Anne Laurie mentioned Jeb's appearance on all the talk shows yesterday morning, but I had to chuckle seeing this headline in the Guardian today. I happened to see a couple of minutes of Jeb on Face the Nation and I agree with Steve Benen: It's still pretty hard to figure out Bush's immigration position after he changed it four times in the last six days.
Still, immigration aside, if your campaign strategy is to bravely embrace the disaster that was your brother who, four years later, voters are still blaming for our economic disaster, and who remains the only living ex-President with an approval rating under 50%, then you had better be out raising a shitload of money, because Bieber knows you'll need it.
Journalists on the campaign trail saw (Lyndon B.) Johnson drunkenly board a plane armed with nuclear weapons and then accidentally drop them on the United States. Luckily, by the grace of God, they did not go off. None of this was reported, while newspapers editors worked in overdrive to portray Goldwater as eager to push the button.
(From Breitbart's Big Government site.)
Let us savor.
We tell infertile couples all the time that are having trouble conceiving because of the woman not ovulating, 'Just relax. Drink a glass of wine. And don't be so tense and uptight because all that adrenaline can cause you not to ovulate.' So he was partially right wasn't he?Well ... Now that Gingrey is considering a Senate run in Georgia, he's trying to clean up his record a bit. And since the Republican talking point du jour is that candidates should avoid these awkward "Todd Akin" moments and stop saying stupid shit about rape, he's had a change of medical opinion. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
"I made a very awkward attempt to explain the unexplainable," he said, admitting the resulting political damage has been self-inflicted. [...]Damnit! Don't you just hate when "more recent data" completely contradicts what you insisted, in your medical opinion, was true? How shocked will he be to learn that illness is not caused by tiny demons living inside your body? Or that Jesus did not actually ride a dinosaur? Or that the Earth is not, in fact, the center of the universe, as the Catholic Church discovered in the '90s. The 1990s. Oops! Sorry, Galileo.
Gingrey said he has had conversations with James Breeden, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. "We went over articles and more recent journals," the congressman said.
"Whereas Todd said the panic would cause a body to shut down and prevent ovulation, more recent data suggests just the opposite is probably true," the physician-congressman said. Adrenaline is more likely to spur ovulation, he said.
"So you learn," Gingrey said.
Still, nice to know Gingrey's at least willing to learn—which is more than can be said for most of his party.
Religious Freedom - A law pending in Tennessee would allow high-school counselors to discriminate against LGBT students, sexually-active students or anyone else based on religious objections, even if the kid ends up committing suicide. (Raw Story)
Civics! - Legal scholar Rep. Jim Bridenstein says that the Supreme Court does NOT decide what is constitutional and what is not:
"Just because the Supreme Court rules on something doesn't necessarily mean that that's constitutional."
The best part? He says it to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's wife Ginni Thomas, who doesn't try to correct him. (Think Progress)
There's a new leader of the world's largest crime syndicate:
Post-racial America is my favorite.
The South Carolina legislature rejected extra funding from Obamacare for Medicaid expansion this week, despite pleading from South Carolina Democrats, who urged the South Carolina GOP to stop acting like douchebags and extend Medicaid to thousands of poor South Carolinians.
Democrats even pulled the old "What would Jesus do?" trick, appealing to Republicans' sense of morality (scoff!), and quoting scripture and everything:
"If our citizens don't have access to health care, we rob them of all meaning of life," said Neal, D-Hopkins. "What did you do for the least of these? We'll all have to answer that question. Did we do what was right — what was fair?"
Unsurprisingly, South Carolina Republicans were unmoved. One Republican in particular finally said in front of God and everyone what everygoddamnbody knows most of these wingnut assclowns have been thinking all along: Republicans oppose President Obama's policies because he's black, even when they otherwise agree with the policy.
Meet Rep. Kris Crawford (R-Seriously Dude?): He supports the Medicaid expansion but voted against it anyway, because Obama's black. Literally. He actually said it out loud back in January, bless his heart:
Rep. Kris Crawford, a Republican from Florence and also an emergency room doctor, supports the expansion but expects the Republican caucus to vote as a block against the Medicaid expansion.
"The politics are going to overwhelm the policy. It is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House right now, especially for the Republican Party," Crawford said.
If only the president would stop being black, poor people in South Carolina might be able to get some healthcare.
Why does Blacky O. hate poor people?
[via Think Progress]