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Mark Kirk attacks Alexi Giannoulias on Broadway Bank

1. Less than 24 hours after holding a press conference designed to clear the air about past misstatements about his military record, Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk is taking to the Chicago airwaves with two new ads designed to re-frame the Senate race.

The first ad, entitled "Risky", notes that Kirk's Senate opponent -- state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) -- is "only 34 years old...but what a 34 years it's been." The ad's narrator goes to to accuse Giannoulias of making "risky loans to convicted mobsters" while working at his family's bank, which subsequently failed and was seized by federal authorities.

The second commercial compares the positions of Kirk and Giannoulias on the environment -- and BP in particular. "Mark Kirk won praise for helping stop BP when it tried to pollute Lake Michigan," says the ad's narrator, adding that "Alexi Giannoulias' top aide was a longtime BP lobbyist."

Both ads, which were produced by media consultant Larry McCarthy, allege that Giannoulias supports higher taxes.

The commercials are evidence that Kirk is following a "your best defense is a good offense" strategy, seeking to use his press conference and these ads to shift the focus in the race back to Giannoulias after a month of questions about the veracity of his military resume.

Kirk is also trying to exploit his financial edge over Giannoulias by beginning to define the race in the costly Chicago media market over the summer -- typically a very quiet time for politics. (As of March 30, Kirk had $3 million in the bank as compared to Giannoulias' $1.2 million.)

As we have predicted before, this race is the frontrunner to be the nastiest contest of the 2010 cycle. Kirk's early ads affirm that prediction.

2. After weeks of dodging reporters, former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) made her much-anticipated post-primary re-emergence last night on Nevada's top political talk show.

Angle, who is vying to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this fall, sat down for a 30-minute interview on Jon Ralston's "Face to Face" program -- an interview in which she generally defended controversial statements she's made on issues but also sought to soften several past stances on things like Social Security.

Asked about her position on the retirement program, Angle said that "we have to have that government role," adding later that "the money that's in the lockbox needs to stay in the lockbox for senior citizens." (Did someone say "lockbox"?)

Reid has been attacking Angle for weeks in television ads for comparing Social Security to welfare and a statement on her website that the program should be "transitioned out" over time.

She also sought to moderate remarks she'd made in a January interview in which she said that people might resort to "Second Amendment remedies" if they're unhappy with the direction government is headed, and that "the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out."

"I admit that that was a little strong to say, 'take him out,' but you knew what I meant." Angle said, clarifying that she meant "take [Reid] out of office."

In response to a question on whether she'd support abortion in cases of incest and rape, Angle did not answer directly. "The government decided to get involved in this; I'm just defending my position," she said, later adding, "I'll always err on the side of life."

Angle also argued that the Constitution does not mandate the separation of church and state. "Actually, Thomas Jefferson has been misquoted like I've been misquoted out of context," Angle said, contending that the actual intent of the founding fathers was "to protect the church from being taken over by a state religion."

Despite her own recent disappearing act on the campaign trail, Angle told the show's host that she'd like to face off against Reid in an on-air debate. "What I would like to see is Harry Reid come into this studio with you and I and have a true debate," Angle said.

3. Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland is maintaining a steady lead over former Rep. John Kasich (R) in the Ohio gubernatorial race, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

Strickland led Kasich 43 percent to 38 percent in the poll -- numbers essentially unchanged from previous Q polls in March and April.

Being behind is never a good thing but Kasich's folks will likely take a measure of relief that his numbers didn't drop precipitously after two impolitic comments -- one about Strickland's humble upbringing, the other about NBA star LeBron James -- drew national media attention. (It's worth noting that the controversy over Kasich's comments happened simultaneously with the dates the poll was in the field and so the data may be a lagging indicator of whether it did him any longer-term damage.)

Democrats have hammered Kasich for both remarks. Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine said that he didn't think growing up in a "chicken shack" was a bad thing, but "maybe that's how it looks from the perspective of a Lehman Brothers consultant." (Oh, snap!)

4. Minnesota gubernatorial hopeful and former Sen. Mark Dayton (D) is up with two new television ads in which he promises to "make the rich pay their fair share" of taxes.

"Tim Pawlenty has protected tax loopholes for the richest Minnesotans, while cutting education funding for our children. Mark Dayton says it's wrong," says the narrator of one ad, referring to the state's outgoing Republican governor (and potential 2012 presidential candidate).

In the other ad, Dayton tells a supporter: "The richest Minnesotans can avoid paying their fair share of taxes, and that will change when I'm governor."

The irony, of course, is that Dayton is extremely wealthy -- an heir to a retail fortune that owns Target among other stores. In his 2000 Senate campaign, he spent more than $11 million of his own dollars on his winning bid.

A KSTP-TV poll conducted by SurveyUSA earlier this month showed Dayton leading the Democratic field, pulling in 39 percent to state House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher's 26 percent and former state House Minority Leader Matt Entenza's 22 percent.

The race is one of the few featuring a former senator running without the backing of his party; the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is backing Kelliher who won the state party convention. (Neither Dayton nor Entenza competed for the nod.) Both men have been up on the air for weeks, however, while Kelliher has yet to air a TV ad.

The winner of the Aug. 10 primary will go on to face state Rep. Tom Emmer (R) and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner in the fall.

5. Democrats hold single-digit leads in both the California governor's and Senate races, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters.

In the governor's race, state Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) holds a 45 percent to 39 percent lead on former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R). In the Senate race, Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D) lead over former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R) is 45 percent to 41 percent.

The Democrats' lead can be largely chalked up to that fact that Boxer and Brown are better-known than their GOP competitors, according to the pollster. The results are not terribly surprising and confirm that both races will be very competitive in November.

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By Chris Cillizza  |  June 30, 2010; 7:12 AM ET
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There was a time when you actually had something to say, but you let it get away in your fascination with debating cart machines. Take a break, have a brew or two, and see if you can come back with ideas and arguments, not hurt feelings and demands for banishment of your ancient enemies to the darkness outside.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 30, 2010 6:29 PM
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You're the one who should take a vacation. Noacoler may be an idiot, but he's one of the few people here who can engage in give-and-take rather than just posting screeds and spamming the place with cut-and-pastes from other sites. If you want a liberal echo chamber, where you only have to deal with the like-minded, maybe you should check out some other site.

Posted by: Brigade | June 30, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

OPK, NOW, on to the lead bullet point. Having demonstrated what he thinks of his own memory mark Kirk decides to use it to remember the numerous slights and ills given by his Banking friend, well, ok, opponent, has given him and the people of Illinois. (This has to hurt because he has to say nasty things about bankers. Those nasty things he says have to be about unfortunate bankers who were ruinded by being bankers and trying too hard to make money. And of course mark knows just how important it is for bankers to make money, even when their banks don't)

So now he is going to campaign about those evile, bankrupt, bankers.

See where this is headed? let him talk for a couple of minutes and HE WILL HAVE TO TALK LIKE A SOCIALIST DEMOCRAT.

Why is Alexi Giannoulias keeping quiet? Why did McKinley keep his mouth shut and let Bryan talk himself out of being elected? (McKinley helped write the Sherman Silver Purchase Act. The OTHER SHERMAN, John. You know, the Other Senator from Ohio)

Posted by: ceflynline | June 30, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

"I really think you are on shaky ground. Having read a fair number of your posts over the months, you have engaged in the same sort of personal attacks that you cast on others. Banning 37th made sense. As did banning you. Both were consistent with the rules of fair play on the blog. You both chose to ignore them. Chris Posted by: Chris_Cillizza"

CF8:

I am going to make a suggestion. Take a months vacation from the Fix. Pick a new avatar. Inculcate in that avatar a deep reluctance to even notice 37 in all his reincarnations. Think carefully about what it is you have to say. Return and see if, absent your tendency to give trolls attention the trolls can actually recognize your new avatar.

There was a time when you actually had something to say, but you let it get away in your fascination with debating cart machines. Take a break, have a brew or two, and see if you can come back with ideas and arguments, not hurt feelings and demands for banishment of your ancient enemies to the darkness outside.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 30, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

CC: while they are re engineering the blog, have them add Not gremane and thread jack buttons. Keep a count. post the results.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 30, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"The Democrats' lead can be largely chalked up to that fact that Boxer and Brown are better-known than their GOP competitors, according to the pollster. The results are not terribly surprising and confirm that both races will be very competitive in November."

OR that California's incumbent fatigue is heavily outweighed by Californian's over familiarity with Whitman and Fiorina.

When you get to know these girls even Lynette Fromme or Sarah Moore would be preferable.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 30, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

With more bad jobs and economic reports lining the road to November, it doesn't look too good for the Dems. Their solutions are only making matters worse and that's why they will lose their jobs in on Nov. 2.

Posted by: kenpasadena | June 30, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Given the presence of so many trolls here all of us have done posts that were more about other posters than about the alleged blog topic. It's unfortunate but it's a fact of online life.

But there're very few here who rarely do anything else. Can't help but wonder why doing one savagely personal post after another after another gets no censure.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 30, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Time to leave the blog to the no-life troll.

Posted by: drindl | June 30, 2010 2:49 PM


Followed immediately by:

""She is SICK in the HEAD.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 30, 2010 3:08 PM ""

Lucky guess, supine obligation or witchy ways???

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 30, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"I'm right, you're wrong"

-The Ped

/repeat

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 30, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I started to listen to that interview and couldn't take a minute of it. Angle is completely incoherent, at least as rambling and vacuous as Sarah Palin. She makes no sense. The idea that unemployment benefits removing people from the "working class" (WTF?!? Did she mean workforce?) is grotesquely punitive .. they need to be desperate enough to take the lowest paying jobs there are, what few there are. If middle-aged workers accustomed to salaries in the 80K range are getting their lousy grand a month, not even enough to make rent, they might not be desperate enough to put themselves in competition with teenagers.

She is SICK in the HEAD.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 30, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Nice day here. Time to leave the blog to the no-life troll.

Posted by: drindl | June 30, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

During the Clinton years, she manipulated medical findings to support the argument for partial-birth abortion. As Harvard Law School Dean, she banned military recruiters from the school to support the radical homosexual agenda. She argued before the Supreme Court as solicitor general that laws that suppress the First Amendment are acceptable because "there has never been an enforcement action for books." Ms. Kagan is far from the mainstream of American culture, but completely within the radical intellectual current that threatens the future of the country.

When the president can nominate mediocre candidates for the high bench and expect the nominee to get through, it is proof that the confirmation process is broken. Ms. Kagan is a perfect example. She has no experience as a judge, a weak publication record, no evidence of being a leading legal scholar, and no reputation as a prominent intellectual. She does not deserve, and has not earned, such a high position of trust and authority. She certainly does not deserve the opportunity to have her offbeat opinions read into the law of the land.

Ms. Kagan is a symptom of the problems that many Americans see with the insular, exclusionary, elitist culture that dominates Washington, the academy and much of the media. Her nomination should be rejected, and the Senate should revise its procedures so that nominees are no longer allowed to disguise and distort - or even lie about - their true beliefs.

-the truthful Washington paper

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 30, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

And more:

"Ralston then asked her whether she supported a proposal in the Senate to provide billions of dollars in incentives for small businesses to hire people. He did not mention any information about who was pushing the bill. Angle responded: "Well I think that's where the incentive should go, is to small businesses, yes. Because we know they are the engine that drives the job force."

"We have made history tonight," Ralston declared. "Because Sharron Angle just expressed support for a Harry Reid bill. How can I top that?"

She doesn't even have any idea what she is talking about.

Posted by: drindl | June 30, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"Democrats hold single-digit leads in both the California governor's and Senate races, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters."

And we hadn't gotten finished properly celebrating "The Year of the (Rich White) Republican Woman"...and now we have to get this news? They could have at least waited for the hangover to set in to burst the empowerment bubble. Wait! Single digits are great even if we lose after tossing in millions we didn't need. GO Republican Women! Go!

Is there still time for the RNC's proposed "Month of the non-White Republican?" Nikki is still ahead, right and still Christian, Right? Shout out to Chairman Steele for all the good work!

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 30, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

This is funny too...

"Republicans have spent the better part of two years distancing themselves from bailouts and hitting Democrats for supporting them. But given a choice between continuing the 2008 bank bailout and regulating Wall Street, several Republicans voted last night (and almost all of them will ultimately vote) to keep the bailout alive.

Last night, in a scramble to save the bill in the wake of Sen. Scott Brown's (R-MA) objections to the conference report, Democrats worked with moderate Republicans to figure out a new way to pay for Wall Street reform. What they came up with was pretty simple: end the TARP legislation (i.e., the much-maligned bank bailout) early. Every Republican negotiator on the conference committee objected, some vociferously. "

Posted by: drindl | June 30, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

rape or incest, because it would interfere with God’s “plan for them."
-some moonbat
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
I thought Obama was the messiah, not Clinton or Gore???????

Is berry planning on following in the clinton/Gore/Edwards tradition of not taking NO for an answer?

Considering his health care ram rodding, Magic Eight ball points to YES.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 30, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

This is what is called "Liberal leadership"

Nasty Pelousy will not pass budget this year. Just what are they hired to do? Imagine the slaughter if their out of control spending were actually written down for all to see.

Berry Obungler overwhelmed by Present idential tasks - ignores oil spill, no evidence of any jobs, finding a way to lose the war by announcing surrender date. getting better at golf though.

Harry (last name withheld) can't pass a single thing even with an overwhelming majority. no wonder his kid wears a fake mustache.

Kagen - I have no opinion of any kind on any matter whatsoever.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 30, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm just ignoring him, too, margaret.

More precious Sharron Angle -- rape is part of God's plan:

In a radio interview with Bill Manders on Jan. 25, Sharron Angle — the GOP candidate and Tea Party darling challenging Harry Reid for Nevada’s U.S. Senate seat — came out firmly against abortion. She even took the extreme position that women should not have control over their reproductive rights in cases of rape or incest, because it would interfere with God’s “plan for them."

Posted by: drindl | June 30, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Noa, I find it galling that drindl is supposed to take a lesson in restraint from you.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 30, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

"In the other ad, Dayton tells a supporter: "The richest Minnesotans can avoid paying their fair share of taxes, and that will change when I'm governor."

The irony, of course, is that Dayton is extremely wealthy -- an heir to a retail fortune that owns Target among other stores. In his 2000 Senate campaign, he spent more than $11 million of his own dollars on his winning bid."

Irony "the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning" The Fix

What is the irony in Dayton's statement? I just don't get it. He wasn't saying he supported having no rich people in Minnesota, just having them all pay their fair share.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 30, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse


"The Democrats' lead can be largely chalked up to that fact that Boxer and Brown are better-known than their GOP competitors"

After all the personal fortune spent and national reputations of Whitman and Fiorina?

Come on. What you don't seem to want to accept Chris, is that Californians are rejecting the GOP message, plain and simple.

Posted by: drindl | June 30, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Bob, agreed, Ralston was good. A piece:

"Ralston then asked, “if people lose their jobs through no fault of their own, as many have during this recession, Sharron Angle’s solution is to cut their unemployment benefits so low so they’re somehow gonna go out and find jobs that don’t exist?”

“There are jobs that do exist. That’s what we’re saying, is that there are jobs,” Angle replied. “But those are entry-level jobs.”

Angle’s clarification doesn’t make her position look any better, and her assertion that there a multitude of jobs available for the unemployed is simply rubbish. First, the average unemployment benefit is just $290 per week. There are nearly five workers actively searching for work for every job available, compared to 1.5 per job opening before the recession began.

“That is incredibly unusual, so therefore it’s premature to give up on those emergency benefits,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Economy.com.

In all, there are currently 15 million Americans unemployed, and almost half of them have been out of work for at least six months, which is a post-World War II record. As Heather Boushey, Luke Reidenbach, and Christine Riordan pointed out, “since the 1950s, federal unemployment insurance extensions remained in place during recessionary periods until unemployment dropped to as low as 5.0 percent. The highest unemployment rate at which these extensions were allowed to expire was 7.2 percent.” But Angle is sure that these benefits actively keep people from working, and if we only slashed them, employment would flourish."

“But those are entry-level jobs.” As Angle herself said. So who would give an entry-level job to a middle-aged person. She's too stupid to even back up her own arguments.

Posted by: drindl | June 30, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

So will ignore from now on.

==

That would be nice

Posted by: Noacoler | June 30, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Jon Ralston is one of the most direct and effective political interviewers on TV and print. His interview with Angle, as many with other political figures of both parties, did not disappoint.

To say she defended herself is like saying that Saddam Hussein defended himself from the US invasion.There was more material in that interview for a fall attack season for Reid than anything I have ever seen.

In all the third rail areas, Sharron had taken the time to firmly and proudly grab it on conservative media outlets. She is the Tea bagger's primo tea bag. God bless her angry and compassion free heart! Violence is OK too if you don't get the election result you seek!

She had almost done Jon's work for him, but unlike typical news media sycophants (CC excluded because he is tough) he presented her own words to her and wouldn't let her spin her way out.

She does keep a nice smile all the time though Chris - you missed that in your complete telling.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 30, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Poor Ped. No one can stand her.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.

Noa,

I really think you are on shaky ground.

Having read a fair number of your posts over the months, you have engaged in the same sort of personal attacks that you cast on others.

Banning 37th made sense. As did banning you. Both were consistent with the rules of fair play on the blog. You both chose to ignore them.


Chris

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | June 29, 2010 6:52 PM

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 30, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Where is it written that any member (or future member) of Congres has to talk to the press? As long as they are supporting the views of the people who voted for them, they don't have to worry about anything else. Journalists seem to think they have the RIGHT to talk to people. They don't! Surprise, journalists! And as for what those of you posting think about Angle, who cares? If the majority of the people of Nevada want her, that's their business. You liberals think you're so much more intelligent than any conservative. You're not. It's all in your head. People are laughing at you, too. The people liberals vote into office as just plain weird, I think: Pelosi, Reid, Franken - horrible, horrible, totally out of touch arrogant people.

==

Preciously ironic to lay claim to unrecognized intelligence by doing one of the stupidest posts in memory.

Yeah, people have no right to know anything about who they're voting for.  Those arrogant journalists.  If Angle wants to run as a black box, that's her business.  Hey, good luck with that.

And yeah, conservatives, or whatever you knuckle walkers call yourselves, real smart.  Oh yeah.  Anyone can see that.  What with your standard-bearer being a woman who can't utter a coherent sentence or even remember what she said at the beginning when she gets to the end.

Welcome to your fifth term, Senator Reid. 

Posted by: Noacoler | June 30, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"the utterly empty head and life of drivl "

--from an obseesive, mentally deranged person who posts here 24 hours a day under 5 different names. Would be funny were it not so depressing.

So will ignore from now on.

Thank you for paying attention, Chris... can't wait for the new moderation system so we can get rid of stalkers like this nutbag.

Posted by: drindl | June 30, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

FYI

All,

1. Ceflynline and Fairlinton: Thanks for your thoughtfulness and patience. I believe that the comments section will get better sooner rather than later so hopefully it will be rewarded.

2. 37th/Heatwave has been banned AGAIN. Not sure what else I can do other than keep banning him. And he will continue to return under other names.

3. ChrisFox/Noa: The comparison between you and 37th is based on your desire to return repeatedly under other names despite being banned. I continue to be baffled as to why you spend so much time getting back to a blog you disdain so much but that's another conversation.

4. To everyone else: Commenting on blogs remains very much a work in progress. The Post's goal is to allow as free a discussion as possible without permitting personal attacks and other online savagery. It seems a pretty easy goal to meet. Treat people online like you would offline.

Chris

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | June 29, 2010 9:18 PM

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 30, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

That was a wholly inaccurate and misleading take on the Angle interview.

IN the interview she was shown recent video or audio statements of her positions on SS (eliminate it!), abortion (none even for rape or incest because it is god's plan for the woman), unemployment benefits ( people are just lazy and won't take the jobs that haven't been created by Harry although I will not create any jobs since that is not the job of a Senator) and on and on.

Why did you provide us with such a biased summary?


WHY DID YOU NOT EMBED THE INTERVIEW?

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 30, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

the boycott was sweet while it lasted.

the utterly empty head and life of drivl and her moonbat squad made any organized effort a foregone failure. Just like Present ident Obungler, you know.

Poor lonely Ped couldn't resist posting all night about what a victim she is, as usual.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 30, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"She also sought to moderate remarks she'd made in a January interview in which she said that people might resort to "Second Amendment remedies"


She can 'seek to moderate' all she wants -- everyone knows she was advocating assination of elected officials. That is how insane she really is. The more exposure she gets, the better for Harry Reid.

This is one sow's ear all the coaching in the world cannot turn into a silk purse.

Posted by: drindl | June 30, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"'What I would like to see is Harry Reid come into this studio with you and I and have a true debate,' Angle said."

Grammar police: it should be "with you and me," not "with you and I."

Sorry, pet peeve of mine.

Posted by: dasimon | June 30, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"I think this is an insult to Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, either of whom would have acted decisively in response to the oil spill."

Really, Moonbat? Just what exactly would they have done? For that matter, just what, exactly, would YOU have done?

Posted by: ceebee2 | June 30, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Technically, it was Angle MISquoting Jefferson.

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 30, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Also, yet another poll showing that health care reform is getting more popular.

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

Although we all knew that this talk of repeal was just bluster. It's all but disappeared from the talking points.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 30, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Boy! I am sure glad this country has an over abundance of crackpots and idiots. If we didn't we wouldn't have anyone to run for public office.

Posted by: OldCoot1 | June 30, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/sharron_angle_we_should_cut_un.html?wprss=plum-line

Sharon Angle realizes that Nevada has really high unemployment, doesn't she?

First she says that it's not the job of a Senator to create jobs.

Now she says that Americans are spoiled by unemployment benefits.

Her real views aside, it's asinine to be saying these sorts of things.

I'd be furious if I were in Republican leadership. Angle and the party are so intent on throwing this election away. Harry Reid is unpopular, but you can't beat the boxer with both arms tied behind your back.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 30, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

This is priceless...Angle quoting Jefferson...she's all done, GOP. Are all Nevadans ignorant as peach pie? Stick a fork in her, she's done.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | June 30, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Obama fan-girl Kathleen Parker says Barack Obama may be our first woman president, which is only fair because Bill Clinton was already (according to Toni Morrison) our first black president.

Generally speaking, men and women communicate differently. Women tend to be coalition builders rather than mavericks (with the occasional rogue exception). While men seek ways to measure themselves against others, for reasons requiring no elaboration, women form circles and talk it out.
Obama is a chatterbox who makes Alan Alda look like Genghis Khan.

She goes on to say that it's his style of passivity and talky coalition-building that has made him so blowfully ineffectual in dealing with situations that demand action, like the gulf oil spill. (Still waiting for a fanboy to step up to the plate and defend his response, BTW.) I think this is an insult to Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, either of whom would have acted decisively in response to the oil spill.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 30, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Reid's handlers are having Reid keep a low profile since they know he may say the wrong thing. Let's see Reid out there being interviewed by conservatives like Angle is by liberals! Reid is proved how unethical and corrupt he is. Now let's hear from him directly. Come on Reid, we want you to be interviewed too!

Posted by: elby | June 30, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Well, when conservatives support radicals like Angle, Bachmann, Palin etc one certainly has to wonder about their level of intelligence.

Posted by: kathlenec | June 30, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

71 days in and Obungler finally accepts help from other nations

A snail is more decisive.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 30, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Moonbat is a graduate of the Bumble Charm School. More fiber, honey, and try to stand up straight.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 30, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Where is it written that any member (or future member) of Congres has to talk to the press? As long as they are supporting the views of the people who voted for them, they don't have to worry about anything else. Journalists seem to think they have the RIGHT to talk to people. They don't! Surprise, journalists! And as for what those of you posting think about Angle, who cares? If the majority of the people of Nevada want her, that's their business. You liberals think you're so much more intelligent than any conservative. You're not. It's all in your head. People are laughing at you, too. The people liberals vote into office as just plain weird, I think: Pelosi, Reid, Franken - horrible, horrible, totally out of touch arrogant people.

Posted by: georges2 | June 30, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

From what I have seen of Angle, she is not intelligent enough to keep all her lies in order. To say she is misconstrued, when her words actually support her radical, irresponsible beliefs, hopefully will open the eyes of voters in Nevada. The interview is quite enlightening and cannot wait to see more on the Maddow show tonight. Voters, we do not need any more idiots in office. There is already far too many.

Posted by: kathlenec | June 30, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Sharon Angle, John Boehner, and the other idiots who want to "serve" the public propose phasing out social security pensions. What they don't say is will they also eliminate the social security payroll taxes. Do they propose continuing to tax the workers to pay for the benefits that will be protected (those about to receive or already receiving)? The way it now works, current taxes pay for the current recipients. Loose talk with NO real plan to back it up. Somebody is going to pay for those benefits. I think we'll see a revolt if younger workers are still hit with FICA payroll taxes, knowing they will definitely not be receiving social security.
We have many intelligent capable people in America. Why don't any of these people ever run for office?

Posted by: AnnsThought | June 30, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Nevada already has severe problems without adding like Sharron Angle who is so lacking in basic knowledge, so willing to lie, so bereft of compassion, and so extreme to the mix. We already have John Ensign and Jim Gibbons to do that for us.

Posted by: Sandydayl | June 30, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Coast Guard and EPA bureaucrats are blocking the deployment of a gigantic oil-skimming ship pending numerous bureaucratic reviews.
The largest skimming ship in the world -- known as an "A Whale" -- is expected to arrive in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, but will be prevented from contracting with BP to help clean up the oil spill until the federal government decides that the vessel is "effective."
The administration could have issued a waiver and put the vessel to work immediately. For that matter, it could have requested and approved the vessel weeks ago.

My challenge to Obama's fanboys remains: Defend Captain Wonderful's Response to the Oil Spill. So far, no takers.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 30, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Sharron Angle. Finally someone actually stupider than Sarah Palin.

Posted by: vztownes | June 30, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

@Bondoson

"I do not believe that I am the best candidate to lead the DFL Party to victory next year," Dayton told reporters. "I cannot stand to do the constant fund raising necessary to wage a successful campaign, and I cannot be an effective senator while also being a nearly full-time candidate."

That's a Mark Dayton quote on why he was voluntarily giving up his Senate seat and not running for re-election again in 2006. A year which, considering his vote against the Iraq war, and the Democrat "sweep" into Congress, he would have been a sure victor.

A man hungry for power or vanity wouldn't step down and disappear from the public spotlight over his disillusionment at seeing national politics close up.

That's a man who saw the inside of the Senate, despised what he saw, and wanted nothing to do with it.

You can call that vanity if you want. I'll be voting for Mark Dayton for governor.

Posted by: Gover | June 30, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"The Democrats' lead can be largely chalked up to that fact that Boxer and Brown are better-known than their GOP competitors, according to the pollster."

Chris, don't you think this is kind of silly, to say that Meg Whitman isn't well known, after she has spent a year carpet bombing CA with $90 million dollars of TV advertising, while Brown has barely uttered a word and hasn't been involved in politics in years?

How about the idea that Californians just don't like her or or her ideas, and that she is simply a terrible candidate?

Some with Carly Fiorina -- she has spend a huge chunk of personal fortune as well. But Californians are just not buying the idea of a couple of arrogant CEO's [one a failure, at that] who want to buy themselves a political career.

Posted by: drindl | June 30, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

As predicted, the sky didn't fall nor did the ground open up. Once the death panels failed to make their appearance, those who were duped gradually began to come around:

The Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 48 percent of the public had a favorable view of the law in June while 41 percent had an unfavorable opinion. A month earlier, the split was 41 percent favorable to 44 percent unfavorable.

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 30, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Her ridiculous statements aside, I found Sharron Angle's demeanor creepy. At completely inappropriate and/or random moments in the middle of her sentences, she'd smile. A creepy, evil sort of smile.

Posted by: brickerd | June 30, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"What I would like to see is Harry Reid come into this studio with you and I and have a true debate," Angle said.

It's called posturing.
She doesn't want a public debate.
It will make her look more foolish than she already is.

Posted by: vigor | June 30, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

"contending that the actual intent of the founding fathers was "to protect the church from being taken over by a state religion.""

What?

Posted by: vigor | June 30, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Angle stated:

"Actually, Thomas Jefferson has been misquoted like I've been misquoted out of context," Angle said, contending that the actual intent of the founding fathers was "to protect the church from being taken over by a state religion."

Oh really? Below are Jefferson exact words. You judge.

"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."

Posted by: Lefty_ | June 30, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

4.Co-sign Brian. Dayton repeatedly ran for Senator and didn't make a ripple in Washington, quitting after 1 term. Now he's discovered that he wants to be governor? Color me unimpressed.

5. Meg Whitman spent $91 million and voters still don't know her? Not good.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 30, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

TO: "bondosan" @ 9:11 a.m.

Just how deep is this black hole? Where is the "release" in "catch and release"? Or is this "catch and contain?" "Man in the middle attack" and the man in the middle always wins?

If due process and First Amendment rights are a thing of the past in America, are we still in America, or have we crossed over into an authoritarian parallel universe?

IDEOLOGICAL CENSORSHIP OF THE NET: NOT FOR CHINA ONLY

http://nowpublic.com/world/homeland-fusion-center-censors-net-political-comments-yet-again
NowPublic.com/scrivener (lede articles and links therein)

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 30, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

TheFix writes
"Minnesota gubernatorial hopeful and former Sen. Mark Dayton (D) is up with two new television ads in which he promises to "make the rich pay their fair share" of taxes."

Apparently 'tax the rich' is the only policy position currently held by Mark Dayton. He is now positioning himself, with this latest vanity run for office, to once again lose the governorship for the DFL, which hasn't held that office for over 20 years. If the candidates are Dayton, Emmer & Horner, there might be just enough of a gap for IP candidate Horner to shoot the gap and 'shock the world' a la Gov Ventura.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 30, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

It's like that Star Trek episode, Vic.

You and I are alone aboard the enterprise but we keep hearing the heartbeats of 37 and Zouk pressed against the hull.

Posted by: Bondosan | June 30, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

It is 8:42 a.m. I've just refreshed today's "Fix" and I still get a message that "no comments have been posted to this entry." That would be an oddity, indeed, at this hour -- or am I looking at a "spoofed" or faked "Fix" website to which my connection has been re-directed by a covert government surveillance and censorship regime?

Hell-o, is there anybody out there?

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

FUSION CENTER GESTAPO USES JOURNO'S CELL PHONE TO TARGET MICROWAVE TORTURE -- IS PRESIDENT OBAMA A TARGET, TOO?

• Longtime mainstream journalist exposing U.S. government cell tower- based microwave laser radio frequency directed energy weapon torture of extrajudically persecuted Americans sees evidence that President Obama has been a target of silent electromagnetic assault and entrainment.

http://nowpublic.com/world/fed-gestapo-uses-journos-cell-phone-target-microwave-torture
NowPublic.com/scrivener (lede articles and links therein)

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 30, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

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