Update: We knew it was going to be a busy week but we did not anticipate the return of Monica. Republican/conservative panty sniffers are out in force acting much like the DailyKooks left did in 2008. Cue a Road Runner cartoon with Wile E. Coyote failing again. Republicans/conservatives who think “this time we’ll tie the Clenis to the war on women and then we will win” will only mange to reinforce their “brand” as panty-sniffing never-learn hypocrites and help Hillary in the process. A while back we quoted conservative pundit/analyst Jay Cost on the Clenis and how Republicans never learn, but we write and we write and well, “there is little evidence they have learned from their defeats“. Beep, beep.
Tonight, It’s primary night in North Carolina and Ohio so we will stay off the roads and instead watch the election returns in the Tillis North Carolina race to see if he avoids a debilitating runoff by winning 40% of the vote and thereby thwart Senator Kay Hagen’s scheme borrowed from Claire McCaskill on how to win an election by tampering in your opponent’s primary election.
May brings flowers and sunshine – as well as a lot of news. This first full week of May is event filled.
Monday began the week with the news of leaders held accountable even if they were not entirely at fault. Target’s massive data breach has now cost the company’s CEO his job. Wow, a chief executive held accountable! What a concept! Lo, and behold, the wrong Obama loses his job: This looks like a sad day for the Obama family. Sports Illustrated is reporting that Oregon State has fired basketball coach Craig Robinson, the brother-in-law of first lady Michelle Obama. It’s the wrong Obama!
Speaking of Benghazi, lots of news there too. Now that John Boner, er, Boehner, has finally given in to pressure and declared there will be a select committee to explore the morass of Benghazi we hear more foolish talk from the Obama spokesclown Jay Carney: I don’t know if we’ll cooperate with the Benghazi select committee. Also according to a piano player in the whorehouse Nancy Pelosi and her minions are considering non-cooperation and non-participation in the Benghazi select committee.
This Obama Stonewall Benghazi strategy reminds us of the Wisconsin “fleebagger” strategy which didn’t work. The argument by some is that this is “smart-ish” as a tactic because Obama will be able to taint the select committee as “partisan” and unworthy of serious consideration. This “smarty” argument does not withstand scrutiny for two obvious reasons.
First of all today Boner, er, Boehner names Trey Gowdy chairman of Benghazi select committee . Gowdy is not a fool or incompetent like Darryl Issa. Gowdy knows how to examine a witness and how to stay focused on what matters. Which leads to the second reason why the threats from Obama and henchmen don’t frighten anyone interested in finding out what happened on September 11 in Benghazi.
Second, imagine a committee and hearings populated only with Republicans. Without Obama shills to distract and shout RACISM! and fog up the place with lies, witnesses in public hearings would be grilled like bacon in a blast furnace. More importantly imagine only Republicans present at the behind the scenes depositions of witnesses. If Obama henchmen are not present at those private depositions they won’t know what fresh Hell could break loose. So, we don’t take the threats seriously and if the threats materialize there will be Hell to pay as facts are extracted from witnesses.
One witness we would like to see called to testify is the brother of Ben Rhodes. There are questions he could be asked:
CBS News President David Rhodes described what the “government” believed about the Benghazi attack the day after it happened, saying it was not just a “mob reaction” to a film. [snip]
At this point, Rhodes interjected a parenthetical note about the “pretty alarming” situation saying, “Our government thinks that, you know, there’s a really good chance this was not just a spontaneous mob reaction to what some thought was an offensive film but actually a coordinated effort timed to the 9/11 anniversary.”
“Pretty alarming” but since then CBS news is pretty sleepy.
That’s it baby. That’s what Gowdy must focus on and filter out the noise. The Benghazi attack was a terrorist attack on September 11 for which Barack Obama was completely unprepared. Focus on why the White House did not anticipate and prepare for September 11 attacks. Focus on why there was no special phone number for at risk embassies or American installations to call if and when trouble arose on September 11.
Later this week there will be a vote to establish the select committee. We will also find out sometime this week who will be on that committee and whether or not the Obama protection squads will cut their noses to spite their faces.
Obama? This week Obama if trolling for dollars once again. Repeatedly. On Wednesday it’s California that will welcome the big fleet of climate changing planes. Los Angeles on Wednesday. Four fundraisers on Thursday in LA, San Diego, and San Jose. Climate change Air Force 1 style. Tax payers will get the bill as fig leaf events are gilded on to make it all legal.
On Tuesday, there will be primaries. Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina are the featured attractions. In Ohio John Boner has a primary challenger which has cleverly mashed “boner” jokes with erectile dysfunction commercials. Boner will have a hard time with this ad:
Boner will likely win his primary even as his challenger has lost his job at a Christian college due to the contents of the ad.
Also on Tuesday we will learn if North Carolina Senator Kay Hagen will succeed with her Clair McCaskill style tactic of choosing her opponent. Hagen’s top opponent is Thom Tillis but unless Tillis gets 40% of the vote there will be a run-off and Hagen will have that much more time to get money and divide the opposition. To that end Kay Hagen has been lying without restraint:
As previously noted, Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) has attacked her presumptive GOP opponent, Thom Tillis, as a hypocrite for wanting to repeal Obamacare despite having once described it as a “great idea.”
It’s completely dishonest. Tillis did say that, but here’s the full context: ““The majority of the stuff that is in Obamacare is bad, because it’s not fiscally sustainable. It’s a great idea that can’t be paid for.”
Now, Hagan’s campaign is repeating the attack in fliers mailed to Republican voters ahead of the GOP primary on Tuesday. It’s a pretty blatant effort to undermine Tillis’s standing among conservatives; he currently leads the GOP field with 40 percent of the vote, according to the Public Policy Polling, which is precisely the amount he needs to avoid a runoff.
Her support for ObamaCare is killing Hagen in North Carolina so Hagen is trying to kill Tillis with ObamaCare. ObamaCare kills.
That’s Monday and Tuesday in the big news category. While we lament the poor Californians who will suffer later on in the week we will keep our eyes on events scheduled for Wednesday:
Contempt Vote Coming Down on Lerner
The House of Representatives will vote this week on whether to hold former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. Back in April, the House Oversight Committee voted to hold Lerner in Contempt after she plead the Fifth for a second time in March. Many lawmakers argue Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights the first time she testified the first time last year due to making an opening statement before claiming she wished to remain silent.
Since pleading the Fifth for a second time, emails have surfaced showing Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice about the possible criminal prosecution of conservative tea party groups her special interest friends wanted “shut down.”
Last week, Lerner’s attorney said it would be “un-American” to hold her contempt and asked for a special opportunity to defend and make her case in front of Congress before the contempt vote this week. That request was denied.
So what’s next after the contempt vote? POLITICO has the details:
After the vote, the matter will then most likely move to court, where a judge will determine whether Lerner had a right to invoke her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer House GOP lawmakers’ questions about her role in the controversy.
Indeed that is what Politico wishes would happen. What should happen – we wrote about. Congress should prepare for a congressional trial against Lois Lerner because the Department of Justice will do nothing to prosecute the contempt citation which is coming and so richly deserved. Put Lois Lerner in the docket and clone Trey Gowdy for the prosecution.
This brings us to Thursday. ObamaCare is back:
If the president wants to witness a refutation of his assertion that the survival of the Affordable Care Act is assured, come Thursday he should stroll the 13 blocks from his office to the nation’s second-most important court, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. There he can hear an argument involving yet another constitutional provision that evidently has escaped his notice. It is the origination clause, which says: “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other bills.” [snip]
What will be argued on Thursday is that what was voted on — the ACA — was indisputably a revenue measure and unquestionably did not originate in the House, which later passed the ACA on another party-line vote. [snip]
In June 2012, a Supreme Court majority accepted a, shall we say, creative reading of the ACA by Chief Justice John Roberts. The court held that the penalty, which the ACA repeatedly calls a penalty, is really just a tax on the activity — actually, the nonactivity — of not purchasing insurance. The individual mandate is not, the court held, a command but merely the definition of a condition that can be taxed. The tax is mild enough to be semi-voluntary; individuals are free to choose whether or not to commit the inactivity that triggers the tax.
The “exaction” — Roberts’s word — “looks,” he laconically said, “like a tax in many respects.” It is collected by the IRS, and the proceeds go to the Treasury for the general operations of the federal government, not to fund a particular program. This surely makes the ACA a revenue measure.
Did it, however, originate in the House? Of course not. [snip]
Two years ago, the Supreme Court saved the ACA by declaring its penalty to be a tax. It thereby doomed the ACA as an unconstitutional violation of the origination clause.
It will be fun to watch the legal gymnasts support ObamaCare now that it is a tax but if it is a tax then it could not be a tax which originated in the Senate so it is a non-tax tax that will tax the legal system’s alleged logic. The lawsuit is HERE.
So, in one week, we get Benghazi, the IRS, ObamaCare. Festering lilies of May.
Let’s not forget the poll released on Monday which is the bill to be paid for Benghazi, the IRS scandal, and the ObamaCare scam:
This Just Might Be The Worst Poll Yet For Democrats
The Republican Party is at its strongest point in two decades heading into midterm elections, according to a new Pew Research-USA Today poll, the latest daunting sign for Democrats ahead of campaign season.
The GOP is at an even stronger point than in previous “wave” elections in 1994 and 2010 and looks poised to make major gains — and possibly take control of the U.S. Senate.
According to the poll, out Monday, Republicans have a 47-43 lead on the generic congressional ballot. That’s a 10-point swing from October, when Democrats, boosted by GOP blame for the federal government shutdown, held a 6-point lead in the Pew poll.
Overall, Democrats are plagued by the still-sluggish economy, the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act, and the undesirable views of President Obama.
Barack Obama is killing off the party. Perhaps Harry Reid and Nancy Pelousy only care about their national power but we suspect that many other office holders are beginning to realize Obama is going to kill them all:
Control of five state Senates would swing to the GOP with a gain of no more than three seats, and the party is targeting four additional state legislative chambers, believing the political environment favors Republicans this year. …
“Republicans are at something of a high-water mark,” said Tim Storey, who tracks elections at the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. “However, there are still a number of states where Republicans could flip chambers and come out even stronger than they came in.”
Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Oregon, New Hampshire, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Maine are all targets of opportunity for Republicans. In November we will know.
For now, this week in May is planting a lot of seeds that will flower in six months.