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One Democrat who isn't running away from Dem agenda

At least four high-profile Dem Senate candidates have come out against letting the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire. And many House Dems are practically tripping over themselves as they run away from the Obama/Dem agenda, refusing even to extend tax cuts for the middle class unless the high end ones are continued too.

That's why Alexi Giannoulias, the Senate candidate in Illinois, remains a fascinating candidate to watch as a test case of whether a Democrat can win a very tough race, even as he enthusiastically embraces the Dem agenda.

I'm told that Giannoulias, who's locked in a close race with GOP Rep Mark Kirk, is unveiling a new Web site today attacking plans to extend the tax cuts for the rich -- a site designed to build support to pressure Congress to extend the middle class cuts. Not only that, but he's criticizing fellow Dems who have proven too skittish to take on the issue.

In a statement emailed my way, Giannoulias said:

Republicans and some Democrats are holding middle class tax cuts hostage unless the top 2% of Americans get a massive new tax break. I strongly oppose any efforts to deprive the middle class of much-needed tax relief, which is why I hope you'll help me lobby Congress today.

I'm launching a new advocacy site today,, to help voters across the country share their reasons about why we shouldn't doll out a $700 billion tax cut to a sliver of the wealthiest Americans when we could use that revenue to invest instead in the middle class or pay down our debt.

Giannoulias is also running an ad that actually shows him literally embracing Obama.

Obviously it's easier for Giannoulias to declare support for the Dems' agenda in a blue state -- Obama's home state -- than it is for the Dems running in red states or difficult districts. But Giannoulias is making a clear bid to emerge as a leading progressive voice in this fall's campaign, and the intensity of Giannoulias's embrace of Obama's agenda, particularly on the Bush tax cuts, remains striking.

By Greg Sargent  | September 22, 2010; 2:16 PM ET
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And if you don't vote for him, you'll find a horsehead in your bed.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | September 22, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I guess after Alexi's family's bank went bust, Alexi won't be in that tax bracket anymore.


Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 22, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

$700 billion vs. $3 TRILLION for the "middle class" tax cut?

Which one is more "massive"?

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 22, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Good for him - more of this, please.

Posted by: lcrider1 | September 22, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Ditto- more Democrats like this, please.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | September 22, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

As I, and others, have pointed out in the past Republicans really don't care about deficits and debt. They would rather have a tax cut and deficits than a balanced budget. Democrats are the other way around, which, imo, makes Democrats the more fiscally conservative (or fiscally sane) of the two major parties. Don't believe me? Here is a poll from Rasmussen (yes, I know Rasmussen is a bit of a joke) to back me up:

Which is one of the reasons why Alexi Giannoulias can feel good about making this argument in Illinois; it is a blue state and therefore more fiscally responsible than the red states. Given that red states are more likely to be "welfare" states (they get more from the Fed than they pay in) than blue states it also makes sense that red states would be more likely to elect "tax hucksters" who advocate for a tax cut for Paris Hilton.

Posted by: nisleib | September 22, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"Which one is more "massive"?"


Wrong question.

Better question:

Which one is better for the American economy?

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 22, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Good for Alexi. Glad to see he's starting to take some swings.

Posted by: BGinCHI | September 22, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse


There's no "wrong" question -- did you even read the article -- it claims: "Republicans and some Democrats are holding middle class tax cuts hostage unless the top 2% of Americans get a MASSIVE new tax break." (Emphasis Added)

I was going to quibble about the word "new" too ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 22, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Ethan is right, Save the Forest Troll is asking the wrong question.

But if we do take his question seriously, what it implies is that he ONLY supports tax cuts for the rich. Otherwise, the comparison would be the middle class tax cuts PLUS $700 billion. And I think this is true for most of the Rethugs in power. They are after the tax cuts for the richest of the rich. That is the goal, as Save openly admits in his post.

Posted by: michiganmaine | September 22, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

And it is a NEW tax break. The Republicans planned for it to end so they could make claims about future deficits. So the tax cuts that Obama signs will be new. Otherwise, you are admitting that the original cuts were put forward on false premises.

Good on Giannoulias. I think more Dems could do well with this approach.

Posted by: michiganmaine | September 22, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

OK So Alexi wants a $700 Billion tax increase.

All I keep hearing is "Senator Kirk"


Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 22, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Alexi should be more concerned about TERRORISTS RUNNING WILD IN CHICAGO than tax cuts.

Seriously folks.

At this point we have serious QUESTIONS about the national security policies of this nation - questions which point to the conclusion that Obama should resign or be impeached.

On the economic front, Obama is adrift - WITHOUT economic policies or direction - Summers is out, Orzag has been caught up in a sex scandal (ironically on a billboard right ABOVE where a terrorist placed a bomb)

Obama has NO PLAN on how to get the nation out of the GREAT OBAMA ECONOMIC STAGNATION.

What is left?

This administration is a COMPLETE FAILURE - and there is nothing to indicate that Obama can do better -

Obama appears ready to drive the economy further into the GROUND - aflame with FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.

What else does on have to say about this failure ??? That he hasn't raised taxes ENOUGH ? That he hasn't put MORE of a drag on hiring ???


Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 22, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't give a d@mn about your article, Joke. You are a fool who cares more about your own ego-driven ideology than you do about America, Americans and the American economy. Why don't you just leave this blog. Just frigging leave. You add nothing of value at all.

At least honest Republicans like Kevin are willing to be serious about issues. You are NOT serious. You are a liar and a joke.

Why don't you leave this blog to people who want to be serious about serious issues. Go play in your idiotic tea party like a 5 year old and leave the adult conversation to people who give a d@mn about America.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 22, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Ethan2010 - Sometimes when I hear the phrase "Tea Party" I think of Eric Cartman of Southpark fame getting caught on tape having a tea party with his Polly Prissypants doll.

I don't know why, but your comment at 3:15 brought that to mind.

Posted by: nisleib | September 22, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Of course Florida Senate candidate Kendrick Meek has been saying the same thing even though he's running against two republicans who want to see the tax cuts made permanent. But hey, why focus on the guy who has also come out strong for repealing DADT, banning off shore drilling,and passing the DREAM Act.


Posted by: sgwhiteinfla | September 22, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Ethan - Here is a link to the clip I just mentioned.

Too. Freaking. Funny.

And it kinda sums up the Tea Party fairly well.

Posted by: nisleib | September 22, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Ethan2010 at 3:15 PM

Why do you talk about yourself that way ?

Is it still your position that conservatives have inferior brains?

Isn't that exactly what Rev. Wright said - that black children have different brains than white children ????

NOT sure where you are coming from - however I sugggest YOU attempt to understand the other side.

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 22, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

nisleib, thanks!

Eric Cartman is the PERFECT analogy to the Republican Tea Party.

Fat, ignorant, obnoxious, bigoted and a joke to everyone but himself.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 22, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Woodward's book portrays Obama and the White House as barraged by warnings about the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and confronted with the difficulty in preventing them. During an interview with Woodward in July, the president said, "We can absorb a terrorist attack. We'll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . .


Just so everyone is clear - the Pentagon was telling Obama numerous times that a weaker policy in the Middle East would RISK a terrorist attack on US Soil -

The Generals believe there is a trade-off - a weak policy risks a terrorist attack in a US city - a strong policy reduces the risk of such an attack.

Obama expressed a willingness - a DESIRE - to take that trade-off - in exchange for a WEAKER POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, OBAMA WAS WILLING TO RISK A 9/11 SIZE ATTACK IN AN AMERICAN CITY.

This is a conscious decision by Obama.

Obama has no judgement - he is seriously flawed.

NO ONE can be sure WHAT is motivating Obama - Is Obama a muslim ???

Who know what would motivate a person to want such a thing.




Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 22, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"Is it still your position that conservatives have inferior brains?

Isn't that exactly what Rev. Wright said - that black children have different brains than white children ????"


Inferior is not equal to different.

Posted by: wiccan | September 22, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

All, check this out, the latest chapter in Rand Paul's extreme makeover:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | September 22, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

wiccan 3:47 PM

Ethan had a few comments today that people were unable to understand his morals - or something like that.

Separate but equal - is that what you are trying to say ?

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 22, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse


No. I said what I said. Inferior is not equal to different.

Posted by: wiccan | September 22, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Alexi Giannoulias’s family bank collapse, a collapse helped out in large part by the loans he made to career criminals and mobsters, has cost the taxpayer nearly $400 million. Couple this to the abysmal performance of the state’s BrightStart funds and his record speaks of a politically connected incompetent hack.

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | September 22, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse


I'm not leaving BECAUSE I do give a d@mn about America.

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 22, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

You obviously don't give a d@mn about America or you'd stop your non-stop stream of lies.

Wahh! Obama's from Kenya.

You are a FRAUD who doesn't give a D@MN about your own country. You hate America. SO LEAVE. GOOD RIDDANCE, FRAUD.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 22, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse


You really have not followed the conversation

Ethan made the original comment

So no one can help you - your comment makes no sense in the context of what everyone else is talking about.


Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 22, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

"Ethan made the original comment"

And you're proving me right.

STRF, why don't you ever talk about actually SAVING THE RAINFOREST?

Why do you keep ignoring me?

Could it be that you are dumber than a post?

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 22, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse


I haven't posted a single "lie" on this thread, so it could hardly be a "non-stop stream of lies" -- OTOH you claim that I have stated as fact that "Obama is from Kenya" which I haven't -- if you actually paid attention, I am only raising the questions of whether he was really born in Hawaii and why he doesn't consent to the release of any original vital records. Nonetheless, I will gladly defend any of my posts from other threads against the accusation as well -- so, you'd better get used to the fact that I am not leaving, until the Good Lord takes me home.

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 22, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm still here ...

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 22, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for proving yet again what a fraud you are.

Birther = nUtSo fOOl

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 22, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Is that supposed to "prove" some alleged lie of mine?

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 22, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

"whether he was really born in Hawaii"

He was born in Hawaii.



Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 22, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse


Asking a question is NEVER a "lie". Nice try though.

Posted by: JakeD2 | September 22, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

What you are doing is called DISINGENUOUS.

lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere

In other words, you are intentionally misrepresenting the truth.


Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 22, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

With the mob and union thug money, and the RICO DNC crime spree backing him, this failed banker might just represent the true face of the Demonrat Party. Cook County can always get a half-million dead people to vote Demonrat, so this Alex the Crook will represent Illinois as well as Burriss if he does win. Says more about Illinois and the Demonrat criminal racketeers than it does about politics.

Posted by: djman1141 | September 23, 2010 2:31 AM | Report abuse

"ONE Democrat not running from party"

The headline says it all. One clueless person on the Hill who hasn't read the memo. LMAO!

Posted by: illogicbuster | September 23, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Ethan2010: those of us that comment on the FIX blog learned a longtime ago to ignore JakeD2, and SavetheRainForest aka the Corner. And after being warned ad nauseum by CC, they were finally banned. Now the discussion on the FIX comments is much more REAL, and civil, and informative. Take it from me, just ignore them, or better yet, don't bother reading the Plum line until he get's their spamming insulting keyboards off of here. They add nothing to civil discourse, or debate.

Posted by: katem1 | September 23, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't draw any broad conclusions from Giannoulias' actions. He has always been known as Obama's basketball buddy. He idolizes Obama. It's not so much that he believes in Obama's agenda as it is that he just believes in Obama himself. So whatever agenda Obama sets forth, you can count on Giannoulias falling into line and enthusiastically supporting it.

Posted by: virtus20211 | September 23, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

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