Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bruce Bartlett. Not a Gingrich fan

Bruce Bartlett, who served in WH of both Ronald Reagan and George H.W, is a dying breed in GOP ranks. Bartlett, who values expertise, pinned a column today defending Congresses professional institutions which Speaker Gingrich gutted in the 90's and now attacks. On Gingrich's recent attacks on the CBO and GAO? "utter nonsense".
Mr. Gingrich’s unprovoked attack on the C.B.O. is part of a pattern. He disdains the expertise of anyone other than himself and is willing to undercut any institution that stands in his way. Unfortunately, we are still living with the consequences of his foolish actions as speaker. We could really use the Office of Technology Assessment at a time when Congress desperately needs scientific expertise on a variety of issues in involving health, energy, climate change, homeland security and many others. And given the enormous stress suffered by state and local governments as they are forced by Washington to do more with less, an organization like the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations would be invaluable. It is essential that Congress not cripple what is left of its in-house expertise. Gutting the G.A.O. and abolishing the C.B.O. would be acts of nihilism. Any politician recommending such things is unfit for office.
The anti-intellectualism that controls the radical Republicans running GOP comes at a very real price to the U.S and could ultimately be our undoing. Bartlett is not alone in Republican ranks on protecting the institutional expertise of Congress. Uber conservative Sen Tom Coburn (R-OK) issued a report defending the GAO and pointing out the savings the GAO generates by identifying and eliminating government waist.

FMGD: Former Massachusetts Governor Disorder

FMGD is a delusional disorder that afflicts certain political nerds who convince themselves despite all contrary evidence that a former Governor of Massachusetts can win a national election.

I've suffered from FMGD twice and now I see it infecting otherwise bright and reasonable Republican friends.

Monday, November 28, 2011

DNC's new ad "Trapped"

Running in 5 battleground states.



Given the timing, does this indicate a DNC preference for Gingrich over Mitt?

Below is the long form DNC video.

Mitt v. Mitt: The story of two men trapped in one body



There is just too much of this. I can't see how he survives these attacks.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

The bottom line on accusations against Cain

Pejman Yousefzadeh tries to talk some sense into Cain Supporters,
I don’t even care at this point whether the charges are accurate; even if we assume that they are not, Cain’s habit of shifting his story in addressing the accusations, his campaign’s treatment of reporters asking questions about the charges, and now, the wild claims that other campaigns are behind the attacks, offered with little supporting evidence, show the Cain campaign in a very bad light, and show that the candidate himself is confused, desperate, and entirely on the defensive. No one should have any confidence whatsoever in Cain’s ability to survive a fall election campaign against a battle-hardened Obama team


(h/t to Andrew)