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GOP Circus Loses Another Clown

November 18, 2015

GOP Circus Loses Another Clown

Did you know that lame-duck Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was running for president? Probably not; few people did. But don’t worry – he just dropped out of the race. Man, those Duck Dynasty folks are mighty disappointed.

Gov. Jindal’s campaign spent more money than it raised last quarter, but that’s kind of a habit for him. He’s leaving office with the state budget $500 million in the hole. Maybe the budget just needs an exorcism. Anyway, that’s the next governor’s problem.

When his term is over, Mr. Jindal will hang out at America Next, the nonprofit advocacy group (not a “think tank”) he set up to launder money for his campaign, not that there was much of it.


“Bobby Jindal drops out of White House race,” Alex Isenstadt, Politico

“Why Bobby Jindal’s Candidacy Failed,” Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight


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Trump on SNL: For Once, The Donald Isn’t Funny

November 9, 2015

Trump on SNL: For Once, The Donald Isn't Funny

Donald J. Trump — reality TV star, education scammer, overgrown trust-fund baby and Republican presidential candidate — is often unintentionaly hilarious, but he wasn’t funny at all when he hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend. Ratings were good but the show was not:

“Trump’s sorry night on SNL: An overhyped bummer for us all,” Hank Stuever, Washington Post

“Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live’: Not Hugely Entertaining,” Maureen Ryan, Variety


Dr. Carson’s Snake Oil

November 4, 2015

Dr. Carson's Snake Oil

One of the so-called “gotcha” questions Carl Quintanilla asked Dr. Ben Carson on CNBC’s October 28th reality show was about his involvement with Mannatech, a shady medical supplement company. “I didn’t have an involvement with them,” the candidate replied. “That is total propaganda, and this is what happens in our society. Total propaganda,” the Doc harrumphed. A great media moment, but denying a verifiable fact is never a good long-term strategy.

Ten months before the debate, Jim Geraghty of the National Review described Ben Carson’s decade-long relationship with the purveyor of unproven “neutraceutical” nostrums, a firm that paid $4 million to settle a false medical claims suit, a firm thouroughly discredited in a 2007 ABC 20/20 investigation.

So Mr. Quintanilla’s debate question should have come as no surprise. Ben Carson shilled for Mannatech on PBS in 2014 and The Wall Street Journal‘s Mark Maremont had outlined Dr. Carson’s decade-long relationship with Mannatech just weeks before the CNBC event.

Since the debate, has Dr. Carson addressed the fact that for 10 years he promoted medical hokum for money? No. He tried to sidestep the issue of his personal and professional ethics by blaming his political opponents for raising this controversy, another clear falsehood. So much for the moral high ground.


“What Ben Carson’s Mannatech Answer Tells Us,” Jim Geraghty, National Review

“Springtime for Grifters,”New York Times


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Senator Rubio: ‘I’m Not an Absentee, I’m an Outsider!’

October 30, 2015

Senator Rubio: 'I'm Not an Absentee, I'm an Outsider!'

First-term Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), congressional quitter and presidential candidate, has missed more votes than any other senator in the current Congress. Telling Jeb Bush that other people missed votes years ago doesn’t change that.

Besides, Mr. Rubio says, he isn’t playing hooky, he’s a rebel, an outsider.

“When pressed on CNN’s State of the Union about why he’s missed so many votes, the senator explained a lot of them ‘won’t mean anything’ and will ultimately go nowhere or get vetoed by Obama. But isn’t that a bit hypocritical, since Rubio just declared that federal workers who don’t perform their jobs should be able to be fired? ‘Voting is not the only part of the Senate job. The most important thing a senator does is constituent service,’ Rubio explained, adding that he still attends intelligence briefings. ‘I’m not missing votes because I’m on vacation,’ he said. ‘I’m running for president so that the votes they take in the Senate are actually meaningful again.'”

— “Marco Rubio Is Skipping Senate Votes Because He’s a Washington Outsider,” Margaret Hartmann, New York Magazine


Paul Ryan Coronation Today. Make That ‘Paul D. Ryan.’

October 29, 2015

Paul Ryan Coronation Today. Make That 'Paul D. Ryan.'

After refusing the crown three times, like Caesar, Rep. Paul Ryan (R, WI-1) accepted it, along with the sable, sceptre and orb, and was anointed as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Henceforth, he shall be known as “Speaker Paul D. Ryan.”

Okay, he’s not Emperor, but the GOP’s Tea Party and Freedom Caucus loons resent the imperial powers invested in the office by Newt Gingrich while he was Speaker.


“Paul D. Ryan elected House speaker, but GOP divisions remain,” Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times

“Paul Ryan Is Elected House Speaker, Hoping to Manage Chaos,”Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times


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John Boehner: The Long Goodbye

October 29, 2015

John Boehner: The Long Goodbye

House Speaker John Boehner (R, OH-8) is on his way out the door with nothing to lose, so he negotiated a budget deal with the Democratic leadership and sent it to the House floor, where it was approved by 187 Democrats and 79 Republicans. It seems likely to pass the Senate and get inked by the president, giving Paul Ryan (R, WI-1), the likely incoming Speaker, two years of budget breathing room. Mr. Ryan publicly grumbled about the deal, to appease the bomb-throwers of the GOP Freedom Caucus, but he voted for it, since his staff helped write it. In any case, John Boehner has given Mr. Ryan a wonderful parting gift.


“Boehner’s Swan Song: An End to the Fiscal Cliffs,” Jay Newton-Small, TIME

“Fresh starts as GOP taps new speaker, approves budget deal,” Erica Werner, AP via Washington Post

“John Boehner reshaped House, speakership with earmarks ban, new rules,” Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

“Boehner Reflects on Leaving ‘Lonely’ Job as US House Speaker,” Reuters via VOA News


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Trump: Born on Third Base

October 28, 2015

Trump: Born on Third Base

“’It has not been easy for me. It has not been easy for me. I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars,’ Trump remarked. ‘I came into Manhattan, and I had to pay him back, and I had to pay him back with interest.'”

— “Trump: My dad gave me a ‘small loan’ of a million dollars,” Nick Gass, Politico

Trump père, Fred, left an estate worth $200 million in 1999, and son Donald, self-made man, inherited about $40 million of it.

“I’m running for office in a country that’s essentially bankrupt, and it needs a successful businessman.” — Donald Trump in Rolling Stone.

Donald J. Trump was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple. He isn’t rich because he’s a great investor. He’s rich because his dad was rich, because he likes to spend other people’s money, and because he enjoyed government incentives. But given that head start, just how successful has he really been?


Family Time

October 23, 2015

Family Time
Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI-1) will accept the nod as House Speaker under certain conditions, and one of them is getting lots of attention. Rep. Ryan, who would take school lunches away from poor kids, wants time off to spend with his own children. Here’s some background that may not be obvious:

Like all Members of Congress, Mr. Ryan only spends 3 or 4 days a week in Washington when the House is in session, which isn’t that often, about 34 weeks a year. In other words, he’s asking to keep his current schedule if he’s the Speaker.

Paul Ryan was 16 when his own father died, so it’s understandable he’s especially sensitive to the issue of family time.

Rep. Ryan wants his own family time but won’t let others have theirs. He voted against the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act in 2009.


Paul Ryan Wants Job Security, Weekends Off

October 22, 2015

Paul Ryan Wants Job Security, Weekends Off

Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI-1), Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee and former Oscar Myer salesman, has deigned to replace Rep. John Boehner (R, OH-8) as Speaker of the House under the following conditions:

  1. A Change in House Rules so that he can’t be removed as Speaker
  2. House Republicans need to vote the way he tells them to
  3. Weekends off so he can spend time with his family
  4. Reduction of the Speaker’s Republican Party fund-raising duties
  5. All GOP House Members must immediately read Atlas Shrugged and start P90X workouts

Okay, we lied about that last demand but Mr. Ryan’s GOP colleagues are choking on the rest of them, especially Items #1 and #2.  That goes double for the mysterious but powerful anarchists of the Freedom Caucus. No matter what you’ve heard, the Freedom Caucus didn’t quite endorse Paul Ryan as Speaker in a vote Wednesday night, and the real vote isn’t for another week, anyway. Plenty of time for FC members to reconsider and throw their typical fits of rage.


Jeb Bush Endorses Gingrich Moonbase Plan

October 18, 2015

Jeb Bush Endorses Gingrich Moonbase Plan
“This week while campaigning in New Hampshire, presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked how he would reinvigorate the space program if he were elected, and he brought up Newt’s Moon base idea. ‘People started laughing, and I’m thinking, ‘Really?’ I think it’s pretty cool,’ Bush said to a crowd of supporters, saying there’s nothing wrong with having big, aspirational goals. He didn’t promise anything specific about the idea, but he noted that America should partner with commercial spaceflight entrepreneurs like Elon Musk to turn our spaceflight dreams into reality.”

— “Jeb Bush thinks Newt Gingrich’s Moon colony idea is ‘pretty cool,'” Loren Grush, The Verge

It’s not just because Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich are both Republicans. He may have been speaking to New Hampshire voters, but Jeb Bush spent eight years as governor of Florida, a state with a huge aerospace industry, which could really use the work, no matter how goofy the project.



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