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The National Organization for Women on Thursday condemned the tabloid website Gawker for publishing an anonymous account of a man’s sexual encounter three years ago with Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell.If there's a funny thing about this hit piece, it's that there was actually no sex*. If you really care to know why, read the piece, though I warn you that it's a crass story and highly unlikely on a couple of levels. I'm not going to bother with the details here; they are simply not important.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist would caucus with Senate Democrats if he wins Florida’s three-way U.S. Senate contest on Tuesday, a close advisor told Washington Wire Friday...Watching Crist implode has been a heck of a lot of fun. Crist is the quintessential Republican 'moderate,' a man whose "positions" exist only to gather enough votes to keep him in power. He went into the GOP primary a heavy favorite*, and as soon as it turned out that he was going to lose the primary, he bolted and began a run as an independent**. He's pulling a solid second, still trailing Marco Rubio by double digits in a number of polls, but leading the Democrat, Kendrick Meeks. Then began the desperation of this week, trying to get Meeks to drop out, first via Bill Clinton, and now by promising to be for all intents and purposes a Democrat***.
“Crist is going to caucus with the Democrats,” Mr. Morgan said. “I don’t think there’s any ifs, ands or buts about it. It would be, in a very tight year, almost like a Democratic pickup in a solid Republican state.”
Mr. Morgan says the question of whether Mr. Crist would side with Democrats had nothing to do with any purported deal under which Mr. Meek would quit the race.
I don’t remember when I decided I was a liberal, but I can pinpoint a moment of conscious indoctrination: It was when my 10th grade Social Studies teacher was talking about the U.S. government. Reagan was president at the time, and I remember Mr. Dreyfuss (we’ll call my teacher that, since he was Richard’s doppelganger) explaining how dangerous it was for the executive branch to have too much power. So, he said, thank goodness for the legislative and judicial branches to keepThe author goes on to detail her journey from liberal to conservative, but it is a strange brand of conservatism that does not fear executive power just because one of their own wields it*. While these conservatives pay lip service to the corruption of power, they consistently carve out exceptions for themselves. The term "cult of personality" is fitting for this, I suppose, but "fool" is probably more to the point: if you do not believe you or your power-seeking friends can be corrupted by that power, then you are very foolish indeed**.
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[Katie Couric] really looks for opportunities to feel the earth and touch people.”A non-key reason is that, apparently, she considers an Atlantic port to be in the middle of the country*.
That’s why Couric has spent recent weeks in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is touring what she calls “this great unwashed middle of the country” in an effort to divine the mood of the midterms.
Therein lies a key reason why Couric has sometimes struggled in her current job...
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg could prevent President Obama from winning re-election by running in a third party, former President Jimmy Carter said Monday night...Carter actually told half the truth: Ronald Reagan did get less than 51% of the vote. He got 50.75% to Carter's 41%. But in the other part, he told the Carter Truth*.
Carter reminded Matthews that Ronald Reagan beat him in 1980 with less than 51 percent of the vote, aided by the candidacy of a third-party candidate.
According to two witnesses, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia took fellow Justice Elena Kagan out for a lesson in skeet shooting at his shooting club in Virginia last week...The facts that she does not know how to hold a shotgun and that she hates the Second Amendment are not unrelated. The vast majority of anti-gun liberals I have encountered* have never held a gun. The reason they have never held a gun is that they are afraid of guns. That fear of guns, rather than facts about guns or about shooting or - God forbid - about history are what drives their irrational hatred of guns. It is, like most things liberal, primarily emotional. So how does one overcome that primal fear of guns? If you can, if the liberal will go, you take the liberal shooting**. I'll give you even odds you can make a gun nut out of them in a few hours.
Scalia was bending down in order to teach Kagan how to hold the shotgun, the witnesses say, and the pair were shooting skeet.
Kagan, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama in May and confirmed by the Senate in August, is generally believed to hold negative opinions toward the Second Amendment.
Alamogordo, New Mexico (CNN) – When CNN interviewed Susana Martinez, New Mexico's Republican candidate for Governor, we got a surprise. Our cameraman John Torigoe was trying to clip the microphone pack to the candidate's belt when she pulled away and said "Be careful, that's a gun back there." Martinez tells CNN she has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.I suppose I don't really wonder why that fact leads off a really lengthy story on the Republican who will most likely be New Mexico's next governor. CNN finds it bizarre that anyone would carry a concealed weapon. Little do they realize how much they are helping her campaign by leading off with that fact.
She was packing heat when she addressed a gathering in Alamogordo, New Mexico on Monday.
Angle benefited from two sets of managed expectations this year - the over-the-top Reid ads calling her "crazy" and "nuts," and, strangely, the rise of Christine O'Donnell in Delaware. Angle may not be a conventional politician but compared to the picture Reid painted and the "not a witch" from Delaware, Angle looks rather plausible.She looks more than plausible, she looks downright senatorial. The fact that O' Donnell is a nut will likely result in 2 or 3 conservative Republicans winning, because they are now out of the firing line of the conventional press. As I mentioned before, this is exactly why Karl Rove - who assesses each race individually - should be ignored. The selection of the liberal Castle in Delaware would have likely been a disaster for conservatives; they would have had one more Republican senator who was indistinguishable from the Dems, and surely 1 and probably 2 fewer actual conservatives elected. It is almost always better to follow principle than experts.
Vice President Joe Biden has a message for Republicans... the administration is willing to consider raising from $250,000 the threshold at which higher taxes kick in under President Obama’s tax proposal.If I understand this right, 10 years ago Bush cut taxes on everyone, and as payment for going along, Democrats limited the cut to 10 years. The GOP wants to make the whole shebang permanent, but the Dems picked an arbitrary amount above which they would not go along*. Now the Dems want to make a deal to give the GOP exactly what they asked for the whole time, and all they have to do to get it is to accept exactly what they asked for the whole time.
The quid pro quo: Democrats get the tax cut they want – extending the Bush-era tax cuts for middle class families...
“I don’t have any problem with wealthy people getting a tax cut. I mean, for real,’’ he said. “I mean, these are good guys.”
Juan Williams is right; NPR was way off base firing him for having expressed himself on a TV show. But some are going too far in Williams' name; they vindictively want to totally de-fund the left-leaning NPR because of this outrageous firing.I'm probably going to get kicked out of the VRWC for saying this, but I give to public radio. In fact, I give more than the vast majority of liberals who listen to it. But at least I put my money where my mouth is when I say that it ought to be completely defunded, and not because its filled with lunatics like Nina Totenberg*.
Big mistake. There ought to be uninterrupted public dollars in support of public radio.
Withdrawal of public dollars would raise the specter of official censorship and selective bans on "objectionable ideas, and that would only strangle independent voices on public radio, and on public television as well...
Giving programmatic vetoes to politicians' constituencies will amp up the list of demands and conditions for government funding and thereby change, neuter and defeat the independence of public radio.
Dear MoveOn member,
There are just 13 days left until the election, and with many Democrats trailing in races across the country, Republicans are now within reach of taking over the Senate.
That means Democratic control of the Senate is likely to come down to just a handful of races, including these three which are basically tied but still very winnable:
- Illinois—Alexi Giannoulias: Every poll in this race for two months has been tied. It's the closest Senate race in the country and Alexi is a real progressive fighter.
- Washington—Patty Murray: Murray is the highest-ranking Democratic woman in the Senate. She's been narrowly ahead, but with lots of secret outside money attacking her, her seat is still at serious risk.
It's interesting to see the difference between how the right and left are campaigning these last few weeks - in fact, it's almost the polar opposite of how McCain and Obama campaigned the last weekend of the 2008 election. It was about the Saturday before the election when McCain started in on the "it will be horrible if I lose" meme, which meant, of course, that his campaign and party were resigned to losing, and they did not disappoint. The left has been in that mode for a few weeks - they are not trying to win*, they are trying to avoid losing.
If Republicans win these seats, they'll likely gain control of the Senate. And big corporations are flooding Illinois, Washington state, and Colorado with campaign cash—Karl Rove's organization alone has spent more than $5 million on these races in the last two weeks...
- Colorado—Michael Bennet: Outside interests are spending $750,000 each day in the race, but Bennet has been gaining on his extreme right-wing opponent, and the polls are now showing a statistical dead heat.
Given up on Ron Paul so soon?Well, he was never my savior, so 'given up' is a little harsh. I don't think he'll run. If he ran, I don't think he'd win. If he won, I don't think he'd succeed. But I do hope for all of those things, and yes, I would vote for him*.
In just two weeks we will know if there is hope for funding a massive jobs program, extending unemployment benefits and passing the Employee Free Choice Act. On November 2nd, we will either continue on with the Democrats as a majority party in the House, or we will have Speaker John Boehner. We know that none of the above improvements will happen under Boehner. We must get out and vote like a worker - this election will determine whether we move forward or move backwards!I have always said I don't think Obama's a communist. I don't even think he's a proper socialist - if he was, he would not be looking to sell off GM or AIG. Rather than dumping loser companies back onto the capitalists, he would, like Chavez in Venezuela, be stealing the winning ones from them. He would at least be removing legitimate government assets, like mining claims on public land, from their control. Rather Obama's "socialism" is that of Bush: dumping the losses of the foolish and greedy onto the workers and then freeing those fools to resume their foolishness. From what I can tell, Obama does not believe in any 'system' but his own intelligence* and wisdom. In that sense, he is far more autocrat than socialist.
If the folks who voted for Obama show up at the polls on November 2nd, Democrats will keep the House and Senate in their hands. Our job right now is to make sure the "enthusiasm gap" doesn't keep people from casting their ballots...
The public panned it. Republicans obstructed it. Many Democrats fled from it. Even so, the session of Congress now drawing to a close was the most productive in nearly half a century...Let's say you take your car into the shop for winterization. While it's in there, you tell the mechanic, change the oil, blades, and check the air filter. The mechanic, a very productive fellow, decides that you ought to have a new motor. Against your express wishes, he installs one, replaces the entire drive train, paints the car and tints the windows, replaces your leather interior with pink fur, then sends your kids a bill for $41,000. Has the mechanic failed?
"The amazing thing is that we have had such a productive Congress despite the obstructionism," Hoyer said. "Republicans and their media have successfully sent out a message that the Congress has failed."
In the 1960s Democrats paid the price for events largely outside their control - an escalating war in Vietnam going badly, rowdy anti-war protests and violence in American cities, said Linda Fowler, professor of government at Dartmouth College.it becomes obvious that the basic logic of cause and effect still escapes a whole lot of people*. Too many of them become professors of government, and in more ways than one.
Editor's warning: This report about former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's book about growing up in the segregated South contains language you may find offensive, including the N-word. Rice explained she had to use the word in an interview with CNN to accurately portray what happened at a football game in 1964*. Should you continue reading, we must warn you that we have left her quote intact and have included the word in the story.The sentence in which Rice guarantees to so offend? "Oooh-wee. Look at the nigger run!"
a) the fact that a white guy 45 years ago said, "Look at the nigger run!" out loud
b) the fact that a former SecState used the magic word telling a story about her childhood experiences
c) the fact that black Americans could not attend pro football games until the 1960s
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave the clearest signal yet that the Fed is about to act to further spur the sluggish U.S. economy, stating that "there would appear...to be a case for further action."Saying the battle against inflation was won by the Fed is like saying the battle against an offense is won when they score a touchdown*. The Fed has done everything they could to keep total credit rising**, which is another way of saying "people taking on more debt," and has failed. People cannot and will not take on more debt forever. But now that every tool in the Fed toolbox has failed, the obvious solution is to do the same thing, only with more money: lower interest rates further, purchase even more government bonds, jawbone about 'expectations.'
The Fed chairman, in a speech in Boston Friday morning, said persistently high unemployment poses too great a threat to the economy, and that the central bank needs to weigh the risk of weak prices, rather than focus on its traditional concerns about inflation. He suggested the battle against inflation has largely been won by the Fed.
President Obama had to concede he would not send his own children to a D.C. public school. Sadly, the President has not led on education.Obama is wearing two hats here. The first hat is that of father, and Obama is perfectly correct in not sending his daughters to DC public schools. Obama's job as dad to two daughters means that he ought to take seriously and personally his responsibility to see that they get a decent education, and there is every indication that he has done so. This would be a wise course even were he not the president, but since he is - which fact would likely cause no little disruption in the DC public schools were the girls and their body guards forced to shuffle around like all the other inmates of that system - it's doubly smart.
As for the drug war, I defer to the expert -- the person who has put his life and the lives of his family in danger to take the fight to drug traffickers: Mexican President Felipe Calderon.Huh-huh, he said, "joint efforts."
He has strongly condemned Proposition 19, saying that it reflects lax attitudes toward drug consumption in the United States, which is the life's blood of the drug trade.
Calling the growing acceptance of marijuana use by the American public absurd, Calderon warns that should the measure be adopted, it would only drive up demand and undercut joint efforts by the United States and Mexico to combat the drug cartels. It's a subject he knows well.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico enacted a controversial law on Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs while encouraging government-financed treatment for drug dependency free of charge.The president who signed the bill decriminalizing casual drug use in Mexico?
Why do you think in every election the GOP strategy is always to try to prevent people from voting and the Dem strategy is always to help get all people to the polls?It's a good question. Now, assuming it's true*, there is a very good reason for it. While democrats (small 'd') hold it as an article of faith that more voters is better, the truth is that marginal voters are bad for the country.
(CNN) - Americans are divided over whether President Barack Obama or his predecessor has performed better in the White House, according to a new national poll...I just wanted to post that because, well, I'm sick of Smarmy Obama Zombies and like to make fun of them. Too bad for me* they seem to be an endangered species lately. But it is a rather tough question, this Bush versus Obama, given that I think that both of them will ultimately end up at the C- end of the class, wearing pointy hats and sitting on matching stools.
By 47 to 45 percent, Americans say Obama is a better president than George W. Bush. But that two point margin is down from a 23 point advantage one year ago.
WASHINGTON – The White House blocked efforts by federal scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could have been.There are two sides to this coin: props to the White House for appointing a panel that was willing to pin the blame where it belonged*, boohiss for being the place where it belonged.
That finding comes from a panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the worst offshore oil spill in history.
Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement; the Million Man March, only a lot smaller, and a bit less of a sausage fest; or the Gathering of the Juggalos, but instead of throwing our feces at Tila Tequila, we’ll be actively *not* throwing our feces at Tila Tequila. Join us in the shadow of the Washington Monument. And bring your indoor voice.Which rally will of course be offset* by Stephen Colbert's March to Keep Fear Alive. The Democrats - and make no mistake, both Colbert and Stewart are Democrats - are going to wish neither of these took place.
The U.S. government is now considering raising the age of retirement from the 65-67 year range to 70...Not that I have any argument with the idea that government is run for the rich (of course it is), but I do have an argument that Social Security is "a gain won by workers," especially in light of the fact that the taxes come directly from workers (and only workers) and are paid to people who are not working. "Yeah, but they did work," you say. Yes, they did. But everyone who collects Social Security for 10 years or more is no longer living on what they paid when they worked*, they are living off money directly taken from workers' paychecks, right off the top, without any regard for the needs or desires of those workers. This is only a 'benefit for workers' in the same way that giving you a license to steal from your children because your parents stole from you is a benefit to children.
The capitalist U.S. government, which operates only in the interests of the rich, would like nothing more than to smash yet another gain won by workers, forcing us to work for the profits of the wealthy until we die. Workers need to struggle diligently against this attack and all others until the capitalist system itself is overthrown and socialism is put in its place.
The New England Patriots completed a trade that sent Pro Bowl WR Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday morning, ESPN, the NFL Network and Boston Herald reported.Let's just hope a few years in Boston have given him time to grow up...
The Vikings sent a third-round pick to the Patriots in return for Moss, who becomes a key weapon for Minnesota QB Brett Favre.
Dear Friend,Obviously, such a frontal attack on the True Meaning of Christmas(™) cannot be allowed to stand. But having never heard of this parade, and being the researchy type, I at once steeled myself to look into the very bowels of the internet to learn something about it. Why is this, of all things wise and wonderful, under attack? In what other nefarious ways is it changing? Is Christmas canceled altogether? Will Meghan McCain tweet about it?
The city of Richmond, Virginia, has turned coward because the new sponsor of its annual parade wants to ban the word "Christmas."
When Dominion, an energy company, took over sponsorship of the parade, it told the city it no longer wanted to use "Christmas" as part of the parade name*. Instead, Dominion said it will be known as the "Dominion Holiday Parade." ...
Companies need to know you will stand up for the meaning of Christmas**.
In light of the outpouring of support for retaining “Christmas” in the name, our board has voted to change the name to the “Dominion Christmas Parade.” Dominion has been informed of this decision.Now, if only something can be done about those clowns. I really hate clowns.
I've just returned from a fascinating and wide-ranging interview with former US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton. On the subject of electoral politics and personal ambition, Bolton has been playing a bit coy with the media in recent weeks, refusing to rule out a potential presidential bid in 2012.I just want it to be known that I, as well, refuse to rule out a potential Presidential bid in 2012. Just in case you were wondering.
I am signing Senate Bill 1449.Whoa, Dude, that was heavy.
This bill changes the crime of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana from a misdemeanor punishable only by a $100 fine to an infraction punishable by a $100 fine. ...
I am signing this measure because possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is an infraction in everything but name. The only difference is that because it is a misdemeanor, a criminal defendant is entitled to a jury trial and a defense attorney.
In this time of drastic budget cuts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and the courts cannot afford to expend limited resources prosecuting a crime that carries the same punishment as a traffic ticket.
"The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance."
-- Samuel Adams