GOP Moderates on President Obama’s tussle with their party on Immigration/DHS…Red State

A look at the internal GOP fight on funding the Dept of Homeland Security between Conservative and Moderate Republicans in Congress…

The Dog….

GOP Moderates: fighting Obama is a clown strategy, bro

By: streiff (Diary) @ Red State

There is perhaps nothing more craven and disgusting than a man (or woman) who believes in nothing more substantial than their own self-aggrandizement put in the position of having to make a principled decision. That is what we’re seeing in the House of Representatives.

House Speaker John Boehner will move a vote today on a bill that will fund the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks. No one is exactly sure what the purpose of this bill is. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)67%, being the feckless old go-along-get-alonger that he is, doesn’t have the guts to really do anything substantive. As far as I can tell all this bill does is give Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)10% three additional weeks to rub McConnell’s nose in the steaming pile of poo that McConnell has dumped on the Senate floor. I’m not necessarily opposed to that if it were the point of the bill, but the bill probably indicates that Boehner is going to join McConnell under the bed in a fetal position but only after extracting maximum damage from the GOP.

The House will vote Friday on a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks in an attempt to avert a shutdown slated for Saturday at the massive agency.

If the bill is approved by the House, the Senate is expected to quickly follow suit — though the upper chamber also plans to move forward with a bill funding Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced the new strategy to his rank-and-file members during a closed-door caucus meeting Thursday night. Senior Republicans predicted it would win enough support to clear the lower chamber.

The article goes on to note that the Democrats are actively whipping against the bill so it will have to pass with only GOP votes. That, alone, should tell you that this bill is a profoundly bad idea.

But this isn’t about Boehner. This is about the wannabe Quisilings in the GOP caucus.The carpers who refuse to take a principled stand on anything… other than pork barrel spending and, in King’s case, defending IRA terrorists… and, to make matters worse, refuse to let others take a stand.

The measure “just delays the inevitable,” said moderate Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), who’s been urging his colleagues to pass a longer-term clean funding bill without any immigration riders. “I think up to this point, we’ve engaged in an exercise of tactical malpractice. Self-delusion is self-destructive.”

Dent, to be charitable, is an idiot. The measure only “just delays the inevitable” because men, and I use the term only in the XY chromosome sense, like Dent simply refuse to stand up for principle and are too dumb to recognize a winning hand when it is dealt them….


Scalia of the Supreme’s…We don’t need evolving law….

I never thought much of this guy….

After this?….

I think even less of him….

The U.S. Constitution should be interpreted as the framers wrote it and not with the changing standards of the day, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia said during a lecture Thursday hosted by the U.S. Marshals Museum.

“Do you think the Constitution would have been ratified if one of its articles said, ‘What this Constitution means, what it requires and what it prohibits shall be whatever the Supreme Court of the United States decides from year to year?'” he said in answer to a Southside High School student’s question.

Scalia, the longest serving member of the nation’s high court, was the first speaker in the three-year Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series created to discuss the U.S. Marshals Service’s history with each branch of the federal government…..


Can We Impeach Now?….Erick Erickson @ Red State

Bull Shit time is back in the American Congress…..

The Conservatives are crying…..

The Dog….

By: Erick Erickson (Diary)@ Red State….

First Barack Obama decided to overreach and extend amnesty by executive order. One judge in Texas has told him no and Republicans are hanging their hat on that judge’s order.

Then the FCC decided to declare internet a public utility. They overreached, rushed it through, and committed to as little transparency as possible to make it happen. Congress did nothing on this front and the FCC decided to replace the Congress on the matter.

Now there are reports that Barack Obama, by executive order and agency regulation, will curtail the manufacture of certain ammunition.

Again and again and again the President of the United States has met the boundaries of his powers and stepped across them. The Senate is now on the verge of confirming his Attorney General appointee who sees no limits to the power of Octavius Obama.

Given Barack Obama’s continuous overreaching of power, I must now ask if it is time to consider impeachment proceedings. Is it even possible?

Of course some of you think I mean against Barack Obama. No, can we impeach, remove from office, or otherwise put metaphorical cement shoes on Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)N/A and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mitch McConnell67%Senate Republican Average63%See Full Scorecard67%?

The only reason Barack Obama can and is doing what he is doing is because Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)N/A and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)67% have enabled, emboldened, and incentivized him.

Boehner and McConnell have their press fluffers claim they are tough guys scrapping for a fight. McConnell is cast as Darth Vader. Boehner is cast as the guy in the bar. But in reality they are scared school girls. They will fund the government, extend temporary funding, and otherwise bend over in front of Obama declaring, “Thank you sir, may I have another?”


Spock…Leonard Nimoy is gone…..


The actor famous for his porttail of the Star Trek Vulcan character Spock was 83…..

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.


His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.

His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).


Breaking…Senate passes funding for DHS until September….

Now its up to to Speaker Boehner in the House!

The Senate on Friday passed a bill to finance the Department of Homeland Security, sending the legislation to the House, which now has just hours to avert a partial shutdown of the agency.

The spending bill for the department, which is set to run out of money at midnight, passed the Senate, 68 to 31. The measure removed restrictions on President Obama’s executive action on immigration that were included in a bill passed by the House.

House Republicans are now hoping to vote on a counterproposal — a measure to provide money for just three weeks — but the House Democratic leadership is campaigning against the short-term option, meaning Speaker John A. Boehner might need to produce the necessary 218 votes entirely from his own conference.

The impasse over the Homeland Security agency reflects a broader fight in Congress over Mr. Obama’s immigration policies. But it also exposed deep rifts between House and Senate Republicans, who struggled in recent weeks to agree on a pragmatic path forward to both keep the agency running and express their displeasure with the president’s recent executive actions on immigration.

After the Republicans retook control of the Senate and increased their margins in the House in the November elections, both Mr. Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, promised to reverse Congress’s pattern of hurtling from crisis to crisis, even over matters like appropriations that were once relatively routine.

But in their first big test, over funding the Homeland Security agency, the Republican leaders often seemed to be working from different playbooks, at times verging on hostile, with each saying it was time for the other chamber to act….


Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 2/27/15…Chris McDaniel prepares to go to war with another GOP incumbent

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff Singer

Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel delivers a concession speech in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, June 24, 2014. U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi narrowly defeated challenger McDaniel on Tuesday in a high-profile runoff election that pitted the Republi

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Though you’d heard the last from Mississippi’s Chris McDaniel? Think again.

Leading Off:

MS-04: Despite hinting at a 2015 run for statewide office, tea partying state Sen. Chris McDaniel announced on Thursday that he would seek re-election instead. But we haven’t heard the last from McDaniel, who came very close to unseating Sen. Thad Cochran in last year’s Republican runoff. There has been plenty of talk about McDaniel challenging Rep. Steven Palazzo in the 2016 primary, and McDaniel himself fanned the rumors in a meeting with the Clarion-Ledger, saying he “would prefer a federal position.”


CA-Sen: With former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa out of the race, several Southern California politicians are looking even more closely at jumping in. Rep. Adam Schiff is the latest to confirm that he’s looking for a path to victory; Reps. Loretta Sanchez and Xavier Becerra also recently said that they’re analyzing the post-Villaraigosa terrain. Any of these candidates would have a tough time against fellow Democrat and Attorney General Kamala Harris, who currently has the race to herself and has much better name recognition than any of her potential rivals.

NH-Sen: It’s going to be a while before we know if Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan will challenge Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, but Crossroads GPS is already spending $230,000 on radio ads hitting Hassan’s economic record. Maybe Crossroads thinks that if they give Hassan a taste of what she could expect in a Senate race, she’ll stay on as governor instead and deprive Democrats of their toughest candidate. While both sides expect Hassan to take on Ayotte, the governor has said very little about her 2016 plans.

WI-Sen: The Russ Feingold chatter perked up last week when he announced he’d step down as a special State Department envoy to Africa, but now, for the first time, the Huffington Post reports that Feingold has actually been talking to supporters about a potential comeback bid. It’s all based on anonymous sources, though, and given how much of a lone wolf Feingold is, you have to wonder how close any “source close to Feingold” actually is. We can keep reading tea leaves until we o-d on Darjeeling, but until Feingold formally quits his job next month, our only choice is to wait.


LA-Gov: The rivalry between Gov. Bobby Jindal and his likely successor, Sen. David Vitter, is very well-documented. But the National Journal‘s Karyn Bruggeman is one of the few journalists to get either Republican to talk about it on the record. Jindal in particular isn’t subtle about his feelings, telling Bruggeman, “If you turn [your recorder] off, I’ll tell you what I really think about him.” Ouch, though not quite as stinging as former Democratic Gov. Edwin Edwards’ “you dont have anything nice to say…go ahead and talk about David VItter [sic]” tweet.

For their part, the senator’s office took a thinly veiled shot at Jindal’s presidential ambitions….


Political Roundup for February 27th, 2015..Jeb Bush supporting Same-Sex Marriage?…Red Racing Horses

by: Greyhound


Jeb Bush: The junior Bush has taken a number of steps towards what looks like backing Gay Marriage, and would become the first major Republican presidential candidate to do so. On one hand I bet that the people currently supporting Jeb in the primary support SSM by a large margin, but on the other hand Bush has serious problems with the conservative base already. It’d be interesting to see what percentage of primary voters would even consider voting for him, as current polls of his approval rating have him at underwater or close to it with Republicans.


CA-44: LA City Councilman Joe Buscaino (D) has decided not to run for this open congressional seat covering South-Central Los Angeles County. This makes the election of State Senator Isadore Hall more or less a formality, and Black Democrats will reclaim the third Los Angeles Congressional seat they lost in 2012.

MO-Sen-16: Todd Akin thankfully isn’t going to try to primary Senator Roy Blunt this year. The toxic Republican candidate whose remarks on rape probably cost us 2 Senate seats in 2012 wouldn’t have gained traction anyway, but this at least saves us another distracting sideshow for a seat we’d prefer to put away early.

NY-11: State Island Democrats have officially nominated Brooklyn City Councilman Vincent Gentile for this special election. Gentile will have a ton of problems: being from Brooklyn in a Staten-Island dominated seat, being associated with the highly-unpopular (at least in this district) Mayor Bill DeBlasio and NYC Government, and running against the uber-popular Staten Island DA Daniel Donovan.

WATN: Kerry Bentivolio (R), the second most accidental congressman in recent history after Joseph Cao in 2008, has filed for bankruptcy with over $300,000 in debts. The former Reindeer farmer and beneficiary of Thad McCotter’s spectacular crash out of Congress in 2012 never really fit into the congressional life, and a lawsuit by his former chief of staff over improper firing cost him a large settlement….


Ok…What color is the Dress?

The current craze on the net’ is …..

About a dress…..The original image is in the middle. At left, white-balanced as if the dress is white-gold. At right, white-balanced to blue-black.

Not since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation.

(And yes, it’s blue.)

The fact that a single image could polarize the entire Internet into two aggressive camps is, let’s face it, just another Thursday. But for the past half-day, people across social media have been arguing about whether a picture depicts a perfectly nice bodycon dress as blue with black lace fringe or white with gold lace fringe. And neither side will budge. This fight is about more than just social media—it’s about primal biology and the way human eyes and brains have evolved to see color in a sunlit world…..


Senate Minority Leader Democrat Harry Reid is STILL calling the shots…

People do NOT understand why after the Midterm elections last year I was Happy…

Here’s a reason why….

Why some people here at the PDog where crestfallen?

I realized that the Democrats as the minority party would have to focus on their loss and get their act together….

In the Senate….

Because the gains where NOT enough to afford GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell an absolute majority….He IS having to deal with Democrat Harry Reid making him change things  he THOUGHT he could call the shots on….

In the House?

GOP Speaker John Boehner has so much trouble with the rightwingnuts in HIS chamber, that he cannot get much done without going to Democratic Minority Leader Pelosi to get anything actually done….

So even though the Democrats LOST seats in both chambers?

Democrats….More so Senator Harry Reid has actually lost little, except some perks of office….

The new Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, wanted to initiate a lengthy floor debate on a House-passed Department of Homeland Security funding bill. But Reid surprised Republicans by rallying his caucus on four separate occasions to block the measure from even coming forward — demanding McConnell drop contentious immigration provisions. After a month of inaction in the Senate and up against Friday’s funding deadline, McConnell ultimately bent to Reid’s demands.

As House Republicans have called for formal negotiations on the Senate’s “clean” DHS funding bill, Reid has sent a blunt message across the Capitol: Take it or leave it. Most believe the House will ultimately take it.

That’s not all: As McConnell is pushing for a new plan to thwart Obama’s executive actions on immigration, Reid and his leadership team are warning they will prevent the matter from even coming to a debate before Congress funds the DHS. And even after Reid eventually agrees to debate the Republican plan on immigration, Democratic leaders are plotting a series of politically charged amendments that could put vulnerable Republicans and potential presidential candidates in tough spots. They will then try to filibuster the Republican bill to death.

“He is controlling the agenda,” Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said of Reid. “And he probably will control the agenda if we don’t change the rules.”

Reid’s positioning underscores the painful reality Republicans face as they assume control of both houses of Congress: The position of Senate minority leader is one of the most powerful in the Capitol. Reid can delay and disrupt even the most carefully laid plans by the majority party, which needs 60 votes to break a filibuster.


CPAC and GOP primary people are different people…..

While EVERYBODY in the political world focuses on the stage show at the Conservative Political Action Conference……

There is something one should note….

The CPAC crowd are different than the parties primary voters….

The CPAC crowd is MUCH younger than the primary voters on Iowa and New Hampshire….Very different from the primary states that vote for delegates next year….

The CPAC staw poll winner in the last couple of election years did NOT win the GOP nomination….

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which ends with a straw poll on Saturday, marks a key early test for Republicans eyeing the White House, but has its limits as a true gauge of where GOP voters currently stand.

That’s because in many ways CPAC, featuring about a dozen potential presidential contenders this year, has become something of an early Spring Break for young conservatives. Estimates from various years usually find many more than half the attendees are less than 40 years of age. There is an array of cheap options for young people looking to attend. And last year’s straw poll numbers show a very young group of conservatives dominating the crowd – far younger than the GOP’s typical primary and general election voters.

In that 2014 CPAC straw poll, won by Sen. Rand Paul, 64% of the voters were younger than 40 years old. That number is markedly different from other figures that gauge Republicans. Looking back to 2012’s early nomination contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, where the votes actually matter, the difference in age breakdowns is striking…..


Open Thread for February 26, 2015….Scott Walker and Snow…Both will go away?

We’re just having a good time here @ the PDog….

Short one for this thread….

I’m just happy to have people here talking away in the last few weeks….

I STILL think Scott Walker is gonna flame out….

And maybe it will finally stop snowing….