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McCain's Iowa Team Hit By Resignations

The news just keeps getting worse for Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign.

Today, Ed Failor and Karen Slifka -- two prominent Iowa Republican activists -- resigned from the campaign.

In an e-mail Failor said he and Slifka had agreed to stay with the campaign on a volunteer basis after reports that McCain's was lagging in fundraising, but he said the dismissal of campaign manager Terry Nelson meant that they had to break all ties to the campaign.

"Despite my fondness for Sen. McCain, I decided to resign today because the leadership team I trust and agreed to serve is no longer in place," wrote Failor.

Failor and Slifka were both seen as major "gets" for McCain's Iowa leadership team. Failor is the executive vice president of Iowans for Tax Relief, and also managed the Iowa coordinated campaign for Bush in 2004. Slifka served as the midwest political director for the Republican National Committee in 2006 and held the same position for the Bush campaign two years earlier.

Both are highly coveted and are likely to be heavily courted by rival GOP candidates, particularly Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson.

McCain's staff -- both nationally and in key states -- continues to be hit by major defections. Can he possibly rebuild what was once one of the best staffs and organizations in the GOP nomination race?

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 12, 2007; 12:49 PM ET
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Posted by: E | July 16, 2007 1:51 AM | Report abuse

All: I have received information some of the real bad stuff on McCain had been thought of being released in one of the early primary states and some of the staff had gotten wind of it. This, along with the decline in support for him based mainly on his blind support for the War and GW, appears now to be part of his planned withdrawal from the race.

Posted by: lylepink | July 13, 2007 6:14 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: rufus | July 12, 2007 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Colin: pure libertarianism (that's not me) would state that children and women need to look out for themselves and government should not dictate individual morality. Is this a preview of an upcoming position paper by Ron Paul? He is, after all, the ONLY viable GOP candidate (ha, ha, ha) so we should listen to him.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | July 12, 2007 10:20 PM | Report abuse

KOZ -- Since the GOP controlled legislature didn't conduct ANY oversite for 6 years, the Dems have had quite a bit to investigate. I'm not even going to go into detail on the specific stuff you cited, but I would note that investigating whether prosecutors were fired for refusing to base criminal prosecutions off of political considerations is both an important and valid topic for oversight. As is commuting the sentence of the Vice President's top aid, who refused to truthfully answer questions about a smear campaign designed to discredit critics of a war we are still stuck in.

But feel free to compare that to the THOUSANDS of hours spent investigating the Clinton's travel department or the MILLIONS of dollars spent to figure out that NOTHING illegal occurred during the whole whitewater BS. News Flash -- Bill Clinto left office 7 yeras ago. Your party tried to impeach him and investigated his entire administration for the last 6 years of his presidency. TIME TO MOVE ON and deal with today. Even if that is sad, given the mess the GOP has made.

Proud -- Yeah, I think prostitution is a lot worse than consensual sex with a 23 year old woman. Neither is savory, and I dont countenance infidelity by anyone, but yes it strikes me that an industry that is predicated on selling women's bodies is a bad thing. How is that inconsistent with saying the government should stay out of people's bedrooms? IF that's contradictory, you're going to HATE my stance against sex with underage children too. I'm against that too! I know, shocking.

Posted by: Colin | July 12, 2007 9:42 PM | Report abuse

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...leave Iraq now. He is the only GOP calling the war a terrible mistake, and not worth the risk of another soldiers death. The civil war will be terrible bloody, whenever we leave.

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Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

It's truly amusing how often the Clinton haters trot out some Clinton conspiracy theory or alleged incident, then blather on endlessly about 'bush-haters'. physician, heal thyself.

but you're probably all too stupid to know what that means.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 6:32 PM | Report abuse

He may be speaking the truth. But why aren't they all. The GOP is trying to position themselves for all things. Ron Paul is no differant.

Posted by: rufus | July 12, 2007 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul is the flavor of the month. Where has he been. Really? Where has he been the last 6 years?

Posted by: rufus | July 12, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul is probably the only republican candidate with a soul.

Posted by: Sam | July 12, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Jay M in NC | July 12, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse

What is it about? Right-wing propoganda? Don't we get enough of that with the media?

Fox CNN MSNBC (tucker/matthews).

You got talk radio.

Now who's silencing NON-GOP voices. The proof is in the puddin. You fascsits have the media. YOU CANNOT HAVE THE INTERNET. You can talk money on radio and tv and lie all day. You cannot silence the FREE internet. You cannot buy it out, as much as you would like to. You fascists. The blood of millions is on your hands. I know it makes you feel tough.

THIS IS NOT A GAME

Posted by: rufus | July 12, 2007 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Let's see: Giliani's campaign is cooked thanks to FDNY.
Fred Thompson's campaign has to deal with his ties to Watergate in light of Bush's Libby commutation.
Lastly, McCain's campaign is on the verge of bankruptcy thanks to mismanagement of large sums of money.
It kind of looks like Ron Paul might be the only viable candidate that can meet the Conservative Republican's objectives.

Posted by: Tim | July 12, 2007 6:24 PM | Report abuse

This blog is not always about hating bush you myopic toad. I know your life is and what a life.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Another clear sign of mental illness: being unable to admit that you are wrong. The GOP in the late '90's certainly stood for "instead of passing laws and doing what they promised, they investigate everything under the sun, hoping for a break, maybe someone will contradict themselves under oath. that would be juicy."

Also, "Asked to name the worst president in the "modern era" a near majority of independents -- 48 percent -- chose Bush. The next worst was a tie between Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter, both of whom received 13 percent." http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2007/07/parsing_the_polls_understandin_1.html

Who KOZ (R-Delusional) thinks is the worst president is completely irrelevant. It's what the voters think and how this is guaranteed to tar the GOP well past 2008.

Posted by: ashamedtobeGOP | July 12, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Someone remind me how many Bush officials have been convicted of crimes. Let's compare just for historical facts purposes. Libns can ignore the fact part if it is too distasteful:

Administration Records Set

- The only president ever impeached strictly on grounds of personal malfeasance

- Most convictions and guilty pleas

- Most Cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation

- Most witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify

- Most witnesses to die suddenly

- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions

- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad

Historical Context

- Number of independent counsel inquiries since the 1978 law was passed: 19

- Number that have produced indictments: 7

- Number that produced more convictions than the Starr investigation: 1

- Median length of investigations that have led to convictions: 44 months

- Length of Starr-Ray investigation (7/00): 67 months.

- Number of Starr-Ray investigation convictions to date (including one governor, one associate attorney general and two Clinton business partners): 15

- Median cost per Starr investigation conviction: $3.5 million as of 3/00

- Total cost of the Starr investigation (3/00) $52 million

- Total cost of the Iran-Contra investigation: $48.5 million

- Number of Clinton Cabinet members who came under criminal investigation: 5

- Number of Reagan cabinet members who came under criminal investigation: 4

- Number of top officials jailed in the Teapot Dome Scandal: 3

Crime Stats

- Number of individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes: 47

- Number of these convictions during Clinton's presidency: 33

- Number of indictments/misdemeanor charges: 61

- Number of imprisonments: 14

- Number of congressional witnesses who have pleaded the Fifth Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122 (9/99)

Smaltz Investigation

- Guilty pleas and convictions obtained by Donald Smaltz in cases involving charges of bribery and fraud against former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and associated individuals and businesses: 15

- Acquitted or overturned cases (including Espy): 6

- Fines and penalties assessed: $11.5 million

- Cost of investigation: $22.2 million through 9/99

- Amount Tyson Food paid in fines and court costs: $6 million

- Amount Tyson Food still has in annual government contracts: $200 million

- Reasons individuals other than Espy went free: Concealing knowledge of gifts to Espy and his girlfriend (1), providing illegal gratuities to Espy(4), illegally supplementing the salary of a government official (2), concealing receipt of illegal funds on behalf of Espy (1) (Espy's chief of staff was sentenced to prison in this case)

Crimes for Which Convictions Have Been Obtained

Drug trafficking (3), racketeering, extortion, bribery (4), tax evasion, kickbacks, embezzlement (2), fraud (12), conspiracy (5), fraudulent loans, illegal gifts (1), illegal campaign contributions (5), money laundering (6), perjury, obstruction of justice.

Other Matters Investigated by Special Prosecutors
and Congress or Reported in the Media

Bank and mail fraud, violations of campaign finance laws, illegal foreign campaign funding, improper exports of sensitive technology, physical violence and threats of violence, solicitation of perjury, intimidation of witnesses, bribery of witnesses, attempted intimidation of prosecutors, perjury before congressional committees, lying in statements to federal investigators and regulatory officials, flight of witnesses, obstruction of justice, bribery of cabinet members, real estate fraud, tax fraud, drug trafficking, failure to investigate drug trafficking, bribery of state officials, use of state police for personal purposes, exchange of promotions or benefits for sexual favors, using state police to provide false court testimony, laundering of drug money through a state agency, false reports by medical examiners and others investigating suspicious deaths, the firing of the RTC and FBI director when these agencies were investigating Clinton and his associates, failure to conduct autopsies in suspicious deaths, providing jobs in return for silence by witnesses, drug abuse, improper acquisition and use of 900 FBI files, improper futures trading, murder, sexual abuse of employees, false testimony before a federal judge, shredding of documents, withholding and concealment of subpoenaed documents, fabricated charges against (and improper firing of) White House employees, inviting drug traffickers, foreign agents and participants in organized crime to the White House.

Unexplained Phenomena

- FBI files misappropriated by the White House: c. 900

- Estimated number of witnesses quoted in FBI files misappropriated by the White House: 18,000

- Number of witnesses who developed medical problems at critical points in Clinton scandals investigation (Tucker, Hale, both McDougals, Lindsey): 5

- Problem areas listed in a memo by Clinton's own lawyer in preparation for the president's defense: 40

- Number of witnesses and critics of Clinton subjected to IRS audit: 45

- Number of names placed in a White House secret database without the knowledge of those named: c. 200,000

- Number of persons involved with Clinton who have been beaten up: 2

- Number of women involved with Clinton who claim to have been physically threatened: 5 (Sally Perdue, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Willey, Linda Tripp, Elizabeth Ward Gracen)

- Number of men involved in the Clinton scandals who have been beaten up or claimed to have been intimidated: 9

Arkansas Sudden Death Syndrome

- Number of persons in the Clinton orbit who are alleged to have committed suicide: 7

- Number known to have been murdered: 2

- Number who died in plane crashes: 11

- Number who died in automobile accidents: 3

- Number killed during Waco massacre: 4

- Number of key witnesses who have died of heart attacks while in federal custody under questionable circumstances: 1

- Number of medications being taken by Jim McDougal at the time he was placed in solitary confinement shortly before his death: 12

- Number of unexplained deaths: 3

- Total of above deaths: 31

- Number of northern Mafia killings during peak years of 1968-78: 30

- Number of Dixie Mafia killings during same period: 156

Arkansas Alzheimer's

- Number of times Hillary Clinton said "I don't recall" or its equivalent in a statement to a House investigating committee: 50

- Number of paragraphs in this statement: 42

- Number of times Bill Clinton said "I don't recall" or its equivalent in the released portions of the his testimony on Paula Jones: 271

- Total number of facts or events not recalled before official bodies by Bill Kennedy, Harold Ickes, Ricki Seidman, Bruce Lindsey, Bill Burton, Mark Gearan, Mack McLarty, Neil Eggleston, John Podesta, Jennifer O'Connor, Dwight Holton, Patsy Thomasson, Jeff Eller, Beth Nolan, Cliff Sloan, Bernard Nussbaum, George Stephanopoulous, Roy Neel, Rahm Emanuel, Maggie Williams, David Tarbell, Susan Thomases, Webster Hubbell, Roger Altman, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton: 6,125

- Average occurrence of memory lapse by top administration figures while before official bodies: 235

Arkansas Money Management

- Amount of an alleged electronic transfer from the Arkansas Development Financial Authority to a bank in the Cayman Islands during 1980s: $50 million

- Grand Cayman's population: 18,000

- Number of commercial banks: 570

- Number of bank regulators: 1

- Amount Arkansas state pension fund invested in high-risk repos in the mid-1980s in one purchase in April 1985: $52 million through the Worthen Bank.

- Number of days thereafter that the state's brokerage firm went belly up: 3

- Amount Arkansas pension fund dropped overnight as a result: 15 percent

- Percent of Worthen Bank that Mochtar Riady bought over the next four months to bail out the bank and the then-governor, Bill Clinton: 40 percent.

- Percent of purchasers from the Clintons and McDougals of resort lots who lost the land because of the sleazy financing provisions: more than 50 percent

The Media

- Number of journalists covering Whitewater who have been fired, transferred off the beat, resigned or otherwise gotten into trouble because of their work on the scandals (Doug Frantz, Jim Wooten, Richard Behar, Christopher Ruddy, Michael Isikoff, David Eisenstadt, Yinh Chan, Jonathan Broder, James R. Norman, Zoh Hieronimus): 10

Friends of Bill

- Number of times John Huang took the Fifth Amendment in answer to questions during a Judicial Watch deposition: 1,000

- Visits made to the White House by investigation subjects Johnny Chung, James Riady, John Huang, and Charlie Trie: 160

- Number of campaign contributors who got overnights at the White House in the two years before the 1996 election: 577

- Number of members of Thomas Boggs' law firm who have held top positions in the Clinton administration: 18

- Number of times John Huang was briefed by CIA: 37

- Number of calls Huang made from Commerce Department to Lippo banks: 261

- Number of intelligence reports Huang read while at Commerce: 500

Political Fallout

- GOP seats gained in House since Clinton became president: 60

- GOP seats gained in Senate since Clinton became president: 11

- GOP governorships gained since Clinton became president: 14

- GOP state legislative seats gained since Clinton became president: c. 500

- Democrat officeholders who have become Republicans since Clinton became president: 439

- Republican officeholders who have become Democrats since Clinton became president: 3

http://www.newsmax.com/articles/?a=2000/8/11/190221

Posted by: can't lie on the internet anymore | July 12, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"I see ignorant rightwingnut coward (version 6.0; 6 PM that is) is back right on time."

You got you hall monitor sash on. or what :)

Posted by: rufus | July 12, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

left out am important point. Where I was talking about money.

To repubs prostitution is a profession. not a crime. A real man NEVER needs a prostitute. only people who only care about money need woman to sleep with them FOR money.

So in the vitter case. He was ehlping the economy or helping a poor woman out. Not commiting a crime. This is why they keep trying to compare clinton. Clinton was a mack. He had flaws. What they did to him WAS treason. We shold have cleared Newt and the GOP out at that time.

Posted by: rufus | July 12, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I see ignorant rightwingnut coward (version 6.0; 6 PM that is) is back right on time.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | July 12, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"...using your status to improperly influence little (big really) girls in the workplace is beyond despicable and not favorably comparable to prostitution in the least."

i KNOW what YOU ARE ALL THINKing. ??????

What planet are they living on? Change your thinking to only caring about money. Then they almost make sense. Doesn't make them right, but at least you can kind of understand. Before responding first think about money (that is the GOP) $$$$$$

they are trying to argue that paying a women for sex NOT AS BAD as adultry. The comparision they are making is fools gold because in this case vitter both commited a crime AND was guilty of adultry. This arguement only works with a person who claims to be a christian. Hence in your bond with the lord you said you would not be with another woman other than your wife.

The problem with that argument, or making adulty a CRIME, is we are not a christian nation. If we were the saying "nice guys finish last." would not be. We are a ntion of many religons and no religon at all.

My problem with the repubs is MONEY and THEIR PARTY ARE their religon.

I know I'm going to get attacked on. Tried to but don't have the time or patience to fully articulate. Hopefully you people can decipher

Posted by: rufus1133 | July 12, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Record number of convictions in the clinton era. I guess some of those subpeonas were warranted. and they didn't even cover pardons for cash. so 1000 over six years is roughly comparable to 300 in 6 months. Must be Lib math again.

By all objective measures, clinton was the most corrupt modern president with a long record of crime, deceit and corruption. this is distinct from policy differences turned into show trials.

the reason people use the clintons is that was the last and only time we have to compare the treachery and personal greed of an elected Lib executive. (if you want world-class incompetence you have to go back to carter). the double standard that is employed by bloggers, the press and elected officials can only be illuminated by objective comparison to those days.

Some humans (D - lalaland) appear to be missing the area of the brain that allows them to understand what hypocrisy is

and proper grammar!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"...using your status to improperly influence little (big really) girls in the workplace is beyond despicable and not favorably comparable to prostitution in the least."

Posted by: In some alternate universe somewhere | July 12, 2007 5:58 PM | Report abuse

After a half dozen years of Republican chairmen issuing more than 1,000 subpoenas in the Clinton administration, the current Congress has a LONG way to go to match that "even-handed" performance. Which you capture perfectly when you state "they investigate everything under the sun, hoping for a break, maybe someone will contradict themselves under oath."

The fact that KOZ has no shame is well-known but this level of hypocrisy is ridiculous. Some humans appear to be missing the area of the brain that allows them to understand what hypocrisy is. Or maybe it's genetic. Perhaps Science will someday provide the answer and we can work on a cure. Maybe CC will start a Telethon in the meantime.

Posted by: ashamedtobeGOP | July 12, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

"For instance, is an oil bill that's been proposed but not passed a sign of 'satisfactory' progress, minimal progress or zero progress? "


by your own standards then Pelosi and Reid are complete and utter failures (zero progress), correct? they even had a longer time and control both houses.

colin, she (proud) has you there. that liberal moral relativism always catches up with you guys. try to find an absolute morality that you can stick with over time. Perhaps you can start with "America is the greatest country on earth".

No that wouldn't work for you. how about if it's just s*x and you don't lie about it, it's OK. that would be a good moral for you but not effective for your position in any debate. One last try.

If it makes Rs look bad, it is good. that is one you can use. Tricky thing with losing the war when you revert to that one though.

BTW - adultery is still technically a crime in most places. and BJs are too. and using your status to improperly influence little (big really) girls in the workplace is beyond despicable and not favorably comparable to prostitution in the least.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

rufus: you are correct about proud/zouk. their incessant need to make comparisons to clinton, no matter how moronic, makes them look like the fools they are.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | July 12, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

clinton trail=politcal show diving into personal affairs

Unlike vitter he doesn't go around making laws aginast what he did.

Bush=death destruction destroying the doj and supreame court. laws no longer relevant. DEATHS

You look like a fool proudgop to any independant thinker who reads that. There is no comparision. you want a viable comparision how about bush and the conservatives and the nazi's in the 30's. Much more relevant. Do the research on your own. If I post it I am propogating

Posted by: rufus | July 12, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Scale back on investigations? They may have many invsestigations, but how many ANSWERS ARE THEY getting? Not much. I say as many investigations as it takes for the GOP to stop pleding the fifth and not testifying.

I say give Henry Wxman all the lawyer he needs. THEY ARE TRYING TO SAVE THIS COUNTRY FROM Neo-Nazi's lest we forget.

Posted by: rufus | July 12, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Colin - doesn't it seem just a tad morally relitavist to state "I don't think government ought to interfere much with people's personal lives." and then go on to say but, "his sex didn't involve prostitution"! as if to sweep away the effect of Bill Clinton's acts.

What are you? the infidelity police? How do you claim to know that more women (poor and downtrodden or not) are injured or hurt by prostitution than by adultery.

What about the damage Bill Clinton did to the office of the presidency with his philandering in the White House, or to the nation itself? That is a ridiculous assertion and you know it. And frankly I'm more than a little tired of the whole debate.

fwiw I agreed with you on the first part.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 12, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"Neo-McCarthyism? "

???? Mccarthy was a communist/liberal hating fascsit. That is the GOP's card. That is their role. Remember.

"Your either with us or against us"

Silencing all "liberal" voices while saying no body can silence them. Fascsit hypocrites. Mccarthy was GOP, zouk. Don't confuse these people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism

Zouk is a lying fascist.

Posted by: rufus1133 | July 12, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

zouk, your hatred for 'libs' blinds you to reality.

Here's a question: on which of the 18 benchmarks did the article I cited differ from the Bush Admin's analysis? The White House claimed 8 benchmarks were 'satisfactory'. Which 8? Are they perhaps 8 of the benchmarks cited in the article I referenced that showed some action, but a lack of success and/or completion? What a thinking reader might begin to do is compare what the article claims to what the Bush Admin claims, and start to get an idea of what the Bush Admin defines as 'satisfactory.' For instance, is an oil bill that's been proposed but not passed a sign of 'satisfactory' progress, minimal progress or zero progress?

Posted by: bsimon | July 12, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

FYI - the Senate does not accept USPS mail any longer. you must email or hand deliver to be effective. I can only guess where most of the emails end up. We hand deliver when required.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

so colin, do you support 300 investigations in the time so far by the old Lib guard? that is about one every 1.5 hours. Including presidential privelege. hiring and firing of attornies. pardons? these were never issues when a Dem did it and shouldn't be to the extent that someone didn't line their own pocket doing it. What happened to the old Lib chant

"no controlling legal authority" that worked so well before. so instead of passing laws and doing what they promised, they investigate everything under the sun, hoping for a break, maybe someone will contradict themselves under oath. that would be juicy. Is that what your party stands for now? Neo-McCarthyism? Maybe Leaky Leahy should investigate the agents he got killed. Maybe Reid could look into improper influence of local zoning boards? Maybe clinton could investigate foreign influence in campaign finance?

But that would be even-handed and we know Dems don't play that way.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I like "scale back."

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 12, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Mark - how about "scale back" ? I think the part about not going into debt is perfect. The pruning that is going on now in the campaign may be out of his control, but if he can re-direct, re-focus, and get back to basics I think it will resonate with voters, and it's still early enough.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 12, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

about anthrax:

I think I remember that two of our great aggie schools, Iowa St. and Texas A&M, had developed anthrax with the signature of the attack anthrax, although I do not remember why... . But that meant that persons with access to those labs could have been responsible, and that would have included some just plain rogues, rather than "rogue elements".

So I am not about to give credence to this
Boyle story without more. Lots more.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 12, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"Allocating and spending $10 billion in Iraqi revenues for reconstruction projects, including delivery of essential services, on an equitable basis.

The Iraqi government has allocated some of the funds, but public services have not improved since the surge began."

"Establishing supporting political, media, economic and services committees in support of the Baghdad Security Plan.

The Iraqi government established those committees, but it is unclear what they accomplished.

"

"11) Ensuring that the Iraqi Security Forces are providing even-handed enforcement of the law.

The Iraqi Security Forces are largely Shiite, and Baghdad's Sunnis complain that they still operate along sectarian lines. There is considerable evidence that members of those forces participate in sectarian violence.

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Note no links or citations to the sources of these claims, just a writer's opinion. that constitutes substantial analysis in Lib circles, if it looks bad for bush.

this is your idea of even handed analysis. It would seem that the Iraqis can do no right. FYI, the official start of the surge was June 15th. so no noticible public improvements in two weeks. I guess if that is your type of analysis you must subscrtibe to the Lib model of mathematics - no Repub good deed will go unchallenged. And all bad deeds magnified beyond comnprehension. your citing of this source proves my point.

On the other hand, if you wish to see a sourced and analytical product by repubs, take a look at the 100 broken promises document released by boehner. this document should "learn" you Libs how to do proper analysis if you want to be taken seriously by serious people, not the usual moonbat left. this broken promises doc lays out the total failure of the Lib congress and why we should pull the plug on them. It is not open to interpretation like your analysis is.

Are all you Libs allergic to facts, citations, sources, numbers, logic, etc.? no wonder no one can tell the difference between a Dem think tank and a drunk tank, you can often find many Kennedies hanging around in both.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

'and an out of control Congress will change our lives for decades.'

They already have son -- you now have precious few Consititutional rights and liberty left.

Posted by: Sam | July 12, 2007 5:17 PM | Report abuse

You guys and gals offer the most intelligent and clever ("someone get the fork") posts...I feel like I should pay $$ to read them. JM is DOA. Some confuse "fighter" with "stubborn".
JM is both, as is Bush. I am very concerned we will see big Dem wins in '08, and an out of control Congress will change our lives for decades. JM needs to find a classy way out, soon. Bush was painful to watch today. Bush abandoned conservative principles long ago. He is not very smart, and a Chaney puppet to boot...and I voted for him 2 times! I know Ron Paul's chances are remote, but he is the only one who makes any sense.

Posted by: Jay M in NC | July 12, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

According to a report from a government Insider currently posted on AfterDowningStreet.org, the Anthrax attacks on Senators Daschle and Leahy in 2001, just weeks after 9-11, may have been launched not by foreign or even domestic terrorists.

Francis A. Boyle, an international law expert who worked under the first Bush Administration as a bioweapons advisor, has said that he is convinced the October 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people were perpetrated and covered up by criminal elements of the U.S. government. The motive: intimidating opposition to post-9/11 legislation such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the later Military Commissions Act.

I admit I am wary of what might seem a bit of tin-foil habberdashery, but then again - we just had a President commute the sentence of someone who lied to protect the Vice President from possible Treason charges. Just how much lower can the Bush/Cheney Government go?

"At the time I myself did not know precisely what was going on, either with respect to September 11 or the anthrax attacks, but then the New York Times revealed the technology behind the letter to Senator Daschle. [The anthrax used was] a trillion spores per gram, [refined with] special electro-static treatment. This is superweapons-grade anthrax that even the United States government, in its openly proclaimed programs, had never developed before. So it was obvious to me that this was from a U.S. government lab. There is nowhere else you could have gotten that."

At the time of the attacks the Senate was contempating the original version of the Patriot Act, which at the time included a complete stripping of Habeas Corpus from all citizens. Senator Leahy was one of the leading opponents of the bill.

Posted by: interesting.... | July 12, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

bsimon, thanks and make any editorial change that suits you. I am going to send him a letter by Friday afternoon. Your input to my letter will be appreciated.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 12, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Proud -- I'll take your lack of a response to the first part of my post to mean you do think that admitting paying prostitutes is the same thing as engaging in land deals that have been investigated and found to be legal by a republican US Atty and Republican state AG.

As far as your question about Clinton goes, that's an easy one for me to answer. I thought what Bill did was terrible and reflected poorly on him, but no it didn't stop me from voting for him. In large measure b/c I don't think government ought to interfere much with people's personal lives. It did, however, make me support censuring the sitting president, which is no small thing.

The Vitter situation is distinct in several ways. First, Clinton never ran for election on a platform focused on promoting the values of the religious right. Second, and just as important, his sex didn't involve prostitution -- which is a dispicable industry that serves to injure indigent women.

KOZ -- Libby was tried and convicted of a crime, so that's not really a good comparison to Harry read who was investigated and cleared. Try again. As far as Bush and Cheney goes, I don't support impeaching them or bringing criminal charges against them, so I'm not sure what your point is. Unlike Republicans back in the Clinton days, I continue to think impeachment is a truly extraordinary measure that shouldn't be used lightly. Lucky for Bush and Cheney that other Democrats don't view it like Newt -- or a vote would already be scheduled.

Posted by: Colin | July 12, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Will someone please explain the Thompson hype? He was a one-term Senator (in addition to the years he finished out from Gore's term) who did nothing spectacular with his time in office. People are fond of regaling his conservative credentials - often the same people who deride McCain's. This would be fine if the two didn't have virtually identical records, with Thompson not only endorsing McCain's 2000 bid, but also going on to be his national co-chair. The only major difference in their service in the Senate is that McCain has a much longer, more respected tenure.

And, unlike Reagan, Thompson left politics to go back to acting - not the other way around. Whereas Reagan used his acting roots to give him a leg into his aspirations of leadership, Thompson retreated to the set of Law & Order to escape his political past. By all accounts he was a lazy politician, never especially interested in maintaining such a career. Why would this man make a good President, or even candidate? Are people really so longing for a reincarnation of the Gipper that they're willing to see him in anything made up of similar pieces, even if assembled in reverse? Or, is this just Thompson's way of staying relevant now that Law & Order is cutting big salaries to stay profitable and on the air at NBC?

Posted by: C. Wallace | July 12, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Proud - Thanks for the feedback. You are right that I do not mean to convey "shut down" the campaign - I do mean to convey reducing the campaign to whatever is an irreducible minimum. Got some wording that might work? Within a day I am going to send him a letter and I do want it to be understood correctly.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 12, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Counterterrorism analysts produced the document, titled "Al-Qaeda better positioned to strike the West." The document focuses on the terror group's safe haven in Pakistan and makes a range of observations about the threat posed to the United States and its allies, officials said. Al-Qaeda is "considerably operationally stronger than a year ago" and has "regrouped to an extent not seen since 2001," the official said, paraphrasing the report's conclusions. "They are showing greater and greater ability to plan attacks in Europe and the United States."

All of the tens of thousands of dead and wounded American soldiers; all of the torture; all of the illegal wiretaps; all of the damage to our national reputation; all of the trespasses against the Constitution; all of the billions of dollars spent on this effort have succeeded in absolutely nothing positive. Nothing.

Posted by: Sam | July 12, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

GOP primary voters will like this one. A transcript of some of Romney's choicest quotes while running in Mass:

Romney:

I'm not convinced a state would be better off with all Republicans. As a matter of fact I've been in a state like that for the last three years. It's not a good thing.

I've been very clear I think with people all across the commonwealth that my "R" doesn't stand for "Republican" as much as it does "reform."

I'm not running for the Republican view or a continuation of Republican values. That's not what brings me to the race.

I lived in a state that had a one party state that was primarily Republican. I thought, "Won't that be nice". The answer is "no"

It's always a burden for someone to run with "R" for "Republican" after their name.

Posted by: LOL | July 12, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Mark in Austin asks
"bsimon, would you consider joining in my letter to Sen. McCain?

Did you see that CC described Minnesota as a "NOTORIOUS" good government state?"

I would. Where are you sending it?

The speculation game in MN is now on whether Gov Pawlenty will ride it out as a chairman of Sen McCain's campaign in the area. He's done a bunch of fundraising & politiking, but not so much lately; his people say he's still on the team...

Posted by: bsimon | July 12, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Mr kingofzouk-
Please note this alternate view on the 18 benchmarks:
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/17855.html

Also check the Woodward piece in today's Post for another example of a White House disconnect from reality. I don't recommend you read Froomkin's piece though, your head would explode.

Posted by: bsimon | July 12, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Mark - if item #1 was omitted/ modified, then yes, by all means. The "shut down" terminology is a little harsh, but I think he'd be receptive to the rest ofit.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 12, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

it is more like, how can you look at yourself in the mirror with a straight face?

good question, zouk. how can you?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Proud, would you consider joining in my letter to Sen. McCain?

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 12, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

bsimon, would you consider joining in my letter to Sen. McCain?

Did you see that CC described Minnesota as a "NOTORIOUS" good government state?

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 12, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised to see McCain make an important announcement soon.

Posted by: alan in Missoula | July 12, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

"bsimon, in your rush to defend your bias, you missed the point, as liberals often do. you stated that you don't believe the admin on the good news but swallowed without doubt the bad news."

I stated that the admin has lost credibility when they claim success in Iraq. I noted that a prudent reader would verify their statement against other, more credible sources. The problem for the Bush admin is that the credibly sources discredit White House statements. Their claim of progress in 8 of 18 areas in Iraq is exaggeration, at best.

I understand why you think that anyone who criticizes the administration is liberally biased. What I don't understand is why, after 4 years of claiming progress in Iraq you and people like you continue to believe them. How many times has the President claimed we're making progress in Iraq and that the Iraqi government was making progress? Innumerable. Yet earlier this year, we had to send a 'surge' of troops to try to create a environment in which Iraqi politicians could write a few laws, which they've thus far failed to do. It is truly impressive the tolerance that you and people like you have for incompetence and outright lies.

Posted by: bsimon | July 12, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

'Three Burleson men who belong to a "radical Christian activist
group" were in the Johnson County Jail on Friday night after a church deacon caught two of them attempting to ignite an explosive device on Independence Day at a church under construction in north Burleson, authorities said Friday.

Dayton Lee Calaway, 19, and Michael Philip Plaisted Jr., 18, were arrested Wednesday night near the Victory Family Church after they got bogged down in mud as a fleet-footed deacon chased them from the church in the 400 block of Northwest John Jones Drive, police said'

So much for the idea that Christians never blow stuff up...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

bsimon, in your rush to defend your bias, you missed the point, as liberals often do. you stated that you don't believe the admin on the good news but swallowed without doubt the bad news. this is the liberal way and rampant at the NYT. you suffer this affliction as well it seems. Of course later, when it is convenient, you will pull a hillary and claim you were fooled by that stooge.

PS asking you if you work for the Times is not akin to "were you once a beauty queen", it is more like, how can you look at yourself in the mirror with a straight face? no need for appreciation.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

So, essentially, despite AQI comprising something like five percent of the insurgency, we have diverted most of our resources to combating it. And we're failing. Not only is AQI stronger but, as another report being released today suggests, al Qaeda in general is enjoying a resurgence. Meanwhile, the ISF continues to be an undependable, lackluster fighting force four years into the game. That, despite their training having been headed up by the counterinsurgency guru who's now in charge of the whole shebang.

Posted by: conservative blogger | July 12, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

kingofzouk writes
"So bsimon, your principled, and decidely liberal take on news is that you readily believe all news that reflects negatively on america and reject uncompromisingly any favorable treatment. do you work for the NYT?"

So now its a 'liberal' take on the news to reference CIA reports on al Qaida's current strength? Perhaps Mr Stewart was correct when he pointed out that 'facts have a liberal bias.'

(p.s. I neither work for the Times, nor as a journalist. I'm just a concerned citizen, but thanks for asking)

Posted by: bsimon | July 12, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sen. McCain:

I make the following suggestions with respect, and not for political advantage.

1] Shut down your active Presidential campaign and do not go into debt.
2] Remain a candidate, but do not travel; locate in DC and Arizona.
3] Participate in the Republican debates.
4] Speak out in the Senate on the issues that move you: e.g.; Iraq, immigration, eliminating pork, and the environment.
5] Accept invitations to Sunday news shows.
6] Regain your good humor.

Two possibilities will then present themselves and they are better than what is happening for you and for us now. You could lose the nomination without losing your shirt, while regaining some of the credibility that only a Senator who is NOT running for President can ever have, and while maintaining a stage for your ideas. Further, you may gain a position of influence when three other Republicans have deadlocked the Convention. And you will regain your health in the process.

I wish you well.

Mark in Austin

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 12, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if Chertoff's got a gut feeling over this: GAO sting nets license to get nuclear material; NRC did minimal background check: Undercover congressional investigators posing as west virginia businessmen obtained a license with almost no scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that enabled them to buy enough radioactive material from us suppliers to build a "dirty bomb," a new government report says.

We are wide open for an attack. That's what happens when you have an administration that actively hates the concept of government.

Posted by: Sam | July 12, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

'Hunt is not a frequent critic of the Bush administration. Quite the opposite. He has repeatedly tried to link Saddam Hussein to terrorism and in 2003, attacked the media for not portraying a sufficiently positive picture of the fighting in Iraq. Also that year, he mocked Gen. Wesley Clark's comment that the troops didn't have enough armored vehicles: "Excuse me. There aren't enough armored vehicles? Wah, wah, wah."

Posted by: supporting the troops? | July 12, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

You know you're in trouble when you're a republican and Fox News thinks your full of sh*t:

'Yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said that the nation is "entering a period this summer of increased risk." When asked for how he knows this information, he said his remarks were based on his "gut feeling."

Today, Fox News military analyst Col. David Hunt swiftly attacked Chertoff's remarks, stating, "I understand he's got feelings. The problem is, the states and cities, who have to react to the Department of Homeland Security guidance, can't do squat on his feelings. ... It seems more politics, John, than terrorism."

Posted by: Sharon | July 12, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Colin - Did you vote for Clinton in '96 despite his obvious moral failings, Paula Jones, Juanita Brodderick et al, charges about Whitewater pardons and fund-raising abuses, questionable public ethics? Or did you think, well the economy is doing pretty good...I'll vote for 4 more years.

It depends on who the opponent is, I suppose. Of course I would hope that the party did not nominate someone whose ethics are so challenged. After all, most agree that integrity is of more import.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 12, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

The top intelligence analysts for the CIA, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) provided a Global Security Assessment to the full House Armed Services Committee today.

It was sobering. Some key points:

--Concern that Al Qaeda is getting more comfortable in "ungoverned spaces" of Pakistan, due to various factors, including a recent agreement by the Pakistani authorities with tribal leaders to leave Islamic militants in Waziristan alone. Intelligence community seeing more signs Al Qaeda is regrouping, able to train, and communicate in Pakistan (also of Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan).

US policymakers have been reluctant to intervene, especially as Musharraf's position is vulnerable, and out of the concern that what is now a problem in corners of Pakistan could explode across the whole country of 170 million people. There are a lot of potential terrorist recruits in Pakistan, one of the analysts said. (This focusing one's attention more by Pakistani analyst on BBC this morning characterizing US relationship with Musharraf to "Shah of Iran" syndrome). Translation: duck.

Posted by: Cassandra | July 12, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

'Growing numbers of Congressional Republicans are (at long last) warming up to the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group report. In fact, a bipartisan amendment to an upcoming defense authorization bill is being bandied about that would re-emphasize a diplomatic solution to the Iraq conflict, advocate an oil revenue bill acceptable to all three of the country's sectarian groups, and withdraw most U.S. troops by 2008. '

Sorry, cowardly chickenhawk gopies, we know how much you love your war, love 'supporting our troops' by keeping them in harm's way, hopefully forever -- but we're running out of money and troops[ our own generals say we can't last past this coming spring] and close to 3/4 of the population wants this to be over with and there is an election coming, so you'll have jto find something else to focus your bloodthirsty fantasies on...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

proudtobeGOP - What's really sickening about this is how clueless she appears to be. I mean, Tat Consulting and Clinton are responsible for the loss of tens of thousands of U.S. jobs and she has the gaul to point to ten U.S. *clerical* positions being created and calls that "two way". Not only this, but most of the Democratic leadership is under investigation for taking money from Tat and other outsourcing firms....and A LOT of money has been given them directly by foreign governments in direct violation of U.S. law! The list includes Reid, Kennedy, and both Clintons. I find this pretty outraeous and at least as immoral and awful as Bush's war in Iraq. I think I'm going to sit back and watch to see if the liberals here are consistant enough in their touted moral beliefs to condemn these swine. Or, maybe they realy are as partisan as KOZ claims they are.

Posted by: MikeB | July 12, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Stocks surged Thursday, pushing the Dow Jones industrials up 200 points into record territory

Posted by: blame bush | July 12, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The United States is paying about $280 million dollars a day for the war in Iraq. And it's good money after bad. A new intelligence assessment confirms it, concluding that al Qaeda is as strong now as it was just before the September 11 attacks. That and there has been a proliferation of groups with similar ideology. Heckuva job, Georgie.

Posted by: Louisa | July 12, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

KOZ: you mean Scooter Libby the convicted felon? Thanks for reminding everyone about him, ace!

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | July 12, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Is there a single republican presidential candidate who doesn't have a [hypocritical] campaign member involved in a s*x scandal?

'Can John McCain get a break? Hot on the heels of the loss of his top campaign management, the resignation of key Iowa team members, and news that the campaign will actually report a debt in the next few days, we've got.... a gay prostitution scandal. What's next? Locusts in campaign HQ?

Florida State Represenative Bob Allen, co-chair of McCain's Florida campaign, has been arrested for offering an undercover male police officer $20 in exchange for a blowj*b in a public bathroom.

And is there an element of hypocrisy here? Of course, there's more than enough to go around these days. Allen recently introduced HB 1475 into the Florida state legislature, a bill called "Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition" that lays a mightier smackdown on offenders of Allen's stripe. (Question: Was he doing research?)

Posted by: Judy B | July 12, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, it's almost as if the authorities hae determined that no law was violated

you mean like scooter libby, and dick cheney and george bush? Well since you're libs and are otherwise not occupied with passing any laws, investigate anyway.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

mikeB - I'm sure you were comforted to hear Hillary declare that "outsourcing does work both ways" and look at the bright side,...maybe you can get one of those 10 consulting jobs that she brought to Buffalo.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 12, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone consider former Bush campaign officials to be valuable at this point in time?

Posted by: Jed64 | July 12, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

It strikes me that we are in an eerily similar situation to 1999 and 2000.

-- The United States is fully aware of Al Qaeda training camps operating openly, with links to cells and operatives in Western Europe elsewhere;
-- Our government is picking up increasing signs of communications, movements of money, and other signals indicative of planning for future attacks;
-- An internal debate is occurring over whether to take action against those training camps, including military strikes; while those who are forward leaning are pushing for more aggressive risk-taking, others are cognizant of not wanting to violate sovereign territory and risking large civilian casualties;
In 1999 and 2000, we were talking about Afghanistan. Today, it is Pakistan. The Clinton Administration was savaged after 9/11 for "treating terrorism as law enforcement", excessively taking into account the diplomatic sensitivities of other nations, and too much regard for civilian lives when we could have killed the bad guys with a missile strike. The Bushies said that would not happen on their watch.

So why is it happening again? At least the Clintonites did not have "the lessons of 9/11" as a backdrop.

Posted by: Laura | July 12, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Yep, admitting that you paid prostitutes after running as a religious conservative is EXACTLY the same thing as engaging in a land deal that NO ONE has found was illegal. Exactly the same thing. The only part I can't understand, since the US Attorney in Nevada is a Republican as is the State Attorney General, is why Senator Reid hasn't been charged with anything. Hmm, it's almost as if the authorities hae determined that no law was violated. Crazy.

Proud -- here's a direct question for you. Would you vote for David Vitter if he was running for Senate in your state tomorrow. Simple question that I suspect will tell us a lot about whether you actually think infidelity and prostitution matter.

Posted by: Colin | July 12, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Some of these Republican rants, and I omit KOZ from this list because his arguments have been even keeled today, that I am reading are just scary. I think the Republicans realize they are in deep trouble. I think the White House is just too early to tell, but there is no doubt that the Dems will hold both the House and Senate next year.

Posted by: Political Junkie | July 12, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I listened to the radio a couple times today in the car, and Limbaugh and Hannity were both bashng Harry Reid, same talking points as our usual winger trolls are making today.

These people are truly sad -- nothing more than empty-headed mouthpieces for demagogues.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The Kyoto Protocol is limited in that sense, and it's short-sighted in that it encourages bad behaviour basically among countries; if you cut down trees and you plant them back you get money, if you preserve them, you don't get anything," Jagdeo told a forum on agro-energy

Posted by: Lib logic | July 12, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

blameBush - You had better look at cleaning the Democrat's mess along with Bush's. The Democratic leadership supports outsourcing and guest workers and there are active investigations into Hillary Clinton's illegaly receiving campaign contributions from foreign governments (in particular, India). A couple of good reports on this was done by the NYT. Here are the citations. READ THEM! Actually, *all* of you Hillary and Kennedy fans need to read them. Your candidate is as crooked as any memeber of the Bush Whitehouse.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/politics/memo1.pdf

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/politics/memo2.pdf

Posted by: MikeB | July 12, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

What's that I hear?? All the libs wailing at the hypocrisy of Reid, who claims the moral high ground with his Mormon faith and simultaneously embarks on shady land deals whose profits somehow got left off of his Senate disclosure forms.

oh right, he's a dem so we'll overlook it. ...and Vitter's habits are so much more hypocritical because he's a Republican. right.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 12, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Today, the National Intelligence Council of the Bush administration will release a report entitled "Al Qaida Better Positioned to Strike the West," concluding that the "network is gaining strength and has established a safe haven in remote tribal areas of western Pakistan for training and planning attacks...despite concerted U.S. attempts to smash the network."

But this morning, both President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff attempted to play down the intelligence report. "I wouldn't put it [the threat] at that level -- in my own opinion," said Chertoff. Bush claimed:

There is a perception in the coverage that al Qaeda may be as strong today as they were prior to September 11th. That's simply not the case...because of the actions we've taken, al Qaeda is weaker today than they would have been.

Bush's attempts to downplay the administration's own intelligence is nothing new. Intelligence reports warned both before and during the war that invading Iraq would serve as a rallying cry for terrorist and extremist organizations.

Chertoff's attempts to spin the resurgence of al Qaeda is a quick reversal on his part, as just a few days ago, he reported a "gut feeling" that there would be an al Qaeda strike on the U.S. as soon as this summer.'

which is it, buddies? can't have it both ways.. dancing as fast as they can.... hilarious.

Posted by: no credibility whatsoever | July 12, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

OMG, this is too funny! McCain is just getting nailed with bad news these past few days. Check out wire below:

CNN) - A day after four of Sen. John McCain's top political strategists stepped down, the Arizona Republican's presidential campaign was dealt another setback when the co-chairman of his Florida campaign was arrested Wednesday for allegedly offering an undercover police officer money for a sex act, Titusville police said.

Florida State Rep. Bob Allen faces charges of solicitation for prostitution after he was arrested in a Titusville city park that had been under surveillance, police said.

Posted by: Political Junkie | July 12, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Fred Thompson's two main qualifications for the Republican nomination are:

* The Confederacy won't vote for Guliani or Romney. Without a sweep of the Confederacy, a Republican can't win the general election.

* He's a TV actor, which gives him celebrity (name recognition) and performance skill (the audience suspends its disbelief as he delivers the script).

Posted by: charlie | July 12, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Why do you engage a worthless troll like koz, Colin? He's a tedious, predictable, repetitive, braindead parrot.

Posted by: Pamela | July 12, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

If Reid resigned, who would his three sons get paid to lobby. they might have to find a real job.

thanks dad

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

With the June surplus, the total deficit through the first nine months of the budget year, which began Oct. 1, is $121 billion, down 41.4 percent from the same period a year ago, when the deficit totaled $206.5 billion.

Message received - the future majority.

not the
'the lunatics who want to lose WW3, like you'

Posted by: blame bush | July 12, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"(Reid's)time would be better spent in some sort of crooked land deal."

Ah yes, the Mormon from Nevada is pretty slick when it comes to making money the Vegas way.

Reid made a bundle after re-zoning land around Las Vegas to line his pockets at resale... netting Reid a tidy 7 hundred Gs.

And with his interesting friends like Jay Brown, a casino lawyer whose name is linked to organized-crime, he'll have no trouble financing his retirement in Nevada.

I only wish that horses a** could muster some of the backbone to embody his state's motto "All for Our Country", and resign his post.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 12, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Rudy is casting himself as Reagan. He has taken a turn toward the liberal. I am eager to get this facet of republicanism behind us. I personally don't think the government should be meddling in your s*x life or your economic life. Hence a typical Libertarian, except for the isolationism of course.

John Mc Cain supported Mc Cain Feingold. that was it for me. and many others. His war stance was his only saving grace. Not enough. the ones who want to be reagan are the little guys who don't have much of a chance. Rudy actually did cut taxes, stop crime, etc. he can run on his own record if anyone ever actually cares about the issues.

And I don't have a hatred for clinton, just her policies. there is a big difference. just examine all the irrrational hatred of bush by your fellow moonbats. If this was harnessed into policy debates, it would be a powerful voice, but since it is mostly venom, it is considered fringe and unstable. as it should be.

I am willing to put rudy's ideas up against obama's if he ever comes up with any or clinton after obama comes up with them first.

the desire to raise taxes and lose the war will not play in the general. It is that simple really. and we all know without a doubt exactly how the players will treat those issues. there can be no clinton tricking this time around. she already declared she will take your money for the purposes SHE sees fit. abhorent.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

So the infamous Failor is out; guess he can fall back on his IA Tax con job. Wonder if he's considering backing Cong. Paul after the good doctor's outstanding turnout that ran parallel to Failor's forum, outdrawing attendees to hear the forum's invited speakers, not incl. RP, at a ratio of 10 to 6.

Posted by: william henry childers | July 12, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain dislikes wearing 'gay sweaters.'
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) reportedly is complaining about his aides forcing him to wear "gay sweaters" in order to look younger:

According to one insider, the knit-picking was the crescendo of a tirade by the Arizona senator, in which he blistered aides about the minutiae of the campaign. ... McCain reportedly declared his frustration with being told to don the perceived homosexual outerwear in order to look younger and more approachable.

Posted by: Diane | July 12, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

'Lieberman: U.S. Will Back Israeli Strike On IranIsraeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that he received the tacit blessing of Europe and the United States for an Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Let's start killing the real enemy.'

Yes let's -- the lunatics who want to start WW3, like you.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

One of the obvious winners in this nasty business is Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, who has endured personal attacks, sometimes vicious, from Vitter since the day he first campaigned for the U.S. Senate. Only the day before the DC Madam story came out, Vitter had attacked Landrieu for abandoning Louisiana and giving money to left-wing causes and values. In this case, the money involved a program intended to benefit Louisiana children, a matter Vitter's staff apparently did not bother to learn. At any rate, whatever left-wing values Landrieu is alleged to be supporting (and that would be news to those of us who are part of the left wing!), they probably do not include condemning gay people in between trips to brothels.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

KOZ -- my point is simply that IN THE PRIMARY everyone is trying to project themselves as Reagan reincarnated, yet McCain is geting slammed for supporting the exact same policy positions that Reagan took as President. From my vantage point, which is I admit is decidedly not that of a GOP primary voter, that seems to indicate that the modern GOP is a much different party than in 1984, let alone w hen Barry Goldwater was running for President. And I think that's ashame.

Oh, and I give solid odds that Hillary does NOT win the Democratic nomination - so I'm afraid you're going to have to bet on something other than Clinton hatred to get your party through the next election. Sorry. :)

Posted by: Colin | July 12, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Proud - he (miller)concluded by stating that his time (Reid) would be better spent in some sort of crooked land deal. Most apropos!

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

So bsimon, your principled, and decidely liberal take on news is that you readily believe all news that reflects negatively on america and reject uncompromisingly any favorable treatment. do you work for the NYT?

why would anyone want to attempt a discussion with a 'troll' like you?

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

great minds says "the Iraqi people haven't met their benchmarks, well, neither the h*ll have Reid or Pelosi. They haven't met one benchmark. They haven't done one thing"

Exactly. Which prompted this brilliant diatribe from the always-prescient Dennis Miller:

"Senator Reid, only in the off-the-rack culture that we currently have could a whiny hack like you somehow rise to a position of leadership.

The bad guys look to you to reinforce the belief that we are the weak horse and eminently conquerable. You are making that assertion so easy for them that they no doubt view you as the derriere of said horse.

You are a vague, translucent, living shade who barely matters, and if you really want to serve the country that affords a trifle like you the opportunity to delude himself into thinking that he matters, you must never ever speak out loud in public again!"
-Dennis Miller

Bravo, Dennis. Bravo.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 12, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

LOL WHO could make this stuff up? READ THIS

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | July 12, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Colin, we are discusssing two different issues. It is not beneficial to be pragmatic and compromising when running for the nomination. that is not the character of primary voters on either side. the general election is when this becomes a strength. an interesting feature of this is that if rudy can make it to the general, I think he will have wide appeal. the conservative wing of the party may not let him get that far. but I think the specter of another clinton will haunt voters into realizing the dangers involved.

As far as reagan goes, he made some mistakes. I personally didn't care much for him, despite all the R fawning, even more so now. but I was young and stupid then and have matured. someday, many of you other Libs will come around, just like reagan, Rudy, Liebermann and the rest.

amnesty in retrospect seems like a mistake. tax increases are always a mistake, by definition. temporarily stalling the bankruptcy of SS did not solve the problem and dodged the question. retreating from Lebanon was a grievous error.

I am not prepared to put Reagan on a pedestal. He did more good than harm according to most. At the same time I think clinton 1 saved the Dem party from abject liberalism and tried to plot a moderate course, despite his proclivites. he squandered much of his gift on personal problems. I think clinton 11 will have a much more knee-jerk liberalism and long term damage to the party and the nation.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain appears tired and uninterested in this race. It's sad to watch but the fire, if there was one,apparently left him. If the Republicans do not nominate Rudy, they don't stand a chance against either Senator Clinton or Obama, one of whom will be the Democrat runner barring any unexpected disaster. Clinton will surely get almost all the female vote since her gender, and the sympathy blow back from her humiliating experience with her husband a few years ago make her seem needy

Posted by: roneida | July 12, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Seems like the first guy to go was a fervent Bush loyalist. Supports Bush on the war and also on immigration.
Is it a sign that supporting Bush won't get the candidate too far?

Posted by: Matt | July 12, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Regarding McCain, even though I'm not his #1 fan, I think it's a bit sad to see his downfall as to me he was the most palatable of the GOP candidates, despite his hawkish views on Iraq. His stances on the environment, campaign finance reform and immigration are noble. I just don't get why he tried to court the crazy right wingers, and why he supported Bush so strongly in 2004 after Bush shafted him so badly in 2000.

I think people calling him a flip flopper are off the mark. Yes he has tried to court the right wingers and Bushies, but I don't think he's compromised on any of his stances whilst doing so. For a politician he is remarkably consistent. The problem is that most of his stances on the big issues aren't what republicans wanna hear. That's why I always doubted he was the 'frontrunner' in this race.

McCain is a noble, principled man and I wish him all the best.

Posted by: Aussie view | July 12, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Mr. MCcain in the republic primary in 2003!---That's the only reason why I am listed as a Republican.--However, after what has transpired during the current administration, I cannot honestly cast a ballot for Mr. MCcain in the next election!

I do not believe that he will champion the issues I favor, such as, the aesthetic make-up of America, pollution& waste, Financial/Intellectual growth and development of all Americans, and people around!

If anyone is interetsed in finding out how I spend my time addressing the aforementioned issues you should visit:
www.freemoneyfamilytax.com
www.freemoneyfamilyrealty.com
www.freemoneyfamilymagazine.com

The Freemoney Family Organization is committed to utilizing 50% to 90% of its resources to help its official member's achieve their FINANCIAL/INTELLECTUAL GOALS!

Posted by: averitt freemoney phillips, jr. | July 12, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I have nothing against Senator McCain-- well, I don't agree with him on anything and would never vote for him, but I don't really *dislike* the guy-- but it seems by the hour like his candidacy is over.
He's not the maverick he was in 2000; he lost the middle completely with his Iraq support and the right with his immigration support, leaving... what? Even his base, the media, is disenchanted.
Let's call it a day, Senator. You tried, but this isn't 2000 and you aren't the media-friendly outsider any more. The magic is gone.

Posted by: DB | July 12, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"Gore's Grades Belie His Rhetoric The 'godfather of global warming' received a D in Natural Sciences 6 (Man's Place in Nature) and then got a C-plus in Natural Sciences 118 his senior year"

Haha, can't you flat earthers do better than that? Ridiculous.

The climate change debate in Australia has been hotting up (although the vast majority of the population believe the problem is real and man-made), with the ABC becoming the first public broadcaster to air the British doco, the great global warming swindle. It was shown after some hard pressure was applied from some right wing ABC board members to show the doco.

Most people see it for what it is - junk science funded by special interests. Director Martin Durkin's appearance on Australian radio was hardly convincing. His response to a question as to why he used a graph (which was to meant show how global warming was linked to sun spot activity) which stopped at 1980 lame at best: "In terms of the error bars of that graph, it is absolutely absurd to quibble on when it finishes in terms of tens of dates."

Hmmm...I don't think it's so absurd. Especially given that the doco was referring to 1980 as 'now', even though it is a full 27 years ago and that there have been record temperature increases since then.

For those interested here's a short article on Durkin's trip to Australia:

http://au.news.yahoo.com/070712/2/13yfh.html

And here is an interesting rebuttal of the junk science in the doco:
http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/a-sloppy-melodrama/2007/07/11/1183833595630.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

Posted by: Aussie view | July 12, 2007 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"Just because President Bush says something doesn't mean it is fatuous."

- N. Kristof

Posted by: Apologist | July 12, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Failor is the executive vice president of Iowans for Tax Relief... If Failor wanted tax relief he would support Ron Paul but like the candidates they say one thing and do another.

John McCain's best days are long gone. The guy is living in the past. Amnesty for all except for the American people who thanks to him and his fellow Washington snake oil salesmen saddled the country with debt, a war with no exit strategy and cheap Chineese goods flooding the country that will kill the economy after it kills the manufacturing industry and the middleclass. I hope he waves his American flag as they unload the next container from China.

Posted by: Bo | July 12, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The negative correllation between fundraising and experience has to do with the public's adverse reaction to candidates who have been in Washington too long.

Hillary's totals are the only abberation, caused by the massive political machine behind her, and the political weight of her husband.

Posted by: JamesCH | July 12, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

If you want another Bush - vote for Thompson. He headed up te Defense Fund for Libby. He doesn't even like politics, they "bore" him. You want a bored president?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

A poll taken by CBS News (6/26-28) shows that 55% of Americans would probably vote for the Democratic nominee for president, regardless of who it is. Only 28% would vote Republican, 7% say it would depend on who the nominees are, and 9% are undecided.

Good luck erasing that deficit in the next 16 months.

Posted by: JamesCH | July 12, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Let's see:

Rudy G: married his cousin (oops didn't know we were related); cheated on second wife with much married Judy (why can't I bring her to the mayor's mansion while my wife and kids still live there?) among others...; made a fortune capitalizing on 9/11(America's what??). Sounds like an ideal President to me...

Yes, we DO get what we deserve...

Posted by: Perflexed | July 12, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Monty Ousley Weddell (that's a mouthful) says:
"It is commom knowledge that it takes money to conduct a national political campaign, and each candidate is competing against the other for their share of the pie."

It recently occurred to me that, in terms of fundraising, there's a roughly inverse relationship between years of Fed experience and money raised thus far:

Big Money Raisers:
Obama
Clinton
Romney
Giuliani
Edwards

Not so Big Money:
McCain
Biden
Richardson
Paul

What is it about experience that the donors don't find appealing?

Posted by: bsimon | July 12, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Dead meat. The vultures are circling.

Scary how shallow the Republican pool is.

Mayor Bloomberg (I think the spelling is right-not that I would ever need coorect spelling to write him in)Looks like somone who could cut the Repubs in half...or 70/30 to more precise....if the conservative base finnigles one of their own at the convention. Some likelihood of that given the slim pickins in Mit and Rudy.

Maybe Dick Cheney will change his mind (and pacemaker) and run for president. Wonder who he would chose as a running mate? Maybe he wouldn't have to tell. You know. Execuutive Priviledge.

Posted by: poor richard | July 12, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

He was done when he needed 100 armed guards and heavy armor to walk through the streets of Iraq and came back and said Bush's surge was working. This is just the road kill.

Posted by: Greg in LA | July 12, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

May as well play with the trolls. One says, referencing a white house report:
"Iraq Makes Progress On 8 Of 18 Goals The widely anticipated report, to be released soon, grades the Iraqi government as satisfactory on eight of 18 goals set by the U.S. Congress"

If you're inclined to believe the white house at face value, the report doesn't sound so bad. It might even be spun as good news. Hinging, of course, on the reader accepting the White House's version of events; given their track record over the last 6 1/2 years, it might be best to consult with other sources.

Meanwhile, another report is issued that says al Qaida is now as strong or stronger than it was pre 9/11. After nearly 6 years of full-on 'Global War on Terrorism' the front-man for that group is still on the loose & his group is as strong as its ever been. Please join me in a hearty round of applause for our Decider in Chief in honor of his ongoing success in conducting this war. Yay Bush!

Posted by: bsimon | July 12, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

It is commom knowledge that it takes money to conduct a national political campaign, and each candidate is competing against the other for their share of the pie. Anyone who begins a campaign admitting that they do not enjoy "fund raising" may be eventually doomed, even Sen. McCain. If you can't afford to get your message out,
then no one knows where you stand, even if
you ideas reflect the majority views of Americans. Best wishes to all the candidates !!!

Posted by: Monty Ousley Weddell | July 12, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Amazing to me that McCain is no longer an acceptable conservative. Back when Reagan was winning elections, conservative thought it was OK when he signed into law a huge tax increase (after even he realized the largest tax CUT in history was a little too big), worked with a Democratic House to ensure SS stayed solvent without slashing benefits, and passed a sweeping amnesty bill that brough significant numbers of immigrants into the Republican party. And that's not even geting into the stuff he did as Governor of California, which was extremely pragmatic.

What abou that KOZ, is McCain really somehow now "liberal" when if anything he looks far more like Reagan in his pragmatism than anyone else on the GOP side.

Posted by: Colin | July 12, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Who needs McCain? We've got Bible-thumpin', prostitute-humpin' ideologs who know how to tow the line.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"I would probably say you wouldn't support it then. More right wing hipocracy."


so your entire deluge is based on what you think I would say. this is weak even for a Lib.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

This is about generational and economical shifts in the voting population. It makes sense that we would see new leaders emerge - even those with limited exposure to this level of national government. The real key will be who they surround themselves with - hopefully, the sage leaders like McCain or a Biden.

Posted by: chris x | July 12, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

NEWARK, N.J. - A federal grand jury indicted former Newark Mayor Sharpe James on corruption charges Thursday, accusing him of fraud in the sale of city-owned land and using city-issued credit cards to spend extravagantly on himself and several women.

More Dems in crooked land deals. Is there some 'instructions for new pols' book that you Libs publish? written by clinton and reid?

Posted by: another day, another crooked Dem | July 12, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I think Thompson's entry will be the final straw for McCain's candidacy. I also think the main beneficiary will be Giuliani. Thompson and Romney will split the social conservative vote. Giuliani would do very well vis-a-vis any Democrat in a head to head contest.

HOWEVER, if Rudy gets the nomination it will not be a head to head contest with the Democrats. The religious right will not accept him as president and there will be an independent candidate representing the ayatollah wing of the GOP. That will hand the election to the Democrats.

Posted by: JimD in FL | July 12, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Kingofzouk-

You deride 7 gop senators siding with 7 dem senators to save the sanctity of the senate filibuster. Now, what if the nuclear option is used to end the iraq war? Doesn't that deserve an up or down vote too? I would say much more so than a single judiciary nominee (though I will and never have supported such a tactical maneuver). I would probably say you wouldn't support it then. More right wing hipocracy.

Posted by: Sak | July 12, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know what David Rosen was doing. He's my finance director, but I had no idea he was doing!"

Mrs. Clinton doesn't know anything, folks. She knows nothing when there is any alleged wrongdoing going on. When all these people were using her as the conduit to pass the envelopes to her husband, suggesting pardons for this criminal and that criminal and so forth, she claims she had no idea it was in envelopes, not even envelopes from her brothers. One of them had received a pardon. She had no clue whatsoever. Rosen has been out there trying to say (paraphrased, "Hey, she knew about it, and she even instructed me to do this." So that's the latest on this, but this headline: "Hillary Clinton's Former Campaign Finance Director Indicted." Isn't that what this pair would bring us again if they were reelected to the White House for another four-year term? They'd take us right back to the nineties and all of those scandals would be revisited and reoccur in different shape, manner and form. I forget what the Clintons called the decade of the eighties, but it caused me to refer to their decade of the nineties as The Decade of Fraud and Deceit, and if we want to have another at least four years of fraud and deceit, then the Clintons will be reelected.


the sopranos indeed.

Posted by: the coming corruption | July 12, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Do we not think, ladies and gentlemen, that it may be time for new leadership in Congress? Perhaps maybe Senator Reid should be replaced and Speaker Pelosi should resign. Congress needs a new direction. Take every argument they're using to get us out of Iraq -- ignore Petraeus, deny his plan, the time to work and so forth -- and turn it around against them. The current leadership of Congress has failed. They've failed to deliver on their promises. They failed to set the country on the right course! They've failed to gain the support of the American people. They're a total political failure. As a matter of fact, during their leadership, Reid and Pelosi, the American people have rejected, overwhelmingly rejected their leadership. Anybody who has lost faith with General Petraeus has to be disgusted with Reid and Pelosi. If the Petraeus leadership can be judged in, what is it, two or three months now, the Reid and Pelosi leadership's had two or three times as much time and has clearly accomplished zilch, zero, nada, nothing, except a whole bunch of political stunts: Armani suits, grandchildren on the knee, a big mallet, 100 hours on the road to nowhere, secondhand smoke legislation, secondhand mirrors, minimum wage, a bunch of chicanery supposedly getting rid of earmarks but not really doing it -- and America gets it. Disapproval of the Reid-Pelosi Congress has collapsed, 37% to 24% after only six months. Well, if we're not even going to give Petraeus the full length of time he was promised and assured, and we're going to pronounce it a failure already and "a collapse of leadership" and there's no political will and support, the Iraqi people haven't met their benchmarks, well, neither the h*ll have Reid or Pelosi. They haven't met one benchmark. They haven't done one thing. The support for the US Congress in this country has not just plummeted. It has totally collapsed. So using their line of reasoning and thinking, we need new leaders in Congress, and we need them now. The Democrats are the ones that need the new plan and they need the new plan now, folks.

Posted by: great minds think alike | July 12, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I think it will be important to watch Fred Thompson. He has some baggage that will cause some angst for Republicans (supported campaign finance reform), but I think he may squeeze in that gap that will give the Rs their candidate. I think the other Rs have too much working against them.

That being said, as a Democrat, I really have no idea who will get the nomination on the Dem side. I think its Clinton's to lose, but by no means a lock. Too bad Mark Warner is not the nominee.

Posted by: Political Junkie | July 12, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman: U.S. Will Back Israeli Strike On IranIsraeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that he received the tacit blessing of Europe and the United States for an Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Let's start killing the real enemy.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"going to come down to Rudy v hillary. easy choice for over 55% of the voters."

A philanderer or the wife of a philanderer. Hmmm... I'm betting the choice is not as easy as some would like to assume. If he can last long enough to get the nomination, Giuliani's negatives are likely to approach Hillary's. We'll all be better off if neither of them are nominated. Do we really need another morally flexible, opportunistic, unprincipled President?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Gore's Grades Belie His Rhetoric The 'godfather of global warming' received a D in Natural Sciences 6 (Man's Place in Nature) and then got a C-plus in Natural Sciences 118 his senior year

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Iraq Makes Progress On 8 Of 18 Goals The widely anticipated report, to be released soon, grades the Iraqi government as satisfactory on eight of 18 goals set by the U.S. Congress

Better then the Pelosi/Reid congress. They did 1 (min wage) out of 8 - 12% success compared to 44% for Iraq. The 100 days is long over with no noticable progress. can we have our R majority back now that we can all see what a giant mistake that last election was. Imagine, believing a Dems campaign promise. what a hoot.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Will McCain throw in the towel instead of measuring for drapes in the oval office?

I really don't like to see this POW hero suffer needlessly. But, he prides himself on true grit, so we'll probably have to witness more of his slow slide to political irrevelency.

We'll soon learn which deals led his staff to abandon him like last Friday's bad date.

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth Hunter | July 12, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

"Imports from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries members rose to a record $14.6 billion in the latest month."

Thanks George.

www.marketwatch.com/news/story/us-trade-gap-widens-60/story.aspx?guid=%7BEDC32729%2DD9C7%2D4F3F%2DB2C0%2D72B814B0DB7F%7D

Posted by: F&B | July 12, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul, everyone.

Yes, really.

Posted by: Scott in WV | July 12, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

If you want to win a GOP nomination, don't support stomping on the 1st amendment, don't vote for tax hikes, don't pal up with 7 Dems to save the high court from change, don't open the borders with empty promises of enforcement. If you want to do those things, run as a Dem.

I have heard in my confidential barroom talks that many members are rooting for Rudy and will do so openly once they are released by Mc Cain.

going to come down to Rudy v hillary. easy choice for over 55% of the voters.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 12, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"Fork! Someone get the fork!"

Posted by: Damian in Pittsburgh | July 12, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Legislators are at something of a disadvantage considering the way legislative votes can be described in attack ads.

Posted by: JimD in FL | July 12, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

This implosion is just amazing! We all knew that one of the 3 GOP front runners would self destruct. That would possibly leave the door open for someone, like a Mike Huckeabee, to improve his place in the polls. Now, Huckabee is pretty much broke. How does he get on the radar screen? Does Fred Thompson now wait until September to get in the race?
McCain is also a shrewd guy. When does he face reality and throw in the towel?

Posted by: Phillip | July 12, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow! And the hits just keep on comin'...

Posted by: Political Junkie | July 12, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

This is great news for Thompson who at first appeared to be locked out of obtaining top tier staff. Now with the all the McCain people being free agents, he can make a play for them.

Posted by: fetzer | July 12, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

If we call McCain basically out, both parties have front-runners with shocklingly limited experience. If I'm not mistaken, Romney is a 1 term governor, which leaves us with:

1 term governor
2 term mayor
4 Senators with 6-8 years (one with prior statehouse experience)

Frankly, I'm somewhat amazed. Is it the long records of people like McCain, Biden, Richardson, etc that keep them from finding success early in the primaries? Is this a sign of a voter-driven call for change in Washington, or more indicative of voters' desires for clean-slate candidates on whom they can project their desires?

Posted by: bsimon | July 12, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

....and the slow-motion implosion of McCain's candidacy just keeps rumblin' along.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | July 12, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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