The Spectacle Blog
In my article today I state that the Stop Over Spending Act reinstitutes the PAYGO rule. Sorry, but that's not entirely accurate. It only reinstitutes it in a very narrow fashion, applying only to amendments to bills in the reconciliation process. (For a definition of the reconciliation process, go here (PDF).) The PAYGO rule does not apply to any other budget legislation.
Thanks to the folks at the Senate Budget Committee for pointing that out.
I mentioned this to a friend in conversation and he suggested I go on the record, so here goes: At some point, Andrew Sullivan will attach his beloved "Christianist" label to someone who is not actually a Christian. (Note: It's possible this has already happened, but if so I missed it.)
Yes, Senator Lieberman's clever plan to lure 26 young Muslims wayward youth into his wiley plan to win re-election is now truly taking hold.
Initial polling from Rasmussen shows Lieberman with a 46 percent to 41 percent lead over Nutty Ned. The nameless Repuiblican garners a mere 6 percent.
Somewhere we hear Daily Kos chat room habitues' heads exploding.
Way to go, Philip. Blame the Republicans for the likelihood of Lamont Democratic success. I'd be more convinced if the Democrats themselves weren't so busy purging their center, which is why I'm still puzzled by Krauthammer's contention that being anti-Iraq could be a short-term Dem winner. Anything that mitigates Republican sins cannot be seen as helpful to Democratic chances THIS year.
Wlady: If the Democrats win control of Congress this year, it won't be because of the Lamontization of the party, but in spite of it. Republicans have really done a lot to turn off the conservative base in the past two years, and while the Lamontization of the party helps Republicans energize their base, it may not be enough.
Meanwhile, U.S. News's "Washington Whispers" obtained a GOP strategy memo that includes survey results suggests Republicans may be in good shape with their base come November:
On Tuesday, the America's Future Foundation will hold a roundtable featuring Tim Carney, author of The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money. Admission is only $5 for non-members.
And for all you ladies out there, Tim is a cutie!
David, I was able to survive at Reuters because I focused on business news. Luckily, I didn't have to interact much with the London global news desk.
Philip: There's something disturbing about Krauthammer's column today -- he predicts long-term "desolation" for the neo-McGovernized Democrats, yet seems to concede that in the short run the party's Lamontization could be allow it to win back control of "one or both houses of Congress" this fall. Well, all I can say is that if that comes to pass, all bets are off. Once insanity takes over, there's no guarantee sanity can ever be restored.