[Yesterday] President Obama [broke] George W. Bush's record as the administration with the most scandal-free days since 1977. Yes, both Fast and Furious and Solyndra have forced the White House to do a lot of explaining, but they haven't met Dartmouth professor Brendan Nyhan's definition of a genuine scandal — yet.
Nyhan says that political scientists generally see The Washington Post as a solid indicator of elite opinion — so for his study, a problem officially curdles into a scandal once the S-word is used in a reporter's own voice in a story that runs on the front page of the Post. Bush made it 34-months before he faced a scandal in the Post. And as of this morning, Obama has beaten that record.
Not there haven't been plenty of close calls. In the Sept. 27 paper, the words "Solyndra scandal" were printed. But they didn't meet Nyhan's criteria for three reasons: 1) it was in a quote from Sen. Mitch McConnell, 2) it was in an opinion column by Dana Milbank, and 3) the story ran on page A08.
Oh, he'll get there alright. But I fear it'll be too late to mean much. I can only hope that Mitt Romney is taking note of this and planning with some dead Indonesian school boys in his Martha's Vineyard mansion or something. I hear he's got some good advisers, so I'm pretty confident that he'll deliver early in his first term.
You know, though. I hate to say it, but this is why the Democrats should have gone with John Edwards. When it comes to this type of political tradition, that guy is a true visionary.
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Bill O'Reilly admits that he would happily pay a 40% income tax just so long as he knows that the government won't waste that money on poorly-run clean energy companies and overpriced pasties. Which is to say that Bill O'Reilly will never happily pay a 40% income tax.
The interview continues after the jump.
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The good news is that John Boehner has managed to herd the Tea Party members of his caucus in enough to just barely pass a bill which will — and now don't get to agitated when you hear this — allocate more federal money to a badly-in-need government emergency aid program. I know, I know! Spending bad! Spending bad!
But don't worry. Provisions had been made to ensure that it would not pass the Democrat-controlled Senate. So, all is right with the world…
The measure, which narrowly passed early Friday by a vote of 219 to 203, is needed to temporarily fund the government once the new fiscal year begins next week. It also includes $3.65 billion to replenish the coffers of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is expected to run out of money by Monday after a succession of tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and wildfires.
Disaster funding typically draws bipartisan support, but this year Republican leaders insist that any supplemental emergency funds be offset by spending cuts elsewhere. Democrats object…
The House measure would take $1.5 billion from a green vehicle program that Democrats champion as a job creator. To attract more Republican votes, leaders decided to also take $100 million from an Energy Department account for renewable energy firms — including Solyndra, the Northern California solar manufacturer with ties to the White House that received a $535-million loan guarantee, then went bankrupt.
Great work, guys. Really top notch. Even if this did somehow manage to pass through the Senate, it'd still effectively hobble job growth and push back efforts at environmental responsibility. So, hey, six of one, half a dozen of another.
If I had any criticism of this, it's that the bill, as passed by the House, doesn't go quite far enough in humiliating Democrats. I mean, why — at this late stage in the game — are Democratic legislators still allowed to wear pants? And I see them on C-Span just walking around the Senate floor on their feet when they could be forced to perambulate on hands and knees. Come on, Republicans. Don't get soft on us now. This is your golden opportunity to take everything you can get. No consequences! No regrets!
Anyway, as expected (and probably hoped for), the Senate decided to pass on this bill…
By a bipartisan vote of 59-36 Friday, Senate Democrats and several Republicans tabled (read: effectively killed) House-passed legislation to fund the federal government beyond September 30.
We can now all sleep easy knowing that none of our tax dollars will go toward helping anybody elsewhere.
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If you're not currently familiar with the word "Solyndra," do yourself a favor and get yourself familiar with it, because it's going to be Solyndra-ing up stuff Solyndra-ishly like you've never seen Solyndra get Solyndra-ed.
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You liberal hippies and your so called "green" energy. First of all, it's been a few years since Obama's promise to provide it for us, and I haven't seen so much as a solitary verdant photon emerging from my wall outlet.*
And now we have this Solyndra scandal brewing. It got a $535 million loan from the federal government to create a bunch of jobs while helping to ween the country off its dependency on fossil fuels, but now it's bankrupt.
Once hailed by the Obama administration a key example of its commitment to green tech driving growth and creating jobs, solar company Solyndra has since lost a good deal of its shine. It’s now bankrupt and the target of a federal criminal investigation…
According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI’s criminal investigation focuses on "whether Solyndra executives knowingly misled the government to secure more than $500 million in loan guarantees." (A Solyndra spokesman said the company is "fully cooperating" with the investigation.)
Meanwhile, House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee released findings yesterday from a seven-month investigation into the government’s role in approving the loan. The memo, titled "The Solyndra Story," blames the Department of Energy and the White House Office of Management and Budget for ignoring red flags "in their rush to spend stimulus dollars."
Well, there you have it. It's like a checklist of everything that's wrong with America: environmentalism, stimulus spending and Barack Obama. I don't need to hear anything else.
Let's get back to drilling for oil inside endangered species the way we did when America was still a country to be proud of.
* I thought I saw something slightly chartreuse fall out of the socket and onto my floor once, but it turned out to be a bug. And then my dog ate it. I think that's a metaphor for something.
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