Friday quickie

21 Dec

Quickie-sizedAt Congress today:
“How will Congress avoid the fiscal cliff?”
House Speaker John Boehner:
“God only knows.”

The NRA held a news conference this morning.
NRA president Wayne LaPierre called for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer “waiting in the wings.”
“The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
The media has slugged this an “instantly inflammatory” news conference.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds it’s the Republican party’s message that appears to be the problem, not the messengers who are delivering it.
Key findings: 53% of Americans say the GOP’s problem is that they are overly conservative and unconcerned “with the welfare of the people, particularly those in the lower and middle income levels.”
By contrast, just 38% say the bigger issue is that Republicans “need a better leader to explain and win support” for their policies.

Boston Globe reports, “Just three months after losing his campaign to be president of the United States, a politically wounded and weary Senator John Kerry took a routine fact-finding tour of the Middle East. It was one of countless overseas trips Kerry had taken in his two decades in Congress. But this time, those accompanying the Massachusetts Democrat noticed something was different…”
“The 2004 presidential campaign had significantly raised Kerry’s profile around the world, an international stature that helped Kerry climb out of the darkness after his defeat at the hands of President George W. Bush and allowed him to reset the trajectory of his public career.”

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