The Spectacle Blog
We're confirming a new Attorney General this week, and already, Loretta Lynch's hearings are off to a rousing start as we discover that, yes, it actually is possible to do worse than Eric Holder. Unfortunately, rumor has it, behind the scene, most of the committee members have already agreed to confirm her, but that's not stopping them from having a little bit of fun before they officially close the books on her nomination process.
Yesterday, Ms. Lynch was asked her opinion on hot button topics like immigration, which, it turns out, she's reticent to enforce the Federal law on. At least, that's what it seems like from this line of questioning from Sen. Jeff Sessions.
Let me ask you this: In the workplace of America today when we have a high number of unemployed, we’ve had declining wages for many years, we have the lowest of Americans working, who has more right to a job in this country? A lawful immigrant who’s here, a green-card holder or a citizen, or a person who entered the country unlawfully?
For the first time, I'm able to manage to get to Washington, DC for the American Spectator's Annual Gala, this year featuring keynote speaker Senator Rand Paul (though I'm just as interested in hearing the always witty and insightful Bob Tyrrell, a true hero of the conservative movement.)
I hope you'll try to attend as well, and if so please come on over and say hello!
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Even though it defies the definition of insurance, exemplifies socialism, and is a huge driver of high insurance premiums (as it should be), Republicans are unlikely to brave the political heat required to remove Obamacare's "guaranteed issue" provision which functionally forces health insurers to cover pre-existing medical conditions.
As it stands today, you can be uninsured, learn you have a disease, buy "insurance", and saddle the rest of the insured population with your medical costs. It's like allowing someone to buy car insurance after an accident or homeowners insurance while the roof is on fire. As a business model, it is insane. As public policy it's only less insane to the degree that you can fool voters into thinking that the costs of the policy are minimal and that insurance companies are evil and deserve whatever happens to them. Sadly, it's all to easy to fool voters.
So, like all "free" goodies, guaranteed issue popular with voters who see things as free when they're simply paid for by others.
Over at NRO, Reihan Salam provides a link to an argument by Michael D. Ramsey, a constitutional law professor at the University of San Diego who makes the case that House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unconstitutional.
Ramsey argues that its the constitutional duty of the President to "receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers” as spelled out in Article II, Section 3 of The Constitution and there is no corresponding authority for Congress to do so under Article 1, Section 8 of The Constitution. Ramsey also cites George Washington as the "sole channel of official intercourse" with foreign nations when French Ambassador Edmond Genet tried to enlist the support of Congress for France's conflict with Britain.
There's lots of news circulating this week about Bowe Bergdahl, the American solider we traded five high-ranking Taliban officials for, who may (or may not, depending on who you ask) face a court martial over his alleged desertion. It seems that, while senior Army officials are keen to tell news organizations, off the record, that Bergdahl will be brought up on charges, the White House is avoiding the question like it was Lindsay Lohan at court ordered community service.
But that's not to say that the White House's dance around the Bergdahl question hasn't, itself, produced a few gems. Like this one, from today's press conference with rookie comms guy Eric Schultz, who has never heard of the Taliban, why do you ask?
In Wednesday’s White House Press Briefing, John Karl asked press briefing rookie Eric Schultz whether the Jordanians’ trading a prisoner for one of the hostages held by the Islamic State was similar to the United States’ trading five high-ranking Taliban members for Bowe Bergdahl.
A couple of days ago, with American Sniper continuing to smash box office records, Michael Moore continued his campaign against the late Chris Kyle by invoking Jesus.
Moore tweeted, “Tomorrow’s Sunday School (1) What Would Jesus Do? Oh, I know what he’d do— hide on top of a roof and shoot people in the back!”
This isn't the first time Jesus has been uttered in vain concerning Chris Kyle. After Kyle was killed nearly two years ago, Ron Paul tweeted, "Chris Kyle's death seems to confirm that "he who lives by the sword dies by the sword. Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn't make sense."
Needless to say, Paul's tweet provoked outrage. Like Moore, Paul couldn't leave things well enough alone and sent a follow up tweet:
I can never tell if these cross-party endorsements are supposed to serve as an underhanded dig, designed to shy Republicans away from viable candidates, or if they've just become a form of trolling. This one, for example, is baffling, because Nancy Pelosi can only want Mitt Romney to run a third time in order to ensure a Hillary Clinton victory, but yet, she can't possibly be daft enough to think that Republicans would see her ringing endorsement of Mitt Romney - yes, Mitt Romney - as some sort of clue that he's the one Democrats most fear.
Either way, it's creepy and I hope it never happens again. Because if they get together and somehow produce a hybrid child that is one half robot and one half melting skin creature, we're truly all doomed.
Asked if Romney has any shot at defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016, Pelosi told The Hill, “No, no. I mean, he might be a nice person — no offense, no offense — [but] let’s save you time.”
A smiling Pelosi added, “Let me put it this way — I hope he’s their nominee.”
I wrote a bit about the 2016 Iowa candidate summit this weekend, but I failed to mention that Marco Rubio was there. Somehow, in all of the confusion and hubub and the decision as to whether to write my column about Presidential contenders or crochet shorts (I'm doing both because crochet shorts are a thing that happened), Marco Rubio failed to make much of an impact. You might also say that is a fair observation of his presence at the summit as well (though he did do quite well at a major donor summit held by the Kochs in California).
UPDATE: Turns out, I missed him at the summit because he wasn't at the summit. He flew right from Miami to the California event, so now I feel less badly or more badly, depending.
Anyway, his wife, on the other hand, did not fail to make an impact. Hers was was on a big-money donor's $80K Porche at Marco's Florida gathering late this weekend.
Yesterday, President Obama and his wife Michelle attended the funeral of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. And while most of the delegation - of all dudes - that met them in the nation's capital was clad in the traditional funeral black (though not the President, who wore navy blue), Michelle Obama dressed in a festive electric blue blouse and patterned coat over pants. And she refused to don the country's requisite headscarf designed to prevent her male compatriots from staring lustily at her hair.
And I have to say, I think the outfit was not only perfect. It was just awesome.
Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket — but no headscarf.