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Utah Rep. Jim Matheson spends big to fend off primary challenger, anti-establishment fever

Meet the latest House incumbent taking no chances in the volatile political environment.

His name is Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), and he's spending big money as he faces the first primary of his 10-year congressional career next Tuesday.

According to a financial report filed last week, Matheson has already spent nearly $800,000 on the race, including more than $300,000 on TV ads and nearly $100,000 on mail. All that money is going toward beating back an opponent -- Claudia Wright -- who has only raised $25,000 so far.

Matheson's plight is similar to other moderate-to-conservative Democrats who voted against the party's health care bill in March and, as a result, have drawn primary challengers.

Three others -- North Carolina Reps. Larry Kissell and Heath Shuler as well as Pennyslvania Rep. Tim Holden -- have all lost at least 35 percent of the vote to primary challengers with virtually no resources.

Last month, Matheson lost 45 percent of the vote at the state party convention to Wright, who is a retired schoolteacher who has made the incumbent's health care vote the centerpiece of her campaign.

Because Matheson was unable to secure 60 percent of the vote, he was forced into a June 22 primary against Wright.

Matheson's spending is a sign that he takes the primary seriously and his latest ad -- in which Matheson plays up his vote in favor of expanding health care coverage to thousands of Utah children -- is evidence that the her line of attack is hurting the incumbent.

Matheson's aggressiveness seems aimed at leaving nothing to chance rather than born out of genuine fear for his political career.

But, here's where things could get complicated:

* Crossover voters: Utah voters can choose whichever primary in which they want to cast a ballot and Republicans could run an Operation Chaos-like sabotage of the Democratic primary. There are a couple problems with that, though. One, there is a competitive GOP primary for the seat held by defeated Sen. Robert Bennett . And, second, it's hard to see a large number of voters organizing such a concerted effort to oust an incumbent Democratic congressman without some broader coordination from national GOPers that, to date, has not developed.

* No historical model: Because of how small the state Democratic Party is and the state's odd nominating process, there hasn't been a Democratic primary in the 2nd district since 1996, so we don't really know who is going to turn out.

* Low turnout: Regardless of who votes, we know turnout is going to be minuscule. Yes, there's always low turnout in primaries. But there could be really low turnout in a Democratic House primary in such a Republican state. In the last primary in Matheson's district 14 years ago, just 17,500 voters turned out.

Matheson is still the clear favorite, however.

His spending edge should not be underestimated particularly in a state like Utah. By comparison, self-funding Senate candidate Tim Bridgewater (R) has spent less than half as much as Matheson, and the other Senate hopeful, attorney Mike Lee (R), has likely spent far less as well (he hasn't filed his most recent report yet).

Fortunately for Matheson, he has the bankroll to get past this kind of primary challenge and still be fine in a general election. Even with all the spending, he still had $1.1 million in his campaign account two weeks ago.

Republicans hope either a damaged Matheson or a very beatable Wright will emerge from the primary. If they get the latter, the race vaults to the top of the list of potential takeovers.

The GOP nominee, former state Rep. Morgan Philpot, isn't raising much money himself. But in a district that gave Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) 58 percent of the vote in 2008, this one could become a target.

-- Aaron Blake

By The Fix  |  June 14, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
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Dem Cross-over Produced Haley, Greene, and "Republicans for Obamacare"

If you believe as I do that 14% of the “Republicans” voting in the SC GOP Primary were Democrats, it answers three questions: 1) Why did 14% of the “Republicans” in a right-wing orgy like the SC GOP Primary vote FOR Obamacare? 2) How did Alvin Greene become the Democrat Senate nominee? 3) How did Haley go from a pre-scandal mid-May Rasmussen 30% (with 22% undecided) to a 49% Primary share? A June 2 poll still had her at 31%.

Assuming that the 22% undecided divided their votes in proportion to the four candidates’ standings in mid-May, 31 plus 14 is 45, or close to what Haley pulled. Shrewd Dems (with the emotional intelligence that GOP Asperger cases lack) realize that if numerous lengthy late night calls and Marchant's semi-credible polygraph are “on the table” along with Bauer’s suggestion that Haley clear herself with a polygraph but Haley’s chosen not to do so, the candidate most likely to implode before November is Haley. The theory that Haley’s jump from 31 to 49 is all due to most of the 22 undecided going for Haley is not only contrived, but only answers the third question, not the other two. My theory answers all three. The shrewd cross-over Dems voted for Obamacare, left no one minding the store to stop unemployed felon Greene, and successfully gave it to Haley.

Hey, Republicans did this in the Wisconsin 1972 Primary and put McGovern on the path over Scoop Jackson, Muskie, and HHH. Turnabout is fair play to produce a Sanford-with-ovaries – or a Sheheen victory when further evidence arises.

Robert Edward Johnson
Greenville

Posted by: RobertEdwardJ25 | June 16, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

37th and whatever made a comment that all the Democrats have run away, there somewhere in all of his crap. Just a word: I take a look at the discussion from time to time. It just never seems worth my time or trouble to jump in. I support President Obama on just about every issue. I don't believe for a minute that some big wave is coming against Democrats. This election will be like many in the past - some people will win and some will lose. The margins in the House and Senate will perhaps be smaller for the Democrats, but we will still be in control.

So who cares what the Republican Tea Party windbag a-holes have to say. I take great pleasure in ignoring you while also considering the source.

Posted by: jothomp | June 15, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street this is not FOX News. Everyone knows that each House and Senate committee has representatives from both parties which include a senior member of the minority party. Don't think we as dim as some of your Tea Bag colleagues about how our government is structured.

Secondly, take the time, since you are such a patriot, to research and learn the history of the Bush Administration's eight year stewardship of the regulatory infrastructure of the nation and how that applies to the Gulf Disaster. Start with Cheney's secret WH meetings with the Oil and Gas industries to define our national strategy and regulatory approach for these industries. Review who was appointed to lead and select the staff of the regulatory bodies and what the backgrounds of all these people were. For a hoot Google Ken Lay. Don't be afraid since an old dog can learn new tricks. What good is outrage if it is misplaced?

Then as a "true blue" "these colors won't run" patriot you can scream, highlight the corruption and CAP away in your postings in a bi-partisan and historically accurate manner. Both parties deserve some responsibility but BP deserves the true prize for destroying the Gulf and for some unknown reason you have no outrage there. Why?

By moderating your hypocrisy you would give less work to satirists in the group here that appreciate your current Fox News approach to honesty as simply absurdity.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 15, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Congressional OVERSIGHT OF MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE


HOUSE Natural Resources Committee - Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

Jim Costa, California, Chairman
Eni Faleomavaega, American Samoa
Rush D. Holt, Jr., New Jersey
Dan Boren, Oklahoma
Gregorio Sablan, Northern Mariana Islands[1]
Martin Heinrich, New Mexico
Ed Markey, Massachusetts
Maurice Hinchey, New York
John Sarbanes, Maryland
Niki Tsongas, Massachusetts

These are the democrats


Congress Nick Rahall of West Virginia is the Committee Chairman

THESE WERE THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSIGHT OF THE MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE -


AND MAKING SURE THAT THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS ON OIL RIGS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 3:03 AM | Report abuse

We are talking about whether someone was RESPONSIBLE with their vote or not.


That is the question.


And - when half the country is saying "EXPERIENCE MATTERS"


AND "QUALIFICATIONS ARE IMPORTANT"


And you have millions of people IGNORING THAT SIMPLE LOGIC.


and millions of people PURPOSING IGNORING EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS -


An instead voting for someone WHO WAS CLEARLY INEXPERIENCED - AND UNQUALIFIED


BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK -


AND YES - IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT THE DEMOCRATS WERE HONEST THEY VOTED FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK.


If a white man had the SAME INEXPERIENCE, THE SAME LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS - HOW far in the Presidential race would he have gone ????


Yet - if people vote for someone WHO IS CLEARLY INEXPERIENCED AND UNQUALIFIED...


AND IF THAT PERSON MESSES UP - SAFETY INSPECTIONS ARE NOT DONE PROPERLY - AND AN OIL RIG BLOWS UP.


THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THE INCOMPETENT PERSON IN THE JOB ARE JUST AS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BAD JOB AS THE INCOMPETENT PERSON.


Is it asking too much that you take personal responsibility for giving someone a job - a job that they clearly can not handle.


11 People are dead, hundreds of birds are dying - thousands of fishermen are out of work.


An entire ecosytem could be destroyed.


Is it too much to ask THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THE INCOMPETENT PERSON IN OFFICE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE BAD JOB PERFORMANCE ???


MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP.


OBAMA SAID HE WOULD DO IT LAST YEAR - 2009


THIS YEAR OBAMA SAID THERE WAS A YEAR-LONG REVIEW - EVERYTHING IS OK - LET'S EXPAND OFFSHORE DRILLING


BUT THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS STILL WERE NOT BEING DONE PROPERLY


THE OIL RIG BLEW UP - 11 PEOPLE DIED.


IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE THIS GUY THE JOB TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE JOB HE HAS DONE ?????


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 2:37 AM | Report abuse

12Bar to your comment at 12:00

Clearly, no one is talking about whether people are good people or bad people.

We are talking about whether someone was RESPONSIBLE with their vote or not.


And in the case of some democrats who actually worked and volunteered to get these candidates in, being really IRRESPONSIBLE WITH THEIR COUNTRY BY SUPPORTING BAD PEOPLE INTO OFFICE.


That is the question.

And - when half the country is saying "EXPERIENCE MATTERS"


AND "QUALIFICATIONS ARE IMPORTANT"

And you have millions of people IGNORING THAT SIMPLE LOGIC.

and millions of people PURPOSING IGNORING EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS -

An instead voting for someone WHO WAS CLEARLY INEXPERIENCED - AND UNQUALIFIED

BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK - AND YES - IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT THE DEMOCRATS WERE HONEST THEY VOTED FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK.


If a white man had the SAME INEXPERIENCE, THE SAME LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS - HOW far in the Presidential race would he have gone ????

The other side of the coin- surely there were minority candidates out there MORE EXPERIENCED AND MORE QUALIFIED THAN OBAMA.


Biden and Dodd both had decades of experience in Congress - yet the democrats didnt want them.

ANYWAY - THE POINT IS: IF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IGNORE EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS - THEY ARE TAKING THAT GAMBLE.

AND IF THAT PERSON MESSES UP - SAFETY INSPECTIONS ARE NOT DONE PROPERLY - AND AN OIL RIG BLOWS UP.

THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THE INCOMPETENT PERSON IN THE JOB ARE JUST AS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BAD JOB AS THE INCOMPETENT PERSON.

Is it asking too much that you take personal responsibility for giving someone a job - a job that they clearly can not handle.

11 People are dead, hundreds of birds are dying - thousands of fishermen are out of work.


An entire ecosytem could be destroyed.

Is it too much to ask THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THE INCOMPETENT PERSON IN OFFICE TO TAKE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BAD JOB PERFORMANCE ???

MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP.


OBAMA SAID HE WOULD DO IT LAST YEAR - 2009


THIS YEAR OBAMA SAID THERE WAS A YEAR-LONG REVIEW - EVERYTHING IS OK - LET'S EXPAND OFFSHORE DRILLING


BUT THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS STILL WERE NOT BEING DONE PROPERLY

THE OIL RIG BLEW UP - 11 PEOPLE DIED.


IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE THIS GUY THE JOB TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE JOB HE HAS DONE ?????


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

RE: "Is it asking too much to ask for a higher standard from our elected officials???"


You don't deserve elected officials of a higher standard. You deserve Republicans!

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 15, 2010 2:12 AM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


Is it asking too much to ask for a higher standard from our elected officials???


That when the elected officials are caught, that they resign ???


And we bring in someone new - someone who KNOWS THEY HAVE TO ADHERE TO HIGHER STANDARDS.

If we did that all the time - then ALL THE NEW PEOPLE WOULD BE STRIVING TO HOLD TO THE HIGHER STANDARDS.

Don't you think this country deserves better ?


We have Congressman hitting people on the street.


We have Congressman who write tax polices - not paying all their taxes - like Rangel.


We have Congressmen with cash in their freezer.

The country deserves much better than this.


The country deserves a process in which we clear out the bad guys - and get good ones in.

Too many bad guys are staying in.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 2:03 AM | Report abuse

12bar


My comment at 11:41 was referring to the comment of marie wilson - who I wonder if that person is actually you under that new name.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

It is ridiculous on the face of it: 68 million Americans who voted for Obama are bad people. 57 million Americans who voted for the other guys are good people.

Bwahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 15, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

How about a reasoned response - attempting to defend the wisdom of the policies?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 11:41 PM
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I can't believe I'm actually responding to you, but there is not much else going on. No, I'm not going to argue with you. IMO, you seize on the outrage of the day (Sestak, Helen Thomas, Romanov, Greene and now this guy) to make your central point: Democrats should all resign because they are BAD people.

Usually, people who make such sweeping generalities (all Irish are drunks, all Texans swagger and all English are arrogant) are not taken as serious thinkers. Is it possible that is why I do not engage with you? Could be...

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

@37th,

The trouble with you is that you live in fantasyland. You want to take the easy way out. Democrats should all resign, Obama should resign, the Constitution should be changed so there is one party rule--the Republicans. That way, your party doesn't have to win an election.

You need to get out more. The U.S. functions best because of the push and pull of competing ideologies. Don't be so desperate. Your side will get back in office. Someday.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street please don'T be SO mad at the DEMOCrats...they are so weak WHEN they HAVE protect the ENVIRONMENT and AMERICA FROM POLLUTION!!!!!

THEY don't know HOw to REGULATE anything and HOW to keep those BIG comPANies HONEST. THEY are so WEAK and where are their GUNS anyway?

REGULATION is a JOB for the party of NO. "NO tough REGULATIONS" means BUSINESS writes them as tough as they can take them. NO unfriendly Cronies in the AGENCIES BUUUUUUT sex is OK with LOBBYISTS and we just let them WRITE THE INSPECtions too cause the KNOW them BETTER than WE do ourselves... they WROTE THEM. Makes sense to me. GO easy on them 37thand0street!!!!!!!!!! THEY know not WHAT they do and DRILL BABY DRILL...

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 14, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

12bar

Are you Marie Wilson


very poor response.


How about a reasoned response - attempting to defend the wisdom of the policies?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

12bar

Are you Marie Wilson


very poor response.


How about a reasoned response - attempting to defend the wisdom of the policies?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

If all the pols who have been caught doing other women, other men, grabbing reporters, blabbing to pseudo reporters, complaining about Boxer's hair, etc. were lined up against the wall, the Great Wall of China wouldn't be long enough.

The worst of them will resign in disgrace (although I notice that Mark Sanford is still hanging around), some will be voted out of office, and some will just endure.

From the movie "Big Deal". Life goes on.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse


12BarBlues


A victory lap is not what I would call it.


Is it asking too much to ask for a higher standard from our elected officials???


That when the elected officials are caught, that they resign ???


And we bring in someone new - someone who KNOWS THEY HAVE TO ADHERE TO HIGHER STANDARDS.

A democratic Congressmen hitting someone on the street, at the mere mention of Obama's name ??


That guy Bob Etheridge should resign.


If Obama doesn't want to do what he promised in 2008 - being bipartisan and post-racial - HE SHOULD RESIGN.


The entire country should be demanding more from our elected officials.


The democrats STILL HAVE CHARLIE RANGEL IN OFFICE - HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL.

This is ridiculous.

You call it a victory lap?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

While mariewilson's style is extremely irritating, you do realize she is just mirroring you 37th. How do you like be on the receiving end of hysteria? Feels cruddy, doesn't it?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street!!!!!!!!!!

THEM DEMS ARE SO SO VIOLENT - with their CONSTANT carrying of guns and THREATENING to RELOAD and TARGETINg peaceful MILITIAS.

THEm PEACE SIGns is so, so violent it hurts my eyes too.

THEY WILL do to the OUR MILITIAS what that mean CONGREssman did to that poor STUDENT :::::GRAB their wrists and HIS necks and ASK A QUSTION OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THAT WAS just like WATERBOARDING A STUDENT-ASK CHENEY!!!!!!!
POOR MILITIAS THEY CAN"T TAKE THAT! OH NOOOOOOOOO!


WHY CAN"T they be LIKE THE REPUBLICANS and follow THE FAMILY VALUES AND PRIVATE PROPERTY If they know what WE MEAN: THAT IS THE way for no political EMBARRASSMENTS TO EVER happen. EVERYONE keeps their GUNS, jobs, Wife and RELIGION and the BABY JESUS. I CAN"t RECALL even ONE REPUBLICAN in TROUBLE in the LAST TWENTY YEARS. THEY are HONEST AND true -(no SEXY TIME FOR THEM) as the DAY is LONG...GO NRA NO VIOLENCE unless you gots a gun......


ALL DEMS should RESIGN immEDIATELy!!!!

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 14, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Per Rasmussen, 7% of the people blame the administration for the gusher. You obviously are the poster boy of that 7%.

But, it's not exactly a groundswell, is it?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues

A victory lap is not what I would call it.

Is it asking too much to ask for a higher standard from our elected officials???


That when the elected officials are caught, that they resign ???

And we bring in someone new - someone who KNOWS THEY HAVE TO ADHERE TO HIGHER STANDARDS.


A democratic Congressmen hitting someone on the street, at the mere mention of Obama's name ??

That guy Bob Etheridge should resign.

If Obama doesn't want to do what he promised in 2008 - being bipartisan and post-racial - HE SHOULD RESIGN.

The entire country should be demanding more from our elected officials.

The democrats STILL HAVE CHARLIE RANGEL IN OFFICE - HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL.


This is ridiculous.


You call it a victory lap?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Here in the home of the Perpetually Outraged conservatives. The moral of the story is: if you can't be in power, at least you can be en-raged.

Ok, time to bring the night crew in. 37th, you can stay, since you are already in your jammies, and besides we couldn't get rid of you with a hand grenade.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse


Here are the OBAMA PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF THE MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE.


Annual budget US$310 million

Agency executives Bob Abbey, Acting Director

Mary Katherine Ishee, Deputy Director, Renewable Energy

Walter D. Cruickshank, Deputy Director, Mineral Resources

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

ON THE Senate side, the Committee responsible for the oversight of the Minerals Management Service - the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation


Jay Rockefeller, West Virginia, Chairman
Daniel Inouye, Hawaii
John Kerry, Massachusetts
Byron Dorgan, North Dakota
Barbara Boxer, California
Bill Nelson, Florida
Maria Cantwell, Washington
Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey
Mark Pryor, Arkansas
Claire McCaskill, Missouri
Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota
Tom Udall, New Mexico
Mark Warner, Virginia
Mark Begich, Alaska


THESE WERE THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSIGHT OF THE MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE -


AND MAKING SURE THAT THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS ON OIL RIGS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.


Time to start asking questions of Obama and the democrats on the Hill.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

@37th,

You taking a victory lap around the blog is just too funny for words. You in your jammies, yet?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 14, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Congressional OVERSIGHT OF MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE

HOUSE Natural Resources Committee - Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources


Jim Costa, California, Chairman
Eni Faleomavaega, American Samoa
Rush D. Holt, Jr., New Jersey
Dan Boren, Oklahoma
Gregorio Sablan, Northern Mariana Islands[1]
Martin Heinrich, New Mexico
Ed Markey, Massachusetts
Maurice Hinchey, New York
John Sarbanes, Maryland
Niki Tsongas, Massachusetts

These are the democrats

Congress Nick Rahall of West Virginia is the Committee Chairman

THESE WERE THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSIGHT OF THE MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE -


AND MAKING SURE THAT THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS ON OIL RIGS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Cannula


The democrats have all run away

They don't know what to say

They KNOW THEY MADE A MISTAKE WORKING TO PUT OBAMA IN -


THEY NEED TO APOLOGIZE TO THE COUNTRY.

AND CALL FOR OBAMA TO RESIGN.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Please note how many democratic bloggers on this blog were warning of violence by the Tea Party over the last few months.

NOW who is violent ???


All you democrats, EAT YOUR KEYBOARDS.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

The Bob Etheridge - the VIOLENT DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN - issue shows how worthless the democrats are


If the democrats can not be trusted to call for the resignation of this Congressman - caught on tape attacking someone - then the JUDGEMENT OF THE DEMOCRATS CAN NOT BE TRUSTED.


These are the same democrats who have put themselves out to the nation as most capable to MAKE LAWS.


The democrats - with this incident - and with Obama's conduct - HAVE COMPLETELY DESTROYED ALL THEIR CREDIBILITY.


The Republicans have been basically watching the democrats IMPLODE.


Go ahead, defend your elected official - democrats who are worthless.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

The Democrat incumbents were all issued in on the "Change" coattails- It's so heartening that that Change is about to Change- What the hell was it anyway when its main proponent tries to fix elections by offering jobs- oh of course through others, like ex presidents- how the hell can anyone in their right mind call that change? Oh , the best one is giving a speech in March calling for- get this Change- MORE deep sea off shore oil drilling right befoire one of the well Obama's MMS approved starts the worst environmental disaster in our nation's history- CHANGE? I think not-

Bye Rep. Matheson and 2 yrs later the change will come in the oval office if only the Republicans can field a decent candidate- hey how about Kevin Costner?

Posted by: thecannula | June 14, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Violence Total

Tea Party 0


Democratic House Members 1


What a joke - all the democrats on this board can now eat their computer - and their keyboard.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

See - you should be really disturbed byt the Fraud of Obama.


Instead, you don't care -

This proves the democrats are unfit to govern.


It also proves that the election of 2000 and the Iraqi War has gone to the democrats' heads -


Nothing justifies bad behavior - even if you think someone else did something wrong - that does not JUSTIFY YOU OR YOUR PARTY DOING SOMETHING WRONG.

Pretty simple.

This is a CHARACTER FLAW OF THE DEMOCRATS.


One of many.


Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Violence Total


Tea Party 0


Democratic Congressman 1


Bob Etheridge should be forced to resign immediately.


Where is Nancy's promise to clean up the House ?

ALL THE DEMOCRATIC PROMISES OF 2006 AND 2008 HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE LIES.

The democratic party is a real joke.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Chris,
I admire your persistence in proving what the voters refused to validate for you regarding anti-incumbent anger. I recommend for the anti-incumbent blues a beer with that happening guy, Chuck Todd, so you can grieve together.

Now the possible explanations for the info you now share with us:

1) These politicians are listening too much to you and that happening guy, Chuck Todd.

2)Given the amount of out of state money that can enter a race in the form of negative TV ads (from of course "anti- incumbent" Washington based groups :) ) and the potential for an instant Republican Tea Bag carrying mob with out of state supporters these office holders are spending campaign money on their campaigns.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 14, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Jim is on his way to retirement. And with him, goes Nancy's gavel.

Posted by: kenpasadena | June 14, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh BRIGADE you are suuuuuuuuuch a gentleman and WHAT A WAY WITH WORDS????:gentle yet insistent. How many Os are there in good? Are my CAPS OK by you????? Please oh Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!!! I sure do hope so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lOWBRAINER? OH MY! YOU flatter MOI but don't LEAVE 37thand0street OUT OF THE Mix he tries hard 2 and he is SO PROLIFIC. HE is my PROPHET.

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 14, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

There it is -- you can't tell whether 37 is real or unintended satire.

Posted by: drindl | June 14, 2010 6:49 PM

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I think we all agree most of your satire is the unintended variety. Short post; did you run out of winger hate spam so early in the evening?

Posted by: Brigade | June 14, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

mariewilson11 wrote,
"LILLY WHITE AND pure DEM PARTY would be GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD for AMERICA."

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Only one "l" in lily, lowbrainer. Lily-white is a term meaning pure, unsullied, innocent. Now quick, marie, what sort of adjective would you put before black? Fill in the blank: _________ black.
C'mon give us a couple of adjectives.

Posted by: Brigade | June 14, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/06/fox_news_bungles_sharron_angle.html

teeheeheehee

FOX News is so stupid and so are the people who take it seriously.

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Fox News bungles Sharron Angle interview

Nevada GOP U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle, smartly, isn't making the mistake Rand Paul made after winning his primary. She's limiting her interviews, and her appearance today on Fox and Friends was, as the network pointed out, her first TV interview since the primary. Shame, then, that the hosts had no idea who they were interviewing. It was so bad that Fox 5 Vegas, a local affiliate with much less access to Angle, mocked the morning team for blowing the interview.

"It must be such a whirlwind experience for you," says co-host Gretchen Carlson, "someone who really has not been in politics before, and suddenly you are running against one of the most powerful politicians in the United States."

Actually, Angle had the most political and electoral experience of anyone in the race.

"Former governor Sarah Palin endorsed you," says Steve Doocy. Palin never actually endorsed Angle, but the candidate, being polite, nods her head.

It really sounds like the Fox hosts were more interested in shoehorning Angle into last week's narrative -- Sarah Palin's "mama grizzlies," tea partyers challenging the establishment -- then figuring out who she actually was."

Posted by: DDAWD | June 14, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Given the primary system Utah Republicans use, wouldn't running be pretty cheap since you don't have to campaign to the general public until the runoff? You just need to convince a few thousand delegates and that's pretty doable without buying expensive tv ad time.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 14, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

There it is -- you can't tell whether 37 is real or unintended satire.

Posted by: drindl | June 14, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

THERE YOU is 37thand0street!!!!!!!!!!

LILLY WHITE AND pure DEM PARTY would be GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD for AMERICA.

WHY CAN"T they be LIKE THE REPUBLICANS and follow THE FAMILY VALUES: THAT IS THE way for no political EMBARRASSMENTS TO EVER happen. EVERYONE keeps their job, Wife and RELIGION. I CAN RECALL ONE REPUBLICAN in TROUBLE in the LAST TWENTY YEARS. THEY are HONEST AND true -(no SEXY TIME FOR THEM) as the DAY is LONG.


ALL DEMS should RESIGN immEDIATELy!!!!

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 14, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Violence Total


Tea Party 0


Democratic Congressman 1


Bob Etheridge should be forced to resign immediately.


Where is Nancy's promise to clean up the House ?


ALL THE DEMOCRATIC PROMISES OF 2006 AND 2008 HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE LIES.


The democratic party is a real joke.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 14, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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