We’ll likely see more of this. “Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC on Wednesday that Obamacare has failed to attract the uninsured, and he offered a scenario in which the insurance company could be forced to pull out of the program.”
More complaints from the left. The New York Times’ Jill Abramson: “I would say it is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering, and that includes — I spent 22 years of my career in Washington and covered presidents from President Reagan on up through now, and I was Washington bureau chief of the Times during George W. Bush’s first term.” When a Democratic president has lost the Times . . .
The more flaky candidates they field, the less attention need be paid to the far right-wing groups. “Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has largely fallen off the map since launching an underdog primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) late last year.” Actually, that might be a savvy campaign tactic.
He promised unity, and we got more polarization. “The Apostle of Hope and Change turns out to be the most polarizing president of modern times, at least according to the Gallup organization. . . . Some of this is surely a product of the times in which we live. But a lot of it is the result of Mr. Obama’s divisive and unusually ruthless tactics. He took a polarized country and deepened its divisions.”
With more unseemly details about the McDonnells, you get the sense the prosecution might have a tough time. “Maureen McDonnell did not hold public office and could not, on her own, illegally take action to assist [Jonnie] Williams as part of a quid pro quo for items of value. Authorities allege her actions became criminal as part of a conspiracy with her husband to use his office for the couple’s personal gain. To earn a conviction, prosecutors must prove that the former governor agreed to provide his official help to Williams in exchange for his largesse. Legal experts said the former first lady could attempt to shoulder blame as a way of trying to persuade a jury that neither McDonnell took illegal actions.” Piggishness, after all, isn’t the same as illegality.
More people, I suspect, are going to be paying cash. “The theft of consumer data from Neiman Marcus appears far deeper than had been disclosed originally, with the company now saying that hackers invaded the luxury retailer’s systems for several months in a breach that involved at least 1.1 million credit and debit cards.”
More reason to believe that the gay marriage issue won’t be around in a decade. “Virginia’s newly elected attorney general said Thursday that his office would no longer defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and instead will help opponents seeking to have the law struck down. The decision by Democrat Mark Herring, elected in November by a razor-thin margin over Republican opponent Mark Obenshain, could provide support for a case filed last year by two same-sex couples looking to invalidate the state’s ban.” Also another reminder that elections, even close ones, have consequences.