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Morning Fix: Obama speechifies on the economy

1. President Obama is set to deliver an economic-focused speech next Tuesday at the Brookings Institution, a recognition by the president and his inner circle that as the calendar turns to 2010 they must do everything they can to convince the American people he is paying close attention to the nation's fiscal health. The speech will come just days after a jobs summit convened by the president at the White House, a largely symbolic gesture designed to show the American public he is working on fixing what ails the economy. "Yesterday's jobs forum kicked off a heightened push on the economy," said one senior White House official. "Jobs is the number issue at people's kitchen room table and in the Oval Office." But, one of the backdrops of the speech is almost certain to be double-digit unemployment numbers for the month of November, data that will be released today by the Labor Department. (The unemployment rate stood at 10.2 percent in October.) The challenge posed by the perception of a jobless recovery is that he must simultaneously seek to instill confidence in Americans by citing so-called "green shoots" of progress while not appearing to be too ebullient about the financial fate of the country for fear of appearing out of touch with the concerns of everyday Americans. (Ask former president George H.W. Bush what being perceived as out of touch on everyday economic concerns can do to one's political career.) It's very fine line to walk politically but one that Obama must tread if Democrats want to avoid broad-scale losses at the ballot box next November.

2. Expect Houston Mayor Bill White (D) to officially switch from the Senate to the governor's race today, a move that will hand the Democratic Governors Association a major recruiting coup in a state that looked barren of candidates just a few weeks ago. White had spent much of the last year running and raising money for a Senate race that does not exist and may never if Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) loses her challenge to Gov. Rick Perry (R) next March. With the fate of the Senate race in doubt, White will transition races and, thanks to a quirk in Texas law, will be able to transfer the $4 million he collected for the Senate race into a gubernatorial account. (White can also transfer $700,000 sitting in his mayoral account, giving him a nearly $5 million nest egg from day one in the gubernatorial campaign.) Democrats believe that if Perry, who has staked out the most conservative ground possible on a variety of issues in the primary race, beats Hutchison they have a real chance with White of pulling an upset. White's departure makes former state Comptroller John Sharp the clear favorite for the Democratic nomination if and when there is a Senate special election. Sharp, who ran unsuccessfully against Perry for lieutenant governor in 1998, bring pluses (his significant personal wealth) and minuses (he is not exactly a fresh face) to a Senate bid.

3. With four days to go before the Democratic primary in the Massachusetts special election for U.S. Senate, state Attorney General Martha Coakley remains the solid favorite to win the nod, according to a new poll released by her campaign late Thursday. Coakley takes 41 percent to 21 percent for Rep. Mike Capuano while Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca (10 percent) and City Year co-founder Alan Khazei (seven percent) lag considerably. While pollster Celinda Lake conducted the survey for Coakley's campaign there is little argument from others in the race that the state's top cop will, barring some sort of huge unforeseen event, be the nominee against state Sen. Scott Brown (R) in the special general election on Jan. 19. Coakley, although she isn't likely to need it, is getting a boost from a new radio ad from the Service Employees International Union: "As our next senator Martha Coakley will work to get results in Washington," says the narrator of the 60-second ad, which will run through Dec. 8 at a cost of $200,000.


4. New polling out of Arkansas -- conducted by Research 2000 for the liberal Daily Kos blog -- shows Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) slipping into a statistical dead heat against state Sen. Gilbert Baker (R). Lincoln takes 42 percent to 41 percent for Baker -- a narrowing of the seven-point edge the incumbent held over the Republican challenger in a similar Research 2000 survey conducted in early September. The data is yet more evidence that Lincoln is one of the most endangered incumbents up for re-election in 2010. (Lincoln checks in at number eight on the Fix's most recent Senate Line.) Although many national Democrats have been openly dismissive of Lincoln's careful approach on health care -- Kos founder Markos Moulitsas referred to the incumbent as "obnoxious" in an e-mail touting the results -- her numbers remain strong within her own party. Sixty-two percent of Democrats view Lincoln favorably as compared to 32 percent who see her in an unfavorable light and she leads Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who continues to weigh a primary challenge, by a solid 42 percent to 26 percent margin.

5. President Obama remains popular among the young -- ages 18-29 -- voters who helped catapult him into office but that bloc is far less enthusiastic about some of his policies, according to a new online survey conducted for Harvard's Institute of Politics. (For more on the methodology of the survey, click here.) Nearly six in ten young adults approve of how Obama has handled the job while 39 percent disapprove. On hot button issues like the economy (52 percent disapprove), health care (52 percent disapprove) and Afghanistan (55 percent disapprove) there is far more pessimism about the chief executive. In fact, two thirds of young adults opposed a troop increase in Afghanistan -- the very policy that the president announced in a speech to the country earlier this week. Those sorts of numbers suggest that there is a real possibility of dampening in enthusiasm among young people toward Obama come 2012; the 2009 Virginia and New Jersey governors races already showed significant drop-offs in the youth vote from 2008.

6. Dick Wadhams, the campaign operative who vaulted to fame/infamy when he helped spearhead John Thune's (R) upset victory over Democratic leader Tom Daschle (S.D.), has sent out an e-mail on behalf of former Nevada state party chairwoman and 2010 Senate candidate Sue Lowden (R) invoking that contest. "Just like 2004 when a candidate with sheer guts and determination stepped forward to challenge Tom Daschle, an outstanding Republican leader of accomplishment has emerged to challenge Harry Reid in Nevada: Sue Lowden," writes Wadhams. Wadhams adds that Daschle was a "rank amateur" as compared to Reid. After overseeing Thune's victory in 2004, Wadhams signed on with what was expected to be an easy 2006 reelection race for Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), a victory that would dovetail nicely into Allen's planned presidential bid in 2008. But, "macaca" happened and Allen's political future went down the drain while Wadhams returned to his native Colorado to serve as chairman of the state Republican Party. Wadhams and Lowden, who along with businessman Danny Tarkanian are seen as the frontrunners for the Republican Senate nomination, are personal friends.

7. In the wake of the election of Republican Gov. Chris Christie this fall, New Jersey Assembly Democrats are proposing a bill that would force the new governor to appoint a Democrat if either of the state's U.S. senators left office before their terms expire. The bill, which was introduced into the New Jersey Assembly earlier this week, would force Christie to pick a replacement of the same party within 30 days of the vacancy. While the sponsor of the legislation insisted that the impetus for the bill was the death of Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy (D), it's hard not to see it rooted closer to home. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is 85 years old and not up for reelection until 2014; Lautenberg remains in fine health but the legislation has the look and feel of an insurance policy against the possibility of a Republican senator if Lautenberg decides to leave before the end of his term.

8. After a week off to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Live Fix is back on today at 11 a.m. sharp. We'll take questions from Fixistas on the 2010 midterms, the president's Afghanistan speech, the Salahis and Tiger Woods. (We may or may not be kidding about those last two.) Tune in and turn out; you can either submit questions in advance or follow along in real time.

9. And speaking of self-promotion. . . . Have you heard about "Politics and Pints," a night of trivia and tankards with the Fix next Monday at the Capitol Lounge? All the cool kids are coming. You can check out the invite on Facebook -- so hip! -- here but the details are as follows: first come, first served in terms of team signups, no more than six people to a team, and you must be an avid fan of the Fix -- or be willing to become one -- to get in the door. Spread. The. Word.

10. The draw for the 2010 World Cup will be revealed today in South Africa, an event that, literally, the whole world will be watching. As the New York Times Jere Longman notes, there is a long history of conspiracy theories surrounding the picking of which teams will play each other. Our favorite? Former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona's claim that Sophia Loren, the celebrity guest picker in 1990, had magnetized the rings on her fingers to be able to select the ping pong balls in such a way as to make Italy's road to the Cup easier. And, no, we are not kidding.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 4, 2009; 5:33 AM ET
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Funny how all the goopers make claims to lives rich in achievement and success but then the misspell simple words, or give themselves nutty job titles. Like zouk's "modeler" and now this guy. They're so "consistant" about it.

And they wonder how we're so certain they're phonies.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 4, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

"Being an Analysis by profession"?

'Nuff said. If you can't figure out how to spell your own profession, you need a new one.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 4, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

"Being an Analysis by profession I got to wondering how Unemployment can go down if there are no new jobs created"

Being an analyst myself I'm wondering why you looked to a google search for headlines as your evidence rather than the data for the answers.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | December 4, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"To get the focus back on the economy do you know that only 7% of BO’s appointees/advisors ever held a job in private enterprise? How can this fare well for the job summit. One would think that some kind of practical experience would be helpful in the knowledge of how jobs are created."

Given how many CEOs and MBAs were in the last administration, I'm not bothered.

But besides that, never mind how many CEOs and small business owners were there as part of the summit (notably Google CEO Eric Scmidt, who knows one or two things that should satisfy your criteria anyways). See, a summit isn't the same as a cabinet meeting, it's about turning to folks outside the administration for advise. Don't let those facts get in your way, though.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | December 4, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

To get the focus back on the economy do you know that only 7% of BO’s appointees/advisors ever held a job in private enterprise? How can this fare well for the job summit. One would think that some kind of practical experience would be helpful in the knowledge of how jobs are created.

Posted by: leapin | December 4, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Yeah and the Beirut bombing three years into his "watch" was Carter's fault too.

Uh-huh.

You have no brain.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite

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What does Beirut have to do with economics?

Posted by: leapin | December 4, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

That's the Carter inheritance spike.

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Yeah and the Beirut bombing three years into his "watch" was Carter's fault too.

Uh-huh.

You have no brain.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 4, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Who was president then?

(pause)

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite

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That's the Carter inheritance spike.

Posted by: leapin | December 4, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Since leapin apparently doesn't know how to find information on the web I did his homework for him (I worked my way through college like that, so I have a lot of practice). Anyway, here ya go, the unemployment rate from 1948 to the present.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_3bGnkNeoPxk/SZiQ1JIJUqI/AAAAAAAACag/qP1TeKCqlIQ/s1600-h/research.stlouisfed.org.png

Note the highest point on the graph.

Who was president then?

(pause)

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 4, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, billionaires did GREAT under Reagan, but they're not the majority. I said google UNEMPLOYMENT, fool.
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Here is what I get.....

WebHide optionsShow options... Results 1 - 10 of about 1,460,000 for UNEMPLOYMENT, fool.. (0.35 seconds)
Tip: Save time by hitting the return key instead of clicking on "search"

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If No New Jobs Were Created How Can Unemployment Go Down?Dec 4, 2009 ... Being an Analysis by profession I got to wondering how Unemployment can go down if there are no new jobs created

Posted by: leapin | December 4, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I dare anyone to name a single government entity, other than the military, which is the first to be gutted by Libs, that actually functions as designed and is not in the red and/or a total failure of grand scale.
Posted by: ZOUK
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I can’t think of any other entity either. The states and cities that have been controlled by the statists for years are in shambles.

Posted by: leapin | December 4, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

My browsers shows that great improvements on the economic front took place after the Carter malaise. You should consider upgrading your browser.

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Yeah, billionaires did GREAT under Reagan, but they're not the majority. I said google UNEMPLOYMENT, fool.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 4, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Go google up the unemployment figures on Reagan's "watch" and learn something.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite

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My browsers shows that great improvements on the economic front took place after the Carter malaise. You should consider upgrading your browser.

Posted by: leapin | December 4, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Ronald Reagan have a type of job summit also? I believe it was called the 1980's.

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Wow, are YOU one ignorant bashturd.

Go google up the unemployment figures on Reagan's "watch" and learn something.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 4, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Ronald Reagan have a type of job summit also? I believe it was called the 1980's.

Posted by: leapin | December 4, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

What all the posters here just do not get is the health care bill is a JOBS KILLER.

Just having the bill before Congress is a DRAG ON JOBS.

==

"You LIE!!"

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 4, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

What all the posters here just do not get is the health care bill is a JOBS KILLER.


Just having the bill before Congress is a DRAG ON JOBS.


The employer mandate in the bill - no one knows how much it will cost to implement that provision - it is preventing companies from hiring.

You can not have it both ways.

Obama is lucky that cap-and-trade is dead - anyone still clinging to global warming you can assure yourself is completely delusional and should not be trusted to exercise any judgement at all.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | December 4, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

zouk must be off his meds again-- can't think of anything but me. but i just don't go for stalkers and pervs.

==

Just PgUp and to hell with him. Let him rot in his hospital room

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 4, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Snow in Houston is now evidence against climate change?

==

Yeah and when the British Isles go from temperate to Arctic Circle temperatures because the warming ocean currents have moved they'll be crowing that this is evidence global warming is false.

And to think, people as stupid as this are allowed to vote, and own land, and bear children.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 4, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"speechifies"

Why don't you add some snarky remark about "teleprompters" too while you're at it?

Disgraceful.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 4, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I too went 3/4. Minnesnowta, drive-by-analysis & everclear. He didn't bite on 'how do you pick which friday line / do you have time to play catch-up & do 3 or 4 today?'

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 4, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

wrong scriv, he doesn't know the meaning of the word. nor much else, except bigotry and nastiness.

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

At least JakeD has a sense of irony about his posts, more than I can say for many of the taxpayer-paid?) blog spammers assigned to duty here.

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 4, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Wrong (again), drindl. Our gracious host answered THREE of my questions this morning, but (wisely?) chose to skip over the first one I asked:

1) Did you know that "speechifies" is racist?

2) Have you ever met either Salahi (or any other D.C. "Housewife")?

3) Don't you think that more and more Republicans will support KBH if the Hill-Perry polling continues to show Perry's weakness? Talk about self-fulfilling prophesy.

4) What if Afghanistan deteriorates and the economy does not improve, who do you think is most likely to mount a left flank attack against Obama in the Democratic primaries?

(My best guess on that last question is Schumer or Feingold ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 4, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse


"Despite all the text posted, the actual number of original or novel ideas is scant. Mostly a strong, deperate desire for attention from anyone, for any reason. It is lonely in moonbat ville. all the thinking persons have long since stopped talking to it for fear of the "Obama did it" rant that inevitably froths from the teeth and gums of this loon.
Posted by: ZOUK |

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

from a real newspaper. you know, the profitable kind that people read. you Libs probably don't know what I am talking about. Maybe a bailout:

Democrats may be headed for abnormally big losses in the 2010 congressional elections. The Cook Political Report, the most respected observer of congressional races, recently gave Republicans a 35%-40% chance of recapturing both Houses. The median forecast probably has Democrats retaining only a 10-15 seat majority in the House and a five seat margin in the Senate. Either outcome would represent an electoral earthquake. It would force President Obama to the right
WSJ

Posted by: ZOUK | December 4, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

why do I get the feeling that the C, V and CTRL button on drivl's machine are long since faded away?

Despite all the text she and FLamer/CF8 post, the actual number of original or novel ideas is scant. Mostly a strong, deperate desire for attention from anyone, for any reason. It is lonely in moonbat ville. all the thinking persons have long since stopped talking to them for fear of the "Bush did it" rant that inevitably froths from the teeth and gums of these loons.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 4, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

brainz missing seems to think that by simply inserting a big government middleman everywhere we look, giant efficiencies will sprout up.

so I take some money from Paul, grab my cut, spread around some graft, then pass it on to Peter and Voila, money saved. Only in a Liberal world.

I dare anyone to name a single government entity, other than the military, which is the first to be gutted by Libs, that actually functions as designed and is not in the red and/or a total failure of grand scale.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 4, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

America's insurance industry's Death Panels--650,000 sentenced to death:


"Health insurance giant Aetna is planning to force up to 650,000 clients to drop their coverage next year as it seeks to raise additional revenue to meet profit expectations.

In a third-quarter earnings conference call in late October, officials at Aetna announced that in an effort to improve on a less-than-anticipated profit margin in 2009, they would be raising prices on their consumers in 2010. The insurance giant predicted that the company would subsequently lose between 300,000 and 350,000 members next year from its national account as well as another 300,000 from smaller group accounts.

"The pricing we put in place for 2009 turned out to not really be what we needed to achieve the results and margins that we had historically been delivering," said chairman and CEO Ron Williams. "We view 2010 as a repositioning year, a year that does not fully reflect the earnings potential of our business. Our pricing actions should have a noticeable effect beginning in the first quarter of 2010, with additional financial impact realized during the remaining three quarters of the year."

Aetna's decision to downsize the number of clients in favor of higher premiums is, as one industry analyst told American Medical News, a "pretty candid" admission. It also reflects the major concerns offered by health care reform proponents and supporters of a public option for insurance coverage, who insist that the private health insurance industry is too consumed with the bottom line. A government-run plan would operate solely off its members' premiums.

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Nobody wants to talk to Joked. What a surprise. Not.

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Darn. The Fix LIVE chat is over, and he didn't answer my question about "speechifying" being racist.

Posted by: JakeD | December 4, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

"Jobs summit of all government people will fix the private sector."

Private sector sure ain't fixing themselves.

"Promising to retreat at a set date as war strategy."

Retreat from what? Afghanistan belongs to the Afghans, they need a little incentive to stand up themselves and start fighting their own battles, unless you desire them to become a true welfare state?

"Spending your way to prosperity"

How else will the economy get going unless someone starts buy stuff. Priming the pumps of domestic production, that's what it's all about, today's numbers continue to show it working.

"increase coverage AND lower costs"

Better technology, less bureaucracy, increased focus on covering patients rather than more lucrative elective procedures, increased competition lowering costs, leveraging economies of scale..... should I continue?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | December 4, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

average global temperature rises - some areas will warm, and some areas will cool. The real problem isn't average temperatures going up by 1-2 degrees,

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Or down by 2 degrees as the case may be.

I can't wait to see the new story of the month on this topic next year as the fraud is exposed. soon it will be something entirely different with a brand new poll tested name to go with it.

How about climate patterns? Or maybe climate stability? nope too many syllables for liberals. how about simply bad weather?

Here's a liberal math test:

find the average and the trend:

10, 11, 12, 28, 13, 14, 15, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2

For the math geeks, you may assume it is a linear function, with no seasonality. For the liberals, you can simply ask al gore, after paying him 50 bucks each.

Extra credit, is it hot today?

Posted by: ZOUK | December 4, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

zouk must be off his meds again-- can't think of anything but me. but i just don't go for stalkers and pervs.

someone should tell him to get help before he harms himself in sorrow over his rejection by women. no wonder he is on here all the time -- poor loony fatboy.

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

America's insurance industry's Death Panels--650,000 sentenced to death:


"Health insurance giant Aetna is planning to force up to 650,000 clients to drop their coverage next year as it seeks to raise additional revenue to meet profit expectations.

In a third-quarter earnings conference call in late October, officials at Aetna announced that in an effort to improve on a less-than-anticipated profit margin in 2009, they would be raising prices on their consumers in 2010. The insurance giant predicted that the company would subsequently lose between 300,000 and 350,000 members next year from its national account as well as another 300,000 from smaller group accounts.

"The pricing we put in place for 2009 turned out to not really be what we needed to achieve the results and margins that we had historically been delivering," said chairman and CEO Ron Williams. "We view 2010 as a repositioning year, a year that does not fully reflect the earnings potential of our business. Our pricing actions should have a noticeable effect beginning in the first quarter of 2010, with additional financial impact realized during the remaining three quarters of the year."

Aetna's decision to downsize the number of clients in favor of higher premiums is, as one industry analyst told American Medical News, a "pretty candid" admission. It also reflects the major concerns offered by health care reform proponents and supporters of a public option for insurance coverage, who insist that the private health insurance industry is too consumed with the bottom line. A government-run plan would operate solely off its members' premiums.

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Wow, drivl, 13/51 posts today. Moonbat hyperdrive.

shouldn't you be sweeping up peanuts somewhere?

what empty, shrill, hateful, post from Kos or Huff really has your hair on fire today?

All of them?

don't you wish you could simply draw monkey ears on the Present ident and leave it at that? that was certainly more at your intellectual level.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 4, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Unseasonably warm in the NE, unseasonably cold in TX, sounds like more erratic weather caused by climate changes.

See, what Republicans still don't get because they prefer to live in ignorance: Global warming means the average global temperature rises - some areas will warm, and some areas will cool. The real problem isn't average temperatures going up by 1-2 degrees, it's by entire climate patterns radically shifting as change does not occur uniformly worldwide. Too much info for them to process, I realize...


Speaking of which:

"Obama knew long ago that if he spent time on health care, he was not working on the economy."

The Health Care sector represents 15% of GDP, and by 2017, Health Care will represent 19.5%. The defense budget represents 4.8% of GDP and the $700 billion stimulus ($300 bil of which was tax cuts, love how conservatives now count that as government spending...) represented 4.9% of GDP. How dumb are you to say that HCR is not working on the economy?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a1/International_Comparison_-_Healthcare_spending_as_%25_GDP.png/400px-International_Comparison_-_Healthcare_spending_as_%25_GDP.png

Posted by: kreuz_missile | December 4, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Galileo.

But on a serious note, I am amazed NATO is sending 7000 soldiers to the AfPak campaign. Maybe getting along with 'Old Europe' isn't such a bad idea after all.

Posted by: shrink2 | December 4, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

One of the reasons we are in Afghanistan. We cannot allow the nuclear-armed Pakistan to fall to the Taliban.

"RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Three suicide bombers fired on worshipers then blew themselves up at a mosque near Pakistan's military headquarters after Friday prayers, killing 40 people, including many army officials, police said.

The mosque is frequented by military officials in the town of Rawalpindi, home to Pakistan's military establishment and only a 30-minute drive from the capital Islamabad.

The brazen attack in what should be one of the most secure areas of Pakistan was the latest challenge by militants against the writ of the state. A local television station said people were executed in cold blood.

Pakistan is fighting Taliban fighters blamed for bombings that have killed hundreds of people since an offensive was launched on their stronghold South Waziristan in October."

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

drivl, through your glasses of envy, you may someday realize that the entire world is not as miserable and lonely and an utter failure in life as you are.

I would venture to say that the evidence is that you are the most pitiful person on this blog and that most everyone is more succesful, more happy, more liked, more balanced.

Claiming that anyone that disagrees with you is a crazy, unemployed, insane, broke, uneducated, vicious or lying simply indicates the total vacuity of your position. In fact most of us are none of the above. but you keep doing what you know. At this point in your "development" I don't expect any contemplation or CHANGE. Just chanting the word will have to do.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 4, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Tom Tancredo nolonger running for gov of Colorado!

IS THIS THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE?

"Despite never officially announcing a run for the Colorado governorship, former congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo (R-CO) indicated in early November that he “fully intend[s] to run.” Earlier this week, former 2008 GOP delegate and Tom Tancredo supporter Crista Huff sent a message to the “Tom Tancredo for Governor” private Facebook group indicating that Tancredo will not be running for governor of Colorado and has instead launched a new project called the American Legacy Alliance.

A Google search did reveal that Tancredo quietly stepped down from his unofficial run for Colorado governor last week. The Grand Junction Journal more ambiguously reported that Tancredo “declined to endorse himself” as a candidate for Colorado government.

In 2008, Huff proclaimed that her “dream ticket” for President would be Tom Tancredo and Jesus Christ."

Facebook. This is how clownish the Republican party is. They think Facebook is a 'sophisticated' way to communicate. They don't understand that young people now laugh at it, it's considered a vehicle for the clueless.

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Obama made a conscious decision to IGNORE THE ECONOMY and work on health care.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

you give the guy too much credit. all the health care bills were from Reid and Pelosi and other Dems. Barry never lifted a finger except to make liar speeches. He seemed to be too preoccupied with the dog and his golf game and all those foreign trips and the mountain of apologies and how to surrender to everyone and.....

so far he has not chalked up a single success. The one law he passed was the spendulus, a backlog of liberal pork that did not a thing for what it was promised. In fact, an utter failure. His legacy before he even starts.

Welcome back Carter!

Maybe next time around a resume with some actual experience is in order for this position.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 4, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

" It gives me time to test drive the new boat before winter, In fact, the season could be extended by days/weeks and I would be happy.

Of course the ski house may have to find another one"

Never has there ever been a medium so perfect for the schizophreniac to spin out their delusions. I forget, is he Jesus or Napoleon?

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

For those who are deeper readers of language and lexographic dabblers:

'An extonym for the word "speech" is "speechifying", e.g. "The politician finished speechifying the audience and quickly left." Therefore the politician does not simply make a speech but the connotations are that the giving of the speech was the function of the politician's role, not intended sincerely, and in turn the audience has tolerated this ritual with a suggestion it has been covered in an aural equivalent of bulldust.'

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=connotations

It is commonly associated with the south, and as a derogative description of black politicians.

It is a also a meme among the radical right, and if you google it you will come up with dozens or hundreds of references on rightwing websites.

Just goes to show you who CC reads, or hears, around DC.

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Jobs summit of all government people will fix the private sector.

Promising to retreat at a set date as war strategy.

Spending your way to prosperity

increase coverage AND lower costs

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I noticed the moonbats took on the global warming thing since the rest are indefensible. No one even bothers to try to make sense of anything Barry does anymore. It is the same thing that happened to Biden and even hillary. when he kept making moronic statement after statement, he was simply ignored, with the lame excuse that it was simply Joe being Joe. Not a problem that the VP is a complete idiot at all, no need to defend or discuss.

Same with Barry. Making empty speeches promising the world to itself is simply the Obimbo MO and no harm done. no work done. no jobs. no money. no victory. no health care. no energy. no savings. you know, just Barry voting Present, as usual. no need to discuss.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 4, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

In 1932 FDR identified the GOP's Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse as "Destruction, Delay, Deceit and Despair."
'They'll tell you they want all these good things for you, but they just don't think we can do it now, or in this way. Wait and we'll do it better, they say. You'll see.' The GOP has got nothing new in their playbook, and they're supposed to be so smart.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 4, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I for one am quite pleased in the warm spell. It gives me time to test drive the new boat before winter, In fact, the season could be extended by days/weeks and I would be happy.

Of course the ski house may have to find another use. But the world will eat better. I can live with that. I can't live with another giant tax hike for a phantom menace.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 4, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I am fully aware of the liberal method of science jackass. If it snows, global warming, if it rains, global wraming, if it is cold, global warming, if it is hot, global warming, if it is dry, global warming, if it is wet, global warming.

you see everyone that is anybody already agrees and if al gore thinks it is so, then it must be, after all he is making millions at it. And if anyone dare expose that the data has been manipulated, do not ever report it to the rest of us. and when the long term trend moves toward cooling for an extended period, like decades, simply rename the whole thing to climate change.

Yes, I understand liberal science well.

It is a lot like Liberal economics and warfare and medicine. Data need not apply.
More akin to a religion. you must simply beleive.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 4, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Yup, it was 63 in NYC yesterday--that might be a new high temperature for this time of year--we usually have snow by now. But it's been 'phenomenally' warm -- yesterday when I was out walking, I saw a couple of trees with buds beginning to open--they think it's spring!

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I first heard David Brooks use the word 'speechify' in, as I recall the context, distinguishing what Obama does from 'oratory' and such high-falutin-ness. Media types were overusing and/or misusing 'orator' (and persist yet).

For Christmas, perhaps the President could treat us to an oratorio, for which 'speechify' definitely would be "misusage."

Whether or not he even writes his own headlines, I'll stick with Fix, thanks.

Posted by: KinkyHogmire | December 4, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I enjoy Rick Santelli. So perfectly predictable, his shtick reminds me of all the reasons I left the East Coast. The guy blows a gasket on TV every morning about how bad everything is, or if it looks good to someone, they are taking wild risks. After all, things can't but get worse.

Posted by: shrink2 | December 4, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

"y'all" is RACIST too ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 4, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Well, I chime it that it was a poor choice of words unless meant to be sarcastic. I'd never heard that the word had any racial connotations, so I'm a bit skeptical on that count.

I remember once that a friend took me to task for using the word ghetto to describe a dominantly minority area in St. Paul, MN. I was using the word correctly (majority minority area), just that it had developed some negative connotations over the years, i.e., slum.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 4, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

GJonahJameson:

A principled opposition to cuts in the defense budget is "racist" to some here. No surprise really.

Time for The Fix LIVE!!!

Posted by: JakeD | December 4, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Really? We're attaching racial connotations to the word "speechify" now? For crying out loud, folks.

Look, I get it if some of y'all think it was an insufficiently serious term to accurately describe the importance of the speech President Obama intends to give. For every definition that defines the word as the general "to give a speech," there is a definition to the effect of "to speak pompously or boringly" or "to bloviate." So I get why you wouldn't like the implication that Chris is denigrating the importance of Obama's speech, even if I very seriously doubt that was what he was trying to do.

But trying to point out some sort of implied racism? Where is anyone getting that interpretation? I have yet to see any sort of evidence that the word "speechify" is used to describe overblown speeches by minorities.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | December 4, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Snowbama's logic is typical of the right wing on the subject of climate change and global warming. You can have 14 days of 100 plus temperatures in South Dakota in September but the minute it changes and you get a wild swing to colder temperatures, he will chirp up and sell that as proof that it is all a hoax.

Wild swings in temperature and weather are messages telling us that there is something going on. Here in Utah, it doesn't take a climatologist to tell our farmers that they cannot plant their winter wheat this year because the ground is so hard and craxcked from lack of moisture in the summer and fall. The monsoons did not arrive this year.

And here we are in December headed for Christmas and our mountains are barren of snowpack. Just keep chirping snowbama. What will you do when the headline blazes: LIMBAUGH DROWNED IN HOME AS FLORIDA COASTLINE FLOODS.

Posted by: jaxas | December 4, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I see where Rick Santelli is on a tear on CNBC over the drop in the unemployment rate. Santelli is the Palin-Beck-Limbaugh axis' man on Wall Street. His main function is to protect the anti-Obama narrative on economics and finance.

When the numbers came out this morning, Santelli slumped in his chair, seemingly devastated over the good news. Then he roused himself and went on a rage trying to sabotage the numbers before they even had a chance to sink in.

Posted by: jaxas | December 4, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Yup, here we are, the first week in December and there's snow in Houston and Boston is warmer than Atlanta. There's nothing weird going on here.

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 4, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

#6, Chris, really?

Dick Wadhams, one of the biggest idiots in politics, sends out an email pushing a friend of his for office and this warrants a posting from you?

I think you ate too much turkey over the break....

Posted by: Bondosan | December 4, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

LOL!!! Move to Mexico then, please.

Posted by: JakeD | December 4, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

This is what many years of republican rule of the US has resulted in -- you can get better health care if you move to Mexico:

MEXICO CITY — It sounds almost too good to be true: a health care plan with no limits, no deductibles, free medicines, tests, X-rays, eyeglasses, even dental work — all for a flat fee of $250 or less a year.

To get it, you just have to move to Mexico.

"It was one of the primary reasons I moved here," said Judy Harvey of Prescott Valley, who now lives in Alamos, Sonora. "I couldn't afford health care in the United States. … To me, this is the best system that there is."

"They take very good care of us," said Jessica Moyal, 59, of Hollywood, Fla., who now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a popular retirement enclave for Americans.

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Climate 'change' is too complicated a concept for him to handle, bsimon, so he uses evidence of climate change to argue against. Very clever, eh?

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

This would be hilarious, if only republicans had the mental capacity to understand the word 'irony.' Here, from one of the worst obstructors of healthcare reform:

"Last night, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren interviewed Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and asked him about his recent claim that seniors “are going to die soon” if the Senate health care bill passes. “You’re going to see services eliminated. It’s going to lower the life expectancy of a lot of seniors!” Colburn complained.

Later, when asked what message he wanted to get “to the American people,” Coburn celebrated the current health care system in the U.S.:

VAN SUSTEREN: If you could get one message out to the American people tonight about this health care bill, what’s the bullet point message?

COBURN: We need to start over. We need to fix what’s really wrong in health care and we need to protect what’s really great. What’s really great is if you’re really sick anywhere in the world, this is the best place to be sick, it just costs too much. "

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

"Snowing in Houston today. Global warming?"


Snow in Houston is now evidence against climate change?


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Posted by: bsimon1 | December 4, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Only 37th and O could say "Obama made a conscious decision to IGNORE THE ECONOMY."

What was all the GOP howling back in the spring about? Oy yeah, the spooling -out of the 2008 Stimulus act and Obama's own 2009 recovery and reinvestment act and the reoranization of those car companies and the payments to the states to prop them up,infrastructure programs and the tax credits, etc, etc. Other than that, Obama has definitely been totally, consciously ignoring the economy.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 4, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Yes, shrink and margaret -- there are racial overtones as well. I think CC ought to keep a dictionary at hand when he writes, and maybe a copy of Freud as well.

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I meet Bill White two weeks ago before this switch was talked about. The next day the talk started. I think Bill White will be a great candidate especially against Perry. Remember he got reelected with 91% of the vote in his last election. Perry is seen as an incumbent in a bad economy. Perry is seen as a tea bag conservative and not moderate at all. I think White can run against the Margin Tax and get good support from the business community. As a CPA dealing with small businesses I can tell you this can be a flash point with one of Perry's natural consistencies. Remember White is also a very, very successful businessman.

Posted by: bradcpa | December 4, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Snowing in Houston today. Global warming? Liberal religion is laughable.

Jobs summit of all government people will fix the private sector.

Promising to retreat at a set date as war strategy.

Spending your way to prosperity

increase coverage AND lower costs

at least the libs have made a joke of everything in fair and equal proportions.

Posted by: snowbama | December 4, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh please, you probably think that the Salahis were a "threat" to Obama too. BTW: there's nothing inconsistent with saying Birthers have a right to question but that she won't be making a public issue about.

Posted by: JakeD | December 4, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

some psychiatrists believe
there are no accidental word usage errors

Posted by: shrink2 | December 4, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm with you drindl -- speechify is often used to mock minorities. I cringed when I saw it.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 4, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans' Magic Pony Jobs Plan

"For their part, Republicans have organized an economic roundtable for today, chock full of former Bush administration and McCain campaign staffers who, among other things, are responsible for the Bush tax cuts and Medicare Part D. Cantor also released a jobs plan yesterday, which Andrew Leonard characterized as a “magic pony jobs plan.” “Cut regulations. Freeze spending. Cut taxes. No new taxes. That’s the plan,” Leonard wrote."

"Speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington the day before President Obama's "jobs summit," Cantor outlined what he called "a no-cost jobs plan."

Let's pause, for a second, to appreciate the brilliant rhetorical framing. A no-cost jobs plan! Without adding a single dime to the deficit, the Republican's plan will ameliorate the worst unemployment crisis in 30 years. One wonders how a political party capable of such innovative thinking ever lost its hold of power."

http://www.salon.com/technology/how_the_world_works/2009/12/02/eric_cantor_and_the_magic_pony_jobs_plan/index.html

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

sarah flips and flops:

'Yesterday while appearing on the right-wing radio show of Rusty Humphries, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin expressed her allegiance with the birther movement. She asserted that it was a “fair question” to ask whether President Obama was born in the U.S. “I think the public rightfully is still making it an issue,” she said. “I don’t have a problem with that.”

After the media picked up her comments, Palin went on her Facebook page at 1:16 a.m. and criticized reporters for calling her a birther and pushing “stupid conspiracies”:

' Conspiracy-minded reporters and voters had a right to ask… which they have repeatedly. But at no point – not during the campaign, and not during recent interviews – have I asked the president to produce his birth certificate or suggested that he was not born in the United States.'

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Obama made a conscious decision to IGNORE THE ECONOMY and work on health care.


Obama even said it in his speech to Congress, "We didn't come here just to" take care of .... whatever he said.


The truth is that Obama has been way to concerned about pandering to his left wing than anything else.


Health care, wasting months on Afghanistan meetings .....


The country is paying a high price for Obama's inexperience.


Obama is actually lucky that the East Anglia Climategate Scandal has broke - it took that wacky proposal off the table.


Obama is SUPPOSED TO BE SO SMART, but how is it that everyone in the country can see that Obama NEEDS TO DROP ALL THESE LEFT-WING PROGRAMS, AND CONCENTRATE ON THE ECONOMY.


Obama knew long ago that if he spent time on health care, he was not working on the economy.

Obama does not need the health care bill -


What the country needs is for the economy to get better.

AND don't pretend that the health care bill is going to help the economy, it will not, it is a JOBS KILLER.


The very idea that they have an employer mandate in the bills is a JOBS KILLER RIGHT NOW.


If Obama and his people do not understand that, they do not belong in their jobs.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | December 4, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I think Carole Strayhorn should get it, just by virtue of having the most names of anyone in politics.

Although Nick Lampson's [isn't that a character out of Hemingway] is catchier.

I will never understand any state where anyone at all would vote for Kinky Friedman for anything. As I think I told you, mark, he was buds with the editor of a magazine I worked at in NYC, and he used to hang around the office, disgusting all the young women with his cheesy remarks.

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Indeed drivl. Looks like he got it exactly right. By accident or not.

Posted by: snowbama | December 4, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

NOT TOO LATE FOR A 'WORKS PROJECTS ADMINISTRATION' SOLUTION

With unemployment at a 26-year high, the Obama administration can't afford to wait for recovery to trickle down to small business, which provides most of the jobs in America.

A resurrection of FDR's Works Projects Administration could put America back to work, re-building the nation's crumbling infrastructure, retrofitting structures for energy efficiency, cleaning up cities, planting gardens, and the like.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Works_Projects_Administration

The administration also should consider substantial tax credits for small businesses that create new jobs, and stiff penalties for companies that ship jobs overseas. Protective tariffs could return manufacturing jobs to America -- "free" trade has proven to be an expensive proposition. A nation that cannot manufacture puts itself at the mercy of trading partners that are no friends of democracy.


***


What Do Secret Service, FEMA, NSA, DIA, CIA, FBI Know About This?

OBAMA WRONG AT WEST POINT: U.S. DOES TORTURE -- ITS OWN CITIZENS

• Regional Homeland Security- administered "fusion centers" use a nationwide microwave/laser radiation "directed energy" weapons system, employing cell towers and satellites, to silently, invisibly torture, impair, slow-kill unconstitutionally "targeted" Americans and their families -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight.

For the rest of the story:

http://nowpublic.com/world/obama-wrong-west-point-u-s-does-torture-its-own-citizens
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR (if link is corrupted): NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 4, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

In re #1, somebody here was handing out advice for the jobless, yesterday was it?

Well here is more. Joking aside, you can see this health bill as many things, but it is a jobs bill too. Health care working capital, jobs and profits won't be exported, so that is good. [But health care workers can and are being imported creating a devastating skilled worker drain in countries ill equipped to deal with that. A separate topic but another argument for real borders.]

If you worry about the fate of this country and people with little kids have to, we need sustainable job creation centers and the health industry looks like it will remain the biggest by far. But what about the long term unemployed, the ones who have stopped looking and who may have skills no longer relevant to what people doing the hiring need are of particular concern? The whispered advice is "health".

Start with a CNA, it is a breeze to get and it is required for most entry level jobs in direct care. Sure it starts at just $10-$14 an hour, but the idea is to move into other industry related jobs once you get contacts, know what the words mean and so on. The demand for experienced health care workers has stayed strong right through the recession and it is set to explode. Find a niche and get good at it. There are many aspects of health care that have nothing to do with diagnosing and treating illness (the yuck factor is a reality). All of those diabetics and morbidly obese people are going to be getting a lot of home based health promotion services, for example. I am thinking of starting such a company when the time is right. But I won't be hiring people off the street.

Posted by: shrink2 | December 4, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Don't know if you are aware of it, CC - but the connotations of 'speechify' are entirely negative. It does mean 'to give a speech
but rather to:

'boast, brag, chatter, declaim, expatiate, go on, gush, harangue, hold forth, orate, pontificate, ramble, rant, sermonize, shoot off one's mouth, speechify, spellbind, spiel, vapor, yell '

Was it your intent to attribute this to President Obama?

Posted by: drindl | December 4, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Margaret, some more TX stuff:
Being Comptroller is a big deal.
Bob Bullock, Ann Richards, John Sharp, KBH, and Carole all wielded great power as Comptrollers. All became staples of TX politics.

John Sharp was the best one of them because he saved TX during and after the S&L crisis and oil bust [actually, it was his financial wizard, Billy Hamilton, but Sharp knew a genius when found one]. Carole knew enough that she begged Hamilton to stay on when Billy had huge six figure offers from accounting and consulting firms. Billy then saved GWB's last budget. Gore ran ads in 2000 saying Carole had cooked the books in GWB's favor, which was not only untrue, but disloyal. Why?

Because Gore as VP was tasked with modernizing the fed bureaucracy. Gore turned to Sharp for help. Sharp lent him Billy. Billy created the whole modernizing government thingie. six years later, Gore's ads essentially attacked Billy Hamilton for doing what he does, and defamed Carole. During the run of those ads I was going to vote for GWB even though knew he was not prepared to be Prez. I finally changed my mind, because by election day the offending ads were ancient history, and GWB was still not prepared to be Prez.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 4, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Nice, the World Cup is this summer. Can't wait!

Posted by: DDAWD | December 4, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

The report about the drop in the unemployment rate is great news for all of us, regardless of political party.

Mark, you bust me up! Here's one for you from the New York Times' obituaries:

Robert Degen, Who Had a Hand in the Hokey Pokey, Dies at 104

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 4, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | December 4, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

After almost a year in office, Barry has averted his loving gaze from his mirror and realized that there is a jobs shortage in this country. Understandable considering he was totally preoccupied with the dog decision most of this time. And of course the long agonizing dither involved with adding in the retreat clause to the afghan surge.

But for him that is quite an accomplishment. When all you have ever done is read a TelePrompTer, picking a pooch is a big deal.

Posted by: snowbama | December 4, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Scuttlebutt in TX is that two time Comptroller Carole Keeton McClellan Rylander Strayhorn, mother of two McClellans who served in the GWB Admin, may want the job of Comptroller again. Also presumed to be interested in that spot is Nick Lampson. Both are said to want to be on a ticket with White.

The story about Carole is that she is a D turned R turned I-R now exploring her D-ness again. As an I-R she got about 20% in the 4-way that Goodhair won with 39% in '06. She had the backing of the two teachers unions in '06 which meant she may have hurt the D in '06 [who had about 30%]. Kinky got the remaining votes. Lampson won Dancing Tom's vacated House seat, but lost it when an R not named DeLay ran against him. Lampson was the most conservative D in the House.

That these two actually both may want to run as Ds with White says something about White's potential with the middle in TX, which would be to the right of the middle nationally. By bicoastal standards all three of these folks would be what used to be known as small biz conservatives, as would John Sharp. They all make Goodhair look shallow, but admittedly, pretty.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 4, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I think the Daily Kos bad-mouthing Blanche Lincoln will actually help her in Arkansas. The guy who started that blog seems to think that people care at all what he has to say. He just happened to be the first of now a long line of political bloggers, and not nearly one fo the better ones.

Posted by: AndyR3 | December 4, 2009 6:54 AM | Report abuse

PS: Yeah, "proofreed" is supposed to be ironic.

Posted by: paul65 | December 4, 2009 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Proofreed much?

"Jobs is the number issue at people's kitchen room table and in the Oval Office."

Posted by: paul65 | December 4, 2009 6:47 AM | Report abuse

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