Monday, May 24, 2010

Rah Rah Ree, Kick 'Em in the Knee. Rah Rah Ralls, Kick 'Em in the...

Wall Street to Obama: "Okay, first you slap us in the face, now you kick us in the balls. Enough is enough. I mean, we’re done." If you can stand it, read this account of how the most politically tone deaf and gluttonous gang of thieves to ever curse the earth with its presence resents minimal requirements to clean up an act that came close to ruining the global economy. Not only that, the mildest rebuke of their obscene bonuses induces the thin-skinned tantrum of a five-year old who doesn't want to give back the ball he's stolen...

Paul Krugman writes that they don't want to pay their taxes, either? Well, you wouldn't, either, if you had to scrape by on an eight-figure income...

JUST A SONG: Los Tigres del Norte and "La Granja"...

Twitter updates from the Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center here (thanks, Annette)...

Republicans say that Rand Paul is just a young guy, a regular Nuke LaLoosh who hasn't yet learned to keep his convictions to himself when being interviewed by mad dog reporters like Rachel Maddow. Says Sarah Palin (with a straight face):
...this lesson that I have learned and Rand Paul is learning now is don't assume that you can engage in a hypothetical discussion about constitutional impacts with a reporter or a media personality who has an agenda...
Once again, earth to SP: What reporter doesn't have an agenda, and when did you ever "engage in a hypothetical discussion about constitutional impacts" ("constitutional impacts'?) with anyone. I can just hear her in a dorm room at one of the many colleges she attended: "Let's not troll for just any group of guys when we go out tonight. Let's find some with whom we can have a meaningful hypothetical discussion about constitutional impacts. I so go for guys like that."

Notice that she's transformed a softball question from Katie Couric about magazines into an ambush by Mike Wallace about the nuances of the Constitution...

While the conventional wisdom has it that Arlen Specter's defeat in Pennsylvania represents a political setback for President Obama, history suggests otherwise. Setting aside 1998 and 2002, which occurred under unique circumstances, presidents have rarely displayed coattails in off-year elections. (It's an overrated phenomena anyway.) You have to go back to John Kennedy in 1962, when Democrats gained four seats in the Senate and held House losses to six, to see any evidence of coattails...

3 comments:

tnlib said...

Palin has the language skills of a 15 year old.

Roy said...

The powers-that-be on Wall Street have been so pampered that mild rebukes send them into a tizzy. I wonder what they'd do if the government got a backbone and went after them the way they should be gone after?

Rand Paul and the anti-divine Sarah can dish it out but can't take it when it's lobbed back at them. Then again, I don't suspect there's a full brain between the two of them.

K. said...

The Heilemann article sure took as a given that the Sec'y of Treasury had to be someone well-connected to Wall Street, even if as a regulator. I don't know if that's correct or if it reflects the extent to which Wall St dominates the economy and is The Way Things Are. The latter is a scary thought...