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GOP Rep. Bachus: 'Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate' (Updated)

By Emi Kolawole

Update 11/9/2010 1:51 p.m.: Rep. Spencer Bachus's press secretary, Tim Johnson, released the following statement, clarifying the context of the lawmaker's remarks.

"Congressman Bachus, like other political observers, said that seats in states like Delaware and Nevada could have been won by stronger candidates and that's a lesson going forward. As the article noted, he was extremely complimentary of the tea party movement and Governor Palin in crediting them with the great turnout of conservatives that led to many of the successes on Tuesday. He said that the tea party, rather than being criticized, is on the same page as many in the country, including independents, in cutting spending, lowering taxes, and limiting the size of government. "
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Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus (R) told members of the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce that former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was probably the reason for the GOP's failure to take control in the U.S. Senate in last week's election.

"The Senate would be Republican today except for states (in which Palin endorsed candidates) like Christine O'Donnell in Delaware," Bachus said. "Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate."

According to the Shelby County Reporter, Bachus made the remarks Nov. 4, at the local chamber's monthly luncheon meeting. But Bachus didn't stop with Palin, he also weighed in on Democrats continued accountability when it came to the power balance in Washington. "If you think Republicans are not in charge in Washington...," Bachus said. "Democrats are in control of the presidency and the Senate. It would take 67 votes to override any veto."

Bachus went on to say the real winner of the Nov. 2 election was independent voters, "We are getting more and more partisan. There seems to be no middle ground," he said. "Thank goodness for independents." Bachus went on to say that the American people lacked trust in either party and that while health care reform was necessary, the reform measure signed by president Obama was the wrong way to go, "We must do something about health insurance coverage of pre-existing conditions. People no longer work their entire lives at one job."

(via Shelby County Reporter)

By Emi Kolawole  | November 8, 2010; 4:17 PM ET
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The loss of the house was no surprise. The loss the "baggers" took was. It should not have been with the far right candidates they run. The GOP lost control of the"bagger" movement even with Republican operatives(Dick Armey and his Freedom Works)infiltrating the movement. They were there to keep a third party from developing. They were doomed from the start because they were disgruntled far right Republicans. As they moved further right they lost us Independents.They lost Connecticut, Delaware, West Virginia, Colorado, Nevadan Washington, and will lose Alaska. They will do nothing in congress. The GOP can't afford to let them gain strength. They will not get appointed to important positions.If they want a winning situation the need to start a real populist party that can draw Dem's and Independents. No one in congress or the president will deal with the far right positions they have taken. The end.

Posted by: Packeryman | November 11, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Where are all these commentators coming from? If Establishment RINOs and true TEA Party followers would have turned out for O'Donnell, Angle, Rossi, Florina & Buck the Senate would be Republican today. Palin did her very best but couldn't get all these back-sliders to the polls. All democrats should have been replaced! Maybe Americans will wise up after 2 more years of this democrat CHANGE! The last 2 days and the rest of this week smart people need to watch Glenn Beck and learn more.

Posted by: jmeide | November 11, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

If Hollywood decides to make a new version of the musical comedy, Damn Yankees, Sarah Palin would be perfect as Lola, a women who sold her soul to the devil for eternal youth and beauty. The male protagonist sold his soul in order to play for the Washington Senators and beat the damn Yankees. The musical is remembered for the song "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets", but it did not turn out that way. She was not the temptress she thought she was.

Posted by: outridercastle | November 10, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a formidable force, she brings tears to the thighs of the marxist girlie boys, they attack her because they fear her. She will be one of the king and queen makers of the country for years to come. The Tea Party is a growing force as well, their value will be defined by how well they monitor the newbees in Congress, keeping them in line, making sure they are not bought off by those that want to harm the country. Their numbers will swell 10 fold as 2012 nears. Reading some of the comments on this thread encourages me. Alot believe the Tea Party and Sarah Palin is a passing fad, please, keep believing that.

Posted by: tymtrvlr1 | November 9, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The TeaParty people will go "poof," quietly from this land, just as soon as the African American President finishes his term or terms in office. The TeaParty wizard from Nevada, Sharon Angle indicated if she wassn't elected, the "loony Teas" were going to consider Second Amendment remidies. that's a crazy lady with a vast following of "kooks," who should be watched. Angle is one of Sarah Palin's "pearls of wisdom," that she was trying to launch unto the senate floor. How she was able to lose with 14 million dollars from outside state donors, and Sarah Palin's histrionics is almost unbelievable..

Posted by: lenwilliams6 | November 9, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

someone should tell Morgain, who went off on rant against Obama based largely on lies and misinformation,the Democrats did NOT lose control of the Senate so they should assume that everything else he says is wrong too.

Posted by: logrick | November 9, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Morgain,

You dont familiarize your self with facts do you? If so you would remember we were loosing about 650,000 jobs a month until Obama was able to pass legislation in March 09, and now we are adding jobs. Did that fact slip you up? Funny how Obama needs to be held accountable for his campaign promises but Bush gets a major pass? Gee wonder which party you support?

Posted by: rharring | November 9, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The phrase "Palin is the gift that keeps on giving," is accurate once again. The woman can't keep her trap shut for one minute, and if you're able to listen long enough, she'll make few scatter brain accusations about about the media or democrats that have no merit, whatsoever. Don't be fooled by a wink of the eye, or a flirtacious grin, she's as deadly as an African hyena. She will never admit to losing the Senate.

Posted by: lenwilliams6 | November 9, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Who caused the loss of the Democratic majority in the Senate?

Obama shares the largest share of responsibiliy. By breaking 22 major campaign promises--for some, some of those promises were why they voted for him--in less than 12 months, he turned the Obama supporters from being the part of "YES WE CAN" to the party of "meh."

Not only has Obama thrown under the bus almost all demographic voting groups who voted him into office in 2008--truly, I think the only one left is the Black voting group.

By August 2009, LATimes/PEW polls started showin large groups having big increases in their approval numbers when asked about how they thought Obama was doing as president. THe groups I remember are white women (BIG group), LGBTs, and those who voted for him because he promised the economy and creating jobs as his #1 priority once president, above all other considerations.

He must have broke that promise before he was inaugurated. Before 3 weeks were passed, Obama announced that he had sent the first 27,000 US troops/soldiers to Afghanistan.

Obama has now sent to the meat-grinder called "Afghanistan" 70,000 troops/soldiers. It costs about $1million a year to support one soldier.

That's $70million/year for every soldier he has committed to Afghanistan.

There is not $70million/year to now commit to fixing the economy and creating jobs. And, worse, because of his failed leadership, and the debt in Afghanistan, I don't think we could get a loan.

If he had kept his promise (making the economy and job creation his #1 priority, above all else) and started right after his inauguration on the economy and jobs, our economy may have turned the corner by now and started making S-L-O-O-O-W progress out of the disaster GWBush left it in.

He would be a hero, and Americans would look up to him. It would bring more support of the issues he wants to get passed by Congress.

But he didn't, and his stupid vanity war, Operation Quagmire II: Afghanistan, has doomed our economy to decades of hanging on by the skin of its teeth.

Instead of the the economy REALLY doing better---and American workers who, (through no fault of their own), are now out of the jobs they've worked their whole lives in would be starting to return to work, trained for a new field/career---

---Americans are continuing to slide down the steep slide that goes from employed, homeowner, middle-class American, with 2 kids, to homeless, living in a car, and not knowing where their next meal comes from.

Obama could have saved our country--but it now looks like he will end up being the one who will finish the destruction GWBush started.

No wonder his 2008 voters went from "YES WE CAN" to "meh" and didn't bother voting this year.

When there no real alternatives, why bother?

Posted by: Morgain | November 9, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

He sounds like a true RINO. with a bad case of RINOITIS

Posted by: yokohlman | November 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

He sounds like a true RINO. with a bad case of RINOITIS

Posted by: yokohlman | November 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to hear Bacchus, Rove, Peggy Noonan, or any of the GOP hacks who are whining about Palin and the baggers now.

When they could have made an impact, they remained silent. When they could have used their power in the GOP to stop her absurd cacophony of bumper-sticker jingoisms, they did nothing, allowing her popularity (at least with the gullible, easily manipulated groups who support her) to steadily increase her popularity and power in the GOP.

For Noonan to say one word about it is completely hypocritical and is in head-turning poor taste.

Noonan was a speech writer for Ronnie Reagan, and it was Reagan who first bent knee to the religious right, creating a leviathan which will end up consuming the heart and soul of the GOP. Reagan made an unholy pact wit the RR: in exchange for the RR's votes in his first presidential election, Reagan would allow the RR to set govern policy.

Reagan, and his toadies, like Noonan, started the GOP practice of a presidential candidate making alignment with the latest GOP nutball fringe group, exchanging the power to set public policy for RR votes in the election.

There has been a steady march towards the nutball right. Over the decades, it has profoundly changed the GOP to nutball-kowtowing politicians, to the party of statesmen and respectful behavior.

In addition, nearly an entire generation of hemophiliacs died from tainted blood products thanks to Ronnie's allowing the skrewy religious right to set policy. Because the RR doesn't like homosexuals, they convinced Reagan to do nothing to research or publicly educate Americans.

HIV was an epidemic that could have been contained had government intervention started shortly after it became clear this epidemic was going to very quickly spread.

But Ronnie did not allow one dime for either education and research.

Reagan had the power to contain the HIV epidemic, but didn't do it because the RR doesn't like gays.

Noonan has remained silent in the 2 years since Palin hit the natioal scene. For her to now start griping is like closing the barn door after the horses have run out...It's must too little, too lates.

Posted by: Morgain | November 9, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Spaniard, of course, but I can't understans how people can say such a lot of pseudoreligious nonsense about the Devil, Obama, and the health system overhaul!

Posted by: farmmesca | November 9, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin added 20%age points to McCain's bid in 2008 by dragging out voters like me who had decided to sit it out rather than choose between a RINO or a dem. I have little doubt that she did the same for this election. This 'publick servant's' opinion reinforces that Republicans are in as much denial as demonkrats.

Posted by: IQ168 | November 9, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Palin didn't cost the GOP the Senate - the folks who voted for the Dems in states that are nearly bankrupt because of decades of Democrat rule did that.

Palin didn't cost the GOP the Senate - the Democratic "get out the vote" machine where for example Reid provided food and drink at rallies; where folks get paid in cigs or cigars to ride the bus down to the polls did that.

Palin didn't cost the GOP the Senate - the flawed voter registration system in this country contributed to that - where you don't have to prove citizenship to register to vote and where the Demcratic party promises you that they are going to tax the wealthy to raise your standard of living (Pelosi)despite your being in this country illegally - well, that cost the GOP the Senate....

and that will cost this country more in the long term than Palin ever will.

Posted by: LMW6 | November 9, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Palin didn't cost the GOP the Senate - the folks who voted for the Dems in states that are nearly bankrupt because of decades of Democrat rule did that.

Palin didn't cost the GOP the Senate - the Democratic "get out the vote" machine where for example Reid provided food and drink at rallies; where folks get paid in cigs or cigars to ride the bus down to the polls did that.

Palin didn't cost the GOP the Senate - the flawed voter registration system in this country contributed to that - where you don't have to prove citizenship to register to vote and where the Demcratic party promises you that they are going to tax the wealthy to raise your standard of living (Pelosi)despite your being in this country illegally - well, that cost the GOP the Senate....

and that will cost this country more in the long term than Palin ever will.

Posted by: LMW6 | November 9, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Oh Palin cost the Repubs the Senate. So What. She's gained more Repub Governors, state legislators and the house. She's responsible for electing more Repubs throught out the country than Obummer was in electing Demos. She did help to eliminate some of those good ole boy rhinos. I would rather have a demo in office than a rhino. A rhino is just a liberal demo dressed up in a Repub suit. Go cry in your beer good ole boy. You all have to admit she is a powerful force in politics today. Yes, it's true she resigned as Governor of Alaska but she did her state and our country a favor. It was costing the state too much $'s to defend her. You liberals created a monster when you started on her. Now she's all over the country doing her good deeds. So this is one conservative I am glad you pounded to the ground. She grew up from the ground to a big oak tree.

Posted by: orbarb | November 9, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh Palin cost the Repubs the Senate. So What. She's gained more Repub Governors, state legislators and the house. She's responsible for electing more Repubs throught out the country than Obummer was in electing Demos. She did help to eliminate some of those good ole boy rhinos. I would rather have a demo in office than a rhino. A rhino is just a liberal demo dressed up in a Repub suit. Go cry in your beer good ole boy. You all have to admit she is a powerful force in politics today. Yes, it's true she resigned as Governor of Alaska but she did her state and our country a favor. It was costing the state too much $'s to defend her. You liberals created a monster when you started on her. Now she's all over the country doing her good deeds. So this is one conservative I am glad you pounded to the ground. She grew up from the ground to a big oak tree.

Posted by: orbarb | November 9, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh Palin cost the Repubs the Senate. So What. She's gained more Repub Governors, state legislators and the house. She's responsible for electing more Repubs throught out the country than Obummer was in electing Demos. She did help to eliminate some of those good ole boy rhinos. I would rather have a demo in office than a rhino. A rhino is just a liberal demo dressed up in a Repub suit. Go cry in your beer good ole boy. You all have to admit she is a powerful force in politics today. Yes, it's true she resigned as Governor of Alaska but she did her state and our country a favor. It was costing the state too much $'s to defend her. You liberals created a monster when you started on her. Now she's all over the country doing her good deeds. So this is one conservative I am glad you pounded to the ground. She grew up from the ground to a big oak tree.

Posted by: orbarb | November 9, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh Palin cost the Repubs the Senate. So What. She's gained more Repub Governors, state legislators and the house. She's responsible for electing more Repubs throught out the country than Obummer was in electing Demos. She did help to eliminate some of those good ole boy rhinos. I would rather have a demo in office than a rhino. A rhino is just a liberal demo dressed up in a Repub suit. Go cry in your beer good ole boy. You all have to admit she is a powerful force in politics today. Yes, it's true she resigned as Governor of Alaska but she did her state and our country a favor. It was costing the state too much $'s to defend her. You liberals created a monster when you started on her. Now she's all over the country doing her good deeds. So this is one conservative I am glad you pounded to the ground. She grew up from the ground to a big oak tree.

Posted by: orbarb | November 9, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh Palin cost the Repubs the Senate. So What. She's gained more Repub Governors, state legislators and the house. She's responsible for electing more Repubs throught out the country than Obummer was in electing Demos. She did help to eliminate some of those good ole boy rhinos. I would rather have a demo in office than a rhino. A rhino is just a liberal demo dressed up in a Repub suit. Go cry in your beer good ole boy. You all have to admit she is a powerful force in politics today. Yes, it's true she resigned as Governor of Alaska but she did her state and our country a favor. It was costing the state too much $'s to defend her. You liberals created a monster when you started on her. Now she's all over the country doing her good deeds. So this is one conservative I am glad you pounded to the ground. She grew up from the ground to a big oak tree.

Posted by: orbarb | November 9, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh Palin cost the Repubs the Senate. So What. She's gained more Repub Governors, state legislators and the house. She's responsible for electing more Repubs throught out the country than Obummer was in electing Demos. She did help to eliminate some of those good ole boy rhinos. I would rather have a demo in office than a rhino. A rhino is just a liberal demo dressed up in a Repub suit. Go cry in your beer good ole boy. You all have to admit she is a powerful force in politics today. Yes, it's true she resigned as Governor of Alaska but she did her state and our country a favor. It was costing the state too much $'s to defend her. You liberals created a monster when you started on her. Now she's all over the country doing her good deeds. So this is one conservative I am glad you pounded to the ground. She grew up from the ground to a big oak tree.

Posted by: orbarb | November 9, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Palin and the tea party got more republicans elected than Obama did for the democrats. Rep Bachus should be thanking Palin for all she did to help get the biggest increase in the house since 1948. Besides the republicans really didn't need to take the Senate this time, we will get it in 2012. The democratic controlled senate will get the blame for not supporting bills passed by the republican controlled house. Obama would have vetoed bills passed by republican controlled congress anyway.

Posted by: sfcret | November 9, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The tea party movement, Mr Bacchus, is the reason why so many independents decided to support Republican candidates. Without the energy generated by the tea party movement, you might remain the ranking member of the Financial Service Committee instead of becoming its chairman. So get your facts straight,

Posted by: JBaustian | November 9, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

so, do we see the first green sprouts of an inevitable new "Bull Moose Party?"

Is there any other option, considering how the hard-line old party Republicans are already trying to co-opt control of the tea-mob?

She may try to call it the Grizzly Bear Party, but if Palin does organize a tea-party rebellion within Republican ranks, it may as well be called the Dead Moose Party.

It is interesting to watch the micro-managing CEO types of the Republican Party attempt to put a bridle on that old moose, that is just not going to work for them.

In their attempt to saddle that moose, they will lose it all and we will see a 21st Century redux of what Roosevelt did to the Republicans a hundred short years ago.

HERE WE GO!!!

Posted by: JEP07 | November 9, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Message to the Senator. IF YOU AND YOUR PROFESSIONAL POLITICIANS DON'T MAKE PROGRESS IN OVERTURNING AND OR SLOWING DOWN THE OBAMA SOCIALIST TRAIN... THEN YOU WILL BE TARGETED NEXT FOR NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES.
SHUT-UP AND GET TO WORK!

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | November 9, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: boski66 | November 9, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

The bigger picture is that Republicans must return to the morals, values and principals that the republican party is desinged to represent. We are a Nation of God and Country. If the Republicans don't get with the program, than we need another party. The evil one is using sex, drugs and violence to bring down our Christian Nation. Our tax dollars are being used to promote this destruction. No Sarah Palin is not the cause of this injustice, it is all that are blind to the sickness and diease that our government has adopted. Stop the ever growing evil that is dominating our law makers and governance.

Progressive Liberals and R.I.N.O.s Creating a Diabolical Society and Humanity

http://www.massresistance.org
http://www.drjudithreisman.org
http://www.silentscream.org
Also google Boston Children's Hospital Sex Change Clinic
Also Dawn Stefanowicz Out from Under
Also Planned Parenthood as this organization goes into the public schools and gives young girls low dose birth control pills so they will become pregnant, then they take them for an abortion, many times without the parents permission
Also google Obama's Bi-Sexuality

Evil is a presence that only Almighty God
Can defeat
With The Sword of the Spirit
The Living Word of God
His Truth, His Light
His Faithfulness and the Glory of God
Jesus Christ!

Amen!

Posted by: boski66 | November 9, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

The bigger picture is that Republicans must return to the morals, values and principals that the republican party is desinged to represent. We are a Nation of God and Country. If the Republicans don't get with the program, than we need another party. The evil one is using sex, drugs and violence to bring down our Christian Nation. Our tax dollars are being used to promote this destruction. No Sarah Palin is not the cause of this injustice, it is all that are blind to the sickness and diease that our government has adopted. Stop the ever growing evil that is dominating our law makers and governance.

Progressive Liberals and R.I.N.O.s Creating a Diabolical Society and Humanity

http://www.massresistance.org
http://www.drjudithreisman.org
http://www.silentscream.org
Also google Boston Children's Hospital Sex Change Clinic
Also Dawn Stefanowicz Out from Under
Also Planned Parenthood as this organization goes into the public schools and gives young girls low dose birth control pills so they will become pregnant, then they take them for an abortion, many times without the parents permission
Also google Obama's Bi-Sexuality

Evil is a presence that only Almighty God
Can defeat
With The Sword of the Spirit
The Living Word of God
His Truth, His Light
His Faithfulness and the Glory of God
Jesus Christ!

Amen!

Posted by: boski66 | November 9, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Even if granting that Palin made Christine O'Donnell win primary in Delaware and Castle would have won if nominated (too many ifs), Was senate majority lost by one seat? An expert analyst of election result is not even aware that Palin did not endorse Angle or Buck in primary. Though they could have been good candidates but Palin could not be credited for their primary wins. Palin endorsed Carly in California against a Tea Party candidate and she did better than the establishement Governor candidate. Surpisingly, those who criticise that GOP in Delaware should have gone with a moderate candidate becuase the state is liberal, also criticise Alaska situation where there was no threat to GOP still no effort was taken by establishment to get a conservative candidate. There was nothing to loose in Alaska, why a conservative was not whole heartedly supported there. Alaska was not a democratic state like Delware. The increaased percentage of women and rural voters for GOP shows it was Palin who made the difference for GOP and some losses are worth the gains.

Posted by: akkashyap | November 9, 2010 3:28 AM | Report abuse

You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price check http://bit.ly/bandYw .If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy about it and trust me you are not going to loose anything!


Posted by: kimberlyjoe09 | November 9, 2010 2:15 AM | Report abuse

You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price check http://bit.ly/bandYw .If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy about it and trust me you are not going to loose anything!


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Posted by: justinlucas09 | November 9, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Must be a slow news day, even for the Left.

How about this for a headline:

Republicans Gain More Seats In A Mid-term Election Than Any Party since 1948, and a Left-Wing Newspaper Seeks To Find "BLAME" (Instead Of PRAISE) For The Most Resounding Victory In 72 Years!

This was a Tea Party-inspired movement in which 700 Democrats (including state races) lost their jobs. And who is the most visible face of this Tea Party movement? Sarah Palin!

Go Sarah Go! People are paying attention now. It's not the person, but the ideas that are winning. And Sarah's articulating that clearly.

Posted by: EddieAndrews | November 9, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

That gutless fossil criticized Gov. Palin behind her back in front of some obscure Chamber of Commerce meeting and you deem this newsworthy? All of these establishment Republicans who are attacking her after she raised tons of money and enthusiasm for their cause are creating serious problems for themselves in the future. I would not have voted Republican but for Gov. Palin. If she were to create her own party, I would happily never vote Republican again.

Posted by: PennyPingleton | November 9, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

My guess is that with redistricting after the GOP won 682 legislature seats in the state governments and eleven governorships, the Republicans will win MORE Congressional seats in 2012.

And of the 33 Senate seats in 2012 up for election, 22 are held by Demonrat incumbents and will have good Republican candidates to run against the sorry incumbents. So the GOP takes the Senate in 2012 as well.

And I can tell the Demwits are worried when some sort of flyover hick Repub Congressboy makes a statement and the MSM emblazon on the front pages of every squat-filled piece of journalistic garbage, including the late for everything WaPo. The lemming left can jump over the cliff in 2012, and I as a tea party type am happy the GOP is still in the penalty box after the multiple infractions they committed while they controlled things, including spending as if there's no tomorrow. Let the libtard left blow themselves up with the help of the jug-eared tone-deaf/mute in the Oval Office. That cretin deserves to die a slow, painful political death. That will happen in 2012 as well.

You can count on it.

Posted by: djman1141 | November 9, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Palin weeded out RINO's, I would rather have a democrat than a RINO, at least wwe know where they stand.

Posted by: phines1 | November 8, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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Send the RINO's over to us and we will keep the White House in 2012. You will stand outside with nothing.

Posted by: maggots | November 8, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I hate to be the one to inform the GOP of this fact; no one outside of the GOP cost the GOP control of the Senate. The GOP cost itself the control of the Senate. Any time any Republican (or Democrat for that matter) wants to know who the real problem is then might I suggest they take a good, long look in a mirror and the reflection back will tell them who is the problem. The Democratic and Republican Parties are the demise of this country, and they have been since the Civil War. Both parties are out of touch with the people in this country. It doesn’t matter which party, either the Democratic or Republican, has control ‘We the People’ still suffer the same. The only time Republican’s or Democrats listen to ‘We the People’ is at election time. When the elections are over then their listening to ‘We the People’ is over. It is time ‘We the People’ changed our voting habits and started voting for people that have never been in office before. Could inexperienced candidates ruin this country any faster than what the experienced politicians have? If we don’t change the way we vote we will continue to get more of the same old thing we have been getting. Maybe it is time we voters imposed one term limits (say for the next twenty years) on alls U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives.

Posted by: charlie651 | November 8, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Most of them, are "not" Manor born, but, they can, and "do," feed you.
Try to appreciate it.
Dennis

Wrong Dennis: Monsanto feeds us, Archerdaniels Midland feeds us, Cargil feeds us. Your notions of some flinty, hard scrabble Teabagger plowing his forty acres and sowing corn and oats disappeared decades ago. Nice try though with the guilt trip.

Posted by: 1180 | November 8, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

"We are getting more and more partisan. There seems to be no middle ground"

Oh, really? That's because there IS no middle ground. Everyone wants to get elected, and no one wants to actually do anything for the country. The best way to do that is to be a vicious screamer like Palin.

Sorry congressman, Mrs. Palin isn't going anywhere. Democrats had to be pleased with that little fact.

It is nice that Bachus recognized there was a need and a reason for health care reform. If you believe the Palins, Limbaughs and Becks of the world, everything was fine.

I get a kick out of my TEA party friends who say they want to cut everything except military spending. It's going to be interesting seeing how they attack health care related entitlement programs.

Posted by: pga6 | November 8, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Bachus is an idiot! What "cost" the republicans the senate was basic math. In the house ALL the seats were up for a vote. In the senate only a fraction of the seats were up for a vote.

However Bachus is right about one thing- if the fringe idiots like Bachus (he names Palin) don't tone down the freak show, they won't grab the senate in 2012.

Posted by: jeff20 | November 8, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Guess Bachus did not learn that Palin is his master. He thinks traditional republicans are still in charge. That's fine until the 2012 primaries when she and the other teaheads decide to start their sponsored bus tours and target "traditional" republicans again. He has no idea who the threat to the republican party is.

Fortunately democrats can ignore their infighting and do what they have always focused on, governing, which both traditional and teahead republicans do not think is the job of elected officials. They think their job is to stop government, like it some sort of engine that runs by itself that they find annoying. How anyone voted for these idiots is beyond me, but just watching an hour of Fox News gave me a good suspicion.

Posted by: Fate1 | November 8, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse
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You're brighter than I first thought. Saved, by your last sentence.
YOU were perceptive enough to watch an hour of Fox News.
O'bama doesn't have to watch it live.
He has a select team, of viewers to watch, and record for him.
you're exceptionally wise, however. You're smarter than Bachus. He doesn't know who's in charge Of the Republican Party.
We, Tea Partiers, will politely inform him. Hopefully, he'll learn.

Democrats, "can Govern??"
They're going to have to prove it, by me. Infighting?? Nancy's not gone, yet.
Watch the fight, for Minority Leader.
It's going to be fun to watch, for me, anyway.
Dennis,
former Democrat.

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | November 8, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Guess Bachus did not learn that Palin is his master. He thinks traditional republicans are still in charge. That's fine until the 2012 primaries when she and the other teaheads decide to start their sponsored bus tours and target "traditional" republicans again. He has no idea who the threat to the republican party is.

Fortunately democrats can ignore their infighting and do what they have always focused on, governing, which both traditional and teahead republicans do not think is the job of elected officials. They think their job is to stop government, like it some sort of engine that runs by itself that they find annoying. How anyone voted for these idiots is beyond me, but just watching an hour of Fox News gave me a good suspicion.

Posted by: Fate1 | November 8, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse
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You're brighter than I first thought. Saved, by your last sentence.
YOU were perceptive enough to watch an hour of Fox News.
O'bama doesn't have to watch it live.
He has a select team, of viewers to watch, and record for him.
you're exceptionally wise, however. You're smarter than Bachus. He doesn't know who's in charge Of the Republican Party.
We, Tea Partiers, will politely inform him. Hopefully, he'll learn.

Democrats, "can Govern??"
They're going to have to prove it, by me. Infighting?? Nancy's not gone, yet.
Watch the fight, for Minority Leader.
It's going to be fun to watch, for me, anyway.
Dennis,
former Democrat.

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | November 8, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Guess Bachus did not learn that Palin is his master. He thinks traditional republicans are still in charge. That's fine until the 2012 primaries when she and the other teaheads decide to start their sponsored bus tours and target "traditional" republicans again. He has no idea who the threat to the republican party is.

Fortunately democrats can ignore their infighting and do what they have always focused on, governing, which both traditional and teahead republicans do not think is the job of elected officials. They think their job is to stop government, like it some sort of engine that runs by itself that they find annoying. How anyone voted for these idiots is beyond me, but just watching an hour of Fox News gave me a good suspicion.

Posted by: Fate1 | November 8, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse
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You're brighter than I first thought. Saved, by your last sentence.
YOU were perceptive enough to watch an hour of Fox News.
O'bama doesn't have to watch it live.
He has a select team, of viewers to watch, and record for him.
you're exceptionally wise, however. You're smarter than Bachus. He doesn't know who's in charge Of the Republican Party.
We, Tea Partiers, will politely inform him. Hopefully, he'll learn.

Democrats, "can Govern??"
They're going to have to prove it, by me. Infighting?? Nancy's not gone, yet.
Watch the fight, for Minority Leader.
It's going to be fun to watch, for me, anyway.
Dennis,
former Democrat.

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | November 8, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Hi Sarah, thanks for barfing all over Joe Miller's campaign. Did you sabotage it on purpose with your Facebook craziness after he didn't "endorse" you for president, even though you're not running?

Posted by: jadada | November 8, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Hi Sarah, thanks for barfing all over Joe Miller's campaign. Did you sabotage it on purpose with your Facebook craziness after he didn't "endorse" you for president, even though you were not running?

Posted by: jadada | November 8, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Guess Bachus did not learn that Palin is his master. He thinks traditional republicans are still in charge. That's fine until the 2012 primaries when she and the other teaheads decide to start their sponsored bus tours and target "traditional" republicans again. He has no idea who the threat to the republican party is.

Fortunately democrats can ignore their infighting and do what they have always focused on, governing, which both traditional and teahead republicans do not think is the job of elected officials. They think their job is to stop government, like it some sort of engine that runs by itself that they find annoying. How anyone voted for these idiots is beyond me, but just watching an hour of Fox News gave me a good suspicion.

Posted by: Fate1 | November 8, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse
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You're brighter than I first thought. Saved, by your last sentence.
YOU were perceptive enough to watch an hour of Fox News.
O'bama doesn't have to watch it live.
He has a select team, of viewers to watch, and record for him.
you're exceptionally wise, however. You're smarter than Bachus. He doesn't know who's in charge Of the Republican Party.
We, Tea Partiers, will politely inform him. Hopefully, he'll learn.

Democrats, "can Govern??"
They're going to have to prove it, by me. Infighting?? Nancy's not gone, yet.
Watch the fight, for Minority Leader.
It's going to be fun to watch, for me, anyway.
Dennis,
former Democrat.

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | November 8, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Hi Sarah, thanks for barfing all over Joe Miller's campaign. Did you sabotage it on purpose with your Facebook craziness after he didn't "endorse" you for president, even though you were not running?

Posted by: jadada | November 8, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

What cost the Republicans control of the Senate were the RINO candidates supported by the Party and resulting in wins by Christine O'Donnell, Sharon Angle, etc...followed by the Republican Party failure to support the nominated candidates, especially Joe Miller.

Enjoy the next two years, but be prepared for even more Tea Party candidates next year if you do not weed the RINOs out of the GOP.

Posted by: JCM-51 | November 8, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

What cost the Republicans control of the Senate were the RINO candidates supported by the Party and resulting in wins by Christine O'Donnell, Sharon Angle, etc...followed by the Republican Party failure to support the nominated candidates, especially Joe Miller.

Enjoy the next two years, but be prepared for even more Tea Party candidates next year if you do not weed the RINOs out of the GOP.

Posted by: JCM-51 | November 8, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Man up an go Sarah. You run for that nomination. It's there for yours the taking!!! Endorsed by Martin Bormann and Heidegger you'll fly into the White House!!!

Posted by: toxicsalami | November 8, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Man up an go Sarah. You run for that nomination. It's there for yours the taking!!! Endorsed by Martin Bormann and Heidegger you'll fly into the White House!!!

Posted by: toxicsalami | November 8, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

He is right of course, the wacky libertarian tea party types inserted themselves into the process and gained credibility when those media junkies like Palin endorsed them. The Repubs failed to take the Senate because of some wacky tea party litmus test for candidates.

Posted by: rkerg | November 8, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

ToxicSalami says, Sarah, girl...man up an go. Don't let these lacylibmales push you around girl. You know better. You
get up, and in your own words...reload. You ready, fire and aim girl. Why, ToxicSalami can guarantee endorsements from each and every manned up group from the Far Right to the Right so far you can't see past them. Now you know we're right and they're wrong.
And you take this to the lines and go with it. Hurry up girl. Don't waste a minute!!! (signed) Toxic Salami

Posted by: toxicsalami | November 8, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Obey the will of the people or join the democrat socialists on the unemployment line. the only good republican is a conservative. NO PRISONERS.

Posted by: carlbatey | November 8, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

When you hear a member of the GOP talk, you need a translating dictionary. For example, "The American People" refers to flinty farmers and ranchers, and southerners who vote with the ultra-wealthy. For another example, when a member of the GOP rails against restoration of tax collection rates to levels not seen since the Clinton adminstration because a) the economy is in a slump (engineered by financiers), and b) the last thing "operators of small businesses" need at this time of economic depression is tax increases, refers, of course, not to Main Street small businesses, but to small businesses like Koch Industries that numbers among its employees some of the wealthiest men in America, small though they may be. The GOP considers itself to be the manly party that doesn't care a fig about everybody who didn't inherit a cash generating business or wasn't To the Manor Born. As manly men they should speak clearly and distinctly what it is they really want. Slashing social welfare programs that don't benefit the wealthy would be a prime target. Therefore the GOP should propose stopping Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance reform in an up or down recorded vote in Congress. They know that will be their ticket out of town. So it won't happen. So the reality is two choices: reduce spending OR increase taxes. The habit since Reagan arrived is to cut taxes and increase spending. Something for nothing. And the wealthy get the government they want, too. This will soon hit bottom. 100% of government revenues will go to pay interest on the National Debt. That should be good for a third World War.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | November 8, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

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Sorry, Blue, you're peeing in your shoes.
Unless you have a very big back yard, and know a lot about farming, you're going to need those "flinty farmers and ranchers."
Big Macs do not grow at Mickey D's.
Beans, greens, and potatoes, do not generally grow wild.
Someone has to plant, cultivate, and harvest them.
You need those Flinty, hardy, Farmers, and Ranchers. That is, unless you plan a very long diet.
Most of them, are "not" Manor born, but, they can, and "do," feed you.
Try to appreciate it.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | November 8, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

When you hear a member of the GOP talk, you need a translating dictionary. For example, "The American People" refers to flinty farmers and ranchers, and southerners who vote with the ultra-wealthy. For another example, when a member of the GOP rails against restoration of tax collection rates to levels not seen since the Clinton adminstration because a) the economy is in a slump (engineered by financiers), and b) the last thing "operators of small businesses" need at this time of economic depression is tax increases, refers, of course, not to Main Street small businesses, but to small businesses like Koch Industries that numbers among its employees some of the wealthiest men in America, small though they may be. The GOP considers itself to be the manly party that doesn't care a fig about everybody who didn't inherit a cash generating business or wasn't To the Manor Born. As manly men they should speak clearly and distinctly what it is they really want. Slashing social welfare programs that don't benefit the wealthy would be a prime target. Therefore the GOP should propose stopping Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance reform in an up or down recorded vote in Congress. They know that will be their ticket out of town. So it won't happen. So the reality is two choices: reduce spending OR increase taxes. The habit since Reagan arrived is to cut taxes and increase spending. Something for nothing. And the wealthy get the government they want, too. This will soon hit bottom. 100% of government revenues will go to pay interest on the National Debt. That should be good for a third World War.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | November 8, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

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Sorry, Blue, you're peeing in your shoes.
Unless you have a very big back yard, and know a lot about farming, you're going to need those "flinty farmers and ranchers."
Big Macs do not grow at Mickey D's.
Beans, greens, and potatoes, do not generally grow wild.
Someone has to plant, cultivate, and harvest them.
You need those Flinty, hardy, Farmers, and Ranchers. That is, unless you plan a very long diet.
Most of them, are "not" Manor born, but, they can, and "do," feed you.
Try to appreciate it.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | November 8, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

When you hear a member of the GOP talk, you need a translating dictionary. For example, "The American People" refers to flinty farmers and ranchers, and southerners who vote with the ultra-wealthy. For another example, when a member of the GOP rails against restoration of tax collection rates to levels not seen since the Clinton adminstration because a) the economy is in a slump (engineered by financiers), and b) the last thing "operators of small businesses" need at this time of economic depression is tax increases, refers, of course, not to Main Street small businesses, but to small businesses like Koch Industries that numbers among its employees some of the wealthiest men in America, small though they may be. The GOP considers itself to be the manly party that doesn't care a fig about everybody who didn't inherit a cash generating business or wasn't To the Manor Born. As manly men they should speak clearly and distinctly what it is they really want. Slashing social welfare programs that don't benefit the wealthy would be a prime target. Therefore the GOP should propose stopping Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance reform in an up or down recorded vote in Congress. They know that will be their ticket out of town. So it won't happen. So the reality is two choices: reduce spending OR increase taxes. The habit since Reagan arrived is to cut taxes and increase spending. Something for nothing. And the wealthy get the government they want, too. This will soon hit bottom. 100% of government revenues will go to pay interest on the National Debt. That should be good for a third World War.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | November 8, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

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Sorry, Blue, you're peeing in your shoes.
Unless you have a very big back yard, and know a lot about farming, you're going to need those "flinty farmers and ranchers."
Big Macs do not grow at Mickey D's.
Beans, greens, and potatoes, do not generally grow wild.
Someone has to plant, cultivate, and harvest them.
You need those Flinty, hardy, Farmers, and Ranchers. That is, unless you plan a very long diet.
Most of them, are "not" Manor born, but, they can, and "do," feed you.
Try to appreciate it.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | November 8, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

OOPS! I guess the plural needs "don't", not doesn't"!

Posted by: Maerzie | November 8, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow, some sort of flyover hick Repub Congressboy makes a statement and the MSM emblazon on the front pages of every squat-filled piece of journalistic garbage, including the late for everything WaPo. The lemming left can jump over the cliff in 2012, and I as a tea party type am happy the GOP is still in the penalty box after the multiple infractions they committed while they controlled things, including spending as if there's no tomorrow. Let the libtard left blow themselves up with the help of the jug-eared tone-deaf/mute in the Oval Office. That cretin deserves to die a slow, painful political death.

Posted by: djman1141 | November 8, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

You don't have to look to close to see that Palin, Angle, Miller and O'Donnell are all built from the same mold. One that has a crack or two in it at that.

Bachmann is also created from the same mold and lucky for her she wasn't running for the Senate.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | November 8, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Quit your bellyaching, Bachus! Your billions bought more candidates than it should've. Money and lies usually doesn't fool that many people, but I guess nobody TRIED the BILLIONS of dollars of trash propaganda smears before this!

Posted by: Maerzie | November 8, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse


Bachus just DIDN'T GET IT.

Americans DON'T WANT ReBOOBs LIKE HIM.

If there had been no Palin, ReBOOBs, even if elected, would have bee RINO ReBOOBs, who are EVEN WORSE than DEEM-n-rats since, at least, the DEEM-n-rats tell you what they are up front.

RINO ReBOOBs are just stealth DEEM-n-rats.

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Posted by: NOTINFL | November 8, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

When you hear a member of the GOP talk, you need a translating dictionary. For example, "The American People" refers to flinty farmers and ranchers, and southerners who vote with the ultra-wealthy. For another example, when a member of the GOP rails against restoration of tax collection rates to levels not seen since the Clinton adminstration because a) the economy is in a slump (engineered by financiers), and b) the last thing "operators of small businesses" need at this time of economic depression is tax increases, refers, of course, not to Main Street small businesses, but to small businesses like Koch Industries that numbers among its employees some of the wealthiest men in America, small though they may be. The GOP considers itself to be the manly party that doesn't care a fig about everybody who didn't inherit a cash generating business or wasn't To the Manor Born. As manly men they should speak clearly and distinctly what it is they really want. Slashing social welfare programs that don't benefit the wealthy would be a prime target. Therefore the GOP should propose stopping Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance reform in an up or down recorded vote in Congress. They know that will be their ticket out of town. So it won't happen. So the reality is two choices: reduce spending OR increase taxes. The habit since Reagan arrived is to cut taxes and increase spending. Something for nothing. And the wealthy get the government they want, too. This will soon hit bottom. 100% of government revenues will go to pay interest on the National Debt. That should be good for a third World War.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | November 8, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

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Sorry, Blue, you're peeing in your shoes.
Unless you have a very big back yard, and know a lot about farming, you're going to need those "flinty farmers and ranchers."
Big Macs do not grow at Mickey D's.
Beans, greens, and potatoes, do not generally grow wild.
Someone has to plant, cultivate, and harvest them.
You need those Flinty, hardy, Farmers, and Ranchers. That is, unless you plan a very long diet.
Most of them, are "not" Manor born, but, they can, and "do" feed you.
Try to appreciate it.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | November 8, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

You know this is what drives me nuts about politicians. They wanted the repubs to vote for Cassel knowing that he was a RINO. But the repubs figured if they lost, at least they would get rid of the Rino! The Repubs wouldn't even back the tea party candidates, they picked who they wanted to win and try not to let the people decide who they want to represent them. If that is what it takes to get the rino's out of office, then so be it. I refuse to vote for someone that doesn't believe in their principles and can be bought off by Pelosi,Reid or Obama. So the repubs can blame themselves for not standing behind all the conservative candidates! maybe next election, they will get a clue!

Posted by: releggneh1 | November 8, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Guess Bachus did not learn that Palin is his master. He thinks traditional republicans are still in charge. That's fine until the 2012 primaries when she and the other teaheads decide to start their sponsored bus tours and target "traditional" republicans again. He has no idea who the threat to the republican party is.

Fortunately democrats can ignore their infighting and do what they have always focused on, governing, which both traditional and teahead republicans do not think is the job of elected officials. They think their job is to stop government, like it some sort of engine that runs by itself that they find annoying. How anyone voted for these idiots is beyond me, but just watching an hour of Fox News gave me a good suspicion.

Posted by: Fate1 | November 8, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Her concern with the use of Federal Reserve Bank funds to the tune of $900 billion to buy US Treasury bills to help pay part of the national debt is a correct attitude to have, given that the M3 value of the US Money Supply is not published since 2006,leading some persons to be concerned that the amount of money at the M3 has shrunk due to the loss of deposits of US citizens of UK and Canadian bank accounts due to their being claimed by countries and persons to pay for damages alleged to have been committed by the British government against former territories and protectorates, so are not easily accessed or used to buy debt and provide any sort of liquidity or security.The Federal Reserve bank system was created to prevent the problems of the past in terms of runs on banks in the offchance if that a large number of depositers withdrew their money from the bankm the private banking system would not have enough money to be able to cover the deposits out to investors who could not easily liquidate their investments quickly to cover their debts.It consists of US tax dollars paid to the Federal Government as well as income generated from other Federal Sources such as the revenues from the sale of Federal oil and gas leases, and is the income used to pay for the National Federal Budget and the programs supported by the payments of said taxes.Her belief and concern that currency should have a firm asset to back it up in case of emergency, such as gold , real estate, or a tangible item of value, instead of just using more dollars, is shared by many people. However, if the monetary system were to convert to a security system like that, the possibility exists that the collateral could be lost, and the country's precious metal reserves as well as its oil and gas bearing real estate under Federal trust, could be transferred to foreign countries , essentially losing our security base. Her concerns that the US government needs to generate more oil and gas income revenues from sales of permits to explore and develop oil and gas wells by increasing amounts of revenues generated by companies or individuals are correct.In fact, the US government could do more to develop a larger trust land basis for such leases and revamp the leasing system so that the US government obtains a larger percentage of the royalties for leasing lands under its trust as well that it claims offshore as part of its economic security zone out to the 200 miles offshore limit. The BP Gulf Oil incident should have struck a chord with many US citizens that there is something inherently wrong with a private company making the money from land held in trust by the US government for the US Citizens instead of the US citizens receiving the bulk of the income and assuming the responsibility for the safety and security of an industry which is in its economic security zone and affects all other industries in the area.Why is the US giving its o&g income away to private enterprise?OPEC doesn't.

Posted by: carol_olden | November 8, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

He's right and she will cost them the White House in 2012 .. thank God!

Posted by: paris1969 | November 8, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm kind of curious to see what would happen if Palin gets the Republican nomination. My guess is that she would barely muster 40% of the vote.

Posted by: taonima2000 | November 8, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse
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I'm curious, also. A generic Republican Candidate running against O'bama, would defeat him, at this point in his Presidency. Sarah, the most prominent, popular, and influential Republican, currently, should do much better. You need to widen your circle of friends, associates, and influences. Most Conservatives, and many independents, like, and have a lot of confidence in Sarah. Don't sell her short.
Dennis
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Why are members of the GOP raise their voices against Palin now that the elections are over?

every time Palin addresses a crowd she exposes her empty mind. What does she say other than a few platitudes such as: 'God bless America'. Bit by bit she destroys her significance.

Soon Palin will be left with a tiny rump of supporters. When that point is reached she will be ignored by those who want to elect politicians who can devise, espouse and implement policies that will benefit the nation.

I hope that Palin enjoys obscurity.

Instead of 15 minutes of fame she is a seven day wonder.

Posted by: robertjames1 | November 8, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse
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You'd better stay clear of he Kryptonite. It's obscuring your sight, and affecting judgment.
Sarah, "is" the single most popular American Politician, today.
She had exactly the opposite affect upon Republicans that she supported, as did O'bama.
Did you see how fast, and far, Joe Manchin ran from O'bama?
He shot the O'bama care Bill with his 30.06. THAT WAS IMPRESSIVE.
Another O'Bama comparison. He was asked, today, in India, what he thought of Jihad. He gave a full minute, untelligible answer.
An Idiot, would've more easily comprehended.
Sarah will kick hisass, in a one-on-one.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | November 8, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

When you hear a member of the GOP talk, you need a translating dictionary. For example, "The American People" refers to flinty farmers and ranchers, and southerners who vote with the ultra-wealthy. For another example, when a member of the GOP rails against restoration of tax collection rates to levels not seen since the Clinton adminstration because a) the economy is in a slump (engineered by financiers), and b) the last thing "operators of small businesses" need at this time of economic depression is tax increases, refers, of course, not to Main Street small businesses, but to small businesses like Koch Industries that numbers among its employees some of the wealthiest men in America, small though they may be. The GOP considers itself to be the manly party that doesn't care a fig about everybody who didn't inherit a cash generating business or wasn't To the Manor Born. As manly men they should speak clearly and distinctly what it is they really want. Slashing social welfare programs that don't benefit the wealthy would be a prime target. Therefore the GOP should propose stopping Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance reform in an up or down recorded vote in Congress. They know that will be their ticket out of town. So it won't happen. So the reality is two choices: reduce spending OR increase taxes. The habit since Reagan arrived is to cut taxes and increase spending. Something for nothing. And the wealthy get the government they want, too. This will soon hit bottom. 100% of government revenues will go to pay interest on the National Debt. That should be good for a third World War.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | November 8, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about you, but this Independent is very sick of partisan politics.

How can you trust any party that puts their party interests before the interests of our country?

The more Republicans fight against Democrats or vice versa, the more Independents you will see.

However, this Independent will campaign for Obama in 2012. For reforming health care alone, President Obama deserves my vote for the first time. It is GOP's fault that our health care reform isn't efficient and universal enough.

We need Universal Health Care to control our spending on health care. Our spending 16% of our GDP on health care is a laughingstock of the world, while the world is saying, "You can't get sick in America."

I don't think Sarah Palin will run for any more public office. She is well paid. Why would she take a big pay cut to serve others? At least, Rush Limbaugh is honest about it.


Posted by: dummy4peace | November 8, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin continues to be a hunk of 'glory' for herself, a few other numb-nutties (who couldn't 'man up' if they tried), and her "glorious" co-nut machine, Michelle Bachman. It will be interesting in 2011 to see and 'feel' the dismay of all those who voted for "change" because they didn't know what "change" they were voting for.
Wait until the deep cuts in all our "socialized" programs are experienced
by the 'gray hairs' who were a great part of the 'marching on misinformation.' Switch your channel from FROTHY news to one that will give you the truth.

Posted by: rbsher | November 8, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow. A Republican actually admitted that Palin blew it for the Republicans. Palin helped us Democrats very well in the 2008 race. She's the gift that keeps on giving. Thanks McCain for selecting your female intellectual equal.

Palin not only continued her nonsensical dribble, she cloned herself in O'Donnell, Angle, et al and helped Democrats win those races. Maybe she can win the nomination next time.

The sweet part of this is that she uses Republican tactics to beat superior Republicans. Normally Republicans use Republican tactics to beat superior Democrats.

Posted by: DougH1 | November 8, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

shadowsmgc said: Who've you been talking to?? To "which" Repupublicans do you refer??
I don't know a "live Republican" who believes in giving Taxpayers money to any Corporation.

Then why did all the Republicans in Congress vote against a bill to do away with the tax credit currently given corporations for the costs of moving plants and equipment overseas. If that's not giving taxpayer money to corporations I don't know what is. Corporations get subsidies for all kinds of things, like farm subsidies, R&D funding, no-bid contracts to Halliburton, the corporation that moved its headquarters to Dubai so it wouldn't have to pay taxes to the federal government while collecting billions in taxpayer money? Who are you kidding?

The dumbness of the right-wing conservative know-nothings continues to drag this country down to third world status.

Posted by: Chagasman | November 8, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Hahahahahahahahahaha. Only so many loonies out there.
When will she click her red heels and disappear, or is she summoning the flying monkeys?

Posted by: pjohn2 | November 8, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Sorry kishorgala but opinions from snobs like your cost your minions the election. Americans respect intelligence, they recoil from snobs like you and others from the planet Uranus.

Posted by: perfesser33
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Sorry, perfesser3, but the bubblebrains were never going to vote Democratic anyway.

There's nothing snobbish about laughing at a woman with presidential pretensions and all the gravitas of a valley girl cheerleader.

Posted by: st50taw | November 8, 2010 7:10 PM
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Hey, what's wrong with "valley girl cheerleaders"?

Posted by: michael4 | November 8, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Sorry kishorgala but opinions from snobs like your cost your minions the election. Americans respect intelligence, they recoil from snobs like you and others from the planet Uranus.

Posted by: perfesser33
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Sorry, perfesser3, but the bubblebrains were never going to vote Democratic anyway.

There's nothing snobbish about laughing at a woman with presidential pretensions and all the gravitas of a valley girl cheerleader.

Posted by: st50taw | November 8, 2010 7:10 PM
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Hey, what's wrong with "valley girl cheerleaders"?

Posted by: michael4 | November 8, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Sorry kishorgala but opinions from snobs like your cost your minions the election. Americans respect intelligence, they recoil from snobs like you and others from the planet Uranus.

Posted by: perfesser33
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Sorry, perfesser3, but the bubblebrains were never going to vote Democratic anyway.

There's nothing snobbish about laughing at a woman with presidential pretensions and all the gravitas of a valley girl cheerleader.

Posted by: st50taw | November 8, 2010 7:10 PM
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Hey, what's wrong with "valley girl cheerleaders"?

Posted by: michael4 | November 8, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Sorry kishorgala but opinions from snobs like your cost your minions the election. Americans respect intelligence, they recoil from snobs like you and others from the planet Uranus.

Posted by: perfesser33
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Sorry, perfesser3, but the bubblebrains were never going to vote Democratic anyway.

There's nothing snobbish about laughing at a woman with presidential pretensions and all the gravitas of a valley girl cheerleader.

Posted by: st50taw | November 8, 2010 7:10 PM
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Hey, what's wrong with "valley girl cheerleaders"?

Posted by: michael4 | November 8, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

One of the issues that is problematic for health care reform -- if you compel the insurance industry (and its powerful lobbying interests) to insure for pre-existing conditions (which the bill is now in effect does), that is the 'stick' for the insurance industry. They needed a 'carrot' -- one which the Democrats wanted to see in place anyway -- something approaching universal coverage.

Let's face it, one group that doesn't want to pay for health insurance is the group that sees themselves as not needing insurance because they at least *believe* they are healthy enough. That group represents real profit for the health insurance industry and a real potential to reduce 'per person' health insurance costs.

It seems the Republican definition of health care includes the 'cost elements' (like coverage for pre-existing conditions and easy transfer of coverage for people moving from company to company) without the revenue elements (near mandatory coverage).

So for Republicans looking at their version of health care and health insurance reform, the question is, how do they propose to square that circle?

Posted by: Barry8 | November 8, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

There is a stark difference between Rebublicans and Dems. Repubs believe corporations should be set free and use and abuse as they see fit. With the help of taxpayers money. Dems believe people come before the corporate masters.
That leaves me to wonder about independants? Do independants have any values?.

Posted by: JillCalifornia | November 8, 2010 7:34 PM
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Jill,

I am an independent and try to evaluate the merits of candidtates and issues.

For example, a state may vote Republican for President but send Dems to House and Senate. Often, that is because of the seniority that those Reps and Senators have built up. I live in New Mexico, a swing state that went for Gore in 2000, Bush in 2004 and Obama in 2008 but during that same time, elected 2 Republicans and a Democrat to House and split the Senate up until 2008; now have 2 Dems in Senate. An indepdendent a la Jesse Ventura believe issues cannot all be categorized into one nice and neat box or other. On issues like crime, property rights, gun rights, someone like Ventura or myself would be more to the right. However, on many social issues like abortion, gay marriage and on tyhe economy as a whole, it has been proven that economies grow from bottom up and that the greatest middle class growth after WWII was under a top tax rate of 90% and that New Deal banking regulations prevented financial failure. Bank deregulation in S&Ls caused 15,000 failures in 1980s: This is from William Seidman, former RTC boss and FDIC chair: http://www.impactlab.com/2008/05/24/a-rash-of-bank-failures-coming/

Between 2008 and now, the U.S. has had 12,000 bank failures. Canada has had 2 and Norway none.

http://open.salon.com/blog/richard_rider/2010/03/22/12000_us_bank_failures_vs_two_canadian_banks

http://www.careernorway.com/index?cmd=show_article&id=532

I supported Obama and Dems in Fed elections in 2008 and this year but I also backed Albuquerque's mayor, who was a Republican legislator (city races non-partisan) because the prior mayor, Martin Chavez,ostensibly a Democrat, presided over too many lawsuits against city that were lost and refused to fire city employees who caused losses; often ran city like patronage machine and relied on city employees as a support base. Chavez also wasted scarce city dollars on a study for a Downtown arena; study done by developer that actually was being considered to actually build arena if city council approved issue; gave no bid deals out, one without council approval. So, I looked not at party or labels but at each man's goals for Albuquerque and decided Richard Berry was a better choice than Martin Chavez.

Now, many independents last week were simply conservatives who generally vote GOP but will elect conservative or Blue Dog Democrats in Congress or state/local elections.

When I think of a true independent, I think of Ventura or Michael Bloomberg.


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Posted by: itkonlyyou371 | November 8, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

There is a stark difference between Rebublicans and Dems. Repubs believe corporations should be set free and use and abuse as they see fit. With the help of taxpayers money. Dems believe people come before the corporate masters.
That leaves me to wonder about independants? Do independants have any values?.

Posted by: JillCalifornia | November 8, 2010 7:34 PM
_______________________________________

Jill,

I am an independent and try to evaluate the merits of candidtates and issues.

For example, a state may vote Republican for President but send Dems to House and Senate. Often, that is because of the seniority that those Reps and Senators have built up. I live in New Mexico, a swing state that went for Gore in 2000, Bush in 2004 and Obama in 2008 but during that same time, elected 2 Republicans and a Democrat to House and split the Senate up until 2008; now have 2 Dems in Senate. An indepdendent a la Jesse Ventura believe issues cannot all be categorized into one nice and neat box or other. On issues like crime, property rights, gun rights, someone like Ventura or myself would be more to the right. However, on many social issues like abortion, gay marriage and on tyhe economy as a whole, it has been proven that economies grow from bottom up and that the greatest middle class growth after WWII was under a top tax rate of 90% and that New Deal banking regulations prevented financial failure. Bank deregulation in S&Ls caused 15,000 failures in 1980s: This is from William Seidman, former RTC boss and FDIC chair: http://www.impactlab.com/2008/05/24/a-rash-of-bank-failures-coming/

Between 2008 and now, the U.S. has had 12,000 bank failures. Canada has had 2 and Norway none.

http://open.salon.com/blog/richard_rider/2010/03/22/12000_us_bank_failures_vs_two_canadian_banks

http://www.careernorway.com/index?cmd=show_article&id=532

I supported Obama and Dems in Fed elections in 2008 and this year but I also backed Albuquerque's mayor, who was a Republican legislator (city races non-partisan) because the prior mayor, Martin Chavez,ostensibly a Democrat, presided over too many lawsuits against city that were lost and refused to fire city employees who caused losses; often ran city like patronage machine and relied on city employees as a support base. Chavez also wasted scarce city dollars on a study for a Downtown arena; study done by developer that actually was being considered to actually build arena if city council approved issue; gave no bid deals out, one without council approval. So, I looked not at party or labels but at each man's goals for Albuquerque and decided Richard Berry was a better choice than Martin Chavez.

Now, many independents last week were simply conservatives who generally vote GOP but will elect conservative or Blue Dog Democrats in Congress or state/local elections.

When I think of a true independent, I think of Ventura or Michael Bloomberg.


Posted by: Handsome19781 | November 8, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

this is the first I have heard about Representative Baucus but form what he says he is, at least, stating what is objectively obvious instead of mouthing straight party line messages.

His point about the independent vote should be heeded by both parties; we do not trust either party and believe incompetence is equally divided between the two.

And, on health care he states some of the important provisions of the recently passed health care bill; yes, this bill needs to be reviewed and overhauled but many of its objectives are in sync with the wishes of a vast majority of the American public. Instead of trying to reject this entire bill maybe Mr. Baucus could become a voice of reason from the right to meaningful compromise on a revised bill which eliminates many of the more glaring shortcomings of the current legislation.

Posted by: bobfbell | November 8, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Less than a week from the election, and Republicans are already sniping at each other. Pride comes before the fall.

Posted by: maggots | November 8, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I have to disagree with the comment "real winner of the Nov. 2 election was independent voters". In fact, I think Independents are the real losers. The polarization that has occurred (largely because of Palin's influence) means that there is no one in government that represents my interests. I'd *really* like to see a third party in the center giving a voice to those who want more progress on the tough issues and less ideological bickering.

Posted by: pjwylie1 | November 8, 2010 7:31 PM
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PJ, I have to partially agree with you, except that "independents" are a big part of the problem. They seem to be so confused from moment to moment and don't know what principles they believe in. Evidently they forget too easily, want too much too soon, and have no taste for persistence. Hence, fear, uncertainty and doubt propaganda works on them...to everyone's detriment.

Posted by: michael4 | November 8, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

There is a stark difference between Rebublicans and Dems. Repubs believe corporations should be set free and use and abuse as they see fit. With the help of taxpayers money. Dems believe people come before the corporate masters.
That leaves me to wonder about independants? Do independants have any values?.
Posted by: JillCalifornia | November 8, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

-------------------------------------------Who've you been talking to?? To "which" Repupublicans do you refer??
I don't know a "live Republican" who believes in giving Taxpayers money to any Corporation.
The real problem with regulation is, most of he Regulators, and Bureaucrats expect the process to be automatic, and effortless. It seems as if they expect regulation to be acheived without repetion, follow-up, and oversight. The Regulators should be held to a high standard, and held accountable. Such as the Regulators, who allowed BP,to commit an accumulation of 105 violations, that happened, before the Gulf explosion. I want to know who "those Regulators" are. I want to know their names and see their faces. They should be held Criminally liable.
But, as for Corporate Bosses, name all the "stuff" that you own, that you have in your house, that does "not" come to you,by way of a Corporation? If you didn't make it, yourself, it came to you, by way of a Corporation.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | November 8, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I have to disagree with the comment "real winner of the Nov. 2 election was independent voters". In fact, I think Independents are the real losers. The polarization that has occurred (largely because of Palin's influence) means that there is no one in government that represents my interests. I'd *really* like to see a third party in the center giving a voice to those who want more progress on the tough issues and less ideological bickering.

Posted by: pjwylie1 | November 8, 2010 7:31 PM
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PJ, I have to partially agree with you, except that "independents" are a big part of the problem. They seem to be so confused from moment to moment and don't know what principles they believe in. Evidently they forget too easily, want too much too soon, and have no taste for persistence. Hence, fear, uncertainty and doubt propaganda works on them...to everyone's detriment.

Posted by: michael4 | November 8, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Monty Python has a great theme song for Sarah Palin: "How Sweet to be an Idiot." (And, no, Michael and Sarah are not related!)

Posted by: muleman | November 8, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile huge Somalian child prostitution ring is busted, Cap and Trade exchange shuts down, Oklahoma sharia law ban is blocked by activist judge, West Virginia Senator-elect Joe Manchin set to cross the isle and join the GOP.

WAPO isn't a news organization. It's just a liberal pimp no better than the Somalians

Posted by: Straightline | November 8, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

If BS were electricity, Bacchus would be a power plant. The fact is that O'Donnell ran a poor campaign. So, for that matter, did the same thing happen in Alaska, albeit at the very end. Palin doesn't explain the results in California, Colorado, and Washington State. Bacchus should do us all a favor and retire permanently to Jerkwater, USA.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | November 8, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm kind of curious to see what would happen if Palin gets the Republican nomination. My guess is that she would barely muster 40% of the vote.

Posted by: taonima2000 | November 8, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Why are members of the GOP raise their voices against Palin now that the elections are over?

every time Palin addresses a crowd she exposes her empty mind. What does she say other than a few platitudes such as: 'God bless America'. Bit by bit she destroys her significance.

Soon Palin will be left with a tiny rump of supporters. When that point is reached she will be ignored by those who want to elect politicians who can devise, espouse and implement policies that will benefit the nation.

I hope that Palin enjoys obscurity.

Instead of 15 minutes of fame she is a seven day wonder.

Posted by: robertjames1 | November 8, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

consider the schizophrenic inconsistency...........

pelosi loses 60 house seats and will be minority leader by acclimation

palin leads the takeover and is blamed for not taking the senate

Posted by: ProCounsel | November 8, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

consider the schizophrenic inconsistency...........

pelosi loses 60 house seats and will be minority leader by acclimation

palin leads the takeover and is blamed for not taking the senate

Posted by: ProCounsel | November 8, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

consider the schizophrenic inconsistency...........

pelosi loses 60 house seats and will be minority leader by acclimation

palin leads the takeover and is blamed for not taking the senate

Posted by: ProCounsel | November 8, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

It is not Palin but blacks,Hispanics,gays,unions,liberals who voted for the democrats. There are plenty of Tea party members who won just like republicans, democrats did. It is time to stop pointing fingers at other people but to perform and satisfy the citizens as a legislator.

Posted by: chaemoondriver | November 8, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The polls had all of the republican house and senate candidates up 4-6 points more than final results, and with the media in the bag for Republicans this time. Coincidence? And Rasmussen, the most referred to poll in the media, was off by 6-7 points leaning Republican. The media is being manipulated for the Repubs via these polls. Why doesn't anyone talk about this. If you are an independent and being told it is a Republican Tsunami, that the Democrats are raising - not the reality of lowering - taxes, I think you float that way. Weird.

The non partisan CBO said that Healthcare reduces the deficit over a 10 year period by $100 billion. Why doesn't anyone know that? Take a guess.

Posted by: johnkomalley | November 8, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

rlmayville, I'm confused. If there is ANYONE in America that deserves to be called a "hateful little meanmouth" it is Sarah Palin. Very few people are as full of hate as she is.

Posted by: pjwylie1 | November 8, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Sarah. Your ability to inflame the masses was a good fit with Karl Rove's grand scheme through the mid-term election but you've outlived your usefulness. Based on the following events in the past week, it appears that the order for your banishment has been issued:

1. A New York Daily News article that quotes unnamed Bush "friends" who say that George Bush considers Palin unqualified for the presidency.

2. An Op-Ed Michael Gerson, Bush's former speechwriter, in which he argues that Palin's endorsement of Tom Tancredo for governor of Colorado, shows that Palin lacks the judgement to be president.

3. An opinion piece by Peggy Noonan, Reagan's former speech writer, calling Ms. Palin a nincompoop.

4. Shelby's first use what is likely to become the standard GOP explanation for why the GOP didn't take the Senate: "We lost Delaware and Nevada because of Palin".

I don't think this means we've heard the last of Sarah by any means. She will undoubtedly be on the stage at the 2012 presidential debates, but she won't be running on the Republican ticket.

Posted by: exco | November 8, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like some Repubzi's are afraid of Sister Sarah!

Posted by: Maddogg | November 8, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin needs to go home and take care of her children. If she truly cared about what was going on in politics she would politely excuse herself. Sarah, why don't you do us all a favor and go write a recipe book or something? Or how about a book on how you learned to become a better mother to your children and your new grandchild by gaining perspective on what was important in life? You're only capitalizing on fear Sarah. Your self importance in nauseating. Step away from the podium and go home. You were a horrible choice for the GOP.

Posted by: LadyTiger | November 8, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

This paper has an abundant source of content - they publish anything and everything that is anti-Palin; and there is plenty of that. Well, sorry WP, but Palin has been included among the six most likely candidates whose values and philosophy of government are likely to present the new wave of public sentiment with their best choices for 2012.
The fundamentals necessary and all six are presented in a piece called "We Must Prepare To Choose - Two years to Recover Two Centuries", and can be read at http://www.robbingamerica.com

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | November 8, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

People make the mistake of thinking Ms. Palin is a Republican. She is not. She is simple a greedy little twit who uses the Republican Party for her own selfish ends.

Posted by: jibe | November 8, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

There is a stark difference between Rebublicans and Dems. Repubs believe corporations should be set free and use and abuse as they see fit. With the help of taxpayers money. Dems believe people come before the corporate masters.
That leaves me to wonder about independants? Do independants have any values?.

Posted by: JillCalifornia | November 8, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

@ blert

Your electoral math should include Alaska. Murkowski defeated the Palin-backed Miller, but not as a Republican. This is not to say that a strong argument can't be made that Palin energized a large category of voters, thus increasing turnout among GOP-leaning constituencies.

Posted by: btm018 | November 8, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

To suggest that Palin's endorsement makes any significant impact on a candidate's chances to successfully be elected is giving her far too much credit. The winners would have won even without her endorsement, and the losers that she backed likewise probably would have lost without Sarah's support.

Sarah's sense of self-importance is easily an order of magnitude greater than her intellect. Please don't feed the ego.

Posted by: labman57 | November 8, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I have to disagree with the comment "real winner of the Nov. 2 election was independent voters". In fact, I think Independents are the real losers. The polarization that has occurred (largely because of Palin's influence) means that there is no one in government that represents my interests. I'd *really* like to see a third party in the center giving a voice to those who want more progress on the tough issues and less ideological bickering.

Posted by: pjwylie1 | November 8, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin is still a minor league player who thinks she is a big league player. Her brand of politics was on view for all to see in 2008. Like the extreme left which the Democrats have basically either tamed or ignored, the extreme right needs to be dealt with effectively by Republicans or those so-called moderates will be history for the Republican Party. It would only seem reasonable that an American public which is basically optimistic about things cannot tolerate a party of "no" for any substantial period of time. This type of politics is way too cynical.

I hear all of this noise about health care bill. Where were the Republicans when the current bill was debated? I can say one thing about their brand of politics: if you do not play when the game is being played, then you forfeit any future right to suggest corrections. It's like when a voter does not vote, he cannot complain.

So much for the voters sending Obama a message on Nov. 2. His poll numbers are up. One thinks that the voters are now experiencing buyers remorse. Yes, it is much better to vote for something than to vote against. In my district, I voted for a blue-dog Democrat because I knew what the political outcome would be if I voted Republican. Unfortunately, what we needed was a real Democrat to run. The blue-dog lost, which was not a surprise. It is hard for Democrats to vote for someone that has basically given them the shaft while trying to appease the Republicans.

Posted by: EarlC | November 8, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if they're going to put in another aisle in the House and Senate chambers. Democrats - Aisle - Republicans - Aisle - Tea Baggers.

Though could we wait until at least Labor Day next year to start talking about the 2012 elections. Even that is too early to be meaningful.

Posted by: James10 | November 8, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I am basically conservative, but cannot stand Palin, Rush, or Beck. Olbermann fills me with the urge to defecate as well. But I love reading how someone as vapid as Palin can get the lattelibs and twinks' knickers in a twist. Awesome. The Democratic Party, the party of helping people, seems to be filled with hateful little meanmouths that I would encourage pursuing a consult with Dr. Kevorkian.

Posted by: rlmayville | November 8, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

The evil party that hates the US is at it again: Let's not cover pre-existing conditions and Bozo the Clown is running around talking about taking Texas off social security and Medicare. The Dems just need to have an evil spokesman too.

Posted by: cougartonyusa | November 8, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Bachus has his right to his opinion, but anybody who knows basic math can see that he is wrong. The GOP needs at least 4 more seats to capture the Senate. At most, the GOP might have taken Nevada, Delaware, and possibly Colorado with different candidates. That's only three seats, which, all other races being equal, would leave a tie in the Senate that would be broken by VP Biden.

In Delaware, it's pretty clear that Castle would have had a better chance than O'Donnell, although had the GOP establishment actually lined up behind O'Donnell instead of immediately throwing a tantrum that she'd beaten Castle, she might have closed the gap by a few points instead of sinking more thanks to her own party's lack of support.

Angle in Nevada was a problematic candidate, but there it is not clear that any other candidate would have been a better bet. Yes, Angle made plenty of mistakes, but who would have certainly done better?

In Colorado, Buck ran a reasonably good campaign, but simply didn't seal the deal. He was up in the final weeks, but down in the election tally. That loss was a bit of a surprise, actually, and it's not clear at all that any other candidate would have done better.

In other states, like Florida, Palin-endorsed candidates actually won, too. In still other states where Palin sat out, some people for whom she didn't campaign lost. Would some of the enthusiasm that Palin brings to races have carried those races for the GOP? Again, it's not clear.

In all likelihood, had Palin been a non-factor, GOP energy would have been slightly lower. The Senate might have seen one or two more GOP seats, which may then have been offset by one or two reversed GOP wins, leaving the Senate level with Palin out of the game. In the House, the GOP would have been down, and probably in many state legislatures and governor's seats, too. Palin brought energy that other GOP campaigners lacked, and for all of her flaws she had a net positive effect...just as she did with McCain's campaign. McCain would have lost by a lot more without Palin's supporters boosting him.

Posted by: blert | November 8, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I think that's pretty nast of the GOP (as usual).

Sarah Palin helped the GOP regain the House, but because the GOP didn't get it all they need someone to blame.

Typical.

Posted by: lindalovejones | November 8, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Sorry kishorgala but opinions from snobs like your cost your minions the election. Americans respect intelligence, they recoil from snobs like you and others from the planet Uranus.

Posted by: perfesser33
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Sorry, perfesser3, but the bubblebrains were never going to vote Democratic anyway.

There's nothing snobbish about laughing at a woman with presidential pretensions and all the gravitas of a valley girl cheerleader.

Posted by: st50taw | November 8, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Fickle Republicans! Sounds like their love affair with Palin is over. Next they'll be trying to change the locks on the door to keep out their sweetheart, Michelle Bachmann.

Posted by: MNUSA | November 8, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Classic. Classic Washington Post propagagandizing, trying to deceive the sheeple that Sarah Palin is ineffective. Fact is, she led the House takeover. Cmon, everyone knows there was nothing about the checked-pants country club Republicans like this Alabama doofus that brought people out.

Thanks Pelosi for staying on. We need a good Wicked Witch of the West foil. As if we needed more than the dolt in the White House.

Posted by: leewifflestin | November 8, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

You raise your Lambs, only to be consumed by Tigers.

P.Hinds

Posted by: computehinds | November 8, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: itkonlyyou371 | November 8, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

This guy is spot on! Thank you for speaking the truth!

Posted by: Gatecrasher | November 8, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

What does Bachus think this election was about? It was about JOBS and how the Democrat's are all for free trade and job outsourcing, our President cravenly grovelling before Indian princes and big government scounderals who got us into this mess. Now, unless you are a complete fool, you KNOW that the Republican leadership is *exactly* the same as the Democratic leadership! Palin and her Tea Party was the only alternative. The GOP got a lot of spill over votes. I voted Republican, but I certainly didn't vote for the wing of that party represented by Bachus and the treasonous fools he represents.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | November 8, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

And just a few months ago, the GOP Leaders were lauding Palin for roping in the renegade Tea Party within the Republican Fold! Those inconsiderate selfish s of b! One would have thought this marriage of convenience and the honeymoon will last at least a weeks. Looks like this marriage did not even consummate!

Now Palin should support Bachmann and demand House Speakership. Otherwise put an (I) next to the new electees names and have them sit separately!

Posted by: kishorgala | November 8, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

@drjcarlucci : What a dolt.

Yes, you are quite some dolt!

@drjcarlucci : The GOP was a zombie party 2 short years ago.
What breathed life back into the corpse was the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.

Nope, what happened was that the economy did not recover sufficiently in time.

Palin too had lost her approval rating in Alaska from 92% to 52% in less than a year after the 2008 elections, when she figured that being a half-governor is good enough, and went for the money.


@drjcarlucci : They have completely changed the course of U.S. politics.

LOL! Getting overtly racist is not changing the course the way you ought to

@drjcarlucci : It's about ideas: reducing the debt, balancing the budget, reviving the economy and jobs, stopping the ridiculous spending.

Of which the teabaggers do not have one.

@drjcarlucci : The Dems still don't get it, even after the shellacking.


Get what, you dolt? That the economy was so badly wrecked that working with the Republicans was a disaster?


@drjcarlucci : It's a revolution.

Indeed. Where?


@drjcarlucci : You either go along, get clear or get steamrolled.

WHich is what is going to happen to Palin.

Her candidates Joe Miller (in her home state), Ken Buck, Sharron Angle, the witch from Delaware, the witch from WWE, Whitman, Fiorina, all lost.

In this atmosphere of throw out the incumbent Democrats.


If Palin were supporting Reagan against Mondale, he'd lose.

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Posted by: HumanSimpleton | November 8, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

What does Bachus think this election was about? It was about JOBS and how the Democrat's are all for free trade and job outsourcing, our President cravenly grovelling before Indian princes and big government scounderals who got us into this mess. Now, unless you are a complete fool, you KNOW hat the Republican leadership is *exactly* the same as the Democratic leadership! Palin and her Tea Party was the only alternative. The GOP got a lot fo spill over votes. I voted Republican, but I certainly didn't vote for the wing of that party represented by Bachus and the treasonous fools he represents.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | November 8, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Palin (shoved) aside, this Republican's remarks seem almost sensible. But what does he mean that "we must do something about pre-existing conditions?" It's done, it's in the Health Care Reform Bill. The colossal ignorance of Republicans and the voters who supported them about what Health Care reform does - it benefits millions of people and will for years to come, check the actual provisions out - and their unwillingness to talk about the actual bill, will be the end of them. Certainly it will be Jim DeMint's Waterloo.

Posted by: dudh | November 8, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, that would explain the extremely low profile Ms.Palin has kept since the election.

Posted by: m_richert | November 8, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Bull, they didn't put up qualified candidates!

Posted by: tonyjm | November 8, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I wish Palin would shut up. I also wish Colbert, Jessee Jackson, and Al Sharpton would shut up. And Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh and Chris Matthews and Hannity and Eugene Robinson and all the extreme so-called politicos (actually all self serving, making bucks writing and saying garbage) instead of genuinely contributing to political intercourse regarding a sane direction for our country.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | November 8, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

The GOP controlled Congress will pass legislation that is popular for their base but has zero chance of becoming law. Senate Democrats will block the legislation. On a few issues the blue dogs will go along and then Obama will veto - rinse and repeat.

In the mean time Americans will get more and more disgusted and angry with a do nothing GOP controlled congress just in time for the mid-terms

Posted by: ChicagoSteve | November 8, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

It is the delicate lack of a cortical structure that renders Ms. Palin most attractive. From her mouth issue sentences, each serving to reduce the amount of wisdom on the planet by roughly 0.001%.

Posted by: Martial | November 8, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

'Twas stupidity that won the House. Palin was the best friend, apart perhaps from Christine O'Donnell, the Republican Party had had in decades. But for loud and crude repetition of risible assertions, Ms. Pelosi would still be Speaker Pelosi.

Ingratitude is the mark of a foul heart, the Romans used to say. Bachus should resign tomorrow.

Posted by: Martial | November 8, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

There you go again Post, you leftist rag of trash. Where's the article on how the wench from San Fran cost the leftist pigs in the House the majority?

2012 cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: DCer1 | November 8, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Republican establishment can't have it both ways...

The Old Boys are happy when Palin fires up the masses to show up and vote on election day. Really, absent Palin, would the Repubs have picked up so many new seats this year?

Now it's "blame Palin" because not ALL of her endorsed players won. (Esp Sharron Angle, who was up against the Nevada Turnout Machine of Sen. Harry "Casino" Reed.)

Fact is, Palin has quite a batting average. Beats the heck out of what the Republicans showed us back in 2006 and 2008.

Speaking of 2008, had it not been for Palin as VP, I believe that Sen. McCain would've lost by a much greater margin. Palin salvaged a close loss out of an utter rout.

Posted by: ArcticFox1 | November 8, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Palin, the Half-Governor of Alaska seems to "not get it" that she is not a legislator and nobody cares what she wants.

Posted by: Whispers | November 8, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Sorry kishorgala but opinions from snobs like your cost your minions the election. Americans respect intelligence, they recoil from snobs like you and others from the planet Uranus.

Posted by: perfesser33 | November 8, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

"Drill, Baby, Drill", "Death Panels", "I said no to the Bridge to nowhere"-stupid, shallow and dangerous.

Posted by: valerie14 | November 8, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

That's a brave thing to say, all things considered. I wonder if he'll make it through his next primary?

Posted by: jeffwacker | November 8, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Sarah was the CREATION of The Weekly Standard and its editors William Kristol and Fred Barnes. I thank them for their effort and now I'm LMAO@ the conservatives!!

Posted by: Freethotlib | November 8, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm pro-life, Catholic, and fiscally conservative. I was never a Palin fan from day 1. She needs to get out of the picture. Wake up Republicans -- her low IQ is a liability. So is John McCain's.

Posted by: FromNorthernVA | November 8, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

GOP Rep.: Palin cost us the Senate
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That's nothing! Wait another year or two and then take the inventory!

But you can't afford to make her mad either! She does control the Goober portion of the electorate. And that's a significant chunk of the Republican base!

Posted by: kishorgala | November 8, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I think that Congressman Bachus' assertion is, at best, an incomplete assessment of the Tea Party and its most prominent spokesperson, Ms. Palin. The Tea Party presented the Republicans, in 2010, a sort of "package deal:" the GOP gets the benefit of an enormous galvanizing of energy on the populist Right and also gets some number of severely flawed candidates . . . but you've got to take the whole package, that's the deal. The GOP wisely took the package, and did exceedingly well in the House, among state legislatures and with state governors. Now, in "exchange," they also got three Tea Party endorsed Senate candidates who lost: O'Donnell, Angle and Buck (they also got a winner in Paul, and it looks as though Lisa Murkowski is going to save the establishment GOP senate seat in Alaska). Castle (in place of O'Donnell) and Lowden (in place of Angle) would have been shoo-ins; I don't know about the Colorado race, but--even with a win there--the GOP wouldn't have won a majority in the Senate. I think that a dispassionate analysis would judge this Tea Party "package deal" to have been a good deal for the GOP. For 2012 the political challenge (one of them, anyway) for the Republicans is going to be to try to pick apart this package--assuming, as I do, that the Tea Party will still be politically relevant. The trick is to keep the popular energy and loose the (let's just call them flawed candidates; this would also include Ms. Palin). This probably can't be done perfectly, but it doesn't have to be perfect: the GOP is looking, viewed from 2010, in pretty good shape for the Senate in 2012.

Posted by: vacohee | November 8, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Bachus is your typical Republican-gone-Beltway. He supported the bailouts and TARP just like all the other hacks in DC.

And if Bachus hates partisanship so much, I'm sure he wouldn't want to be burdened by his party with the chairmanship of the House Financial Services Committee. Let a real advocate of limited government have the job - someone like Rep. Ed Royce of California, who DIDN'T vote for the bailouts.

Posted by: wpost16 | November 8, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Palin is inane and subconsciously vicious. She attracts like-'minded' Republicans. GOP realists see a sure loser in Palin, so they're beginning to speak up -- a little bushing late!

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | November 8, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I don't suppose candidates like Christine O'Donnell and Sharon Angle had anything to do with it huh?

Not that I mind Palin [bimbo] bashing, I just think the teabagger influence in these two candidates snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Posted by: abigsam | November 8, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I don't suppose candidates like Christine O'Donnell and Sharon Angle had anything to do with it huh?

Not that I mind Palin [bimbo] bashing, I just think the teabagger influence in these two candidates snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Posted by: abigsam | November 8, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Just the mere mention of her name gives the WaPo and you liberals the hives. Love it.

Posted by: Dutchml | November 8, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans did themselves in for spending like Democrats, nothing to do with Palin. Palin and the Tea Party are responsible for energizing Americans to take over the House.
Sour grapes from Bachus. However since this the WP and you have blatant liars like Milbank, I bet the context is different that what is portrayed here...

Posted by: jblast2000 | November 8, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Republicans will do America a favor and send her packing.

They brought the imbecile to the party and now they need to take her home.

Posted by: vigor | November 8, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I don't suppose candidates like Christine O'Donnell and Sharon Angle had anything to do with it huh?

Not that I mind Palin [bimbo] bashing, I just think the teabagger influence in these two candidates snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Posted by: abigsam | November 8, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

the only thing that cost the republican party the senate votes is the performance of the republican senators. craft a realistic game plan, staff it with energetic players and then do not micro-manage it to death. sarah is the one true breath of fresh air the rnc has had in the past decade.

if you are not willing to listen to your constituents and vote their wishes, pack up and get the heck out of the way for progress.

Posted by: nevadabuzz | November 8, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

No Dem or Republican will be able to buy her off.

Posted by: jfv123

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Sarah is now fond of private planes, designer dresses and shoes, and has already been bought and paid for by Fox, but is open to other bidders. Sarah will be bought and paid for by the highest bidder in any and every circumstance -- just what you want for honest governance.

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | November 8, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

We should apologize to BP again.

Posted by: motogp46 | November 8, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats and Republicans need to take the Tea Party seriously.

Posted by: JAH3 | November 8, 2010 5:36 PM
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Democrats and Republicans need to take ALL anti-American groups seriously!

Posted by: Emmetrope | November 8, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats and Republicans need to take the Tea Party seriously.

Posted by: JAH3 | November 8, 2010 5:36 PM
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Democrats and Republicans need to take ALL anti-American groups seriously!

Posted by: Emmetrope | November 8, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Christine O'Donnell would have lost even without Sarah Palin's support. O'Donnell was not fully informed about how our Constitution works.

Delaware didn't want that unqualifed woman to be in the U.S. Senate.

Posted by: willparkhurst | November 8, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Here's all I know:

Democrats routinely grasp defeat from the jaws of victory.

Republicans over reach when they try to govern, or do anything, actually.

I guess that's our checks and balances, such as they are.

Does $4 billion sound right on what Fox, Koch Bros, et al spent on this election to bring Republicans back? Sorry, but I don't think you'll ever get your money's worth. What if you just put that money into, I dunno, private schools? Businesses? Offshore accounts? Mull that.

I'll be in the bar.


Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | November 8, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse


Independent voters, are just that, INDEPENDENT! Our votes go all over. Sometimes to the Democrats, sometimes to the Republicans and YES, even to Tea Baggers.

My vote goes to my country first and foremost. My vote has to be earned. IT IS NOT FOR SALE, NOR TO BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED.

Posted by: tpagotie | November 8, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

===

LOL, you were saying before that Baucus should "shut up" and should "serve his party". I guess he's not allowed to be an "independent" thinker like you?

Posted by: mikem1 | November 8, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

not true. republicans would have needed 4 more senate seats to control the senate yet people who claim what Baucus does never name 4 seats. They name 2 seats, 3 at most, and even then they discount the "effectiveness" of the Reid machine in Nevada and the fact that Ken Buck in Colorado was a great candidate if viewed objectively (Bennett simply smeared him using all money the Dems gave him).

think of it another way: republicans won 24/37 senate races, good for 65% winning percentage (higher than the percentage in the house). Would the GOP minus grassroots involvement (be it from tea partiers or Palin) really have won 28/37 senate seats? That's better than a 75% winning percentage.

It simply not realistic to think that the GOP does that under any conceivable scenario.

Posted by: dummypants | November 8, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
08 November 2010

Alabana Republican Rep. Spencer Bacchus is quite unfair to blame former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin for the GOP's failure to regain control of the U.S. Senate.

Doesn't he know that 70% of candidates Sarah Palin and her Tea Party supported won?

What did he expect? A 100 percent success rate in an America that is closely divided between Democrats and Republicans? He must be dreaming!

Sarah Palin is the darling not only of those Tea Partyers and many independent American voters; she is also the darling of many Republicans. She has proven quite convincintly in the last midterm elections that she is now a power to reckon with in American politics.

And with her exceptionally good showing in the lsst midterms, she has brought herself closer to what obviously is her goal of earning the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. She must be supremely confident that she can give Barack Obama a good fight, supremely confident that she is supremely qualified to be President of these United States.

Wasn't that the reason Republican Senator John McCain chose her as his running mate in the last presidential elections?

Mariano Patalinjug

Posted by: MPatalinjug | November 8, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, the Democrats secret weapon.

Posted by: 44fx2901 | November 8, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully in 2012 Palin can finish off her amazing run of failure and destroy the GOP for good.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | November 8, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The Old line GOP cost the senate races,I know I used to be one

Posted by: michaelbarteo | November 8, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Fact it, if Sarah Palin were an unattractive, obese minority, no one would pay her an ounce of attention. Her entire appeal boils down to T&A. Abe Lincoln must be rolling over in his grave.

Posted by: Phoebus2 | November 8, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Beware! Common sense being spoken.

Posted by: rusty3 | November 8, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I guess Palin was good for something after all.

Posted by: John991 | November 8, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"That's nonsense . . . Palin is reason we won the house and she certainly was not the cause we lost the senate.

Posted by: rplat | November 8, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse "

You're retarded.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | November 8, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the knives are out to purge the Republican party of the Tea Party's attempt to capitalize on their significant role in the last election. I expect the Tea Party will not take this lying down setting the stage for a lot of internal Republican Party political bloodletting. It is clear the Tea Party will be Republican Party's greater adversary, not the Democrats.

Posted by: Obamarama1 | November 8, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Hmm...let's see. Who's a good prospective Republican candidate against Obama in 2012? Palin? No. 70% of voters don't like her, think she's way not smart enough. Romney? No. Southern Evangels don't like him. Pawlenty or Huckabee? Get serious. Voters, including half of Repubs, don't want evangels, either. Rubio, Pence, etc., too rightwing. Boehner? Too tan. Plus, by that time, the conservative Republican party of No, the party of no ideas, will have achieved nothing. I don't know..

Posted by: dudh | November 8, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Rep.Bachus, the only reason the GOP is in control of the House is because of Gov. Palin and the Tea party. From your reaction it could be your next, The GOP was my party until the old rhino and President Bush took us to the left. It's time you guys wake up. This party is no longer your private club.

Posted by: leslielund | November 8, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Let the self-destruction of the conservatives begin !

At then end of the day, more people need the government to play a strong role in equalization of opportunity, in enforcement of safety and banking regs, and in support of a myriad of human interests.

Anybody really thinks that doing away with destroying government capacity is going to solve their problems? Crackers!

Posted by: Towards_Light | November 8, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats and Republicans need to take the Tea Party seriously.

Posted by: JAH3 | November 8, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

"We must do something about health insurance coverage of pre-existing conditions. People no longer work their entire lives at one job."

The GOP has yet to put forth a way to address pre-existing conditions that does not involve mandated coverage. As someone who literally cannot buy an individual policy without an exclusion for a pre-existing condition (they will not even price it for you), I'd like to know how they intend to address that moral hazard morass before I consider backing their plan.

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | November 8, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Rep.Bachus, the only reason the GOP is in control of the House is because of Gov. Palin and the Tea party. From your reaction it could be your next, The GOP was my party until the old rhino and President Bush took us to the left. It's time you guys wake up. This party is no longer your private club.

Posted by: leslielund | November 8, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Independent voters, are just that, INDEPENDENT! Our votes go all over. Sometimes to the Democrats, sometimes to the Republicans and YES, even to Tea Baggers.

My vote goes to my country first and foremost. My vote has to be earned. IT IS NOT FOR SALE, NOR TO BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED.

Posted by: tpagotie | November 8, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Rep.Bachus, the only reason the GOP is in control of the House is because of Gov. Palin and the Tea party. From your reaction it could be your next. The GOP was my party until the old rhino and President Bush took us to the left. It's time you guys wake up. This party is no longer your private club.

Posted by: leslielund | November 8, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

A sensible Republican, talking good sense. They'll drum him out of the party for blasphemy! They may even hang him.

The public wants more RINOs and DINOs. Fat chance of them ever getting many of them.

Posted by: samsara15 | November 8, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow, someone on the Fox News side criticizes the idiot Palin and folk on the right flip out.

If you want to guarantee that Obama wins in 2012, put Palin on the ticket for the Republican party. She's not only an idiot, but independents think she's out of touch.

Posted by: hacksaw | November 8, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

jmaness1 posts November 8, 2010 5:18 PM
"Castle lost DE because he ran a lousy campaign. Most of you are clueless."

Hey clueless!
Ms. O'D was the anti-establishment pick just as Rand Paul was, Scott Brown in Mass as well.

TP'ers will be after McConnell next.

TP has taken on a life of its own but it remains to be seen if it can survive without financial support from Dick Armey, Kock brothers and other multi-billionaires who provided the signs and FREE BUS RIDES.

Posted by: knjincvc | November 8, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

That's nonsense . . . Palin is reason we won the house and she certainly was not the cause we lost the senate.

Posted by: rplat | November 8, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"Bachus-Schmackus. He might need to look for a real job after his his Congressional seat comes up for grabs. Sarah Palin dominates the discourse in conservative circles, and he is beyond the fringe.

Posted by: bubbasouth | November 8, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse "

And thank God and baby Jesus that Palin does *dominate* the conservative fringe. Not only did she tank the 2008 election, she tanked the 2010 one as well! And yet you hormonal GOP teenagers still follow her around like little puppy dogs.

Too funny.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | November 8, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Rubio makes is clear – he’s NO Teapartyer......oops!

November 7, 2010......If the tea party is expecting Rubio to plant its yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag in the hallowed Senate chamber, it’s in for a letdown. This career politician who once carried the state party’s American Express card defines himself first and foremost as a Republican.[...]

Rubio has already made it clear that he will not be a rogue senator. One day after the election, he declared his support for the GOP establishment when he said he looked forward to serving under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. He didn’t mention Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, viewed as the more ideologically pure conservative and alternative power center, who championed Rubio’s campaign early on.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/11/07/1914455/rubios-party-loyalty-is-clear.html

Posted by: angie12106 | November 8, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The WaPo is doing their best to polarize conservatives. There will be a concerted effort for the next two years to show how in control Democrats are and how out of control Republicans are with their two factions.

Posted by: thelaw1 | November 8, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

In the meantime, the TPers are tripping over each other backing off on their campaign promises. "No earmarks" is an early casualty.

Can't blame that one on Palin.

Posted by: chi-town | November 8, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Bachus-Schmackus. He might need to look for a real job after his his Congressional seat comes up for grabs. Sarah Palin dominates the discourse in conservative circles, and he is beyond the fringe.

Posted by: bubbasouth | November 8, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Karl Rove USED the Tea Party to help poor struggling billionaires.......

Nov. 4, 2010....A substantial portion of Crossroads GPS’ money came from a small circle of extremely wealthy Wall Street hedge fund and private equity moguls, according to GOP fundraising sources who spoke with NBC News on condition of anonymity. These donors have been bitterly opposed to a proposal by congressional Democrats — and endorsed by the Obama administration — to increase the tax rates on compensation that hedge funds pay their partners, the sources said.

A scorecard compiled by NBC News shows the ad barrage appeared to mostly pay off: Republican candidates won nine of the 12 Senate races and 14 of 22 House races where American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS spent money.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39995283/ns/politics-decision_2010#slice-2

Posted by: angie12106 | November 8, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

"We must do something about health insurance coverage of pre-existing conditions. People no longer work their entire lives at one job."

OH OH this guy is in big trouble now ... no more campaign donations from insurance companies.

Posted by: knjincvc | November 8, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Palin did not endorse Angle in the primary. Palin did not endorse Buck in the primary. Castle lost DE because he ran a lousy campaign. Most of you are clueless.

Posted by: jmaness1 | November 8, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Who's kidding who? Of COURSE it was Palin who lost the Senate for republicans. We all KNOW that. Her political "career" is over.

Go ahead, Tea Party: Run her against Obama and see what you get. Your safe bet is to let her continue making money on Fox News and being the laughing stock over at The Learning Channel.

The only way Palin will ever get in the White House is as an invited guest.

Posted by: dastubbs | November 8, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

GOP Rep Spencer Bachus .:
'Sarah Palin cost "us" control of the Senate'
http://wapo.st/bKXriE

Republicans "US" is not We, the People

EFF EM

Posted by: Warof2010 | November 8, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

L.O.L!!!!

Posted by: johng1 | November 8, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I applaud jfv123's dexterity -- typing with one hand while rubbin' one out to his extensive cache of Palin pix with the other.

Posted by: Observer691 | November 8, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

LOL...looks like phines and pmendez should be happy. Why not just vote for Democrats in that case?

IAmWright misses out on the whole subtlety that Castle was the only Republican with a shot at beating Coons.

Some folks just enjoy jousting at windmills, I guess. Why bother to try to win?

Posted by: dhartmanva | November 8, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

This Republican sounds *almost* sane. Too bad he'll be targeted by the extremist Teabaggers that control the GOP now.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | November 8, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Baucus, you would serve the party better, if you would keep your pompous MOUTH SHUT!

Posted by: tpagotie | November 8, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin didn't cost the GOP the Senate.

The idiots that make up the GOP political base are the ones who cost the GOP the Senate. They didn't need Palin telling them to vote for candidates like Angle or O'Donnell, because it's enough that "crazy attracts crazy".

Good to see though that Bacchus is enjoying his free lunches. Hopefully he pocketed the golden utensils left at his lunch spot.

Posted by: JPRS | November 8, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

What a dolt.

The GOP was a zombie party 2 short years ago.

What breathed life back into the corpse was the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.

They have completely changed the course of U.S. politics.

It isn't about Congressional numbers or "majority".

It's about ideas: reducing the debt, balancing the budget, reviving the economy and jobs, stopping the ridiculous spending.

The Dems still don't get it, even after the shellacking.

Sadly, some of our own Republicans still don't either.

It's a revolution.

You either go along, get clear or get steamrolled.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | November 8, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

That man has a keen eye for the obvious. Go to a funeral with Bachus, and he will be the first person in the place to point out that they guy in the coffin is dead.

Anyway, thank you, dimwit teabaggers! Your love of this jabbering backwater clown kept the Senate in Democratic hands. Thanks again!

Posted by: losthorizon10 | November 8, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The election of Bush 43 seriously weakened the Republicans. Now the election of a Republican majority in the House may weaken them even more. They'd better hope they don't win anything in 2012.

Posted by: amstphd | November 8, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Quitter-from-Wasilla(r) will increasingly have her hands full battling members of her own party in addition to demonizing Democrats. However, it amazes me that neither the GOP nor the Tea Party understands it was fickle Independent voters that won the election swing for the GOP this year as they did for the Dems in '06 and '08.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | November 8, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Love the Palin attacks.
Keep them coming.
Confirms my belief she'll shake up DC when she's President.
No Dem or Republican will be able to buy her off.
When Palin stands at a podium with 12 guys you can't tell apart from one another trying to beat her up in the first Republican primary debate, voters will know who's on their side.

Posted by: jfv123 | November 8, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Rep Bachus is right. Those racist Tea-baggers cost the GOP the control of the Senate.

As Rep Bachus rightly points out, those bigoted racist Tea-baggers are totally unwelcome to the GOP. They are a bunch of total disgrace and embarsssment to GOP and Rep Bachus.

All Republicnas must support Rep Bachus to lead a crusade to purge and destroy those racist Tea-Baggers from the GOP. GOP and Rep Bachus don't need those racist Tea-baggers, they can all buzz off.

Posted by: skponggol | November 8, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Duh. No kidding. Question is why are they so hot and bothered about this bunch? They have the economy working for them, and they don't intend to help fix that now do they.

Posted by: larry9 | November 8, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

What an arrogant man!

You lost the senate, not because of Sarah, but because the GOP is hated almost as much as the Democrats! We choose between two crooked, corrupt parties.

Thank your sorry ass for Sarah and the "Tea Baggers", because IT WAS BECAUSE OF THEM THAT THE REPUBLICANS DID AS WELL AS THEY DID!

Get your head out of your behind! For if you don't, you and the smug GOP, will go down in 2012, just like the Democrats did this time around!

Posted by: tpagotie | November 8, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

It was all republican politicians who were responsible for O'Donnell's defeat in Delaware. The sore loser Castle refused to endorse her and guys like Karl Rove bad mouthed her. It was not Palins fault. In fact the record will show that for not Palin's backing the percentage spread would have been even bigger for Coons!

Posted by: IamWright | November 8, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Ah, ain't civil war grand? The conservative Republicans vs. the new John Birch Society. And they are both armed. Such fun. Should be chuckles for many months to come, unless of course the Chinese army crosses over from Mexico and spoils all our fun and games. Them spoil-sports. And I was just beginning to enjoy all the blood.

Posted by: LawyerTom1 | November 8, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I would agree with this article, but the Tea Party would insist that it didn't matter because the Tea Party likely believes that the two major parties are too closely aligned on the big policy issues and that it's better to have tried and lost winning the U.S. Senate instead of just getting more Senators who are Republican but not really committed to the Tea Party cause.

As for the real political impact, however, the Democrats will have the advantage in 2012 as the Democrats bigger tent will be able to accommodate a majority of the Americans while the Republicans will likely fracture and split.

Posted by: TabLUnoLCSWfromUtah | November 8, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I continually read articles about the bad health reform, tons of political noise and highly partisan BS, all of which does not one thing to detail exactly what is wrong and why. It's all very high level
dung that leaves one feeling less comfortable about ANY future change. There's more but...

Posted by: kidvid | November 8, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. Ken Buck, Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle are just the batshiites ones.

But this has nothing to do with that.

This is simply the GOP realizing that Palin is a wingnut who'd lose them any chance at the WH in 2012, if she were to run.

Watch for the attacks on Palin to mount.

Karl Rove did it in the waning weeks of the midterm
W did it last week
Peggy Noonan did it last week
Shelby is doing it now.

What'd you think? Palin was going to be anointed queen?

She served her purpose by being the incurious buffoon.

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | November 8, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

What Phines1 said, times two!

Posted by: pmendez | November 8, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse


This is just the Good Old Boys' way of saying "get with the program" to the newcomers.

Those who want to jump ahead in line, the answer is no!

Everybody in the GOP is supposed to pull their weight, and winning an election is just the beginning.

That must be how they're doing it.

As far as Palin making the GOP lose, hey, they met her right off her loss, they knew she resigned as Governor of Alaska half way through her term, but they were too afraid to to touch her.

Now, they want to kick her out of the party.

(She's probably leading the charge against earmarks -- but that's how the GOP buys votes down south, so...")

Posted by: lindalovejones | November 8, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Palin weeded out RINO's, I would rather have a democrat than a RINO, at least wwe know where they stand.

Posted by: phines1 | November 8, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

liberal newspapers like wapo that only reported negatives of Republicans cost Republicans the election...
it's the lies that does in the candidate by the papers in league with the dems...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 8, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

You are absolutely right, Jayelle! But at least he had the guts to say it publicly.

Posted by: DCSteve1 | November 8, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

By tomorrow, he'll either be a) issuing an apology to Palin, b) saying that he was misquoted, or c) saying that his remarks were taken out of context.

Posted by: jayelle5 | November 8, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

It was only a matter of time before Mrs. Palin wore out her welcome with the GOP. I will enjoy the feeding frenzy. All that will be left will be an empty pair of second hand, fire engine red, open toe pumps. I hope they float.

Posted by: arancia12 | November 8, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Obviously he is reicht but he is also from Alabama. So, one thing right over a lifetime... this might be your "every dog has his day" day.

Posted by: WmLaney | November 8, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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