Random Thoughts: Stupak, Stevens, Steele and Stupid
Bart Stupak (D,MI), known for his role in passing ObamaCare announced that he will not be seeking re-election this fall. Stupak claims that his decision was not based on the constant criticism that he has taken from the left, right, media and late night TV, but rather the difficulty he would have holding on to that seat (his internal polls showed an uphill battle).
Regardless of their actual influence in Stupak’s decision, the Tea Party will definitely take much of the credit for pushing the Michigan Congressman aside. Just days before his decision to step aside, the Tea Party began running anti-Stupak adds in his district (see below).
The Tea Party will benefit from Stupak’s decision in two ways; first, they will get to celebrate a “victory”, forcing Stupak to step down and second, they saved thousands of dollars which they can use to target another candidate. Win, win for the Tea Party; a big loss for Obama and Pelosi. This seat is now rated as a toss-up.
Long serving Justice of the Supreme Court John Paul Stevens announced that he will be retiring once the current session has ended. His timing was intentional; he wanted to retire while Obama is in the White House (so a like minded justice will be nominated) and while the Democrats still have control of the Senate (so that justice will be confirmed).
Obama and the Democrats are struggling in mightily the polls. With the possibility that they may lose control of the Congress and lose power in the Senate, it is very likely that this appointment will be seen as Obama’s last chance to shove through an extremely left leaning candidate. This appointment should not only serve the President’s liberal purposes on the Court, but since it is not expected that much important business will be considered over the summer, it is also a chance for Mr. Obama to dominate the summer news cycle.
Expect this liberal SCOTUS candidate to appeal to the President’s base (female, ethnic, minority) and the important issues in the confirmation process be ones that could make the GOP look bad to the American people, especially if Republican members attempt to derail the candidate.
First it was just a few voices asking conservatives not to donate to the RNC. Now, we have the first call from within the RNC asking Chairman Steel to step aside. There are so many plusses and minuses when dealing with Steele that it makes it difficult for many involved to make up their minds.
Whatever is to happen, either overwhelming support for, or increasing calls for his resignation, the matter of Chairman Steel needs to be decided soon. There is too much at stake this fall to have the fate of the RNC Chairman as a distraction.
It seems certain segments of our society are working very hard at achieving absolute stupidity. Teachers in New Jersey, those charged with the task of educating NJ’s young and impressionable children, publicly prayed for Governor Christie’s death because of his proposed budget cuts.
“Dear Lord … this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. … I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”
Joe Coppola, president of the Bergen County Education Association, said the “prayer” was a joke and was never meant to be made public.
Stupid, stupid, stupid.