Today’s picture for you is from the Governor candidate debate at the MN State fair, hosted by MPR. From left, Host Gary Eichten, former US Senator Mark Dayton (raising his hand), State Representative Tom Emmer, and Tom Horner.
You would think, from the reports, and from what Democratic politicians are saying, that yesterday’s election was a loss of 20 Senate Seats, 100 House seats, and the Republicans are now in control of Congress.
With 58 Senators, Democrats are helpless to pass health reform or anything else? With a large majority in the House, they are stuck in place and after a year(!), Health Care reform is dead?
Give me a break!
“Oh, the Republicans will filibuster. Oh, Ben Nelson won’t like it. Oh, Joe Lieberman will hate it.”
God damn it. So what? Let the Republican’s filibuster. If they do that, then you go on the airwaves.
“Republicans don’t want an up or down vote on Health care reform. Republicans–why do you hate America?” Let them be assholes–and call them on it.
Barney Frank, one of the most liberal members of the House, has said that the Senate bill, already passed and would only need the House to pass to get to Obama’s desk, no matter when Brown is seated, says that HCR is dead.
I thought Frank had a pair of testicles. Guess I was wrong.
Democrats are pussies and Republicans are insane.
If, with 58 senators and a comfy majority in the House, we can’t join the rest of the first world in getting health care for our citizens, then forget about climate change legislation or anything else. Forget it all.
This country is so screwed.
You know, its times like this that make me want to take my camera, move to Rome and take pictures of tourists for money.
It has been fascinating, in a “I’m stuck in a car with this guy” way to watch the evolution of the outward political beliefs of Tim Pawlenty, our Minnesota Governor.
Once upon a time, he cast himself as a Republican moderate, a Republican anyone in Minnesota could and did vote for.
Now, as his political ambitions turn toward 1600 Pennyslvania avenue, that has changed.
First, was his unilateral “unallotment” method of budget balancing by simply underfunding or not funding hundreds of programs in Minnesota
Second, there was his flirtation with tenthers,
Now, he is walking back his previous moderate stand on climate change.
In 2007, he used his time as chair of the National Governor’s Association to suggest ways to improve, develop and advance clean energy. The effort was meant to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, but Pawlenty also didn’t deny that it was an attempt to clean up the environment.
Pawlenty was a vocal advocate of creating a cap and trade system to curb greenhouse gas emissions. In 2008, he and Janet Napolitano, then Arizona’s Democratic Governor, recorded a radio ad urging Congress to address climate change.
Pawlenty has changed. Now, he uses climate change as a punch line.
In June, Pawlenty wrote a letter to Minnesota’s Congressional delegation criticizing proposed cap and trade legislation in the U.S. House. He also came out against the Midwest Governor’s Climate Change initiative — an effort he helped launch.
I don’t know what is in Pawlenty’s heart, if he’s changed his views or not. But its clear his political ambitions have caused him to evolve into a far more right-leaning candidate for higher office.
Did Hitler really want War?
Pat Buchanan,you’ve gone way beyond the bend.
Far, far beyond.
Hitler was not misunderstood, Mr Buchanan. He was a monster. Period, full stop.
Via lots of places and people, ranging from Brad De Longto Steve Benen to Matthew Yglesias.
In an darker, alternate history, Pat Buchanan is a Gauleiter for New York City. And very happy in his job.
In a fiery speech that had her conservative Colorado audience cheering, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann railed against the dangers of health care reform and other Democratic initiatives, warning the proposals “have the strength to destroy this country forever.”
“This cannot pass,” the Minnesota Republican told a crowd at a Denver gathering sponsored by the Independence Institute. “What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn’t pass.”
“Something is way crazy out there,” Bachmann said in her remarks, billed as a “personal legislative briefing” by the Golden-based Independence Institute, which bills itself as a “free market think tank.”
My congresswoman, ladies and gentlemen.
I’ve said it many times before and I will say it again. As inexperienced as I would be, if you put me in her office tomorrow as the Representative for my district, I think I could do a better job.
Frak that. I KNOW I could.
Listening to John Bolton explain on NPR why Clinton should not have gone to North Korea to get two journalists released was…illuminating.
Wow. Just wow. Give it a listen.
John, those women aren’t, no matter what your paranoid fantasies might think, political pawns. They are human beings and I am glad, proud that ex President Clinton managed to effect their release. Boo-yah! You can be happy for that no matter what your politics are. Two American citizens released and freed. A good day for our diplomatic cachet and credit.
North Korea is a terrible regime that does terrible things to its people. The day that regime passes and is replaced by something better will be a most happy day. But not to try and effect the release of two of our citizens in a straightforward manner so that you can “make a point” to North Korea? Mr. Bolton, would you be so glib to say this if it was your own daughter? Maybe you would. Maybe you are such a true believer.
Heartless. Or Sociopathic. Maybe both.
Happy Birthday wishes to our President.
Happy Birthday, President Obama!
Me. I am glad, at least,we have a president who is not only as intelligent and articulate as me, but very much MORE intelligent and articulate.
Yes, Brian, I know what you are going to say. But given the hand we were dealt, I think so far, we’re doing better than I could have hoped for. He’s no saint. But a car filled with my worldly possessions driving toward the Pigeon River is not so tempting anymore.
Shorter Will Wilkinson:
Since we don’t have a world government and can’t *force* India and China to cut carbon emissions too, for the sake of our country’s competitiveness, we shouldn’t do anything about carbon emissions ourselves. It would hurt our economy!
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