Right Wing Round-Up

  • John Nichols reports that during the debate over the economic stimulus legislation Karl Rove and key congressional Republicans — led by Maine Senator Susan Collins — aggressively attacked the $900 million included for preparation for a possible pandemic which, given the sudden rise of swine flu, seems awfully short-sighted.
  • Pam notes that Rick Warren continues his anti-gay ways by addressing a gathering of Episcopalians from churches that broke away from the national Episcopal Church over the acceptance of gay clergy.
  • On RH Reality Check, Debra Taylor recounts how “teaching about intolerance in my high school Ethics class in a small town in Oklahoma lead to a real life lesson for my students when I was forced to resign for insubordination” for trying to teach The Laramie Project.
  • Steve Benen tells NOM’s Maggie Gallagher that she should have quit while she was behind.
  • TPM reports that the DCCC it taking on the massive task of debunking Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s incessant lies via a newly unveiled website – and Bachmann is already using it in a new fundraising pitch.
  • Doug Kendall and Simon Lazarus write in The American Prospect that “The judicial-nomination wars are back … [and] conservatives are primed for a fight over even the most moderate nominees” and the authors worry that “the White House is reluctantly entering this fray with a less-than-fully-baked game plan that could simultaneously undermine the president’s chances to change the direction of the federal courts and stall his broader agenda.”
  • Finally, in honor of my earlier post on my past experience with the John Birch Society, I give you this: