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Blanche Lincoln, Bill Halter prepare for Arkansas Senate runoff

Update, 12:21 pm: Utah Sen. Bob Bennett (R) has, as expected, ruled out a write-in run for his seat. "I will not run a write-in campaign for the senate race in Utah," Bennett said moments ago at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to "The Note's" Rick Klein. (For more on Bennett, see item #3)

1. In the wake of the primary race in Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter sought to quickly pivot to a June 8 runoff carrying two very different views of what Tuesday's results meant.

For Lincoln, the primary dynamic was ideological in nature as D.C. Morrison, the little known third candidate in the race, scooped up a surprisingly large number of votes with his conservative pitch on issues. (Morrison, for example, opposed the President's health care legislation.) Under Lincoln's assessment of the primary vote, Morrison voters, largely attracted by his ideological profile, are more likely to find a home with the moderate incumbent than with Halter come June 8.

For Halter, the primary dynamic was "change versus more of the same" as the two non-incumbent candidates took a combined 55.5 percent of the vote on Tuesday night despite Lincoln going all out to avoid a runoff.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that Halter's read on the primary is more likely right as it's somewhat hard to imagine that a voter who wasn't with Lincoln on May 18 would be for her three weeks later.

Because of the short time frame between primary and runoff, the dynamics of the runoff are not dissimilar to those of the primary.

The central battleground is likely to be among African-American voters who comprise 15.5 percent of the state's population but a significantly larger chunk of the Democratic primary electorate.

To that end, Lincoln's campaign announced Wednesday that former President (and Arkansas governor) Bill Clinton would stump for her on May 28. Clinton is wildly popular among black voters. During the primary, Lincoln also benefited from radio ads featuring President Barack Obama and her campaign will almost certainly pressure the White House to have the nation's first black president do even more for her in the runoff.

Also keep an eye on the eastern Arkansas 1st district, which Lincoln represented from 1992 to 1996, and the Little-Rock based 2nd district. Both congressional seats are open and feature contested Democratic runoffs, meaning that turnout should be high in each.

2. A new Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) poll shows former eBay CEO Meg Whitman leading state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner 38 percent to 29 percent, a drastic narrowing of a race the wealthy businesswoman once led by 50 or more points.

The PPIC results affirm private polling that suggested Whitman had collapsed in recent weeks amid a withering attack from Poizner on her conservative credentials -- specifically on immigration.

Hoping to counter Poizner's momentum, Whitman hit the airwaves with an ad taking a hard line stance on border security but, in so doing, acknowledged the damage she had incurred from the attacks.

That Whitman finds herself in a serious race is somewhat amazing given that she has spent nearly $60 million of her own money already on the contest. California has a history, however, of rebuking free-spending millionaires (or, in Whitman's case, billionaire) with the statewide candidacies of Michael Huffington, Al Checchi and Jane Harman as prime examples.

In the contested Republican primary for Senate, the PPIC poll showed former HP executive Carly Fiorina at 25 percent, former Rep. Tom Campbell at 23 percent and state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore at 16 percent.

The California primary is set for June 8.

3. It appears as though Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) has decided against waging a write-in reelection campaign for his seat.

Bennett, who lost the GOP nomination at his party's state convention earlier this month, had been pondering whether to run for his seat as a write-in candidate ever since. But the location of his scheduled press conference at noon tomorrow -- the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill -- suggests he won't pull the trigger.

The NRSC has already said it will support the winner of the primary, and Republican leaders would rather not deal with a write-in candidacy in either the primary or general election ballots.

Running as a write-in candidate was always somewhat far-fetched for Bennett. While he is a well known commodity in the state, Bennett would have to raise significant sums of money -- without a party apparatus behind him -- to educate voters about the need to write-him in. (Speaking of write-in candidacies, this gives us a good chance to plug one of our favorite campaign jingles ever -- a ditty composed to convince voters to write-in Charlie Wilson in a 2006 Ohio House race.)

Attorney Mike Lee and former congressional candidate Tim Bridgewater will face off in the June 22 GOP primary.

4. Rep. Jerry Moran has surged to a 53 percent to 27 percent lead over Rep. Todd Tiahrt in the Republican primary race for the seat being vacated by Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback (R), according to an internal poll released by Moran's campaign.

The polling memo, which was penned by Public Opinion Strategies' Glen Bolger, shows Moran with significantly higher favorable ratings than Tiahrt. It also shows Moran leading Tiahrt 51 percent to 33 percent among the nearly six in ten Republican primary voters who are "favorable to the Tea Party movement."

The race between Moran and Tiahrt has taken a contentious turn as both candidates battle to claim the conservative mantle ahead of their August 3 primary -- and tout their dueling endorsement from conservative national leaders.

Moran has the backing of Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and has gone up with TV ads touting that he's "voted against every bailout, every stimulus, and against Obama's health care takeover."

Tiahrt, who's been endorsed by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson, has charged that Moran is being "disingenuous" about his record, claiming earlier this month that Moran "pulled a John Kerry" on the Bush tax cuts by voting "against the tax cut before he voted for it."

Tiahrt's campaign issued a memo today claiming that the Moran poll is "bogus" -- calling the survey a "push poll." Moran spokesperson Dan Conston called that characterization "over-the-top" and said that Tiahrt's campaign is "very loose with facts."

Whoever wins the Republican nod is considered a shoo-in for the seat; the Sunflower State hasn't elected a Democratic senator since 1932.

5. Iraq war veteran Vaughn Ward, a top recruit of national Republicans whose campaign against Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) has been bedeviled by a series of missteps recently, announced Wednesday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be coming to the state to campaign with him.

Palin, who was born in Idaho, will appear Friday at a Ward fundraiser at the Qwest Arena in Boise. Tickets are going for $10 each, as well as $250 to attend a "VIP reception" and $1,000 for a photo op.

Ward worked for Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) during the 2008 presidential campaign when Palin served as the vice presidential nominee.

The news couldn't have come at a better time for Ward. He parted ways last week with his campaign manager after the campaign was caught apparently stealing its issue positions from other websites.

Ward has also dealt with revelations about late property tax payments and not voting in the 2008 presidential election. And he received lots of bad press for railing against the bailouts in Congress while his wife worked for one of biggest bailout beneficiaries, Fannie Mae.

Ward has reached the final stage of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns fundraising program but he faces a primary with state Rep. Raul Labrador next Tuesday.

Minnick, meanwhile, seems to be doing just about everything he needs to in order to win in a district that went for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) by 26 points in 2008, and the race has dropped on GOP target lists of late.

With Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 20, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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1. Blanche Lincoln sort of astonished me on primary night Tuesday. Lincoln was saying she was excited b/c everyone had written her off. She was the most excited incumbent I've ever seen to be in a run-off primary. John Boozman performed well taking the R primary and is well on his way to becoming the next US Senator of Arkansas.

2. I think Poizner has a great shot to win this primary. It's truly an open race, and I think Poizner will beat out Whitman in this race to win. Yes he will have to donate large sums of money, but he already has. He's spent like $20 million to Whitman's $60 million, and yet Poizner has a great shot to win. If he wins, Poizner will donate to himself more money than Brown has overnight. Great R primary and GE here if Poizner wins, but if Whitman wins I think Brown will pull away in the GE.

4. Looks like Moran will be the next US Senator in Kansas.

Posted by: reason5 | May 20, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow, it's amazing that there are still tons of Americans who believe that bailouts and healthcare reform shouldn't have happened.

Posted by: MikeK3 | May 20, 2010 1:53 PM
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You remind me of the guy driving down the wrong way on the turnpike and wondering why all those other people are going the wrong way.

Posted by: bartling | May 20, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow, it's amazing that there are still tons of Americans who believe that bailouts and healthcare reform shouldn't have happened.

Bailouts stink, but consider the alternatives: the economy would be much worse off, perhaps would have collapsed. Bailouts are just a necessary evil, and they have happened under Republicans in the past, as well.

Many think that healthcare reform wasn't necessary. It was especially necessary during this awful Recession. Persons without coverage just end up in health crises at some point, and this costs the taxpayers much more than preventive maintenance does. The system is broke and a batch of visionaries sought to fix it. They are intelligent, bold and insightful leaders.

Finally, the "throw the bums out" mentality sweeping this nation is misguided. Take your anger out in more constructive ways! Putting in a bunch of inexperienced rebels is not going to make this country stronger. It will make us confused and lost.

Posted by: MikeK3 | May 20, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Bumblingberry writes for dailyradar, too. he's just using another name there.

We are so blessed he finds SO MUCH time for The Fix because he is one busy writer for sure.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 20, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Bye folks!

Posted by: drindl | May 20, 2010 12:14 PM


not even two minutes. Is your life really that empty of any substance whatsoever?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

When you liberals threaten to leave, can you at least do so and stay away. Our sole intention is to clean up this blog and take out the stooge trash.

you are not going to find a bevy of posters begging you to stay. you are like Obama in that regard. What does it take to send the message?

I am sure the 5 or 6 of you who refuse to see the reality of the world could be perfectly happy over at Kos or Huff, where having a brain is strictly optional and not really prevalent.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

It's funny when he accuses me of cut and paste when most of his posts are ripoffs, margaret.

But, as always -- it's projection. Whatever he says about others is always actually about him.

Posted by: drindl | May 20, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I thought I'd come back for awhile but it is still the sewer clogged by the same old characters spamming the blog with insults.

Bye-bye

Posted by: JRM2 | May 20, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"Our lives are as empty as hers without her around. Huh?

Posted by: bumblingberry "


.

You don't need me to make your life empty. You do that all by yourself.

Posted by: drindl | May 20, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

WOW. Getliberty is also ripping Bumblingberry off. I didn't know this happened on the internet!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 20, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Ped Bingo

Declares everyone ignores all but him. then posts the text she didn't read.

B

drivl actually thinks anyone comes to this blog to pore through her weak loony left cut and pastes. Oh boo hoo, she expects. Our lives are as empty as hers without her around. Huh?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Wait...

Bumblingberry writes for Creator.com, but there he's using the name Larry Elders. Or else Bumblingberry is being ripped-off by TWO writers.

I'm feeling sorry for Bumblingberry :'-(

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 20, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

One angry empty-life stooge loudly proclaims its departure (to last no more than one hour), after fiding enough change in the cushions for a frozen yogurt.

right on cue, the other, even more angry, empty headed liberal ninkompoop arrives to take up the cause of idiocy.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse


In March, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, lost her party's nomination for governor. Her opponent, incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, called her "Kay Bailout" over Hutchinson's vote for TARP. A Republican libertarian won the GOP primary for Senate in Kentucky.

In Florida, Republicans dumped Gov. Charlie Crist in the primary race for Senate. Crist, in a photo used against him by his opponents, hugged President Barack Obama. He supported the stimulus package. He also supported ObamaCare, a plan rejected by Florida voters, who, according to a Rasmussen poll, favor its repeal 62 percent to 33 percent. His Tea Party-backed opponent, Marco Rubio, former speaker of the Florida House, portrayed Crist as insufficiently fiscally conservative.

In Arizona, former Republican presidential candidate John McCain finds himself in a primary dogfight against former Rep. J.D. Hayworth. McCain did a 180 on "immigration reform" and now supports the new Arizona anti-illegal alien law. McCain famously "temporarily suspended" his presidential campaign during the Wall Street meltdown and voted for the widely unpopular bank bailouts.
The message is clear.

Obama and the Democrats misread the 2008 elections, misunderstood the mood of the people and pursued an agenda that voters neither expected nor wanted. Voters, unlike Democrats and many Republicans, reject the idea that financial firms deserve a taxpayer-paid rescue because they are "too big to fail."

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Bumblingberry writes for FreeRepublic?

Or there's some guy named Hanson on FreeRepublic taking credit for Bumblingberry's writing. Does Bumblingberry know someone is ripping him off? Here's the guy stealing his writing and posting it on FreeRepublic. What kind of a LOW LIFE would do that?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2516629/posts

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 20, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

No. Voters said: "It's not the incumbents, stupid. It's how they voted. It's what they stand for." No incumbent who voted against the Bush/Obama bank bailouts, the "stimulus" package and ObamaCare lost his or her job.

Voters hate the bank bailouts. They hate the government takeover of car companies. They do not believe that the $800 billion stimulus package stimulated anything but bigger government. They reject ObamaCare and think it's costly and likely to worsen health care. Incumbents who voted for these things now face the music.

Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief that Mark Critz -- Democrat and former staffer of the late Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa. -- won the special election to succeed Murtha. But the pro-life, anti-gun control Critz said he would have voted against ObamaCare. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda of higher taxes, more spending and bigger government.

At their convention in Utah earlier this month, Republicans dumped incumbent and TARP supporter Sen. Bob Bennett, who also co-sponsored a health care bill that smelled a lot like ObamaCare. In Arkansas, another TARP supporter, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, must go through a June runoff election against a Democrat who painted her as a buddy to Wall Street banks. Calling Lincoln "Bailout Blanche," her opponent, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, attacked her for taking contributions from Wall Street firms that received bailouts. He called TARP a cozy "Washington and Wall Street" arrangement that allows financial firms to fill "their pockets with insider deals and stick Arkansas families with the bill."

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

well, let's see, 10 posts by bumblingzouk in about 5 minutes. I see the blog has gone to hell for the day.

Maybe CC will figure out that this loser drives everyone else away.

Bye folks!

Posted by: drindl | May 20, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

In Pennsylvania, for example, Democrats rejected Obama’s personal appeal to support a party-switcher – while in Kentucky, Republicans rejected their party’s chosen nominee to support a candidate who they believe will be more aggressive in taking the fight to the Obama regime.

In both cases, Obama loses. And while the mainstream media continues to portray the Tea Party as part of the “fringe” of America’s political spectrum (while relying on a generic “anti-incumbency” foil to insulate Obama from the dramatic electoral defeats), the truth is the roots of this new limited government movement are deeper and stronger than anyone previously imagined. Also, reversing Obama’s harmful policies not only remains the movement’s raison d’etre – but its source of popular support.

For example, two months after its passage, the latest Rasmussen reports poll shows that 56 percent of Americans favor repealing Obama’s socialized medicine law – which is actually a higher number than Rasmussen recorded in the aftermath of Congress passing the legislation.

That’s true “staying power,” and the longer Obama continues to ignore America’s rejection of him, his candidates and his agenda, the stronger the movement against him will grow.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

It began last November in statewide races in Virginia and New Jersey. Then it swept through Massachusetts in a stunning U.S. Senate special election this January. Most recently, it has spilled over into primary battles in Utah, Kentucky and Pennsylvania – growing more potent as the calendar year advances toward a climactic November 2010 showdown.

“It” is the ongoing, unequivocal public repudiation of the agenda of President Barack Obama – a seismic shift in the thinking of the American electorate regarding the sort of “change” they want for their country. In several races “it” is also a direct rejection of Obama himself – as evidenced by the deaf ear voters turned to his personal appeals on behalf of Massachusetts’ Attorney General Martha Coakley and party-switching Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter.

Both Coakley and Specter enjoyed commanding leads over their opponents prior to Obama’s active engagement in their races, with Specter enjoying a 21-point cushion over Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak as recently as last month (Sestak ended up defeating Specter by a 54-46 percent margin). Similarly, Sen. Scott Brown trailed Coakley by 17 points just two weeks before pulling off his improbable five-point upset victory.

In both races, Obama appeared in radio and television ads on behalf of the losing candidates – and in the Massachusetts race he paid a last-minute visit to the Bay State in an unsuccessful effort to rally Coakley’s faltering campaign (similar to his failed last-ditch effort to revive the flagging candidacy of New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine).

There was no eleventh hour visit for Specter – but only because Obama’s political advisors read the handwriting on the wall and were desperate to avoid yet another embarrassing image of their boss with his arms draped around another losing candidate. Accordingly, after pledging to give Specter his “full support,” when Election Day rolled around Obama was nowhere to be found – and wasn’t even following the race “all that closely,” according to his spokesman.

How’s that for loyalty?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Take a shower drivl. you smell.

==

Christ what a sick b astard

why do you even bother, zouk? Everyone skips over your posts, regardless if which moniker you post under.

Ever thought about getting a job? Oh, that's right, nobody can stand having you around.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 20, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Moron below this post as of typing, that does not make logical sense. Just because you are liked by a particular group does not mean you yourself have to like that particular group. If Clinton were endorsed by NAMBLA would that make him a gay pedophile?

Now that that's out of the way, I don't expect Obama to do much for Lincoln. Her general election numbers are anemic, and all things considered Obama would probably be happier with Halter.

Posted by: thecorinthian | May 20, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"Clinton is wildly popular among black voters."


Gee and I thought we were all told he was a racist by the Obama people.

Posted by: ebabin | May 20, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Aside from the passing of messianic environmentalism and European utopianism, we are also seeing the unraveling of Obama’s reset-button foreign policy, announced to such fanfare in January 2009. It was apparently predicated on the assumption that much of the tension in the world was caused by George W. Bush’s United States, and therefore could be ameliorated through apology, retrenchment, dialogue, public self-critique, and criticism of prior presidents.

So add it all up: the Al-Arabiya interview, the Cairo speech, the distancing from Israel, the euphemisms like “overseas contingency operations” and “man-caused disasters,” the politically correct banishment of any anti-terrorism phraseology associated with Islam, the repeated announcements of the closing of Guantanamo and the trying of KSM in New York, the strange case of Attorney General Eric Holder, who can call his own fellow citizens “cowards” but not associate radical Islam with recent attempts by Muslims to kill those fellow citizens en masse — and we get Syria supplying terrorists with missiles, Iran ever closer to a bomb, and the largest number of terrorist attempts inside the U.S. over the past year than during any other twelve-month period since September 11, 2001.

Indeed, a trait of this administration is to speak far more harshly of fellow Americans than it does of our enemies: Arizonans vote to enforce federal immigration laws, so the administration offers them up to the Chinese as an example of American civil-liberties violations. In our morally equivalent world, a government that would enforce laws against those who entered the country illegally is not all that different from a government that not long ago killed more than 40 million of its own.

If Europe is our model of soft power; if Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and other autocracies are the moral equivalents of democratic Israel; if it is not radical Islam that empowered a Hasan, an Abdulmutallab, or a Shahzad; if Iran can be reasoned with to abandon its nuclear agenda; and if Russia can be flattered into acting responsibly — then the world suddenly does not work in the way it has in the past 2,500 years of civilization.

What is common to all these disillusionments — the intolerance and dishonesty of environmental extremism, the European Union crackup, and Barack Obama’s renewal of Jimmy Carter’s failed foreign policy? They all can be traced to a global Western elite that in its intellectual arrogance confused late-20th-century technological progress with a supposed evolution in human nature itself. Heaven on earth was to be ushered in by those who deemed themselves so wise and so moral that they could remake civilization in their own image — even if that sometimes meant the end of disinterested research, basic arithmetic, and simple common sense.

— Victor Davis Hanson

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Another dream — the European Union — is also imploding. Beneath the hysteria over Greece is a simple truth: All the capital that Germany piled up over the last 20 years through its export-driven economy was never really there; it must now be forfeited to those who borrowed from Germany in order to buy from Germany. In some sense, if a taxi driver in the Peloponnese drove a Mercedes beyond the reach of most Americans, it was not because of his capital-creating productivity, but rather because of his country’s ability to lure the Germans into lending Greece euros at nearly nonexistent interest.

For decades we were lectured about the EU’s nuanced practice of “soft power,” and we were told how life was at last good when one garnered cradle-to-grave government entitlements, retired early, and expected American arms to protect and German money to subsidize the collective borrowing binge. Apparently because Europeans did not drawl and go to church, we were supposed to believe that they had reinvented finance, and loans could be floated rather than paid back.

In 2009, the vision of the new Obama administration was European: foreign-policy triangulation, government takeovers of private enterprises, higher taxes, more entitlements and public workers, and always more “them/us” class-warfare rhetoric from members of a technocratic guardian class who had played the very system they were now to oversee. Apparently Obama’s high-level appointees — from Timothy Geithner to Van Jones — thought they were our versions of Brussels bureaucrats, who could say and do anything with no need to worry about popular reaction.

Then came the Greek meltdown. The music of this parlor game stopped, and all the poor players standing — German banks, anonymous bondholders, EU technocrats, Greek politicians and public unions — lunged for the far too few seats.
Here in the United States, we will have a last chance in November to brake before following the European bus into the abyss. Who would have thought, a mere year ago, that the theme of 2010 would be: How lucky is Turkey that it has not been accepted into the European Union!

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

ATTENTION TEAM OBAMA: How can politics matter when political speech in America is CENSORED by chain-of-command disrespecting bureaucrats?

HOW COVERT U.S. GOV'T WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE USES 'SPOOFED' (FAKED) WEBSITES TO IMPOSE IDEOLOGICAL CENSORSHIP ON THE INTERNET

• If you are "targeted" by a rogue fusion center warrantless surveillance program for your politics, your comment to a political blog may appear only on a "spoofed" page visible over your connection, not on anyone else's.

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

AND WHAT WOULD PROMPT THIS DRACONIAN CENSORSHIP?

Perhaps, this article documenting Homeland Security's microwave cellular "torture tower" weapon system -- silently irradiating, impairing and harming extrajudicially "targeted" Americans:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "Obama: Take Down Fusion Center Gestapo..."

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 20, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Less Than a Third of Meteorologists Endorse Anthropogenic Global Warming

It looks like we have a consensus on global warming after all. Among meteorologists, the consensus is that despite the weighty sticks and lucrative carrots employed for years by the left-wing establishment, warm-mongers are in the minority:

From CBS News via Breitbart TV comes some surprising [to moonbats] news: a joint George Mason University and University of Texas survey of TV meteorologists in America reveals that while more than half (54 percent) believe global warming is happening, less than a third (31 percent) believe it is caused by human activity, specifically man-made carbon emissions as determined by the IPCC and others.
But maybe we should turn over the last of our liberties to Big Government, cripple the economy, and plunge the world into a dark age of poverty and totalitarianism, just in case wealth and freedom really do cause there to be something wrong with the weather as our rulers keep telling us.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

On the Left, It's 1964 4Ever


Chairman Zero's progressive leftist fanboys are giggling with glee because their smartest and most masculine thought leader, Rachel Maddow, asked Republican Senate Candidate Rand Paul a question he didn't answer well with requisite political slickness... about the 1964 Civil Rights Act!

For the record, he could have answered it better, e.g. by simply stating that as a libertarian, he was wary of Federal Intrusion into private business decisions and that there should be limits to such intrusion. But, for Pete's sake, the Civil Rights Act was 46 frakkin' years ago! Put down the bong and look at a calendar, you stupid hippies! You may not like it, but the country has made a whole lotta racial progress since then, and to most people, a hypothetical about the Civil Rights Era isn't really salient to the Massive Government Debt Era.

The country has moved on, but the idiot left is stuck in 1964. Rand Paul is not going to travel back in time, Quantum Leap style, to vote against the Civil Rights Act. (He has actually said he would have voted for it.) But if it makes you feel better, if he does manage to travel back in time, Timecop-style, to 1964, he would probably vote against the Vietnam War, too.

Feel better, hippies

Take a shower drivl. you smell.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Obama new way revealed:

Yesterday, CNN’s Rick Sanchez asked Sestak whether the White House had offered him a gig as Secretary of the Navy in order to buy him out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary. He dissembled, although he did confirm that the White House offered him a job. Here’s the problem: Now that he’s the nominee, Sestak needs and will receive Obama’s full support. But the bribe issue is still there, and it’s not going away. I suspect he will eventually regret bringing it up in the first place. It probably outraged liberals enough to help him defeat Sen. Arlen.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

the perils of Liberalism:

Weekly jobless claims rise 25,000 to 471,000

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 20, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

This is the real narrative that is building. Extremists teabaggers out to destroy republican establishment:

"Republican operatives orchestrated the tea party movement to lay the foundation for Republican electoral gains. However, the far right tea parties have been uncontrollable, demanding that Republican candidates support extreme positions like eliminating Social Security, Medicare, the Department of Education, and even the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Paul’s success has already sent ripples throughout the GOP establishment, with other ramifications in Kentucky and for upcoming GOP primaries:

– Todd Lally, an extremist who has said that President Obama wouldn’t be able to get a security clearance, road Paul’s coattails to defeat the establishment-backed candidate Jeff Reetz in the primary for Kentucky’s third congressional district. Reetz is a Pizza Hut franchise owner who received financial support from the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC).

– Vauhn Ward, Sarah Palin endorsed Republican candidate in Idaho’s first congressional district, is quickly losing favor with the Republican primary voters. The tea party-backed candidate, State Rep. Raul Labrador, is surging in the polls against Ward. NRCC leaders like chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) has hosted a fundraiser for Ward.

– In Pennsylvania’s third district yesterday, voters chose tea party candidate Mike Kelly over NRCC-endorsed candidate Paul Huber.

– In the Colorado U.S. Senate race, far right tea party candidate Ken Buck is surging in the polls against Jane Norton, the longtime Republican politician chosen by the National Republican Senatorial Committee to run.

As ThinkProgress reported earlier this year, extreme tea party candidates have sought to purge Republican incumbents and handpicked GOP candidates in races all over the country."

Posted by: drindl | May 20, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Here's more 'mainstream' teabagger spew:

'In an apparent bid to stoke further controversy, the Tea Party leader who last week referred to Allah as a "Monkey God" has apologized -- but to Hindus, not Muslims. And in an earlier blog post, now removed, he refers to Islam as a "7th Century Death Cult coughed up by a psychotic pedophile."

Posted by: drindl | May 20, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Looks like those April highs may stand for some time.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 20, 2010 10:35 AM

instead of april highs I would worry about the feb lows. if s&p breaks below 1045 - 1055, market is in big trouble and could continue way down to march 2009 lows.

if s&p doesn't break below feb lows, could be a good opportunity soon to make some money on a temporary contra-trend bounce back up.

Posted by: doof | May 20, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Is Rand Paul radical? Well, here's one thing

"--Rand Paul, who won the Republican nomination for Senate in Kentucky, has gotten some attention for criticizing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for requiring private businesses to desegregate."

He beleives businesses should be allowed to discriminate based on race. Do we think that is 'mainstream'?

Paul also wants to repeal the American With Disabilities Act and let 'local businesses decide whether the disabled have rights.'

This is the baggers for ya. Bring back the good old days of blatant discrimination.

Posted by: drindl | May 20, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Nothing Campbell says suggests he would be anything more than just another reliable R 'no' vote on anything sensible, so I would stick with Boxer.

Posted by: drindl | May 20, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I have thought the same about Campbell from this distance, shrink. I have a low regard for Sen. Boxer, and were I in CA I would want the choice of an "old school" R.
But, alas, I am old.

bsimon, I agree that lack of enthusiasm for non-presidential elections is the cause of the "Don't know" strength in the polls. Even NPR seems to believe that Rs are enthusiastic. I would not bet there is a 3% difference among Rs, Ds, and Is in "enthusiasm". I think it is all relative apathy and sloth.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 20, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Not, much going on in politics today.

But leapin may be right about the markets, this is starting to look worse than a "correction". Looks like those April highs may stand for some time. Euros, who would have thought their sovereign debt problem would call the question on ours?

Non sequitur alert. Can't wait for the next iteration of one of the great sports rivalries, Celtics v. Lakers. Old (except for Rajon, of course), but crafty, great coaches, veteran teams. A classic, I hope.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 20, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

"Ward has reached the final stage of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns fundraising program but he faces a primary with state Rep. Raul Labrador next Tuesday."

this going to be more contentious than you think, CC. The Teabaggers have pledged to support Labrador, and the R divisions mean Minnick has nothing to worry about.

Posted by: drindl | May 20, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"...what did you think of Campbell in the House?"

Do you mean his political record as a congressman? I don't anything about that first hand. But if you are asking whether he'd be a better Senator than Fiorina, absolutely. Carly is a charlatan.

Campbell is old school, a Milton Friedman protege and by all accounts, unlike so many of the newly minted Republican politicians, this guy can play well with others.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 20, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin asks
"By implication in the cited poll, "others or none" lead the R gubernatorial and senatorial races. Is that not odd, 23 days out?"


Enthusiasm gap?


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Posted by: bsimon1 | May 20, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

#1: ditto to AndyR3's comment. Who votes in a primary run-off? Do they get more than 10% turnout?

#2: June 8 is stacking up to be another fun day - AR & CA primaries. Are there more?

#3: ho-hum. AndyR3: it doesn't matter who the D is.

#4: what's the matter with Kansas?

#5: All this nonsense about a tidal election ignores the critical component of recruiting. Its hard to believe a state like Idaho couldn't come up with somebody better suited to pass vetting than Ward.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 20, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I just looked at the PPIC poll, and actually Whitman leads "Don't know" and Poizner. However, "Don't know leads in the Senatorial race. I hope Campbell wins the nomination because I think he is a substantially better candidate.

Shrink, you are closer to CA, what did you think of Campbell in the House?

Which AR D now polls best against the R? I think the CW is wrong - the anti-union Morrison vote will either stay home or vote against Halter.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 20, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

By implication in the cited poll, "others or none" lead the R gubernatorial and senatorial races. Is that not odd, 23 days out?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 20, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Chris:

How come you're not all over the PA Tom Corbett "Twitter" story:

"PA top lawman, GOP gov hopeful, subpoenas Twitter to 'out' blogger critics"

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10140/1059493-454.stm


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Misinformed Obama admin does nothing to stop Bush-era domestic atrocities...

FED MICROWAVE CELL TOWER WEAPON SYSTEM SILENTLY ASSAULTS, TORTURES, IMPAIRS 'TARGETED' AMERICANS: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• "Dissidents" and "undesirables" also targeted by multi-agency "program" for financial sabotage, community-based, police-protected vigilante stalking and harassment -- a genocidal purge.

All of those cell towers you see all over America are NOT all for phone calls.

Some of them are TORTURE TOWERS -- part of a nationwide microwave/laser radio frequency "directed energy weapon" system that is being used by operatives of the multi-agency Homeland Security-run "fusion center" network to silently torture, impair, and physically and neurologically degrade the functioning and well-being of extrajudicially, unjustly '"targeted" citizens...

And apparently, this precision-targeted domestic weapon system being used to attack and harm U.S. citizens has been deployed WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS or high state officials.

• When will President Obama get a grip on a rogue bureaucracy still run by Bush-Cheney leave-behinds?

BUCKS COUNTY, PA: "Mid-Atlantic States (including D.C.) Centcom of a fusion center 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 NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "Obama: Take Down Fusion Center Gestapo..."

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 20, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely astonishing - that Obama is SIDING WITH THE ILLEGAL ALIENS IN THEIR ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR.

Obama practically described ANY ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW AS DISCRIMINATION.

THIS IS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GONE INSANE.

Obama NEVER met a probable cause he didn't like.

EVEN WHEN PROBABLE CAUSE IS HANDED TO HIS WIFE, THEY REFUSE TO ENFORCE THE LAW.

The DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS PRACTICALLY SIDED WITH 12 MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY - AND THEY HAVE DECIDED THAT THEY DO NOT WANT TO ENFORCE THE LAW.

In fact, if someone in the country WANTS to enforce the law, the democrats apparently believe a BOYCOTT is the right response.

THIS IS A COMPLETE DISRESPECT FOR THE LAWS OF OUR NATION.

If you are here legally, you should have respect for the laws, AND SUPPORT THE ENFORCEMENT OF THOSE LAWS.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 20, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"she can't have piled up all that money by being crazy"

All evidence is to the contrary it seems.

Posted by: AndyR3 | May 20, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

People are beginning to say that Obama has completely lost control of the Change message.

Welll......

Obama took the Change word - but did he ever really have it???

Obama took the word Change during the democratic primaries - but up to that point, it was really Bill Clinton's campaign theme - and Obama was using it against Hillary.


The thing is: OBAMA NEVER REALLY TOOK THE CHANGE THEME BEYOND PRINTING UP A BUNCH OF SIGNS AND HANGING THEM UP DURING HIS RALLIES.

The point is that the Obama NEVER fully defined the Change idea for himself.

OK Change did mean get rid of Bush - but CHANGE TO WHAT? This question really wasn't answered by Obama - and Obama failed to own that word in any meaningful way beyond asking for a change of parties.

Obama's FAILURE to adhere to his other campaign planks - bipartisanship, post-racial, transparency - FURTHER eroded Obama's hold on the the Change theme -

A strong argument can be made that Obama himself has given up the Change idea with his failure to be truly bipartisan on the health care and instead push through a far-left agenda.

The other Change ideas - like on terrorism - are a complete non-starter with the public - and the public really may not be upset with Obama on those issues ONLY BECAUSE THEY DON'T ACTUALLY BELIEVE THESE ARE THE ADMINISTRATION POLICIES.


Obama is getting away with things - in part because a large part of the population does not believe that Obama would have policies with which the public DISAGREES SO MUCH.


That is why Obama's position is so precarious - because all it will take is one incident to bring to the public attention that Obama is out there on another policy - and there will be an outcry.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 20, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Seems like the liberals on here are playing like a bunch of children - if they can not dominate everything, they want to pick up their marbles and leave.

It is obvious that they are demanding to control the storyline - which is wrong.


It is amazing that they do not want to stand and defend their ideas - which are flawed.

Something happened to the left during the Bush years -

The left found itself isolated - and they started talking to themselves and developing some wacky ideas which they are just holding onto - one is a COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR FISCAL RESTRAINT - everything seems to revolve around the Iraqi war - the idea that if we can pay for a war, we can spend trillions on other things. Also what developed was a nasitiness - and a complete unwillingness to compromise -

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 20, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

It is old news, but it is still, so shocking. How could Meg Whitman have decided a Dick Cheney endorsement would help her? Ok, sure you have to get to the general election to contest it, but winning it is all that matters. And you can't just walk away from a Dick Cheney endorsement.

What does she think motivated this country, the United States of America, to elect Barak Hussein Obama its Commander in Chief?
Does she really think most Californians have a soft spot for Dick Cheney?

I mean, she can't have piled up all that money by being crazy.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 20, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

"...what is supposed to be the most favorable election cycle for Republicans in a generation..."

When over here, in the real world,
the Republicans are falling apart.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 20, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Yes, the British are a prurient people, aren't they?

Posted by: DDAWD | May 20, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

From CNN, it seems Boehner and Sessions may be in some trouble...

"The source also told CNN that the NRCC “has a lot of explaining to do and frankly, needs a proctology exam. People that are paid to win races can’t keep losing them – especially now, in what is supposed to be the most favorable election cycle for Republicans in a generation.”

Proctology Exam, better hope that is covered under Obamacare.

Posted by: AndyR3 | May 20, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

sick bastard

Posted by: shrink2 | May 20, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

A couple of one-eyed monsters?

Posted by: DDAWD | May 20, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm only half done with my first cup of Pete's, but dd, I don't get it.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 20, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

#1-I think the biggest thing in the run-off will be turnout, period. Lincoln has the Democratic establishment behind her (and WJC coming in sure won't hurt either), so I think she will have a better chance of getting her people out to vote. Also if the financial reform bill passes with Lincoln's amendment in it then she will get a tremendous amount of positive free press, which may push her over the line.

#2-Like I said last week you guys should go and hear the NPR story on this American Life about Poizner, it is very telling of what kind of person he is.

#3-CC, who is the "Democratic" nominee in Utah (I use quotes because they would be republicans in almost any other state).

Posted by: AndyR3 | May 20, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

#6 - apparently we will be having our first gay-porn themed Olympic games in a couple of years.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/20/sports/olympics/20mascot.html

Posted by: DDAWD | May 20, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Under new Bill, Health insurance is a must, but now you can easily find health insurance for your family under $40 http://bit.ly/bYoNQH

Posted by: basemore20 | May 20, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

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