Daily Fix, June 16


*Senator Waddoups introduced a much-longed-for “donut hole” redistricting map last night at the Salt Lake County redistricting meeting but not everyone was excited.(SL Trib) I’m sorry, this story always distracts me: mmm, donuts. Ok, where were we? Democrats and other groups have been calling for the donut-hole approach whereby the jelly-filled “community of interest” in Salt Lake County would be more fairly represented. Really, it’s a glazed proxy argument for the creation of a district where Democrats might have a better shot at keeping a seat in Utah. Well, Sen. Waddoups’ map centered the donut hole in southern Salt Lake County, as opposed to Salt Lake City in the north part of the county. Crumb. Cake. To be fair, Sen. Waddoups’ map put SLC in the same district as southern Utah, which makes about as much sense as putting dough in hot oil and rolling it around in powdered sugar. But there is a hoist-by-their-own-petard logic to it: critics asked for a donut hole, he gave them a donut hole. Turns out they only want a particular kind of donut hole. Is anyone else hungry?

*Although no major newspapers have declared it news, Senator Hatch has signed onto Senator Chuck Grassley’s federal E-Verify bill that makes the program begun in 1996 permanent. (Sen. Hatch) We can expect Senator Hatch’s office to provide a glossy on his long-standing support of the popular program. Senator Lee is also an original co-sponsor of Grassley’s bill.

*And speaking of Senator Hatch, FreedomWorks is expected to begin their campaign to unseat him at Utah’s Republican Party State Nominating Convention on Saturday. (Daily Caller) That should be fun. They’ve already begun the relentless online battle here and here and here. Whatever the outcome, this seems to be further evidence that the 2012 election is going to be a definitive, clarifying ideological battle.

*The U.S. House of Reps passed a resolution questioning Pres. Obama on U.S. action in Libya, previously described by the President’s spokesman as a “kinetic military action” to avoid War Powers Act implication. He answered … to the New York Times. (The Hill) The White House prepared a 32-page report, and gave it the NYT before Speaker John Boehner. It’s as if Obama is jonesing for a fight here.

*The President is undeterred by his cap and trade failure; he is barging ahead to bankrupt America’s energy companies through EPA regulation under the Clean Air Act. (Washington Examiner) The funny part is that he’s claiming his regulations will actually help create jobs, you know, for all the people laid off as a result of the higher operation costs. I can’t believe Obama thinks this argument is still viable. He’s reciting the sentiments of the spectators in “That Which Is Seen, And That Which Is Not Seen”: “Everybody must live, and what would become of the glaziers if panes of glass were never broken?” Bastiat leveled the argument in 1850. I thought this guy was supposed to be well read and articulate?

*Jim Geraghty argues that Jon Huntsman is too nice to win a Republican primary for president, despite his “sterling resume.” (National Review) Who wants nice when they can have sarcastic, self-destructive or yawn, what was I talking about? Oh right, this. Huntsman’s campaign head John Weaver said Tim Pawlenty’s the nice guy — “and there’s nothing worse than seeing a nice guy pretend that he’s angry. Is that really what we want to be?” (Esquire) Ouch.

*Democrat party boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz is taking ownership of the economy. (Politico) “We own the economy. We own the beginning of the turnaround and we want to make sure that we continue that pace of recovery …” Great, she wants to continue a snail pace of a non-existent turnaround. Money quote: “I don’t think it’s about what we say, it’s about what we do.” How about you stop spending money we don’t have and actually submit a budget?

*Shamed and broken Rep. Anthony Weiner is holding a press conference today at 2 pm in order to resign. (NYT) His office is locked and his staff was seen leaving with their belongings. I know what I won’t be doing at 2 pm.

*North Carolina has become the third state to defund abortion services provided by Planned Parenthood. (Life News)

*And finally, if you’re ever watching a movie in Austin, Texas, you’ve been warned.


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