Friday, January 29, 2010


I haven't had a chance to watch President Obama's confrontation with House Republicans, in which he's generally conceded to have wiped the floor with them -- but I did notice this in the Politico story:

House Minority Leader John Boehner ... introduced Obama to his colleagues and gave the president a stack of Republican policy proposals....

Hmmmm ... is that the stack of Republican policy proposals I think it is? The same one Sarah Palin touts todays on her Facebook page? The one called "Better Solutions"?

Why, yes, it is, according to C-SPAN's video of the event, about 4:30 in:

BOEHNER: ... We've compiled the summaries of [our] alternatives into a document that we call, appropriately, "Better Solutions." ... So, Mr. President, I'm pleased today to present you with a copy of our "Better Solutions." ...

Now, could that be the one Stephen Colbert described last night as containing a mere nine pages of solutions, "along with stock photography and the kinds of generous margins usually reserved for eight-grade term papers"? Well, no -- the handbook available here is newer. It's dated today and is a whopping thirty pages long (though that includes cover, back cover, and a six-page list of economists who back the GOP's ideas). The margins are narrow and there are no pictures.

However, I can't help noticing that this oh-so-timely proposal mocked last night by Colbert...

... is still in there:

All heart, these Republicans. I hope the president enjoys his reading.

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