I kid you not:
Janeane Garofalo: “Herman Cain is probably well liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican party. Conservative movement and tea party movement, one in the same.
The always-analytical Michael Barone looks at the results from the 6 elections to recall GOP state senators in Wisconsin, and runs some numbers. Here’s what he sees:
My conclusion: these results show Republicans about as strong as they were in 2010, when Republican Scott Walker was elected governor by a 52%-46% margin, and they show Democrats weaker than they were in 2008, when Barack Obama carried Wisconsin 56%-42%. That was my conclusion as well when I compared Barack Obama’s 2011 Gallup job approval in the 50 states with the popular vote for the House in 2010.
Byron York reports that there may be a two-stage solution to the debt ceiling, and one that doesn’t appear to involve any promises from Democrats to cut spending later if we raise taxes now (the Wimpy deal, though not with hamburgers):
House Republicans are finishing work on a new proposal to resolve the standoff over the debt ceiling. The proposal, set to be finished and crafted into the form of a bill by Sunday, will be in two parts. The first will combine a short-term increase in the debt ceiling with spending cuts. The second will lay the groundwork for a longer-term increase in the debt ceiling coupled with far-reaching deficit reduction.
Looks like T-Paw has just tossed his hat into the ring.
Long hinting that he will run for president, Pawlenty announced on Facebook that he has established an exploratory committee.
Check out his video here: http://vimeo.com/21296895
It’s a cinematography familiar to those who’ve seen Pawlenty’s recent videos on his YouTube channel — youtube.com/user/GovernorTimPawlenty — except it’s the first production paid for by The Pawlenty For President Exploratory Committee.
The 1-minute, 55-second video consists of a rousing soundtrack with quick images of iconic “middle America,” from the former governor shaking hands with a greasy-handed assembly plant worker to a farmhouse as seen from a passing car window. Additionally, there are numerous alternating shots of Pawlenty donning hockey gear playing with regular folks and donning Carhardt or flannel talking with regular folks — images that he has appeared eager to cultivate.
Pawlenty’s words are — not-unsurprisingly given the purpose of the brief message — short on policy specifics but laced with general Republican philosophy, from the need for smaller government to the need to help small businesses. References to Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan — de rigeur for Republicans these days — and Abraham Lincoln are included, and he refers to the closing of the stockyards in his native South St. Paul, as historical images flash, as well as images of what appear to be St. Paul’s Ford plant.
Personally, I think T-Paw would make a much better POTUS than the current one. But then, that’s not a high bar… Elmer Fudd would probably be better than the current POTUS, if he could be convinced to take time off from wabbit hunting to campaign, and if people would vote for him despite his speech impediment.
It’s rare these days for me to agree with columnist Peggy Noonan, especially after Noonan wrote so glowingly of Obama in the run-up to the 2008 elections, but this time she has a point, and a good one (emphasis in original):
In attempting to praise Ronald Reagan and his legacy, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell ruffled the feathers of conservative columnist Peggy Noonan on Meet the Press when Mitchell claimed Republicans are “trying to appropriate Ronald Reagan for their own political purposes now.” Noonan, the former Reagan speechwriter, immediately called Mitchell out and got her to clarify exactly what she meant.
Noonan responded, “Republicans are not, I think, trying to appropriate Ronald Reagan – Ronald Reagan was a Republican. Conservatives aren’t trying to appropriate him – he was a conservative.”
Precisely. Someone needs to tell Andrea Mitchell that one cannot “appropriate” that which already belongs to one. But I guess that kind of logic is a mystery to someone who believes history began 2o January 2009.
It won’t fix the problem overnight, but it’s a good first step:
Moving aggressively to make good on election promises to slash the federal budget, the House GOP today unveiled an eye-popping plan to eliminate $2.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Gone would be Amtrak subsidies, fat checks to the Legal Services Corporation and National Endowment for the Arts, and some $900 million to run President Obama’shealthcare reform program.
What’s more, the “Spending Reduction Act of 2011” proposed by members of the conservative Republican Study Committee, chaired by Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, would reduce current spending for non-defense, non-homeland security and non-veterans programs to 2008 levels, eliminate federal control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, cut the federal workforce by 15 percent through attrition, and cut some $80 billion by blocking implementation of Obamacare.
Some conservatives may wail that it’s not enough, but it’s important to remember that you need to walk before you can run, and it all starts with a single step. As long as this isn’t the last step, I am happy with the fact that at least they’re starting to trim spending back.
Of course, the Obamacrats are gonna scream bloody murder at some of these cuts, but that’s fine too. Let them stand up loud and proud for out-of-control federal spending, then let the voters in their districts or states decide if that’s the kind of people they wanna send to Congress–in either chamber. Once again, the new GOP majority in the House is drawing a bold line and saying, “this is what we believe in,” and letting the Democrats stand on the wrong side of that line if they want to.