Friday, July 30, 2010


Paging Al Pacino

Yep, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) is off his meds again.  Yesterday, he went after Republicans for not voting for a "health-care for 9/11 workers" bill that Democrats tried to push through in an expedited "suspension of the rules" process that requires a two-thirds majority for passage.  That is usually reserved for so-called non-controversial bills like naming a post office or honoring a universally loved individual like Bob Hope. It's not for a measure that would authorize spending $7.5 billion -- regardless of the seeming moral merits to the case.

So, the GOP had a point that the Democrats shouldn't have been trying to push the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act through the House in this manner.

In any event, Weiner went after Republicans for voting against the bill:

Obviously, Al Pacino is getting a bit long in the tooth, but in his younger days, he would have made a great Anthony Weiner. Or, maybe Weiner is just channeling Pacino from "And Justice For All":

In any event, Weiner was still in crazy-fighting form this morning as he went after his New York congressional delegation colleague, Rep. Peter King, Republican from Long Island:

While it's nice to see a little bit of passion coming out of a House floor speech, the fact that Weiner is actually thinking about running for New York city mayor again is, well, daunting to say the least.

By the way, the Zadroga bill is hardly non-controversial, for reasons outlined here.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010


"Where The White Wimmen At?"

A famous question once raised by Cleavon Little: implicitly asked once again today by Barack Obama, as he becomes the first sitting president to appear on daytime television, chatting with the ladies of "The View." It's an event that draws a heart-surgery-recovering Barbara Walters back in front of the cameras, well before her for-real September return date.  But it also shows how nervous the White House is about its collapsing support among, not just women, but Caucasian ladies in particular:
Winning back white males, especially working-class ones, may be impossible unless the economy turns around. But his visit to The View indicates the candidate of hope has not given up on white women. Nor can he afford to.
Mr. Obama attracted the support of 46 per cent of white women in the 2008 election, compared to 41 per cent of white men. But the latest NBC-Wall Street Journal poll puts his current approval rating among white women at an abysmal 35 per cent.
Proportionately, white women in their 40s and 50s are expected to vote more than any other group in the Nov. 2 midterms. “And they’re the women watching The View,” [American University Prof. Jennifer] Lawless added.
Of course, Baba Wawa's appearance is interesting as well. Should Michelle Obama been a little worried about yesterday's taping?  After all, as she admitted in her autobiography (confessing to one of the worst-kept secrets  in DC), Ms. Walters bedded former Sen. Edward Brooke.  Call it her "Where the brothas at?" phase.  
Let's hope Secret Service was on high alert and got the president out of the taping unscathed. 

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