Editore"s Note
Tilting at Windmills

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August 3, 2010

TUESDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits:

* Fingers crossed in the Gulf: "BP began pumping mud into the blown-out Macondo well Tuesday afternoon in a much-anticipated 'static kill' procedure that could choke the well once and for all."

* In the face of pointless Republican obstructionism, the energy bill is on hold until at least September.

* In the face of pointless Republican obstructionism, the New START treaty is on hold until at least September.

* President Obama signs the Fair Sentencing Act into law.

* Beautiful speech from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) in support of a Muslim community center in Manhattan.

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has decided to lift his hold on James Clapper's nomination to serve as director of national intelligence.

* After several Republican senators expressed a willingness to repeal part of the 14th Amendment, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) noted, "They've either taken leave of their senses or their principles."

* Once more with The Cooch: "Virginia joined the national debate over immigration Monday when Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II issued a legal opinion that authorizes law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone stopped by police officers for any reason."

* The "vicious infighting" at the Republican National Committee isn't close to being done.

* Some much needed attention for the "99ers," who've "exhausted the maximum 99 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits that they can claim."

* House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) hates wasteful government spending -- unless it benefits his district.

* Likewise, Blue Dogs don't care for public spending, unless it might help them keep their jobs.

* Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) apparently isn't leaving the Democratic Party.

* A creative approach in which students build their own scholarship.

* I don't know what's gotten into Tom Shales.

* Glad to see ABC's "This Week" will continue to partner with PolitiFact.com.

* And "Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy seems confused about what a "debate" is.

* Final debate is underway on Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) encouraged Kagan backers to "point out any errors" in his remarks as "so that we can, above all, get the facts straight." What a good idea.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (17)

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Steve Doocy is confused about many things. Such as how to tie his shoes, how to properly use a spoon...I could go on, but I don't want to waste bandwidth.

Posted by: DJ on August 3, 2010 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

Go read the Bloomberg speech. It only takes a few minutes, and it's well worth it. A great response to the ignorant bigotry and demagoguery from opponents to the Muslim community center.

Posted by: retr2327 on August 3, 2010 at 5:42 PM | PERMALINK

"Steve Doocy hosted three Republican attorneys general -- Mike Cox of Michigan, Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia, and Bill McCollum of Florida..."

Well, I guess that would make them master debaters.

Thank you, thank you, don't forget to tip your servers!

Posted by: puravida on August 3, 2010 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

* Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) apparently isn't leaving the Democratic Party.

...for as long as Dems have at least 50 Senators without him.

Posted by: exlibra on August 3, 2010 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

Your "vicious infighting" link doesn't go anywhere.

Posted by: rrk1 on August 3, 2010 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

rrk1:

"Error 503 Service Unavailable

Service Unavailable

Guru Meditation:

XID: 743250167

Varnish cache server"

This is how low the Washington TImes has fallen-- they are apparently running their web server off an Amiga now.

Posted by: mcc on August 3, 2010 at 6:19 PM | PERMALINK

I'd love to see ALL media news outlets REQUIRED to post a politifact rating at the end of all their shows...OR at the very least to put on a message at the end of the program that all statements by personnel and guests can be checked there...REPEAT, REPEAT...but I won't hold my breath until that happens...surely just fact checking George Will would keep one organization tied up...

Posted by: Dancer on August 3, 2010 at 6:24 PM | PERMALINK

"They've either taken leave of their senses or their principles."

The correct answer is C - all of the above.

Posted by: arkie on August 3, 2010 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

Did you really include a link to a Washington Times story?

Jeebus, Benen.

Posted by: JPS on August 3, 2010 at 6:37 PM | PERMALINK

Arkie:

The correct answer is: "Senator, please don't be so narrow minded, the GOP have easily lost both."

Posted by: Mark on August 3, 2010 at 7:43 PM | PERMALINK

Regarding Steve Doocy, you could have simply said Steve Doocy is confused and that would have sufficed.

Posted by: Randy Paul on August 3, 2010 at 8:45 PM | PERMALINK

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) apparently isn't leaving the Democratic Party.

Can the Democratic Party leave him? Because I could get behind that.

Posted by: jhe on August 3, 2010 at 9:13 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, Cuccinelli, my state's top law enforcement officer. Only if "law" means whatever comes through wingnut mailing lists, of course.

Posted by: Redshift on August 3, 2010 at 11:50 PM | PERMALINK

Da Poop, no one gives a crap what LIEberman has to say about anything. And besides, he's only jewish to observe the holidays (less work).

Posted by: vwmeggs on August 3, 2010 at 11:54 PM | PERMALINK

I just noticed the CT shooter was named Omar. Shouldn't Lieberman be calling Homeland Security committee meetings? Shouldn't Fox be getting ready to denounce Obama's slow response?

Posted by: bob h on August 4, 2010 at 7:55 AM | PERMALINK

On Tom Shales: I used to think he was a very clever writer and I read his WP column fairly regularly, even though I'm not much of a TV watcher. Lately, however, he was become a crank - I stopped reading him a decade ago. Probabaly too much TV.

Posted by: Virginia on August 4, 2010 at 8:50 AM | PERMALINK

Bumper sticker: a GOP elephant with the logo "I [HEART] THE REPUBLICAN PARTY and America is okay too."

Sell millions, that would.

Posted by: Forrest on August 4, 2010 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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