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McCain spending tops $16 million for primary race

1. Arizona Sen. John McCain has spent more than $16 million -- including $10 million in the last three months alone -- on his primary challenge from former Rep. J.D Hayworth, a massive sum indicative of the seriousness with which the 2008 presidential nominee is taking the race.

From April 1 to June 30 McCain not only spent $10.1 million but raised $7.4 million, bringing his totals for the race to almost $18 million raised -- half of which came in the form of transfers from other committees affiliated with the Arizona Senator -- and $16 million spent.

Hayworth, by contrast, has collected $2.4 million for the Aug. 24 primary -- including $1.4 million between April 1 and June 30 -- and spent $1.5 million.

McCain's campaign has long had the look and feel of a quasi-national effort. Much of the team -- pollster Bill McInturff, media consultant Fred Davis, senior adviser Charlie Black -- that guided the Arizona Senator's presidential bid are also working on this race.

McCain, clearly wary of losses by longtime Sens. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) and Arlen Specter (R then D-Pa.), has also spent months barraging Hayworth as a big spending "huckster" (his words not ours) -- drawing particular attention to the former Congressman's role in an informercial advertising how to get free money from the federal government.

Hayworth is hoping that the hubbub over immigration in the state -- Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed the country's most stringent immigration law this spring -- and McCain's past support for a comprehensive plan to solve the problem will be a silver bullet in the race. In a new ad, Hayworth accuses McCain of supporting "amnesty" and shows an image of the Senator and President Barack Obama hugging.

McCain has worked hard to keep Hayworth from getting to his ideological right on that issue; the Arizona Senator ran a now infamous ad where he urges "complete the danged fence."

McCain's massive spending has clearly taken its toll on Hayworth's chances. An independent poll conducted in the race earlier this month showed McCain with a whopping 64 percent to 19 percent edge over Hayworth.

While that margin will almost certainly shrink as Hayworth spends his money to match McCain on the television airwaves over the final month of the race, it's clear that the damage has been done.

2. Rep. Mary Fallin (R) and state Attorney General Drew Edmondson (D) will likely face each other in the race to become Oklahoma's next governor, and Edmondson could be a sleeper to pull the upset, according to a new Sooner Poll.

The poll shows Fallin with a 56 percent to 18 percent lead on state Sen. Randy Brogdon in advance of tomorrow's primary while Edmondson has opened up a 49 percent to 33 percent lead over Lt. Gov. Jari Askins on the Democratic side.

In the general election, both Edmondson and Askins are within single digits of Fallin -- a popular former three-term lieutenant governor; Fallin leads Edmonson 47 percent to 39
percent and Askins 46 percent to 40 percent.

If in fact those margins reflect reality, Democrats may actually have a shot at holding the seat currently held by term-limited Gov. Brad Henry (D). The previous Sooner Poll, conducted a month and a half ago, showed Fallin leading Edmondson by 15 percent and Askins 13 percent.

The gubernatorial races will be the marquee contests on primary day tomorrow although the Republican contest to replace Fallin in the strongly GOP 5th district has also drawn some attention.

3. An independent poll released over the weekend shows Rep. Roy Blunt (R) leading Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) in the open seat Missouri Senate race.

Blunt took 48 percent to Carnahan's 42 percent in the poll, which was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. The truly bad news for Carnahan in the poll? Just 34 percent approve of the job President Obama is doing while 57 percent disapprove. Only 27 percent of independents approve of Obama's performance compared to 63 percent who disapprove. Ouchy.

The Obama factor is one that Carnahan's camp is well aware of -- she had been cautious about appearing together with the President during his previous visits to the state. However, Carnahan relented earlier this month, appearing together at a fundraiser with Obama that raised $500,000 for the secretary of state's campaign.

While Obama's declining numbers appear to be aiding Blunt, both candidates face the tricky situation of belonging to two of the most famous families in Missouri politics at a time when voters are decidedly anti-establishment. Carnahan has criticized Blunt for being "too cozy with lobbyists" and points out that he has run TV ads playing up his career in education and omitting any mention of his seven terms in Washington and time in House leadership. Blunt, in turn, often makes mention of Carnahan's prominent relatives, including her grandfather, mother, father and brother -- all of whom have been (or are) politicians at varying levels in the state.

Democrats view Carnahan as one of their top recruits in the country and Missouri as their best chance to pick up a seat currently held by a Republican. (Sen. Kit Bond is retiring.) But, Missouri is also the only state President Obama targeted in a meaningful way that he didn't win in 2008, a defeat that reveals the conservative underpinnings of the Show Me State.

4. Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam continues to lead his rivals in the Tennessee Republican gubernatorial primary, according to a new Mason-Dixon poll.

Haslam, who was endorsed earlier this month by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, now leads the field with 36 percent. Rep. Zach Wamp (R) trails Haslam with 25 percent, followed by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey with 20 percent. With less than two weeks until the Aug. 5 primary, 17 percent of likely Republican primary voters remain undecided.

Both Haslam and Wamp are four points ahead of where they were in an early July Mason-Dixon poll while Ramsey has gained nine points since the previous poll.

All three Republican candidates have flooded the television airwaves in recent weeks. Last week alone, Haslam released a 60-second spot attacking Wamp for running negative ads, Wamp shot back with an ad of his own and Ramsey went on the air with an ad challenging his rivals' conservative credentials.

In a side narrative of the race, Wamp is walking back comments he made last week in which he suggested that Tennessee and other states might consider seceding from the union if things in Washington continue on their current course. It's unclear whether Wamp's remarks, which appear to have been an eleventh-hour attempt to woo conservatives, will help him or hurt him on primary day. The most recent Mason-Dixon poll was conducted in the days before Wamp's comments came to light.

Businessman Mike McWherter, son of former Gov. Ned Ray McWherter, is the solid favorite to win the Democratic gubernatorial nod but faces a tough road in the conservative-trending state this fall.

5. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has endorsed former Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in the increasingly pitched GOP primary for Senate in that Rocky Mountain State.

Brewer's endorsement has become a prized commodity since she signed Arizona's stringent new anti-illegal immigration bill into law this spring. As her own reelection has become more secure -- thanks in large part to the attention the law has drawn nationally -- and the Obama Administration has sued her state over the bill, she's begun using her national profile to affect races in other states.

In addition to Norton, Brewer has endorsed Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) in the Oklahoma governor race. (See item #2.)

Norton, considered the establishment frontrunner, is battling from behind against Weld County District proescutor Ken Buck, who has surged in the race as the insurgent, tea party candidate. (That description may not fit Buck following a news story over the weekend in which he was caught referring to Tea Party activists who question President Obama's country of birth as "dumbasses".)

"Jane will fight Barack Obama's heavy-handed and unconstitutional attempt to block Arizona's landmark immigration law," Brewer said in a statement. "She supports the right of states like Arizona and Colorado to do what the federal government hasn't -- fight back against illegal immigration -- and that's why I'm honored and excited to support Jane

With the Aug. 10 primary rapidly approaching, Norton has to hope that Brewer's endorsement helps bridge the gap between she and Buck among conservatives.

With Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 26, 2010; 7:43 AM ET
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The fact that John McCain might get reelected is sad news for America, Arizona and integrity in Washington. This man is not a hero. He is a corrupt wind bag blowhard who has made a living off being a veteran.

Posted by: bm66535 | July 27, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

The fact that John McCain might get reelected is sad news for America, Arizona and integrity in Washington. This man is not a hero. He is a corrupt wind bag blowhard who has made a living off being a veteran.

Posted by: bm66535 | July 27, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

What is this infatuation with the term "walk back?"

Why can't you call it "eats Crow" or "puts Shoe in the Mouth" or "Swallows his own Spit?"

Posted by: kishorgala | July 26, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The Obama presidency is one of the strongest in our time. Look at the achievements! Saved the country from collapse, while Republicans did nothing. Health care reform, Wall Street reform. In the face of a Republican-caused recession of historic proportions.
Now come the "independent polls" (Rasmussen, a Christian evangelical pollster whose primary sample is drawn from believers). Watch out! When you dig a hole for someone, you might fall in yourself!

Posted by: dudh | July 26, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

When President Obama sold his $862 billion economic stimulus to the American people, he promised that, if enacted, it would prevent unemployment from ever rising above 8%. With unemployment currently at 9.5%, the American people are now well aware that the President’s stimulus has been a complete failure. But Friday’s report was the first time this Administration was forced to admit just how long Americans will have to suffer for their failed economic policies. According to Friday’s report, the Obama administration now projects that unemployment will average 9% throughout all of next year and 8.1% throughout 2012.

And if that news wasn’t bad enough, the report pegs this year’s budget deficit at $1.471 trillion, or 10% of the entire U.S. economy. In nominal dollars, it’s the largest deficit in American history; and as a percentage of the economy, it’s the largest deficit since World War II. To pay for that $1.471 trillion hole, our government will borrow 41 cents of every dollar it spends. And the Obama Administration concedes that these large deficits are here to stay. It projects another $1.42 trillion deficit in 2011, which is $150 billion worse than previously predicted. Looking ahead, the President’s budget includes deficits that never fall below $698 billion and leaves our children with $18.5 trillion in debt by 2020. And all this assumes the economy will grow 4% from 2012-2014. The only times the economy performed that well in the past thirty years was from 1997-2000 and from 1983-1985.

After last Friday’s Mid-Session Budget Review exposed the failure of this Administration’s economic stimulus claims, does anybody believe anything this Administration says anymore?

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't have cut-and-hate on my computer.

Posted by: leapin |

just on your 'brain'

Posted by: drindl | July 26, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

the last bit from Roll Call on Angle

Some Republicans argue that Angle is improving as a candidate, albeit slower than they would prefer, and that her personal campaign abilities are sufficient to beat Reid, who remains highly vulnerable.
But Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), the Republican Conference chairman, sounded less than fully confident when asked about Angle’s prospects.
“I still think it’s a good opportunity, and I’ve made my contribution to the Republican nominee,” Alexander said. “I’m supporting 17 different Republican nominees and hoping for the best in every case.”

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Finger-Pointing Begins as Reid Challenger Sags
July 26, 2010
By David M. Drucker Roll Call Staff

A favorite of tea party activists, Angle spent most of the Republican primary campaign deep in third place until surging ahead in the closing weeks. She won the June 8 contest comfortably and immediately bolted to 50 percent voter support and an 11-point lead over Reid, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll.
Since then, thanks partly to several verbal gaffes, including, according to a Washington Post report, telling potential voters that it wasn’t her job as a Senator to create jobs, but rather the responsibility of Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki (R), Reid has taken the lead. Nevada’s unemployment rate is 14.2 percent, the nation’s highest, and job creation is the top issue in the race. The NRSC has hammered Reid on the issue more than any other.
“It gets down to pure message discipline, and she doesn’t have it,” a second Nevada Republican said. “There’s no one in the campaign to enforce it.”
This GOP operative, no stranger to Silver State campaigns, said he’s unfamiliar with senior staffers running Angle’s campaign. A second Republican, this one based in Washington, lamented that Las Vegas-based Mike Slanker, considered by many to be Nevada’s premier Republican consultant, is working for Linda McMahon’s Senate campaign in Connecticut
Angle has hired a few credible Republican consultants, including the team that ran the Internet strategy for Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) during his successful special election bid to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D). Also on board is media consultant BrabenderCox, a Washington-based firm with several incumbent GOP Senators as clients. But the core of Angle’s team still consists of the same grass-roots activists who propelled her state Assembly campaigns.
Reid, a savvy politician with a talented campaign team and a history of winning tough races, is well-positioned to exploit the inexperience of Angle and her advisers. Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the last GOP challenger to beat a top Senate Democrat, entered the 2004 race against Minority Leader Tom Daschle with a previous Senate race under his belt and a top-notch campaign team, winning narrowly in a dogfight.
Republican sources say Cornyn is working with Angle in an attempt to get her to hire a team of capable operatives. But, said the Republican operative with experience in Nevada campaigns, Angle’s ability to raise money — the one thing she has proved to be adept at since winning the primary —leaves Cornyn without the leverage to force Angle to hire a team of his choosing.
The Nevada race is too prominent, and too affordable, for the NRSC to ignore. But Cornyn cannot even threaten to withhold committee funds to pressure Angle to hire specific personnel because she is raising plenty of money on her own, and outside groups are expected to spend millions in an effort to unseat Reid. “The NRSC is in an awful position,” the GOP operative said.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

appropriately infantile, leapin.

that really the best you can do? what are you, 5?

Posted by: drindl
I don't have cut-and-hate on my computer.

Posted by: leapin | July 26, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Wamp is going secede from the Union and form a new Confederacy, didn't you know that? Oh yeah, it's going to be a great year for Tennessee.

Posted by: drindl | July 26, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I can't link to Roll call... that was in an email from someone who gets Roll Call. I'll do a zouk here, and post it over a couple of entries.

post one:

Finger-Pointing Begins as Reid Challenger Sags
July 26, 2010
By David M. Drucker
Roll Call Staff

Republicans are growing increasingly frustrated with Sharron Angle and her lackluster campaign to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), fearing she is jeopardizing what they had long viewed as a sure pickup and costing them a chance to reclaim the majority.
Senate Republicans quietly acknowledge that Angle’s controversial views on some issues remain a political liability. But the former Nevada Assemblywoman’s larger problems are a progression of unforced errors stemming from a lack of campaign experience and an amateurish staff incapable of offering her the necessary guidance. However, Angle quickly has become a strong fundraiser, corralling $2.6 million in the second quarter.
Republicans are reluctant to openly criticize Angle, not wanting to cause their nominee more problems. The most recent polling shows Reid ahead in his bid for a fifth term for the first time this campaign cycle. But privately, they concede Angle could lose if she doesn’t learn campaign discipline and overhaul her core team to include advisers with experience running a top-tier, statewide race.
Last week, the Republican National Committee dispatched an operative to Nevada to assist Angle, something the National Republican Senatorial Committee has been trying to do for weeks via telephone from Washington, D.C. NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) indicated that it has been a slow, sometimes difficult task, although he insisted he remains confident in Angle’s ability to beat Reid.
“We’ve had conference calls, including me personally, with her and the campaign, and we continue to work with them. But it’s a work in progress,” Cornyn said Thursday. “While running for election is not rocket science, it does require knowledgeable people, it does require some discipline, and that’s always a struggle for every first-time candidate.”
“It’s dysfunctional,” a Nevada Republican added, when asked to give an assessment of the Angle campaign. “She can still win, but the operation seems odd at best.”
Jordan Gehrke, Angle’s deputy campaign manager, said Friday that he understands that some Republicans are concerned about the race. But he said Angle is putting together a professional team of experienced political operatives.
“In just a few weeks, the Angle campaign has raised over two million dollars, assembled a top flight team, and put a significant ad buy on TV that introduces Sharron Angle to the people of Nevada and exposes Harry Reid’s disastrous economic record,” Gehrke said. “Reid’s in for a long couple months.”

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of big spender’s... John Kerry of the looking out for the little man’s party. Tax dodger and exporter of jobs.

Posted by: leapin | July 26, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

appropriately infantile, leapin.

that really the best you can do? what are you, 5?

Posted by: drindl | July 26, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Bomb a major religion's most holy site... smart foreign policy idea, huh? bacause there wouldn't be any backlash here or anything.

oh yes, this is the year when the right is vying to outcrazy each other. .. and succeeding.

Posted by: drindl
You forgot that the 9/11 terrorists crashed one plane with another headed for the center of your religion's most holy site..Washington D.C.

Posted by: leapin | July 26, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

1. I am glad to see McCain burying Hayworth before Hayworth really has the chance to spew his venom against McCain. McCain may also be doing this heavy spending, at least in part, because this will likely be his last go around. McCain is likely to retire in 2016 and he's making sure he lays it all out in this election due to the fact that it may be his last. McCain leads Hayworth big time and it looks like he is on the road to wins the R primary & GE easily. I hope McCain wins reelection as he is a man of his convictions and truly loves this country.

2. In Oklahoma, the 2nd & 5th district R primary are going to be close and may both be headed for run-offs. The GE in the Gov. race is going to be exciting, but not the primaries. Democrats have no real exciting primaries in the state that I know of.

4. Haslam has spent alot of money in this Tenn. R Gov. primary, but that's what it takes. It's been a little while since Republican's controlled the Gov. mansion in Tenn. Haslam, Wamp & Ramsey all want to be the GOP nominee and next Gov. They know this is the time, as it promises to be a wonderful year for Republicans in Tenn. R's should pick up several Democratic congressional seats and win the Governor's race. In the primary, which is to be held Thursday, August 05, Ramsey has the momentum right now. He seems to be the most conservative of the 3, and he could really surge here at the end and pull it out. Otherwise, it looks like Haslam's money will take him to the finish line for victory. One of the great primaries in the nation this year will be this Tenn. Governor's primary race. I think Wamp has lost out, as it looks to be a Haslam vs. Ramsey primary. Haslam has the money while Ramsey has momentum. Yes, I know Wamp currently in 2nd place, but he won't win. Either Ramsey wins with momentum or Haslam wins with money and organization.

5. I can see how Gov. Brewer's endorsement in a Republican primary can be useful. In Oklahoma, a Brewer endorsement will be useful in the GE. In Colorodo, Brewer's endorsement of Norton will be a major plus in her R primary vs. Buck. Word is that Palin is going to endorse Norton as well, I am uncertain if she already has or not. There seems to be a competition between DeMint & CFG vs. Palin. In California, Fiorina won and DeMint endorsed DeVore. In Washington, DeMint supports Rossi while Palin endorsed Dedier. I think and endorsement from Brewer is a major plus for both Norton & Fallin.

Posted by: reason5 | July 26, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"You are right - most small businesses do not know what their future health care costs are going to be under Obama"

That is an argument for the public option. Ensure people have access to affordable insurance, that they can't lose & that isn't tied to an employer - and Voila! Employers can get out of the business of managing employee health care plans. Instead of backing the public option, big business fought health care reform, with the net result that for most americans, their employer is still their health insurance provider, and those employers face continued unpredictable health care inflation.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 26, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

zouk, sorry boy, no one but the voices in your head even knows what on earth you are ranting incoherently about.

Posted by: drindl | July 26, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Got a link to the Roll Call piece, margaret?

Now this is funny... CC will never write about this, so here you are folks:

'Last week, former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) gave Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidates Scott McInnis and Dan Maes an ultimatum: drop out of the race and make room for him under the Republican Party ticket, or face his third party candidacy.

It turns out Tancredo is following through on his threat. The Denver Post broke the news earlier today that Tancredo will seek the nomination of the Constitution Party once he files some papers and registers as a member.

However, Tancredo is running into some heavy opposition from his own right-wing base. Today, leaders of 21 state Tea Party groups sent an open letter to Tancredo, accusing him of "betraying" them and asking him to reconsider. The groups quoted Tancredo, who once said that "leaving the [Republican] party is not the answer."

Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party Dick Wadhams took on a harsher tone in what was described as an "all-out-brawl" with Tancredo that took place on Peter Boyles' KHOW radio station this morning:

 WADHAMS: What's your agenda? What are you going to talk about? Impeach Obama and bomb mecca? [...]

 TANCREDO: All of a sudden you're opposed to my attacks on Obama? [...] What does that have to do with my race?

 WADHAMS: You're talking about it as a candidate for governor!"

Bomb a major religion's most holy site... smart foreign policy idea, huh? bacause there wouldn't be any backlash here or anything.

oh yes, this is the year when the right is vying to outcrazy each other. .. and succeeding.

Posted by: drindl | July 26, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Wamp is the PERFECT KKKut and Run RepubliKKKan -- acting out in his child the wimpy line, 'if I don't get my way, I'm not going to play.'
If Texas AND Tenessee leave, only one thing will make it more perfect -- take the TEXTAS texas textbooks with you.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | July 26, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Roll Call also has a fun piece about how Angle is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in Nevada.

Those old politicians get to be old politicians because they get reelected. Angle? She'll be back to annoying people at school board meetings come November.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Drivl blames the intelligent posters.

Barry blames powerless Repubs

Big spenders blame the tea parties

Nancy blames barry

Harry blames Nancy

Liberals blame Bush

no one is running the show. too busy pointing fingers.

Is this a new platform in the blamocrat party?

Meanwhile a brainless dolt works on her writing. How do you like it so far:

it's noon and moonbat has turned into dead. kind of like dracula or something i guess.

Posted by: drivl

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

But in firing Shirley Sherrod, he showed African-Americans that he was caving in to pressure from Fox News and the conservatives. Then, by reversing field and reinstating her, the president and his agriculture secretary, Tom Vilsack, show whites and Republicans-independent voters that he is caving in to pressure from the African-American community.

And then there is weakness. By caving in first to the right and then to the left, Obama acts and looks indecisive and weak. He comes across as out of control and projects the same image of incapacity and chaos that he so amply demonstrated when the oil was gushing in the gulf. He reminds one of the opening days of the Clinton adminsitration, when it tied itself in knots over the issue of gays in the military. It looks like amateur hour at the White House.


Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

funny thing, once 'dead' arrives the blog dies. i'm sure he and 37 will be here all day, driving everyone else away. wonder how long cilizza survives with a dead blog before the Post pulls the plug?

Posted by: drindl | July 26, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Dead and Barryed

You are right - most small businesses do not know what their future health care costs are going to be under Obama - so why should they add to their problems by hiring more people ??

Obama appears to be completely clueless that this uncertainty is a DRAG on hiring.

The big companies can hire experts to figure out the future costs, at least they have estimates even if they really don't know. But the big companies are not where the job growth has traditionally been - it is the small companies where job growth is.

In addition, Obama's financial regulation bill does not address Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac - and it does little to make sure small businesses go back to their levels of lending.

Obama's economic policies - which health care is a part - are a DRAG on hiring, and they are hurting the economic recovery overall.


Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

As pointed out earlier, regarding the havoc Obama is wreaking on employment:

The playbook was written by liberal demigod Franklin Roosevelt, who was able to rule as a quasi-dictator for a dozen years by maintaining a stratospheric unemployment rate. It comes down to the fundamental principle that drives all liberal domestic policy: the more helpless people feel, the more power they will cede to their rulers.
Thank you Zappatrust, who went back to 2004 to find some interesting reading that provides confirmation. From UCLA:

Two UCLA economists say they have figured out why the Great Depression dragged on for almost 15 years, and they blame a suspect previously thought to be beyond reproach: President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
After scrutinizing Roosevelt's record for four years, Harold L. Cole and Lee E. Ohanian conclude in a new study that New Deal policies signed into law 71 years ago thwarted economic recovery for seven long years.
"Why the Great Depression lasted so long has always been a great mystery, and because we never really knew the reason, we have always worried whether we would have another 10- to 15-year economic slump," said Ohanian, vice chair of UCLA's Department of Economics. "We found that a relapse isn't likely unless lawmakers gum up a recovery with ill-conceived stimulus policies."
Do ill-conceived stimulus policies remind you of anyone?

More on the policies of FDR and his progressive predecessor Herbert Hoover, who set the table for him just as W did for Obama, from a piece appropriately entitled Insanity Is When You Keep Doing the Same Thing Over Again When It's Not Working:

As the state sector drained the private sector, controlling it in alarming detail, the economy continued to wallow in depression. The combined impact of Herbert Hoover's and Roosevelt's interventions meant that the market was never allowed to correct itself. Far from having gotten us out of the Depression, FDR prolonged and deepened it, and brought unnecessary suffering to millions.
Maybe FDR and the Ivy League geniuses in his cabinet were not malevolent, but merely clueless fools. However, having put us through one Great Depression, Democrats cannot use cluelessness as an excuse for imposing another. They know what they're doing, and we know why they're doing it.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

In a post-racial world, Obama's skin color should be irrelevant.

However that is not the case. The democrats have constantly used Obama's skin color as an OPPORTUNITY TO ATTACK.

This behavior is out-of-bounds in American politics. And it is important to point out that the bad behavior is coming from the democratic side.


Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 26, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I had to shorten that column from Roll Call or it wouldn't fit. The parts I left out were mostly Boehner's spokesman madly trying to walk-back the whole story.

I have to wonder just how far into Happy Hour Boehner was when he gave that interview.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama Regime Backed Release of Lockerbie Bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi

What's truly horrifying is that treason at this level hardly even surprises us anymore:

Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison.
The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on [farcical] grounds that he had terminal cancer.
Megrahi, who murdered 190 Americans, was not really released for health reasons but as part of a deal cut with Moammar Qadhafi's terrorist regime on behalf of Obama's financiers at BP to drill for oil off the Libyan coast.

Once again, the Manchurian Moonbat insolently lied in our faces:

The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama's claim last week that all Americans were "surprised, disappointed and angry" to learn of Megrahi's release.
We knew long ago that Obama knew in advance of Megrahi's release. Now we know that he approved it.

Imagine going back in time to September 12, 2001, and explaining to surviving NYC firefighters how within a few years we would submit to being ruled by someone who would give the thumbs up to letting major terrorists loose.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

it's noon and moonbat has turned into dead. kind of like dracula or something i guess.

Posted by: drindl | July 26, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has managed a rare feat in American history: The longer he is president, the less presidential he has become. Obama has reversed the usual process of growth and maturation, appearing today far more like a candidate for the presidency—and a very ordinary one at that—than he did during the latter stages of his campaign.

Many past presidents endured harsh criticisms from the press and from popular movements of their day, but considered it unpresidential to respond in kind. Not Barack Obama, who has found his comfort zone in magnifying and then assaulting any kind of opposition. This excuse for Obama’s style also overlooks that he does not want for other means to get his message across. Obama has at his beck and call a staff of professional spokespersons, not to mention the editorial page of the New York Times.

It may be, however, that Obama has created a box for himself from which he cannot escape. He has so monopolized and personalized the public relations aspect of his office that now only his own voice can speak for the presidency. Profligacy in the use of public access—almost a speech a day—has made indirectness impossible. A president who has become his own chief point man puts at risk an asset that is helpful to his standing and vital for the nation’s political system: the dignity of the presidential office.

James W. Ceaser

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

From Roll Call:

Boehner Troubled by Unseemly Behavior
Washington is abuzz with rumors of late-night partying and of House Republicans inappropriately hanging out with female lobbyists. But not everyone was taken by surprise. Minority Leader John Boehner has been working behind the scenes to address the issue for at least the past year and a half.
The Ohio Republican has had private conversations with several lawmakers asking them to curb their inappropriate behavior. Boehner told the lawmakers that it was a “distraction” from the party’s goal of taking back the House, according to several sources familiar with the one-on-one talks.
Despite Boehner’s effort to head off a scandal, the issue came to the forefront last week when a conversation that Rep. Lee Terry had with a woman at a GOP watering hole became public. ..
Boehner first told Roll Call of his conversations with House Republicans in late May after he asked former Rep. Mark Souder to resign after the Indiana Republican had an extramarital affair with a staff member. .. .“I’ve had Members in here where I thought they crossed the line,” Boehner said at the time, mentioning former GOP Reps. John Doolittle (Calif.) and Rick Renzi (Ariz.). “I have had others I thought were approaching the line.”
“I say what I mean. I mean what I say. I do what I say I’m going to do,” Boehner said. “I’m the most transparent person in this town. And I’ve done exactly what I promised my Members.”
Several Republican lobbyists said the Terry incident is part of a larger concern involving a group of House Republicans and lobbyists, including Glenn LeMunyon of the LeMunyon Group, who regularly party with female lobbyists.
“On the Hill, there’s a lot of older men that just go home when they’re done with votes,” said the longtime Capitol Hill Club member who overheard Terry’s remark. “Then you have a smaller group that likes to knock back a few and have a good time.”
Among them are GOP Reps. Bill Shuster (Pa.), Sam Graves (Mo.), Chris Lee (N.Y.) and Duncan Hunter (Calif.), several sources have confirmed. None of the Members have been accused of any improprieties.
LeMunyon, a former appropriations staffer for then-Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) before the lawmaker’s rise to Majority Whip, regularly hosts Members at his Capitol Hill townhouse for fundraisers and after-hours parties, according to multiple sources. LeMunyon declined to comment, saying, “No, it’s just all false.”
Even though leadership has taken notice, the source said, it’s far from a “Mark Foley, we’ve-got-problems situation.”
“You also have to realize that Boehner ... he knows these guys. He’s hung out with these guys. He knows the situation enough to know it’s more of an appearance thing,” the source said. “He’s saying more, ‘Hey, let’s not let the appearances lead to a worse situation whereby it gets out of hand and we have a scandal on our hands.’”

That a lot of specific names in one column.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 26, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

bsimon, post the whole thing... it's so sweet.

'Buck, meanwhile, has based his campaign on catering to tea party interests. Among his policy positions are questioning the legality of Social Security, eliminating federal student loans, and undoing the separation between church and state.

Despite drawing much of his support from tea partiers, Buck was caught on tape earlier this month referring to tea party members as “dumbasses.” Said Buck, “Will you tell those dumbasses at the tea party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I’m on the camera?"

Posted by: drindl | July 26, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

The orgy of idiocy over the weekend seems to have completely scared away any thinking bloggers, only the dregs drivl and Ddunce returned. Is this what you had in mind when you started a blog cilizza?

After reading the bios of today's liberal Democrats, it's hard to distinguish Washington, D.C. from Jurassic Park. For example, here are a few facts about some of our leading Democrat dinosaurs:

Nancy Pelosi: 70 years old, in Congress for 23 years.

Harry Reid: 71 years old, in Congress for 27 years.

Charles Rangel: 80 years old, in Congress for 39 years.

Barney Frank: 70 years old, in Congress for 28 years.

Barbara Boxer: 70 years old, in Congress for 28 years.

Steny Hoyer: 71 years old, in Congress for 29 years.

All of the Democrats I've referenced fall into Erick Erikson's final stage: Late Adult, Age 55 or 65 to Death. The crisis is Integrity vs. Despair. In this stage, we look back over our lives and review our achievements and contributions to future generations. This is also the time when we inevitably face our own mortality. To explain further:

Integrity means feeling at peace with oneself and the world. No regrets or recriminations. The linking between the stages is perhaps clearer here than anywhere: people are more likely to look back on their lives positively and happily if they have left the world a better place than they found it - in whatever way, to whatever extent. There lies Integrity and acceptance.

Despair and/or 'Disgust' (i.e., rejective denial, or 'sour grapes' feeling towards what life might have been) represent the opposite disposition: feelings of wasted opportunities, regrets, wishing to be able to turn back the clock and have a second chance.

What is it about being a liberal that seems to lead inexorably to despair in old age in the 21st century? I have been wracking my brain trying to come up with a liberal in academia or media or politics who can be described as a "Happy Warrior." Compare George H.W. Bush to Jimmy Carter. Two former presidents who perfectly illustrate Integrity vs. Despair. (consider the angry Ped, Ddunce and drivl)

Erikson's stages are unrelenting. Every one of us must pass through them. Suddenly, it makes perfect sense why our elderly Democrat politicians are so nasty. They have had the opportunity to implement everything they've devoted their entire lives to, and it's been a spectacular failure.

And as liberal politicians face the mess that is their agenda, they have an even greater problem. If they wish to stay in public life, to have that coveted second chance, they need the support of their constituents. Suddenly, it makes perfect sense why Pete Stark lashes out at the previously docile average voters who are now rejecting him. Without them, he's out, finished, alone with his regrets. No wonder he and his fellow senior citizen liberal comrades are so cranky.

Carol Peracchio is a registered nurse.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 26, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Someone named moonbat is writing about a 'manchurian moonbat?' is this a relative of his, or what?

does anyone have any idea what he is talking about? perhaps his incoherent rant makes sense to the voices in his head, but to the rest of us, not so much. it's like a bad translation.

Posted by: drindl | July 26, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Jake, McCain gets credit for giving up Barack Obama.

"Democrats may actually have a shot' -- this is a hoot!

Probably the most positive thing ever said about Dems on this site. Must have been painful to write.

'may actually have a shot.'


Posted by: drindl | July 26, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Colorado, Ken Buck lets one slip on the tea/birthers:

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 26, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for posting on this, Mr. Cillizza. My only comment is that McCain deserves a "pass" this time for giving us the next President of the United States.

Posted by: JakeD2 | July 26, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"Brewer's endorsement has become a prized commodity since she signed Arizona's stringent new anti-illegal immigration bill into law this spring"

Sometimes you have to wonder whether conservatives value talk more than action. Gov Brewer writes an unnecessary law, while the Obama admin actually enforces existing law:

Obama has pushed deportations to record highs since taking office, reports Peter Slevin: "The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency expects to deport about 400,000 people this fiscal year, nearly 10 percent above the Bush administration's 2008 total and 25 percent more than were deported in 2007. The pace of company audits has roughly quadrupled since President George W. Bush's final year in office."

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 26, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I blame McCain, not Obama or Bush.. he ran a crappy campaign, should have stayed in his desert hole.. the GOP could have run a can of corn and saved his contributors and supporters their money and effort. His 'run' was an embarrasment.

Wait a minute, I want to blame a Democrat, while I'm pointing fingers, Hillary Solis Penn Clinton.. and she knows it!!

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 26, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Many of us blame McCain, not Obama or Bush.. he ran a crappy campaign, should have stayed in his desert hole.. the GOP could have run a can of corn and saved his contributors and supporters their money and effort. His 'run' was an embarrasment.

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 26, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Twenty-five percent of the public is still sufficiently ignorant or deranged to strongly approve of what the Manchurian Moonbat is doing to our country. However, forty-five percent have enough of an idea of what is going on to strongly disapprove. This 20-point gap is huge, and huger still when you consider that the establishment media has been doing all it can to prop up Obama.

When this contemptible farce of a presidency collapses completely, it may or may not take America with it, but it will certainly bring down the statist "mainstream" media. Having invested all of its remaining credibility in hyping Obama and the discredited global warming hoax, the dinosaur media is in the process of plunging headlong into the tar pits. It won't be missed.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 26, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Where's the outrage among elected leaders over constitutional rights violations by America's rogue bureaucracy?


• "Information systems" defense contractor operatives under direction of multi-agency U.S. "fusion center" security network turn U.S. telecommunications system into weapon of politically- and ideologically-driven harassment and censorship, charges longtime mainstream media journalist Vic Livingston in formal complaint to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.


See Scrivener comments to his article exposing covert U.S. government electromagnetic torture and impairment of extra-legally targeted Americans and their families: OR or Facebook -- Vic Livingston

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 26, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

It's kind of a shame that Democrats didn't really put much effort into finding a credible challenger for the Arizona race. Obviously, this is a retrospective thing. I don't think anyone could have realized that Heyworth would give McCain any kind of trouble. But you would think that this primary would have bloodied McCain enough to make a general election challenge somewhat credible, especially since McCain has had to really swerve to the right.

Heyworth is beatable if he wins the primary, but for McCain, if he wins the primary, he should be fine for the general.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 26, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

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