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Blanche Lincoln calls on Bill Clinton to close Senate runoff

1. Just days before Arkansas Democrats will decide her fate at the ballot box, Sen. Blanche Lincoln is launching an ad featuring former President Bill Clinton in a last-gasp attempt to stave off the onrushing Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

The ad uses footage of Clinton from a campaign stop he made in Little Rock last Friday in which he framed the race as a choice between a senator from Arkansas and the labor unions in Washington.

In the ad, Clinton holds up a Post article (hooray!) that says that organized labor wants to make Lincoln the "poster child" for what happens when a Senator crosses them on their legislative agenda; "This is about using you and manipulating your votes," says Clinton. "If you want to be Arkansas's advocate, vote for somebody who will fight for you."

Organized labor has spent millions of dollars on ads and voter identification programs on Halter's behalf. Unions are angry at Lincoln for her opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act and the inclusion of a public option in the health care bill.

Clinton is, as both sides acknowledge, extremely popular in Arkansas -- particularly among African American voters who both Lincoln and Halter are aggressively targeting.

At issue is whether Clinton's considerable political abilities can turn the race in Lincoln's favor. Several recent polls -- commissioned by organizations that have endorsed Halter -- suggest that the lieutenant governor now holds a narrow edge over Lincoln heading into the June 8 runoff, which is three weeks removed from the Democratic primary in which the incumbent took 44.5 percent of the vote to 42.5 percent for Halter. (A third candidate -- D.C. Morrison -- received 13 percent.)

If Lincoln does lose on Tuesday, she will be the third Senator -- Bob Bennett of Utah and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania are the other two -- to come up short in an intraparty fight. No more than one Senator has lost a primary since the 1980 election when four incumbents fell.

2. Former California Rep. Tom Campbell has a steep hill to climb in the final days of the GOP Senate primary, according to a new poll.

The Capitol Weekly/Probolsky Research poll shows former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina leading the race 40 percent to 25 percent -- a gap similar to the results of a Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California survey released earlier in the week. Conservative state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore is in third place with 12 percent of the vote in the Probolsky poll.

Campbell has been outspent in the final weeks of the race and announced Thursday morning that he would be going up with another round of ads after pulling his television commercials earlier in the week . Fiorina, meanwhile, has used her financial advantage to run scores of ads in the state including a new commercial that takes Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) to task for her stance on global warming.

National Republicans believe that if Fiorina wins on Tuesday the race is on the radar give Boxer's demonstrated weaknesses in polls and Fiorina's personal wealth.

Speaking of personal wealth, the Probolsky poll showed that former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who has spent nearly $70 million in her bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, is crushing state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poiznerby a 54 percent to 24 percent margin.

State Attorney General Jerry Brown awaits Whitman in the general election.

3. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is lending her voice to a robocall urging South Carolina voters to support gubernatorial candidate and state Rep. Nikki Haley in the state's June 8 primary.

In the call Palin touts Haley, who she endorsed last month, as a "strong, pro-life, pro-business conservative reformer." Palin also makes a passing reference to the recent charges of infidelity leveled against Haley by two South Carolina operatives -- including one who until recently worked on the gubernatorial campaign of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer (R).

Haley "isn't afraid to take on the entrenched powers," Palin says in the call, "and when you do that, they come after you with all kinds of made-up nonsense to try to knock you down....believe me, I've been there."

Haley has adamantly denied the alleged affairs and recently launched a television ad featuring her husband and two children; "I've seen the dark side of our state's politics," says Haley. "And I know the bright side of our state's people."

There hasn't been any new polling in the race in the wake of the affair allegations, making it difficult to gauge whether the controversy is sticking.

But with the allegations descending into a "he said, she said" fight it's hard to imagine that they will significantly slow the momentum that has catapulted her to the top of the field.

Due to the number of serious candidates -- in addition to Haley and Bauer, state Attorney General Henry McMaster and Rep. Gresham Barrett are running for the Republican nod -- a June 22 runoff between the top two votegetters is a near certainty.

4. Florida now has not one but two independent candidates with well-known names running statewide as Lawton "Bud" Chiles III, son of the late Gov. "Walkin'" Lawton Chiles, officially kicked off his bid for governor yesterday -- opting to run as a "no party affiliation" candidate instead of pursuing a primary challenge against Democratic frontrunner Alex Sink.

In a Web video announcing his candidacy, Chiles takes a page out of his father's book, telling viewers he's been "literally walking across the state of Florida" over the past several months on behalf of education issues. The elder Chiles famously trekked 1,003 miles across the state during his 1970 Senate bid.

Florida Democrats are likely none too pleased about Chiles' decision to run as an independent as it has the potential to draw votes away from Sink. It remains to be seen how serious a candidate the younger Chiles will be; a Florida Democratic operative recently told the Fix that Dems in the state were "rolling their eyes" at a potential Chiles bid, adding that "Bud is not his father."

As a candidate, Chiles will seek to occupy the curious position of both the consummate insider -- due to his political pedigree - and independent outsider as he tells supporters in his kickoff video that as governor, he'd "be beholden to no one but the people of Florida." (And, yes, that sentiment is taken nearly verbatim from Gov. Charlie Crist who stunned the political world when he announced he would run for the Senate as an independent.)

Unlike Chiles' aborted 2006 run for governor --he dropped out when he realized he hadn't been resident in the state long enough to run -- he is hoping that the anti-politician sentiment in the country will give him a chance.

But Chiles faces big logistical hurdles: he'll be up against big-spending major-party candidates -- state Attorney General Bill McCollum and former health care CEO Rick Scott are running for the GOP nod -- in an expensive state where he'll have to build a campaign organization from scratch. And, there's only five months remaining until Election Day.

5. Former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, the frontrunner for the Republican Senate nomination in the Granite State open seat race, has been called to testify before a panel investigating the state's financial regulatory structure during her time in office.

A legislative panel has been tasked with looking into the matter, which involves a Ponzi scheme organized by the Financial Resources Mortgage firm. The panel announced Thursday that it will be calling Ayotte, and her campaign said shortly thereafter that she will comply.

The meeting where Ayotte is set to appear is tentatively scheduled for June 14.

Democrats -- and Ayotte's primary opponents that include free-spending businessman Bill Binnie -- are salivating at the thought of tying the state's former top cop to the scandal as her department was criticized in reports detailing the breakdown of the regulatory system.

In addition to Binnie, Ayotte faces attorney Ovide Lamontagne, who won the 1996 Republican governor's primary in an upset, in the Sept. 14 primary. Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes waits in the general election.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 4, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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The POINT IS: ANY PERSON WHO PUT ASIDE EXPERIENCE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT ABILITY WHEN VOTING FOR PRESIDENT - they were EXTREMELY IRRESPONSIBLE WHEN THEY VOTED FOR OBAMA.


AND NOW THE REALITY IS SETTING IN.


Obama was supposed to clean up Minerals Management Service - which was responsible for the safety standards on oil rigs. Obama did a long review of offshore drilling and said it was safe when he came out in favor of expanding offshore drilling.


Incompetence at its worst.


We have a third rate government in a CRISIS - FILLED WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION APPOINTEES.


If you voted for Obama, You are PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS SITUATION.


IT IS YOUR FAULT THAT BIRDS ARE DYING -


HUNDREDS OF BIRDS.

Don't cry to me - if you said to yourself that you didn't care about EXPERIENCE - you didn't care about crisis management ability - when you voted for President.


Everyone told you that Experience was IMPORTANT - AND YOU SAID YOU DIDN'T CARE AND VOTED FOR OBAMA ANYWAY.


THAT WAS IRRESPONSIBLE WITH THIS COUNTRY.


IT IS YOUR FAULT.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 7, 2010 2:37 AM | Report abuse

Noacoler


Ddawd says he wants to date you - I think you should do it - the two of you would have a great deal to talk about.


And maybe you can edit each other's postings-


That way, many some of your postings might actually make sense -

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, drindl.

No math at all, shrink.

Looks like you beat me to the rag-head story, drindl. It's astonishing that people still say things like that in 2010.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 4, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I see the whole GOP fascination with suits as driven by two factors.

(1) the usual hatred of liberals. Environmentalism is a liberal value, business tends to abhor environmental considerations. Republicans hate liberals, etc.

(2) the usual hero-worship. Just as a physician is the only professional person that humble people come into personal contact with so we always have TV shows about doctors .. a lot of Republicans are downwardly mobile failures who slobber over suits. When Mitt Romney centers his tie, seats get wet.

Fiorina is particularly nasty piece of work. That comment of hers about nobody being entitled to a job should finish her in politics forever if personal self-interest actually played a role in how people vote.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 4, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations on your thesis, dawd.. it sounds like it could go somewhere.

I used to do some writing for the American Lung Association, so I do have a little familiarity with the subject.

Posted by: drindl | June 4, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Blade, it would seem to me that being a corporate CEO would be a stinking albatross around your neck at this point, when we have all seen most of them have the morals of gnats.

Fiorina, besides her history of taking HP down and trading with Iran, also had a reputation for outsourcing every position possible. Is this really someone who could be expected to have the interests of US citizens at heart?

And Meg Whitman, besides being the most clubfooted candidate on earth, her history at Goldman Sachs frankly stank.

"Basically, the Republican candidate for governor received shares in sought-after initial public stock offerings, and resold them within hours, often for a handsome profit. Goldman was essentially giving Whitman the shares as a gift - in return, she would nudge eBay business Goldman Sach's way."

Posted by: drindl | June 4, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

fairlingtonblade writes
"Given events of the past decade, I fail to see why being a corporate drone is that much of a point in anyone's favor."


The argument is that they 'know how to create jobs.' Of course, if you're in government, the only way to directly create jobs is by expanding government.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 4, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, only if there is too much physical chemistry, I get lost in the math.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

well, it's all in mice and cells. Not really clinical, but if I can understand it, then you can too.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 4, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"On a relatively new way of blocking lung inflammation in diseases like asthma and how this method works."

Oh well good it is a clinical paper, I'll even know what the words mean.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

2. So California is shaping up to be a outside, fiscally responsible fresh faced business woman against a Political insider who make a living on politics as usual…

You might ask the shareholders of HP about being fiscally responsible. HP's stock took a major dive after the acquisition of Compaq. HP's share price moved from 45.36 to 20.14 during Fiorina's leadership, a performance of -56% (share price data from Bloomberg); the market as a whole, as measured by the benchmark Dow Jones U.S. Large Cap Technology Index, fell by 51% between 1999-07-19 and 2005-02-09.

Given events of the past decade, I fail to see why being a corporate drone is that much of a point in anyone's favor.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 4, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I guess it's a sentence, not a paragraph.

Also, I'm counting "gusher" as onomatopoeia.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 4, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"The mile-deep gusher now polluting Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico is a metaphor for the Pandora's Box of miseries that seem to be raining on the nation and the world: European financial instability, third-world nukes, South American narco-states, the re-emergence of piracy, America's unprotected borders, our persistent 10% unemployment rate, exploding government debt, runaway entitlements and public pensions, aging infrastructure, a health care system headed for bureaucratic sclerosis, and on and on...."

Wow, this is like one example of onomatopoeia away from being an entire high school literature class crammed into a paragraph.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 4, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the offer, shrink. I was really making more of a veiled brag that I'm at the proofreading stage. I'll send you along a copy once the whole thing is complete. With pictures and everything.

It's an immunology project. On a relatively new way of blocking lung inflammation in diseases like asthma and how this method works.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 4, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the political pressures are building for Obama to give the nation what the MEDIA SAYS THE NATION REALLY NEEDS: A PHOTO OP OF OBAMA HUGGING A FISHERMAN.


You see- somehow the media is building up steam - building up pressure - because the NATION HAS NOT YET SEEN OBAMA HUG A FISHERMAN ON TV.


As if that will soak up all the oil in the few seconds it takes for that photo op to show up on every tv in the country.


No, it doesn't work that way.


The OIL IS MOVING TOO SLOWLY FOR THE MEDIA TO CREATE ADEQUATELY COMPELLING STORYLINES.


The Anchors have an hour each which they have to fill EVERY DAY.


The OIL IS JUST MOVING TOO SLOWLY FOR THE MEDIA STORYLINE-TELLING COMMUNITY.


They have to CREATE A STORY: Obama is not doing ENOUGH TO CREATE PHOTO-OPS.


What is WRONG WITH A OBAMA, HE MUST BE TONE-DEAF - HE JUST ISN'T DOING ENOUGH TO FILL THE MEDIA'S AIRTIME WITH PHOTO-OPS, STORYLINES AND DRAMA.


Maybe they could have a show-down between Hayward and Obama - some sort of SMACK-DOWN ON THE BEACH -


Obama can scream, "Look at this tar-ball"- and Hayward can pretend to care -


AND then Obama can scream - "you better care"


And Hayward can say "I care"


Then Obama can say "Not Enough"


Hayward can say "I care enough - it's you who doesn't care - you racist."


Obama says "I'm not a racist - you are the one with the British accent."

Then the two engage in a dramatic fist fight


The two have a SMACK DOWN - REPEATEDLY PUNCHING EACH OTHER AS THE WAVES CRASH ON THE BEACH and finally the two PHYSICALLY STRUGGLE and roll around in the sand - which causes the two of them to fall into the surf - as the waves wash over them,


Just as the two pause - and you think the two might kiss - the first oil drifts onto the beach.


NOW THAT WOULD BE GOOD TELEVISION.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

In Idaho, former Republican legislator says the tea party is sending R businessfolks into D Walt Minnick's camp....

"Moving the party to the right will be detrimental," Jorgenson said. "Business leaders are going to say 'when are you Republicans going to come to grips with things?'"

One winner of the tea party shift will be Minnick, Jorgenson said. Minnick's supporters agree. One source told me that the day after Ward was defeated by the tea party-backed Raul Laborador in the GOP primary was one of their best in terms of fundraising, and claimed that moderate Republicans are "flocking" to Minnick now."

Posted by: drindl | June 4, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, dawd, what's your subject?

Posted by: drindl | June 4, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

ddawd - is the paper on biochemistry?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 4, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Poof Goes the Myth
Jennifer Rubin - \

Politico is running a symposium: “Is Obama’s brand ‘irrevocably shattered’?” OK, not the discussion the White House wants to see raging. That tells you something right there: the media-Obama love fest is over. The pretext is the Andrew Romanoff scandal. But it could easily have been triggered by the president’s all-time low weekly approval rating (46%) in Gallup or the BP spill or the Joe Sestak flap.

This take, by Stuart Gottlieb of Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, I found quite compelling:

From the earliest days of the campaign, the Obama “movement” contained two political time bombs: First, the curse of absurdly high expectations (”first we’re going to change Iowa! Then we’re going to change America! Then we’re going to change the world!”) And second, electing to office a president with no governing or leadership experience. . . And now the chickens are also coming home to roost on the leadership and competency question. The White House is continually slow-off-the-mark, reactive, defensive, and unsure of its footing, i.e., it appears in over its head.

It will be difficult (if not impossible) to re-build the Obama “brand,” because it never really existed as a tangible thing in the first place.

If Obama isn’t going to get his 2008 marketing brand back, what does he do next? He’s never had to answer that because he’s never stayed in any political position long enough with enough coverage to be held accountable for his results. And he’s never been forced to deviate from his ultra-liberal ideological agenda. It’s also not clear that he is capable of changing his tune or even wants to. One term would be fine, he told us.

The interesting question for 2012 is what sort of candidate would Americans be attracted to as an alternative. Obama ran as Not Bush. (Turns out that most of Not Bush is disastrous.) So who is the Not Obama for 2012? Forget about name guessing — I mean, what kind of candidate would provide voters with what they are missing? It’s fair to anticipate that a competent, experienced, un-flashy, fiscal disciplinarian with no illusions about the world and no hesitancy about naming our enemies and holding dear our friends may be in style. We’ll see in the next year which candidates throw their hats into the ring and which match that description.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 4, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

The mile-deep gusher now polluting Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico is a metaphor for the Pandora's Box of miseries that seem to be raining on the nation and the world: European financial instability, third-world nukes, South American narco-states, the re-emergence of piracy, America's unprotected borders, our persistent 10% unemployment rate, exploding government debt, runaway entitlements and public pensions, aging infrastructure, a health care system headed for bureaucratic sclerosis, and on and on....


Standing between this onslaught and us is the leader of the free world, Barack Hussein Obama, who, it is becoming increasingly obvious, is in way over his head. If you were Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would you feel comfortable knowing this White House has got Israel's back? If you were Governor Jan Brewer, would you be confident in the president's ability, even willingness, to halt the hordes of illegals pouring across the Arizona border? If you were Governor Bobby Jindal, would you sleep easy knowing this administration might eventually, someday, perhaps support your request to build protective sand barriers between the advancing oil slick and valuable Louisiana fishing and wildlife waters? Not on your life. You don't have to be a governor or a foreign leader to feel nervous. A lot of people are starting to worry.


Even in Chicago, where politicians are adept at wiring outcomes, this trial has to be making a lot of people nervous, among them the President of the United States, along with the mayor, the current Illinois governor, several U.S. senators, and some members of Congress. Blago has made it clear that he doesn't plan to go to prison quietly. He wants to be put under oath and tell his side of the story. Without a doubt, his side of the story will boil down to exactly this: Blago did only what everyone else was doing. Handing out jobs and selling Senate seats is what Chicago politicians do all the time.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 4, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Depends on what you pay, dawd....

Posted by: drindl


Pay her what she's worth. won't cost you a thing.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 4, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I'll do it if you want.

"Some people read for instruction, which is praiseworthy, and some for pleasure, which is innocent, but not a few read from habit, and I suppose that this is neither innocent nor praiseworthy. Of that lamentable company am I."

W.S. Maugham

Thus begins one of my favorite paragraphs ever written. Send it over dawd, I'll read anything and I'll like it.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

heh, it doesn't seem like it's worth it to even put anyone through it. It's not a regular journal article. No one reads these damn dissertations.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 4, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Depends on what you pay, dawd....

Posted by: drindl | June 4, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Chris, I can think of not one but two recent incumbent Senators who lost in primaries: Joe Lieberman and Bob Smith. And - though I know there's an asterisk here - Sheila Frahm.

Posted by: kafkalp | June 4, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

So who wants to proofread a 250 page paper for me?

Posted by: DDAWD | June 4, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I have to say, South Carolina is pretty amusing to watch, politically...

"Up to this point, Nikki Haley's opponents in the South Carolina governors race have remained more or less publicly silent on the affair allegations. No more. Andre Bauer, the state's current Lt. Gov. is challenging Haley to take a polygraph test to prove she's innocent of the affair allegations.

This latest development may come in response to charges that too much class and dignity remained in the state's gubernatorial primary. "

"It's been a wild ride the last couple weeks in South Carolina's Republican gubernatorial primary. And at least one candidate says it's "been embarrassing."

"The behavior of my opponents, their campaigns and their supporters over the last few weeks has not served our state well," Attorney General Henry McMaster said in a statement. "In fact, it's been embarrassing."

Posted by: drindl | June 4, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Gallenod, I agree Fiorina will be the candidate -- she is outspending Campbell and has FAR better name recognition.

I'm just saying she is as tone-deaf as a candidate as a CEO. She has done what a lot of Republicans have been forced to do -- run far to the right to beat a winger in the primaries -- and hence has really turned off any indies and Dems that might otherwise have voted for her.

Mocking environmentalism in California -- in the middle of an oil spill which could have happened there, had Fiorina's policies been enacted? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Posted by: drindl | June 4, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

re: WaPo front page story on Pentagon Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) -- special attention, Karen DeYoung (please forward)...

HOW CAN WA-PO IGNORE A JSOC ROLE IN COVERT ATTACKS ON U.S. CITIZENS AS 'ENEMIES OF THE STATE' -- A POLITICAL PURGE BY MILITARY FORCES, A VIOLATION OF THE POSSE COMITATUS ACT?

Urgent to POTUS (c/o Emanuel, Axelrod, Jarrett, Plouffe):

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

"Dissidents" among the targets -- how about political leaders?

Read this first-hand account by a veteran mainstream reporter:

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

IDEOLOGICAL CENSORSHIP OF THE NET: NOT FOR CHINA ONLY

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

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 4, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Gallenod, I agree Fiorina will be the candidate -- she is outspending Campbell and has FAR better name recognition.

I'm just saying she is as tone-deaf as a candidate as a CEO. She has done what a lot of Republicans have been forced to do -- run far to the right to beat a winger in the primaries -- and hence has really turned off any indies and Dems that might otherwise have voted for her.

Mocking environmentalism in California -- in the middle of an oil spill which could have happened there, had Fiorina's policies been enacted? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Posted by: drindl | June 4, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

That's why we call him "Slick Willy"- he slid right out from under that bus Obama threw him under during the Sestak revelations and now he's back helping his party-slick BUT,

..Now for something more important-
The President postpones his trip to Asia again so he can throw tar balls on OUR beaches, while BP runs the show and Hayward tells Thad Allen how things are going -

From Yesterday's NY Times

"At a news conference in Metairie, La., Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard, who is commanding the federal response to the disaster, said the cut was “a significant step forward.” But he warned that because the cut was not as straight as desired, the cap might not fit snugly, increasing the possibility that water might enter along with the oil to form icelike crystals called hydrates.

Given the string of engineering problems so far — the shears were used, for example, because a diamond-laced wire saw had become dull, perhaps from objects pumped into the well as part of an earlier failed effort — the relief well plan has faced its share of skepticism. Doubters have pointed to past problems with relief wells, including one drilled during a blowout off southern Mexico 30 years ago that was unable to stop the gusher for three months after it was completed, and another off Australia last fall that did not hit its target until the fifth try."

*****
5th try at a relief well? Wannabe Robocop cuts NOT straight enough for a tight seal?

Obama seems more and more like the mayor of near future Detroit outsourcing his city's fate to evil OCP! Where is Robocop to save us (2 sailors in a deep sea sub armed with welding or non nuke incendiary devices)?

Posted by: thecannula | June 4, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

The White House last fall denied that any job offer was made to Colorado Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff after reports first surfaced in the media. Now, the White House concedes that overtures were made to Romanoff about a job – but not an actual offer -- “to avoid a costly battle” with incumbent Democratic Senator Michael Bennet, who has the backing of President Barack Obama.

Well it wasn't exactly an offer. I mean a paid offer. I mean a real offer. I mean a guaranteed offer. by anyone that matters, that is. Well, let me get back to you.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 4, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

It seems liberals do not want their ethics exposed after all:

ALK ABOUT BLAMING the messenger. The newly created Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent watchdog set up to review and, if warranted, forward ethics complaints to the official House ethics committee for further action, has taken its mission seriously. Too seriously, it seems, for the comfort of some lawmakers. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), joined by 19 other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, last week introduced a resolution that would essentially neuter the ethics board, making it more difficult for OCE to launch investigations and inform the public of its findings.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 4, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

drindl, I didn't say Fiorina would beat Boxer, just that they'd be the nominees. Fiorina has name recognition and can self-finance, so she's a player but not necessarily a winner in the end.

Knott's comment (thanks, drindl) pretty much sums up the situation for Republicans in South Carolina: lot's of Good Ol' Boy Republican establishment politicians on one side, Haley and those tired of the former on the other. Bauer is the reason Sanford wasn't thrown out of office -- he's disliked by too many people. If he finishes 2nd, Haley will crush him in the runoff. McMaster might fare better, but rank and file R voters in SC apparently want new leadership, and they seem to have settled on Haley. And there's no way a D is going to win the governorship there yet, even with Sandford's problems, which seem to be personally attached to him only, not the party as a whole.

The union leadership opposing Lincoln are not the same as the union rank and file voting in the general. Lincoln may not be the union's preferred candidate, but if she holds on and wins the nomination look for some negotiations between her and union leaders to try and hold on to the seat for Democrats. The rationale will be that while Lincoln may not be their chosen champion, the more seats the Dems hold in the Senate the better Labor inititives will fare.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 4, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

JOnah, Haley has more problems than you realize. Even with her own bone-headed Reppublican party:

Today, the Christian Broadcasting Network published a story about Nikki Haley, the frontrunner to become South Carolina’s GOP gubernatorial nominee, saying that she “recently changed the language on her website to reflect a more Christian tone.” The story said that although Haley has “gone out of her way to make sure people know she is a Christian,” she was raised in the Sikh faith and placed more emphasis on that tradition when she ran for the state legislature in 2004. This evening in an interview with Pub Politics, state Sen. Jake Knotts (R-SC) — who is supporting a different candidate — slammed Haley by using a racial slur:

We already got one r*ghead in the White House, we don’t need a r*ghead in the governor’s mansion."

Guess she joined the wrooooong party...

Posted by: drindl | June 4, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

2." So California is shaping up to be a outside, fiscally responsible fresh faced business woman against a Political insider who make a living on politics as usual. Gov. race is Whitman vs. Brown."

A 'outside'? Fresh-faced is not exactly what most people would call meg Whitman. If anything, she is the ultimate Goldman Sachs insider. Governor Brown is clean as a whistle, comparatively.

No matter how much she spends, she's still the prototype of everything that brought this country to its financial knees.

Posted by: drindl | June 4, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I know Blanche Lincoln is pulling out all the stops in her quest for the Democratic nomination, but is crossing organized labor really the right way to go here? I imagine organized labor groups are likely to be forgiving in this regard -- they won't endorse a Republican and they won't tell their members to stay home on Election Day -- but risking the loss of the organized labor vote in the general can't be a smart move for a Democrat.

Maybe South Carolina political operatives are trying to set a new trend, but do sex scandal allegations ever hurt female candidates? It seems like it's only the male candidates who get high-profile sex scandals.

I like Nikki Haley's reference to "the dark side of our state's politics." I'm picturing her getting the Republican nomination and then losing in the general because of backlash against Mark Sanford, whereupon she slaps the Force choke on Sanford for costing her the election. "You have failed me for the last time, Governor."

Posted by: GJonahJameson | June 4, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Another day of scrooling through hundreds of moonbat's schoolyard flirting-by-pulling-hair posts to drindl?

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 4, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

1. Lincoln is a different animal than Specter (a party switcher) and Bennett (who lost in a party convention). Lincoln does not even fit into the Mollahan category, who relied on old fashioned campaigning and didn't run a sophisticated race. Lincoln is in a primary and not a convention, she has ran a sophisticated campaign and she's not a party switcher. Halter has the liberal left pushing for him hard, but with Ol' Bubba Clinton pushing hard for Lincoln this definately increases her chances of getting out the black vote and pushing her through the primary. It will be very close and Tuesday will be an interesting night in Arkansas. There is also that other 13% who voted for Morrison, who are conservative Dems and will likely vote for Lincoln...if they vote at all.

2. So California is shaping up to be a outside, fiscally responsible fresh faced business woman against a Political insider who make a living on politics as usual. Gov. race is Whitman vs. Brown. For the US Senate it looks like Fiorina vs. Boxer. I get the feeling Campbell is going to make one final run at the nomination hard, and if he's back up on the air Fiorina will not really have time to respond to what he throws at her. Campbell still has a shot, but he'd better make it good!

3.The South Carolina Governor's race holds huge implications for 2012. Haley has the endorsements of Romney & Palin. Huckabee has endorsed Bauer. McMaster has the endorsement of Sen. Graham. Barrett has Fred Thompson...looks like Barrett lost on endorsements. It looks like Haley & Bauer have the momentum right now, but it looks like Haley will be the top vote getter on Tuesday. Then on to the run-off. Will it be Haley vs. Bauer or Haley vs. McMaster? I think McMaster has the edge over Bauer, but it's very much up in the air.

4. In Florida, it looks like Bill McCollum will be the GOP nominee and the major front runner in the GE. With Chiles in, he will likely get a chunk of the education votes. If that happens, McCollum walks in for the victory. Crist will also get a good chunk of the education vote against Meek in the senate contest, likely Crist will get around 35% of the Democratic vote. But Crist will couple his tally with about 25% of the Republican vote and about 60% of the Independent vote, a feat that Chiles has little to no chance to duplicate. The Governor's race looks to be McCollum's to lose, where the Senate seat is a true toss up now between Crist & Rubio. Great race!

5. Kelly Ayotte is the definate front-runner in the GOP primary & GE. Either Ayotte or Binnie will easily defeat US Rep. Hodes in a GE, as a big GOP year in NH seems inevitable. The real race in the Senate contest will be Ayotte vs. Binnie, whomever prevails will likely be the next US Senator of NH.

Posted by: reason5 | June 4, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Another long day paging through hundreds of drivl' s loony off topic rants?

Posted by: Moonbat | June 4, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Was our $69M "bill" kept under the $75M liability cap to avoid making BP mad?

BP has already shown they are willing to increase the flow in the name of progress, by cutting the riser off. Next time they decide to make some more progress, they could just cut off the Blow Out Preventer.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Bill will "Fix" it alright. He's good a "Fixes". He makes "Fixes" for the Obama team all of the time.

Posted by: richard36 | June 4, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"5. Former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, the frontrunner for the Republican Senate nomination in the Granite State open seat race, has been called to testify before a panel investigating the state's financial regulatory structure during her time in office.

A legislative panel has been tasked with looking into the matter, which involves a Ponzi scheme organized by the Financial Resources Mortgage firm. The panel announced Thursday that it will be calling Ayotte, and her campaign said shortly thereafter that she will comply.

The meeting where Ayotte is set to appear is tentatively scheduled for June 14.

Democrats -- and Ayotte's primary opponents that include free-spending businessman Bill Binnie -- are salivating at the thought of tying the state's former top cop to the scandal as her department was criticized in reports detailing the breakdown of the regulatory system."


What a surprise, that a repubican would let the regulatory system break down, huh?

Posted by: drindl | June 4, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Come on Gallenod, Fiorina doesn't have a chance. Her record in business is a freaking disaster, and her campaign has been a clownish joke.

Posted by: drindl | June 4, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

will people ever stop being democrats and be americans again?

Posted by: SISSD1 | June 4, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

No worries Scriv, Tony Hayward, unlike Obama, is in charge of reality. It isn't just that cutting away the crimp holding back the oil is being considered "progress"....Tony promised that his company would clean up every drop of oil and restore the shoreline to its original state. But seriously folks, is that another gaffe? a lie? or has he just gone crackers from the stress of not having his life back fast enough?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Bill Binnie made his money Exporting jobs from America.

Posted by: newagent99 | June 4, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

BP SAYS CAP IS WORKING AS OIL SPEWS AND SURGES

The media disconnect between what the headlines say today and the endless gusher at the bottom of the Gulf brings to mind that old comeback line, "Who are you going to believe? Me, or your lying eyes?"

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Politics and politicians are neutered by their own naivety -- and a refusal to believe that extremist evil lurks on America's dark side:

ENDLESS GULF OIL SPILL: PURPOSEFUL 'END OF DAYS' POWER PLAY?

http://nowpublic.com/world/endless-gulf-oil-spill-purposeful-end-days-power-play

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

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

Are political leaders "targets" too?

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

IDEOLOGICAL CENSORSHIP OF THE NET: NOT FOR CHINA ONLY

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

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 4, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

you have to admit it our politicians make prostitution look like a trip to disneyland.

Posted by: SISSD1 | June 4, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Job Creation numbers

The economy created 431,000 jobs

Obama's people cheer -


but 411,000 of those jobs were temporary census jobs.


Obama's people look for someone they can call a racist.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

South Carolina is not disgusting, but its politicians sure are.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/06/04/us/AP-US-SC-Senator-Slur.html?_r=1&hp

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Charlie Crist - last month's drama queen - now has a chance to make up some ground by personally going to Pensicola Beach and cleaning up some tar balls.


Actually, Charlie should wait for some big tar balls to come ashore - and actually use a shovel to clean them up.

Picking up small tar balls when there is millions of gallons of tar in the water just looks prissy -

Standing on the beach in suit pants, squinting to see if there is a microscopic tar ball - and then reaching over to see it - it just looks too feminine.

Oh well.


Obama and Hayward really need a SMACK-DOWN on the beach to see who will be COMPELLED TO PRETEND THEY CARE MORE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

1. Lincoln and Halter are going to come down to the wire, but I'm thinking Lincoln holds on to win.

2. Get ready for Fiorina vs. Boxer.

3. Absent some actual evidence of scandal, Haley should eventually win the governorship and a place on the Fix's "Rising" list.

4. Chiles won't be a serious threat to win, but unless he's a complete washout he'll likely draw enough votes away from Sink to ensure another Republican governor in Florida. Color him the part of the Chai Party (Dem version of the Tea Party).

5. If something sticks to Ayotte, it will be a sign that God has apparently decided to become a registered Democrat.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 4, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Ddawd, I have heard that too. I have also heard BP say there are vents in the cap that were to prevent methane ice crystals that will be closed, one by one.

Hope so.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 4, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Mark, I'm hearing the cap was unreliable because the saw wielding robots didn't make their cuts precisely.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 4, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the political pressures are building for Obama to give the nation what the MEDIA SAYS THE NATION REALLY NEEDS: A PHOTO OP OF OBAMA HUGGING A FISHERMAN.


You see- somehow the media is building up steam - building up pressure - because the NATION HAS NOT YET SEEN OBAMA HUG A FISHERMAN ON TV.


As if that will soak up all the oil in the few seconds it takes for that photo op to show up on every tv in the country.


No, it doesn't work that way.


The OIL IS MOVING TO SLOWLY FOR THE MEDIA TO CREATE ADEQUATELY COMMPELLING STORYLINES.


The Anchors have an hour each which they have to fill EVERY DAY.


The OIL IS JUST MOVING TOO SLOWLY FOR THE MEDIA STORYLINE-TELLING COMMUNITY.


They have to CREATE A STORY: Obama is not doing ENOUGH TO CREATE PHOTO-OPS.


What is WRONG WITH A OBAMA, HE MUST BE TONE-DEAF - HE JUST ISN'T DOING ENOUGH TO FILL THE MEDIA'S AIRTIME WITH PHOTO-OPS, STORYLINES AND DRAMA.

Maybe they could have a show-down between Hayward and Obama - some sort of SMACK-DOWN ON THE BEACH -


Obama can scream, "Look at this tar-ball"- and Hayward can pretend to care -


AND then Obama can scream - "you better care"


And Hayward can say "I care"


Then Obama can say "Not Enough"


Hayward can say "I care enough - it's you who doesn't care - you racist."


Obama says "I'm not a racist - you are the one with the British accent."


Then the two engage in a dramatic fist fight


The two have a SMACK DOWN - REPEATEDLY PUNCHING EACH OTHER AS THE WAVES CRASH ON THE BEACH and finally the two PHYSICALLY STRUGGLE and roll around in the sand - which causes the two of them to fall into the surf - as the waves wash over them,

Just as the two pause - and you think the two might kiss - the first oil drifts onto the beach.


NOW THAT WOULD BE GOOD TELEVISION.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Threadjack warning:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2005/04/12/VI2005041201240.html

The cap appears to not work at 6:28 AM CDT.

I post this so later posters can take a quick look.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 4, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

The last thing this country needs is the British voice of Tony Hayward on a tv commercial telling us how much he cares about America.


He wants his life back. That's it.

Meanwhile - Obama has YET TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS PERSONAL FAILURES AT THE MMS OFFICE - AND THE LACK OF PROPER OIL RIG PROCEDURES WHICH OBAMA'S APPOINTEES WERE SUPPOSED TO OVERSEE.

It is Clear.


Meanwhile, the political pressures are building for Obama to give the nation what the MEDIA SAYS THE NATION REALLY NEEDS: A PHOTO OP OF OBAMA HUGGING A FISHERMAN.

You see- somehow the media is building up steam - building up pressure - because the NATION HAS NOT YET SEEN OBAMA HUG A FISHERMAN ON TV.

As if that will soak up all the oil in the few seconds it takes for that photo op to show up on every tv in the country.

No, it doesn't work that way.

The OIL IS MOVING TO SLOWLY FOR THE MEDIA TO CREATE ADEQUATE STORYLINES.


The Anchors have an hour each which they have to fill EVERY DAY.

The OIL IS JUST MOVING TOO SLOWLY FOR THE MEDIA STORYLINE-TELLING COMMUNITY.

They have to CREATE A STORY: Obama is not doing ENOUGH TO CREATE PHOTO-OPS.

What is WRONG WITH A OBAMA, HE MUST BE TONE-DEAF - HE JUST ISN'T FILLING THE MEDIA'S AIRTIME WITH PHOTO-OPS, STORYLINES AND DRAMA.


Maybe they could have a show-down between Hayward and Obama - some sort of SMACK-DOWN ON THE BEACH -


Obama can scream, look at this tar-ball - and Hayward can pretend to care -


AND then Obama can scream - "you better care"


And Hayward can say "I care"


Then Obama can say "Not Enough"


Hayward can say "I care enough - it's you who doesn't care - you racist."


The Obama can say "You are the one with the British accent"

Then the two engage in a dramatic fist fight and physical - which causes the two of them to fall into the surf - as the waves wash over them, the first oil drifts onto the beach.

NOW THAT WOULD BE GOOD TELEVISION.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

You guys should stop complaining cuz one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed give it a try u guys are too hard on democrats they went to college and we voted for most of these people.so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. as for obama people are just tryin to make it look like america made a mistake he has done things to help us and we had a full 8 years of a terrible president and i will be so as happy as ever when a obama fixes bush's mistakes. You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price from http://bit.ly/cmg7mK obama has to put up with the wo0rld judging his every move and trying to fix the mess we are in we are lucky anyone wants to be our president. STOP COMPLAINING AND GIVE HIM A BREAK. i wanna see one of yall do what he sas done. some people are just so ignorant.

Posted by: jeffyrose | June 4, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

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