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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Stories to Watch :1/11/11

Snow. All over the damned place. But not a lot here. Sucks to be you. Now here's the news...

Possible Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty says that maybe Sarah Palin's "crosshairs" imagery wasn't the smartest thing anyone ever did. Pawlenty's comments are, of course, the worst thing ever!

After complaints that "politicizing" the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords was a terrible, terrible thing, the Tea Party Express uses the tragedy as a fundraising gimmick. No, really.

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin's holed up in her igloo, unwilling to talk to anyone other than Glenn Beck (and then, only by email) and clearly at a complete loss as to what to do next. If you've ever wondered what someone who believes they've suffered a deep political wound acts like, here ya go.

GOP Rep. Peter King makes the common sense suggestion that maybe guns shouldn't be allowed near government officials. The only problem: nuts with guns around you are still perfectly OK by Pete. When it's a Republican's ass on the line, it's big gummint to the rescue. When it's your ass on the line, you're on your own. Don't worry, it's dead in the water. This is the new House Republican majority -- not even marginal common sense will be tolerated.

In related news, Pete also believes that it "is not the situation" that Muslim-Americans love America.

Giffords' doctor guarantees that she'll survive.

Everyone loves George Packer today.

Rhode Island's Gov. Lincoln Chafee takes a shot at putting a dent in the crisis of bullshit in the media -- state officials will be barred from appearing as guests on talk radio programs.

Why doesn't CNN just fire Erick Erickson already? If it weren't for Bill Kristol, Erickson would be the dumbest pundit alive.

Finally, Loughner's family issues a statement.

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