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Controversial FEC Nominee Withdraws

By Ben Pershing
Controversial Federal Election Commission nominee Hans von Spakovsky has withdrawn his name from consideration for the post, potentially clearing the way for a deal that could get the crippled agency back up and running.

Von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department lawyer and Republican nominee to the commission, told the White House Friday he was withdrawing his name. His candidacy has been at the center of a partisan standoff in the Senate, as Democrats strongly opposed him for his past work on voting rights issues. With four vacancies on the commission -- two from each party -- Democrats wanted to vote on each nominee separately so they could kill von Spakovsky's chances. But Republicans insisted on voting on all four nominees as a group, and neither side would budge.

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Posted at 6:46 PM ET on May 16, 2008  | Category:  The Green Zone
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Obama must pay the price for breaking the hearts of millions of women. I would have gladly voted for Obama any other year, but not this year. He's insensitive and thoughtless, and his supporters are mean and moralistic. Never before have I voted Republican, but this November I will gladly vote for Senator McCain. It helps that he is an honourable and patriotic American. As for Roe vs. Wade: all you young women who betrayed Hillary can go to Canada for your abortions. McCain for President !!!

Posted by: Jane | May 20, 2008 5:30 PM

Democrats for McCain in '08!!!!

Posted by: Scott D | May 19, 2008 8:33 AM

WOMEN VOTERS WILL STAY HOME NOVEMBER OR VOTE FOR McCAVE!

88 YEARS AGO, ALICE PAUL MARCHED AND WOODROW'S THUGS ATTACKED HER CONTINGENT OF MARCHING WOMEN FOR THE VOTE...

2008 - DNC, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, AXELROD AND OBAMA, OPRAH AND GEORGE SOROS ARE ATTACKING WOMEN ALL OVER AGAIN...MEDIA GAVE OBAMA LEG UP AND PROMOTED HIM LIKE THE SECOND COMING...CHRIS MATTHEWS' HAD TINGLING WHENEVER HE HEARD OBAMA AND COMPARED HIS SPEECH TO THE NEW TESTAMENT. MEANTINME HILLARY WAS BEING BEATEN BY SEXIST REMARKS TO A PULP...

WELL, NO MORE 'BACK AT THE END OF THE BUS, LADIES"

OBAMA SWEETIE, I JUST WATCHED YOU ON YOUTUBE UNDER 'OBAMA GIVES HILLARY THE F*NGER' -- AND I SAY TO YOU:

GO TAKE A HIKE IN KENYA, YOU IMMATURE PANTSY HIGHSCHOOLER!

VOTING FOR BARACK IS LIKE GIVING YOUR NEW CAR'S KEYS TO YOUR TEENAGED SON OUT ON HIS FIRST DATE! NO WAY, SWEETIE!!

Posted by: paraskeve | May 17, 2008 6:21 PM

WOMEN VOTERS WILL STAY HOME NOVEMBER OR VOTE FOR McCAVE!

88 YEARS AGO, ALICE PAUL MARCHED AND WOODROW'S THUGS ATTACKED HER CONTINGENT OF MARCHING WOMEN FOR THE VOTE...

2008 - DNC, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, AXELROD AND OBAMA, OPRAH AND GEORGE SOROS ARE ATTACKING WOMEN ALL OVER AGAIN...MEDIA GAVE OBAMA LEG UP AND PROMOTED HIM LIKE THE SECOND COMING...CHRIS MATTHEWS' HAD TINGLING WHENEVER HE HEARD OBAMA AND COMPARED HIS SPEECH TO THE NEW TESTAMENT. MEANTINME HILLARY WAS BEING BEATEN BY SEXIST REMARKS TO A PULP...

WELL, NO MORE 'BACK AT THE END OF THE BUS, LADIES"

OBAMA SWEETIE, I JUST WATCHED YOU ON YOUTUBE UNDER 'OBAMA GIVES HILLARY THE F*NGER' -- AND I SAY TO YOU:

GO TAKE A HIKE IN KENYA, YOU IMMATURE PANTSY HIGHSCHOOLER!

VOTING FOR BARACK IS LIKE GIVING YOUR NEW CAR'S KEYS TO YOUR TEENAGED SON OUT ON HIS FIRST DATE! NO WAY, SWEETIE!!

Posted by: paraskeve | May 17, 2008 6:21 PM

JACKSMITH is right on target 100%!

Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who csn fight McCave and WIN. If the arrogantly Obamyopic DNC insists on pushing Obama, the game's over for Dems in November. Pay attention Steve Corbett's TURN DOWN reports. Thousands of women voters will refuse to sit at the DNC's BACK OF THE BUS campaign and will drop out of the party--voting for McCave instead, or staying home.

Obama's gaily arrogant sexist remarks will look better suited in Kenya. He was there last year actively campaigning for his marxist-islamist Cousin Odinga. Odinga was advocating SHARIA LAW and special 'chastity provisions' for fully covered girls and women in Kenya. He lost the elections in Decmeber and his gangs started raping families and burning churches. So Barack called Condi Rice and he got the green light to write a (what else?) a Healing Speech for Kenya--against the wishes of the then president Kikuyu who told Obama to not interfere in is sovereign country's affairs.

Now that his cousin Odinga is President of Kenya, Obama should visit the fatherland and apply for the Vice-Presidential post. Now,that would be what I'd call a REAL DREAM TICKET, right "sweetie"?!!

Odinga President of Kenya
Obama Vice-President


P.S. Barrack can be as gaily sexist to his sweet dear heart's full content. There he can proudly exclaim: BACK AT THE END OF THE BUS, LADIES!

Posted by: mary | May 17, 2008 6:14 PM

HILLARY CLINTON IS THE GREATEST CAMPAIGNER IN AMERICAN HISTORY !!!

HILLARY CLINTON CAN BEST WIN IN NOVEMBER:

IT'S ABOUT ELECTABILITY !!!

It's time for everyone to face the truth. Barack Obama has no real chance of winning the national election in November at this time. His crushing defeat in Pennsylvania, and loss in Indiana and West Virginia makes that fact crystal clear. His best, and only real chance of winning in November is on a ticket with Hillary Clinton as her VP.

Sen. Obama has zero chance of winning against the republican attack machine, and their unlimited money, and resources without Hillary Clinton. Zero chance.

It is absolutely essential that the democrats take back the Whitehouse in November. America, and the American people are in a very desperate condition now. And the whole World has been doing all that they can to help keep us propped up.

Hillary Clinton say's that the heat, and decisions in the Whitehouse are much tougher than the ones on the campaign trail. But I think Sen. Obama faces a test of whether he has what it takes to be a commander and chief by facing the difficult facts, and the truth before him. And by doing what is best for the American people by dropping out of the race, and offering his whole hearted assistance to Hillary Clinton to help her take back the Whitehouse for the American people, and the World.

Sen. Obama is a great speaker. And I am confident he can explain to the American people the need, and wisdom of such a personal sacrifice for them. It should be clear to everyone by now that Hillary Clinton is fighting her heart out for the American people. She has known for a long time that Sen. Obama can not win this November. You have to remember that the Clinton's have won the Whitehouse twice before. They know what it takes.

If Sen. Obama fails his test of commander and chief we can only hope that Hillary Clinton can continue her heroic fight for the American people. And that she prevails. She will need all the continual support and help we can give her. She may fight like a superhuman. But she is only human.

Don't be fooled by the pledged delegate, and math arguments. Neither candidate has the necessary pledged delegates. The entire delegates counts, and votes from Florida, and Michigan are not even being counted. Plus the democratic caucuses, and primarys have been heavily corrupted by fraud, and vote cheating. The only relevant question now is who can best WIN IN NOVEMBER and take back the Whitehouse for the American people. And the answer is HILLARY CLINTON. Everyone knows that now.

Sincerely

Jacksmith... Working Class :-)

p.s. Cynthia Ruccia - I'm with ya baby. All the way. "Clinton Supporters Count Too."

Posted by: jacksmith | May 17, 2008 4:00 PM

Well there was no urgency on the Democrats part to have the quorum on the committee. McCain kind of broke the rules by using the promise of public funds for a loan guarantee and then not applying for them. It stretches the rules pretty hard, but probably doesn't break them.
On the other hand the Republicans have an $85 million welfare check hanging in the balance. If the commission can't make a decision then they can't release his funds. So in this case the GOP gave in and the anti voting rights commissioner withdrew.
Now we get to see who gets nominated in his place. If Bush decides that he wants someone controversial then we could be back where we started.
The Democrats have an incentive at this point to delay if they can push it out past November and they have the means to do so. They could try to actually make the commission work by insisting on a new nominee who will actually implement the spirit of the law instead of a political hack working for his or her party. I don't know if Obama's fund raising is a fluke or if we are now in an era where people will pay for honest representation of their interests instead of letting those who can make money off of Washington own the process by paying the bills, but if we are in a new era it would make sense for the Democrats to push for enforcement of the law.

Posted by: Tom Fiore | May 17, 2008 12:14 PM

Today (5/17/08) at approximatley 10:45 a.m. (EDT) on MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan, in discussing President Bush's remarks to the Israeli Knesset and Barak Obaman's response, said, as if a fact, that American Jews contribute half of the money that the Democratic National Committee receives. He was saying that Bush's comments in Israel were made to damage Obama with the American Jewish community, and used the donation comment to help make his point.I wonder what the source of his statement is, if there is any source at all, and if it is not true will MSNBC issue a correction or retraction?

Posted by: David Eden | May 17, 2008 11:27 AM

ewww, obama.
yuck.

(talking on a level obamaites understand

Either we're elitists or dumb. C'mon...get your talking points straight! You'll wind up on Hardball looking as stupid as all the uninformed, ignorant right wing idiots.


Posted by: Anonymous | May 17, 2008 10:19 AM

ewww, obama.
yuck.

(talking on a level obamaites understand

Posted by: Anonymous | May 17, 2008 10:13 AM

DD says, "HE KNOWS BETTER HOW TO RUN THE COUNTRY."

Well you left one little letter out of one little word, "he knows better how to 'RUIN' the country." My sentence makes much more sense DD and my sentence is TRUE since he took all his lessons from Shrub!

Posted by: MadasHell | May 17, 2008 9:13 AM

Does anything think Bush would or could nominate anyone with integrity? Didn't think so.

McCain playing loose with the rules, well I can only say I hope it comes to bite him in the a$$.

Mr. Maverick my a$$.

Live Frankly

Posted by: MsJoanne | May 17, 2008 8:58 AM

George Washington could not tell a lie.
Richard Nixon could not tell the truth.
Hillary Clinton can not tell the difference!!!

Hillary 2008!!! :-)

Posted by: Giovanni | May 17, 2008 7:33 AM

Well, I admit my girlfriend and I will miss Hillary Clinton. We used to wake up (we live in Europe) and watch the latest The Daily Show, or check youtube for her speeches, and well, it was good to start a day with a good laugh.
With McCain it will not be the same :-(

Posted by: Giovanni | May 17, 2008 7:31 AM

When Obama said in a speech that: "if elected president he would meet, with preparation but without preconditions, leaders Bush has avoided, such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, North Korea's Kim Jong-il and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.". The QUESTION IS: Why has Obama ignored to mention "CUBA's present Government and its Leader Castro?".

Is it perhaps because he wants to protect his candidature with Democrat voters (residents) in Florida (Cubans), who do not share his views.

Obama always chooses the right words to impress voters, but what about the real situation in America (security, poverty, lack of work, health plan etc.).

I believe Democrats would be safer in voting for Hillary Clinton, who seems a person with more common sense with respect to the present situation in the USA, on the above-mentioned issues.

Posted by: gasby | May 17, 2008 6:52 AM

WE HAVE TO SUPPORT SENATOR MCCAIN HE HAS TO WIN THE NOMINAION. BECAUSE HE IS MATURE
HE KNOWS BETTER HOW TO RUN THE COUNTRY.

GO AHEAD, SENATOR, AND WIN.

Posted by: DD. | May 17, 2008 3:06 AM

WE HAVE TO SUPPORT SENATOR MCCAIN HE HAS TO WIN THE NOMINAION. BECAUSE HE IS MATURE
HE KNOWS BETTER HOW TO RUN THE COUNTRY.

GO AHEAD, SENATOR, AND WIN.

Posted by: DD. | May 17, 2008 3:06 AM

What a jackass.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 16, 2008 11:01 PM

La di da.

Rock on Hillary. This race is FAR from over. August, 2008 to be exact. Neither candidate has the magic number yet and won't.

Anything can happen at anytime and will. Obama is unqualified and unelectable.

The Dems would be foolish to nominate an unqualified an unelectable candidate Barack Obama. Really, really foolish.

The backlash has begun. Operation Turn Down Obama on Steve Corbett's radio show in Pennsylvania.

The backlash has begun. Clinton Supporters Count Too, a group of men and women who are mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore. HCFPinOH@gmail.com

The Democratic party has failed to denounce the sexism, classism and racism in this campaign. The Democratic party is complicit in disenfranchising voters in Michigan and Florida with Obama.

It's Hillary or McCain. Country first, party second. Send the Democratic party a strong message, we will not stand for sexism, classism, racism and voter disenfranchisement. Show Hillary Clinton the respect she has earned.

Posted by: JJ | May 16, 2008 10:27 PM

Well now, JakeD, sorta depends on if you are supporting a RINO who ignores Party Demands, as the Nominee of the Party?!

IMHO-The SOONER McAmnesty faces the Fact that his earlier Contest with Bushie, were NOTHING compared to what the Libbies are going to throw, and GETS OUT,

The Better! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 16, 2008 7:10 PM

Oh, darn -- not good news for McCain ...

Posted by: JakeD | May 16, 2008 7:01 PM

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