The weekend’s biggest (and best!) news was Iowa’s junior senator 73-year-old Tom Harkin announcing he will not be seeking re-election. You can read Steve’s instant analysis on that topic here.
A few other notable things happened as well, and I’m not talking the Pro Bowl (62 points?!):
Obama Blames the House
When he’s not “shooting all the time,” Obama is playing the “blame the Republicans” game. Even though he respects our rights to go hunting and all–and shoot skeet like he says he does–he says that most Americans want gun control and the big bad Republican House won’t let it happen.
Not to mention you don’t have the votes among your fellow Democrats in either the House or the Senate, Mr. President, but that won’t win you any points in the blame game, will it?
So, it seems Dianne Feinstein will have to keep dreaming about an unarmed America for a while before it becomes a reality . . . if the President is blaming the House, one could surmise he knows the saber-rattling and fundraising is about to come to an end on this particular issue. He’s got more important things to move on to for now . . . like amnesty/immigration (the Republicans won’t fight on that–in fact, they’re about to hand it up on a silver platter), spending more of our money (the Republicans gave him unlimited credit “until” May), and who knows what else.
Paul Ryan Endorses a Clinton Presidency?
Paul Ryan has a strange way of regaining the spotlight after his losing run with Romney. A sure-fire way to endear yourself to both the grassroots and the establishment in the Republican party is to compliment . . . the Clintons?
When asked what he and former President Clinton and Secretary of State Clinton were talking about when they were caught on video at the inauguration chatting, Ryan offered up this unsolicited opinion, “Look, if we had a Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles chief-of-staff at the White House, or President of the United States, I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now.”
Now, if he was looking back at history at Bill Clinton’s presidency, we know he’d be correct. He’d need to give a lot of that credit to Newt Gingrich and the House Republicans, of course. But, the clip seems to indicate he’s talking about a Hillary Clinton presidency. Why try to ingratiate yourself to the Clinton’s now?
First the New York Times, Now CBS News
A few weeks ago, the New York Times ran an opinion column by Louis Michael Seidman, a professor of (ironically) constitutional law at Georgetown University titled “Let’s Give Up on the Constitution.” Conservative news outlets rightly got upset–we covered it on our show. Then, other news took precedence and the fervor died down a bit. I mean, after all, it’s the New York Times–we’d expect it.
Well, now over the weekend, CBS news invited the professor to come share their bully pulpit, their spotlight, so he could spew his anti-American sentiments on mainstream media.
Palin Picking her Battles Wisely
On Friday, we found out Sarah Palin will no longer be a paid Fox News contributor. Sources say she was offered a contract but turned it down. We don’t know what the contract looked like or why she said “no,” but we do know that with no more Palin, Napolitano’s regular show cancelled, and with Huckabee relegated to weekends mostly–the “fair and balanced” channel is cementing its ruling class/Establishment leanings. See “re-upping Rove” as an example.
So what’s Sarah up to? In this interview with Breitbart.com she says she’s going to “stop preaching to the choir” (why she left Fox News?) and “focus on 2014.”
Love her, hate her–it’s pretty difficult to be indifferent to her for sure. Maybe that’s because we don’t hear things like this from politicians very often, “I was raised to never retreat and to pick battles wisely, and all in due season. When it comes to defending our republic, we haven’t begun to fight! But we delight in those who underestimate us.”