“Fire Valerie Jarrett,” Carol Felsenthal, Politico
So Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) made the rather obvious and understated comment that the South “has not always been the friendliest place for African Americans.” Yeah, you could say slavery and lynchings and discrimination in every aspect of life are kind of “unfriendly.” Or you could be the GOP and go absolutely batshit. It’s always a safe bet that the higher the reading on their outrage meter, the less there really is to be upset about.
Truth? They can’t handle the truth, whether it’s history, economics, biology, climate science, or physics. We already have a Congress and state houses filled with morons and on Tuesday we’re going to get even more.
A new WMUR Granite State Poll shows incumbent Dem Sen. Jeanne Shaheen leading GOP carpetbagger and Cosmo centerfold Scott Brown by eight points among likely voters, 50 to 42.
Is she about to do to him in New Hampshire what Elizabeth Warren did to him in Massachusetts? Will he move to yet a third state and try again?
An anonymous U. S. senior official, speaking about Israeli P. M. Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu and Iran’s nuclear program, quoted by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic:
“It’s too late for him to do anything. Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late.”
Not to be confused with another senior U. S. official who called Bibi “a chickenshit.”
I would say it wasn’t just our pressure on Bibi, but also our assurances, which today look pretty hollow.
To me, the scariest thing right now is not Ebola or ISIS, but that we seem to be on the verge of doing a disastrous deal with Iran.
Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue says voters should choose him over his Dem opponent Michelle Nunn because her father, former senator Sam Nunn, voted in 1978 to return the Panama Canal.
The new Ebola battle isn’t between health care workers and the disease itself, but between the federal government and the states.
The Obama Administration is pushing New Jersey governor Chris Christie and New York governor Andrew Cuomo to rescind their mandatory 21-day quarantine for anyone arriving from West Africa who has had contact with Ebola patients. Their quarantine announcement took the feds (and New York City) by surprise.
Meanwhile, Illinois and Florida have joined the quarantine.
Good luck getting Christie or Cuomo to budge. Christie is running for president and can’t be seen as caving to Obama. Cuomo is up for re-election in a week and can’t be seen as weak and indecisive, as pushed by Christie and then pulled by Obama. He may also run for president, so he has to seem tough.
“An alarming new symptom of Ebola in America: It seems to make brains mushy and hearts hard.”
Nicholas Kristof, “How To Defeat Ebola,” NYT