DAILY WISCONSIN

Congress

Calls It Quits

“I have determined that it is in the best interest of my constituents and my family to end my time in Congress at the end of this year and not seek re-election,” she said in a Facebook post. “Too many women have been harmed by harassment in the workplace. In the terrible situation in my office, I could have and should have done better.”

Via Congresswoman Esty Leaving Elected Office | CAFFEINATED POLITICS

Time to Go

There is no room for this behavior.  None. Connecticut Democratic Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty must resign at once for actions that can, in no way, be condoned.  The Washington Post reports in detailed account how Esty did not act when she found out her chief of staff threatened to murder a woman who worked in the office.  To make matters even more bizarre Esty also wrote the man a letter of recommendation!

Via Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty Must Resign—Now | CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

Key Graf

“There is no way I would want to be in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s shoes.  He does not have a smooth walk ahead.  But that is not due to his lack of skill or intellect.  Rather it has to do with the rabble that he has to deal with in his caucus and also from…

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Here’s the thing… Ryan will be a fine Speaker. And he is certainly the most conservative Speaker in my lifetime. But it’s a thankless job, and as someone who hoped that Ryan would one day ascend to higher office, being the Speaker make that much less likely.

Via Paul Ryan to Be New Speaker @ Boots & Sabers.

Eleven-Hour Fiasco

AND: From Amy Davidson in The New Yorker:

Clinton has been immersed in politics for decades, and yet the panel managed to make the contrast between her manner and the ways of Washington look stark. She appeared to be a sensible outsider. At 7:15 P.M., nine hours after the hearings began, Martha Roby, of Alabama, asked Clinton about her movements when she went home on the night of the attack. “Were you alone?” she asked. Yes, Clinton said. “The whole night?” Clinton started to laugh once more. “I don’t see why that’s funny,” Roby said. Not funny, perhaps, but, like the Benghazi committee itself, absurd.

Via “Trey Gowdy Says His 11-Hour Benghazi Hearing Didn’t Reveal Anything New.” @ Althouse.

Predicting ‘No’

After spectator blogging about Congressman Ryan for the past decade, my first instinct tells me that although he is a career opportunist of the first kind, he knows that history shows the House Speaker position (even under more amicable circumstances) would probably be the end of the line for his carefully laid personal ambitions in government – and that’s really all that matters to Ryan. Let’s just say he’s got bigger priorities.

Via Prediction: Paul Ryan Will Not Run For Speaker @ Rock Netroots.

Motivations

The quip from incoming house speaker Kevin McCarthy says all that needs saying when it comes to the ongoing, continual, meaningless political game the Republicans are playing with Benghazi. Republicans have cheapened the narrative over Benghazi and proved they are intent only on playing in the shallow end of the pool. What they should be more concerned about is how this plays with an electorate that is not in the mood for more of the same from congress. Using committee hearings on Benghazi for political gain does not restore the institution of congress or move this nation forward.

Via Benghazi All About Politics For Republicans @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

Now they tell us

So… skilled, professional drafters… failing to check the cross-references. That’s the story. As opposed to the idea that the loss of the subsidies was supposed to motivate the states to set up exchanges. Via “Four Words That Imperil Health Care Law Were All a Mistake, Writers Now Say” @ Althouse.

Best seats in the House

Of the 435 House members who took office last week, no Republican got more votes from their constituents (231,160) than Jim Sensenbrenner of Menomonee Falls. And no Democrat got more votes (224,920) than Mark Pocan of Madison. These two lawmakers, in neighboring congressional districts, were easily the top two “vote-getters” in races for the U.S.…