As I noted, John Boehner got as much flak from his right flank on his three-page “counter-offer” as he did from his left. Conservative groups groused at the inclusion of $800 billion in revenue collection increases, even as it followed the Romney campaign pattern of lowering rates while broadening the base. Obviously they would rather do that without having to raise revenue at all. RedState put up the “white flag of surrender” to characterize the counter-offer.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 4, 2012 11:03 am|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 4, 2012 7:09 am|
In trying to make a quick understanding of the Boehner counter-offer on the fiscal slope yesterday, I knew that his reference to the “Bowles plan” was not a reference to Bowles-Simpson but rather something Bowles wrote or said in November 2011. It turns out that it came from testimony before the failed Super Committee, where Bowles basically spitballed a reform measure totaling $2 trillion by averaging out each sides’ initial offers.
|By: brasch Saturday November 24, 2012 6:40 pm|
A white Ford F-250 pick-up rumbled through town, a Confederate rebel flag on a pole behind the cab; on the rear bumper were a pro-life and three Anti-Obama stickers, two of which could not be revealed in a family newspaper.
It wasn’t a lone wolf protest; several cars, trucks, and homes in the area sport similar flags and messages.
|By: Alvin McEwen Wednesday November 7, 2012 6:26 pm|
Batten down the hatches because some people are beginning yet another fake “movement” designed to undermine President Obama like the Tea Party did during his first term.
|By: TBogg Saturday November 3, 2012 6:52 pm|
Portions of this video will someday be repurposed to make a compelling argument for death panels.
|By: David Dayen Friday October 5, 2012 10:20 am|
Because data is just fungible to the political leanings of whoever confronts it, we predictably saw a number of conservatives question today’s jobs report, suggesting that the Bureau of Labor Statistics fudged the data to help the President’s re-election campaign. Leading this charge was former GE CEO Jack Welch on Twitter. I think the government should make a deal with Welch – they’ll admit to massaging the data if he cleans up all the PCBs in the Hudson River personally.
On a more serious note, this is really pretty outrageous, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, whose department includes the BLS, is right to be insulted.
|By: David Dayen Monday September 17, 2012 3:35 pm|
The hidden camera moment of this election cycle comes not from the long-awaited Michelle Obama Whitey tape, but from a fundraiser for the Republican nominee.
Mother Jones’ David Corn has obtained video – catnip for 24-hour news networks – of Romney speaking at a gathering of high-dollar donors, wherein he gave his strategy for the election. In so doing, he basically describe everyone disinclined to vote for him as a moocher living off the government dole.
|By: Pam Spaulding Sunday September 2, 2012 6:45 am|
I guess after Grandpa Clint’s senior moment during the RNC, we messages from Hollywood conservatives are out there in attempt to resonate with some unidentified demographic out there. “Eastwooding” has taken the country by storm.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 29, 2012 2:50 pm|
The Republican platform is too large a document and covers too many issue areas for one person to dissect entirely. I covered my core competency by going through the housing plank. But for those who did have the time and resources to do a full overview, the picture becomes clear that this is a pretty extreme document that, contrary to the beliefs of a John Boehner, does have some import.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 21, 2012 11:20 am|
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, attempting to beat the clock with about five hours to go before the first hurdle of getting Todd Akin off the ballot in Missouri passes, released a list of conservative pundits who have asked Akin to step down. But that’s apparently not enough: Todd Akin says he will stay in the race for Senate in Missouri; he just announced it on Mike Huckabee’s radio show.