One of the highest immediate political priorities for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Democratic political guru Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is to persuade veteran colleagues not to retire in 2014. Democratic sources identify four senators as most likely to retire: Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).Another possible veteran retirement is Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who has yet to announce his decision. But Democratic aides expect him to run again. Democrats would have a tough time defending their seats
John D. Rockefeller IV, Dunce, WV, is a trustfund tittybaby twice over (his wife is Chuck Percy´s daughter) and Rockefeller is dumber than a rock. Pun intended. And in a state where coal is king, Rockefeller became President Zero´s court jester. Tim Johnson belongs in an assisted living facility - it is painful to watch him preside over a senate committee hearing, as he reads everything prepared by his staff, in a halting 2nd grader kind of reading ability at PTA open house. Former congresswoman Giffords has a brain more intact than Tim Johnson´s brain. Lautenberg is so far over the hill (and remember how he reentered the senate on a wave of lawbreaking, which the federal courts shamelessly ignored) that his shelf life was yesterday. If the republicans would learn how to run senate primary campaigns, and stop killing each other, we wouldn´t have the Kirsten Gillibrand baby killing Catholic in office, nor another baby killing Catholic, Barbara Mikulski, who seems to be heading towards munchkin land. I could go on, but enough is enough.
Here in West Va, just about everybody expects Rockefeller to retire. University of West Va´s athletic director Oliver Luck is rumored to be quite interested in the job. He has a (D) after his name, which means if he wins the primary he is just about a shoo in for the job since ´Rats outnumber the GOP 2-1 in this state. Get ready for Joe, sorry, HONEST JOE Manchin and Luck as Senators for life in this state. Football and Democrats go together too well here, sorry to say.
Harry and Chucky must like that smell coming from the current cess pool known as the sENATE...let me get this right the head bacteria wants some of the other bacteria to remain on, how does this serve the American People?
#5 beat me to it. Term limits, better candidates, different platform, more "inclusive"etc... - none of that matters in elections, anymore. Just find a precinct - any precinct and stuff the ballot box until you win. The dems have always known this - they were just as never as brazen as they are now. Do you think that Holder´s Justice Dept. is going to pursue any allegation of dem cheating?
#11, #12: We already have term limits in hand, and can impost them every 2 years.
Further, why does anyone think a career pol will be stopped by being term-limited out of any particular office? If present Office A allows only one term, they just run for another office. They know that thee offices they run for have term limits. Defeat at the polls is the only term limit that really matters. Sorry that it´s not the panacea some pursue -- which is really no answer at all.
Are students getting smarter or is college just getting easier–even at Ivy League heavyweight Harvard? That’s the question on the minds of Harvard professors today after the school announced that the most frequently awarded grade is an A. Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris told the Harvard Crimson this week A is the most frequent grade and A- is the median grade. Harvard released the grades in response to a question by professor Harvey C. Mansfield, who has long disparaged “grade inflation.” The professor was quoted in the Crimson as saying the high grades are “indefensible” and represent “a failure
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday defended the legislative record of the House, saying it passed nearly 150 bills aimed at boosting job creation, all of which have been blocked by Senate Democrats. On the House floor, Boehner said House Republicans had passed several bills to ease federal regulations, allow for more energy independence, and scale back or eliminate ObamaCare. He also noted bills aimed at reforming job training programs, boosting protection from cyber attacks, and helping schools recruit and keep good teachers. "Every single one of these bills have been blocked by Washington Democrats," Boehner said. "The Senate and
When Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut” the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks went ballistic, making the conservative talk show host a centerpiece in their campaign to tarnish Mitt Romney and the GOP as engaging in a “war on women.” However when MSNBC’s Martin Bashir launched his own war on women against Sarah Palin, not a single anchor or reporter from the Big Three said a word about his vile attack. In the two weeks (February 29, 2012 - March 14, 2012) after Limbaugh made his crude Fluke joke, that he apologized for, the Big Three networks aired
Nicole Hockley, whose child was tragically murdered at Sandy Hook last year, said that background checks would not have prevented shooter Adam Lanza from getting the guns he used to carry out the atrocities. She also stated that the 911 tapes from that day should not be released. Appearing on MSNBC´s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Tuesday, Hockley and Mitchell both conceded tha background checks would not have prevented Lanza´s mother from purchasing the guns Lanza eventually used at Sandy Hook. Hockley said Lanza´s mother should have been more responsible with her guns and noted that Lanza´s mental illness made the
As the president hosts a White House youth summit, a new poll from his alma mater shows a majority of young people aren´t interested in signing up for his signature health care plan. The Harvard "Millennials" poll found only 22 percent of young Americans -- defined in the survey as between 18 and 29 years old -- plan to sign up for ObamaCare. Even more troubling for the administration, fewer than a third -- only 29 percent -- of people who currently do not have health insurance plan to enroll. "Actuarially, the [Affordable Care Act] depends upon these young Americans
PHILADELPHIA— Edward J. "Babe" Heffron, whose World War II service as a member of the Army´s famed Easy Company was recounted in the book and TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died at age 90. He died Sunday at a hospital in Stratford, N.J., said his daughter, Patricia Zavrel. Heffron and the rest of his Band of Brothers fought through some of World War II´s fiercest European battles. A paratrooper in Company E, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Heffron took part in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium and helped liberate the Kaufering concentration camp in Landsberg,
There is a disturbing undercurrent in Obama’s campaign-style speech on behalf of Obamacare rat the White House today. Obama never credits opponents of the law with the substance of their criticism. He does not attribute decent motives or good faith opposition to them. Rather, he treats them as “wreckers” (as they were deemed in the Soviet Union) guilty of destructive thought crime: Now, we may never satisfy the law’s opponents. I think that’s fair to say. Some of them are rooting for this law to fail — that’s not my opinion, by the way, they say it pretty explicitly. (Laughter.)
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” Wednesday that when Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, “he didn’t charge food stamps.” “When Jesus had those five loaves and two fishes, he didn´t charge food stamps. He didn´t ask anybody how much money they had. He fed them because they were hungry, and that´s really where we ought to be,” McDermott said in response to Republican critics of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). In September, the House approved a plan by Republicans to cut $39 billion in food stamps over the next
The nation’s view of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, colored by the horrific Benghazi assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on her watch, has suddenly turned upside down, with more now holding an unfavorable opinion of the likely 2016 presidential candidate. A new YouGov/Economist poll found Clinton, whose approval ratings have typically been sky high, with an unfavorable rating of 48 percent, more than the 46 percent who have a favorable opinion of her. The YouGov pollsters said that the change in American attitudes toward Clinton "suggests that negative press surrounding the tragic
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president. Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie. And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him