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Harry Reid takes the lead over Sharron Angle in Nevada



Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid leads Sharron Angle in the latest poll in Nevada. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS

1. A new independent poll shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) opening up a seven-point edge over former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle -- by far the most encouraging survey of this election cycle for the top ranking Senate Democrat.

Reid takes 44 percent to Angle's 37 percent in the poll, which was conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal by Mason Dixon Polling & Research.

Since Angle emerged as the surprise winner of the Silver State's June 8 primary, Reid has engaged in a steady -- and clearly effective -- television campaign to define the former state legislator as outside of the Nevada political mainstream. He has run ads hitting Angle for past comments about abolishing Social Security and for her alleged opposition to saving a major construction project in downtown Vegas.

Reid's onslaught has worked. In the Review Journal poll, Angle's unfavorable rating went from 25 percent in June to 43 percent now. Her favorable score fell from 38 percent to 33 percent.

While the poll affirms what Republicans have been saying privately -- that Angle has not done well for herself since the primary -- there remain a few bright spots for the GOP.

First, Reid is universally known in the state and still only at 44 percent in a head to head matchup with Angle. Also, just 37 percent view him favorably while 46 percent see him in an unfavorable light. Those numbers mean that lots and lots of voters are not sold on him and won't likely get sold on him. But do they go to Angle or to some other option -- like "none of the above" -- on the November ballot?

Second, Reid has, to date, used his vast financial edge to define Angle on television. Having raised an amazing $2.6 million between April 1 and June 30 -- $2.3 million of which came in after she won the primary -- Angle will be able to fight the Majority Leader on more equal footing now.

Still, the poll shows Angle has incurred real political damage in the early days of the general election.

2. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) will announce at 2 p.m. today who he will appoint to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.).

Although Manchin himself has not said publicly who he is leaning toward appointing, speculation has settled on several candidates. Among the top names floated (all Democrats) are former Gov. Gaston Caperton, former Byrd aide Anne Barth, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008, and former Manchin general counsel Carte Goodwin. (Late word was that Goodwin was the frontrunner although Manchin has not shown his hand on which way he is leaning.)

West Virginia Democratic Party chairman Larry Puccio, who also served as Manchin's chief of staff, took himself out of the running yesterday.

Former Gov. Bob Wise (D), another potential pick, said yesterday: "I am exactly where I should be."

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday that the appointee will be sworn in at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, again giving Senate Democrats 59 votes.

Manchin is expected to announce his own run for the seat soon after appointing the interim senator. With a run by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) appearing less and less likely -- she would have to give up her House seat -- it's uncertain who will emerge as Republicans' nominee in the special election.

That hasn't stopped the West Virginia Republican Party from slamming Manchin, however; the state GOP has taken out full-page newspaper ads linking Manchin to President Obama and Democratic leaders.

3. Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis clung to his political life Thursday, insisting that he will stay in the race amidst plagiarism revelations.

McInnis, a former congressman, said on his Facebook page that he's in it for the long haul. "I am in it to win it," McInnis wrote in what can only be taken as an unintentional reference to the slogan of then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign. "We will continue to fight for Colorado's businesses and families and will not leave this race. Stay strong!"

At the same time, McInnis skipped a rally having to do with water issues, which happens to be the very same subject of some of the work he is accused of plagiarizing.

Also, the Republican Governors Association on Thursday denied reports that it is pulling out of the state in reaction to McInnis' problems. Republicans are in a tough spot because McInnis has an under-funded opponent in the Aug. 10 primary who may wind up being the nominee if McInnis is forced out.

RGA spokesman Tim Murtaugh said the committee is letting the state Republican Party sort things out and remains neutral in the primary between McInnis and businessman Dan Maes. He said the RGA hasn't pulled back any resources.

"We remain committed to that effort," Murtaugh said. "Anybody who says anything otherwise is peddling fiction."

Still, McInnis' campaign is flailing badly and predictions of its death are everywhere. The operative questions in Republican circles now seems to be whether another candidate can legally step in -- state Sen. Josh Penry anyone -- to keep the race competitive in the fall. Democrats have united behind Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

4. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Democrats with a wide lead in the race to succeed Gov. Jodi Rell (R), giving their party a shot at winning the governor's mansion for the first time in more than two decades.

The two Democratic contenders -- Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy (D) and businessman Ned Lamont (D) - are ahead of all three Republican counterparts by double digits in the poll -- good news for national Democrats who have privately expressed concern about their prospects in the Nutmeg State.

In the Democratic primary, the poll showed Lamont, who was also Democrats' 2006 Senate nominee, leading Malloy 46 percent to 37 percent -- a margin roughly half the size that Lamont enjoyed in a June Q poll.

Foley, who has faced controversy recently following revelations over two past arrests, leads the Republican primary field with 48 percent to Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele's 13 percent and Oz Griebel's 7 percent. Forty-eight percent of likely Republican primary voters said that the arrests are a "private matter."

With the exception of Griebel, all of the major candidates have gone up with TV ads in recent days. Foley's highlights his "no nonsense" plan to "fix Connecticut"; Lamont's two ads focus on job creation and fighting special interests; and Fedele's commercial focuses on his bio. The primary is August 10.

5. If it's Friday, it's time for Fix chats -- times two!

First at 10:30 am, we'll unveil -- via web video -- who had the "Worst Week in Washington". (HINT: It was a near-unanimous pick this week.)

Then, at 11 a.m., we'll be back with our hour-long Live Fix chat where we field your questions about anything and everything -- literally.

Come in and stay for a while. Let's play two!

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 16, 2010; 7:48 AM ET
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Harry Reid will fade as the truth comes out about his pathetic record, especially insisting on giving 300,000 American jobs to illegal aliens last year- and paid for by us taxpayers!!

http://therealharryreid.org/

I wonder if Harry knows that a record number of Americans are unemployed??

I wish he was for law enforcement, like he USED TO BE:

http://therealharryreid.org/immigration1993.html

Posted by: ejr2 | July 18, 2010 2:52 AM | Report abuse

danders5000, Who's the tool? Check the independent performance reviews of the pollsters. Rasmussen has been the closest to the real Presidential (and almost all of the important CONgressional elections, but not all..) for the past 20 years.

You sound like you're smoking some of that hopey changey crack.

Posted by: Guilden_NL | July 17, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is a tool.

Harry Reid is the R in Rope: Reid, Obama, Pelosi and Emanuel - all of them are going down as the most corrupt, pure evil CONgressional and administration leaders ever.

Reid's rope is yet to make the fateful snapping sound. His political career will shake its heels together in public death throes. His concession speech will be great entertainment this November people!

Posted by: Guilden_NL | July 17, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

It's absolutely amazing how gullible people are, particularly when they are expecting to get something for nothing. Mr Reid has proven himself time after time. To be totally corrupt and unprincipled, willing to do virtually anything to keep slopping from the public trough. That the bulk of the Nevada population cannot summon enough intelligence to recognize what he is and kick him out is pathetic. He could be replaced by a button. Nothing else, just a button. Plain, any color, any number of holes. And the button would do less harm to the country.

Posted by: jubalharshaw | July 17, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Pay careful attention to the fact that Senator Harry Reid did his utmost to emasculate E-Verify and weaken its ability by only serving it as a voluntary program. E-Verify on a permanent basis would have offered no options, but to follow this law in removing illegal labor from any businesses. He was also involved in softening the 287 (g) local policing arrest and detain of illegal aliens instead of making that federal program mandatory. He has also shown his contempt for the 9.5 percentage rate of unemployed and underemployed Americans, as he along with his band of Brothers and sisters is out to award the population with another Amnesty. Whether they pay a fine, including paying back taxes, learn English and being placed at the back of the legal immigrant line--its still --AMNESTY. What amnesty or what immigration reform means? The last Amnesty was a travesty of the "Rule of Law" We are still paying for the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli bill. When this law was sanctioned, it was supposedly contained employer enforcement?

The law was ignored and millions still came to America, drawn by jobs. Only a permanent, federally mandated E-VERIFY in the workplace can begin to remove illegal workers out of America by ATTRITION. The 3 million who were legitimized turned into about 6 million, along with the "Chain migration" so that immediate family members could join the original sponsor. The guarantors signed a declaration that those they sponsored wouldn't become a welfare liability. This didn't materialize and the chain migration family members, ended up a taxpayers problem. The same law that we inherited to stay any more new illegal arrivals, has been absolute BS. Since 1986 we are still being invaded by millions?

Posted by: infinity555 | July 17, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The census Bureau Dr. Robert Groves director didn't even deny there could be over 18 million illegal people squatting here, whereas the Liberal press still insists that we are only co-inhabiting with 11 million or so. Americans have been articulated that the fence is near completion--this is more BS. This isn't even the actual fence as originally enacted into law as of the 2006 Secure Fence Act. Underfunded, it was cut to one fence, instead of two equivalent fences. Harry Reid was the inspiration in heading the silent Senate Omnibus Law in 2006 to sever table funding for the interior --SECOND PARALLEL INTERIOR FENCE.


What is coming is plain unadulterated--AMNESTY and nothing more. That you the taxpayer will inherit the huge costs, and even when this does come to a head--MILLIONS MORE WILL STILL KEEP COMING, WHEREVER BY LAND, SEA OR AIR. It’s imperative we remove all those pro-amnesty, anti-sovereignty lawmakers, before November. Start with Sen. Harry Reid, who has a large proportion of illegal workers and families living in Nevada. Because of the dire consequences of illegal immigration growth, we must be careful to watch who is voting in the mid-term elections. Nevada has the welcome mat for foreign nationals that have infected the entertainment and construction industry, with a state fighting massive deficits. Reid also has the backing of wealthy special interest groups, the radical La Raza and plenty of dollars, which has become the disturbing ritual in Washington.

Arizona, on the other hand cannot continue to subsidize the illegal aliens who have congregated there, with a police force that is unable to contain the spreading crime wave. Across this nation absentee ballots are easily compromised and illegal immigrants may try to vote keep corrupt incumbents in Washington. Now is the very time to warn you’re federal, state representatives that you as a voter in watching their every move. Call to determine where they stand on what is sadly called Immigration Reform at 202-224-3121

The voter better investigate Sen. Harry Reids land deal, that suddenly made him very wealthy. Coming into millions through questionable practices?

Posted by: infinity555 | July 17, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

The voter better investigate Sen. Harry Reids land deal, that suddenly made him very wealthy. Coming into millions through questionable practices?

Posted by: infinity555 | July 17, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

When the Democrats take back which they already have in November...Please, can we do without the likes of Rahm Emanuel, Max Baucus, Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman bulls***

Because of their nasty backroom bargaining with HCR...it rolled out like a funky skunk

Posted by: danders5000 | July 17, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

OKAY SOMEONE IS QOUTING RAZZY-DAZZY POLL...CHOW ON THIS


Here Is Some Background On Ex-Republican Operator Scott Rasmussen That The Traditional Media Refuses To Point Out, Despite It Being Obvious And Readily Available:

For the period from 18 months to 4 months before any November election, Rasmussen uses a likely voter ("LV") screen which is manipulated to heavily and disproportionately overweight the poll with Republican voters.

1.This (obviously) shows Republicans in a better position than all other pollsters.

2. The purpose of his "polls" during this time frame is to:
a) Convince hesitant potential Republican candidates to run
b.) Convince Republican incumbents not to retire,
c.) Convince corporations and large individual donors to give more cash to Republican candidates and committees

3. Scott Rasmussen had admitted he doesn't poll urban and the young! (in short he only poll republican whites conservative voters!


In sum: Rasmussen polls more than 5 months from elections are partisan tools for media and candidate and donor consumption and should be seen as such!

In 2001 Rasmussen self-published a book on privatizing Social Security, titled A Better Deal; Social Security Choice, and thus joined the Republican effort to promote that issue.

In 2003 and 2004, as a campaign consultant, Rasmussen received $95,500 from the Republican National Committee and another $45,500 from the George W. Bush campaign.

NEXT TIME ONE OF THESE CRANK PUMPS OUT A RASMMUSSEN POLLE...TELL THEM THANKS AND PROCCEED TO USED IT FOR BUTT WIPERS!

Posted by: danders5000 | July 17, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

THAT'S WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC BASE WANTED TO HEAR!!!!

AND NOW WE ARE CHARGED....AND READY FOR NOVEMBER

GO HARRY GO!

I WAS ONE OF THE ONES WHOM KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO GET RE-ELECTED! HOW I DON'T KNOW BUT I DID KNOW IN MY HEART YOU WEREN'T GOING TO GO OUT LIKE THAT!

NOW YOU AND NANCY GET OUR COUNTRY BACK IN SHAPE...AND DON'T LET RAHM EMANUEL HELP

JUST DON'T LIKE RAHM EMANUEL POLITICS

FROM CHICAGO AND WHAT HE'S DOING TO THE WHITEHOUSE IS THE SAME THING THEY DO IN CHICAGO...IF OBAMA TOOOO MUCH OF A COWARD TO FIRED HIM....

I'M COUNTING ON YOU TO WORK AROUND HIM

I JUST LOVE ME SOME NANCY PELOSI

EUGENE ROBINSON NEEDS TO STOP GOING ON KEITH OLBERMANN ALL KEITH WANTS HIM TO DO IS AGREE WITH THAT B.S ABOUT RAHM IS A GOOD GUY

RAHM EMANUEL WEARS "SILK SHIRTS" DO WE REALLY WANT A MAN WEARING SILK SHIRTS LEADING OUR CHARGE AGAINST BIG GOVERNMENT

OBAMA NEEDS TO GET RID OF RAHM...RAHM SAID HE WAS THINKING ABOUT RUNNING FOR MAYOR OF CHICAGO....

BUT AMERICANS LIKE IRISH-MAYORS BETTER THAN THE JEWISH

CAN ANY ONE SAY?
AMY MADIGAN

CAN ANYONE NOT SAY?
BLOOMBERG

HE TOOK HIS MONEY AND RE-WROTE THE LAWS IN NEW YORK MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR HIM TO RUN WITHOUT TERM LIMITS...I HOPE SOMEONE CHALLENGE HIM ON THIS...MAYBE A POORER JEW?...ARE THER ANY?

Posted by: danders5000 | July 17, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I can hear the Ahhhhhhhhhhhh releif in dems posts, but it's all media hype.

The latest Rasmussen Poll has Angle with 46% support, while Reid earns 43% of the vote. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) remain
undecided.

It also finds finds Sandoval, a Republican, with 57% support. Reid earns 36% of the vote, with three percent (3%) favoring another candidate and four percent (4%) undecided.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of Nevada voters favor repeal of the health care plan.

So spin whatever way you like it ain't gonna happen.

Posted by: jjoyce6018 | July 17, 2010 3:00 AM | Report abuse

Remember we were wondering if Republicans would learn the lesson from the victory of moderate Scott Brown and the fake moderation of McDonnell and Christie?

Now we know.

Just like everything else they screw up, the answer is to keep doing it and insist it'll work next time. Damned idiots.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 16, 2010 2:44 PM
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Fake moderation of Christie?

Nice try. That guy, like his policies or not, is a straight shooter. That's what America needs right now but a lot of people don't have the guts. They don't want the truth and want to live their little fairytale.

It's time for America to grow up about a lot of things.

Posted by: Cryos | July 17, 2010 2:45 AM | Report abuse

It is too bad because Reid is a big part of the problem with over spending and the continued legislation that attempts to redistribute income without entacting legislation to promote increased job creation in the private sector. Taking from the hand that feeds you is not going to work. The Federal Government needs to balance its budget even if it means decreasing benefits and entitlements. It needs to start with Federal Employees. Cutting discresionary spending and repealing portions of the Health Reform Bill. No more new Government offices and no increases in Federal Government employees or salaries.

Reid is a "mouth-piece" nothing more. He needs to go as does Pelosi and Hoyer and Minority leader Bohner.

Posted by: fedupwithgovernment | July 17, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Harry Ried has helped screw over the American People and he needs to be held accountable. Our divisiveness has been a result of his leadership. He has led that albatross of a Health Care Bill in getting passed. It's about 2500 pages of rip off.

Even the Democrats know that our money could be better spent just putting every nurse and doctor in America on payroll. By doing that, The cost would be about one quarter. Instead, It's 2,500 confusing pages of let's grease the insurance lobby.

Nevada, he won't hold any sway in Congress anymore - even if he's re-elected... Please fire him. He deserves it.

Posted by: iraqibrett | July 17, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Harry Reid and his friend Nancy gave 1 trillion to their supporters. The economy is heading for a double dip. The people should decide if their actions deserve the reward of being re-elected.

Posted by: leapin | July 16, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

@ NO-bama: Can't you come up with anything new? This exact post except for your "defense of Boehner's regulatory moritorium, as inaccurate and outright false as it is, is cut and pasted from Greg's blog. Since you cut and ran there, I will repost my response.

@NB: Boehner is right. Regulation threats kill innovation and job growth.

Yeah, the lack of regulation of off shore drilling that led to the gulf catastrophe (that will continue for years if not decades because of the pollution of the spawning grounds of at least 1/2 of the commercial fish in the Atlantic) has really boosted the economy in the gulf states, especially tourism, one of their biggest industries. I am sure the dead coal miners' families and the dead rig workers' families really appreciate what less regulation did for them. Somehow despite the stalinist regulatory scheme in place during the Clinton years, we managed to build the internet into a global information and commerce giant, radically increase the number and decrease the cost of personal computing, and create 8 times as many jobs as GWB did during his reign of terror.

"Debt… Obama and cronies think owing our soul to China and Saudi Arabia is OK…Conservatives think we should be debt free and should strive to payoff debt as well forego the creation of new debt like obamacare and the stimulous bills."

Wasn't it Cheney, the famous socialist who said "Reagan proved that deficits don't matter."? Somehow the famous conservative GWB did more deficit spending and created more debt than all previous presidents combined and still managed to put the economy into the worst economic fall since the great depression. We can add Kyl, McConnell and the rest of the republicans to the list of budget lunatics. "Tax cuts don't have to be paid for but spending like unemployment extensions absolutely have to be paid for." ???????? WTF???? This defies any logic and the rules of mathematics.

"The economy… Obama and cronies think things are better. 9.5% unemployment is "progress" 2.2% GDP is "good"…
Conservatives want more jobs and we’re worried about the States going bankrupt."

That's why conservatives voted en mass against the stimulus that was about 1/3 aid to state and local governments. 9.5% is a lot better than 12% which is the estimate of unemployment if the stimulus wasn't enacted. 2.2% growth is better than contraction which is where Bush left the economy.

Posted by: srw3 | July 16, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

@DM:alleged opposition to saving a major construction project in downtown Vegas.

There is nothing alleged about her views. She there is video, (shown in a Reid ad, I believe) that shows her saying that she wouldn't have intervened to support the downtown project.

Posted by: srw3 | July 16, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Question: Why will Reid win this race?

Answer: Because Reid represents Nevada extremely well in D.C.

Pretty simple.

Posted by: paul65 | July 16, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"Right. There's a right way and a wrong way to play politics. Resorting to the courts is often the wrong way. As I understand the issue with the TX Green party, Repub donors (Gov Perry?) donated to the Greens to ensure they're on the ballot. Dems could benefit merely by publicizing, without suing. Perhaps the problem is that so many lawyers are politicians they default to looking for the legal remedy, rather than going to the court of public opinion. Posted by: bsimon1"

Its old Republican tactics. They bought the American r4eform Party nomination for Buchanan in 2000 to make sure that Little Georgie had a chance, with the proviso that Buchanan not get uppity and campaign. The only question is who got the $12 million that the ARP qualified for in Federal campaign funds?

Paying for a party to pull this kind of stunt should be felony fraud.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 16, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey DougH I despise them as much as you do and probably more but can we please leave the name-mangling to the mental cases like zouk? They're called "Republicans."

I'm fine with calling their supporters "creeps," though.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 16, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

What's the surprise. Dems being down is a good story line but are Repugnicants up. The answer is no. The public trust them to make the right decision in government 10 points less overall than Democrats.

Americans might have been stupid enough to elect Bush, twice, but are stupid enough to forget the damage Repugnicants have done to the federal government.

That awareness has spread to the states after Repugnicant governors raised taxes and fees at alarming rates during this recession.

Posted by: DougH1 | July 16, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Essentially Reid and Angle are tied because their polling is so close (within the margin of error).
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I would recommend that everyone look at a graph of all the polls on this race to see the trendlines.

http://www.pollster.com/polls/nv/10-nv-sen-ge-avr.php
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According to 538.com, the pollster Mason Dixon has the 9th best rating among pollsters for accuracy among a total of 62 pollsters.

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/search/label/pollster%20ratings

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 16, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: darhala: The Democrats way - bail out the banks first. Result: double-digit unemployment, loss of homes, businesses closing, must keep extorting money from future generations.

The Republicans way - bail out the people first. Result: this course was denied by the Democrats, but would have increased revenue into retail markets and into the banking system thus promoting job growth.

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Man that is rich. The funniest thing I've read all week. You should write for Leno. Or you really have no idea what you are talking about, do you?

Posted by: dollmike | July 16, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I would note a slight correction. Mason-Dixon has been polling for the R-J for quite some time and, as I can tell you from having been called, the poll is not exactly independent. Further, the Las Vegas Review-Journal doesn't just attack Reid in editorials. It slants its news coverage against him and in favor of his opposition. Anyone who reads the R-J daily, as I do, and doesn't reach this conclusion is dwelling on another planet, in an alternate reality.

Posted by: TruthtoPower4 | July 16, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Remember we were wondering if Republicans would learn the lesson from the victory of moderate Scott Brown and the fake moderation of McDonnell and Christie?

Now we know.

Just like everything else they screw up, the answer is to keep doing it and insist it'll work next time. Damned idiots.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 16, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

drivl, keep working on that writing. You have so much room to grow.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 16, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Hahhah. Once again a teatard will go down in flames.

This racist, loony 'movement' was dead on arrival.

Posted by: drindl | July 16, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

It's getting hard to keep up with 37th's multiple screen names, FlowersOfPeace, GunsOfBattle now YouCanPostThis.

Pot, meet kettle.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 16, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

avatar666: Your post on the blame game is probably the best I've read all year and is common in people of all political persuasions, some more than others.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 16, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

you don't like your local school board,
great then you run and change its composition.
My family is from Va where education has always been their top priority, which Mayor White will bring to Texas, not with Perry. Problem with drop outs there is no problem he says. The Chronicle had a story this weeks about our idiotic TAKS test that Perry brags about. There was a kid that scored a 0 on the test and and was counted as a probable pass by those grading the curve on the test. Its a fifth grade test given to high school students who can't pass and Perry says no big deal. Our universities and Texas state Bd of education are filled with his cronie contributors who prefer Phyliss Sclafley over Thomas Jefferson in our kid's texatbooks, again with the help of Perry contributors. You are in denial sir if you think that Perry's policies and appointments of doctranaire conservatives have nothing to do with the collapse of our state education system. You want more of the same, fine sir you will get it if you continue to be an apologist for Gov Perry. You have local problems, then run for local office, and let me know where I send my contribution and fix them, don't scream at the man who grew Houston's economy and represented all elements of the Houston community, and please don t lecture me on how Gov Perry has no influence over the TAKS test or 10 years of problems with our state education system.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 16, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

If the people of Nevada are stupid enough to re-elect Reid then they deserve the unemployment and misery his policies will bring. ...

Posted by: Hopinghere2
>>>

When asking the TEA people standing in front of the Carson City capitol about the vote, many said the DEMS are moving acorns into the communities on key people to alter the votes.

Too bad TEA didn't think of it, and send in their army of voting volunteers to live in the miserable place Reid is from and fight back.

The shake down is needed by a press who finds the Democrats using the Public dole to corrupt the vote like that.

Posted by: dottydo | July 16, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Can Reid really slither out of the US Marine cuff up of Feds who breeched the oath of office, who failed to protect and defend a State and the US COnstitution?

This indictment on DC from DC is coming down the pipe like a freight train on this House and the Senate Napolitano and Obama.

Holder is roasted and done, pull him off the spit, he cannot spin around any more.

This news story broke this morning.

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/immigration/documentary-shows-immigrants-illegally-crossing-border-07162010

Posted by: dottydo | July 16, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

If the people of Nevada are stupid enough to re-elect Reid then they deserve the unemployment and misery his policies will bring. The sad part is the rest of the country will also have to help pick up the tab. But then they seem to be supporting a poltician that claims the are no ILLEGAL ALIENS in his state too. But don't worry. you can be sure he'll have some under-the-table backromm deal to cover his dumb a$$ as usual from and his partners in crime, like Obama and Polosi. Anti Americanism at it finest. Bin Laden is proud of them all.

Posted by: Hopinghere2 | July 16, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Hello, People of Nevada! Please listen carefully! Forget this poll! Think of the rest of the country. No matter what problems you might have with Sharron Angle, please, please, please, please vote for her over Harry Reid. Harry Reid is helping to destroy this country. You don't want to be a part of that. Remember that it is Harry Reid's boss, Obama, who's responsible for most of the problems in your state, especially the loss of tourism in Las Vegas. Why would you want to continue with this? PLEASE! PLEASE! AMERICA BEGS YOU! DUMP HARRY REID!!

Posted by: georges2 | July 16, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

@ NO-bama
Your post such a ridiculous, imaginary re-writing of history and the present it's impossible to take you seriously.
I can only imagine you are a troll trying to stir up trouble.
Reeling off made-up talking points like a politician is neither accurate nor constructive.
Both parties make great claims as to fiscal responsibility, valuing the constitution, improving education, not being "nation builders" and all sorts of crap that sounds good but doesn't jibe with what they do once they have some power.
I really hope you are trolling and don't believe what you write. If you do believe it you are magnifying of the problem, not seeking possible solutions.

Posted by: sacredcow | July 16, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Leichtman, what is it with you that you love to lie about my position

i have never refused to address the highschool drop out rate - when I attacked the local school board for what is happening especially among the special needs children its supporters (Dems) posted on the internet I am child molester and HIV+ - so please learn something before you speak - by the way they paid a pretty penny for that-

I have never doubted your view White was a good mayor in Houston - but you, unlike Mark refuse to acknowledge the reality on the ground in the LRGV - you are typical plantation politics - you do not like what the poor Latino community is saying so you tell them to be quiet and denounce them -

we will not be silenced - It is the local Democratic Party responsible for the highschool drop out rate in the LRGV - not gov Perry

Perry just lies about it-

I do not doubt for one second the Republicans did what they did to dilute the votes for White - it is wrong - but it is not illegal.

Here is a radical idea - how about White come to the LRGV and denounce the corruption and promise he will demand a full investigation into all the Democrats who benefited from the theft of 21.4 million dollars for a non-existent bridge.

How about White coming to the LRGV and demanding teh AG open formal criminal investigations into the theft of mail ballots by politiqueras.

If he were to do these two simple things the people would rally around him - but no the political machine said to White - stay out or else

Oh, I had to come home because I forgot my CPAP off to the VA again.

oh for the Green Party response here you go

http://txgreens.org/drupal/

Posted by: bobbywc | July 16, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

BobbyWC, any links on those claims about Bill White?

Posted by: DDAWD | July 16, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his left-wing radicals in Congress keep harping on "going forward, not back"...well lets review what they mean by going forward; then you decide:

The Constitution….
Obama and cronies say it's archaic and out of date…
Conservatives think it's the greatest document ever devised by man for the governance of man.

Spending… Obama and cronies are for printing more money…
Conservatives think we ought to spend less

Taxes… Obama and cronies never saw a tax they didn’t like and want more…
Conservatives think about the Fair tax, the Flat tax and paying less taxes is GOOD for our economy.

Debt… Obama and cronies think owing our soul to China and Saudi Arabia is OK…
Conservatives think we should be debt free and should strive to payoff debt as well forego the creation of new debt like obamacare and the stimulous bills.

Big Government… Obama and cronies are for it and the idea of "collectivism" - some know it as Socialism…
Conservatices believe in individual freedom

The economy… Obama and cronies think things are better. 9.5% unemployment is "progress" 2.2% GDP is "good"…
Conservatives want more jobs and we’re worried about the States going bankrupt.

Education… Obama and cronies think it is fine and want to double down on this failure…
Conservatives think it has failed to help our kids. (And it should include American History.) The USA ranks 28th out of all developled nations yet we spend 4 times more per student. Do you think this is a success? It's not money, so what is it? will throwing more money at it fix it?

Obama wants to "move forward"...but his idea of moving forward is not the same as what most Americans think of as "moving forward". Collectivism or socialism has proven time again that it kills societies. I agree we need to "move forward" but not in the direct Obama and his left-wingnut cronies want to go. Nov 2010 is your chance to help change course and get us heading in the right direction.

Posted by: NO-bama | July 16, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

bobby you are obviously aware that
the make up of the Texas S.Ct is 100% R, right. The D party knows that they have no chance befor that body.
Its a dispicable abuse of power by we
have seen how its stacks all of our govtl
appointed positions with his largest contributors and then dictates their policies. you refuse to address our very high high school drop out rate, how Perry lied to CNBC on monday and said those numbers were exaggerated, and how high high school drop out rates adversely hurts your community. incidentaly Al Gore ignored Ralph Nader's influence in Fla, I imagine that you understand in a close election those potentially illegal contributions to the Green Party could be the difference. do you disagree?

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 16, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Okay guys, I am late for an appointment at the VA got to go.

Leictman if you are not misrepresenting reality you are not speaking./

Our local school board is run by corrupt Democrats - we want them gone - yes we have a problem - teh corrupt local Democrats - you on the other hand insist that we should keep them to keep White happy.

Our local elected officials are all Democrats, save the county judge (outsiders in Texas County judge is the CEO of teh COunty)

I have never said Bill White is not popular in Houston or did not do a greatr job - unlike you Liectman I do not presuppose what is happening in your back yard - but true to form for the Plantation Politics of the Texas Democratic Party of Texas you presuppose to tell the Latino community of the LRGV that we are imagining teh corruption.

Our schools are bad real bad (although HBO has a great program on the success of our chess teams) To a person our school board is control by Democrats - what would you have us do?


Tell us why Bill White refused to denounce the corruption - do tell
Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 16, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Looks like crazy isn't selling in Nevada.

Posted by: lilchas | July 16, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Looks like crazy isn't selling in Nevada.

Posted by: lilchas | July 16, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

leichtman - I agree that is an important piece of breaking news - but Dietz is not the final word - in fact the matter remains pending before the Texas Supreme Court on a same issue.

Also the US Supreme Court ruled just last term that you cannot ban all corporate donations - we shall see if Dietz opinion holds up.

Further his argument based on your post is, the Green party should not enjot teh fruits of the illegal conduct of others.

that argument will never hold up - The people signed teh petitions not the corporations - to say you are going to deny the people their voice because the ballots were paid for illegally is something I believe no appellate judge will uphold.

It will also back fire on the Dems - no one believe the Green party supporters are now going to vote Dem - the Dems will also lose a lot of left leaning Independents.

While I agree Rasm interim polls are highly questionable - the latest has White down 9 points

The Dems will lose this on appeal and lose teh election for their conduct.

But I agree - the story is very important to the current discussion.

Oh, let's not forget the texas Suprme Court which currently has the matter before it is all Republican - I just checked this mornings orderrs and I do not see where they dismissed the Green Party's request for relief.

bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 16, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

All right, then. With any luck, Texas will get another term of Rick Perry. But it looks like he will have to do it without an illegally funded Green Party. Damn those anti-democratic judges.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Bill White won by an average of 70% of the vote as mayor of Houston in our R leaning city. Apparently bobby either doesn't know or doesn't care that his antics are playing right into the hands of Rick Perry who lies constantly about our high school drop out rate(claims that the numbers are being exagerated) that is particularly harmful to the latino community in the valley that bobby claims to care so much about.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD,

the people in Houston know nothing of the LRGV - we asked him to denounce the theft of 21.4 million dollars for a non-existent bridge - the beneficiaries were local democrats who run the political machine

Bill White said no

We asked him to denounce the use of politiqueras who are paid to steal mail ballots - he said no

We asked him to denounce the fact UT Brownsville is the only UT campus funded by local tax dollars, in part. He said no

We asked that he denounce the fact UT owes the taxpayers of Brownsville 10 milion dollars in back rent - he said no

We asked him to denounce the Dem DA who took one million dollars payable to his office in exchange for dropping the criminal investigation into the theft of 21.4 million dollars for a non-existent bridge.

He has refused to speak to the poluting of the Gulf by Iowa - it has basically killed the fishing and shrimping interests in Texas

Need I say more

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 16, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

DDawd what law are you talking about - there is no law against funding ballot access"

actually you are completely wrong. Corp contributions ARE ILLEGAL in Texas. Ask Tom DeLay if you don't believe me.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl//2528076.html

""An illegal ""corporate contribution"" used by the Green Party of Texas to field statewide candidates will keep the party's nominees off the November ballot, a judge ruled Thursday.

At issue was the origin of about 92,000 petition signatures, valued at $532,500 , that qualified the party for a place on the ballot. Take Initiative America, a Missouri-based nonprofit corporation, gave the Green Party the petitions in May and has not disclosed who paid for the petition-gathering effort at a cost of $4 per signature.

Political intrigue overshadowed the legal issues Thursday as the Texas Democratic Party, which brought the suit against the Green Party, sought to trace the petition effort to allies of Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

State District Judge John Dietz found that the in-kind donation from Take Initiative America violated a state prohibition on corporate contributions and that the Democratic Party would be harmed if the Green Party were allowed to enjoy the fruit of that illegal contribution. Dietz, a Democrat, had asked the Green Party's lawyers before the hearing whether they wanted him removed from the case, but they did not."


Posted by: leichtman1 | July 16, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Angle wouldn't have lifted a finger to save 22K Nevada jobs at CityCenter, watch the NEW TV ad http://bit.ly/c4wmC7

Posted by: JustinBarasky | July 16, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"You would think the Texas Dems would listen to the message - but they will not - attack is all they have to offer and no ideas.

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc"

BobbyWC, what is your problem with Bill White? From what I hear, he was a very popular mayor. What do you know that the people of Houston don't?

Posted by: DDAWD | July 16, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Well I see all the left wing nut jobs who gobble up everything the WA PO Democratic Personal wipe says as gospel are out in full force.

Harry Reid is as a traitor to this country for the back handled deals he has done while in office. The Obumout administration and it's Democratic allies, were suppose to be the most open administration in history. Well that was the start of lies and they won't end until people like Obama,Reid,Boxer, and Pelosi are hung. Liberals lie. It's just their nature.

Posted by: WHOOSONPHIRST | July 16, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Again I do not dispute that Bob Perry or any number of Republicans put the Green party of the ballot - I accept that as a given - but there is not campaign finance law which tests your political leanings before you are allowed to donate money to a cause.

All over the US Dems adn Repubs cross over in primaries to influence the process to their benefit - its is called politics.

What is not politics is using the courts to strike people from the ballot - that is anti-democratic. the Texas Democratic Party is the poster boy for this tactic.

In my initial post I went out of my way to note texas Democrats are doing a better job in fundraising for Gov than the Repubs.

I did that for a reason - to note the Dems are not surrendering - I would call this a statement which tends to show the Dems are in it until the end.

But no - as is always the case attack any facts which do not support your limited agenda.

Stupidity loses elections and that is why the Repubs are finding themselves in touble in places they should feel confident to win.

You would think the Texas Dems would listen to the message - but they will not - attack is all they have to offer and no ideas.

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 16, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

YouCanPostThis* said that the Tea Party is NOT racist. Well, I say.....

The Tea Party is a Racist organization.

The sad part is that they don't even know what racism is. They try to say they're not when many people of color feel insulted and hurt by their words and actions.

When you have an element in your party, that people of color recognize as racist a remarks and/or actions, and they feel hurt by it....YOUR WHOLE ORGANIZATION IS RACIST. You can not tell people that you are not, and you can NOT EXPLAIN it away.

That's not how it works.

You can not tell anybody when they are *supposed* to feel attacked by racist just because they are not talking about the KKK or Skin head or any other known racist group.

If you don't want the Tea-Party not to be considered racist...GET THOSE RACIST PEOPLE OUT OF THE TEA-PARTY if you want to be taken seriously.

Posted by: mydustymusic |
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Wii do. After the racists are removed from the supossedly nuetral NAACP and the New Post-Racial Panther Party.

Posted by: leapin | July 16, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

RE:
"McInnis, a former congressman, said on his Facebook page that he's in it for the long haul. "I am in it to win it," McInnis wrote in what can only be taken as an unintentional reference to the slogan of then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign. "We will continue to fight for Colorado's businesses and families and will not leave this race. Stay strong!"


RE: "can only be taken as an unintentional reference"


Why is that? We are talking about a plagiarist getting hounded out of the campaign for stealing words and ideas. Are we not?

Posted by: BobSanderson | July 16, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Leichtman is wrong about the Green Party's ballot appearance being funded by illegal contributions. But I'm not going to believe that just because you say so.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
But stooge number 2 does believe anything stooge 3 says. It is a little compact they have to revel in each others nitwittery.

bobby, you have stumbled into the low IQ section of the Fix. Beware, dude.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 16, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Dude, the validity of a law has nothing to do with whether I complain about it's violation on here.

Perhaps Leichtman is wrong about the Green Party's ballot appearance being funded by illegal contributions. But I'm not going to believe that just because you say so.

And by the way, I wasn't complaining about the violation of a specific law. I was complaining about your statement that adhering to campaign finance law is somehow undemocratic.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 16, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

But Angle spokesman Jerry Stacy said the campaign is now capable of battling back after raising nearly as much money as Reid during the latest fundraising quarter that ended June 30: $2.3 million compared with $2.4 million. Angle's campaign now has nearly $1.8 million cash on hand, compared with $9 million cash for Reid, who has raised $19.2 million this election cycle.

"While we were busy raising money, Harry Reid was busy distorting Sharron Angle's record while trying to hide from his own," Stacy said in an interview. "Now it's our turn. Now that we have the money, we're going to be able to run a more effective campaign."

Stacy said that Reid's best hope of winning re-election is to keep the focus on Angle because he is unpopular at home. Also, President Barack Obama and Reid are having difficulty convincing voters that the $787 billion stimulus bill and industry bailouts are working to turn the economy around.

"Harry Reid knows he's in trouble, and he can't build himself up," Stacy said. "He can't run on his record and win. People counted Sharron out during the primary, but we proved them wrong. Do not count Sharron Angle out now. What this race is really about is the economy."

Posted by: corebanks1940 | July 16, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Bobby, you do understand that you are talking to a guy who sits in the corner, facing the wall and wears a tall, white pointy hat?

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 16, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"Reid's onslaught has worked. In the Review Journal poll, Angle's unfavorable rating went from 25 percent in June to 43 percent now. Her favorable score fell from 38 percent to 33 percent."

Let us be honest. Angle sunk herself!

Posted by: BobSanderson | July 16, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

We will see how this plays out. It is still only July, Reid is the incumbent and only polling at 44%. Angle has to save her money for when people really start paying attention, which is normally after Labor Day. We will see what happens. However, just looking from the outside, it seems it maybe Reid's race to lose.

Posted by: xfactor211 | July 16, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats way - bail out the banks first. Result: double-digit unemployment, loss of homes, businesses closing, must keep extorting money from future generations.

The Republicans way - bail out the people first. Result: this course was denied by the Democrats, but would have increased revenue into retail markets and into the banking system thus promoting job growth.

Get Republicans into the Senate before our country totally collapses financially. Is it too late? Maybe. But if Democrats are kept in charge come November 2010 all is lost.

Posted by: darhalaz | July 16, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

This is the big leagues -- while the Conservatives are toasting each other that they got their candidate nominated instead of the Republican with the campaign machine and the sense to not say anything that can be held against him, the Democrats are bringing the full weight of the Federal Government behind the Leader of the Senate. (We regulate the cost of cardboard signs, but don't count million dollar boondoggles by the President of the United States).

While Angle is crying that Reid is changing the country, the Democratic machine is compiling a file on her that will make Mel Gibson look like a great dad. -- but that is saved for the last weeks of the campaign. The fact that Majority Leader Reid personally sank the convention business in his biggest city and now accuses Ms. Angle of uttering that she would rather not see unsustainable growth. The same week she puts out ads that point out that Senator Reid has helped his state have the highest unemployment in the nation, she sinks to seven points down from way up.

Hey Republicans -- you sold your winning soul to a radical bunch and now get to take Nevada out of the "win" column. And the past year has shown that when a "conservative" newbie has kicked a long-time Republican loyalist out of an election, they have lost the general. So while we are at it, take a whole lot of the smug victory predictions out as well.

Angle / Reid is just the tip of the iceberg.

Posted by: tommariner | July 16, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin wrote
"Apparently the source of the Green funding is Bob Perry, of swiftboat ad fame [I may have confused bsimon with that - it is the "other" Perry who seems to have donated the quarter mil to help left liberals]."

thanks for the clarification.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 16, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

DDawd what law are you talking about - there is no law against funding ballot access.

I do not doubt the repubs did this - i am certain of it - its Texas - but DDAWD you like Leictman love to talk law when it is against the Repubs , but Mark verified for you the corruption by teh Dems in the LRGV is real - when are you going to denounce that?

When are you are you going to denounce the Democratic party policy of paying politiqueras to steal mail ballots from seniors.

A democracy is about choice - the Green Party is going to give us a choice

You do not hear Bill White denouncing Iowa for poisoning the Gulf with nitrates - the dead zone is the size of Conn - We on the Gulf care about our Gulf - the Green Party unllike Bill White is with us.

the dead zone as done major injury to our fisherman and shrimpers - where is Bill White - dead silence - he will never denounce Iowa for it dumping of nitrates into the Gulf.

So please DDawn learn to live outside your blindfolds

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

*YouCanPostThis* said that the Tea Party is NOT racist. Well, I say.....

The Tea Party is a Racist organization.

The sad part is that they don't even know what racism is. They try to say they're not when many people of color feel insulted and hurt by their words and actions.

When you have an element in your party, that people of color recognize as racist a remarks and/or actions, and they feel hurt by it....YOUR WHOLE ORGANIZATION IS RACIST. You can not tell people that you are not, and you can NOT EXPLAIN it away.

That's not how it works.

You can not tell anybody when they are *supposed* to feel attacked by racist just because they are not talking about the KKK or Skin head or any other known racist group.

If you don't want the Tea-Party not to be considered racist...GET THOSE RACIST PEOPLE OUT OF THE TEA-PARTY if you want to be taken seriously.

Posted by: mydustymusic | July 16, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

leapin asks
"How exactly would a Senator create jobs?"

GREAT question. Apparently the NYT has an article on Linda McMahon today; one of her claims is that as a businesswoman, she 'knows how to create jobs.' When you're in business you create jobs by hiring people to create, sell or manage a product or service. How do you do that as a Senator? Same question for other candidates touting their business expertise as relevant to governing (like Fiorina & Whitman, for instance).

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 16, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

*YouCanPostThis* said that the Tea Party is NOT racist. Well, I say.....

The Tea Party is a Racist organization.

The sad part is that they don't even know what racism is. They try to say they're not when many people of color feel insulted and hurt by their words and actions.

When you have an element in your party, that people of color recognize as racist a remarks and/or actions, and they feel hurt by it....YOUR WHOLE ORGANIZATION IS RACIST. You can not tell people that you are not, and you can NOT EXPLAIN it away.

That's not how it works.

You can not tell anybody when they are *supposed* to feel attacked by racist just because they are not talking about the KKK or Skin head or any other known racist group.

If you don't want the Tea-Party not to be considered racist...GET THOSE RACIST PEOPLE OUT OF THE TEA-PARTY if you want to be taken seriously.

Posted by: mydustymusic | July 16, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The good news for Republicans who want to see Harry Reid defeated is that he just denied that illegal immigrants do construction work in Nevada, people are renouncing him on their deathbed, and here’s his percentage of the vote in the last fourteen polls: 43, 40, 40, 40, 37, 42, 38, 40, 40, 42, 41, 39, 41, 43. (Now that’s consistent.)

The bad news for Republicans who want Reid gone that Sharron Angle’s lead ranges from ahead by 11 to trailing by 3. She usually leads modestly, around or just outside the margin of error. She’s the favorite, but for much of the year, this race looked on par with Indiana, North Dakota, Delaware, or other near-automatic GOP Senate pickups.

Usually the loons on this site would be screaming about the "outlier" poll.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 16, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH WASHINGTON POST YOU ARE IN A FANTASY WORLD.

Harry Reid, ahead in the polls? RIGHT. And Santy Claus will come to my house this xmas. Keep deluding yourselves, baby. Then when you wake up on Nov 5......reality.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

Posted by: brucewla | July 16, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

mark, thanks for your kind words in acknowleding the reality of the corruption in the LRGV. Basta.com should be up and running by next week. the initial goal is to get 500 bumber stickers passed out to direct people to the web page.

The message is simple - until the Dems denounce the corruption by the Democratic Party in the LRGV (Lower Rio grande Valley) we strike.

Bill White has been asked to denounce the theft of 21.4 million dollars for a non-existent bridge and he has refused.

Bill While has been asked to denounce the practice of using politiqueras to steal mail ballots - he has refused.

As we say in Spanish - Basta (enough) and huelga (strike)

They will clean up the LRGV or lose agsin - now that is peril leictman which has proven itself over and over again.

Why has Bill White refused to denounce the fact UT Brownsville is the only UT campus funded by local tax dollars?

Why has Bill White refused to denounce teh fact UT owes Brownsville 10 million dollars in back rent.

Bill White cares not one IOTA for the LRGV and only open racists would support the Plantation Politics of the Texas Democratic Party.

And why does the WP refuse to cover the truth behind the corruption and racism of the Texas Democratic Party? We are latino and poor - we do not matter - politics is no different in the newsroom than it is in the smoked filled rooms of the two major political parties.

If you do not have power you do not have a voice

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 16, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

mark I think there is a much closer tie to Perry through Toomey and this dispicable Green Party scam than bobby wants to acknowldege. It is truly disingenuous of him to hear that anyone is trying to stop the Green Party from doing anything, its the Perry money stinch and potential ties to this scam that has me bothered. Its likely that most Green Party voters will see through this scam, but it reminds me a lot of how Karl Rove propped up Ralph Nader in 2000 and we all know that election turned on less than 600 disputed Florida votes and what the Nader factor meant in that close election.

"At a hearing Thursday, Green Party member Garrett Mize testified that ""Perry's former chief of staff, Mike Toomey"", paid him about $12,000 to persuade his party to use out-of-state contributions to help the petition drive."

this shows a real sign of fear and desperation on Perry's part realizing that he has a serious competitor on his hands that he won't be able to just roll and
run ugly commercials against as in past Texas campaigns.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 16, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"We live in a Democracy and anti-democratic Democrats do not get to decide who gets on the ballot based on the source of their funding."

So does living in a democracy no longer entail adhering to the laws created by democratically elected legislators?

Posted by: DDAWD | July 16, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

..."Big surprise to this registered Voter who has been writting to the American people for years over the Criminal/REpublican/REcord of the Blew it BUsh Administration/Party of "NO" that lost/fact a record 8.5 Million jobs, left a record debt/bill/deficit of $1.5 TRILLION and my favorite Republican/fact then left/town/office the Pew Poll said, with the "LOWEST JOB APPROVAL RATING IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENCY 20 PERCENT/FACT!

These are the facts/record of the Republicans/Party of "NO" is finally sinking in to America's voters who don't pay attention but are now, who didn't pay attention under the REpublicans but are now, and whom this writer fought hard to get the attention of America's voters and it looks like I have...

..."Givem hell Harry Reid, "AND I MEAN...Sir..."POUR IT ON,

..."Steamroll right over the Republicans/Party of "NO" that to this registered Voter/Vet USAF record is CRIMINAL, and the AMerican people are finally waking up to the "GREAT/DAMAGE/DONE/BY/REPUBLICANS who have RUINED America's image and economy/fact!

This is the Criminal/record/Republicans that the voters across the United States are finally waking up to, and finally seeing it was the Republicans/stupid that has made this Criminal/MESS that all American's now have!

..."It was the Republicans folks, that "WRECKED America's economy because the facts don't lie but the REpublicans sure as hell do...

..."Be sure now you/run and put some more Republicans back in, that way they can lose another 8.5 Million jobs, and leave you the record/bill like the "Blew it BUsh/REpublicans did, boy America did the Republicans ruin you good!

..."Be sure now you/run and put some more back in they sure do appreciate it...lol..

Anyone who ever votes Republican again after the "Blew it Bush Administration deserves what they get more of the same, and deserves the Republicans who sure do appreciate the fools who voted for them...lol...appreciate it!

Posted by: ztcb41 | July 16, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

As always, it makes sense to obtain a consensus of polls to arrive at a true average.
Rasmussen has Angle at 46%, and Reid at 43 percent.
A Mason-Dixon poll has Reid ahead by 5 points.
However, in all the polls I've looked at for Nevada's Senate race a full 10% are uncommitted to either Reid or Angle.
So it's too soon to tell.

Posted by: sperrico | July 16, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

It might be as simple as Harry Reid getting a bump from Obama's filing of the lawsuit in Arizona.


Obama took a great deal of damage around the country for that move.


This race will settle out - and Harry Reid will lose in the end - no one wants him around anymore.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 16, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

About 30 seconds each and they use Angle's own words on how it is not the job of a Senator to create jobs. The ads are very powerful and I think they are game changers.

Posted by: DDAWD

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How exactly would a Senator create jobs?
(hiring interns does not count)

Posted by: leapin | July 16, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is effective. That's why the Republicans hate him. That's why they hate Pelosi and Hilary Clinton and Chuck Schumer and Barney Frank and Obama. They are effective.

What have the Republicans done this year beside gritch and say NO? Helped the etstates of some millionaires avoid taxes. The GOP is ready and eager to look out for the Steinbrenners and the Dan Duncans of this country.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 16, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

TO: notthatdum who wrote:
"In most election cycles we are offered a choice of Bad or Bad, this year in many races it's Bad and are you completely insane."
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Excellent post!


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 16, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

What the hell is it with Politicians? So many electees have legal problems. Why do we accept such people when they have this baggage? Are we next going to run a murderer because he only got 10 years? Are there no "clean" people in public life that we can vote for with the feeling that they may actually tell the truth? Look at the Obama administrationa and his appointees. Most have legal or tax problems. The Bush Administration was racked with members in various level of legal trouble. The Clinton administration was the same. Are we destined to be represented by liars and thieves?

Posted by: don448AOLCOM | July 16, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Leichtman, you are the problem with politics - you love to ignore anything which does not suit you.

the issue with the Green party is not how they got on the ballot - they are left of the Dems - dirty money plays in every compaign - there is no story there

Your argument is simple - those of us who are left of the Dems should not be allowed to vote for Green because the money that got them on the ballot was Republican -

We live in a Democracy and anti-democratic Democrats do not get to decide who gets on the ballot based on the source of their funding.

You sound just a bit dramatic and desperate

"This is an important story, and potential political earthquake, that the Fix ignores at their peril."

Is the WP going to close down? - are they going to fire Chris? - you never help your argument because you are so selective.

Now how about the story Bill White has asked not play in the Texas press -

The Pena Hernandez lawsuit wherein witness after witness testified Democratic Politiqueras stole their mail ballots, filled them in for them, and then mailed them.

I see a pattern by the Texas Democrats - sue to keep the Green Party off the ballot - pay politiqueras to steal mail ballts from seniors.

The Dems cannot win in Texas because they cannot argue the merits of their case - suing to limit ballot access and stealing mail ballots is all they have on their side.

The Texas Democratic party is the equivalent of Angle - a moron leading teh pack of lemmings so filled with hate for the otherside they cannot see they are no better.

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 16, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

About 30 seconds each and they use Angle's own words on how it is not the job of a Senator to create jobs

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

At least in spineless Harry's case that certainly seems to be missing from his accomplishments.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 16, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Actually Reid is not ahead as the latest Rasmussen Poll shows , but if the Dems want to hoot and holler about a second rate poll - they should have at it - Reid still has no shot to win his senate seat back. Only the truly delusional would think he does.

Posted by: Realist201 | July 16, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is ahead, and he should be.

Sharron Angle is a psycho who wants to steal people's Social Security that we've been paying into all our working lives, and she wants abolish Medicare I suppose so that the elderly won't live as long as they are these days with the Medicare Insurance to protect their health.


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 16, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

If you want to know how Reid has jumped out to such a large lead, these ads tell a large part of the story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da3EyDoYJS0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqlfjMQVAE8

About 30 seconds each and they use Angle's own words on how it is not the job of a Senator to create jobs. The ads are very powerful and I think they are game changers.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Andy, KY is voting to replace Jim Bunning, who was elected despite evidence of his legislative failings.

I agree with you that Judd Gregg is a better Senator than Harry Reid is a Majority Leader. But I think Harry was a good "whip" for the Ds.

Leichtman, I posted the "smoking gun" for you [and for Bobby] the other day. Apparently the source of the Green funding is Bob Perry, of swiftboat ad fame [I may have confused bsimon with that - it is the "other" Perry who seems to have donated the quarter mil to help left liberals]. I gave to Indie-R Austin grandma Carole Keeton McClellan Rylander Strayhorn in 2006. I have given and will be giving to White. I am guessing that among the 61% of us who voted against Goodhair last time there is a wide donor pool, way beyond Chris Bell voters.

But I still think its an uphill climb. I have no sense that fundraising will do it, but your point that fundraising may be a measure of enthusiasm is encouraging.

Bobby, as bsimon said, the Ds should not be threatening lawsuits, just publicizing the dirty tricks, to optimize the situation for themselves. I do not know a legitimate legal reason that the Greens could be kept off the ballot b/c they took money from an R. That is just plain silly and a denial of 1stA principles.

Bobby, can you point to a statewide election since Lloyd Bentsen left the Senate where the LRGV voted even 20%? I cannot think of one. I do not know what will break the patron system. But we are talking about the most impoverished counties in the USA and no meaningful government assistance from any level aside from basic roads and bad schools and food stamps. The Ds broke faith with the south TX vote they always fantasize will come out but the Rs could not care less. A breeding ground for corruption and exploitation? Yep. I wish it were not so.

I am in the process of setting up a charity cemetery society for a colonia as I am posting this.

So that poverty and hopelessness and frustration is on my mind.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 16, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Well this is truly stupid:
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Sharron Angle suggested Americans should use their second amendment rights to get rid of Harry Reid ... interesting ... the following Americans used their 2nd amendment rights:
John Wilkes Booth
Lee Harvey Oswald
Mark David Chapman
Sirhan Sirhan
James Earl Ray
Lynette Fromme
John Hinckley

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the second amendment doesn't grant any one a right to murder. This is easily the dumbest thing posted here thus far today. but hey, the day is young and there are a lot of liberals hanging around.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | July 16, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Bozo the Clown would surge ahead of Angle in Nevada. The GOP can't put up weirder candidates.....then.......

Posted by: sd-mouth1 | July 16, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

finance whiz is steps away from state care.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 16, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Let me give the NAACP a comment:

The Confederacy was racist

The Jim Crow laws were racist

The KKK was racist.


The Tea Party is not racist.

There is a serious question of degree here - and for the NAACP to push the sterotyping and the hate they did this week is just wrong.

How in the world does NAACP think that offending 80 million Americans advance their cause of racial progresss ???

The answer is it does not help racial progress one bit - so RACIAL PROGRESS has been traded in favor of short-term political divisiveness.


This is wrong - it destroys the credibility of the NAACP.

It also destroys what is left of Obama's credibility - given Obama's 2008 campaign.

Not a good sign that the democrats are becoming cheerleaders for this kind of behavior.

The kids are watching you know.


Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 16, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

In most election cycles we are offered a choice of Bad or Bad, this year in many races it's Bad and are you completely insane.

Posted by: notthatdum | July 16, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

It is a sad state of affairs but all of these elections we are no longer looking at the best and brightest and picking one. Now we get to choose between the lesser of 2 evils and hope for the best.


A sad state of affairs for our country.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | July 16, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Did YOU really think that Right Angle had any chance at all?
As repulsive as Reid is, she's impossibly worse and, as the flow of money illustrates, it's apparent to most people who can walk upright.

This is the probably the best example of how the T-Baggers will fail and how the Dems will end up retaining Congressional control.(Yes, it IS a done deal,)

Thanks Sharron, Ron, Sarah and the rest of you Rogue Ragers, you done good!
(P.S. before you vanish,sweep out the grizzly cage, OK?)
(P.P.S. Sarah, you tell Levi and Bristol that there's not a trailer park in the country that wouldn't love to have them.)

Posted by: bgreen2224 | July 16, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Angle and Reid, it a TWO Women Race!

Posted by: theaz | July 16, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I loved the post claiming Democrats as being childish. May I remind you of Sen. Bunnings famous "Tough ****" qoute and finger flipping during the previous blocking of unemployment. What remains important is the financially reckless attitude of the GOP that taxing the rich does not affect the deficit. This helped the deficit skyrocket during the Bush era, now the Republican leadership has confirmed this will remain thier policy.
Saying that the rich deserve over 600 billion in unfunded tax cuts, while the unemployed do not deserve 33 billion really shows just what the GOP stands for.
A party that serves the wealthy and promotes thier welfare over all other Americans.

Posted by: moore732 | July 16, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I really don't know what Angle's strategy is at this point. Reid is defining her and she does not have a positive ad up as of yet introducing herself to voters. I reckon they don't want to spend too much money on ads this early but still. You can't let opponent define you before you define yourself. She should have gone up with a small buy after primary introducing herself. She better step it up. Hopefully this poll will be a wake up call. Cornyn better get on the phone and find out what the hell is going on out there. Maybe NRSC needs to step up more.

Posted by: Truthteller12 | July 16, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I think its funny as hell how any person in their right mind would want to keep this puke in office is beyond me. If he wins here again you get what you deserve. The continuing demise of our Country and an overspending gluttonous liberal.

Posted by: Lanche | July 16, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

AndyR3 writes
"I would think Conway has an even better chance than Reid does of winning. Rand Paul is just as far to the right as Angle, and he isn't going to let the handlers at the NRSC tell him what to do."


I don't know anything about KY politics, but here in MN Rep Tom Emmer (GOP candidate for Gov) has proven to be a workaholic on the campaign trail. Trouble is, someone gave him a shovel. Now he won't stop digging.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 16, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

It's about time that Nevada voters started seeing Angle for the true wackadoodle she is...

Posted by: 1FLWB2 | July 16, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Andy,

Conway is too liberal for Kentucy. Paul may have some radical views, but he at least comes off as competent. In another year, I would probably lean to Conway pulling it out, but not this one. Besides I don't think he is nearly as bad as Angle.

Posted by: xfactor211 | July 16, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

The continuation of the tax cuts for the rich and the other perks the republicans want will add an additional $3.5 trillion to the deficit. Do not hear a word from them stating this should be covered with funds before being allowed.
What hypocrita!!

Posted by: kathlenec | July 16, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Xfactor,
Why is Kentucky different from Nevada? I would think Conway has an even better chance than Reid does of winning. Rand Paul is just as far to the right as Angle, and he isn't going to let the handlers at the NRSC tell him what to do. He is a true believer, and those folks almost always go down in a blaze of glory.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 16, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I don't like Harry but I really don't like Angle. She doesn't seem to have any idea what the job of a Senator is, except to do away with programs and cabinet agencies, while handing everything over to the private sector without government oversight or regulations.

We've seen what deregulation of Wall Street has done. It's time to vote for those who will protect the interests of the people who are struggling to make a decent living instead of those who are living in the lap of luxury.

At least Harry has done a few things that have been right, he helped cut the cost of COBRA payments.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | July 16, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The dirty little secret uncovered in deposition that Bobby failed to mention is that the source of the the $200,000 to get the Green Party on the Texas ballot, learned in recent depositions, was that this enormouse amount of money was
funneled directly from the corp bank account(likely an illegal corp contribution) of the ex chief of state for
Rick Perry. Its disgusting Perry politics that most in the Texas Green Party are rejecting but which we have come to expect from our secessionist governor.
Today's Houston Chronicle also reports that Bill White has outraised our governor in campaign funds by 1/2 million dollars. This is an important story, and potential political earthquake, that the Fix ignores at their peril.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 16, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Truth be told, I really hate people. This guy royally screws a nation along with his cohorts, they call the American people names like Nazi's and evil mongers for not agreeing with them. They use Nazi tactics while calling us Nazi's

These are the people that represent US not the other way around but people will take anything because deep down, they are very stupid.

Posted by: ieklein | July 16, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Although do not agreed with Reid 100% of the time, believe the people of Nevada are too intelligent to elect an inrresponsible radical like Angle to represent them.
She is a diaster waiting to happen.

Posted by: kathlenec | July 16, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

1)The tea party will cost Rep in Nevada. I detest Harry Reid, but Angle is a nut.

2)Nevada is not Kentucky, which is why Paul will win there

3)I still see Rubio pulling in out in Fl., once he is the official Republican nominee.

3)I do not know what to make of the Colorado situation, except that McInnis is good for losing statewide elections.

Posted by: xfactor211 | July 16, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Heh. Sounds like the God who keeps telling her what she wants to hear is giving Sharron Angle the ol' finger. Couldn't happen to a crazier freak.

Posted by: solsticebelle | July 16, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Bondosan writes:


I love how the Tea Klanners and their Republican fellow-travelers always try to demonize Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.


_______________________________

Criticizing "demonization" while doing it yourself.


Is there a way to burn in hell twice ?


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 16, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Kyl and McConnell remind us of why the the GOP will not regain either House this year:

"...this past Monday Jon Kyl of Arizona, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, was asked the obvious question: if deficits are so worrisome, what about the budgetary cost of extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, which the Obama administration wants to let expire but Republicans want to make permanent? What should replace $650 billion or more in lost revenue over the next decade?

His answer was breathtaking: “You do need to offset the cost of increased spending. And that’s what Republicans object to. But you should never have to offset the cost of a deliberate decision to reduce tax rates on Americans.” So $30 billion in aid to the unemployed is unaffordable, but 20 times that much in tax cuts for the rich doesn’t count.

The next day, Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, confirmed that Mr. Kyl was giving the official party line: “There’s no evidence whatsoever that the Bush tax cuts actually diminished revenue. They increased revenue, because of the vibrancy of these tax cuts in the economy. So I think what Senator Kyl was expressing was the view of virtually every Republican on that subject.”

Now there are many things one could call the Bush economy, an economy that, even before recession struck, was characterized by sluggish job growth and stagnant family incomes; “vibrant” isn’t one of them. But the real news here is the confirmation that Republicans remain committed to deep voodoo, the claim that cutting taxes actually increases revenues.

It’s not true, of course. Ronald Reagan said that his tax cuts would reduce deficits, then presided over a near-tripling of federal debt. When Bill Clinton raised taxes on top incomes, conservatives predicted economic disaster; what actually followed was an economic boom and a remarkable swing from budget deficit to surplus. Then the Bush tax cuts came along, helping turn that surplus into a persistent deficit, even before the crash."

From today Time's column by Paul Krugman.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 16, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

A root metaphor is a thought or idea from which all other thoughts or ideas spring. The root metaphors used by the GOP are grounded in the soil of ignorance and fed with the fertilizer of bigotry. What results not only looks ugly, but smells to high heaven. American voters know truth. This is why Harry Reid will win Nevada in November. May the GOP and its' Tea Party crotch sore rot on the compost pile of decaying dead ideas. You deserve no better for your efforts to destroy our country.

Posted by: queenofromania | July 16, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

The Blame Game - Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the democrats.

"For those without comedic tastes, the so-called experts at Wikipedia have an article about Blaming Somebody Else.Blaming is nearly universally observed in children. It seems to be an essential part of human development. Believing this helps you sleep at night as the crows gather behind your eyes and peck away the slimy layers of guilt from your overworked brain. When language skills develop, one of the first practical things that can be done with them is to apply them to blame others for what you just did, and get that person you don't like sanctioned or punished while you keep doing as you do. This way, you get to eat more cookies, so of course you're never stopped.

Lying is often involved in blaming. Of course it is possible to assign blame to someone using truth perhaps however selectively applied. This is considered far more leet, which is why you don't do it. In order to successfully blame somebody else, you must make it seem plausible, and if there's truth involved, much less manipulation is required."

Posted by: avatar666 | July 16, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

The Blame Game - Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the democrats.

"For those without comedic tastes, the so-called experts at Wikipedia have an article about Blaming Somebody Else.Blaming is nearly universally observed in children. It seems to be an essential part of human development. Believing this helps you sleep at night as the crows gather behind your eyes and peck away the slimy layers of guilt from your overworked brain. When language skills develop, one of the first practical things that can be done with them is to apply them to blame others for what you just did, and get that person you don't like sanctioned or punished while you keep doing as you do. This way, you get to eat more cookies, so of course you're never stopped.

Lying is often involved in blaming. Of course it is possible to assign blame to someone using truth perhaps however selectively applied. This is considered far more leet, which is why you don't do it. In order to successfully blame somebody else, you must make it seem plausible, and if there's truth involved, much less manipulation is required."

Posted by: avatar666 | July 16, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

The Blame Game - Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the democrats.

"For those without comedic tastes, the so-called experts at Wikipedia have an article about Blaming Somebody Else.Blaming is nearly universally observed in children. It seems to be an essential part of human development. Believing this helps you sleep at night as the crows gather behind your eyes and peck away the slimy layers of guilt from your overworked brain. When language skills develop, one of the first practical things that can be done with them is to apply them to blame others for what you just did, and get that person you don't like sanctioned or punished while you keep doing as you do. This way, you get to eat more cookies, so of course you're never stopped.

Lying is often involved in blaming. Of course it is possible to assign blame to someone using truth perhaps however selectively applied. This is considered far more leet, which is why you don't do it. In order to successfully blame somebody else, you must make it seem plausible, and if there's truth involved, much less manipulation is required."

Posted by: avatar666 | July 16, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

NYrunner,
Judd Gregg is a fine senator, and I would dare to say he is a significantly better statesman than Reid.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 16, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I love how the Tea Klanners and their Republican fellow-travelers always try to demonize Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

Harry and Nancy spook the hell out of them because they're so damn effective.

Health Care Reform and Financial Regulatory Reform? It's been a huge struggle to get these across the finish line...and now, thanks to the President, the Speaker, and the Majority Leader, they're now a reality.

Here's to two more for Nancy and six more for Harry!

Posted by: Bondosan | July 16, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

The American People are saying to Obama - DO WHAT YOU SAID YOU WERE GOING TO DO OR GET LOST.

That is the basic problem.

The American People don't want to hear any story that Obama did this or that - Obama DID NOT adhere to his campaign themes - and Obama is in serious trouble over that issue.


The Blame talk only hurts Obama further - it is apparent that Obama is seeking to evade responsibility.


That is NOT the job. The job is to take responsibility.


There appears to be a nagging reluctance on the part of Obama to do the job.

That is not a racist sterotype - it is a stated sentiment from Obama - he doesn't want to get distract by the "small things" like the economy - Obama is ONLY interested in the big, history making things.

That attitude is an outrage - especially during a severe recession.


Obama even expressed just that sentiment in front of Congress last fall - defining the economy as just one of those "small things" which would distract and prevent Obama from the "big things."


THAT is not the job.

The job involves FIRST the nuts and bolts of the economy - if Obama doesn't like it he should have never sought the job.

This is PRECISELY THE PROBLEM WITH OBAMA.

The priorities of the American People are NOT Obama's priorities - Obama is off doing other things.

Obama's attitude is - "the economy wasn't my fault - so I am not responsible - so I really should have to make it a priority because I have do something "big" for some history book."

That is the problem

AND the American People are saying GET LOST.

The response from the democrats is represented by the people on this blog - just CHILDISH BEHAVIOR.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 16, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

A lot of the polls are just tools of whichever Party they cater to. Let's see a few more polls before we get too excited.

Posted by: DL13 | July 16, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Re-electing Harry Reid begs the question Will Rogers asked “If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?".

I wouldn't brag about being from Nevada.

Posted by: avatar666 | July 16, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

that's gotta sting.
republicans have been touting Reid's senate seat as a sure thing for them to takeover for the last year.
And now Reid is up 7 points in the polls!
There tea party shell game has backfired on them.
the hardline extremist tea party rhetoric works great for getting attention, but sooner or later people will actually have time to think things over rationally.
No one wants to go back to those last horrible 8 years under bush. and thats all the tea party can offer.

Posted by: MarilynManson | July 16, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

bobbywc writes
"The Dems in Texas angered the left by threatening litigation against the Green Party to keep them off of the ballot (I guess Dems are only pro choice when it means getting votes)"


Right. There's a right way and a wrong way to play politics. Resorting to the courts is often the wrong way. As I understand the issue with the TX Green party, Repub donors (Gov Perry?) donated to the Greens to ensure they're on the ballot. Dems could benefit merely by publicizing, without suing. Perhaps the problem is that so many lawyers are politicians they default to looking for the legal remedy, rather than going to the court of public opinion.


Posted by: bsimon1 | July 16, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The die-hard leftists are trying to keep up their energy


But they all know the truth out there.


The truth is Obama has failed you - it hardly makes sense to list all the issues on which Obama has failed, made no effort to live up to his pledges - and just basically attempted to deceive the nation.

The latest effort to divide the nation - that only exposes the worst about Obama.


The NAACP resolution and the secret provisions in the financial regulation bill - all that only CONFIRMS the worst about Obama.

The democrats are actually looking a little better in the polls than they should.

Perhaps the democratic polling organizations are purposely showing strength for Obama and the democrats which is not there - perhaps people do not want to say what they think to pollsters on the phone.

I can tell you this: the Independents who Obama have lost, those people are GONE, they aren't coming back.

The ONLY way Obama and the democrats have a chance to get them back - is for Obama to clean up his act all the campaign pledge let-downs which have dramatically dragged him down.


The trust gap, the credibility gap - is really not a function of the economy.


The economy is a whole other problem - Obama is a complete failure on the economy - Obama's efforts to blame someone else mean nothing. - What means something now is who is in charge and what they are doing - Obama's blame game is a turn-off. Obama's effort to dodge responsibility only cause confidence in him to plunge.

It is an Obama disaster all around.


ANY effort to divide the nation - to try to energize his base - causing Obama to FURTHER solidify the opposition among the Independents.

It is a losing strategy - it energizes the Republicand - it offends the Tea Party - and the Independents say "NO WAY."

AND efforts to divide the nation go completely against the 2008 campaign ideas - which only serve to FURTHER SHRED Obama's credibility.

This is a common theme - the efforts by the democrats - REPRESENTED BY THE PEOPLE ON THIS BLOG - only serve to further divide the nation - WHICH FURTHER SHRED'S OBAMA'S CREDIBILITY.


The American People are saying - DO WHAT YOU SAID YOU WERE GOING TO DO OR GET LOST.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 16, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Politics will always be local - both parties have seemed to forget this.

Angle angered seniors and is now paying the price - party loyalty means nothing.

The Dems in Texas angered the left by threatening litigation against the Green Party to keep them off of the ballot (I guess Dems are only pro choice when it means getting votes)

If people want to predict what will happen in every key election just look to whetehr or not the candidates are alienating key voter blocks

This election is wide open for the least stupid candidate.

Bobby WC
Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 16, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Sharron Angle suggested Americans should use their second amendment rights to get rid of Harry Reid ... interesting ... the following Americans used their 2nd amendment rights:
John Wilkes Booth
Lee Harvey Oswald
Mark David Chapman
Sirhan Sirhan
James Earl Ray
Lynette Fromme
John Hinckley

Posted by: knjincvc | July 16, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Scriv - see the 8:58 a.m. post for a clear example as to why moderation has become necessary. A 1+ page long screed against everyone else on the blog. You generally have some on topic commentary, so append that with the usual fusion center stuff and you'll be fine.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 16, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Reid has proven himself a capable leader of the Democrats in the Senate over and over again this Congress. He has also been effective in gaining necessary Republican votes. The passing of the financial reform bill this week adds to the major legislation he has been able to make happen.

Angle is going to become a smaller and smaller figure in Reid's rear view mirror. The humiliating defeat of the Republicans in 2006 and 2008 will continue as the Democrats hold on to the Hill in 2010.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 16, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

battleground51 writes
"If the people of Nevada send this craven, politcal hack back to Washington in 2011, it will be to their everlasting shame."

What's a Nevadan to do? Send back the craven political hack or replace him with someone worse? Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

And, lest we forget, Angle beat the party's preferred candidate for the nomination, who'd suggested people barter chickens for medical care. Oy.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | July 16, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

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• Longtime journalist exposes high-tech real-time censorship of extrajudicially "targeted" Americans:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-uses-spoofed-web-pages-and-urls-censor-internet
http://nowpublic.com/world/how-u-s-spy-ops-censor-web-political-speech
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (lede articles and links therein)

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 16, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

AndryR3, the Dems angered a lot of people yesterday with their email threatening more litigation against the Green Party - this was a very stupid move - Independent left of center voters are not happy -

However the Green Party got on the ballot does not matter - the people still have a right to vote for the Green party who is left of the Dems.

Further, I can tell you with 100% certainty - the LRGV will not vote - in fact in Cameron County (Brownsville) the Republican for County Judge already has the election won (Tex County Judge is the CEO of the County)

White is no where to be found in the LRGV

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 16, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

There are signs that the Tea Party may well be facing an across the board Tea Wake this November.

Posted by: NewEra | July 16, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

battleground51, Reid may be all that you say but here is a list of senators that he is better than:

Mitch McConnell
Jon Kyl
John Cornyn
Jeff Sessions
Jim Brunning
David Vitter
Judd Gregg

This is just a partial list but you do get the idea, or do you? Whatever his flaws Reid has done some fine things. Nothing that these men has done qualifies as even good. Do you get this?

Posted by: nyrunner101 | July 16, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Bobby, I think Bill White is doing all the right things now. He is hoarding cash and going around the state talking to everyone. Perry has much higher name recognition, but also high negatives to go along with that. If White can get his message out he will beat Perry, IMO. And as you point out White has the cash to make it happen. The Dems are going to lose some governorships, but I think Texas will be one place where they gain one.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 16, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I hope this forces the Dems to fight harder - the battle is not lost -

there is real anger towards both parties - but fortunately the Repubs are fielding candidates who are just too far to the right.

Money is a factor and always will be- but money cannot buy an election.

In Texas Dem for Gov. Bill White out raised and has more cash on hand than Gov Perry (Rep) - 7.5 vs 7 million raised - 9 v. 5.8 million in cash on hand - but Perry still leads by 9 points.

Texas is relevant because if Dems are giving in Texas it is because they feel victory in the air. The August poll numbers will tell the story.

The Dems need to fight tooth and nail and stop this mentality of we cannot win.

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | July 16, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Sharron Angle is definitive proof that any shill with a dialogue, agenda and pulse can run for office in this country, be careful who you vote for people, they aren't all mentally stable.

Posted by: Hillary08 | July 16, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

The Reid surge? really...but were is the surge?... his number remain the same around 40%.

Posted by: johnrick | July 16, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

leichtman: Back in 2007, Zouk always talked about how Rudy Giuliani would defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2008 election. That's multiple wrong predictions rolled into one. I think he also claimed the Republicans would retake Congress in 2008.

Posted by: Blarg | July 16, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Hey Angle, when the election is over and you lose finally, do society a favor and check yourself back into the asylum you escaped from so we don't have to use precious tax dollars hiring the animal control crew to tase you and drag you in against your will you freak.

Posted by: Hillary08 | July 16, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

"He has run ads hitting Angle for past comments about abolishing Social Security and for her alleged opposition to saving a major construction project in downtown Vegas."

Alleged!!???! Chris, grow a spine. It isn't an alleged opposition. She's on the public record stating it. Are you so afraid you'll piss off conservatives by stating something Reid has said as fact that you have to equivocate?

Posted by: DavidandDonald | July 16, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

If the people of Nevada send this craven, politcal hack back to Washington in 2011, it will be to their everlasting shame.

Harry Reid is the cynical, political stereotype in every way. He's a sniveling, Obama lickspittle with absolutely no shame.

The only senator to rival Reid in utter fecklessness is Arlen Specter.

Posted by: battleground51 | July 16, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

The NAACP has done nothing this week other than PUSH HATE - push sterotyping - and push racism against whites.


Those are NOT the universal principles which guided the Civil Rights Movement -


AND that is precisely the basis for the REJECTION OF OBAMA BY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS -


Which is: the universal principles of Marin Luther King have been abandoned by Obama and the lefists for divisive politics.


Case made, Case Proven.


Case Closed.

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This is precisely what is going on in campaigns all over the country.

The OVERALL ISSUE is Obama.

The NAACP circus in Kansas City just re-affirmed to the entire nation that Obama has not taken his post-racial promises seriously.

Instead, we get nothing but DIVISIVE POLITCS from Obama and the democrats.


You don't think this issue is on people's minds???

This is exactly the issue which is dominating the electorate - whether they want to talk about it to a pollster on the telephone or not.


There is a clear distinction between the UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLES OF MARTIN LUTHER KING and the divisive politics of Obama.


Obama might talk a good story - but his actions have clearly been divisive starting in South Carolina with Bill Clinton, Gerry Ferrara - and the speech in Philadelphia which the media still refuses to recognize as a defense of Black Liberation Theology and Rev Wright's philosophy.

This is important because there is now a TRUST GAP with Obama.


Instead of getting it right, from Obama and the democrats we get DECEPTION UPON DECEPTION - LIE UPON LIE.

2,000 page bills with secret provisions don't help.


Secret provisions containing minority hiring quotas and 20 secret enforcement offices for minority hiring quotas do not help.


Secret provisions containing putting union leaders in board rooms don't help.

We don't get honesty and transparency - We get 2,000 page bills and statements "We have to pass the bill to find out what's in it."

This is a democracy - not some secret regime passing laws without public review.

Instead, we have a CONSTANT UNDERHANDED EFFORT to halt public review of these leftist bills.

Again, the TRUST GAP.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 16, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

zouk aka moonbat whatever today's monikor, your predicting days are over. McCain to overtake Obama, Angel to crush Reid, Fiornia to defeat Boxer. 0 for 3. Hey your bud 37th sneaked back on here tdoay, why don't you sing to him with your prescient predictions today. The world is waiting for your brilliant predictions.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 16, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Good news all around. Although I do not much admire Harry Reid, I am delighted to see the good guys taking the lead. I am appalled by the gall and bile displayed by some bloggers. Let's keep it civil.

Posted by: bloommarko4 | July 16, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Good news all around. Although I do not much admire Harry Reid, I am delighted to see the good guys taking the lead. I am appalled by the gall and bile displayed by some bloggers. Let's keep it civil.

Posted by: bloommarko4 | July 16, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Pres. Obama and the Dems need a PR manager, desperaely! For example, The gulf-oil spill is not the Dems/Obama administraion's fault! Pres. Obama/Dems have done many monumental things to put us back on track and receives no credit for it. Accomplishments have been drowned out by Republican spin and lies. This should not be allowed to continue. You have to fight "fire with fire." Many of our deep-seated problems go back to the Reagan era, then Daddy Bush and on to George Bush...., the GOP has plundered and squandered our assets; People need to know and understand this and be informed that to go back to GOP rule would be to completely make the U.S. a third-world country.

Posted by: wdsoulplane | July 16, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"While the poll affirms what Republicans have been saying privately -- that Angle has not done well for herself since the primary -- there remain a few bright spots for the GOP."

The bright spot is: voters don't like Reid. Well, that's all well and good if you're running against Reid, but you still have to be perceived as a better alternative. Unless Angle figures out how to do that, Reid keeps the seat.

Worse for the GOP is Reid's strategy is a reasonable tactic for other candidates too. Here in Minnesota GOP Gov candidate Tom Emmer (currently a Rep) is busy trying to walk back various statements about how hospitality servers should be taxed more or their minimum wage lowered, or not, depending on with whom he's talking. The guy created a fiasco where none existed by expressing his views. The more these candidates' views are understood, the easier the races will be for their opponents.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 16, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

#1-I agree that this isn't a huge suprise and I would expect to see similar numbers in Kentucky in the next few weeks. Reid is looking really good I would think, and has now set the debate on his terms which is very good for him.

#2-FairlingtonBlade, I agree that the Chief of Staff is usually a good pick. They know the staff that is there and can really hit the ground running. In the case of Byrd his COS has been running the show for years now so it really would be a seamless transition, but you never know what Manchin is thinking. Having his own guy in power could help him in the campaign.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 16, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

or maybe, just maybe, Nevada discovered what a flake Sharon Angle is.

Of course the Republican Party discovered it a few months ago and took down her website and took her away from the press, in hopes that no one would notice what a HORRIBLE candidate for the US Congress she is.

and yes, Alvin Greene, D-SC is even a worse candidate.

How did they get in there?

Posted by: vigor | July 16, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Reid surges ahead? What race are you watching? You usually do a good job with the analysis, but this is just awful.

Reid's numbers have been STAGNANT (42, 43, 44%).

Reid did not "surge ahead", he has beaten Angle down from 52% down to 37% with a slew of negative advertising.

Posted by: mrbrianoconnor | July 16, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

1. Well, Reid has really began to hit Angle early and often. Angle is in the race strong because of Reid's high negatives, as she hadn't much money to compete against Reid. Now that Angle has money to compete, she has to spend to prop her up, not just bash Reid whom is already hated. This will be an incredibly nasty race, but an entertaining one none the less.

2. Manchin will likely appoint Goodwin to the senate seat. Goodwin will drop out gracefully and endorse Manchin here in 2010. It looks like Capito won't run, but I'm thinking Betty Ireland may. She's the former Sec. of State and one of few tried and tested Republican leaders who have won statewide races. Manchin begins as the huge frontrunner, however tying him to the Washington liberals could go a long way for some Republican. But for now, Manchin is the definate front runner.

3. I'm sort of surprised McInnis has fallen victim to this. In the polls, McInnis & Maes are both close to Hickenlooper. McInnis leads him and Maes is virtually tied with him in every poll. If Josh Penry could be the nominee, that would solve Republican's problems but how could that happen? If McInnis won the R nomination and then dropped out, then what happens? Does Republicans get to choose a nominee? Would it go to Maes? It would seem that Maes could pick up steam and win the R nomination, as the Colorodo convention nominated him over McInnis anyhow. This would seem to give Maes some major momentum going into the primary, and may help catapult him to the GE.

4. Ned Lamont certainly looks to be in good shape. As a self funder, he may be able to take it all the way to the governor's mansion. He's beloved by liberals and if he can demonize Foley, the perceived R nominee, he has a great shot to finally take the Conn. Governor's seat back from Republicans.

Posted by: reason5 | July 16, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

The behavior of people on this blog has been nothing but vile.


The complete lack of restraint over months has been simply ridiculous.


The leftists here vent their hatred on a daily basis.


Organizing a boycott - refusing to engage in debate here - all that is politically motivated CHILDISH BEHAVIOR.


Instead of acting like adults - all we see from the people on this blog is more expressions of hatred.

Your behavior has been a disgrace.


Your conduct on this blog has been nothing but shameful.

After harassing other posters for years - you decided to start an email campaign - which BASICALLY HARASSES A REPORTER WHO HAS OTHER THINGS TO DO.


Arguments have broken out on this blog over the past few weeks about who has had the worst behavior on this blog - not exactly the storyline of one bad person and the rest of you being innocent.


It is a disgrace.


You don't hate me - you only hate two things - the truth and yourselves.


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Having said that

1) If the people on this blog put half the amount of effort into improving their own behavior - as they have into creating a melee and boycotting - then things may have improved.

2) The result now is a worse situation, because everyone has dug their heels in - the leftists have been given fodder to fight and continue to act like children. Instead of telling them to grow up, the leftists have been given something to hand onto.

3) I would like to remind everyone that I have been complaining about the atmosphere on this blog for a long time - years.


I can not tell you how many times I have posted that remarks by other posters were offensive - seeking to have the atmosphere cleaned up.


I even put a phone call into Chris two years ago - and complained that there was a tremendous amount of harassment of other posters.


We have a general atmosphere here of no enforcement of rules - and there is little reason to glean from what has been allowed on this blog what the actual rules are - everything goes - so one can reasonably believe that everything goes.

I have posted this statement probably a hundred times: "State your opinion, defend it, and leave everyone else alone."

I'm sorry - but I have made efforts in these directions.

From others on this blog, there is no restraint - just disgraceful and shameful behavior which has only gotten worse with this PARTISAN LYNCH MOB.

That is certainly not civil behavior.


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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 16, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Turns out some plumber figured out how to cap the well.

All those egghead genius Nobel prize winning Libs couldn't turn on a light switch without first taking a poll, making a speech, forming a committee, and raising a tax.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 16, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Sadly the Republicans have nothing new to off Americans. Just the same old divide and conquest politics. They are good at war and fear mongering and this is about it.

Sadly again they their divide and conquer America is not for Americans, but for a strange cabal of far right religious leaders, and Wall Street.

Posted by: ArchieHaase | July 16, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

8 a.m. and no posts? That new comments section must really be working! Anyway, to the line…

1. No big surprises, but good news for Dems all around. I expected Angle to fade somewhat, but Reid has pounced early. The result of the Tea Party surge may be victories in the spring (Paul, Angle, Rubio) and defeats in the fall.

3. I liked the approach taken in some cases where the Chief of Staff of the ex-Senator is appointed. In some cases, that person has been running the show anyway. Don't know who Byrd's Chief of Staff was.

4. Probably a good idea to mention the name of the state somewhere in the story. Lamont's a famous enough name that I figured out it was Conn.

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Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 16, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

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