Paul Ryan, Again, Not Sucking

More from today’s sham summit: Perhaps most important, Ryan confronted the Democrats with the issue of the “Doc Fix” — a separate bill that would have added $371 billion to the Democrats’ legislation if it hadn’t been stripped out. The Doc Fix would have prevented Medicare reimbursements to doctors from plummeting by 21 percent, a drop that Congress put into … Read More

Paul Ryan Seems To Not Suck As Much As Your Average Congressman

NRO: Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) just called the funding scheme of the Senate bill a “Ponzi scheme” that would “make Bernie Madoff proud.” I’m intrigued by this guy.  I keep hearing about his plan to return the US to fiscal sanity, and he seems to be able to say what needs to be said; in this case, he’s saying it directly … Read More

Tea Parties… In Great Britain?

We often hear that America should be more civilized like our friends across the pond in Europe.  But is this a sign that our friends across the pond are starting to become a little more like us? Conservatives in Britain will hold their first Tea Party protest in Brighton on Saturday, with British member of the European parliament (and frequent … Read More

Harkin: “We May Be Closer Together” Than We Thought

Um, Senator Harkin? I’m pretty sure I can assure you that you’re really not all that close at all: Indeed, when Republicans like John McCain and Eric Cantor disagree and say the differences are far more substantive, these are the moments that have triggered the president’s anger. Fascinating. Democrats are seeking to turn around their fortunes on health care by … Read More

HOLY CRAP! IS THAT A ROOM FOR RENT ON MY CRAIGSLIST??!?!?!?

Best Craigslist ad I’ve ever seen: You bet your nomadic ass it is. Do you want to be homeless? Then you better come check this room for rent out. It has WALLS and a CEILING. BLOCKS THE F’N WIND AND RAIN FOOL! ZOMG THE LOCATION IS THE SHIT. You can WALK to Washington Avenue from here. So you can get … Read More

“Fine, then it’s dead.”

So says Senator Kent Conrad: Conrad, who has been open to reconciliation as long as the fixes are limited, said the order must be reversed. The House must pass the Senate bill first — before either chamber considers the reconciliation package, he said. “I don’t know of any way, I don’t know of any way where you can have a reconciliation bill pass … Read More

Best Wishes, Senator

Just across the wires on NRO: Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) has been diagnosed with what doctors are calling “treatable” stomach cancer.  Thoughts and prayers. I’ll second that.  Here’s hoping that the treatments go smoothly and are successful.

How the mighty have fallen

For Obama to have fallen from a President whose dominant narrative was that he was a transformational figure to being one who really might be a one-termer, in less than a year, is pretty stunning. via Why the CNN Poll is Stunning – Real Clear Politics – TIME.com.

The Long Reach of Israel

Noah Pollak over at Contentions has this to say about the controversy over the assassination of a top Hamas operative in Dubai: …the fact of the matter is that the team got into Dubai, rubbed out a bad guy, and got out. No drama, nobody was captured, and nobody knows the real identities of the team or where they are … Read More