Friday Open Thread [10.21.11]

Filed in International, National by on October 21, 2011

From the AP:

A beleaguered president seeks re-election. His challenger, a candidate with Massachusetts roots and a presidential demeanor straight out of central casting, has to fight through a primary contest fending off charges of flip-flopping. In the end, the challenger’s strength also proves his vulnerability. Election 2012 is looking a lot like the presidential race of 2004.

The similarities are starting to get uncanny.

Senator Coons is co-sponsoring legislation that will effectively ban the designer drug “bath salts”. And no, these bath salts are not the stuff you get at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Coons will be sponsoring an Amendment to an Appropriations Bill seeking to cripple producers and users of the drug and a stand alone bill that would add the designer drug to the federal controlled substances list.

I am embarrassed as an American that our politics are paid attention to by world leaders.

Andrew Sullivan on Obama’s foreign policy success:

“To rid the world of Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Moammar Qaddafi within six months: if Obama were a Republican, he’d be on Mount Rushmore by now.”

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  1. cassandra_m says:

    Lindsey Graham tells just everybody that the GOP opposed the Libya mission just because Obama was President.


    Just as good in this article is Graham’s claim that our “leading from behind” position in supporting the rebels now doesn’t help us much in being in line for the rebuilding effort. This from a man who just voted NO to an effort to help rebuild some American cities by letting them hire back teachers and first responders. Apparently American taxpayers don’t get to the front of the line for rebuilding efforts — just for the paying part of it. Hope he gets slammed but good for that.

  2. puck says:

    I remember curling my lip with renewed contempt a few days ago when it was reported Eric Cantor saying something like “We’re going to make sure the people on top, stay on top.”

    What I didn’t realize was that Cantor was describing his upcoming scheduled speech at Wharton Business School in Philadelphia.

    But the Occupy Philadelphia people noticed

    The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business just announced that U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the U.S. House majority leader, has canceled his scheduled speech on campus this afternoon. Occupy Philadelphia has organized a march from City Hall to University City to protest Cantor’s speech, which was supposed to be about income disparity in the country and what Washington D.C. can do to address it.

    CNN is reporting that Cantor had agreed to the speech on the grounds of a “select attendee” policy. Instead, the speech would be open to the first 300 people who showed up:

    U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House, canceled his scheduled speech at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business because it was going to be open to the first 300 people who showed up.

    Given that hundreds of Occupy Philadelphia protesters were planning to march from City Hall to the campus to protest the speech, that could have been lively audience.

  3. cassandra_m says:

    This is very funny — Politico conducts a blind taste test of pizza including Godfathers.