Speaker Pelosi pulled a brilliant move at the end of the last weeks legislative session.
House Democrats are home for a long Memorial Day break with a gift-wrapped wedge issue delivered just in time for district campaigning. One of their final actions before adjourning late Friday was passing a measure that would strip tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas by a 215-204 vote.
The Grand Outsourcing Party. Expect Dems to run on this come election time.
More brilliance below the fold. Make the jump»
From Scarce at MLN, Joe Lieberman's numbers across the board are pitiful after his healthcare asshattery.
That's the word from PPP's poll they've done this week in Connecticut.
Want to know how far Joe Lieberman has fallen in the
wake of the health care vote last month? Barack Obama's approval rating
with Connecticut Republicans is higher than Lieberman's with the
81% of Democrats now disapprove of Lieberman's job performance with
only 14% approving, and he's not real popular with Republicans who
disapprove of him by a 48/39 margin or with independents who do so by a
61/32 spread either. It all adds up to a 25% approval rating with 67%
of his constituents giving him bad marks.
Lieberman managed to antagonize both sides with his actions
during the health care debate. Among voters who support the health care
bill 87% disapprove of how Lieberman handled it with only 10%
supporting it. But by voting for the final product after getting it
watered down he also managed to earn the unhappiness of constituents
opposed to the bill, 52% of whom say they disapprove of what Lieberman
did to 33% in support.
Overall just 19% of voters in the state say they like what Lieberman did on the issue with 68% opposed.
Full PDF of the poll is here. It is becoming pretty clear that the Democrats will have to adopt the more popular Nancy Pelosi's House version of healthcare reform with a Public Option as opposed to the Joe Lieberman's Senate dungpile if they want to keep any voters, not just the left or their base, interested in their brand.Make the jump»
Key information taken from the Education and Labor committee website with some PDF links transferred into comment forms below: Make the jump»
Yesterday we had a rush of healthcare news coming out. The funny thing is how as soon as excitement broke out across the Blogosphere on the news confirmed by Rep. Weiner's "Nice Person" that the CBO was in the process of scoring Single Payer so they would have numbers to look at before there was a vote on it on the House floor two things jumped out in the news to follow:Make the jump»
Remember when Nancy Pelosi said the CIA was lying and the media targetted her. Well here's another case of the CIA caught lying and worse yet, hiring paid thugs to kill our enemy. Summary justice criminal style and the New York Times is exposing the story now, five years later. A big story now or five years ago!
From a DailyKos diary by Muzikal203, here's Jesse Ventura on The View shutting down Elisabeth Hasselbeck's attempts to propagate Reich-wing talking points:
Nicely done, Mr. Ventura.
You can also reference luaptifer's recent post about Velvet Revolution's attempts to disbar torture lawyers, or check out GreyHawk rant about the GOP's hyper-hypocrisy, if you'd like a little more reading on the topic. Make the jump»
Explain the logic of why the GOP wants Pelosi to resign again...? Why not just engage a commission to investigate torture to find out exactly what happened, who knew what and when did they know it? Why aren't the GOP pundits and Congress-critters -- both current and former -- naming any of their own and demanding an investigation of everyone and the entire program?
I've seen screeching by insane, unbalanced right-wingers and headlines claiming that the GOP is loudly proclaiming that Pelosi could have objected to the process. That, of course, begs a pertinent question: Which (R) individuals objected? What were they told, and when? Where are calls for their resignations? Why is the GOP so silent on their own involvement and complicity? Why are their pundits and their rabid base of supporters not interested in a full and complete investigation?
And what's so objectionable about criticizing the CIA -- weren't they involved? Haven't they been involved in conspiracies and cover-ups before? Make the jump»