Brad Woodhouse, a top leader of a prominent liberal super PAC, recently “defended taking money from billionaire George Soros while simultaneously condemning conservatives for benefiting from the fortunes of the Koch Brothers.” The Daily Caller,
“Everything started Wednesday when Woodhouse blasted a news story to reporters titled, “GOP Senate Candidates Bow at Koch Throne.” The story, written by the Huffington Post, was about Republican Senate candidates praising the Koch Brothers donor network for its support…
Kaczynski [BuzzFeed reporter] replied: “Since you’re outraged by billionaires influencing politics @woodhouseb will American Bridge be refunding largest-donor George Soros?”
“That’s a stupid question,” Woodhouse responded, taking issue with Kaczynski’s assertion that the group’s anti-Koch strategy isn’t working.
Kaczynski then asked: “So that’s a no?”
“Since you don’t understand the difference I don’t think there is any reason to continue this discussion,” Woodhouse said.
“I guess @woodhouseb your billionaires are better than their billionaires,” Kaczynski shot back.
Woodhouse then responded, “well, they’re not looking to screw the middle class to enrich themselves – so yeah – maybe you do get it.”
Kaczynski: “So you dislike big money @woodhouseb only when it isn’t your ideology. I understand now.”
Woodhouse’s final say: “I dislike people who want to stack the deck against the middle class and am irritated by people who don’t get the difference.”
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) raised its projection for this year’s federal deficit to $506 billion, up from $492 billion in its last report. The Hill,
“But the CBO said it is increasing the deficit figure now, in part, because receipts from corporate income taxes are turning out to be $37 billion less than expected…
“After 2018, the deficit is expected to rise to about 4 percent of GDP through 2024. Deficits over the last 40 years have averaged about 3.1 percent of GDP.
“The CBO also projects the federal debt for this year will reach 74 percent of GDP — double its 2007 level and higher than any year since 1950. Debt is estimated to hit 77 percent of GDP in 2024…
“The agency says higher debt would cause federal spending for interest payments to increase, restrain long-term economic growth and leave lawmakers with less flexibility to address fiscal challenges.
“The deficit is expected to reach $960 billion in 2024 due to an aging population, rising healthcare costs and an expansion of federal subsidies for insurance.”
Democratic Ohio governor candidate Ed FitzGerald’s campaign has faced a “series of unhelpful revelations” and, as a result, is effectively giving up. The Washington Post,
“Ed FitzGerald’s campaign for governor confirmed Friday what was speculated for days: That the beleaguered Democrat is altering his strategy in an attempt to ensure his troubles don’t doom his party’s entire statewide ticket…
“It’s a stunning turn of events in what we supposed to be a major swing-state gubernatorial election this year. Just two years ago, Gov. John Kasich was an unpopular Republican governor who been rebuked by voters when overturned his move to restrict collective bargaining rights for public-sector unions…
“First was the poor fundraising, then a report that he was found by police in a car at 4:30 a.m. with a woman who was not his wife – and that he didn’t have a driver’s license for a decade – and finally nearly all of his top campaign staff deserting him. FitzGerald’s collapse is all the more remarkable — and worrisome for Democrats — for a few reasons…”
Michelle Nunn, Georgia’s Democrat candidate for Senate, attempted to distance herself from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid by stating that she would not necessarily vote to re-elect him. As the Washington Post points out, this makes no sense.
“Nunn’s sidestep away from the Senate majority leader vote is kind of silly. Ok, a lot silly.
“First, senate leadership elections are secret, unlike the House Speaker election, for example. So, there’s not going to be any paper trail for Nunn if she did go renegade. Second, and more importantly, if Democrats keep the Senate, there doesn’t seem to be much chance of Reid facing an usurper from within his own ranks in 2015.
“And, Nunn and her campaign clearly think that the endless attacks tying her to Reid and Obama may hurt her, given the campaign memo that leaked last month, which revealed the kinds of voters who the candidate’s team is targeting and who need to be reassured that she’s not “too liberal.” (Reid’s leadership PAC, Searchlight Leadership Fund, has given $10,000 to Nunn’s campaign this year.)”