Ben Buchwalter


Friday Brain Dump

A scandal ends, GOP basing continues, and a new Republican will be elevated to their party’s highest position today. This is an exciting Friday.

  • Rod Blagojevich, the country’s favorite asshat Governor, was impeached by a vote of 59-0 yesterday. Without a doubt my favorite Blago quote: “I did a lot of things that were mostly right.” Stunning appeal to keep his job.
  • The big debate in the blogosphere this week has been about the economic stimulus package that passed with no Republican votes. Some say that this is a big defeat for Obama. Some say it will bite the GOP in the heiny. Some, myself included, have said that it is a great strategic move for Republicans but a boon to bipartisanship. I think Kos has the best commentary on bipartisanship: “there is nothing inherently good about ‘bipartisanship’. The only thing that matters is whether a solution is good or not.”
  • The Republican National Committe will vote on its new leader today. The leading candidates are the current RNC head, Mike Duncan, and Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele. On the first vote, no one received a majority. I tend to like Steele because he has consistently chastized the Republican Party for not paying enough attention to Black voters. Either way, its good for the GOP that former Tennessee Governor Chip Saltsman, the man who released a CD to friends with a song titled “Barack, the Magic Negro” to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon” is no longer in the running. UPDATE: Duncan and Steele tied on second ballot. Still, neither has a majority.
  • Superbowl this weekend! I’ve been hesitantly going for the Cardinals because I still have not forgiven the Steelers for beating the Seahawks in 2006. But MoJo makes a pretty good argument for why progressives should support the Steelers. 

Have a good weekend.

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