Paul Ryan: Policy Wank

Wonky graphs. A laser-point-y thing. Rolled-up sleeves and an attentive audience. @SpeakerRyan is so happy right now — Amber Phillips (@byamberphillips) March 9, 2017 OH. MY. GAWD. He’s so wonky and neat! And so smart! Other politicians don’t get into the policy and really understand it the way Paul–I’m allowed to call him Paul,… Continue reading Paul Ryan: Policy Wank

The Worst Person in America

I think you can make a strong case that it’s David M. King of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the named plaintiff in the King v. Burwell case that is giving the Supreme Court another bite at the “gut healthcare reform” apple. Why, you ask? Well, this is why: But Mr. King said that he was… Continue reading The Worst Person in America

The most tortured “Thanks Obama” story you’ve ever heard

I’m one of those hard to please lefties who won’t really be satisfied with any health care reform short of something like single payer or a national health service, but the health care reform we got seems to be better than no reform at all. That said, people are always going to fall through the… Continue reading The most tortured “Thanks Obama” story you’ve ever heard

Megan McArdle tells a tall tale

Megan McArdle thinks that the country would have been better off if Hillary Clinton had been elected president. The title of her column today at Bloomberg View, “When Obama Beat Hillary, We All Lost,” couldn’t be clearer. McArdle contends that Clinton would have been more cautious in dealing with Republicans, been satisfied with limited progress… Continue reading Megan McArdle tells a tall tale

Pennsylvania is not really “a Democratic stronghold”

A few days ago, Talking Points Memo posted a story about Allyson Schwartz, one of the Democrats running to unseat incumbent Pennsylvania governor, and the man who slow-rolled the Jerry Sandusky investigation so it wouldn’t cost him in the 2010 governor’s race, Classy Freddie Blassie Tom Corbett. Whoever wins the Democratic primary has a good… Continue reading Pennsylvania is not really “a Democratic stronghold”

In the Crossfire tonight!

…arguing that climate change is a real danger and that the federal government must take action to address it, please welcome Newt Gingrich 2008! Opposing him, arguing that climate change “hasn’t been proven,” and calling on the current Secretary of State to resign for suggesting that climate change is a serious threat to American security… Continue reading In the Crossfire tonight!

On people who are paid to punch down

Atrios, on Jay Leno: Leno’s an asshole because too much of his comedy involves punching down. Ratings demonstrate lots of people like that, but I didn’t. Glad he’s outta there. Over at Balloon Juice, DougJ expands on “punching down”: More and more, I’m inclined to group everyone I encounter, whether on teevee screen or on… Continue reading On people who are paid to punch down