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* From the when-it-rains-it-pours department: The Senate, which passed Wall Street reform today, will have another run at extending unemployment benefits early next week -- and this time it may succeed.

* Also in the above link, the sobering fact of the day: By the end of this week, the total affected by the lapse in benefits will climb to 2.5 million people.

* Nancy Pelosi steps up her case against the Senate as the primary reason House Democrats are in for a shellacking this fall:

"If we had healthcare sooner, if we had energy sooner, if we had an education bill sooner -- they are all three pillars of job creation -- and that would have resulted in more jobs created by now."

More jobs -- and perhaps fewer losses in the House.

* The AFL-CIO is so worried about Speaker John Boehner that they've developed a new "firewall" strategy to dump massive resources into key races to hold the House.

* Matthew Yglesias says the media has focused too much on what's not in the financial regulatory reform bill, and not enough on the important measures that are actually in it.

* Indeed, a new Ipsos online poll finds that 38 percent have never heard of FinReg, while another 33 percent know nothing about it.

* Obama and the White House lampoon GOP Rep. Pete Hoekstra for showing up at a ribbon cutting for a stimulus-funded project after opposing the stimulus.

* Hoekstra's response: "It demeans the office of the president...it is unpresidential."

* Chuck Todd directly asks Obama if we should fear a double-dip recession. He doesn't directly answer, claiming we could still have "problems," but adds we're heading "in the right direction."

* They plugged the damn hole! For now, anyway.

* Steve Benen skewers John Harris's and Jim VandeHei's claim that Obama is mostly a "big government liberal."

* Headline o' the day, from Newsweek: "The New Black Panther Party Is the New ACORN."

* While you weren't looking: A new Bloomberg poll finds that 61 percent now oppose repealing health reform.

* Sharron Angle reports a big fundraising haul, $2.3 million in the last 42 days, and Nevada journalist Jon Ralston reports she's kept pace with Harry Reid, which is quite an achievement, given his connections and clout.

* And Reid continues treating Angle as a very serious threat, going up with a tough new ad attacking Angle for saying she wouldn't have intervened to save the 22,000 jobs at the City Center:

What else is happening?

By Greg Sargent  |  July 15, 2010; 6:28 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Financial reform , Health reform , House Dems , House GOPers , Senate Dems  
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"From the when-it-rains-it-pours department: The Senate, which passed Wall Street reform today, will have another run at extending unemployment benefits early next week -- and this time it may succeed."

Where are the Democrats who should be on every mic they can find yelling about how the Repubs will increase the deficit to give to the rich but block any increase if it helps mainstreet? Where are they?

This is why they will loose in November, they need to counter the Repubs talking points and show they people who is partly on their side and who can really careless about them...

Posted by: soapm | July 15, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

1/3 of the country has *never heard* of FinReg? Oy.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | July 15, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

soapm, I expect people will begin amplifying that case after it passes (if it does)...

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 15, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Nice ad from Reid, Sharon is getting "we've got to beat them" money like Scott Brown did in MA. She will have the cash.

Posted by: soapm | July 15, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Are there going to be debates in NV?

If not, Reid should do an ad against an empty podium, with Angle's "positions" flashed up in PowerPoint.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 15, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

"If we had healthcare sooner, ... that would have resulted in more jobs created by now."

Baloney. At the end of February Pelosi said HCR would create 400,000 jobs almost immediately.

Posted by: sbj3 | July 15, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Appears that Pelosi is catching the "whining disease" as well. Damn, that thing is seriously viral!

Posted by: converse | July 15, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

We're probably all talked out about the politico piece buy I liked this sentence from Benen. Here he's talking about jobs/stimulus but I think the same could be said of HCR.

"In other words, Harris and VandeHei have it largely backwards. Obama would be in a stronger position if he was more of a "big-government liberal," not less."

Posted by: lmsinca | July 15, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

"Appears that Pelosi is catching the "whining disease" as well."

Listen, Fool. Pelosi is the best thing the Democrats have today. Without her guts there would be no HCR. You and the "grownups" like Rahm have stripped the Democratic Party of all dignity and effectiveness. And the country sees it and the country despises it. There is nothing Americans hare more than weakness. Smarten up. The word changes. And it has changed. The 80s are gone, the 90s too. The reason Obama and the Dems are suffering so much is that they are out of step; the country wanted (and may still want) real change. That is exactly what Obama ran and won on. You and the "mature" DLCers have ruined the Democratic brand and are getting your butts kicked by a bunch of morons. You want to see the problem? Look in the mirror.

Posted by: wbgonne | July 15, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Just in case you were starting to fall for the "Tea Party is not racist" argument being broadcast everywhere on the right against the NAACP resolution, there is this:

http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/07/15/id-recommend-a-shitload-of-scotch/

It's a "letter" from Mark Williams, Tea Party Express Chairman, that demonstrates exactly what the dumbest, most crackercentric portion of this country thinks about people of color.

Amazing.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I just saw that, too, BG. Absolutely vile. Just disgusting.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | July 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

BG - I am truly taken aback by that filth! What is wrong with these people? I am terrified that some of these people have a voice in our government.

Posted by: DinOH | July 15, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Benen points to this perfectly accurate McClatchy headline...

"GOP: No more help for jobless, but rich must keep tax cuts"

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/07/14/97515/gop-no-more-help-for-jobless-but.html#ixzz0tneHPSzv

Posted by: bernielatham | July 15, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Yglesias on the emptiness of claims that "conservatives" care about the deficit...

"A lot of conservatives I’m reading on Twitter seem very impressed with Philip Klein’s response to my earlier post about how conservatives don’t care about the deficit. I think it’s a fine piece, but it’s more a confirmation of what I wrote than anything else. In order, conservatives care most about making taxes as low as possible, care second about making spending as low as possible, and like to pretend to care about the deficit when Democrats are in office.

Some conservatives keep accusing me of mixing up conservatives with Republicans, who opportunistically fail to cut spending, but I think this is backwards. Just compare the difference in reaction to Republican President George H.W. Bush who made taxes higher, spending lower, and the deficit smaller versus Republican President George W. Bush who made taxes lower, spending higher, and the deficit bigger. It’s true that conservatives whined about Bush’s spending, but they consistently advocated for the passage of his budgets. Nobody was read out of the movement for voting for his deals. The contrast with his father is clear. It’s clear, and it’s telling. Conservatives want spending cuts, but they want low taxes much more and the deficit just doesn’t play into the picture.

Moderate Republicans of the “Eastern Establishment” ilk, by contrast, really do seem to care a bit about the deficit. There just aren’t very many of them anymore, and instead that banner is now carried mostly by moderate Democrats from the Great Plains." http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2010/07/revealed-preference-and-the-deficit/

Who you gonna believe, me or your lyin' eyes?

Posted by: bernielatham | July 15, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

"Indeed, a new Ipsos online poll finds that 38 percent have never heard of FinReg, while another 33 percent know nothing about it."
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Wall Street Reform
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Learn it. Live it. Love it.
Write in on the board 100 times.

Posted by: CalD | July 15, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

And another from Matt...

The Disinformation Transmission Belt
I feel like this is an incredibly old-school blog post, but the fact of the matter is that the lede of Krissah Thompson’s Washington Post story about the trumped-up New Black Panther Party controversy is incredibly irresponsible and makes me want to say unkind things about the whole paper and the conventions of mainstream journalism:

'A 2008 voter-intimidation case has become a political controversy for the Obama administration as conservative lawyers, politicians and commentators raise concerns that the Department of Justice has failed to protect the civil rights of white voters.'

Not reporting on the trumped-up scandal, which would reveal it to be trumped up. Not reporting about how the trumped-up scandal was trumped up. Rather reporting about the existence of “a political controversy for the Obama administration” in which the participant-observer journalist pretends to be an innocent bystander to a crime against substantive political discourse that she is in fact an accomplice to."

To which I'll add the rhetorical question - just what the HELL happened to the integrity of this paper's editors?

Posted by: bernielatham | July 15, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

@Greg

What are you thoughts on why we see so much less of national Dems on TV, compared to Reps?

Go.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 15, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Hoekstra's response: "It demeans the office of the president...it is unpresidential."

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I find it unprofessional to take credit for things one hasn't done.

Posted by: dkp01 | July 15, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

"While you weren't looking: A new Bloomberg poll finds that 61 percent now oppose repealing health reform."
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It's a hopeful sign for sure, but keep the champagne in the fridge for now. It's notable that the number who favor outright repeal (37%) in the Bloomberg poll is identical to the what Pew poll published yesterday reported. The Pew poll found that only 42% support for keeping the law as is, but they had also posed the question as a straight choice between repeal or let it stand. The Bloomberg poll added a wait and see option which was the choice of a plurality in that one, with only 14% unequivocally saying leave it be.

More here: http://www.pollingreport.com/health.htm

Posted by: CalD | July 15, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

@CalD - You're right. It's a far better use of language.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 15, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I hope no one minds if I paste this letter to Tomasky in full - two parts - (from his blog at the Guardian) as it is exquisite...

Subject: Letter to the Red States:

Dear Red States.

If you manage to steal this election too, we've decided we're leaving.
We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue
States with us. In case you aren't aware, that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all of the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.

To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.

We get stem cell research and the best beaches. You get faith healing
and swamps.

We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood.

We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.

We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss.

We get 85% of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get
Alabama.

We get two-thirds of the tax revenue; you get to make the red states
pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22% lower than the Christian
Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single
moms.

Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war,
and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you
need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're
apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they
don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq and hope that the WMD's turn up, but we're
not willing to spend our resources and the lives of our loved ones in
Bush's Quagmire.

With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80% of the
country's fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92%
of the nation's fresh fruit, 95% of America's quality wines, 90% of all
cheese, 90% of the high tech industry, 95% of the corn and soybeans
(thanks Iowa!), most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods,
sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus
Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.

With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88%
of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92% of
all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the
hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100% of the
televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the
University of Georgia.


Posted by: bernielatham | July 15, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse


We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.

Additionally, 38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually
swallowed by a whale, dinosaurs roamed the earth as recently as 4000
years ago. 62% believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the war,
the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory,
53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards
believe you are people with higher morals than we lefties.

Peace out,
Blue States

Posted by: bernielatham | July 15, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi: "If we had healthcare sooner, if we had energy sooner, if we had an education bill sooner -- they are all three pillars of job creation -- and that would have resulted in more jobs created by now."
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Just a thought, but House Democrats might want to leave off making excuses and pointing fingers until they've actually lost. I would not rule immediately out the possibility that Democrats might actually do OK in November if they were to cowboy up pretty soon and start acting like the winners that they are, instead of the losers that they're constantly accused of being by the Firebagging whiners of the far left.

Posted by: CalD | July 15, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

That's pretty tempting right now Bernie.

Posted by: lmsinca | July 15, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

@Ims - everyone would be soooo much happier

Posted by: bernielatham | July 15, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Here's an item:

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Americans Blame Bush, Not Obama, for Deficit, Jobs, Afghan War


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-15/americans-blame-bush-for-deficit-afghanistan-war-jobless-more-than-obama.html

(h/t: PoliticalWire)

Posted by: CalD | July 15, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

@ bernielatham | July 15, 2010 9:10 PM:

I'd settle for giving Texas back to Mexico.

Posted by: CalD | July 15, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

bernie, there was a very close version of that Red States-Blue States letter that went around after the 2006 mid-terms, but it had a P.S. that went something like this:

"We will end the war on marijuana, and will enjoy all the finely cultivated bud from California and Hawaii. You can continue to import yours from Mexico."

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 15, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

No Bernie, I suspect very, very few Americans would be soooo much happier.

You forget, or are so damned enamored of your self-estimated "enlightened" wonderfulness, that Dems did not win any Blue State elections Castro/Chavez style at, say, 98%-2%. There are folks in the Blue States who, for example, know people from Harvard or even went to Harvard, that don't give a bloody damn about Harvard in it's current iteration. (Remember, I'm from Boston, I know, and am even related to, more than a few of them.)

That letter is not merely unintelligible and inaccurate, it is absolute in its tantrum-soiled lack of emotional restraint. Mr. Tomasky's correspondent displays the typical delusion of a misanthropic hater: that is the assumption that all who read it shall agree with his worldly reasonableness.

As to the "exquisite" nature of the letter, you have let your true flag fly{**}. And I thought that the taunt that you all are condescending elitists bristled the left, since you so charitably only have OUR best interests in mind.

With all due respect kindly take your American A&&holes' Declaration of Independence and dispose of it eco-safely in some Guelph landfill/co-op compost site.

{**} "Great wits are oft to madness allied." Dryden.

Posted by: tao9 | July 15, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Blahblog,

I don't know if your lurking tonight but I have three links about the dealerships and Barry and whether or not there was favoritism. The first two links were more or less written about the time of the anouncements of the dealership closings and, as expected, are a "first blush" analysis. The last link occured about 1 1/2 months later and is more thoruoughly vetted.

The upshot from the Heritage Foundation: "Dealerships whose owners gave primarily to Republican candidates closed at statistically significantly lower rates than dealerships whose owners did not, and the same was true of dealerships owned by Democratic donors.[7] Only 22 percent of GOP-donor-owned dealerships and 19 percent of Democratic-donor-owned dealerships closed."

I think it's hilarious that political doners, regardless of to whom they donate, fare better than non-doners. Heritage explains the nuance: "It is important to keep in mind that this correlation does not imply causation: It does not follow that the Obama Administration used its influence to keep dealerships owned by Republican and Democratic donors open. More likely, owners of more financially stable dealerships have higher incomes and are more likely to give to political candidates. At the same time, these financially stable dealerships were less likely to be closed by bankruptcy proceedings."

According to Heritage, there's no "there" there. But it seems that the experience of Microsoft really had a lasting impression on the survivors.

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/05/closing-chryslers-dealerships-readers.html

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/05/dealergate-statistical-evidence-that.html

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2009/07/Closing-Car-Dealerships-A-Matter-of-Economics-Not-Politics

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 15, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

tao, how's things? Heat up your way? It's like a non-stop shvitz here.

And speaking of Yiddishisms, reading the terrific Michael Chabon novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union. Really terrific.

Expect you're just now washing off your Spanish flag face paint from the World Cup final...

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 16, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

@CalD "I'd settle for giving Texas back to Mexico."

That would be fine. But I'd allow unlimited immigration from Austin.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 16, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

@Sue - I had not seen the earlier version but I agree it does note another important plus.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 16, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

@tao - Rather heated response. Dare I ask your opinion of Twain's Letters From Earth?

But this caught my attention: "Harvard in it's current iteration"

As contrasted to what earlier iteration? And how do you measure the difference?

Posted by: bernielatham | July 16, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I am pleased to report the error of my comment yesterday that a new poll showed that 73% of Americans oppose the deepwater drilling moratorium. That is, in fact, what Bloomberg reported. However, Bloomberg misinterpreted its own poll.

http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/60027

This is a very interesting development and perhaps Greg might note it in the MP.

I also promise to be happier.

Posted by: wbgonne | July 16, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Both Krugman in the Times and Robinson in the WP today echo the headline I noted yesterday from McClatchy:

"GOP: No more help for jobless, but rich must keep tax cuts"

This aspect of modern conservative ideology/values deserves a continued hot spotlight because of its gross immorality and because of its damage to the US economy and well-being of its citizens.

Galbraith, some years ago, put it quite well (I'm paraphrasing from memory, but this is close):

"The modern conservative idea seems to be that things are out of kilter because the rich don't have enough money and the poor have too much."

Posted by: bernielatham | July 16, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Here's the link to Robinson's column...it's very good indeed:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/15/AR2010071504745.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Posted by: bernielatham | July 16, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

You can learn much about a nation or a culture or a group by noting who they choose to punish (or not).

- tobacco industry that rewards those who find ways to deliver more addictive components in the cigarette but punishes the whistleblower who reveals this

- the culture that rewards and protects Wall Street shysters or those who implement policies of torture but which is happy to throw hundreds of thousands of black kids into jail for pot possession

- the Taliban-Light in Rome that protects, hides, and defends child molesters but will NOT abide the ordination of women

"Catholics angry as church puts female ordination on par with sex abuse"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/15/vatican-declares-womens-ordination-grave-crime

Posted by: bernielatham | July 16, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

So much for happy. Now back to the bad news. Yesterday the House Committee on Natural Resources passed a bill reorganizing MMS. Before the final vote Rep. Cassidy (R-LA) sponsored an amendment to overturn the drilling moratorium. The amendment failed 26-22. However, 2 Democrats actually voted for the amendment: Natural Resources Committee Chair Nick Rahall (of West Virginia and Jim Costa of California. I urge all of Rahall's and Costa's constituents to telephone their offices and voice your displeasure (if you are in fact displeased). Rahall (D-Big Coal) may be hopeless but why in the world is he the committee chair? Costa's district includes Fresno and Bakersfield, so let him know you're watching him.

Posted by: wbgonne | July 16, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh, here's a link on that last bit:

http://thehayride.com/2010/07/cassidy-amendment-to-kill-obamoratorium-defeated-in-committee/

Posted by: wbgonne | July 16, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

ARRGGHHH! Excuse again. Rahall is the Committee Chair. Costa is the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chair. In other words, the Democratic Committee Chair and the Democratic Subcommittee Chair BOTH voted to strip the Democratic President of the power to declare the deepwater drilling moratorium.

http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=96&Itemid=27

Will there be any consequences for this effrontery?

Posted by: wbgonne | July 16, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

All, morning roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/07/the_morning_plum_53.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 16, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse


"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, | the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."~ Cicero - 55 BC

Posted by: avatar666 | July 19, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse


"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, | the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."~ Cicero - 55 BC

Posted by: avatar666 | July 19, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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