Gee, you think the shutdown was a good idea for the GOP? I suppose you could if you think a permanent Democratic majority is a good idea:
Washington (CNN) — In a sign of the political hangover congressional Republicans are suffering in the wake of the government shutdown, three-quarters of Americans in a new national [...]
Jonathan Chait is not wrong.
What has two thumbs and no friends?
So, you know who else besides Weaker Boener stepped on his dick with the shut-down? This guy:
Got one hand in my pocket, and the other is smoking a cigarette…
Weaker Boener has had it.
Nancy realizes she will be Speaker again, soon.
Comes the salvage operation for the House Republican caucus:
House Republicans, increasingly isolated from even some of their strongest supporters more than a week into a government shutdown, began on Wednesday to consider a path out of the fiscal impasse that would raise the debt ceiling [...]
In every crisis, there is a watershed moment where the solution – or at least, the denouement – appears. Thus endeth the shutdown:
Cry, the Beloved Derper
Senate Democrats could introduce a bill to raise the debt limit this week, according to a Democratic aide. Considering the procedural roadblocks the measure could face, aides [...]
And why is this man smiling? Oh. Right. Cuz he’s winning!
There are more than enough votes to put a clean continuing resolution (CR) up for a vote.
So why won’t Weaker Boener do it?
He’s Speaker of the House, and can destroy any member of his caucus who opposes him (oh, for the [...]
At 12:01 tonight, the government may shut down.
I’ll give Ted Cruz credit for one thing, and one thing only: he’s not making a bullshit filibuster:
Would You Buy A Used Car From This Man?
Republican Ted Cruz of Texas was still on the Senate floor talking Wednesday– a dramatic step in defense of his high profile and controversial plan to prevent [...]
Politico, By Mike Allen & Jim Vandenhei, September 11
An Arlington, Va.-based conservative group, whose existence until now was unknown to almost everyone in politics, raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape political and policy debate nationwide.
The group, Freedom Partners, and its president, Marc Short, serve as an outlet for the ideas [...]
Altho it’s hard to find good news in this:
In a 205-217 vote, lawmakers rejected an effort to restrict the National Security Agency’s (NSA) ability to collect electronic information.
The NSA’s chief had lobbied strongly against the proposed measure.
The vote saw an unusual coalition of conservatives and liberal Democrats join forces against the programme.
Darrell Issa has a long-standing reputation as a self-indulgent obsessive criminal creep. This story might take the cake:
But Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican leading the House effort to save the postal service, wants more. He has made doing away with doorstep delivery a key part of his bill, which would require everyone to [...]
A curious little item in Time Magazine this issue:
If you are in any doubt about how little has changed on Wall Street since 2008, check out yesterday’s front page New York Times story about how banks like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley profited wildly by hoarding and slowing the supply of various commodity metals [...]
Wow. Such a busy news day. So many things I could write about: a royal baby, earthquakes in China, the name “Cheney” back in the news…but I want to focus on the powerful words of our President from Friday:
“Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama said, during extensive [...]
I’m not sure if this is a brilliant tactical move on the part of the President or a tacit admission that getting Obamacare fully enacted will be more difficult than anticipated:
(CBS News) The delay of a key provision in President Obama’s health-care law is being called a major setback for the president’s signature issue.