Archive for January, 2011

Introspective open thread

By Jacob | Related entries in News

This thread on Paul Ryan’s SOTU response took a detour when Loviatar described Kranky Kritter as a “sensible conservative”. Kranky refuted the statement and, after some back and forth, Loviatar asserted that Donklephant is a center-right blog and that Kranky is clearly conservative. There was some more back and forth, I jumped in to give […]

January 30th, 2011 | Permalink| 49 Comments »

Superbowl and Congress

By donar | Related entries in News


January 27th, 2011 | Permalink| No Comments »

Fox News Takes Positive SOTU Poll Down And Replaces With Negative Poll

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Obama, Polls, State Of The Union

A vigilant reader spotted this. First, Fox News puts up a PollDaddy poll immediately after the SOTU. Given the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the speech, these numbers actually seem a little low. Still, it is Here’s the thing. It was posted on this page which now is no longer available. The reader writes, “I […]

January 26th, 2011 | Permalink| 11 Comments »

GOP’s Response To State Of The Union

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Republicans, State Of The Union, Video

There’s no doubt that Paul Ryan is a smart guy, but his idea of “self government” didn’t really feel like it resonated. Also, given how much Obama talked about cutting the deficit, increasing exports, reforming the tax code and consolidating government…Ryan’s speech didn’t seem to really sync up with what we had just heard. Your […]

January 25th, 2011 | Permalink| 36 Comments »

Barack Obama’s State Of The Union Part 2: We Do Big Things

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Democrats, Obama, Republicans, State Of The Union, Video

This was a speech that had something for everybody. He’s not backing down from health care, but concedes it could be better. And he definitely admitted that a lot of Republican ideas for deficit cutting are on the money. Well, at least Republican ideas circa 2008. Now they want to do a lot more. But […]

January 25th, 2011 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

Clarence Thomas Didn’t Disclose Wife’s Conservative-Earned Income Over Multiple Years

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Conservatives, Money, Supreme Court

Actually, let me correct the title. He didn’t just not disclose it…he lied about it. Because there’s no way he simply forgot. From LA Times: Between 2003 and 2007, Virginia Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, earned $686,589 from the Heritage Foundation, according to a Common Cause review of the foundation’s IRS records. Thomas failed to […]

January 23rd, 2011 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

Keith, Good Night, and Good Riddance

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Partisan Hacks

I know many Dems who love him, but I can’t stand the guy. And the fact that he used Edward R. Murrow’s famous sign off to end his show…ugh. From NY Times: In a closing statement on his show, Mr. Olbermann said simply that it would be the last edition of the program. He offered […]

January 22nd, 2011 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

Why Are Republicans Targeting The Congressional Budget Office?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Republicans

As Ezra Klein points out in his article today, the CBO is pretty much the only institution in Washington that’s fair and impartial. And let’s remember that they told Dems that their health care bill wasn’t paid for over and over again…until Dems actually found a way to pay for it that made sense. I […]

January 21st, 2011 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Verizon Files Net Neutrality Suit Against FCC

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Internet, Legislation, Republicans

In my opinion, any company that opposes net neutrality is nuts. Because what they’re proposing is treating different web sites as if they were cable channels. That means they could make you pay more to visit sites that aren’t in their approved list of preferred sites. Newsflash…give me 2 minutes and I can create a […]

January 20th, 2011 | Permalink| 29 Comments »

The Constitutionality of Mandated Health Insurance Circa 1798

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Constitution, Health Care, History

Rick Ungar digs up an argument ender for the idea that the Founders would never be in favor of mandated health care. They were…because they passed a VERY similar law in the 6th Congress. Rick…take it away… In July of 1798, Congress passed – and President John Adams signed – “An Act for the Relief […]

January 20th, 2011 | Permalink| 9 Comments »