Morning Must Reads: May 16

In the news: IRS chief's resignation, Holder's hearing, Benghazi emails, immigration reform slowdown, American isolationism, breaking up big banks, and Mitch McConnell's legacy

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

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notsacredh
notsacredh

I was just on the phone with a conservative friend (sane no less). He had a really interesting take on the house republicans. He's pretty close to being a Tea Party enthusiast. He thinks that the congress not doing anything is a good thing. He believes that DC screws up everything they try to do. NOT doing anything is the best he thinks we can hope for. I thought that was a pretty interesting way of explaining the allure of the TP.They house isn't doing anything, so in his mind, they're doing a good job.

notsacredh
notsacredh

The JK scandal thread is getting ready to break 1k posts. Maybe it will qualify as a superfund cleanup site.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Maybe the most OT thing I've ever said and the hardest to believe, but I may have a part-time job. Working for......the church. I'm still thinking over the offer.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Poor Steve Miller, the now former acting IRS director:

"He’s just a fall guy. He wasn’t director for most of the period in question (though he was serving in the agency). And both he and his predecessor acted properly and swiftly to shut down the inappropriate criteria when it was brought to their attention."

"But someone had to be fired. Otherwise President Obama wouldn’t seem like he was taking action. And Obama actually didn’t have many choices for whom to fire. It’s hard for the president to axe ordinary employees at the IRS at will. The agency is insulated from the executive branch — in part due to fears that a president will fire employees if they don’t discriminate against groups or individuals who’re fighting his agenda. In this case, that insulation is actually protecting employees who might have discriminated against conservative groups from being fired by the White House. Now there’s an unintended consequence for you."

(Citation: Andrew Sullivan)

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Good job igging the trolls today, gang.  Keep it up.

retiredvet
retiredvet

They've 'truly lost their minds'

"But it's against this backdrop that Republicans vote, over and over again, to repeal a health care law they know won't be repealed. They do so, in part because they have a radicalized base that expects near-constant pandering, in part because some of their leaders have broader ambitions and see these tactics as useful, and in part because pointless vanity exercises make Republicans feel warm inside."

jmac
jmac

@sacredh  That's a Texas thang.  Our legislature  meets once every two years for three or four months.  Texans think it's wonderful - then the ledge  can't mess anything up.   Our governor is a figurehead.  Maybe that explains the pretty boy in the seat - his hair got him the job.  

outsider
outsider

@sacredh  

You were so egging them on, the baggers were giving you likes man. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

Do it. Irony like that only comes around once in a blue moon.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@Sue_N  Ironic indeed. More IRS staff means they can follow the 501c rules properly. Not good for the lobbyists.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

You might be a Republican if...

Yo bub, are you ok?  I know reversing course that fast tends to result in people pulling something

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

I thought the same thing when I saw the resignation

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@outsider2011 

There's something wonderful about taking a stupid meme attempt and squashing it.  In three words only, too.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@outsider2011 From Benen:

"Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), for example, said the White House tweet is evidence of a larger "intimidation" strategy. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) went further, calling the tweet proof of the "arrogance of power."

I haven't the foggiest idea what these people are talking about. It's "intimidating" and "arrogant" to describe federal law as federal law? Since when? Isn't it far more "intimidating" and "arrogant," especially for the uninsured, to try to scrap families' benefits, coverage, and protections, and replace them with nothing, just to pander to unhinged activists?"

White House took their ball and they have a sad.

Sue_N
Sue_N

But ... but ... government interference! The invisible hand of the market!! FREEDOM!!!

Tero
Tero

@MementoMori 

I heard about this the other day. I love when one conservative constituency is war with another. In this case the business community and its interests are at odds with the anti-science crowd; who will win?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Third paragraph:

"A light rain suddenly turned heavier when Obama began speaking, symbolizing his political woes that prompted him to make a trio of moves this week intended to regain the momentum or at least halt the damage."

Sue_N
Sue_N

@jmac @sacredhOur governorused to be a figurehead. That's how the office was set up in the constitution. The lieutenant governor used to be the powerful one. Not any more.

Ann RIchards started putting some oomph in the office, and Dubya increased it. But Perry has turned it into the most powerful office in the state. And Dewhurst (lt gov) is basically a doormat.

As for the lege, it was definitely designed to be useless (at which it succeeds). There's a story that when air conditioning started becoming more common, the suggestion to put it in the capitol was met with horror by Texans. The fear was that ac would allow the legislature to meet year ’round, which nobody wanted.

notsacredh
notsacredh

I did it before I went out to work in the yard. I wondered where all the "likes" were coming from.

notsacredh
notsacredh

I kniow. The guy that does their mowing and trimming gave them two weeks notice. They asked me if I'd be interested because "You keep your place looking great".

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@forgottenlord Like a school of sardines chased by dolphins. All in unison now, left then right then left again and now completely in reverse.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Shhhhh....he's not done yet. Moans.

Tero
Tero

@Sue_N 

But... but... electric cars are evil! FREEDOM!!!!

La_Randy
La_Randy

@forgottenlord With that kind of prose you would think this reporter was working on a novel rather than a news story.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@MrObvious

That would require absorption of something violating their world view rather than immediate rejection without thought.

notsacredh
notsacredh

I get along with most of them pretty well, but I'm pretty sure it was someone from the church that blew my mailbox up several years ago.

notsacredh
notsacredh

That's pretty philosphical and maybe even a little existential. I'm going to have to think about that. Tonight at work on the taxpayers dime.

notsacredh
notsacredh

I have no shame and him being a republican is just a bonus.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@La_Randy

Two links to Twitter.  Looks like it got confused trying to resolve that to a tweet and finally gave up and posted the first image it could find.

Tero
Tero

@La_Randy @outsider2011 

If there is a link in the body of your text images from that link appear at the bottom of your post. Delete any links that you do not make yourself.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@La_Randy

Is it about an intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration?

Wait, that was the last guy.

notsacredh
notsacredh

It was the best of times, it was the worstest of times.