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Snyder retirement creates another GOP pickup opportunity

Arkansas Democratic Rep. Vic Snyder (D) released a statement this evening making clear that he would not be a candidate for an eighth term, the fifth Democrat representing a competitive district to announce his retirement in the past two months.

"I have concluded that these election-year forces are no match for the persuasive and powerful attraction of our three one-year old boys under the leadership of their three-year old brother, and I have decided not to run for re-election," Snyder said in a statement.

What he did not mention was the fact that for the first time in recent memory, Republicans had fielded a serious candidate -- former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin (R) -- to run against him. Griffin had drastically outraised Snyder in 2009 and a poll conducted for a liberal blog and released earlier today showed the challenger with a healthy lead over the incumbent. (Snyder's seat was ranked as the tenth most likely seat to switch parties in the fall, according to today's House Line.)

Snyder leaves behind a Little Rock-area seat that went for Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) by 10 points in 2008. Griffin immediately becomes the favorite for the seat although it remains to be seen how strong a candidate Democrats will ultimately field.

Among the names mentioned include: Lt. Gov Bill Halter, who is thinking of running against Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D), state Sen. Shane Broadway and speaker of the state House Robbie Wills.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) said that he was "confident that a Democrat who shares Congressman Snyder's commitment to being an independent voice for addressing the economic challenges facing Arkansas' middle class families will be the next representative from Arkansas' 2nd District."

Snyder joins Reps. Dennis Moore (Kans.), John Tanner (Tenn.), Bart Gordon (Tenn.) and Brian Baird (Wash.) as recent retirees in swing districts. (President Obama carried the seats of Moore and Baird narrowly but lost the two Tennessee districts.)

Snyder is the 11th Democrat who will retire after the 111th Congress. Fourteen Republicans are retiring.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 15, 2010; 6:39 PM ET
Categories:  House  
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No need to kill the whole blog (just keep banning Chris Fox).

Posted by: JakeD | January 18, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Wow. This blog has turned into a steaming pile of crap. CC, I suggest you just kill it and stick to live chats. It's over.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 17, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

CC you proud to be a member of the same ideology as these cretins posting here? Nothing worth reading among the dumbsh|t hooting comments. Is this what you were hoping for? Are you happy how it's turned out? All trolls all the time? These unemployed losers are in here saying nothing but "I hate Obama.".

Oh, that's right, so do you, you lousy putz of a propagandist.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 17, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"Major U.S. banks which instigated the financial crisis are set to pay out “record” bonuses and compensation — $145 billion by some estimates. State Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), the Republican candidate running for the special U.S. Senate election next week, announced yesterday that he would oppose the recently announced financial crisis responsibility fee on large banks.
Posted by: drindl | January 16, 2010 11:45 AM
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It is so sad that people like you are really that clueless. Take economics 101 please.

Fees on the banks will make lending tougher and they will have to recoup it by charging consumers more. It is a backdoor tax on ALL people without directly breaking his $250K "promise" (yeah we know how much that means).

It is another attempt to try to hide the massive voluntary deficits democrats are creating.

Also anyone have a clear cut answer to whether banks that were forced to take TARP are included? I assume so and that is such obvious government extortion. They force a bank to give the government stocks and now they get penalized by the government that forced them in the first place?

If people like you can't see the corruption in that and are so consumed by your blind hatred of success and will destroy it to make yourself feel important I really feel sorry for you.

How about the $400 billion to now unlimited bailout Obama signed Christmas Eve for Freddie/Fannie? How about the $300 billion in bailout and another 1.3 trillion in Federal Reserve (taxpayer) investment? That dwarfs the bailouts by far yet liberals love their quasi government companies ripping off the public. Pathetic.

Posted by: Cryos | January 17, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

moron much?

Posted by: Noacoler | January 16, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Chris Fox:

Stutter much?

Posted by: JakeD | January 16, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Did you really? Wow!

Posted by: Noacoler | January 16, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I commented on the Schilling gaffe over on that thread.

Posted by: JakeD | January 16, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Clearly there are GOP gnomes who are spending every minute following Coakley around and then writing up releases about anything. Brown can then walk around smiling, looking handsome and saying blessed little. It goes along with his record in MA governemnt, where he has walked around smiling, looking handsome and doing what he is told.

It is unbelievable that Cillizza's column would *feature* the Schilling thing. This is the kind of nonesense the boys have used to belittle the girls for a long time. She doesn't know enough about sports? Thats a pathetic measure to use, guys.

Again, Cillizza is projecting his sports fixation into some standard for politics. I guess we are lucky Coakley hasn't revealed a blazing lack of knowledge about music and lattes -- cause if the Republicans sent Cillizza an email about that we would get another column, for sure.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | January 16, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"Occurs to me that a few details of my floridly interracial intimacies would kill your appetite for a solid month. Picture it."

Do we have too?

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JakeD, our gracious stenographer has asked THAT posters DO not respond TO Noacoler. He has BEEN banned FOR noting racist POSTS but HE keeps coming BACK under new ACCOUNTS. Please COMPLY with OUR gracious steno's WISHES

Posted by: Noacoler | January 16, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"Occurs to me that a few details of my floridly interracial intimacies would kill your appetite for a solid month. Picture it."

Do we have too?

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JakeD, our gracious stenographer has asked THAT posters DO not respond TO Noacoler. He has BEEN banned FOR noting racist POSTS but HE keeps coming BACK under new ACCOUNTS. Please COMPLY with OUR gracious steno's WISHES

Posted by: Noacoler | January 16, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic, the Cook Political Report shows many more "competitive" Dem seats this year than safe GOP seats that are retiring. That's the important distinction. If EVERY Republican seat were retiring, but the new Republicans won anyway, there's not net gain for the Dems.

Posted by: JakeD | January 16, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

More like kidnap victims with Stockholm Syndrome

Posted by: Noacoler | January 16, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Your boy Brown is just another Wall Street wh*re, son.

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Given his filthy party affilliation the real surprise would be if he wasn't

Posted by: Noacoler | January 16, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The topic is that Scott Brown is a Wall Street wh*re.

Posted by: drindl | January 16, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Jake but once you're old enough to vote I doubt you're going to register as a Democrat.

And maybe by then you'll have figure out why you need to beg for people to respond to you.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 16, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm neither a Republican nor a "teabagger". If anyone ELSE wants to discuss the topic, please let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | January 16, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

The truth hurts -- eh, jokey? Your boy Brown is just another Wall Street wh*re, son. The baggers are the biggest fools in america, maybe on earth. Just dim tools to be used by the powerful and you suckas fall for it every time.

Check the FEC disclosures --Brown is the golden boy of Wall Street, fawning over the very same bankers who caused this financial crisis, promising to protect them from regulation so they can scr*w us all another time. And they are giving him big bucks in return!

"Major U.S. banks which instigated the financial crisis are set to pay out “record” bonuses and compensation — $145 billion by some estimates. State Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), the Republican candidate running for the special U.S. Senate election next week, announced yesterday that he would oppose the recently announced financial crisis responsibility fee on large banks.

Brown’s defense of the financial industry has not been ignored by Wall Street. Wall Street’s two largest political enforcers are also out fighting to elect him:

– The Wall Street front group FreedomWorks is mobilizing get out the vote efforts for Brown this weekend. FreedomWorks organized the very first tea party protests, and has used its extensive staff and resources to mobilize rallies and advocacy campaigns on behalf of corporate interests. Dick Armey, who as a corporate lobbyist represented AIG, Lehman Brothers, and Merrill Lynch during the bailouit, is the leader of FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks is also funded and chaired by Steve Forbes and Frank Sands of Sands Capital Management.

– The Wall Street front group Club for Growth is strongly “boosting” Brown and is expected to run ads in support for him. According to recent disclosures, the Club for Growth is funded by a $1.4 million dollar donation from investor Stephen Jacksons of Stephens Groups Inc, a $1.4 million dollar donation from broker Richard Gilder, and $210,000-$630,000 donations from at least 10 other investors and financial industry professionals. The Club is also supporting a slate of candidates to repeal health reform, while its other endorsed candidates have opposed a financial truth commission.

According to a ThinkProgress analysis of Brown’s latest Federal Elections Commission disclosures (part 1, part 2, part 3), filed on Jan. 8 and 11, business executives and Wall Street executives have lavished Brown’s campaign coffers with 11th hour contributions.


Brown casts himself as an everyday man, telling reporters “it’s me against the machine.” In fact, Brown is teaming up with Wall Street bankers to kill financial reform and preserve a system of Bush-era crony capitalism."

Posted by: drindl | January 16, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

ThinkProgress slings mud the last weekend -- big surprise!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 16, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Major U.S. banks which instigated the financial crisis are set to pay out “record” bonuses and compensation — $145 billion by some estimates. State Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), the Republican candidate running for the special U.S. Senate election next week, announced yesterday that he would oppose the recently announced financial crisis responsibility fee on large banks.
Brown’s defense of the financial industry has not been ignored by Wall Street. Wall Street’s two largest political enforcers are also out fighting to elect him:

– The Wall Street front group FreedomWorks is mobilizing get out the vote efforts for Brown this weekend. FreedomWorks organized the very first tea party protests, and has used its extensive staff and resources to mobilize rallies and advocacy campaigns on behalf of corporate interests. Dick Armey, who as a corporate lobbyist represented AIG, Lehman Brothers, and Merrill Lynch during the bailouit, is the leader of FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks is also funded and chaired by Steve Forbes and Frank Sands of Sands Capital Management.

– The Wall Street front group Club for Growth is strongly “boosting” Brown and is expected to run ads in support for him. According to recent disclosures, the Club for Growth is funded by a $1.4 million dollar donation from investor Stephen Jacksons of Stephens Groups Inc, a $1.4 million dollar donation from broker Richard Gilder, and $210,000-$630,000 donations from at least 10 other investors and financial industry professionals. The Club is also supporting a slate of candidates to repeal health reform, while its other endorsed candidates have opposed a financial truth commission.

According to a ThinkProgress analysis of Brown’s latest Federal Elections Commission disclosures (part 1, part 2, part 3), filed on Jan. 8 and 11, business executives and Wall Street executives have lavished Brown’s campaign coffers with 11th hour contributions.

A report on financial industry compensation by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo found that large financial corporations — including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Citigroup — spend between 25% to 50% of total revenue on paying out executive compensation. While the finance industry often refuses to offer lines of credit to American businesses struggling in this economy, they operate largely as vehicles to make bankers richer.

Brown casts himself as an everyday man, telling reporters “it’s me against the machine.” In fact, Brown is teaming up with Wall Street bankers to kill financial reform and preserve a system of Bush-era crony capitalism.

Posted by: drindl | January 16, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"On a more fundamental level, what kind of home life must you have to break ugly all night long on anonymous blogs?"

Good question, why do all these freaks on here do it? This place looks more like Stormfront every day.

Posted by: drindl | January 16, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"Occurs to me that a few details of my floridly interracial intimacies would kill your appetite for a solid month. Picture it."

Do we have too?

Posted by: JakeD | January 16, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Good point, Moonbat. I don't even think of Mr. Cillizza as that conservative (given his generation, he's probably pro-choice AND pro-gay marriage). It would be funny, if it wasn't so sad, that Mr. Fox is so lonely to go into that much detail. At least he didn't talk about all the hot men he will be playing with in Vietnam this time (and he thinks that I post too much detail?!).

Posted by: JakeD | January 16, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Why do loser liberals think we want to hear their life story? If the
prose were amusing or high quality, it would be marginally tolerable. I guess when the host is an untalented liberal putz, the group that forms around him will be like minded.

On a more fundamental level, what kind of home life must you have to break ugly all night long on anonymous blogs?

Posted by: Moonbat | January 16, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Another lonely Friday night for someone. Allow me to say, however, that I too thank my lucky stars for each day DDAWD did not end up in a position like that.

Posted by: JakeD | January 16, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

GOPer Teabagger Scott Brown Not Paying His Taxes!


It is an entirely inappropriate avoidance of responsibility by Brown to stiff the gov't on payroll taxes and unemployment compensation contributions. Anyone who has ever employed others knows that there are specific requirements to be considered an independent contractor. With the exception of a contracted consultant, it is very unlikely that anyone other than the highest level staff members would qualify. This isn't about health insurance. It's about tax evasion.


Mass law is one of the TOUGHEST in the country against the practice of misclassifying employees as contractors, far tougher than the federal government . There's no question in my mind that if all of the staffers are being treated as contractors that they are breaking the law.


http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/01/in-ma-sen-race-thats-all-about-health-care-is-goper-brown-providing-coverage-to-staff.php?ref=fpa


Posted by: DrainYou | January 16, 2010 3:54 AM | Report abuse

* I DISAGREE with McCain a lot

Posted by: DDAWD | January 16, 2010 3:30 AM | Report abuse

To be fair, every politician must have some compromise between principles and politics. When McCain finally rebuked that woman for calling Obama a secret Muslim or whatever, he reached that threshold far before any of his GOP counterparts would. You think Romney or Palin would have disagreed with her like McCain did?

I've never been as close to the Presidency as McCain was. I'd hate to think what might become of me if I had to do things I didn't believe in to attain that job. I'm real fortunate that I've never been put in that position to attain my dreams. I don't want to assume I'd do the morally correct thing since I'm not so sure I would.

I agree with McCain a lot. I think the notion that he's moderate is ludicrous. I think the notion that he's bipartisan is pretty accurate.

And he was ugly during the campaign. He certainly was. But, he drew the line a lot earlier than Romney, Giuliani, Palin, Tancredo, or any of that lineup of miscreants would have. Let's not forget the disgusting swift boat campaign condicted by Bush or the disgusting Willie Horton campaign conducted by Bush.

He had a tough decision to make and he made it a little better than a lot of others did. That means a lot to me since I was never put in that position.

I thank my lucky stars for each day I don't end up in a position like that.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 16, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Not interested, 'peg. You're one to talk about tolerating hate speech. McCain's behavior in the debates was infantile on trying to diminish his opponent in the crudest possible way. As for Palin she attended enough far right rallies and meetings to make the cut, not to mention finding Hawaii intolerable because of the Asians.

(shade your eyes, mark_in_austin)

Occurs to me that a few details of my floridly interracial intimacies would kill your appetite for a solid month. Picture it.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 16, 2010 3:13 AM | Report abuse

Off topic, but Conan O'Brien seems like he's getting $30mil for being cut from the Tonight Show.

Good for him. He's hilarious and Leno is a damn hack.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/15/AR2010011504266.html?hpid=topnews

I hate to generalize like this, but it speaks volumes about the lack of humor sensibilities of this country that they prefer Leno so much more to Conan.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 16, 2010 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Noacoler
Had John McCain, Sarah Palin, or any other Republican attended a KKK meeting every week for over 20 years, listening to some Klan leader's vile and racist sermon/speeches spewing hatred for black people and hatred for our country, I bet you wouldn't call it "guilt by association", to excuse their attendance-- as you tried to excuse Obama's Trinity UFC Church attendence with. The fact is, there's no difference!

By the way. Oprah Winfrey joined Trinity UFC Church once--with the recomendation by Obama. She attended one service with Wright's sermon(?), and never went back (Wright said a few nasty things about her since for not doing so). If Oprah could see it after one sermon, how come Obama never saw it after attending this cults church every Sunday for over 20 years?

Posted by: armpeg | January 16, 2010 3:05 AM | Report abuse

And you share with zouk the belief that infantilizing, feminizing, and diminutives are incisive and painful insults. Hate to be the bearer but only kids think like that.

Now why don't you insinuate that I'm gay. Wow now that would
really sting.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 16, 2010 2:52 AM | Report abuse

ohhhh armpeg, lawdy lawdy yoos be sayin it wong. us unedimicated niggggggers gats to nurse bebs while cleanin massa dautta

chris, ees ok to be racist caus imma goona say you awesum

chris, you awesum!

Posted by: DDAWD | January 16, 2010 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Aw, widdle Noacoler is having hissy-fits, ain't that cute! Must'a missed his widdle warm milk bottle, evening feeding, and belly-rub by mommy. Poor thing!

Posted by: armpeg | January 16, 2010 2:32 AM | Report abuse

armpeg, my fella niggger. Let's shuck some wawamelloms, wes all bees unedumacated coksuckers. lets go lite croses on fires and set nigas on fire. why dey gatta boat fo otha niggas like mike steal an lynn swann? dats why lynn swann wons in PA cus all da fukkkkkkin nigggas boat fo heem

and dis be okay to say cas my butts in da air for da fix. flattree is da sincerest fomr of no me get bannnned

Posted by: DDAWD | January 16, 2010 2:32 AM | Report abuse

It's kind of stunning to run into someone as virulent as you, armpeg.  I mean, yeah, we knew that a lot of you guys were going to excrete modular construction materials but I didn't think so many of you were just going to go ape.  But you have. 
 
I grew up in the south.  I was born in New York, of course, but moved to the south early in grade school.  Virginia.  I was warned by my parents not to make jokes about the Klan because some of my classmates probably had parents who were members.  Acually probably not, we were in Portsmouth, not BFE, but I digress.
 
I remember the Selma riots, I remember white-only bathrooms, I remember signs outside housing projects making direct physical threats to any black person who even thought about moving there.  I've been with mixed race Navy men on ships when race-related news came over the radio and felt the tension you could cut with a knife.
 
I've watched my country struggle again and again with race, making slow progress, falling back; it was the Willy Horton ad that made my lifelong Republican father drop the GOP without a look back.  In my first labor jobs I had to deal with a black foreman with a tree-sized chip on his shoulder.  And I knew that the election of Obama didn't mean it was all over, it meant a milestone had been reached but it also meant a reaction of resurgent racism, because it never died or went away, it just smouldered.
 
But I'll be frank with you.  You are a fossil.  Your attitudes are like looking past thick glass in a museum at some ancient brittle piece of history protected be barriers and inert gases.  Dude, the train has left the station and you weren't on it.  People like you aren't even welcome in most of the south anymore, and you're not a gentleman anywhere in America.
 
Final note, go read your shopping list of Obama cliches and take notice of one thing: it's 100% inferential.  Not a single quotable word of his own, just his affiliations and associations.  That's very Soviet of you, you Communist snitch.  Guilt by association.
 
As for electing him, the alternative was aq doddering megalomaniac whose judgment is unsound, and the very real possibility of the nuclear triggers falling into the hands of a fundamentalist airhead who believes in the Rapture.  Now THAT would have been an irresponsible vote.
 
Go tell your tale of hate in a black neighborhood, champ.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 16, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama isn't a racist, but you certainly are.

You're also a complete prick.

I bet it makes you fell all tingly and wriggly to think about being "at war" with "terrorists.". I'd be surprised if you were any older than 12. Seriously.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 16, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

It figures that the black racists on Fix, like the obviously un-educated simpletons Noacoler and COWEN99, would trot out the race card and then get upset when someone tells them the truth about their racist leader Obama, by using Obama's own record and past history, and their fellow tribal members racism who voted for him only because of racial solidarity.
Just imagine what these racists would say had 97% of all white people voted for a white candidate like McCain, who had had zero experience in anything, in a time highly dangerous to our country, with Islamic terrorists starting to get their hands on nuclear weapons. They'd have crucified all white people with the racist label--and they'd be right.
Well, it's a two-way street. The black racists who voted by 97% for a totally un-qualified black man, just because of a shared skin color and racial solidarity, didn't care about what was in the best interests of our country or what was in the best interests of the American people. All they cared about was electing a black soul mate and tribal member, and that folks is racist!

Posted by: armpeg | January 16, 2010 1:45 AM | Report abuse

armpit refers to black Americans as "tribal members," among other serial racist remarks.
 
Nostradamus gazes into the mists and predicts no censure forthcoming from Cillizza. 
 
On the contrary, maybe a signed publicity photo will arrive in 'pit's mailbox.  And a wam thank-you.  We all do our part!

Posted by: Noacoler | January 16, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Cowens: warm thanks for an excellent post.  You'll find that calling out Republican racism isn't very popular here, people get banned for it.  Thank you also for your service to our nation, but thank most of all for keeping a decent set of values in your head when so many are yielding to bigotry and calling it conservatism.
 
And pay no attention to 37thandZero, he has feces where other people have their brains.  We don't read his posts here, he's a complete f*cking idiot.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 16, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

oh, armpeg, you're such a niggger ;)

Woohoo, nice job, Chris! Let's hump ;)

Posted by: DDAWD | January 15, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA'S ERROR: MAKING HEALTH CARE ISSUE #1...

... instead of restoring civil, human rights decimated by the Bush-Cheney Reign of Terror.

First, Do No Harm. Mr. President, tear down the extrajudicial GESTAPO that threatens all Americans-- including YOU and your administration.

U.S. GOV'T USES CBS NEWS TO COVER UP MICROWAVE CELL TOWER TORTURE OF U.S. CITIZENS?

A government-wide cover up that makes Watergate look like just another black bag job

See: http://poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 (Journalism groups -- Reporting):

"U.S. Uses CBS News..." Also -- "U.S. Silently Tortures Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves" and "GESTAPO USA: Fed-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"

OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 15, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

COWENS99 09:47 PM trotting out the old race card to try to cover up for Obama's ineptness and incompetentcy, is so typical of the true racists.
When one looks at Barack Obama's racist white--hating and America--hating past, and the 97% support he got from his tribal members despite the fact that he's never so much as run a Hot Dog stand, the only racists are African--Americans.
Consiter:
Obama's mentors, friends, and associates that he schmozzed with thruout his adult life were all either racist white people--haters, America--haters or both.
* In college his mentors were James Combs, leader of the racist white and America--hating gang The Black Liberation Front, that was teaching and promoting the Malcolm X's philosophy, and the Communism collective form of governing.
* Also while in college from 1971-1979, Obama's personal friend and mentor was avowed Communist Frank Marshall Davis, who along with Paul Robeson was the leader and driving force of CPUSA (Communist Party USA).
* After college Obama moved to Chicago where he became a rabble-rousing anti--government Communist Community Organizer, working to get every welfare chissler and stew-bum something for nothing--taxpayer and working people paid of course.
* His friends, neighbors, and business associates in Chicago included Bill Ayres (who helped him write his book 'Dreams of my Father', and colaborated with him community organizing) and Bernadine Dorhn, members of the Communist and America--hating gang The Weather Underground, that bombed several government installations, including a Police Station where an officer was killed.
* Bill Ayres and Bernadine Dorhn then also formed the spin--off from the Weather Underground gang, SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), a Communist group of mostly college student radicals, who along with Tom Hayden, formed the "Progressives for Obama" PAC group to help Obama get elected for the state senate.
* Obama also then formed close ties to his new friend and mentor Jerimiah Wright Jr., and joined his racist white--hating and America--hating (so--called 'church') Trinity UFC Church, which he supported with big bucks and where he stayed for more than 20 years, listening and applauding Wrights vile racist and America--hating sermons. After getting elected to Illinois State Senate, Obama named Jerimiah Wright Jr to his "Religious Leadership Committee" and also to his "Barack Obama Advisory Committee". Obama also then formed close ties to Nation of Islam leader, anti--Semite, and white and America--hater Louis Farrakhan even being instrumental in raising money for him and Wright to vist, then on our enemies terrorist list for the Lockerbee civilian airliner bombing, Muhammed Quadaffi

Posted by: armpeg | January 15, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

COWENS99

Thank you.

Posted by: shrink2 | January 15, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

COWENS99


It is your mistake to cast partisan politics as racial.


It is quite sick as well.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

The election of Barrack Obama exposed the ugly face of racism in America. Racism has never left our shores, only buried in the clothing of financial success. Those clothes have been removed and the real America has entered on the world stage.

A bad energy propelled by the right wing hate mongers is a blight and cancer on a great nation. Unlike the nihilist nay sayers of Fox news who label rogues and liars as patriots, our America is much better than their nonsensical racist attitude.

Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln would all turn over in the grave at the american GOP mocking educated Americans as liberal elitist and calling people with different ideas and direction to continue the greatest of America as socialist or facist.

The GOP has destroyed the personal belief of religion and shoveled political religion to drive their racist message.

When an old fat man on radio can call our great soldiers (our son's and daughter's continuing a great American tradition of compassion and care) "Meals on Wheels",then truly the GOP has lost the course.

The greatness of America has been portrayed for 200 years as military men and women committed to maintaining the peace and having the compassion of Jesus to aid the poor, injured and dying regardless of race or conviction.

A segment of Americans who cheer and blindly follow a fallen human being when he says about President Obama "I want him to fail". This shallow weak person failing to acknowledge that we all have one vote, and sees the world only in his corrupt eyes.

If President Obama where to fail many more of our military will meet death on the battlefield ,our economy will crumple. A nations security is directly tied to it's economy and resources.

I love my country, when my country called I proudly wore the uniform as our fathers had done. I served with fellow Americans regardless of gender, race, creed. All joined together to continue the great American dream.

These are trying times, to succeed we must join together in a national effort, respect all fellow Americans, and all strive, suffer and sacrifice for the continuance of the dream of those who have gone before us.

One thing I learned from a great man, staff sgt. would always say, "Ignorance and hatred is the mother of prejudice and prejudice will destroy you and your country".

Great Country America.

Posted by: COWENS99 | January 15, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

If most of the Republicans retiring are in solid Republican districts, then Republicans have little to worry about. What scares Democrats is that a lot of people facing potentially tough reelection bids in tight districts are leaving. This leaves Dems scrambling to find solid candidates, while Republicans have known for months that they would challenge the seat, and often already have good challengers lined up.

Posted by: blert | January 15, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

As of today, 101,000 absentee ballots have been requested in Massachusetts - doesn't look like a low turn-out election.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DDAWD | January 15, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

We will have to see how things develop this year - there is a sense of anger and betrayal at Obama which I have never seen before.


Obama really has over-read his election.


The premise that the democrats were going to pass health care "early" so that everyone would forget it by November is really going to be put to the test this year.

Obama would have been wise to hold off on the health care bill - or to compromise with the Republicans and pass a bill with widespread bipartisan support.

Too many democrats are looking to get some partisan advantage from the health care legislation - they have poisoned it. Obama simply does not understand WHY people voted for him - which is amazing because he was the one giving the speeches.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Does mentioning "freedom" make you wriggle in your chair and get a warm moist feeling?

(gush) Liberty! Constitution! Free markets!

Consider having your adrenal glands surgically removed. It might help.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Just you watch, Snyder will be off to work as a lobbyist now, carrying his golden parachute with him... like so many other defunct politicians. I dream that ALL incumbents get out of dodge! If they do not support and defend our constitution... they MUST go. We The People do not want to 'fundamentally change america' all we want is to reclaim our Republic and our freedom!

Posted by: btrask3 | January 15, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

This whole Massachusetts thing is hilarious.


Too bad we can't see the expressions on the faces of the posters of this blog as they read the most recent polls.


Hilarious.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

The polls in Massachusetts say the independents are coming out to vote - practically unheard of in a special election.

GO SCOTT BROWN

MAKE HISTORY.
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Its looking like the independents are going to voting for Kennedy. Libertarian, not fascist.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | January 15, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

1ofamillion:

CC did a post a while ago listing the House retirements:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/house/republican-retirements-mount-i.html

Add Snyder to the D list and swap out Shadegg (AZ-3, McCain 57%) for Gerlach (PA-6, Obama 58%) on the R list. Most of the Rs are seeking higher office.

Posted by: mnteng | January 15, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Great news, another Dem bites the dust. Now let's just hope Blanche Lincoln takes a hike also.

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | January 15, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The polls in Massachusetts say the independents are coming out to vote - practically unheard of in a special election.

GO SCOTT BROWN

MAKE HISTORY.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Just wait until after Tuesday's election result. If Brown pulls off the upset, those 11 Dem "retirements" will double overnight.

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the article said 14 Republicans are resigning, compared to 11 Democrats.

Posted by: markiejoe | January 15, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Could we have entry on that throw-in line that "14 republicans are retiring"? All the news has been about the retiring dems, so that stat is a surprise. Are they older reps who feel assured of republicans filling their spots given the political climate?

Posted by: 1ofamillion | January 15, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Another DEAMONrat bites the dust!

Yahoo! (not the search engine, the EX-TASSY!)

Posted by: mipost1 | January 15, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

We will have to see how this year develops - my general feeling from discussions with people is once a person changes their mind from Obama, they are not going back.


There is a great deal of anger out there at Obama and the democrats.

The reason is clear: THEY ARE NOT DOING WHAT THEY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO DO.

That is a betrayal of trust -

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

That would be former Rove aide and RNC lackey Tim Griffin who was appointed interim USA after Bud Cummins dismissed by Fredo, et al. so that Griffin could have the job.

Interesting. Wonder if that will come up in the campaign.

Posted by: mnteng | January 15, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Tim is a great guy--perfect time to improve representation for the land of opportunity!

Posted by: freemarketer | January 15, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

WOO HOO!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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