Politics and Chris Christie remain the dominant themes, aside from commentary on the state of the NHL’s Washington Capitals.

1. From Mitch McConnell’s grand, ingenious strategy by Greg Sargent; diogenes_jr (16 likes)

Republicans were once the party of Lincoln now, they’re the party of Rush Limbaugh.

Anyone else see a problem here ?

2. From What Chris Christie has already lost by Chris Cillizza; Samoset (15 likes)

What Christie lost was his ability to be a verbal bully. The rock is turned over …. and interesting questions are being asked … being investigated.

What did Christie decide to “not know” and when did he not “know it” … in his news conference — he waffled over having one — then two sleepless nights…. liars need good memories. [Read the full comment here.]

3. From The Insiders: The problem with ‘no-drama Obama’ by Ed Rogers; zeke27 (14 likes)

Yeah, he’s not a chicken hawk. Lacks passion for war, prefers to think things through, manages to get a recalcitrant congress to push for health care reform, manages to steer the economy away from the passionate chaos of his predecessors. Hmmmm, what’s wrong with that? [Read the full comment here.]

4. From Morning Plum: Republicans all over the map on jobless benefits by Greg Sargent; NoSolutionGOP (12 likes)

George Carlin: They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it.

Gee, I wonder which party he was talking about? [Read the full comment here.]

5. From Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 2-1 shootout loss to the Sabres by Katie Carrera; RoyHobbs4 (10 likes)

This team right now has almost $10M tied up under the cap in totally unproductive players, Brooks Laich and Martin Erat.

That’s equivalent to another Backstrom plus a defenseman.  The mismanagement of the cap and the talent by the front office is the real story. [Read the full comment here.]

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