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Originally posted at The Right Wing Blog
Watergate. Troopergate. Weinergate. Speechgate?
That’s how some in the media are referring to the hoopla surrounding President Obama’s upcoming jobs speech in front of a joint session of Congress. Apparently the conflict between Obama and Boehner now rises to the level of a scandal.
Originally posted at The Right Wing Blog
Rick Perry if officially running for President. Some are suggesting that he’s this contest’s Fred Thompson. Here’s something from the LA Times:
We all may remember (or, more likely, most of us don’t) Fred Thompson, the former senator from Tennessee who polled so well as a non-candidate that he belatedly jumped into the 2007-08 GOP primary race. Thompson’s campaign quickly stalled, thanks in no small part to a general perception of apathy on the candidate’s part.
Comes now Rick Perry, the Texas governor who had seemed genuinely uninterested in running for president before Republicans still unsold on any of their candidates’ electability went looking for their conservative savior. As with Perry, little of substance was known of Thompson, and neither underwent the kind of pre-campaign scrutiny devoted to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or John McCain. (And, as I’ve written before, the media limelight should help expose Perry’s indifference to a potentially profound injustice in Cameron Todd Willingham’s execution). Both Thompson and Perry boosted their poll numbers by flirting with their party’s base before making their plans clear; Perry now sits within error-margin distance of front-runner Mitt Romney.
Sure, the comparisons are largely superficial. Perry certainly seems not to share Thompson’s dispassion (see the photo above). Plus, Thompson lacked the line on his resume about governing a state known for weathering the Great Recession relatively well, while Perry brags about it unceasingly, even though the government he oversees competes with California’s dysfunction. Thompson, previously an actor, evoked comparisons to Reagan; Perry, the popular, conservative governor of Texas — well, you know.
President Obama doesn’t like the GOP’s “Cut, Cap, and Balance” plan. He prefers his own plan, which is, um, well, he’ll get back to you on that one.
Throughout the day, White House officials slammed the Cut, Cap and Balance plan.
The plan “is an extreme version of a constitutional amendment that would cap government spending and require a two-thirds supermajority to cut tax loopholes or take other steps on revenue,” Jason Furman, the deputy director of Obama’s National Economic Council, announced on the White House blog this morning.
In contrast, he wrote, “the President is pushing everyone to come to the table, put politics aside, work through our differences and prove to the American people that we can still do big and difficult, but necessary things.”
According to Treasury Secretary Tim “Turbo Tax” Geithner, The United States government will default on its debt obligations on August 2 unless the debt ceiling is raised.
But like every other Obama deadline, this is an artificial date with no basis in reality. Let me explain.
Since January, Sec. Geithner has repeatedly changed the deadline for default, not based on sound fiscal calculations but upon a desire to force Republicans to act quickly, giving Obama the easy win.
First it was March 31. Then April 5. After that, May 16. Soon the default deadline was pushed back to July 8. Now it’s August 2.
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I never understood the whole “glass ceiling” thing. Perhaps this is because I am not a woman, or perhaps I just don’t understand why anyone would want a glass ceiling. A mirrored ceiling, on the other hand, I can understand.
I also can’t understand why women like to attack each other when it comes to politics. They seem obsessed with the glass ceiling, yet when a woman has a chance at higher office, her biggest critics are of her own gender. I don’t pretend to be an expert on gender politics (I don’t waste my time on “gender studies” because I take real classes), but something sinister is certainly at work here.
The Weinergate story was an important one, as is any scandal involving a member of Congress, but coverage of the scandal obscured other stories that need to be covered. In this piece originally posted at The Right Wing Blog, I take a look at the issues that need to be talked about now that Weiner has gone flaccid:
I must confess, I was fascinated with the Weiner story. But now that Anthony Weiner is resigning from Congress, we can move on to more important things.