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Subverting Dems now

By on 2.2.06 | 1:49PM

What happens when there is a revolution in your neighborhod? The mob gets itchy.

Pelosi will need a food taster. Same for Hoyer. And Reid is wise to start shredding his family-documented cooperation with casinos, Indian and non-Indian.

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Re: No Snafu

By on 2.2.06 | 1:48PM

Dave, James: Shadegg's dropping out for second round wasn't unexpected. See the Washington Prowler's account that ran on Monday morning on our main page. It would appear that Boehner and Shadegg had some arrangement... Of course, it's also possible that Shadegg dropped out because he just didn't have the numbers.

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No Snafu

By on 2.2.06 | 1:29PM

The Hill corrects its earlier report: apparently, GOP leaders figured out their clerical error on the first ballot, so didn't have to recast. Blunt only garnered 110 on the first go-'round, Boehner took 79, Shadegg 40 and Jim Ryun 2. Shadegg dropped out before the second ballot.

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Boehner Win

By on 2.2.06 | 1:21PM

It's great news. By which I mean it's great news Blunt lost. His overly confident approach was disgusting -- the guy wouldn't answer the Republican Study Committee's questionnaire, wouldn't debate the other guys. He was bereft of ideas, and thought projecting a front-runner status would substitute.

It's a good day for the House.

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Boehner’s Da Man

By on 2.2.06 | 1:15PM

Boehner's it, but it's Blunt everyone will still be looking at. No word yet on whether Blunt intends to continue as Whip, though the assumption is that he's as good as his word on his staying around.

Boehner's election is good news for the caucus, particularly in an election year. He carries none of Blunt's baggage, and still gives the GOP a solid fundraiser to help the party.

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It’s Boehner

By on 2.2.06 | 1:10PM

122-109. Conceivable translation: Blunt's people cut for Shadegg; Shadegg's people cut for Boehner. FOX News is reporting that Shadegg dropped out after the first ballot. But how does this square with the snafu?

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Leader Vote Snafu

By on 2.2.06 | 12:53PM

The Hill's Patrick O'Connor reports in an email that Caucus chairman Deborah Pryce threw out the first ballot of the House leadership election "after members discovered an error in the number of ballots received compared to the number of members present in the room." Pryce thinks it was a clerical error, and members did not learn the results of the first ballot.

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Malaise Moment

By on 2.2.06 | 12:40PM

As the reviews of the President's SOTU speech come in, a clear distinction is being drawn between the political points he scored against foolish Democrats and the alarmingly unconservative substance of his some of his remarks. Three years ago Bush was haunted by the "16 words" included in his address about Iraqi efforts to purchase uranium in Africa. This time five little words may come back to haunt him: "America is addicted to oil."

When a President suggests that his own country is afflicted with a moral or genetic flaw, he's basically pointing the finger of blame at the citizenry. Jimmy Carter tried that in his famous "malaise" speech, and look where it got him. Will the "addicted" comment go down as Bush's "malaise" moment?

Of course all the usual suspects are now free to revive the old nostrums. My favorite response so far is the lead letter in today's New York Times correspondence section, especially this:

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Re: House Leadership

By on 2.2.06 | 10:22AM

The House Republican Caucus meets at noon to vote (by secret ballot) on the new majority leader. Results will be posted here as soon as they're available.

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