Monthly Archives: November 2013

Tyranny in the US Senate

And Harry Reid has done it.  He’s employed the much maligned Nuclear Option.

Washington entered a new era on Thursday when the Senate voted to invoke the “nuclear option,” a technical change to an existing chamber rule that is sure to worsen the acrimony and further the divide between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

It’s known as the “nuclear option” because of the broad and serious implications of its deployment. It calls to mind the Cold War, when a nuclear strike by the United States or Soviet Union against the other would all but result in mutually-assured destruction.

The move, which overturned the requirement for a 60-vote majority for most presidential nominees, is an unprecedented power play by Democrats, and one that is sure to reverberate in both the long and short term.

We can go back to 2005 when the Republicans contemplated this thing.  It was a bad idea then, it is a bad idea now.  It is a brazen power grad from the same jackass that abused Senate rules to get Obamacare passed.

Harry Reid is a traitor to the United States of America.  And I hope that when history recalls the annals of this age his treachery is remembered for what it is.

Kay Hagan in Peril

And more hilarious laughter.  Kay Hagan is flipping out after losing a 17 point lead against the generic Republican in next year’s elections.  I don’t usually put too much stock in polls against a generic Republican or a generic Democrat because there is a certain amount of the personality contest going on.   But seeing that much of a swing against the same generic Republican means that something is going on.

This has been going around a lot, but it’s just too good not to post here (from the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank):

Well, her problem begins with Obamacare, ends with Obamacare and has a whole lot of Obamacare in between.

Hagan hosted a conference call for reporters Tuesday morning to discuss the problems with the health-care law’s rollout, and the Q&A session was so painful that the senator should qualify for trauma coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

 

So, I am enjoying the Priceless Schadenfreude.  With the only caveat being that I can’t help but wonder how much stronger the GOP’s position would be had John McCain and Lindsey Graham managed to keep their mouths shut and obey Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment.  Shutting the government down to stop this train wreck doesn’t seem like such a bad move now, huh?  Wouldn’t it be nice to hang THAT albatross around Obama’s neck too?  But those two idiots had to run out and apologize for the crazy tea partiers every chance they got.  At the very least, it’s time for Graham and McCain to face some serious party discipline for their malfeasance in this regard.

And in the blog business category, I have added a Kay Hagan category where I can keep track of little anecdotes about the villainess who is unworthy to sit in the same seat once held by Jesse Helms.

 

My how the tables are turning…

I just saw this on WRAL’s home page:

President Barack Obama’s health care law risks coming unglued because of his administration’s bungles and his own inflated promises. To avoid that fate, Obama needs breakthroughs on three fronts: the cancellations mess, technology troubles and a crisis in confidence among his own supporters.

I can’t help but laugh.  That blurb is from an article from the Associated Press.  It must have killed them to write that.  AP content dissappears from WRAL after a certain amount of time (I don’t remember what the actual amount of time is) so it won’t be there forever, but I will still laugh it up while I can.

Regional Rail Service Not For Wake County

From WRAL:

 

“What we found were the (bus) ridership numbers are fairly low,” Clarence Marsella, former general manager and chief executive officer of the Denver Regional Transportation District, told county leaders at a meeting Tuesday.

Adding rail typically increases ridership 30 percent, he said, so 30 percent of an already low number doesn’t justify the high cost of rail.

The experts also said that congestion in Wake County and surrounding areas is not as bad as other places in the country and that the area already has a well-functioning road system.

So, what we have here, is further proof that there was never any good reason to green light a billion dollar light rail program in Wake County.  Especially one like what was proposed that didn’t go anywhere useful.

From the same article:

“If we don’t come up with a plan, you might as well look at Atlanta because we’ll have similar congestion as they have,” Raleigh City Planning Director Mitch Silver said.

Yes, we need a plan.  But how about we conjure up a plan that actually has a chance of working instead of one that just flushes taxpayer dollars down a hole.  Our resources are better utilized at this point making sure the roads are adequate.

Before you spend a massive amount of money on public transit, you need to answer two questions:  Where is it going and who is going to ride it?  The answer in the case of rail in the triangle appears to be nowhere and almost nobody.

Remember Cuccinelli

I just want to make a note, for the record, to remember what happened with Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia.  Cuccinelli lost to Terry McAuliffe (who has a long history of being one of the most loathsome characters on the other side).

But the real story is that after Tea Party Favorite Ken Cuccinelli won the Republican primary for the governor’s race in Virginia, the establishment Republicans were out.   Typically reliable Republican donors wouldn’t give to Cuccinelli’s campaign.  Which is fine, they can spend their money however they like.  But every time the establishment gets their way and some wishy washy milquetoast Republican wins the nomination, they lecture the Conservative and Libertarian wings of the party that we have to unite around “our” guy.  But they have made it abundantly clear that when somebody WE like wins the primary, they’re out.  They won’t support a conservative candidate.

We’re just going to file this away so that we can pull it out the next time the establishment tries to foist a McCain on us and tells us we must unite behind him.

I’ll just end this rant with a little snippet from a post on this by Jonah Goldberg:

As for the more moderate Republican donors who stayed away from Cuccinelli, I certainly don’t think they’re obliged to give money to anyone or anything they disagree with. So maybe they’re pro-choice. Maybe they call themselves “socially liberal but fiscally conservative” (don’t get me started). Fine. But on the issues that make them Republican, McAuliffe will still be far more of a disaster than Cuccinelli ever would have been. McAuliffe says his first priority for the legislative session is accepting the expanded Medicare option under ObamaCare. That’s bad enough, but does anyone doubt that another, equally important, priority of his will be to prepare the ground for a Clinton candidacy should she run? Even if she doesn’t, McAuliffe in the statehouse is terrible news for every kind of Republican. McAuliffe is not a policy person. He’s not a “statesman.” He’s a purely political hack moneyman. And he’s going to use his skills as best he can to put Virginia in the Democrats’ column in 2016.

For all the talk about how the base needs to cooperate with the establishment more, it’s worth remembering that the base almost always does its part on Election Day. Its the establishment that is less reliable in returning the favor.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/363238/and-now-airing-grievances-jonah-goldberg