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Democratic primaries in Illinois turn nasty in final days

1. There's less than 24 hours before voters head to the polls in Illinois and things are getting very nasty. (As we have written many times before, primaries are where politics gets really personal). In the Senate race, state Treasurer Lexi Giannoulias remains the favorite although he has recently gone on the attack (on television) against former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman for his alleged support for taxing health care plans -- suggesting that Giannoulias is nervous about his standing heading into Tuesday. Hoffman, meanwhile, is bashing Giannoulias over his family's bank, which has been in the news of late as the government has stepped into to provide more oversight. Hoffman's side believes it is closing fast -- riding the wave of Broadway Bank -- although Giannoulias won the endorsement of Jacob Meister, a little known candidate in the race on Sunday. Despite the competitiveness of the Senate primary, it has drawn little attention in the state -- overshadowed by one of the nastiest Democratic gubernatorial primaries in modern history. The ugliness began in earnest several weeks ago when state Comptroller Dan Hynes began attacking Gov. Pat Quinn for the accidental release of hundreds of prisoners from state jails -- not kidding, this really happened -- and has only escalated since then. Quinn responded by hitting Hynes for his alleged mishandling of a case in which several individuals were caught digging up bodies and re-selling their cemetery plots -- not kidding, this happened too. The back and forth (in addition to recent polling) suggests the race is quite close.

2. Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R) -- the newest, hottest thing in politics -- sat down with ABCs' Barbara Walters over the weekend, delivering a steady performance that suggests his victory last month was not a fluke. The full transcript is available but here are the highlights: 1) On 2012 presidential speculation: "I don't have any -- anything. It's overwhelming, and it's extremely humbling. I don't know how -- what else to tell you." (He didn't rule it out!) 2) Brown affirmed his pro-choice stance; "I feel this issue is best handled between a woman and her doctor and her family." 3) He described himself as a "Scott Brown Republican" and defined it as: "I'm going to go down there and be accountable, accessible, open, and honest, and I'm going to bring good government and fairness back to the equation." 4) Brown on the health care bill: "I think it was on its last legs before I even got elected, because the Democrats even were upset at the backroom deals, for example, in Nebraska." 5) On his nude photo shoot: "My -- my grandmother saw it. She laughed. You know, you have to have a sense -- have to have sense of humor about yourself. It wasn't Playgirl. It was Cosmo."

3. For the third time in just over three months, the Republican National Committee is losing a top communications staffer as spokeswoman Gail Gitcho is leaving the organization to take over the press operation of Massachusetts Sen-elect. Scott Brown. "Gail is an experienced communications professional who is well known to the national and Washington press corps and has a reputation for being fair and responsive to reporters," said Brown in a statement announcing the move. Gitcho, who did stints on the presidential campaigns of former governor Mitt Romney (Mass.) and Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) during the 2008 election cycle, joined the RNC in the spring of 2009. RNC Chair Michael Steele sought to put a happy face on the move, saying that "this is what happens when you have great staff." But, Gitcho's departure, which comes only months after RNC communications director Trevor Francis and deputy communications director Todd Irons also left their posts, is sure to be seen by some as a sign of the continued difficulties for Steele atop the national party committee.

4. If you had any doubt that the fight for the Republican presidential nomination is underway, the year-end financial filings by a series of groups aligned with aspiring pols should clear things up. Former governor Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC brought in $2.9 million in 2009 and ended the year with $1.1 million in the bank. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's Sarah PAC raised $2.1 million and showed $900,000 in the bank at the close of last year. Perhaps most impressive was the Freedom First PAC of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, which raised $1.3 million in just the final three months of the year and closed 2009 with $884,000 on hand. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich collected a whopping $6.4 million through his American Solutions organization although, as a 527 group, it does not have to abide by federal contribution limits like the PACs of Palin, Romney and Pawlenty do. The most disappointing showing about 2012 aspirants came courtesy of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's Huck PAC, which raised $824,000 in all of 2009 and ended the year with a meager $192,000 in the bank.

5. The next date for "Politics and Pints" -- the Fix's night of political (and general) trivia -- has been set! It's a week from today -- that's Feb.8 -- at the Capitol Lounge from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (The last two trivia night have been VERY crowded so get there on the early end to ensure you and your team get seats.) The Facebook event page is here -- sign up and see who else is coming!

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 1, 2010; 6:04 AM ET
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...how long will it be before we see and hear our Prez as a "regular" on Sesame Street? Is his own staff too polite to tell him that his "photogenic personality" is starting to wear thin?

Posted by: connyankee1 | February 2, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

...how long will it be before we see and hear our Prez as a "regular" on Sesame Street? Is his own staff too polite to tell him that his "photogenic personality" is starting to wear thin?

Posted by: connyankee1 | February 2, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

...how long will it be before we see and hear our Prez as a "regular" on Sesame Street? Is his own staff too polite to tell him that his "photogenic personality" is starting to wear thin?

Posted by: connyankee1 | February 2, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Funny--- "although Giannoulias won the endorsement of Jacob Meister"????? I find it funny that this was mentioned because, if you live in Illinois and have been watching this race for the senate seat you might have noticed that Mr Meister seems to have a direct grudge against David Hoffman.
David Hoffman has been strongly endorsed by all the well know papers in chicago/Illinois: tribune, sun-times, daily herald, nwherald, crain's. Mr Meister didn't seem to me to have a serious campaign other than being very aggressive about Mr Hoffman, so it's no surprise to me that he didn't endorse the former Inspector general of chicago.

Posted by: srdw | February 2, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe that Obama was talking tough to the Republicans today -


Obama said "If they are going to do alot of grandstanding while the television camera are rolling, I am going to reject it"

WELL, AT THAT MOMENT, WASN'T IT OBAMA DOING THE GRANSTANDING IN FRONT OF THE TELEVISION CAMERAS ???


HOW MUCH OF A HYPOCRITE CAN THE GUY BE ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Now that the SCOTUS has invalidated a sixty-three year-old ban on corporate money in federal elections, the PR firm Murray Hill Inc. has announced that it plans to satirically run for Congress in the Republican primary in Maryland’s 8th congressional district.

From its press release:

"The strength of America,” Murray Hill Inc. says, “is in the boardrooms, country clubs and Lear jets of America’s great corporations. We’re saying to Wal-Mart, AIG and Pfizer, if not you, who? If not now, when?”

and "Murray Hill Inc. plans on spending “top dollar” to protect its investment. “It’s our democracy,” Murray Hill Inc. says, “We bought it, we paid for it, and we’re going to keep it.”

Murray Hill plans on using "automated robo-calls, “Astroturf” lobbying and computer-generated avatars to get out the vote."

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 1, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone care about comic book caricatures of liberals coming from a lo0n in a mental hospital?

(shades eyes, rotates head)

didn't think so

Posted by: Noacoler | February 1, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The second type of Liberal travel is Third World. This is when they venture to Vietnam, Africa or South America. Some do it so that they can one up the Liberals who only go to Europe.

But like with Europe, Liberals like to believe they are the first Liberals to make this trip. As such, they should be recognized as special and important individuals.

That’s right, by going to a country, riding around on a bus or train, staying at a hotel or hostel and eating – they are doing something important for the world.

If a Liberal shows up in your country, you can make them feel fantastic by saying how you’ve never seen a Liberal before, and that you are amazed by their iPod – “a device that plays many songs? impossible!”

They might give it to you, then you can sell it for profit. Repeat as necessary.

Upon returning home, they will also find an affinity for a particular beer or liquor from a country they visited. They use this as an excuse to mention their travels when at a bar. “Oh, I’ll have a Czechznlishiyush Pilsner. You see, that was my favorite beer when I was travelling through Slovenia and the Czech republic.”

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Since learning a new language is something that most Liberals fail at, it should be approached with extreme caution.
 
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I have no trouble learning new languages.
 
Ich lerne gern neuen Fremdsprächen, auch einfachlich.
 
No tengo problemas su apprender linguas nuevas.
 
Tôi thích học các tiếng mới. 
 
Once again you don’t know what you’re talking about.  Liberals enjoy traveling abroad, conservatives break out in a sweat in *Hawaì*

Posted by: Noacoler | February 1, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Now, here is an alternate idea to JakeD's response that gays in the military should be shot by firing squads. I guess the military is not getting the memo from JakeD.
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From Think Progress:

"Tomorrow, Congress will be holding its first hearing in 17 years on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the 1993 law that bars gay men and women from serving openly in the military. LGBT leaders expect that Defense Secretary Robert Gates will announce that while Congress and the administration work on a permanent repeal of the law, the Defense Department “will not take action to discharge service members whose sexual orientation is revealed by third parties or jilted partners, one of the most onerous aspects of the law.”
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Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 1, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Since learning a new language is something that most Liberals fail at, it should be approached with extreme caution. When you hear a Liberals say that they speak your native language, you will probably think it’s a good idea to start talking to them in said language. WRONG! Instead you should say something like “you speak (insert language)?” to which they will reply “a little” in your native tongue. If you just leave it here, the Liberal will feel fantastic for the rest of the day. If you push it any further and speak quickly, the Liberal will just look at you with a blank stare. Within a minute you will notice that blank stare has shifted from confusion to contempt. You have shamed them and your chance for friendship is ruined forever.

Finally, though they won’t admit it, Liberals do not believe that learning English is difficult. This is because if it were true, then that would mean that their housekeeper, gardener, mother-in-law (if they are an elite Liberal) are smarter than them. Needless to say, this realization would destroy their entire universe.

The best technique is to just tell Liberals what they really want to hear: “You should move to (Vietnam) so you can really learn the language.” They will agree instantly and lament their employer’s lack of an office there. Share this lament and you can enjoy a gigantic increase in trust and friendship from that Liberal.

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"You are making a whole bunch of assertions, half of which I don't agree with. And I have to sit here and listen to them."


- Quote from Obama at a meeting in which Obama was attempting to demonstrate how bipartisan he is.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

America the shabby. America the dilapidated. America the filthy.

America the land of early death and low infant survival. America the obese.

America the free-market sh•thole. Thanks, Grover.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 1, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

So why does Obama serially tell untruths, mislead, and do the opposite of what he promises?

Here are four brief reasons. They are complementary, rather than mutually exclusive.

1) He does this because he can. Obama, from college at Occidental to Chicago organizing, has never been called to account. He was always assured that his charm, his ancestry, or his rhetoric alone mattered, while his record, actions, and accomplishments were mere footnotes. He channels our hopes and dreams and need not traffic in reality. We, the people, like the media, have tingly legs and believe the president is “some god,” and therefore need not question the charismatic face on the screen.

2) Obama is a reflection of an era of liberal academic postmodernism. There are no absolute facts; truth is only an illusion in the eye of the beholder. Reality instead is relative, and predicated on the basis of power. Ergo, what others say is true is simply a reflection of their race/class/gender/religion/cultural privileges. Speaking “truth” to power means simply opposing those who, you deem, have more advantages than you and yours.

3) Obama is a neo-socialist who believes the ends of social justice justify most means necessary to achieve them. As a philosopher-king who knows what is best for ignorant lesser folk, who can’t possibly appreciate all the ways in which he works and suffers on our behalf (Cf. Michelle’s “deigns to run”), Obama reluctantly must employ Platonic “noble lies” to achieve the common good: OK, we don’t understand ObamaCare and therefore fear it and the way it is packaged and sold; but once it is forced down our throat, we will come to love — what is good for us.

4) Obama is a narcissist, who believes that his reality is our reality, that his rules are our rules. If the king, the autocrat, the heart-throb, the prophet, or the messiah says something is true, then facts and reality adjust accordingly. Facts and corrections are boring. And if confronted with contrary evidence, the self-infatuated simply smiles with the assurance that the problem is others’, not his.

And it is, sort of.

©2010 Victor Davis Hanson


Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

7. Obama announces that he will end the war in Iraq by removing all combat brigades by August 2010. As a result, we understand that George Bush long ago signed an agreement with the Iraqis for a joint agreement on removing U.S. combat forces by August 2010.

8. Obama laments that his fall in popularity resulted from a failure to communicate directly with the American people. We conclude as a result that Obama has given more interviews, radio and TV appearances, and stump speeches than any first-year president in history.

9. Obama reiterates that “this is not about me.” That reflects the fact that he has employed the first-person pronouns “I,” “me,” and “my” more than any prior president.

10. Obama assures on eight occasions he will televise all healthcare deliberations on C-SPAN. This is clear proof that nothing will be televised as debate occurs behind closed doors, punctuated by votes purchased through $300 million bribes and state exemptions from federal statutes.

11. Obama promises to be a tax-cutter. So we know that vast new taxes will come through revised income tax rates, caps lifted off payroll taxes, Cadillac healthcare charges, and a variety of surcharges.

12. Obama warned that if another stimulus were not passed, unemployment would reach double-digits; hence, we were assured that the jobless rate would reach 10%.

13. Obama calls for bipartisanship and an end to finger-pointing. Of course, then, he will begin and end nearly every speech with attacks on George Bush and the prior administration.

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Stevens has forgotten more than Scalia will ever know.

Tis quite the primary this year (IL) -- did you all know that Dillard appeared on TV with Obama? AND also had good things to say about him? Not a Dillard fan but he gets points for realizing having the POTU from your state is usually a good thing.

A bit of snow in the forecast for my area, we'll see how turnout goes. My prediction is unless a lot of folks cross-over (and given the dem field, I doubt it), Kirk won't carry my area cuz he is "not conservative" enough.

Posted by: ILDem | February 1, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

on almost every key issue, what Obama says he will do, and what he says is true, is a clear guide to what he will not do, and what is not true. It is as if “truth” is a mere problem of lesser mortals.

1. Obama now rails against a pernicious Washington and its insiders: ergo, Obama controls Washington through both houses of Congress and the White House, and wants to expand Washington’s control over the auto industry, health care, energy, student loans, transportation, etc.

2. Obama bashes the Supreme Court on weakening public efforts to curb campaign contributions. Therefore, we know Obama has done more than any other president in destroying public campaign financing by being the first presidential candidate in a general election to refuse public funds — in confidence that he could raise a record $1 billion, much of it from big moneyed interests on Wall Street.

3. Obama calls for a freeze on government spending and deplores deficits. Hence, we know that the possible $15 billion savings in some discretionary spending will not affect the Obama record budget deficits that will continue to grow well over an annual $1.5 trillion a year — as Obama piles up the greatest budgetary shortfalls in any four-year presidential term in history.

4. The president calls for the Guantanamo Bay detention center to be closed within a year of his inauguration, and Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the architect of 9/11, to be tried in New York. Accordingly, we know that Guantanamo won’t be closed within a year and KSM won’t be tried in New York.

5. Obama issues four serial deadlines in autumn 2009 for Iran to comply with non-proliferation accords. Presto — we know that Iran will get the bomb unimpeded by U.S. opinion.

6. Obama promised an end to earmarks and lobbyists in government — of course, we assume, then, that lobbyists will be ubiquitous among his presidential appointments, and there will be thousands of earmarks.

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

for zouk -- who has never even once had an original thought:


Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many
By Michael Booth
The Denver Post


COLORADO SPRINGS — This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric.

More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.

Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won't pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.

"I guess we're going to find out what the tolerance level is for people," said businessman Chuck Fowler, who is helping lead a private task force brainstorming for city budget fixes. "It's a new day."

Some residents are less sanguine, arguing that cuts to bus services, drug enforcement and treatment and job development are attacks on basic needs for the working class.

"How are people supposed to live? We're not a 'Mayberry R.F.D.' anymore," said Addy Hansen, a criminal justice student who has spoken out about safety cuts. "We're the second-largest city, and growing, in Colorado. We're in trouble. We're in big trouble."

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14303473#ixzz0eJJI0H5h

Posted by: drindl | February 1, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Ah, it's nice to see that dribbl's still copying-and-pasting from other sites without giving proper credit or noting attributions.

Dribbl:

I know you haven't had an original thought since about 1978, but at least have the courtesy to give credit to those whose work you're stealing.

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Even Harvard turns out dumb lawyers (just look at Alberto Gonzales ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 1, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Overturning a century old law protecting our elections from the power of monied corporate interests us the very essence of •radical• judicial activism. It's tantamount to a Consitutional Convention nullifying the entire Bill of Rights.

Leave it to Idiot Boy to fixate on Roe v. Wade. What a one-bit fool.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 1, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

A Grover Norquist success story:

COLORADO SPRINGS — This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric.

More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.
Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won't pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.

"I guess we're going to find out what the tolerance level is for people," said businessman Chuck Fowler, who is helping lead a private task force brainstorming for city budget fixes. "It's a new day."

Some residents are less sanguine, arguing that cuts to bus services, drug enforcement and treatment and job development are attacks on basic needs for the working class.

"How are people supposed to live? We're not a 'Mayberry R.F.D.' anymore," said Addy Hansen, a criminal justice student who has spoken out about safety cuts. "We're the second-largest city, and growing, in Colorado. We're in trouble. We're in big trouble."

Posted by: drindl | February 1, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Then your "Constitutional scholar" is not knowledgeable in the law (kinda like pResident Obama). Since the Citizens United case is not one of the five allowed topics in this thread, I'll wait to prove that point until later.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 1, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

hand the american legislative system over to foreign governments, who may donate as much as they want SECRETLY to install a Manhurian candidate to perform their will

too late

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Did you not love this clip???? Especially the line about fili-bustering out of these jean shorts. I loved Barney Frank's reaction.

Yeah...family values. Sort of like "judicial activism". Terms that need careful definition, because they ain't what they seem.

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

I was quoting a Constitutional scholar, old boy. Perhaps your nap is overdue.

Posted by: drindl | February 1, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

What Scalia et al has done is to hand the american legislative system over to foreign governments, who may donate as much as they want SECRETLY to install a Manhurian candidate to perform their will. I'm surprise so many on the right wish to be governed by foreigners. But they will reap the whirlwind.

Posted by: drindl | February 1, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse


Broadwayjoe would love what is going on in Illinois between Quinn and Hynes

HERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY GOVERNORS' RACE PLAYING OUT IN ILLINOIS THIS WEEK:

"You are a racist" -

"NO, You are THE racist"

"NO, You father didn't like Harold Washington"

"NO, here is a tape of Harold Washington saying you are incompetent"

"NO, You are THE racist"

"NO, Harold Washington doesn't LIKE YOU - he said a bad thing about you"

"NO, your father was a racist"

"NO your father was THE racist"

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

No one actually knowledgeable in the law thinks that "Smashing decades of precedent and established law [i.e. overruling Roe v. Wade to simply allow the States to regulate] IS the very essense and description of judicial activism".

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 1, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

12 Bar -- the Rs really like those Cosmo boys. Must be the family jewels ... I mean, values.

Posted by: drindl | February 1, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

From Scalia's concurring opinion:

"The [Stevens] dissent attempts this demonstration, however, in splendid isolation from the text of the First Amendment. It never shows why “the freedom of speech” that was the right of Englishmen did not include the freedom to speak in association with other individuals, including association in the corporate form. To be sure, in 1791 (as now) corporations could pursue only the objectives set forth in their charters; but the dissent provides no evidence that their speech in the pursuit of those objectives could be censored."

"... it is surely fanciful to think that a consensus of hostility towards corporations was transformed into general favor at some magical moment between 1791 and 1796."

"The dissent says that ‘speech’ refers to oral communications of human beings, and since corporations are not human beings they cannot speak. Post, at 37, n. 55. This is sophistry. The authorized spokesman of a corporation is a human being, who speaks on behalf ofthe human beings who have formed that association—just as the spokesman of an unincorporated association speaks on behalf of itsmembers. The power to publish thoughts, no less than the power to speak thoughts, belongs only to human beings, but the dissent sees no problem with a corporation’s enjoying the freedom of the press."

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 1, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I must be the last person to watch Scott Brown on SNL:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/124880/saturday-night-live-new-senator
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I think Scott really shakes up the Senate.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 1, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse


"You are making a whole bunch of assertions, half of which I don't agree with. And I have to sit here and listen to them."


- Quote from Obama at a meeting in which Obama was attempting to demonstrate how bipartisan he is.


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

FELLOW AMERICANS OPEN YOUR EYES!!!

OUR COUNTRY AND WAY OF LIVING IS IN PERIL!!

www.AMERICAWAKEUPNOW.net

Posted by: AMERICAWAKEUP | February 1, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Smashing decades of precedent and established law IS the very essense and description of judicial activism.

'Stevens is often reticent about the role of his personal experience on judging. But in a glancing reference to his own Navy service during World War II, he points out that the majority's claim that government cannot legally distinguish between corporate and individual speakers "would have accorded the propaganda broadcasts to our troops by 'Tokyo Rose' during World War II the same protection as speech by Allied commanders."
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Stevens' dissent is an elegy for a judicial machinery in which he has participated for decades yet no longer quite recognizes. Sachs, on the other hand, describes the process of interpreting a brand-new South African Constitution as a struggle to balance judicial experience, respect for human dignity, and regard for proportionality. Justice Stevens casts his eyes sadly back over decades of smashed precedent. Justice Sachs looks forward to a South African Constitutional Court doing justice for all "without fear, favor or prejudice."

It is impossible to imagine a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court sitting down to pen a memoir like Sachs'. Because it would mean acknowledging that judges are not made of microchips and that doing justice means more than just calling balls and strikes (in the favored formulation of our day).

That's why it's worth stealing a moment to heed Sachs' warning that jurists not imitate the "artificial sound of a computer that has been programmed to produce inexorable outcomes." It's really just an illusion, he says. Judges are people, too. He gently reminds his readers that "if law is a machine, we are the ghosts that inhabit it and give it life." Judges, he writes, "are shaped not only by our learning but by our varied engagements with life, by experiences both inside and outside the law."

Sachs' thoughts on what it means to be human are doubly poignant next to Stevens' admonition in Citizens United that whatever corporations may be, human beings they are not: "Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires ... they are not themselves members of 'We the People' by whom and for whom our constitution was established." Side by side, Sachs and Stevens reveal that this is an odd constitutional moment indeed in America, in which corporations are treated like living persons by judges who aspire to be machines.'

http://www.slate.com/id/2242965?nav=wp

Posted by: drindl | February 1, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

It is NOT "judicial activism" to overrule a prior case and return to the status quo ante -- judicial activism is a decision like Roe v. Wade -- overruling that decision would not be "judicial activism" either.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 1, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Good for Dionne:

The nation owes a substantial debt to Justice Samuel Alito for his display of unhappiness over President Obama’s criticisms of the Supreme Court’s recent legislation—excuse me, decision—opening our electoral system to a new torrent of corporate money.
Alito’s inability to restrain himself during the State of the Union address brought to wide attention a truth that too many have tried to ignore: The Supreme Court is now dominated by a highly politicized conservative majority intent on working its will, even if that means ignoring precedents and the wishes of the elected branches of government.

Obama called the court on this, and Alito shook his head and apparently mouthed “not true.” His was the honest reaction of a judicial activist who believes he has the obligation to impose his version of right reason on the rest of us.

The controversy also exposed the impressive capacity of the conservative judicial revolutionaries to live by double standards without apology.

The movement’s legal theorists and politicians have spent more than four decades attacking alleged judicial abuses by liberals, cheering on the presidents who joined them in their assaults. But now, they are terribly offended that Obama has straightforwardly challenged the handiwork of their judicial comrades.

Posted by: drindl | February 1, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

And all is left in the world. IQ plunges to record lows.

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

'three of four stooges present and accounted for.

the average IQ sinks to single digits.

Posted by: drivl '

the third stooge checks himself in.

Posted by: drindl | February 1, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

'three of four stooges present and accounted for.

the average IQ sinks to single digits.

Posted by: drivl '

the third stooge checks in.

Posted by: drindl | February 1, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

" It wasn't Playgirl. It was Cosmo."

Right -- as if there were a difference. He's nothing but a boytoy, but that's what republicans love best.

Posted by: drindl | February 1, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I hear that the TEA Party Convention will now be broadcast live, so at least there should be no more complaints about it costing $500 per person anymore.
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Will they be carrying signs?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 1, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I wondered where that $64,000 went!
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Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul, a conservative activist and son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), has just put out a press release officially announcing the endorsement of Sarah Palin. Paul also announced that his campaign has received a "generous contribution" from Palin's PAC.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 1, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues:

I hear that the TEA Party Convention will now be broadcast live, so at least there should be no more complaints about it costing $500 per person anymore.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 1, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Coming from the same folks who carry signs about n**gars and death panels. Is this karma or what!
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In Damage Control Mode, Tea Party Express Slams 'Smears' and sends email to members:


"Seems our friends in the liberal blogs and media outlets (including MSNBC, Media Matters, Huffington Post, TPM Muckracker, Mother Jones, and others) have been doing all sorts of attack hit pieces criticizing the tea party movement as a whole and the Tea Party Express in particular.

So I tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to send you an email in the next few days that will debunk all of the crazy attacks and smears being launched against us."
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Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 1, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

three of four stooges present and accounted for.

the average IQ sinks to single digits.

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Man, by my count, 22 out of 38 comments are from jaked and the zook incarnations.

Chris, whatever changes that are coming to get rid of these guys can't come soon enough.

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he won't. He might ban one of their monikers but only as cover for banning someone on the liberal side, probably me, taking care to leave the other two dozen k own troll monikers untouched.

It's only been like a YEAR of this crap, do you expect him to change his spots?

Posted by: Noacoler | February 1, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Bondosan: I can see some of these rightwingnuts slitting their wrists when the Obama reelection becomes inevitable.

The economy will be so much better in 2012 than it is now that the GOOP might nominate some idiot like Sarah Palin while more serious candidates keep their powder dry for 2016.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 1, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

perhaps schempf would prefer to get back to foxxy's extra curricular activites instead. Or some recipes and dating advice. Maybe you could revel us with your distaste for a certain Alaskan.

I hate to tell you, but you four stooges have no credibility when it comes to complaining about others.

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Man, by my count, 22 out of 38 comments are from jaked and the zook incarnations.

Chris, whatever changes that are coming to get rid of these guys can't come soon enough.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 1, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Zouk:

Did you see the latest economic numbers?

The president you have is the same one you're going to have for the next seven years.

Get used to it.

Posted by: Bondosan | February 1, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Chris,

1. So long as 'Sexy Lexi' and Dave Hoffman don't go after each other with firearms, a Chicago primary cannot truly be termed 'nasty'. I hope you'll give Fixistos/Fixistas the blow-by-blow tomorrow!

2. I listened carefully to the Scott Brown interview and found him very reasonable-sounding. We'll see how the caucuse & leadership pressure him to vote--that, rather than mere words, will be the acid test, of course. He SEEMS to be cast in the mould of a true blue-state moderate R., whom we all thought was a dying breed. Let's hope he proves to be one (a moderate, not a dying breed)!

3. Although I'm loathe to view Gail Gitcho as a rat leaving a sinking ship, it does seem as if Michael Steele is taking on water at a rapid pace. Perhaps if he occasionally took his foot out of his mouth the balance might be righted?

4. Let's hear it for T-Paw's fundraising ability! A reasonably fresh face might be refreshing in 2012.

5. If this effing snow ever ends, I'll be there! Crikey, it's like bloody Antarctica!

Posted by: sverigegrabb | February 1, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

To accept his terms, Obama demands that Republicans agree with his misstatements of fact.

Case in point: Jeb Hensarling said, “You are soon to submit a new budget, Mr. President. Will that new budget, like your old budget, triple the national debt and continue to take us down the path of increasing the cost of government to almost 25 percent of our economy?”

In response, Obama accused Hensarling of asking a question formulated as a campaign talking point, and then said Hensarling lied: “So when you say that suddenly I've got a monthly budget that is higher than the -- a monthly deficit that's higher than the annual deficit left by the Republicans, that's factually just not true, and you know it's not true.”

But of course, Hensarling didn’t lie: Obama did.

According to a June 2009 report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office the federal deficit would rise from its 2008 level of $5.803 trillion to $17.126 trillion in 2019, which is 2.95 times larger than the 2008 level. (Even Obama’s Office of Management and Budget admits the deficit would be multiplied by a factor of 2.76.)

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Liberals are like a teenage girl with daddy's credit card. they lie about their trip to the mall, hoping that when the actual bill comes in, no one will notice.

I guess the question at this point is:> In a sea of mounting lies, which will the indolent media pick up and broadcast?

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

drivl (from Politico.com):

What piece of legislation is more urgent?

A health care bill. ONLY 6%

A jobs bill. 62%

Congress needs to figure out how to do both at the same time. 24%

I'm not sure. 5%

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 1, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

easysoul:

As an independent, I urge you and anyone else who wants to see Gov. Palin nominated by the GOP to donate to her PAC today!

http://www.SarahPAC.com

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 1, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Thus is the state of things with Barack Obama. 400 speeches didn't "explain health care enough" to the American people, and spending freezes that begin in 2011 and consist of roughly 00.58% are supposed to be like a wave of the magic wand and cause people to fall back into their wonder-lust with the man who speaks hope and change

But wasn't that kind of indicative of what we ended up getting all of Obama's first year?

He was willing to ignore the increasing unemployment while the rates ballooned to over double what they were on average under Bush, but moved heaven and earth to get the himself overseas to campaign for the city of Chicago to score the Olympics.

He knew that 1 in 10 Americans are without jobs, and 1 in 5 families don't make enough to pay their bills with the work they have, but played more rounds of golf in his first year than Bush did in all eight.

And best of all at the State of the Union, he claimed that the science is settled on "climate change" when the world had seen its fraud exposed, and even this weekend has had more evidence of the manipulation of that fraud come to light, but he pushed for the job killing, tax implementing cap and trade bill anyway.

From purely a strategic perspective, Obama has failed even himself. There is nothing for him to fall back on. It's all on his shoulders. His lies, as reported by... CNN. His plans, as he states them for himself. His terms, because he refuses to offer the other side a place at the table to discuss.

President Obama is utterly out of touch with real people.

And his worthless policy priorities demonstrate that better than any opposing strategist could ever devise.

Bondoson : like anyone hasn't figured out what a contemptible failure berry is. you might say it is in the public domain.

Perhaps you prefer the opinionated childish antics and sludge we saw over the weekend on this blog?

I understand liberals have less and less to say about their agenda and that the failures are stacking up. The voters have figured this out and will send you all packing soon enough. then you can return to your greatest skill, carping from the sidelines.

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Ah, it's nice to see that Zoukie's still copying-and-pasting from other sites without giving proper credit or noting attributions.

Zouk/Snowbama/Moonbat/Drivl:

I know you haven't had an original thought since about 1978, but at least have the courtesy to give credit to those whose work you're stealing.

Posted by: Bondosan | February 1, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

The death of global warming (the movement, not the phenomenon) has some important political and cultural consequences Basically, Sarah Palin 1, Al Gore zip. The global warming meltdown confirms all the populist suspicions out there about an arrogantly clueless establishment invoking faked ’science’ to impose cockamamie social mandates on the long-suffering American people, backed by a mainstream media that is totally in the tank.
The movement died from two causes: bad science and bad politics.

After years in which global warming activists had lectured everyone about the overwhelming nature of the scientific evidence, it turned out that the most prestigious agencies in the global warming movement were breaking laws, hiding data, and making inflated, bogus claims resting on, in some cases, no scientific basis at all.

With this in mind, ‘climategate’ — the scandal over hacked emails by prominent climate scientists — looks sinister rather than just unsavory. Breaking the law to hide key pieces of data isn’t just ’science as usual,’ as the global warming movement’s embattled defenders gamely tried to argue. A cover-up like that suggests that you indeed have something to conceal.

The urge to make the data better than it was didn’t just come out of nowhere. The global warmists were trapped into the necessity of hyping the threat by their realization that the actual evidence they had — which, let me emphasize, all hype aside, is serious, troubling and establishes in my mind the need for intensive additional research and investigation, as well as some prudential steps that would reduce CO2 emissions by enhancing fuel use efficiency and promoting alternative energy sources — was not sufficient to get the world’s governments to do what they thought needed to be done. Hyping the threat increasingly doesn’t look like an accident: it looks like it was a conscious political strategy.


Now it has failed.

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"I do not think he (Obama) has a firm grasp yet on the intelligence community," 9/11 Commission Vice-Chairman and former Democrat congressman Lee Hamilton told the Senate Homeland Security Committee.


This, even though Obama has been in office for over a year now.


"We were not paying close attention in this area," commission Chairman Thomas Kean testified at the hearing into intelligence lapses prior to the Christmas Day attempted airliner bombing. Kean noted that Obama has instead been focused on such issues as health care and cap-and-trade.


The two men have historically been circumspect about making politically charged statements, but they painted a portrait of an intelligence community, America's first line of defense against its jihadi enemies, that is devolving into disarray under Obama's leadership--or lack thereof.

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Like any gifted orator, the president knows how to vary the talk with a little light and shade. Sometimes he hectors, sometimes he whines, sometimes he demands. "We do not quit," he said. Boy, you can say that again!

So he did: "We don't quit. I don't quit," he said. But throughout the chamber, Democrats were quitting. "I quit," says Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas, declining to run in November. "I quit," says Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, doing likewise. "I quit," says Beau Biden of Delaware, son of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., choosing not to run for his father's seat.

But not Barack Obama. On he went. As National Review Editor Rich Lowry put it after the Massachusetts vote, the public thinks Mr. Obama doesn't get it, and Mr. Obama thinks the public doesn't get it. As he has the microphone, he's gonna keep talking at you until you do get it. The ever tinnier, more perfunctory sophomoric uplift at the start and finish can't conceal the hope-killing, jobs-slaying, soul-sapping message in between, which has been consistent for two years. As President Obama sees it, whatever the problem, the solution is more Washington.

Simply as a matter of internal logic, this is somewhat perplexing. After all, when he isn't blaming George W. Bush, Mr. Obama blames "Washington" - a Washington mired in "partisanship" and "pettiness" and "the same tired battles" and "Washington gimmicks" that do nothing but ensure that our "problems have grown worse." Washington, Mr. Obama tells us, is "unable or unwilling to solve any of our problems."

So let's have more Washington! That raises the question: Does even Mr. Obama listen to his speeches?

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

But overall, those who were hoping the president would tack toward the center -- mostly Democrats who are scared out of their wits as they contemplate the upcoming election -- were disappointed. Mr. Obama made it clear he'll continue to pursue one of the most left-wing agendas in our history.

The speech itself was odd. Mr. Obama spoke as if someone else had been president for the last year, as if some political party other than his own has a 40-seat majority in the House, a 19-seat majority in the Senate. It was a nakedly partisan speech, far more appropriate for a candidate for president than for a president.

Doesn't Mr. Obama care what Americans think? Or has he no clue?

In his State of the Union address, he said the problem wasn't that his policies were flawed, but that he hadn't explained them well enough. This from a guy who, according to CBS, made or held 411 speeches, press conferences and "public availabilities" in 2009. He also has suggested that people in Massachusetts voted for Scott Brown because they were still mad at George Bush, or at least his policies.

Even when he says nutty things, President Obama would rather be judged by his words than on his deeds. But people care more about what a president does than what he says -- no matter how much lipstick is slathered on the pig.

Posted by: drivl | February 1, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

As a democrat all I can say is "run Sarah, run!"
And thus assure another four years Of Obama's presidency.

Posted by: easysoul | February 1, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

katem1:

FWIW Mr. Cillizza did ban ME from his blog.

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Posted by: Bondosan | February 1, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

#1- c'mon CC, nothing was as nasty as happened to Dede in NY23. National republicans getting a local republican candidate thrown out of the race, and the Dems win the seat for the first time in 160 years. How can that not be nastier than what's going on in Illinois? Oh right, I forgot, it's only nasty if it's Democrats...cause you've known Chip Saltzman for a long time and he's the furthest thing from a racist, never acknowledging that what he did was offensive to millions of people. So obviously, GOPers can do no wrong in your eyes, or your blog.

Posted by: katem1 | February 1, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Scott Brown's honeymoon will end as soon as he has to start casting votes.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 1, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

We should probably include speaking fees and (at least as to Gov. Huckabee) per episode compensation from their Fox News contracts. Obviously, the amount of effort available to fundraise through each PAC directly impacts those numbers.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 1, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Spectroscopy my dear street corner. Spectrometery just means measuring things. And the comment wasn't directed to you.

Does Gov. Barbour have a PAC? His numbers might be interesting. I don't think the Huckster's going anywhere.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 1, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I think it is HIGHLY IMPROPER for Axelrod to go on TV and start to predict convictions in the terror trials.


TALK ABOUT TAINTING A JURY POOL.

Is Obama and his people PURPOSELY POISONING THE TERROR TRIALS ???

First Obama is trying to put some of the trials in New York, where it is practically impossible to seat an impartial jury - even if they did get a conviction - WHY WON'T AN APPEALS COURT OVERTURN THE CONVICTION BASED ON THE LACK OF AN IMPARTIAL JURY ???

Second, why wouldn't a motion for change of venue not succeed ??? AND AT THAT POINT, IS IT THE COURT'S JURISDICTION TO PLACE THE TRIAL, NOT THE ADMINISTRATION'S ???

We are getting into some wacky issues - issues in which Obama is losing control over the decisions - IT APPEARS THAT OBAMA HAS NOT THOUGHT ALL THIS OUT - AND OBAMA IS MAKING MOVES THAT ARE NOT THAT SMART.

NOW WE HAVE AXELROD - why is Axelrod "trying" the terrorists on Sunday morning talk shows - and tainting the jury pool ???


This says nothing about the intelligence issues involved with presenting evidence at the trials.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

IN AN AMERICA WHERE MAJOR FEDERAL AGENCIES DISRESPECT THE RULE OF LAW AND THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE REFUSES TO ENGAGE, POLITICS BECOMES LITTLE MORE THAN BREAD AND CIRCUSES.

Veteran Journalist Asks Justice Dept. Civil Rights Division:

'THOUSANDS ARE TERRORIZED, PHYSICALLY HARMED BY HOMELAND-SPAWNED, POLICE-PROTECTED MULTI-AGENCY GESTAPO...

..IS THAT WHY NO AUTHORITIES WILL INVESTIGATE?'

• Thousands of Americans unconstitutionally targeted, slandered, sabotaged and silently tortured and impaired by Bush-legacy "multi-agency program" that continues to persecute and physically assault.

Why is the Obama administration COVERING UP A BUSH-SPAWNED AMERICAN GENOCIDE?

* Bucks County, PA- based mid-Atlantic "fusion center" -- Ground Zero of an American Gestapo.

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR www.NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list) OR www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 1, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Re: #4:

We already had a thread about those PAC fundraising numbers. A better measure for comparison, however, would be PAC + book sales. In case you hadn't heard, Romney's book "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness" is scheduled for publication on March 2, 2010; an 18-state promotional book tour is planned. Then we can compare numbers.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 1, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

The thing about Quinn and Hynes - they look so much alike - except one has hair and the other doesn't have as much.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

"You are making a whole bunch of assertions, half of which I don't agree with. And I have to sit here and listen to them."


- Quote from Obama at a meeting in which Obama was attempting to demonstrate how bipartisan he is.


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yeah, he should have shouted out "You Lie" or "No, no, no" while grimacing

Posted by: newagent99 | February 1, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse


"You are making a whole bunch of assertions, half of which I don't agree with. And I have to sit here and listen to them."


- Quote from Obama at a meeting in which Obama was attempting to demonstrate how bipartisan he is.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

If only Mike Royko could come back from the dead. Illinois is entertaining politics as always.

Had to do a lot of paging through the comments section. It's not yet 9 a.m., yet about 5/6 of the comments section comes from a single individual. Well, off to the lab!

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Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 1, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

The idea of Scott Brown running against Obama is laughable. He wouldn't even win his own state. Plus, Brown will get voted out of office in three years and Michael Capuano will be the new Senator from the Bay State.
This guy is a flash in the pan, and he is soaking up his 15 minutes of fame while he can.

Posted by: AndyR3 | February 1, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

"You are making a whole bunch of assertions, half of which I don't agree with. And I have to sit here and listen to them."

- Obama's version of bipartisan listening.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe would love what is going on in Illinois between Quinn and Hynes


Obama is going to get into this one??? Seriously Folks -

HERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY GOVERNORS' RACE PLAYING OUT IN ILLINOIS THIS WEEK:

"You are a racist" -


"NO, You are the racist"

"NO, You father didn't like Harold Washington"


"NO, here is a tape of Harold Washington saying you are incompetent"

"NO, You are the racist"


"NO, Harold Washington doesn't LIKE YOU"

"NO, your father was a racist"

"NO your father was the racist"


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

JPDupre


Not only is Hynes dealing with digging up cemetaries, he is digging up old tapes of Harold Washington - everyone thinks this is the most ridiculous campaign in a long time.

Even worse for Hynes, he has opened the door for the truth about his own fathers' stance on Harold Washington to be injected into the fall campaign by the Republicans - and let me tell you it is NOT PRETTY.

In fact, digging up Harold Washington may be the dumbest idea ... ever.

The voters want to get the democrats out of the Governorship in Illinois - and in that atmosphere - with a good candidate like Kirk - it's going to be a Republican take-over.

People have not forgotten Blago and Burris - AND by the way Blago still pops up in the news from time to time, and Burris IS STILL IN THE SENATE.


Blago's trial will be this year - not a help but a reminder.


AND Tony Rezko still has some sentencing or something - or whatever - Tony Rezko is going to be in the middle of something this year.


Good luck.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Politics in Illinois, and especially Chicago, has been described as a "blood sport." It is also great entertainment for those of us who live here and are avid political junkies. That said, the predictions of a Republican takeover of President Obama's former senate seat, and of the governorship, will not come to pass. The Dems will win those seats, primarily because most Illinois voters are moderate, pragmatic individuals who don't care to swing to the right -- where it seems McKenna (one of the leading Republican contenders for Governor) and Kirk (the Sarah Palin panderer for Senate) are at.

My predictions -- can you say Governor Hynes and Senator Sexy Alexi?

Posted by: JPDupre | February 1, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

How much of a benefit is Brown's win for the GOP's bigger electoral picture when he is actively running away from the party's biggest constituency (the tea partiers)?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 1, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

OK - I just looked up the 2012 Senate elections -


With the two independents - the democrats will have 23 States up for re-election.


The Republicans will have 10 states up for re-election. If Scott Brown can hold Massachusetts - then Maine perhaps might be difficult for the Republicans to hold - however the other Republican seats look like they can be held for the Republicans.


The democrats have 23 states to hold - including North Dakota, Nebraska, Montana and the swing states of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Missouri -


Without a doubt 2012 is going to be a fundraising challenge for the democrats.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

The stories coming out of Illinois are great - they really are - however the bottom line is that the voters are ready to throw out the democrats.


On one level, the democrats are lucky they are getting the primary over with this week.

However, it is highly likely that Republicans will win the Senate seat and Governorship in Illinois this year.

You really have to watch some of these states in which the Governors race is held at the same time as a Senate race - the impact on the Senate race can be really important.


In this case, the issues in the Governors' race is going to drag down the democrat in the Senate race in November.

Many people don't believe that Obama - one way or the other - can influence voters to swing back to the democrats in Illinois this November - even IF Obama's standing were to be positive and would have otherwise helped.


Remember the fiasco over Raymond Burris - and Burris getting seated in the Senate - that is not going to help the democrats either.


So Chris - you can pretty much pencil in a Republican in Illinois Senate seat this year.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Re: Illinois gubernatorial primary's ugliess. You can't forget to mention that hynes came out with an ad in which former chicago mayor Harold Washington basically called Quinn incompetent and his hiring as an official in his administration the worst decision of his tenure. This get classified in the nasty category not just because Washington, chicago's first black mayor who overcame racist maneuvering by the political machine to win, is being made to look like he's endorsing hynes. More importantly, hynes' father mounted an independent campaign against washington, trying to play to white voters. Hynes himself appeared
in some of these anti-Washington ads. It's pretty bad.

Posted by: plathman | February 1, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Scott Brown -


Chris - it may be interesting to start to look at the 2012 Senate races - and see how things might play out.


It is possible that Scott Brown could have achieved a level of personal popularity in Massachusetts now - that he will cause heavy weight democrats to shy away from a race with him - and Scott Brown may be able to hold the seat in Massachusetts.

This is significant - because with the Senate being split so closely - a Republican holding on to a seat in a democratic state is an important advantage for the Republicans.

Chris - for instance - let's just say that the Republicans can pick up 7 Senate seats in 2010 - and Scott Brown can hold the seat in 2012, what are the chances of Republicans taking control of the Senate in that election.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

One could take #3 as a sign that Gitcho is hitching her wagon to a shooting star. As I mentioned earlier, Brown was clearly the better campaigner. Had he been the D and Coakley the R, he would have won handily. He closed a huge polling gap. That was not b/c of anything as much as personal appeal and hard work.

#2 says Brown has a winning personality one-to-one. If he can be a third New England centrist R in the Senate and not become marginalized in his own party then he will be good for his state, his region, and the country, not to mention the R Party, which has been missing any balance to its post-BHO failure to offer any domestic solutions except "tax cuts".

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 1, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Yea, Illinois is a real circus - however it doesn't stop there - Apparently an old feud between the fathers of Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes has also surfaced - with one side digging up an old tape of Harold Washington criticizing Pat Quinn - from like the 70s.


It is quite a sight seeing Harold Washington, the first black Mayor of Chicago - criticizing one of today's candidates on tape.


Add to this that about half the state can be reached by Chicago radio - and I have been told the radio commercials have been out of control.

Apparently the father of Pat Quinn was an old Chicago alderman - as was the father of Dan Hynes -- and all that has come to a clash with the fathers' old stances on Harold Washington - all in a effort to curry favor with the black community today in the Governor's race.


Add to this the Blago controversy - and the charge that Pat Quinn has keep many of the Blago appointees.

The Governor's race in November will almost certainly have a major impace on the Senate election - to the dismay of the democrats.


So Obama's home State influence is bound to have much less impact than the Governor's race in November.


All politics is local - and in November in Illinois, how people feel about Obama's job performance will actually have much less impact than in other parts of the country.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 1, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else think Jon Hamm's impression of Scott Brown was dead on during SNL? At least in terms of looks. He laid on the accent a bit thick.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 1, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Gingrich is one of those pols who got enormously rich while a public servent. He's always been very good at attracting money.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 1, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

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