A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

“Death, fire, and burglary make all men equals.” —Dickens

Learning To Re-Hate the Clintons

by evanmcmurry

Pareene makes an interesting side point:

The other question, of course, is what a Clinton 2016 campaign would do to The Right. The anti-Clinton machine would have to crank itself back up, though it’s been dormant for so many years now that the default position among right-wingers since 2007 has been basically to proclaim unalloyed admiration and love for Hillary Clinton, as a means of insulting Obama in comparison.

This goes for Bill, too. Conservatives thought they detected a whiff of rivalry between Obama and the former President, which they tried to exploit several times, most recently by claiming that Bill’s overflowing charisma at the 2012 DNC made Obama look ineffectual. (And I guess it did, for about a day, and then Obama got reelected.)

It’s obviously way too early to talk about 2016, but it still would be fascinating to watch the right learn to hate the Clintons all over again.

Obama’s Budget Is A Being-In-Itself

by evanmcmurry

Chait nails it:

I don’t mean to go freshman year philosophy here, but the difference between a budget and an offer pertaining to the budget rests upon a distinction that eludes me completely.

Mainly this appears to be a message strategy aimed at advocates of BipartisanThink, who have been blaming Obama for failing to offer the plan he has in fact been offering. The strategy is that, by converting their offer to Boehner from an “offer” to a “budget,” it will prove that Obama is Serious.

But:

For the strategy to really succeed, the BipartisanThinkers have to help persuade Senate Republicans to strike a deal, and then somehow get John Boehner to secretly agree with it and let it come to a vote in the House, even if almost all the House Republicans naturally vote against it.

Alas.