Sweet Dreams 2/19/2014

– Despite reports to the contrary, Scott Brown has renewed his contract with Fox News, indicating that he may have been scared away from running in his new-old home state of New Hampshire. When we last left him, conservative groups in the state were preparing ads to “dissuade” the former Massachusetts Senator from running one state to the north.

– As predicted, the 27,000 pages of emails, texts, and more surrounding an investigation of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) have started to harvest some interesting material thanks to reporters who have, no doubt, been reading for hours. Of note: the investigation that spawned these 27,000 pages of documents was actually much wider than expected, as a local judge expanded the search to four of the Governor’s aides from the original one.

Possibly most damagingly, Walker aide Tom Nardelli, who since resigned his “$90,000 per year position” just days after taking it, sent an email that read:

“Say it isn’t so!!! I can handle being a black, disabled, one armed, drug-addicted, Jewish homosexual on a pacemaker who is HIV positive, bald, orphaned, unemployed, lives in a slum, and has a Mexican boyfriend, but please, Oh dear God, please don’t tell me I’m a Democrat.”

Yeesh, tough to imagine a message like that having much appeal to independents that want to see less venom in politics if Walker ever decides to run for some national office or something…

– Texas Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is getting a lot of grief, even from some on the center-right, for campaigning with unhinged right-wing nutjob Ted Nugent today. The belief that rhetoric like Nugent’s, such as “Subhuman Mongrel”, is what the Republican voters of Texas want to hear, is depressing. Abbott apparently believes Nugent is there to talk about the second amendment, not as an anti-Obama dog whistle to the right, “Sen. Davis knows she is suffering with voters because of her flipping and flopping on 2nd Amendment gun laws, and she knows that Ted Nugent calls her out on her disregard for Second Amendment rights”.

– Both the House and Senate are already considering sanction votes against the Ukraine in response to clashes in the country that killed at least 25 in the last two days. On the Senate side, Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut and John McCain of Arizona of the European Affairs Subpanel said:

“We have begun working together on legislation that would impose targeted sanctions on government officials and other persons who have committed, ordered, or materially supported acts of violence against peaceful citizens in Ukraine, or who are complicit in the rollback of Ukraine’s democracy,” McCain and Murphy said in a statement Wednesday. “These sanctions should not, and will not, target the people or the country of Ukraine as a whole. Instead, they will be narrowly focused on those individuals who must be held accountable for violating human rights and undermining democracy. We remain in contact with the Administration and look forward to working together on this legislation.”

Meanwhile, President Obama has promised “consequences” for those who “step over the line” in Ukraine, but no word yet on what that means, or if economic sanctions are on the table.



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