I can't believe there wasn't a cover for watching last night's Republican National Convention. There was a drink minimum (all the drinks), but is that ever a problem when watching political coverage?
The Worst of Tim Pawlenty
1. "But you know, President Obama isn't as bad as people say, he's actually worse. "
2. "The president takes more vacations than that guy on the Bizarre Foods show."
Tags: Mike Huckabee, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Republican National Convention, Rob Portman
Surely the Boy Scouts, Boehner, McConnell, Romney, et al. can now explain how Sally Ride could never have been an astronaut and role model.
— Andrew Patner (@andrewpatner) July 24, 2012
Tags: John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, NASA, Sally Ride, Tweet Untweet, Twitter
In addition to ruling on Arizona's immigration laws, the Supreme Court announced that it would not be re-visiting its 2010 Citizens United vs. FEC decision which gave corporations unlimited "free speech" in U.S. politics via campaign contributions.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who had some very thought-provoking, non-super-disingenuous points to make about this "important victory for freedom of speech"…
There has been "only minimal corporate involvement in the 2012 election cycle," McConnell wrote in the statement and in a brief filed in support of the group seeking to toss out Montana's corporate political spending ban.
Citing Federal Election Commission records, McConnell said "not one Fortune 100 company contributed a cent to any of the eight Republican super-PACs" as of the end of March.
Those committees are required to report donors; many nonprofit groups that also spend money in elections may keep their donors secret.
Check and mate, liberals! "Not one Fortune 100 company contributed a cent to any of the eight Republican super-PACs" all through the Republican primaries. So, we can assume that the same would hold true through the general elections in which a rabidly business-centric Republican was fighting to unseat a Democratic president. Because those two things are exactly the same.
And, just to set the record straight, let's take a look at the kind of non-corporation that is contributing to to the presidential Super PACs. Just to pull a name of of the proverbial hat, let's say… Sheldon Adelson, who's planning to contribute up to $100 million to Mitt Romney's campaign. Now, he's not a corporation, is he? No! He's a person. A person who runs a corporation, owns several business and has derived his massive wealth from corporations.
Totally, totally different.
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Tags: Citizens United v. FEC, Corporations, Mitch McConnell, Money, Senate, Sheldon Adelson, Supreme Court
As John Boehner has pointed out, Barack Obama's recently-announced immigration policy, regarding young illegal immigrants "puts everyone in a difficult position." Because, on the one hand, Yuck, Mexican people! But on the other hand, Oh, they didn't just hear me say that yuck thing about Mexican people, did they? You can see the pickle that Republicans are in.
What makes matters even worse is that Mitt Romney has yet to say whether he's opposed to the President's policy because it goes too far or if he's opposed to the President's policy because it doesn't go too far enough.
Things have gotten so bad that Senate Republicans have been reduced to something approaching earnestness…
"Both the presidential candidates, both the incumbent and the challenger, are going to be addressing this issue Thursday at an important meeting of Hispanic-Americans. I think most of my members are interested in learning what Governor Romney has to say about this issue, and we're going to withhold judgment, most of us, until that time…
"I think we’re going to wait and see what Governor Romney has to say, and then our members are going to be discussing his views on this, and I think many of them will have similar views."
Oh, you think? That'd be a pretty funny coincidence, wouldn't it? "Oh, how odd! I feel pretty much exactly the same way he does. Wait, what did he say again?"
Now, as soon as somebody is able to tell Mitt Romney what he thinks about this, we should all be good to go.
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Tags: Immigration, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Republicans, Senate
Michael Brendan Dougherty — an old friend of Indecision and current political editor of Business Insider — was on Bill Maher's show this past weekend, and he revealed a conversation he had with a sitting U.S. senator in which he was told something about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that might surprise you.
Surprise you, I mean, if you've never heard of Mitch McConnell or Republicans or the Senate before…
On Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher, [Business Insider political editor Michael Brendan] Dougherty revealed that a Republican Senator, not a staffer, not a strategist, but an actual US Senator, told him that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had issued sickening marching orders to his caucus. Here’s what Dougherty said:
"I spoke to a Senator earlier this week, and he told me that, a Republican Senator told me that Mitch McConnell has told his conference that 'We’re not doing anything, we won’t make a single move between now and the election, because any move could be risky, and all of the shit is sliding down on President Obama.' So, they’re not going to do anything, they’ve talked about this very clearly among themselves."
If you find this shocking, I've got to warn you: Whatever you do, don't google "How do people expel waste?" You'll be completely scandalized.
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Tags: Economy, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Senate