Frank Luntz instructs us that the recent midterm results do not constitute a "Republican revolution." As usual, I find some of what he says agreeable -- "Washington doesn't listen, Washington doesn't lead and Washington doesn't deliver" is a fairly accurate assessment -- but I doubt most Americans wish first and foremost that government was more "efficient" and spent less, no matter what his survey says, and it's a bit rich, as it were, for him to claim it's important that people think Washington only works for the "rich and powerful" when he invented the phrase "death tax" so Republicans could repeal the Estate Tax, a policy that restrains the rich and powerful. And why does he think passing that "trans-Atlantic trade deal" isn't evidence of Washington only working for the "rich and powerful"? More to his point, why does he think it's popular?
Matt Taibbi profiles the whistleblower JP Morgan Chase paid a massive settlement to silence. Alayne Fleischmann, a human rights lawyer turned securities lawyer, witnessed Chase take defaulted loans and repackage them as healthy ones -- and then, years later, watched the Justice Department use the threat of her testimony merely to extract a higher settlement from Chase, rather than, you know, use it to put them in jail for knowingly selling crap sandwiches to investors. And yes, "(c)an you imagine the outcry if Alberto Gonzales had gone into the backroom and given Halliburton immunity in exchange for a billion dollars?" is a question well worth asking.
David Dayen celebrates Dannel Malloy's re-election as Connecticut Governor with a list of 15 of his achievements in office. Myself, I'd quarrel with the wisdom of high-capacity gun magazine bans and raising the gas tax (the latter only because it hits working folks harder than it hits wealthier folks), but a $10.10/hour minimum wage, statewide paid sick leave, transgender rights laws, and legalizing small amounts of pot are all pretty good achievements. Hell, I might have voted for him with some enthusiasm if I lived in Connecticut.
Ho hum, Michael Savage thinks Republicans will have to impeach President Obama if he issues an executive order helping undocumented immigrants. That alone makes me more sympathetic to such an order! Further, Mr. Savage wonders if Mr. Obama will cause some kind of "insurrection" designed to gain himself more power. What did he have to say about us when we feared something similar from Mr. Bush, I wonder? Actually, I don't. Let's never speak of Michael Savage again.
Finally Breitbart News (sic) attacks Mr. Obama's putative Attorney General nominee, Loretta Lynch, for her supposed ties to the Whitewater scandal from the '90s -- but they wind up describing the wrong Loretta Lynch! I'm sure it was all a big mistake, too. Seriously, it seems like all right-wingers ever really try to do anymore is fail upward. Having lived through Tha Bush Mobb years, I guess it's understandable that they think people do this all the time, but those of us who actually live in the real world have a duty to remind them how civilized people do things.