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What with assholes (“Yoho”? Really?) who’re making life worse for everybody saying they’re Rosa Parks (via) and Senator Aqua Buddha all keen like Charlie Sheen (via), it’s been quite the day for bad comparisons — so obvs, I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring vis a vis Ted “Costa Concordia” Cruz. I’m thinking either a) Jim Jones: the Final Picnic, or 2) An Evening with Milo Radulovich and Friends.

From Ted Cruz unmasks his own confidence game on the Plum Line:

Cruz’s call on House Republicans yesterday to keep up the fight was a signal to the troops to prepare to train their fire on Boehner again. But the swift denunciation from House Republicans suggests they aren’t going to lie down and take it anymore if and when that happens. They will push back with the reality-based argument that House Republicans have done all they can to prop up this scam — giving Cruz and company exactly what they asked for — and that ultimately it’s unworkable. And they can use Cruz’s own words to do so. In the end Cruz’s own suggestion that this will all be on House Republicans fatally undermines his whole confidence game, because it’s effectively an admission that the scam ultimately can’t be made to work.

Yes? No? Maybe so? More on TPM.

What with assholes (“Yoho”? Really?) who’re making life worse for everybody saying they’re Rosa Parks (via) and Senator Aqua Buddha all keen like Charlie Sheen (via), it’s been quite the day for bad comparisons — so obvs, I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring vis a vis Ted “Costa Concordia” Cruz. I’m thinking either a) Jim Jones: the Final Picnic, or 2) An Evening with Milo Radulovich and Friends.

From Ted Cruz unmasks his own confidence game on the Plum Line:

Cruz’s call on House Republicans yesterday to keep up the fight was a signal to the troops to prepare to train their fire on Boehner again. But the swift denunciation from House Republicans suggests they aren’t going to lie down and take it anymore if and when that happens. They will push back with the reality-based argument that House Republicans have done all they can to prop up this scam — giving Cruz and company exactly what they asked for — and that ultimately it’s unworkable. And they can use Cruz’s own words to do so. In the end Cruz’s own suggestion that this will all be on House Republicans fatally undermines his whole confidence game, because it’s effectively an admission that the scam ultimately can’t be made to work.

Yes? No? Maybe so? More on TPM.

What with assholes (“Yoho”? Really?) who’re making life worse for everybody saying they’re Rosa Parks (via) and Senator Aqua Buddha all keen like Charlie Sheen (via), it’s been quite the day for bad comparisons — so obvs, I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring vis a vis Ted “Costa Concordia” Cruz. I’m thinking either a) Jim Jones: the Final Picnic, or 2) An Evening with Milo Radulovich and Friends.

From Ted Cruz unmasks his own confidence game on the Plum Line:

Cruz’s call on House Republicans yesterday to keep up the fight was a signal to the troops to prepare to train their fire on Boehner again. But the swift denunciation from House Republicans suggests they aren’t going to lie down and take it anymore if and when that happens. They will push back with the reality-based argument that House Republicans have done all they can to prop up this scam — giving Cruz and company exactly what they asked for — and that ultimately it’s unworkable. And they can use Cruz’s own words to do so. In the end Cruz’s own suggestion that this will all be on House Republicans fatally undermines his whole confidence game, because it’s effectively an admission that the scam ultimately can’t be made to work.

Yes? No? Maybe so? More on TPM.

What with assholes (“Yoho”? Really?) who’re making life worse for everybody saying they’re Rosa Parks (via) and Senator Aqua Buddha all keen like Charlie Sheen (via), it’s been quite the day for bad comparisons — so obvs, I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring vis a vis Ted “Costa Concordia” Cruz. I’m thinking either a) Jim Jones: the Final Picnic, or 2) An Evening with Milo Radulovich and Friends.

From Ted Cruz unmasks his own confidence game on the Plum Line:

Cruz’s call on House Republicans yesterday to keep up the fight was a signal to the troops to prepare to train their fire on Boehner again. But the swift denunciation from House Republicans suggests they aren’t going to lie down and take it anymore if and when that happens. They will push back with the reality-based argument that House Republicans have done all they can to prop up this scam — giving Cruz and company exactly what they asked for — and that ultimately it’s unworkable. And they can use Cruz’s own words to do so. In the end Cruz’s own suggestion that this will all be on House Republicans fatally undermines his whole confidence game, because it’s effectively an admission that the scam ultimately can’t be made to work.

Yes? No? Maybe so? More on TPM.

What with assholes (“Yoho”? Really?) who’re making life worse for everybody saying they’re Rosa Parks (via) and Senator Aqua Buddha all keen like Charlie Sheen (via), it’s been quite the day for bad comparisons — so obvs, I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring vis a vis Ted “Costa Concordia” Cruz. I’m thinking either a) Jim Jones: the Final Picnic, or 2) An Evening with Milo Radulovich and Friends.

From Ted Cruz unmasks his own confidence game on the Plum Line:

Cruz’s call on House Republicans yesterday to keep up the fight was a signal to the troops to prepare to train their fire on Boehner again. But the swift denunciation from House Republicans suggests they aren’t going to lie down and take it anymore if and when that happens. They will push back with the reality-based argument that House Republicans have done all they can to prop up this scam — giving Cruz and company exactly what they asked for — and that ultimately it’s unworkable. And they can use Cruz’s own words to do so. In the end Cruz’s own suggestion that this will all be on House Republicans fatally undermines his whole confidence game, because it’s effectively an admission that the scam ultimately can’t be made to work.

Yes? No? Maybe so? More on TPM.

I’m not terribly enthusiastic about the chances of Angela Merkel getting defeated in Germany, mostly because of my rather low opinion of the German Left. They’re pretty much the most hapless party of the Left in the entire Western world, and have never really recovered from back when Willy Brandt wound up having a communist spy as a top adviser in the mid-1970s. They were shut out in the ’80s, most of the ’90s, and after a brief and not terribly inspiring interlude in power they’ve not been close to regaining power since. But probably the best thing they have going for them at this point is that Merkel has been in office for a long, long time, and people will eventually get tired of any leader given enough time.

So this is interesting:

A poll published Thursday showed that Ms. Merkel’s center-right party had the support of 38 percent of German voters. Its current coalition partners, the business-minded Free Democrats, had the support of 6 percent, according to the poll, which was conducted by Insa for the newspaper Bild-Zeitung. The Free Democrats could squeak by into Parliament if that support holds at above the 5 percent threshold.

The center-left Social Democrats are backed by 28 percent of voters, and the Greens by 8 percent, the poll found. The far-left Linke, which Mr. Steinbrück has said cannot be partners in government, polled at 9 percent, with the Alternative for Germany, the only party that explicitly rejects the euro, notching 5 percent, which would make it a surprise entry into Parliament. The poll surveyed 2,248 voters by telephone from Sunday to Wednesday and had a margin of sampling error of 3 percentage points, Insa said.

So, essentially, if the Free Democrats get shut out, and the SPD-Green alliance has a bit of a late surge out of a desire for a change on the part of the electorate, the government might well fall. Maybe. I’m not sure how much that would actually change things, given that the only left government of the past thirty-plus years spent most of its time sucking up to the business community rather than trying to deliver meaningful solutions to the public. I don’t really trust them to tilt against the powerful moneyed interests of the country that want to keep Euro policy at what it’s been. But it provides some hope at least.

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Hell yeah he’s smug.

You know why the rejection of Larry Summers to chair the Federal Reserve was so awesome? Because it was the rare moment among D.C. types that accountability was actually enforced. Naturally, it had to be enforced by the public, but it still occurred. I’ve followed this story very closely and very few people who write things are actually pointing this out. Some like to emphasize the new, feisty left that’s willing to stand up to Obama, or how Obama’s mojo is gone. But the most important element here is that Summers was largely opposed not because of what he’s saying now but for what he’s done in the past. The Obama Administration’s defense of Summers was, in a nutshell, this: sure he used to be a deregulating jackass, but he doesn’t believe that stuff anymore, and he’s also a swell guy! Much of the public simply refused to accept this, reasoning that poor judgment is worse than the issue positions he currently holds, and I find this to be an extremely salutary development–if a couple more high-profile nominees were to get rejected because of making disastrous calls, maybe the current crop of careerists would think twice in the future. Perhaps that’s a bit pie-in-the-sky, but who knows? Can’t hurt. (Also, it’s offensive that Summers wasn’t held to task by a tough journalist or fired from something or other, but rather was merely denied promotion. However, I do see that as a punishment since all that careerists care about is promotion, so denying it sends a definite message.)

Also, I think the Obama Administration deserves particular demerit here. Sure, Summers wasn’t the only person responsible for the disaster of 2008. He was, however, deeply implicated. The idea that he’d have to pay no penalty for this–to in fact be given the top job in the nation’s economic policy apparatus!–could not be more in line with Washington logic, since his mistakes were mainstream and therefore not punishable. All you gotta do is just say “lessons were learned” and move on. Admittedly, Presidential Candidate Obama promised a whole lot of accountability which he then pushed by the wayside upon his becoming president (such as when it came time to decide what to do about torture). But the very notion of selecting Larry Summers for such a job makes a mockery of any notion of accountability. It says you can help blow up the world, but then write some columns on income inequality and become bros with the president and all is forgotten. There are a number of words to describe a president who would make such an appointment, but surely “out of touch” encapsulates most of what needs to be said.