Number of years, as of Saturday, February 22, that have passed since Clarence Thomas last asked a question during a Supreme Court oral argument. Jeffrey Toobin: “His behavior on the bench has gone from curious to bizarre to downright embarrassing, for himself and for the institution he represents.”
I obviously get slightly emotional talking about our vets because I have an emotional — I’m in there with them.
— Former President George W. Bush, tearing up in an interview with ABC News when speaking about military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
My guess is that he would say to Alison Grimes, ‘You know, I’ll be for you or against you, whichever will help you the most.’
— Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D), quoted by the Washington Post, on whether President Obama will campaign in Kentucky.
Joy Reid, one of the smartest, insightful and best-informed political analysts in the business, is finally getting her own show on MSNBC. It starts today at 11 a.m., Pacific.
We’re glad she’s getting a show but would much prefer to see her in the network’s primetime line-up — she’s among the best at the network, rivaled only by Rachel Maddow in terms of breadth of knowledge and depth of analysis. So if you like tough-minded political thinkers who do not pull punches or hesitate to call right-wing b.s. what it is, Reid is your gal.
Reid discussed her rise through the MSNBC ranks in a recent interview with Lee Bailey:
Ted Nugent, 65, a has-been rock star whose endorsement has inexplicably been sought by family-values spouting Republican politicians from Mitt Romney in his presidential bid in 2012 to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott who is running for governor this year, has admitted to having had sex with girls under the age of consent multiple times. Nugent has even written a rock anthem to his compulsion titled “Jailbait” (lyrics follow) which all GOP candidates should play before every campaign event:
Amount South Carolina lawmakers voted to cut in funding from two public colleges that assigned books about same-sex relationships, The State reports. Said state Rep. Gary Smith (R): “One of the things I learned over the years is that if you want to make a point, you have to make it hurt. I understand academic freedom, but this is not academic freedom… This was about promoting one side with no academic debate involved.”
If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!
— Sarah Palin, in a Facebook post, endorsing Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott (R).
He has all the intellectual horsepower of yogurt. But I admire his political skills. If Rick Scott could work a room like Charlie Crist, he’d be up by 25 points.
— GOP strategist Rick Wilson, quoted by the Washington Post, on former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D).
John Skvarla, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, [bio] has suggested that he believes a theory promoted by World Net Daily contributor Jerome Corsi — one of the originators of Birtherism and a promoter of other conspiracy theories, including one that Pres. Obama is gay — that oil is not a finite resource created by centuries of compression of organic material but is a renewable resource created by the earth on an on-going basis, like wind or solar.
Skvarla is the head of the agency charged with regulating Duke Energy, which is responsible for the third-largest coal-ash spill in U.S. history, an on-going disaster that is still unfolding in North Carolina.
Never heard of it? You’re not alone. As Rachel Maddow says at the end of the segment above, “This North Carolina story, and this federal criminal investigation into what’s happening in North Carolina, is a terrible and amazing story from about a million different angles. Why the Beltway refuses to care about it, I do not know, but it cannot last long.”
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