NCAA Basketball Tournament

March Madness

It seems that the Bracketologist in Chief, in between attending NCAA basketball tournament games and denying the religious liberty of Christian churches and institutions by forcing them to pay for abortions and contraception, took time recently to edit more than his tournament bracket sheet. (See him on ESPN making his March Madness tournament picks.)

It's not only religious institutions. The Obama administration is whipping the states into his ideological conformity through fiat and declaration, as well. It is more than enough for nine state attorneys general, including Virginia's Ken Cuccinelli, who recently released a report on the thousands of new regulatory burdens by the administration that do not meet constitutional muster and/or that are outright violations of law. Said Attorney General Cuccinelli at a news conference last week in Washington:

The release of this report — this laundry list of transgressions — confirms that this Administration repeatedly shows disdain for states, for federal laws it finds inconvenient, the Constitution, the courts, and the American people. This has to stop.

This is not about policy. ... (It is about) this administration's disregard for the law. (President Obama and his deputies are) the greatest set of lawbreakers that have run the federal government in our lifetimes. ...

The report has gained national attention. Paul Bedard has more in his "Washington Secrets" column in the Washington Examiner, here, and Neil Munro at The Daily Caller covers it, here.

It's that time of year, again. Time to fill out your brackets or edit your constitution, whichever is giving you more trouble.

Bracket Busted

Looks like former Attorney General and Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has more than party infighting to soothe on his plate: A Democrat busted his NCAA brackets.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports tonight that his NCAA Basketball Tournament pool, which attracted 787 participants, was won by Greg Scanlon, a researcher for the Democrat state party. An omen or a funny irony? Of course, the T-D is billing it as an embarrassment, as if it's possible to keep out political opponents from an Internet contest or that time wasted studying the athletic strengths and weaknesses of 18-22 year-olds prepping for NBA careers is somehow meaningful. 

Earlier this week, Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax) claimed to have clinched the highest bracket score among his rivals for the Republican nomination for attorney general, Dave Foster and John Brownlee

Scanlon's win might not be the bracket buster along the lines of George Mason's Final Four run a few years ago. But who knows? Maybe in the future, whichever candidates, staffers, etc., get the most brackets correct in basketball pools will replace for pundits who wins the Shad Planking sign battle as the early signal of electoral strength.