In time honored fashion: that is, Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu have both joined DC lobbying firms. Pryor is still kind of half-pretending that he might try to run, again: Landrieu has done everything except throw a grenade into the room just behind her and then secured the blast door. All part of the Beltway Circle of Life, and it’s really nice work if you can get it. Meanwhile, I hustle for Amazon referral money; so who’s really coming out ahead here, hey*?
Via @baseballcrank, who is making a larger point that I feel no urgent need to either endorse or condemn.
*This isn’t nearly as bitter as it sounds. I’m mostly just reminding myself that even though I’m smarter than either one of those two, they’re the rich ones. Good for my perspective, that is.
…except that: no, not really, I’m not. The best that I can manage is the wish that we could transfer him to another Senate seat, so that he could lose that one in 2016, too.
Continue reading Tweet of the Day, I’d Say That I Was Going To Miss Mark Pryor… edition
The Arkansas Senate election is now over*.
Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor argued that the federal government’s desegregation of Arkansas’s largest public school in 1957 was an “unwilling invasion” that took “a local problem out of the local authorities’ hands” and led to deep suspicions of democracy in the state, according to a copy of his college thesis obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Written in 1985, the 30-page paper—which also suggested that the state’s Democratic Party was hindering economic progress, and attributed policies such as welfare and the Equal Rights Amendment to “wild-eyed liberals”—could add to Pryor’s difficulties as he fights to protect his seat from Republican challenger Rep. Tom Cotton.
Continue reading Arkansas Senate: …DOOM.
Free tip for politicians: stop saying in private what would embarrass you if it was said in public. Because eventually it will be said in public. From an ‘exclusive’ fundraising dinner last month:
During the discussion, an attendee began criticizing [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid [D], telling [Senator Mark] Pryor [D] that the Democratic leader held some responsibility for the low approval rating of Congress.
“Let me just interrupt,” Pryor said, according to an audio recording that was corroborated by an attendee. “I think possibly the best thing that could happen … to this institution, this election cycle would be if [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell gets beat and Harry Reid gets replaced.”
The rest of Pryor’s comment is drowned out by clapping. A spokesperson for the Pryor campaign did not respond to requests to confirm this statement or questions about his opinion on Reid’s leadership role.
Yeah, I wouldn’t have responded, either. Pryor went on to endorse Schumer as a replacement – well, he also mentioned Mark Begich, but I think that you have to be a Senator to be a Senate Majority Leader – offer some advice on which Republican he’d like to lobby to next year once Pryor is abruptly out of office, and bad-mouth a bunch of people that he’s taken money from. All in all, a stellar performance. Stellar!
…And that’s why you want to vote for Tom Cotton next month. Assuming that you live in Arkansas, of course.
Via Hot Air Headlines.
Like many another pundit, I read with some bemusement Molly Ball’s somewhat… accepting article about how embattled Democrat Mark Pryor plans to win the Arkansas election via turnout. After I finished chuckling over this bit…
No sign announces the purpose of this little storefront, squeezed between a Bestway Rent to Own and a Rent-a-Center in a dilapidated shopping center. But the words hand-lettered in black and red marker on three pieces of paper taped to the window—”Register to Vote Here”—and a cluster of placards for candidates give it away: It is a Democratic Party field office.
Democrats aren’t advertising this office and 39 others like it that are scattered around Arkansas—in fact, their locations are a closely guarded secret.
…because, after all, the field office isn’t exactly a ‘closely guarded secret’ if it’s being featured in a Atlantic article (or, indeed, has a big Pryor sign in the window) – anyway, after I finished snickering I asked myself; just how likely is the Democratic scenario, anyway?
Turns out… not very likely, actually. Math is kind of getting in the way of the Democrats here. Continue reading Mark Pryor’s (D-INC, Arkansas-SEN) attempt to squeeze votes from the turnout turnip.
This is just sad.
You see, if you click on the “http://www.TheRealTomCottonRecord.com/” link seen on the podium sign you get… redirected to Tom Cotton’s campaign website. His actual, real campaign website. This pretty much means that Senator Mark Pryor is giving his opponent free advertising, and in a way that makes Sen. Pryor look like a clueless goofball. This is so incredibly inept that I actually thought that it might have been a Photoshop… but no. No, it was not.
I got nothing, folks. Sorry.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
The Hill article is surprisingly garbled – I assume that they’ll clean it up this morning – but the original article (“Pryor: Health care reform may not happen this year”) is a lot clearer. The short version is that they’re back at the ‘discussion phase’ for a health care rationing bill, which is legislature-speak for “we’re going to drop the subject, and hope that you will, too.” Every day that it doesn’t get done is a day closer to the day that it won’t get done, and if it’s not done this year, it definitely won’t get done. At least, by Democrats.
And as for reconciliation…
Some have suggested the Senate could use the reconciliation process, which would require 51 votes instead of 60, to pass a bill satisfactory to both chambers.Several moderate Democrats, including Arkansas’ Blanche Lincoln, have said they oppose that idea. Lincoln said Tuesday the process should be transparent and should not involve “last-minute efforts to force changes.”
Pryor told reporters today he was not necessarily opposed to the idea, but it was not his first choice and he doubted it would happen.
“I think it’s people talking right now over on the House side trying to figure out a way forward on health care, but my sense is, in the end reconciliation will not even be attempted,” he said.
Because somebody had to say it, it seems. Pryor’s not up for re-election until 2014, so he can safely shrug off the idea of reconciliation… and, honestly? By now that actually-strictly-defined-procedure has become the equivalent of “and then a miracle happens*” for a certain segment of the Left. At some point somebody needs to explain to them why it’s not a cure-all.
Or why the current ruling party has a sudden disinclination to encourage simple-majority legislating in the Senate.
*Or, possibly, “And then the NPC casts Wish.”
Crossposted to RedState.