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An Amendment to Kill Medicare?

Anthony Weiner  is like the Superman/Clark Kent of the House- half wonkish and half seriously aggressive. Who else would consider using legislation as an offensive weapon? 

Writes Glenn Thrush from Politico:

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) says he plans to introduce a politically-targeted amendment forcing Republicans to vote “yes” or “no” on continuing Medicare, the government-run health care program for seniors, on the 44th anniversary of its enactment.

Weiner [who plans to vote yes, obviously] said he wants to tack the amendment onto the health care bill being marked up today — to call bluff on Republicans who say federal intervention into health care has been a failure.

“It’s put-up or shut-up time for the phonies who deride the so-called ‘public option’,” Weiner said.

This guy is a baller.

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Freshman Senators From Colorado Get Smacked Down by Columbine Father for Support of Thune Gun Amendment

As reported by Glenn Thrush at Politico:

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The father of a Columbine massacre victim says he’s “disgusted” with Colorado’s freshman Democratic senators for voting in favor of the failed Thune Amendment, which would have allowed licensed owners to transport concealed firearms across state lines.

Tom Mauser, whose son Daniel was murdered a decade ago at the Littleton, Colo. high school, is featured in a full page Denver Post ad questioning the “yes” votes of Michael Bennet and Mark Udall.

“I was disgusted,” Mauser tells POLITICO. “I felt that they were measuring the political winds instead of voting for what they thought was right…  I think they could still get elected [without voting for the Thune Amendment] but they are trying to do something that makes them seem more moderate. It’s ridiculous.”

Mauser, whose son would have been 26, appears in the ad, sponsored by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, holding his son’s sneakers.

“We tend to have such a short memory in this country,” added Mauser, who works for the Colorado transportation department.

 

When I learned that my two Senators, Richard Burr (R) and Kay Hagan (D), would be voting for the Thune Gun Amendment, I called and emailed both offices to register my extreme disappointment. I’m generally a supporter of Second Amendment rights, but as former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) plainly stated in an ideas piece on Politico, the Thune Gun Amendment wasn’t pro-gun, it was pro-criminal. 

Thank you Sen. Lugar (R-IN) and Sen. Voinovich (R-OH) for your “no” votes!

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Twitter Gains Legitimacy?

Interesting post from Glenn Thrush over at Politico dealing with Twitter and politics (two items that seem to go hand in hand more and more often these days):

George Stephanopoulos is grilling Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in a language she can understand — Tweet.

GS: @clairecmc Hey Senator, George here. On This Week, you signaled support for omnibus (great to have you btw) What changed?18 minutes ago from web in reply to clairecmc

CM: Ultimately just couldn’t do it. Not just earmrks tho, also increase in spendng(8%too much)& failure to reconcile $ with stimuls

McCaskill has about 15,000 Twitter followers; Stephanopoulos about 133,000.

[Shameless plug: I Tweet at GlennThrush]

But George’s query represents, it seems to me, a logical challenge for a technology that has created a new, novel and closely monitored semi-public space.

McCaskill has generated great publicity with her entertaining and often candid Tweets — clearly enhancing her political reputation (at least with reporters) through the medium. So doesn’t that give reporters the right to use the same space to pose hard-nosed questions?

Even more so, due to greater and greater use of the service by politicians like Sen. McCaskill in an attempt to create more general transparency for the media and constituents alike, has Twitter “accidentally” become a much more significant  journalistic tool than had ever been envisioned?

Thoughts?

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BREAKING NEWS: Eric Cantor Exaggerates Omnibus Bull

Oh how I loathe Eric Cantor. It’s not really his politics, though I certainly don’t agree with them. I do think he is an in intelligent, if perhaps overly ambitious guy, and have to applaud his ability to whip every single House Republican in line when it came to the Stimulus bill. No, it’s much more his general demeanor. The way he always seems to be whining and exaggerating even when he perhaps is not (I’ll have to take a look at FactCheck.org and research his honesty quotient later on…).

Glenn Thrush’s most recent entry on his Politico blog Hill Intrigue does seem to give at least a smidge of credence to my amateur assessment that Eric Cantor is indeed a liar liar pants on fire:

House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is rounding up — big-time — in his accounting of the $410 billion omnibus plan that passed the House last week.

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, Cantor claimed: 

We have a — five — an almost $500 billion omnibus bill that came out of the House that will be considered by the Senate… The fact [is] that there are 9,000 earmarks in this bill…

The omnibus number is off by a whopping $90 billion — a more than the 22 percent deviation.

Cantor’s 9,000-earmark claim is also an exaggeration and doesn’t even contain the modifier “almost.”

Taxpayers for Common Sense, whose Feb. 24 earmarks analysis is widely cited (and the source of Cantor’s claim), had the total at 8,570. That amounts to $7.7 billion, $500 million less than the previous year.

UPDATE: We pointed this out to a Cantor spokesman who has yet to respond

I think I can forgive you this time Cantor, but we’ll be watching you and your devious ways. *

 

*There are also Democrats I dislike for shameful reasons, who I am sure will soon be written about. I like to think of myself as an equal opportunity offender.

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