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Karl Rove super PAC apologizes for tasteless "joke" about Commerce Secretary John Bryson

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Via an email alert:

Commerce Secretary John Bryson suffered a seizure in connection with two hit-and-run crashes in the San Gabriel Valley, the Commerce Department said today.

Los Angeles County officials have reported that Bryson, 68, was involved in the two hit-and-run incidents in the San Gabriel Valley on Saturday before being found unconscious inside his Lexus by authorities.

More soon at http://www.latimes.com.

Per MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell just now, he's been released from the hospital. There was no alcohol, no drug impairment, and was driving his own car on his own personal time.

Funny stuff, huh? No? You don't think so? Well, you would be correct, as opposed to say, the Twitter account of Karl Rove's super PAC, American Crossroads:

Via

Oh, but that's okay, they said they were sorry:

(CNN) - American Crossroads, the conservative super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, apologized on Twitter Monday after using the social messaging site to suggest Commerce Secretary John Bryson was intoxicated when he was involved in a weekend traffic accident outside Los Angeles.

Key words: "Failed miserably" and "before facts known".

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James Inhofe places hold on Commerce nominee until Congress moves forward on key trade deals

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Way to go, Inhofe! Keep up the good work! Chalk up another hostage taken, and more obstruction by the Party of No. aka BlockHeads. Via The Hill:

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Tuesday he had placed a hold on the nomination of John Bryson to head up the Commerce Department, criticizing the former energy company executive for founding a major environmental group in the 1970s.

Oh noes! Bryson wouldn't know a corporation from an incandescent light bulb. He's nothing more than a dirty '70s era commie tree-hugging eco-terrorist hippie!

Wait. He's not?

Bryson’s supporters say he is anything but extreme. He spent much of his career as an energy executive, serving as CEO of Edison International, a California-based electric power generator, for 18 years.

Before his time at Edison International, Bryson spent years working on water and power issues in California, first as chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board in the late 1970s and then as head of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Ah, so he's a corporate ex-dirty commie tree-hugging eco-terrorist hippie. Okay, what's really up? What's the GOP after this time?

Republicans have said they would hold up Bryson’s nomination until Congress moves forward on three key trade deals.

Bingo.

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Video- Fox's Bolling: Commerce Secretary Nominee John Bryson "Is So Pro-Green" That "You Could Almost Call Him An Eco-Terrorist"

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Yeah, this Bolling throw back is the guy most likely to take Beck's place in the afternoons. Hard to believe huh? Via MM.

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Quickie: 44 GOP senators already pledged filibuster of Commerce Dep't. nomination

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Today's Quickie:

Via Matt Yglesias at Think Progress:

[E]ven though Bryson’s record is completely uncontroversial, there are 44 Republican Senators who have pledged to block the confirmation of any Commerce Secretary “until Obama submits for ratification trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea.”

The state of our government:

That was today's Quickie. Will you still respect me in the morning?

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Google CEO as next Secretary of Commerce?

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I'll have to Google this:

The word in Washington is that President Obama is close to naming departing [Google] CEO Eric Schmidt as the nation's next Secretary of Commerce.[...]

Former Reagan Administration Commerce Department counsel Clyde Prestowitz essentially endorsed Schmidt for the job.

That bodes well for a smooth confirmation process. Bing must be furious.

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