by Charles Lemos, Tue Jul 20, 2010 at 08:41:38 PM EDT
Here are some other stories making news today.
Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post writes that with today's vote by South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham to confirm Elana Kagan as a Supreme Court Justice it all but assures that he will face a primary challenge come 2014 when he nexts faces the electorate. Cillizza also posits the names of some possible challengers including that of disgraced Governor Mark Sanford.
The editorial in today's New York Times gets to the heart of the matter as to why much of the GOP is so adamant to take a stand against Elana Kagan.
Yet dozens of Senate Republicans are ready to vote against her, and many are citing her interpretation of the commerce clause of the Constitution, the one that says Congress has the power to regulate commerce among the states. At her confirmation hearings, Ms. Kagan refused to take the Republican bait and agree to suggest limits on that clause’s meaning. This infuriated the conservatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee because it has been that clause, more than any other, that has been at the heart of the expansion of government power since the New Deal.
Joseph Paduda of Managed Care Matters has a short brilliant piece on the hypocrisy of the GOP in a post entitled Demagogues, Deficits and Healthcare.
Uber wingnut Michele Bachmann of Minnesota will hold her first meeting of the Tea Party Caucus tomorrow. Politico has the details on who is in and who is sitting this one out. Indiana's Mike Pence is in but apparently Eric Cantor of Virginia has opted not to join.
America's recent past may have been Mayberry RFD but perhaps our future is like that of Maywood, Califronia. The story in the New York Times.