If you think you can’t afford to tip your server, then maybe you should eat at home:
Here’s the always classy John McCain, and his argument against Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel (via Steve Benen):
“Chuck Hagel served our nation with honor in Vietnam and I congratulate him on this nomination. I have serious concerns about positions Senator Hagel has taken on a range of critical national security issues in recent years, which we will fully consider in the course of his confirmation process before the Senate Armed Services Committee.” — John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Let’s put aside, at least for now, McCain’s skills when it comes to evaluating officials for high public office (ahem), and instead consider why Hagel’s “positions on a range of critical national security issues” were fine in 2008, when McCain wanted Hagel in his own cabinet, but raise “serious concerns” now. How does McCain explain this? As best as I can tell, he doesn’t.
And look at this conservative example of ladylike manners and social elegance out of Connecticut (via Capitol Watch):
State Rep. DebraLee Hovey, who represents Newtown and Monroe, posted this on her public FB page. From Florida. (Note: Hovey removed the post from her public Facebook page on Sunday afternoon). Gabby Giffords visited local officials and Sandy Hook families Friday in meetings that were closed to the press.
She had more to say in this comment thread: “It was political. The Lt Gov was there, Blumenthall was there and ALL political types know it is courteous to let sitting Reps know when another political is in their District. So…… There was pure political motives.” She removed the item Sunday, according to the report.”
I wonder how her colleagues in the General Assembly feel about this sentiment.
Later, DebraLee (which is the feminine form of BillyBob) posted one of those familiar “conditional” Republican apologies (emphasis mine):
“The remarks I made regarding Congresswoman Gifford’s visit were insensitive and if I offended anyone I truly apologize. My comments were meant to be protective of the privacy of the families and our community as we work to move on, and were in no way intended as an insult to Congresswoman Giffords personally. Our community has struggled greatly through this tragedy, and we are all very sensitive to the potential for this event to be exploited for political purposes. This is what I wish to avoid.”
John Boehner declared last week that he won’t be holding any more one-on-one negotiations with President Obama (despite the fact that Republicans need him to sign off on changes to federal taxing and spending), he now feels free to share the details of their weeks of unsuccessful talks. Unsurprisingly, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal‘s Stephen Moore, Boehner says most of the fault lies with the president … and he confirmed that he told Harry Reid to “go fuck yourself“ (via Daily Intelligencer)
The Club For Growth is a Republican organization because they’re as classy as their members / donors (via LGF):
You may have heard the news that 67 Republicans voted against Hurricane Sandy relief funding… Republicans who decided not to punish the blue states, however, will now be punished themselves by receiving a negative rating on the Club for Growth purity test: Club for Growth Will Punish Members Voting for Sandy Flood Aid.
And of the 67 Republicans who voted against Sandy relief? More than half — 37 of them! — had previously supported disaster aid for their own home states.
Classy driver who probably helped vote in the do-nothing congress of 2010.