Eric Cantor, Unpaid Democratic Strategist
March 01, 2010
Speaking on "Meet the Press" yesterday, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor suggested that Democrats would pay a huge political price for passing health care reform: I'll tell you one thing, if Speaker Pelosi rams through this bill through the House using the reconciliation process, they will lose their majority in Congress in November. A couple points. First, I think Democrats are probably going to lose their majority no matter what, though the carnage will look a whole lot worse if they don't pass health care reform. Second, what exactly is the pretense for Cantor offering this advice?
Dick's Daughter Takes It Up a Notch
October 13, 2009
When I read today's Politico piece about Liz Cheney's new "Keep America Safe," a foreign-policy focused group aimed at saving this nation from the "radical" Obama White House, two things immediately sprang to mind: 1. With every passing week, Bill Kristol sounds more like an overcaffeinated Ann Coulter: "The Left has dozens of organizations and tens of millions of dollars dedicated to undercutting the war on terror. The good guys needs some help too." What an appalling jackass. 2.
Chris Matthews Isn't Over It
August 27, 2009
On MSNBC's Morning Joe today, Joe Scarborough hosted a panel that included Chris Matthews and New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson. As the discussion was coming to a close, the subject of this morning's (excellent) New York Times story about Ted Kennedy's final days came up. The comprehensive piece was written by Mark Leibovich, the same Times reporter who wrote a much-discussed and extremely enjoyable profile of Matthews last year. Here is the amusing transcript: Chris M.: [To Abramson] By the way, congratultions on Mark Leibovich’s piece.
"working The Pole," Take Two
June 04, 2007
Lest any of our readers imagine that the Plank does not have the eyes of the powerful affixed to it at all times, it turns out that the folks at Joe Scarborough's show noticed my earlier item, about an apparently off-color joke about Jeri Thompson and pole dancing, and were eager to explain the reference. It seemed a little hard to believe, frankly, that they'd be able to mitigate the blunder, but I think they did, at least to a degree. It turns out that before the comment, Scarborough had been talking to Tracy Burgess, the WFAN news anchor and, evidently, a bit of a fitness freak.
Notebook (February 7, 2005)
February 07, 2005
THE RIGHT 'RACES' TO RICE'S DEFENSE It is always amusing to watch conservatives, who frequently accuse liberals of using bogus charges of racism to silence their critics, attempt to use bogus charges of racism to silence their critics. By the time you read this, Condoleezza Rice will have been confirmed as secretary of state.