Patrick Buchanan notices that the right made a lot of noises about fighting President Obama's alleged "usurpations" of power, yet carries his water on "free" trade fast-tracking. I know, right? Wasn't the Tea Party supposed to be anti-corporate and suspicious of foreign entanglements? I wonder why they're failing that philosophy on "free" trade -- oh, and also on net neutrality, the "war on terror," the PATRIOT Act, and NSA spying.
United Food and Commercial Workers ask NLRB to investigate a raft of recent temporary WalMart closings. WalMart says they closed the stores to fix their "plumbing," but the UFCW says they closed the stores because of pro-union activism therein, and I'd feel pretty stupid if I gave WalMart the benefit of the doubt about this matter, especially after it closed a store in Quebec where workers had organized all those years ago.
Jesse Eisinger profiles Tony Menendez, a Halliburton accountant who spent almost a decade of his life trying to prove accounting irregularities there, winning a measure of vindication at the end. But don't be tempted to say forget it, Jake, it's Halliburton when you get to the part where Halliburton changed an employee's official testimony, because I bet a lot of corporations do that when they get in trouble. And before being tempted to say government can't do anything right, recall that Mr. Menendez met with a lot of Bush Mobb bureaucrats. A forced arbitration agreement also figures in the story.
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) gets not one but two primary challengers in her upcoming House primary, one of whom got over 40% of the vote last time despite being a gadfly. I'm old enough to remember when Renee Ellmers was a Tea Party darling; now she has challengers from further right calling her a "progressive," just because she got it in her head once or twice that being in government requires actual governing. This is right-wing swordfighting at its worst. It's also why you don't "reach out" to haters.
Finally, study finds that "most partisans...act like fans in sports rivalries instead of making political choices based on issues." Which you already knew, but hey, we're here to change that. Slightly fewer than four in 10 of these partisans also say it's OK to use just about any tactic to win -- but one observer suggests that "(i)f our politicians are polarized and uncivil, maybe it's because many voters are polarized and uncivil." I'm pretty sure it's the other way around -- after all, politicians get attention and money with their bad behavior in public, whereas boons don't accrue so quickly to voters who act similarly.