Tuesday, November 27, 2012

News Nuggets 1115

DAYEE PICTURE: A waterfall of crystalized salt in a salt mine in Colombia.  From the Daily Mail of the UK.

Obama’s Long Game on Middle East Peace (Jay Newton-Small) from Time Magazine
"With their powers of persuasion fading in Congress, second-term U.S. Presidents often look abroad to cement their legacies."

Obama May Get Chance To End Benghazi Controversy As GOP Backlash Wears Down from the Huffington Post
"The White House could finally have its chance to close the books on its Benghazi public relations disaster, as key Republicans signal they might not stand in the way of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to become the next secretary of state."

The Myth of the Obama Cave-In (David Corn) from Mother Jones Magazine 
"With the "fiscal cliff" looming, the conventional wisdom is that the president capitulated during the last tax cut fight. Here's what really happened."

Five Republican Brush Fires (Josh Kraushaar) from the National Journal 
"Here are the five of the biggest priorities for the Republican establishment in the coming months. Their successes on these fronts will indicate whether they've learned the right lessons from missed
opportunities over the last two cycles."

Republican Shift on Taxes Masks a Divided Party from the McClatchy News Service
"When Republicans in Congress say they are willing to put tax revenues on the table in budget talks with President Barack Obama, that offer obscures a divide within their ranks that could thwart a year-end fiscal compromise."

The GOP Faces Years in the Wilderness After 2012 Election Losses (Robert Shrum) from the Daily Beast
"Sensible Republicans seeking to renew the viability of a conservative party that seems out of touch after a stinging defeat at the polls are being denounced as ‘heretics.’ Robert Shrum on why the party might never find its way back."

Think this opinion is too "speculative"?  Check this out:
RINO Hunters Fire Warning Shots At Republican Senate Candidates from Talking Points Memo

"After two disappointing election cycles, Republican leaders demanded that conservative groups end their war on electable primary candidates or risk handing the Senate to the Democrats in 2014. This week, the groups delivered their reply: “Nuts!” Activists on the right launched a volley of criticism at the 2014’s first major Senate hopeful ..."

And then there's this:
For Neo-Consm Four More Years … in Exile (John Morris) from Foreign Policy Magazine 

"Can Republicans find their way out of the foreign-policy wilderness?"

Revenge of the Reality-Based Community (Bruce Bartlett) from the American Conservative
"My life on the Republican right—and how I saw it all go wrong. ... I know that it’s unattractive and bad form to say “I told you so” when one’s advice was ignored yet ultimately proved correct. But in the wake of the Republican election debacle, it’s essential that conservatives undertake a clear-eyed assessment of who on their side was right and who was wrong."

Andrew Sullivan responds to Bartlett's column:
Told You So (Andrew Sullivan) from the Daily Beast
"...  of those earnest individuals, only a few are ballsy enough to follow their own reason doggedly enough to suffer social ostracism, removal from all conservative media outlets, and loss of a job - because their mind is not for sale or rent. Bruce Bartlett is that kind of guy."

Have Republicans Lost the South? (Jamelle Bouie) from Salon
"As the region changes demographically, the GOP's stranglehold is starting to loosen."

New Cry from Some Obama Foes: It’s Time to Secede (James Rosen) from the McClatchy News Service
"Some constitutional law scholars say that while it wouldn’t be impossible for a state to secede, to do so legally would entail highly implausible steps such as gaining ratification of a constitutional amendment or passage of a law redrawing the nation’s boundaries."

I’m Worried About the GOP (Jonathan Capehart) from the Washington Post 
"I’m worried that it won’t settle the internal forces that have turned it into a regional, reactionary party that looks nothing like the rest of the country, worried that the GOP has policy positions out of touch with the rest of the country. I’m worried that the tone coming from some
Republicans won’t make their party any more attractive to the very voters it needs to survive."

The Bizarre Apocalyptic Vision of Right-Wing Fundraisers (Kevin Drum) from Mother Jones Magazine
"by far, most of the mail is from conservative groups that are just flat-out nuts. The United Nations is going to herd us all into urban concentration camps. George Soros plans to destroy the dollar. Obama is turning America into a slave state. ... This stuff is simply endless."

How Not to Appeal to Asian Americans (Jamelle Bouie) from the American Prospect
"Next time, a little less racism."

David Axelrod Surprised by Romney Campaign’s Missed Opportunities (James Warren) from the Daily Beast
"Obama’s top election strategist tells a Chicago audience he was surprised Mitt Romney’s team did not attack Obama more, stuck so narrowly with their base—and chose Paul Ryan for VP."

Democrats' Next Generation of Leaders Bides Time (Jonathan Strong) from Roll Call
"The House Democratic leadership mold continues to harden, as Reps. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida are expected to remain in their current positions."

Retirement Watch in Congress: Will They Stay or Will They Go? from Politico
"Jay Rockefeller won’t talk about it. Neither will fellow Democrats Tom Harkin, Carl Levin, Tim Johnson and Frank Lautenberg. None of these senior senators will give a definitive answer about whether they’re running for reelection in 2014."

How Hillary Clinton’s Choices Predict Her Future from the Washington Post 
"... there is one way to figure out what Clinton may ultimately decide, and that is to examine what she has already done: not the obligatory things such as jetting to the Middle East as she did last week, but those things that as a first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state she has chosen to do."

Thomas Ricks Accuses Fox News Of 'Operating As A Wing Of The Republican Party' (VIDEO) from the Huffington Post
"Scott asked Ricks weigh in on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and Sen. John McCain's criticisms of Amb. Susan Rice. "I think Benghazi was generally hyped by this network especially," Ricks said. ...  "I think the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox is operating as the wing of the Republican Party." At that point, Scott thanked Ricks for his time and ended the interview after about 90 seconds."
Ah, this is what happens when Fox ventures too far into the reality-based world!  They quickly reach a point where there is no response.  Right-wingers routinely attack the "left-wing bias" of the mainstream media.  Where?  In the mainstream media!  Fox, in contrast, simply can't handle even the brief unmasking Ricks put them through.  It was such a "pay-no-attention-to-that-man-behind-the-curtain" moment.

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