But in the mean time, Rep. Adrian Smith had this to say about Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who dropped out of the running:
“I have great respect for Kevin and all he has done for our Republican Conference as Majority Leader. As we proceed in the House Speaker election process, I hope Republicans can come together in support of another conservative candidate and move forward as a united body committed to governing our country.”
Will that candidate be Rep., and former Vice-Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan? No word yet. It certainly seems like he could bring the House Republicans together…for a couple minutes anyway.
The way Ryan is playing it, it reminded me of this scene from Gladiator:
(I’ll take other examples of movies where the lead character didn’t want the job, and the other character says, “That’s why it HAS to be you!” I feel like that’s a movie cliché…)
Back in April it was noted here that the ObamaCare rules would change the definition of a small group market for businesses from 1-50 employees to 1-100 employees in 2016.
Senator Deb Fischer and Reps Jeff Fortenberry, Adrian Smith and even Brad Ashford all signed on as co-sponsors of the bill, known as the PACE Act to change the law and give states the flexibility to determine the size of their small-group market instead of being forced into the national standard.
And the President signed it yesterday.
Chip chip chip.
A Fischer endorsement?
Speaking of Senator Deb Fischer, she had her weekly press-call yesterday and when asked about Jeff Fortenberry’s endorsement of Carly Fiorina, noted that she is still considering an endorsement of her own.
FWIW, when I asked the same thing of Sen. Joni Ernst, she pretty categorically said she would NOT endorse anyone before the Iowa Caucuses. Of course Fischer and Ernst are in a little different situations with the caucuses and primaries, but Fischer did NOT rule out endorsing.
Still interesting, especially as the field winnows…
I did it so you don’t have to
Yes, just out of duty, I read Ernie’s SIXTEEN PAGE “poem”. (You wanna talk about a punishment that is both cruel AND unusual…)
It starts like this:
WASHINGTON [the state], as far as I know,
Is famed for neither forests nor lakes;
OK, beyond the pedantics of the “poem”, just something to pass along to the Senator: Seattle sits ON a lake. It’s called…”Lake Washington”.
And, FWIW, the whole state has so much forest, that it’s known as “The Evergreen State.”
And you can imagine how the rest of the verse goes from there…
Now I will give Senator Chambers some credit for cleverness on one item: He added an illustration of Corrections Director Scott Frakes to the poem, and added an item in four different sections (essentially giving him the hangman’s mask).
It went like this:
I suppose that’s sort of the definition of “gallows humor”…
Laffering all the way…
An FYI that the Free Market Forum put on by Hillsdale College will be at the Omaha Hilton next Thursday through Saturday (with Friday being the main day).
They have quite the list of speakers, but the feature is probably economist Art Laffer (of the “Laffer Curve“) at the Friday noon Luncheon.
See the schedule, list of speakers and other pertinent info here.
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