Ex-Wisconsin Gov Tommy Thompson has ended his quixotic bid to be president, which is going to come as a shock to those of you who didn’t know he was running. Poor Tommy. He couldn’t even get his dog to take him seriously.
On a lighter note, Karl Rove has become the latest in a slew of escapists to bail out of the Bush Administration one step ahead of a subpoena. Best Post Title Award goes to cul heath of ratboy’s anvil, who sums it up nicely.
In other significant news:
The Washington Post devotes three precious pages of yesterday’s Business section to the importance of upscale grocery stores to the economy.
Linda Chavez proves once again that Republican gullibility is, to all intents and purposes, a bottomless pit.
Giant Bluefin tuna near extinction thanks to Bush policies deregulating commercial fishing.
Musical chairs CEO game continues as Chrysler hires fired and disgraced ex-Home Depot CEO Robert Nardelli as its new chief. If he does for them what he did for HD, Chrysler will be bankrupt in 6 months and Nardelli will walk away with yet another record-breaking severence package.
Google allows corporate shills to counter negative news stories with positive propaganda.
Bush privatization drive stymied by renegade EEOC.
So much good stuff today that I don’t have time to talk about that I couldn’t resist a little aggregating-type behavior.
*Mark Gisleson, just back from YKos, has a brilliant essay on the response to the Minneapolis bridge collapse.
This is about more than a bridge. This is about taking responsibility and returning to government for and by grown ups, not petulant children with bumpersticker platforms who throw hissy fits when the adults in the room try to get essential bills passed. Minnesotans don’t need to be reminded of Marty Seifert’s obstreperous obstructionism last session, and the Pioneer Press is engaging in hyperpartisanship with an editorial that seeks to ignore the obvious: three consecutive Republican governors [yes, fiscally Jesse was a Republican who worked with the Republicans] have neglected our infrastructure, finding money for new roads to outer suburbia but not for bridge repairs.
This will, after a brief mournful period, get pretty ugly. Already the bottom feeders are seizing upon every criticism of Republican policy as though this were putting politics before solutions. Hey, politics were placed before the solutions — where do these people expect to find the answers?
Go read the rest.
* The NYT is finally going to remove the TIMES-SELECT paywall they never should have erected in the first place.
* Carol Lay on anti-female language choices. (Watch the commercial; it only lasts 5 secs)
* eRobin on the now-proven security flaws in virtually all eVoting machines and the rancid behavior of the Dems over FISA.
* A discussion of same – along with possible impeachment – at newsrack blog, and some excellent links to basic information about the bill and responses to it from people who know.
* Scott Horton on the surprising (maybe) literary source of the govt’s Pat Tillman con game, plus a really surprising statement from Newt on how the GWOT that he helped to create is a fraud.
Go for it.