Is he kidding? Gov. Bobby Jindal seems to have cast aside his sober, sane image to imitate a radio talk show host: “One veteran Republican operative fretted to me that [Gov. Bobby] Jindal sounds like he has fallen under the sway of bad consultants who have spun him around and loaded him up with tired lines that evoke a C-SPAN call-in conspiracy montage. That certainly sounds plausible. Better still, it offers the hope that he will wake up one day soon, fire whoever’s behind this disastrous tough-guy reinvention, and spare all of us any future self-indulgent ravings. The GOP already has plenty of ravers.” Read the whole thing.
Is he kidding? Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) goes off the deep end in the moral equivalence swamp. “I do think that when history looks at this, they are going to contrast the behavior James Clapper, our national intelligence director, with Edward Snowden. Mr. Clapper lied in Congress, in defiance of the law, in the name of security. Mr. Snowden told the truth in the name of privacy. So I think there will be a judgment, because both of them broke the law.” Seems like he is nearly as daft as his dad.
Is he kidding? “President Obama will announce his intention to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, increase appliance efficiency standards and promote renewable energy development on public lands in a speech Tuesday outlining his plan to use executive powers to address climate change.” Other than damage to the economy, freaking out Dems from energy-producing states, reviving talk of an imperial president and uniting Republican opponents, it’s a swell idea.
Is he kidding? That’s what Speaker of the House John Boehner (Ohio) wants to know: “News broke this week the Obama administration is considering aggressive regulations of power plants and carbon dioxide emissions. Boehner castigated the idea as a job-killer. ‘I think this is absolutely crazy,’ he said. ‘Why would you want to increase the cost of energy and kill more American jobs at a time when the American people are still asking the question, ‘Where are the jobs?’”
Is he kidding? “Unless the bloodshed in Syria stops, the region could descend into a chaotic sectarian conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday, as he called for an urgent political resolution to the war that has dragged on for two years and claimed 93,000 lives.” Having delayed two years and ceded the battlefield to Bashar al-Assad, Russia and Iran how does he think a political “resolution” is going to come about?
Is he kidding? “President Obama officially announced his pick for director of the FBI Friday, saying his nominee James Comey is ready to protect the privacy of Americans even as the FBI’s counter-terror operations continue.” This is the guy who signed off on a bunch of NSA surveillance, concocted a holier-than-thou version of events at attorney general John Ashcroft’s bedside and then blabbed it all over town and profited politically from his stunt.