What a week. Actually another three words come to mind: This is rich.
1) Former top Obama advisor Robert Gibbs doesn't think the employer mandate will last in the Affordable Care Act. He tells a group in a speech in Colorado Springs this week the mandate, now delayed repeatedly, is only a small part of the law and is likely to be the first to go. Oh, so we can all stop worrying about the mandate; bet the insurance companies were pleased to hear it.
2) Deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is bummed out. He didn't want the Russians to annex Crimea, said if he were still president this wouldn't have happened. He also knows nothing about the golden loaf of bread the protesters found when they stormed his ornate palace.
3) The biggest Tea Party threat to an incumbent is no longer "keynote speaker" at an event selling "white pride" merchandise. Um, the Mississippi GOP wants Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who is challenging Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranBottom line Bottom line Alabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future MORE (R), to explain why he was heading to the Combined Firearm Freedom Day/Tea Party Music Fest in Guntown, Miss. on May 17 where a vendor would be selling, along with Tea Party and Confederate merchandise, some "white pride" goodies as well. McDaniel staff said the candidate is not attending the event.
4) Challenger to endangered Democratic senator gave to Democrats — including her. Rep. Bill CassidyBill CassidySunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist Legislators look to expand health care access through telehealth, biosimilars Infrastructure deal is proof that Congress can still do good, bipartisan work MORE (R) is running against Louisiana Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuCassidy wins reelection in Louisiana Bottom line A decade of making a difference: Senate Caucus on Foster Youth MORE (D), who voted for ObamaCare and polls show is in real trouble, but he also gave her a donation in 2002, because he explained he was liberal once.
5) Iowa's governor wants to do away with the Ames Straw Poll, which focuses the nation's attention on ... yes, Iowa. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) reportedly has concluded the poll has outlived its usefulness and noted Rep. Michelle Bachmann's (R-Minn.) victory in the poll during the 2012 nominating contest, because the ultimate winner has only won the straw poll once. Other Iowa Republicans disagree with the suggested move that could restrict opportunities for a candidate like Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzProposal to move defense bill running into new GOP objections GOP anger with Fauci rises Senate nearing deal on defense bill after setback MORE (R-Texas) to get an early push out of Iowa with a straw poll victory.
Come on — that's weird. All of it.
See you next week.
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Updated April 8 at 2:09 p.m. A previous version misstated Gibbs's comments on the Affordable Care Act.