…the loss of
Iago Eric Cantor in tonight’s primary.
Really, that’s him taken tonight. Oh, the humanity.
Just in time for the midterm elections:
“Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People’s House. These revelations compel the House to take every possible action to ensure the American people have the truth about the terrorist attack on our consulate that killed four of our countrymen. In light of these new developments, the House will vote to establish a new select committee to investigate the attack, provide the necessary accountability, and ensure justice is finally served.
“The administration’s withholding of documents – emails showing greater White House involvement in misleading the American people – is a flagrant violation of trust and undermines the basic principles of oversight upon which our system of government is built. And it forces us to ask the question, what else about Benghazi is the Obama administration still hiding from the American people?
“The House committees that have been investigating this attack have done extraordinary work, using their subpoena power, holding dozens of hearings, and conducting hundreds of interviews. Without this work we would not know much that we do today. But it’s clear that questions remain, and the administration still does not respect the authority of Congress to provide proper oversight. This dismissiveness and evasion requires us to elevate the investigation to a new level. I intend for this select committee to have robust authority, and I will expect it to work quickly to get answers for the American people and the families of the victims.
“Four Americans died at the hands of terrorists nearly 20 months ago, and we are still missing answers, accountability, and justice. It’s time that change.”
- See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/boehner-establish-select-committee-benghazi#sthash.R825QZry.dpuf
Which can only mean that they have repealed and replaced Obamacare?
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) May 2, 2014
Honestly, Wingnuttia just cannot help themselves, they hate everyone:
Today John Boehner declared he opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and senior House GOP aides said the bill is unlikely to get a House vote — putting its passage in doubt.
And from the same article, an interesting number:
Nearly all recent opinion polls indicate that a large majority of the American public — more than 70 percent — supports efforts to make employment discrimination against gay men and and lesbians illegal…when we use national polls to estimate opinion by state, we find that majorities in all 50 states support ENDA-like legislation (note that in 1996, majorities in only 36 states supported ENDA). Today, public support ranges from a low of 63 percent in Mississippi to a high of 81 percent in Massachusetts.
The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in an email Monday.
Equal rights are frivolous, eh?
So, you gotta wonder how big a dent there is on obvious anagram and GOP Chairman Reince Priebus’ forehead.
Can all the hand-wringing over the possibility of insurrection against John Boehner just stop? These are not life-time appointments, if he loses his job as Speaker he can continue on in his term as a member of congress (and all the perks and benefits that it entails will still be his); this is not like a middle-aged, middle class guy being shoved out on the street to never work again—and trust me, we have plenty of those stories to go around.
If ever there was someone who should be fired for cause, it is Weepy. It’s just funny that it is his own caucus who want to do it.
A series of polls released today show that Americans trust The Kenyan more than they trust the Republicans. Take it away, Bloomberg:
Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance in office, his strongest level of support since September 2009, according to a Bloomberg National poll conducted Feb. 15-18. Only 35 percent of the country has a favorable view of the Republican Party, the lowest rating in a survey that began in September 2009. The party’s brand slipped six percentage points in the last six months, the poll shows.
However, that’s not just the best/worst of it. For that we turn to the USA Today/Pew Research poll:
President Obama starts his second term with a clear upper hand over GOP leaders on issues from guns to immigration that are likely to dominate the year, a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll finds. On the legislation rated most urgent — cutting the budget deficit — even a majority of Republican voters endorse Obama’s approach of seeking tax hikes as well as spending cuts.
There’s also this handy little bit of info: “Now just 22% of Americans, nearly a record low, consider themselves Republicans.”
I don’t know if that reflects the Teabagger exodus, but wow! That’s gotta hurt.
So when you look at the other results for critical issues, from gun control, immigration reform, and climate change, the official GOP position is way outside the mainstream, even their own members are not buying what they are selling.
One could ask if Wingnuttia is deliberately misreading the polls, or perhaps they hired Mitt Romney’s pollsters, but their Fourth and Forty Hail Mary pass to try to blame the upcoming sequester vote on Obama looks like it will fail, decisively.
So much for the claims of Weepy and Wattles McConnell that they know what the American people want.
UPDATE: Greg Sargent at the Plum Line agrees.
“No one with any credibility has come out and said that Boehner is an alcoholic. The Fix contacted a large number of politicians, former colleagues and opponents for input, including former Speaker Dennis Hastert, outspoken freshman Republican Representatives Steve Sutherland of Florida and Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, even well-known Republican pollster and message strategist Frank Luntz, but none wanted to speak on the subject. But all these jokes and allusions are dancing around the topic. And there are plenty of people who admire Boehner for having the courage of his transgressions. Unlike President Obama, who never wanted to be photographed smoking before he finally quit in August, Boehner has smoked and sipped his wine in public.”