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Nikki Haley's star rises

1. South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley's easy victory in the state's gubernatorial runoff Tuesday is sure to establish her as the newest rising star in the GOP ranks and a coveted 2012 endorser.

Not only does Haley look different than the stereotypical Republican -- she is an Indian-American woman -- but she is also the favorite to be the next governor of a state that will play a very large role in selecting the 2012 presidential nominee.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a near-certain candidate for that office, was quick to praise Haley, who he had endorsed earlier this year and who has endorsed his 2008 presidential campaign as well. "Against the longest of odds, Nikki Haley took on the political establishment and won," said Romney.

(Romney also announced endorsements of Sen. Jim DeMint as well as state Sen. Mick Mulvaney who is running against Rep. John Spratt in the 5th district and state Rep. Tim Scott who is seeking the open 1st district.)

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, another likely 2012 candidate, told reporters Tuesday that he planned to donate to Haley's campaign from his Freedom First political action committee and has plans to be in South Carolina on June 29 and 30.

And, Haley, for her part, gave credit to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin who not only endorsed her candidacy but came to the Haley's defense when allegations of martial infidelity emerged. "She gave us that boost we needed when we needed it," Haley said of Palin at her victory speech last night. (Palin tweeted her congratulations to Haley.)

As for her own future on the national stage -- vice presidential pick, perhaps? -- Haley consultant Jon Lerner downplayed such talk. "Nikki Haley is a remarkable candidate and a remarkable person," he said. "She knows how to stay focused, and her focus will be on winning her general election and improving the lives of South Carolinians."

Still, it's easy to see Haley -- whether she likes it or not -- winding up on some vice presidential long lists and maybe even a few short lists.

2. North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall's crushing defeat of former state Sen. Cal Cunningham in the Democratic primary race for Senate showed -- yet again -- that this is not a cycle to run as the establishment candidate.

Cunningham was recruited into the race by national Democrats who did not believe that Marshall represented the party's best chance against freshman Sen. Richard Burr (R) in the fall. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee funneled nearly $200,000 in coordinated funds to Cunningham but it proved to be for naught as Marshall's superior name identification and support from black leaders -- including third-place primary finisher Ken Lewis -- gave her a wide winning margin.

In the immediate aftermath of Cunningham's loss, the DSCC tried to circle the rhetorical wagons with Chairman Bob Menendez (N.J.) releasing a statement touting Marshall as a "proven reformer" and the committee's press shop sending out a PPP poll that showed Marshall trailing Burr by single digits.

Republicans are not likely to let voters forget that Democrats preferred someone other than Marshall as their nominee, however. While that won't likely make much difference to voters in the long run, it is certain to be a part of almost every story about the race in the next few days -- a fact that could slow any momentum Marshall might hope to enjoy from her win.

It's not yet clear whether the DSCC and White House will continue to make the argument that Marshall can beat Burr once the glow of the runoff disappears. Marshall is not a terribly strong fundraiser -- she has raised $846,000 for the race -- and would almost certainly need financial help from national Democrats to stay competitive with Burr in the fall.

Simple math may keep national Democrats interested. Aside from Louisiana and, maybe, Iowa, North Carolina represents one of the only states where a case can be made that a Republican incumbent could fall in the fall.

3. South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis turned in a historically bad performance in Tuesday's primary runoff, becoming the third Member of Congress to lose his bid for re-nomination this cycle.

Inglis lost to Spartanburg County prosecutor Trey Gowdy 71 percent to 29 percent. That was the one of the worst showings in several decades for an incumbent in a primary, according to political analyst and University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato. Sabato noted that one candidate in California took 21 percent in 1972.

Inglis' vote total was on-par with Indiana Republican Rep. Dan Burton who took 30 percent but still managed to win a five-way primary in May. Former Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) took 33 percent of the vote in his 2008 loss but that was in a five-candidate field. Another primary loser from last cycle, Rep. Al Wynn (D-Md.), took 37 percent but that was in a six-candidate field. Inglis, of course, faced only one opponent.

And, Inglis barely improved his percentage in the runoff over his showing in the June 8 primary when he took 28 percent. That's tough to do, especially when roughly one-third of the vote was up for grabs after the primary and the third and fourth place finishers both hailed from Inglis' home base of Greenville.

Why did Inglis lose so badly?

His apostasy on major issues including the surge in Iraq (he opposed it) and, more recently and more importantly, his support for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in late 2008, didn't sit well with conservative primary voters.

4. Seeking to blunt the impact of a recent independent poll that showed her trailing Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck badly, former Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton's Senate campaign released its own poll Monday showing her ahead in the GOP primary by six points.

Norton's 39 percent to 33 percent margin in the Public Opinion Strategies poll stands in stark contrast to the 53 percent to 37 percent edge Buck held in a Denver Post survey released this weekend.

Norton's campaign acknowledged, however, that it is banking on high turnout to help push her over the top against Buck in the Aug. 10 primary -- an odd admission given that primary turnout tends to be quite low. "This poll shows very clearly that the good news for Jane Norton is bad news for Ken Buck -- the more Republicans who vote, the bigger the lead Jane claims," Norton campaign manager Josh Penry said.

The Norton poll shows the more reliable primary voters -- those who have voted in previous primaries -- favored Buck 41 percent to 37 percent. Voters with no history of voting in primaries favor Norton 40 percent to 23 percent.

Buck appears to be the latest anti-establishment candidate -- following on the heels of Rand Paul and Sharron Angle -- in position to pull off an Senate primary upset that would have been unthinkable in many other election cycles.

Democrats have a primary of their own on Aug. 10 although the Denver Post poll showed Sen. Michael Bennet with a clear edge over former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

5. Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) is facing a lawsuit from the widow of a wrestler who died in a 1999 incident although it remains unclear whether the development will be a game-changer in her open seat Senate race against Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Martha Hart, the widow of the late wrestler Owen Hart, is suing WWE and McMahon for using her husband's image after his death. Attorneys for McMahon contend that Martha Hart "does not have some exclusive right to the story of her husband."

The lawsuit comes roughly a month after former Rep. Rob Simmons suspended but didn't end his campaign for the GOP nod. (Simmons' tactic appeared to be aimed at preserving a return to the ballot if McMahon imploded.). Businessman Peter Schiff (R), a huge longshot for the nomination, qualified for the primary ballot yesterday.

It also creates an opening for Blumenthal to steer the conversation in the race away from the controversy surrounding his characterization of his military record. (Although it's worth noting that Blumenthal, who led McMahon by 20 points in a Quinnipiac poll earlier this month, isn't exactly in dire need of help.)

Connecticut Democrats appear to be taking a wait-and-see approach to the lawsuit; both Blumenthal's campaign and the Connecticut Democratic Party have remained quiet on the issue thus far.

With Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Posted by: houlongaaa | June 23, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Dear BP,

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Posted by: camera_eye_11 | June 23, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Dear BP,

We're so sorry! Please don't stop contributing to us; we really love your "gifts".

Love,
The GOBP

P.S. We're looking forward to deep sea fishing with you in the gulf this Summer as our little brown servants from south of the border bring us our drinks and cigars.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | June 23, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Dear BP,

We're so sorry! Please don't stop contributing to us; we really love your "gifts".

Love,
The GOBP

P.S. We're looking forward to deep sea fishing with you in the gulf this Summer as our little brown servants from south of the border bring us our drinks and cigars.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | June 23, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

God, NO. Don't let there be two of them, one is bad enough along with Rand Paul.

Posted by: ronjeske | June 23, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

"No, I'm going to continue to assume you're too stupid to trim it."

I figured you would, you're completely incapable of accepting anything that doesn't fit within your narrow little world view. That's okay though

"Most vile invective imaginable? Pshaw, your imagination is as limited as your intellect, *libertarian*."

and once again, you prove me right. I get tired of being right

"Hey, cheer up, the Fourth is almost upon us, one of the two times a year you have any work. Firework stand two weeks before Independence Day, and a Christmas tree lot the month after Thanksgiving."

well, if fireworks weren't illegal in Maryland I'd probably open a stand. Hmm..hadn't though about opening a Christmas tree lot... As a greedy capitalist pig, I'm always looking for ways to exploit the masses. Maybe I'll get a lot permit this year and invest in some trees, make some extra coin. Thanks for the idea! Who says Liberals are completely useless? :)

"But wow, you work under the table, you're a real winner."

You know, you really should put those powers of clairvoyance to work for something useful. Maybe see if you can use them to pick lottery numbers. Then you can do your part and spread the wealth by donating all of your winnings to the state.

...hope you're having as much fun as I am...

Posted by: HenryReardon | June 23, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

No, I'm going to continue to assume you're too stupid to trim it.

Most vile invective imaginable? Pshaw, your imagination is as limited as your intellect, *libertarian*.

Hey, cheer up, the Fourth is almost upon us, one of the two times a year you have any work. Firework stand two weeks before Independence Day, and a Christmas tree lot the month after Thanksgiving. With a stack of Libertarian Times next to the register and a rant for every customer, the same one every two minutes.

But wow, you work under the table, you're a real winner.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 23, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"
So stupid you can't figure out how to trim a quoted post.

Make no mistake, LOSER, I make no pretense of being "tolerant" toward nutbars like you. The place for a sociopath is in a mental institution or a prison cell. Just becasue you've found a home for your deranged beliefs in a political context doesn't mean you're any less deserving of confinement just because you haven't chopped some kid up yet."

you're assuming I wanted to trim it.

Oh, and by the way, know that I take a great deal of pleasure knowing that I've gotten so far under your skin that you've been reduced to a howling lunatic spewing the most vile personal invective imaginable. Please, by all means, carry on. You're a shining example of your ideology.

Posted by: HenryReardon | June 23, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"

oh, and for the record, there are more then 2 political parties. I'm a Libertarian, not a Republican. Thanks for playing though...

==

ah, hahhhahahahah

oh, hohohohooho

stop, my ribs, *gasp* please warn me before you do that again.

"I'm a hebephrenic, not a schizohrenic"

hahhaha

"libertarian"

yeah, the "distant third" party that will never break 2%.

As if naming yourself after a character in the most unreadable tripe ever printed wasn't a giveaway. Hi, I'm John Galt.


hahahaha you pathetic preening dope, go shoot your balls off exercising your Second Amendment freedm.

hahahahah"

gee, more predictably witty reparte' from another tolerant Liberal. Show this to your professor, maybe he'll give you extra credit.

Posted by: HenryReardon | June 23, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"

HenryReardon,

Your changing the topic is pretty obvious to everyone except 37 who is on your side whether you want him or not.

Now, help us with all the Libertarian Candidates we need for fear or are you are really a Republican then you can go to my list that applies to the Republican appeal to minorities.

General Reminder: Having one African American poised to be the only Black Republican in Congress and two Indian American governors is not a groundswell or even a tiny bit of momentum.(check the list anyway!)


OK I see you have to change the topic again...."

I changed the topic...interesting

Here's your problem Jake...you can't back up your claims. You basically called me a Xenophobic Neo-Nazi, which doesn't surprise me because the Left's playbook has always been to smear the messenger. You trotted out, and predictably so, every tired line the Democrats have trotted out for the last 40+ years. If we were talking about budget cuts in this discussion, you would be talking about firing cops, firemen, and teachers.

You're a caricature Jake. You are a textbook image of a clueless, intellectual Leftist who has no common sense and is incapable of dealing with anything outside their little box. I told you I was a Libertarian, and you immediately start asking me to name Libertarian candidates that you idiots on the left should be concerned about...which tells me that you really have no concept of the ideology. Traditional conservative Republicans can quite often be strongly aligned with Libertarian ideals and beliefs, because, as Reagan once said, "Conservatism is rooted in Libertarianism".

I will say this though...to this point you haven't yet disappointed me. You have responded to each of my posts EXACTLY as I knew you would. You guys are WAY to predictable Jake. Try mixing it up, maybe extol the virtues of socialist welfare state like I invited you to do. Try to convince me that your side is right.

Posted by: HenryReardon | June 23, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

oh, and for the record, there are more then 2 political parties. I'm a Libertarian, not a Republican. Thanks for playing though...

==

ah, hahhhahahahah

oh, hohohohooho

stop, my ribs, *gasp* please warn me before you do that again.

"I'm a hebephrenic, not a schizohrenic"

hahhaha

"libertarian"

yeah, the "distant third" party that will never break 2%.

As if naming yourself after a character in the most unreadable tripe ever printed wasn't a giveaway. Hi, I'm John Galt.


hahahaha you pathetic preening dope, go shoot your balls off exercising your Second Amendment freedm.

hahahahah

Posted by: Noacoler | June 23, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

HenryReardon,

RE: "Communists are running as Democrats"

Are you channeling Michele Bachmann or Joe McCarthy?

Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

HenryReardon,

Your changing the topic is pretty obvious to everyone except 37 who is on your side whether you want him or not.

Now, help us with all the Libertarian Candidates we need for fear or are you are really a Republican then you can go to my list that applies to the Republican appeal to minorities.

General Reminder: Having one African American poised to be the only Black Republican in Congress and two Indian American governors is not a groundswell or even a tiny bit of momentum.(check the list anyway!)


OK I see you have to change the topic again....

Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

...oh, and Jake...as far as your question about why Libertarians are running as Republicans...

...maybe for the same reason that Communists are running as Democrats...

Posted by: HenryReardon | June 23, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"

HenryReardon,

RE:"oh, and for the record, there are more then 2 political parties. I'm a Libertarian, not a Republican. Thanks for playing though..."

You need to read properly: note the adjective major:

"Here is a vuvuzela blast for Distinguished Achievement in Racial Advancement and Representation by a Major Party in the US.----ROFL"

If you are libertarian, as in the Ron and Rand Paul Show then I am almost scared! They are running as Republicans though. Maybe you should huddle under the shadow of the elephant and review my list for accuracy.

Educate us on the Libertarian Party candidates so we can be scared. In the interim ROFL!!!!!"

ah, Jake, you poor fool...

you SO don't understand anything, do you? Every post of yours that I've read looks like it came from Daily Koz, HuffPo, or DU.com. The vitriol and hate are so unbecoming of the "party of tolerance", don't you think? If conservative ideals are so misplaced and unpopular, why do you feel the need to attempt to discredit the messenger? Here's an idea-

try a different tack- extol the virtues of big government intervention and regulation (well, libs SAY they want to regulate big business, but all one has to do is look at campaign contributions by BP and the crony favoritism extended to Goldman Sachs to knwo that's just not true). Tell us why it's good to have the government oversee and manage every facet of our lives. I'm sure you'll earn a lot of converts to your side...enlighten us poor fools who choose the freedom of self-determination...

Posted by: HenryReardon | June 23, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

TEA Party has vanished from the narrative. They didn't have anything to do with the races in SC and Utah? I guess TEA Party has been exhausted as a subject and now we will spend the summer hearing what a stud Club for Growth is.

Club for Growth has had very limited success boosting a few candidates in a few select, low population, disadvantaged and very conservative states. These three would have made the primary without Club for Growth.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 23, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I understand it's become fashionable to say Nikki Haley "looks" different from the typical GOP-er because of her Sikh heritage. But in fact, she looks white.

Posted by: mypitts2 | June 23, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

HenryReardon,

RE:"oh, and for the record, there are more then 2 political parties. I'm a Libertarian, not a Republican. Thanks for playing though..."

You need to read properly: note the adjective major:

"Here is a vuvuzela blast for Distinguished Achievement in Racial Advancement and Representation by a Major Party in the US.----ROFL"

If you are libertarian, as in the Ron and Rand Paul Show then I am almost scared! They are running as Republicans though. Maybe you should huddle under the shadow of the elephant and review my list for accuracy.

Educate us on the Libertarian Party candidates so we can be scared. In the interim ROFL!!!!!

Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

And the scuttlebutt is that apparently Nikki is a lot more friendly than even Sarah was.

Posted by: Patriot3 | June 23, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"What if you were not the party of the angry white Tea Bag people too?

What if you were not the party of checking everyone's citizenship in Arizona and potentially elsewhere?

What if you were not the party that advocated expelling Mexican immigrants?

What if you were not the party of Neo-Nazi armed survivalist militias?"

oops...sorry Jake...

I forgot to point out that you failed to mention what a bunch of homophobes we are as well..

oh, and for the record, there are more then 2 political parties. I'm a Libertarian, not a Republican. Thanks for playing though...

Posted by: HenryReardon | June 23, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"

HenryReardon,

"GOP minority candidates" ------ ROFL


I really can't take it. ------ ROFL


You have ONE potential candidate to be only African American of the Republican persuasion in the Congress and you want a medal. Can't wait to go to the First Republican Black caucus meeting.

Here is a vuvuzela blast for Distinguished Achievement in Racial Advancement and Representation by a Major Party in the US.----ROFL

Oh yes! There in ONE Indian American Governor and one on the way. Wow!

What if you were not the party of the angry white Tea Bag people too?

What if you were not the party of checking everyone's citizenship in Arizona and potentially elsewhere?

What if you were not the party that advocated expelling Mexican immigrants?

What if you were not the party of Neo-Nazi armed survivalist militias?


Why am I curiously ROFL and not frightened at all?"


thanks for proving me right Jake. I spelled out EXACTLY the type of response I would expect to get from some clueless leftist clown, and you proceeded to walk right into it. I could have almost written your response myself. You idiots on the left are so completely bereft of original thought...you make this game TOO easy...


Posted by: HenryReardon | June 23, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Just what the country needs, another Sarah Palin.
C'mon folks, it's South Carolina for cripes sakes. The bar is set so low there that a trained monkey could probably win.
It is nice to see female republicans - they're only about 30 years behind the rest of the country, but heck, better late than never.
Posted by: JilliB | June 23, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse
I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that the RACIST DEMOCRATS refused to give women and minorities equal rights??? Thankfully the REPS didn’t see things the same way and was the law. Thanks to that law Obama is where he is. Maybe one day we’ll actually stumble across a LIB with a brain. However I have a feeling we’ll find bigfoot before we find a smart LIB…..

Posted by: askgees | June 23, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Nice housing report today Obama. As soon as you open your mouth something goes wrong.

Posted by: farmsnorton | June 23, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

37thandOStreet,
I would have voted for anyone other than McCain. And that was before he considered Sarah Palin qualified to be VP.
I understand it is frustrating to be rejected so thoroughly by the voters in 2006 and 2008 -- to the point where the only Republicans with any following are unelected: Beck, Limbaugh, Palin. But please try to develop a politician with some substance and intellect, instead of a token minority with no skills, no talent, and a bad case of nymphomania.

Posted by: vfazio | June 23, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"How can you compare Nikki Haley to a brain-dead dilletante like Sarah Palin?"

-- Because she IS one!

Nikki Haley's state house career was an insipid affair marked by a few astoundingly clueless legislative proposals that went NOWHERE (my favorite is when she proposed legislation to create an oversight agency that *precisely* duplicated the functions of an existing one - SC's Legislative Audit Council).

The Silly Goose didn't even know about the LAC or what it does. Thought she had a great idea until folks told her "pssst - it already exists and has been doing a good job for years".

Posted by: jsmith021961
--------
That's typical of politicians trying to make themselves look good when they did not even bother to research it in the first place.
I have others on the list:
Carly Fiorina - about the head of the MMS being a industry insider when she really move from the House to the MMS before she resigned.

Posted by: beeker25 | June 23, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Who knew "progressives" could also be such crass misogynists? Nikki Haley is an charismatic leader with INTEGRITY. She clearly understands that we must undergo a dramatic change in the role of government in our lives. As I write this the national debt clock shows unfunded governmental liabilities approaching $110 Trillion or $352,881 per citizen.

Posted by: hit4cycle | June 23, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

And look at the hotties the DEMS have. Pelosi, Clinton, Boxer. LOL No wonder their PO'ed. LOL

Posted by: askgees | June 23, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street,


The Fix for Dummies:

1) The Fix cheering a candidate is not the same as a political party cheering a candidate.

2) You brought up the unrelated Obama campaign and his race because you so blindly hate him you don't know you are making a fool of yourself.

3) When you make racists statements at least stand behind them and don't falsely blame others for them.

4) Do you know what hypocrisy and racism are or do you just avidly practice them?

Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

vafazio


We are making the point that when Obama won the primary - he was being talked about for higher office


and they gave him the keynote address at the democratic convention.


The democrats are really ridiculous

You think that because Obama got away with something no one else can???


YOUR REMARKS should actually be interpreted as your true feelings toward Obama's experience.

If Obama wasn't black, you wouldn't have voted for him, would you ?

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe at 7:43 writes:
Took a look at the SC demographics: 70% white / 30% black. Nimrata, a declared Stockholm-Syndrome teabagger, will get zero black votes. So her winning will depend on hoping Goober and Gomer and Thelma-Lou don't look up her real name on wikipedia or a sikh news site.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The above comments are typical elitist, racist, liberal dribble. Notice how broadwayjoe has to divide people by race. Why do liberals constantly engage in this radical behavior?. They cause division by constantly dividing our nation by social and economic class and by rich and poor. I think we all have eqaul value and that we are all Americans. Do you have a problem with white people or something?


Posted by: sonofliberty09 | June 23, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"How can you compare Nikki Haley to a brain-dead dilletante like Sarah Palin?"

-- Because she IS one!

Nikki Haley's state house career was an insipid affair marked by a few astoundingly clueless legislative proposals that went NOWHERE (my favorite is when she proposed legislation to create an oversight agency that *precisely* duplicated the functions of an existing one - SC's Legislative Audit Council).

The Silly Goose didn't even know about the LAC or what it does. Thought she had a great idea until folks told her "pssst - it already exists and has been doing a good job for years".

Posted by: jsmith021961 | June 23, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

danders5000

Are you kidding ???

It is "rising star"


It is "hot to trot"


She is already married - so she has her soulmate.

AND she is an Asian Indian ethnically - not a Native American.


.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

So winning a GOP primary in SC makes one VP material? The bar sure has been set amazingly low for GOP politicians. Gov. of Alaska for 3 weeks? Make her VP! I hear the new Mayor of Goobersville, Alabama is a female Republican, perhaps she should start her campaign for President tomorrow?

Posted by: vfazio | June 23, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

another clueless bimbo?

Posted by: calif-joe | June 23, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

HenryReardon,

"GOP minority candidates" ------ ROFL


I really can't take it. ------ ROFL


You have ONE potential candidate to be only African American of the Republican persuasion in the Congress and you want a medal. Can't wait to go to the First Republican Black caucus meeting.

Here is a vuvuzela blast for Distinguished Achievement in Racial Advancement and Representation by a Major Party in the US.----ROFL

Oh yes! There in ONE Indian American Governor and one on the way. Wow!

What if you were not the party of the angry white Tea Bag people too?

What if you were not the party of checking everyone's citizenship in Arizona and potentially elsewhere?

What if you were not the party that advocated expelling Mexican immigrants?

What if you were not the party of Neo-Nazi armed survivalist militias?


Why am I curiously ROFL and not frightened at all?

Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Jake2D


I would be MORE THAN HAPPY to explain these postings to you - because you appear unable to understand them.


Chris made the original comment above that Nikki Haley is a rising star.

In reply, Bob Sanderson at 11:06 writing:


"She wins a GOP primary and The Fix is ready to crown her? "


_____________________________


So - in reply to that - I brought up the example of Obama in 2004 - who had ONLY won a primary and the democratic party WAS ready to crown him.....

They gave him the keynote speaker position at the democratic convention - and they made a ridiculously big deal about him.

AND THEN I went on to describe how impressive that primary was.

Obama, prior to 2004 - made the comments himself that he would never run in a primary for US Senate UNLESS there were two whites splitting the white vote - and he was the ONLY BLACK IN THE RACE.


(I don't see how that could be racist since I am quoting Obama himself)


Then I commented that a primary under those circumstances WAS NOT THAT IMPRESSIVE.

__________________________________


So - I hope I explained that exchange to you -

AND you pals Obama's race has everything to do with it.


Your attitude needs a real cleaning up, I must say.


In addition, you are using the name of another poster - and that is against the rules.


Just thought I would point that out.


thanks !


.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Has Palin ever won a national election?
Maybe Nikki will, maybe she will not.

But the media is trying so hard to find the "next great thing", "the next Palin". How about finding one that can win, or has won, a national election. Too much attention was placed on Palin, who reminds me of Sergio Garcia in golf. A guy that's never won a major who used to get lots of attention. Until time went by and he hadn't won one. Maybe we're at that point with Sarah, who has not won outside of 5,000 resident Alaska. So on to the next flavor of the moment.

Posted by: kedavis | June 23, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

OMG!

This woman is from South Carolina...and you consider her a raising star?

No one can replace Sara Palin....and certainly not this "hot-to-trout" nympho

What is it with these South Carolinians and their libidos?

So I wonder where she's going to find her soulmate?....on Buffalo Blue-Feather-Eye Reservation

Posted by: danders5000 | June 23, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I love you Liberals...seriously, I do.

I read through your comments, and it's the same ration of bullsh*t you see on any political forum, anywhere. It appears that there about 6 authorized responses whenever Sarah Palin, conservative candidates, or GOP minority candidates are mentioned. The points typically focus around things like the part of the country the candidate ran in, how conservative values won't play on the national stage, or how any minority GOP candidate is really white with a tan...you know, all of that open-minded, fair assessment, thought-provoking drivel that spews out of your sewer holes. But, it's okay, you guys are scared...and you should be.

Oh, sure, you'll laugh at my assessment, accuse me of any number of the predictable derelictions...but you can feel the shift. You can smell it in the air. There are too many people out there paying attention. Even members of the media are coming out and admitting the complicity in installing an unskilled agitator in the White House. Our allies no longer trust or respect us. Our enemies laugh at us. It's what we went through with the Carter administration.

So, keep laughing. Keep pretending that victories by conservative and tea-party supported candidates across the country doesn't mean anything. Keep pretending that we want more government intrusion in our lives and for our taxes to go up. Keep pretending that people want their energy costs to skyrocket so that we can save some species of fish from extinction or some such meaningless pizzle. Keep pretending that a majority of people in the country still support Dr. Zero and his band of thugs. Keep doing all of this and ignore the root of the issues. Better yet, make sure your candidates are open and honest about what the policies and bills that they support will do to our economy and our way of life.

...good luck, you'll need it

Posted by: HenryReardon | June 23, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Chris

Why are you trying to destroy this woman's career before it even starts?

Does your family know's about this fixation you have with Sara Palin?

Posted by: danders5000 | June 23, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe at 7:43 writes:


Took a look at the SC demographics: 70% white / 30% black. Nimrata, a declared Stockholm-Syndrome teabagger, will get zero black votes. So her winning will depend on hoping Goober and Gomer and Thelma-Lou don't look up her real name on wikipedia or a sikh news site.


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Can you be MORE RACIST THAN THIS ????

Not only are you being RACIST AGAINST SIHKS,


You are BEING RACIST AGAINST BLACKS by suggesting that they don't make independent decisions about who they think is the best candidate - and vote that way.


To imply that all blacks vote in a block, on a RACIAL BASIS - is RACIST.

YOU HAVE ACTUALLY ALSO CALLED ALL THE BLACKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA RACIST.

Throw in a SEXUAL SLUR,


And you have the RACIST POST OF THE NIGHT FROM BROADWAYJOE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Your headline writer should be fired.

Posted by: sah2 | June 23, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

How can you compare Nikki Haley to a brain-dead dilletante like Sarah Palin?

Posted by: bozzieb | June 23, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street,

Regarding your post to BobSanderson. That poor guy tries to make sense when he writes and even be entertaining but you...

Your post was another blindingly stupid and incomprehensible smelly turd.

What do Obama's race (both political and racial classification)have to do with Bob's comment on Chris Cillizza's playing the Vuvuzela wildly (six postings in a row) when Nikki Haley wins a primary she was expected to win big?

Please look up the definition of hypocrisy for you to understand how someone, Bob, can be accused of that when some moron, you, tries to link some unrelated activities by unrelated people back to that person. Like I said blindingly stupid even...for you.


Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

A new Palin? Nah...she is still a racist pig - she just put on some lipstick.

Palin is dangerous to America and our way of life.

Posted by: question-guy | June 23, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

If this was Britain candidate Haley could sue the Washington Post for comparing her to some politically retired smirky bimbo in the headline tag.

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | June 23, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Low blow comparing Haley to Palin.

Posted by: Gover | June 23, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

How do you square being the pro-family candidate, and promising to quit if anyone unearths an affair, with more than 700 phone calls, many of them late night and 2 hours long?
I don't buy the second guy's story, but the first one I do. Anyway, it's kind of refreshing to have a woman in this kind of story for a change.

Posted by: cococo | June 23, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

That's not saying a lot. Politically they're interchangeable.

Yeah, the diverse Republican Party. Uh-huh. A spot of black and purple among the white, like a bruise.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 23, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

NOT very impressive, especially since Obama said he would NEVER run in a primary unless the whites were splitting the vote and he was the only black.

So you really have NO POINT - again.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

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I'm callin' bullcrap on this. Where'd you pull this out of your "Barton"? Man, it must be genetic on the right - lies flow as easy as breathing.

Posted by: JilliB | June 23, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Haley is no Sarah Palin. I may disagree with Ms. Haley but from what I have seen thus far she is head and shoulders above Mooselini.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 23, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Just what the country needs, another Sarah Palin.

C'mon folks, it's South Carolina for cripes sakes. The bar is set so low there that a trained monkey could probably win.

It is nice to see female republicans - they're only about 30 years behind the rest of the country, but heck, better late than never.

Posted by: JilliB | June 23, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

farmsnorton, please stop lying.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 23, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

The real story un politics today us Republican Senators and Representatives rallying around President Obama and against the insubordinate McChrystal and his bratty staff.

Instead we get more GOP celebrity hyperventilation, Pawlenty gush included, Romney gush included, Palin panting included, because some teabagger opportunist won a completely predictable runoff in a deep southern state.

Neglecting to mention that she needs to take 70% of the white vote to win, you know, an *election*.

A newspaper in dire financial straits has the cash to pay for this tripe? Go write about the Olsen twins for the Enquirer, Cillizza.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 23, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I was a Obama supporter before but I now feel betrayed.

Posted by: farmsnorton | June 23, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Another breathless load of crapola from one of the most monumental morons operating in the mainstream media today - please go back to telling everyone what's on your iPod and which ridculously overpriced Starbucks concoction you're pouring down your piehole, it would be more illuminating than anything you have to say about politics.

Posted by: dwt301 | June 23, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

So Nikki Haley's a rising star in the GOP? Good.

However, any bets on how long until the long knives of the press come out to carve her up? Can't have a charismatic, good looking, ethnic female Republican. Wrong kind of woman and now that I think about it, in the "progressive" lexicon, not really a woman at all.

Posted by: bandmom22 | June 23, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Meet the new Palin,
Same as the old Palin.

Keep voting for these New Feminists all you gullible soccer moms out there. Soon enough you'll have all the family values a piece of property can handle.

The American Independent Woman, R.I.P. 2010

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | June 23, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

BobSanderson


When Obama won the democratic primary in 2004, the media was ready to crown him.

AND that primary was one black guy up against two whites splitting the vote.

NOT very impressive, especially since Obama said he would NEVER run in a primary unless the whites were splitting the vote and he was the only black.

So you really have NO POINT - again.

Please try to make comments that the democrats are not guilty of as well - it looks so hypocritical.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Du-m and Du-mmer Two!
racism, elitism, stupidity wins again...

Posted by: philosopherkingtomas | June 23, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Bondosan


Every post is a different aspect


So you really have nothing to talk about


You don't want to admit how weak Obama is - so you have little to say.


Think of an opinion and get back to us.


thanks !

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Don't Palinize her. Her name is Nikki Haley and you can refer to her as such without the baggage that is Sarah Palin

Posted by: Jose5 | June 23, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Bondosan

Never see you say you want to ban a leftist


Even when the abuses of the left have been far worse than anyone else.

The Afghan war is off-topic to the elections in this country ???

Well with the war going so badly for Obama, and Obama's handling of that war being so horrible, I just bet you would love for the VOTERS TO THINK THE WAR IS OFF TOPIC.

But the war is not off-topic - it is CENTRAL TO OBAMA'S JOB PERFORMANCE.


If Obama was doing well in Afghanistan, you would want to talk about it.


I can't tell you how hypocritical you are -

If you want to try to be even-handed, and apply the same standards, do that.

However, you yourself have been a part of abuses on this blog FAR WORSE than anything this morning - so please give everyone a break.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

It is "whom" he had endorsed in the third paragraph.

Posted by: optimyst | June 23, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

"is sure to establish her as the newest rising star in the GOP ranks " The Fix

She wins a GOP primary and The Fix is ready to crown her?
How many breathless Presidential timber wins can one party stand: Haley , Christie, Scott Brown?

Where is my truck? I think the time has come for a real dark horse anti-incumbent winner. The Fix - you heard it here first. Sanderson (R) for President.

Why did The Fix leave out those impressive Tea Bag leaders Rand Paul and Sharron Angle with their great victories when the rising stars laurels were being handed out? OOOPS a little EXTREME and that is a no no here.

Where is the arbitrary line for new rising star to get drawn?

Don't Paul and Angle also feed into the "anti-incumbent Republican Party is rising" meme? At least they have almost no experience to taint them with Republican Party taint.

They want their country back! (Back to what century is not known.)

Sponsored by Freedom Works: "Astroturfing to Make Your Grand Old Party Feel Brand New Again"

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 23, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

IF Obama really is having a problem with the military, it is not a good idea to handle it in a high-profile way.

It just gives people justification to say - "Obama has lost the support of the men in the field"

The whole thing just give people a reason to see Obama in a bad light.

AND it highlights how bad Obama's Afghan policy is.


If Obama feels has to do something to APPEAR EFFECTIVE - because the oil spill situation is not going well,


Well then messing up the leadership in Afghanistan is not the way to do that.

This is a major unforced error on the part of Obama.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

This blog is really dying... just like the R party is cheerleads:

"Karl Rove's new fundraising group pledged to raise $52 million to spend on Republican candidates in November. Based on last month's tally, it may take them a little longer to reach their goal -- 21,667 years, to be precise.

Rove's group raised only $200 last month,according to a filing with the Internal Revenue Service. The group, a 527 organization set up by Rove and Ed Gillespie, is called "American Crossroads." But now it would seem American Crossroads is at, well, a crossroads."

Posted by: drindl | June 23, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Alaske's population is not near what the District of Columbia has. Alaska has a population of 600,000, roughly the same size as Scranton PA. And with an amazing cash flow of oil dollars coming from taxes paid by---the rest of the US.

SC is a sponge of federal money, as are all the former Confederate states. They all carp about big government this and wasteful spending that and then come hat in hand to leech off of states like NY, CA, PA, NJ, CT. MA, who pay their share and more of federal taxes to support those welfare states in the south.

Posted by: John1263 | June 23, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Alaske's population is not near what the District of Columbia has. Alaska has a population of 600,000, roughly the same size as Scranton PA. And with an amazing cash flow of oil dollars coming from taxes paid by---the rest of the US.

SC is a sponge of federal money, as are all the former Confederate states. They all carp about big government this and wasteful spending that and then come hat in hand to leech off of states like NY, CA, PA, NJ, CT. MA, who pay their share and more of federal taxes to support those welfare states in the south.

Posted by: John1263 | June 23, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Alaske's population is not near what the District of Columbia has. Alaska has a population of 600,000, roughly the same size as Scranton PA. And with an amazing cash flow of oil dollars coming from taxes paid by---the rest of the US.

SC is a sponge of federal money, as are all the former Confederate states. They all carp about big government this and wasteful spending that and then come hat in hand to leech off of states like NY, CA, PA, NJ, CT. MA, who pay their share and more of federal taxes to support those welfare states in the south.

Posted by: John1263 | June 23, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Just as dumb as palin, but a little sleazier, and not as pretty. AND most importantly, she has no foreign policy experience because you can't see any foreign nations from South Carolina except the United States.

Posted by: John1263 | June 23, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Nikki Haley is one of the canaries in the Republican coal mine.

Posted by: HillRat | June 23, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Will pundits never cease their tiresome and notorious claims? Evidently all it takes is for a politician to win one election, and out come the preposterous exaggerations of people like Cillizza that a new 'star' has been born.

Posted by: infuse | June 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse


Ohhhhh Boyyyyyy!

The GOP has ANOTHER presidential hopeful standing in the wings!

Oh, they must be so proud of themselves.

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | June 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Here's another winner:

'Sharron Angle, the GOP Nevada Senate candidate and tea party favorite, has had a rough start to her general campaign to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). After facing criticism for wanting to privatize Social Security, Angle tried to “weasel her way out by calling it “personalization.” An Angle aide called a reporter an “idiot” for asking about Angle’s suggestion that “Second Amendment remedies” might be used to soothe voter anger.

Adding to her troubles, Angle said in an interview with a local Nevada affiliate that the country’s unemployed are “spoiled“:

ANGLE: You can make more money on unemployment then you can going down and getting one of those jobs that is an honest job, but [] doesn’t pay as much. And so that’s what’s happened to us is that we have put in so much entitlement into our government that we really have spoiled our citizenry and said “you don’t want the jobs that are available.”

And in a campaign appearance last month, the GOP Senate nominee said she has no interest in bringing jobs to her state:

ANGLE: As your U.S. Senator, I’m not in the business of creating jobs. … People ask me, “What are you gonna do to develop jobs in your state?” Well that’s not my job as a U.S. Senator — to bring jobs to this state. "

Posted by: drindl | June 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

What CC will never tell you:

"Despite a promise by RNC Chairman Michael Steele earlier this year that the “Republican Party will not to meddle in local races — especially GOP primaries featuring candidates backed by Tea Party activists,” the GOP appears to be focused on centrally planning their candidates. According to a report by ThinkProgress, Republican political action committees controlled by current GOP members of Congress have spent at least $2,162,790 on establishment-picked candidates in primaries against tea party candidates. Some key findings:

– Incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett’s (R-UT) GOP colleagues provided him with $215,000 to battle tea party challengers Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater, to no avail.

– Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) ERIC PAC, which is funded largely by Wall Street and the financial services industry, has spent $50,000 helping NRCC and NRSC picked candidates beat back tea party challenges. In his home state of Virginia, Cantor’s generous donations to NRCC-backed candidate state Sen. Robert Hurt (R-VA) fueled wide resentment among local tea parties.

– The NRSC faced widespread criticism among conservatives for backing Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL) over tea party candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL). But according to ThinkProgress’ report, NRSC and NRCC PACs also dumped $85,000 into Trey Grayson’s (R-KY) losing bid against tea party leader Rand Paul, and has already spent $124,000 helping former Bush Interior Department Secretary Jane Norton (R-CO) in her Senate primary against tea party candidate Ken Buck. As Colorado bloggers uncovered, NRSC staffers even registered campaign websites for Norton before her announcement for the race. "

Posted by: drindl | June 23, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

BLATANT, IDEOLOGICALLY-DRIVEN NET CENSORSHIP TODAY...

• A sign of a silent coup by a rogue bureaucracy -- in the wake of Gen. McChrystal's defiance?

See Facebook -- Vic Livingston ("Notes") for running updates on the imposition of draconian real-time censorship of so-called "targeted individuals" -- many targerted, apparently, for their politics (or in this case, their journalism...).

http://nowpublic.com/world/homeland-fusion-center-censors-net-political-comments-yet-again
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 23, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The Fix produces yet another YAWNER in an endless string of oh-so-predictable RNC roboposts.

Huge waste of time.

Posted by: drindl | June 23, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

BLATANT, IDEOLOGICALLY-DRIVEN NET CENSORSHIP TODAY...

• A sign of a silent coup by a rogue bureaucracy -- in the wake of Gen. McChrystal's defiance?

See Facebook -- Vic Livingston ("Notes") for running updates on the imposition of draconian real-time censorship of so-called "targeted individuals" -- many targerted, apparently, for their politics (or in this case, their journalism...).

http://nowpublic.com/world/homeland-fusion-center-censors-net-political-comments-yet-again
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 23, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Thing is with any of these new GOP'ers, they cannot win a General Election where rational people vote.

Romney for all his graces as a businessman, would never win the election because of the fear people have that he would just push the US towards further destruction. Not to mention the environmental issues that the Palinites want.

It would just unite everyone else, who is the majority of this nation.

Posted by: DannyP1 | June 23, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

1. I am partially Indian American myself, and I'm a conservative Republican from NC. I am glad Haley is the GOP nominee and believe she will make a great governor of SC. Haley is likely to cruise to victory without any real troubles. This is great news for Romney and his 2012 Presidential run. DeMint also endorsed Romney in 2008, but Romney didn't compete in SC much. This year will be different, especially if Haley and DeMint both endorse Romney again this year. Haley will be a good conservative Governor for the state of SC. Haley is her own woman, not Sarah Palin.
2. With Elaine Marshall the D nominee, Richard Burr is now well on his way to reelection. Burr now knows who he must face and I believe he will fairly easily defeat Marshall in the GE. Burr has low negatives here in NC, is extremely well funded, has both the establishment & Tea Party support, is liked by most moderate Democrats and this is a Republican year. Burr is now on cruise control to reelection. Burr is the type of conservative that North Carolina likes to represent us.
3. Bob Inglis was too liberal for that district and I'm glad he's gone. Inglis is part of what's wrong with congress and I'm glad to see him go. Gowdy will make a much better congressman.
5. Wow, so Martha Hart is suing the WWE. I am a wrestling fan, and I remember Owen Hart's accident. The idea was for him to swing down on a cable from the rafters to the ring. Well, he swung and the cable broke. Owen Hart came crashing down plunging to his death. Not a good sight for his family. So now the WWE has used his images after his death. I don't know that's off limits, especially with his brother Bret and some family still in the wrestling gig. I don't know this will have much affect on McMahon's election hopes, either. Then again, she is losing in her bid now.
6. Last night was a great night for the American taxpayer and conservatives. With the wins of Haley, Lee, Scott, Duncan & Gowdy the American taxpayer and conservatives won big! It was a good night.

Posted by: reason5 | June 23, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

A "rising star" because she won an election in SC?

???

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Kinda like being a rising star cause one won an election in say - Alaska, who has the population of DC.

Posted by: kedavis | June 23, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

A "rising star" because she won an election in SC?

???

???

Kinda like being a rising star cause one won an election in say - Alaska, who has the population of DC.

Posted by: kedavis | June 23, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Chris, Aaron, Felicia:

Normally, I'm opposed to banning anyone (the marketplace of ideas and all that).

But things are really getting out of control with "37thand0street."

It's not even 10AM and he's already posting nonstop (six at last count), exceedingly long and off-topic posts.

Put an end to this madness already.

Posted by: Bondosan | June 23, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

wasn't Jindal being touted for this just last year? and let's not forget about T-Paw, and Daniels, and Perry and Paul, and,and,and...just about anyone else that is GOP or TP.

Posted by: katem1 | June 23, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Nikki Haley

Haley is okay by me, but the GOP loves such candidates, since they help to inoculate the party against the charges of the professional anti-racists, and from doing anything about immigration reform, except yet another amnesty.
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Border Enforcement + immigration Moratorium = Job, Crime and Eco Sanity.

Posted by: tma_sierrahills | June 23, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

So Nikki Haley is the new media darling, the new Sarah Palin (as if the first wasn't awful enough). Meanwhile, Tim Scott, an African-American, won over Strom Thurmond's son, which is far more dramatic evidence of change than Nikki Haley's primary victory. Why is he not the new face of the Republican Party? What kind of racism is this, not just from the Republican Party, but from the Washington Post?

Posted by: Teague_L | June 23, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

McChrystal situation

This is not about the Afghan policy - or that about whetehr McChrystal is not carrying out orders.


THIS IS ALL ABOUT LOCKER-ROOM TALK.


The historical analogies do not apply.


Obama is messing this up - big time.


This whole thing is Obama's fault - BECAUSE OBAMA ALLOWED THE AFGHAN REVIEW TO GO ON LIKE IT DID LAST YEAR.

Obama can't expect to do what he did last year and expect the people who are getting shot at to be happy.


This thing is a JOKE - IT IS BASICALLY AN OBAMA MELTDOWN.

THE WHITE HOUSE IS MELTING DOWN.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Sweet! As one who isn't smart enough to vote rethuglicon, since my name isn't exxon/mobil and I'm not filthy rich, I was certainly hoping the repukes would have a sarah II. I certainly hope this unqualified radical zealot rises to the point where she'll be the nominee for VP. Best case scenario would be palin/haley, bring it on!!!

Posted by: red2million | June 23, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Hubris in the McChrystal situation

There is a theme running here - in the BP situation we hear about a "boot in the face."


In the McChrystal situation, we have the same hubris - BUT IT IS CAUSING OBAMA TO MAKE BAD POLICY DECISIONS.

These statements out of the White House yesterday - "McChrystal better have his resignation letter in his pocket"

THIS KIND OF TALK IS STUPID.

THIS KIND OF TALK SHOWS OBAMA IS NOT IN CONTROL OF ANYTHING -


IT SHOWS THAT OBAMA IS NOT BEING REASONABLE

IT SHOWS OBAMA'S EMOTIONS ARE SUBSTITUTING FOR RATIONAL DECISION MAKING.


IT SHOWS OBAMA'S MAIN POLICY HAS BECOME "I'M GOING TO GET THEM"

This is not how the nation should be run. This is ridiculous.

I can't rememeber a White House who have said such stupid things - things which go to EGO AND NOT TO POLICY.


There are some serious problems with Obama -

Obama's presidency is NOT GOING WELL.


THE ELECTIONS THIS YEAR ARE PUTTING PRESSURE ON OBAMA -


AND OBAMA IS BEGINNING TO CRACK.

Let's just hope he doesn't turn back to cocaine.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

McChrystal situation


This is another instance in which OBAMA IS SHOWING HIS INEXPERIENCE AND LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS

Obama apparently got angry Monday night - and this thing turned into a two-day media frenzy

The thing is: Obama created this situation by recalling McChrystal - BUT OBAMA NEVER THOUGHT AHEAD.

First - Obama never thought about how a two-day military controversy would make Obama look - Obama looks weak - Obama looks like he is not fully in control -

Second - this highlights HOW BAD OBAMA'S POLICIES IN AFGHANISTAN ARE RIGHT NOW


In the middle of the oil spill, Obama does not need another reason for people to say he doesn't know what he is doing (he doesn't.)

THIRD - long term, who is going to run our forces in Afghanistan ? Obama has McChrystal and it is not a good time to replace him - in a high profile way - and if Obama really wants to begin pulling out in a year, it would be difficult for a new crew to accomplish all of that.


Obama's timetable is ALREADY UNREALISTIC - IT SHOULD BE MORE LIKE A DECADE, NOT ONE YEAR -


Now Obama is going to change the leadership ??? It just runs counter to the practical aspects of Obama's OWN POLICY.

OBAMA DOESN'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING.

Obama MIGHT WANT to get angry - fine, but don't start doing things until you have thought them out.

THIS HAS BECOME TYPICAL OF OBAMA.

Obama is NOT going to look any stronger by firing McChrystal - Obama is going to look WEAKER.

So, Obama looks better keeping McChrystal -


and Obama will look a little weak keeping him.

OBAMA HAS JUST HIGHLIGHTED THAT HIS OWN POLICY IN AFGHANISTAN ISN'T WORKING - AND OBAMA DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING.

BUT IF OBAMA MAKES A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP, OBAMA LOOKS WORSE.

Obama's best move would have been to get angry and forget about ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE.

EVERYONE expects Rolling Stone to have a few curse words and off-color remarks - so who cares.

Obama should have NEVER called McChrystal in and created a two day media storm.

Obama made himself look bad either way.

And the bottom like Obama is OVERREACTING TO A FEW DUMB COMMENTS.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

"the new Sarah Palin" . . . .?

Is the 'old Sarah Palin' going to finally shut up and go away?

Is this 'new Sarah Palin' going to also be a mid-term job quitter?

Is this 'new Sarah Palin' going to be another know-nothing, but has an opinion of everything just to keep her name and face in the news, just like the 'old Sarah Palin'?

Is the daughter of this 'new Sarah Palin' also going to have an outside-of-marriage pregnancy in defiance of Mommy's 'morality' platform, and Mommy will brag that daughter chose not to have an abortion, instead of Mommy being ashamed that daughter's outside-of-marriage pregnancy makes Mommy look like the hypocritical liar she is?

Posted by: momof20yo | June 23, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

...and, Chris, what exactly does the stereotypical democrat look like?

Posted by: c_e_daniel | June 23, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Can we somehow avoid an all day Ped-a-thon replete with vulgaraties, vietnammy whining about banning, moronic misogyny and the fear of intelligent discourse?

What a waste of a life. Everyone else have fun.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 23, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

McChrystal situation

This is NOT a situation in which McChrystal wasn't doing what he was supposed to do.

THIS ISSUE IS BASICALLY ABOUT LOCKER-ROOM TALK.

LOCKER-ROOM TALK IN A WAR ZONE IN A 8 YEAR WAR.

Hey, that isn't a golf course there - but I bet the locker room at the golf course where Obama was this weekend has a great deal of off-color discussions.

All the quotes are NOT attributed to McChrystal - these quotes are from lower officers over a week's time.

All these quotes were not in one interview from one guy.

It just doesn't cut it.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Every week the GOP has another rising star and yet it's still full of asstroids.

Posted by: whocares666 | June 23, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

McChrystal situation

Obama has to realize that the CAUSE of this mess is Obama himself.

Obama came in last year - made all sorts of pronouncements saying he knew what he was doing in Afghanistan - and he was going to come up with a new strategy - UNPRECEDENTED, RIGHT ?


So - what happened was OBAMA DITHERED FOR SIX MONTHS.

First, the new Afghan policy was supposed to come out in the spring, then in August - then it didn't come out until the West Point speech in November or December.

The point is: THE PEOPLE IN THE WAR ARE GETTING SHOT AT - AND OBAMA IS TAKING SIX MONTHS DITHERING.


IF OBAMA DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING, HE SHOULDN'T HAVE RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN A WARTIME.


OBAMA RAN FOR PRESIDENT TO BE A WAR PRESIDENT - AND HE WAS WHOLLY UNPREPARED FOR THAT REALITY.

OBAMA'S ATTITUDE WAS: Oh yea, there's a war, BUT I'M HERE TO DO BIG THINGS.

If Obama is going to let THAT KIND OF SITUATION DEVELOP WHEN PEOPLE ARE GETTING SHOT AT - THEN THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME UNHAPPINESS.


Obama would be smart to realize that the ROOT CAUSE OF THIS MESS WAS OBAMA HIMSELF.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Chris C's Wayne Rooney love makes sense in the context of his 37th love. He seems to have a thing for miscreants.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 23, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I guess this is why I don't get politics. "Star" makes it sound like everyone is more concerned with becoming a celebrity than making an impact.

Oh wait.........

Posted by: CF11555 | June 23, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

ok, I got in my say. Chris C's protege is here which means I'm out.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 23, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

WHY is it that the Obama people feel perfectly comfortable being RACIST AND SEXIST AGAINST NIKKI HALEY ???


What happened to all their claims to be post-racial ???


OH, they want to be post-racial when they think it might help the democratic party, but anything beyond that, THE DEMOCRATS LET THEIR RACISM SHINE.


This is a complete disgrace.


The media should not allow it - just the comments on this blog - broadwayjoe last night was making comments which basically called all the blacks in South Carolina racist.

The democratic party has crossed the line into complete insanity.

And many posters on this blog are right there with them.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse


You on the other hand Chris, look exactly like the stereotypical smarmy leftist a-hole.

To a tee.

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 23, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that South Carolina's dimwits remembered to plug in their voting machines.

This state's a joke. Move over, Mississippi.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | June 23, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

The best thing that can be said about Haley is that intellectually she's at least one step above the dullard Palin.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 23, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Cannula, WaPo had it on their website yesterday.

Whatcha think about this?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/06/what_to_do_about_the_doc_fix.html

Posted by: DDAWD | June 23, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

How About Someone Calling for The House- specifically Nancy Pelosi- to support the Senate Bill eliminating the 21% Cut to Doctors who take care of Seniors and the Disabled on Medicare! This cut actually went into effect this week.
If it stays in effect, Doctors will begin to opt out of Medicare- reducing the availability of services. It it reverts back, then claims will need to be resubmitted a second time, costing all of us millions in administrative fees!

Where is the Washington Post on this Story?

Pelosi wants a jobs bill tied to this approval- let it be considered alone on its merits and get our parents' doctors paid!

Posted by: thecannula | June 23, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt that Ms. Haley is going to have any impact on national politics. About the same impact Strom Thurmond had. South Carolina is not a bell weather state. It has a negligble impact on the race for presidential nominations but not much other than that.

Posted by: murphyjim41 | June 23, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

1) Let's let Haley at least win the SC Gub race before we start talking VP. Yeah, she's a favorite, but nothing's guaranteed. That being said, if you want to compare her to that other conservative woman, I saw her debate on CSPAN this weekend. She is far better than Palin in terms of poise and command of the issues. She'd probably be a formidable running mate.

2) I also saw parts of the Cunningham/ Marshall debate. While I tended to agree with Cunningham more, the guy just reminded me too much of John Edwards. I would have voted for the guy, but at least based on what I saw in that debate, I can see how voters would go for Marshall. I've got to think Democrats will at least be keeping a close eye on my former home. (I'm also glad they are also looking at my current home as a potential pickup)

#6 US advances with a win. If they tie, they are in with an England loss. If US and England both tie, the team that advances will be based on tiebreakers. The first tiebreaker is goal differential. Both US and England would remain at zero since they'd have tied all three games. However, the second tiebreaker is total goals scored in which the US has a two goal edge. In a scenario where the US ties 0-0 and England ties 2-2, FIFA will flip a coin or something.

What would be ideal is for US and England to both win, putting both of them on top in the group and for the US to win the tiebreaker. That way, US takes the C1 spot instead of the C2 spot since C1 looks quite a bit easier than C2.

Also, we are out with a loss. Algeria is not a particularly strong team, but they did manage to hold the Brits to a tie.

But 10 AM Eastern time.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 23, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

MR. PRESIDENT -- BEFORE YOU FIRE McCHRYSTAL --

MAKE HIM TELL ALL HE KNOWS ABOUT MULTI-AGENCY FUSION CENTER COORDINATED SILENT MICROWAVE ASSAULTS ON EXTRAJUDICIALLY 'TARGETED INDIVIDUALS'...

...INCLUDING AMERICAN CITIZENS DEEMED TO BE 'DISSIDENTS' OR 'UNDESIRABLES.'

As the former head of the Army's Joint Special Operations Command, the General is believed to possess intimate knowledge of a worldwide cell tower- mounted microwave laser/radio frequency directed energy weapon system that is capable of precision-targeting of military or human targets...

... a system that this veteran journalist says is being used to silently torture and impair unknowing individuals -- abroad, and here at home. These "targeted individuals" also are targeted for GPS-enabled "community-based harassment" and financial sabotage.

Are political leaders "targets" too?

POTUS / VPOTUS / W.H. ADVISORS / CABINET / MEMBERS OF CONGRESS:

Your immediate attention is required:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "U.S. Silently..." and "Gestapo USA..."
Vic Livingston is on Facebook ("Notes").

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 23, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

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