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Morning Fix: Landscape Sparks Republicans Recruiting



State Sen. Joe Heck of Nevada is running for Congress. AP Photo by Isaac Brekken

The decline in President Obama's poll numbers -- and those of his party -- over the first eight months of his administration has led to a bumper crop of Republican recruits in the House as GOP candidates who sat on the sidelines for the last two election cycles are now leaping at the opportunity to run.

The latest example of this environmental recruiting is in Nevada's 3rd district where former state senator Joe Heck (R) will announce today that he is abandoning his gubernatorial bid to pursue a race against freshman Rep. Dina Titus (D) in 2010.

"The Republicans are starting to become resurgent," said Heck.

Heck's candidacy gives Republicans a real chance of winning the swing Clark County seat just days after banker Keith Guedry (R) unexpectedly ended his candidacy. Heck held a state Senate seat within the 3rd district from 2004 to 2008 when he was defeated by just more than 765 votes -- a loss he attributed to "disaffected Republicans."

There are also other signs of the improved landscape bolstering Republican recruiting. In recent weeks, former representative Charlie Bass (R) has announced his candidacy to take back his old seat in New Hampshire, former U.S. attorney Tim Griffin (R) has entered the race against Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder (D) and state Sen. Mick Mulvaney is likely to challenge Rep. John Spratt (D) in South Carolina.

Carl Forti, a former communications director at the National Republican Congressional Committee, said that GOP recruiting started strong in 2009 and has been bolstered by the tea parties and town halls of the summer months. "This anger has only helped convince top recruits that this is a good time to run," concluded Forti.

National Republicans are also touting the fact that they have found legitimate challengers to run against some of the old Democratic warhorses who sit in Republican-leaning or swing districts including Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (Wisc.), Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (Mo.), Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon (Tenn.) and chief deputy whip John Tanner (Tenn.).

It's unlikely that Republicans oust even one of the old bulls mentioned above but by putting serious candidates up against each of them, it keeps people like Obey and Tanner focused on their own races rather than spending down their warchests on behalf of up-and-coming Democratic candidates.

House Democratic strategists rightly point out that their party remains the better funded of the two; in fact, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was the only one of the three party committees to outraise its Republican counterpart in August and, at the end of that month, it had more than twice as much cash on hand as the NRCC.
That funding disparity means that Democrats will be able to answer Republicans (and then some) in any of the districts where a competitive race breaks out.

And Republicans have not gotten all of their dream candidates, with top tier choices taking passes in North Carolina's 8th, Ohio's 18th and Connecticut's 4th among others.

"After our successes in 2006 and 2008, we've said this cycle would be a challenge and it is," said DCCC communications director Jennifer Crider. "However, Democratic members and candidates are strong and well positioned for the challenge."

Analyzed broadly, Republican recruitment -- coupled with the vast number of seats they lost in the 2006 and 2008 elections -- has allowed the party to stretch the playing field considerably and, by so doing, put in place the pieces of a 20-plus seat gain in 2010 if the national environment continues to move their way.

(That strategy was employed as recently as 2006 when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel sought to find challengers for long-cemented GOP incumbents who sat in potentially competitive seats.)

Early returns are promising for Republicans. The Cook Political Report counts 72 Democratic-held seats as marginally competitive as compared to just 35 Republican-held districts while Stu Rothenberg pegs the playing field at 31 competitive Democratic seats and 17 competitive Republican seats.

A broadened playing field for Republicans may or may not ultimately be meaningful when determining how many seats each side will win or lose next November. In a neutral national political environment, many of the same challengers that national Republicans are touting would likely come up short.

If the playing field continues to tilt toward Republicans, however, the recruiting success GOPers are enjoying right now will almost certainly deliver them double-digit seat gains in 2010.

Tuesday's Fix Picks: OK, cold -- the kidding around is pretty much over.

1. The health care vote gets pushed back.
2. Meg Whitman, Bob McDonnell and the disappearing fundraiser.
3. Could Chuck Grassley have a real race in 2010?
4. A great look at the MANY consultants in the Cali gov's race.
5. Favruh vs the Packers

Americans For Prosperity Hits TV on Health Care. . . : Americans for Prosperity, a conservative-aligned outside group, is spending $1.7 million on a new ad that seeks to rebut claims made by the President in a press event with doctors on Monday. In the commercial, which will run through next Wednesday on national cable channels, a doctor named Amie Siems refutes the idea that a plan with a public option is beneficial to patients. "I'm concerned that some in Washington are making plans that could lead to government control of many Americans' health care," the doctor says. "I think that's dangerous." The new ads come as the Senate Finance Committee prepares to vote on a health care plan -- moving it one step closer to passage. Obstacles still remain, however, not the least of which is an ongoing divide within the Democratic party about the necessity of the public option's inclusion in the final bill.

. . .And So Does OFA: Organizing for America, the campaign arm of the Democratic National Committee will hit national cable with a two-week ad buy featuring testimonials from a doctor and a nurse about the urgent need to fix the health care system. "I see it everyday on the job, our health care system is broken," says one; "We need to provide stability and security for those who have insurance, and cover those that don't," says the other. The new ad is in keeping with the White House's new emphasis on caregivers -- the President held an event on Monday surrounded by doctors backing his plan.

Ayotte Strong in UNH Poll: Former state attorney general Kelly Ayotte (R) leads Rep. Paul Hodes (D) by a 40 percent to 33 percent margin in a new poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire for WMUR. Ayotte, while not terribly well known in the state, is well like; 37 percent said they had a favorable impression of her while only eight percent said they saw her in an unfavorable light. Hodes' 30 fav/26 unfav was far less rosy. Hodes fared better against businessman Ovide Lamontagne (R) and Republican National Committeeman Sean Mahoney (R) -- leading both by a 37 percent to 28 percent margin. Ayotte has had a rocky launch to her campaign as she has been forced to fight off allegations that she is the hand-picked candidate of the national Republican Party. But, numbers like this suggest average voters have paid little attention to the internal party machinations that have dominated the last few months of coverage.

Kirk's Big Haul: Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk (R) collected more than $1.6 million between July 1 and Sept. 30 and ended last month with $2.3 million in the bank for his bid for the state's open Senate seat. "[The] people of Illinois are looking for a reformer who can reign in spending, lower taxes, create jobs and turn the page on Rod Blagojevich's culture of corruption," said Kirk in a statement announcing the numbers. Kirk, who was heavily recruited by state and national Republicans to run, faces a crowded primary field but his fundraising proves that he is the class of it. Neither of the two known Democrats seeking the nomination -- state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias or Chicago Urban League president Cheryle Jackson have released their third quarter fundraising numbers yet. Through June 30, Giannoulias, who has been running for much of the year, showed $1.8 million raised and $1.65 million on hand. Little known former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman (D) collected $900,000 over the past three months thanks to a $500,000 personal donation.

Hale to Building America's Future: Marcia Hale, a former aide in the Clinton Administration, has signed on as the president of Building America's Future, a bipartisan organization designed to encourage investment in U.S. infrastructure and supported by the likes of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D). During her time in the Clinton White House, Hale served as assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. She also did stints at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

A New Akers/Isikoff!: Mary Ann "The Sleuth" Akers and Newsweek's Mike Isikoff welcomed Zachary into the world Monday morning. The little guy, who is destined to be a reporter, weighed in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces. "Mom is glowing with joy, Dad was hoping for a little Yankee but after seeing him we both agree he belongs with the Angels." Well said.

Say What?: "We inherited what I call the great recession." -- Vice President Joe Biden at a fundraiser for Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes (D) Monday.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 6, 2009; 7:01 AM ET
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GFY2

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I was talking about the whole birther movement, I wasn't talking about you specifically but then you seem to think everything in this blog is about you so nothing remarkable there.

Anyhow in your case nobody needs to infer or interpret racism, with you it's right out in the open.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 6, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The "absence of any evidence" of course would ignore Obama's paternal grandmother's statement that he was born in what is today Kenya. No one ever called those who pointed out that McCain was born in Panama "racists".

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Consider it the final straw.

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Some people just can't handle having a black man as president. They just go nuts. They cry on TV and say "I want my country back." They insist in the absence of any evidence and despite a preponderance of counterevidence that the President is ineligible by birth for the job.

He's black so he must have been born in "Africa* like alla the rest of them n____s, right?

And then they have the unmitigated temerity to claim they care about the rule of law. And it's all about the Constituition , natcherly natcherly.

Gutter-hugging racist swine, the lot of them.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 6, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Jake, I am shocked. I tease you something dreadful but I don't think I have ever said anything like that to you.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 6, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and GFY : )

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Good thing I'm not running for President or anything else that would require such disclosure. You are aware that the U.S. Constitution REQUIRES only natural-born citizens be President, right?

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Before I'll believe Jake voted for Keyes I'll HAVE to see the long form ballot -- none of that electronic stuff. Only a paper ballot will do. Long form. Authenticated by the authority at his polling place. Notarized.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 6, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Before I'll believe Jake voted for Keyes I'll HAVE to see the long form ballot -- none of that electronic stuff. Only a paper ballot will do. Long form. Authenticated by the authority at his polling place. Notarized.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 6, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

If anyone else wants to know why my September 10 comment does not "include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material" (I already explained it once on September 10), please let me know.

"GFY" stands for "Go F*ck Yourself" (he usually adds "with a red hot poker").

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm praying he doesn't survive the anesthesia

Posted by: JakeD September 10

==

GFY, lying creep

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 6, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

snowbama:

"ineligible to be PRESENT" is quite the Freudian slip, isn't it?

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

"... comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site ..."

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Come on Chris trying to have a real discussion around here with this idiot hogging the forum is like trying to talk at a rock concert. Please take out the trash.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 6, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah the guy who posts twenty or more times every day that Barack Obama was born in Africa and is ineligible to be present has the temerity to claim he ISN'T A RACIST.

Ri-i-i-i-i-i-ight.

And I'm the Pope. Kiss my god damn ring.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 6, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else?

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Jake either voted for McCain/Palin or, much more probable, didn't vote at all. Trolls live for attention and it's hard to find an audience at the polling place, people do their thing and leave and aren't likely to hang around and listen to some loser explain how cooooool he is.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 6, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Allow me to remind you of your 2:42 PM post regarding me:

"He calls Michael Steele 'boy' all the time ..."

If it really is "all the time" then it should not be hard at all to find at least one such link.

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

dennissuper (in case you missed my questions):

1) When did I call Michael Steele "boy"?

2) Are you aware that I voted AFRICAN-AMERICAN Alan Keyes for President?

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Voting for a person who is only on the ballot in 3 states, and who therefore could not actually become president, is proof of nothing, except that the voter was repulsed by both candidates with a chance of winning.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 6, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

When did I call Michael Steele "boy"? You are aware that I voted AFRICAN-AMERICAN Alan Keyes for President, right?

==

CORRECTION: you CLAIM to have voted for Keyes. It's safe to assume this is a lie, since everything you post is a lie. Why the hell should anyone believe this, much less draw the conclusion you do?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 6, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Hard to get a word in edgewise between all the troll posts.

Why is anyone engageing JakeD on the Webb photgrapher? Everyone knows Jake is (1) stupid as hell and (2) dishonest as hell.

Go read his comment in yesterday's Most Important Number thread, trying to use the names of dead soldiers to score points on here. Jake should rev his car in the garage with the door closed. What a despicable creepy waste of good carbon.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 6, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

LOL joked is still trying to argue that his voting for the unelectable clown Alan Keyes innoculates him from being a racist. In the words of joked, ROFLMAO!!!!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"Stutter much?

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse"

Who do you think you are, Sheila Johnson? You're even older than her, and even more immature. How sad you are.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"Stutter much?

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse"

Who do you think you are, Sheila Johnson? You're even older than her, and even more immature. How sad you are.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"Stutter much?

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse"

Who do you think you are, Sheila Johnson? You're even older than her, and even more immature. How sad you are.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Stutter much?

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

""A person placed in a group of spectators to influence behavior [or] as an observer."

Come on, old man, get with the program. As I have already posted, those words are an EXAMPLE under the main definition, which is "a person put in place to mislead or function secretly."

Now, I'll leave you to blather on about how this kid was there to mislead or function secretly. I'm done with you and your nonsense.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

""A person placed in a group of spectators to influence behavior [or] as an observer."

Come on, old man, get with the program. As I have already posted, those words are an EXAMPLE under the main definition, which is "a person put in place to mislead or function secretly."

Now, I'll leave you to blather on about how this kid was there to mislead or function secretly. I'm done with you and your nonsense.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

dennissuper:

When did I call Michael Steele "boy"? You are aware that I voted AFRICAN-AMERICAN Alan Keyes for President, right? Please don't tell me you are trying to imply that I am a racist. Name-calling or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material are prohibited here at WaPo and will be removed from the site.

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

No, it's not "obviously" irrelevant. From your own definition:

"A person placed in a group of spectators to influence behavior [or] as an observer."

At least you learned how to cut and paste. Now try actually reading the words that you just cut and pasted.

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

As usual, joked makes a stupid comment. Equating callin a young lady -- a young lady, with calling a young indian-american man a monkey.

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse
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Hey, it's easy for him to be confused.

He calls Michael Steele "boy" all the time, because didn't you know that 98% of all conservatives don't know that it's a demeaning term ? They think it's part of their heritage, you know, "good old boy" and all of that slop.

Posted by: dennissuper | October 6, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

joked, what voters knew before that date was obviously irrelevant. Allen made a very stupid choice, it helped cost him the election, move along.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

From the Free Online Dictionary, for the confused, addled joked:

"4. A person or thing put into place in order to mislead or function secretly, especially:
a. A person placed in a group of spectators to influence behavior.
b. A person stationed in a given location as a spy or observer."

Did you miss the words "mislead or function secretly" in the main definition, joked? What follows are merely examples. He was certainly not secret, and if anything, his presence would "mislead" Allen into BETTER behavior, not worse. Sorry, but this kid was not a "plant." You lose.

And in fact, your use of the phrase "plant or shill" proves you don't know what you're talking about. A shill MUST be secret. That's the whole point.

You need to move along; you're embarassing yourself. Again.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see these republicans in congress give up their seats to run for the senate and then LOSE!

Posted by: blarsen1 | October 6, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Even assuming arguendo that Sen. Allen is lying about that, then 98.9999999% of the voters in Virginia didn't know that "macaca" was a racial slur prior to August 11, 2006.

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Did you find a first-timers dictionary yet?

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

joked: Keep telling yourself that Allen didn't know he was making a racial slur against the only dark-skinned person in the room.

But then again, Allen didn't know he was Jewish, either. Poor Macacawitz. LOL

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic -- Republicans who are going to win in 2010 (as opposed to the Republican who lost in 2006):

Castle running in Delaware has certainly thrown a "monkey" (no racial slur intended) wrench into the Biden family's plan for a Kennedy-like political dynasty : )

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Again, 99% of the voters in Virginia (including Allen himself) didn't even know that "macaca" was a racial slur.

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

koolkat_1960:

My prediction ("Rep. Cao will win.") is NOT a statement of fact. Seriously, I think you need to get yourself a beginners dictionary.

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaca_(slur)

"Macaca is a pejorative epithet used by francophone colonialists in Central Africa's Belgian Congo for the native population ... In the United States, the term was at the center of a controversy during the 2006 United States Senate election in Virginia when it was used by the Republican incumbent, George Allen. Most Americans were unfamiliar with the term until continual media coverage revealed it to be a racial slur [in Congo, not the United States]".

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"In fact, given the key demographics in play, especially the undecided women vote, Deeds calling a young lady "young lady" is actually worse than Allen calling an Indian-American kid "macaca". Next?"

In what alternative universe would this be the case, joked? I love the statements of facts this guy makes. "Rep. Cao will win." Truly a laff riot.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

First of all, the tone of voice was much worse with "young lady". Second, 99% of the voters didn't even know that "macaca" was a racial slur. I stand by my post.

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

As usual, joked makes a stupid comment. Equating callin a young lady -- a young lady, with calling a young indian-american man a monkey.

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

CC - Can you not something about nuts like 'suffer'?

This trash belongs on stormfront, not the WaPo.

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I am not trying to equate anything. In fact, given the key demographics in play, especially the undecided women vote, Deeds calling a young lady "young lady" is actually worse than Allen calling an Indian-American kid "macaca". Next?

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

You just spent $20,000,000 to move members/supporters of Hamas, a terrorist organization, to the United States ; They get housing, food, the whole enchilada.

HB 1388 PASSED... Read More

Whether you are an Obama fan, or not, EVERYONE IN THE U. S. needs to know.......

Something happened.... H.R. 1388 was passed, behind our backs. You may want to read about it.. It wasn ' t mentioned on the news... just went by on the ticker tape at the bottom of the CNN
screen.

Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA . This is the news that didn ' t make the headlines...
By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in "migration assistance" to the Palestinian refugees and "conflict victims" in Gaza .

The "presidential determination", which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States , was signed and appears in the Federal Register.

Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

Let's review....itemized list of some of Barack Obama ' s most recent actions since his inauguration:

His first call to any head of state, as president, was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.

His first one-on-one television interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.

His first executive order was to fund/facilitate abortion(s) not just here within the U. S. , but within the world, using U. S. tax payer funds.

He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted.

He ordered overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.

He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and the "terror attack" on 9/11.

Now we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to, and live in, the US at American taxpayer expense.

These important, and insightful, issues are being "lost" in the blinding bail-outs and "stimulation" packages.

Doubtful? To verify this for yourself: www.thefederalregister.com/d.p/2009-02-04-E9-2488

PLEASE PASS THIS ON... AMERICA NEEDS TO KNOW

Posted by: Suffer | October 6, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

You just spent $20,000,000 to move members/supporters of Hamas, a terrorist organization, to the United States ; They get housing, food, the whole enchilada.

HB 1388 PASSED... Read More

Whether you are an Obama fan, or not, EVERYONE IN THE U. S. needs to know.......

Something happened.... H.R. 1388 was passed, behind our backs. You may want to read about it.. It wasn ' t mentioned on the news... just went by on the ticker tape at the bottom of the CNN
screen.

Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA . This is the news that didn ' t make the headlines...
By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in "migration assistance" to the Palestinian refugees and "conflict victims" in Gaza .

The "presidential determination", which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States , was signed and appears in the Federal Register.

Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

Let's review....itemized list of some of Barack Obama ' s most recent actions since his inauguration:

His first call to any head of state, as president, was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.

His first one-on-one television interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.

His first executive order was to fund/facilitate abortion(s) not just here within the U. S. , but within the world, using U. S. tax payer funds.

He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted.

He ordered overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.

He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and the "terror attack" on 9/11.

Now we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to, and live in, the US at American taxpayer expense.

These important, and insightful, issues are being "lost" in the blinding bail-outs and "stimulation" packages.

Doubtful? To verify this for yourself: www.thefederalregister.com/d.p/2009-02-04-E9-2488

PLEASE PASS THIS ON... AMERICA NEEDS TO KNOW

Posted by: Suffer | October 6, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

You just spent $20,000,000 to move members/supporters of Hamas, a terrorist organization, to the United States ; They get housing, food, the whole enchilada.

HB 1388 PASSED... Read More

Whether you are an Obama fan, or not, EVERYONE IN THE U. S. needs to know.......

Something happened.... H.R. 1388 was passed, behind our backs. You may want to read about it.. It wasn ' t mentioned on the news... just went by on the ticker tape at the bottom of the CNN
screen.

Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA . This is the news that didn ' t make the headlines...
By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in "migration assistance" to the Palestinian refugees and "conflict victims" in Gaza .

The "presidential determination", which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States , was signed and appears in the Federal Register.

Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

Let's review....itemized list of some of Barack Obama ' s most recent actions since his inauguration:

His first call to any head of state, as president, was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.

His first one-on-one television interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.

His first executive order was to fund/facilitate abortion(s) not just here within the U. S. , but within the world, using U. S. tax payer funds.

He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted.

He ordered overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.

He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and the "terror attack" on 9/11.

Now we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to, and live in, the US at American taxpayer expense.

These important, and insightful, issues are being "lost" in the blinding bail-outs and "stimulation" packages.

Doubtful? To verify this for yourself: www.thefederalregister.com/d.p/2009-02-04-E9-2488

PLEASE PASS THIS ON... AMERICA NEEDS TO KNOW

Posted by: Suffer | October 6, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

koolkat_1960:

Between the two of us, I am the only one to post a definition and link -- being "undercover" is not a necessary component for a political plant or "shill" -- if the Wikipedia cite doesn't help you understand, perhaps you should start with an elementary school dictionary.

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Deeds calling a young lady "young lady

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

you had to hear the tone of voice and cadence. It was as if MoDo had translated the sentence because what he meant to say was actually "stupid b!tch". the tape makes that clear.

and this is from the guy whose entire candidacy rests solely on the fact that his adversary holds women in low esteem. you know the guy with a daughter in the Infantry. silly libs. try to keep up. I know 11 points is a long way to go, but we are laughing at you.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

So joked is trying to equate Deeds calling a young lady "young lady" with Allen calling an Indian-American kid "macaca"??

ooookay.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"koolkat_1960:

You are saying the young Indian-American man was, or was not, a plant from the Webb campaign?"

yes, joked, I am saying exactly that. He was not a plant. You do not understand what a "plant" is. He was openly videotaping Allen, just like every other candidate has a kid videotaping the opposition. Allen should have ignored him.

Allen thought he could score some cheap points with his racist white audience by poking fun at the only dark-skinned person in the room. Ooops!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I saw Dr Frist on the news today denying the lies that drivl posted yesterday as great evidence that a giant government boondoggle was a grand idea.

better head back to huff and cut some more. the kookoo ideas you keep posting don't stand up to one day of fact checking.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Nobody wants to understand your 'points' joked -- because they are infantile.

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade:

Being "undercover" is not a necessary component for a political plant or "shill" -- it can also be used pejoratively to describe an obvious critic who appears either all-too-eager to heap glowing praise upon mediocre offerings, or who acts as an apologist for glaring flaws -- in this sense, he would be an implicit "shill" for the Webb campaign. This is Karl Rove 101. Maybe if I gave you another example, you would understand my point:

Talon News "reporter" Jeff Gannon aka James Dale Guckert

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plant_(person)#Shills_in_journalism

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

snobama/kingofzouk typing frantically this morning, he must be off the meds again.. every second post his.

In the meantime, the usual repubican lies and scare tactics:

In August, Steele released a “Seniors’ Health Care Bill of Rights” declaration stating that Medicare should not be “cut.” Given the fact that the Republican Party — and Steele himself — has long sought healthcare entitlement cuts, and often the outright elimination of Medicare, the move was seen as a transparent attempt to scare seniors from supporting healthcare reform. The move not only drew widespread media ridicule, but apparently an angry backlash from GOP leaders like Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for Steele’s role in crafting policy.

Sources say Steele initially defended his efforts to push a protection of Medicare, at one point telling fellow Republicans that his upbringing on the “streets” made him a fighter. However, Steele apparently backed down. By again admitting that he “doesn’t do policy,” only politics, Steele also concedes that his entire effort was a hollow attempt to confuse the public.

As Steele has said, there is “no reason, none, to trust our words or our actions at this point.”

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we just have different definitions of a political "plant" which does not have to be a secret IMHO -- I was asking "slmdarien" though -- in hindsight, of course, Allen should have just ignored him (same as Deeds should have ignored that "young lady" ; )

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

S.R. Sidarth wasn't a plant. He was openly videotaping Sen. Allen. It's also a myth that the macaca moment was the only reason Allen lost. It was one of a series of stumbles and public opinion had turned hostile to the war. Not a bad time for an ex-Marine with a deployed son to run.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 6, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

koolkat_1960:

You are saying the young Indian-American man was, or was not, a plant from the Webb campaign?

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

liberals cheer for sexual misconduct. no surprise there:

More disturbing than Letterman's behavior and acknowledgement of sex with subordinates (it wasn't a confession in the religious sense of the word because an honest confession usually leads to repentance and we are a long way from that with these cultural polluters) was the reaction from the studio audience. When Letterman mentioned that a man -- allegedly "48 Hours" producer Robert Halderman -- had tried to extort $2 million from him in return for the man's silence, Letterman transformed himself into a victim and the audience laughed and applauded.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Too much cough syrup is right. CC seems to think his readers have no memories, that all the irresponsible governing from Bush and the GOP will not be a factor in '10. He lost any and all crdibility with me when he announced on his jan07/09 that he had known Chip Saltzman for a long time and he was the furthest thing from a racist. So Chris thinks "Barack the Magic Negro" cd wasn't racist? What color is the sky on the planet you live on, Chris? Probably red, considering how in the tank for the GOP you are. Guess he never read some of the late Kristol's rules, one of which was no credibilty for anyone who says they are a news analyst.

Posted by: katem1 | October 6, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Can one even imagine CNN fact checking any of the skits SNL on President Bush or Sarah Palin?? Heaven forbid SNL finally make fun of President Obama. CNN couldn't help themselves. They actually fact checked the jokes.

[Update, NBStaff, 10:35 am Eastern: Transcript of CNN segment added below.]

The transcript of CNN’s “fact-checking” report, which aired 28 minutes into the 6 pm Eastern hour of Monday's Situation Room:

WOLF BLITZER: It seems no politician is safe from Saturday Night Live. While many people think SNL has mostly spared President Obama, what they’re doing now is not necessarily all that kind. They essentially cast the leader of the free world as a do-nothing president, at least so far. Even though SNL deals in comedy, what they said about the President rings true for a lot of you, apparently.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

while he dithers:

Here’s the good news: We know what doesn’t work. When Obama came to office he said he would restore science to its rightful place. If we look at his protracted Iran engagement gambit as an experiment in conflict-resolution theory, we can learn something from the results: all that university-level talk about showing mutual respect and finding common ground turns into a dangerous debacle outside the classroom. For eight months the president of the United States played doormat to an unhinged anti-democratic, anti-American, anti-Semitic thug with dreams of nuclear apocalypse, only to lose significant ground for the American position.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

et tu Herbert:

The big question on the domestic front right now is whether President Obama understands the gravity of the employment crisis facing the country. Does he get it? The signals coming out of the White House have not been encouraging.

does Obama get it?


Like you need to ask.

The word now, in the wake of last week’s demoralizing jobless numbers, is that the administration is looking more closely at its job creation options. Whether anything dramatic emerges remains to be seen.

the ditherer will take a look. stand by.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

et tu Cohen?

Does Obama have a backbone?

magic eight ball says:

"decidedly NO"

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"slmdarien:

Are you saying that "Macaca" was O.K. because that was an opposition plant as well?"

LOL you are pathetic. That kid was not a plant; everyone in the room knew he was from the Webb campaign. Allen should have just ignored him.

Another weak effort from joked.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Some second thoughts from the Hypocrit Party:

"Every single Republican in the House voted against the $819 billion Recovery Act in January. Among the Republican senators who voted against the stimulus were Texas’ Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn. Both of them complained that they wanted to see more tax cuts rather than government spending.

But now, both Hutchison and Cornyn are pressuring the Obama administration to give Texas $3 billion in stimulus funds. The co-signers on the letter are a bipartisan group of the Texas delegation in the House, including 19 Republicans, all of whom also voted against the funds for which they’re now begging."

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

slmdarien:

Are you saying that "Macaca" was O.K. because that was an opposition plant as well?

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chris- Has anyone actually checked to see who the "young lady" was to whom Deeds apparently condescended? Has anyone checked to see if she was a plant for the Republicans? Shame to have to suggest this but in light of everything else going on in the campaign it seems a legitimate field of inquiry. Some how it seems better than dropping the F*bomb in an interview as St. Bob did or his master's thesis. Just sayin'...........Thanks!

Posted by: slmdarien | October 6, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Here's your typical savagely asinine republican candidate:

"In an interview with the Washington Post yesterday, former Ron Paul economic adviser Peter Schiff, who is now running as a Republican for Connecticut’s U.S. Senate seat, feigned modesty when asked about his candidacy, saying that he wasn’t “heroic” for running for office. However, he then compared himself to the heroes who fought in World War II against Nazi Germany:

I’m interrupting my career. It’s not like I want my new career in politics. But I’m willing to interrupt it the same way that somebody interrupted their career and joined World War II and went off to fight the Nazis."

"Washington Post business reporter Frank Ahrens spoke with Schiff about abolishing the Fed, why housing prices must fall further and how many millions he'd spend to win a Senate seat"

Actually what he mostly did was lick Schiff's jackboots till they were really shiny. Schiff then tossed a nickel on the ground for him. Also, not a word about Schiff's Nazi reference to Democrats as Nazis. Perfectly ok with the Post...

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

NO MORE PARTISAN VOTING!!!

Begin thinking of candidates as Progressive Vs Non-Progressive if you want to actually improve your nation.

By trying to identify everyone as either REP or DEM, it keeps most people confused and unaware of what is really happening in our political system.

Posted by: indep2 | October 6, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"The Republicans are starting to become resurgent,"

mmmm, cold syrup
Like good old Laudanum, it can put a warm fuzzy sepia tone...even on a dismal prognosis.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 6, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Have to agree with Margaret. Fix is hallucinating again. But this is the rightwing WaPo. Dan Balz has 'Republican Comeback?' Then there's "No Good Options for Obama on Afghanistan', 'Obama's Heartfelt Speech About ... Himself,' etcetera, ad nauseum.

Republicans give out the best cocktail weinies, you see, so the press wants them back in power.

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused. Joe Heck and Charlie Bass have both lost recent elections and yet they are exciting BIG Catches for the Republican Party? Tim Griffin's history in politics is in opposition research, learned at the knee of Karl Rove. this was followed by 5 1/2 glorious months as one of the US Atty's caught up in a controversy that took out most of Bush's Dept of Justice. Griffin's another Great Catch?

Lay off the cold syrup, Fix.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 6, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the GOP can look to Mike Castle. A 71 year-old Senate Freshman?

I think at that press conference we are going to hear about how much he is looking forward to spending time with his family. remeber how he was heckled and booed for saying that Obama was a US citizen? Why would a nice guy want to spend another minute serving a party that encourages that?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 6, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"A sock puppet could have beaten Corzine..."

Chrisite is a sock puppet.
Corzine is atrocious, but I really can't agree with this...

"...the GOP picks the one guy in their party that may be more crooked then Corzine."

There are in fact many hundreds in the GOP more crooked than Corzine. Since the American people voted in the Reagan/Laffer curve screw the middle class program, look at what has become of this looted economy.

Generations worked for the dollar to become the world's currency for commodity trading and it looks like it will go down without a fight. The only reason it hasn't already is that all the dollar debt holders (our bankers and bond raters) have not agreed on the alternative...yet.

Meanwhile, when the alternative to the dollar is agreed, its value will tank and if you think gas is expensive now, find out why Russia has to fly tourists into space to fund its rocket program (hint: worthless Ruble).

Posted by: shrink2 | October 6, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

THE GOP/HARD RIGHT 'ENDLESS WAR' STRATEGY WILL DEFEAT THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY IF POTUS DOES NOT WAKE UP AND SMELL THE INCIPIENT COUP D'ETAT

* "Seven Days in May" McChrystal just the latest ominous sign


Will President Obama realize that the "endless war" strategy at home and abroad, costing the nation much blood and treasure, is fueling a hard-right silent coup that already has decimated democracy and made a mockery of the rule of law at the GRASSROOTS -- where Democrats are weakest?

***

SILENT, HARMFUL MICROWAVE AND LASER DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS DEPLOYED AGAINST AMERICAN CITIZENS BY MULTI-AGENCY FED PROGRAM

• Physical and Neurological Impairment Under the Cover of Telecommunications, "Less-Lethal" Law Enforcement Weaponry -- A Crime Against Humanity


A federal-local multi-agency coordinated action program -- an ongoing legacy of the Bush-Cheney years -- is committing a quiet genocide on thousands of unjustly targeted Americans...

...via microwave/laser weaponry; covert financial exploitation; and a grassroots vigilante army fronted by community policing, town watch and anti-terrorism units who use covertly placed warrantless GPS devices and cell phones to stalk their targets...

... a GRASSROOTS GESTAPO protected by federal and local law enforcement who know all about it...

...a domestic "torture matrix" hiding in plain sight, unreported by a complacent, manipulated mainstream media, unquestioned by naive and apparently misinformed Obama officials.

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

BAN the use of microwave and laser weaponry against the American people; and

BAN the warrantless GPS/cell phone tracking of U.S. citizens -- the electronic backbone of a GRASSROOTS GESTAPO now operating on your watch.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 6, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

That should have been:

let them eat arugula.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Turns out first lady "let them eat cake" is just as prone to lying as her hubby.

Did she really sit in her dads lap to watch Carl Lewis when she was over 20 yo.

I get that she rooted for Olga and nadia. They were after all on the communist team.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully, the health care vote gets pushed back until never.

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

You forgot Castle.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Real unemployment up to 17 percent.

According to Joe Biden, this is beyond his wildest dreams.

Present ident clueless marches on.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

The democrats lost Tom Daschle in his senate reelection campaign, while he was senate minority leader. It would sure be great to see John Boner lose in Ohio and Nancy Pelosi lose in California in the coming elections.

Cutting off a few heads now and then is good for America.

As the rest of the second stringers, who really cares?

How will the republicans feel if they don't pick up at least 20 seats this election?

Posted by: katavo | October 6, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

A new poll came out today that has Corzine beating Christie in NJ by one point. If corzine wins this race it will go down as one of the classic blunders of politics on the GOP side (comparable to getting involved in a land war in Asia). A sock puppet could have beaten Corzine if it was funded well enough, but instead the GOP picks the one guy in their party that may be more crooked then Corzine.

But then again the GOP bench just may be that thin in every state North of the Mason-Dixon line.

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 6, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Punish the poor, reward the rich - vote Republican! If your strong suits are lying, cheating, and stealing to get what you want then YOU may be a perfect candidate for membership in the GOP!

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | October 6, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Ayotte's numbers shouldn't worry Paul Hodes because she isn't who he will face next year. The hard-right is alive an well in NH, and they hate the idea of the national parties hand-picking their candidates (see McCain in 2000).
I would be interested to see some poll numbers on Ayotte and how she is doing in the primaries.

Also can someone explain to me why getting a guy who lost a STATE senate election last cycle is a recruiting success?

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 6, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

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