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Obama stumps for Reid in Vegas as ad wars heat up

1. President Obama made his third trip to Nevada to campaign for Harry Reid, as the Senate majority leader and the Republican nominee, former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, exchanged some of their sharpest attacks to date.

"Anybody who knows Harry knows he is made of strong stuff," Obama said at a fundraiser at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which together with a smaller event was expected to raise $800,000 for Reid's re-election bid. Addressing a crowd of about 3,000 people, the president praised Reid as "one tough guy" and also took aim at remarks Angle made in a Las Vegas radio interview in which she called the $20 billion BP escrow fund a "slush fund."

"I'm sure she meant 'slush fund' in the nicest possible way," Obama said, before going on to ask the crowd, "Why would you want somebody who has that philosophy representing the people of Nevada?" (Angle backtracked Thursday, noting that she "shouldn't have used the term 'slush fund' " and adding that "every party involved should be held fully accountable.")

The Democratic National Committee is seizing on Angle's remarks in a Web site that it is launching Friday. The site highlights the "slush fund" comment and features a picture of Angle with a banner reading, "Big oil needs more friends in Congress."

Meanwhile, both Reid and Angle are going up with new TV ads: Angle's, her first TV ad of the general election, is a minute-long spot highlighting the state's dismal unemployment figures and economic troubles. The ad was produced by Brabender Cox and will run statewide for 10 days, according to Angle's camp.

Reid's newest ad is a 30-second spot seizing on a remark by Angle that it's "not my job as a U.S. senator" to create jobs. The Democratic-aligned independent group Patriot Majority is going up with a 30-second ad similar to the Reid spot.

Ahead of Obama's visit, Angle and national Republicans opened a new line of attack on the majority leader for refusing to take a position on the Justice Department's decision to challenge the Arizona immigration law.

Angle also charged in two separate radio interviews Wednesday that Reid is "just trying to hit the girl."

"You know," she explained, "isolate that Sharron Angle, marginalize her and then demonize her."

Democrats, in turn, blasted Angle for remarks in a June interview in which she confirmed her opposition to abortion in cases of rape and incest and noted that "two wrongs don't make a right."

While the past 24 hours have been eventful, the next day or two may be even more so: Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is set to arrive for the state Republican Party convention as Obama departs the state Friday. Both Steele and Angle are expected to address the group this weekend.

2. A Republican Governors Association already flush with cash is rounding out its political operation, adding Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) top aide to its staff.

Timmy Teepell, who managed Jindal's 2007 governor campaign and has served as his chief of staff since then, will focus on turnout in an increasingly huge year for the RGA.

The hire represents a new chapter for the committee, which has previously been more of a messaging organization rather than one focused on the ground game. Unprecedented fundraising -- it outraised the Democratic Governors Association $19 million to $9.1 million in the second quarter -- has allowed the RGA to do far more than it ever has before, and it has been building toward the 2010 cycle for four years, effectively.

Teepell got his start in Washington politics shortly after graduating from high school and went on to work for the Republican National Committee. He ran Jindal's congressional campaigns before managing his huge 2007 win as governor, which catapulted Jindal to national prominence.

Teepell will work at the RGA and then return after this cycle to rejoin the governor's staff. Jindal looks like a solid bet to run for reelection in 2011 rather than for the White House in 2012.

Teepell joins a growing staff working under Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R). The RGA retained its experienced political director, Paul Bennecke, and added two top aides to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R) successful 2009 campaign, Phil Cox and Tim Murtaugh, earlier this year

3. Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) got his Senate fundraising on track in the second quarter, though he still faces a steep financial disadvantage.

Fisher announced he raised more than $1 million between April and June and has more than $1 million on hand after emerging from a tough primary. Both of those numbers pale to former Rep. Rob Portman's (R-Ohio) $2.65 million raised and $8.8 million on hand, but they do represent a step up for Fisher, who hadn't raised $1 million since the first quarter of 2009.

In other numbers released Thursday, New Hampshire businessman Bill Binnie (R) announced he raised about $550,000 for his Senate primary against former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte. Ayotte raised $720,000, but Binnie has been self-funding and should be able to spend much more than Ayotte.

In House races, Minnesota state Rep. Randy Demmer (R) turned in a surprisingly strong $300,000 raised for his run against Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) -- a total that could put that race on the map. Walz raised $380,000 and has an $850,000-to-$250,000 edge in cash on hand.

Freshman Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) raised a strong $410,000. He faces state Rep. Raul Labrador, who upset the GOP favorite in the primary.

In governor's races, former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes (D) announced he raised $1.3 million in the second quarter. On the GOP side, state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine raised $870,000, and Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) raised $570,000, according to local reports.

4. Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) and his Democratic opponent released dueling polls Thursday, with the incumbent's poll showing him leading by 25, and the challenger's poll pegging the lead at just 12.

Tiberi's Public Opinion Strategies survey shows him leading Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks 53 percent to 28 percent, with libertarian Travis Irvine at 5.

Brooks responded with her own poll, from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, which showed Tiberi leading Brooks 48 percent to 36 percent and Irvine at 10.

It's worth noting that Tiberi's poll was conducted more recently (late June vs. early June for the Brooks poll). In his polling memo, Public Opinion Strategies pollster Glen Bolger notes that an October ballot test showed Tiberi leading just 51 percent to 39 percent.

Whether you believe either poll, Tiberi looks like he's right around 50 percent, which is decent territory for an incumbent. Tiberi's poll shows the incumbent's favorability at 54 percent, with just 24 percent unfavorable; Brooks's poll doesn't include that information.

Brooks's is one of 16 Republican-held seats being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue program.

5. Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) is up with her latest TV ad in the Connecticut Senate race, a 30-second spot that features her standing in front of a whiteboard and touting her jobs plan.

"The career politicians have been busy working on all the wrong things, leaping from issue to issue without tackling the most important one: jobs," McMahon says in the ad. The campaign is spending about $1.1 million on the ad, which will run statewide for about a week, according to McMahon spokesperson Ed Patru. National Democrats responded by pointing out that McMahon's WWE had laid off a "large percentage" of its workforce over the years and that wrestlers who worked as independent contractors did not receive benefits.

McMahon, who had spent $16.5 million of her own money on her bid as of late March, has been upping her presence on the campaign trail as of late, holding an average of two public events a day.

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), meanwhile, has lowered his campaign-trail profile following the controversy in May over his military record. (He has maintained an active schedule in his official role as attorney general.)

McMahon's camp contends that Blumenthal is trying to run out the clock. Blumenthal "comes out of his foxhole to occasionally announce lawsuits and then he vanishes," Patru said, adding, "We don't think he can win this campaign from a bunker and we don't believe running out the clock is a strategy that will work for him."

Blumenthal spokesperson Marla Romash contended that such claims have "no basis in fact" and that the attorney general has been hard at work as an effective advocate for the people of the state. "Dick is working very hard, and everybody in Connecticut knows that except the McMahon campaign," Romash said.

A June Quinnipiac poll showed that Blumenthal still leads McMahon by 20 points and his favorability rating remains high at 59 percent even after his misstatements about his service during Vietnam.

Also appearing alongside McMahon on the August 10 primary ballot are businessman Peter Schiff (R) and former Rep. Rob Simmons (R), whose name remains on the ballot even though he suspended his campaign in May.

-- By Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

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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 | July 12, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I know that those who have lost their jobs in Nevada are thankful that Harry was able to make COBRA health care more affordable!!!

My boyfriend was recently terminated because he had to use the restroom. It was closed for cleaning, but he went in anyway. Another guy did the same thing but since he had diabetes they didn't terminate him because they were afraid of a discrimination complaint. It's reverse discrimination against a non-disabled person. When you have to go it doesn't matter if you have a disability or not.

They couldn't use the public restroom because the company had a policy that employees could only use the employee restroom (except for those employees who did not have to wear a company uniform, only those in management who wear suits). Maybe it's time Congress look into the At Will Laws that let employers terminate employees for stupid reasons not related to job performance. How many unemployed workers were fired without just cause?

Posted by: Nevadaandy | July 10, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@ceflyn: getta loada Angle's ad .. compare to Reid's. Notes that unemployment is high in Nevada and does nothing to tie it to Reid save to note that he's the Senator. Sad music, slow-motion crowds with weary expressions. Stunningly inept work.

Reid's of course uses Angle's own deplorable statements, unembellished, unedited. "Not my job to bring jobs to Nevada." So what does she think a Senator's job is? Apparently it's to assure the survival of rapists' children.

That should sell.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 9, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

"I'm confused by your comment, mark -- Ms. Angle said it 'wasn't her job to create jobs.' perhaps you are being sarcastic? Posted by: drindl"

You mean the cognitive dissonance between Angle saying that as a Senator it isn't HER job to create Jobs, but it is the job of the man she would replace?

Check under job description: Republican. Notice that the words consistency or long term memory do not appear.

They aren't expected to remember what they said an hour ago, and even if they did, they can't expect the republicans they are talking to to remember that long.

Not in their job description.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 9, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1:

KoZ and 37 and their friends have a problem. They want a literate, thoughtful, mordant, witty conservative white knight to come in and rout us inconsiderate libruls.

That occasionally looks like it might happen, but since the other criteria they demand is that literate, witty, scintillating white knight also not stray from the party line by as much as a comma, when the Conservative who looks like their savior does arrive, he invariably makes some mistake, like agreeing with bsimon, and that immediately means he is just another godless librul cutting and pasting godless librul pabulum.

Since no such white knight has so far arrived, KoZ and 37 intend to rectify the defect by being as scintillating as they can. Original isn't a requirement, and typing all those words is a pain, so they repost and repost, and 37 pads his $.0002 worth with liberal use of line feeds and carriage returns, so that he can make up in linear dimensions the lack of dimension in his thought.

When someone who is witty and original shows up, they first try to subvert him, but, invariably having failed in that, they know him as their ancient enemy, a thoughtful person, and try to run him off, or get him banned.

I am quite torn between considerations of giving this blog up as hopeless, and thoughts that original thinking probably gives this bunch far more gray hair then they give me.

I can afford a month's worth of patience.

Then again, I regularly get 37th's goat, and KoZ's too. Small victories, I admit, but satisfying.

Especially satisfying when KoZ calls me an idiot or suggests the I should be banned.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 9, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or is 37th becoming even more unhinged in his postings?, as if that were even possible.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 9, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

@leichtman: he won't. If CC had any problem with zouk's weird vicious name calling or 37th's relentless spamming he could have pulled the plug on them months ago. He only banned 37th when it looked like he was about to have a mass exodus and as soon as that threat stopped then 37th got free rein to spam away and as you see he's back at it worse than ever.

When he did ban zouk, what, six times now, it was never more than one of his dozens of monikers.

Face it. CC likes this stuff. He's nothing but a hit-hoor.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 9, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

curious ZOUK, if you and 37th are so proud
of your posts, and claim you are innocent
of personal slurs, including your's at 4:32 pm, why you would change your moniker every single day? Do you somehow think your insults prove your superiority? Do you understand that everyone sees right through your charade. In college debate and mock trial, I don't recall any of the participants winning any points by giving the finger to the judge(CC) or calling their opponents every despicable name in their limited vocabulary, as you do here in every single post.
If that is what you and 37th wish to turn this site into, you have made this site a total joke. Congratulations apparently that was your objective along with your pal 37th, to destroy this site.
When CC returns, I pray that he finally puts an end to this filth.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 9, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Let's go to the instant replay:

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: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 9, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Finance whiz, I think it is evident from your writing what your level of education is.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 9, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"all she posts is personal attacks on others, a clear violation of the rules"

and precisely what would you call your posts zouk? should I remind you of your childish personal/name calling attacks on every single post other than 37th and brigade. And you think calling someone a ped, a socialist, financial wizard, and worse is not offensive?
Apparently being uncivil is a conservative perogative. Enough already with these idiotic
personal attacks. Considering that you have
no idea who I am or others here, our personal values, upbringing, or our educaton, how dare any of you insult or judge us. How about just sticking to politics from now on which was supposedly the reason most of us visit here; no one is interested in reading personal attacks. Lets leave that to the 2 year olds throwing sand at their classmates, not to adults supposedly trying to discuss politics. Studies have shown that the public more and more hates politics and voter turnout has plummeted. One would certainly understand that sentiment, if any of those folks should ever read the comments on this political blog site?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake,

Surely one of you could have used "the google" and done a more thorough job of securing for the Fix a greater variety of Angle quotes to provide a fuller picture of who she is as a candidate.

Do it for the USA.

Posted by: BobSanderson | July 9, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I wonder, does Berry call him harry and altogether avoid the use of the last name, as his own son does?

why is that?

Probably doesn't include any mention of D or Democrat on any of the literature either.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 9, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Please take out the neocolor garbage too while you're at it.

cilizza has tried to ban her several times to no avail. all she posts is personal attacks on others, a clear violation of the rules.

37th = Neocolor.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 9, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"Fisher announced he raised more than $1 million between April and June and has more than $1 million on hand after emerging from a tough primary. Both of those numbers pale to former Rep. Rob Portman's (R-Ohio) $2.65 million raised and $8.8 million on hand, but they do represent a step up for Fisher, who hadn't raised $1 million since the first quarter of 2009."

Of course polls have Portman and Fisher dead even, with Portman's ads about jobs not helping much.

Portman has a platform of more tax cuts must be more better for more jobs; Since we have Thirty years experience to prove that they don't, Rob might just need another theory.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 9, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

HEY MODERATOR. HEY AARON AND FELICIA. HEY, CC.

HEY, WASHINGTON POST

Would you guys please get rid of this FlowersForPeace garbage? He does the same post over and over in each thread and every thread and it's all junk. Everyone wants him gone, he's a deteriorated methamphetamine junkie and he posts here around the clock.

The racist junk he posts is offensive as hell and his posts are unintelligible. What the hell is wrong with you people that you let this go one?

Posted by: Noacoler | July 9, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

If you are an American - you have a choice


YOU ARE EITHER WITH OBAMA AND THE BLACK PANTHERS WHO WANT TO KILL WHITE BABIES.


Or you are on the side of the Constitution of the United States of America.


It is your choice.

.

Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The democrats like drinl - CONSTANTLY MAKE FALSE AND UNFOUNDED CHARGES OF RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


This amounts to nothing less than RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


Because such charges are only against whites - not blacks.

The Black Panthers say they want to kill white babies.

AND YET, OBAMA JUST DROPPED CHARGES AGAINST THE PERSON WHO SAID HE WANTS TO KILL WHITE BABIES.


The democrats have to answer these charges.


This is NOT THE POST-RACIAL environment Obama and the democrats promised the nation.

This issue WILL BE BROUGHT UP TIME AND TIME AGAIN.


We have to listen to drinl, broadwayjoe, and ddawd with this garbage every day. It is unbelievable.

.

Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

JRM


How dare the Republicans expect Obama be bipartisan


Or post-racial

Or transparent with his birth certificate file.

You are a really big joke - you are not a serious person - and no one should pay any attention to you for the rest of your life.


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Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

How dare they repeat the recorded words of a candidate.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 9, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Looking at Angle's photo with a microphone in one hand...a thought occurred to me....

...what if she held a shoe instead of the microphone? I mean, it would be right there to put it in the mouth!

On the second thought, I hope I did not just hand a ladder to a monkey.

Posted by: kishorgala | July 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Bob Sanderson


You complain when Republicans aren't attacked enough by the press.

And then you complain when anyone says anything about Obama -


You can't have it both ways.

The media really did a disservice to this country by NOT properly vetting Obama.

Now the democrats are used to getting a free ride in the press - and they are complaining when everything is not tilted in their favor.

It is sad.

Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

JoeT and beeker state


which proves that a large portion of the electorate is ignorant. Obama is barely left of center.


_________________________________________


Yea, but hasn't Obama played on DECEPTION - and LYING to the American Public ??


Obama's 2008 platform was nothing but a FRAUD.

On one hand, Obama is basing HIS ENTIRE CAMPAIGN ON FOOLING AMERICANS.

And now you complain that Americans "are ignorant"


Obama has not been entirely honest with the American People - and Obama can not be trusted.

And yet, you complain about the very thing that Obama has been TAKING ADVANTAGE OF.

I really don't know what to tell you - but honestly - your man Obama has not helped your case at all.


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Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

GOP CONGRESSMAN: GOP IS LED BY DEMAGOGUES


Congressman Inglis (R-SC) charges that his own party is being led by demagogues like Palin and Beck. Well, he felt it on his own skin after losing a primary because of his critique of Beck. Still, this interview with AP is rather stunning.


And the GOP congressman does not pull any punches.


** From condeming GOP leaders:


He cited a claim made famous by Palin that the Democratic health care bill would create "death panels" to decide whether elderly or sick people should get care.


"There were no death panels in the bill ... and to encourage that kind of fear is just the lowest form of political leadership. It's not leadership. It's demagoguery," said Inglis, one of three Republican incumbents who have lost their seats in Congress to primary and state party convention challengers this year.


"I think we have a lot of leaders that are following those (television and talk radio) personalities and not leading," he said. "What it takes to lead is to say, 'You know, that's just not right.'"


** To warnings about the consequences:


Inglis said voters eventually will discover that you're "preying on their fears" and turn away.


"It's a real concern, because I think what we're doing is dividing the country into partisan camps that really look a lot like Shia and Sunni," he said, referring to the two predominant Islamic denominations that have feuded for centuries. "It's very difficult to come together to find solutions."


** To admitting harassing of Democratic congressmen by Teabagger thugs:


Inglis said he was shocked during the health care votes as he watched protesters jeering Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who was beaten as a leading civil rights activist in the 1960s.


Inglis said he was too far away during the jeering incident to hear whether the protesters shouted racial epithets, as Lewis and other black lawmakers have claimed. But Inglis said the behavior was threatening and abusive.


"I caught him at the door and said, 'John, I guess you've been here before,'" Inglis said.


** To admitting racism as one of the moving forces behind today's GOP:


Inglis, 50, who calls himself a Jack Kemp disciple because he has emphasized outreach to minorities as the late Republican congressman did, thinks racism is a part of the vitriol directed at President Barack Obama.


"I love the South. I'm a Southerner. But I can feel it," he said.


A stunning interview.


http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_REPUBLICAN_CRITIC?SITE=TXWIC&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT


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Posted by: DrainYou | July 9, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Just as Reid rammed through ObamaCare to the dismay of and against the will of a majority of the American people, so will he try to force himself by lies and distortions on the American people in the upcoming elections. Sharron Angle obviously is not a seasoned politician, but I think the people of Nevada may want somebody not favored by Obama as a US Senator. Obama is the poison pill which not many Democrats politicians want to swallow prior to the November elections.

Posted by: Tommypie | July 9, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The latest poll by Democracy Corps, the firm of James Carville and Stan Greenberg, has Republicans leading on the generic ballot among likely voters, 48 percent to 42 percent.

Deep in the poll, they ask, “Now, I am going to read you a list of words and phrases which people use to describe political figures. For each word or phrase, please tell me whether it describes Barack Obama very well, well, not too well, or not well at all.”

On “too liberal,” 35 percent of likely voters say it describes Obama “very well,” 21 percent say “well,” 21 percent say “not too well,” and 17 percent say “not well at all.” In other words, 56 percent of likely voters consider Obama too liberal.

When asked about “a socialist,” 33 percent of likely voters say it describes Obama “very well,” 22 percent say “well,” 15 percent say “not too well,” and 25 percent say “not well at all.”

In other words, 55 percent of likely voters think “socialist” is a reasonably accurate way of describing Obama.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for
___________________
which proves that a large portion of the electorate is ignorant. Obama is barely left of center. the health reform bill was Nixon's by way of the conservative Heritage Foundation, including the individual mandate (Nixon's version even had the public option). and it's based on private insurance. that's capitalism

55% of americans don't know what socialism is.

Posted by: JoeT1
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That's true.. Thanks for pointing it out.

Posted by: beeker25 | July 9, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake,

Surely one of you could have used "the google" and done a more thorough job of securing for the Fix a greater variety of Angle quotes to provide a fuller picture of who she is as a candidate.

Do it for the USA.

Posted by: BobSanderson | July 9, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Angle keeps playing the role of victim again.

She needs to realize that politics is about taking the heat for your positions or stay out of the kitchen.

Posted by: beeker25 | July 9, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Angle continues to baffle me because she keeps playing the role of victim again. She has to remember that in politics everything's fair game.

Posted by: beeker25 | July 9, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The latest poll by Democracy Corps, the firm of James Carville and Stan Greenberg, has Republicans leading on the generic ballot among likely voters, 48 percent to 42 percent.

Deep in the poll, they ask, “Now, I am going to read you a list of words and phrases which people use to describe political figures. For each word or phrase, please tell me whether it describes Barack Obama very well, well, not too well, or not well at all.”

On “too liberal,” 35 percent of likely voters say it describes Obama “very well,” 21 percent say “well,” 21 percent say “not too well,” and 17 percent say “not well at all.” In other words, 56 percent of likely voters consider Obama too liberal.

When asked about “a socialist,” 33 percent of likely voters say it describes Obama “very well,” 22 percent say “well,” 15 percent say “not too well,” and 25 percent say “not well at all.”

In other words, 55 percent of likely voters think “socialist” is a reasonably accurate way of describing Obama.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for
___________________
which proves that a large portion of the electorate is ignorant. Obama is barely left of center. the health reform bill was Nixon's by way of the conservative Heritage Foundation, including the individual mandate (Nixon's version even had the public option). and it's based on private insurance. that's capitalism

55% of americans don't know what socialism is.

Posted by: JoeT1 | July 9, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

'Angle also charged in two separate radio interviews Wednesday that Reid is "just trying to hit the girl." '

Awwwww... Poor baby! Now she's reduced to going for the sympathy vote. Can't take the heat? Stay out of the kitchen looser.

Posted by: Lefty_ | July 9, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

When will Obama and his Justice Department confront a rogue bureaucracy engaged in extra-legal persecution and silent torture of "targeted" Americans?

EXTRA-LEGAL CITIZEN 'TARGETING' -- A ROOT CAUSE OF ECONOMIC WOES?

http://nowpublic.com/world/extra-legal-citizen-targeting-root-cause-economic-woes

HOW U.S. USES FAKE WEBSITES AND ADDRESSES TO CENSOR THE NET

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-uses-spoofed-web-pages-and-urls-censor-internet

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (lede stories and links therein)

Vic Livingston is on Facebook -- when he is not being censored and electromagnetically assaulted by a rogue fusion center bureaucracy.

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 9, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Sharon Angle gets more bizarre by the day "making lemons into lemonade." is right out of the old weatherman Tex Antoine's off-mic comment about a rape victim "Lay back and enjoy it" and he was suspended. Who would think the Chicken lady as being more sensible.

As Beavis and Butthead once said "The Angle of the Dangle is inversely proportional to the beat of the meat"

Posted by: MerrillFrank | July 9, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Sharron has the craziest Angle on most issues!

Posted by: kishorgala | July 9, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Everyone agrees there is no way anyone can have a conversation with drinl - it is just copying and pasting."


'Everyone agrees' that methhead is not welcome here -- including Chris Cilizza.

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

present-and-unaccounted-for

What do you want ? What do you propose ???


Everyone agrees there is no way anyone can have a conversation with drinl - it is just copying and pasting.

The broadwayjoe, ddawd and the rest of the crew comes in with their harassment and mocking - and there is no conversation there.

Yea - well this blog is not perfect - but people still want to have their say

What do you propose ?

Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 12:45 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 | July 9, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Paul krugman's column in the NY Times is, as always, well worth reading.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/09/opinion/09krugman.html?hp

The Fix mentioned the Chamber of Commerce earlier this week, and how it is carrying water for the GeeOhPee. Krugman makes it clear that the Chamber is willing to lie if it improves Republican prospects.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 9, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

It's the 50% drivl/ 50% flowers blog

........

AGAIN and always.

All we need now is for Ped to arrive and call them both idiots the rest of the day.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 9, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Gjonah: an 8X1 disadvantage for Fisher is problematic; no sugar coating. Fisher needs at least $4-$5 million to run a credible campaign, $1-$2 million just isn't going to get it done. When I worked on the '06 Strickland campaign I recall Clinton making several fundsraising stops that raised over $1 million for Strickland and our combined campaign with Brown as Bill is still pretty popular in Ohio. Are my money concerns for Fisher overblown? You are in Shaker Hts I believe and have knowledge of that critical campaign.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 9, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The latest poll by Democracy Corps, the firm of James Carville and Stan Greenberg, has Republicans leading on the generic ballot among likely voters, 48 percent to 42 percent.

Deep in the poll, they ask, “Now, I am going to read you a list of words and phrases which people use to describe political figures. For each word or phrase, please tell me whether it describes Barack Obama very well, well, not too well, or not well at all.”

On “too liberal,” 35 percent of likely voters say it describes Obama “very well,” 21 percent say “well,” 21 percent say “not too well,” and 17 percent say “not well at all.” In other words, 56 percent of likely voters consider Obama too liberal.

When asked about “a socialist,” 33 percent of likely voters say it describes Obama “very well,” 22 percent say “well,” 15 percent say “not too well,” and 25 percent say “not well at all.”

In other words, 55 percent of likely voters think “socialist” is a reasonably accurate way of describing Obama.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 9, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Just another example the of "underhanded" nature of what Obama tries to do - there is a PATTERN OF DECEPTION HERE WHICH IS UNAMERICAN.


IN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, laws are set out early on in the process - the media and the public have FULL VIEW - AND KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.

Obama is pushing all these changes at the end of the process - AND IT IS UNAMERICAN.


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Mike Allen of Politico.com reports one reason President Obama failed to mention climate change legislation during his recent, Oval Office speech on the Gulf oil spill was that he wants to pass a modest energy bill this summer, then add carbon taxes or regulations in a conference committee with the House, most likely during a lame-duck session. The result would be a climate bill vastly more ambitious, and costly for American consumers and taxpayers, than moderate "Blue Dogs" in the House would support on the campaign trail.

Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

WHAT DEMOCRAT STOOD UP AND SAID, OBAMA PROMISED TO BE BIPARTISAN, WE ARE GOING TO HOLD HIM TO THAT ?

Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The major issue this fall will be the American People are angry at Obama and the democrats.

WHAT DEMOCRAT STOOD UP AND SAID, OBAMA PROMISED TO BE BIPARTISAN, WE ARE GOING TO HOLD HIM TO THAT ?

None - that is the central problem for the democrats - and the public has no where to go but to send the message to the democrats.

Let me be clear.


No one wants to hear about the minor issues - the distractions - the attempts by Obama to jam through a health care bill - hoping that the voters will FORGET by November.


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Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

The nutbag "Right" Angle has had to walk back so many of her moronic statements people are starting to wonder if she's a big Michael Jackson fan.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 9, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

The market knows:

Devalued Tickets to a Devalued Fundraiser Featuring a Devalued President

By Jim Geraghty
Some Republicans are chuckling about this news item:

Obama is heading to MO and NV today to raise money for Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D), running for an open Senate seat, and Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid.

But Carnahan’s campaign wasn’t able to completely sell out the Folly Theater, where Obama will appear for a grassroots event on Carnahan’s behalf, at the prices they wanted. Tickets once priced at $250 are now going for $99, while $35 tickets are half off.

Yes, but let’s be fair; it’s only natural to charge half price when Obama’s job approval is roughly half what it once was.

Also note the name, “Folly Theater.” The Foolishness Arena was booked, apparently.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 9, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Poor Angle. Everyone keeps trying to define her by her own words. First they put her website up. Now they are using a repeatedly made statement.

Way back when at which Chris C called the field to challenge Reid weak, I don't think any of us imagineed how much of an understatement that was.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 9, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Lee Fisher's bump in fundraising numbers was to be expected. I suspect a lot of prospective Democratic donors were holding off on putting money into the Senate race until there was a clear winner between Fisher and Jennifer Brunner. Now that Fisher is the nominee, that money is starting to come in. 'Course, Fisher's never going to be able to touch Rob Portman in sheer fundraising power -- Portman has more fundraising gravitas than probably anyone else running for U.S. Senate this year -- but the polls show them pretty close to tied, so clearly Fisher doesn't have to close the gap all the way. Plus, Fisher can mooch off Gov. Ted Strickland's momentum if John Kasich's campaign for governor continues to stumble.

Paula Brooks is a more serious candidate than Pat Tiberi has faced in years, but I don't understand why so much Democratic hype is going into this race. Barring a major scandal, Tiberi has that House seat for as long as he wants it. Brooks will win Franklin County, where she's a county commissioner, but the Democrat always wins Franklin County. Tiberi's really, really good at connecting with his constituents; Brooks can't win just by touting her record, and she's going to have a tough time getting anything negative to stick to Tiberi.

Democrats can blast Linda McMahon all they want for the volatility of the WWE workplace, but I think they're going to have a tough time convincing voters she would run things like she ran WWE if she were to be voted into office. Democrats are going about it wrong if they're just going to fixate on the way wrestlers are treated, because no one is going to compare his or her employment situation to that of a pro wrestler. A better move would be to look for some way in which WWE office workers or ring crew are treated badly.

I do have to laugh at McMahon's implication that Richard Blumenthal is trying to hide from the cameras, even if his profile has been lowered of late. "What does he think he's doing, paying attention to his day job? He should be campaigning 24/7, like me!"

Posted by: GJonahJameson | July 9, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC)is speaking out about the influence of hate radio and right-wing fear mongering in the Republican Party. In an interview with the AP, Inglis called out reactionaries like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck for spreading “demagoguery” and hatred in society:

– Noting that Palin had spread the “death panel” smear, Inglis said, “there were no death panels in the bill…and to encourage that kind of fear is just the lowest form of political leadership.”

– Inglis slammed GOP leaders for following hate radio talkers, rather than leading on principle: “I think we have a lot of leaders that are following those (television and talk radio) personalities and not leading [...] What it takes to lead is to say, ‘You know, that’s just not right.”

– Inglis on the right-wing’s effort to divide America: “It’s a real concern, because I think what we’re doing is dividing the country into partisan camps that really look a lot like Shia and Sunni. It’s very difficult to come together to find solutions.”

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) essentially accused his own party leadership of hypocrisy yesterday for resisting the elimination of a federally-funded group that McCotter leads, but believes is superfluous. McCotter chairs the House Republican Policy Committee, but argues that its purpose has been absorbed by other Republican leadership offices. He wants to disband the committee and use its $360,000 a year budget to pay down the debt. But Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) and others in the GOP leadership have objected.

In a rare “public reflection of a behind-the-scenes battle,” McCotter slammed Cantor on Fox News yesterday, saying he is “absolutely mistaken” and that his position is an example of “the status quo in Washington”:

MCCOTTER: Well I hope it would happen, I think it’s the first step to showing we’re about deeds not words. … How can anybody in the Congressional Republican Caucus in the House come around and talk about making difficult choices in spending for real people if they’re aren’t willing to start with themselves? [...]

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Hilariouus:

Last night, NBA superstar LeBron James ended months of speculation when he announced he’d decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat. James, who failed to win an NBA title in his seven years in Cleveland, declared that “joining the Miami Heat gives me the best opportunity to win championships.”

Indeed, James has said for months that his decision would “not [be] about the money. It’s all about winning for me.” Yet the right wing, ever eager to advance its anti-tax crusade, is trying to spin James’ decision into a crass, ideological argument:

– The New York Post declared, “If LeBron James goes to the Miami Heat instead of the Knicks, blame our dysfunctional lawmakers in Albany, who have saddled top-earning New Yorkers with the highest state and city income taxes in the nation.” [7/1/2010]

– The Drudge Report asked “High Taxes Influence Decision?…” [7/9/2010]

– The Washington Examiner argued that James chose Miami over the Chicago Bulls in order to “avoid Illinois taxes.” [7/8/2010]'

Clearly, wingers will beleive anything.

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

At the Blago trial - Blago's true nature is coming out


Former top aides such as Greenlee have painted Blagojevich as conniving, insincere, potty-mouthed, erratic, resentful of political foes and allies, unwilling to hear criticism and deeply inattentive to the nuts-and-bolts responsibilities of his job.


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This is beginning to sound like Obama - at least the inattentive to nuts-and-bolts responsibilities of his job.

Obama is ONLY concerned with his FAR LEFT AGENDA -

only concerned with PARTISAN POLITICS.

It is a disgrace - it is SHAMEFUL HOW OBAMA IS APPROACHING HIS JOB.

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Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Oh look who's a head in WV:

The new Rasmussen poll of West Virginia finds that Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin starts out as a decently strong frontrunner in a potential special Senate election this fall, which has become a likely scenario in the process to replace the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd.

Manchin leads Republican Rep. Shelly Moore Capito by 53%-39%, and leads former West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland by 65%-26%.

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh CC, you also forgot to mention that Angle had sent Reid a 'cease and desist' letter for posting *her own old website* online!


She is afraid, like Rand Paul, that people will find out the scary stuff she really thinks.

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

It may be a moot question as to what Obama is thinking -


Does Obama think he is going to slip in as much of his far-left agenda as he can in 4 years - and just then GO DOWN IN FLAMES ?

There has to be some explanation as to why Obama has been acting the way he has.

We do have a ROGUE government in place.

And that government is hurting the democratic party more than anyone else.

The QUOTAS and 20 QUOTA ENFORCEMENT OFFICES which have been FOUND IN A SECRET PROVISION OF THE FINANCIAL REGULATION BILL - is one case in point.


Obama is just trying to SLIP IN his far-left agenda -

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO REPEAL EVERYTHING THAT OBAMA HAS DONE.

Obama's attitude is a DISGRACE TO THE NATION AND IS SHAMEFUL.


Obama is not listening, the democrats want to change the subject.


Who is not compromising ?

Obama has taken to completely going AROUND the NORMAL COMMITTEE MARK-UP PROCESS - and instead dumps 2000 page bills with secret provisions on the country.


The country is ANGRY about Obama -


Obama STILL DOES NOT GET THIS - HE IS DOING THIS TO THE COUNTRY.

It is not a partisan thing anymore - Obama IS DOING IT TO THE COUNTRY.

.

Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Oh CC, you also forgot to mention that Angle had sent Reid a 'cease and desist' letter for posting *her own old website* online!


She is afraid, like Rand Paul, that people will find out the scary stuff she really thinks.

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

angle is furious becase senator Reid is an accomplished American while she is a mindless nothing. She is more furious that this American Hero has the temerity to use HER OWN WORDS in describing her. HOW DARE HE?????? He is doing what SNL did with palin. No need to alter anything.

And so what does she do? "Boo hoo he is picking on me because i'm a girl wah wah wah. Get me some activist judges to stifle free speech!!!!!"

Posted by: John1263 | July 9, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

So now the nutbag Angle is playing the "poor little girl" card?

What a pathetic moron she is.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 9, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

'Reid is tryng to hit the girl' -- oh nice, Sharron. Playing the little girl victim card. Typical, all wingers whine like victims. If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen, babeee.

And here's the quote you should have used, CC.

'On the right-wing Alan Stock Show in June, Angle suggested that “a young girl raped by her father” deal with the “horrific situation” by "making lemons into lemonade."

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

OH, look, got your 10th Amendment for you right here:

"Today, a Federal District Court in Boston ruled that Section 3 of Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) — the section of the 1996 law which denies federal benefits to legally married same sex couples — is unconstitutional, stating that it interferes with the traditional state right to define marriage and forces the state to “violate the equal protection rights of its citizens.”

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused by your comment, mark -- Ms. Angle said it 'wasn't her job to create jobs.'

perhaps you are being sarcastic?

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

AndyR3 writes
"Emmer's comment on restaruant wages may really hurt him with those workers. They usually aren't the most motivated voters but they will come out in force if they think it will effect their bottom line. Also they are a very socially interactive group and if it gets around that he would do this it will spread through the grapevine quickly."


In the urban areas it won't make much difference - the risk is if rural cafe workers take up the theme. In a lot of small towns the local diner is the social center for town. Get a couple disgruntled counter workers complaining about a state-mandated wage cut & Emmer could see erosion among his natural base. DFL endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher was on the radio this AM talking about taking the tips right off the table for hospitality workers. She's not the most congenial of candidates, but it's a pretty good line that will probably damage Emmer.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 9, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"but for the people out of work with hungry kids to feed, these phonies and frauds offer you nothing but empty promises."

Then they are Republicans blocking Democrats' efforts to extend unemployment benefits?

Or do they not tell you that on Fox News?

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Angle also charged in two separate radio interviews Wednesday that Reid is "just trying to hit the girl."
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This girl's been naughty and saying stuff.

It wasn't for no reason her handlers had kept her away from media. Well, the catgirl is out of the bag now.

Posted by: kishorgala | July 9, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Soem of the R party is starting to wake up about the dangers of teabaggery:

"Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC), is speaking out about the influence of hate radio and right-wing fear mongering in the Republican Party. In an interview with the AP, Inglis called out reactionaries like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck for spreading “demagoguery” and hatred in society:

– Noting that Palin had spread the “death panel” smear, Inglis said, “there were no death panels in the bill…and to encourage that kind of fear is just the lowest form of political leadership.”

– Inglis slammed GOP leaders for following hate radio talkers, rather than leading on principle: “I think we have a lot of leaders that are following those (television and talk radio) personalities and not leading [...] What it takes to lead is to say, ‘You know, that’s just not right.”

– Inglis on the right-wing’s effort to divide America: “It’s a real concern, because I think what we’re doing is dividing the country into partisan camps that really look a lot like Shia and Sunni. It’s very difficult to come together to find solutions.”

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 10:56 AM | 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 | July 9, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The question for this year - everyone is wondering what Obama's strategy is.

The question comes down to how one views Obama's deception in 2008 - Does Obama think he can deceive the nation AGAIN - OR does Obama think that it was a one-time situation, and he is bound to lose ????

If one analyzes it this way : Does Obama think he can deceive the country AGAIN or is Obama really being realistic about what he position is ???


This is a key question - because if Obama is ACTUALLY REALISTIC and thinks he is going to lose, both this year and 2012 - he MIGHT BE TAKING THE STRATEGY THAT HE WILL STAY FAR LEFT AND GO DOWN IN FLAMES.


Since January, observers have been wondering what has been going on in the thinking of the White House - are they going to continue to hurt themselves politically ???


The question MAY come down to whether Obama thinks he can DECEIVE THE NATION AGAIN.

It is a bizarre question - and a bizarre conversation - one that Obama's own actions have brought up.


The whole health care thing - Obama's position seemed to be : Get health care done early so the democrats have enough time to have the voters FORGET BY NOVEMBER.

This is crazy - no one is going to forget.

This is why people say Obama is out-of-touch.

Does Obama view himself as a one-termer - who is going to try to do all these things in one-term - WITHOUT the constraints of re-election concerns.

If this is the case, the democrats in the party have a REAL PROBLEM ON THEIR HANDS because OBAMA IS WILLING TO TAKE A GREAT DEAL OF DAMAGE TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY - ON PURPOSE - AND FOR THE SAKE OF A FAR LEFT AGENDA WHICH THE NATION HAS REJECTED.


The country has REJECTED Obama's far left philosophy - will Obama continue to try to jam it - continue to insert SECRET PROVISIONS IN 2000 PAGE BILLS.

The damage to the democratic party by this strategy by Obama might be VAST.

The democrats have gotten really nasty on this blog - mostly because of Obama's actions - not what the Republicans have done.

.

Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 10:49 AM | 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 | July 9, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Bsimon,
Emmer's comment on restaruant wages may really hurt him with those workers. They usually aren't the most motivated voters but they will come out in force if they think it will effect their bottom line. Also they are a very socially interactive group and if it gets around that he would do this it will spread through the grapevine quickly. Next time you are at your local bar ask the bartender if he/she heard about Emmer's comments. I would be curious to see if it has made the rounds yet.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 9, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

greatgan so you favor Angel's opposition to unemployment insurance;ending Medicare and SS and putting SS money in the stock market;opposition to homebuyer's assistance and
storing nuclear waste in Yucca Mtn and agree that BP is the wronged party and that we need to return their $20 billion and make taxpayor's bailot BP?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 9, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Look at what this pathetic inept administration has done to Nevada and if they vote that little nerd Reid back in, they are just too stupid to help. The economy is in shambles. The dollar is falling like a stone. This people are hypocrites and phonies. Do not believe a word this President utters. If you want to see a mess, look at housing in Nevada Look at the damage these radical Dems have done in such a short time. They cannot accomplish anything but to deliver hot air, now that they can do. But for the people out of work with hungry kids to feed, these phonies and frauds offer you nothing but empty promises.

Posted by: greatgran1 | July 9, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Why does EVERY remark that someone EVER made have to be REPEATED OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN in the press ?

its called politics something you know zero about.

when Bush ran for Governor and POTUS he repeated his same 5 points over and over and over again for 6 months.


using your opponent's own negative words like
when Specter bragged about how clever he was
to change parties or Angel's own words saying it not her job to help Nevada find jobs is smart and effective poltics. Angel's campaign is now tied in knots and has no idea what they are doing.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 9, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

NevadaAndy writes
"Going into this election year, I was seriously thinking about voting for the Republican candidate, that is until they nominated an a wishy washy airhead with no intelligent thought and who can't pronounce the word "social" properly. My roomate who was raised in a Republican family but who's now an Independent shares my feeling."


I have to wonder how widespread this feeling is. There is a huge difference between the generic candidate & the nutjobs that are getting nominated. GOP Gov candidate Tom Emmer, in MN, is another example; this week he talked about lowering the minimum wage on restaurant servers & bartenders because some are allegedly taking home more than $100K per year, due to tips (turns out he was misinformed).

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 9, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

if I were running the Reid campaign I would
run Angel's quote in their tv commercial
saying that its not my job to create jobs for Nevada every day until election day. Its the equivalent of the Sestak commercial using Specter's won quote stating why he changed parties.
game set match, that Angel quote is much more damaging then any of her other idiotic statements.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 9, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Connecticut


Blumenthal should have pulled out of the race - and anything the democrats say about Mark Kirk in Illinios has to be immediately applied to Blumenthal - and the whole thing is a thicket.

There are lines that our politicians should NOT cross - and this is one of them.

NOW the democrats in Connecticut are place in the DIFFICULT position of having to support Blumenthal - and that is just wrong.


Why? Because Blumenthal won't get out of the race - not because those democrats do not privately believe the issue is small.


Anyway - Linda McMahon has alot of money and she is all over the airwaves - we will have to see how that works.

Blumenthal and the democrats might be making a serious mistake.


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Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

CC -- also, how about her comment about 'second amendment solutions -- advocating murdering members of Congress?

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm a democrat living in Nevada. Going into this election year, I was seriously thinking about voting for the Republican candidate, that is until they nominated an a wishy washy airhead with no intelligent thought and who can't pronounce the word "social" properly. My roomate who was raised in a Republican family but who's now an Independent shares my feeling. Harry has our vote.

I don't know why it takes an election year for incumbent candidates to come up with programs for their states, when they could have done it years ago. This past year Harry has brought in clean energy jobs. Yesterday it was announced that he's established a partnership with UNLV and the Nevada Test Site to create an area on the Nevada Test Site to test solar energy. This could have been done a decade ago, when the Nevada Test Site was struggling to find new sources of work. I think it's a good plan and good use of the Test Site.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | July 9, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

drindl, there is no good response to that hypothetical question, but I think Angle really reached for the least compassionate response possible.

The TEA Party level of compassion is revealed in answers like this and 'not my job' and 'trade chickens for health services.'

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 9, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

CC -- you forgot to mention Angle's other anti-abortion remark -- someone asked about abortion in cases of rape/incest. What if a young girl is raped by her own father?


Angle replied, 'she should make lemonade out of lemons.'

Posted by: drindl | July 9, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Chris.. good summary today.. the fix is the best 'quick read' in the biz..

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 9, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

mark imho all POTUS's campaigning only helps at the margins. Obama will be helpful in fundraising for folks like Fisher and Carnahan who desperately need a boost in fundraising and in limited campaigns like Boxer,Sestak and Murray.
Ds want the fight to be strictly about local
district by district issues while the GOP will try and nationalize the races. Obama like Clinton are prolific fund raisers and may help to turn out the base voters;GenY, AA, and maybe hispanic voters.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 9, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

the $200,000 contribution to get the Green Party candidate on the Texas ballot was
given by Mike Tommey former chief of staff to Rick Perry:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7085222.html

http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/10513/green-party-scandal-did-the-texas-green-party-willfully-break-the-law

GOP apologists here condone such shannanagans
as no big deal.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 9, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Leichtman, I have been keeping up, in the sense that I get TDP mailers.

I read here from a poster that BHO will hurt those he campaigns for b/c he is a "do-nothing". Others have argued that he has done "too much". I think criticism need not be consistent because it can come from all directions. But I would guess that BHO is still an effective campaigner; as CC posted yesterday, BHO is welcome by most D candidates. Does Chet Edwards want him in Waco? Probably not. But most will.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 9, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

When will POTUS confront a rogue bureaucracy's programs of pervasive surveillance, censorship and malicious tampering with telecommunications?

U.S. GOV'T USES 'SPOOFED' WEB PAGES AND URLs TO CENSOR POLITICAL SPEECH OF 'TARGETED' AMERICANS: VETERAN JOURNO

A citizen's comment to a political blog may look like it's been posted for all to see -- but if that person has been extrajudicially and unjustly "targeted" by a multi-agency Homeland-run fusion center censorship regime, the posting could be re-directed and "black-holed" by way of a "man in the middle" cyber-attack.

Here's a veteran journalist's proof that the U.S. government imposes ideologically-driven censorship on untold thousands of "targeted" Americans -- and why naive officials of the Obama administration seem to have no clue about the wholesale constitutional and human rights violations that continue on their watch:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-uses-spoofed-web-pages-and-urls-censor-internet
http://nowpublic.com/world/homeland-fusion-center-censors-net-political-comments-yet-again
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-censors-net-political-speech-targeted-americans
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (lede articles and links therein)

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 9, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

don`t worry miss angle the president is going to nevada to get the votes for reid,and so far obama is not doing too good,in other words he is the kiss of death.the country is smart to this guy and his gang do nothings.

Posted by: SISSD1 | July 9, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

leichtman1


Most of the democratic party money as a whole is dirty money - that is just a fact of life.

As for third party candidates, there was a third candidate in the New Jersey's Governor's race who was operating mostly on a money flow from the democrats.

So this game is played by the democrats more than anyone else.

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Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 9, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Everytime Angle makes some idiot comment, a staffer from John Cornyn and the NRSC calls her and says "you need to retract that statement or we will make sure that you don't get another dime in fundraising." I wonder when the time comes that they just stop calling and disavowe her. The same goes with Rand Paul, who eventually will have to come out from under the rock the NRSC has him hiding under.

I think it is interesting that Fisher and Portman are tied in most polls out of Ohio, and if Fisher can raise a decent amount of money then this could be a lot closer then people predicted a few months ago.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 9, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

rcc_2000, you are right that Reid will be re-elected. Sharron Angle was the best the GOP could come up with? She is snatching defeat from the jaws of Victory on a daily basis.

Her web site is inconveniently cached, so her daily "backtrack" is easily documented. Still, I like that she is squealing about her own website. Has she complained yet about the "not my job" ad using her own words?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 9, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks that at the end of the day Angle has a chance is living in a fantasy world. Her greatest talent is putting her foot in her mouth, making proposals that are way-out of mainstream thinking, she has become the GOP's Greene.

Also, Harry Reid is a real politician and he knows exactly how to bait Angle, an example of that is publishing her old website and Angle responding by suing him, which makes it look like she has something to hide and gets national attention.

I am sure there will be Tea Klanners that get elected (but Angle is not one of them), but when they get to Washington they will either conform or be eaten alive by the leadership of both parties. They are extremely naive if they think that the actually will have a voice in their first term.

Making Angle look like an idiot is easy since she is so helpful in demonstrating that she is.

Furthermore, and I know this is not fair, but she also looks a little nuts. Maybe it is the Tea Klan glow.

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Posted by: rcc_2000 | July 9, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

mark: have you been following the Green Party
shannanagans story? Its unbelievable that a
Perry ally can make an illegal $200,000 corporate contribution and get away with it and that the Green Party would be willing to be associated with that dirty money.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 9, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Harry Reid has been the BIGGEST Disaster yet for any DEM Senate Leader. Just like Daschle he will be tossed out. Glad to see Obama campaigning for Reid, now he'll be 0-4. This just illustartes just How Radically LEFT Reid has gone from his early senate days. Asking Obama to campaign for him. Even the Mayor of Vegas that lefty Goodman wants nothing to do with Obama. Reid has seriously lost it. Nov 2 cant get here soon enough.

Posted by: espnfan | July 9, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

So Mrs. McM is the only candidate who is following my advice of yesterday - the campaign should focus upon jobs.

Ms. Angle seems poised to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Barnes' $$ seem impressive. Is there a story there? Is it from in-state Bigs, like Turner and Coke, or in-state smalls? OR is it from out-of-state money? DGA?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 9, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

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