NRCC To Sanford — No Money for You

In the light of Jenny Sanford’s claim that former SC Gov. Mark Sanford has trespassed at her house on numerous occasions, the NRCC has announced that it won’t contribute to Sanford’s campaign for his old House seat in Charleston.  That election is May 7, and Sanford’s court appearance on the trespassing charge is May 9.  The NRCC had been considering an infusion of millions of dollars in the next few weeks.

Sanford admits that he was at Jenny’s house, without her permission, on February 3 to watch the Super Bowl with one of their sons.  In his statement, he claims that he was unable to reach her.

But their divorce agreement says “neither will hereafter enter into the residence of the other without the specific permission of the other.”  It doesn’t say “best efforts” to reach the other, and it doesn’t say one of their children can give permission.  If Sanford wanted to watch the Super Bowl with his son, he should have done so at his house, about twenty minutes away.

Moreover, this wasn’t a one-time event.  Jenny’s complaint alleges that her ex-husband “has entered into a pattern of entering onto Plaintiff’s property…without her permission and against her wishes.”

You’d think Sanford would at least honor his divorce agreement during his campaign, that he’d be on his best behavior as he seeks votes.  To me this shows a continuing pattern of recklessness and cluelessness that makes him unfit for office.

Sanford refers to his ex-wife’s house on Sullivan’s Island as “the beach house.”  No, Governor, it is Jenny’s house now.  But given that you never respected her feelings, I don’t know why you’d respect her property.

Good for the NRCC in saying, “No soup money for you!”

The GOP — All Politics, No Policy

“[W]hat you’re seeing clearly demonstrated here is a kind of policy nihilism on the part of the GOP that helps explain why addressing the country’s problems has become all but impossible. It isn’t enough for Boehner to disagree with [NRCC Chair Greg] Walden over Chained CPI. Boehner effectively controls the NRCC. The notion that this is a private matter between him and Walden is just hogwash. If Boehner doesn’t think the NRCC should attack Dems over a policy that GOP leaders themselves say they want Dems to join them in supporting, he could, you know, just say so. After all, if Republicans won’t say they’ll refrain from attacking Dems over Chained CPI — after embracing the Ryan plan to cut Medicare while attacking Dem candidates over Obamacare’s Medicare cuts for two straight cycles — why would they ever embrace entitlement reform, as GOP leaders themselves are asking them to do?”

Greg Sargent, The Plum Line, WaPo

Hypocrisy and politics are like peanut butter and jelly, but I really believe today’s GOP has taken things to a whole new — and low — level.  They are, in effect, refusing to govern.

Covered with Obama Cooties

We all knew this was coming, but it still invites screaming and broken crockery.

The GOP has been demanding that we cut entitlements, the President proposes chained CPI in his budget, and the head of the NRCC, Greg Walden of Oregon, calls the proposal a “shocking attack on seniors.”

Walden is focused on seat numbers in 2014, not budget numbers.  I suggest our Prez do the same.

Clean-up on Aisle Ryan

Right after the Ryan pick was announced, Republican congressmen got an email from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) telling them to watch their language.

Specifically, the Orwellians at the NRCC decreed that members must not say “entitlement reform, privatization, every option is on the table.”  Or their mouths would be washed out with soap.

Approved words include “strengthen, secure, save, preserve, protect.”

Mittens isn’t just going to lose, he’s going to take a bunch of House and Senate seats with him.