Obama keeps a campaign promise (they can do that?), setting a definite date for the end of the US combat mission in Iraq
As a candidate for President, I made clear my support for a timeline of 16 months to carry out this drawdown, while pledging to consult closely with our military commanders upon taking office to ensure that we preserve the gains we’ve made and protect our troops. Those consultations are now complete, and I have chosen a timeline that will remove our combat brigades over the next 18 months.
Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end. . .
Elections have consequences. President Obama’s new budget represents a huge break, not just with the policies of the past eight years, but with policy trends over the past 30 years. If he can get anything like the plan he announced on Thursday through Congress, he will set America on a fundamentally new course.
The budget will, among other things, come as a huge relief to Democrats who were starting to feel a bit of postpartisan depression. . . . [read on]
Obama’s budget is far more honest than the ones that preceded it. It imposes real pay-as-you-go rules on future outlays. Intellectually serious efforts are made to pay for at least half of the cost of health care reform.
But the ingrained habits are still there, and the rot is not expunged. . . . [read on]
And then there is the response from the netherworld of Broder-land
Is he naive? Does he not understand the political challenge he is inviting? . . . [read on]
Pssst! Obama’s popularity is going UP
It’s about time
Taking another step into the abortion debate, the Obama administration Friday will move to rescind a controversial rule that allows health-care workers to deny abortion counseling or other family-planning services if doing so would violate their moral beliefs. . .
Good thing Judd Gregg didn’t accept Obama’s offer to be Sect’y of Commerce – he’d be stepping down right about now
Gregg Steered Earmarks To Project In Which He Had Invested . . .
The Party of No? The future prospects of the GOP
Let’s hope Michael Steele is the head of the GOP for a long time – but I don’t think he will be
[Eric Kleefeld] Michael Steele's back-and-forth flirtation with possible primary challenges to the party's pro-stimulus Republicans is now causing him to catch some real flak. And it's not just from those same Republican, but also from conservatives concerned about winning elections -- perhaps indicative of internal strains in the GOP between a hard-line conservative agenda, versus the basic electoral goal of winning office. . .
[Eric Kleefeld] Michael Steele sure has an interesting idea for how to rebrand the Republican Party: Loudly announcing at CPAC that they messed up, and pledging to do better now.
"Tonight, we tell America: we know the past, we know we did wrong. My bad," said Steele. . . .
[Eric Kleefeld] [C]heck out this latest development in Steele's campaign to create a hip-hop image for the GOP. Michele Bachmann praised Steele's speech: "Michael Steele! You be da man! You be da man."
And no, this is not from The Onion. . . .
[Watertiger] So the RNC is making a last-ditch (and bewilderingly tone-deaf) effort to resuscitate the party by tapping into "hip hop" America's mad bank. It must be fairly disorienting to be one of the six or seven black people in the Republican Party, with all your white peers trying to speak your "language" loudly and slowly, like tourists in a foreign land. . . .
Bobby Jindal: hope of the future?
Commentary: Jindal leads GOP on a 'march of folly' . . .
Jindal told a big fat lie during his speech last week
Bobby Jindal Revises His Katrina Story . . .
Jindal's Office Tries To Spin Katrina Story, Digs Itself In Deeper . . .
[Mark Kleiman] Politico says he "clarified" his story about Sheriff Lee and the rescue boats. I say he was caught fibbing. Should be hard to recover from.
An open mike!
[Jed Lewison] It turns that there was an open mic recording Bobby Jindal's every word before his disaster of a speech on Tuesday night.
He didn't say anything particularly screwy, but it's still funny listening to him complain about his throat, asking his advisers whether he should speak loudly or softly, and reminding himself to speak "slow."
[Times-Picayune] Louisiana's transportation department plans to request federal dollars for a New Orleans to Baton Rouge passenger rail service from the same pot of railroad money in the president's economic stimulus package that Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized as unnecessary pork on national television Tuesday night.
And here’s a lie ABOUT Jindal from Fox News
The GOP horse race for 2012
Video from CPAC
The kind of people they are
Tucker Carlson closed out the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference to a chorus of boos. His crime: informing a crowd of youngish, frustrated conservatives that if they wanted to succeed, they had to copy The New York Times.
“The New York Times is a liberal newspaper,” said Carlson. The catcalls started in. “They go out, and they get the facts.” More boos. . . .
“I hate smart Jews”
In his CPAC speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted that conservatives are more "interesting" and "fun" than liberals. Here's his proof: "who wants to hang out with guys like Paul Krugman and Robert Reich when you can be with Rush Limbaugh?" . . .
Yeah, this’ll work
[Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)] Earlier this week, we heard the world’s best salesman of socialism address the nation. . . . [read on]
Remember when Mike Huckabee was a refreshing, self-deprecating voice in the GOP? Well, like all the others he’s been disciplined into reciting the same old code words
“The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics may be dead,” said Huckabee, “but a Union of American Socialist Republics is being born.” . . .
Are Joe the Plumber’s fifteen minutes of fame up yet?
[Think Progress] On Wednesday, Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher said that if he were in Congress, he would "probably be in jail" because he’d be charged with "slapping some member." He added, "And that’s not [bull] either." ThinkProgress asked Joe at CPAC yesterday which members he would most like to slap. "Pretty much anybody that’s stood there and said anything bad about our troops, pretty much anybody who sat there and talked treasonous talk about America," Joe said. He then implied that some members of Congress should be shot . . . [watch]
Jim Bunning (R-KY), continuing to undermine his own party
Bunning Threatens Revenge Against GOP, To Resign And Hand Seat To Dems . . .
A step backward for theocracy
Inside baseball: how voting patterns in Congress make forging a majority difficult – and forming bipartisan coalitions almost impossible
Oooh, ouch. Not good
Secret Coleman-Lawyer E-Mails Reveal Intentional Hiding Of Witness . . .
[David Kurtz] Just when the election court in Minnesota had given Norm Coleman's legal team a break by reversing itself on a decision to strike a witness' testimony because Norm's lawyers withheld evidence from the Franken team, it turns out there's more evidence related to Coleman's lawyers' contact with this same witness that they still hadn't divulged until Franken's lawyer brought it out this morning on cross examination of the witness. . . .
Coleman Lawyer To Court: We Don't Want To Un-Count Votes -- But You Have To . . .
Oh. My. Goodness. . . .
Special election to unseat Roland Burris (D-IL)?
Bonus item: He. Lost!
[Atrios] Wolf Blitzer is going to interview John McCain again.
This is such a surprising development that they sent out a press release about it. . . .
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