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Reconciliation

How was my day? I warmed up to Richard Lugar's energy-efficiency proposal; noted that the effect of all these anti-incumbent, anti-Washington primaries was going to be to empower Washington-based political parties; and looked at the government's "IT gap."

How was your day?

1) Debt now ranks as America's top fear, matching terrorism and besting climate change, unemployment, health-care costs and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2) The psychology of denial movements.

3) Lindsey Graham abandons the carbon-pricing bill he helped build.

4) "I'm trying to think what it would take to change the dynamic on climate legislation, and failing to come up with anything." Link.

5) A Post reporter was in a plane that flipped over upon landing today -- and managed to film the whole thing.

Recipe of the day: Grilled gazpacho.

By Ezra Klein  |  June 8, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
 
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He's probably going to vote for Murkowski's amendment to block EPA enforcement of carbon emissions tomorrow, so that's not exactly the moment to also come out in favor of a climate bill.

The GOP has apparently decided that the oil spill is a nothingburger, and will maintain their 100% anti-environment policy stance.

And its hard, in this moment, to see that they're wrong, politically. Obama is being whupped over the spill, which is insane relative to what deregulation and cronyism (two GOP perennial faves) have contributed to the disaster.

Jon Chait is correct over at TNR - Graham just wanted to kvetch and bail out of climate legislation, and Reid's (dumb) immigration feint was all he needed.

Posted by: RalfW | June 8, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

maybe tomorrow Ezra can talk about this:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38219.html


A serious catch-22 that there's no good answer for. If you don't get rid of the cap in benefits then there's a gaping hole but if you do then you price people that need some coverage out of the market.

Quite a pickle.

Posted by: visionbrkr | June 8, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"Obama is being whupped over the spill, which is insane relative to what deregulation and cronyism (two GOP perennial faves) have contributed to the disaster."

People tend to judge more on reaction than probable cause. Ergo: don't sit there blaming your brother, just clean up this mess!

It's less about the past than what the head cheese is doing right now.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | June 8, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

"Debt now ranks as America's top fear, matching terrorism and besting climate change, unemployment, health-care costs and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

So what's on the agenda for the Democrats?

MORE SPENDING!

Nice...

Posted by: WrongfulDeath | June 9, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

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