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Saturday, July 18, 2009

You Might work On That Segue, Fellas

This is kind of comical.

The Roanoke Times this morning calls out the Republican Party for asking if the commonwealth of Virginia is getting full-time attention from its governor, what with his duties as head of the national Democratic Party interfering.

It seems to me to be a legitimate concern, but that's beside the point I'll make.

Check out these two paragraphs about Tim Kaine's travel habits:

Credit the Virginia GOP for persistence if nothing else. Like a dog worrying a bone, Republicans have seized on the notion that Gov. Tim Kaine is spending too much time as head of the Democratic National Committee, neglecting his elective office as a result.

Their strategy is transparent. Kaine has been a popular and effective governor, like Gov. Mark Warner. Democrat Creigh Deeds is running as the heir apparent to that legacy of good government -- a strategy that worked for Kaine in 2005.

Uh, how did we get from Kaine's travel to Kaine's popularity and effectiveness to Mark Warner's popularity and effectiveness to Creigh Deeds being - "apparently" - the heir to Kaine's and Warner's "good governance" and, we can assume, popularity and effectiveness?

My neck hurts from the whiplash.


Memo To Coal Miners: Stay Out Of Tennessee

It appears an informal boycott has been launched:
Coal miners boycotting Tennessee tourist sites
By Roger Alford, Associated Press Writer

Frankfort, Ky. (AP) -- Angry Appalachian coal miners are refusing to vacation in Tennessee because they say one of that state's political leaders wants to eliminate needed jobs by banning mountaintop removal.

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is sponsoring legislation that would bar coal companies from the controversial mining practice that involves blasting away mountaintops to unearth coal and dumping dirt, rock and trees into the valleys beneath. Such a ban would effectively halt the destructive form of mining.

Miners in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia are taking part in the protest, said Roger Horton, director of Citizens for Coal, the pro-coal advocacy group that organized the boycott.

Horton, a miner on a mountaintop-removal operation in West Virginia, said some 5,000 coal miners already have joined the week-old boycott, which he hopes will spread to involve all of the nation's 81,000 coal miners.

The boycott will continue, Horton said, until Alexander relents. [link]
Says Horton:

"He needs to mind his own business. Why fool with us? We have good congressmen and senators here who know what's best for West Virginia. We don't need his interference."

Mitch McConnell To Vote Against Sotomayor

In a statement released to the press:
From the beginning of this confirmation process, I've said that Americans expect one thing when they walk into a court room, whether it's a traffic court or the Supreme Court -- and that's equal treatment under the law. Over the years, Americans have accepted significant ideological differences in the kinds of men and women that various presidents have nominated to the Supreme Court. But one thing Americans will never tolerate in a nominee is a belief that some groups are more deserving of a fair shake than others. Nothing could be more offensive to the American sensibility than that. Judge Sotomayor is a fine person with an impressive story and a distinguished background. But above all else, a judge must check his or her personal or political agenda at the courtroom door and do justice even-handedly, as the judicial oath requires.

Judge Sotomayor's record of written statements suggests an alarming lack of respect for the notion of equal justice, and therefore, in my view, an insufficient willingness to abide by the judicial oath. This is particularly important when considering someone for the Supreme Court since, if she were confirmed, there would be no higher court to deter or prevent her from injecting into the law the various disconcerting principles that recur throughout her public statements. For that reason, I will oppose her nomination.
The fact that she's not all that bright might have been mentioned too. Still ...

Unemployment In VA Continues To Climb

It's now at 7.2%.

And that's with all the billions in stimulus money going to protect government jobs.

ObamaCare. The Verdict Is In.

And it comes from the most liberal Obama-supporting newspaper in the land.

From "Democrats Grow Wary as Health Bill Advances":
Even as Democratic leaders and the White House insisted that the nation was closer than ever to landmark changes in the health care system, they faced basic questions about whether some of their proposals might do more harm than good.

Democrats had three reasons for concern. The director of the Congressional Budget Office warned Thursday that the legislative proposals so far would not slow the growth of health spending, a crucial goal for Mr. Obama as he also tries to extend insurance to more than 45 million Americans who lack it.

Second, even with House committees working in marathon sessions this week, it was clear that Democrats could not meet their goal of passing bills before the summer recess without barreling over the concerns of Republicans and ending any hope that such a major issue could be addressed in a bipartisan manner.

Third, a growing minority of Democrats have begun to express reservations about the size, scope and cost of the legislation, the expanded role of the federal government and the need for a raft of new taxes to pay for it all. The comments suggest that party leaders may not yet have the votes to pass the legislation.
Remarkably, despite all this, the Democrats will pass it and Obama will sign it.

Even though ObamaCare will have the opposite effect from that originally intended.

For the love of God.

The Brewing Scandal

I brought to your attention yesterday a story about Virginia 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello - a Democrat - taking campaign cash from a Democratic Party bigwig the day before he voted in favor of a bill that the Democratic Party bigwig wanted him to vote in favor of.

Well, the story is getting attention:
Democrats put their Representatives up for sale
By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

How did Democrats manage to win a narrow 219-212 victory on cap-and-tax three weeks ago? According to Glenn Thrush at Politico, they did it the old-fashioned way — they bought the votes. Democratic leadership in the House dumped tens of thousands of dollars into the campaign coffers of Democratic waverers on the expansive and expensive energy-industry controls:

Three House Democratic leaders who were whipping members on the climate change bill gave tens of thousands in campaign cash to party moderates around the time of the 219-212 vote on June 26, according to Federal Election Commission records.

It’s impossible to tell if that torrent of cash was an attempt to schmear wavering Democrats — or just part of the usual cash dump made by leaders on the eve of the June 30 quarterly fundraising deadline.

Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) doled out $28,000 to reps who eventually voted yes on June 24, two days before the big vote — on a day when House leaders were doing some heavy-duty arm-twisting.

Clyburn recipients who voted for the bill included a who’s-who of battleground district Dems: Steve Driehaus, D-OH ($2,000); Martin Heinrich, D-NM ($2,000); Suzanne Kosmas, D-Fla. ($4,000); Betsy Markey, D-Colo. ($2,000); Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH ($2,000), Baron Hill, D-Ind. ($2,000); Alan Grayson, D-Fla. ($2,000); Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa ($2,000); Jim Himes, D-Conn. ($2,000); Mary Jo Kilroy, D-OH ($2,000); Kurt Schrader, D-Ore. ($2,000); Jerry McNerney, D-Calif. ($2,000) and Tom Perriello, D-Va. ($2,000).

Pelosi and Clyburn claim that the donations were just the normal end-of-quarter cash dumps that leadership routinely give their members. Perhaps, but the pattern of giving more than 16 months before the next election speaks to a certain strategy on pending legislation. While the two did contribute to eventual opponents of the bill, the money went in this week primarily to swing voters on the issue, which makes it look less routine and more like they only mostly succeeded in buying support for the bill.

When Democratic leadership has been whipping the vote for weeks and suddenly shows up with bags of money for the waverers, calling that “routine” may be more indicting than Pelosi understands. [link] [my emphasis]
It would be interesting to hear Perriello's explanation for the cash transfer. So far he's remained silent.

Deafeningly silent.

Which Obama Should We Believe?

The House Republican Conference has come up with a powerful video that shows our president speaking out of both sides of his mouth on the stimulus issue.

Two Obamas?

It will have immediate effect.

It was not intended to have had an immediate effect.

Good God.

They Just Won't Stop

It isn't bad enough that the climate legislation that is working its way through Congress will throw thousands out of work and regulate many Americans into poverty. Now the Obama administration is talking about us - the USA - footing the bill for Chinese greenhouse gas emissions as well!

They're out of their minds:
Commerce Secretary: Americans ‘Need to Pay’ for Chinese Emissions
By Keith Johnson, Wall Street Journal

yesterday, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said something amazing—U.S. consumers should pay for part of Chinese greenhouse-gas emissions. From Reuters:

It’s important that those who consume the products being made all around the world to the benefit of America — and it’s our own consumption activity that’s causing the emission of greenhouse gases, then quite frankly Americans need to pay for that,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke told the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

The idea that rich-country consumers should pick up the tab for some of China’s industrial emissions has been gaining currency lately—but not from within the Obama administration.

Secretary Locke’s statement could open up a new can of worms—right when China’s actions on energy and the environment are proving so crucial to mustering support among wavering senators for the administration’s big cap-and-trade bill. [link]

A Passing

Walter Cronkite, legendary news man, liberal commentator, has died.