A bridge too far. “President Barack Obama sought on Thursday to ratchet up pressure for congressional approval of his $447 billion jobs plan, taking his pitch to the backyard of his two top Republican foes and using an aging bridge as a prop. . . . Republicans mocked Obama’s trip to the Brent Spence Bridge, a dilapidated span between Ohio and Kentucky, as political theater.” Well, what else is it?
The natural thing to do would be to fire the advance man. But the real problem wasn’t the locale; it was the speaker. “It’s the Brent Spence Bridge. It doesn’t really need repairs. It’s got decades of good life left in its steel spans. It’s just overloaded. The bridge was built to handle 85,000 cars and trucks a day, which seemed like a lot back during construction in the Nixon era.”
Wall Street had a down day. Really down. “Investors staged a global flight from risk Thursday that sent U.S. stocks plummeting and 10-year Treasury yields to 1940s levels, after a gloomy outlook by the Federal Reserve renewed fears of a global economic slowdown.”
At some point it’s hard to argue there is an absence of malice. “Obama and Clinton: Blame Israel First”
The candidate who most people never knew was running. “Michigan Rep. Thad McCotter, whose long-shot campaign for the GOP presidential nomination never gained attention or traction — and only 35 votes at the Ames Straw Poll, despite his presence there — ended his campaign on Thursday and endorsed Mitt Romney, his New Hampshire campaign spokesman confirmed Thursday.”
The grifters are about to be put out of business. “In an attempt to win support from the 48 House Republicans who voted against the stalled stop-gap funding bill Wednesday night, the House Republican leadership is considering slashing the remaining $100 million from the loan program that granted a $535 million loan guarantee to the now-bankrupt Solyndra solar company.”
In the summertime he waited patiently. Now could he be emerging? “For a man who says he’s not running for president, Chris Christie isn’t keeping a low profile. The New Jersey governor will give presidential tea-leaf readers another chance to speculate about his intentions when he delivers a speech next Tuesday at the Reagan Presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif. Word is that Mr. Christie plans an expansive address on themes bigger than his battle to reform New Jersey’s budget and pensions.”
He’s gone from being the chosen one to political albatross in three years. “One of the Democratic party’s leading pollsters released a survey of 60 Republican-held battleground districts today painting an ominous picture for Congressional Democrats in 2012. The poll shows Democratic House candidates faring worse than they did in the 2010 midterms, being dragged down by an unpopular president who would lose to both Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.”