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July 26, 2011 5:30 PM Tuesday’s Mini-Report

By Steve Benen

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* If Speaker Boehner’s budget bill were to somehow reach the White House, President Obama would veto it.

* That probably won’t matter, since the Boehner bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today, can’t pass the Senate. (If it fails to pass the House tomorrow, this is a moot point.)

* Dems will try to ensure the Boehner bill doesn’t manage to pass thanks to support from a few Blue Dogs: “House Democratic leaders will be whipping votes against a GOP plan to raise the debt limit and slash federal spending, the office of Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the minority whip, said Tuesday.”

* Still trying to clean up the Republicans’ FAA fiasco: “Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee filed legislation Tuesday that would fund the Federal Aviation Administration without cutting grants for rural air service, which has produced the hold up that led to FAA workers being furloughed.”

* A downgrade in U.S. debt would automatically add $100 billion to the deficit that Republicans pretend to care about.

* Making it harder for those without jobs to get a job: “Hundreds of job opening listings posted on Monster.com and other jobs sites explicitly state that people who are unemployed would be less attractive applicants, with some telling the long-term unemployed to not even bother with applying.”

* In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) is forcing voters to get ID in order to participate in an election and making it harder to get ID.

* On a related note, Katrina Vanden Heuvel takes a closer look at the GOP’s “state-by-state crusade to disenfranchise voters.”

* Pat Buchanan apparently thinks alleged mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has some worthwhile ideas. How Buchanan remains a pundit in good standing baffles me.

* Senate Republicans refused to allow a vote on Goodwin Liu’s judicial nomination. Gov. Jerry Brown (D), however, wants him on the California Supreme Court.

* The Wealth Gap: “The wealth gap between whites and minorities has risen to a historic high, according to new census data analyzed by the Pew Research Center, as the collapse of housing prices more severely affected the net worth of African American and Hispanic households.”

* Boehner said President Obama blew up the Grand Bargain talks by moving the goalposts. Even Republican sources admit the Speaker’s lying.

* Kaplan Inc. sure does get sued a lot.

* If this were fiction, I’d consider it too far-fetched. Alas, it’s real: “A revenge plot so intricate, the prosecutors were pawns.”

* Remember when House Republicans vowed to the nation, “We will fight efforts to use a national crisis for political gain”? It was in the 2010 “Pledge to America” platform. In fairness, I suppose I should note they never promised they wouldn’t create a national crisis for political gain, so maybe this doesn’t count as a straight-up broken promise.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.

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  • Anonymous on July 26, 2011 5:35 PM:

    "In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) is forcing voters to get ID in order to participate in an election and making it harder to get ID."

    Evil enough for most politicians, but not for Gov. Walker: according to post at BJ, he's making it harder to get ID in Democratic regions in particular, thereby adding a final twist of the budgetary knife.

  • N.Wells on July 26, 2011 5:38 PM:

    “We will fight efforts to use a national crisis for political gain”
    All they've done for 12 years is to use national crises to fight for political gain.

  • Mustang Bobby on July 26, 2011 5:47 PM:

    "Pat Buchanan [frequent guest on MSNBC] apparently thinks alleged mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has some worthwhile ideas. How Buchanan remains a pundit in good standing baffles me."

    And MSNBC dropped Cenk Ugyur because they didn't like his "tone"?

  • walt on July 26, 2011 5:49 PM:

    Pat Buchanan is a member of the club. Nazi sympathizers are welcome but not anti-American loudmouths like Phil Donahue, Michael Moore, or Bill Maher.

    I'm reminded, painfully, how a decorated war veteran, George McGovern, was slimed by Buchanan during the 1972 presidential race. Really, what kind of country is this?

  • John B. on July 26, 2011 5:52 PM:

    No, the President did not say he would veto the Boehner bill if it got to his desk. The link provided in the main article makes it very clear that Obama -- surprise, surprise -- left himself room enough to cave in (again!). All the WH statement says is his "senior advisors" would "strongly recommend" that he do so.

    What is it about President Obama that he neglects... overlooks... declines... refuses... to fully use the bully pulpit and the power of his office? We thought we were voting for a leader in 2008. All we got is this lousy traffic cop.

  • siameese cities on July 26, 2011 5:58 PM:

    Obviously the GOP is reactionary to anything Obama does, AND Boehner was possibly going to have a hard time getting votes for his plan, even from his own caucus. Which is why I think the veto threat was bad, it gives GOP a chance to say, "see, he won't listen to anyone, way way.". And worst of all, it makes the vote meaningless, giving GOP the freedom to make a symbolic vote to pass it, because "they're dedicated to solving this, while the House balk's their responsibilities, yada yada."

    While swooping in at the last moment and vetoing the bill may mot have been good politics I think at this point Obama could stand to keep his opinions on proposed plans to himself.

  • Kathryn on July 26, 2011 6:24 PM:

    Ezra Klein, who is a very measured young man when stating facts and opinions, said on the three o'clock MSNBC hour that Boehner does not have the votes in his caucus. He said it with more certainty than I would have expected from him, for what that's worth.

    Pat Buchanan has proven himself to be an old fashioned 1950s/1960s bigot over and over again, he must know where the bodies are buried to still be employed as an "analyst" on MSNBC. He's on there all the time too from Morning Joe through the 6:00 p.m. show at least. He probably over 70, way past time to go.

  • DAY on July 26, 2011 6:36 PM:

    note to Pat Buchanan: Archie Bunker was a fictional character!

  • DAY on July 26, 2011 6:38 PM:

    * "Making it harder for those without jobs to get a job: “Hundreds of job opening listings posted on Monster.com and other jobs sites explicitly state that people who are unemployed would be less attractive applicants, with some telling the long-term unemployed to not even bother with applying.”

    And, once again, Catch 22 rears its ugly head!

    "Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them."

    Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"

  • delNorte on July 26, 2011 7:48 PM:

    Ezra Klein, who is a very measured young man when stating facts and opinions, said on the three o'clock MSNBC hour that Boehner does not have the votes in his caucus.

    Wow, this should be a fascinating vote, because Cantor, I believe, is trying to drum up support for Boehner's plan also. So, if it fails, both Boehner and Cantor would be in the same sinking boat, unable to control the monster they helped to create. Who, then, will be able to claim leadership of the Republican Party? Michelle Bachman?

  • Archon on July 26, 2011 8:12 PM:

    I agree with a commenter above, I'm surprised Obama came out in public to say he would veto Boehner's plan. It does give some GOP Rep's cover if we assume the Obama hate, I like political strategy of the Republican Party is in play here.

    Either way, tomorrow's vote is the most important vote in Boehner's career. If it doesn't pass, his speakership is in effect over as he'd probably have to abandon the radicals in his caucus and work with Dem's to get Reid's plan passed (and probably resign afterwards). Better that then go down in history as the Speaker who couldn't whip up enough votes to prevent America's first default.

  • kevo on July 26, 2011 8:41 PM:

    Walker is now closing up to 10 DMVs throughout Wisconsin, and though I haven't done the chart, I bet the lion share are in heavy Democratic districts!

    Walker is no friend to democracy - his authoritarian streak is white and runs down his back as a skunk is he! -Kevo

  • T2 on July 26, 2011 9:30 PM:

    Apparently Boners plan doesn't save much money. That's what happens when you make shit up just for political reasons, Johnny boy.

  • Cha on July 26, 2011 9:50 PM:

    So what if the President directly didn't say he would veto the bill. Anyone paying attention knows he won't sign some stupid boner bill. Anyone who doesn't get off on using rw and professional left whiny talking points.

  • Speed on July 26, 2011 10:29 PM:

  • Joe Friday on July 26, 2011 10:35 PM:

    RUH ROH, CBO


    "House Speaker John Boehner's debt-ceiling plan was dealt an unexpected blow late Tuesday when the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said that the proposal came up short of the Ohio Republican's projected figure for spending cuts, one day before the House was set to take up the measure in a high-stakes vote."

    "The CBO said in a Tuesday night letter to Boehner that the speaker's plan would achieve about $850 billion in deficit savings over the next decade, not the $1.2 trillion touted by House GOP leadership since the proposal was unveiled Monday night."

    WASH POST

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  • j on July 27, 2011 6:34 AM:

    The downgrade that is about to happen is going to add 100 billion to our debt.
    When you add the 30 million we are losing per daybecause the repubs shut down the FAA, if these clowns don't stop we will be adding trillions to the debt.

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