The past week's leftovers:
With so many hawkish wingers who won't shave a budgetary dime in protecting the lives of Americans from terrorists overseas, it does seem odd that the very same hawkish wingers on the right continue to hack at Obamacare that protects the lives of millions of uninsured Americans at home.
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That was another of Gov.Kasich's sunny performances in his CNN interview by Gloria Borger. It could have ended quickly after he said that all of his options were on the table, or at least after he again mentioned Matthew 25 (the part about feeding the poor!). He also shrugged off any interest in the vice presidency , cheerily saying he's been on the veep list since he was 35. He also called for an unspecified "battle plan"against ISIS and claimed to be "worried about America". He dismissed any thoughts about conservative opposition if he decides to run for the presidency (which at this very moment is an idea that controls every lobe of his brain) because right-wingers do not represent the culture of Ohio. You'd be better off if you didn't allow any of the above Kasichisms burden your lobes.
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Re Matthew 25, do you think the guv might start showing up with John 3:16 on a placard in his public appearances - the way they do it at baseball games?
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Hope you saw the angry letter in Monday's Beacon Journal from Brian Williams defending Common Pleas Judge Tammy O'Brien for recusing herself from more than 60 cases after her bailiff threatened to quit because the bailiff didn't like the assistant county procesutor assigned to the court. "Mercilessly vilified," Williams complained. But it does seem that a judge at the common pleas level should have weighed the consequences of her behavior. Indeed, she finally did by saying she would now preside over all of the cases from now on.
If you do crossword puzzles (as I do) Rep. Darrell Issa, the toothy mega-millionaire Republican from California, is manning the battlements against the army of Giuliani critics by asking us to thank the New York City mayor. But he also tests all of us to know the difference between "believe" and 'wasn't".
"Rudy Giuliani said he didn't 'believe' [that Obama doesn't love America] He didn't say the president 'wasn't'."
Yeah. Me, too.