* House Republicans voted today to pass Paul Ryan’s budget, and it took Democrats all of about twelve seconds before they were launching attacks on all the House Republicans who voted in favor of it and are running for Senate, another sign the Ryan blueprint will be front and central in 2014.
However, all three Georgia Republicans running for Senate voted against it — they are all running to the right of the Ryan budget to win the GOP primary.
*If you want to fight back against all those Americans for Prosperity attack ads featuring Obamacare “victims,” you have to do it with people’s personal stories. Here’s a new ad that tells the story of an Alaska woman who survived cancer. Thanks to Senator Mark Begich, she tells us, she no longer has to fight with insurance companies.
* Big move here from Nancy Pelosi, who is now endorsing the idea, pushed by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, that the president has prosecutorial discretion to defer the deportation of more immigrants who have not committed any crimes since arriving here:
“I believe that if status is the violation, then that should not be even in the scheme of things as to whether somebody would be deported or else you would be deporting 11 million people, which doesn’t make any sense,” Pelosi said. “I think that the approach that the Hispanic caucus is taking is exactly right.”
* The Washington Examiner reports that Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio are collaborating on an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. Either we’ll never hear of this again, or they’ll release an absurdly vague statement reiterating the same few health care ideas Republicans always propose. Tort reform! Let people buy insurance across state lines! Health savings accounts!
* Public Policy Polling has done a poll of the New Hampshire Senate race, and though the standard caveats apply — they are a robo-firm and this is only one poll — things don’t look so hot for Scott Brown. He trails Jeanne Shaheen by 8 points, and his favorable/unfavorable ratings are under water by 14 points. Where’s that pickup truck?
* Really, there’s no end to the fake excuses for inaction on unemployment benefits:
Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday it’s up to the White House to make a new proposal before he’ll consider an unemployment benefits extension, as the House left town for two weeks without acting on a bipartisan Senate bill.
Boehner added any UI extension proposal would have to create jobs, too. But:
Asked what package might persuade him to bring an extension to the floor for a vote, Boehner said, “You’ll have to ask the administration,” again blaming the White House for not coming forward with a jobs proposal.
Meeting such unspecified demands shouldn’t be all that hard. After all, Republicans have such a long history of embracing Obama’s job-creation proposals. — gs
* Jamelle Bouie looks toward our majority-minority future and raises the troubling possibility that our national politics could end up looking like the Deep South’s politics look today: racially polarized and characterized by mistrust and resentment. A taste:
Whites vote one way, blacks the other. The result is constant acrimony, huge disinvestment in public goods like education and health, and a political culture where the central question isn’t “how can we help each other” but “how can I stop them from taking what I have.”
* It was reported today that House conservatives are plotting to oust John Boehner. Robert Schlesinger has a good piece explaining why this effort has the whiff of the shutdown about it: “The tea party right’s problem here is that they echo chamber themselves into badly overestimating their leverage and end up with little more than egg on their collective faces.”
The hapless campaign to oust Boehner reeks of a politics obsessed with slights and symbolism. This obsession to the almost total exclusion of a substantive agenda has become the signature trait of House ultras, which means the leadership has no choice but to treat them like cake-addled five-year-olds.
* Francis Wilkinson defends Jeb Bush’s comment that immigrating to the U.S. illegally can be an “act of love”:
To enter the country illegally, immigrants often need the kind of guts and gumption that Americans typically celebrate in other contexts. If they manage to make it here, and stay, their sacrifices for loved ones are often profound. They work hard, live in penury and constant insecurity and send cash home. They bring their families here — risking the border again — to afford their children a chance at a better life. Their stories are stereotypical. And very American.
Whoever you are, chances are your ancestors also undertook an uncertain and probably perilous journey to get here, whether it was through Ellis Island or across the Rio Grande or in the hold of a slave ship.
* And Mitch McConnell’s campaign is circulating an editorial in the Washington Times that deploys one sexist trope after another against McConnell’s opponent, Allison Lundergan Grimes: “She’s an actress who wants to play senator, and that’s why Hollywood can’t get enough of her.”
The edit also refer to Hollywood as “Twinkletown,” which sounds to me like it might be trying to imply that Hollywood is super-gay, but I could be wrong.