Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post wrote today that President Obama’s State of the Union had all of the hallmarks of a “bipartisan, let’s-do-the-right-thing-for-America tone that characterized his 2008 presidential campaign”–albeit with a sharper edge.
Long Island Congressman Peter King doesn’t think however that any exhortations from the president are necessary to cure the Read More
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address is about an hour away and, once again, lawmakers are choosing bipartisan seatmates for the speech. The Politicker reached out to several of the members of New York’s Congressional delegation and found out who they’ll be sitting with at tonight’s event.
It’s been something of a roller-coaster couple of hours for Newt Gingrich. Last night word leaked of an interview with his ex-wife who claimed he wanted “an open marriage.” Then he received a big endorsement from Rick Perry as the Texas governor exited the presidential race.
In the middle of all of this, Long Island Congressman Peter King, seemingly relishing his role as an attack dog for Mitt Romney, got on a conference call with reporters and slammed the former speaker as too erratic and ego-centric to become the president.
“The House is on the line this year,” Mr. King said. “I believe we can take back the Senate. We have to win the presidency. Having Newt at the top puts all of that in danger. And then, if he were elected president, to me the whole country would be in danger”
Peter King appeared on “Imus in the Morning” (albeit with Imus, so it was not the usual insult-fest) and gave a forceful defense of House Speaker John Boehner, and blasted those Tea Partiers who urged the House to reject the deal to extend the payroll tax cut pushed by the Senate and President Obama.
“I think they were just caught up in the fervor of doing what they thought was right,” Mr. King said, but he added that they had a knack for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
“This was initially a victory for the Republicans. President Obama gave in on the millionaire’s surtax. He gave in on the Keystone Pipeline. But we had people in our party who didn’t know when to accept victory and they really drove us to the edge.
Yesterday three members of Congress circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter expressing their disapproval of reports that the NYPD was spying on Muslim and calling for the Department of Justice to investigate.
Write Reps. Judy Chu and Mike Honda of California and Bobby Scott of Illinois:
According to reports, since 2002, the NYPD has engaged in conduct that has singled out Muslims for police contact – stops and investigations – based upon their race, ethnicity or national origin. This surveillance allegedly included targeting mosques, student groups, restaurants and even motorists in both NYC and outside the NYPD’s jurisdiction. The NYPD has reportedly been collecting information on U.S. citizens without probable cause and electronically storing this information and has a database of Muslims in the NYC area. The NYPD has also reportedly been crossing state lines without the knowledge of states that they entered to conduct this operation.
Jon Huntsman made a date to win Ben Stein’s money on Park Avenue next week.
Congressman Peter King voiced his displeasure with Newt Gingrich.
NYPD officers ate Occupy Wall Street’s pizza.
Protesters attempted to occupy President Obama’s speech in New Hampshire.
Sandra Lee said her boyfriend, Governor Andrew Cuomo, enjoys hardboiled eggs.
Congressman Peter King said Mitt Romney is the “most competent” Republican presidential candidate.
Congressman Peter King continued his verbal assault on Occupy Wall Street, appearing on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show and three times accuses the protesters of living in “feces and urine.”
“There was nothing there that was resonating with Middle America,” Mr. King said. “I didn’t see the purpose. I had no idea why the media was cover it the way it was. You really had a tiny tiny percentage of the people taking over the park, sleeping in the park, sleeping in their own feces and urine and that somehow became a national movement.”
Occupy Wall Street
Peter King appeared on the radio show of his favorite person to hate on, Don Imus, and blasted the Occupy Wall Street protesters as a “bunch of lowlife dirtbags. They should have gone out a long time ago.”
Mr. King has long been critical of the Occupy movement, telling a radio host when the protests first began that they were Read More
Long Island Rep. Peter King appeared on the local Fox affiliate yesterday and slammed President Barack Obama’s Israeli policy as a vote on Palestinian statehood looms at the United Nations General Assembly this week.
“He was the one who suggested some moral equivalency between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Israelis and the Iranians,” Mr. King said.
This charge is a frequent one lobbied by the right in Mr. Obama’s direction and is a reference for his push to get both sides to come together for an agreement.