WaPo Can Use Some Brighter Reporters

The most interesting thing to me in the Graham family sale of the Washington Post to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is how shocked, shocked all the paper’s reporters were.  No one saw it coming.

When Don Graham gathered them to make his announcement, they thought he was going to say that he had sold the building, not the paper.

Quote of the Day

Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo on immigration reform:

“Senate Democrats need to start seriously considering whether they’re getting played by the Gang of 8 charade.

“This morning Sen. Schumer (D-NY) said we should expect to see a bill this week. But Senator Graham says more like ‘in the next couple of weeks.’ And the crowd around Rubio is chattering that it may well take longer….

“You start to see what at least some folks are trying to do here. Drag this out, drag this out, drag this out. So as the thing gets bogged down you get the sand kicked in the eyes of the public about who’s on which side and who’s trying to prevent anything from happening.

“Much more of this and it would be silly for Senate Dems and the White House not to just introduce a bill and let the public see who’s for it and against it.”

I would just add that eels think Rubio is slippery.

It’s War

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will block a Rice nomination for Secretary of State if Obama chooses to proceed:  “I would place a hold on anybody who wanted to be promoted  for any job who had a role in the Benghazi situation.

The battle against Rice has led to charges of sexism and racism.  That’s why they’re putting a New Hampshire woman out front, to try to deflect those charges.  Both McCain and “Butters” Graham are male, obviously, plus Butters is from South Carolina.

Quotes of the Day

“We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got, and some that we didn’t get, concerning evidence that was overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate.”

Sen. John McCain after meeting about Benghazi with Ambassador Susan Rice, who was accompanied by Michael Morell, acting director of the CIA.

Senators Lindsey “Butters” Graham (R-SC) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) also were there, so the GOP had the gay and female demographics covered.

Butters said, “The bottom line is that I’m more disturbed than I was before.”

This meeting was supposed to smooth the way for Obama to nominate Rice as Secretary of State.  Looks as if O still has a fight on his hands.

Obama needs to address Benghazi himself.

The Benghazi Speech

I know the Prez is doing a press conference next Wednesday, but he really needs to do a speech about Benghazi.  It needs to be an air-tight, comprehensive speech that will stand up a month, six months, a year from now.  No drip, drip, drip.  He needs to explain exactly what happened, what went wrong, and what’s being done to fix it.  The White House should release documentation to supplement and back up the speech.

He will never have more good will from the American people than he has right now.

Having executed a brilliant campaign, I worry that his people will drift back into their first-term crappy communicating.

He needs to explain why the Africa Command (Africom), established in 2007 under Bush 43, was the only command not to have its own Commanders’ In-Extremis Force (CIF) and  had to rely on help from the European Command, which meant forces that were on a mission to Croatia.

As for the members of the GOP who have been critical of Benghazi, like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, they had to have known that Africom didn’t have a CIF.  I’ve heard John Bolton rant about a lot of things on Fox News — why wasn’t he complaining about this?

Quote of the Day

“If we lose the election, there is only one explanation — demographics.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC)

No, Senator, you have it backwards.  It’s your wingnut policies that alienate huge swathes of Americans — young people, women, African-Americans, Hispanics, anybody who doesn’t take the Bible literally.

Lunch with Todd Akin for $2500

Four GOP senators — Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, James Inhofe, and Lindsey “Butters” Graham are hosting a fundraising lunch in D. C. for Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin next Wednesday.  For $2500, you can meet Mr. Akin and learn how lady parts magically distinguish rapists’ sperm from consensual sperm.  Every time!

Seems all is forgiven by the GOP.

But not forgotten by the voters of Missouri.