OK, so Tom DeLay found good lawyers with good loophole detectors, but there is no reason to consider his contemptable ass “redeemed,” despite Tiger Beat On The Potomac’s insistence on looking on the sunny side of life.
Smaller and frailer-looking then he was in his glory years of a decade ago, DeLay praised Jesus for carrying him through the long, expensive and politically devastating legal battle that helped sink his career. “I just thank the Lord for carrying me through all of this,” DeLay told reporters as he made his way to a Texas GOP delegation meeting. “It really drove my detractors crazy because I had the joy of Jesus in me, and they didn’t understand it.”
I’d need a direct quote from Jesus, and probably two other sources, before I’d print that quote without throwing up, but that’s just me. Let us not forget that, indicted or not, convicted or not, imprisoned or not, redeemed or not, Tom DeLay never drew a breath in public life when he wasn’t making it infinitely worse than it was before he got elected. Let’s recall threatening judges, shall we, while he was making Michael Schiavo’s life a living hell down in Florida. Let’s recall his stalwart lobbying for slave labor,involuntary sex workers, and mandatory abortions in the Mariana Islands. There’s a whole laundry list of things this guy did that had little or nothing to do with the joy of Jesus, and he did almost all of it for a buck.
To try to siphon off this anger — and provide political cover for wavering lawmakers — the Intelligence panel effectively took over a second, less threatening amendment that had been crafted initially by Rep. Richard Nugent (R-Fla.).
Nugent told POLITICO that he had abandoned the proposal because he didn’t think it achieved the purpose he wanted. But with the leadership’s blessing, Rep. Mike Pompeo, a member of the Intelligence Committee, brought it to a vote in his name, winning easily 409-12.
Critics contended it was a “fig leaf” and only restated current law. But it also gave members a vote to express their concerns without jeopardizing the NSA’s ability to continue as it has.
“It’s striking how preoccupied Harris and VandeHei are with the perception that Politico is too ‘insidery,’” Silver wrote. “My personal critique of their work cuts a little deeper than that, however. It’s not that they are too ‘insidery’ per se, but that the perceptions of Beltway insiders, which Politico echoes and embraces, are not always very insightful or accurate. In other words, the conventional wisdom is often wrong, especially in Washington.”
He added later in the email: “Furthermore, Harris and VandeHei seem to lack very much curiosity for the world outside of the bubble.”
Silver also took issue with VandeHei’s assertion that he’s using numbers to “prove stuff,” contending that he is instead “providing a critical perspective, and scrutinizing claims on the basis of evidence (statistical or otherwise).” That only works, he said, if you believe “that there is some sort of truth outside the bubble — what would be called the “objective” world in a scientific or philosophical context.”
“Politico, by contrast, sometimes seems to operate within a ‘post-truth’ worldview,” Silver wrote. “Some people think that is the very essence of savvy, modern journalism, but my bet is that journalism is headed in another direction - toward being more critical and empirical.”
So in case you missed it, the wingnutosphere was outrageously outraged over Bob Woodward saying on CNN last night that he had received an email from the White House telling him he would “regret” questioning the White House version over how the sequester came to be.
Of course the wingnutosphere went straight into overdrive - Sean Hannity called it an example of “intimidation” by a “demagogue president”:
But, the emails actually turned out to be quite cordial, as published in Politico:
But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim. The idea that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand barain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start. It was an accepted part of the understanding — from the start. Really. It was assumed by the Rs on the Supercommittee that came right after: it was assumed in the November-December 2012 negotiations. There may have been big disagreements over rates and ratios — but that it was supposed to be replaced by entitlements and revenues of some form is not controversial. (Indeed, the discretionary savings amount from the Boehner-Obama negotiations were locked in in BCA: the sequester was just designed to force all back to table on entitlements and revenues.)
Man, I bet Woodward is sleeping with a light on now.
In all seriousness, what’s strange about this story is that Woodward himself got the ball rolling, as Media Matters details here.
Talking Points Memo has a detailed timeline of the “dust up” here.
Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) will not run for Senate in the special election to succeed John Kerry, dramatically increasing the odds that Democrats will hold the seat and setting the stage for Brown to run for governor next year.
It’s a serious, early recruiting failure for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and it makes the already uphill climb to a majority that much steeper for the GOP. They need six seats, and many party strategists privately counted on Massachusetts as one of them.
“With Brown out, the Republican odds just went from excellent to poor in terms of winning the special,” said Rob Gray, a Massachusetts Republican political consultant.
Brown clearly agonized over his decision to stay out of a winnable race.
‘I didn’t think that (protecting Clinton from Benghazi testimony) was the effort to begin with,’ said Bolton
Of course you didn’t.
John Bolton, the former United Nations ambassador, said Monday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handlers have offered few details about her illness to protect her potential 2016 ambition — softening his earlier criticism following Clinton’s hospitalization.
‘I didn’t think that (protecting Clinton from Benghazi testimony) was the effort to begin with,’ said Bolton, who accused Clinton just this month of having a ‘diplomatic illness’ to dodge hearings on the deadly Sept. 11 attacks in Libya.
Read more: politico.com
Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin has recorded a television ad asking for “forgiveness” from the voters of his state and acknowledging that he used “the wrong words in the wrong way” when he suggested last weekend that rape rarely leads to pregnancy.
The Republican congressman has come under heavy fire from national Republicans for his comments and has been urged by some to drop his candidacy before the no-penalty withdrawal deadline at 5 p.m. today. Akin has said he will move ahead with his bid against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and the spot is an indication that he plans to follow through.
The commercial, which was shared with POLITICO, shows Akin speaking directly to the camera and explaining that he has compassion for the victims of rape.
“Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize. As the father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault. I pray for them,” Akin says. “The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy. The truth is, rape has many victims.”
Akin continues: “The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness.”
Video at link: politico.com
I’m really embarrassed to say that this yoyo is my congressman.
A GOP freshman congressman from Kansas apologized last night for a nude swim in the Sea of Galilee last summer during an official trip to Israel.
Rep. Kevin Yoder issued a statement after Politico reported the FBI investigated the incident, which included drinking and involved several lawmakers and top congressional aides.
The FBI investigation did not result in any “formal allegations of wrongdoing,” according to the Politico report. Politico said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the senior lawmaker on the fact-finding trip, was “so upset by the antics that he rebuked the 30 lawmakers” on Aug. 19, 2011, the day after the incident.
The New York Times won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, one for its reporting on Africa and another for an investigative series on obscure tax code provisions that allow wealthy corporations and citizens to avoid paying taxes. But the bigger surprise this year came from new media. Two online news outlets, The Huffington Post and Politico, both won their first Pulitzer Prizes, a sign of the changing media landscape.