Have your spirits been dropping recently, following Sarah Palin's dwindling prospects of become the first Queen of America? Do you find yourself ill-prepared to enter into a primary season that does not even hold the hope of Palin/Obama debates and all the hilarity that would extend?
Well, buck up, because Republican former Sen. Judd Gregg has read the tea leaves and can still as yet foresee a path for our heroine in this frontrunner-less GOP field…
[T]he Democratic Party’s nomination process of 2008, which was the most extended and competitive contest of recent times, might look like child’s play compared to the Republican enterprise of 2012. It is plausible that the most likely scenario will be that this could be the first convention since 1952 in which no one really knows who is going to be the nominee going into the hall.
Because the nominating process has become so dominated by primary elections, with the vast majority of the delegates chosen by direct vote, it is entirely possible that with no presumptive winner or even favorites, a candidate who runs second or third in a great many primaries could go into the convention with a sizable block of delegates.
Who would this favor? Does Sarah Palin come to mind? Although she is not viewed by most as strong enough to win, she is viewed by many as a person worth voting for to make a statement. And primaries tend to be populated by people who go to the polls with the purpose of making a statement.
It all just seems like such a wonderful dream. Can it really be true?
Tags: Iowa, Judd Gregg, New Hampshire, Primaries, Republicans, Sarah Palin
Last night, on the final Daily Show of 2010, Jon Stewart made a sincere plea to the Senate by spending the entire show discussing the Zadroga health care bill for 9/11 first responders. First, he mocked the media for their lack of coverage of the bill, which is being filibustered by the same Senate Republicans who fought tooth and nail to pass an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Jon followed that with a panel of actual 9/11 first responders and an interview with Mike Huckabee, who urged all Republicans to vote for the bill. This is all pretty important stuff, so I'm just going to post the entire episode, including an extended and uncensored version of the Huckabee interview.
The episode continues below. The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.
Tags: 9/11, Al Jazeera, Fox, Health Care, Jon Kyl, Jon Stewart, Judd Gregg, Mike Huckabee, Mitch McConnell, Senate, Taxes, The Daily Show, Video
First the issue of abortion de-testicled the public option. Then it tormented the House vote. Finally Democrats agreed to pass an anti-choice amendment offered by Bart Stupak (D-MI), because hey, sometimes you gotta compromise minority interests for the greater good. (Before you say it: Yes, women are more than half the population. But they tend to be smaller than men, so they aren't more than half the nation's total mass.)
Now the Stupaked-up bill heads for the Senate, where some people want to be sure its provisions stay in…
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found his health reform efforts seriously complicated Monday by the explosive issue of abortion, as key centrist senators said they wanted to see airtight language in the bill blocking federal funding for the procedure.
[Stupak] prohibits public money from being spent on any plan that covers abortion even if paid for entirely with private premiums. Therefore, no plan that covers abortion services can operate in the [public] Exchange unless its subscribers can afford to pay 100% of their premiums with no assistance from government "affordability credits." As the vast majority of Americans in the Exchange will need to use some of these credits, it is highly unlikely any plan will want to offer abortion coverage.
Seriously? Even though 87% of current employer health plans offer abortion coverage? You know, this reminds me of a powerful editorial I read a few months ago, entitled "We need to reform the reform." Here's the best part:
Instead of expanding coverage to the uninsured, the legislation upends the current employer-sponsored insurance system, ends patients' choices, and puts a bureaucrat between you and your doctor.
Thank you, Sen. Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire! I look forward to hearing you make this exact same argument on the Senate floor in the coming weeks.
Tags: Abortion, Bart Stupak, Democrats, Health Care, House of Representatives, Judd Gregg
If Republican Senator Judd Gregg happens to be reading over your shoulder, quick, cover his eyes. Otherwise he'll put his fist through your computer screen when he sees that road sign…
The large green-and-white highway signs declare, "Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, describes them as the "signs to nowhere" and tried in vain Wednesday to stop the advertising.
Democrats were nearly unanimous in voting to defeat an amendment by Greg that would have prohibited the use of stimulus funds for signs that advertise taxpayer spending on stimulus projects.
Signs to nowhere? Well, he's right, this could be terribly confusing for motorists. "New Nottingnewingshireham, NH – 12 miles," fine, take a left at old man Grimsby's place and you're almost there; "Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," whaaaa? How do I get there?
In addition to being confusing, these signs are clear as day: they symbolize wasteful spending, no matter what Democrats say about "keeping the public informed" or some such nonsense…
"These signs are simply for political self-interest, and it's high time we stop using stimulus dollars to fund them, and instead use these dollars for their intended purpose of creating economic activity," he said in a written statement.
Exactly. And if we stop throwing funds into caves where the magic sign-making fairies live, why, think how much more money we'll have to invest in American manufacturers, small businesses and construction jobs.
Tags: Judd Gregg, New Hampshire, Senate, Stimulus
Yesterday afternoon New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg abruptly announced his withdrawal from consideration as President Obama's Commerce Secretary, dropping the bomb moments before Obama was set to give a stimulus-stumping speech in Illinois.
Who knew a plainspoken, taciturn, thrifty Yankee could be so underminery?
Gregg cited "irresolvable conflicts," stemming largely from his conservative fiscal concerns with the economic stimulus package, now in conference committee, which Gregg did not vote on.
[...] "You can't have a blocking back who only pulls out for every second or third play," Gregg said.
Not sure I'm familiar with that quaint New England aphorism, but I get his drift. Well, hey, Gregg didn't care much for Commerce in the first place.
He probably didn't even want the nomination…
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday Gregg had initiated discussions over the position.
So if I read this correctly, Gregg jockeyed for a job at a department he once voted to abolish, missed the news that there's a massive stimulus bill in the works, realized at the last minute that leading the "Commerce" department might involve interactions with "spending," and decided that quitting entirely was better than trying to work through differences with a Democratic administration.
There's only one word for a guy who pulls something like that.
Tags: Barack Obama, Judd Gregg, Obama Administration