to join our cause. By standing up and speaking out, we can end the gridlock and make Washington work for us.
Subtitled “Set him on fire”, this citation by Ken Layne is drawing lots of attention on Wonkette. Take a look at the Chicago Trib article he links to as well.
Here it is: