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Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 19, 2009

One funny thing about the AIG hoo-ha — It’s seriously thrown the Republicans off their message discipline:

The Associated Press reports that House GOP leadership has decided to oppose [a Democratic bill to heavily tax the AIG bonuses]….


But not all Republicans are aligned with Boehner and Pence, Politico reports.

[A] senior GOP aide said the conference would likely split on the vote, with conservative members of the Republican Study Group opposing the tax and members in more competitive districts casting their lot with Democrats.
Boehner, the aide said, told members to “vote their conscience” at a meeting this morning and declared that the leadership would “not whip the bill.”

Media Matters notes that conservative commentators are out of step with the Republican party on the whole affair. Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity are defending the AIG executives while GOP leaders in Congress denounce them.

The bill passed the House easily, by the way, with 85 Republicans — almost exactly half the GOP House membership — voting for it.

Wow. Movement conservatives’ heads must be spinning right now.

Posted in 111th Congress, bailout, banking, big money, Congress, Democrats, Republicans, taxes | 2 Comments »

Dueling headlines

Posted by Charles II on March 19, 2009

Things one does not want to see in a single edition of the ZDNet newsletter:

IE 8 final bits ready for download on March 19

Pwn2Own trifecta: Hacker exploits IE8, Firefox, Safari

Posted in computers and software | 2 Comments »

Dog The Blue Dogs

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 19, 2009

As Kagro X says, Evan Bayh and his fellow Blue Dogs, in the midst of making oppositional noises against Obama’s budget, call themselves “moderates” when in fact their positions go against strongly-held public opinions.

Let’s remind them that their corporate paymasters aren’t the only ones capable of rocking their world.

Posted in 111th Congress, Ben "Lieberman" Nelson, Blue Dogs, budget, eedjits, President Obama | Comments Off on Dog The Blue Dogs

Sun Rises In East. Pawlenty Lies.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 19, 2009

Once again, Smilin’ Tim Pawlenty lied his ass off — this time about the Democrats’ budget proposals — and almost nobody in the media called him on it. Nobody, that is, aside from The UpTake.

Posted in 'starving the beast', (Rich) Taxpayers League, budget, Minnesota, Republicans, Silly Republicans, Tim Pawlenty | Comments Off on Sun Rises In East. Pawlenty Lies.

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