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Mitt Romney rolls out 2010 endorsements

1. Days after former Alaska governor Sarah Palin unveiled her 2010 target list, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney ramped up his own involvement in the midterms -- announcing six endorsements in Missouri.

Romney endorsed four sitting members of Congress: Reps. Jo Ann Emerson, Blaine Luetkemeyer and Sam Graves, as well as Rep. Roy Blunt who is running for the state's open Senate seat. Endorsements also went to Ed Martin, who is challenging Rep. Russ Carnahan (D), and Tom Schweich, a candidate for state auditor.

Romney cut checks to Emerson, Luetkemeyer, Graves and Martin via his Free and Strong America PAC and will be in St. Louis on April 27 to raise money for Schweich.

Earlier in the week, Romney threw his support behind Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt as well as former representative Steve Chabot and former state senator Steve Stivers, both of whom are seeking to knock off Democratic incumbents in the Buckeye State.

Romney will continue to roll out state by state endorsements every few weeks throughout 2010 with California the next state on the docket and Rep. Mary Bono Mack among those who will get his support, said a source familiar with Romney's plan.

The endorsements are organized under the umbrella of Romney's "Prescription for Repeal" -- a campaign by which he will back Republicans who want to "repeal the worst aspects of ObamaCare and restore common sense principles to health care," according to a release announcing the Missouri endorsements.

Romney is widely regarded as the frontrunner for the 2012 Republican nomination thanks to the national infrastructure he built during his 2008 run and his hyper-organized political operation. Flexing his financial muscle throughout the 2010 midterms has the dual purpose of winning him chits among those candidates who win in the fall and also establishing him as a leader (or the leader) in a party that currently lacks one.

2. Despite the wild predictions of political victory or defeat that have followed hard on the passage of the health care bill, political handicapper Charlie Cook is sticking to his pre-passage prediction that Republicans are in position to win 25 to 35 seats because the effects of the bill becoming a law are "potentially offsetting."

For Democrats, having a health care bill is not only a "major policy victory" but also a "badly needed psychological boost" for a party that was growing increasingly desperate for a major accomplishment with the November election looming, according to Cook. But Cook also argued that the number of targeted Democrats who voted "yes" last Sunday ensured a tougher road to reelection for themselves.

Cook also noted that Republicans face two early tests in May when special elections are held in Pennsylvania's 12th district (May 18) and Hawaii's 1st district (May 22). While Republicans have been extremely low-key about both races, winning at least one is critical to building the sort of momentum the party needs to convince activists, donors and party political operatives that they can take back the majority in the fall.

"GOP losses in both districts . . . would indicate the GOP still can't get its act together," concludes Cook.

3. New polling conducted by Research 2000 for the liberal Daily Kos blog shows the Arkansas primary fight between Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter largely unchanged with the incumbent ahead by double digits but still in risky territory ahead of the May 18 race.

Lincoln took 44 percent to 31 percent for Halter while one in four Democrats were undecided between the two candidates. That marks a slight -- but statistically insignificant -- improvement for Halter from a early December Kos poll when Lincoln led 42 percent to 26 percent.

Lincoln's overall numbers are far from terrific. Forty two percent approved of the job she is doing while 52 percent disapproved. Halter's numbers are stronger with 46 percent approving and 27 percent disapproving.

And, in general election match ups Lincoln trails all of her likely Republican opponents; she is down seven points to Rep. John Boozman, who is the likely GOP nominee. Halter, too, trails Boozman by eight points in a general election match up.

Boozman released an internal poll of his own on Thursday that showed him the clear frontrunner in a crowded Republican primary field that includes state Sens. Gilbert Baker and Kim Hendren.

4. After months of searching, House Democrats appear to have landed a quality candidate in Kansas' 3rd district in the form of Stephene Moore, a nurse and the wife of the retiring Rep. Dennis Moore (D).

The Kansas City Star reported that Stephene Moore was in the race on Thursday but pulled back on that report slightly after she released a statement making clear she had not made up her mind on a candidacy.

Assuming Moore runs -- and a well placed Democratic source tells the Fix she will -- then Democrats have snatched a victory (of sorts) from the jaws of defeat. Dennis Moore's retirement caught the party flat-footed and national Democrats saw several of their top-tier recruits take a pass. Moore has held the seat since beating then Rep. Vince Snowbarger (R) in 1998.

The seat was won narrowly by President Obama in 2008 but carried easily by President George W. Bush in 2004 and 2000. The Rothenberg Political Report currently rates the race as "toss up/tilt Republican" while the Cook Political Report carries it in the "lean Republican" category.

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Boozman will clobber Blanche Lincoln. She is so out of touch with Arkansas citizens she should just resign and save the money. Obama will appoint her in defeat to some far left office in DC which she will love!

Posted by: cdorbg | March 28, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

- I AM FED UP WITH ALL THE PARTISAN POLITICS.
- ALL YOU "ELECTED" OFFICIALS WERE ELECTED BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE PUBLIC TO DO A JOB FOR ALL THE PEOPLE NO MATTER WHICH PARTY THEY BELONG TO.
- YOU WERE NOT ELECTED BY LOBYISTS THAT ARE PAYING YOU AND GIFTING YOU ON THE SIDE TO MAKE SURE THEIR INTERESTS ARE SERVED ABOVE THE PUBLIC'S.
- YOU MAY BE A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT BUT YOU REPRESENT "ALL" THE PEOPLE IN YOUR AREA WHETHER OR NOT THEY VOTED FOR YOU.
- AND YOU "MISTER PRESIDENT", YOU REPRESENT THE ENTIRE NATION AND TO QUOTE A MOVIE LINE, YOUR JOB IS A TEMP JOB.
- YOU NEED TO BE MORE INTERESTED IN WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE NATION AND NOT IN SPENDING MONEY TO TAKE YOUR WIFE TO A BROADWAY SHOW.
- DO THAT ON YOUR OWN TIME AFTER YOU'VE LEFT OFFICE.
- YOU SHOULD ALSO NOT FORCE UNDESIRED, UNJUSTIFIED, AND UNPOPULAR IDEALS ON THIS NATION JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE YOUR MARK ON HISTORY.
- A TRUE LEADER WOULD NEVER NEED TO STOOP TO THAT DEGRADING LEVEL TO BE REMEMBERED!!
- AND WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTHCARE, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOME ONE CUT THROUGH THE CRAP AND IDENTIFY IN SIMPLE TERMS JUST WHAT PROBLEMS OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM HAS AND HOW YOUR NEW OBAMACARE RESOLVES THOSE ISSUES.
- WE AS A NATION DESERVE TO ENJOY THE SAME MEDICAL AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS THAT OUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON DO, OR MAYBE THEY SHOULD RECEIVE THE SAME BENEFITS WE DON'T ENJOY.
- MAYBE THEN THE HEALTHCARE CHANGES WOULD TRULY BE POSITIVE CHANGES FOR EVERYONE.
- THE BOTTOM LINE IS, AFTER YOU ALL GOT TO WASHINGTON, YOU ALL NEED TO UNDERSTAND AND NEVER FORGET THAT YOU REPRESENT EVERYONE, BOTH DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN.
- THERE IS NO ROOM FOR PARTISAN POLITICS WHEN MAKING CHANGES THAT AFFECT THE HEALTH OPTIONS OF EVERY CITIZEN IN THESE UNITED STATES.
Craig Davis

Posted by: sphawke54 | March 28, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

At least Pappy and Junior were born in the UNITED STATES!

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 27, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing how many "Trust Fund Babies" like Mitt Rommney think that their vast inherited fortunes qualify them to know anything about poor, retired-on-only Social Security slobs like me. He's a joke, plain and simple. And God, please bless Sarah Palin and help her further ruin poor, pathetic old John McCain who thinks he'll do better in 2012 than he did in 2008. If he keeps getting "help" from that ne'er-do-well, used-cattle-feed huckster, he's surely ruined. Perhaps by 2016, in his 80s, he's make it. Of course, Republicans have never been known for picking stable candidates. Look at the Bush Boys and Pappy Bush... carpetbaggers one and all... Pappy born in Massachusetts and Junior born in Connecticut. They suckered Texans for years. Their biggest comedy of errors, of course, was Ronald Reagan, the Rich Man's President, who sold America to the highest Richer-than-God Republicans.

The sordid events perpetrated by the Republicans during the past week have shown their true colors. There's is nothing that will silence their crude, classless rhetoric but money. Give them all the wealth they crave so desperately, and they'll shut up.

Posted by: CoeLinn | March 27, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 27, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

OMFG WATCH THIS VIDEO

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/26/AR2010032600642.html?hpid=artslot

You'll want to close your office door because you're gonna be laughing till the tears come and your ribs ache.

Watch McCain's face. I swear he keeps forgetting where he is.

Looks like Palin will kill another McCain campaign. Good riddance, Johnny-O. Great way to make an exit.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

"Dictator Obama and...

[Bigoted, idiotic junk omitted]

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 26, 2010 5:08 PM"
________

Just shortened it up a bit for you, Tony. All the best.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 26, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Three (3) checks:

Free Charlie (GWB's Iraqi War = BHO's HCR) Cook Report ad/mention. Check.

Free ad/mention for Romney and assorted non-entities. Check.

No positive mention of the 44th President of the United States. Check.
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BTW, if Kos is the "liberal" Daily Kos why isn't Cook the "ultra rightwing" Charlie Cook? Just askin'?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 26, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

To contribute directly to her, in order to target weak members of Congress and drive the left batty:

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wow you really don't get it.

how much you wanna bet that a substantial amount of her financial support is coming from "the left?"

you truly don't understand that we want her influence to finish off the GOP?

Jake: listen up! SARAH PALIN IS STUPID! And she's BALLOT BOX POISON!

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

That’s what happens in every commie country, as the country Obama and his comrades are trying to create in the U.S. with “help-the-poor” scams like Obamacare.

Let’s do what we can to have this abomination repealed before it completely destroys our country and our future.

==

you are so sick on so many levels

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

As expected, the Obamacare scam will kill millions more jobs in the U.S.

AT&T said Friday that Obamacare will cost them $1 billion. Earlier this week, AK Steel, Caterpillar, Deere and Valero Energy also reported that Obamacare will raise their expenses:
http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/26/att-to-take-1-billion-charge-for-health-care/#comment-381085

All other U.S. businesses can anticipate the same problem. And as most of them were already hurting, many will have to close or move to FREER countries.

As a result, millions of people are going to be left not only without insurance but without jobs. And the few lucky enough to have a job will become poor after paying for everyone else.

That’s what happens in every commie country, as the country Obama and his comrades are trying to create in the U.S. with “help-the-poor” scams like Obamacare.

Let’s do what we can to have this abomination repealed before it completely destroys our country and our future.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 26, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

That should be:

http://www.SarahPAC.com

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

To contribute directly to her, in order to target weak members of Congress and drive the left batty:

http://www.SarahPAC.org

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who needs a cynicism transfusion should head right over to http://www.conservatives4palin.com. Your needs will be well met there.

Astonishing how quickly the Tundra Tramp's star has dimmed; the entire site is dedicated to making excuses for her. "She didn't say that!" And since of course she really did, quickly segues to "she didn't mean that!"

Site banner shows her back, bra straps showing through, as she faces a stylized pipeline carrying Alaska crude out of a mountain.

She should underscore her dedication to drilling by drinking a gallon of the stuff.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

"Dictator Obama"

you drooling idiot

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Dictator Obama and his comrades are accusing the victims of their scam, the American people, of violence!

Imitating Hugo Chavez and the rest of the Marxist thugs, they vilify and demonize those who try to defend themselves.

The American people must not allow Obama and his comrades to intimidate and prevent them from defending themselves – and their children and grandchildren – from the abomination of Obamacare and socialism/Marxism!

Obama and his comrades and operatives are using Alinksy tactics to smear and vilify those who defend themselves. They accuse them of violence! It's communists and Marxists like Obama's buddies who use violence!

For example, Obama's buddy William Ayers(at whose house Barack Obama launched his campaign for state senate in 1995), who has never expressed a shred of regret for any of his crimes. He’s said that he wished he and his group had set more bombs!

Here's a timeline of crimes of Obama’s buddy William Ayers:

7 October 1969 – Bombing of Haymarket Police Statue in Chicago, apparently as a “kickoff” for the “Days of Rage” riots in the city October 8–11, 1969. The Weathermen later claim credit for the bombing in their book, “Prairie Fire.”

8 October-11, 1969 – The “Days of Rage” riots occur in Chicago in which 287 Weatherman members from throughout the country were arrested and a large amount of property damage was done.

6 December 1969 – Bombing of several Chicago Police cars parked in a precinct parking lot at 3600 North Halsted Street, Chicago. The WUO stated in their book “Prairie Fire” that they had did the explosion.

27 December-31, 1969 – Weathermen hold a “War Council” meeting in Flint, MI, where they finalize their plans to submerge into an underground status from which they plan to commit strategic acts of sabotage against the government. Thereafter they are called the “Weather Underground Organization” (WUO).

13 February 1970 – Bombing of several police vehicles of the Berkeley, California, Police Department.

16 February 1970 – Bombing of Golden Gate Park branch of the San Francisco Police Department, killing one officer and injuring a number of other policemen.

And much more... http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/a_timeline_of_crime_for_obamas_buddy_william_ayers/

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 26, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Duren said he applied his brake and the SUV smashed into the back of his car.

He then put his car in park to take care of the accident, but Weisiger started pushing the car using his SUV.

Duren said, “He pushed my car up towards the sidewalk, almost onto the sidewalk.”

==

Felony recklessness to start, probably malicious harassment to boot.

There's one wingnut who's going to prison long enough to become quite skilled at fellatio on black men, and who will quite likely emerge with HIV.

One down.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

ATT just stated that Obama is going to cost them ONE BILLION DOLLARS - I suppose in additional health care benefits.

OBAMA IS DESTROYING JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY.

HOW CAN ATT HIRE ADDITIONAL PEOPLE WHEN ATT NOW HAS ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL HEALTH CARE COSTS ????


THIS BILL IS OBAMA'S SMOOT-HAWLEY - GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION AT THE WRONG TIME.


Obama's health care program is the EXACT OPPOSITE FROM WHAT THE ECONOMY NEEDS TO RECOVER.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 26, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Here's a closeup photo above of the Republican candidate for president who's currently tied with President Obama for the 2012 White House race. No one. Or anyone. A new CNN / Opinion Research Poll out this afternoon of 953 registered voters nationally finds Obama tied at 47% with any Republican candidate. Gee, if only Wendell Willkie was still around. The same poll also finds a clear majority of Americans now believe that Obama is a one-term president. Other than that things are looking great for the 14-month-old Democrat administration,

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Discussing the need for both the US Senate and the Russian Duma to ratify the nuclear disarmament treaty Presidents Obama and Medvedev agree to earlier today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the US has offered the Russians some special help. ''Just as we have to go to our Congress, President Medvedev has to go to the Duma,'' Clinton said. ''And I think President Obama has said that he would, you know, send Rahm Emanuel to Moscow.''


will he be prancing around in the showers again? they love ballet in Moscow.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Romney's a day late and a dollar short.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

when you're losing an argument, shoot the messenger.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

“Democrats extend health care to 32 million people, and how do Republicans react? Their eyes get all crazy-like. They throw fits. They vow repeal. And they will track down every Democratic member of Congress like bloodhounds on the chase,” writes Democratic stategist Paul Begala in the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s latest email pitch to supporters.

dribbl's "brain".

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse


"We need to defeat these bastards. We need to wipe them out." Not my words. Rush Limbaugh's words.

Democrats extend health care to 32 million people, and how do Republicans react? Their eyes get all crazy-like. They throw fits. They vow repeal. And they will track down every Democratic member of Congress like bloodhounds on the chase.

Look, we didn't fight all these years for health care reform to see it dismantled by a radio blowhard, a bunch of regressive Republicans and an angry mob of right wingers. But their rhetoric will only grow more dangerous and threaten President Obama's accomplishments and future agenda. So when that FEC deadline comes Wednesday at midnight, we as Democrats need to show our post-healthcare strength.

Click here to donate $5 or more to the DSCC. The DSCC needs to raise $117,260 in the next five days to target each and every lying liar, provide voters with the truth and defend President Obama.

On the Senate floor, Judd Gregg compared health care reform to not only a "huge asteroid," but a huge asteroid that will "land on our children's heads." Rep. John Boehner ranted at the top of his lungs until his face turned beet red. Glenn Beck cried. And "tyranny" and "socialism" are hot new topics on Twitter. I've gotta ask: What is WRONG with these people?

I haven't heard such claptrap from the Republicans since they said President Clinton's economic plan would be "a one-way ticket to a recession." They were wrong about Clintonomics, which balanced the budget while creating 23 million new jobs and lifting millions out of poverty. And they're just as wrong about Obamacare, which at its heart just means a family doctor for every family."

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

dribbl has run out of cut and pastes. time to cycle through again.

Nancy, more emails needed. Send soon.

I got an idea to retire dribbl:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

http://kos.dailykos.com/

there. dribbl is now obsolete. you can cut out the middle bat and just go there yourself.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"After picking up his 10-year old daughter from school yesterday afternoon, Nashville resident Mark Duren was driving home when he was suddenly and intentionally rammed from behind by Harry Weisiger. Enraged at the sight of Duren’s Obama bumper sticker, Weisiger gave Duren “the bird” and then hit him from behind, leading to a violent series of events. Nashville’s WKRN reports:

“He pointed at the back of my car,” Duren said, “the bumper, flipped me off, one finger salute.”

But it didn’t end there.

Duren told News 2 that Weisiger honked his horn at him for awhile, as Duren stopped at a stop sign.

Once he started driving again, down Blair Boulevard, towards his home, he said, “I looked in the rear view mirror again, and this same SUV was speeding, flying up behind me, bumped me.”

Duren said he applied his brake and the SUV smashed into the back of his car.

He then put his car in park to take care of the accident, but Weisiger started pushing the car using his SUV.

Duren said, “He pushed my car up towards the sidewalk, almost onto the sidewalk.”

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse


While the right-wing tea party movement touts its rhetorical “aversion to big government,” a new Bloomberg national survey finds that many tea partiers are clamoring for more aggressive government action. The poll finds that large numbers of them want the federal government to act to create jobs and rein in Wall Street by restricting excessive executive bonuses:

At the same time, 70 percent of those who sympathize with the Tea Party, which organized protests this week against President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, want a federal government that fosters job creation.

They also look to the government to rein in Wall Street, with almost half saying the government should do something about executive bonuses. Supporters are also conflicted over whether private-enterprise elements should be introduced into government programs like Social Security and Medicare.

“The ideas that find nearly universal agreement among Tea Party supporters are rather vague,” says J. Ann Selzer, the pollster who created the survey. “You would think any idea that involves more government action would be anathema, and that is just not the case.”

The poll also finds widespread disagreement about what comprises a “socialist” program run by the government. Only 10 percent of tea party backers agreed that the Veterans Administration, the country’s “only true island of socialized medicine” where the government directly runs hospitals and services for veterans, is socialist. Meanwhile, 47 percent of responders thought that Social Security and Medicare, both of which are government programs, should stay public programs and not be privatized.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

So was anyone surprised that the health-care bill did not sit on the president’s desk for five days before the signing, as he once bragged would be the new administration’s policy, for reasons of transparency? And wasn’t that reminiscent of his continued, but reneged on, pledges to air all the health-care debates on C-SPAN?

I could go on and on, but again the pattern is clear. Each time Obama prevaricates, we grant him an exemption because of his lofty rhetoric about bipartisanship and his soothing words about unity. Only later do we notice that in retrospect each untruth is part of a pattern of dissimulation within just a single year of governance. Obama has proven so far that in fact one can fool a lot of the people a lot of the time.

In foreign policy, Americans were okay with one bow to the Saudi king — until they saw a deeper bow to the Japanese emperor. One so-so apology was then followed by many more embarrassing meae culpae. His reaching out to Chávez was only one link in a chain that included Cuba, Libya, Syria, and Iran. We thought his serial gratuitous rudeness to Britain in matters of protocol was an aberration — until it proved to be the norm with the Czech Republic, Israel, Honduras, Poland, and the Dalai Lama. Smackdowns by Russia might have seemed singular, until China followed in suit.

Traditional allies are ignored, and old enemies are courted — until both are on the same moral and political plane. The one constant is that a socialist anti-Western philosophy abroad (which blames the West for a nation’s own self-inflicted misery) wins sympathy with the Obama administration, while capitalist Western culture is seen as mostly passé.

In any isolated circumstance, we are willing to give the president of the United States a pass on a particular disturbing decision. But after 14 months of them, the Obama particulars add up to a remaking of America that is now clear and consistent: Grow government; redistribute income; establish permanent political constituencies of dependents; increase entitlements; hike taxes; demonize “them” while deifying their supposed victims; seek global neutrality abroad; and always play fast and loose with the truth.

What do we end up with?

You might call it: Chicago does socialism.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

“LET ME BE PERFECTLY CLEAR . . .”

Then there is Obama’s chronic dissimulation. Most Americans were indifferent rather than outraged when Obama became the first presidential candidate to renounce public campaign financing in the general election — despite both earlier promises that he would not, and later crocodile tears over the Supreme Court’s rollback of some public-financing rules.

Perhaps most Americans also were only mildly irked that Obama demagogued the Bush anti-terror protocols during the campaign, only to continue unchanged precisely those practices that he had most fiercely railed against — tribunals, renditions, Predators, the continuing presence in Iraq.

And perhaps most Americans did not believe Obama when he promised to close Guantanamo within a year and to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court in New York — and they were right. These too were isolated Obama untruths.

Then some of us were troubled that Obama had once decried passage of health-care reform by mere 51 percent majorities — only to do precisely that last weekend. Candidate Obama likewise damned the use of executive orders to countermand legislative action — and then did just that on matters of abortion and Obamacare. Chalk it up to the Chicago style of the ends justifying any means necessary.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse


While the right-wing tea party movement touts its rhetorical “aversion to big government,” a new Bloomberg national survey finds that many tea partiers are clamoring for more aggressive government action. The poll finds that large numbers of them want the federal government to act to create jobs and rein in Wall Street by restricting excessive executive bonuses:

At the same time, 70 percent of those who sympathize with the Tea Party, which organized protests this week against President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, want a federal government that fosters job creation.

They also look to the government to rein in Wall Street, with almost half saying the government should do something about executive bonuses. Supporters are also conflicted over whether private-enterprise elements should be introduced into government programs like Social Security and Medicare.

“The ideas that find nearly universal agreement among Tea Party supporters are rather vague,” says J. Ann Selzer, the pollster who created the survey. “You would think any idea that involves more government action would be anathema, and that is just not the case.”

The poll also finds widespread disagreement about what comprises a “socialist” program run by the government. Only 10 percent of tea party backers agreed that the Veterans Administration, the country’s “only true island of socialized medicine” where the government directly runs hospitals and services for veterans, is socialist. Meanwhile, 47 percent of responders thought that Social Security and Medicare, both of which are government programs, should stay public programs and not be privatized.

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

here's your very own cnspiracy generator -- every kid should have one!

http://www.publiceye.org/conspire/generator.html

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

When Will Liberals Give the Tea Party the Same Respect They Give Radical Islam?
George Louvis

Every time some Muslim blows up a plane, or a train, or kills innocent people, we hear from the Left how we should not judge all Muslims because of a few extremists. Our current President tells us, not to "jump to conclusions."

Talking heads on TV try to calm us down and reassure us that Islam is the "Religion of Peace." Yet these same politicians and liberal media hacks are going on a rampage attacking their fellow Americans because allegedly a few used racial slurs at a Tea Party protest (with no corroboration from numerous video recordings). I am not defending the racial slurs if they were used. The language is disgusting and there is no place for it. However, what happened to the tolerance that we're supposed to show to Muslims? Shouldn't our fellow Americans get the same treatment?

If there were a few bad, ugly people at the protest and they called names, is that more evil than flying planes into buildings or cutting off a journalist's head? So why are we told to be tolerant and not judge a whole group based on the actions of a tens of thousands of Al Qaeda members but we can condemn millions of Americans based on the actions of what 1, 10, maybe 100 Americans who called names?


This is not about the name calling, this is being used to stifle debate, to try and silence the movement and discredit the movement. My solution is simple. I would boycott any newspaper, magazine, television network or website that will not report this fairly. Let them know and let their sponsors know that we will not fall for this kind of intimidation. They are already losing money. Most of them are on the brink. They cannot afford to lose 50 million viewers/readers.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

We now move into the "avoid the topic" phase of liberalism. they will try to find anything to knock the impending doom of socialism and bankruptcy off the discussion topics.

Of course they can't defend their ways, Nancy is already at 11% approval, only barely beating dingy spineless Harry at 8.

So they trot out the usual racism and violence and anything else they can dig up to avoid the facts of what they have done to the rest of us.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The office of Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-AZ) says the congressman's "life was threatened both prior to and following the vote" on health care reform legislation.

The Phoenix Business Journal reports:

[Press Secretary Adam] Bozzi said Mitchell also received calls at his Tempe home and someone left a note about health care with coal and dog feces at his congressional office in suburban Phoenix.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Add Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR) to the growing list of lawmakers saying they've received death threats in the wake of health care reform becoming law.

The Associated Press reports that Snyder was told about a letter by the Capitol Police on Tuesday saying he's a target for assassination. The police intercepted the letter.

Snyder read from a copy of the original saying: "It is apparent that it will take a few assassinations to stop Obamacare. Militia central has selected you for assassination. If we cannot stalk and find you in Washington, D.C., we will get you in Little Rock."

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) said in a statement to reporters today that his Kew Gardens, New York office is closed until authorities complete their investigation into a suspicious package sent there. It's the latest in a string of incidents threatening members of Congress since health care reform passed over the weekend.

Weiner's statement:

Earlier today an envelope containing white powder and a threatening letter was delivered to my community office in Kew Gardens. The NYPD was immediately alerted and have responded appropriately by sending a Haz-Mat team. Any questions related to their response should be directed to the NYPD. My first priority is the safety of my staff and neighbors, and the authorities are currently taking steps to investigate and resolve the situation.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse


'i want to take a closer look at what Rep. Cantor actually said this morning.
Anyway, if you ignore the utter nonsense of his specific allegations (which, of course, is what disinformation campaigns are all about) Cantor’s statement was brilliantly crafted –- evil, but nonetheless brilliant. This is the passage that really caught my eye:

'DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine in particular are dangerously fanning the flames by suggesting that these incidents be used as a political weapon. Security threats against members of Congress is not a partisan issue, and they should never be treated that way. To use such threats as political weapons is reprehensible. I'm not naive enough to think that letters, statements, or press releases will prevent anyone disturbed enough to commit violence from acting. But I do know that such letters, statements and press releases can very easily fan the flames by ratcheting up the rhetoric. Some will only inflame these situations to dangerous levels.'

Considered as a rational argument, this is, of course, absurd -- bordering on incoherent. "I’m not naïve enough to think that letters, statements, or press releases will prevent anyone disturbed enough to commit violence from acting." What was that supposed to mean?

The correct answer is that it wasn’t supposed to mean anything. This isn’t about meaning. The real message of the statement is in the specific words and phrases Cantor uses -- and then repeats: "threats used as political weapons," "ratcheting up the rhetoric," "fanning the flames," "fan the flames," "inflame."

These are the sound bites Cantor’s operatives hope will make the evening news tonight. Why? Because they turn reality upside down. In Cantor’s alternate universe, it’s the Democrats who are using "threats" as "weapons," "ratcheting up the rhetoric" to "dangerous levels," and "fanning the flames" of violence.

The idea is to string those phrases together in such a way as to verbally associate the Democrats with the very same conduct the Republicans are actually guilty of (i.e. incitement) without ever making the accusation directly."

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

When Leftwingers Attack
We've heard a lot about (but, curiously, have not seen evidence of) "violent right wing anger" in the news the last few days.

Of course, being an Obamacrat means turning off the inconvenient portions of your memory to suit whatever you view as your political objective for that particular time and place. Political violence and vandalism from the left, which was commonplace during the Bush years, was well-known and ignored (or even celebrated as "righteous)." Murder fantasies about killing George W. Bush were vogue. Movies about killing Bush were "edgy" and "provacative." All was well until those damned rightwingurrrrz started, like, disagreeing and protesting and stuff. How dare they speak!


Behold, left wing "nonviolence:"

* It was not the fear of conservative violence that caused Ann Coulter's speech to be canceled this week.
* It was a liberal who bit the finger off a man who disagreed with him on health care.
* It was Obama-loving Amy Bishop who took a gun to work and murdered co-workers.
* Joseph Stack flew his plane into the IRS building after writing an
anti-conservative manifesto.
* It was liberals who destroyed AM radio towers outside of Seattle.
* It's liberals who burn down Hummer dealerships.
* It was progressive SEIU union thugs who beat a black conservative man who spoke his mind.
* It's doubtful that a conservative fired shots into a GOP campaign headquarters.
* In fact, Democrats have no monopoly on having their offices vandalized.
* Don't forget it was Obama's friend Bill Ayers who used terrorism as a tool for political change. SDS is still radical, with arrests in 2007 and the storming of the CATO Institute in July 2008.
* It was a liberal who was sentenced to two years for bringing bombs and riot shields to the Republican National Convention in 2008.
* It was a liberal who threatened to kill a government informant who infiltrated her Austin-based group that planned to bomb the RNC.
* It was liberals who assaulted police in Berkeley.
* It was liberals who intimidated and threw rocks through the windows of researchers.
* The two Black Panthers who stood outside polls intimidating people with nightsticks were probably not right-wingers.
* Every time the G20 gets together, it's not conservatives who destroy property and cause chaos.
Well, apparently, all the victims and potential victims of those attacks and incidents "deserved it" or something. Because, uh, they don't hold "correct" beliefs like Democrats do.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

For some years now, I’ve been morbidly fascinated by the political dark arts -- especially the very dark art of disinformation: the systematic creation and dissemination of false narratives designed to discredit your opponents and/or drive undecided audiences away from their cause.

The difference between disinformation and just plain lying is in the scope of the enterprise: A lie is intended to conceal a specific truth (e.g. "I did not have sex with that woman"). Disinformation, on the other hand, is aimed at constructing an entire alternative reality -- one in which the truth can find no foothold because it conflicts just not with a specific falsehood, but with the entire fabric of the false reality that has been created. It puts the "big" in big lie, in other words.

billmon's diary :: ::
These basic disinformation techniques were first pioneered by the totalitarian movements of the 1930s, such as the [GODWIN REDACTION] and the Soviet KGB, but they’ve been brought to their full fruition by the modern advertising, public relations and political consulting industries. Proving once again that what communism can do, capitalism can do better.

One of the things that’s always impressed me about the modern conservative movement -- going back to when Newt Gringrich drew up his list of buzz words to be relentlessly associated with liberals ("corrupt," "degenerate," "depraved," etc.) -- has been the movement’s enthusiastic embrace of propaganda techniques developed by the same political regimes it claims to oppose with its life’s breath.

I guess they’re trying to proving that what totalitarians can do, modern conservatives can also do better.

Karl Rove’s White House was, in many ways, the Olympian ideal of a disinformation operation -- a propaganda achievement that will probably never be topped, at least in American politics (God willing). But it looks as if the House Republicans are giving it the old college try.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

This week, we learned that Obama's brand of "Smart Diplomacy" involves making harsh demands on an American ally (Israel), while backing off on sanctions on an American adversary, (Iran).

Rush Limbaugh has a suggestion for Israel. If they want to be treated by the Obama Regime with courtesy, cooperation, and respect...they should change their name to Iran. It probably wouldn't hurt if they began sponsoring global terror, hanging homosexuals in the public square, and providing weapons that are used against our troops. Obama's friend Achmadinnerjacket does all of these, and Obama really digs on it.

Its weird having a president who is more eager to compromise with terrorists than with members of the opposition party in his own country.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

In Victory, Chairman Zero Displays His Lack of Class

Chairman Zero, on his taxpayer-funded Gloat Tour yesterday.

"After I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling, some cracks opening up in the earth," Obama said, adding it turned out to be a nice day and "birds were chirping, folks were strolling down the mall."

This is what happens when a childish, spoiled, narcissistic a-hole is elected president. Instead of being conciliatory toward his opponents, gracious in victory, he taunts them.

Did George W. Bush go around taunting Democrats and rubbing their faces in it when he succeeded in passing legislation?

BTW, there actually is a crack in the Earth opening up. It's called the National Debt. And Chairman Zero and his band of Marxists just voted to open it up by trillions of dollars.

But don't bother the president to address that issue. He's too busy gloating

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

A South Korean naval ship with more than 100 on board was sinking after a suspected torpedo attack by North Korea today. The South Korean navy has shot at an unidentified ship in the direction of North Korea in apparent retaliation. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said that it is not clear what caused the ship to sink. A rescue operation is under way to save crew members on board but many sailors are feared dead on the stricken ship.


someone will have to explain to berry that a torpedo is not some sort of sandwich.

I know, I know said berry. that's a sub.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

New poll finds Obama tied with Anybody in 2012 vote
How about "Nobody"? It might be time to rethink the whole arrangement.

Accusations Fly Between Parties Over Threats and Vandalism
Andrew Breitbart offering $10,000 to first in with a video of anyone yelling bad stuff.
No takers so far.

In Iowa, Obama fibs about his own health bill
A small but hugely telling item

Bam's triple-diplo-whammy day
Hat trick hell as admin behavior towards other nations
is called a "surrender cult."

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Another all day dribbl rant a thon at the Fix. with Ped drooling along in tandem.

this blog used to have a few intelligent posters. very few now. the loons are intolerable.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

"Add Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR) to the growing list of lawmakers saying they've received death threats in the wake of health care reform becoming law.

The Associated Press reports that Snyder was told about a letter by the Capitol Police on Tuesday saying he's a target for assassination. The police intercepted the letter.

Snyder read from a copy of the original saying: "It is apparent that it will take a few assassinations to stop Obamacare. Militia central has selected you for assassination. If we cannot stalk and find you in Washington, D.C., we will get you in Little Rock."

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

here is another example of the split, between gopers who actually understand government and the unreality-based ideology of the far right:

For Republican candidates across the country, the movement du jour seems to be a pledge to repeal health care reform if elected. Republicans are rushing to co-sponsor and promote efforts to repeal the bill on Capitol Hill. But not everyone is biting, exposing another fissure between the GOP's right and far-right.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/03/repeal-wars-splitting-gop.php?ref=mp

The latest GOPers caught in the mix are in Delaware -- with candidate Christine O'Donnell (R-DE) challenging Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) to sign on to repeal plans. Castle, like every single Congressional Republican, opposed the legislation. But he said that repealing "is not realistic."

The splits are seeming to pop up in some of the bluer states where Democrats have an advantage. In Delaware Castle said it doesn't make sense to try and repeal the measure while President Obama remains in charge, since he can veto anything Congress sends him. Castle said it's "not the best use of our efforts."

But according to DelawarePolitics.net, O'Donnell charges that by not signing, Castle is "breaking faith with the people of Delaware and America in refusing to support the conservative-led effort to repeal ObamaCare, a totally disastrous and unconstitutional health bill."

In California, Tom Campbell (R) hasn't signed it, but his Senate primary rivals Carly Fiorina (R) and Chuck DeVore (R) are leading the repeal charge. In the Republican primary race to in Connecticut, longshot Peter Schiff has signed the pledge but Linda McMahon and Rob Simmons have not.

The red states have their splits too. In Indiana, former Sen. Dan Coats hasn't jumped on board, but tea party candidate Marlin Stutzman has."

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

sliowa1 writes
"I think the pundits are listening and I think its both you and Andy who have your fingers in your ears."


That, of course, is a valid possibility as well. However, here's why I think what I think: 1) the GOP has no cohesive vision, beyond 'stop the Dems'. That is not the kind of vision for America that attracts voters. 2) the GOP lacks a charismatic leader to present as their spokesperson. The closest thing they have is Sarah Palin, who has not thus far proven to attract swing voters. 3) the Dems have produced a lot of good legislation. Health care reform in particular, I predict, will prove to be popular with voters. 4) the credibility gap. The hysterical rants about socialist takeovers, etc. that are visibly false will alienate swing voters, not attract them. Dems, if nothing else, will still be the lesser of 2 evils.

As I said above, maybe I'm wrong. I've certainly been wrong before, particularly when setting high expectations about the average voter, as I've done once again.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 26, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

He then put his car in park to take care of the accident, but Weisiger started pushing the car using his SUV.

Duren said, “He pushed my car up towards the sidewalk, almost onto the sidewalk.”

Police say Harry Weisiger is charged with felony reckless endangerment in the incident.

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that guy is going to go to prison. Over a bumpersticker.

Wonder how many attacks like this we'll read about in the next few months? How many will lead to murder?

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

sorry, i have no idea who this Saul Alinsky is -- this guy that you all on the right seem to worship so much.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

bsimon is right. the Republican party is becoming increasingly radicalized and increasingly dependent on the base -- the tea partiers, who in turn are dominated by the same kind of mentality that gave us Ruby Ridge, Waco and Oklahoma City.

Why else an open carry rally in in NoVa on the anniversary of the McVeigh bombing? Nothing too subtle about the symbolism of that, is there? How about all the bricks smashed through windows, the racial epitethets, the cutting of gas lines?

So why does anyone think this kind of behavior is going to attract 'moderate, swing, centrist, independent' or whatever you want to call them, voters?

Posted by: drindl
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drindl applying Alinsky Rule 8 for about the 800th time.

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Posted by: mmmitkonlyyou | March 26, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Bismon,

“Obama and the Dems solidify their hold on the middle - such that some of their more liberal supporters and members are feeling alienated and unappreciated - will the old models hold true? In 2006 & 2008 we saw the swing voters leave the GOP in droves. What is the GOP doing now that will draw them back?”

Swing voters left R ranks in droves because the R showed they were corrupt and somewhat incompetent. The D ran in 2006 on a theme we are not R not on any issues and in 2008 Obama ran as a different bipartisan candidate in a bad economy. Independents flocked to D since the unknown was better than what was known. I will say as D priorities are known more of the middle has moved back to R since now they know how the D will govern it no longer a political theory of what we will do. The D complained about budget deficits during R control (an accurate assessment), but what have they produced but more record deficits. In the presidential debates Obama promised to use a scalpel to cut out waste, but he has championed an 800 billion dollar stimulus bill that was full of pork. He promised to be bipartisan but then he out sources much of his agenda to the most partisan members of his party. Do not get me wrong I believe Obama is a pragmatist and is no socialist; however, he has chosen extremely partisan ways to get his agenda across. Obama made a great argument as to why we need HCR in terms of controlling cost; however, the final bill does little to nothing in controlling cost and the funny math used to make it deficit neutral will be seen for what it is not to mention the difficult choices in controlling cost are past on to future congresses (that takes real leadership…he is sounding like a R all the time).

I think the pundits are listening and I think its both you and Andy who have your fingers in your ears. If I remember correctly you thought the pundits were complete wrong with Scott Brown as well, not to say I am clairvoyant. However, before I start saying pundits are out of touch (i.e. CC and company) I think I would park my agenda at the door.

Posted by: sliowa1 | March 26, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

bsimon, sorry I guess I should have mentioned I was responding to the last paragraph of #1 above and Mitt Romney's relevance in general. This year, I don't think the state of the economy will favor either party, though each will act as though it does. Guessing this will be an all politics is local year, all about turnout, like most mid-terms.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Well, shrink, the brick-throwers are a central symbol of the unfolding narrative, the logical conclusion of the over the top rhetoric that characterized opposition to HCR. When n you have elected officials flinging about the most wild and reckless charges, like 'socialism', like 'taking our country back' like 'HCR will destroy the economy' -- this is what you will get-- violence.

And you're right, bsismon -- It was Robinson.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Obama has the greatest legislative achievement in 40 years. So what does CC write about?

- puff piece for a former Senator nobody cares about, the "anti-Oba
a"

- article about the tea party treating them as politically serious with no mention of their thuggish misbehavior

- Palin endorsements

- Romney endosements

glaring biases, ridiculous sense of proportion. Is Dan Coats more newsworthy than HCR? Does anyone care who Mitt Romney likes?

God I miss Dan Froomkin.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Here is an example of what is coming the next few months:

After picking up his 10-year old daughter from school yesterday afternoon, Nashville resident Mark Duren was driving home when he was suddenly and intentionally rammed from behind by Harry Weisiger. Enraged at the sight of Duren’s Obama bumper sticker, Weisiger gave Duren “the bird” and then hit him from behind, leading to a violent series of events. Nashville’s WKRN reports:

“He pointed at the back of my car,” Duren said, “the bumper, flipped me off, one finger salute.”

But it didn’t end there.

Duren told News 2 that Weisiger honked his horn at him for awhile, as Duren stopped at a stop sign.

Once he started driving again, down Blair Boulevard, towards his home, he said, “I looked in the rear view mirror again, and this same SUV was speeding, flying up behind me, bumped me.”

Duren said he applied his brake and the SUV smashed into the back of his car.

He then put his car in park to take care of the accident, but Weisiger started pushing the car using his SUV.

Duren said, “He pushed my car up towards the sidewalk, almost onto the sidewalk.”

Police say Harry Weisiger is charged with felony reckless endangerment in the incident.

http://www.wkrn.com/global/story.asp?s=12208009

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

drindl, I think your 10:34 is from Gene Robinson, not Dionne.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 26, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Mitt won't run out of dough, so the candidates he will keep giving it to will take it and RUN. However, ya know what? All his money didn't do him a damn bit of good, and it won't these repukes either.
The message of the rope-a-dope pukes is already a pathetic, racist, desperate attempt of "throwing money at it and it will dominate". On november 2nd, 221 days from now, SWEET TUESDAY, the largess of the GOP will be their only solace, and along the way the message of hate, lawlessness, and bigotry will continue
mowing down all repukes who run for office across this country. Get used to it pukes, but please, DO keep the dollars and the
slime flowing. Romney is an empty, wealthy
suit, full of swagger, and GOP swill.

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 26, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

shrink2 writes
"If the economy is still sputtering and in particular, if job growth hasn't happened and so the the deficit widens between now and 2 years from now, the Democrats will be crushed."

2 years from now, absolutely. But we were talking about Nov 2010, I thought. I don't think much of a decline in unemployment is necessary for Obama & the Dems to claim their policies have worked and run on the Reagan "Its morning in America" model.

Not unlike the "don't change horses midstream" argument, the campaign will be "we're turning the corner, don't [mess] with our policies now."

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Posted by: bsimon1 | March 26, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

"So it may be that Wyden also has provided Holder the language in the statute he will need to defend it."

Yes, I agree and that is why, I believe, this amendment suddenly reappeared and was passed. It seems like real news to me, I wonder why no one is talking about it, health care bill fatigue I suppose. People would rather talk about brick throwers.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

WE, including the Repeali-cons, are now seeing the tidal wave of victories that Barack has been preparing since he took office.

Can we squeeze his face in on Mount Rushmore?

Posted by: kinkysr | March 26, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

WE, including the Repeali-cons, are now seeing the tidal wave of victories that Barack has been preparing since he took office.

Can we squeeze his face in on Mount Rushmore?

Posted by: kinkysr | March 26, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

'
They're busy weakening or taking out their own incumbents with primary challenges

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 26, 2010 9:32 AM

like halter is trying to do to lincoln in arkansas?'

that is exactly one case. there will dozens of contested R primaries and it will cost them.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Between burnout and facelfit bart, it's almost impossible to read this section now.

From Dionne today on sarah Palin's incindiery language:

"But this strikes me, and probably will strike others, as disingenuous. The tea party movement is fueled by rhetoric that echoes the paranoid ravings of the most extreme right-wing nutcases. When tea party leaders talk about the threat of "socialism" and call for "a new revolution" and vow to "take our country back," they can say they are simply using vivid metaphors. But they cannot plausibly claim to be unaware that there are people -- perhaps on the fringe of the movement, but close enough -- who give every sign of taking these incendiary words literally.

And does anyone doubt that the movement attracts the kind of people who take these words literally?

Organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center have documented the troubling rise of right-wing militia and "patriot" groups. Political leaders who appropriate and reinforce the extremists' language -- who urge angry people to "reload" -- are being reckless. They must stop this madness before someone gets hurt."

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

bsimon is right. the Republican party is becoming increasingly radicalized and increasingly dependent on the base -- the tea partiers, who in turn are dominated by the same kind of mentality that gave us Ruby Ridge, Waco and Oklahoma City.

Why else an open carry rally in in NoVa on the anniversary of the McVeigh bombing? Nothing too subtle about the symbolism of that, is there? How about all the bricks smashed through windows, the racial epitethets, the cutting of gas lines?

So why does anyone think this kind of behavior is going to attract 'moderate, swing, centrist, independent' or whatever you want to call them, voters?

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

shrink2, if you read the AGs' pleading, the serious legal issue raised by them is the notion that the new law ends Medicaid opt-out for the states. Currently no state opts out, but each may refuse fed funding and do so. As the AGs read the new law, by 2017 states would lose their option. I do not know if they are correct or not, btw. So it may be that Wyden also has provided Holder the language in the statute he will need to defend it.

I think most of the states would prefer 100% fed funding to opt-out, but given the reality, every state will want to defend opt-out. No option plus forced state contribs = the end of federalism, so that combination would not stand scrutiny, IMHO.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 26, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Case Closed.


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Try closing your piehole...

Posted by: LABC | March 26, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

shrink and doof agree

If the economy is still sputtering and in particular, if job growth hasn't happened and so the the deficit widens between now and 2 years from now, the Democrats will be crushed.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats look like they will end up holding it in 2012.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 9:46 AM

i agree. they will be left holding the bag. that's all.

Posted by: doof | March 26, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

They're busy weakening or taking out their own incumbents with primary challenges

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 26, 2010 9:32 AM

like halter is trying to do to lincoln in arkansas?

Posted by: doof | March 26, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

But by the time the general election rolls around, I can't imagine the swing voters taking a look at the new right & liking what they see.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 26, 2010 9:32 AM |

swing voters will be looking at the lack of jobs. anything will be better than democrats to them. it's the economy stupid.

Posted by: doof | March 26, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

It is no wonder Republicans are so mad.
A little over two months ago, after Scott Brown won, they thought they were making this huge political comeback. Truthfully, did anyone think this health care bill was going to pass just eight weeks ago? And so today the political news is what Mitt Romney likes? No, I don't think so.

The economy is the trump card. The Democrats look like they will end up holding it in 2012. But anything could happen, look what happened in eight weeks.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Chris, it is unfortunate that you continue to write posts that are using past "conventional wisdom" as the formula. and the media continually using media driven polls to report is a vicious cycle. We don't know what the questions were, how skewed they are or not. It's like in high school and you're doing math, and the teacher gives you an F because you got the right answer but did not show the work as to how you got the answer. That's what citing polls do, they don't show the work as to how the answer was arrived at.

Posted by: katem1 | March 26, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

AndyR3 writes
"Charlie Cook is a smart guy, but he has his fingers in his ears right now. To not change your predictions after the Democrats acheived the biggest legislative victory in the past 20 years or so is ridiculous. No matter what people think of policy they like winners, and they like politicians who do something."


Cook, Rothlenberg, Cilizza, et al are, I think, relying on the familiar patterns of history, and treating this as just another R vs D election. To a certain extent, that is reasonable; how many voters are really paying attention? But, where there is potential for these familiar patterns to get disrupted is from the ideological shift within the GOP. As the Tea people keep pushing the party further & further right, and Obama and the Dems solidify their hold on the middle - such that some of their more liberal supporters and members are feeling alienated and unappreciated - will the old models hold true? In 2006 & 2008 we saw the swing voters leave the GOP in droves. What is the GOP doing now that will draw them back? I don't see it. Anyone that tries to talk sense from within the party is immediately ostracized and expelled. They're busy weakening or taking out their own incumbents with primary challenges from the extreme right. And when you add up their policy ideas, none of them make sense, unless you support dismantling a century's worth of legislation, going back to the first Roosevelt presidency. So, like AndyR3, I too suspect the analysts are getting this one wrong. Yes, the Tea people are the loudest voices in the crowd & are still the most enthused about getting their people elected. But by the time the general election rolls around, I can't imagine the swing voters taking a look at the new right & liking what they see.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 26, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

"If I were Michael Steele.. I would think..."

Now there's an idea.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

"If I were Michael Steele.. I would think outside of the box and start calculating a way to let the Obamanation beat itself.. it's the only way.. the decay must come from within the Admin.'s castle walls.. "


newbeeboy has been reading Sun Tzu.


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Posted by: bsimon1 | March 26, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Charlie Cook is a smart guy, but he has his fingers in his ears right now. To not change your predictions after the Democrats acheived the biggest legislative victory in the past 20 years or so is ridiculous. No matter what people think of policy they like winners, and they like politicians who do something. On top of that Cook has continousily over estimated the impact of the Tea-party fringe (I remind you this group is 13% of americans, which will decrease now that HCR has passed). The polling may show dissatisfaction with the Dems but it also shows distrust that the GOP can do any better. In these types of situations most people vote for the Devil they know. Cook is going to be eating his little predictions in about 7 months or so.

Posted by: AndyR3 | March 26, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

TO: Webmaster, Washingtonpost.com
Publisher, The Washington Post Co. (please forward)

The "good shopping" blog spam, below, appears to be part of a paid extortion campaign against The Washington Post. Co. intended to pollute blog discourse and drive the publication to strictly moderate all internet blogs, facilitating what I believe is a covert campaign of U.S. government internet censorship -- apparently conducted by operatives working out of Homeland Security- administered regional "fusion centers" throughout the U.S.

My reporting indicates that government censors use blog moderation as a "cover" to impose prior restraint, and outright censorship, on internet political speech of so-called "targeted individuals" -- many apparently singled out for their political beliefs or their activism:

http://nowpublic.com/world/how-u-s-spy-ops-censor-web-political-speech

My many articles on this subject have not altered this pattern of apparent government censorship, which, I believe, is comparable to the regimen imposed by Communist China on its citizens.

As a regulator contributor to WaPo blogs and as a victim of this censorship regime, I urge The Washington Post Co. to issue a formal complaint to Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence, demanding that the U.S. government police its agencies and commands to safeguard the constitutional rights of its citizens.

Thank you, and Chris Cillizza, for allowing me to offer this suggestion in this space.

Vic Livingston, NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 26, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Mitt doesn't seem to be a good candidate to take on a political dynamo.. like Obama.. I don't think a GOP can take him on head to head.. he has a base that has no way to leave him..

The only way to beat Obama is subterfuge.. and the GOP isn't well versed in subterfuging an incumbent..

If I were Michael Steele.. I would think outside of the box and start calculating a way to let the Obamanation beat itself.. it's the only way.. the decay must come from within the Admin.'s castle walls.. and it's a very real scenario..that could make or allow such an earthshaking event.

Posted by: newbeeboy | March 26, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

In health care bill news, I was not aware changes this important were still being negotiated.

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/03/wyden_says_states_can_design_o.html

A state level, opt-out waiver option is a good thing, but a lot could happen between now and 2017.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

37th and d'oh is giving me a greater appreciation for scrivner50 and linjian76.

Wait a minute... they all have numbers in their posting names...Jaked2, also. Now it becomes clearer.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 26, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

If Romney is the best the Republicans have in 2012, they're doomed. He might be able to win a primary, but there's no way he can win a general election.

Posted by: Blarg | March 26, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Let's analyze the two main arguments which the democrats are advancing this week to support their massive government program health care program with massive taxes.


1) Rep Clyburn says the opposition to health care is really "not about health care, but about race."

So if you don't agree with the democrats you are a RACIST.


Clearly, this is not true - but it is also completely counter to Obama's promise of a post-partisan Washington.


This garbage will only serve to get everyone more angry - clearly not a help to the democrats.

2) The health care bill finally puts the health insurance companies in their place.

Really?


This health care program is the BIGGEST GIVE-AWAY TO ANY INDUSTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE WALL STREET BAIL-OUTS.


This GIVE-AWAY is to the health insurance companies and the pharmaceutical companies - which stand to make BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL REVENUES FROM THE FORCED BUYING OF HEALTH INSURANCE - AND THE FORCED BUYING OF BIGGER HEALTH INSURANCE PACKAGES.

If you want to buy a smaller, less expensive health insurance policy, IT IS ILLEGAL.


Who is going to win ??

So, if Obama thinks the country is going to believe the story that the health insurance companies are finally in their place, he is mistaken.

Now, some of the democratic talking points appear to be ACTUALLY WRONG. For instance, the pre-existing conditions - the talking points say those provisions kick in this week - but reports say three different things - they kick in in 60 days, 90 days or 4 years from now.


Which is it ?


PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH THIS IS GOING TO COST THEM --


The American People have tuned everything out - even if Obama's arguments aren't making much sense.


The idea that a wide section of the electorate is about to change their minds and start to carry the democrats on their shoulders as heros - that is complete insanity.

No one wants the health care bill - and everyone can't wait to have a chance to vote against it.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 26, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

That is weird.
I thought the new year was approaching and we were going to facelift bar! about a month ago.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

DDAWD

I think what Chris was saying in #2 was this: the negative politic effects of the additional anger in the electorate because the health care bill was passed


Versus the positive effects of actual passage, meaning what the voters might decide they like in the bill

Those two things will offset each other.


Remember - all this is relative - relative to the time before the bill was passed.

The democrats had already dug themselves into a deep hole - the question is whether passing the bill v. dropping health care was going to result in a A) deeper hole or B) in getting up towards out of the hole.

Charlie Cook is saying those two directions - from the initial point of being in the hole - are offsetting.


Most people believe it was an incredibly stupid move on the part of Obama - because what is it going to take to change people's minds about Obama - that would have been a FAR EASIER TASK if health care had died - versus now everyone is really really angry that they have a bill that they did NOT want.

You have to understand - Obama was given a chance by the electorate - and it was NOT widely understood that he would create a MASSIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAM WITH MASSIVE NEW TAXES.

The entire focus of the campaign was toward changing the way Washington worked - by bringing the two sides TOGETHER and COMPROMISE.

Obama seems to have MISSED HIS ENTIRE CAMPAIGN - BECAUSE OBAMA NEVER GOT THE MESSAGE OF HIS OWN CAMPAIGN.


Case Closed.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 26, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

DDAWD

I think what Chris was saying in #2 was this: the negative politic effects of the additional anger in the electorate because the health care bill was passed


Versus the positive effects of actual passage, meaning what the voters might decide they like in the bill

Those two things will offset each other.


Remember - all this is relative - relative to the time before the bill was passed.

The democrats had already dug themselves into a deep hole - the question is whether passing the bill v. dropping health care was going to result in a A) deeper hole or B) in getting up towards out of the hole.

Charlie Cook is saying those two directions - from the initial point of being in the hole - are offsetting.


Most people believe it was an incredibly stupid move on the part of Obama - because what is it going to take to change people's minds about Obama - that would have been a FAR EASIER TASK if health care had died - versus now everyone is really really angry that they have a bill that they did NOT want.

You have to understand - Obama was given a chance by the electorate - and it was NOT widely understood that he would create a MASSIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAM WITH MASSIVE NEW TAXES.

The entire focus of the campaign was toward changing the way Washington worked - by bringing the two sides TOGETHER and COMPROMISE.

Obama seems to have MISSED HIS ENTIRE CAMPAIGN - BECAUSE OBAMA NEVER GOT THE MESSAGE OF HIS OWN CAMPAIGN.


Case Closed.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 26, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Next week you can report on Romney's new list of endorsements. He usually changes everything every four or five days.

Posted by: thrh | March 26, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Yum, cupcakes, I love cupcakes. Wish I could be part of the Live Fix.

Posted by: JPDupre | March 26, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

#2, I don't get the logic. Weren't the yes votes ALREADY a burden around the Dems' necks? What is offsetting the newfound positive? Is someone who voted yes for the house and senate bill going to be double punished by the electorate?

Weird./

Posted by: DDAWD | March 26, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

A rogue bureaucracy foments political violence?

HOMELAND-RUN 'FUSION CENTERS' SILENTLY ASSAULT, TORTURE, IMPAIR, SUBJUGATE U.S. CITIZENS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE/RF WEAPON SYSTEM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE, 'COMMUNITY WATCH' VIGILANTE DOMESTIC TERRORISM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

===== POLITICAL LEADERS MAY BE AMONG TARGETS =====

* Regional Homeland Security- administered "fusion centers" reportedly serve as command centers for covert electromagnetic radiation attacks, pervasive surveillance, financial sabotage of those identified as "dissidents," "trouble-makers" or slandered as threats to society.

* Use of microwave weaponry to torture and impair political opponents recently confirmed by deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya.

"These are crimes against humanity and the Constitution, being perpetrated under the cover of national security and 'safe streets' by multiple federal and local agencies and commands -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight, enabled by the naivete of those who think 'it can't happen here.'" -- Victor Livingston, former reporter for WTXF-TV Philadelphia, Phila. Bulletin, N.Y. Daily News, St. Petersburg Times; producer/host, MSG Network Sports Business Report; columnist, NowPublic.com/scrivener.

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

BUCKS COUNTY, PA- BASED MAGLOCLEN FUSION CENTER -- "Centcom of a Mid-Atlantic States Fed- and Police-Protected American Gestapo."

WHEN WILL OBAMA GET A GRIP ON A ROGUE BUREAUCRACY?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 26, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Romney remains a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. A bright and successful man, he either reinvented himself as someone he was not or he exposed an alter ego late in life. I was a fan of his father in the 60s. The son, who once shared the pragmatic conservatism of Frum and Bartlett, had the foresight, I guess, to see that like them he could no longer be a credible national R bucking the now standard mantras of self described conservatives.

http://capitalgainsandgames.com/blog/bruce-bartlett/1601/groupthink-right-would-make-stalin-proud

and see also, for an inside tour of standard mantras and how they are developed on one side of the spectrum [I hope you can see this]:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1&thid=127971bd4101ec78&mt=application/pdf&url=https://mail.google.com/mail/%3Fui%3D2%26ik%3Dbc58f9b0dc%26view%3Datt%26th%3D127971bd4101ec78%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dattd%26zw&sig=AHIEtbQU2yFW-Cq4KlMhvDfgshpgnPbMdA&pli=1

If there is such attention to message elsewhere on the spectrum and you have an example, please post it. The attention to details of language is fascinating to me. I guess that no matter who is the real MWR, he will stay "on message".

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 26, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Charlie Cook knows what he is talking about - however the demographic models are still off - Obama has really backed himself into a corner on so many issues.

Obama has put himself into a position in which people do not want to listen to him anymore.

That is going to make the task of getting back voters nearly impossible. People DO NOT WANT THIS HEALTH CARE BILL. The American People do NOT want ANOTHER MASSIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAM. The American People DO NOT WANT THE HIGHER TAXES.

What part of that does Obama not understand?

For a guy who is supposed to be so smart - how hard is it to understand that one should represent the people in the country. At this point people CAN NOT WAIT TO GET RID OF OBAMA - the democratic party is going to take massive losses this year.


Then Obama goes up there and starts joking on television.

That behavior does not help the situation. Everyone is saying this is a bunch of idiots who think they are running the country.

The thing is - they aren't running the country. They aren't taking care of the economy - they are off on their far left-wing agenda.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 26, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Re the Mass Health PLan and the current one which did not have his endoresement although he had labored vigorously to have the MA plan passed. It would be interesting to see if the private companies Healthcare and/or Pharmaceutical in MA did benefit substantially from his involvement. Nevertheless, he remains inconsistent and is a [hanger on] with a minority of conservatives supporting his mentality of politics. Ah the likes of Palin and he are a lovely pair of fundamental Republicans to have as a President. Believe this writer will stay with Obama!

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom | March 26, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Seriously folks - Rep. Clyburn has said this week that the opponents of his party are RACISTS - and then he went on to ACCUSE THEM OF AIDING TERRORISM.


Rep. Clyburn has a leadership position with the House democrats.


REP. CLYBURN MUST RESIGN. THESE KINDS OF STATEMENTS HAVE NO PLACE IN AMERICA.

THIS IS A COMPLETE DISCRACE.

IT IS TIME REASONABLE PEOPLE START TO STEP IN - AND TAKE CONTROL OF A POLITICAL SYSTEM WHICH IS CLEARLY LOST ITS WAY.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 26, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what has happened to the democratic party - but the democratic party has gotten UGLY.

Rep. Clyburn - he is up on CNN this week saying the opposition is "not about health care, its about race"

NOW we have a national party leader who has basically said ON NATIONAL TELEVISION - IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH US, YOU ARE A RACIST.

The democratic party is completely out of control.

When in the history of this country has there been so much INTIMIDATION POLITICS??? This is what Obama has brought to our country. This kind of behavior has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PROMISES OF 2008 - A POST-RACIAL, POST-PARTISAN AMERICAN.

Obama has COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN WHY HE WAS ELECTED.


Obama has gotten UGLY - the democrats are UGLY - and there is NO EXCUSE FOR IT.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 26, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

i wonder why governor romney did not veto the mass. health reform plan which is far more substantive than the federal version. i guess he could not veto it since he had campaigned for it and pushed its passage.

Posted by: george32 | March 26, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

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