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In Pa., Burns backers unite in their dissatisfaction with Washington


President Bill Clinton campaigns with Mark Critz, the Democratic nominee in the special election for the Congressional seat vacated by the death of Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) on May 16 in Johnstown, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Post has reporters in three states covering Tuesday's elections. Read the feeds on the Pennsylvania special House election primary, the Kentucky Republican Senate primary, and the Arkansas Senate Democratic primary.

See earlier: Cranky voters and protests greet final rallies; Heated campaign to fill Murtha's seat

Updated 8:07 p.m.
By Sandhya Somashekhar
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- At the Richland fire hall Monday night, the late Rep. John Murtha's legendary talent for bringing home the bacon was not remembered fondly. The longtime congressman was recalled as the "king of pork." The airport his efforts helped build was referred to as a "Taj Mahal." Years in Washington had disconnected him, some said, from "the people who do the grunt work" and keep America ticking.

By contrast, Tim Burns, the Republican businessman aiming to succeed Murtha in tomorrow's special election, was described as "young, untarnished" by the "wheeling and dealing" in Washington -- the ideal candidate to send a message to Congress about displeasure with the direction of the country.

"He's going to be a change from what's happening right now," said Carol Pruchnic, 67, a self-described housewife and Republican volunteer who attended the election-eve Burns rally. "He's someone who's unconnected to the establishment. We need new blood."

Tuesday's special election in Murtha's western Pennsylvania district will test just how widespread that familiar sentiment extends across the country this year. While Burns's Democratic opponent, Mark Critz, has not held public office before, he was a longtime Murtha staffer who has campaigned on his former boss's legacy.

A Burns victory would signal that voters are so frustrated with national leadership that they are willing to give up the millions of dollars in federal earmarks that fostered development as their traditional manufacturing economy has foundered.

Burns is banking on that sentiment. "This race is is no longer about John Murtha. This race is literally a referendum" on House speaker Nancy Pelosi and the national Democratic Party agenda, he said, repeating what has become his primary talking point in this race.

Among those who milled about after the rally was Vince Golden, 60, a farmer who complains that, despite the region's storied manufacturing past and Murtha's efforts to attract employers, high-quality jobs are nonexistent today. His five college-educated kids have had to move away to find work. He has had to cut production because of the growth of large corporate farms and the vagaries of the dollar.

But he does not blame private industry. He faults what he views as over-regulation by the federal government and high taxes, and he believes corruption is at play.

"I changed nothing. I had a high-quality product. Why am I suffering?" he said, echoing the sentiment of others who feel opportunity permanently slipping away. "My loss is someone else's gain, I'm sure of it -- some desk jockey somewhere."

2:33 pm: Cranky voters and protests greet final rallies

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- In a sign of how contentious the race to succeed the late Rep. John Murtha (D) has become in its waning hours, Democrat Mark Critz was harangued by protesters Monday during a midday stop at a popular hotdog joint in this town about 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh.

About a dozen young supporters of his Republican opponent -- many of whom appeared to be teenagers -- stood outside of Shorty's Lunch in the rain, chanting "Vote Tim Burns!" Critz mingled inside for less than 20 minutes before strolling impassively out the door and on to his next stop.

The acrimony is understandable given the high stakes here in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, in a race that is being watched nationally for its implications for the November midterms. Polls show Critz neck-and-neck with Burns, who has also been traversing the sprawling western Pennsylvania district Monday to win a few more votes before polls open Tuesday morning.

Critz was greeted by a friendlier crowd at Krency's Ice Cream down the road in this factory town, where the district's Democratic roots were on display.

In a gray suit and tie that matched the weather, Critz thrust out his hand over and over to the tables of retirees and factory workers, the lavender-clad waitresses whizzing by with plates of burgers and fries.

"I don't want to interrupt you, I just wanted to say, 'Hi.' I'm running for congress," he told two men in trucker hats and work shirts, who took his hand politely. Both Democrats, one acknowledged later he'd be voting for Burns and the other said he was undecided because of his displeasure with the Democrats' support of the health-care overhaul.

At a nearby table, Richard Gray, 58, a machine operator, said he was a registered Democrat but would be voting for Burns because of his outrage over the health-care bill, which he believes was passed against the wishes of the people. "I'm fed up with the Democrats. It's like they know what's better for us than we do," he said.

Many, however, said they would be voting for Critz because of his years as a staffer for Murtha, and because they perceived Republicans as insensitive to the needs of the middle class. "I think it's important to have someone like Murtha in the seat -- a moderate who identifies with the working man and woman," said Steve Moschetta, 42, a local lawyer.

On his trip around the district Monday, Critz was accompanied by Sen. Robert Casey and by a more unlikely companion -- Jon Bauman, also known as Bowzer from the 1970s group Sha Na Na. Bauman signed autographs for the tickled crowds and in his trademark bass sang a modified version of the chorus from "Blue Moon," which ended with a plea for voters to cast their ballots for Critz.

"I'm a volunteer," he explained later. "It's an election with national implications even though it is really about local issues. It's not about Washington, D.C., it's about Washington, P.A."

7:56 a.m. Heated campaign to fill Murtha's seat

It's a May special election to fill a vacant House seat, but it's hardly been a sleepy affair. Groups have been lavishing money and attention on the race to succeed the late Rep. John Murtha (D), a contest that will be watched closely for what it might say about the November midterms.

Democratic and Republican groups have poured some $2 million into the race, and a series of political heavyweights have paraded through the region, the latest being former president Bill Clinton stumping for the Democratic contender and celebrity Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.) backing the Republican.

The airwaves are choked with political ads, and messages have hung in the air itself; on Friday, the conservative Americans for Prosperity sent a hot air balloon floating across the mountainous western Pennsylvania district to highlight their opposition to environmental cap-and-trade legislation.

For all the scrutiny, what could this race say about November? For starters, it will test the contention by national Republicans that widespread frustration with Democratic leadership in Washington will lead to a wave of voter anger that will carry them to victory in the fall.

Republicans have reason to be particularly optimistic in this culturally conservative district, which encompasses coal towns and suburban Pittsburgh neighborhoods and is largely anti-abortion and supportive of gun rights. Though registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly 2 to 1, voters supported Sen. John McCain over Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. It is just the sort of district Republicans will target this fall.

Not surprisingly, Republican Tim Burns has tried to turn the race into a referendum against national Democrats, labeling a vote for him as a vote against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He has had an easy target in Democrat Mark Critz, who for more than a decade was a staffer in Murtha's office and is by definition a Washington insider.

But Critz has not run from his affiliation with Murtha. Rather, he evokes Murtha's name constantly, promising to funnel federal money to complete highway and other projects and attract jobs to the area, just as Murtha famously did during his 35 years in office.

"As Jack Murtha's economic director, we always looked ahead," he says in a television ad designed to showcase his commitment to creating local jobs.

Critz has repeatedly characterized Burns as a "millionaire businessman" who supports outsourcing American jobs, and his appeals may be working; a poll published last week in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review showed Critz pulling ahead in the final days of the campaign, though Republicans have dismissed it as an outlier.

A victory by Critz would show that the Democratic Party label is not fatal, even in conservative areas where distrust of Obama runs deep. But Democratic strategists caution that the lesson would not necessarily apply in November to Democratic incumbents, who have had to take a series of tough votes over the past year including on health care and the environmental bill known as cap-and-trade, which are decidedly unpopular here. Indeed, Critz has vocally opposed both pieces of legislation.

A win by Burns would be viewed as a major pick-up for Republicans, who aim to take over control of the House and would look to this victory to set the tone for the November elections.

Of course, no one should disregard the peculiarities of this race. Murtha, who died this year from complications arising from gallbladder surgery, is still a beloved character here, remembered for the hundreds of millions of dollars in federal earmarks he secured to bring development to this district in decline.

Burns has tried to distance the race from Murtha's legacy, explaining it this way in an April appearance on the Hannity show on Fox News: "This race is no longer about Jack Murtha. This race now is more about the Obama-Pelosi agenda. People in this district are upset with Washington as usual. They were against the health care bill, they don't want to see cap-and-trade passed, and they want somebody who is outside of Washington that can go in there and make some real changes."

Voters here will not get a reprieve after Tuesday. The winner of the special election will only serve through this year, and the party nominees will again face off in November at the ballot box. But who will be the nominees?

In an odd twist, voters on Tuesday will also vote in their party primary. While it's likely the nominees will again be Critz and Burns, there is an outside chance someone else could win on the Republican side. The Tribune-Review poll, which was conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research, has Burns in a statistical dead heat with one of his primary opponents, Bill Russell, though Burns supporters discount this aspect of the poll as well.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  May 17, 2010; 7:56 AM ET
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Hey realnews:

You forgot to include the New York Times, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, Time, Newsweek, in your list of dishonest media.

Posted by: bot_feeder | May 18, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Out of ALL the races....THIS is the one I would like to see the mail in votes.

I remember the one in Louisanna with the reported "disproportionally high" mail in votes. What was his name...the louisanna purchase sister/brother?

I would like to defintely see this one.

Posted by: RavenGodiva | May 18, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Out of ALL the races....THIS is the one I would like to see the mail in votes.

I remember the one in Louisanna with the reported "disproportionally high" mail in votes. What was his name...the louisanna purchase sister/brother?

I would like to defintely see this one.

Posted by: RavenGodiva | May 18, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Out of ALL the races....THIS is the one I would like to see the mail in votes.

I remember the one in Louisanna with the reported "disproportionally high" mail in votes. What was his name...the louisanna purchase sister/brother?

I would like to defintely see this one.

Posted by: RavenGodiva | May 18, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: NYC_CON | May 17, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I find it disturbing that so many are so ideologically constipated that they can't see things except through their own brand of rose-colored glasses. While I view myself as a conservative, I am realistic enough to see both parties have earned their fair share of criticism for failed policies and actions. Our country has more issues than guns, religion, abortion, social welfare programs, health care or unemployment. Why do too many assume that one or two issues are the root cause of American problems and then launch into caustic tirades accusing those that won't accept their personal views of stupidity, child molestation, mental retardation, racism, or a multiude of other divisive labels? Why has the vitriol reached such high proportions? Using Alinsky tactics to denigrate people with opposing views results in an abject failure to prove a point, and most who resort to name calling can't come up with verifiable facts to prove the positions they take. Moreover, attempting to pigeon-hole large groups of people into generalized categories is an insidious form of prejudice - - and it doesn't have to be racial, gender based or any other category based form of profiling to be vile. Some policy agendas advanced by either party have historically been massive failures and neither side has a right to claim moral perfection. However, each side is accountable to the public for the policies that they advance when in power. At present, the Democrat's majorities in both house of Congress heas enebled them to advance every policy objective desired by a liberal Democrat President. Republicans disagree with the policies but can't advance alternatives when the majority doesn't really want bipartisonship. Republicans may or may not be a party of "No" because nothing they seem to support receives legitimate consideration. As mid-term elections approach, hopefully candidates can actually propose ideas instead of speaking in the rhetoric that has become the standard for candidates. When the majority in the various voting districts become disillusioned by elected officials, whether Republican, Democrat, Liberal or Conservative, they have the right and obligation as citizens to change the direction of Government. We saw that in 2008 and may well see that again in 2010 and 2012. My point is that we should stop the name calling and try to look at the evidence/facts and ideas of candidates objectively. Calling all Republicans lunatics, all Democrats corrupt or Obama the Anti-Christ is not true or productive. We should demand an end to politics as usual by demanding candidates to address specific policy objectives and then vote our consciences. We should look for candidates willing to vote for term limits so that serving the people is more important than dealing for earmarks to help a reelection bid. It's time to remind all that want one of these cushy jobs that they work for all of us and not themselves, any special interests or their egos.

Posted by: blankr | May 17, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

LOL!! The November tidal wave is coming and will wash the liberal crap agendas down the drain. One can only hope that the damage done so far can be reversed.

Posted by: NO-bama
+++++
Really? And are the baggers going to continue their tactics of last summer? Shouting people down and disrupting town halls and other venues? God forbid if anyone should get to listen to what someone has to say and decide for themselves.

Posted by: creatia52 | May 17, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Memo to all of you jobless tea tards: You might want to actually try looking for jobs instead of flooding these boards with your mindless drivel all day, every day.

I'm sure your local 7-11s are hiring.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 17, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow..look at those two grinning like a pair of Christmas Turkeys. I hope ols Jack Murtha likes his new digs way down south and is getting his fair share of pain and abuse down there. Maybe he hooked up with a bunch of his Abscam buddies.

Posted by: MDDem1 | May 17, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double-post. Doggone server keeps timing out.

Posted by: rainmaker1145 | May 17, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

For those who think the health care bill is a gift from heaven. READ THE FINE PRINT! Not only will it bankrupt us further , we will have inferior health care. Look at Europe. Listen to their people, see who comes here to get better care. Do we want to be like them?? I think not. Most of Congress hasn't even read the bill. Look at HOLDER, he even admitted he has not read the AZ law that was just passed. I am hoping the rest of the country joins AZ. It is time to change hands in Congress and the Senate. Those who voted for the Health care bill should be ousted. Rep and Dem.

Posted by: mperkins1 | May 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, now it's "cranky voters" - it's never the policies. Uh-uh. No siree. Those policies are perfect.

Failures that is.

They will never admit they are hurting us. It's always someone else's fault; they are never responsible for the consequences of their decisions and actions. This should serve as the clearest indicator of what we will get if we allow these people to continue.

This seat will go to the Republicans and the Congress will derail any further attempts of Comrade General-Secretary Obamalev to fundamentally transform America.

But that's just the beginning. The Stimulus Bill has been parceled out better than 2 to 1 for Democratic districts versus Republican districts. That will be extremely fertile ground for corruption investigations that we can use to start putting these people away permanently. As more and more get charged, more and more will become desperate to save themselves and that will allow us to roll up the entire corrupt scheme.

We will also be able to undertake a complete investigation and prosecution of the Sestak/Messina/Obama/Emanuel/Specter corruption. At least one of these people committed a felony and it may well be that all of them are part of it. The key is whether or not Mr. Messina is willing to go to jail (just like the Nixon Administration appointees did) to shield the President.

Yep, this is just the beginning. By this time next year I expect to see even better results. If nothing else, we can derail further spending by simply tying up Congress and as long as we can prevent further spending that will be a good thing until we can get Tea Party members in Congress. Then we will have hope for real change and the cranky voters will really start having their revenge whether the Washington Post wants it to happen or not.

Posted by: rainmaker1145 | May 17, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh, now it's "cranky voters" - it's never the policies. Uh-uh. No siree. Those policies are perfect.

Failures that is.

They will never admit they are hurting us. It's always someone else's fault; they are never responsible for the consequences of their decisions and actions. This should serve as the clearest indicator of what we will get if we allow these people to continue.

This seat will go to the Republicans and the Congress will derail any further attempts of Comrade General-Secretary Obamalev to fundamentally transform America.

But that's just the beginning. The Stimulus Bill has been parceled out better than 2 to 1 for Democratic districts versus Republican districts. That will be extremely fertile ground for corruption investigations that we can use to start putting these people away permanently. As more and more get charged, more and more will become desperate to save themselves and that will allow us to roll up the entire corrupt scheme.

We will also be able to undertake a complete investigation and prosecution of the Sestak/Messina/Obama/Emanuel/Specter corruption. At least one of these people committed a felony and it may well be that all of them are part of it. The key is whether or not Mr. Messina is willing to go to jail (just like the Nixon Administration appointees did) to shield the President.

Yep, this is just the beginning. By this time next year I expect to see even better results. If nothing else, we can derail further spending by simply tying up Congress and as long as we can prevent further spending that will be a good thing until we can get Tea Party members in Congress. Then we will have hope for real change and the cranky voters will really start having their revenge whether the Washington Post wants it to happen or not.

Posted by: rainmaker1145 | May 17, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

everyone needs to feel the heat and these congressmen and senators need to know what unemployment is...
no jobs...
no votes...
and don't believe the lie that they can't do anything, because it's a lie...
throw the bums that don't listen to you out...
show them whats it's lie to be unemployed...

Posted by: DwightCollins | May 17, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

NO-bama, you just prove my point by what "white trash" are. That is "white trash" is metaphor for people of any color whose positions and actions are based NOT on facts but are based on LIE and HATE. That is "white trash" as defined here are people who are brain washed by the right-wing (LYING) Media in US to act against their own interest and instead act for the benefit of the ig corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Military, Big Banks, etc. aka Wall Street Gang) even though the "white trash", whatever color they may be, they live in a trailer or something akin to a trailer.

Much more here:
http://RealNewsPost.com?n=think.34034

if you really want to know the FACTS rather than have lying slime bags like Limbaugh, Beck, Fixed news, etc. (aka agents of Wall Street gang) to do the thinking for you.

Posted by: RealNews1 | May 17, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Anger is a useless emotion. It may make animals fight better, but it has no place in intellectual discurse.

Posted by: Capn0ok | May 17, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

RealNews1 is a racist Obama supporter. He said "... and other crazy's and "White Trash", who are easily brain washed by the lunatics of the right-wing Media" on May 17, 2010 at 11:31 AM.

I guess RealNews1 doesn't think there are black trash, yellow trash, brown trash, etc. Therefore, RealNews1 is a racist. Are all liberals Racist? I see many article responses that reflects this tone. So far it seems liberals and democrats are racist.

Posted by: NO-bama | May 17, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Our country is in a straight it is in because, I think, we have been so dumbed down people are like lemmings who lack the ability to think logically with a longer term view other than the tip of their own nose. Obama's healthcare bill is for the benefit of the vast majority of people now and for long time to come. Unless you are a millionnaire many times over, you will get the benefit of it in long term for you and for your children and their children. It's astounding to hear people who are either middle class or lower middle class who complain about the bill! Wake up and read and think for yourselves before you parrot what the pundits or extremists put in your heads.

Posted by: pelohoki | May 17, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Our country is in a straight it is in because, I think, we have been so dumbed down people are like lemmings who lack the ability to think logically with a longer term view other than the tip of their own nose. Obama's healthcare bill is for the benefit of the vast majority of people now and for long time to come. Unless you are a millionnaire many times over, you will get the benefit of it in long term for you and for your children and their children. It's astounding to hear people who are either middle class or lower middle class who complain about the bill! Wake up and read and think for yourselves before you parrot what the pundits or extremists put in your heads.

Posted by: pelohoki | May 17, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

LOL!! The November tidal wave is coming and will wash the liberal crap agendas down the drain. One can only hope that the damage done so far can be reversed.

Posted by: NO-bama | May 17, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Our country is in a straight it is in because, I think, we have been so dumbed down people are like lemmings who lack the ability to think logically with a longer term view other than the tip of their own nose. Obama's healthcare bill is for the benefit of the vast majority of people now and for long time to come. Unless you are a millionnaire many times over, you will get the benefit of it in long term for you and for your children and their children. It's astounding to hear people who are either middle class or lower middle class who complain about the bill! Wake up and read and think for yourselves before you parrot what the pundits or extremists put in your heads.

Posted by: pelohoki | May 17, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama inherited a deficit but what does he do? He bails out union destroyed car companies. Then he signs a no jobs Stimulus Bill that only stimulated the upward palms of leftists, environmentalists and unions. Then he signs a pathetic expensive massive health care take over we could not afford. He promises 100 billion to the IMF that will bail out those lazy socialistic leeches in Greece which we must borrow to pay.
Obama has added two trillion to that deficit and is printing money destroying the dollars worth. He preached transparency and offered none. Democrats have hid behind closed doors, hid bills, offered fraudulent numbers on bills, double talked and bold face lied. No wonder citizens are angry. We need fiscal conservatives and want government to mind its own business. I hope the Dems will get creamed in November and 2012. Just look at what Pelosi said about leaving your job and to go do your thing since you are now covered with health insurance. What a pathetic space unit with little touch to reality and you in Washington want to know why the people are so mad? Please...

Posted by: greatgran1 | May 17, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I grew up there.

Pottstown PA - my mom taught at the private school.

That said - nobody likes the ripoff of American taxpayers by Big Banks - and the lack of Trust Busting of the "Too Big To Fail" firms.

Posted by: WillSeattle | May 17, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Sounds likes the Dems are about to lose the youth vote as well.

Posted by: cleancut77 | May 17, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this election is going to be a turning point as voters are paying more attention to the issues and the candidates. Tricks and expensive campaigns don't look as if they will save anyone, from any party, from being closely examined.

Posted by: 45upnorth | May 17, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Teenagers harassing a candidate - are you SURE they can vote?

More likely it's just some Tea Bag Terrorists that read Ayn Rand and hate American capitalism.

Posted by: WillSeattle | May 17, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey leftie.Nice spin.If that's all ya got then you guy's are toast and you know it!!Come talk after the elections ? : - )

Posted by: votingrevolution | May 17, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey leftie.Nice spin.If that's all ya get then you guy's are toast and you know it!!Come talk after the elections ? : - )

Posted by: votingrevolution | May 17, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Like the rest of patriot America, I don't think pennsylvanians are going to forget the 'unamerican'sleazy tricks they pulled to get the health care takeover passed.Also America desperately needs to bring back checks and balance before the tax and spend Dem's finish off whats left are economy.Do we really want to become like Greece ? REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: votingrevolution | May 17, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Many factors were in play when Brown took Massachusetts. For a more accurate example of the affect of the Tea Party, one should look at the New York 23rd. A "safe" Republican seat went to the Democrats last year for the first time in 125+ years. Why? Ask Doug Hoffman and the Tea Party. Next, look to Florida where a string of Republican Governors is about to be broken. By who? An ex-Republican driven to run as an Independent by the Tea Party. Keep splitting the Consevative vote Teabaggers.


Posted by: Lefty_

Keep pretending lib. The democRAT party's funeral is about to begin.

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 17, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

VOTE REPUBLICAN??????????

The GOP conservatives did such a good job the last 8 years in the White House...

and the GOP controlled Congress from 1993-2006 that's 13 years!

9/11 PROTECTION, KATRINA RESPONSE, IRAQ RUSH TO WAR, FINANCIAL MELTDOWN

Bush Admin Barred Officials From Briefing Congress On Impending Financial Crisis in Fall 2008 -- http://tinyurl.com/2frmajy

Under Pressure, Bush Eased Lending Rules
WASHINGTON (AP) --The Bush administration backed off proposed crackdowns on no-money-down, interest-only mortgages years before the economy collapsed, buckling to pressure from some of the same banks that have now failed. It ignored remarkably prescient warnings that foretold the financial meltdown, according to an Associated Press review of regulatory documents.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28001417/

SEC Chairman Cox Admits Deregulation Caused Crisis
Bush Appointee Christopher Cox, Head of the SEC, who admitted the credit crisis was due to deregulation, burned the oil wells as the Republicans left the White House along with all of the various agency heads. http://tinyurl.com/nzz25g

Posted by: kkrimmer | May 17, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

the republicans put us in our current state of economic affairs and the leadership wants to deflect the blame and put it all on democrats.

Posted by: glenknowles

Forcing Fannie into giving high risk loans was a Republican idea? All those liberal entitlement programs that are such a financial burden to our economy are Republican ideas? Are you smarter than a retard?

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 17, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

the republicans put us in our current state of economic affairs and the leadership wants to deflect the blame and put it all on democrats.

Posted by: glenknowles

Forcing Fannie into giving high risk loans was a Republican idea? All those liberal entitlement programs that are such a financial burden to our economy are Republican ideas? Are you smarter than a retard?

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 17, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

the republicans put us in our current state of economic affairs and the leadership wants to deflect the blame and put it all on democrats.

Posted by: glenknowles

Forcing Fannie into giving high risk loans was a Republican idea? All those liberal entitlement programs that are such a financial burden to our economy are Republican ideas? Are you smarter than a retard?

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 17, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

the republicans put us in our current state of economic affairs and the leadership wants to deflect the blame and put it all on democrats.

Posted by: glenknowles

Forcing Fannie into giving high risk loans was a Republican idea? All those liberal entitlement programs that are such a financial burden to our economy are Republican ideas? Are you smarter than a retard?

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 17, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone with a brain still vote Democxratic Socialist? They are the party of no jobs, huge welfare rolls, high taxes and an end to opportunity in American. Disgusting that anyone would still be dumb enough to vote for any of them.

Posted by: cdorbg | May 17, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone with a brain still vote Democxratic Socialist? They are the party of no jobs, huge welfare rolls, high taxes and an end to opportunity in American. Disgusting that anyone would still be dumb enough to vote for any of them.

Posted by: cdorbg | May 17, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Murtha's head money guy is gonna do anything different. Time to look for somebody new.

Posted by: FLvet | May 17, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

i really can't follow the logic here. the republicans put us in our current state of economic affairs and the leadership wants to deflect the blame and put it all on democrats. i think the media and the right wing of the republican party are reading the tea leaves incorrectly. it's almost as if they are willing the election to be referendum on incumbents. i don't think it will happen.

Posted by: glenknowles | May 17, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

i really can't follow the logic here. the republicans put us in our current state of economic affairs and the leadership wants to deflect the blame and put it all on democrats. i think the media and the right wing of the republican party are reading the tea leaves incorrectly. it's almost as if they are willing the election to be referendum on incumbents. i don't think it will happen.

Posted by: glenknowles | May 17, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

i really can't follow the logic here. the republicans put us in our current state of economic affairs and the leadership wants to deflect the blame and put it all on democrats. i think the media and the right wing of the republican party are reading the tea leaves incorrectly. it's almost as if they are willing the election to be referendum on incumbents. i don't think it will happen.

Posted by: glenknowles | May 17, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

i really can't follow the logic here. the republicans put us in our current state of economic affairs and the leadership wants to deflect the blame and put it all on democrats. i think the media and the right wing of the republican party are reading the tea leaves incorrectly. it's almost as if they are willing the election to be referendum on incumbents. i don't think it will happen.

Posted by: glenknowles | May 17, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but this is one more story in the media-driven narrative that one single election is a barometer for all the others in November. People in western PA and their voting habits certainly don't represent me and vice versa.

How about the media stop creating controversy and stories and simply report on them insead?

Posted by: VAreader | May 17, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The tea bagger "movement" is populated by a small minority of hard-core Republicans who suffer from paranoia and delusions. For conclusive evidence please see the comment above.

Posted by: Observer001

So the election of Senator Brown was done by a "small minority" of hard-core Republicans?
The only ones suffering from a mental illness are libs, who go around chanting CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN, acting as if a failed community organizer was the Messiah!

"IMAGINE........NO LIBERALS!"
Posted by: cschotta1 | May 17, 2010 2:01 PM
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Many factors were in play when Brown took Massachusetts. For a more accurate example of the affect of the Tea Party, one should look at the New York 23rd. A "safe" Republican seat went to the Democrats last year for the first time in 125+ years. Why? Ask Doug Hoffman and the Tea Party. Next, look to Florida where a string of Republican Governors is about to be broken. By who? An ex-Republican driven to run as an Independent by the Tea Party. Keep splitting the Consevative vote Teabaggers.

Posted by: Lefty_ | May 17, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Skeptic1:
"Those people in Western Pennsylvania, they like to cling to Religion and Guns."

presto668:
"Speaking as someone from western PA, this is 100% accurate."

As someone from Western PA (Beaver County) originally, I can say that is not 100% the situation there. Even 15 years ago, I wouldn't have put it close to 100% fitting that description.

Posted by: jim_maryland | May 17, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"Those people in Western Pennsylvania, they like to cling to Religion and Guns."

Speaking as someone from western PA, this is 100% accurate.
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Just un-freaking believable! You're a total friggin moron then.

Relgion and guns don't pay the bills, man! Haven't you dunces figured out you're manipulated by the "economic royalists"(i.e. the Republican party)?

Geezus H friggin christ, man! Are you really that stupid?

The economic royalists are the same folks who want to repeal Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and anthing else which benefits the middle class.

The economic royalists don't serve in the miltiary, live in exclusive gated communities, send their kids to best ivy league colleges, get bailed by the government when they screw up and then pay themselves huge bonuses with tax payer money, and have access to the best health care this country has to offer.

Furthermore, the economic royalists don't care about abortion, gun rights, gay marriage or any of the other divisive "social issues" used to manipulate and control the unwashed masses.

So you and you fellow nit wits can have your guns and Bibles.

The economic royalists abscond with most of the wealth of the country and live a life completely devoid of the worries and concerns of the middle class and poor.

Admit it. You and your fellow bone heads who obsess over these stupid social issues and vote Republican have been had!

Posted by: montana123 | May 17, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The tea bagger "movement" is populated by a small minority of hard-core Republicans who suffer from paranoia and delusions. For conclusive evidence please see the comment above.

Posted by: Observer001

So the election of Senator Brown was done by a "small minority" of hard-core Republicans?
The only ones suffering from a mental illness are libs, who go around chanting CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN, acting as if a failed community organizer was the Messiah!

"IMAGINE........NO LIBERALS!"

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 17, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It speaks volumes about our deteriorating economy and the vast amount of wasted time and money on elections while the country is burning and wars are being waged for lies while soldiers die for what we can only speculate is for one powerful country to dominate a scarce resource but with multi-national corporations getting the benefit of the denationalized Iraqi oil we will only see deficits go up.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | May 17, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

It speaks volumes about our deteriorating economy and the vast amount of wasted time and money on elections while the country is burning and wars are being waged for lies while soldiers die for what we can only speculate is for one powerful country to dominate a scarce resource but with multi-national corporations getting the benefit of the denationalized Iraqi oil we will only see deficits go up.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | May 17, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

To Jacoby:

So cutting taxes for the wealthy (Reagan, George W) and allowing it to 'trickle down' - if it trickles down and doesn't go to Switzerland - works OK for you? As I understand it, MOST corporations don't pay any income tax - that's OK, too?

If there's been a long history of "welfare" at the TOP, why not a few years of help for those in the middle and on the bottom? What's wrong with 'building up' rather than 'trickling down' ...which never seems to happen. As I understand it the income gap for the haves & have-nots' continues to widen - with fewer and fewer families considered as having middle class incomes. How long does it take to realize the "trickle" never seems to happen?

Posted by: ljines1 | May 17, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Skeptic1:
"Those people in Western Pennsylvania, they like to cling to Religion and Guns."

Speaking as someone from western PA, this is 100% accurate.

Posted by: presto668 | May 17, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

“Meanwhile, back in the real world, President Obama scores ANOTHER
SLAM
DUNK
With the bank regulation bill!”
Posted by: BattleOffSamar | May 17, 2010 1:19 PM
On financial regulatory reform, several Republicans have been working with Democrats to shape the bill. Republicans will almost certainly vote for the bill, and it will pass. The bottom line is, Republicans helped bring the Democrats to a more reasonable piece of legislation by unifying against an earlier, unreasonable version. You’re welcome for the two point assist!

Posted by: jahoby | May 17, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

this seat has been held by a democrats for 30 years and there is a 2 to 1 democratic vorer registration advantage. the fact that this is even within single digits shows how damage the liberals in congress have done to the notion of democrats in power.

Posted by: dummypants | May 17, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The Head of the Leftist Snake is Barry Soetoro. His endorsement of a Dem candidate is the kiss of death. The American public has had all it can take of this Radical Totalitarian Socialist Administration and the Socialist Party of Deception. Barry IS the Manchurian President and is intent of weakening this Nation.

Elections of 2010 & 12 Cannot Come Soon Enough !!

Posted by: FraudObama | May 17, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse
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The tea bagger "movement" is populated by a small minority of hard-core Republicans who suffer from paranoia and delusions. For conclusive evidence please see the comment above.

Posted by: Observer001 | May 17, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I told you about it. I warned you about it. Now watch it unfold. Obama is the Anti-Christ. I will warn you once again. The Mark of the Beast on your Forehead is when you Accept the Anti-Christ through Blind Faith. The Mark of the Beast on your Hand is when you Accept the Anti-Christ through Gifts. People Obama is the Anti-Christ.

Posted by: makom | May 17, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse
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makom, if you really believe President Obama is the Anti-Christ then you should be thrilled! Doesn't that mean your longed-for rapture is fast approaching? The day when you and the other true believers are raised up to heaven is, I'm sure, a welcome prospect for you.

If you have a nice car can I have it when you're gone?

Posted by: Observer001 | May 17, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

How about "responsible media," as the Post used to at least pretend to be, stop stoking "Voter Anger" by flashing it about in every headline into which it can be fit.

Most voters are not "angry," because most people are not angry people. Some are and always are. Most people are just getting on with their lives and hoping for the best as the economy slowly recovers, without believing that political hacks and politicians blowing hot and cold can do much to accelerate or slow down that recovery.

One thing is certain, rarely do angry choices turn out to be smart choices.

Posted by: washpost29 | May 17, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

The Head of the Leftist Snake is Barry Soetoro. His endorsement of a Dem candidate is the kiss of death. The American public has had all it can take of this Radical Totalitarian Socialist Administration and the Socialist Party of Deception. Barry IS the Manchurian President and is intent of weakening this Nation.

Elections of 2010 & 12 Cannot Come Soon Enough !!

Posted by: FraudObama | May 17, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

What a great idea to campaign with a sexual predator.

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 17, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are the party of corruption, bigotry, and racism. Just look at these fools as they lie and cheat. Bush was the worst President ever.

Posted by: blarsen1 | May 17, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Ooooooooooooohhhhh, that big, bad gubment!

How dare they try to..um, um actually govern!

Everybody should stand around like us teabaggers - barefoot in overalls and wife-beater tee shirts drinkin' hard liquor out of jelly jars while cussin' the negroes!

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | May 17, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

All you Republicans are full of bull SH##

Posted by: mernatti123 | May 17, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Yes, go on, spew your predictions...

Meanwhile, back in the real world, President Obama scores ANOTHER

SLAM

DUNK

With the bank regulation bill!

Oh reality, why are you such a harsh master?

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | May 17, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

“Robin Hood” opens this weekend. Robin Hood is famous for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, which made him a folk hero in 12th century England. Nowadays, we call that sort of thing “Obamamania.”

Posted by: jahoby | May 17, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"It should be noted, too, that he Post, MSNBC, and the "leaders" of both parties portray the Tea Party as a right wing movement even though 35% of people identifying with it are liberals. The Tea Party is an antiestablishment movement, sick and tired of business as usual. It stands for ending job outsourcing y any means necessary, including the use of trade tariffs and punitive taxes on investments, individual investors and any business doing so. Likewise, it stands for smaller government, directly connected and completely dependent upon the will of the people -- so... no more "leaders", they being replaced by REPRESENTATIVES. Thomas Jefferson was right. Dump incumbents across the board and vote only for candidates endorsed by the Tea Party. We're in this revolution together.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | May 17, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse"

mibrooks is a tea tard? I'm shocked -- shocked!!

PS: Your alleged statistic that 35 percent of teabaggers are liberals is a crock of dung.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 17, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see gains by the GOP this fall, even maybe a majority in the House or Senate.

If they have a stake in governing again, maybe they can move past being the party of 'no'.
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Amen. Either the GOP'ers are part of the solution or part of the problem. It's time for all these conservatives to put up or shut up.

Posted by: massmedia77 | May 17, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

But Democratic strategists caution that the lesson would not necessarily apply in November to Democratic incumbents, who have had to take a series of tough votes over the past year including on health care and the environmental bill known as cap-and-trade, which are decidedly unpopular here. Indeed, Critz has vocally opposed both pieces of legislation.

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Bingo! Critz was fortunate enough not to have taken those politically poisonous votes, but those running this December won't be able to hide from their votes. Critz is smart to run from those disastrous pieces of legislation (and it still may not be enough for him). The Dems that betrayed their constituents and voted for their party can't.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | May 17, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I told you about it. I warned you about it. Now watch it unfold. Obama is the Anti-Christ. I will warn you once again. The Mark of the Beast on your Forehead is when you Accept the Anti-Christ through Blind Faith. The Mark of the Beast on your Hand is when you Accept the Anti-Christ through Gifts. People Obama is the Anti-Christ.

Posted by: makom | May 17, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Bush didn't create one job in all of 2008.
Righties never complained as they lost homes, jobs, 401Ks, pensions - WHILE Bush bailed out the Banks and left us with a $1.3 TRILLION deficit and his Great Recession!

But as soon as Pres. Obama was inaugurated Teabaggers donned their teabag hats and began blaming Pres. Obama for initiating jobs and middle class tax cuts via the Stimulus.
Pres. Obama pulled us back from the brink of another Great Depression by stimulating the economy!

Posted by: angie12106 | May 17, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Those who refer to "angry" voters, "stupid Americans", "racists", are the tru subversives: they are bent on subverting the constitutional rights of legal Americans. Politics is simple. Those who earned it want to keep it. Those who haven't earned it are envious, and want a chunk, for free, from the one's who've earned it. The fact that I have no intention to subsidize illegals, nor, welfare recipients who don't want to work that second, and, third job, doesn't make me a racist, it identfies me a free American, a legal one, who PAYS taxes. Anyone doesn't "like"? Hastalaviasta, NOW.

Posted by: craigslsst | May 17, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I have lived in the USA for 68 yrs.
Watched things happen politicians are worried about their own necks and the money they can drain from their supporters. In 2010
this election should replace all sitting in office and elect new people, make their retirement equal to working people. relect them every 2 yrs,keep them honest

Posted by: pmt1 | May 17, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

WITH ALL THAT IS WRONG IN THE WORLD GUESS WHAT OBOZO THE CLOWN IS DOING?
PLAYING BASKETBALL!!
HOW CAN ANYONE BE A DEMOCRAT?

'Thousands of bees' swarm White House
By Eric Zimmermann - 05/16/10 12:31 PM ET

A swarm of "thousands of bees" gathered outside the White House this morning.

The small army of insects hovered as Obama tried to leave the White House to play basketball at Fort McNair, according to a pool report.

By the time the president returned at noon, the bees were apparently nowhere in sight.

GLAD YOU VOTED FOR THIS FOOL?
Posted by: charlietuna666 | May 17, 2010 12:39 PM
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Not only that, he ate three meals and a snack yesterday and plans on doing the same today! On top of that he slept last night! What's wrong with this guy?

Posted by: Lefty_ | May 17, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

It should be no surprise that voters are rejecting incumbents. Our Congress is totally corrupt and totally ineffective concerning the important issues of our time. A member of the House must immediately begin raising funds and campaigning for re-election. The biggest failure concerns the so called "War on Drugs". No war the US has ever fought has been as costly and as badly lost as the "War" on Drugs. Unlike prohibition, which lasted almost 14 years and which was a total failure which bred disrespect for the law and organized lawlessness, no one in Congress seems willing to end the War on Drugs. This war has made most of our law enforcement agencies corrupt and rich from consfication of property deemed purchased by illegal proceeds from drugs. Many Sheriffs' Departments spend much of their time looking for property to seize and sometimes they seize property not related to drug profits. Drug use is much more pervasive than it was before this war began. The murder rate across North America particularly in Mexico has soared because of this stupid drug war.

I am a life long teetotaller and have never used any sort of illegal drug or substance and I have little respect for those who do. When I was in Vietnam in 1966 many of my buddies got high on heroin and marijuana which was cheap and easy to buy. They brought their habits home when they were lucky enough to survive that stupid war.
The war on drugs should end. Those substances and drugs which are now illegal should be legalized and dispensed through government controlled agencies at a cost only price. Counseling and detox programs should be provided.
However, few members of Congress are willing to touch this subject. They are too busy trying to get reelected to worry about what is good and what is bad for our country. The Drug War is bad and is destroying our country and damaging many lives.

Posted by: jimeglrd8 | May 17, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

BUSH SUPPORTS SHIFT OF JOBS OVERSEAS
February 10, 2004

The loss of work to other countries, while painful in the short term, will enrich the economy eventually, his report to Congress says.
WASHINGTON — The movement of American factory jobs and white-collar work to other countries is part of a positive transformation that will enrich the U.S. economy over time, even if it causes short-term pain and dislocation, the Bush administration said Monday.

The embrace of foreign outsourcing, an accelerating trend that has contributed to U.S. job losses in recent years and has become an issue in the 2004 elections, is contained in the president's annual report to Congress on the health of the economy.

more -- http://articles.latimes.com/2004/feb/10/nation/na-bushecon10


Posted by: angie12106 | May 17, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

BUSH SUPPORTS SHIFT OF JOBS OVERSEAS
February 10, 2004

The loss of work to other countries, while painful in the short term, will enrich the economy eventually, his report to Congress says.
WASHINGTON — The movement of American factory jobs and white-collar work to other countries is part of a positive transformation that will enrich the U.S. economy over time, even if it causes short-term pain and dislocation, the Bush administration said Monday.

The embrace of foreign outsourcing, an accelerating trend that has contributed to U.S. job losses in recent years and has become an issue in the 2004 elections, is contained in the president's annual report to Congress on the health of the economy.

more -- http://articles.latimes.com/2004/feb/10/nation/na-bushecon10


Posted by: angie12106 | May 17, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

It should be no surprise that voters are rejecting incumbents. Our Congress is totally corrupt and totally ineffective concerning the important issues of our time. A member of the House must immediately begin raising funds and campaigning for re-election. The biggest failure concerns the so called "War on Drugs". No war the US has ever fought has been as costly and as badly lost as the "War" on Drugs. Unlike prohibition, which lasted almost 14 years and which was a total failure which bred disrespect for the law and organized lawlessness, no one in Congress seems willing to end the War on Drugs. This war has made most of our law enforcement agencies corrupt and rich from consfication of property deemed purchased by illegal proceeds from drugs. Many Sheriffs' Departments spend much of their time looking for property to seize and sometimes they seize property not related to drug profits. Drug use is much more pervasive than it was before this war began. The murder rate across North America particularly in Mexico has soared because of this stupid drug war.

I am a life long teetotaller and have never used any sort of illegal drug or substance and I have little respect for those who do. When I was in Vietnam in 1966 many of my buddies got high on heroin and marijuana which was cheap and easy to buy. They brought their habits home when they were lucky enough to survive that stupid war.
The war on drugs should end. Those substances and drugs which are now illegal should be legalized and dispensed through government controlled agencies at a cost only price. Counseling and detox programs should be provided.
However, few members of Congress are willing to touch this subject. They are too busy trying to get reelected to worry about what is good and what is bad for our country. The Drug War is bad and is destroying our country and damaging many lives.

Posted by: jimeglrd8 | May 17, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

If stupid Americans think putting Republicans back in power is the solution... they are stupider than we originally thought.

Posted by: veronihilverius | May 17, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

AMERICA needs a Patriotic non-Criminal 3RD Party!! -- AMERICA should Demand PRISON for members of CONGRESS whom support & $Bail $BANKsters & OILsters! -- WE-the-People have 'Had-It' with both RED & BLUE "Turn-Coats' in OUR ' Government! - "ENOUGH'!! -- Remove these RED & BLUE Traitors NOW!!! -- Saying "YES-to-OIL" is a "NO" for CLEAN, SAFE, ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES!!! --- CONGRESS needs Replaced, if they continue in $$$BED with these CORPster Crooks!!! -- Tell "OPEC" TO DRINK THEIR' DAMM "OIL"!!!! --- And END Criminal "Fractional Reserve $Banking"!!! -- Repeal the Criminal Anti-American Federal Reserve ACT NOW!!!!! --- NO where in the U.S. CONSTITUION does it read:- 'we-the-banksters', nor 'we-the-corpsters', nor - 'we-OPEC-rule-America'.

Posted by: jward52 | May 17, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Please keep in mind that the base of the Democratic Party was the Working Classes who have been double-crossed and sold out by the leadership of the party, namely, the Clintons, Kerry, Lieberman, Dodd etc. Because of this affair some twenty million workers are unemployed. Who will be the future base of the Democratic party remains to be seen as it has been proven there is no different between the parties.

Posted by: umt123 | May 17, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The republicans won't hesitate to lie to you about term limits, big government and personal responsibility, but when it gets down to where the rubber meets the road, they'd just as soon throw the American people under the bus. Don't forget the "Contract on America".

Posted by: blarsen1 | May 17, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Please keep in mind that the base of the Democratic Party was the Working Classes who have been double-crossed and sold out by the leadership of the party, namely, the Clintons, Kerry, Lieberman, Dodd etc. Because of this affair some twenty million workers are unemployed. Who will be the future base of the Democratic party remains to be seen as it has been proven there is no different between the parties.

Posted by: umt123 | May 17, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

WITH ALL THAT IS WRONG IN THE WORLD GUESS WHAT OBOZO THE CLOWN IS DOING?

PLAYING BASKETBALL!!

HOW CAN ANYONE BE A DEMOCRAT?


'Thousands of bees' swarm White House
By Eric Zimmermann - 05/16/10 12:31 PM ET

A swarm of "thousands of bees" gathered outside the White House this morning.

The small army of insects hovered as Obama tried to leave the White House to play basketball at Fort McNair, according to a pool report.

By the time the president returned at noon, the bees were apparently nowhere in sight.

GLAD YOU VOTED FOR THIS FOOL?

Posted by: charlietuna666 | May 17, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

WITH ALL THAT IS WRONG IN THE WORLD GUESS WHAT OBOZO THE CLOWN IS DOING?

PLAYING BASKETBALL!!

HOW CAN ANYONE BE A DEMOCRAT?


'Thousands of bees' swarm White House
By Eric Zimmermann - 05/16/10 12:31 PM ET

A swarm of "thousands of bees" gathered outside the White House this morning.

The small army of insects hovered as Obama tried to leave the White House to play basketball at Fort McNair, according to a pool report.

By the time the president returned at noon, the bees were apparently nowhere in sight.

GLAD YOU VOTED FOR THIS FOOL?

Posted by: charlietuna666 | May 17, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

the deep pocketed national carpetbaggers from both parties still don't get it. We the People are fed up with the incumbent freespending pols. They do not need Brown, Clinton or Palin to tell them how to vote. If the voting public listen to them, nothing will change but the name of the fat cat doing the same thing the same old way, tax me and then throw it away on a useless war and war machines or, give it away to Wall street. Resist the urge, live free, vote for a non connected local with no ties to Washington.

Posted by: msommerville | May 17, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

the deep pocketed national carpetbaggers from both parties still don't get it. We the People are fed up with the incumbent freespending pols. They do not need Brown, Clinton or Palin to tell them how to vote. If the voting public listen to them, nothing will change but the name of the fat cat doing the same thing the same old way, tax me and then throw it away on a useless war and war machines or, give it away to Wall street. Resist the urge, live free, vote for a non connected local with no ties to Washington.

Posted by: msommerville | May 17, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

the deep pocketed national carpetbaggers from both parties still don't get it. We the People are fed up with the incumbent freespending pols. They do not need Brown, Clinton or Palin to tell them how to vote. If the voting public listen to them, nothing will change but the name of the fat cat doing the same thing the same old way, tax me and then throw it away on a useless war and war machines or, give it away to Wall street. Resist the urge, live free, vote for a non connected local with no ties to Washington.

Posted by: msommerville | May 17, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

secjet1 wrote>>>Since when is it Murtha's seat?

Murtha died. This is a SPECIAL ELECTION to elect a rep for Murtha's seat.
Get it?


Posted by: angie12106 | May 17, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see gains by the GOP this fall, even maybe a majority in the House or Senate.

If they have a stake in governing again, maybe they can move past being the party of 'no'.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | May 17, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Instead of speculating, try reporting the news...Is it news as to what might happen or is it just Someone asking Zoltan?

Posted by: Krazijoe | May 17, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

It should be noted, too, that he Post, MSNBC, and the "leaders" of both parties portray the Tea Party as a right wing movement even though 35% of people identifying with it are liberals. The Tea Party is an antiestablishment movement, sick and tired of business as usual. It stands for ending job outsourcing y any means necessary, including the use of trade tariffs and punitive taxes on investments, individual investors and any business doing so. Likewise, it stands for smaller government, directly connected and completely dependent upon the will of the people -- so... no more "leaders", they being replaced by REPRESENTATIVES. Thomas Jefferson was right. Dump incumbents across the board and vote only for candidates endorsed by the Tea Party. We're in this revolution together.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | May 17, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Lets face the FACTS: Republicans have been and are utter complete lunatics.

To be exact what this means is that Republicans are paid agents of the Top Brass of Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Military, Big Banks, etc. aka Wall Street Gang) who are making $40Mill per year and flying in $50Mill private Jets, and as such they have been part of one of the Ultimate Con Jobs in the history of man kind, perpetrated on the American people, for the last many decades. The purpose of which Con Job are the following 2 Key objectives:
1- To give American people as little as possible for the Taxes that we pay,
2- To enable the Wall Street Gang and their Agents to get as rich as they can off the back of the American middle class (people) by not having the Government (of the People by the People for the People) regulate what they can do for the benefit of the People, such as regulate them from charging criminal level interest rates of 20%, or have Universal nationalized health care, as they have in ALL Europeans countries, Canada, Japan, Australia, etc.

And to get away with this Ultimate Con Job, Republicans have been saying any insane thing, any lunatic thing, no matter how senseless and illogical, such as:
1- "Government cannot do anything..."
2- "Government is the problem not the solution..."
3- "People dis trust the Government more than they dislike big business (aka Wall Street)"

Which translated means:
1- You the People cannot do anything, since this is supposed to be the "Government of the People by the People for the People"
2- Pay about 40% of your income in Taxes and get almost nothing for your Taxes
3- Only the Rich & Big corporations "can do things... and are the solution...." IF we can brain wash you people to believe that the Government of the People cannot do anything... and thus the Con Job is complete.

After all, if "the US Government cannot do anything..." then:
1- Why the HEK are we paying about 40% of our income in various form of Taxes*?
2- Are you saying that we should operate the US Military, Police, Fire, Courts of law, etc. etc. on private basis?

More here:
http://RealNewsPost.com?n=think.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | May 17, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh don't you wish? Ain't happening-just GOP Hype!! With all the GOP been dishing out-people are really sick of them period. And I hope Latino, Latina, Black, and Indian voters turn up the freakin heat especially in AZ.

Posted by: Scar1 | May 17, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

why does the left leaning media try to dismiss voters by making the headline read that the problem is "angry" voters? WaPo's own polls do not ask people whether they are "angry", so its not even clear what they are basing their contention on. What the polls do ask about and reveal is that it is more clear than ever to more people than ever that government debt and ever widening budget deficits are THE threat to what we have built in this country and our way of life going forward. They realize that government spending is the problem because without any spending there is no debt. its only logically. people want to elect politicans whose ideology and approach is skeptical of our levels of government spending and the proflieration handouts, not weded to them.

Posted by: dummypants | May 17, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

We the people have patiently listened as the MSM and the Washington pols have systematically ridiculed and denigrated our pleas for fiscal sanity in running our government.

It is now our turn.

Posted by: pgould1 | May 17, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

dematheart - Oh, then we're supposed to ignore the 4.5 million hi-tech jobs lost due to the Democrat's H1-B visa? And, we're supposed to ignore the more than 4 million jobs outsourced under Obama so far? I don't think so! Especially, given that his chief campaign promise was to end job outsourcing, easy to do using tariffs and punitive taxes, Obama and the Democrat's need to be PUNISHED. Democrat's, like me, will get out there and vote AGAINST Democratic candidates! I am voting Tea Party.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | May 17, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

AngryMobVoter (great name) wrote:

"We must all remember which party has put the country on a course of reckless government spending that has mortgaged the future of all Americans especially future generations."

But, after writing that, exhorts everyone to vote Republican. What gives?

Posted by: chert | May 17, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The racist GOP would like people to forget that the economy crashed under their insane ideology, and that they did not start 2 unfunded/unwarrented wars killing far too many people--still, and that they are for "small government" when they actually grew government and taxed/borrowed/spent us into a recession, and that we will just overlook all their pathological lies, and deranged conspirasy theories, race-baiting, fear mongering, support of t-baggers, and hate-mongering...Nope, we won't forget, and we will vote ALL t-baggopers the hell out of office.

Dems, get out there and vote for the Dems!

Posted by: dematheart | May 17, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

RealNews1 - Let's face the facts. Only the dumbest of the dumb, completely deluded morons, will vote for *ANY* Democrat. I was a Democrat. I voted for and campaigned for Obama and other Democratic candidates. I was LIED TO. They were going to end job outsourcing, end the H1-B visa, stop the free trade mess and Wall Street excesses of the Clinton_Bush years. In his first act in office, Obama has a bunch of hi-tech CEO's over to hi new home and told them he wasn't going to do anything about the H1-B visa, We have outsourced more than 4 million jobs since this fool took office. Given the level of corrupt, cozying up to Wall Street and CEO's, instead of dismantling, propping up banks and companies "too big to fail", the fiddling with statistics and lies upon lies, you would need to be really stupid, suicidally stupid, to vote Democrat and give that swine in the White House an excuse to stay his course. No one with the survival instincts of a gnat is going to vote Democrat. I certainly wont. neither will any friend or relative. In fact, everyone I know, the vast majority of them former Democratic voters, is going to vote for any candidate endorsed by the Tea Party. We intend to send a message. End outsourcing, clamp down on Wall Street, use the Sherman Antitrust Act on those big banks, and repeal that health care industry hogs trough called "healthcare reform". Oh,,, and stay the h*ll out of the cultural wars.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | May 17, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

The comments by conservatives are so out of touch and not even true, do you people actually know how to breathe? Im sure your conservative phonies will do a much better job destroying the country again and again.
Everything you support is for Religion, Evil Corporations who mislead you and Big Oil. You people are the biggest joke in American history. Keep Tea bagging, and does it leave a salty taste in your mouth?

Posted by: porcelainproductions | May 17, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Those people in Western Pennsylvania, they like to cling to Religion and Guns. They're not as enlightened as the leader of the Democratic Party.

I'm not sure they deserve a Democrat. They should probably vote for someone else.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | May 17, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Since when is it Murtha's seat?

Posted by: secjet1 | May 17, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats are the party of corruption, bigotry, and racism. Just look at these fools as they lie and cheat their bills through Congress. Worst President and Congress ever.

Posted by: secjet1 | May 17, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats are the party of corruption, bigotry, and racism. Just look at these fools as they lie and cheat their bills through Congress. Worst President and Congress ever.

Posted by: secjet1 | May 17, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Shovel the corrupt democrats out of office, just like the manure they are. They all need to go.

Posted by: LarryG62 | May 17, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Looking for a job? To bad the obama democrats do not care......

You got ObamaCare, you get Cap & Trade.....you do not get a congress which cares about your economic condition, instead you get democrats who do not want to waste a crisis........and an opportunity to impose socialism.

November, 2010 is National "Dump-the-democrats" month.....

Be sure to participate.

Posted by: georgedixon | May 17, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Lets face the FACTS that only lunatics, will Vote Republican, or Republicrats.

To be exact not all Republicans are Lunatics, some of them are very very very smart actually. That is the Republican party is really composed of 2 distinct groups, well 3 groups if you include the paid agents of the 1st group:

1st group - The Super rich and Top brass of Big corporations (aka Wall Street gang) who want to make as much money as possible, damn be the American people or anyone else if that would reduce their ability to make $40Mill per year and fly in $50Mill private Jets, and this group controls the US Media to a 99% extent before the Internet and to a 95% extent after. For example nothing disgusts this group more than flying in a commercial flight, set aside God forbid fly in coach seat along with the lower classes that is the Middle class.

2nd group - Highly uneducated, untraveled, consumed by fear, consumed by anger, believers that Armageddon is coming and that in the ensuing world calamity which to their insane minds is good Jesus will take them to heaven in a Rapture, and other crazy's and "White Trash", who are easily brain washed by the lunatics of the right-wing Media to act against their own self interest and instead act for the interest of those groups that owns most of the US Media.

3rd group - The paid Agents of the 1st group working in the Media outlets that the 1st group owns, such as Talkradio (i.e., Limbaugh, Hannety, Beck, etc.), Fix news, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, etc. etc., whose job is to LIE and LIE to brain wash the 2nd group, the "White Trash" masses, that the "Government cannot do anything", "Government is the problem not the solution", which is the "Ultimate Con Job" to have them, have us, pay Taxes but ask and get nothing for our Taxes.

More here:
http://RealNewsPost.com?n=think.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | May 17, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

We must all remember which party has put the country on a course of reckless government spending that has mortgaged the future of all Americans especially future generations.

We must all remember which party made the dirty, secret backroom deals that were made to pass healthcare.

We must all remember which party continues to push an agenda that the majority of Americans do not want.

It is time to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Posted by: AngryMobVoter | May 17, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

We must all remember which party has put the country on a course of reckless government spending that has mortgaged the future of all Americans especially future generations.

We must all remember which party made the dirty, secret backroom deals that were made to pass healthcare.

We must all remember which party continues to push an agenda that the majority of Americans do not want.

It is time to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Posted by: AngryMobVoter | May 17, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

We must all remember which party has put the country on a course of reckless government spending that has mortgaged the future of all Americans especially future generations.

We must all remember which party made the dirty, secret backroom deals that were made to pass healthcare.

We must all remember which party continues to push an agenda that the majority of Americans do not want.

It is time to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Posted by: AngryMobVoter | May 17, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I see Obama's lemmings out in force today. These morns, true believers to the bitter end, are foolish enough to actually believe the rubbish about the Tea Party, disenfranchised liberals, genuine liberals, and just plain angry voters. I, for one, am a pro-choice, pro- gay marriage Tea Party sort. I also am a pro gun right, pro free speech liberal, which puts me in stark contrast to Obama, Kagan and that crew of snakes in Washington. We need LESS government, a much much smaller government, that cannot harm us any longer by outsourcing jobs, trading hem for foreign policy gains, inflict "healthcare reform" and bogus statistics on us, climb into bed with Wall Street thieves and permit them to run rampant across the globe. These, Wall Street traders and CEO's and their political allies are traitors, treasonous swine, that need to be turned from office in droves. And, when the flee to some cushy job on Wall Street after, they should tracked down and imprisoned or tried and hung. This isn't voter "anger", it's flat out furry.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | May 17, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Gun rights and antibortion now that's an oxymoron but the people who fall in that category probably are like palin a little intellectually challenged

Posted by: lildg54


CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN YES WE CAN CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN YES WE CAN CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE.....
-Talk about being "intellectually" challenged. Reality sux, eh lib?

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 17, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

It is time that the Washington Post wise up and see the nation as it is, not as some alternative universe with the DC beltway. The majority of the citizens of the United States now know that Napolitano is a joke, that Holder is a closet Muslim and traitor to our Constitution, and that Obama is a fraud, a perpetual liar, and radical leftist. Stop trying to fool us, Washington Post, it does not work anymore.

Posted by: walterndebby | May 17, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Anti-gun legislation and abortion -- from people who follow pelosi's lead. No oximoron here --just morons.

Posted by: jimbob3 | May 17, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Gun rights and antibortion now that's an oxymoron but the people who fall in that category probably are like palin a little intellectually challenged

Posted by: lildg54 | May 17, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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