HotAir Daily Express 01/09/2013

GOP turns to McConnell for entitlement-reform fight
1/9/2013 10:01:18 AM  Ed Morrissey
The fiscal-cliff cycle of brinksmanship burnished the negotiating reputations of few people in Washington, but two figures did eventually gain credibility — Vice President Joe Biden, who elbowed Harry Reid out of the way, and Senator Minority

Barney Frank: No, I really really want that temp job
1/9/2013 9:21:34 AM  Ed Morrissey
A governor looking to make a temporary appointment certainly wants someone who will be enthusiastic about a thankless job — caretaking a Senate seat for a period of time so short that it’s likely not to matter much.  At a certain point,

Gallup: Independents remain at 2011 high, Democrats gain slightly in leaners
1/9/2013 8:41:32 AM  Ed Morrissey
Party affiliation shifted only slightly in 2012, a new poll by Gallup finds, both in terms of absolute affiliation and in leaners.  Democrats re-established their lead over Republicans in both measures, but not as significantly as after the 2008

Video: Secret gun-rights provision in ObamaCare?
1/9/2013 8:01:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
By golly, Nancy Pelosi was right — they didn’t know what was in ObamaCare until it passed! Of course, in this case all she needed to do was ask her buddy Harry Reid, who apparently sandbagged his party’s gun-control wing by inserting

Quotes of the day
1/8/2013 10:11:14 PM  Allahpundit
Tuesday marks the 1,350th day since the Senate passed a budget. The law requires Congress to pass a budget every year, on the grounds that Americans deserve to know how the government plans to spend the trillions of taxpayer dollars it collects, along

Moderate Republican group dropping “Republican” from name
1/8/2013 9:31:29 PM  Allahpundit
Part of a wider post-election splintering on the right, I think. There was a story last week about centrist establishment Republicans seeking to re-assert themselves in primaries to blunt the influence of tea partiers, followed shortly by a story about

Thank you, America: AIG mulls suing for insufficient bailout
1/8/2013 8:51:09 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Here’s AIG’s entry into the series of suck-up commercials bailed-out entities have had to run in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. On one hand, I appreciate the gesture. On the other, the thank-yous ring a bit hollow, the sorrys are

ESPN apologizes for Brent Musburger noticing how attractive A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend is
1/8/2013 8:11:52 PM  Allahpundit
How attractive is she? Here are the top two results on Google Trends for Monday, January 7: No other Google search term has cracked 1,000,000 per day in the U.S. since New Year’s eve. Granted, some of the results here are due to interest in

Report: Current TV staffers grumpy at Gore over this Al Jazeera sale
1/8/2013 7:31:04 PM  Allahpundit
>From what I can tell, it’s just one staffer who’s quoted. But at a moment when abortion-banning, gun-supporting, gay-baiting Chuck Hagel is suddenly the new darling of the left, it’s sweet to see someone still taking progressive beliefs

Wanted: $1 million donations for Obama’s inauguration
1/8/2013 6:51:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
And the ‘dramatic reversal’ only continues to get more dramatic as the main event approaches. For his 2009 inauguration, Obama’s inaugural committee specifically banned donations from corporations and what they deemed excessive

Hagel, day two: Turns out opposing abortion in cases of rape isn’t so extreme after all
1/8/2013 6:03:43 PM  Allahpundit
I knew he served with distinction in Vietnam. I’d forgotten that he also served with distinction in the war on women. When he announced his candidacy for Senate, Hagel said that he opposed abortion except to protect the life of the mother and in

Biden to meet with entertainment industry, NRA, and others for gun control ideas
1/8/2013 5:21:50 PM  Erika Johnsen
The White House is ramping up its efforts to hammer out some broad ideas for gun control measures in short order (and measures of the variety that do not require all of that pesky Congressional meddling to become the law of the land are more than fine by

Bad news: Trillion-dollar platinum coin idea now officially ridiculous
1/8/2013 4:41:11 PM  Allahpundit
Emphasis on “officially.” You’re watching this not for the humor value but for the spectacle of one of the left’s pop-cult political heroes gently trying to warn them away from a PR catastrophe in the making. People like Krugman

Piers Morgan: Alex Jones is the best advertisement for gun control you could wish for
1/8/2013 4:01:59 PM  Allahpundit
Last night’s cable-news car crash reminded me of how reporters used to go to tea-party rallies and seek out the nuttiest people they could find for self-discrediting quotes and photos. A cheap tactic to smear the whole group, but an effective one.

Trending: Censorship protests in China
1/8/2013 3:21:43 PM  Erika Johnsen
Well, they would be trending, if the Chinese government allowed such things. Ah, the perils and difficulties of a communist regime trying to maintain legitimacy while running an autocratic plutocracy — the heart practically bleeds for them, via the

Boom: Energy cash influx leads to a state surplus in Texas
1/8/2013 2:41:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
While we all wait with bated breath for President Obama to figure out if he wants to be more or less of a stickler on domestic energy production, i.e. as he dithers at the fork in the road of letting the economy do what it does best and take fuller

The Ed Morrissey Show: Face the Chat
1/8/2013 2:12:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm reminds me — actually, he was gloating about it on e-mail — that he’s vacationing in Hawaii this week. That means we’ll have a Face the Chat session today instead

Stan McChrystal: We need some serious gun-control laws
1/8/2013 2:01:49 PM  Allahpundit
Surprised? Don’t be. It’s an open secret that McChrystal’s a liberal, to the point where he allegedly banned Fox News from TVs in his headquarters in Afghanistan. He’s kept a low profile since he retired but between this and his

Yes, federal spending is a problem, Mr. President
1/8/2013 1:21:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
Is that in doubt? The Wall Street Journal reported late Sunday night that Barack Obama doesn’t think we have a spending problem, or at least that’s what John Boehner told Stephen Moore about Obama’s response to the fiscal cliff: What

Graham looking for delay on Brennan confirmation until we get some answers on Benghazi
1/8/2013 12:41:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
Both of President Obama’s picks for his new national security team are in for some rocky confirmation battles that will certainly take up plenty of the media’s attention, and at least one senator is determined to use the occasion to vocally

Cardin: Hagel has a lot of questions to answer
1/8/2013 12:01:40 PM  Ed Morrissey
Democrats in the Senate certainly expressed considerable skepticism and some opposition to the idea of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense before Barack Obama made the nomination official. Yesterday, we saw some movement within Obama’s party to

WaPo: Say, Obama’s 2nd-term appointments seem to have something in common
1/8/2013 11:21:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
Can you guess what it is?  Remember, this is the administration of Hope and Change … and diversity: President Obama brought his top Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency chiefs together Monday with their potential replacements, and some critics

Will the GOP force normal order on budgets to resolve debt limit?
1/8/2013 10:41:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
That’s certainly the plan, writes Byron York.  Debt limits usually get set as part of normal budgeting, allowing for some flexibility in case of emergency but designed to cover the the planned deficit spending authorized specifically by Congress in