Stories to Watch: 4/19/11
Weather is insane here. It’s been switching all day between rain, sleet, and snow. There’s thunder and lightning to boot. But the worst is that the snow has accumulated. It’s out there right now. Covering the lawn. Out in the open. In broad daylight. Seemingly unashamed. Now here’s the news…
New York Times columnist David Brooks has an especially dumb one out today. Turns out that Donald Trump is doing well among GOP voters because Americans really like assholes. No seriously. If you don’t believe me, check it out. That’s his argument in a nutshell.
In the same piece, Brooks transforms soft-spoken George Soros into “an abrasive rich man” and “a straight-talking, obnoxious blowhard,” simply because he couldn’t think of a lefty counterweight to “George Steinbrenner, Ross Perot, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Bobby Knight, [and] Howard Stern.” The whole thing is Broderism run amok.
Crazyassed bullshit Republicans believe, item #5,347,291: Half of Iowa Republicans are birthers.
Latest “Donald Trump is a commie” news: Trump’s book The Art of the Deal called Reagan a “con man.” He also refuses to release his tax returns — which is going to be kind of illegal if his hoax goes into the filing-to-run stage.
Stuff everyone knows, confirmed. Iraq was just a war for oil.
Wisconsin Republicans facing recalls now number four, Democrats number zero. A fifth may be in the works.
Finally, a McClatchy-Marist poll finds that Republican plans to gut Medicare are really unpopular — even among teabaggers. Teagan Goddard wonders, “Did Republicans just walk off a cliff?”