Cigarette and Coffee Breakfast 2/10/2014

– Former University of Missouri defensive end surefire draft prospect Michael Same came out over the weekend, making it likely that Sam will become the first major American sport athlete to announce that he is gay during his playing career. Other players, such as former NBA centers John Amaechi and Jason Collins have come out, but both did so after they had finished playing. Sam, who has not even begun his professional playing career yet, had been slated to go between the third and fifth round of the seven round NFL draft, but as one anonymous NFL executive said, “I don’t think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet,” and added that there’s “no question” Sam’s announcement will hurt his draft stock.

– The Hill leads with this morning with:

Deficit hawks who have dominated the Washington agenda since the 2010 midterms suddenly find themselves in the backseat.

House Republicans who used to talk about the trillions in spending cuts they would enact are now struggling to come up with even a token fiscal reform to attach to legislation raising Washington’s debt limit.

Not that I don’t love the narrative that there’s nothing left to cut because we’ve already cut everything to the bone, I do love that narrative. But let’s get serious. The reason deficit hawks are having trouble finding anything to attach to the debt limit is that they need to find something that the right wing and Tea Party will think is “enough” to trade for the extension (previously it was things like killing Obamacare-so it has to be something BIG) of the debt limit, but also has to be mundane or complicated enough that nobody will notice when it gets dropped. Because ultimately, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and everyone else knows that the Republicans have no leverage and will get absolutely nothing in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.

– I really don’t care if somebody stretches the truth a little bit about who they did or did not vote for 20-30 years ago, but it is kind of funny that DailyKos either caught Republican Wisconsin Governor, and new establishment front-runner for the Republican Presidential nomination, in a lie, or admitting that he committed voter fraud when he “voted for Reagan”, even though he was not old enough to vote in either of the former California Governor’s two Presidential campaigns.

– Kansas Repulican Senator Pat Roberts may look a little bit out of touch, thanks to these revelations:

The three-term senator acknowledged that he did not have a home of his own in Kansas. The house on a country club golf course that he lists as his voting address belongs to two longtime supporters and donors—C. Duane and Phyllis Ross—and he says he stays with them when he is in the area. He established his voting address there the day before his challenger, Milton Wolf, announced his candidacy last fall, arguing that Mr. Roberts was out of touch with his High Plains roots.

It won’t take readers long to recall the Dick Lugar fiasco of a few years back, that resulted in current far right Senator Richard Mourdock winning a seat in Indiana. Lugar, who was accused of not having lived in the state he represented in over 30 years, eventually admitted he had only been in the state for “1,800 days” out of his 36 years representing it. Eventually, Lugar lost, and the Senate lost one more semi-reasonable Republican to a far right challenger. On the bright side, if Roberts were to pull a Lugar this year, it’s hard to imagine his replacement being much further to the right than the current Kansas Senator.

– Montana Governor Steve Bullock appointed Lieutenant Governor John Walsh to fill outgoing longtime Senator Max Baucus’ seat. Walsh is already planning on running to take the seat full time, and this announcement only helps to clear the primary field for a matchup with top Republican recruit Steve Daines, who PPP gave a 52-35 lead in a November poll. Baucus was confirmed recently as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. You see, when it comes to chumming it up and patting each other on the back about how great they are, bipartisanship is alive and well in Washington, D..C. When it comes to helping struggling American families, partisan gridlock rules the day.

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