“Trust me, I’m bold.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday and was asked about immigration reform (he’s against it), Obamacare (he’s against it), the Freedom Caucus (they’re his friends) and more, and his answers (or non-answers, if you’d prefer) boiled down to this:
I think if you offer the people of this nation […] a bold alternative vision … And I think we have to offer people a bold agenda … people are starving for an alternative to this vision … we have got to be a bold alternative party … I think what we haven’t done is offer a vision … And so I do believe that means we have to be bold … to offer the people of this nation a better way forward, a very bold agenda.
So there you have it. If you were looking for any substance here, sorry. But at
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This is what flop sweat looks like
It was a grueling session that spanned more than 11 hours, and boy howdy, it was worth it. Because when asked what new details had emerged from Hillary Clinton’s marathon grilling, Republican Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said:
“Uh … In terms of her testimony? I don’t know that she testified that much differently today than she has the previous time she testified.”
Kaboom! Totally worth the $4.5 million of taxpayer money the committee has spent (so far).
Late Wednesday night the crazies were calmed—for now—Paul Ryan backed down—it won’t be the last time—and House Republicans finally managed to browbeat someone into replacing John Boehner as speaker of the House:
A strong majority of anti-establishment conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus voted on Wednesday night to support Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin for House speaker, assuring that he will have the votes to secure the post next week and averting a leadership crisis for Republicans.
One might say that the “averting a leadership crisis” ship had already sailed with the stunning resignation of Boehner because he could no longer deal with the Freedom Caucus, the crash-and-burn of Kevin McCarthy’s bid to replace him and the days of outright begging by the party for Ryan to take this thankless job, but okay, crisis averted.
Then there was this:
“I’m grateful for the support of a supermajority of the
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Stung by Donald Trump’s self-evident truth that history did not begin on September 12, 2001 and end at noon on January 20, 2009, Jeb Bush asked, “Does anybody actually blame my brother for 9/11?” As it turns out, this is hardly the first time the former Florida governor complained about the unkindness the calendar has shown his brother. In August 2012, Jeb declared it was “unbecoming” for Barack Obama to continue to “blame others” for the economic calamity he inherited from George W., and went so far as to suggest the president should be “spanked” for pointing the finger at his brother. And in April 2009—just weeks after Obama entered the Oval Office in the midst of the greatest American economic calamity since the Great Depression—Jeb protested:
“If I had one humble criticism of President Obama, it would be to stop this notion of somehow framing
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Timing is everything. On the same day that Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Republican-led House Special Committee on Benghazi, sobbed to Politico that it really hurts when people say his committee’s investigation is politically motivated:
I would say in some ways these have been among the worst weeks of my life. Attacks on your character, attacks on your motives, are 1,000-times worse than anything you can do to anybody physically — at least it is for me.
… Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member on the committee, blasted Gowdy for his claim on October 7 that Hillary Clinton passed along classified information via email, with Gowdy calling it, “some of the most protected information in our intelligence community, the release of which could jeopardize not only national security but human lives.” Said Cummings:
The problem with your accusation—as with so many others during this investigation—is that you failed to check
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Not since LeBron James announced “The Decision” to “take my talents to South Beach” have so many Americans waited with bated breath for one man to declare his intentions. Hoping for white smoke from the chimney of his Jaynesville, Wisconsin home, most Republicans and even some Democrats are hoping that Paul Ryan will decide to run for Speaker of the House of Representatives and thus save the GOP from itself.
While Mitt Romney’s 2012 running mate and current House Ways and Means Committee chairman remains huddled with family in his Badger State conclave, politicians and pundits sing Paul Ryan’s praises in almost hagiographic terms. Josh Marshall noted that “a defining principle of modern Republican ideology is that ‘Paul Ryan is awesome.'” Jonathan Chait argued that Ryan “is already the president of Republican America” because “no other figure within the party combines Ryan’s philosophical radicalism and tactical pragmatism.” While
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On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned that the federal government will run out of cash on November unless Congress raises the debt ceiling to increase Uncle Sam’s borrowing authority. Under pressure from hard liners in his own party, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is returning to his role as hostage-taker, threatening to block the debt limit hike unless President Obama agrees to cuts in Medicare and Social Security spending. But a default by the United States, as outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) first warned in 2011, “would be a financial disaster, not only for our country but for the worldwide economy.”
Which is why Boehner and McConnell should simply do for President Obama what they did for President Bush. In November 2004, they gave Bush a “clean,” $800 billion boost in the debt ceiling with no strings attached. With the current annual budget deficits at an eight-year
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