POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 2/28
Michael Kinsley chronicles how Republicans, and their affiliated media, are complaining “loudly about feeling bullied by their opponents.”
“Big, bad President Obama, creepy Harry Reid, that B-word Nancy Pelosi, and the rest of the gang of toughs called the Democratic Party are picking on the poor defenseless GOP. As a campaigning theme, it seems insane. The GOP has long prospered by portraying Democrats as the wimps, dangerously weak and unfit for command. Does the name Michael Dukakis ring a bell? And in really heady moments, like 1984, when Reagan earned his second term, or 1994 and 2010, when sweeping victories in off-year elections seemed to foretell an imminent landslide, Republican fantasies of one-party rule involved the triumph of their party, not humiliation by the other side.”
“In fact, moaning about how weak you are compared with the opposition seems so obviously a political mistake that we can only reach one conclusion: This must be sincere.”
Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, is a leading candidate to become President Obama’s nominee as U.S. ambassador to Japan,Bloomberg reports.
The president has signed off on Kennedy’s nomination, but her vetting for the post hasn’t been completed.
Tom Goldstein thinks the questions this morning from Supreme Court justices indicate that “a majority of the Court seems committed to invalidating Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and requiring Congress to revisit the formula for requiring preclearance of voting changes. The vote seems quite likely to be five to four.”
USA Today: “The justices who could be the swing votes in an eventual ruling suggested that an outdated formula built into the law now discriminates against the South, much as Southern states discriminated against black voters by erecting barriers such as poll taxes and literacy tests.”
Illinois state Rep. Jim Sacia (R) went on an epic tirade against Democratic legislators for forcing gun control on the entire state to deal with Chicago’s “run away gun problem” and said the state’s gun control laws are akin to asking him to get “castrated” because Chicagoans are having too many babies.
Said Sacia: “Here’s an analogy folks, I ask you to think of this: You folks in Chicago, want me to get castrated because you’re families are having too many kids. It spells out exactly what is happening here! You want us to get rid of guns…”
Hillary Clinton admitted she’s planning to write another memoir and BuzzFeed reports New York publishing types “immediately began speculating about what topics might be covered in the book’s pages, what publishing house would get the project — and, of course, what kind of monster advance she’d get for it.”
“Estimates for Clinton’s advance — the amount of money an author is paid before the book goes on the shelves — ranged from $5 million to $14 million. Her husband got $15 million for his 2004 autobiography, My Life, but as the publishing industry adapts to the digital age, seven- and eight-figure advances are hard to come by.”
The White House invited congressional leaders to the White House on Friday — the day that automatic federal spending cuts take effect — to discuss those cuts, NBC Newsreports.
“Republicans were quick to question why the White House would schedule the meeting only on the final day of the belabored back-and-forth over the cuts.”
A new Hamilton Campaigns (D) poll in Florida finds Gov. Rick Scott (R) tied with Charlie Crist (D) in a potential 2014 gubernatorial match up, 41% to 41%.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) tangled with Fox News host Sean Hannity in an extremelycontentious interview which started with the Democratic lawmaker saying, “I mean, you know, quite frankly, you are the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen.”
Dick Morris says President Obama has a “secret plan” in dealing with the sequester.
“Here’s the answer: He knows the economy is tanking. He realizes that we are headed for a double-dip recession. He expects unemployment to soar. He understands that his almost $300 billion in tax increases this year will drive us into recession. So he needs an out.”
“It will be the GOP’s fault. All the warnings of the dire impact of these across-the-board budget cuts — including a New York Times article about how states fear the economic impact of sequester — are designed to set up a massive blame game in which he excoriates Republicans for the recession.”
(DOES ANYONE LISTEN ANYMORE TO ANYTHING MORRIS HAS TO SAY?! fvm)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was not invited to speak at the annual CPAC conference this year because he broke with conservatives on key issues over the past year, National Journal reports.
Said organizer Al Cardenas: “CPAC is like the all-star game for professional athletes; you get invited when you have had an outstanding year. Hopefully he will have another all-star year in the future, at which time we will be happy to extend an invitation. This is a conservative conference, not a Republican Party event.”
Nate Silver points out that conservatives “had been underrating how moderate Mr. Christie was — perhaps because they were so desperate at that time to find alternatives to Mr. Romney and their other candidates. Now that he’s been ‘outed’ as a moderate, it may be hard to close the closet door.”
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds 67% of those questioned disapprove of the “way Republicans in Congress are handling federal spending.”
Key findings: “Forty-four percent of self-identified Republicans approve of how their side is handling spending issues, while 51% disapprove. Even the base of the party is less than enthusiastic about how the congressional GOP has approached the issue — with 50% of conservative Republicans approving and 49% disapproving. Compare that to the nearly nine in ten (87%) of liberal Democrats who approve of how Obama has handled federal spending.”
Roll Call: Senate GOP divided on sequester alternative.
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told CBS News it is “outrageous” for the government to release illegal immigrants from detention before the sequester deadline.
Said Boehner: “This is very hard for me to believe that they can’t find cuts elsewhere in their agency. I frankly think this is outrageous and I’m looking for more facts but I can’t believe that they can’t find the kind of savings they need out of the department short of letting criminals go free.”
He added: “I think that the administration is trying to play games — play games with the American people, scare the American people. This is not, this is not leadership.”
Washington Post: “Politically, the president seemed to be trying to cause a split between Republican lawmakers who are set against raising taxes as part of a compromise to avoid the spending cuts and those who are open to the idea.”Explore posts in the same categories: Candidates, National, Politics