Comedian David Brenner passed away on Saturday of cancer. He was 78.
The Spectacle Blog
Today, John Kerry did what he does best — he flipped-flopped.
This time he flip-flopped on Israel’s demand that the Palestinian Authority recognize it as a Jewish state. The Secretary of State said it was “a mistake” for Israel to raise the issue.
But just over two months ago, Kerry was pressing PA President Mahmoud Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and, at the end of January, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times reported that one of the elements of the framework for peace (a.k.a. The Kerry Plan) was for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.
So I guess you could say that Kerry was for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state before he was against it.
Isn't it interesting how we only hear the truth about the horrendous partisanship and incompetence of the bureaucracies which control our lives when people escape from them?
The other day I wrote a piece chiding liberals who argued that conservatives are in love with Vladimir Putin because we think he is a stronger leader than President Obama.
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank is accusing NRCC Chairman Greg Walden of flip-flopping on the clout of David Jolly's recent Florida election win.
Prior to Jolly's win, Walden said:
Whether we win it or lose it, the special elections aren't too predictive for either side going forward. If there's any advantage of a special election, it's that you can test messages, and you can test strategies, and you can test sort of your theories on voter turnout and I.D.
The morning after Election Day, Walden said:
Tonight, one of Nancy Pelosi's most prized candidates was ultimately brought down because of her unwavering support for Obamacare, and that should be a loud warning for other Democrats running coast to coast.
When it comes to prison reform, Eric Holder might just have a point. Skeptical? Read these two quotes:
You want to talk about real conservative governance? Shut prisons down. Save that money. Stop the recidivism rates—lower them. That’s what can happen with these drug courts.
This overreliance on incarceration is not just financially unsustainable, it comes with human and moral costs that are impossible to calculate.
The first quote comes from Republican Governor Rick Perry, and the second from Attorney General Eric Holder.
Earlier today, Ben Brophy questioned the wisdom of congressional Republicans sitting on their hands and letting Obamacare do their electoral work for them. Peter Suderman, in evaluating the speeches at CPAC, had a similar observation:
Yet even as the parade of GOP bright lights affirmed support for a positive vision backed by productive policy ideas, most seemed to struggle to define that vision, or talk clearly about what those ideas should be. The GOP has decided that it should probably stand for something—yet aside from electing more Republicans, it’s still not sure what, exactly, that is.
Debate over solutions to poverty has been dominating American politics as of late. Predictably, Democrats have harped on income inequality and have pushed for extensions in unemployment benefits and an increase in the federal minimum wage. Conservatives, in response, have thankfully done more than just voice opposition to these stock, unimaginative policy prescriptions. In fact, since last year, several prominent figures from the Republican ranks, as well as a number of other conservative leaders, have proposed fresh ideas and positive solutions to combat poverty in America.
However, some remain unconvinced. Some, like Steve Patrick Ercolani at The Guardian, see only malicious intent in GOP attempts to fight poverty. This past Monday, Ercolani made the remarkably outrageous—yet unfortunately unsurprising—claim that Republicans are making a big to-do about poverty only because those who are poor are increasingly white.