May 212010
 

From Meet the Press guest list for May 23, 2010:

This Sunday, Meet the Press is the only place to see both of Tuesday’s big primary winners. A major Tea Party victory in Kentucky gives Washington outsider Rand Paul the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate but some of his positions are already creating a controversy. He joins us exclusively for his only Sunday morning interview.

Not so fast…

Paul Backs Out Of Meet The Press Appearance

At the end of a rocky week, newly chosen Senate nominee Rand Paul (R-KY) has canceled a planned interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” citing exhaustion. It’s only the third cancellation from a major guest in 62 years, the show’s Executive Producer Betsy Fischer said in an interview this afternoon.

“It is a big deal when somebody cancels an appearance,” she said. …

She said the only other cancellations from major guests were Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in 1996 and Saudi Arabia’s Prince Bandar on May 18, 2003.

He’s been the Republican nominee for three whole days now and is already pleading exhaustion. What’s he going to do if he actually (by some outside miracle) gets the job for which he is ostensibly running?

I think Crooks and Liars has a pretty good handle on this whole situation…

In the end, Paul’s meltdown is indicative of a novice candidate suddenly thrust onto the national stage and shown to be wildly unprepared. Somewhat reminiscent of a former Vice-Presidential candidate.

Yep, the Republicans definitely have another Sarah Palin on their hands. Seems to be about as good as they can do these days.

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(This is going to be fun.)

Do not be surprised if the only national public appearances made by Rand Paul between now and November are on the FOX News Channel.
 

May 202010
 

Watch as the Republican party’s newest candidate for United States Senator, Rand Paul of Kentucky, explains to Rachel Maddow why he believes it should be legal for private businesses in the United States to discriminate on the basis of race (among other things)…

The man is definitely a Republican.

The truly sad part of this whole thing is that what he says is really going to resonate with the people of the southern United States, who are, after all, the people he is running to represent. And he knows it. As do his handlers.

Are white sheets and pointed hats coming back into style?

UPDATE: Folks, it looks like we have a Sarah Palin clone here. Mr. Rand is now blaming his ignorance, bigotry and stupidity on “liberal media attacks” and “wild, dishonest smears.” I kid you not. You can check it out on his website.
 

Quote of the day

 Posted by at 21:26  Politics
May 192010
 

From Steve Benen of The Washington Monthly:

For those keeping score, there have been seven special elections for U.S. House seats since the president’s inauguration 16 months ago: NY20, IL5, CA32, CA10, NY23, FL19, and PA12. Democrats have won all seven.

A point that does not seem to be lost on David Epso of the Associated Press (an increasingly right leaning organization): “Hold that celebration, Republicans.”
 

May 182010
 

I just had the CBS Evening News on in the background (kind of listening, not watching). I’ve grown a bit weary of NBC’s Brian Williams lately and I absolutely refuse to watch the screaming heads on cable. That leaves Diane Sawyer and somehow, to me, she still belongs on the early morning chat shows. I continue to find it difficult to take her seriously as a network news anchor. So back to CBS and Katie Couric.

Somehow, the Palin family continues to be considered news. Katie just mentioned that daughter Bristol, the unwed teen mother who became so infamous during the 2008 presidential campaign, is now pulling in between $15,000 and $30,000 per appearance to speak to people about (of all things) teen abstinence. I could not believe what I was hearing. Has our country really sunk so low? Seems it has…

Bristol Palin gets $15,000 to $30,000 in speaking fees

Opportunity knocks when you are America’s best-known teenage mom, and Bristol Palin has signed on with Single Source Speakers to give lectures at $15,000 to $30,000 a pop, more lucrative than her current job at an Anchorage doctor’s office.

The daughter is commanding less on the speech making circuit than mom Sarah Palin. The dropout Alaska governor reportedly gets $100,000 plus business or first class plane tickets for herself and “First Dude.”

It really is a mad, mad world, isn’t it?
 

Weekly Address 05-15-10

 Posted by at 09:07  Politics
May 152010
 

“Wall Street Reform & Main Street”

From the White House weblog:

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama discussed how reforming Wall Street will strengthen Main Street. The reform bill moving through Congress will empower and protect American families with the strongest consumer financial protections in history, level the playing field for community banks by making sure all lenders are subject to tough oversight, and strengthen small businesses by curbing excessive risk taking on Wall Street, which will help protect credit for our small businesses. As the economy recovers in the short term, we need to build a new foundation for growth and prosperity for the long term. This bill helps to do just that.

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The transcript of the president’s weekly address, as prepared for delivery, is available after the break.

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Ridiculous spectacle

 Posted by at 17:25  Politics
May 142010
 

President Barack Obama met with members of his Cabinet today regarding the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. He did not appear to be very happy when he emerged from that meeting…

Let me also say, by the way, a word here about BP and the other companies involved in this mess. I know BP has committed to pay for the response effort, and we will hold them to their obligation. I have to say, though, I did not appreciate what I considered to be a ridiculous spectacle during the congressional hearings into this matter. You had executives of BP and Transocean and Halliburton falling over each other to point the finger of blame at somebody else. The American people could not have been impressed with that display, and I certainly wasn’t.

I understand that there are legal and financial issues involved, and a full investigation will tell us exactly what happened. But it is pretty clear that the system failed, and it failed badly. And for that, there is enough responsibility to go around. And all parties should be willing to accept it.

That includes, by the way, the federal government. For too long, for a decade or more, there has been a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill. It seems as if permits were too often issued based on little more than assurances of safety from the oil companies. That cannot and will not happen anymore. To borrow an old phrase, we will trust but we will verify.

A full transcript follows the break.

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May 142010
 

Just a little something we do around these parts every week at this time. Click and enjoy.

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.
 

Grab a mop

 Posted by at 11:21  Politics, Republicans
May 142010
 

From President Obama’s remarks at the DCCC dinner in New York City last evening:

You would have thought at a time of historic crisis that Republican leaders would have been more willing to help us find a way out of this mess — particularly since they created the mess.

We all have a stake in cleaning it up. We’re not Democrats or Republicans first –- we’re Americans first. I tell the story about — you know sometimes you got a feeling Nancy and I are — Charlie and Steve, everybody — Jerry, we’re — we got our mops and our brooms out, we’re cleaning stuff out, and they’re sitting there saying, “Hold the broom better.” “That’s not how you mop.” Don’t tell me how to mop. Pick up a mop! Do some work on behalf of the American people to solve some of these problems.

But that wasn’t their strategy; it was not their strategy from day one. And I’m not making this up. This is public record. They’ve said in interviews: We made a political decision. We stood nothing to gain from cooperating. We knew things were going to be bad. And we figured, if we didn’t do anything and if it didn’t work out so well, maybe the other side would take the blame.

They’ve done their best to gum up the works; to make things look broken; to say no to every single thing. That was the attitude they had when it came to pulling our economy out of a crisis. That was the attitude they had when it came to making sure that families and businesses finally got the security of health care in this country. That’s been the attitude on any number of challenges that we faced. Their basic attitude has been: “If the Democrats lose, we win.”

So after they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want the keys back. No! You can’t drive! We don’t want to have to go back into the ditch! We just got the car out! We just got the car out!

Wow. He sure knows our Republicans well, doesn’t he?

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A full transcript of the President’s remarks may be found here.