We know that Rick Perry and Chris Christie are running in 2016 because they are making decisions purely out of fear of pissing off primary voters.
Perry refused to meet President Obama at the airport in Texas tomorrow, as governors traditionally do, because God forbid he should be photographed shaking the President’s hand.
And Christie vetoed a bill that would have reduced gun magazines in New Jersey from a maximum of 15 rounds to 10, because God forbid a mass shooter should have to re-load more often, giving his victims a chance to run. Nah, much more important for Chris to run.
The Perry thing is just silly, but the Christie thing is sad.
“I totally get the very correct desire to avoid violence. But allowing a bunch of militia freaks and gun-toting thugs to run off federal agents trying to act against a rancher who’s refused to pay grazing fees for using federal lands for 20 years seems like a very, very bad idea.”
Josh Marshall, TalkingPointsMemo
Amen to that. Fox News has really outdone themselves on this story. Sean Hannity didn’t challenge Cliven Bundy when he claimed his cattle aren’t on federal land. That’s because in Bundy’s alternative universe, there’s no such thing as federal ownership of land. I doubt Sean would be so sympathetic if a bunch of young African-Americans took over a federal building in New York City. But when it’s an old white guy in a cowboy hat, Sean doesn’t call him out for the criminal he is.
“Consider these numbers from a Kaiser Foundation poll from last week. Percent who like the ACA’s extension of dependent coverage: 76. Percent supportive of the act’s closing of the Medicare drug “donut hole”: 73. Percent favoring “guaranteed issue” of coverage to people who are already sick: 69. Percent who back the Medicaid expansion: 62.
“Oh, wait. Those are the Republican percentages. The overall percentages, respectively, are 80, 79, 70, and 74.
“It’s the same old disconnect. Just as majorities of even rank-and-file Republicans support things like restricting the gun-show loophole (indeed a majority of NRA members support that), majorities of Republicans back these and other basic common-sense provisions of the ACA. And yet these same Republicans keep reelecting to Congress a horde of dishonest and ideologically driven harlots who’ve voted 50-whatever times to do away with all these positive changes.
“Here are two other numbers from the Kaiser poll. They gave people four options: keep the law as is, keep it and change it where needed, get of it and replace with a GOP alternative, and simply get rid of it and replace it with nothing. The first two and the second two can be reasonably grouped together as “basically support the law” and “basically oppose the law.” The numbers are 59 to 29. Not against—in support of the law.” Italics in original.
Michael Tomasky, Obamacare Crosses the Finish Line,” TheDailyBeast
The NRA has succeeded in killing the nomination of a highly-qualified doctor, Vivek Murthy, to be surgeon general because he stated the obvious — gun violence is a public health issue. And today is Saturday. Obama can’t even get him through the Senate with a simple majority because so many Dems are scared of the gun nuts. I guess when Harry Reid changed the filibuster rules on nominations, he forgot to check that the members of his caucus had balls.
Instead of focusing their outrage at a fine nominee being trashed and scuttled just because the NRA wants to raise money and demonstrate their disproportionate power, what has America up in arms, as it were, today? That Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are on the cover of Vogue.
Five of Colorado’s 11 counties voted to secede yesterday over gun rights and oil and gas policy. Now all they have to do is get the Colorado legislature and the U. S. Congress to approve their secession, which I’m sure will be a piece of cake, probably done by the end of the week. The Dems would love to give these folks two senators and help make the Senate as crazy as the House.
But have they stopped to think how tough it is to arrange 51 stars on the flag?