Courtland Milloy of the Washington Post was impressed with Clarence Thomas's concurring opinion in the Chicago gun rights case by the historical lesson Thomas provided on the importance of gun rights to protecting the freed slaves. Thomas buttressed his arguments about the intent of those who drafted the Fourteenth Amendment with the testimony of Frederick Douglass who wrote, " 'The black man has never had the right either to keep or bear arms,' and that, until he does, 'the work of the Abolitionists was not finished.' "
Chris Cillizza reports that there is a growing movement in West Virginia to hold the election to replace Robert Byrd this year instead of waiting until 2012. It would take the governor to ask the state legislature to take up the issue when they come back into special session this month to deal with education.
Tom Maguire has a lot of fun shooting down the extremely silly column that Kathleen Parker wrote about how Barack Obama is our first female president for some sort of vague reason having to do with his communication style. Maguire sums up his skewering of Parker by concluding, "And do let's find the bright side - Hillary can run in 2012 on a promise to put a man back in the White House."
Democrats in the House are playing politics to prevent a Louisiana Republican congressman from taking a group of representatives down to the coast to see the situation there before they vote on the energy bill.
The fact that the the Democrats were late last year passing a budget and aren't even making a try this year is playing havoc with how federal agencies figure out their funding.
Weasel Zippers points to the hypocrisy of Barack Obama who ridiculed John McCain for talking about establishing a commission to look at the economic collapse of 2008 and yet has now established four such "blue-ribbon" commissions himself.
It's time that more people point out how the Democrats have straight-out lied about the Roberts Court's ruling on Lily Ledbetter. The Democrats like to pretend that she was punished for not filing her complaint even though she didn't know that she ahd been discriminated against. That is just not what the facts of the case are. She knew for years about the discrimination before she filed suit. Ed Whelan has more from his planned testimony today before the Senate Judiciary Committee to respond to the Democratic complaints that the Roberts Court has demonstrated conservative activism. He demonstrates how fallacious those accusations are.
Is there no end to the powers and wonders of Joe Biden? Jim Geraghty cites this promise that Biden made when he was campaigning in Ohio for Lee Fisher who is running against Ron Portman in a tight race for the Senate: “LeBron James is coming back and Lee is going to Washington,” As Geraghty points out, Biden felt comfortable making that promise but just a couple of days ago he said in Milwaukee that “there’s no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession.” That's our Joe.
This is a truly disgusting development out of North Carolina. Krispy Kreme is featuring a Cheerwine donut. That's a concept for a donut that just doesn't work for me. Both are fine separately, but not together. And the reviews are not positive.