MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was all bubbling over on Wednesday about how after months of just being “the party of no,” the Republicans now have “an honest to goodness plan — a policy idea from the top Republican in the Senate.”
It seems that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has come up with a distinctively Republican idea on how to fund the troop increase in Afghanistan.
“We know the stimulus failed,” McConnell began confidently in a Tuesday afternoon press conference, pointing out that unemployment has continued to rise. “We’re looking for a way to fund several years of the war. I would suggest unexpended stimulus funds would be a good place to start.”
“It’s not clear who writes the senator’s stuff,” Maddow commented, “but it couldn’t be the folks at the Congressional Budget Office.” Just one day earlier, the CBO had issued a report estimating that the stimulus has saved between 600,000 and 1.6 million jobs and increased the gross domestic product by 1.2 to 3.2 percentage points.
“Mitch McConnell would like to cashier that, please, as a giant failure,” Maddow concluded, applauding ironically.
As noted by Firedoglake, as early as last July, McConnell was prepared to declare that “by any measurable index, the stimulus package has been a failure.” But it seems that the Republicans in Congress — being the thrifty folks that they are — are always willing to recycle a slightly used talking point.
This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Dec. 2, 2009.
Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’
Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance
Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.
Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.
"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.
"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.
"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"
California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report
On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.
"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."
Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.
‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation
Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a
"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."