The harshest Republican critics of a new law to wipe out the state's $100 billion government worker pension debt argued that the plan should have saved more money or Illinois' temporary income-tax increase that's set to expire will never go away.
President Obama and his party had a bad case of the Mondays. Senate Democrats lost their prized recruit in South Dakota, despite intense effort to clear the path for her. Worse, a new poll showed Gabriel Gomez neck and neck with Ed Markey - who appears to be in danger of letting the Massachusetts Special Election slip away from Democrats.
And that was the good news.
Remember when President Obama prided himself on the desire to get out the red pen and go “line-by-line, page-by-page” through the federal budget to eliminate waste and inefficiency? That was a long time ago. Now, the White House is changing its tune. When it comes to the sequester, “line-by-line” is “piecemeal.” And that’s no way to do business in Washington … at least if you want to hold onto your political leverage for higher taxes.
On this cloudy Tuesday in the Bay State, voters will head to the polls in the Special Election primary battle. As even the liberal National Memo notes, "As Massachusetts voters have recently seen, regardless of how conservative a Republican candidate may be, he or she should never be discounted.