1) CPAC Racist Rap (or EVERYTHING you need to know about CPAC in one video) - Yet another jaw-dropping moment from CPAC, as right wing “comedians” Steven Crowder and Chris Loesch perform an absolutely nauseating “rap” song, wearing “founding fathers” powdered wigs. And don’t miss what happens at about the 2 minute mark, as an African American walks out. Yes, they’re yelling the N word, pretending they’re saying “knickers.” Right wing humor:
2) Romney Brags AT CPAC: ‘We Prevented Massachusetts From Becoming The Las Vegas Of Gay Marriage’ - “…I successfully prohibited out- of-state couples from coming to our state to get married and then going home. On my watch, we fought hard and prevented Massachusetts from becoming the Las Vegas of gay marriage. When I am president, I will defend the Defense of Marriage Act, and I will fight for an amendment to our Constitution that defines marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.” [...] In 1994, while running for a seat in the Senate, Romney told the GOP group Log Cabin Republicans, “We must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern.”
3) Mitt Overdoes It At CPAC - In his address this afternoon, Romney boasted, “I fought against long odds in a deep blue state, but I was a severely conservative Republican governor. …[...] The awkward phrasing reminded Erick Erickson of this bit from Chris Orr in 2008: It occurred to me that the same is true of Romney’s desperate, if never terribly persuasive, impersonation of a conservative Republican. That persona–angry, simple-minded, xenophobic, jingoistic–is exactly what Romney (who is himself cultured, content, and cosmopolitan) imagines the average GOP voter to be. || Note: lol, Romney isn’t the only one who imagines the average GOP that way (see video above).
4) GOP Won’t Yield on Millionaire Surtax in Payroll Deal - House Speaker John Boehner today urged Democrats to come to terms with Republicans on a year-long extension to the payroll tax cut, as negotiations between conferees struggle to yield progress on a path towards a deal. At his weekly news conference, the speaker once again suggested that Democrats should give up on a proposed tax hike on millionaires to pay for the extensions, which Democrats have persistently called for it to cover the cost of the extensions.
5) Rick Santorum: Women Are Capable Of ‘Flying Small Planes’ - In the past 24 hours, Santorum [has] accused Obama of helping Iran acquire nuclear weapons; suggested that male soldiers are incapable of controlling their emotions around female comrades in combat; and said women are better suited to “flying small planes.”
6) White House Seeks To Mute Catholic Uproar Over Contraception Rule - On Friday, President Obama announced the plan… But if a religious institution declines to provide coverage that includes contraceptive services, “the insurance company will be required to reach out directly and offer her contraceptive coverage free of charge.” The administration argues further that because contraceptive services prevent the costs of unintended pregnancies, the rule comes with no financial costs to either the insurer or religious employer. A similar rule resulted in no premium increases in the Federal Employee Health Benefits plan, officials noted, and the White House argues this moots the charge that religious money will be indirectly footing the bill for birth control and other contraception.
7) Anti-Contreceptor, King of the Spermicons, Jumps Into the Lead - If your party’s goal is to make sure every ejaculation has a clear path to its target, it’s Santorum or bust:
8) Obama budget to propose election year spending on jobs, roads - President Barack Obama will project lower deficits and request billions of dollars for infrastructure and jobs in his 2013 budget, laying out a plan he will sell to voters in November, despite Republican criticism of rising federal debts. Obama’s budget proposal, which he will submit to Congress on Monday, will project a $901 billion deficit for fiscal 2013, a sharp drop from the $1.33 trillion funding gap that is predicted for this year, a senior administration official said on Friday. Obama is expected to repeat a call for millionaires to pay a minimum tax rate of 30 percent, while taking aim at the foreign profits of big U.S. corporations. || Note: To which Bob Cesca adds: And by the following Monday, conservapundits will be asking why the president hasn’t introduced a budget.
9) Walker, Van Hollen: Chunk of mortgage settlement going to state budget - Wisconsin will use a chunk of its $140 million share of a national settlement over foreclosure and mortgage-servicing abuses to help the state budget rather than assist troubled homeowners, Gov. Scott Walker and state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Thursday. [...] But of a $31.6 million payment coming directly to the state government, most of that money – $25.6 million – will go to help close a budget shortfall revealed in newly released state projections. Van Hollen, whose office said he has the legal authority over the money, made the decision in consultation with Walker. || Note: *shrug* no surprise. There will be a recall election sometime between April – June, however. If you didn’t vote last time, maybe you will this time?