Bill Kristol wonders whether the Democrats are really going to vote for massive tax hikes and Medicare cuts. “This is the Pelosi Plan to wreck our health care system and — the bright side! — the Democratic majority along with it. This week we’ll see whether enough of her fellow House Democrats intervene to prevent her from devastating their party. There will be no Republican votes for the Pelosi Plan of tax hikes and Medicare cuts. Will there be enough Democratic resistors so the bill is either withdrawn or defeated?”
One Blue Dog isn’t walking the plank on PelosiCare. What, he wants to get re-elected?
Republicans say the Democrats figure on PelosiCare isn’t right. CBO thinks the Democrats are playing fast and loose also and is sticking to the $1.05 trillion as the cost of expanding coverage.
Democrats are counting the losses already in the Virginia House of Delegate elections.
A fascinating look at another Nobel Prize winner — the 1933 recipient who got the nod for wishful thinking at a dangerous time: “Angell wistfully advocated for ‘relinquishing the principle of isolated national defence…and erecting an international authority’ to replace ‘the self interest of individual nations.’ The Nobel Committee described Angell as “cool and clear,” and that he ‘spoke to the intellect.’ Most notably, Angell argued, ‘you cannot kill ideas with bullets.’ He believed that an enlightened citizenry, once someone or something enlightened them, would render war obsolete.”
Obama is the “most powerful writer since Julius Caesar!” A joke? No, the account is hysterical, but it’s an actual compliment from the head of the NEA (which already is in hot water over political cheer-leading for Obama). Nice to know the man who “tried to subvert the republic” is seen as literary gold over at the NEA.
With some good humor, Chris Christie hits back at Jon Corzine’s fat jokes. (Yes, the governor of New Jersey is trying to hang on by teasing his opponent about his physique.)
New Jersey gubernatorial race is as close as you can get, according to public polls.
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Michael Steele says a Doug Hoffman win is a GOP victory.
James Capretta on the Pelosi health-care bill: “In sum, then, the House plan is not a $900 billion program. It’s a $725 billion tax increase and a $1.5 trillion spending program. Tax and spend, indeed.”
Do we think the Human Rights Watch or the UN Human Rights Council might take a break from bashing Israel to look into the sale of child brides in Saudi Arabia? Not a chance. Next time Obama goes to talk to the “Muslim World” perhaps he can drop in a line or two on the “marriage” of 6-year-old girls to 80-year-old men.
On the Democratic side in the California gubernatorial race, the field is cleared for Jerry Brown. Kind of back to the future, isn’t it? (Maybe we can get a Linda Ronstadt concert out of this.)
The White House visitors logs tell us all that money bought the SEIU unprecedented access to the White House. SEIU President Andy Stern made 19 White House visits and got 5 sessions with Obama — more than anyone else. Lots more than Gen. Stanley McChrystal.