A reader requests that I update the One-Party State Watch. This story about the success of Google's $1.8 million political fundraising dinner serves the purpose.
Another reader asks me what my benchmarks would be for taking the Tea Party seriously. I take it seriously, regardless, but my benchmark for anyone in Congress is whether they can produce an honest budget. That means a budget that is not labeled as "unsustainable" by the Congressional Budget Office. On the Republican side, Paul Ryan meets my standard for seriousness, but he seems to have little or no support. On the Democratic side, I have not heard about anyone in Congress who has proposed budget path that is sustainable as scored by CBO.