News Roundup for 10/10/11
-Headline of the Day-
“Poll: Half the country has heard about the Occupy Wall Street protests.”
CNN is out with a good news/bad news poll. The good news is “roughly half” (51%) of the people CNN polled were aware of the Occupy Wall Street protests and the bad news is that, of them, 54% don’t have an opinion about them either way. But the bad news breaks down further as good bad news for the 99-percenters and bad bad news for the people backing the suits. CNN reports that “27% say they agree with the movement’s overall position on the financial system and social change, with 19% saying disagree with Occupy Wall Street on those issues.”
In better news for the 99-percenters, Occupy Wall Street is winning the internet by an extremely wide margin. “Those who use social media were more likely to support the goals of the movement, with a full third of those respondents saying they agreed with the group’s overall position,” reports The Hill. “Only 14 percent of social media users said they did not support the protesters.”
It’s a start. Occupy Facebook! (CNN)
-GOP consistency on display-
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No comment needed, I guess. (DailyKos)
“Almost Twice As Many People Have Heard of Occupy Wall Street As Rick Perry.”
Or, “Fun With Mix-and-Match Polling.” (Wonkette)
GOP Disaster Relief Hostage Scheme Backfires
It’s all but official; the House Republican Caucus is in a state of leaderless chaos.
The House stunned Republican leaders Wednesday by rejecting a temporary spending bill that would have funded the government through Nov. 18.
The vote failed, 195-230, after Democrats pulled their support for the bill and Republican leaders were forced to scramble for enough votes entirely within their own ranks. Four dozen conservatives voted against the bill because it left spending levels for 2012 higher than the cap set in the House GOP budget.
The defeat hands leverage to congressional Democrats in a dispute over federal disaster funding. Democratic leaders objected to a GOP provision cutting funding from a Department of Energy manufacturing loan program to offset additional money for disaster relief.
The House and Senate must pass a spending bill by Sept. 30 to keep the government running into the next fiscal year. Both chambers are scheduled to be out on recess next week.
The piece goes on to describe this as a “stinging loss for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who pitched the measure to his conference as the lowest spending number they could get.” By now, he should know he’s not going to get anywhere with the tea-drunk nuts with a reality-based appeal.
The pressure from an angry Speaker John Boehner didn’t work — he even threatened to strip committee assignments. Four dozen Republicans — mostly conservatives — wanted more cuts, and they just said no, creating an uncomfortable scene on the House floor as the funding bill failed on a 195-230 vote. Democrats showed a rare moment of unity in overwhelmingly opposing the continuing resolution, which would keep the government funded through Nov. 18.
Now, to prevent a government shutdown, Republicans will have to rewrite the bill and figure out how to get the votes.
Keep in mind, this is all over disaster relief funding. People and communities may suffer, because the ‘bagger caucus — for reasons that are difficult to explain — don’t want vehicles to get better gas mileage. Or something. It’s never extremely clear with these nuts. I’m not even sure they know what they want. But now we have eight days until a government shutdown — over a loan program for the production of fuel-efficient vehicles that’s responsible for as many as 39,000 jobs and disaster relief for people who, in the words of Ron Paul, “do dumb things” like live in places where there’s high probably of an eventual natural disaster (for the record, that’s pretty much anywhere).
At least Boehner had a clue as to what this would mean; disaster for the GOP. According to Republican Rep. Bobby Schilling, Boehner put the vote in terms of electoral politics. “Boehner just broke it down pretty simple,” Schilling told The Hill. “He goes, ‘I know there are some of you out here who don’t want to vote for this thing, but if you don’t, you think this is a big number? Wait until you see what we get back, and we’re not in the driver’s seat then.’” In other words, “If you think this is a lot of money, hand control of the House back to Democrats and see what happens.”
The clock is ticking. The House teabagger club has just eight days to accept reality or there will be a government shutdown. Frankly, it’s hard to see that happening. Which means that John Boehner’s only other real option is to cut the nuts loose and strike a deal that puts Democrats on board — which means that an already brewing Tea Party revolt becomes just that much more likely.
Nice corner you’ve painted us all into there, John.
Stories to Watch: 3/10/11
One day snow, the next mud. Then snow, then mud. Lather, rinse, repeat. Now here’s the news…
Keith Ellison breaks down at Peter King’s “OMG! MUSLIMS!” hearings. Extra: if you want to get extremely pissed off, read the comment thread. For some reason, usless rightwing bastards like to comment on stories at The Hill. Wipe the lousy taste from your mouth with a spin through Wonkette’s comment thread.
Forbes’ E.D. Kain argues that Wisconsin’s GOP “victory” on union-busting is the beginning of the end for the party.
Some frootloop sent death threats to Wisconsin senators, so of course people who don’t like the bill — i.e., two-thirds of Wisconsin — are murderous lunatics.
E.J. Dionne points out that Wisconsin Democrats have something that national dems lack — a backbone. Where Sconny dems grabbed the narrative with both hands and told it where to sit, making the GOP the bad guys right from the start, national dems dither andswitch sides and generally fail to get their shit together.
The Koch brothers hired sockpuppets to rewrite Koch entries. The sockpuppets got banned.
In somewhat-related news, Peter King tries to rewrite history.
Finally, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer really sucks at thinking on her feet.