Disgraced South Carolina governor -- my governor -- Mark Sanford takes to the pages of The State, SC's leading newspaper, to admit he's a hypocrite (in more words):
I read notes from someone who worked in a sandwich shop I ate at 10 years ago, from 7th-grade classmates, from state employees and more. While there have been lifetimes of lessons learned over the past weeks, three things most immediately come to mind:
Look, you guys have a lot of pitches.. I get it and I know this is a tough situation... Let me say just this is a place to have a wider conversation with some context about not just the personal but also the future for him and the party... This situation only exacerbates the issue of how the GOP recovers when another national leader suffers a setback like this. So coming on Meet the Press allows you to frame the conversation how you really want to... and then move on. You can see you have done your interview and then move on. Consider it.
In a GQ interview, Michael Steele made a statement - a series of statements, in fact - that hinted at a broadening of the Republican tent:
Q: Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion?
STEELE: Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice.
Q: You do?
STEELE: Yeah. Absolutely.
A Republican that believes women should be allowed to make their own medical decision even if he disagrees with their choice?! Well, such sanity could not stand, and Steele has been forced to walk back his statement:
I am pro-life, always have been, always will be.
In my view Roe vs. Wade was wrongly decided and should be repealed.
It is important that we stand up for the defenseless and that we continue to work to change the hearts and minds of our fellow countrymen so that we can welcome all children and protect them under the law.
The nation is losing jobs so quickly that the government, racing to deal with the crisis, is having trouble keeping up.
The stunning pace of job losses raises the possibility that, perhaps as early as this summer, one in 10 Americans will be out of a job even though they are actively looking for work. It also means that the government faces even more pressure to take further action to stabilize the economy and the financial system.
Analysts increasingly view the administration's actions so far as insufficient given the scope of the problem...
Only a few weeks ago, I was excited at the opportunity the economic stimulus package presented to the Democrats. While I think we'd all rather the economy was doing better than it is, there is also no denying that situations such as this are where radical changes can be achieved. And yet, as we approach inauguration day, the rumors swirling about the stimulus package indicate a timid, too-little approach centered largely around tax cuts. Sen. Tom Harkin emerged from stimulus talks yesterday with many of the same concerns:
My blogging arch nemesis, The New Conservative, used a previous post from my homebase concerning America’s readiness to see military reform focused not on spending more, but on spending better as an excuse to hammer Clinton for failing at the very same task. And while I’m not going to disagree that Clinton could have done more to reform the military, it’s inarguable that Clinton did, in fact, significantly reign in military spending. Here are the relevant numbers:
With millions of new voters registering nationwide, the GOP has gone on the offensive to prevent as many of these new voters from making it to the polls as possible. And as of today, they've scored a massive victory in Ohio...
I've got nothing to add to this one. This is just a tremendously funny video of an eight year old doing a pitch-perfect O'Reilly impression. Complete with set dressing and video graphics. This thing needs to go viral.
Here's something that stands out to me as being remarkably telling and fantastically uplifting about what we can expect to see from an Obama administration. Bill Clinton gave Barack Obama a moving introduction today at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. In particular, he told of a meeting he and Sen. Obama had just a few weeks ago -- on September 11th, in fact -- at his offices in Harlem. The key quote:
He recalled Obama's first question: "What is the matter with the way America is organized to exercise our soft power?"—by which he meant the capacity to deal with disease, poverty and conflict via nonmilitary and aid-oriented means. To Clinton, this was a sign of Obama's extraordinary intelligence and preparedness for the presidency, which he compared favorably with his own readiness as a candidate in 1992.
Thank you so much for your frank honesty as of late. It's interesting that the limitless ambition, which has set you on a path of never ending falsehoods in its way makes you the most honest politician of the last century.
I want to talk about the video introduction that proceeded Obama's speech last night. I found it to be a very personal, disarming, humanizing video which provided the viewer a sense of intimacy with the candidate who has continually suffered the baseless analysis that he is a mystery to voters. In fact, I felt the introductory video to Obama's speech was so effective that it deserves to be pushed into viral distribution. And that's why I'm creating this post. Let's drown this thing with recommendations. Get it to the top of the Diary lists and drive as many people as we can to watch this. It does an amazing job of combating the non-sense the GOP has been throwing at our candidate...
Those are words I never thought I'd find myself writing. Let me explain myself, lest you think I'm some sort of concern troll or BillO hugger. I would like to take this opportunity to tell the story ...