For a few brief moments on Monday evening, it looked like House Republicans might finally come to their senses.
That does it. With Rep. Peter King’s announcement that he’s interested in running for president in 2016, I want to enter for the record my unseemly, unabashed excitement for the 2016 Republican primaries.
The more you look at this Secret Service scandal, the less there seems to be. Eleven Secret Service agents and about as many military officials are suspected of hiring prostitutes during their stay in Cartagena, Colombia, in advance of the April 14-15 Summit of the Americas, which President Obama attended. I’m not saying this isn't embarrassing. I’m not saying the wives of these government employees don’t have grounds to be very, very angry with them. I’m not even necessarily saying the Secret Service agents in question shouldn’t be fired.
On Thursday, Peter King, the Republican chair of the House Homeland Security committee, kicks off a series of hearings on domestic terrorism that are being heralded as the second coming of Joseph McCarthy, the Salem Witch Trials, and the Spanish Inquisition. Such comparisons may err (a little) on the side of exaggeration, but it’s certainly fair to say that King, a one-time IRA supporter, cares only about Islamic incidents of terror, and he has declined to invite representatives of mainstream American Muslim groups to defend their faith.
Catching up on the political chat shows last week, I stumbled across Sarah Palin and Sean Hannity enthusing about Arizona’s hot new immigration law. Unsurprisingly, both Fox Newsies approve of HB 2162, which requires police to check the immigration status of anyone “stop[ped], detain[ed], or arrest[ed]” whom they suspect is here illegally. Both also scoff at “the left’s” concerns that the measure will result in racial profiling.
The funny thing about the recent GOP attack on the administration's handling of the Detroit attempted plane bomber is that the ratio of political spin to actual policy content is close to infinity. Ben Smith flags this exchange on Good Morning America with Republican terrorism point man Peter King: "You are saying someone should be held accountable.