You know, we make fun of Rep. Steve King for the way he opposes restricting dogfighting on the grounds that boxing exists, and isn't that the same thing? (No.) But you've got to hand it to King -- the man is an innovator. Scott Keyes (who I guess is on the Steve King beat these days, not that I'm complaining) has now caught King indulging in a little bit of Birther Calvinball. He's pretty sure that Obama's papers are legit, but you never know, because reasons. The whole point to Birtherism, though, is that you don't need to conclusively make this case to sell it. It's just that the buyers are all blithering loons.
While the various grand debates over the deficit that went down during 2011 received a massive quantity of coverage, the quality of that coverage was, at all times, pretty lacking. When the Senate's own attempt to form a deficit commission foundered, David Broder posited that it was the fault of Democratic "committee chairmen." This was comically wrong -- 10 of those committee chairs voted for it, versus six against, which was not enough to decide the matter. The measure failed because seven Republican cosponsors of the bill bailed on it. This stuff isn't that hard to figure out. And yet this is just a single example out of many where ordinary Americans haven't been properly informed on a variety of important details about an issue.
Yesterday, as Herman Cain continued to fend off multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, Cain's chief of staff Mark Block went on Sean Hannity's epo...
It seems to be the consensus among sane individuals that if the United States defaults on its debt, the result would be somewhere between calamitous and apocalyptic. It's the sort of thing that I would recommend avoiding at all costs, but Representative Devin Nunes from California apparently doesn't feel that way. In fact, it seems as if he believes that the "period of crisis" catastrophe provides is just the prescription our log-jammed legislative process needs to start functioning again.
Do you remember that time that the House passed a symbolic repeal of the Affordable Care Act, that didn't go anywhere, because Harry Reid is still the Senate Majority Leader and Barack Obama is still the President of the United States? Now, if you are aware of that vote, riddle me this: Are you left with the impression that the Affordable Care Act was actually repealed? If you answered "No," congratulations -- you are apparently in the smarter four-fifths of Americans.
Douglas Schoen and Patrick Caddell are best known for going on the Fox News Channel, where they pretend to be "Democratic strategists." But unlike virtually every other Democratic strategist in the Western world, the two men show a studied disinterest in and a complete antipathy for any of the philosophies for which the Democratic Party is best known. Their advice for President Barack Obama? Quit. That's sure to send a powerful message of leadership and responsibility.