Daily Archives: April 7, 2009

Brownback to Coleman: Fight on

franken-coleman1With the Minnesota Senate recount in its fifth month, and in the hands of a three-judge panel, many people would say that the time is near (or past) for GOP incumbent Norm Coleman to concede to top vote-getter Democrat Al Franken. But Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is among those senators calling on Coleman to keep fighting all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary. “I’ll back Norm as far as he believes he should go,” Brownback told the Hill newspaper. “He’s there on the ground. He’s the one with the best information, and he’s a good and honorable man. It’s very hotly contested, very close, and there’s a lot of questions.”

Don’t pity Detroit

gmbuilding“We don’t want you to pity us; we want you to notice us,” Detroit Free Press columnist and best-selling author Mitch Albom wrote about the attention this year’s Final Four brought Detroit. Albom warned: “This is our city, but it’s your America. What the rest of the nation is suffering, we went through first. And if our leaders aren’t wise, what we’re enduring now, you may endure next.
“You can’t cut off your manufacturing arm and expect to build. You can’t outsource everything and expect to lead the world. And you can’t treat blue-collar industry as a bunch of dumb rivetheads who need the government to run them, while allowing the banking world to do as it pleases with taxpayer money.”

Unhappy about questions unasked of Sebelius

Sebelius HHSAnti-abortion advocates are variously describing as “baffling” and “appalling” the failure of GOP senators to quiz Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on abortion last week during her Senate confirmation hearings to become secretary of Health and Human Services. “I think this is why Republicans are in the minority,” Marjorie Dannenfelser of the anti-abortion political fundraising group Susan B. Anthony List told the Hill newspaper.
Meanwhile, Kansas City Star columnist Steve Kraske noted that while Sen. Pat Roberts and former Sen. Bob Dole were alongside Sebelius for her hearings, Sen. Sam Brownback “was nowhere to be seen, even though he had said he would back Sebelius.”

Open thread 4/7

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Don’t say Gingrich didn’t warn us

gingrich2The Bush doctrine lives, at least in former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s emerging 2012 run for president. Gingrich said on “Fox News Sunday” that if he were president, he would have taken out North Korea’s missile on the launch pad. “There are three or four techniques that could have been used, from unconventional forces to standoff capabilities, to say ‘We’re not going to tolerate a North Korean missile launch, period,’” Gingrich said. He warned that we are underestimating the dangerous combination of North Korea’s “irresponsible dictatorship” and “electromagnetic pulse capabilities,” which he said would allow one weapon to wipe out a third of U.S. electricity generation. “One morning, just like 9/11, there’s going to be a disaster, and people are going to look around and say, ‘Gosh, why didn’t anyone think of that?’ Well, I’m telling you the time to think about it’s before the disaster, not afterwards.”