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Incumbent Armageddon?: What to watch for

Welcome to the biggest primary day of the 2010 cycle! Voters are voting in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Arkansas and Oregon. We'll have full coverage throughout the day (and night) right here on the Fix but in the meantime here's five storylines to keep an eye on today and beyond.

1. Turnout, especially black turnout, in Philadelphia: For Sen. Arlen Specter to beat Rep. Joe Sestak, he must win Philadelphia -- the city and the media market -- handily. And, to do that, he has to roll up a big margin among African American voters in the City of Brotherly Love.

Specter, who as a Republican in his 2004 re-election race won just 25 percent of black voters in a blow out win, is leaning heavily on President Obama, Gov. Ed Rendell, a former Philadelphia mayor and current Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who is black, to serve as surrogates to this critical voting bloc.

(It's no accident that Sestak spent Monday courting black voters in -- you guessed it -- Philadelphia.)

In 2008, Obama won 90 percent of black voters statewide -- a total that Specter almost certainly will come up short on. But how short?

Rendell's performance in his 2002 primary fight against then state Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. may be a more realistic electoral blueprint for Specter to emulate. In that race Rendell carried the eight counties in the Philadelphia media market by a massive 79 percent to 21 percent margin, according to the indispensable Almanac of American Politics. Rendell won just two -- yes, two -- other counties in the state but still won the primary 57 percent to 43 percent.

If Specter comes up short in matching Rendell's totals in Philadelphia, it's not the end of the story. Sestak, little known in large swaths of the state, isn't likely to match Casey's out-state total either. (Casey, the son of the legendary former governor, was a household name across the state.)

2. What will the White House do?: In past Democratic defeats -- in gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey in 2009 and in the Senate special election in Massachusetts earlier this year -- the Obama White House was able to largely skirt the blame for the losses. In each case, the candidate quality was blamed and the the White House successfully pushed the narrative that if it been involved earlier or more deeply that the outcome might have been different.

It will be hard -- if not impossible -- for the White House to make that case if Specter falls today. White House officials at the highest level played an integral role in Specter's party switch and did everything they could to convince Sestak to reconsider his bid. President Obama is on television and radio for Specter. Both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have been to the state to campaign for Specter. And so on and so forth.

Obama's decision not to make a last-minute visit to Pennsylvania on Monday suggests the White House may already be doing some strategic distancing under the theory that Specter will come up short. But, if he does, there is simply no way for this defeat to not raise questions the approach the White House is taking to these contested races.

3. D.C. Morrison (Remember that name!): The Arkansas Democratic primary has widely been cast as a race between Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. But, it may be Morrison who is the most important Democrat on the ballot tomorrow.

Morrison has run to the right of both Lincoln and Halter -- speaking out against the health care bill and the cap and trade legislation passed by the Democratic-controlled Congress -- but it's not his policy positions that have helped him gain support in polls on the race.

Rather, it's that he has benefited from being outside of the nasty back and forth between Lincoln and Halter. Can Morrison keep the six percent (or so) at which recent polls peg him?

Watch northwest Arkansas to see how Morrison is doing. It is one of the most conservative areas of the state but in the 2008 Arkansas Democratic primarily roughly 25 percent of the Democratic vote came from that region. Presumably, those are Morrison Democrats -- if such a thing exists.

The better Morrison does, the worse for Lincoln as it makes it less likely that she can get to the 50 percent mark she needs to avoid a June 8 runoff -- a second race widely seen as unfavorable to the incumbent.

4. The energy gap (or not): The House special election for the late Rep. John Murtha's (D) 12th district is the only major race on the docket today that isn't a primary -- and, as a result, it's probably the most telling contest of the day.

At issue for Republicans is just how motivated their base -- as well as like-minded independents and even some conservative Democrats -- are to send a message to President Obama.

In the final days of the race, national Republicans were quick to remind reporters that Democrats still have a hefty voter registration edge in the district and that a slew of competitive Democratic primaries would assuredly drive up turnout for the other side.

All true. But, somewhat immaterial as it relates to the broader battle for the House. Republicans have long argued -- and national polling has verified -- that voters who line up with them on the issues are far more motivated to vote than are those who identify with Democrats.

And, to win back the House this fall, the simple truth is that Republicans need to lean on that enthusiasm gap to make up for registration disparities in a number of culturally conservative districts around the country that are where the battle for the majority will pivot. That effort starts today in southwestern Pennsylvania.

5. Can the tea party and the party establishment co-exist?: If, as expected, ophthalmologist Rand Paul wins tonight in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary over Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the test will be whether the Kentucky GOP's two warring wings can come together.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who has endorsed Grayson, has preached kumbaya in the last few days -- insisting that a party unity rally is scheduled for Saturday. "I think there is an excellent chance that Kentucky will keep this seat in Republican hands and we're going to be there to support the winner," McConnell told "TopLine", the joint web video effort from ABC News and the Washington Post, recently.

McConnell's rhetoric glosses over the real differences between the forces behind Paul and those who, like McConell, are supporting Grayson. The tea party movement has, to date, resisted any attempt by the party establishment to co-opt its power -- much less take over the campaign of one of its own.

Having won largely by running against Washington (and Republicans in Washington), how does Paul reconcile his past statements against the establishment with a party that knows it must rally around him? Will Paul, who has run a campaign light on consultants, bring on polling and media advisers recommended to him by the National Republican Senatorial Committee? If not, how do national Republicans handle Paul -- someone who, by definition, doesn't like to be handled by the powers-that-be?

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 18, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Most people are truly ignorant about the Constitution and how the Supreme Court and Congress have the power to make changes to make it a living document.

Where in the Constitution is there any reference to "limited government". When I hear this I think "just another ignorant fear based mouthing" but at the same time I know millions eat it up as the true word. Democracy works best when the electorite are informed. What is going on now is a dumbing down to secure political advantage.

Posted by: dave131
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There is an ammendment process. Use it.

"What is going on now is a dumbing down to secure political advantage."

True - see Democratic Party, use and abuse of minorities and union members and other plantation groups

Posted by: leapin | May 19, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Most people are truly ignorant about the Constitution and how the Supreme Court and Congress have the power to make changes to make it a living document.

Where in the Constitution is there any reference to "limited government". When I hear this I think "just another ignorant fear based mouthing" but at the same time I know millions eat it up as the true word. Democracy works best when the electorite are informed. What is going on now is a dumbing down to secure political advantage.

Posted by: dave131 | May 18, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

More like Miss Hezzbollah

funny how the runner-out is more like Miss Confederacy.

Tells you alot about where our country is right now - the left is kissing the _____ of every minority group.

And the right is into States' Rights.

That is where we are right now in this country.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

More like Miss Hezzbollah

funny how the runner-out is more like Miss Confederacy.

Tells you alot about where our country is right now - the left is kissing the _____ of every minority group.

And the right is into States' Rights.

That is where we are right now in this country.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

A young Muslim woman won Miss USA -- suck it up, suckers.

Go cry in your xenophobic beer.

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If she is a foreigner how can she be "Miss USA" ?

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

A young Muslim woman won Miss USA -- suck it up, suckers.

Go cry in your xenophobic beer..

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse


The two top contestants at the Miss USA would be more fitting as Miss Hezbollah and Miss Confederacy.

Look - more than a few people have mentioned that perhaps the selection of a Muslim as Miss USA is just political correctness gone wild.

Look - elected a Muslim-raised person DID NOT end the wars in the Middle East - that idea is stupid and idiotic.


And YET this kind of political correctness is motivating all sorts of people on the left -


AND it is showing how OUT OF TOUCH with the country the left is.


AND the rest of the country is looking to find its own identity separate from all this liberal STUPIDITY.


Time to forget about all this

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Did you really think that the American People would be fooled by stage-prop old white people making a mockery out of themselves last year?...HCR still passed and Ted Kennedy is resting in heaven...Any sins he committed....St. Peter has granted him redemption!!!

Posted by: dove369
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I was fooled by the stage prop doctors in white scrubs used by Obama (NOT)

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

You all watch for posts by dove36g. This has to be the biggest RACIST I have ever seen!!! Someone must be paying this shrill to post, cause I can not imagine anyone who can read and think posting such erroneous marlarky.

Another poster wrote about Bush. Dan Rather was fired from CBS after his comment about Bush. Rather did not check out the informaton and he was wrong!

Kerry lost the election in 2004 when it was discovered he had not gotten the medals he claimed to have been awarded in the Vietnam War. That was the end of John Edwards career, too. If we could be rid of Kerry, it would help the Senate. That would be 2 @ss's eliminated.

Posted by: annnort | May 18, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse


Germany has banned NAKED SHORTS


That is not going to work.

This is a complete laugh

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Posted by: 37thand0street
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We need to ask "WWTGD"?

What would Timmy G. do?

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Germany has banned NAKED SHORTS


That is not going to work.


This is a complete laugh

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing going on here in Oregon except a couple of bond measures - not exactly Armageddon material.

Posted by: Quatermass | May 18, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"You are absoulutely right. This is why the founders gave the warnings about straying from limited government. Will the progressives ever learn?"
The Founders believed bloodletting was a valid medical practice and somebody from Africa was 3/5 of a person. They failed to envision the industrial revolution, emancipation, sufferage, or automatic weapons. I get a little dizzy when someone talks about following the vision of guys who wore knee breeches and perriwigs. There's nothing wrong with thinking for ourselves. It's just plain lazy to let dead people do your thinking for you.

Posted by: Capn0ok
-------------------------------------------You wear your pants around your knees. Fashion changes through time.

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Re: Kentucky

Grayson took the RNC consultants and pollsters. We'll find out tonight just how accurate and helpful they were.

Why would Rand Paul want to change to a strategy that lost?

I'm not sure that is what 'coming together' means.

Posted by: sailingaway1 | May 18, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Daniel wasn't needed last week to read the handwriting on the wall for UT's Bennett and WV's Mollohan. You don't need a weatherman today to see a swift moving front of change coming into PA & KY with Sestak and Paul. As Sam Cooke sang, ... A Change Gonna Come. Obama can program his teleprompter with the Monkey's "I'm a Believer"... This is change he will believe in after today.

Posted by: spartan11 | May 18, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"You are absoulutely right. This is why the founders gave the warnings about straying from limited government. Will the progressives ever learn?"
The Founders believed bloodletting was a valid medical practice and somebody from Africa was 3/5 of a person. They failed to envision the industrial revolution, emancipation, sufferage, or automatic weapons. I get a little dizzy when someone talks about following the vision of guys who wore knee breeches and perriwigs. There's nothing wrong with thinking for ourselves. It's just plain lazy to let dead people do your thinking for you.

Posted by: Capn0ok | May 18, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The Euro has failed - what we are seeing right now is the symptons of the desease. The REAL problems are even more fundamental.

The Europeans have to figure out how to get out of this mess without bankrupting their own banks.

This whole situation is complicated by the internationalization of the capital markets.

To make a simple example - a European bank with subsidiaries all over the world buys a bond - WHERE is that bond ? It could be in Europe, Asia or in the United States - the company owns it and the company is everywhere.

There is no way to separate this all out. Greece has created a mess.


The Europeans might have to nationalize their banks and let Greece go bankrupt - and take the hit that way.

Germany has banned the naked shorting of banks and some credit swaps ? THAT JUST SHOWS HOW POWERLESS THE GOVERNMENTS ARE RIGHT NOW.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I think democrats secretly are in love with Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin but are mad because Ann and Sarah dont buy their lies and BS... Maybe Democrats are really just abusive people and beat their wives. How else can you explain the unjustified absolute hatred they use when they talk about Ann and Sarah? Democrats are really out of fashion... Ignorance only goes so far... To be a democrat these days is to be ignorant...

Posted by: 2010Rout | May 18, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I think democrats secretly are in love with Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin but are mad because Ann and Sarah dont buy their lies and BS... Maybe Democrats are really just abusive people and beat their wives. How else can you explain the unjustified absolute hatred they use when they talk about Ann and Sarah? Democrats are really out of fashion... Ignorance only goes so far... To be a democrat these days is to be ignorant...

Posted by: 2010Rout | May 18, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse


The Euro has failed - what we are seeing right now is the symptons of the desease. The REAL problems are even more fundamental.

The Europeans have to figure out how to get out of this mess without bankrupting their own banks.

This whole situation is complicated by the internationalization of the capital markets.

To make a simple example - a European bank with subsidiaries all over the world buys a bond - WHERE is that bond ? It could be in Europe, Asia or in the United States - the company owns it and the company is everywhere.

There is no way to separate this all out. Greece has created a mess.


The Europeans might have to nationalize their banks and let Greece go bankrupt - and take the hit that way.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the rookies will all become incumbents the minute they take office. Then they will discover that they will have to Work and Play well with Others in order to get the first thing accomplished, they will have to thow some pork back to the home district to show they are earning their pay, and in the end, nothing will change.

Posted by: Capn0ok
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You are absoulutely right. This is why the founders gave the warnings about straying from limited government. Will the progressives ever learn?

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

By the way, unemployment dropped to 8.1 percent in Seattle and 9.2 percent in WA today.

Seattle is BACK!

Posted by: WillSeattle | May 18, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the rookies will all become incumbents the minute they take office. Then they will discover that they will have to Work and Play well with Others in order to get the first thing accomplished, they will have to thow some pork back to the home district to show they are earning their pay, and in the end, nothing will change.

Posted by: Capn0ok | May 18, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Despite lots of bluster about cleaning house, Congress still has a 96% retention rate, approximately. That will continue. Count on it; all the lobbying firms and corporations who have already bought their share of the pie certainly know it.

Posted by: gce1356 | May 18, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Despite lots of bluster about cleaning house, Congress still has a 96% retention rate, approximately. That will continue. Count on it; all the lobbying firms and corporations who have already bought their share of the pie certainly know it.

Posted by: gce1356 | May 18, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

demRwimps, you will not get back any power voting for "progressives." Of either party! Progressives only want power for themselves - they want to spread the wealth and make all of us slaves!! They only want themselves to have power and wealth. Seen any of them offering their wealth?

Posted by: annnort | May 18, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Let's ignore all the sturm und drang from the media "analysts" and admit one thing.

Historically, the first congressional election after a President is elected, we should expect the party that won the White House to lose 20 seats.

If they lose more than that, it's a big deal.

If they lose less than that, it's not.

That said, I do hope that all the incumbents up for these special elections get kicked to the curb.

Posted by: WillSeattle | May 18, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Incumbent Armageddon? A bit dramatic CHRIS?
So many things can happen between now and Nov. so try to stay focued on the present reality. Voters are angry with both parties as they get all the benefits, insurance and pensions, while no one stood up for the US citzens. All greed, no guts in Congress. Outsourse and invest in China (not american batteries) for future technolgies. Cheaper and profits for the wealthy and privaledged. were all disgusted and the press hasn't been much help in shining light on things like "bodies coming back from war....blackout etc." news is getting weaker and less realiable.

Posted by: crrobin | May 18, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Your headline says "what to look for in Oregon results" but your article does not mention Oregon at all. What gives?

Posted by: Munir1 | May 18, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

bumblingberry is losing it. Did he leave something behind in the nurse's medicine cup this morning?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 18, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Shame on the democrap party and elites making excuses for Blumenthal and Lincoln and Specter! -- they all deserve to be ousted .

Where the hell is Ned Lamont?

Look what happened when they (Obama & the machine of the democrap party elites & insiders) all got behind lyin' Lieberman instead of the people's choice: Ned Lamont who would have been there for health care etc instead of the self serving liar Lieberscum.

CT and the USA has been paying for it ever since.

voters take back the power

Now look at this ridiculous pathetic dodge by Blumenthal in CT with all the dems making excuses just like the repukes make excuses for their cheats, liars and theives.

Blumenthal ought to be totally and completely ashamed but his pathetic press conference proved he has no shame and is unwilling to own up to his lies --"misplaced words" my foot.

I'm a progressive (former dem, now independent) and I'm completely disgusted by his lies and now by his dodges and unwillingness to say he lied and explain why he lied. (to further his political career by bamboozling the citizens, of course).

My prediction: Blumenthal is going down -- and deserves to. His arrogance, self-serving lies, elitism, privilege and hubris are part of the reasons that people in this country are furious with ALL elected officials. And in his case, it was absolutely unnecessary, simply proof of hubris and arrogance -- he is a LIAR and if he lied about this, what else?

Time for the liar to drop out -- time to get rid of both Lying Lieberscum and Lyin Blumenthal !

Both the democrap and rethuglicon parties are mainly in it for enriching themselves and their corporate masters and cronies-- they prove it every day.

PS: I hope that Specter goes down in flames too. time to take back our govt from the out of touch self-serving self-enriching insiders. You go Sestak!

I am sick of it and everyone else I know is too.

I'll NEVER vote for a republican, but I'll also never vote for scumbags like Specter, Lieberman, Blumenthal, Lincoln, etc -- time for them to go down in flames.

Voters need take back our power now! If the democrap insiders can't get a clue any better than the rethugliCONS, well that's just too bad.

Posted by: demsRwimps | May 18, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Snapshot polls, even if accurate, don't matter 6 months from election time.
(...hey, did you know preventing insurers from locking out the sick is "unpopular"? ;^)

It's the economy, economy, economy. If improvements continue and hiring picks
up, the polls will be different by November obviously.

Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | May 18, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Incumbent Armageddon??????????????? sheeez!

Chris you are one of the few balanced and rationale writers on the WaPo. Don't try to be overly flashy but stick to providing reasoned and thoughtful takes on politics and you will continue to be well respected.


Some ideas:
1) Doesn't there need to be a whole lot more candidates for you to use this cheesy headline? This isn't TMZ.

2) If Specter loses it will mean nothing to the WH, unless they lose the seat in the fall. They apparently had a deal with Specter and they are keeping their end of the bargain that brought him into the Democratic voting block. What would you do? He still has to win the election on his merits, such as they are.

3) The expansion of the power of the tea party wing of the Republican Party is the real story here. Is it national in scope and can it be focused? If yes to both, then there is a major ongoing civil war in the Republican Party. They will become much more conservative than the rest of the nation (and than most most swing voters). Read that as EXTREME! That would be news although I think the limited number and nature of these contests won't make for any definitive analysis on this yet.

What affect will it have on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell if his main choice goes down in serious flames to the Tea bag candidate Paul? How much clout will the poorly defined tea bag crowd have to simply scare Republicans into doing even less in the forthcoming months that might benefit our country and economy in order to avoid a bumper sticker powered losses in the future?

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 18, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"No one paying attention, yelling louder and louder, sounding more like a certifiable loon every day.

Posted by: bumblingberry "|

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Yes, you do -- you are right about that one thing.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul supporters as loony as Rand Paul....

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- State and local officials say backers of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul have been removed by sheriff's deputies from an eastern Kentucky polling place after complaints that they were harassing voters.

Officials say Paul supporters were also asked to leave precincts in another county Tuesday while conducting exit polling.

Secretary of State spokesman Les Fugate said voters complained of harassment and electioneering by Paul supporters in Laurel County and exit polling in Jackson County. Secretary of State Trey Grayson is Paul's primary opponent on the ballot.

Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson confirmed that deputies were called to remove Paul supporters from a polling place and the incident remains under investigation.

Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2010/05/18/1269543/deputies-called-to-remove-campaign.html#ixzz0oJ95LQ4j

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

am losing my patience for ignorance. I am also losing my tolerance for people who repeat the rhetoric that is espoused by conservative talk show hosts, who are also ignorant. People you are smart enough to think for yourselves. We are in this crisis because of the policy of a Republican administration. We are in a terrible financial crisis because of two wars. We are also in this financial crisis because of PHIL GRAMM,a Republican from Texas who was Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee from 1995-2000 and deregulated finance that put us in this horrible situation. The list is endless...Alan Greenspan, Chris Cox...Do your homework! Obama saved us from the brink! Quit listening to Beck and the rest of them. They don't know history, they only know TV ratings.

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Please add Jimmah Carter through Chris Dodd and Barney Frank and all the make a loan or else thugs to the list. And the twins Fanny and Freddie.

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

If Specter has to get a big vote in Phila, it's unlikely to happen. Weather here in Philly has been wet and miserable all day long. Turnout will likely be low.

Posted by: bexis | May 18, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"bumblingberry wrote: Of course, the Democrat Party is standing by their liar."

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Did the Democrats' "liar?" kill anyone yet by starting personal grudge wars?

I've asked other bloggers before who heard from their "entettainers" that they should call Obama a "liar", to tell me WHAT the "LIE" was?? So far, nobody got back to Limbaugh and beck to find out what it was! These "parrots" sure don't know what THEIR LIE is about. It just sounds sorta "neat" and "3rd grader-like" to call our president names for no reason. It's a sign of their "maturity"! If he HAD lied, it would make more sense, but all they're doing is parroting what they've been told, like "good" little children.

Posted by: Maerzie
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Let's start with Obama stating that he would use public campaign financing and go in chronological order from there.

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I am losing my patience for ignorance. I am also losing my tolerance for people who repeat the rhetoric that is espoused by conservative talk show hosts, who are also ignorant. People you are smart enough to think for yourselves. We are in this crisis because of the policy of a Republican administration. We are in a terrible financial crisis because of two wars. We are also in this financial crisis because of PHIL GRAMM,a Republican from Texas who was Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee from 1995-2000 and deregulated finance that put us in this horrible situation. The list is endless...Alan Greenspan, Chris Cox...Do your homework! Obama saved us from the brink! Quit listening to Beck and the rest of them. They don't know history, they only know TV ratings.

Posted by: SophiaLoren1 | May 18, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I hope all the $%#%&& corrupt democrats are shoveled out of office like the feces they are.

Posted by: LarryG62 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

ALL INCUMBENTS OUT AND OBAMA OUT IN 2012

GET READY USURPER WERE TAKING AMERICA BACK F---ER

Posted by: yourmomscalling | May 18, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Joke Biden isn't the only plagiarist among the Dems. The formerly Soviet-controlled Communist Party USA is reportedly suing them for stealing the communist platform:

According to political hotwire and many other sources, CPUSA claims that the entire so-called "new" Democratic agenda is, in fact, the product of a decades-long, painstaking campaign by CPUSA theorists, agitators, and underground subversive cells — which makes it the intellectual property of the Communist Party USA, protected by American copyright laws. "They stole our entire platform, rebranded it 'progressive', and claimed it as their own," declared a CPUSA spokesperson at a press conference in San Francisco. "And we communists say, not so fast! Not in this country anyway, where we still have property rights and the rule of law, thank God! Actually, let me rephrase that…" The Communist Party representative further explained that government ownership of the auto and financial industries, redistribution of wealth, and free rationed health care have always been among the glorious CPUSA objectives: "We held on to these goals through all the difficult years of factional infighting, purges, denunciations, and heroic espionage on behalf of the Soviet intelligence services."
In defense of the Dems, when Comrade Obama announced in advance his intention to "spread the wealth around," only the clueless didn't realize that the CPUSA and the Democrat Party are essentially the same entity now, and if they're going to steal from everyone else, there's no reason they shouldn't steal from themselves.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 18, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"bumblingberry wrote: Of course, the Democrat Party is standing by their liar."

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Did the Democrats' "liar?" kill anyone yet by starting personal grudge wars?

I've asked other bloggers before who heard from their "entettainers" that they should call Obama a "liar", to tell me WHAT the "LIE" was?? So far, nobody got back to Limbaugh and beck to find out what it was! These "parrots" sure don't know what THEIR LIE is about. It just sounds sorta "neat" and "3rd grader-like" to call our president names for no reason. It's a sign of their "maturity"! If he HAD lied, it would make more sense, but all they're doing is parroting what they've been told, like "good" little children.

Posted by: Maerzie | May 18, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I think everyone agrees this is not armageddon - so let's get this in the right perspective.

Historically.


During the EISENHOWER administration - not that long ago - 50 years ago - there was a proposed budget with a ONE BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT.

It practically created a NATIONAL CRISIS.

There were cabinet members in a massive fight over ONE billion dollars - maybe someone resigned.

If you remember, right after this, Kennedy ran for office in part on the "missile gap" - meaning we were NOT spending enough money on DEFENSE - oh how things have changed.

However, A ONE BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT was a major problem back then.

This is WHY today's democrats are SO OUT OF CONTROL WITH THEIR BUDGETS - AND THEIR GENERAL DISREGARD FOR FISCAL RESTRAINT.

During the health care debate, you couldn't get ANY DEMOCRAT TO TALK ABOUT THE COSTS.

WE ARE IN A DANGEROUS SITUATION - ECONOMICALLY FOR THE NATION.

And the democrats are at FAULT.

Clearly.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

You didn't need Daniel last week to read the wall handwriting when Mollohan went down in WV. You don't need a weatherman today to tell you that a strong front is moving in with Sestak and Rand in PA & KY. As Sam Cooke sang, "a change gonna come" and that is change you can believe in.

Posted by: spartan11 | May 18, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a complete failure. He is already a lame duck. I cant wait for the new Congress to make him sign a balanced budget like Clinton was forced to do. What is wrong mentally with Democrats??? Why do they support policies that have repeatedly failed in the past? Are they ignorant? I think so!
Posted by: 2010Rout
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I don’t think they are ignorant although it often appears that way. They just think they are smarter secular socialists than the failed secular socialists of the past.

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Chrissy Matthews: Nationalize the Oil Companies and Execute BP Executives

Chrissy Matthews wants his boyfriend to act more like the Chinese Autocrats.

Why doesn't the President go in there, nationalize an industry and get the job done for the people? There's a national interest in this, not just a BP interest.
In China, it's a more brutal society, a more brutal society, Kate, but they execute people for this. Major industrial leaders that commit crimes like this. Failure like this.
Chrissy then went on to denounce capitalism. If only someone actually watched these insane ravings, maybe someone would get help for him. But, alas, his agony is a private shame.

sounds like drivl and Ped. No one paying attention, yelling louder and louder, sounding more like a certifiable loon every day.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 18, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Simon, Obama's share of the black vote was only marginally higher than for Kerry or Gore. That just says a few percent of AA recognized McCain cracked up in the fall.

Jake in 3D

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 18, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Doctors Bail Out of Floundering Medicare

As Obama et al. greedily grab up control over ever more of the healthcare industry, Medicare gives an indication of how Big Government is managing what's already on it's plate. In Texas, doctors are bailing out in droves:

Two years after a survey found nearly half of Texas doctors weren't taking some new Medicare patients, new data shows 100 to 200 a year are now ending all involvement with the program. Before 2007, the number of doctors opting out averaged less than a handful a year.
"This new data shows the Medicare system is beginning to implode," said Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the Texas Medical Association. "If Congress doesn't fix Medicare soon, there'll be more and more doctors dropping out and Congress' promise to provide medical care to seniors will be broken."
More than 300 doctors have dropped the program in the last two years, including 50 in the first three months of 2010, according to data compiled by the Houston Chronicle. Texas Medical Association officials, who conducted the 2008 survey, said the numbers far exceeded their assumptions.
Apparently those 2,000 pages of ObamaCare don't include anything about making Medicare solvent. Like all major government entitlements, it is limping toward inevitable bankruptcy.

The uncertainty proved too much for Dr. Guy Culpepper, a Dallas-area family practice doctor who says he wrestled with his decision for years before opting out in March. It was, he said, the only way "he could stop getting bullied and take control of his practice."
"You do Medicare for God and country because you lose money on it," said Culpepper, a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. "The only way to provide cost-effective care is outside the Medicare system, a system without constant paperwork and headaches and inadequate reimbursement."
The dysfunctional nature of Medicare has other consequences:

In a new Texas Medical Association survey, opting out was one of the least common options doctors have taken or are planning as a result of declining Medicare funding — behind increasing fees, reducing staff wages and benefits, reducing charity care and not accepting new Medicare patients.
In light of DNC mouthpiece Chris Matthews's recent demand that the government nationalize the energy sector, you can probably guess how our collectivist rulers will react to doctors refusing to take new Medicare patients because the system isn't profitable. Don't worry, doctors: government employees get all sorts of benefits.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 18, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

While I'm in Philly, I always prefer cheesesteak as my free lunch.

and unlike that putz John Kerry, do not make mine with swiss cheese, it HAS to be cheeze whiz.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 18, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Democratic civil war in PA. NeoComs eating fellow statists. The Dbagger free lunchers are taking control of that party.

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

2010Rout


Sounds like the Republicans are going to have to FORCE the democrats into a more realistic budget

You are 100% correct.

Obama is complete disaster -

Clinton's policies were a mess - the trade deals and the deregulation of Wall Street HURT OUR ECONOMY BEYOND IMAGINATION. CLINTON TOOK THE STRONGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD - THINKING HE WAS SO "SMART" - AND HURT OUR ECONOMY BADLY.


Carter - make your own opinion on him.

Johnson got us into Vietnam - however his economic policies weren't all that bad.

Kennedy wasn't in there long enough to be more than a great photo op.

TRUMAN - YOU HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY BACK TO TRUMAN TO FIND A STRONG DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT.

I like Johnson probably alot more than other people.


BUT THE TRUTH IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS PRODUCED SOME HORRIBLE PRESIDENTS - and

You have to go back to TRUMAN to find a democrat who handled FOREIGN POLICY AND THE ECONOMY properly.

Bottom line.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Vote 'em ALL out.

Posted by: Benson | May 18, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I think one of the reasons so much is made of all this is that it gives people like Mr. Cillizza something to write about.

We all know that in situations like this, there is a revolt against incumbents. In this situation, Republicans and George W. Bush created one of the most difficult situations in my lifetime and then some of them will benefit from it politically.

There's nothing meaningful to talk about. The same wave that elected Barak Obama will now elect some who are oppossed to Barak Obama. That's just the way it is.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | May 18, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Agreed on Blumenthal. That's just real, real low. I don't have a problem with him getting deferments, but to say he was there when he wasn't?

I hope he gives a sincere apology rather than deflect blame as his campaign has been trying to do up to this point.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The whole idea behind the word "incumbent" is the DEMOCRATIC SPIN MACHINE - they are trying to deflect attention from the COMPLETE DISSATISFACTION IN THE COUNTRY WITH OBAMA.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

rarely does a President, after signing any bill, take questions.
The signing of a bill is an important thing. Just look at how many pens they use. It is one of those "honors" to get a pen the President used for the signing.

It's not a press moment.
Usually, press secretary (gibbs) has to take the heat in his briefings.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a complete failure. He is already a lame duck. I cant wait for the new Congress to make him sign a balanced budget like Clinton was forced to do. What is wrong mentally with Democrats??? Why do they support policies that have repeatedly failed in the past? Are they ignorant? I think so!

Posted by: 2010Rout | May 18, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a complete failure. He is already a lame duck. I cant wait for the new Congress to make him sign a balanced budget like Clinton was forced to do. What is wrong mentally with Democrats??? Why do they support policies that have repeatedly failed in the past? Are they ignorant? I think so!

Posted by: 2010Rout | May 18, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Stop trying to make the news, it's unbecoming.

Posted by: SarahBB | May 18, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse


yeah, but the people, we the people, elect these guys that step into Wash DC and become, for lack of better wording "ego crooks" in one way of another. Greed and ego. They forget about the people of their state who put them there. They step on their state to get to Wash DC.

And we send them there.

They move up through the state, like McCain, and step on their state (he doesn't care about my state unless he is running for something and quotes that he knows his state). They don't care where they came from, they're in Washington now.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Blumental is going to speak soon.
He's going to answer for his "choice of words".....

If he didn't set foot on the soil of Nam, he was not in Nam.

Period.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Too much is being made of this. We go through this evey now and then, and nothing changes. Once the new folks walk into the Capitol corruption takes over. Nothing new under the sun.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 18, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, ALL incumbents and this present administration will be voted out of office!
A clean sweep! They are all (both parties) corrupt and are not fit to hold office!

Posted by: SeniorVet | May 18, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"Incumbent Armageddon"? Really? Can we lay off the nuclear holocaustic references to what amounts to five or so unrelated primary and fill-in elections?

Take the election results, extrapolate them however way you will. It is my hope that the resulting radiation will not cause gross vomiting across the nation and flesh to be fall from the bones.

Posted by: Meepo | May 18, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

"Rendell's performance in his 2002 primary fight against then state Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. may be a more realistic electoral blueprint for Specter to emulate."

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One slight correction, Chris: Bob Casey was PA's Auditor General in 2002. He wasn't elected Treasurer until November 2004, and went on to become a U.S. Senator in November 2006.

Posted by: NativeNorthernVirginian | May 18, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, the libs are in trouble? Really? What a shocker. Welcome to reality Cilliza. It will be tough to spin when you appear on "Countdown" and lick Olbermann's boots. Cheers my little delusional friend.

Posted by: Finn_McCool | May 18, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Napolitano's Perfect Record on Terrorism


Despite the "fact" that the ranks of the Tea party movement are filled with dangerous, well-armed racists who are America's single greatest terror threat, not a single right-wing terror attack has occurred during the Obama Regime.

Obviously, Janet Napolitano is doing a spectacular job at preventing the dangerous Tea Party terrorists from carrying out terror attacks against the United States.

Conservatives may nit-pick about terror attacks at Fort Hood, Times Square, or Detroit... but it's important to remember, those were committed by... respectively... an Army doctor of no particular religious persuasion who was aggrieved by Bush's war policy, a husband and father of no particular religious persuasion who snapped under the pressure of losing his house to foreclosure because of Bush's economic policies, and a young man of no particular religious persuasion who was also probably aggrieved by Bush in some way. They were not committed by Tea Partiers, because Nappy has done a spectacular job at keeping the Tea Party terrorists from carrying out their nefarious schemes.

Or, so I understand it according to the Obama Regime's expert terror analyzer guys.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 18, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama Refuses to Answer Questions at Signing of Freedom of Press Act

More irony from the Moonbat in Chief:

After the signing of the Freedom of Press Act on Monday, President Obama declined to take any questions from the press.
During a pooled press event in the Oval Office, President Obama was asked if he would take a couple questions.
"You're certainly free to ask the question," Obama told the reporters in the room. "I won't be answering, I'm not doing a press conference today, but we'll be seeing you in the course of the week."
He was referring to an event with Felipe Calderon, at which the American and Mexican press corps will get two questions apiece. Of course, curious reporters are "free to ask" as many questions as they like; they just won't get any answers out of Mr. Transparency

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 18, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The Huffington Post is dutifully spinning for lying scoundrel Richard Blumenthal, who was caught lying about his service in Vietnam. Thus providing Democrat drones with talking points with which to spam anyone who thinks lying about serving in Vietnam (and lying about being on the Harvard Swim Team) is poor form for a potential US Senator.

Basically, the spin from the progressive Democrat left is…
1. It's no big deal, because he only lied about serving in Vietnam a few times out of hundreds of speeches.
2. It's OK for him to lie about serving in Vietnam because his record is pro-Veteran.
3. It doesn't count that he lied because it was an opponent's research operation that discovered the lies.

Get it?

Of course, the Democrat Party is standing by their liar.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 18, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Going after the BLACK vote. I am becoming convinced that most backs are racist. For example why can't whites have a "white congressional caucus" just like the blacks have? This is racist.

And Specter caters to this racism just to stay in office. He continues to want blacks to stay on the government dole and not work. He wants them to feel entitled to handouts.

This needs to stop. Specter needs to go.

Posted by: txengr | May 18, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

One thing about Utah is that it was a delegate system that ousted Bennett, not primary voters. That makes it a little harder to read into anything. Polling had shown that Bennett stood a good chance of winning if the primary was like a typical primary.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

There are plenty of conservative Dems in Arkansas. Even the 3rd elects a lot of Dems to local offices there. Morrison could definitely hit 6% or more.

Posted by: joeyjoejoe | May 18, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse


dove369 announced:
"HCR still passed and Ted Kennedy is resting in heaven...Any sins he committed....St. Peter has granted him redemption!!!"

So then, you have the word from on high?
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Posted by: Billw3 | May 18, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I know, Dawd... the R establishment took these teabagger asps to their chest and now they are surprised to feel the venom. This is what happens when you create a monster you can't control.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse


ONE really has to think about what happened to the democrats over the past 10 years - after 9/11 they found themselves in a minority position - and many of their leaders voted FOR the Iraq war......

Posted by: 37thand0street
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Look.
You got to take off the blinders.
ONE REALLY NEEDS to look at what happened to both the Democrats and Republicans over the last 36 years.
Our most popular President, elected in a sweeping landslide, was deposed in a coup in 1974, and charged with legions of despicable crimes.
Kissinger,a associate of Rockefeller, was the person who really did all the despicable crimes, was a Trilateral and kept his positions and ran Operation Condor untill 1980.

Nixon was replaced- with no elections- by Ford & Nelson Rockefeller.
They were replaced by Carter, hand picked by David Rockefeller,recruited into the Trilateral Comission,which helped fund his campaign. The Trilateral Commission is funded by the Rockefeller family and the Ford foundation.
Carter dismantled FDR's New Deal, began banking and other deregulation and removed caps on interest rates, broke the borders and flooded the country with illegals to break the back of labors prosperity and thus political power.
Carter installed Paul Volcker in the Fed to implwmwnt Milton Friedman Monetarism.
Reagan kept Pasul Volcker there, and when he retired replaced him with his carbon copy, Alan Greenspan. Reagan continoued all of Carters other policies. His differences with Carter were mostly in rhetoric.
Carter filled all of the Federal government appointed positions with Trilateral people. Reagan kept all of them, and appointed more, so did every president since. No one not in good with the Trilaterals advances in federal politics, no matter the party.

The democrats and republicans...its just a show.

Posted by: WilliamBlake | May 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Drindl, Hatch is actually rated to be less conservative than Bennett.

But man, already ousted and it's not even June. That's one hell of a lame duck period.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

savinggrace wrote:

I simply don't understand why black people are willing to be rolled up in the "identity politics" shuffle: they are taken for granted as part of the Democrat base, and yet what on earth has really been done to help black society reach parity of incomes and economic opportunity with the rest of the country? "Public assistance" wouldn't be the answer to that one, and too many politicians who pander to the black community seem to default to the strategy of "keep 'em enslaved to government handouts" to keep those votes reliably in the D column. I really just don't get it.
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And it's not for you too get what Black people do! Just like we don't get why all those old white people made fools out of themselves last year on television hollowing about no HCR...while they're sucking off Social Security checks and medicaid/medicare benefits!

The only Black person you will get is Michael Steele and we don't give a darn about that creep anyhow

SEE YA' AT THE POLLS COME NOVEMBER....THIS BLACK PERSON IS VOTING DEMOCRAT....WHAT ARE YOU VOTING....HA HA HA HA HA

Posted by: dove369 | May 18, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

If we took out the trash, there would be no Republicans left in DC.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Anti-Obama and anti-democrat more than anti-anything else......

November, 2010 is National "Dump-all-democrats" month.....

.....be sure to do your part in taking out the trash!


Hope you realize that it is time for a change!!!

Posted by: georgedixon | May 18, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

This is too funny:

"Earlier this month, three-term incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) was denied his party’s nomination by conservatives angry at Washington and Congress. Bennett’s loss raised questions of whether Utah’s other longtime senator, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), was “next in line for a pink slip.”

On her radio show today, Laura Ingraham asked Hatch whether he “would be re-elected” if he “were up for re-election in November.” “Yeah,” said Hatch, saying that he agreed with voters who believe that “these people in Washington are running this country right into the ground.” When Ingraham reminded Hatch that he was “part of Washington,” he denied it:

INGRAHAM: But aren’t you part of Washington?

HATCH: Hell no. I’ve never been. I’ve never considered this a job. I’ve had, people have asked me, they said, “say Senator Hatch, don’t you just love being a U.S. senator?” My constant answer is this. No, I don’t love it at all, but I’m good at it. "

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I be sooooooooo glad when Hiatt put you far, far, far in the back when it comes to article writing. You lied this whole year about how the GOP will take the house and how people are mad at the government. You made a big deal out of the fake teaparty people.

AND NOW A NEW POLL CAME OUT SHOWING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANTS THE DEMOCRATS TO CONTROL THE HOUSE...

So I am thinking this is a desperate article written by someone whom is clueless to the real world....Face it Chris you have "poop" in your face for those lousy articles of the last two years....You are not a very good writer and this paper would do good to put people in that just write articles and not promote some hidden agenda....

See you need to learn from this President you can be a nerd but still have a open mind....Did you really think that the American People would be fooled by stage-prop old white people making a mockery out of themselves last year?...HCR still passed and Ted Kennedy is resting in heaven...Any sins he committed....St. Peter has granted him redemption!!!

Posted by: dove369 | May 18, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

needless to say, the Trilaterals rules us.

We need a working class revolution to sweep away all the Wall St. mnipulaters, the scheming Bankers, the evil greedy monsters of neocons and neoliberals.

We have lived in a upper class tyranny now for 36 years.
60% of us are being shafted by 20%.

Posted by: WilliamBlake | May 18, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

needless to say, the Trilaterals rules us.

We need a working class revolution to sweep away all the Wall St. mnipulaters, the scheming Bankers, the evil greedy monsters of neocons and neoliberals.

We have lived in a upper class tyranny now for 36 years.
60% of us are being shafted by 20%.

Posted by: WilliamBlake | May 18, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I be sooooooooo glad when Hiatt put you far, far, far in the back when it comes to article writing. You lied this whole year about how the GOP will take the house and how people are mad at the government. You made a big deal out of the fake teaparty people.

AND NOW A NEW POLL CAME OUT SHOWING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANTS THE DEMOCRATS TO CONTROL THE HOUSE...

So I am thinking this is a desperate article written by someone whom is clueless to the real world....Face it Chris you have "poop" in your face for those lousy articles of the last two years....You are not a very good writer and this paper would do good to put people in that just write articles and not promote some hidden agenda....

See you need to learn from this President you can be a nerd but still have a open mind....Did you really think that the American People would be fooled by stage-prop old white people making a mockery out of themselves last year?...HCR still passed and Ted Kennedy is resting in heaven...Any sins he committed....St. Peter has granted him redemption!!!

Posted by: dove369 | May 18, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

VOTE FOR CHANGE, NOW IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY AND IN 2012, BITE ME OBAMA FREAKS!

Posted by: Impeachbush99 | May 18, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Do you suppose, Chris, you could limit comments to people over the age of 6?

Posted by: drindl

Then where will Obama's base go?

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 18, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Judd Gregg was offered an administration position, which would have required him to step aside. In that case, there was even a negotiation to ensure that a Republican would take his seat. How is that different?

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 18, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/05/in-backing-insurgents-republicans-face.html

Nate Silver on how the Dem insurgents (Sestak, Halter) are polling better in general election polling than the incumbents they are trying to oust.

Meanwhile, the Republican insurgents (Rubio, Heyworth) are all faring worse than the incumbent or establishment candidates they are trying to defeat.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

If Sestak wins in PA - it is not a rebuke of Obama - Sestak is a better Democrat. I am voting for Sestak for that reason.
Obama will have better support with Sestak - so Obama wins, even if Specter loses.
Don't read too much into a Sestak win. National Dems should never have cut the deal - PA Dems should pick our candidate.

Posted by: dc1955 | May 18, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"ALL INCUMBENTS O U T INCLUDING THE BIGGEST O HOLE IN 2012!"

Do you suppose, Chris, you could limit comments to people over the age of 6?

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

ALL INCUMBENTS O U T INCLUDING THE BIGGEST O HOLE IN 2012!

VOTE FOR CHANGE!

Posted by: Impeachbush99 | May 18, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Democrats chicago mob-style tactics to get Spector to switch parties and their
attempt to bribe Sestak -- should tell all
Americans what we're dealing with, not just
in Pa., but all across the country.
Impeach, vote them out, and lets get this
country back on fiscally solid ground.

Posted by: ohioan | May 18, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Everyone is looking forward to the results in Pennsylvania today. Specter has such an incredible ability to hang tough through difficult electoral seasons. But this was is probably the toughest, as he switched parties, has no real history with many of the primary voters and made some really dumb comments that provided help for Sestak.

But, Specter has one thing going that Murtha's Democratic replacement also has: the stimulus bill is working. Jobs are coming back. America is returning to work thanks largely to the president and his party (along with Specter). They took the very high risk of bailing out auto companies (GM is now profitable; Chrysler sold and is profitable) which kept not only the manufacturing jobs but servicing jobs. They went all-in on a trillion dollar stimulus that led to an influx of government spending at a time when the consumer was done spending money. Health care was, to some extent, a politically unwise move at a time when the economy struggled, but they accomplished it by passing a decent bill.

I look to see Sestak squeak out a victory over Specter (late night in Penn.) and Critz to knock off Burns. But, I have followed very little of either race so don't bet on my picks. I just have a hard time believing that Specter gets a win here, even with his controversial votes, as too many of the primary voters are not connected to him at this late stage of his career.

Posted by: teoandchive | May 18, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

ONE really has to think about what happened to the democrats over the past 10 years - after 9/11 they found themselves in a minority position - and many of their leaders voted FOR the Iraq war.


So the anti-war movement grew up within the democratic party - but NO ONE was listening - THEY WERE MAINLY TALKING TO THEMSELVES.

This created a massive disconnect with the rest of the country - and the whole isolated group starting talking to ITSELF in increasingly left terms.

Ideas like "if we can pay for Iraq, we can pay for universal health care" - went through the GROUP like an article of faith - WITHOUT ANY NUMBERS BEING ATTACHED or any responsibility over the budget or where such a program might evolve over time.

Then in 2008, the anti-Bush sentiment in the country brought this group into a position to defeat Hillary, and then McCain - it was more an accident that they BARELY were able to get a majority of the democratic party in a year when the country was going to go democratic in the fall.


If Florida and Michigan had held their primaries a few weeks later - or if the party was not so bent on giving South Carolina and Nevada prominance - Hillary just MAY have been the nominee.


The POINT is: the far left of the democratic party evolved in a relative political isolation - and the WAY it rose to power REALLY DID NOT REFLECT AN ADOPTION ON THE PART OF THE COUNTRY OF ITS IDEAS.


Obama presented a "racial harmony" message - not a far-left message - and no one is buying his movement to the left.


Obama promised "bipartisanship" which meant CENTRIST policies - many democrats think that Obama is free to be socialist if he wants - however many Americans believe that OBAMA'S COMMITMENT TO REMAIN CENTRIST WAS KEY TO THEIR SUPPORT - AND OBAMA BACKING OFF OF THAT MEANS THE END OF THEIR SUPPORT FOR OBAMA.


The democrats are not just out-of-touch, they are WAY-OUT-OF-TOUCH - and apparently they are insisting on being that way.


The recession has made the whole situation much worse for the democrats - THEY WANT AN IDEALOGICAL TIME IN WHICH THEIR IDEAS GO THROUGH CONGRESS - HOWEVER THIS IS A TIME WHICH CALLS FOR PRAGMATIC POLICIES.

Obama was lucky to be elected - but then he was not happy to TAKE WHAT WAS HANDED HIM - A TIME WHICH CALLED FOR PRAGMATIC POLICIES.


Instead, you have Obama INSISTING ON DOING "BIG" things (not school uniforms) - and there you have it.

Anyone who said that OBAMA'S EGO IS THE PROBLEM is 100% correct.


Obama's ego is the the monster - and it has done horrible damage to the democratic party - AND TO THE NATION.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"Armageddon"??? Doncha think you might be hyping this a wee bit? Will election day in November be the Apocalypse?

Two words, Chris: less caffeine, okay, buddy?"

curmudgeon, I've said for years that Chris should be writing Disaster novels, he could simply string all his hyperbolic headlines together, rearrange them a bit, and he'd have a guaranteed blockbuster summer disaster-movie .

Posted by: JEP07 | May 18, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

JakeD3, DDAWD, AndyR3

The question I have for the 3 of you is as follows:

If George Bush had offered a job to an individual who was running for political office to drop out of the race would you be demanding an investigation or impeachment??

Posted by: mwhoke | May 18, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Since "elections" are an industry unto themselves these days, I am not surprised to hear words like "armageddon" to describe primary elections, of all things. After all, how can you sell articles unless you use sensationalistic language?
These PRIMARY elections (you remember, elections held inside the parties themselves to decide upon their OWN candidates?) are interesting but hardly some kind of bell-weather as to what will happen in the fall.
Once everyone gets to vote on the choices made by the individual parties, THEN we will get some real information about these states.

Posted by: cms1 | May 18, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Saying the word "incumbent" is in reality democratic spin on the situation right now. There are several currents going through the electorate right now. The foremost is the American People are extremely disappointed in Obama - they feel that he has been a FRAUD - and the democratic party is going to be hurt really badly this fall.

The second current is within the Republican party - it is being pulled to the right.


However, within the Republican party, there is a growing economic nationalism - and pro-fiscal restraint sentiment - while this may translate itself as "anti-incumbent," its motivation is far different from the sentiment which will hit the democrats in the fall.


The democratic spin people in Washington have DECIDED to put all these trends under one catch phrase -


However, that is ALL an effort to deflect some of the anger towards Obama - and it hardly addresses what is really happening.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Chris, to answer your question: 2. What will the White House do [if Specter loses]?

The White House will blame everyone (from the candidate to the media to the voters) and everything (the weather) under the sun. If he loses however, it will just be another 5x5 message to Obama that his policies are crap. But of course, and on this I am counting, Obama will again ignore the message and pay dearly come November.

Let's face it, Obama had great candiates in Masschusetts and New Jersey..not so much in Virginia but he still should have won..so his influence should have just shoved these guys over the top, right? In reality it had the opposite effect. Specter's a loser no matter how you slice or dice him. Obama might help him in Philly, but he's an anchor on the sinking ship of Specter elsewhere in the state.

Posted by: flintston | May 18, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The Key problem with US (economy & nation) is that nothing really changes in US, that is Republicans and Democrats, pretty much engage in the same right-wing, war-mongering & fear-mongering policies once in Power as you can see by Obama/Dems pretty much doing the same as Bush Admin. All of which problems are possible because 99% of US Media is right-wing, which in summary means that US Media does not report the news, not most of the time that is, but it fabricates or frames the news to brain wash the masses for the benefit of the following parties:
1. Wealthy
2. Big Corporations
3. Big Military
4. Israel
And damn be the Middle class, set aside everyone else.

To be exact US Media ranges from the Ultra Lunatic Right-wing Media, such as Talkradio, Fox Network, to the Ultra Right-wing Media, such as Wall Street Journal, CNBC to merely right-wing Media which is CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, etc.
And here is one of the Ultimate Con Jobs that they have played (on the American people) to get away with the above sham, the Ultra Lunatic Right-wing Media calls the Right-wing Media as being "Lefty" and "Liberal".

So unless we Vote out the Big Media, unless we stop the right-wing Media LIES, nothing will really change.

More here:
http://RealNewsPost.com?n=think.33681

Posted by: RealNews1 | May 18, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"Armageddon"??? Doncha think you might be hyping this a wee bit? Will election day in November be the Apocalypse?

Two words, Chris: less caffeine, okay, buddy?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | May 18, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"Armageddon"??? Doncha think you might be hyping this a wee bit? Will election day in November be the Apocalypse?

Two words, Chris: less caffeine, okay, buddy?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | May 18, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how the Right will spin it tomorrow when they don't make the gains they've been promising for months.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"At issue for Republicans is just how motivated their base -- as well as like-minded ""independents"" and even some conservative Democrats -- are to send a message to President Obama"

This reference by CC regarding how Independents will be voting today
in Pa is incorrect as registered
Independents can not vote in D or
R primaries, I believe. I believe that I am correct in this sentiment would like to hear
from a Pa poster if that is correct.
I believe that unlike Texas Pa has
closed primaries dependent on party
registration. I also asked how that
might effect the Pa races?

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 18, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

So this might sound crazy but listen up: I support Obama for promising to support Specter and clear the field in order to get him to switch parties. That was the right move. You can't ask someone to switch parties and then immediately turn your back on them. At the same time, I am glad that Sestak ran, since people deserve a choice. Furthermore, I hope Sestak wins today, because I can't trust Specter to not switch back a few months from now if things look better on the GOP side of the aisle. These sentiments may sound contradictory to each other, but they are the carefully considered views of a practical progressive.

Posted by: vvf2 | May 18, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

DDawd and Gatecrasher ---

I was astonished that Ned Lamont decided to run for governor this year as opposed to running against Lieberman again two years from now.

But this certainly does hurt Blumenthal and terms of the voters' perception of his credibility and DDAWD, as you astutely pointed out, raises the pressure on the GOP to make sure that they have the right cnadidate -- not just the one who can spend the most on the campaign.

Posted by: Jay20 | May 18, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Voters are really being presented with the false choice of too much government (Democrats & Republicans - yes, you too; remember the Patriot Act and warrantless wiretaps?) and no government (Rand Paul and a sizable number of Tea Partiers).

How about a more efficient government? That really isn't the oxymoron that conservatives paint it to be. Government CAN work well. Just ask your grandparents how they feel about getting a Social Security check every month.

Unfortunately, the GOP propaganda machine has been telling us to hate the federal government - and really all government - for the last 30 years. The message has been received loud and clear, as some Republican establishment candidates are now belatedly finding out.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | May 18, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

4. I have reason to believe that registered
Independents can not vote in the D primary.
Am I correct CC?

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 18, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I simply don't understand why black people are willing to be rolled up in the "identity politics" shuffle: they are taken for granted as part of the Democrat base, and yet what on earth has really been done to help black society reach parity of incomes and economic opportunity with the rest of the country? "Public assistance" wouldn't be the answer to that one, and too many politicians who pander to the black community seem to default to the strategy of "keep 'em enslaved to government handouts" to keep those votes reliably in the D column. I really just don't get it.

Posted by: SavingGrace | May 18, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Throw ALL the BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BUMS OUT!

If your a lifer politician surviving off of Wall Street and Corporate bribes, GET THE F OUT!

WE THE PEOPLE NOW DEMAND Representation. We are not Wall Street, we are not Corporations, we did not get a bailout, WE WORK FOR A LIVING!

Throw these lifetime bought and paid for politicians to the side...they are worthless and do nothing but harm the vast majority of hard working Americans.

Posted by: Impeachbush99 | May 18, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I think you should double check your figures, I find it hard to believe Obama got over 90% of the black vote. The only way that could be true is if blacks had voted for him based only on skin color.
That would be as ludicrus as having a
black only entertainment channel on TV,
or black only entertainment awards.
' the day when americans judge a man
by the content of his character, and
not the color of his skin '
MLK

Posted by: simonsays1 | May 18, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"Don't over-analyze today's primaries".........that is, unless we win (Democrats), Dionne, Washington Post. Cute!
The pre-emptive analysis is that the American Slaves are still a minority and do not want to become Greece.
To understand, and to educate the American voter, please go to "Lessons from Greece: the Slave classes....." at http://www.robbingamerica.com

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | May 18, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

It's hard to call the PA senate race a test of incumbency, no matter what you think of him. Specter has never run and been tested in a Democrat primary before, since he only recently moved from being a RINO to a D.

Some may recall that he was originally a D, and began his political career as a D in the R primary for Philadelphia DA in the 1960's. So he's flipped twice in his career.

But in todays primary vote, he is asking a different set of voters than he ever faced before to accept him. Some D's might have crossed over to him in the past, but that is a small minority of those he needs today.

Posted by: carelessfills | May 18, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I agree, repulsives roll up their sleeves and get to work instead of being so mad that President Obama is a brother from Chicago. From day one.

Plus they are mad because the regs of still frozen and they can't slide under the table with the USCode.

We truly need more Independents. I would like that. No fighting.......eh?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"While Paul is proud of his radical ant-consumer agenda, he is less willing to talk about his ties to the militia movement and violent anti-government groups. In March, Paul addressed a gathering of militia groups for an “open carry” rally by the Kentucky state capitol. The rally included groups like the Ohio Valley Freedom Fights, an organization that has openly worked with and defended the Michigan-based Hutaree militia. During his address to the rally, Paul called the armed attendees — many of whom were wearing “I’m A Rand Fan” stickers — his “private security detail.”

Although he had hoped for support from the tea party movement to boost Republican Party candidates this year, Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has aggressively opposed Paul’s nomination. As we reported yesterday, while much of the GOP established has organized and encouraged radical tea party protests, they have lost control of insurgent extremist candidates like Paul."

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

margaret: I share your sentiment about Specter but have no voice in that race. I am especially
concerned about the message a Sestek win would
send to any waivering R Senator who might ever think of changing to the moderate party and fed up with the radical tilt of their party. Collins and Snowe come to mind but they have abandoned all principles and have no compass
whatsoever when they can be led around by the nose by Maine TeaPartiers. They are cowards who will never have the spine of Specter. Here is hoping that Specter wins by one vote. Its interesting that moderates here think a like, but I would be careful in slamming Sestek you never know; you may eat your words tomorrow.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 18, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Rand Paul --"Let's Get Rid of the Americans with Disabilities Act"

"Paul was asked whether he supports the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark 1990 legislation that established a prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability. Paul said he advocates local governments to decide whether disabled individuals deserve rights. Requiring businesses to provide access to disabled people, Paul argued, isn’t “fair to the business owner.” Later in the interview, when asked if he believes Americans have a right to use the 2nd Amendment to violently overthrow the government, a Paul staffer physically intercepted the recording and shuffled Paul away."

Apparently afraid the loon might say yes...

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Both Sestak and Specter are polling ahead of Toomey, and that's all that counts.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The US needs way more than an anti-incumbent attitude to change the game in Washington. We need a viable third party.

Posted by: Maddogg | May 18, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The US needs way more than an anti-incumbent attitude to change the game in Washington. We need a viable their party.

Posted by: Maddogg | May 18, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

If the so-called "Tea Party Movement" attacks the K. St. Mafia -- those wonderful lobbyists who first sell their souls to the highest bidder, then persuade (read: "bribe") key Congressional politicians to slip special interest amendments into unrelated legislation that benefit their well-heeled clients to the detriment of everyone else, the American taxpayer especially -- then, yes, they have a chance; more than an chance, actually.

If they march in and "drive the money-changers out of the Temple" (borrowing from the Book of Mark in the New Testament), I might even vote for them (and when it comes to phenomena like the so-called "Tea Party", I'm as cynical as they come)!

Thing is, for this "Tea Party Movement" to actually do such a thing means biting the hand that feeds it, something that I do not think its leaders will do (assuming that they have enough independence and intellectual substance to even try to point their troops in that direction).

Posted by: hogsmile | May 18, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

As a liberal/progressive voter, I actually wouldn't mind seeing conservative gains in Congress. Republicans and conservatives need a stake in governing the country. It's too easy to be the party of 'no' when you're on the sidelines -- I'd like to see them roll up their sleeves and take responsibility for something.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | May 18, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

If the so-called "Tea Party Movement" attacks the K. St. Mafia -- those wonderful lobbyists who first sell their souls to the highest bidder, then persuade (read: "bribe") key Congressional politicians to slip special interest amendments into unrelated legislation that benefit their well-heeled clients to the detriment of everyone else, the American taxpayer especially -- then, yes, they have a chance; more than an chance, actually.

If they march in and "drive the money-changers out of the Temple" (borrowing from the Book of Mark in the New Testament), I might even vote for them (and when it comes to phenomena like the so-called "Tea Party", I'm as cynical as they come)!

Thing is, for this "Tea Party Movement" to actually do such a thing means biting the hand that feeds it, something that I do not think its leaders will do (assuming that they have enough independence and intellectual substance to even try to point their troops in that direction).

Posted by: hogsmile | May 18, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Sestak or Specter - does it matter? Either will get trounced by Toomey in November.

Posted by: Hairistotle | May 18, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Hair - (rolling)
But ICE is federal.

Arapio gets a real kick out of raiding houses. He employs bounty hunters too. Sometimes they get the wrong houses.

Bum (&(*^^ egypt down here is a joke....
If I wasn't hit by the economic crisis, i would try and get out of here.
In one piece.
There is no safe passage in Arizona.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse


Blumenthal.....kinda sorta like Former President Clinton stating..
that "he never inhaled".

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

mwhoke is unaware that the job offer was extended BEFORE Sestak got into the race. The item WAS reported on. Try Google, it's a wonderful thing. It'll report >1M hits and you don't even need to use Sestak's name. You get two Big Whoops and one fuggedaboutit.

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 18, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

" Can the tea party and the party establishment co-exist?: If, as expected, ophthalmologist Rand Paul wins tonight in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary over Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the test will be whether the Kentucky GOP's two warring wings can come together."

No, they can't. And this is the real story -- watch the baggers and the establishment Rs rip each others throats out. Go for it!

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I think this will be tight, but not as tight as people say. I’m thinking 52- 47, Specter wins. I could be wrong.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 18, 2010 9:55 AM

You're wrong.

Posted by: Hairistotle | May 18, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

koolkat, was it a female staffer? To have it be a male staffer would be asking too much.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 18, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

ICE rules down here, but has to go through Arapio.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 9:48 AM

Arpaio for President! Yes!!

Posted by: Hairistotle | May 18, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Specter/Sestak? I will vote for Specter. He works hard and he knows what he is doing, and he did a great thing for the Democrats when he switched parties – we have needed his vote. I have no trouble with his switching parties: he was unwilling to be silenced and marginalized by his own party. See how Snowe, Collins, Voinovich and Lugar have been erased as party voices? The GOP doesn’t want to hear from its own members if they have a dissenting voice or if they dare to work with the other party on legislation.

I have a lot of problems with Sestak: 1) you don’t run against your party’s incumbent (especially when you have been asked not to), 2) you don’t ridicule your President for offering you a position if you stay out of the race – nothing illegal in it, and big boys know offers like this are made and they accept the compliment and shut up, 3) his ego is going to cost us his congressional district, where the GOP has fielded an excellent candidate: Sestak had not cemented this CD as a Democratic CD after just 3 years in the seat and he has indeed been absent a LOT over the past year. If Specter can be treated for cancer and get in for the important votes, why can’t Sestak make it in? 4) Specter said he would campaign for Sestak if he was the winner, Sestak said he would not campaign for Specter. That’s not a party attitude.

I don’t think the black voter turn-out in Philadelphia is such a King Maker. I think this will be tight, but not as tight as people say. I’m thinking 52- 47, Specter wins. I could be wrong.

I also have to vote for someone to beat Jim Gerlach like a drum in November’s general for the PA 6th CD. I think the best candidate for that is Manan Trivedi, who will be a big contrast to Gerlach (think Frank Wolf – a pale, lock-step GOP man who somehow portrays himself to voters as not a lock-step GOP man). Trivedi is just 35, a combat surgeon back from the War and the son of Indian immigrants (laborers, not brain drain Indians). He somehow persuaded both county Democratic Committees to back him over Doug Pike, the wealthy and well-connected Inquirer Editorial Board director who had looked like THE candidate. Maybe he could be a topic for The Rising. Here’s an article about the race: http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/94048099.html

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 18, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, ANOTHER holier-than-thou Repuke, Rep. Mark Souder of Indiana, has been caught with his dick in the wrong place. In this case, inside one of his district office staffers.

Tearful confession to follow.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

excuse the typos.....my keyboard is old and needs to be replaced.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Please, go ahead and laugh your *.* off, newagent99. As a Marine Corps Viet Nam Combat veteran it’s been my experience that retaining a sense of humor in the face of extreme adversity can be a great as…er…be beneficial!

Now, if you’ll excuse m….Bwahahahahahahahahaha!

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 18, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The Arizona Safe neighborhoods; Immigration; Law enforcement Law.

Napilotano never got along with Sheriff Joe Arapio.

Gov. Brewer handed Joe Arapio exactly what he wanted....on a silve platter.

ICE rules down here, but has to go through Arapio.

He's a sadist. Well know around these parts.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

the tea party endorses Rand Paul..the son of a millionaire congress critter.

LMAO,, more of the same

Posted by: newagent99 | May 18, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

The elections today? Raining all day here in Philadelphia, off and on in the West.

It’ll be Critz in the special election by a good margin. The Republican, Tim Burns, has been an uninspiring candidate and his lower taxes/small government message holds nothing for these rural districts. Democratic registration runs 2 to 1 in this CD: when they made the Permanent Republican Majority, this CD was a gift from the Republicans to Jack Murtha (it will be one of the CDs we lose after the census – it is a wacky shape and will be absorbed easily into the 4 or 5 other CDs its tendrils stretch into). People here loved Murtha – they didn’t care what outsiders thought of him, and they will deliver Critz a good margin. I’m thinking he’ll win by the low double digits (12%), even though the CD went for McCain (oh, yes it did!). Let the Club for Growth and other groups pour their money in. Bleed them white!

The other thing Critz has going for him is that the Democrats have a busy primary for Governor. Rendell never brings along a successor, I don’t know why, so there is no Anointed One in the race. What there is is Onorato, who is Allegheny County Chief executive – pretty much the Mayor of Pittsburgh, except they call him this. He’s had an excellent career there since 1991 and I think he is our best chance to keep the governorship Democratic. In the General he will bring in a strong vote from Western Democrats, and the Eastern Democrats will vote for him because he’s the Democrat. His candidacy also figures into Critz’ election, as there should be a better than usual turn-out of Western Democrats wanting to see their man, Onorato, on the ballot in November.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 18, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Don't count Specter out.

It's a good PR move that Obama does not go to PA. Stay away from the fray (that's a saying).

Arkansas will go democrat because it's Arkansas in the south.

The Murtha race seems as though it should be the race today.

....."Republicans have long argued -- and national polling has verified -- that voters who line up with them on the issues are far more motivated to vote than are those who identify with Democrats"

oh yeah.....wanna make a bet. Polls don't mean alot in the ballot box. It's you and the machine. Folks always change their minds on second thought.

and get McConnell off the air. he's everywhere.

What can you say about Rand with a father called Ron. Teabaggers should like him. By the mere fact that he exists.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

the tea party endorses Rand Paul..the son of a millionaire congress critter.

LMAO,, more of the same

Posted by: newagent99 | May 18, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse


"Lying about military service would be a deal-breaker if Blumenthal were a Republican,"

That was not the case for George W. Bush and his failure to complete his military service. (It helps if you can have the your records destroyed when you become governor.) Of course, pretending that the last eight years didn't happen is a way of life for Republicans these days.

Posted by: writinron | May 18, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

To our PA friends: can Nutter get out the vote in Philly?

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 18, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

How do you know the media hasn't investigated this?

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

A country and media of fortune tellers. Why the fixation on what might be rather than what is actually happening?

Posted by: clairevb | May 18, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

its interesting that every R post here uses the word liberal, it just rolls off their tongue with no other thought on their mind. What simpiletons. Liberals like Blance Lincoln and Specter, what a joke. Perhaps every R
referenced here needs to be referred to as
the Reactionaries or Nihilist. Its likely
Rs would find that reference as a badge of
honor.
Incidentally Pa requires party registration so
every Pa voter registered as an Independent can not vote in either the R or D primary today. Curious how that might effect the voter mix today and how today's vote might not accurately reflect the voter mix
for Nov. Not sure how prevalent party registration is in other state primaries since
in Texas we have a system of open primaries and party id is not required to vote in a primary.
Others' thoughts on this Pa phenomenon?

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 18, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Turns out Nappy, the head of DHS has not read the AZ law either. That makes ag and nappy and obumbler who can't read but never let that stop them from making snap judgments about racially sensitive subjects.

Uh, oh. Another summit.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 18, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

My bumper proudly wears a sticker that says "TRASH ALL INCUMBENTS". I got it at www.keep2theright.com , which donates some proceeds to military charities.

Posted by: NYC_CON | May 18, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

AndyR3,

I agree that a President can nominate anyone he desires to be the Secretary of the Navy.

The question that Gibbs refuses to answer is did someone at the White House offer the job to Joe Sestak if he dropped out of the race and if this happened could it be considered a bribe?

The second question is why won't the main-stream-media and the Congress investigate Sestak's claim?

The third question is if this was the Bush White House would the press and the Congress demand criminal prosecution of whomever made the offer and if Bush had knowledge would they be demanding impeachment?

The fourth question that should be raised is there a double standard in existence?

Posted by: mwhoke | May 18, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

“…Not if Rand Paul is your nominee Mr McConnell…” - AndyR3
- - - - - - - -
Paul OR Grayson beat either Mongiardo OR Conway and Paul DEFINITELY beats Grayson. But keep whistling, Andy, you’re nearly past the graveyard.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/senate/2010_kentucky_senate_primary_races.html

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/senate/2010_kentucky_senate_race.html

Like Flounder in Animal House - “Oh boy, this is going to be great!”

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 18, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Replace this 'Do-Nothing' CONGRESS!! - From globalist "OIL' to globalist BANKsters,-- Nothing has changed in 35 years!? -- "ENOUGH of this CRAP"!! -- Talk & Talk about OIL, and the Oil-spill gets us NO WHERE AMERICA!! -- WE need Alternative, Safe, Clean- ENERGIES NOW!!! -- Since Congress will Do-Nothing, then "FIRE-the-whole-Damn-Bunch-of-Goof-Offs-NOW"!!! -- When is CONGRESS ever goin g to Listen to their' Bosses,-- to WE-the-People?! -- NO where in the CONSTITUTION does it read:- 'we-the-banksters', nor 'we-the-corporations', nor 'we-the-oil-cartels'!!!!!! --- NO MORE DEPENDENCE ON DIRTY $EXPENSIVE "OIL"!!! --- For 35 years both RED & BLUE in Congress have been TRAITORS!!!! -- FIRE the CROOKS!! --- WE need wholly new blood NOW!!!! -- WE-the-People have HAD-IT PERIOD!!!

Posted by: jward52 | May 18, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope that this is the continuation of the removal of, at best, incompetent and, at worst, corrupt incumbents in both parties.
Now there's some change that Obama can believe in.

Posted by: JohnRice | May 18, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Obumbler has pondered long and hard and waited to actually DO anything about the oil spill. But now, finally there is a plan and I think we all pretty much knew, that after the TelePrompTer speech, this would follow.

A commission.

Why no summit?

Posted by: Moonbat | May 18, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Who is the likely Democrat replacement in Connecticut?
Will there be a reshuffle between candidates in the gubernatorial race and senate race?

I think Ned Lamont may be the turn-to nominee.

Posted by: Gatecrasher | May 18, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

WHY WAIT? HERE'S WHAT WILL HAPPEN TODAY.

The White House will blame the weather for holding down turnout in Philadelphia, allowing Sestak to beat Specter by a comfortable margin (which he would have done even on a sunny day). As a portent, the Sestak victory means little; at age 80, Specter put self interest first and overextended his welcome.

Murtha's district will stay Democratic because Mark Critz was Murtha's right-hand man and helped deliver the pork. Again, no valid national extrapolation.

Kentucky will go to Rand Paul because in in this economic environment, libertarianism resonates and the politics of privilege does not. A harbinger of the appeal of populism? Perhaps so.

***


As today's bread and circuses unfold, a shadow government silently tortures U.S. citizens nationwide.

HOMELAND FUSION CENTERS SILENTLY IRRADIATE, TORTURE, IMPAIR AMERICANS WITH CELLULAR MICROWAVE WEAPON: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Multi-agency Bush- spawned atrocities targeting supposed "dissidents" and "undesirables" continue under a naive, misinformed Obama administration.

When will President Obama stop appeasing a rogue bureaucracy and take down Homeland "torture towers" -- and bring to justice a genocidal 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 18, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Item #2: Chairman Zero's Guests Will Be Asked to Show Their papers

Oh, the Ironing! The Obama Regime is hosting Mexican President Felipe Calderon at a State Dinner, and they are very concerned that more undocumented party guests will show up, so they will be demanding papers and subjecting their guests to intensive profiling.
Just days before President Barack Obama hosts his second state dinner on Wednesday for Mexican President Felipe Calderon, questions remain unanswered surrounding Obama's first state dinner.
Though the infamous case of the dinner crashers will be remembered more than the curry served that night, it's a question of exactly how uninvited guests were permitted to breach White House security to attend the state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Nov. 24, 2009.
So, if you show up to one of Chairman Zero's parties without your ID, it's "Adios, amigos."

I wonder if Chairman Zero will have to apologize to China for his disgraceful treatment of poor migrants who were only looking for a better canape.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 18, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

The beginning of the end of the liberals 15 minutes of fame. Good riddance they really sucked...a lot.

Posted by: Straightline | May 18, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

mwhoke, the President has the constitutional authority to appoint anyone they want to any post for any reason. President Obama could appoint me as the Secretary of the Navy if he wanted to, not that the Senate would confirm me. Also there is a long history of Presidents appointing people into positions in the administration to avoid inter party squables.

Posted by: AndyR3 | May 18, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

"This is election is not about incumbents, but about the defeat of liberals." - josephlcooke.blogspot

Posted by: 1911a1 | May 18, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

AndyR3,

I agree Sestak is qualified to be the Secretary of the Navy but the question is what did the White House do and was it legal and why is the media and the Congress ignoring the claim that Sestak has made?

Posted by: mwhoke | May 18, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Democrats - Get elected on promises. Stay elected on results. Or not.

Posted by: treetopflyer | May 18, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots and Sniveling Progressive Idiots Who Seize One Little Point and Nitpick It to Death,

The Democrat who was heavily favored to succeed corrupt POS Christopher Dodd in the US Senate, State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, has been bragging about his service in Vietnam as a selling point.
"We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam," Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. "And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it -- Afghanistan or Iraq -- we owe our military men and women unconditional support."
One problem, though. According to military records, Blumenthal never served in Vietnam... or anywhere else. Records show he asked for... and received... five deferments.

Lying about military service would be a deal-breaker if Blumenthal were a Republican, but because he's a Democrat, his constituents are likely to cut him a lot of slack. It's New England, after all. Ted Kennedy killed a woman and Gerry Studds molested an underage House Page... didn't hurt their careers at all.

Update: The Spin Begins. The Blumenthal campaign is denying that he lied about his deferments (which is not the allegation) and rounding up some veterans to use as props in a photo op.

That should do it.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 18, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

But why is the white house doing ANYthing for Specter, since he is a sure loser in November? I really, truly don't understand.

Posted by: Casey1 | May 18, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Never fear ole liberals of little spine, Eric Holder will be out there providing top cover for the New Black Panthers are they reengage their voter intimidation in Philly.

Posted by: zendrell | May 18, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

mwhoke, Sestak is a retired real admiral and is definitly qualified to be the Secretary of the Navy. He just didn't want the job.

#1-I think Sestak may have this one (never thought I would say that), cause there is no way that Specter will get 75% in the Philly area. There are too many liberals there who don't like Specter.

#2-If Critz wins in PA then the White House will be fine. A Specter loss isn't going to taint them very much, since Sestak is closer plicy wise to Obama than Specter ever was.

#3-Morrison won't get above 3% today. These fringe third candidates always poll better than they perform. This is most likely due to the fact that when polled the people who don't like either Lincoln or Halter just say Morrison. However these folks don't usually take the time to vote in a primary. Prediction Lincoln wins with 55% of the vote.

#4-This is the Race of the day if you ask me. It will be a HUGE boost for the Dems if they hold this seat.

#5-"I think there is an excellent chance that Kentucky will keep this seat in Republican hands and we're going to be there to support the winner,"
Not if Rand Paul is your nominee Mr McConnell, and you know it. Paul's views like getting rid of the Department of Education and most social programs will go over like a lead balloon in the general election. And with a loss in KY the Senate is out of reach this election cycle no matter what happens.

Posted by: AndyR3 | May 18, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

The question that I have relates to the White House involvement in the Pennsylvania Senate contest.

If someone in the White House offered Sestak the position of Secretary of the Navy to drop out from the race why hasn't the press and the Congress demanded answers?

It appears to me that is a crime and the press and the Congress should be investigating!

If this was the Bush White House both the main-stream-media and the Democratic Congress would be investigating and demanding impeachment!

Posted by: mwhoke | May 18, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Looking forward to the PA races. The Congressional seat should be interesting and potentially a bellweather.

Re CT, I believe Republicans had looked at Connecticut as a lost cause once Dodd said he would not run again and BLumenthal took a commanding lead. That's why they seemed to prefer McMahon who is probably not electable, but at least can finance her own campaign, so the RNC doesn't have to send any cash her way. I wonder if this calculus changes in light of the NYT article that came out on his misrepresentation on his Vietnam service. If the race is winnable, do Republicans still back McMahon?

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

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