PLOTTING FOR '08 ... CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS. The NYT had a column today about how the Republicans are already working to characterize as "disastrous" some of the early congressional votes made by the new Democrats. The GOP is using the politics of parliamentary procedure that the story calls "formally known as motions to recommit, usually obscure party-line proposals that Republicans are using to pummel Democrats in swing districts."
CONFUSING AND CONTRADICTORY SNIPPETS. Waxman's Oversight Committee asked Secretary Rice to appear (after delaying her appearance to April 25) in order to investigate her "personal role" in the false reports on uranium in Niger. (Download the full documents here.) Waxman writes that the State department's responses thus far have been a "collection of snippets of public statements that [Rice] and other White House officials have made over the years" that are "confusing and contradictory."
GILMORE BOY. Yesterday, The Politicowrote about former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore who is billing himself as the "true conservative candidate" for president. As the Washington Timesreports "polls show that few voters outside Virginia ever heard of him" in their Metro section. Things sure seem to be tough for the true conservative Republicans these days.
SCHIP ON THE SHOULDER. The Children's Defense fund held a conference call for bloggers today to discuss the All Healthy Children Act, which has been introduced in the House. They've been promoting this legislation through a faux child-for-president campaign. The legislation looks at combining Medicaid for children with the State Children's Health Insurance Program to create consistent coverage in all states.
BLOWING THE SUPPLEMENTAL DEADLINE. Not that everyone didn't know it, but as The Hillexplained last week, the White House and Pentagon's dire cries that the supplemental spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan must be passed by April 15 is crap. (Jack Murtha is quoted as saying, �We�ve never had a year where they didn�t give us bad information.�) In reality, last year's supplemental bill wasn't passed until June and 2005's passed in May (both of those under Republican Congresses).