You know the drill by now Baltimore. Its hump day and after all that shite rain that fell yesterday you don’t feel like cooking and you’re anxious to get out of the house and get some tasty food and share pitchers of delicious beer with like-minded friendly people Station North.
This is why you’re bringing yourself down to Joe Squared tonight at 7 for the semi-monthly meeting of the Baltimore Chapter of Drinking Liberally. Just look for the table with the red, white, and blue bottle and pull up a chair.
There’s actually not too many big headlines we need to fit in here today. The president named Elena Kagan as his SCOTUS nominee. It was a generally unsurprising pick and it’s a pretty good one. We like Kagan well enough, and we’re sure she’ll be confirmed sooner or later. Personally, we hope it’s later. We’d love nothing more than for the GOP to keep trotting out John Cornyn and Jeff Sessions all summer and let them make assholes of themselves. Let them scream and cry and fundraise on it all through the summer recess and then lose when congress comes back into session. This is very politically advantageous timing for the Democrats.
This oil spill bullshit is also bound to continue through the summer. The ideas ‘floating around’ for solving it don’t sound too clever right now. A ‘Top Hat’ and a ‘Junk Shot’ hardly seem like sound environmental policy. After this is finally contained and the cleanup has begun, BP, Halliburton and Transocean executives need to be publicly tarred and feathered… and then dragged out and shot just for good measure.
The best story of the week though is over at fivethirtyeight.com where new poll data show that Rep. Joe Sestak has come up with a slight lead over crotchety old self-interested flip flopping Republican-in-Dem-clothing monster Arlen Specter in the PA Democratic Senate Primary. With the election in less than a week, we hope our neighbors to the north finally wise up to old man Arlen’s grass-is-greener politics and toss him out on his ass in favor of a real Democrat.
As much as the Chop loves Obama, Biden, and Ed Rendell, we would gladly see them all thrown under the bus if it means a Sestak win on Tuesday. Specter’s switch to the Democratic party last year was backroom political deal-making of the worst sort, engineered right from the top, and we didn’t buy it for a second.
Joe Squared is at 133 W. North Ave at the corner of Howard Street in Station North. Drinking Liberally meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month and begins at 7 pm, but attendees are free to arrive whenever is convenient.