Saturday, December 12, 2015

I Take Back a Lot of the Bad Things I've Said About Jon Stewart in the Past

Not all of it, but a lot of it. In recent years I found him sort of shrill and not so funny-he was never as funny as Stephen Colbert; of course Colbert is not so funny either when he's not trolling Bill O'Reilly.

But I give Stewart much respect for what he's accomplished for the first responders.

McConnell poised to give Jon Stewart what he wants

The Senate leader's office says McConnell always intended to back a health bill for 9/11 responders that the comedian has implored Congress to pass.

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Sure Mitch McConnell did. He was just first using it as a bargaining chip to defeat the Democrats in budget talks.

So if we are to believe McConnell, Stewart had no effect on this legislation whatever?

After weeks of withering criticism from comedian Jon Stewart, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell guaranteed on Friday that a health care bill for 9/11 first responders will be included in a must-pass, year-end spending deal.

Stewart has barnstormed Capitol Hill and blanketed the media, including his old show this week, in an all-out lobbying campaign for the roughly $8 billion measure.

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As for McConnell, Stewart is not impressed:

"Stewart has been on a warpath for the bill to help 9/11 responders, many of whom suffer from cancer and other health ailments. On Monday, he returned to "The Daily Show" and singled out McConnell, accusing him of caring about little "other than politics” after Democrats posited that the GOP leader was using the Sept. 11 legislation as a bargaining chip on a transportation bill.

"So far, he has been an enormous obstacle, unwilling to move the bill forward for purely political reasons," Stewart said. "He's not nice."

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Mitch McConnell holding back on something that is the right thing to do for purely political reasons? That doesn't sound like him. Or does it

Senate rips up Obama's nomination wish list

With the end of the year approaching, 19 judges and other picks are still waiting for a vote.

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Then again, remember what McConnell said during our worst economic crisis since the Depression-he had the right priority then. He said My number one priority is to make the President a one term proposition. 

There's a guy not blinded by politics. 

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