I just realized that Charlie Crist couldn’t call his new organization the “Florida for Crist Party” because it would be too easily confused with an evangelical church.
Random thought. Links:
• Hey, politicians and their staffs have jobs, who cares if they cut off the unemployed and let them fend for themselves? What’s most amazing about this is that Congress hasn’t even passed the 1-year extension they’ve set out to accomplish before the end of June. And already they’re talking, due to deficit fever, about cutting off the jobless. Who are jobless through a fault of a financial crisis and not themselves, for the most part.
• Ben Nelson’s disingenuous statement about his opposition to moving to debate on Wall Street reform tries to claim he wasn’t shilling for Warren Buffett because his language would apply to the US Chamber of Commerce too. Really, he said that.
• Goldman Sachs trying to settle out of court with the SEC?
• Steny Hoyer reminds the Senate that the House still exists, says he fully expects a conference committee on the Wall Street reform bill.
• The march on Wall Street sounded pretty raucous.
• The leaders of the top three British parties held their final debate tonight. You read three stories on this and they’ll each tell you someone different won the debate. But just getting onto the same stage as the two leading party candidates has helped Nick Clegg and the Liberal Dems.
• The White House gets in on the highlighting of military family ripoffs and the need for full consumer protection without an auto dealer carve-out. This has become a major talking point, but we should put auto dealers under the consumer protection regime because they rip off anyone, not just military families.
• LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa supports the boycott of Arizona over their immigration law. This situation is even splitting Republicans in California, as they’re mindful of how Prop 187 shrank their party.
• Sue Lowden is finally getting some heat from a Republican rival over her ridiculous “Chickens for Checkups” comment. Meanwhile, the latest poll shows Harry Reid still hovering around 40-42%, but his GOP opponents coming back to him.
• Earl Blumenauer’s bringing back the end-of-life consultation bill, what was distorted as the so-called “death panels.” Good for him.
• Joe Sestak goes on the offensive in an ad using veterans to criticize Arlen Specter’s attacks on his record:
• Just to show my commitment to bipartisanship, the Democrat in Ohio who said his primary opponent, Surya Yalamanchili, can’t get elected with a name like that, is a racist d-bag.
• Very interesting Harvard Law paper about the differences between the left and right blogosphere. Basically, the left is more participatory, more bottom-up, and more engaged in activism; the right, more top-down, more single-author bloggers.