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How many retirements is too many for Democrats?

1. The surprise retirement of Wisconsin Rep. Dave Obey on Wednesday brought the number of Democratic retirements to 17 -- short of the 20 Republicans leaving or running for other offices but still perilously close to the danger zone for Democrats in the 2010 midterms.

By political handicapper Charlie Cook's projections, 13 of the 17 open Democratic seats are marginal -- meaning that they are likely to be competitive between the two parties. There are fewer competitive districts among the 20 Republican retirements with both national House committees likely to spend campaign cash in four or five of the GOP seats.

While those open seat numbers -- coupled with Democratic gains in hard-to-hold seats in the 2006 and 2008 elections -- should be troubling for party strategists, the predictions of a flood of Democratic retirements in the wake of Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass) victory on January 19 have not yet come to fruition.

Since Brown's shot-heard-around-the-political-world, 15 House members have called it quits: eight Democrats and seven Republicans.

And, that tally of eight Democrats includes the seats of late Rep. John Murtha (Pa.), who passed away unexpectedly in February, Rep. Eric Massa's (N.Y.) whose implosion in March made him unelectable and Rep. Brad Ellsworth (Ind.) who is running for Senate.

Democrats acknowledge that a few more potential retirements are lurking as filing deadlines approach in a series of states but believe that the number of additional retirees will be in the low single digits.

If that prediction comes true -- depending on who and where the retirements come from and whether they are met by any other Republicans calling it quits -- Democrats will have avoided the doomsday situation many painted for them following Brown's win in Massachusetts but they are far from out of the woods.

"There is such an anti-Washington and anti-Democratic Congress environment that having a large number of open seats isn't required for them to lose their majority," Cook told the Fix. "Having 53 incumbents in districts held by the other party four years ago is pretty extraordinary."

ALSO CLICK: New Gallup data shows Democrats narrowing the enthusiasm gap -- the key data point to keep an eye on heading into 2010.

2. Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln began airing a radio ad on Wednesday that features President Barack Obama urging Democrats to back her in a May 18 primary fight against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

"Blanche is leading the fight to hold Wall Street accountable and make sure that Arkansas taxpayers are never again asked to bailout Wall Street bankers," says Obama in the ad.

On health care, her handling of which drew considerable criticism from the ideological right and left, Obam praises Lincoln for taking on "big insurance companies by voting to end discrimination against Arkansans with pre-existing conditions and fought for tax credits that will help thousands of local small businesses provide insurance to their employees."

Obama's support could be crucial to Lincoln's chances. Roughly 15 percent of the Arkansas population is African American but black voters comprise a significantly larger segment of Democratic primary voters.

Polling suggests that Lincoln continues to lead Halter although both sides believe the race is close. A third Democratic candidate -- DC Morrison -- is gaining vote share in recent public and private surveys and could keep Lincoln (or Halter) under 50 percent and force a June 8 runoff.

Lincoln is the second Senate incumbent in recent weeks to benefit from radio ads featuring the President. Obama cut a radio spot for party switching Sen. Arlen Specter -- in which he touts the incumbent "as a man who's always put his state before politics" -- last month.

3. Former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (R) launched the first ad of her Senate campaign, a commercial that casts her as an outsider (what a surprise!) willing to shake up the Washington establishment.

"We need to cut wasteful spending, eliminate pork barrel earmarks and balance the budget," says Ayotte, promising to make "tough decisions" that "make government work for us again."

The ad, which was produced by Larry McCarthy, is running on WMUR and cable throughout the state but not in the costly Boston media market. The buy will cost the campaign $92,000 over the next two weeks.

Ayotte's television buy comes after several months of ads from wealthy businessman Bill Binnie (R) who has put several million of his own dollars into the race. Binnie's ads, which, you'll be surprised to learn, cast him as an outsider willing to shake up the Washington establishment, have turned him into a legitimate primary threat to Ayotte.

While Democrats insist that Ayotte, the handpicked candidate of retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R), is a weak general election candidate, a recent Granite State poll showed her with a comfortable lead over Rep. Paul Hodes who is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Our most recent Friday Senate Line ranked New Hampshire as the ninth most likely race to switch parties in the fall.

4. Even as national Republicans continue to wait for former state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) to make up his mind on a challenge to Sen. Patty Murray (D), a new independent poll shows that he would start well behind the incumbent.

Murray took 51 percent to 34 percent for Rossi in the Elway poll, the strongest showing of any Republican against the Democratic incumbent but far from an indictment of her service in the Senate. Murray led state Sen. Don Benton 51 percent to 27 percent, businessman Paul Akers 50 percent to 26 percent and former NFL player Clint Didier 50 percent to 24 percent in the survey.

The news for Murray in the poll is not all good, however, as her job ratings have fallen since a June 2009 Elway survey. In the most recent poll, 48 percent rated Murray's job performance as either excellent or good while 46 percent described it as fair or poor -- a reflection, perhaps, of the broader anti-incumbent sentiment in the country.

Rossi, who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2004 and 2008, is widely expected to run although his delaying of an announcement one way or the other has to be somewhat concerning for party strategists. He has until June 11 -- the state's filing deadline -- to decide.

Republicans point out that other public polling shows the race essentially tied -- and the Real Clear Politics polling average bears that out.

"As with the previous public polling that's been done, internal polling shows a clear path to victory in this race if Dino decides to get in," said one GOP strategist familiar with the data on the race.

5. Sarah Feinberg, a senior to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, is leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to head up the communications operation for Bloomberg (the corporation, not the mayor of New York City).

"As Bloomberg expands its presence in Washington and prepares to launch its government information division, I'm looking forward to being a part of an organization with such an impressive record of innovation and entrepreneurship," said Feinberg about her new role.

Feinberg has been at Emanuel's side constantly for the last five years -- serving in the press shop at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee when Emanuel chaired the organization during the 2006 election and then moving to oversee his communications operation when he was elected chairman of the House Democratic caucus.

When Emanuel was named chief of staff to President Barack Obama in late 2008, it was natural that Feinberg would join him in his new role too.

Prior to her work with Emanuel, Feinberg spent several years working in South Dakota politics where she met her husband -- Georgetown grad and White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 6, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Noacoler


What is wrong with you - you have been banned 3 times - and yet you complain that others are "coddled"


What is wrong with you - are you that out-of-touch.

When the few conservatives are not here, the liberals run wild - that is not balanced .

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 6, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

obozo the clown has no class

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Do you expect anything less from the D bagging free lunch party?

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And to think, this level is discourse is well above average for Republican posters here.

Chris, these are your people. This level of emotional maturity is as good as it gets among your political affiliates. Are you proud?

Do you coddle 37th because you dig what he has to say?

When you wake up in the morning, are you energized by knowing your Republican mates are a pack of liars and nutcases?

Posted by: Noacoler | May 6, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse


Surely, the democrats took the DISRESPECT FOR BUSH TO NEW LEVELS - for them to start crying foul right now when a democrat is the subject is simply NOT RIGHT - IT IS RACIAL AND RACIST.


I will make the point again: in order for our political system to be FREE OF RACISM, we NEED TO HAVE THE SAME LEVELS OF DISRESPECT PRESENT NOW AS WE HAD UNDER BUSH.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 6, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

obozo the clown has no class

The term "tea-bagger" is like uttering the "n" word, some say. Though he aspires to promote civility, evidence has surfaced that President Obama has added "tea-bagger" to his public lexicon, though it's considered a cheap and tawdry insult by "tea party" activists.

Posted by: charlietuna666
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Do you expect anything less from the D bagging free lunch party?

Posted by: leapin | May 6, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

obozo the clown has no class

The term "tea-bagger" is like uttering the "n" word, some say. Though he aspires to promote civility, evidence has surfaced that President Obama has added "tea-bagger" to his public lexicon, though it's considered a cheap and tawdry insult by "tea party" activists.

Posted by: charlietuna666
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Do you expect anything less from the D bagging free luch party?

Posted by: leapin | May 6, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Ah, ok. Thanks for the information, BB. I wasn't sure if the party leader actually served in the HoC.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 6, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

drindl, just PgUp past 37th posts like the rest of us. It's clear that the guy is mentally retarded. CC won't do anything about him fir whatever reason, which is infuriating, but responding to him in any way just makes it worse.

CC: please stop chumming up Dino Rossi. The guy is a stale joke. Around here one only sees Rossi bumpersticker on old beaters that're going to fail their next emissions inspection.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 6, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"...the predictions of a flood of Democratic retirements in the wake of Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass) victory on January 19 have not yet come to fruition."

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LOL. What hasn't come to fruition is the DEFEATS that follow Scott Brown's victory. Prepare yourselves.

Posted by: hz9604 | May 6, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"Unless you will make a serious point, and address the issue at hand, please just go back to where you came from.

.Posted by: 37thand0street |"

A serious point? You ? You're a laughingstock. People ask you to leave every day... whyshould I?

Get a life, slug.

Posted by: drindl | May 6, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

'Oathkeepers' are a branch of teabaggers, and it's become clear that all these people should be locked up somewhere.

"Right-wing extremists who question the legitimacy of Barack Obama's presidency tried to take on local law enforcement recently -- and they seem to have come out on the losing end.

First, a Tennessee man was arrested after walking into his local county courthouse to try to effect a citizen's arrest of a grand jury foreman who had refused to investigate President Obama's legitimacy to serve -- an encounter partially caught on video. That enraged one Georgia-based member of the far-right OathKeepers group. Responding to a call from an extremist leader, he drove to Tennessee with an AK-47 in a bid to get his comrade released -- only to wind up getting arrested himself. "

Posted by: drindl | May 6, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade


Come on - let's have an intelligent response from you - it is a legitimate issue.


You are quickly becoming a part of the nuttly left - if you are siding with drinl.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 6, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

drinl

If you actually read the comment, the point you are trying to make is addressed and refuted.


It is impossible to have a serious conversation with you.


Unless you will make a serious point, and address the issue at hand, please just go back to where you came from.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 6, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"drindl

Stop talking about things you do not understand - it is impossible to have any conversation with you - everyone please ignore her"


you are the village idiot here, boy. everyone mocks you.

Posted by: drindl | May 6, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

@DDAWD - Pelosi or Boehner would be PM. You have to be in Parliament to be eligible. Their system is also different in that candidates are moved around so that the PM is in a very safe constituency. It wouldn't be surprising for someone like Scott Brown to be put up against Coakley and, after presumably losing, stand for election in a more competitive constituency. David Blunkett held the seat where I used to live (Sheffield Hallam) and no Tory was going to take that seat.

Cosign drindl. Even when noone has mentioned the R-word, Hoya has to bang that gong. I'm for ignoring it.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 6, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

drindl


Stop talking about things you do not understand - it is impossible to have any conversation with you - everyone please ignore her

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 6, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen a bigger racist than this 37 character. Obsesses about it every single day, all day long. Sick.Must be really hard on him living in a country where minorities will soon outnumber whites. Maybe he should move to South Africa -- oh wait, they don't have apartheid anymore.

Posted by: drindl | May 6, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen a bigger racist than this 37 character. Obsesses about it every single day, all day long. Sick.Must be really hard on him living in a country where minorities will soon outnumber whites. Maybe he should move to South Africa -- oh wait, they don't have apartheid anymore.

Posted by: drindl | May 6, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed how many people think the President has dictatorial powers. A Republican President isn't going to do squat. Once serious campaigning begins the majority of the voters will see the shallowness of the Republican alternative. Until the voters accept the fact that taxes will have to be raised and Medicare and Social Security have to be adjusted the debt will not be reduced anytime soon. No stimulus? Wait until it expires later this year and unemployment rises because the states can't balance budgets without it. What do the Republicans say about this? Nothing.

Posted by: interactingdc | May 6, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow, talk about a puff piece! I was looking for the Paid Political Advertisement label at the bottom.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/09/magazine/09Mayor-t.html?hp

So when the NYT asks,

"Is Julián Castro, the 35-year-old mayor of San Antonio, the next great Latino hope on the national stage?"

If I were Crist, I'd feel a chill down my spine: not even mentioned. At least the piece takes a detour at the end to heap some disrespect on Rubio.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 6, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

There is an IMPORTANT ISSUE which has been brought up by a SMITHTOWN newspaper over a satire picture of an older Obama later in life becoming a character in Sanford and Son. Apparently few people find the image actually racism - however there is discomfort out there.


The Smithtown newspaper is on Long Island in New York.


The issue is this: it is about time to distinquish between DISRESPECT AND RACISM. Perhaps the picture in the Smithtown paper was disrespectful, but clearly it was not racist - so it is considered fair game.


This is an important distinction. There was a great deal of disrespect shown Bush by the democrats over his years in office - when racism was never an issue.

Surely the same level of disrespect is fair game.

There is a level of poison in our political discourse right now - and it comes from the sense that some people are crying false charges of racism - for speech and conduct which if against a white President would NEVER be questioned.

I will go one step further: The political discourse will CONTINUE TO BE RACIST UNTIL THE SPEECH REACHES THE SAME LEVELS OF DISRESPECT AS WAS COMMON UNDER BUSH.

In other words - in order for the political discourse to be FREE OF RACISM, the level of disrespect for Obama MUST equal the level of disrespect shown for other Presidents, Bush included.

If there is restraint, or false charges present, then there is a racial component - and it is racist.

The FIRST STEP again is to start to distinquish between DISRESPECT AND RACISM - and the political society and media has to regard the DISRESPECT AS FAIR GAME, NORMAL AND EXPECTED.

Surely, the democrats took the DISRESPECT FOR BUSH TO NEW LEVELS - for them to start crying foul right now when a democrat is the subject is simply NOT RIGHT - IT IS RACIAL AND RACIST.

I will make the point again: in order for our political system to be FREE OF RACISM, we NEED TO HAVE THE SAME LEVELS OF DISRESPECT PRESENT NOW AS WE HAD UNDER BUSH.

Smithtown Paper - Thank you very much.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 6, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

It seems that the Obama administration has accepted that the "try to get them to like us" strategy for counter terror has now given way to "hope the bomb malfunctions" approach.

doesn't that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 6, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

proposed Fix Poll:

How long will it take for Republicans to blame President Obama for the long anticipated stock market correction?

A) within the hour

B) today

C) tomorrow

D) they already have, if it is bad,
he did it.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 6, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

All retirements are not created equally - obviously the questions is how many districts are put in play - or made competitive by retirements.


Safe districts are safe.

We have had an unprecedented situation in which president was elected who was relativity inexperienced and unknown - which is really really rare - the country did NOT know his CONVICTIONS - AND then unprecedented situation in which that president went to the FAR LEFT - and did something SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT HIS PLATFORM INDICATED.

Obama and the democrats took advantage of the situations.

Clearly, the American people DID NOT want this agenda - and that will be the guiding force this year and onto the future - the American People want TO MAKE SURE THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN WITH THE DEMOCRATS WHO CAN NOT BE TRUSTED.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 6, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Voters will take the fools that voted for the porkulous, Obamacare and other massive spending bills without reading them to the woodshed in November. There will be many new faces in DC after the election. Obama is a lame duck and will be out in 2012. Hopefully the Republicans will run someone with the fiscal discipline to start cutting government and unions that is needed. Mitch Daniels of Indiana comes to mind.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | May 6, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I think Lib-Dems would be the equivalent of if a socialist party formed in the US. As it is, they are probably siphoning reps from Labour, which will probably deliver the PM to Cameron. I'm not sure how accurate these generic ballots play out. From my understanding, there is no direct vote for Prime Minister, but rather the position is given to the leader of the party that wins the most House of Commons seats. So it would be Tim Kaine being President now since he runs the DNC and Michael Steele becoming President if the Republicans take Congress.

While the generic ballot has its uses, you probably can't correlate a generic ballot standing to number of seats in the US House of Reps. I'm not sure if their generic ballot question in England has more predictive value.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 6, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"In April 2009, Republican leaders, led by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), launched an initiative called the National Council for a New America as a “new effort to revive the image of the Republican Party.” Though Cantor and other Republican leaders promised that the organization would “listen” to the American people, they held only one townhall meeting in a pizza parlor in Arlington, VA before largely going silent. Today, Roll Call reports that the group has officially been put on ice."

Well, so much for 'listening' to the American people -- why bother when you can 'listen' to Wall Street instead, which is ever so much more profitable.

Posted by: drindl | May 6, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Obey on his retirement
"Frankly, I do not know what I will do next. All I do know is that there has to be more to life than explaining the ridiculous, accountability destroying rules of the Senate to confused, angry, and frustrated constituents."

Nice.

In Arkansas, I think a new challenger helps Lincoln. Hopefully Halter and Morrison will split the 'upset with the world' vote and Blanche can shoot the gap.

Posted by: AndyR3 | May 6, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Stick to American politics, zouk, about which you know a little. Labour moved to the center under "Third Way" Blair and the Lib Dems have since outflanked Labour on the left. Higher taxes, proportional representation, dump the pound for the Euro, closer integration with mainland Europe.

Good rundown, CC, though I'm *still* hoping to see a piece on McCain/Hayworth. That has to be at least as big a story as Lincoln's. Even if McCain survives the primary, how will his endorsement of the new law affect his standing? Somehow, I don't think being arrested on suspicion of playing Ozomatli will go down well with the Latino community in AZ.

Incidentally, heard you on WAMU last night. I forget the name of the 10 o'clock show, but I enjoyed the discussion.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 6, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Dino Rossi is toast. CC failed to mention Rossi's support is dying.

"The Elway Poll released Wednesday shows that in a head-to-head match-up with Rossi, Murray was favored by 51 percent of those surveyed while Rossi got just 34 percent.

That's a far different result that three other polls, including the Moore Insight poll that started all the talk of Rossi entering the race. Rossi, who lost gubernatorial races in 2004 and 2008, still hasn't said whether he will run.

In January, Moore Insight said its poll found Rossi -- who at the time was not even considering a run for the Senate -- was essentially tied with Murray in a hypothetical U.S. Senate match-up.

In April, SurveyUSA said Rossi was ahead of Murray among respondents to its poll, 52 percent to 42 percent."

So in January he was tied, April Murray 52 to his 42 and now, 51 to 34 percent.

If Dino saw a "clear path to victory" he would have thrown down a long time ago.

But what about the Rasmussen poll which still shows a dead heat?

"In defense of his latest poll, Elway wrote, "This is where I remind Elway Poll readers that “everybody” thought the 2008 Governor’s race would be razor-thin except us. We continually showed Gregoire comfortably ahead, which is how the race ended up. And in 2006, every other published poll was showing a dead-even Senate race all year. As early as September we showed Cantwell leading McGavick by 18 points – which is exactly where the race ended. In 2000 we showed a close Governor’s race with Gregoire winning."

quotes from Seattle Times

Posted by: shrink2 | May 6, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

It is not the number of retirements that matters, it is the location. turning your seat over in a reliable district is of no consequence. Letting it slip to the other side is the proper measure.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 6, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

"There is such an anti-Washington and anti-Democratic Congress environment "


Maybe at the cocktail and tea parties you attend, Chris, but not so much in the real world.

Posted by: drindl | May 6, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

This would be funny if it wasn't sad:

"The topic was a handful of Black Republican candidates for various offices in 2010. Why is this happening? Well, let’s let turn to what Newt told the NYTs (emphasis added):

“Things have evolved,” said Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, who is heavily involved in recruiting Republican candidates. “I think partly the level of hostility to Obama, Pelosi and Reid makes a lot of people pragmatically more open to a coalition from the standpoint of being a long-term majority party.”

Newt says republicans are so full of hatred for Obama that they are willing to let some black people run as republicans. Mighty white of him, woudn't you say?

Posted by: drindl | May 6, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

not to mention that the teabaggers themselves throw around the n-word quite liberally

Posted by: DDAWD | May 6, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse


Is this as a result of the Democrats unpopular agenda? Vote

http://www.youpolls.com/default.asp

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Posted by: usadblake | May 6, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I have been wondering when we would return to more puffery on perennial loser Dino Rossi.

So Democrats are far from out of the woods?
You pretend the Republican Rising! already happened Chris, but it didn't. Republicans are still the party in the woods. Got any candidates for the White House yet? Tpaw is Ronald Reagan? Drill baby Palin?

Posted by: shrink2 | May 6, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
""There is such an anti-Washington and anti-Democratic Congress environment that having a large number of open seats isn't required for them to lose their majority," Cook told the Fix. "Having 53 incumbents in districts held by the other party four years ago is pretty extraordinary."

ALSO CLICK: New Gallup data shows Democrats narrowing the enthusiasm gap -- the key data point to keep an eye on heading into 2010."


Perhaps the Fix should pass that Gallup link along to Mr Cook. For Mr Cook to be correct, there has to be not only a strong anti-Dem / anti-incumbent feel, but a viable alternative to which voters can turn. As Repubs move to the right & nominate ever more conservative candidates, will they be viewed as a viable alternative by voters?

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 6, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Tea baggers were enslaved for four hundred years?

Posted by: shrink2 | May 6, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

The term 'teabagger' was coined by -- teabaggers. They PROUDLY called themselves that, wearing tea bags on their hats, their glasses hanging all over them like christmas tree ornaments -- until someone pointed out to them what it means. They are what they are.

A definining characteristic of wingnuttia is chronic amnesia.

Posted by: drindl | May 6, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

"The term "tea-bagger" is like uttering the "n" word, some say."

By some you mean some teabaggers, right teatard?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 6, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Geez, puck, Obey is 71 and has been in congress for about 40 years. To label the guy as a quittin' rat seems silly -- better to save that metaphor for describing Palin.

Some people want to die as congressmen and some people don't. I bet on another thread you'd be yelping about Byrd out-staying his welcome and "destroying our country."

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 6, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Man is there no end to this Administration's spin ? Labeling the " Rats that desert the sinking ship " as Retirees is one more example of this Administration plodding along blindly , and not seeing the forest for the trees . Oh , they're not dumb. They have not lost sight of their quest. To destroy America from both within and by sitting idly by as Terrorists ( and notice the administration has only started to refer to them with that label ) assemble and walk in and out of here as if America was a turnstile Nation. Of course , maybe this is what the Jug-Earred dolt means when he says he's looking into Immigration reform. But if you think that means closing the borders to Mexico, you're dreaming. He's already figured out just how many Hispanic votes the Party will get by leaving the borders wide open. Nah, Democrats aren't retiring, they see the handwriting on the wall. They can call the Tea Party all the names they want. They can drum up Racist plots and charges until they tire of it. But the ideas of the Tea Party whether a person be a member or not is clear. Following any plans put forth by this administration is a recipe for disastor. And all those leaving the Party now, are well aware of it.

Posted by: puck-101 | May 6, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday liberals murdered bankers in Greece.

Today the far left candidate is expected to finish a distant third in Britain.

Violent, inept and high spending liberals are being revealed around the world. Then they are run from office, their policies proven failures. America is only six months behind.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 6, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

obozo the clown has no class

The term "tea-bagger" is like uttering the "n" word, some say. Though he aspires to promote civility, evidence has surfaced that President Obama has added "tea-bagger" to his public lexicon, though it's considered a cheap and tawdry insult by "tea party" activists.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | May 6, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

CC wrote:

'A third Democratic candidate -- DC Morrison -- is gaining vote share in recent public and private surveys and could keep Lincoln (or Halter) under 50 percent and force a June 8 runoff.'

Who knew? Thanks. This reminds me of the fact that no one outside AZ knows that a Tucson Vice Mayor, former USAF JAG, UA PhD in arid land management and UA law degree is the favorite for the D nomination for Senate. I would like to see a story on his chances against Hayworth, particularly.

Ddawd had posted a poll that showed Halter ran strongest in the general and that he was gaining rapidly on Lincoln. I was surprised, but an AR poster later presented a short but plausible explanation.

CC, from the sentence that begins

'Sarah Feinberg, a senior to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel,...' I am certain that Ms. Feinberg would not be flattered. I think you meant 'senior aide', correct?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 6, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Whitewater rafting while oil spill spreads.

The obama administration is " on the job from day one"

Posted by: Moonbat | May 6, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Freddie mac is going to need several more billion in bailout it was announced today. That takes it up to about 400 billion with more on the way. Thanks for that Bawney Fwank and chris dudd.

How many failures can Obama ignore at a time? Oil spill, economy, open borders, terror bombers, Iran nukes, floods. It's like biblical.

Disaster is everywhere and all leftists and journos ( but I repeat myself) care about is covering and spinning.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 6, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Prediction: It's only going to get worse for the Dems if the Obama administration does not restore civil and human rights and the rule of law -- by getting a grip on a rogue bureaucracy:

FBI: IT'S HIGH TIME TO SAVE AMERICA. TELL POTUS ALL ABOUT HOMELAND'S CELLULAR TORTURE TOWERS AND THE EXTRAJUDICIAL FUSION CENTER GESTAPO.

See Vic Livingston's "Facebook" page, or latest comments page (highest number) to the story that mainstream media cannot or will not report:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

MORE PROOF: U.S. CENSORS NET POLITICAL SPEECH, SAYS VET JOURNO

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

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 6, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Under new Bill, Health insurance is a must, but now you can easily find health insurance for your family under $40 http://ow.ly/1AqF1

Posted by: jofabian6 | May 6, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

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