Which is why I find it so very, very funny that the GOP is having a hel of a trouble in getting someone to oppose Bernie Sanders in his Senate run. The top two choices, Governor Douglas and Lt. Gov. Dubie have both declined the honor of running against the US' favourite socialist. The Hotline says:
Many Republicans in DC believe that VT Gov. Jim Douglas (R) is the only Republican who'd have a real chance at beating Indepdendent Bernie Sanders in the general. Douglas refused that race a while ago. So Senate GOPers tried to get Dubie in the race (as did WH CoS Andy Card.) Other VT GOPers want Dubie to run for Sanders' house seat, but that prospect is unlikely.
Dubie's departure means that wealthy software magnate Richard Tarrant will likely get the GOP nomination. In early Oct., he wrote a $550K check to an exploratory account.
Note - One of the most interesting parts of this story is the co-operation between unions and the Republican pro-labor caucus. Its an innovation, a crack in the Right's automatic denigration of anything pro-labor, that will bear watching carefully.
The departure of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration official may be linked to stock deals involving companies regulated by the agency. Dr. Lester Crawford resigned as FDA commissioner last month, two months after taking over the agency's top spot. He had been with the FDA for 3 1/2 years overall.
It seems we are talking about $100,000's in stock transactions by Crawford and his wife over his 3 year tenure, all stocks of companies over which the FDA serves as a watchdog.
Question: Can anyone find a Bush appointee who doesn't have his or her fingers illegally in pies?
MIAMI -- Frustrated victims of Hurricane Wilma lined up again Wednesday for gas, water, ice and food, as Gov. Jeb Bush admitted that the state should have done a better job of funneling supplies to South Florida.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez called the relief process "flawed," adding that he was "frustrated, disappointed, angered" with the delivery of supplies.
Increasingly perturbed residents agreed.
"We can't get food, water, power," said Gail McDonald of Coral Springs. "It's going to be a mess like this for months. This is a national disaster, and FEMA should help us."
But Bush said the Federal Emergency Management Agency wasn't at fault.
"Don't blame FEMA. This is our responsibility," Bush said. "If anyone wants to blame anybody, blame me."
If you guessed that perennial favourite the Emergency War Bill then you win a solid gold no-prize.
(Thanks to regular Kirkrrt for this must read insight into the funding shell-game.)