The Weiner has landed

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) will resign from his seat in Congress, heeding calls from President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and dozens of other congressional Democrats, sources confirm to POLITICO.

What a joke

It is epically stupid for conservatives to even think about lining up behind their own Magic Negro:

CAIN: I support the 2nd amendment.

B: So what’s the answer on gun control?

C: The answer is I support, strongly support, the 2nd amendment. I don’t support onerous legislation that’s going to restrict people’s rights in order to be able to protect themselves as guaranteed by the 2nd amendment.

B: Should states or local government be allowed to control guns, the gun situation, or should…

C: Yes

B: Yes?

C: Yes.

B: So the answer is yes?

C: The answer is yes, that should be a state’s decision.

So, Cain isn’t just a former Fed official, he’s a former Fed official who isn’t bright enough to understand that unalienable rights can’t be abrogated by the state and local government any more than they can be limited by the federal government. Or that Republicans aren’t any more enthusiastic about having their guns seized by the state government than they are about having them seized by the federal government.

I’ll give Herman Cain a chance if I interview him. I don’t do debates when I interview someone, the whole point is to hear their thoughts not to critique them. But at this point, I’d be astonished if he had the balls to even appear on the podcast. He appears to be imploding his own candidacy almost as effectively as Newt Gingrich did.

RINO down, RINO down!

Another Republican troll is out of the race:

Newt Gingrich’s campaign manager and a half-dozen senior advisers resigned on Thursday, two aides said, dealing a significant setback to his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and severely complicating his hopes for a political comeback.

Mr. Gingrich’s campaign manager, Rob Johnson, his longtime spokesman, Rick Tyler, and advisers in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina stepped down together after a period of deep internal disagreements about the direction of the campaign.

The amazing thing isn’t that Gingrich’s campaign self-destructed so soon, it’s that it existed in the first place. No one – NO ONE – wanted a Gingrich presidency.

It was already a sham

The mainstream media errantly assumes that Hillary Clinton’s girlfriend’s silence about her sham-husband’s internet hijinks means that she is upset:

This raises the question one must ask of many a Good Wife — did Huma simply look the other way, unwilling to know what was going on in Anthony’s underpants? It was clear yesterday from her staunch refusal to play along with the sham that is her marriage that Huma, unlike her husband, is in no mood to lie about the state of her union.

Some women accept their husbands’ quirky habits. Mine likes to watch football. Weiner gets his jollies sexting with women, including one to whom he wrote he had a “ridiculous bulge in my shorts now. wanna see?” But being publicly outed as a woman scorned, whether it be online, in the flesh or on the phone, is too much to take. See ya, lover.

Washington has become the new Hollywood, beards and all.

Warning: naked congressman ahead!

Weinergate expands: and have reported throughout the morning about the emergence of new details in the Weinergate saga, after a young woman came forward with new information that tends to undermine severely the theory that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was the victim of a “prank” or a “hack.”

Weiner’s wife Huma could not be reached for comment, as she was fully occupied with her duties servicingserving Secretary of State Clinton.

This is how you do it, Republicans

I’ve never heard of Ray Junior before, but this is most definitely the correct way to treat a reptilian politician who is attempting to falsely pass himself off as a fiscally conservative republican:

Junior: The question is simple: You’re a Senator today. The Ryan plan comes across your desk. Are you voting yes or no?

Haridopolos: Again, Ray Junior, I’m not getting into that today because it’s not the vote that I’m dealing with

Junior: But you’re on my show. This is the question I’m asking. We’re trying to figure out whether we want to vote for you to become a U.S. Senator. Are you voting for the Ryan plan or not? This is not about what you want to talk about. This is what I want to talk about. I want to know: Do you vote for this bill or not?

Haridopolos: What I’d like to talk about is simple – what did I do in the state Legislature…

Junior: I’m not interested in what you want to talk about, Mike. I’m mention what the voters want to talk about. The voters want to talk about the budget. And I’m interested in what I want to talk about — my show. Tell me: You voting for the Ryan plan, yes or no?

Haridopolos: Again, I don’t have all the information to make that decision yet.

Junior: How could you possibly not have all that information, you’re running for Senate?

Haridopolos: Ray, I thought you wanted to talk about what we had accomplished, not about a hypothetical.

Junior: Your guy that asked for you to be on the show said “Hey, I’d like to get him on the show.’ I said ‘fine. Let’s bring him on the show.’ So I’m asking you that question. The only reason people avoid questions like this, Mike, is because they don’t want to be tied in — when they don’t want to actually have people see how they would do things. There’s no reason to avoid this question. How could you possibly be running for U.S. Senate and not know what’s in the Ryan bill?

Haridopolos: I know what’s in the Ryan bill, but again, what you’re asking me is a fair question. What I’m telling you is…

Junior: Ok, I’d like a fair answer…

Haridopolos:…A lot of people are talking about hypotheticals — if they run, if they win. Let’s talk about what I actually accomplished

Junior: Laughter… no, no, no. You’re not doing that, Mike. Every single thing a person talks about when they’re on the campaign trail is a hypothetical. A hundred percent of it. There’s nothing that’s not hypothetical. The only way we know whether it’s going to be true or not is when they get into office is if they follow through on the things they said they would do. That’s why I’m asking you: Would you vote yes or no on Ryan?

Haridopolos: Exactly what I’m bringing up. My point as well. I made a promise to balance the budget, not raise taxes, not raise fees..

Junior: Ok, does the Ryan plan do that? Does the Ryan plan do that?

Haridopolos: Look, the Ryan plan is what’s in Washington

Junior: Ok, get him off my phone. I don’t want anything to do with this guy. Get rid of him.

What a pity that the big boys are all more interested in exchanging back rubs and foot massages with the likes of Newt Gingrich and Captain Underoos than they are in pinning down Republican would-be leaders on the big issues and holding them accountable. If you can’t answer a simple and straightforward yes or no question concerning your position on one of the central issues of the day, you should get the hell out of politics.

Tipping Point USA

Scott Adams suspects there may be one in the near future:

Yesterday I went to Walmart and demanded that they give me a cartload of merchandise for free. This demand was not well-received, so I didn’t get to the second part of my plan which would have involved criticizing the job performance of the people who were giving me free stuff.

Okay, I didn’t really go to Walmart and demand free stuff. You probably knew that because it sounded ridiculous on face value. We all understand that no entity can survive for long if it gives away its resources while asking nothing in return. And this leads me to my point: In the United States, 51% of adults pay zero federal income tax, and yet they have the right to vote. That’s the very definition of a system that can’t last.

I’m not sure where the tipping point is. So far, the power of the non-tax-paying majority has been blunted by the influence of political parties and the misdirection of the media. If the majority ever figures out that they can legally confiscate the wealth of the minority, tax rates will double overnight. My best guess is that the United States will go into a death spiral at about the point that 55% of adults pay no federal income taxes.

It’s not quite a legitimate analysis, in that many of those who don’t pay any income tax do pay payroll taxes. But the general point is correct. No quasi-democratic system, even a very limited representative one, can reasonably hope to survive as long as those who benefit from it are permitted to vote themselves benefits.

It’s too soon to tell, on the basis of a single Congressional election, if the mere threat of partially pruning the entitlement programs is enough for a sufficient number of swing voters to turn against the Republicans in general and the Ryan Plan in particular, not that either will actually solve the dire financial and economic situation in which the nation has mired itself. But if Americans simply will not support the eviscerating of Social Security, AFDC, Medicaid and Medicare despite the fact that they cannot afford to pay for them, it will prove the point that Adams is making.

But he is incorrect about one thing. The USA is already in a death spiral. It simply hasn’t struck the ground yet.

Questions for a candidate

I am one of the many bloggers asked by the campaign staff for former NevadaNew Mexico governor Gary Johnson, one of the Republican dark horses, to take part in a conference call later this week. Does anyone have any questions that they would particularly like me to ask? I have two or three related to the economy, but I thought I’d throw this out there to see what else might be of current interest to the Ilk.

Corrupt like a senator

Public Enemy had it right. Congress is shamelessly crooked. This also explains why they behaved in such a shamelessly slavish manner towards Wall Street when their supposed masters, the American public, were vehemently against TARP and the bank bailouts:

An extensive study released Wednesday in the journal Business and Politics found that the investments of members of the House of Representatives outperformed those of the average investor by 55 basis points per month, or 6 percent annually, suggesting that lawmakers are taking advantage of inside information to fatten their stock portfolios.

“We find strong evidence that members of the House have some type of non-public information which they use for personal gain,” according to four academics who authored the study, “Abnormal Returns From the Common Stock Investments of Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

To the frustration of open-government advocates, lawmakers and their staff members largely have immunity from laws barring trading on insider knowledge that have sent many a private corporate chieftain to prison.

It’s that last sentence that shows America is not only dead, but well into a state of rigor mortis. Congressman are not only breaking the law, they have openly declared themselves to be above the law as well. And they are getting away with it.

A humble man

And one with much about which to be humble, most notably his governance of Minnesota:

Tim Pawlenty is in. So far, he has been talking tough — although his response to Paul Ryan’s House budget a few months ago was to jam his hands in his pockets, shuffle his feet a little, and then point and yell, “Look over there, at the debt ceiling!” (Also, I am secretly worried that Pawlenty’s ex-mullet will now write a tell-all book about him.)  And while his introductory video is effective at positioning himself as a “truth teller,” it contains one of my foremost pet peeves in political commercials: the “I’m from humble beginnings” talking point.

I have no desire to go into the specifics underlying my contempt for Tim Pawlenty, but suffice it to say that to my certain and personal knowledge, he is a conflict-avoidant coward, a mediocre, hands-off manager of the executive branch, and moreoever, one with zero regard for the letter of the written law.  Republicans who hope to ride this bland dishrag of a pragmatist to the White House will almost certainly find themselves badly disappointed, as the man has even less principle and backbone than George W. Bush.