dollars of stimulus money, even as its forests have been ravaged by the pine beetle. What’s more, Mr. Barrasso won an ally in Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who was equally miffed that emergency forest fire abatement money was diverted to places where there are no forests. ...
“The original plan called for giving the money to a local D.C. non-profit called Washington Parks & People. What was the group planning to spend the money on? Answer: planting trees and vegetables and ‘green education projects.’ Mr. Barrasso adds: ‘I’ve only been in Washington for a short time, but I’m continually shocked at how this town wastes money.’ At least he won a victory for taxpayers and the environment [. . . ]. Meanwhile, the only smell of burning in Washington is evidently tax dollars going through the pockets of our legislators.” “Whew, I’m pooped,” P.J. O’Rourke writes in the Weekly Standard.
“Jimmy Carter has got me run ragged with all the hating I’m supposed to do. Jimmy says I’m a racist because I oppose President Obama’s health care reform program. Even Jimmy Carter can’t be wrong all the time. And since Jimmy Carter has been wrong about every single thing for the past 44 years, maybe — just as a matter of statistical probability — he’s right this time,” Mr. O’Rourke said.
“I hadn’t noticed I was a racist, but that was no doubt because I was too busy being a homophobe. Nancy Pelosi says the angry opposition to health care reform is like the angry opposition to gay rights that led to Harvey Milk being shot. Since I do not want America to suffer another Sean Penn movie, I will accept that I’m a homophobe, too. And I’m a male chauvinist due to the fact that I think Nancy Pelosi is blowing smoke — excuse me, carbon neutral, biodegradable airborne particulate matter — out her pantsuit. ...
“I’m a 61-year-old man with three young children and a yard to rake. While I appreciate the attention from our most ex-of ex-presidents, I’m really too busy to properly accomplish all this loathing and detestation. I quit smoking so I don’t even have a lighter to set crosses on fire.” month that Andrew Romanoff was determined to make a Democratic primary run against [Colorado] Sen. Michael Bennet, Romanoff received an unexpected communication from one of the most powerful men in Washington,” Michael Riley reports in the Denver Post.
“Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s deputy chief of staff and a storied fixer in the White House political shop, suggested a place for Romanoff might be found in the administration and offered specific suggestions, according to several sources who described the communication to the Denver Post.
“Romanoff turned down the overture, which included mention of a job at USAID, the foreign aid agency, sources said.
“Then, the day after Romanoff formally announced his Senate bid, Obama endorsed Bennet.
“It is the kind of hardball tactics that have come to mark the White House’s willingness to shape key races across the country, in this case trying to remove a threat to a vulnerable senator by presenting his opponent a choice of silver or lead.”
The White House denied making any job offer to Mr. Romanoff, the reporter said.
“Yet several top Colorado Democrats described Messina’s outreach to Romanoff to the Post, including the discussion of specific jobs in the administration. They asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.”