The reckoning

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse nails it during this weekend’s health care debate.

When it turns out there are no death panels, when there is no bureaucrat between you and your doctor, when the ways your health care changes seem like a good deal to you, and a pretty smart idea, when the American public sees the discrepancy between what really is, and what they were told by the Republicans, there will be a reckoning. There will come a day of judgment about who was telling the truth.

Via TPM:

Whitehouse began his monologue by quoting 1950s intellectual Richard Hofstadter, warning that a right-wing minority could create “a political environment in which the rational pursuit of our well-being and safety would become impossible.”

God almighty

Suit brewing over atheistic heathen type in public office.

When Bothwell was sworn into office on Monday, he used an alternative oath that doesn’t require officials to swear on a Bible or reference “Almighty God.”

That has riled conservative activists, who cite a little-noticed quirk in North Carolina’s Constitution that disqualifies officeholders “who shall deny the being of Almighty God.” The provision was included when the document was drafted in 1868 and wasn’t revised when North Carolina amended its constitution in 1971.

I’m thinking someone will let these folks know that they are likely to lose and, in doing so, make case law saying the section in the state constitution is unconstitutional in the U S of A.
Just a guess.

Foy out of Senate race

Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy not running for US Senate.
Tweeting thusly:

I decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat next year – but I very much appreciate all the support and encouragement I’ve received.