Norman Ornstein has the last word on Green Lanternism. Devastatingly accurate.
Francis Wilkinson on how the internet can’t be bought off by the NRA.
Stephen Stromberg notes that Benghazi isn’t likely to damage Hillary Clinton heading into 2016 because the lurid “scandal” narrative just doesn’t resonate with her public image. Amazing, if true, given how readily “scandals” used to attach to Hillary, and a testament to how far she’s come.
Check out the RNC Benghazi attack ad created during the 2012 election that never ran, which won’t do much to undermine the sense that this is almost entirely political.
That House GOP plan to allow Treasury to pay the bondholders even if Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling? Even credit agencies aren’t buying that this would fix the problem.
Again: With this scheme, Republicans are only revealing that are not willing to allow default — but have to be seen creating a confrontation anyway, because conservatives won’t have it any other way. The question is: How will Republicans find their way out of the debt limit mess they created for themselves?
Even Republican Tony Fratto, a Treasury official and spokesman under Bush, says the House GOP debt limit gimmick is “technically impossible and politically disastrous.”
Jennifer Rubin details the startlingly rapid descent of the Heritage Foundation, which is proceeding as quickly as immigration reform is advancing. Remarkable, given the predictions only days ago that Heritage’s fearsome scholarship would demolish all hopes for reform.
Adam Serwer digs up still more ugly musings from Heritage’s Jason Richwine, and you have to wonder how much of an assist this scholar has single handedly given immigration reform at this point.
Massachusetts GOP Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez struggles to fend off criticism of his $280,000 tax break, which is reviving memories of another wealthy GOP candidate from Massachusetts who took a major hit for downsizing his tax burden — while pleading that everything he’d done was all perfectly legal.
Red state Dems Max Baucus and Mark Begich aren’t showing any signs of remorse about their votes against Manchin-Toomey, though both sound vaguely open to reconsidering.
And Minnesota takes a big step towards becoming the 12th state where gay marriage is legal, with very few Republican officials in support.