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Morning Bits

There is a first for everything. “Ted Cruz privately apologized to GOP senators Tuesday for interrupting their holiday schedules by his surprise tactics that effectively brought the Senate into session over the weekend.” Maybe he recognizes that being hated by all your colleagues is not a plus politically. It is not the first poll to […]

David Axelrod has a question for Hillary Clinton

The Hill reports: “What happened in 2008 was that Hillary’s candidacy got out in front of any rationale for it, and the danger is that that’s happening again,” [David] Axelrod, who was a top adviser to Barack Obama’s come-from-behind win over Clinton in 2008, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “You hear Ready for Hillary; it’s […]

For the GOP Congress, what will define ‘success’?

The 113th Congress is ending on a somewhat sour note for Republicans in the Senate. A fight over a meaningless point of order on “executive amnesty” that was ginned up by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) reminded more mainstream Republicans and the GOP leadership why they dislike him so. Cruz and his followers are on defense, […]

Jeb Bush takes the next step toward a presidential candidacy

The Post reports: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush formally announced Tuesday that he will launch a political action committee tasked with “exploring a presidential bid.” “Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holiday. We shared good food and watched a whole lot of football. […]

The GOP rejects gadflies for now

Early polling for the GOP 2016 primary tells us little about what will occur over a year from now when the first primary and caucus votes are counted. But it does tell us a lot about where GOP voters are as well as how poorly understood they are by the mainstream media and the right-wing […]

Ted Cruz: An isolated figure in a minority of the minority

The National Review reports: To hell with the independents. That’s not usually the animating principle of a presidential campaign, but for Ted Cruz’s, it just might be. His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in the general election if Cruz wins the Republican nomination. Several of the senator’s top […]

Hillary Clinton going downhill with no opponent

If a Republican presidential nominee can do as well against Hillary Clinton as she is doing against herself, the White House may be back in GOP hands. The Monmouth University poll tells us, “…former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the top choice for 2016 among Democrats and Democratic leaning voters. However, most Democratic voters would prefer […]

Morning Bits

The Supreme Court stirs the pot once again. “The Supreme Court has stopped Arizona from enforcing a law that restricts access to abortion-inducing drugs until a legal challenge to the rules plays out in the courts. The justices left in place an appeals court ruling that blocked Arizona from regulating when and how women can take […]

Americans back the CIA

In polling in 2007, 2009, 2011 and again today, Americans have said they consider waterboarding to be “torture.” Increasingly, however, they are for it. In 2007, a CNN poll found, ” more than two-thirds of respondents, or 69 percent, said yes [waterboarding is torture]; 29 percent said no. Asked whether they think the U.S. government should be allowed to […]

Obamacare’s future and the GOP’s challenge

One rationale cited by the Republican leadership for passing the “cromnibus” spending measure is that it allows the new House and Senate to move on to the Republican agenda. No item on that list of legislative to-do’s is more important than Obamacare, all the more so since the Supreme Court took up King v. Burwell, which […]

The art of (never) compromising

Most of the talk about Republican gadfly Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) in the last few days concerned his role in forcing a delay on passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill. He was slapped down on his “point of order” by a 74-22 vote, including 20 no votes from Republicans. With the government shutdown avoided […]

Waiting for Jeb Bush

The Post reports on the growing sense that Jeb Bush is more likely to run for president than not. His friends and associates are buzzing, there are fewer denials about preparation and, as other noticed, he looks slimmer. In the surest sign of a potential run he will be releasing an e-book along with a […]

Ups and downs

UP: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) DOWN: Hillary Clinton’s “inevitability” UP: Republican leadership DOWN: Heritage Action UP: Iran sanctions DOWN: Faith in the administration’s Iran negotiation strategy UP: Keeping the government open...Show More Summary

Morning Bits

No evasion from former vice president Dick Cheney on enhanced interrogation. “It worked. It absolutely did work.” No need to be coy; his Republican colleagues hate him. “Following the vote, Democrats crowed that [Sen. Ted] Cruz’s procedural objections unwittingly set up the confirmation of 24 Obama nominees, some of whom might have otherwise stalled in the final […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “We had foreign intelligence services say they believed it would incite violence in their countries, including attacks against U.S. embassies or U.S. interests or U.S. personnel. And our own intelligence services issued an analytical report that believed it would cause and lead to violence, and likely death.” 2. “All of these […]

Senate passes spending, GOP still despises Ted Cruz

The Post reports: The Senate on Saturday night approved a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund most of the federal government through the next fiscal year, turning back a conservative rebellion against President Obama’s immigration policy. On a vote of 56 to 40, senators passed the spending bill and sent it to Obama, who […]

They would like mulligans

We all have regrets. Shouldn’t have hit send on that e-mail? Got angry with a family member over something trivial? Paid $12 to watch Christian Bale play Moses? Well that is nothing compared to: • Far right groups spent tens of millions of dollars trying to unseat Republican Senate incumbents. Not a single GOP senator was […]

Distinguished pol of the week

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) had a mixed year, infuriating anti-immigration reform right-wingers and mainstream Republicans shocked that he would support the shutdown. But this week he went three for three. First, he unequivocally condemned the Senate Democrats’ biased CIA report: “This report does not qualify as either serious or constructive. Show More Summary

The Mitt Romney 2016 head fake

With increasing frequency, blindly sourced pieces tells us Mitt Romney is interested in running for president in 2016. Maybe when we said before he was running we were not being candid, but now he really, really is. Well, he is listening harder. He doesn’t like “most” of the candidates (so he does like a bunch […]

Sony’s Amy Pascal is getting a bum rap

First, the disclaimers. Nearly twenty-five years ago I worked for Sony Pictures Entertainment, and thereafter I worked at Turner Pictures, where I had some, but not a lot of contact with the top creative executive there, Amy Pascal. In a world of badly behaved people and big egos, she seemed genuinely decent. I did not […]

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