To much fanfare and self congratulations, the Republican National Committee released its road map for reform last March.
It emphasized the path to success was moderating the party’s position on immigration, courting a more diverse set of officeholders, and building the GOP around successful governors instead than polarizing members of Congress.
It’s now three months later and all of those ideas seem to have already crumbled into dust.
Party leaders in Washington got upset with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his self-interested scheduling of a Senate special election.
As the debate on immigration heats up in Congress, the majority of House Republicans cast a symbolic vote rejecting President Obama’s executive order to end deportations of young people brought to this country illegally as children.
In Massachusetts, the GOP nominated a Hispanic military veteran who is within striking distance of winning a Senate seat, but hardly any donors are giving money to his campaign.
As one strategist puts it, “This is the world’s longest psychotherapy session. Everyone’s trying to talk their way through what happened in 2012. The more they talk, the more they enjoy the therapy session.”
One thing government loves is PowerPoint.
One thing government does worse than anything is PowerPoint.
Believe it or not, there are guidelines on how to make a good-looking PowerPoint presentation.
It’s obvious few in government have read them.
It won’t make much difference as most agencies have a template that everyone must use.
Designed by someone who knows nothing about communication or style.
You’d think the National Security Agency could afford a decent designer with their vast resources and classified budget, but as you may have already noticed, the recently leaked slideshow on the PRISM program suggests quite the contrary.
So freelance designer Emiland De Cubber took it upon himself to help out the agency with their horrible design choices by redoing the entire presentation.
Want to see the whole thing?
It’s really a great ad for his business.
Last week was an interesting one.
Way too many members of Congress were bitching they didn’t know about the NSA’s collecting intelligence information, while the NSA said it held many briefings on the subject.
Maybe those Congressional members.
Let’s try this on and see how it fits.
Last week the NSA set up a briefing by senior intelligence officials on surveillance programs.
Fewer than half of the Senate showed up.
It seems it was more important to them to leave Washington early Thursday afternoon instead of sticking around and finding out what’s going on.
Every Senator wants to make a big speech in the Senate chambers.
Very few get the opportunity.
If you watch C-SPAN (why?) you should have noticed most speeches are before an almost empty chamber.
The Senator wants to get on the record and needs something for the TV stations back home.
The only way to get national exposure is to be 1) very powerful, 2) very controversial or 3) stupid.
Today, we present #3.
Democrat Mary Landrieu of Louisiana doesn’t like the so-called “Gang of Eight” immigration bill.
It would require a fence be built along Mexico’s border with the US before legalization.
Landrieu was trying to undermine the amendment Republican Senator John Thune offered.
When you’re 90 years old, you’re occasionally going to go to end up in the wrong place.
It just happens, kind of like that shirt.
Texas Republican Representative Ralph Hall wandered into the wrong bar a couple of days ago.
Now, that’s usually not a big thing.
Have a drink or two, grab some pupus, make nice and wander out.
Except this was the worst party he could have stumbled upon.
You see, Ralph is very old, very conservative and very set in his ways.
He doesn’t like gay people and he is the co-sponsor of the Marriage Protection Act of 2009.
The open-bar party was the Victory Fund Pride reception for the LGBT – an organization that works to get gays and lesbians more involved in running for elected office.