How We Know the GOP Has Given Up on Obamacare

Because they’re back to Benghazi!

And John Boehner appointed one of the major nut jobs in the House, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, to head the special select committee, because, you know, this is like Watergate or Irancontra.

I wish the President would just give a speech and explain that Benghazi was a CIA op running weapons from Libya to Syria.

McConnell Joins “No” Column

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), terrified of his junior senator Rand Paul and the Tea Party challenge to his re-election in 2014, just came out against Obama’s Syria resolution.  He’s making Speaker of the House John Boehner look even more like a Maytag repairman — very lonely.

And Ed “Profile in Courage” Markey (D-Massachusetts) has switched his vote from Present to No.

Senate Passes Immigration Bill

They didn’t get the 70 votes they’d hoped for, but in the end it was 68-32, with 14 Republicans voting for it, plus all 52 Dems and 2 Independents.

But John Boehner said today that he will invoke the Hastert rule (nothing gets to the House floor unless approved by a majority of the majority) on any immigration bill that might emerge from a Conference Committee.  It tough to imagine a bill that would get a majority of the crazy Republicans in the House also getting approved by the Senate and signed by the Prez.  Any Conference bill that could pass the Senate would have to pass the House with mostly Dems and a few R’s.

Makes for an Awkward Christmas Card

House Speaker John Boehner’s daughter, Lindsay Marie Boehner, is engaged to a Jamaican construction worker, Dominic Lakhan, who has been arrested for marijuana possession.  Boehner opposes marijuana legalization, even for medical purposes.  And he’s probably not thrilled to have a son-in-law with flowing dreadlocks in the family Christmas card that goes out to his conservative donors and constituents.

The Truth about the GOP

Brent Budowsky, over at The Hill‘s Pundits Blog, tells it like it is:

“Let’s be clear.  Boehner, McConnell, Cantor and Romney are not conviction politicians.  The are power politicians with deep insider financial backing, and deep crony-capitalist relations with Wall Street and K Street.  The people who run the party want the hostile takeover by Romney of the conservative movement to be done, over and complete.

“The Republicans…nominate the most insider candidates who do the best job of pretending to be conservative, just enough to humor and fend off the real conservatives.

“In the GOP, the insider, banking, Wall Street and K Street establishment is the boss.  Period.

“This process of an insincere Romney pretending he is farther to the right than he is, to humor the right that he will ultimately betray, has given Obama a huge advantage.

“To the political center, Romney looks too far to the right; to the political right, he looks too insincere; and to everyone else, he’s simply too elitist.”

I encourage you to head over to and read the whole thing.