Jon Stewart · Marcus Bachmann · Michele Bachmann

Jon Stewart: Dr. Bachmann Cures Gays ‘So He Can Hoard All The Gayness For Himself’

It appears that several people in the media and in entertainment have claimed that their “gaydar” goes on alert when watching Dr. Marcus Bachmann dance with his wife Michele or when listening to him speak.

As I mentioned last week, I’ll reserve my judgment until there’s actual proof that Marcus Bachmann is gay.

However, I couldn’t resist publishing this comedy routine from The Daily Show.  Jon Stewart is really funny in the video below:


Gov. Scott Walker · Wisconsin Recall Efforts

As recalls loom, Scott Walker’s approval rating drops to 37%

I suspect Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s poll numbers will soon rival Florida Governor Rick Scott’s numbers…

Daily Kos  

University of Wisconsin Badger poll (PDF), 6/17-7/10, 556 registered voters, MoE 4.2, no trendlines:

Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way Scott Walker is handling his job as Governor of Wisconsin?

     Approve: 37
     Disapprove: 55

Ouch. This is the lowest approval rating for Walker found in any poll to date. While Walker is not, sadly, on the ballot in the recalls, these numbers do suggest an increasingly difficult political environment for all Republicans in Wisconsin.

Other notable findings from the poll:

  • 60% disapprove of the way the State Legislature is handling its job.
    • 56% disapprove of the job Republicans in the State Legislature are doing.
    • 48% disapprove of the job Democrats in the State Legislature are doing.
  • Wisconsonites overwhelming think the recall option in the state constitution is a good thing (78%), and 50% said the current recalls of state senators made them feel better about Wisconsin politics.
  • 59% of residents statewide preferred that the Democratic state senators remain in office rather than be recalled and 49% said the same of the Republican state senators.

These are statewide numbers on the recalls, and generic ballots at that, so they might not really tell us much about the nine specific recall elections. Still, this poll shows that Wisconsonites are much more in favor of recalling Republicans than recalling Democrats, and that’s a position I want to be in only four weeks out from the recall elections.


U.S. Politics

Chris Matthews Clowns Steve King, Forces Iowa Congressman To Admit He Doesn’t ‘Trust The Words Of Any Source’

Think Progress

Reps. Steve King (R-IA), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) introduced a bill today that they claim would help manage a government default if the debt limit is not raised by Aug. 2. The legislation is motivated by the right-wing triumvirate’s view that the default would not have severe repercussions on our economy. “I think we have plenty of money to service our debt,” King said today.

This afternoon on Hardball, host Chris Matthews wondered how King could come to such an aberrant determination that a default is not a threat. “You have some superior knowledge — what basis do you have for your judgement?” Matthews asked. “I do have superior knowledge, thanks for recognizing it,” King jokingly responded.

Over the next few minutes — at the very same moment Moody’s was reporting that it may downgrade the U.S. AAA bond rating — Matthews pressed King on where he gets his knowledge. Hilarity ensued:

MATTHEWS: Who are the people you’re dealing with? […]

KING: The American citizens. […]

MATTHEWS: So you’re polling in your district to find out whether the United States goes into default or not at the end of this month. … They know what’s going to happen…

KING: I have an independent judgment as well.

MATTHEWS: Ok tell me where it comes from.

KING: It comes from a long experience of dealing politically, and in business, and raising a family, and being an American citizen…

MATTHEWS: What does raising a family teach you about international finance? […]

KING: That’s not my only source of information — is raising my children. […]

MATTHEWS: Do you trust the Wall Street Journal, do you trust the New York Times?

KING: I read the Wall Street Journal. I sometimes read the New York Times. I don’t really trust it. I don’t trust the words of any source.

Matthews continued pressing King on whether he trusts the Chamber of Commerce and other conservative organizations who warn of a crisis if the debt limit isn’t raised. King said he challenges all those sources.

Matthews then asked if King could cite one — just one — international or domestic expert who he trusts on these issues and agrees with his view. King, of course, could not name one. Watch it:

Lawrence O'Donnell · The Last Word

The debt ceiling panic mode

The Last Word

Lawrence explains why the normally disciplined Congressional Republicans are now in all-out panic in the most difficult negotiation they have faced to date with President Obama.

U.S. Politics


I don’t necessarily support the POTUS’ proposal to chip away at the Big three…Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, but I agree with the President when he says he will not yield to GOP demands of “all or nothing”.   Where’s the equal sacrifice here?  Did the GOP leadership honestly think that Obama would cave (as he usually has done in the past?)

I for one, will be sending my small donations to the President every three months!  I think he’s worthy of those donations.  I have faith in him and his ability to win this one (without having to give up a damn thing!)

People have under estimated this president throughout his term.  He has been perceived as weak and caving in to the bullying GOP leadership in the past.

Huffington Post

Lawmakers and the White House had what nearly every party is describing as a “tough” and “testy” meeting on the debt ceiling Wednesday afternoon, culminating in a stormy exchange between President Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

It was the fifth straight day of talks, but the first in which attendees, speaking on background, were willing to admit that steps were taken backwards. According to multiple sources, disagreements surfaced early, in the middle and at the end of the nearly two-hour talks. At issue was Cantor’s repeated push to do a short-term resolution and Obama’s insistence that he would not accept one.

“Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people on this,” the president said, according to both Cantor and another attendee. “This process is confirming what the American people think is the worst about Washington: that everyone is more interested in posturing, political positioning, and protecting their base, than in resolving real problems.”

Cantor, speaking to reporters after the meeting, said that the president “abruptly” walked off after offering his scolding.

“I know why he lost his temper. He’s frustrated. We’re all frustrated,” the Virginia Republican said.

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