This Makes No Sense

The latest explanation coming from the NYT about Jill Abramson’s firing as executive editor is that she deceived owner Arthur Sulzberger.  Specifically, Sulzberger believed that Abramson told managing editor Dean Baquet (now Abramson’s successor) that she had offered a job to Janine Gibson to become co-managing editor for the digital side of the paper.  But Abramson had told Baquet only that she was thinking about offering Gibson a job and hadn’t told him the job title, which would make Gibson his equal.

Where this story makes no sense to me is the part where Abramson sent Baquet to have lunch with Gibson on May 5, with Gibson already having been offered a co-managing editor position, and Baquet not knowing.  Supposedly he found out what was going on from Gibson, complained to Sulzberger, and Abramson got fired.

If Abramson was trying to keep Baquet in the dark, why on earth would she have arranged for him to meet with Gibson?  How could she possibly think this would go well for her?

Moron of the Day

Republican Scott Brown, having lost his Massachusetts Senate seat to Elizabeth Warren and now trying to take Jean Shaheen’s New Hampshire seat, has been running hard against Obamacare, vowing to repeal it.

But the thing is, Obamacare has done really well in New Hampshire, hitting 211% of its enrollment goal, higher than any other state.  So Brown has been running around promising that he’ll “grandfather in” New Hampshire residents to Obamacare when it’s repealed.

Um, how do you grandfather people into a program that you’ve repealed?  You can’t, and that’s why Scott is our Moron of the Day.

Will the Senate Flip?

Over at Politico, Larry Sabato predicts that the GOP will pick up four to eight seats in November.  The Senate flips at six seats; at five, the Dems have Biden to break a tie.  Sabato ranks the likelihood of seats flipping by state, from most to least likely:  South Dakota, West Virginia, Montana, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska, North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Virginia, and Oregon.

As you watch polls between now and November, if the GOP does well in the states towards the bottom of that list, you may see a Republican wave breaking.  Conversely, if the Dems look good in the states near the top of the list, 2014 may not be so bad for them.

 

Drip, Drip, Drip

Add Indiana to the list of GOP-controlled states that will expand Medicaid, so long as they don’t have to call it an Obamacare expansion.  Gov. Mike Pence (who may run for prez in 2016) has negotiated an expansion with the feds under his Healthy Indiana Program.  It’s a win-win — the feds get another state to insure people who fall in the ridiculous gap between those who qualify for Medicaid and those who qualify for Obamacare subsidies, and Pence can say it’s different from the Obamacare expansion.  But bottom line, more people get covered.

The arc of the health insurance universe bends slowly, but it’s bending toward coverage.

Hating the Federal Government, Except…

One of the members of the new (but not improved) Benghazi Select Committee is Mike Pompeo of Kansas.  Guess what company is based in his district?  Koch Industries!  And guess what congressman the Koch Brothers have donated more money to than any other?  Mike Pompeo!

Pompeo was first elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, and, as you’d expect, he spouts lots and lots of anti fedrul guvmint rhetoric.

But Pompeo loves, loves, loves the feds when it comes to GMO’s.  He’s pushing a bill to prohibit states from requiring labeling on or otherwise regulating genetically modified foods.

Pompeo and his Tea Party friends champion states’ rights — except when the states might do something they don’t like.

 

Your Benghazi Committee

Besides the Chairman, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, the GOP has appointed these other members:  Susan Brooks of Indiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mike Pompeo of Kansas, Martha Roby of Alabama, Peter Roskam of Illinois, and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.

And also note that all seven are either from the Midwest or the South.

No word yet on whether Dems will join.  I hope not.