by Max Brantley
Day kind of petered out. Maybe you can fire it up. A closing thought:
* SNAKE OIL FOR SALE/RAPERT'S FOLLY: As pressure build for an idiotic campaign to let 26 state legislatures control the federal budget (meaning crackpot assemblies in Dixie, Alaska and such), I think it's worth mentioning again Ernest Dumas' column explaining what a bad idea this is.
* SOUTH CAROLINA — WORST STATE IN THE U.S.: With time on their hands, South Carolina legislators are working to pass a law to ban use of foreign laws in South Carolina courts. Nobody has yet even suggested such a thing, the sponsors readily admit, but you can't be too careful. (Where's Jason Rapert when we need him; maybe after he's done with Rapert's Folly to let him and Nate Bell run the federal budget.) I bring it up only because I was interested to learn South Carolina still has some liberals willing to be identified publicly and that they have a sense of humor:
Liberal groups, including the S.C. Progressive Network, say the proposal is a waste of legislative time.
"I'm much more concerned with laws being imposed by aliens from the Planet Oz," said Brett Bursey, the group's director. "A stealth-alien invasion of the minds of our legislators is the most plausible explanation for their obsession with fixing things that aren't broken."
* UPDATE: REPUBLICAN BUDGET CUTS: Republicans (Rep. Burris/Sen. Lamoureux) say they want $21 million in cuts in a $4.7 billion state budget, spread among 11 agencies, but not education or Medicaid. Small potatoes, but a big change in the order of things for a legislative minority to seek to usurp executive budgetary recommendations. I'd like to see the full, specific list and what Republicans have scheduled for the chopping block. They can't pass this without Beebe administration/Democratic backing; unless they threaten to shut down the session to get their way. Rep. Burris has said that is not his intent. We'll see.
* HUCK'S STINGER IS OUT: Mike Huckabee campaigned for Beth Anne Rankin, his former staffer, in the 4th District today. He had a ready comment on the Club for Growth's opponent of Republican opponent Tom Cotton. He said the endorsement would probably help Rankin, because the group had little by way of local connections. He called then "Washington insiders and big money people" interested in protecting "their world," not the world 4th District voters live in. Backatcha, Steve.