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Romney wades into Hawaii special election, raises $1.5 million for PAC

1. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will throw his support behind Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou in advance of the May 22 special election, an endorsement that will draw further national attention to the increasingly competitive contest.

"Instead of focusing on getting our economy moving again, President Obama has instead worked to increase the size of the federal government through Obamacare, a costly stimulus bill, and cap-and-trade legislation," said Romney in announcing the endorsement. "That is why it is critical that we elect fiscally-responsible conservative leaders like Charles Djou who will focus on turning around our economy."

Romney will send Djou a $2,500 contribution through his Free and Strong America PAC. That PAC raked in $1.45 million in the first three months of 2010 -- far outpacing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty who brought in $556,000 for his Freedom First PAC from Jan. 1 to March 31. (Romney also raised $157,000 through the six state-based PACs he put into place during his 2008 run for president.)

Romney joins Pawlenty in supporting Djou who is running against former representative Ed Case (D) and state Senate president Colleen Hanabusa (D). All of the candidates will run together on May 22 -- a ballot technicality that has national Democrats concerned that their two candidates might split the party vote enough to allow Djou to shoot the gap.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took to the Hawaii airwaves last week with an ad that attacks Djou's job-creation credentials. In announcing his endorsement, Romney pledged to help Djou "fight off the DCCC's baseless attack ads."

2. Romney's roll-out of the Djou endorsement comes roughly 48 hours after he beat out Texas Rep. Ron Paul by a single vote to win the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

Romney took 439 votes to 438 votes for Paul -- whose supporters had pledged to deliver him a straw poll victory like they had at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin took 330 votes while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) received 321 votes.

In the wake of the straw poll, everyone sought to downplay the results, although Romney's victory, given that he did not attend the event, was surely a bit of a pleasant surprise to his political team.

ALSO READ: Dan Balz on SRLC's 2010 -- not 2012 -- focus. And, while you're at it, check out Politico's Ben Smith/Jmart piece on the same subject.

3. A new poll conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) trailing former state party chairwoman Sue Lowden (R) by eight points even with a Tea Party candidate running as an independent.

Lowden took 46 percent to 38 percent for Reid and five percent for Scott Ashjian, who is running under the Tea Party banner, according to a Mason-Dixon Polling and Research survey.

Lowden is also comfortably ahead in advance of the June 8 Republican primary -- taking 45 percent to 27 percent for businessman Danny Tarkanian. No other GOP candidate received double digit support.

Reid allies immediately moved to question the poll's findings, arguing that any poll that didn't include all nine ballot options (including "none of these candidates") provides an incomplete look at the race.

"The Review-Journal made the effort to approximate what the Republican primary ballot would look like in June, but still refused to test what November's general election ballot would look like by leaving off the names of numerous candidates who are running," said Reid spokesman Kelly Steele.

Polling mechanics aside, what's clear is that Reid's path to reelection remains decidedly rocky. Reid is averaging 40 percent of the vote in polls taken on the race, according to the Real Clear Politics average, a dangerous place to be for any incumbent -- particularly one as well known as Reid.

Reid's best/only chance is that the panoply of third party candidates in the race -- led by Ashjian -- sap enough votes away from Lowden to make it possible for him to win somewhere in the low 40s. It's not a dissimilar strategy to the one Jon Corzine relied on -- unsuccessfully -- in his reelection race for New Jersey governor last fall.

4. Democrat Joe Garcia, who narrowly lost his bid to upset Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart in 2008, has decided to run again -- this time for an open seat.

Garcia, who currently serves in the Obama administration, was highly touted by national Democrats in 2008 -- ultimately coming up six points short to Diaz-Balart in the Miami-area 25th district.

Diaz-Balart, who has held the 25th since 2002, is trying to switch seats -- running for the neighboring 21st district from which Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (his brother) is retiring this fall.

On its face, the seat is very competitive between the parties as Sen. John McCain carried it 50 percent to 49 percent in 2008. Republicans have rallied behind state Rep. David Rivera who raised a whopping $700,000 in the last three months for his campaign.

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By Chris Cillizza  |  April 12, 2010; 5:50 AM ET
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Posted by: scrivener50 | April 12, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Hawaii is interesting. In larger context, it means about as much for Republican prospects as NY23 did for Democrats. Both a three way race, no?

Interesting article in the Post today about Creigh Deeds. He comes across as much less bitter than Sen. McCain.


BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 12, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

The Hawii 1st district race has been increasingly competitive and a major headache for national Democrats. on 04/10, the newest polls showed a 2 way tie: Djou 32%, Case 32% and Hanabusa 27%. Djou has taken a tie with all of the momentum on his side. Republicans could actually capture the 1st district of Hawii. What a boost that would be to Aiona's governor bid. Republicans would have the governorship, Lt. gov. spot and 1st district Congressional seat. Gov. Lingle took a pass on challenging Sen. Inouye, which is unbeatable in the state, to give her all to being the best Gov. of Hawii she can be until 2011 when her term ends. I am guessing she will challenge Sen. Akakka in 2012, and she has a great shot to win it whether he runs or retires. Romney's endorsement and money definately helps Djou.

Posted by: reason5 | April 12, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Sue Lowden's "plan" for health insurance reform? Bartering with your doctor

http://bit.ly/brPV2x

Justin Barasky, Reid Campaign

Posted by: JustinBarasky | April 12, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

"That is a CONTRACTION OF THE ECONOMY. I don't know how else to explain it to you.
Posted by: 37thand0street "

Of course you don't know any other way to explain it to me because you don't know that jobs is a part of the overall economy, not THE ECONOMY.

I think you need both critical reading and thinking skills tutoring.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 12, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

OK, if you don't like that one, how about 'Wars never Started'?

Obambi could create a long list of all the countries he has offered to surrender to and include all our friends that may want to attack but will not.

to be fair we must balance this off against the 'potential for doom' measure that includes giving a free pass to chemical attackers, allowing Russia to beat us in precision guided munitions, setting worthless deadlines in Iran and Korea, giving aid and comfort to our enemies and spurning our allies, allowing terrorists to subvert the law, letting little countries know they are on their own, etc.

On second thought, you libs may want to avoid this measure.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Bet this gal doesn't last long on Fox:

:Reporting for FoxNews.com, Cristina Corbin writes that tea party rallies have “attracted the kinds of mistruths, exaggerations and conspiracy theories that make Tea Party leaders cringe.” Corbin notes that many tea partiers believe the conspiracy that Obama “is a secret Muslim” and that “Obama wants to keep Americans unemployed so that they become dependent on government-run programs.” She then highlights some of the comments she has observed from tea partiers:

“Obama, is a socialist. He’s a Muslim and all he wants to do is bankrupt us and run us into the ground,” Ken Schwalbach of Escanaba, Mich., said at a rally on Friday. […]

“What’s more disturbing is that he’s not answering them,” Tea Party member and conservative blogger Andrea Shay King said of the questions over Obama’s birthplace. […]

Ron Moore of Petoskey, Mich., said he stood firm in his belief that the Democrats’ goal was to implement “death panels” to decide who receives medical care and who does not. “They’ve already started,” he said.'

To her credit, Corbin debunks many of the claims and rightly notes that these are “misinformed beliefs.” But of course, one of the primary reasons that so many of these right-wing activists believe these conspiracies is because Fox News has pushed them."

the stupidest people on earth.

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"Charlie Crist has a new attack ad in the Florida Republican Senate primary, which will be held on August 24, tying his rival Marco Rubio to a state-level scandal involving Rubio's successor as state House Speaker, the now-indicted state Rep. Ray Sansom.

"Rubio was Speaker, 'Sansom was Rubio's handpicked budget chief.' The ultimate insiders," the announcer says. "Both steered millions of taxpayer money into two colleges -- then received cushy jobs from the colleges.

"The scandal unfolds. Sansom indicted, Rubio subpoenaed. Marco Rubio -- it's not just what we know, it's what we don't know ... yet."

Well, that would be a funny end to this, if Rubio is indicted.

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Hi there. I study economics, but yet I don't understand the concept of how an infusion of money that prevents city workers from being fired helps the job situation at all.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 12, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"It makes you look even more ridiculous."

How could he possibly look *more* ridiculous, margaret, when he posts his infantile blithering every 2 minutes?

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

If the concept Economic Potential has as much success as the concept Jobs Saved, good luck with that idea.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"socialists meddling?" By that you mean Hank Paulson and POTUS Bush plans to nationalize the US Banking system.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

If liberals can use 'Jobs Saved' as a metric for some sort of success, which is desperately needed, then I think conservatives should be entitled to use a metric of their own called 'Economic Potential' - a measure of how well we WOULD have been doing if the socialist had not meddled in the economy and messed everything up.

for example, this month the stock market surpassed 11,000 but according to the 'Economic Potential' measure, it could have been at 12, if liberals hadn't screwed everything up. The unemployment could have been down to 8% according to the 'Economic Potential', if Obumbler hadn't threatened everyone with taxes and mandatory health care.

Now that is is painfully clear that the Dems are being sent out of town in november, to the end of their own unemployment lines, the 'Economic Potential" is much higher and recovery will accelerate.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse


leichtman1


All this is in RESPONSE to the democratic talking points about "threats of right-wing violence"

According to the democratic talking points, the country is in grave danger from the right wing - danger that might exceed the threats from ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS.

However, the point is - let's be RATIONAL - let's compare the right-wing violence with the BLACK INNER CITY VIOLENCE.

It also gives us a BENCHMARK to compare the amount of violence coming from one category - compared to the other category.

Last week we listed a shooting in DC in which 9 people were shot, 4 dead.


50 people were arrested in New York's Times Sq area, with 4 shootings that night.


Then there was a triple shooting in Chicago - one actually DURING the police news conference for the first shooting.


So it is USEFUL to COMPARE THE BLACK INNER CITY SHOOTINGS with the democratic talking points - which appear to place a "grave threat" onto the potential of right-wing violence.

Rachel Maddow is going to do a show on Timothy McVeigh - with the undercurrent story that "if we don't stop the tea party, it COULD HAPPEN AGAIN."

Meanwhile, do we hear Ms. Maddow talking about the INNER CITY BLACK VIOLENCE WHICH IS HAPPENING ALL THE TIME ????

This is the source of all these comments. One could start to list ALL THE BLACK INNER CITY SHOOTINGS THIS WEEKEND ALONE.

COMPARE THAT TO THE RIGHT WING VIOLENCE THIS WEEKEND : WHICH IS ZERO.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

37th,

You are standing on your soapbox, all alone, shouting that the economy is deteriorating, that legions of millions of Teas are out there, that blacks are the racists, and that you are a victim. All alone.

The world is passing you by.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

no one is cheerleading except for the GOP. Its not funny especially when you have personal friends, professionals, struggling to get rehired, but again please tell us how
-725,000 jobs, and a DOW 6000 is better than +168,000 and a DOW 11,020. Sounds like what POTUS Bush used to call fuzzy math. And by the way the stimulus will not be fully spent for 2-5 years, good try though.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse


REP. STEVE COHEN (D-TN)TO INTRODUCE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT


Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee will introduce a Constitutional Amendment which will require crowds to meet a certain amount of diversity in order to assemble.


If successful, this will be the first time the First Amendment will be limited.


Rep. Cohen has stated that the lack of diversity at Tea Party rallies means that the opinions expressed at those rallies are not legitimate - now he is proposing what to do with "Free Expression" which is not validated with enought diversity.


According to Rep. Cohen, federal marshalls will be at the gates of every gathering of Americans in excess of 50 people - and keep count of the diversity of the crowd coming in.


If the crowd does not meet the standard of 5% blacks, the crowd will be deemed to be RACIST - and must be DISBANDED IMMEDIATELY.


At that point, the crowd will be required to be SILENCED - AND IF ANYONE SAYS ANYTHING AS THE CROWD LEAVES, THOSE WILL BE ARRESTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES.


Rep. Cohen said, "This Amendment will make sure that we maintain diversity."


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Just kidding.... but that is just about what Rep. Cohen meant when he spoke on CNN this weekend.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

12barblues


Tea Party SUPPORTERS are those who support the ideas of the tea party -


We are not counting those that have actually gone to a rally.

How many democrats have actually given money to the democratic party ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

no I am perfectly happy with zero, but again my question to you is why you are so obssessed with posting the words race, black, inner city etc comments. somehow I mistakenly thought we have moved beyond 1950.

By the way Texas had a Tea Party candidate for governor named Medina. Don't recall her commercials saying she is a R as you just posted.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1

I have to refer you to my posting at 2:50


Clearly, the issue is how the economy is doing.

Right now, the OBAMA'S STIMULUS SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN FULL EFFECT - but instead the economy is still contracting.

Take out the census workers - and compare the job growth with the population growth. So the economy is NOT keeping up with the population.

What is really serious is THESE JOBS NUMBERS ARE WITH OBAMA'S 800 BILLION DOLLAR STIMULUS.

I'm not sure which planet you cheerleaders are on, however your team is losing badly.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

leichtman

the tea party is not going to have a candidate - it will support the Republican.


But you know that.

Are you supporting Rep. Cohen's Constitutional Amendment that there has to be a certain percentage of blacks at every rally in order to make the opinions legitimate ???

Or everyone gets arrested?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

March 2009, US loses 725,000 jobs.
March 2010 US gains 168,000 jobs.

which is better 37th?
-725,000 certainly sounds better than +168,000 to any thinking GOPer.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

First, there are more TP members than 65 million;

Second, there are more TP members than 44% (maybe 50 million);

Third, polls show: CNN defined Tea Party activists as the 11% of adults that reported giving money, attending rallies or taking other "active steps" to support the Tea Party movement. The Winston Group reported on the 16% of registered voters who consider themselves "part of the Tea Party movement." Gallup profiled 28% of adults who say the consider themselves "supporters of the Tea Party movement."

http://www.pollster.com/blogs/a_teacup_80_or_more_full.php

64 million,
50 million,
15 million,
2 million have actually made a contribution.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

37th, just because I doubt your facts doesn't make me a racist. I try to stay off that topic because it is unproductive here and just leads to shouting and finger pointing, which you just did. It makes you look even more ridiculous.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 12, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

could we please have the name of the Tea Party official POTUS candidate. Last time I checked it was the Palin/Bachman team that was polling under 30%. That is the candidacy I will certainly be sending my money to 37th.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

JRM2

The economy has to increase 150,000 jobs a month just to keep up with population growth.


If you take the census workers OUT of the job numbers in March, the economy is about 50,000 short of the 150,000 jobs.

That is a CONTRACTION OF THE ECONOMY. I don't know how else to explain it to you.

The economy has to keep up with the population growth just to stay even.

Get it ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"So, after one figures in those two factors, the economy actually contracted in March.
Posted by: 37thand0street"
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The idiocy from 37th never stops, he thinks that jobs constitute the entire economy and tries to claim that the "economy" (jobs) actually contracted last month.

You are a loud ignorant child 37th.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 12, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse


REP. STEVE COHEN (D-TN)TO INTRODUCE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT


Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee will introduce a Constitutional Amendment which will require crowds to meet a certain amount of diversity in order to assemble.


If successful, this will be the first time the First Amendment will be limited.


Rep. Cohen has stated that the lack of diversity at Tea Party rallies means that the opinions expressed at those rallies are not legitimate - now he is proposing what to do with "Free Expression" which is not validated with enought diversity.


According to Rep. Cohen, federal marshalls will be at the gates of every gathering of Americans in excess of 50 people - and keep count of the diversity of the crowd coming in.


If the crowd does not meet the standard of 5% blacks, the crowd will be deemed to be RACIST - and must be DISBANDED IMMEDIATELY.


At that point, the crowd will be required to be SILENCED - AND IF ANYONE SAYS ANYTHING AS THE CROWD LEAVES, THOSE WILL BE ARRESTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES.


Rep. Cohen said, "This Amendment will make sure that we maintain diversity."


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Just kidding.... but that is just about what Rep. Cohen meant when he spoke on CNN this weekend.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

margaret


Read it and weep 48% of the country supports the Tea Party


44% supports Obama

What don't you just call some more people racist?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

margaret


Read it and weep 48% of the country supports the Tea Party


44% supports Obama

What don't you just call some more people racist?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I just completed a poll of my cubicle and 100% of respondents said they would NOT vote for a TEA Party candidate.
=:')

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 12, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

There are more people that support the Tea Party Movement now than who voted for Obama in 2008. Pretty simple stat.osted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 2:16 PM

There are 64 million TEA Party supporters? Have you told the TEA Party this yet, because I think they should know this. It must have been really disappointing to have just a few hundred out of 62 million show up at that convention they had. They needed to get the word out better.

We should have known it would be a 37th kind of day when he started a previous post with "The truth is that..."

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 12, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I guess that Romney just doesn't realize that Health Care Reform and Cap and Trade ARE economic issues.

Funny, after all he is a businessman.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 12, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

REP. STEVE COHEN (D-TN)TO INTRODUCE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee will introduce a Constitutional Amendment which will require crowds to meet a certain amount of diversity in order to assemble.


If successful, this will be the first time the First Amendment will be limited.


Rep. Cohen has stated that the lack of diversity at Tea Party rallies means that the opinions expressed at those rallies are not legitimate - now he is proposing what to do with "Free Expression" which is not validated with enought diversity.

According to Rep. Cohen, federal marshalls will be at the gates of every gathering of Americans in excess of 50 people - and keep count of the diversity of the crowd coming in.


If the crowd does not meet the standard of 5% blacks, the crowd will be deemed to be RACIST - and must be DISBANDED IMMEDIATELY.

At that point, the crowd will be required to be SILENCED - AND IF ANYONE SAYS ANYTHING AS THE CROWD LEAVES, THOSE WILL BE ARRESTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES.

Rep. Cohen said, "This Amendment will make sure that we maintain diversity."

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Just kidding.... but that is just about what Rep. Cohen meant when he spoke on CNN this weekend.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the CNN poll says 2% of Americans report they've made a contribution to the Tea Parties.

Now, THAT seems right!

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

you sure seem to repeat the words black, inner city and race a lot here, curious why? I have been at this site a long time, and you seem to be the only blogger here fixated with race regardless of the subject matter, curious why?

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Common sense: 65 million voted for Obama. The Tea Parties have more than 65 million members.

Right...CNN says that 11% of Americans have attended a Tea Party rally or made a contribution.

Which seems more likely?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

When a candidate named Tea Party is on the ballot for president, I'll care about his or her support.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 12, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1


Now MSNBC and Rachel Maddow are going to run a show on Timothy McVeigh - with the subtext that he is a prime example of the threat of right-wing violence.


Rachel Maddow is a pathetic walking talking point.

Meanwhile, there is more black violence in the inner cities than right-wing violence - on a daily basis.


The black violence in the inner cities is the real threat to the country - not any crazy people who might say they are right wing.

Witness the democrats who are DESPERATE to tie Joe Stack to a right-wing group - only to find out he was a liberal from California. This storyline line is repeating itself over and over again - and people are getting even more angry at the democrats.

The democrats are completely out of touch with American.

Yet the democrats continue with the inflamatory, in-your-face attitude - then they wonder WHY people do not like then - and then they claim it must be racism.


This kind of politics has to stop - everyone is sick of the democrats and the POISON THEY INSIST ON INJECTING INTO THE POLITICAL DEBATES.

Take a look at the anti-Bush signs at the anti-war protests - and then compare those signs to the TEA PARTY SIGNS.


At that point, one will realize what a bunch of lunatics the democrats are.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

right so now 20% is greater than 47%. What parallel universe is that? Yea you are ranting your antiObama hatred again, its really getting stale to read. I am really trying to help your credibility here, it doesn't seem to be working very well.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"It is not a rant, it is a fact. There are more people that support the Tea Party Movement now than who voted for Obama in 2008.


Pretty simple stat."

Pretty irrelevant stat too, numbnuts, as well as a stupid one, since it compares casting a vote with answering a poll, which are two different acts.

So, in short, your post: FAIL

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 12, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

leichtman, facts have no place for people who live in Fantasy Lalaland.

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1


Everyone has had it with the FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.


Obama and the democrats have gone off the deep end.

Don't expect to get too many people to switch their support back to Obama - he is headed straight down.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The most interesting aspect of the recent R wingding was the popularity of Ron Paul -- and he has a wonderful way of splitting the party:

"Near the end of the third day of this year's Southern Republican Leadership Conference, it was time for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) to take the stage. Paul, fresh off his victory in the CPAC straw poll, gave a characteristically fired-up speech that took on the views of the Republican party establishment.

"The question has been raised about whether or not our president is a socialist," Paul said. "I am sure there are some people here who believe it. But in the technical sense, in the economic definition of a what a socialist is, no, he's not a socialist."

"He's a corporatist," Paul continued. "And unfortunately we have corporatists in the Republican party and that means you take care of corporations and corporations take over and run the country."

His speech, which touched on his oft-repeated calls to close down American military bases overseas and shift toward libertarian-style social policy, drew cheers from the Paul fans in the crowd and what sounded like boos from others in the room.

Actually, he's right about a certain number of things. Must really confuse the wingers who don't sense, but blood.

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1


It is not a rant, it is a fact. There are more people that support the Tea Party Movement now than who voted for Obama in 2008.

Pretty simple stat.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Funny this didn't make the Fix:

"Whether Marco Rubio or Charlie Crist win the Florida Republican senate primary, they'll almost certainly succeed in wrecking the state's institutional Republican party, which goes by the increasingly appropriate acronym RPOF. The latest story kicked up by the Crist/Rubio ruckus is that of a state party staffer who managed to rack up $1.3 million in Amex bills over two and a half years:

'The Florida GOP has a spending problem.

In the latest installment, a junior Florida Republican Party staffer racked up nearly $1.3 million in charges on a party American Express card over two and a half years, according to records obtained by the St. Petersburg Times and the Miami Herald.

That's just the latest in a series of recent revelations about problematic Florida GOP spending. Donor funds have, again and again in recent years, apparently been used for lavish personal spending.

Now, according to the Times, Melanie Phister, who served as finance director for state House campaigns for 2½ years starting in mid 2006, racked up nearly $1.3 million on her party AmEx card, including $40,000 at a London hotel, $15,000 for a month-long stay at a posh Miami hotel, thousands on jewelry and sporting goods, and nearly $20,000 in plane tickets for ex-House Speaker Ray Sansom (who's facing separate criminal charges of perjury and official misconduct and has a spending scandal of his own to deal with)."

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"The truth is that the Tea Party has already vastly exceeded the numbers of Obama's coalition from 2008"


huh, what ???????? interesting how you just constantly make stuff up. I have no problem arguing policy positions but not when you just pull rants out of the air.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Another typical R mindset:

'The death toll from Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine explosion last week has reached a total of 29 miners, the worst coal disaster in 40 years. When the disaster occurred, Massey was contesting millions of dollars in major safety violations levied against the mine. At his Labor Day anti-union rally last year, Massey CEO Don Blankenship attacked the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), claiming it “seeks power over coal miners.” He mocked both “Washington politicians” and local elected officials who attempt to ensure miner safety, calling their efforts “as silly as global warming”:


Don Blankenship — who uses his position on the boards of the National Mining Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to promote his conspiracy theories about global warming. In 2009, Blankenship also complained that “politicians get emotional” about disasters and establish “nonsensical” safety rules."

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

It seems only yesterday we could laugh at the French. But then came Hopey Change. If the European Union Times is to be believed,

A new report circulating in the Kremlin [last Friday] authored by France's Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) and recently "obtained" by the FSB [Russia's Federal Security Service] shockingly quotes French President Nicolas Sarkozy as stating that President Barack Obama is "a dangerous[ly] aliéné", which translates into his, Obama, being a "mad lunatic", or in the American vernacular, "insane".
According to this report, Sarkozy was "appalled" at Obama's "vision" of what the World should be under his "guidance" and "amazed" at the American Presidents unwillingness to listen to either "reason" or "logic". Sarkozy's meeting where these impressions of Obama were formed took place nearly a fortnight ago at the White House in Washington D.C., and upon his leaving he "scolded" Obama and the US for not listening closely enough to what the rest of the World has to say.
Reportedly, Sarko is enraged because in the clash of civilizations between the West and Islam, Chairman Zero has predictably been siding with Islam.

Although the story should be taken with a grain of salt, BHO has certainly done very little to endear America to our (former?) allies, despite all the nauseating "the world will like us again" rhetoric we were subjected to by liberal fools

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Chairman Zero really does believe the USA totally sucked until it elected him.

President Obama said Sunday that the United States is still "working on" democracy and a top aide said he has taken "historic steps" to improve democracy in the United States during his time in office.

I think when he said "democracy" he meant "socialism."

The irony that he said this less than a month after passing health care legislation opposed by large majorities of the people is not lost.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

12barblues


revenge-tinted glasses ???


I have nothing to revenge about.

So how in the world can you make such a statement ?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

CC, last week you promised a column on Joe Sestak. When do we see it? The Enquirer actually had an article about him on their front page this weekend, above the fold.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/90552144.html

"With five weeks left to go, the question is whether he has enough time to make the case. Specter had a commanding lead of 53 percent to 32 percent Thursday in a Quinnipiac University poll of registered Democrats who say they will vote May 18...
Sestak still has enough money for a carpet-bombing TV ad campaign that could turn the tables. As far as the admiral is concerned, Specter's support is soft. "We're going to win this," he says."

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 12, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The truth is that the Tea Party has already vastly exceeded the numbers of Obama's coalition from 2008.

The democrats have a situation on their hands - and at every turn they appear to do the wrong thing.

To start calling half the country RACIST is simply going to offend people - it is not going to lead to any additional votes. What Obama has done is simply to solidify the independents against him.


These actions were based on serious miscalculations on the part of Obama - why he won't listen to democratic pollsters will be a question for graduate papers for decades to come.


WHY DID OBAMA FAIL ??? Obama could have easily taken different courses which would have not led to where he is today. In the past few weeks, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE have rallied around the Tea Pary Movement AND THE FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM HAVE SPARKED THIS.

The gallup polls and the other polls are making errors.

Even liberal groups in the urban cores are beginning to have serious doubts about Obama - that doesn't mean they are going to switch their votes come November - but it does mean that his supporters have serious questions about Obama's leadership and decision-making abilities.


WHAT IS OBAMA DOING WITH A NUCLEAR CONFERENCE - when he could be having a conference on trade an the economy.

It is just unbelievable HOW OBAMA HAS CONFIRMED THE WORSE SUSPICIONS OF HIM.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

37th sees the world through revenge-tinted glasses, so any recovery is too little, too late, and probably wrong. Instead of sticking with his deadender views, he would do better to prepare Plan B, being promoted by Larry Kudlow and R. Samuelson, that MAYBE, there is a recovery coming.

How this helps the R's remains to be seen, but acknowledging the hopeful facts, makes them seem less stupid than maintaining that the market is going to 5000, the currency is crashing, the world is ending, and buying lentils for the cave.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

And with the arrival of the usual gang of idiots, the tedium sets in at The Fix.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

yeah, 12Bar... Lowden is ludicrous. But I haven't seen a single actual solution to the HC crisis from any of the Rs, so it's not surprising. It's just that the stuff they say is so comically stupid.

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

there were 162,000 jobs created in March 37th, 46,000 were census workers, 116,000 were private hires and it takes 100,000-140,000 jobs to keep up with population growth. Not great but flat job creation is slighly better than bleeding 725,000 jobs/month in 2009 when Obama was sworn in. Get it +162,000 is better than -725,000 jobs under POTUS Bush.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Nasdaq just made new 52 week high, S&P right under 1200, Dow trying to make new highs.

Guess they didn't read about those census workers. Bwahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

37th, thanks again for your admission.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 12, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

once again 37th, you know zip about Texas polictics other than your wild opinions that have nothing to do with reality. We don't register our party affiliation in Texas and that is pecisely why many Texans cross party lines in primaries. You are welcome to post your nonsense about Texas party affiliation, but you simply have no idea what you are talking about, zero, squat..

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD and 12barcrawl


Remember that the March employment numbers included the census workers.


Also, the there is population growth in the country every month.

So, after one figures in those two factors, the economy actually contracted in March.

You really don't know what you are saying - or are you just out to falsely call people liars ???


Anyway, why don't you just turn in your computer - the quality of your postings are at a low - and the complaints about you are at a high.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

bake sales and car washes are the GOP's preferred way of paying for surgical procedures and avoding bankruptcy. seriously

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD


It was widely reported that Stack was a democrat - that is what I said - he was a democrat - and that is what his friends were reported as having said.

You brought up registrations and that.

What are you, DESPERATE TO FIND SOME RIGHT-WINGER - ONE PERSON WHO DID SOMETHING BAD ???

Go to the inner cities - that is where your violence is.

Sorry, but you have NOTHING TO GO ON -

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"she is a disgusting creature, thriving on hate and spite. 5 minutes around her/it and you feel like you need a shower."

Posted by: Comrade_Zero

nobody's better at projection... what a gift. wonder how often he has to wipe the spittle off his monitor.

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

@drindl,

I agree with you about Lowden's suggestion that we all barter with our HC providers. If the insurance companies can't get a better price (and they represent thousands of patients), what kind of leverage does one person have.

I have some personal experience here--docs are not the real problem, it's hospitals. Just try to get a hospital to give you a price for anything (in advance). No such thing. How can you barter for something with no price, where you have no leverage, where you cannot forgo the service? If you can pull that off, I'd like to meet that person.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Dawd, I'm sure it is. The part about his kid is sad.

But you don't know what a beast he is, nonetheless. Check out the emails.

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

dribbl lives in the mud. she is a disgusting creature, thriving on hate and spite. 5 minutes around her/it and you feel like you need a shower.

finally one of her own has pointed it out.

you will NEVER find policy or substantial input from this loon. Only tedious cuts from nasty leftist hate sites.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I just looked up Toast on Google Images and a picture of Harry Reid came up.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

And here is the joke that Sue Lowden:

'Sue Lowden, a former Nevada GOP chair currently seeking the Republican nomination in the June 8 primary to run against Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, has detailed some of her alternative recommendations for health care policy: Encourage people to save as much money as they can in tax-free health savings accounts -- the number she mentioned was $20,000 -- and to barter with their doctors.

Lowden continued: "And I would have suggested, and I think that bartering is really good. Those doctors who you pay cash, you can barter, and that would get prices down in a hurry. And I would say go out, go ahead out and pay cash for whatever your medical needs are, and go ahead and barter with your doctor."

Hilarious. Yes, do barter with your surgeon, just before the surgery is always best. Be sure to really piss him off. And do pay him his 15 or 20 thousand in cash.

This is oneof the most idiotic statements I have seen from a candidate. The GOP is sure scraping the bottom of the intellectual barrel.

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

As goes Ohio.......

In what could be a worrisome sign for the party that controls the White House and Ohio governor's office, substantially more Democrats than Republicans are switching parties this year in early absentee-ballot requests from Ohio's largest counties.

In Cuyahoga County, for example, the number of Democrats switching to the GOP outnumbered Republicans becoming Democrats by nearly 7 to 1 as of Tuesday. Two years ago, nearly five times as many Republicans switched in Ohio's largest county.

Democrats lead the party conversions by almost 9 to 1 in Hamilton County, while it's about 6 to 1 in Franklin County. Statewide totals aren't available, but the three counties contain about 30 percent of all registered voters in Ohio.

Experts say it's too soon to draw firm conclusions, but they think part of the reason for the change is that Republicans who switched for the heated Democratic presidential primary in Ohio two years ago are moving back to the GOP.

What's really surprising about this is that the Democrats have a relatively hotly contested Senate primary between Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, but the GOP candidate for Senate is almost certain to be Rob Portman, and the gubernatorial candidate is near-certain to be John Kasich. In other words, it's not heated primaries that are driving registration and switching; I suspect it reflects how Ohioans feel about each respective party.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

And here's one of Paladino's Republican opponents in the NY governor's race primary:

"Self-styled reformer and gubernatorial hopeful Steve Levy once lived with an ex-con who copped a guilty plea in a mortgage fraud scheme involving dominatrixes and a SoHo S&M club.

Records show the Suffolk County executive shared an address at 426 Raft Ave. in Holbrook, L.I., from October 2001 to April 2004 with Ethan Ellner, a title company owner and former lawyer who has had several run-ins with the law.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/04/12/2010-04-12_gov_hopeful_lived_with_con_li_exec_levy_shared_house_with_mortgage_schemer.html#ixzz0kuIUWrKB

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Drindl, there's no joy in that. That's terrible for the family to go through.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 12, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

here's the link for the racy emails. we in New York are going to have a fun governor's race, I can tell.


http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/04/tea_party_gov_candidates_racist_sexually_graph
ic_e.php?ref=fpb

ALBANY - A controversial conservative businessman who will announce his run for governor Monday fathered a child during an extramarital affair a decade ago.

Buffalo developer Carl Paladino, 63, has been married nearly 40 years to his wife, Cathy.

The two had three grown children together - one of whom died in a car crash last year. It was only after that tragedy that Paladino confessed to his wife he had a secret love child, a now-10-year-old girl. A Buffalo-area source identified the child's mother as Sue Brady, an ex-staffer of Paladino's Ellicott Development company.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/04/05/2010-04-05_gop_gov_hopeful_has_10yearold_love_child.html#ixzz0kuHy9J5v


Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

It took me a while to recall, but the biography was of Derek Jackson, a brilliant scientist who thought up valuable inventions, made a couple of fortunes, attracted and aggravated people where ever he went and married 6 1/2 times (he lived with the sister of one of his wives for several years).

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 12, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

@Comrade,

You don't disagree, do you, that the market is trying to predict the 6-9 month future?

The market has thousands of participants, voting with their money, based on their perceptions of the future. It's not a homogeneous group, it's not Republican, it's not Democrat, it's not all long term investing like Buffett, it's not all day traders.

Political leaning seems to dominate the investment philosophy of "retail" investors (you and I), and I think that is a mistake. Just because we don't think the market "should" go up/down (because of some socialist or warmonger), doesn't matter one damn little bit. The market doesn't know whether you are an R or a D.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mark. After 37th lied about Stack's registration, I googled it myself. It was pretty clear that he had no affiliation.

Even if he were a Democrat or a Republican, I'm not sure what that would prove.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 12, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Joe Garcia has ZERO chance at winning in CD-25 Florida...he couldn't win with Obama driving turnout...suprised that FIX didn't know that Luis Meurice, AFL-CIO Vice President has filed for CD-25 too...Meurice would be better than Garcia against Rivera, who is a beast of a campaigner...still either of 'em has NO chance at defeating Rivera this november.
BJ Chiszar
Former Chair- Miami Dade Democratic Party

Posted by: bjchiszar | April 12, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

This is too funny, and too typical of so-called 'conservatives today:

"An online news outlet in New York state has obtained dozens of emails, many of them racist and sexually graphic, which it reports were sent by Carl Paladino, the Tea-Party-backed Republican candidate for governor of New York, to a long list of political and business associates. One email shows a video of an African tribal dance, entitled "Obama Inauguration Rehearsal," while another depicts hardcore bestiality.

Paladino's campaign manager, Michael Caputo, would not comment on specific emails, but acknowledged to TPMmuckraker that Paladino had sent emails that were "off-color" and "politically incorrect." Caputo accused Democrats of wanting to change the subject from substantive issues to "having s*x with horses."

Paladino, a wealthy western New York real-estate developer, has become a darling of the Tea Party movement over the last year, and launched his campaign for governor last week after being urged to do so by Tea Party leaders. Paladino is staunchly opposed to abortion and same-sex marriage, and has said he considers himself "the only Republican in the race who agrees 100 percent with conservative values."

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

last time I check zouk April 12, 2010 is not an election date so I wouldn't start measuring for orangeman's curtain's as there are just as many polls showing party affiliation tied.

As to the stock market indicator it is always a lagging indicator. We should start showing 300,000-400,00 job improvement but the absolute unemployment seems stuck at the 9.5%-10% level. The DOW is improving as bond returns sink and more money is being put into stocks rather than bonds or bond funds. The rise in the DOW is also tied to the fact that interest rates right now are being kept artificially low. I believe home foreclosures and the case shiller inex are better forecast of the economy and how the electionw ill turn out and neither have improved to date. Having spent the last 2 weeks in Az I sense a real uneasienss with job scurity(at least in Az), foreclosures, and a sense that the economy has not yet visibly improved, contrary to what economic indicators might show. There seems very little interest in polictics in Az unless it relates directly to someone's job security. That is why I suggested to look closely at trends in Florida, Rhode Island, Michigan and Nevada to predict the Nov elections. But once again it is April 12 not Nov so even Silver's predictions are meaningless to predict what will happen 6 1/2 months from today.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

12BB, don't forget that March showed the greatest increase in jobs in years. If this trend continues, that will kill Republicans. Not that its a guarantee since November showed an increase in jobs, but December losses wiped that away. But jobs have been sputtering for the last few months. But if improvements keep happening, Democrats will be able to take credit for it. Furthermore, they will be able to point a definitive finger towards the people who tried to block the stimulus and the jobs bill.

But seeing people going back to work just makes me happy.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 12, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Ddawd, i have access to Travis County voter registration lists. Sheryl Stack, the widow, appears to have first registered to vote in Travis County on Oct. 19, 2000. She has never voted in a primary. With our open registration, the only way to get a line on party affiliation is if one has voted in a primary. Thus Leichtman and I are Rs, by the most recent public record available. We are voting for a good lawyer for S.Ct. Justice tomorrow against an ethically challenged scoundrel who has never seen the inside of the courtroom except as a client. You see what a reliable gauge this is of party affiliation!

And what of Andrew Joseph Stack? Never registered, at all. Did profess to hate GWB. That is probably the source of the "D" rumor. He hated a lot of people, apparently.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 12, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

stock market is a short term (6-9) months predictor of the economy,

Oh oh.

you just pressed the magic button for Loud and Dumb and/or Ped.

Rant ahead.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I once read a review of a biography in which the reviewer said "To say [subject] had the morals of a goat would be to insult goats."

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 12, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

@leichtman,

As we all know, when the economy improves so will the President's approval rating. Probably 100% correlation.

So, we should watch the economy and predictors of the economy. This seems a little obvious to me, but apparently not to everyone, the stock market is a short term (6-9) months predictor of the economy, at least as it affects earnings. Watch mergers and acquisitions, they are a very good indicator that corporations are finding bargains, even at these prices.

Is it a lead-pipe cinch that the economy is turning around, and that the stock market is going up? Absolutely not, it never is. But, one who ignores data points (market up 70% over last year) and a very favorable Fed Reserve policy is not very wise.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Looking at an average of polls, one finds Republicans with an advantage of more than 5 points in the national congressional ballot.

These are very dire numbers for Democrats since Republicans usually perform a few points better on Election Day than they do in surveys.

The analysis of past results by Nate Silver, whose work at FiveThirtyEight.com is revered in Democratic circles, suggests that if Republicans were to perform as suggested by the polls today, it would mean a loss of more than 50 seats in the House for Democrats and an 11-seat majority for Republicans.


I hope Nancy likes her new office under the stairs in the broom closet. Can you imagine her flying couch again? "do you know who I am.....I mean used to be?"

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I am not one to say that all tea party members are racist or anti-government, but to also say there are no racists or just a tiny few is a complete and utter lie. I mean I don't recall Martin Luther King marching with people in the crowds carrying signs that are even close to what I have seen at Tea Party protests....and to be truthful blacks had more of a reason because they didn't have equal rights. I like Sarah Palin but she has to distance herself from this crowd check the story here:


http://bit.ly/9kafmP

Posted by: republicanblack | April 12, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

37th, thanks for admitting you make things up. I'm curious as to why, but that's not important.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 12, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

once again if Obama is at 47-53% in popularity precisely where was POTUS Bush in 2008; less than 1/2 that number as I recall.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse


OFFICIAL NOTICE


I am going to Court this week to change my real name to 37th and O Street.

This will fulfill the Washington Post's requirements.


Thank you.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

And here's something else -- the teabaggers don't realize they're just tools, they're just getting gamed...
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Actually, the T people DO realize they are getting gamed. There are numerous articles written about warnings to the T people not to be pre-empted.

If Scott Brown has thrown over the Tea Party (for now), it's for very human reasons. The Republican Party is the big kahuna that Brown has to kowtow. Apparently, he can't kowtow to both the R Party and the Tea Party, which is the most interesting part of this story.

I'm guessing that one of the underlying reasons there IS a Tea Party movement, is because the Teas are sick and tired of being used by the R's, and never getting into the driver's seat. So Brown's "dis" will only reinforce that impression.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama is sinking in the polls - he is now at 53% disapproval.

Many Americans are reluctant to tell pollsters over the phone exactly how they feel about Obama -


So the disapproval is probably much much higher.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Comrade zouk is correct that he is a zero. "moonbat, drivel, zero' -- perhaps he has more self-awareness than we suspect.

Posted by: drindl


How many screen names does Ace McNumbnuts have in play now? To call him a no-life would be an insult to no-lifes.

Posted by: koolkat_1960

you can always easily tell the brain dead lefist haters, comprised mostly of DDawd, Drivl, Loud and Dumb, Baghdad BJ and Ped. Take a gander at the weekend long idiocy fest they conducted. they only come here to insult others on other threads. Never an intelligent thought or topic among them. they have so little of substance to offer, they must rely on name calling and insults ONLY to entertain themselves.

As the liberal brand sinks ever further into the mud of socialism, they will get meaner and nastier, if that is even imaginable.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

"Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, one of 47 world leaders gathering for the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to relay his country’s concerns ahead of the summit. During one point in the interview, host George Stephanopoulos asked Medvedev what he thought of President Obama. The Russian leader coyly replied that he believed Obama distinguishes himself from “many other people” – by being “a thinker”:

STEPHANOPOULOS: You’ve now met President Obama many times, at least fifteen meetings and phone calls –

MEDVEDEV: Sixteen times.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Sixteen, OK, I knew it was fifteen, I wasn’t sure about sixteen. What do you make of Barack Obama the man?

MEDVEDEV: [Obama] is a very comfortable partner. It’s very interesting to be with him. The most important thing that distinguishes him from many other people, I won’t name anyone by name, he’s a thinker. He thinks when he speaks.

STEPHANOPOULOS: (laughing) You have somebody in your mind, I think!

MEDVEDEV: Obviously I do have someone on my mind, I don’t want to offend anyone."

Hmmm... let's take a guess.

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

Thanks, Dawd. Interesting read. And here's something else -- the teabaggers don't realize they're just tools, they're just getting gamed...

"Scott Brown Snubs Tea Party, Declines Invite To Join Sarah Palin At ‘Massive Rally’ In Boston

Last January, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) triumphed in his long-shot campaign for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts with the help of Tea Party activists. In addition to offering its support, the Tea Party Express PAC spent nearly $300,000 backing Brown or attacking his opponent Martha Coakley. “If it wasn’t for the Tea Party movement, Scott Brown wouldn’t have gotten that seat,” said one Tea Party activist.

But after Brown voted to block a GOP filibuster on a $15 billion jobs bill, tea partiers shot back with charges of “letdown,” “betrayal,” “sellout,” and “RINO”. The Boston Herald reports that Brown has now “snubbed” the group:

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, whose stunning victory in January was fueled in part by Tea Party anger, has snubbed the fiery grassroots group and declined its invitation to join Sarah Palin Wednesday at a rally on Boston Common, the Herald has learned.

Brown’s decision to skip the first big rally in Boston by the group whose members are credited with helping him win election has some experts saying he’s tossed the Tea Party overboard, as he prepares for re-election in 2012."

Posted by: drindl | April 12, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

During the 2008 campaign, the Obama group argued that Bush & Co. were insensitive to allies and had acted in clumsy, unilateral fashion, permanently damaging our stature in the world. Given the first 15 months of foreign policy in the new administration, we can see now that Obama's critique largely meant that we had damaged relations with supposed belligerents like Cuba, Iran, Russia, Syria, and Venezuela — inasmuch as right now, British, Colombian, Czech, German, Honduran, Indian, Israeli, Japanese, Polish, and South Korean leaders might privately prefer the good "bad" old days of the supposed cowboy Bush.

Obama has no idea of what he is doing, and wings his way from one embarrassment to another, from snubbing Gordon Brown to gratuitously insulting Benjamin Netanyahu to abruptly changing the terms of commitments with the Czechs and Poles to constructing nonexistent Islamic historical achievements to browbeating Karzai to courting Putin to bowing to the Saudis, etc., all as he sees fit at any given moment — with an inexperienced but impulsive Hillary Clinton and gaffe-prone Joe Biden as catalysts rather than arresters of Obama's own haphazardness.


the U.S. will probably not assist (other than in soaring rhetorical cadences of empathy) any past ally in its hour of need, and will probably not oppose (other than in meaningless deadlines and melodramatic contextualization) any past enemy in its newfound efforts to readjust regional realities. (If only Obama treated Iran or Syria as he does Bush, Sarah Palin, and the top 10 percent of American taxpayers.)

Sowing a new crop takes a while, but the sprouting has begun and the bitter, 1979-like harvests will soon be upon us
-VDH

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Comrade zouk is correct that he is a zero. "moonbat, drivel, zero' -- perhaps he has more self-awareness than we suspect.

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

simple question: where was POTUS Bush's polling numbers in 2008? As I recall around 18-25%;he would have salivated to have Obama's numbers.

we know that you are a GOP sycophant but why don't you for once try an honest post. The excited GOP have these numbers which they are insanely spinning as a GOP surge:

"Republicans and Democrats are tied in congressional voting preference, according to the Gallup tracking poll released on Wednesday, suggesting that whatever gains the GOP made because of the healthcare insurance overhaul vote have stalled.


"The latest poll, based on telephone interviews with 1,344 registered voters, 18 and older, conducted March 29 to April 4, showed registered voters tied at 46%. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points"

wow what a surge we are just blown away comrade zouk.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

How many screen names does Ace McNumbnuts have in play now? To call him a no-life would be an insult to no-lifes.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 12, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

More renaming:

the Obama administration has announced they will remove terms like "Islamic radicalism" from a document outlining national security strategies. This is apparently the sequel to replacing the phrases "war on terror" and "suicide bombing" with "overseas contingency operation" and "man-caused disasters," respectively. This is standard operating procedure for liberals who continue to believe that reality itself can be altered simply by changing the vocabulary used to express it.

Question: who — exactly — is killing our troops in Afghanistan, Mr. President?

• in a related development, al Qaeda is threatening to bomb the World Cup matches in South Africa, warning that "hundreds" could be killed.

If such an atrocity were to happen, one could envision a statement by the Obama administration in keeping with the above-mentioned guidelines: "we condemn the latest man-caused disaster by unnameable adversaries tangentially related to our overseas contingency operation."

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

President Obama has just reached a new low in the Gallup Poll of adults.

As if to confirm our Sunday editorial:

[Liberals and White House advisors] viewed the rising public clamor against Obamacare as a temporary aberration, not as a lasting problem that could potentially undo his presidency. When Obamacare passed, they confidently reasoned, the public would suddenly appreciate its virtues and acquiesce to federal control over nearly every aspect of health care.

This notion consoled them in the following months as Republicans shockingly captured the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia, then the Senate seat held for more than four decades by Ted Kennedy in deepest blue Massachusetts. But despite these unmistakable electoral manifestations of deepening voter displeasure, Obama and congressional Democrats soldiered on, often resorting to desperation tactics, until they finally secured a victory that put Obamacare on the books as the law of the land.

But -- surprise! -- there has been no bump for Obama, nor for Democrats in Congress, nor for Obamacare. In fact, Obama's public approval rating now registers consistently below 50 percent and seems headed steadily downward, with polls conducted for CBS, Fox News, and Quinnipiac putting him in the mid-to-low 40s.

Fredesso

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

this past weekend a new term was announced by liberals.

to cover for the continued failure and lack of anything to show for the surrender and weakness policy in foreign affairs, Hillary introduced an obviously poll tested renaming device:

"Strategic Patience".

good one. this is what you get when every deadline ever announced is pointless.

americans strategic patience involves hoping The One doesn't get us all killed before the change in administration in three years.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

treason. Such idiotic posts reflect what lunatics there are out there supporting the GOP and Cheney. Is this the latest concept now by the GOP, that ANYTHING the opposition party supports is now treasonous?

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Comrade Zero


All I can say is the Washington Post has blazed the trail of making sure that "prior restrait" is not a part of Freedom of Speech.


I don't know what to say here -

If the atmosphere here was better, the comments would be better. I believe a great deal of the nastiness here is response to other posters. My guess is the Obama campaign people started this.


Who knows - what stops conversation here ???

Anyway - we will have to see how this plays out -

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Hey, 37th, I googled Joe Stack on his so called Democratic registration. I couldn't find anything more than hearsay. Can you point me to the actual news source?

Or if you just made that up, feel free to just ignore or divert the subject. I'll get the hint. Thanks.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 12, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

mark, Medina was positioned to surpass Hutchinsn until her idiotic statement to Glen Beck about 911 being a govt conspiracy. Seems to me that was an example of how absolutely fragile the Tea Party vote is, at least here in Texas. In theory they seem to appeal to a large block of voters, but once they start talking about anything other than deficit reduction their voice becomes toxic to politicians they associate with. Interesting that an important local businessman Gallery Furniture's McIlvane has a full page spread today championing a Tea Party Event at his store on April 15. I think that is an absolutely dumb move for an independent businessman like McIlvane. Your Medina example shows precisely how toxic their appeal can be even in our ultraconservative state.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 12, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Instead of trying to be Post-Racial and Post-Partisan like he promised for two straight years, Obama is continueing to SMEAR THE OPPOSITION with FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM -


Now they are trying to highlight a few extremists as being dangerous to the country.

One must remember there have ALWAYS been right-wing extremists in this country - way before Obama took office. So there is a bit of a contradiction here.


Well Obama continues to be a FRAUD AGAINST HIS OWN CAMPAIGN THEMES.

NO OTHER PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY HAS STRAYED SO FAR FROM HIS OWN PLATFORM - ANOTHER RECORD - BESIDE PUSHING THROUGH THE LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY. OBAMA WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE THIRD PRESIDENT TO BE IMPEACHED AND AS THE SECOND HOOVER ADMINISTRATION - DOING EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THE ECONOMY NEEDS RIGHT NOW.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 12, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

News Sites Rethink Anonymous
Online Comments

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/12/technology/12comments.html

The Washington Post plans to revise its comments policy over the next several months, and one of the ideas under consideration is to give greater prominence to commenters using real names.

The New York Times, The Post and many other papers have moved in stages toward requiring that people register before posting comments, providing some information about themselves that is not shown onscreen.

The Huffington Post soon will announce changes, including ranking commenters based in part on how well other readers know and trust their writing.

""Anonymous comments give you the raw truth, and often that raw truth is that the commenter is a stupid jerk, who has nothing intelligent to add. Worthless and crude sometimes, but sadly, authentic. Authentically stupid. But on the other hand, it's a poor forum that attracts only the stupid, and nothing insightful.""

Someone knows Ped and DAWD very well.


PuffHo does not allow praise of Dubya or his policies, or anyone connected to him, no matter how well written.
Thus all they will be doing is voting on the style of whoever agrees with them. And, as we all know, style is far more important to libs than substance.

Let the market regulate itself. People vote with their feet just fine. HuffPo, Kos, DU, etc. don't do well in the real world, probably since endless hate and vulgarity are, above all, dull and stupid. Faux anonymity stimulates the flow, and the raw 'truth' certainly matters -- as a coarse first draft of history, it certainly beats the MSM as gatekeeper.

Not an accident that control freaks tend to be Democrat, or that the NYT serves this up at a time when its reporters, like liberals everywhere, are under intense assault. They were happy with hate when directed at W.

Dribbl to a T.

http://www.lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=534366

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

The goal should be not only to remove Reid, Pelosi, and Obama from office, but to prosecute and incarcerate them for treason!

Posted by: theaz | April 12, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Do Democrats have anything akin to CPAC or SRLC? I never hear about it. Perhaps if they had these strategy meetings, they might do better at polls. It would be nice to not have the country fall to pieces in order for people to vote out Republicans. You can only imagine how much better off we'd be if we didn't have Reagan and Bush to run up these massive deficits.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 12, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Romney ought to think again about using the words "fiscally responsible" because, as we saw for 8 long years of free and loose spending, republicans are neither "conservative" nor do they ever accept "responsibility".

Just like Michael Steele showed us, once Republicans get in, it's private jets and free spending all over again.

Posted by: lindalovejones | April 12, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Another Ultra-Radical Obama Appointee Drops Out

Dawn Johnsen was Barack Obama's choice to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, but as of yesterday she has withdrawn her nomination.

This ultra-radical ACLU lawyer once filed a brief with the Supreme Court equating pregnancy with slavery.

Any restriction that makes abortion less accessible is, in her view, tantamount to "involuntary servitude" because it "requires a woman to provide continuous physical service to the fetus in order to further the state's asserted interest [in the life of the unborn]." In effect, a woman "is constantly aware for nine months that her body is not her own: the state has conscripted her body for its own ends." Such "forced pregnancy," she contends, violates the Thirteenth Amendment, which prohibits slavery.
Tell me, in what way is that NOT a kook-fringe position?

All right, at least we managed to shoot down one radical. Time for the Happy Dance.


So, how many radicals has this "centrist, moderate, not at all radical" president appointed or tried to appoint to key positions? Just off the top of my head...

Van Jones --- Green Job Czar and avowed communist and 911 Troofer.

Anita Dunn --- Communications Director and fervent admirer of mass murdering communist Mao Tse-Tung.

John Holdren --- Science Czar, eugenicist and advocate of coercive abortion and involuntary population control

Cass Sunstein --- Regulatory Czar who opposes free speech but believes animals are entitled to lawyers.

Lloyd Jones --- The FCC "Diversity Czar" who openly admires the way Hugo Chavez shut down opposition media.

Ezekial Emmanuel --- The Health Care Special Advisor who thinks that medical care should be denied to people the state deems unworthy.

Just how many radicals has this "moderate" president appointed. The complete list is 72 pages long.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

""Instead of focusing on getting our economy moving again, President Obama has instead worked to increase the size of the federal government through Obamacare"

That's RomneyCare!

Posted by: newagent99 | April 12, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Half-Term Quitter Governor Forces Most Super-Amazing President EVER to Backtrack on Nuke Policy

On Monday, Chairman Zero announced it's new nuclear response posture, which repudiated the use of nuclear weapons in response to a biological or chemical weapons attack. And also renounced the development of new nuclear weapons against the advice of his Secretary of State.

On Wednesday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin rebuked the president for telling other nations the US would not respond in kind to a WMD attack.

On Thursday, Chairman Zero sniffed that a former governor doesn't understand nuclear policy nearly as well as a community organizer. (I repeat, he defied his own Defense Secretary by forswearing the development of new nuclear weapons to replace the USA's rapidly obsolescing arsenal. Which kind of demolishes the talking point that his judgment is supported by the SecDef.)

On Friday, "Caribou Barbie" (the wolf-killing chillbilly with the slvt daughter) again slammed the Zero Regime for playing snugglebunnies with America's enemies (Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinnerjacket) while alienating our allies (Britain, Colombia, Honduras, Israel).

On Sunday, Chairman Zero's Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham, distanced the administration from the "no retaliation" pledge.


"If we can prove that a biological attack originated in a country that attacked us, then all bets are off."

I don't really believe Hilldog means it. No one realistically expects Chairman Zero to respond to a terrorist attack with anything stronger than a harshly-worded UN condemnation. Our enemies have already smelled his weakness. But the fact that Sarah Palin forced him to even rhetorically backtrack says something

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Everytime I look at the Wash Post, I am simply amazed at how biased its news is. One would think that the entire nation is now Republican leaning; that all Democrats up for reelection are losing terribly. Thank goodness for the internet where we can find unbiased news here and there. This paper is for the politically naive.

Posted by: pkbishop1 | April 12, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I see Ped has taken a vacation from his, guffaw, "job" where he posts nonsense to a blog all day, hypercritical of everyone and everything, to travel somewhere else and do the exact same thing.

that is what some losers call a "life".

angry, gay, lonely queens are so last decade.

We prefer our gay men actually gay.

but I bet they don't know what holdbacks are over there.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 12, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Funny how Ron Paul makes poll news but isn't a blip in the national news.

Posted by: jfoster13 | April 12, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Headsup to everyone who "listens" to the stock market. Today, the Dow is trying to make 52 week highs (above 11,032 about). If it does, particularly if volume is high, hang onto your hat. Same with S&P500 which is now within a couple points of 1200.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Mark,bsimon1 and Andy, I think you are on to an important distinction,and it makes me wonder about all this polling that shows 20-30% TEA Party support. Support is different than voting. I think the CWP sounds fine, but it isn't like I'm voting for their candidates. I just think that it takes a lot of viewpoints to get things right. If the TEA Party candidates can only garner 10-15% of the vote in a place like Texas, what hope do they have in electing candidates (or even influencing the vote) in places like MN, CA, NY, etc.

In the big states where TEA Party actually seems to be busy (Texas, Florida, Virginia), isn't it really just the conservative wing of the same old GOP posturing under as a new entity? Rubio is a Republican: always ran as republican, always elected as a Republican. It doesn't seem to me that his TEA Party supporters are new supporters. They are voters who hadn't been politically active before and have decided to become active. But they are not new Republican voters, they are the same Republican voters. There has been no change in the numbers. Florida had a strong conservative wing, and they have become more vocal, but they are still just a wing of the Republican party.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 12, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

@mark,

[bow, bow] Thank you, my friend. But don't think me some kind of expert. It has struck me that the T people are like the third dimension in a 3 dimensional chess game. Only black or white can win, but the T people can claim credit for anything. When they run candidates on their own ticket, THEN we get to see how they do, right?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

FarlingtonBlade writes
"Doesn't it seem a little odd that a sitting Representative runs for a seat outside his district? ... In any event, the folks in FL District 25 appear to lack representation at the moment."


Come to think of it, it reminds me of Gov Anderson, who appointed himself to the Senate. Voters did not reward him for his chutzpah.

.

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 12, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chris, next time you find yourself writing a lead like today's number one, why don't you just take a sick day instead.

A Republican endorses the Republican in a race, and donates less money than a mortgage payment on an unspectacular house to the campaign. This is in no way significant news.

Or was it just an excuse to shoehorn in another pant-pant for your crush on Pawlenty?

I mean, really. Free And Strong America PAC. This is stale 80s Reagan crap.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 12, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

12BB, I cited you as an authority on all things TEA at 10:06AM.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 12, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Common sense tells us that most of the T people are Republican. If you want a treatise on that, read http://www.pollster.com/blogs/a_teacup_80_or_more_full.php.

Depending on the poll, Republicans and lean Republican are more than 80%.

What's really interesting is "what makes a person a T person". As a business person, I believe in putting your money where your mouth is, so CNN's definition "defined Tea Party activists as the 11% of adults that reported giving money, attending rallies or taking other "active steps" to support the Tea Party movement."

Put those two things together, and we can conclude that the vast majority of the T people are disgruntled Republicans, not the independents who swing elections, and certainly not Democrats. And not the kind of voters who typically vote in off year elections. Further, the number of T people who actually rally or contribute is a small number.

The Tea Party movement is important, but the question is how important. How in the world will we know if the Tea Party wins. Who are their candidates? Paul, Palin--maybe. Romney, Gingrich, Barbour? How about at a local level--say, Arizona. If McCain is re-elected, is he a Tea Party win?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 12, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

from a coworker:

Professor Bartlett uses this great example from Isaac of the
freedom of the bathroom. If you have two bathrooms in a house with two people you have complete freedom of the bathroom and anyone can poop any time they want without bothering others. But if you get a third person, all of a sudden you get contention. You may have to bang on the door and yell: "Are you done yet?" And the more people you get in the house, the less freedom of the bathroom you get. Democracy cannot withstand too many people in the house. eventually, rules and even dictatorship takes over to dictate pooping times.

What Asimov and Bartlett don't talk about is the present practice of the laziest and most counterproductive person in the group taking over the bathroom, or gathering their underhanded buddies and taking over all the bathrooms. So now we have this political force that takes over bathrooms and makes us all pay to poop. In the United States we call them Republicans. They don't care about democracy, nor the people around them. All they want is to capture those toilets and start collecting all the dough, and they love to stand there watching you as you poop, while they count their money.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 12, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Can you post the questions and answers from your trivia tonight sometime?

Posted by: tmp23 | April 12, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

President Obama visits a bookstore, holds up a Romney book with his huge face on the cover, the title some right wing screed about apologizing. Other hand holds a Rove book with his fat face on the cover, the title some right wing apologia about screwing up the nation and the world for eight years. And Obama laughing.

Then we see the winger posters here, living in stunning delusion, in a Bizarro World where the Democrats are the racists and Bush was a great president.

Not easy being effective when everything you believe is completely wrong.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 12, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

And,as fromer VP Draft Dodger Cheney might
say,"SO?" As only WAPO's Silly Sissy Chrissy could be so totally out of touch with reality that Chrissy boy wasn't even
aware that Dingy Harry Reid has been running 8 to 10 points behind all four of
his GOP opponents for several months in a
row now then. Reid is Toast along with a lot of other Obama/Pelosi/Reid Obamacrats
come election day 2010 and a lot of RINOs
like Arizona US Senator Amnesty John McCain
will also be joining Reid and the loser
Obamacrat Liberals as well...So Chrissy let
me give you and WAPO a real big clue about
Election 2012 well in advance,and that is
you can bank on Comrade Barack Obama will
definitely become One Term Obama,baby!

Posted by: sandy5274 | April 12, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

And from my point of view, I don't really care if the teabaggers do well. I just want them to take lots of votes away from the Republicans.

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Third party conservatives, splitting the vote as always.

What else could anyone expect from people who have more trust for an imaginary celestial playmate than they have in science and math?

Come on, baggers, let's see NY23 repeated all over the nation. Bloody racist fools.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 12, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

All the important politics in the near future will be all about Dodd's bill and the Supreme Court nominee.

The Republicans are only a distraction.
CC knows that, but he has a job to do.
I'm glad of that, the WaPo keeps a shining light on the Republicans, lest we forget.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 12, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mark. Glad you liked it. It's an interesting pattern that I had noticed.

I was pretty surprised by Andy's first post on his brother never having heard of the tea party. Obviously I follow politics more than most, but I figured everyone had heard of it. And we see all these polls showing how much support they get. Now the party itself may be a media creation, but poll results aren't. Sure, wording and sampling may skew results, but you can't really skew a poll in favor of the teabaggers if people have never heard of them. And yeah, they have been pretty lousy in terms of actual results. I wonder if the dynamic would change in a 3way general election. Primaries are low turnout affairs that perhaps a lot of the teabaggers didn't participate in, especially the ones who might vote Republican, but don't really consider them a part of the party. And from my point of view, I don't really care if the teabaggers do well. I just want them to take lots of votes away from the Republicans.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 12, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Reid trailing badly in Nevada is news that just made my day. That man is the poster boy for all that is contemptible about government. Too bad that after he loses Obama will pay him back with a job as some kind of Czar.

Posted by: hit4cycle | April 12, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't it seem a little odd that a sitting Representative runs for a seat outside his district? If he hasn't, he shouldn't be running. If he's left the district, then the honorable thing to do would be to resign. In any event, the folks in FL District 25 appear to lack representation at the moment.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 12, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

AndyR3 writes
"What poll are you talking about? I would be interested to see what they found."


AndyR3, I misspoke. It wasn't a poll, it was an AP story, which reports the tea party is 'slow to take off' in MN:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/05/tea-party-minn/

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 12, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Christ but you're sick, zouk.

It's beautiful here and the cuisine is one of the very best in the world.

Want to see Third World? You need look no further than your own country.

@DDAWD:it isn't that Ron Paul is all bad. He has some good ideas, probably more of them than anyone in the GOP. Problem is that he also has so very many bad ones, and such awesomely bad ones at that.

He's also quite the racist. No matter, in 2012 he'll be 75 and he couldn't win a national election, serving only as flypaper for the kooks.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 12, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Ddawd, your first post was worth the time and trouble you put into it, IMO, and I thank you. Bsimon and Andy, a poster here over the weekend [the female stock technical trader, I think] suggested that there is, in fact, no TEA Party. Taking into consideration that in very R Texas an avowed TEA activist and one of its originators finished a distant third in the R Gov Primary [although she did make a splash in the first debate] I guess it is fair to say that the letters "TEA" gain voting level sympathy of perhaps 10%-15% in red states, and it is sympathy from people who were already committed, as far as I can tell.

Thus, I think it is not a "new" group of voters.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 12, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

What? Reid couldn't even scrape the bottom of the barrel to garner more than that - even after inciting illegal aliens and their high-paid-with-your-tax-dollars organizers and "directors"? The same Mexicans that view him and the "evil white man interloper squatter" that has taken their continent - those who say that they are the only rightful owners of the entire North American continent as indigenous people? LMAO

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | April 12, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

MMeyers, it's good to see them gone. It's amazing how they seem to have no sense of irony from what happened four and a half years ago. JC Watts thinks that history will be kind to Bush? Not f*cking here, he won't. The whole thing was just a slap in the face. It wasn't that long ago that those people were talking about how we should just be bulldozed over. Well, f*ck them. We survived despite the best efforts of the Bush administration to give us an impotent FEMA and to withhold federal funds. I don't know if they went out to enjoy the three full days of free music at the French Quarter Fest that was being held this weekend, but I hope they got a glimpse of what they worked so hard to destroy.


Noacolor, Ron Paul actually had some very nice things to say about Vietnam. He was using it as an example as to how the US doesn't need a base in every single country in the world. People can do fine without our involvement with Vietnam being a shining example.

This part actually caused some dissension among the party faithful. They have it so entrenched that the solution for everything is war, war, war, that they didn't like it when they had to listen to a guy say that we can do better in peace than in war.

http://www.ronpaul.com/2010-04-11/ron-pauls-speech-at-the-southern-republican-leadership-conference/#more-5457

CTRL+F Vietnam

Posted by: DDAWD | April 12, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Bsimon,
What poll are you talking about? I would be interested to see what they found.
Thanx

Posted by: AndyR3 | April 12, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

november in nevada will be a two-fer for republicans. harry reid and his son will both lose. should be fun to watch harry cry.

Posted by: doof | April 12, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Poor lonely Ped.

Shouldn't you be scraping your rubles together for dinner right now? Do they have hairspray there? Otherwise how will you keep your pink Renault running? Do they even have msrp there?

Can we hear another round of the glories of third world socialism? The romance of sleeping on a dirt floor, the calories of a cricket and dog diet, the pleasure of air conditioning?

Good thing everything is so cheap there, considering your relative success under capitalism. I bet the boys even clean up a little before they go. Thank you Joe. Tomorrow too?

Posted by: Moonbat | April 12, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who supports Illegal Aliens and wants to reward them for ALL their crimes , not only shouldn't be President - they should be deported as trtiors with the criminials !!!

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Who does "they" refer to? I'd think you meant the "illegal aliens" (bit sketchy on proper nouns, I see), but you cover them elsewhere in the uh sentence.

Sloppy writing usually reflects sloppy thinking, though in your case "sloppy" would be generous.

Was "they" supposed to refer to "anyone?" Where the hell did you go to school?

Idiot.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 12, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

MOST Americans are going to be voting for the candidate in 2012 that's going to address the economy and our huge deficit.

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God you're dumb. First of all it's *who's* going to, you're talking about a person, are you not?

Second, you barely get "most Americans" voting at all. No candidate has ever been elected by "most Americans," doesn't happen. Candidates win by the larger minority.

Third, most voters choose their poison based on shallow and tangential criteria. Google "barbecue factor."

Should Romney win the nomination in 2012 he will be the sacrificial goat and nothing more, because you bigots don't like Mormons and won't turn out in enthusiasm for the Magic Undies guy. After months on camera his plasticity and phoniness will be grating and the cloying emptiness of Romney's family will be brain-deadening, all those beautiful children displaying their six year molars and looking ready to burst into a refrain of "I'd like to teach the world to sing."

Ugh.

And then there would all the thousands of laid-off workers reasy to come forward and talk about how while at Bain ol' Mitt broke up companies to enrich the investment caste. The guy is corp-scum.

And you're a dweeb who spanks it to creeps in three-piece suits.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 12, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Looks like dilapidated berry won't be able to get his surrender to Russia through the Senate with the 67 votes. Another complete waste of time just to project liberal weakness.

Today in DC another summit along the same lines - surrender and weakness.

It is going to be a landslide correction come November.

Posted by: Moonbat | April 12, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

"The irony of today's pervasive pessimism is that, as people's worst fears are not realized, it could begin to lift and give the economy a surprising forward shove."

When a guy like Robert Samuelson pens a column titled A Glum Economy Perks Up, you know the Republicans are in trouble. To the extent they have a message at all, it requires people to have fond memories of the Bush/Cheney era, they need to be worse off somehow than they were during the lost decade (no net growth of jobs, gdp, just the deficit).

From now on economic recovery is all about confidence. So it follows, undermining confidence is what the Republicans are all about. Trading in fear, now there is a message they can unite behind.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 12, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who supports Illegal Aliens and wants to reward them for ALL their crimes , not only shouldn't be President - they should be deported as trtiors with the criminials !!!

Posted by: catinhat83510496 | April 12, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

AndyR3 writes
"It made me wonder if ... this whole Tea-Party movement is really a MSM/DC-beltway much-a-do about nothing."


There was a recent poll here in MN that demonstrated limited to nonexistent support for the TEA party.

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 12, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney is clearly the most qualified person to ever run for president

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I've bailed better reasoning than this out of the bottom of a boat.

Romney is a suit straight off the cover of Business Week. His only notable conviction is that he wants the job. How many jobs has he destroyed to make money for more suits?

As Gail Collins noted, the more peoplensee of him, the less they like him.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 12, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

allenridge writes
"And Romney is very pragmatic and clearly a fiscal Conservative."

Those traits have potential conflict. Pragmatism would be finding a 'good enough' solution. Fiscal conservatism - as practiced by the modern GOP / club for growth - is no taxes, ever; and relentlessly reduce gov't spending. A pragmatic leader would determine where spending is most effective & promote those programs. A fiscal conservative (again, according to the modern GOP) is an idealogue that is uninterested in solutions that may involve compromise.

Which is Romney? A pragmatist or an idealogue?

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 12, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

DDAWD, thanks for a very illuminating post. I'm sure NOLA was glad to have the business, but they are probably glad to see all those departing flights, too.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 12, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Why politics has been reduced to kabuki theater, a means to distract naive and entrained politicians who refuse to believe that democracy has been covertly stolen from the people:

THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS YET TO PICK UP ON 'PROJECT GENEVA' ...

...APPARENTLY A SECRET OBAMA-ORDERED TASK FORCE TO STOP COVERT DOMESTIC TORTURE OF UNJUSTLY (AND UNCONSTITUTIONALLY) TARGETED AMERICAN CITIZENS.

BOB WOODWARD, WORK YOUR SOURCES -- OR HAVE YOU BEEN SILENCED ON 'NATIONAL SECURITY' GROUNDS BY INSIDE KNOWLEDGE OF DOMESTIC MICROWAVE TORTURE CAMOUFLAGED AS 'KEEPING AMERICA SAFE?'

***

"MR. OBAMA, TEAR DOWN THOSE HOMELAND CELLULAR TORTURE TOWERS!"

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

ATTENTION 'PROJECT GENEVA' TEAM MEMBERS:

Let me shortcut your important work; see latest "comments" pages of this article:
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-uses-cbs-news-cover-microwave-cell-tower-torture

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 12, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

What a desperately tangential post. Romney's endorsement isas newsworthy as sunrise, and the gratuitous mentions of Pawlenty are completely without motivation. Of course Romney endorses the Republican ... Who cares?

Posted by: Noacoler | April 12, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Let us not forget that Obamacare is modeled after Romneycare in MA. Check out how Romneycare is doing in MA. Costs have skyrocketed along with insurance rates.The most heavily taxed state in the US is in big trouble.

Posted by: Jimbo77 | April 12, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

allenridge, You obviously didn't live in Mass when the empty suit that is Mitt Romney was Governor. "most qualified person to ever run for President" is that some kind of joke?

DDAWD and Mark, I thought you would find this interesting. My Brother and his wife are visiting and I said something last night about the tea-party movement and they had no idea what I was talking about. Now they live in the liberal bastion of Seattle and fully admit that they get alot of thier news from BBC online, but there friends and coworkers just aren't talking about it either. It made me wonder if things like the second place showing of Paul, DDAWD brought up indicate that this whole Tea-Party movement is really a MSM/DC-beltway much-a-do about nothing. The fact that only 13% of people consider themselves part of the movement would support that idea that this whole thing is a mile-wide and an inch deep. I am curious if as we move further and further away from HCR passage if the whole movement will just sort of fizzle out. Its not like the have actually won anything at all yet (see Hoffman in NY-23).

Posted by: AndyR3 | April 12, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney is clearly the most qualified person to ever run for president. The Democrats and their close pals in our corrupt liberal/progressive MSM wolfpack press know this and will attack him ever chance they get.

The FACT is Romney has had major proven success in private, public, and non-profits sectors.

And Romney is very pragmatic and clearly a fiscal Conservative.

MOST Americans are going to be voting for the candidate in 2012 that's going to address the economy and our huge deficit.

Only Romney has the brains and proven past performance to pull this off........

...........Romney / Gates 2012

Posted by: allenridge | April 12, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

As silly as the newsworthiness of Romney supporting the R in HI may appear, the notion that his PAC's $2500 donation is "wading" into the campaign is insulting. Is that "hip deep" for his PAC or "elbow deep" or "neck deep"? Or are the PAC's mutimillion dollar toes still dry? The answer is obvious.

These personal PACs are usually a joke - flood in, tinkle out. That is the only story here, I think.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 12, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

#2 - Paul and Romney were two people who had the most lobbying done on their behalf. The group Evangelicals for Romney actually took out a full page ad in the SRLC program and had members there to push the Romney vote. Paul also had extensive lobbying done on his behalf.

One interesting thing to note is that there was an option for second choice. While Paul was only one vote off the win, he came in dead last among second option votes indicating that people either felt real strongly for him or didn't support him at all. He wasn't the second choice for many people.

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/04/southern-republicans-prefer-romney.html

538's take on the straw poll.

#3 The presence of a teabagger candidate could well hurt the Republican chances. In a generic poll conducted last year, Republican support fell through the floor when the ballot included a teabagger candidate. Democrat support suffered, but not nearly as much.

However, looks like Ashjian will be facing felony charges.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100326/ap_on_el_se/us_tea_party_candidate_charges

Going back to the SRLC, one of the prevailing themes was the need for party unity. That third party candidates will hurt the Republicans by splitting the vote. Haley Barbour expressly stated the need not to be purist noting that he could never be elected governor of Vermont and to focus on the 80% agreement with more liberal Republicans rather than the 20% disagreement. This is a continuation of what looks to be a concerted, organized effort to prevent a split vote. Last month, Romney told teabagger candidates that if they lose in the Republican primary for whatever they are running for, they should stand aside and let the Republican run against the Democrat one-on-one. Palin had a similar sentiment in that teabaggers must choose one party or another. That there is no room for a third party. Even Dan Quayle got into the fray last week with an op-ed warning against a repeat of 1992 where he blames the loss of his ticket on Perot siphoning off Republican votes allowing a Clinton victory. And on top of that, Republicans are making a lot of noise that Ashjian is a Harry Reid plant. Noted National Security Expert and New Washington Post Hire Marc Theissen penned a column essentially devoted to calling Ashjian a plant.

So I do think that this is a conscious effort within the Republican party to stave off third party challenges. It's no coincidence that the above examples are popping up in such close proximity. However, some prominent teabaggers aren't liking this including people like Dale Robertson who is warning that Palin is a wolf in sheep clothing.

It's an interesting dynamic, to say the least.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 12, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

"Romney wades into Hawaii special election?"

Why is this even "news?"

There's a special election. Two Democrats are running and one Republican.

Who's Romney going to endorse? Who's Palin going to endorse? Barbour? Is there anyone in the Republican Freak Parade who ISN'T going to endorse Djou?

This item should be #57 in the morning political roundup, Chris.

Posted by: Bondosan | April 12, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Something is out of whack with Romney. I once thought he might be o.k. He's not a wiz kid, and a bit of a glue head, but after reading a piece on the blog below on Romney's support of Enhanced Tortures... I can't go with Mitt. Not sure the Romney tap end the end bite some candidates.

http://mittromney2012potus.blogspot.com/

Posted by: LOL1 | April 12, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

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