House Speaker John Boehner agrees with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that immigration reform won’t happen this year.
With John Podesta, Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff, returning to the White House to help Barry battle back, Barry suddenly seems to have turned into the Big Dog. Um, Barry, you know how Michelle feels about healthy foods, so no Danish for you, if you get my drift.
And Britain’s David Cameron was in full Hooray Henry mode, as he and Barry and the Danish took a photo of themselves, behaving like ill-mannered teenagers rather than heads of state at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. So clueless and classless. Why didn’t we send Biden? Hell, why didn’t we send Rob Ford and Alec Baldwin?
Poor Barry, it’s a long, long flight home with Michelle.
If Marco Rubio strikes you as weak, that’s because he really is. Politics and policy aside, he’s never struck me as tough enough to be prez. There’s something soft and doughy, cry-baby and scaredy-cat, about him. You could see it in his eyes when he lunged for that water bottle during his response to the SOTU. Hell, you can see it in his eyes any time he’s interviewed, even when it’s fawning Sean Hannity, for God’s sake. We’re talking ciervo-in-the-headlights, people.
Anyway, today Rubio admitted to conservative radio talker Mike Gallagher that the immigration bill Rubio and his fellow Gang of Eight members have drafted doesn’t have a prayer in the House. Way to get GOP votes in the Senate, Marco, by declaring your bill DOA in the other chamber.
The thing is, if the bill passes the Senate, it could well pass the House with mostly Dem votes if Boehner doesn’t invoke the “Hastert Rule”* and brings it to the floor.
I think Rubio is realizing that the “path to citizenship” and the path to the GOP nomination don’t converge, and he’s trying to avoid that Gang of Eight stench by destroying their work.
* Only bills supported by a majority of the majority party get a vote.
The Dallas Morning News has uncovered the West Fertilizer Company’s report to the EPA and local officials.
The company checked “No” for the risk of fire or explosion. It claimed the worse case scenario was a release of ammonia gas lasting ten minutes that would cause no deaths or injuries.
As many as 40 may be dead, while more than 150 have been injured in the horrific explosion of the West Fertilizer Plant near Waco, Texas. The search for victims continues, and those numbers will rise.
It isn’t known if the explosion was an industrial accident or a crime, although the former is considered more likely at this point.
I just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
I’m grateful for the new friends I’ve made from this blog, and I want to thank everyone for their visits to the “farm” and their comments.
Ed Klein is claiming that Obama aide Valerie Jarrett offered Hillary the veep spot to replace Biden and that Hillary turned it down. Klein is the author of a pretty thin Obama-bashing book, The Amateur.