(H/T Hot Air) Jim Moran, having spent his professional life reliably being as awful a politician as possible without actually being arrested and/or beaten with sticks, has decided to end his political career doing what he does best. Which is to say, he hurt those who trusted him. Background: in Virginia young adults made up a paltry 27% of Obamacare signups. This is a) unacceptably low and b) more or less in line with countrywide numbers. When asked about what this meant, Moran replied:
“…I don’t think we’re going to get enough young people signing up to make this bill work as it was intended to financially.”
If Jim Moran’s prediction is correct, the whole law could unravel. He says there just isn’t enough incentive for healthy young people to sign up for insurance.
“And, frankly, there’s some legitimacy to their concern because the government spends about $7 for the elderly for every $1 it spends on the young,” Moran says.
No word yet whether they’re going to clean, fumigate, or sterilize his office. Assuming that they just don’t evacuate it and clean out the fetid hole with a thermite grenade, of course. I’m not sure if they should go that far, though: it might destroy any evidence that might be buried at the bottom of the muck.
As you might have guessed, I am not fond of Jim Moran. My morning is thus made:
Senior appropriator and progressive stalwart James P. Moran will step down at the end of this year, making him the thirdHouse Democrat in just three days to announce his retirement.
The 12-term Virginia lawmaker will announce his decision in a Wednesday morning statement obtained early by CQ Roll Call.
“I used to be really proud of this institution,” Virginia Rep. Jim Moran said before the body voted Friday on a continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare. “I used to be able to go through my community and, many of those who have served as long as I have, know what it was like to be proud to be a member of Congress.”
Then quit, Moran.
PS: Shorter Moe Lane: If Jim Moran is angry about something then somebody, somewhere, did that something right.
Representative Jim Moran of Virginia, a Democrat known for his bullying behavior and loyalty to the Democratic House leadership, scolded Representative Charles Rangel of New York over his opposition to intervention in Syria on MSNBC on Tuesday night. Moran said that, because “we have the world’s largest military,” the U.S. has a responsibility to “do the right thing” and intervene. He bluntly told Rangel, a Korean War veteran, that “not only is your position wrong, but you’re going to cripple our president for the next 40 months.”
Two senior Democrats complained at a House Appropriations Committee hearing Tuesday that the combination of cuts over the past two years has robbed them of nearly 11 percent of their personal budgets, which average $1.3 million.
Now House officials are looking at an additional 8.2 percent cut, or about $100,000. Total cut over three years: nearly 20 percent.
The background is that it showed up as an advertisement at a Clarendon, VA Metro shop as part of an advertising campaign for Sick & Sicker, which is apparently a documentary about the Canadian health care system. As you might have guessed from the ad and/or the documentary topic, it’s not really likely to contain very much in the way of praise for either Barack Obama, or his signature Obamacare legislation Apparently the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority approved the ad because they’re not allowed to have opinions on political speech – which, by the way, this actually is; we’ve been telling our politicians to go to Hell since George Washington instituted the two-term tradition – and that apparently has gotten at least one politician in a bit of a tizzy:
“This advertisement is inappropriate, disrespectful of the President, and should be removed immediately,” [Rep. Jim] Moran [D, VA] said in a letter to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. “The families with children and thousands of tourists who take Metro everyday should not be subjected to such garbage. I understand WMATA vets these advertisements before allowing them to go up, but it seems someone wasn’t doing their job when this ad was approved.”
Well, shall we discuss “inappropriate” and “disrespectful,” Jimmy?
Here’s a really good rule of thumb: when you’ve done something not only dumb, but actually vile – in this case, if you’ve declared that wearing your country’s uniform for twenty-four years is not ‘public service*’ – don’t compound the error later by trying to explain it away. Jim Moran (D, VA-08) apparently does not understand this rule of thumb, which is why he is now trying to try to walk back from the aforementioned vile thing that he said about Patrick Murray:
But Moran says he was specifically citing local service aimed at Virginian communities, which Murray lacks, he says.
“Whether it be a civic association or a (parent-teacher association) or a non-profit charitable group, nothing,” Moran says.
You know, nobody’s ever been able to tell me what Moran brings to the table for VA-08 besides pork and Jew-bashing. Neither is likely to be an indulgence permitted to Democratic legislators in the 112th Congress, so why should Moran be re-elected, again?
Col. Murray is running against the infamous Jim Moran in VA-08, and he took a moment to speak with us today. He’s won his primary, so he’s the official Republican candidate in this district. He also didn’t try to get in my face once during the interview when I asked him a question… something that Moran hadn’t mastered as of this April.