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Senior Democrats form outside group aimed at 2010 elections

1. A trio of senior Democratic operatives have formed an independent organization that will fund ads in a series of targeted federal races this fall.

Known as Commonsense Ten, the organization will file today as an independent expenditure committee with the Federal Election Commission -- meaning that it can accept contributions of unlimited size but must disclose its donors. The budget for the group is in the millions.

Its three founding members are former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee executive director Jim Jordan, Monica Dixon, a former aide to Al Gore and Sen. Mark Warner, and veteran party operative Jeff Forbes.

"We're game but, frankly, we'll go as far as the Democratic and progressive donor community wants to take us," Jordan told the Fix. "With our majorities in both houses in play -- and with them President Obama's agenda -- and talk of a hundred million dollars plus being raised by Republican independent groups, we're optimistic that our funding base will rally."

Jordan is referring to American Crossroads, a conservative outside group being run by former National Republican Senatorial Committee executive director Steven Law. The group, which was formed in late March, has set a goal of raising $50 million to aid Republican House and Senate candidates this fall. As of last month, American Crossroads had raised just north of $1 million.

Democratic-aligned outside groups have struggled since so-called "soft money" was banned following the 2004 election. President Barack Obama expressly warned wealthy donors not to fund outside groups in the 2008 election, urging them instead to help bundle money to his campaign in hopes of keeping message discipline.

It remains to be seen -- as made clear by Jordan -- whether well-heeled contributors (many of whom are members of a donor network known as the Democracy Alliance) will open their checkbooks for Commonsense Ten.

2. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (N.J.) said Thursday that his organization continues to have a good relationship with organized labor despite a nasty feud in the Arkansas Senate race.

The aftermath of Sen. Blanche Lincoln's (D-Ark.) win Tuesday over Lt. Gov. Bill Halter was marked by sniping between the White House, which accused labor of wasting $10 million on unsuccessfully taking down a Democrat, and unions who defended the expense as necessary to send a signal to others in the party.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) indicated that it would do little to nothing to help Lincoln in her general election race against Rep. John Boozman (R) but Menendez downplayed the rift. "I expect both their support on the ground, and I expect their support financially," Menendez said.

Menendez also said that the DSCC is fully supporting Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) in the Florida Senate race even though wealthy businessman Jeff Greene has climbed in primary polls and Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent, has made inroads into Meek's support among Democrats.

Asked whether Democratic groups might jump on board with Crist if Meek doesn't pan out, Menendez dismissed Crist as a candidate whose support is "a mile wide and an inch deep."

The chairman- said Democrats' position in the 2010 campaign has improved thanks to GOP primary voters choosing more ideologically extreme candidates - specifically referencing former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle and ophthalmologist Rand Paul. "I think we will do much better than people expect us to heading into November," Menendez said.

3. Former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman (R) is up with his first TV ad of the open seat Senate race, a 30-second spot highlighting his recent "jobs tour" across the state.

"People are working harder for less, and looking for jobs that don't exist," Portman says in the ad. "I've heard a lot of frustration and a lot of great ideas."

He also notes that he has traveled to all 88 counties in the state and debuts his "Portman plan" designed to create jobs in the state.

Portman, a former six-term congressman and U.S. Trade Representative in the Bush Administration is well-known in the heavily Republican southwestern part of the state but remains something of an unknown in the rest of the Buckeye State. These ads are the leading edge of Portman's attempt to introduce himself statewide as a problem-solving outsider.

Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) moved quickly to responded -- launching a web video portraying Portman as a Washington insider under whose watch the trade deficit grew and tens of thousands of jobs were shipped overseas.

(Sidenote: That Portman launched a television ad and Fisher responded with a web video is evidence of the significant financial edge the Republican enjoys. Portman had $7.8 million in the bank in mind-April while Fisher, who had a surprisingly serious primary challenge, had just $906,000 in the bank.)

Recent polls show Portman running neck-and-neck with Fisher in the race for retiring Sen. George Voinovich's (R) seat.

4. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) launched the first two ads of his general election campaign against former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, commercials that paint the Nevada Democrat as a man who gets results.

The first ad features a testimonial from a man named Tim Gardner who was put back to work on a solar energy projects thanks to Reid. "These solar jobs wouldn't be here without Harry Reid," says Gardner.

In the second commercial, Reid is touted for his work to create jobs -- notice a theme? -- around geothermal energy. "It's Nevada jobs. It's Nevada energy. Senator Reid is making that happen," a worker featured in the ad says.

Both ads end with the tagline: "No one can do more."

Reid's campaign manager Brandon Hall told reporters on a conference call Thursday that the campaign wanted to start off the general election with Reid's positive message rather than on the attack against Angle. "There's plenty of time between now and Election Day," Hall said.

He added that Reid will debate Angle at some point in the future, and, in a dig at Angle's recent avoidance of the mainstream press, told reporters that if Angle "is interested in debating, she's certainly going to have to do it to a broader audience than conservative radio."

Angle, meanwhile, has already begun painting Reid as the one who is outside the mainstream, telling an interviewer Thursday -- yes, on conservative talk radio -- that some of Reid's more controversial remarks have shown him to be the "whack job, marginal candidate."

"I feel like I'm more mainstream than the fellow that said, 'tourists stink,' 'this war is lost,' 'light-skinned, no Negro dialect,'" Angle said.

5. If it's Friday, it's the Live Fix TIMES TWO!

At 10:30 am, we'll do a live video chat to unveil the winner of our "Worst Week in Washington" award. Then, at 11 am, we'll have our normal "Live Fix" chat where topics are likely to include the Super Duper Tuesday primaries, the start of the World Cup and anything else you want to know about.

You have questions? You can submit them early or just ask away once either/both chats begin.

It's Friday so let's play two (chats that is).

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 11, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Leichtman and ddawd


You two are a bunch of crybabies


Cry to your democrats who wanted Obama in -

Now you have a third rate administration filled with affirmative action appointees who have no idea what to do in a crisis.

It just proves that the democrats are not qualified to govern this nation properly.

What else do you want to cry about?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The democrats complaining about "the economy which Obama inherited" is RIDICULOUS.


The democrats played a major role in getting the economy to that point - Bill Clinton DEREGULATED THE DERIVATIVES MARKETS and repealed Glass Steagall.


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were creatures of the democrats.


Whenever I hear that - IT IS A BOLDFACE LIE -


Obama promised a different brand of politics - BUT IF HE IS GOING TO LIE EVERYTIME HE MAKES A SPEECH, IT JUST POISONS THE ATMOSPHERE - EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT OBAMA PROMISED.

This is ridiculous - I don't believe there is ANY PRESIDENT IN HISTORY WHO HAS GONE OUT THERE AND LIED ABOUT THE OTHER PARTY TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT OBAMA HAS - EVERY TIME - ALMOST EVERY DAY OF OF EVERY WEEK - LIES FROM OBAMA.


All the democrats complained about Bush was the weapons of mass destruction - AND THERE WERE CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN IRAQ.


But the LIES OF OBAMA are over the top - and completely uncalled fo.


Obama has to start acting like the President - taking partisan jabs every time - and LYING EVERY DAY - doesn't help at all.


This is contributing to the erosion of Obama - so let it happen.


But it is just a horrible way to govern.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Trying to be smarter than DDAWD.

Guffaw.

I think my cat qualifies.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 11, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

leichtman, congrats for catching on. That's what happens when someone spends all his time copying and pasting a bunch of columns from people who write like high school sophomores. Zook can't think for himself and that's why he's never ever once responded to an argument or a point with anything approaching a substantive response. At least 37th is kind of capable of holding a back and forth. The only time he isn't copying and pasting is to announce to the world how smart he is. And when you have to tell people how smart you are, obviously you're not smart at all. You think anyone with an ounce of critical thinking ability would post that zogby poll? Of course not. Who knows why he does what he does. Maybe he thinks he is convincing people. Maybe he thinks he's clever when he refers to males as females. Maybe he thinks we are impressed when he pretends to have a higher education of some sort. Does it matter? Not to him with his warped sense of reality and not really to us with a realistic sense of reality.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 11, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm not ignoring you. It's just that your weak straw man rants with the occasional demanding childish reposts don't merit any thought out reply.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

And your response: silence
Apparently you agree its good public policy for the US to financially help BP or simply that anything coming out of the lips of any GOP member is gospel.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

assume what you must to play along. that seems to be your only avenue so have fun.

you may also assume I eat babies for breakfast, I prefer to starve old people and my idea of the military is to shoot first, never ask questions.

Let me be clear. there are some people who would argue that the federal government be abolished.

See I told you so.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 11, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

yea I am a conservative D and you a right wing
R apologist that will never say a word criticising any R official. You can't deal with anyone who doesn't nod in total agreement with your every word.
Yesterday I agreed with your post about
about the Netherland's Govt's offer to clean up the Gulf and how absolutely wrong the Obama administration was to not immediately take up that offer. I also linked Boehner's statement suggesting that the Administration needs to Bailout BP.
And your response: silence
Apparently you agree its good public policy for the US to financially help BP or simply that anything coming out of the lips of any GOP member is gospel.
Your style is to make constant PERSONAL attacks rather than trying to engage in discussion. That may do something for your ego but is an utter waste of our time, kind of like 37th.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 11, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

It goes much deeper than simply typing skills.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 11, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

apparently zouk can't get beyond making constant personal attacks thinking that somehow establishes his superiorty b/c he has better typing skills.

Will anyone be looking at upcoming GM IPO?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 11, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"The connection won't work in Portman's favor, but voters have short memories"

you are right about that, and more's the pity. hopefully the fundraising gap will close some, giving Fisher a chance to tell voters what Portman is really about, and it doesn't portend for creating jobs, just outsourcing them.

Posted by: drindl | June 11, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

drindl, connecting Rob Portman to President Bush isn't going to sink Portman by itself. The connection won't work in Portman's favor, but voters have short memories. If Portman were to maintain the eight-to-one fundraising advantage he has right now, he would destroy Lee Fisher, because he would be able to get out a far more widespread and hard-hitting message. I don't expect Portman to maintain the huge fundraising lead as he has now, but Fisher's got to narrow that gap if he wants to win. Besides, to explain Portman's connection to Bush requires more words than your average person is willing to listen to -- Fisher has to reach those people with a message they'll hear, like "I know how to create jobs" or "Rob Portman doesn't."

leichtman1, no, Jennifer Brunner has not yet endorsed Fisher. We're only a little more than a month out from the primary election, and the battle between the two has cooled somewhat, but Brunner has to pick her spots wisely -- if she endorses Fisher right out of the gate, it'll just make her holdout supporters angry at her for selling out or whatever, and it won't bring them over to Fisher's camp. I'd wager she'll eventually endorse Fisher, but she has to wait until enough has been done to build up Portman as an enemy that her holdouts will be willing to vote against him no matter what their opinions of Fisher. I really can't envision any Brunner supporters voting for Portman; she just has to bide her time and pick the right moment, lest her holdouts stay home or vote for the Green Party candidate or something.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | June 11, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Finance Whiz still having trouble with the English language.

Maybe Ped could teach you how to craft a memo and get a promotion up from the typist pool. you could eventually graduate to writing frilly little articles for girls garage, like she did.

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

has Jennifer Bruener swallowed her pride and
publicly endorsed Fisher. I spent 6 weeks in 2006 at the Shaker Hts campaign office working for the comobined Strickland, Fisher and Bruener campaigns and I would be disugusted
if there is not a unified campaign this year.
Stricklands campaign is well run and should help turnout voters for Fisher presuming there is party unity. Clinton was an enormous help for Strickland in 2006 and I expect him to be involved in Fisher fundraisiing. In one Clinton fundraiser I attended in Celveland in 2006 he raised $1.2 million at that one event so hopefully Clinton who is still enormously popular in Cleveland will do the same this year for Fisher and Strickland Gjohna

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 11, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Ridiculous, apparently you and zouk have amnesia and were asleep in Sept and Dec 2008.
Apparently it was Obama's fault that in
Sept and Dec 2008 Lehman, AIG and GM
collapsed. Are you insane, it was Obama's fault that Bush/Paulson brought our economy to its knees.
And yesterday Boehner said we should BAILOUT
BP.
Rand Paul calls it UnAmerican to criticize
or hold BP liable for the Gulf debacle, Angle says that we need to end the EPA and that BP needs more deregulation and Boehner says that the federal government needs to Bailout BP. Talk about insanity. Ask voters in Louisiana if they agree with those seniments.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 11, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I come back to look in 4 hours later and I first want to thank Jonah for his supplement to my understanding of the OH campaign funding prospect.

Then, to borrow a method used by Street Corner I want to yell at CC:

CHANGE "MIND-APRIL" TO "MID-APRIL", please?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 11, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Jonah -- don't you think the face that Portman was pretty much the architect of the Bush admin's financial actions?

Ironically, Portman is talking about creating jobs, when he is personally responsible for outsourcing more jobs than even Carly Fiorina.

Posted by: drindl | June 11, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Finance whiz prefers that Comrade Zero's utter incompetence be wall papered over, just as his total lack of any experience was during the run up to the election. the voters need not hear about his failures. they might not reelect him if the truth gets out.

But the truth is seeping out, in a metaphor, his slippery ooze is washing up on the shores of America for all to see.

The Obungler Pr flaks have already begun to ban te press from taking photos of the disaster Obungler has wrought. the last thing Libs need is pictures of oily birds all over the news as Berry throws another big fete at the WH or plays golf all weekend long.

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

It's all about conserviing energy. Italy won't even work up a sweat winning its group, and will handle Cameroon. Then they play Spain, who will have had to work harder against Chile, Switzerland and Honduras.

I think you're understimating Serbia, which is probably the most balanced team in the tournament. Germany is always a great team, but I'm picking the Serbs to grab the top spot in Group D.

Brazil doesn't have a cakewalk. Portugal is on a roll lately, and if Drogba plays and is effective Ivory Coast is a threat.

(Group G is probably the only time in my life I've felt sympathy for North Korea. They're going to be little more than goal fodder for the other three teams.)

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

mark_in_austin, Lee Fisher can't match Rob Portman's fundraising strength, though to be fair, I don't think any other U.S. House candidate can match Portman's fundraising strength. But Fisher can definitely narrow the gap enough to stay competitive, although that's no guarantee he'll win.

Fisher and Jennifer Brunner had a nasty primary fight, but neither of them raised much money. Now, you compare that to how much money Gov. Ted Strickland has managed to raise, and you can see there's a good chance more Democratic donors are out there, hedging their bets and waiting until the primary was over so their campaign dollars could go to fight Portman rather than Fisher or Brunner. Fisher still won't be able to touch Portman's war chest, but he should raise enough to keep the race close.

Another factor in Fisher's favor is that voters are going to see a lot of similarities between Portman and Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich. If Strickland and the Democrats succeed in defining Kasich for voters before Kasich can define himself -- and that's precisely what they're trying to do -- Kasich could drag Portman down. Though that's no guarantee, as Strickland's campaign has a lot more enthusiasm than does Fisher's.

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

Gallenrod


One quick nuance: Germany may actually want to finish second in its group.

That would place Germany in that potential sweet spot which I have been talking about the US getting.


The reason is that Germany could potentially avoid Argentina early on.

That perhaps could put Germany in the semi-final with Brazil - not the best outcome however Germany may prefer that to the bracket with Argentina.


The groups - and the first and second place finishes can lead to unusual match-up.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

leichtman1


The democrats complaining about "the economy which Obama inherited" is RIDICULOUS.

The democrats played a major role in getting the economy to that point - Bill Clinton DEREGULATED THE DERIVATIVES MARKETS and repealed Glass Steagall.


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were creatures of the democrats.

Whenever I hear that - IT IS A BOLDFACE LIE -

Obama promised a different brand of politics - BUT IF HE IS GOING TO LIE EVERYTIME HE MAKES A SPEECH, IT JUST POISONS THE ATMOSPHERE - EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT OBAMA PROMISED.


This is ridiculous - I don't believe there is ANY PRESIDENT IN HISTORY WHO HAS GONE OUT THERE AND LIED ABOUT THE OTHER PARTY TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT OBAMA HAS - EVERY TIME - ALMOST EVERY DAY OF OF EVERY WEEK - LIES FROM OBAMA.

All the democrats complained about Bush was the weapons of mass destruction - AND THERE WERE CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN IRAQ.

But the LIES OF OBAMA are over the top - and completely uncalled fo.

Obama has to start acting like the President - taking partisan jabs every time - and LYING EVERY DAY - doesn't help at all.

This is contributing to the erosion of Obama - so let it happen.


But it is just a horrible way to govern.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Gallenod


I think that Italy - with coming out of the group stage facing first Cameroon or the Netherlands - and then Spain or Portugal - really is in the death bracket.


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If you are Brazil, you have a relatively easy bracket to get to the Final Four - however if you are NOT Brazil in that bracket, you have to play Brazil, so that bracket is horrible.

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The bracket in which Argentina and Germany are going seems to be about those two teams.

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That is why I am saying that US has a potential sweet spot if the US can somehow win its group.


You are right, there are no easy games after the group stage.

However, relatively - and if you are looking at the chances to go deep into the tournament - the US is far better off winning its group and potentially facing the second team in Group D instead of Germany.


And then the US would face the winner of group A or the second team in Group B, maybe Greece.


That scenario gives the US a path to the Final Four - otherwise it doesn't look good for the US.


AND it all depends on the game against England on Saturday.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

would like to hear more about Melancom and his chances; in politics he would be considered the
authentic candidate.
as for zouk: every day he miserably comes
here to cherry pick any bad news he can find
ignoring things like moderately better consumer confidence news, projections of
possible 4% GDP growth yesterday on CNBC
and larger growth in China then projected.
Its truly pathetic that anyone would spend
their days cheering on against the US economy
and American workers every day. Obama inherited
an economic meltdown Jan 20, 2010 that had brought us to the verge of a 1930s like depression, and is slowly making progress to stabilize the economy. No one(other than zouk and the GOP) said that 8 years of disastrous economic mistakes could be fixed overnight, but we should all be cheering on our economy and American workers. Those who have family or friends, many with advanced degrees struggling to be rehired, think R cheerleading against America is unseemly.
On another note its rather disgusting to hear
Britts whining that we are bashing Britts and BP. They are not one in the same
and could we imagine the outrage by Britts
had it been Exxon trashing their coastlines
with historic and unprecedented ecological damage? Should we be saying thank you BP and
as Boehner said yesterday the US needs to
bailout BP?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 11, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Considering the mood of the country by all polls is to change direction from the way it is currently going under this administration, and considering the candidates you paint as 'extreme' and 'fringe' due to their disagreeing with your world view won their primaries by huge margins and are leading in the statewide polls, don't you think you need to review what 'fringe' and 'extreme' mean?

When they win, will you still be calling them 'extreme'?

Posted by: sailingaway1 | June 11, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Gallenod


Italy and Argentina have the easiest groups - if you are taking the approach of ranking the groups based on how easy the group is for the team regarded as most strong.

But the real competition in each group is not about the first team - it is about who will emerge as the second team.

Italy is stuck in the death bracket -


Italy could face Cameroon or Netherlands in the next round -


and then Spain -

Another nightmare for Italy is if somehow Portugal edges out Brazil in Group G - and then Italy has Brazil in its bracket.

Argentina will probably have Germany in its bracket to get to the Final Four.

Brazil will probably win its group and go onto the Final Four in that bracket.


If you look at all of that - the US really has a sweet spot if it can beat England this weekend - If that happens, the US ends up in the bracket by winning its group - and the US has a legitimate chance at getting to the Final Four.

If the US makes it to the Final Four, it will be a major, major victory.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

When you puzzle over the incompetence of Dear Leader's handling of the gulf oil spill, the economy, healthcare reform, and just about everything else he touches, just remember this astute observation regarding Dear Leader's qualifications for the most powerful position in the world:

Obama is the first president whose presidential campaign was his qualification for the office he sought.
The pre-Chairman Zero basically said as much before the 2008 Hopeychange election.

Using perhaps the royal plural -- a harbinger of grandiosity to come -- Obama cited the size, cost and complexity of his campaign: "Our ability to manage large systems and to execute, I think, has been made clear over the last couple of years," and "indicates the degree to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect."
With this profound ability to "manage large systems" and "execute," clearly the world is the limit for the Beginner-in-Chief -- at least in his dreams.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 11, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Gallenod


There are several ways to look at the strength of a Group at the World Cup.


If you are regarded as one of the top two teams in the group, you can look at the strength of the team regarded as third in strength - which is the team one has to beat to move onto the next round.

If you are regarded as one of the bottom two teams, you probably would look to the strenght of the team regarded as second in strenght, which is the team you have to finish in front of.


So one can look at it either way - or take an average of those two approaches.


I would tend to focus in on strength of the second team in each group - and rank the groups that way.

By that measure, Group E is the death group - with Cameroon. The presence of Denmark as the third team in strength also makes that group difficult.


Next, Group G with Brazil and Portugal looks really difficult.

Group D is extremely competitive - because there are three teams with relative strength which will compete for that second spot - Australia, Serbia and Ghana.

If you really want to see good soccer in the first round, look at the Group D matches because there are three teams who could legitimately fight for the second spot.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Crist’s indy bid hurting @kendrickmeek more than @marcorubio.

http://bit.ly/aYYfBr

Posted by: saintpetersblog | June 11, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

37th: Once you get past the Group stage, there are no easy games.

Germany and Serbia should qualify out of Group D, and Serbia may well win the group. Either will be very tough for the US.

Don't underestimate Slovenia and Algeria; both have played well lately. That said, if the USA plays to its potential, they should handle them and move on.

If England plays to its potential, they could win the whole thing, though. We'll see if Cappello can keep all that talent focused

Argentina and Greece should qualify out of group B.

The team with the easiest path is Italy. They're in a group full of weak teams. They likely won't have a challenge until meeting Spain or Portugal in the quarterfinals.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 11, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The Portman Plan to create jobs? Let us remember that Portman, a trade adviser and budget director under former President George W. Bush, was an "architect" of policies that led to the recession and cost Ohio jobs, shall we? Can Ohio afford a GWBush, Jr? I sincerely doubt it.

Posted by: drindl | June 11, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Gallenod


Many times we agree however this time I have to say that I believe the US has a relatively easy group.

Groups D (Germany and Serbia), E (Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon) and G (Brazil and Portugal) are much more difficult.


However - as with the ridiculous wildcard competitions - the real deal is who gets the wildcard - so the real competition in each group is who gets second and who gets third.

The US is really in a sweet spot - and the US potentially has a really really sweet spot.

If the US can beat England this weekend, the US has a great path to get to the Final Four of the tournament - to put it in terms we can all understand.

The reason is IF the US beats England, the US can win its group - which in turn would enable the US to avoid playing Germany in the next round - who is the probable winner of Group D.

In that scenario - which is the really really sweet spot - the US would play the SECOND place team in Group D.

IF the US wins that match, the US would then play the winner of Group A or the second place team in Group B - which is GREAT FOR THE US.


That is because Argentina will probably win Group B - and if the US got the first position in Group C - the US could avoid playing Argentina at this stage.


Group A is weak - and the US has real chance to beat France or whoever wins Group A.

So the sweet path for the US is that scenario - but it all depends on beating England this weekend.

If that does not happen - the US will probably be second in Group C - which would probably mean a bracket with Germany and Argentina - which you can forget about.

So that is where we are. Beat England and we can go to the Final Four - otherwise we probably are not making it out of the Sweet Sixteen - to put it in terms we all understand.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

well, dawd, let's hope melancon can finally unseat Diaper Boy. That guy is a national embarrassment.

Posted by: drindl | June 11, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Angle has apparently been told to shut up, and she is cowering behind rightwing djs... won't talk to the press. Why no story on this, CC?


"(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday, telling Nevada Democrats that Reid's opponent is "hiding out" because of her controversial views.

"Now you've got to play 'Where's Sharron [Angle]?' because she's hiding out, according to the local news. I might hide out, too, if I said I wanted to get rid of Social Security and Medicare," Clinton told an audience of 700 people during a 30-minute speech in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas-Review Journal.

Clinton also took aim at Angle for support of a plan that would have Yucca Mountain accept nuclear waste. Reid, as have most Nevada lawmakers, opposes opening Yucca to nuclear waste.

Since her victory in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary, Angle - a former state assemblywoman who was backed by Tea Party organizations - has largely avoided the spotlight, only granting interviews to conservative talk-radio hosts. Her campaign website has also gone dark except for a page that seeks contributions."

Posted by: drindl | June 11, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, I forgot about that game with the hand ball. I didn't realize it was a must win for France. I guess that's why everyone was making such a big deal about it.

And my boss is from Algeria. I'm hoping my graduation doesn't hinge on their performance, hehe.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 11, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

DDAWD: Part of my beef with France is that they only qualified because Henry scored the decisive goal against Ireland with a hand-ball, which he admitted after the game.

Algeria and Slovenia, the other two teams in the USA's group, are ranked around 30th in the world, but they've been playing well above their rankings for 2-3 years now. Algeria, in particular, has risen 70 places in the world rankings in just two years. They play each other Sunday morning; it will be a game worth watching.

And, so I'm at least a little on topic...

4. Reid actually looks like he's looking forward to this campaign. I'm curious if having both him and his son Rory (running for governor) will have an effect on voter perceptions when they mark their ballots.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 11, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

People are going to get behind Alvin Greene


We need more people like Alvin Greene in the Senate - representing the "everyman"


What happened to the democrats ? Too elitist for Alvin Greene?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/10/AR2010061005116.html?hpid=topnews

A little profile on Charlie Melancon, the Congressman from LA-3 who is challenging David Vitter for the Senate. His district is one of the hardest hit by the oil spill. He also seems to be one of the only local politicians who is willing to openly admit that there's only so much that can be done and it's not like we can just go in there and simply plug the leak.

I realize that things like Jindal's ill conceived berms and Obama's bluster on kicking ass are politically necessitated, but it's refreshing to see someone like Melancon be honest about the limits of what we can do.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 11, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

"Looks like drivl's idiocy has finally put a stake in the heart of this blog. Layer in the Ped on the night shift and traffic counts vaporize."


zouk and 37 spam the blog while I am not even on and then blame me for everyone leaving.

god, this guy has got to be the most delusional nutbag on the internet.

Posted by: drindl | June 11, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Liberals don't understand economics ???


Take a look at the health care bill - and anyone will be convinced.


The health care bill is a drag on jobs - it is a drag on hiring - and the spending in the bill - the additional taxes are basically a TICKING DEFICIT BOMB.

If you are a liberal, and you don't understand that, well you don't understand economics.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Gallenod. Not that I really know too much about what teams are good other than the big names, but France does seem to have it relatively easy. I don't know much about Slovenia or Algeria, but I know England is a tough draw. Rooney is looking real good, although I still can't forget what he did in the Portugal game four years ago.

I don't know what new talent France has, but I do believe that Henry was considered one of the best strikers in 2006 and it will be hard to match Zidane's performance. I can't say I want France to tank, though. The World Cup only comes around once every four years and I'd feel bad for my coworkers if they can't even make it out of the first round.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 11, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

(to correct garbled line:)

OBAMA: THREATEN TO SEIZE BP'S U.S. ASSETS FOR CLEAN-UP,
RESTITUTION, BEFORE THE COMPANY GOES BANKRUPT

The oil spill act need not tie the hands of a strong president. Obama should offer BP executives this choice: Either put up $50 billion now to seed a restitution fund to be administered by the U.S. government -- which will assume responsibility for ALL disbursements for the clean-up and for payments to affected individuals and businesses -- or face the prospect that BP's assets will be SEIZED by the U.S. government as collateral.

***
NOTE: Does THIS explain the grammatical errors in my earlier post?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-censors-net-political-speech-targeted-americans OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 11, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Well, as the blog has been spammed for the day, I'll head off. Looking forward to the US-England match tomorrow. My bet is 3 - 2 England.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 11, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

@DDAWD - Don't put too much confidence in France. As defending world champion, they failed to advance in the 2002 Cup. I'm still figuring France and El Tri to advance, though the host nation has never failed to advance to the second round.

Entertaining article on Alvie Green in today's Post. Just shows the importance of having a serious candidate, even if you're doomed to lose.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 11, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Seriously folks - the MOST IMPORTANT THING RIGHT NOW IS THE OIL SPILL.


And it is hard to figure out which is the bigger disaster - the oil spill or Obama.


Seriously - Obama has proven that he is COMPLETELY INEXPERIENCED AND UNQUALIFIED - HE HAS NO BUSINESS EVEN TRYING TO DO THE JOB.


These people who say that the Federal government should take over the clean-up - imagine Obama's affirmative action appointees trying to figure out what to do next - THEY know perfectly well that would never work - even for a day.


It just seems like EVERYTHING OBAMA DOES IS WRONG. Now, instead of calling Tony Hayward on the phone - which is what Matt Lauer was suggesting - Obama sends a letter demanding that the Chairman of BP (a Swede) come to the White House.

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


Just when a "hands-on" approach would work - and Obama has to be seen getting in there, Obama DECIDES HIS BEST MOVE IS TO SEND A LETTER TO SOMEONE'S BOSS.


It is like Obama is OBSESSED with somehow pretending/demanding that he make a SHOW that he is in charge.


But what is the point of that?


See - Obama NEVER has to say he is the President - and yet he goes on television and says "I am the President" - he just comes off like an idiot who doesn't know the substance of the matter at hand - and is obsessed with some pathetic expression of ego.


Obama doesn't have to send a letter. Obama needs to get on the phone.


Obama doesn't really have to have a face-to-face with the Chairman of the Board. Obama needs to have a real phone conversation with Tony Hayward - who is handling everything.


Obama shouldn't have to worry about ANY PROTOCOL - OBAMA SHOULD BE CUTTING THROUGH THE PROTOCOL.


This is not about ego - it is about getting something done.


AND what is a White House meeting going to accomplish anyway ? It is a complete waste of time. And with the wrong people.


AND what in the world is Obama doing "summoning" anyone to the White House? That is exceeding his authority -


Obama is completely LOST - lost in knowing the role he has - overseeing the spill -


Obama is LOST because he doesn't know how to get things done - so he is obsessed with saying he is IN CHARGE WHEN CLEARLY OBAMA IS DOING NOTHING.


That is what we have, someone on the sidelines, saying they are IN CHARGE WHEN OBAMA IS REALLY DOING NOTHING.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Retail sales down 1.2 percent.

Obamanomics at work.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 11, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Looks like drivl's idiocy has finally put a stake in the heart of this blog. Layer in the Ped on the night shift and traffic counts vaporize.

Quandry. How to operate a lefty blog when all the news is contrary to liberal interests.

Time for another Sarah palin for president thread. Get the loons all fired up. Is she qualified? Is berry?

Posted by: Moonbat | June 11, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

It just seems like EVERYTHING OBAMA DOES IS WRONG. Now, instead of calling Tony Hayward on the phone - which is what Matt Lauer was suggesting - Obama sends a letter demanding that the Chairman of BP (a Swede) come to the White House.


Just when a "hands-on" approach would work - and Obama has to be seen getting in there, Obama DECIDES HIS BEST MOVE IS TO SEND A LETTER TO SOMEONE'S BOSS.


It is like Obama is OBSESSED with somehow pretending/demanding that he make a SHOW that he is in charge.


But what is the point of that?

THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU ELECT A METROSEXUAL - somehow Obama feels he has to PROVE HIS MANHOOD WITH BP FIRST -


and then maybe he can get something done.


But somehow - Obama has to resolve his internal conflict over his own manhood.

This is A METROSEXUAL - DID OBAMA GET HIS NAILS DONE BEFORE OR AFTER HE SENT THE LETTER TO BP'S CHAIRMAN ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Lincoln may have won in AK because of disenfranchising Voters in Counties that support Halter, Suits have been filed.

Two Voting places in a county that normally has 30 discourages many voters and definitely those without transportation or can't, for health reasons, travel longer distances.

The Election hasn't been Certified Yet!

Posted by: ddoiron1 | June 11, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

"Menendez dismissed Crist as a candidate whose support is "a mile wide and an inch deep.""

I suppose compared to support that's a yard wide and a yard deep, Meek might have the better aspect ratio, but that's surely of limited value as comfort for FL Dems.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 11, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA: THREATEN TO SEIZE BP'S U.S. ASSETS FOR CLEAN-UP,
RESTITUTION, BEFORE THE COMPANY GOES BANKRUPT


Lip-service won't do it anyone. The President must use his executives powers to assure that BP cannot skirt its financial responsibilities to the victims of its potentially criminal negligence -- just as President Kennedy confronted an intransigent steel industry in 1962.

http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/JFK_and_Steel,_Bush_and_Oil

The oil spill act need not tie the hands of a strong president. Obama should offer BP executives this choice:

Either put up $50 billion now to seed a restitution fund to be administered by the U.S. government -- which will assume responsibility for ALL disbursements for the clean-up and for payments to affected individuals and businesses -- or face the prospect that BP's assessed with be SEIZED by the U.S. government as collateral.

***

Gulf oil spill diverts attention from domestic atrocities against American citizens...

HOMELAND FUSION CENTERS SILENTLY ASSAULT, IMPAIR 'TARGETED' AMERICANS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE RADIO FREQUENCY WEAPON SYSTEM, COMMUNITY VIGILANTISM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE: VETERAN JOURNALIST

Are political leaders "targets" too?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "Obama: Take Down Fusion Center Gestapo..."

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 11, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Gallenod. Uruaguay has some solid players and the French team is somewhat old and Henry is not nearly the player he once was. Plus I always feel that the other South American teams are forgotten about in all the hype about Argentina and Brazil. I think Uruguay and Mexico may make it out of that group.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 11, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

3. Fisher needs to raise money, and fast, or he'll find himself in a deep, deep hole.

5. Chris, how can you do a live chat while the World Cup is on?

DDAWD: Uruguay has Diego Forlan, and if he is on form he will give the French fits. Yeah, France is in a relatively easy group (unlike the US), but they hate their manager, the fans hate their manager, and their manager hates them all back. They could very well implode and fail to qualify, satisfying me beyond words. The altitude will favor Uruguay, Mexico, and South Africa, so I remain hopeful that we'll see the French sent home early.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 11, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Is Uruguay any good? I have a couple of French guys where I work. I need to know if I can make fun of them or anything.

But then again, it's France. No chance they don't advance.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 11, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

#3. CC wrote:

"Portman had $7.8 million in the bank in mind-April [SIC] while Fisher, who had a surprisingly serious primary challenge, had just $906,000 in the bank."

Please edit "mind" to "mid" during the day, CC.

If Fisher blew his wad in the primary, can he raise enough again to stay competitive? Jonah? Ceflynline? Y'all are in OH; pls comment.

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