My main man Chris Matthews on Hardball tonight about Michelle ‘Batshit’ Bachmann “Is pretty close to a nut case”.
Is it a trend or a blip? The latest NBC/WSJ poll shows President Obama’s approval rating in one month has gone from 45% to 53% including a huge jump among independents of 35% to 46%. Conversely, the Republicans favorable/unfavorable numbers have fallen to 34/40 while the Democrats have moved to 39/35. The Republican honeymoon with the American People didn’t last as long the Cher/Greg Allman marriage.
Speaking of poll numbers, Sara half term’s favorable/unfavorable numbers now stand at 38/53. Keep tweeting and keep going on Fox; it wouldn’t be a stretch to say she is directly responsible for at least 3 points in Obama’s recent approval rating surge. As stated last month in this space, Palin will not seek the Republican nomination. During her Hannity appearance she through her lot in with Levin, Limbaugh, and Hannity, not McConnell, Boehner, Daniels, etc. She is an entertainer not a politician.
68 year old Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) announced he won’t seek reelection in 2012. Now if Lugar, Grassley, Inouye, Cochran, and Baucus followed him out the door. Thank you for your service, but it’s time for you to go.
How petty is Boehner the Boner? In November, he said his schedule was booked and forced The President to reschedule a meeting with Republican leaders. He followed that up last week when he snubbed an invitation from The President to join him in his trip to the Tucson Service to attend an RNC cocktail party. And now he turned down The President’s invitation to tonight’s State Dinner with China’s President Hu Jintao. Really? Boehner is the Speaker of the House, the 3rd man in line for the Presidency and he rejects the invitation? This marks the third straight time that Boehner has rejected a State Dinner invitation: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, and now President Hu Jintao of China. Anita McBride, Laura Bush’s chief of staff quipped "You really have to be sick, dead or dying to regret a state dinner invitation.”
The Republican controlled House voted 245 – 189 to repeal the Affordable (Health) Care Act, with three Democrats Boren (OK), McIntyre (NC), and Ross (AR) joining the GOP. The best statement on the floor of the House came from tribemate Anthony Weiner. "You know, I want to just advise people watching at home playing that now-popular drinking game of 'You take a shot whenever Republicans say something that's not true:' Please assign a designated driver," said Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York. "This is going to be a long afternoon." Footnote: The Republicans want to repeal, but have no alternative plans other than the usual tort reform.
On the other side of the ledger is another tribemate the monotone House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was at his most whiniest when he said in defense of the House repeal vote "I think the American people deserve to see a vote in the Senate, and the Senate ought not be a place where legislation goes into a dead end.” Couldn’t agree more. Except douche bag, your fellow Republicans did just that 136 times over the last two years. Yes that’s right, Republicans used the filibuster to prevent a vote from taking place 136 times in 2009 and 2010.