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Morning Fix: Attack Dog Needed?



Do Democrats need an attack dog? AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dawn Majors

Update, 3:02 p.m.: The Democratic National Committee's Brad Woodhouse has penned a response to the Morning Fix that accuses us of -- among other things -- "cloistered thinking" on the issue of whether Democrats need an attack dog to push back on Republican messaging efforts on health care. It's well worth the read.

Original Post

The national debate over President Obama's health care plan has exposed a weakness in the Democratic Party apparatus: it lacks a high profile surrogate to push back -- hard -- against the rhetorical arguments put forward by Republicans.

While people like Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin have scored points by hammering the Obama plan hard and repeatedly, there has not been that same sort of presence on the Democratic side. The dearth of attack dogs contributed to the White House losing the message war in September.

Obama, himself, hasn't been -- and shouldn't be -- the party's attack dog. He has fought back against some of the misinformation being disseminated on health care by taking a forceful tone but always staying within the bounds of being presidential.

But, no one else in the party seems interested in filling that space.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine (Va.) would be an obvious pick but he remains the governor of Virginia through early next year and his political nature is not confrontational.

Former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean (Vt.) has confrontational down pat but he has no official position within the party and, having been passed over for secretary of Health and Human Services, isn't likely to be called on by the Obama administration.

Former president Bill Clinton surely understands the need for someone to counter the Republican message machine, but after his scarring performance during the 2008 campaign, he isn't likely to wade back into the waters any time soon. (Clinton did show a flash of his own brilliance over the weekend when he slammed the ongoing "vast right wing conspiracy" during an interview with "Meet the Press".)

The best fit for the attack dog role -- and we reject the negative connotation that the phrase seems to carry -- is one Rahm Emanuel, who during his time in the House showed both an affinity and skill for the bare-knuckled brawls that accompany any major policy fight. Emanuel, however, is constrained in how aggressive he can be since he is no longer a member of Congress but rather chief of staff to the president.

Without someone hammering Republicans on health care, the task has fallen largely to outside interest groups -- the most notable of which are Health Care for America Now and several of the large labor unions, which have spent heavily on television ads slamming the insurance industry for seeking to block health care and line its pockets.

There are some within the party who reject the idea that an attack dog is necessary, arguing that voters want solutions and not negative attacks from their politicians. "It seems like we have an abundance of snarling canines," said former Nebraska senator Bob Kerrey (D).

But, politics is a game of choices -- the candidate or party that is able to define the choice in terms favorable to them usually wins.

Like it or not, Republicans have been relentless in their willingness to slam the Obama health care plan as -- among other things -- detrimental to seniors, sketchy when it comes to end of life care and almost certain to raise taxes on the middle class.

In politics, an attack with no response is often believed. Democrats' lack of an attack dog has meant that they have left too many Republican hits unanswered -- a problem not only for the remainder of the health care debate but the next several years of the Obama presidency.

Tuesday Fix Picks: Day one of the Fix personal trainer experiment. Pray for us.

1. The public option -- debated!
2. Meet the new chairman of the New York Republican Party.
3. The Palin memoir is done!
4. Another sign Sue Lowden will challenge Harry Reid in 2010.
5. Lucy ("In the Sky With Diamonds") dies.

RGA Drops Millions on VA: The Republican Governors Association has reserved $1.7 million worth of television time in the costly Washington, D.C. media market for ads in the hotly contested Virginia gubernatorial race, according to sources familiar with the buy. The ads, which are set to begin on Thursday, mark the first time either party committee has bought time in the D.C. market, which reaches the critical northern Virginia region. The RGA's spending comes on top of more than $2 million the committee has spent on TV ads in other parts of Virginia and $2 million it contributed directly to the McDonnell effort. The Democratic Governors Association is also spending heavily -- $3.75 million so far -- to elect state Sen. Creigh Deeds. The expenditures by both sides speak to the level of import the contest carries. For Republicans, it is a chance to prove that the president's agenda is not selling in swing states and to (finally) score a win in a closely-contested race. For Democrats, the idea of losing a race in Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine's backyard is anathema.

Coakley Rolls Out Female Support: At a press conference tomorrow morning, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will unveil a slate of powerful women -- and women's groups -- backing her candidacy for the Senate. Among those expected to stand at Coakley's side: EMILY's List President Ellen Malcolm, state Senate president Therese Murray and Sheila Capone-Wulsin, the executive director of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. As we have written before, one of Coakley's biggest advantages in the Dec. 8 special election primary is that she is the lone female candidate running; women tend to outnumber men as voters -- particularly in Democratic primaries. Coakley is, smartly, seeking to draw attention to her gender with this event. It is likely to be the first of many of its kind as Coakley seeks to hold her lead over Rep. Michael Capuano, City Year co-founder Alan Khazei and Bain Capital managing partner Steve Pagliuca. If elected, Coakley would be the 18th female Senator serving in the chamber.

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Club for Hoffman in NY-23: Republicans' chances of holding the Upstate New York 23rd district in a special election this fall took a blow on Monday when the Club for Growth threw its endorsement to Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. "Doug Hoffman is the only candidate in this race who will stand up for taxpayers and fight to protect our freedoms in Washington," said Club president Chris Chocola in a slap at state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R). The Club's endorsement comes as no surprise as it had released polling data late last week that showed Scozzafava at 20 percent to 17 percent for Hoffman and 17 percent for businessman Bill Owens (D). If past is prologue, Hoffman can expect a significant fundraising boost as a result of the Club's support; many fiscal conservatives nationally have shown a willingness to donate to whichever candidates the Club has chosen in past races. While the North Country district favors Republicans in registration, the fracturing of the GOP vote between Scozzafava and Hoffman spells real trouble for the national GOP's hopes of holding onto the seat.

Liberals Hit Baucus on TV: Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee are continuing their assault on Senate Democrats who have voiced skepticism about the so-called "public option" on health care, running ads against Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (Mont.). The ad, which tells the story of a Montanan named Bing Perrine who needs heart surgery but can't afford it, hammers Baucus for taking "millions of dollars from health and insurance interests that oppose reform" and asks the Montana Democrat: "Which side are you on?" The initial ad buy is $50,000 although DFA and PCCC are trying to raise an additional $50,000 to keep in on the air. Earlier this summer, the two groups spent more than $100,000 in ads attacking Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D) over his skepticism about the public option.

Say What?: "Denmark is good." -- White House press secretary Robert Gibbs makes his own case to the International Olympic Committee set to meet later this week in Copenhagen to decide on the site for the 2016 summer games.

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Comments

kfstewart, suffering the common right-wing affliction of considering facts to be an attack. No one can deliver a message to the GOP anymore, because they can't get over the pile of dead messengers at the door.

Posted by: nodebris | September 30, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The Dems have no attack dogs to respond to criticism of the Health Care Plan? Are you kidding?

For starters, how about the complicit press and media, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, USA Today, NY Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, etc., etc., all supporters of the Obama socialist agenda and all critical, or worse, of any honest criticism of the "Plan".

Or how about the sycophantic White House press corps, who never ask a meaningful question and gaze in awe of every non-responsive answer Gibbs or Obama utter.

How about Pelosi and other Dems who label anti-socialist Health Care demonstrators as Nazis. How about the drunk Patrick Kennedy who labels the same people as preaching violence and worse?


Posted by: kfstewart | September 30, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | September 30, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Barnes & Noble (still) #1
Amazon.com #3 (with a bullet)

Posted by: JakeD | September 30, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Barnes & Noble #1
Amazon.com #6

Posted by: JakeD | September 30, 2009 2:05 AM | Report abuse

@marcywhite: total co-sign here .. those Dems chose a *great* time to need to show their independence. Really makes me wonder sometimes if this country will ever see greatness again, hard to imagine with so very many small small people

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

With Max "bark-less" Baucus rolling over and playing dead today, it's beyond clear that the Dems need an attack dog if we're ever going to get meaningful health reform. THIS is what I get after spending two years of my life helping to elect President Obama and a Democratic Congress? An utter failure to deliver any semblance of party unity? The inability to muster a "yea" vote on a committee with three more Dems than Republicans? Not even a "yea" vote from the chairman, who took an extra three months to get "bipartisanship" from his GOP "colleagues"? Meek silence from Baucus and the Dems when Chuck Grassley cites the uber-right-wing Heritage Foundation and the United Healthcare-owned subsidiary Lewin Group as his objective, authoritative sources????

Ridiculous. Pathetic. Disastrous.

Posted by: marcywrite | September 29, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Nobody is going to read "Palin's" with-book. Buying crap like that is conservatives' equivalent to union dues. They'll buy it, carry it around with the front cover facing outward, leave it poised with suggestive nonchalance on their desks at work (those few who don't have to put on insulated gloves to work), and finally dump it on a shelf somewhere and forget about it.

Nobody actually *reads* this crap.

Some of them spank it to the back cover though.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Poor little idiot boy needs to do the same post in a half-dozen threads.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

The problem is not hitting back. Its the details of the plan which DOES slash 500 Billion from Medicare. Dems can't hit back against the Truth.

Posted by: dencal26 | September 29, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

snowbama:

Did you see school children being forced to sing songs to Obama????

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/09/29/rnc_chairman_compares_kids_sin.html

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

What? I'm talking about READING.

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

NewsBusters -- WaPo Columnist: Dems Need Attack Dog To Counter GOP Rhetoric
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/09/29/wapo-columnist-dems-need-attack-dog-counter-gop-rhetoric

Posted by: StewartIII | September 29, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

C. Brooks Kurtz.

Heh, my camera can take video. If I want to watch a man masturbate, I'll just use that.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 29, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

But not a single reader. Zero.

Posted by: DDAWD


lunatic hyperbole is considered "cute" in liberal circles.

Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Barnes & Noble (holding steady) #2
Amazon (meteoric rise) #32

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

"Clinton did show a flash of his own brilliance over the weekend when he slammed the ongoing "vast right wing conspiracy" during an interview with "Meet the Press"."

You mean he answered a direct question about the "Right Wing Conspiracy"?

That is brilliance?

Posted by: bobmoses | September 29, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

... by which time some other "luminary" will have written another "with" book, an "Palin's" book will be out of clearance bins and in landfill.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Just like Ted Kennedy's book, Palin's book will not be available on Kindle until AFTER the Christmas holiday.

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Check the Kindle sales. You don't leave a Kindle book on a desk as a token of loyalty, Kindle books are for reading only.

"Betcha" the Kindle:paper ratio for "Palin's" book is way below the usual for bestsellers.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

justjoeking:

How about you?

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

"But a million book orders does not mean a million readers, and certainly not a million votes for President in 2012.

Posted by: justjoeking"

I have no doubt that literally zero people will read it. The vast majority of sales are just fishy bookkeeping. The paid pundits will just peddle what the publishers tell them. You'll have the right wing losers keeping the book prominently displayed on a shelf or a coffee table as a type of credential.

But not a single reader. Zero.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 29, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

justjoeking:

I'm not talking about a million readers -- although I never got one of those $20 cards, and if I did I would have gone back to that bookstore and pulled out ALL of the cards -- the question currently pending is whether you also believe that not a single one of those million books will be read?

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

and certainly not a million votes for President in 2012.

==

So where is she going to get 65 million votes?

There aren't quite enough sextuagenarian rural southern racists to get her 270 electorals.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

A few years ago someone went into a bookstore with a few hundred copies of some wingnut's book on a table. He slipped a postcard into each on offering something like $20 to anyone who mailed the card. Drop in mail, get money.

Now, I don't expect everyone who ran across the card to follow through, but certainly some would.

He never received a single card.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

No one has read Palin's book. No one has reviewed it. It is being pre-ordered, en masse, based on the "author" alone. As such, it is a measure of her popularity, in that people and organizations are willing to spend money on the product, sight unseen. But a million book orders does not mean a million readers, and certainly not a million votes for President in 2012.

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Woodhouse is wrong, the Fix is right. Woodhouse points to flat poll numbers for July, but the damage was done in June and July. By August, the well was dry. Also, Woodhouse seems to assume that a Democratic attack dog would need to be dishonest like Palin and Steele. That's nonsense. More importantly, the an attack dog is necessary not just to win the health care reform debate, but to counter the relentless attacks from the right. The magnitude of Democratic losses next year is also dependent on the Republican Party's ability to choose the battlefield. If Democrats continue to allow Republicans to make ridiculous attacks without effective counter, half the battle is lost.

Finally, a lesson from the UK. Both Labour and the Tories decry the Punch-and-Judy, tit-for-tat style of Prime Minister's Questions where both sides try to score cheap political points instead of engaging in meaningful debate, yet both parties continue to engage in it. There is, of course, only one reason for that, and it isn't tradition.

Posted by: rriuslaw | September 29, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about others, but for as well as Bill O' Reilly's books are supposed to do, I always see them in the bargain bins about a week after release.

==

Yeah and decades from now people will still be reading Palin's kiss-and-no-tell just like people read Churchill.

(*guffaw*)

Sales will have a "meteoritic rise" just before they have a "meteoroidal fall."

If you wait two weeks Jake you'll be able to get it in B&N for $5.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

You say you'll read it, but I don't believe that since you lie all the time. I do believe you'll *buy* it, though I also believe you'll have to go without dinner for a week to afford it.

The amount of time you spend posting here pretty much precludes time for anything like reading a book.

Anyway, I know whereof I speak. Studies have been done, and the ratio of books read to books purchased is in single digits. If you want to equivocate over a literal interpretation of "nobody" then have at it, that's just part of the same autistic literalism troll that you wore out long ago.

An idiot reading a book by an idiot? Could happen. Probably won't.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"And no, nobody reads books by conservatives. They just buy them. In fact a lot of the sales are fake, cartons shuffled unopened from store to store unopenedm earning an asterisk in the NYT rankings."

I don't know about others, but for as well as Bill O' Reilly's books are supposed to do, I always see them in the bargain bins about a week after release.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 29, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

So, you admit that the book will be read now?

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

If you guys want to waste your money and time then by all means knock yourselves out. You guys read stuff that strokes your vanity and teaches you nothing, the rest of us will continue to read for knowledge.

No wonder you guys lose elections.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

"Meanwhile, why don't you read Woodhouse's response? See Update above.

Posted by: justjoeking "

Very well written response. Again, it demonstrates how Democrats, especially under Obama, are much better at looking at things on a bigger scale. I know that I personally get caught up in every twist and turn. I was pretty crestfallen a year ago when McCain took the lead in the polls and caught up in the drama of the stimulus. But he's write. The Democrats always ended up winning these legislative battles. I have a feeling that the Republicans are willing to go for broke on the health care issue since they want to reproduce 1994. It will be tougher than the stimulus, but you see support being eroded away from the Republicans both among the public and among lawmakers.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 29, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Me.

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah our own liddle strawman-slayer.

You must be autistic or something, Jake, in addition to your emotional maladies.

The sales of "Palin's" with-book don't mean anything. Republicans buy crap books by their celebrities as an expression of loyalty and if Palin didn't know that sales were guaranteed she wouldn't have consented to put her name on it (note I didn't say consented to write it because she didn't write a word).

It'd have the same sales rank even if it were full of blank pages.

And no, nobody reads books by conservatives. They just buy them. In fact a lot of the sales are fake, cartons shuffled unopened from store to store unopenedm earning an asterisk in the NYT rankings.

Who'd want to read 400 pages of whining about meany liberals?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Because G&T made the false claim that not a single person out of MILLIONS who bought Hannity or Beck's books ever read them. Maybe once I am done disproving that canard.

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

#2 (right now) at B&N: beating "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown, "I, Alex Cross" by James Patterson AND "True Compass" by Edward M. Kennedy (posthumously).

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The book doesn't come out until November. Meanwhile, why don't you read Woodhouse's response? See Update above.

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Less than 24 hours since the the Palin book title was announced, and it has broken into the Top 100 at Amazon.com (probably #1 at Barnes & Noble already). Of course, no one is ever going to read it.

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Now you are calling Barnes & Noble (or HarperCollins or whomever wrote that Synopis) "goons" for misuing -- in your opinion -- a common English phrase?

==

Absolutely I am, and opinion has nothing to do with it. "Meteorotic rise" is doubly wrong.

You stick with your "anyone can see" and "it's self evident" and "common phrase" and I'll stick with correct usage.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

There is none as smart, witty, intelligent or beautiful than a liberal gazing at himself in the mirror and passing judgment.

Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Hate to say it, Chris, but Woodhouse is correct. As I said in my first post, the Democrats have the person they need, Rahm Emanuel, to consolidate the votes and the message of the Democrats.

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Now you are calling Barnes & Noble (or HarperCollins or whomever wrote that Synopis) "goons" for misuing -- in your opinion -- a common English phrase?! And you wonder why our gracious host had to ban you, twice?

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I think it's just a RIOT when these goons try to sound smart

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Is that "meteorite" or media-right?"

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

And when it's not descending or finished descending it's called a meteoroid.

The only thing meteoritic about Palin is the rocks in her head.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

den put a widdle bip-bip onnat boo-boo baby an' 'top da weepy-weepy

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

and her meteoric rise to national prominence

==

*Meteors* don't rise, they fall

A *meteorite* is a meteor that has already ended its fall as a smoking hole in the ground.

Perfect metaphor for the Resignee.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic #3:

"Going Rogue: An American Life"

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover, 432pp
ISBN-13: 9780061939891
ISBN: 0061939897

Synopsis

Sarah Palin burst onto the political scene at the height of the 2008 presidential campaign and overnight became a national sensation. Adored by the right, bitterly reviled by the left, she is the most polarizing figure to emerge in American politics in decades. Yet for all the dirt digging and gossip that has surrounded her, very little is actually known about who she is, what she believes, and above all, about her plans for the future. In her new book, Sarah Palin tells the story of her Alaskan upbringing, her marriage and family life, her political career, her religious beliefs, and her meteoric rise to national prominence. With her customary blunt common sense, she sets the record straight about the many myths and lies that have been spun around her and lays out her vision for an America that is strong, independent, and free.

Amazon Bestseller #137 (and rising ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

not a lot of teenage viet boys in my world.

Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

this is what passes as general interest to liberals.
by coincidence, it is also the height of their sagacity.

==

I'm guessing you don't get a lot of action on D Ward.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

OUCH!

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I was away 16 days after surgery, now exercising again but unable to do many while me tendon heals. First day back felt better than good sex.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite


this is what passes as general interest to liberals.
by coincidence, it is also the height of their sagacity.

Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse


Proof that the RNC put in their order at Barnes&Noble, not Amazon.

Actually, if Palin were a superhero, she WOULD be "Rogue." Rogue is the one with no power of her own, who sucks out the special abilities of others just by touching them. Kinda like what Sarah did to McCain.

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue: An American Life"

Barnes & Noble sales rank #4

Amazon Bestseller #246

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I think that when it comes time to vote in 2010 the Republicans will make little headway in attacking congressman for voting with Obama. The attacks for local issues will work but not national issues.

Chris, your proposition that attacks by Sarah Palin were effective seems counter intuitive. if this supported by polling I would question the poll takers ability or conclusions. Those who are influenced by Sarah Palin are unlikely to be influenced by Barack Obama. Palin may be popular but she has also become an effete politician. She belongs show business where her focus on the trivial will be better appreciated and where she can get away with no preparatory work.

Obama is less popular now because we see his blemishes. Republican attacks do not work against him, they work against themselves. This is a time when we need more action than talk, they are all talk which diminishes their credibility.

For Republicans to have credibility they will need a change in leadership. The soon the better for this country.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 29, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

snowbama:

How are you able to pick out the MOST idiotic statement from so many?

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

It's weird. I have a hard time not working out. I'm no meat head, but it's something I need to do every day.

==

I usually go three or four days on then one off. More than one off and I start to feel lousy. It's hard to work out in VN because it's so hot but across from my new house there's a new gym with AC.

I was away 16 days after surgery, now exercising again but unable to do many while me tendon heals. First day back felt better than good sex.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

anyone who says he did read them is "lying".

==

Not "anyone." You. You lie in every post, why should anyone believe you read books?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Again, an interesting "exercise [of] your logical prowess" would conclude that not a single person out of MILLIONS WHO BOUGHT THE BOOKS ever read them, and anyone who says he did read them is "lying". Simply amazing!

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"(1) Don't do any MWF routine, that never works. Make it part of your day as much as sleeping and working

(2) Don't skip a day because you're sore."

It's weird. I have a hard time not working out. I'm no meat head, but it's something I need to do every day.

Caveat to #2 - we're talking muscle pains. If you're having sharp pains, then see a doc. Just be on the safe side when you're first starting out.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 29, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I have read books by Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity too. What's the use in buying books you won't read?

==

I'd need to hear it from someone not a know liar

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Personal trainer? Starting an exercise program? Congratulations. A few words of advice

(1) Don't do any MWF routine, that never works. Make it part of your day as much as sleeping and working

(2) Don't skip a day because you're sore.

(3) If weight loss is a goal, exercise alone won't do it

(4) Don't try to curl 250 just because you can do it. Take it from a guy with a surgically repaired tendon

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Beck and Hannity books sell too and nobody reads them either.

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

idiotic statement of the day. don't even need to guess who.

Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I have read books by Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity too. What's the use in buying books you won't read?

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"That helps, b/c you know you can say what needs to be said for the cause at the time and never face political retribution for it. Republican candidates in 2006 & 2008 faced retribution for it, but not Cheney himself."

This strikes me as the opposite of what you want. You want the dog to bear the brunt of the scorn, not the masters. Otherwise, the masters would just do the dirty work themselves.

Cheney's approval ratings dropped to single digits, yes, but he wasn't able to insulate his party from public scorn.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 29, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Attack dog is a common role for the VP nominee, and Sarah Palin certainly managed to fill it.

Perhaps the news of the Palin book is what caused Mr. Cillizza to think about an attack dog for the Dems?

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, then, I owe you thanks for the amusing if unintended association of SP with a vicious, snarling beast.

Posted by: nodebris | September 29, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Of course people will *buy* it. The whole point of "writing" it was to line her pockets with cash. Beck and Hannity books sell too and nobody reads them either. Buying books by right-wing luminaries is a sort of protest by the faithful, as though to claim the arena of books and ideas as their own.

And that's a *hoot*

We've heard and read Palin's own uh writing, does anyone think she could write an entire book?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Good post, reason5.

Pretty childish, jaked.

Posted by: nodebris | September 29, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

nodebris: The Palin book is mentioned in Fix Pick #3, and I was the one to bring it up (I think). Unlike other Fix threads throughout the day, the Morning Fix has several topics.

JakeD: You weren't "just joking" with the first link. I'M justjoeking.

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

nodebris:

I thought it was a picture of "drindl"? Either way, I know that Gov. Palin would have been tough on Iran at least. Here's the B&N link (already #6 Bestseller ; )

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Going-Rogue/Sarah-Palin/e/9780061939891/?cds2Pid=29205&inframe=y

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

A great attack dog must have certain qualities to be effective. The greatest attack dog in recent memory is none other than former VP Dick Cheney. Why was Cheney such an effective attack dog? Cheney was loved by the Republican base, Cheney had experience in so many areas of life he could effectively communicate his arguments for or against a position, he could effectively communicate his disgust among a group or one person, Cheney can turn disgust to the base upon a person or an idea into huge amounts of fundraising cash. Another factor making Cheney such an effective attack dog: he had no interest in any futhur political ambition and knew he was never again running for elective office. That helps, b/c you know you can say what needs to be said for the cause at the time and never face political retribution for it. Republican candidates in 2006 & 2008 faced retribution for it, but not Cheney himself.

That being said, who would be a great attack dog for the Democrats? In my view, a great attack dog for Democrats would be Rhode Island US Senator Jack Reed. Reed is perfect. He's from an extremely liberal state, is engraved in incumbency & beloved by the RI people, has foreign relations experience, been a longtime senator and is in no trouble for re-election, likely ever. I think Jack Reed would be a great attack dog for the Democrats. Also, Maryland Minority Whip Stephen Hoyer would be a great attack dog for the party. Be a democratic Tom DeLay. I'd go with Hoyer & Reed.

Posted by: reason5 | September 29, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Repost:

It's a sure bet that a Palin's with-book will sell a lot of copies to the nasty grimies comprising the corpse of the Republican Party. The faithful buy those things sort of like paying union dues.

But read it? Most doubtful. And why would anyone bother? It'll be wholly predictable. The meany liberal press picked on me, the meany liberal talk show host made fun of the sow daughter, America needs more oil, kill the wildlife off to make room for more Trigs.

Ugh.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I was just joking before about the comic book character. Here's the REAL link:

http://www.amazon.com/Going-Rogue-American-Sarah-Palin/dp/0061939897

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Someone get that poor dog to an orthodontist

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Funny how the conversation has moved from the need for an attack dog to Sarah Palin. I was going to call it a digression, but on second thought I guess it's a natural progression.

It's also amusing to think of people moving from the photo to the comments and associating a rabid vicious dog with Palin.

Posted by: nodebris | September 29, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I will buy / read it.

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I doubt Palin wrote a single word. I just don't get any impression that she's someone who follows through on big projects. Between the fumbled speaking engagements and that incoherent resignation my guess is she gave her "collaborator" a few cassettes of babble and told her to puff it into a book.

Righties will buy it out of loyalty, nobody will read it.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 29, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

perfect example of the typical, juvenile, mean-spirited denizen of the rightwing netherworld, who contributes nothing but constant negativity.

Posted by: drindl |
>>>>>>>>>>>>>

cure thyself loon:

Here's your savage, primitive, bloodthristy rightwingers. They should be rounded up and sent to a freaking isolated island somewhere. FREAKS AND DANGEROUS LUNATICS.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
One corrupt, righwing attack dog down:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Here's some winger hypocrisy at its best


Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin wears glasses to protect her super hero identity just like Clark Kent. She's not fooling me though ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

""Going Rogue" (Marvel Comics Rogue #1)is a classic in the X-Men series, but it wasn't written by Sarah Palin."

You know, if she had answered Couric's question about reading materials by saying she only reads comic books, that would still probably have been a better response than saying that she reads every single newspaper and magazine.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 29, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

snowbama:

Agreed.

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

You have to admit that Sarah Palin as Rogue would be HOT!!!

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Now, thanks to Jack Cashill, the literary mask has been removed. Obama is a literary pretender. Case closed. The evidence is overwhelming that Bill Ayers ghost-wrote Dreams from my Father, the book which established Obama's pose as a brilliant writer (and therefore a fine mind, in the estimation of many). The stylistic resemblance between the Dreams and Ayers' work is stunning. Now we know, thanks to Chris Andersen's new book,that Obama hit a brick wall trying to fulfill his contract to produce a book, and shipped off his notes and tapes to Ayers. That is the classic description of a ghost writer's assignment. And it complete fits the theories Cashill had inferentially reasoned from the data of his literary studies.


The revelation that Chris Andersen had two separate sources means that this fact meets the journalistic standard of reliability, provided by a respected, established bestselling author. Obama's dismissal of Ayers as "just a guy in the neighborhood" has been shown to be an outright lie.


That will certainly be the verdict of history, regardless of whether or not the issue of Obama's ghost written book ever breaks through into the national discussion. My bet is that the media will not be able to suppress discussion. The image of Obama packing boxes full of tapes and notebooks and hauling them over to Ayers' house a couple of blocks away, is simple and compelling evidence of a ghost writer being put to work. Jack's literary detective work made the case, and Andersen's two neighborhood sources confirm it.


Anyone who refuses to deal with this issue is willfully avoiding topics that make Obama look bad. The facts are in the public domain.

Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The clue is right there in the link: "Marvel Comics." Sure, their receipts are down, but they still have standards.

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Here's your savage, primitive, bloodthristy rightwingers. They should be rounded up and sent to a freaking isolated island somewhere. FREAKS AND DANGEROUS LUNATICS.

"At the How To Take Back America Conference last weekend, conservative speaker Kitty Werthmann led a workshop called “How to recognize living under Nazis & Communists.” Announcing the panel in a column preceding the conference, talk show host Janet Porter gushed how Werthmann’s description of Austria in the 1930s is a “mirror to America” today — noting “They had Joseph Goebbels; we have Mark Lloyd, the diversity czar.” The room was packed over capacity to hear Werthmann, who grew up as a Christian in Austria and serves as Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum South Dakota President.

During her session, Werthmann went through a litany of examples of how President Obama is like Adolf Hitler. She noted that Hitler, who acted “like an American politician,” was “elected in a 100% Christian nation.” Although she failed to once mention Antisemitism or militarism, Werthmann explained how universal healthcare, an Equal Rights Amendment, and increased taxes were telltale signs of Nazism. Werthmann also warned the audience:

If we had our guns, we would have fought a bloody battle. So, keep your guns, and buy more guns, and buy ammunition. [...] Take back America. "

Posted by: drindl | September 29, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

snowbama:

LOL!!!

justjoeking:

Made you look : )

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I guess after getting your photo at the top of the column, gracing us with your presence is to be expected.

Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

drivl is permitted out of solitary and is back in the day room.

Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: Perhaps you should actually check links before you post them. "Going Rogue" (Marvel Comics Rogue #1)is a classic in the X-Men series, but it wasn't written by Sarah Palin.

But perhaps that's what she looks like in your fantasies.

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

One corrupt, righwing attack dog down:

" After resigning from his high-paying lobbying job following revelations of ties between his corporate clients and FreedomWorks, Dick Armey complains, “It was the best-paying job I ever had.”

Posted by: drindl | September 29, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Late night comedians made fun of Reagan and GWB too (both elected TWICE ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Here's some winger hypocrisy at its best. Phyllis Shlafley, whom as we all know, works outside the home, and Sarah Palin, who *presumably* works outside the home, both blast feminism and moms who -- wait for it -- work outside the home:

"Phyllis Schlafly, the anti-Equal Rights Amendment activist who heads the Eagle Forum, hosted the right-wing conference How To Take Back America last weekend. Several GOP members of Congress attended the conference, and each paid their respects to Schlafly for her leadership in the conservative movement. Schlafly delivered several speeches and led a discussion advocating traditional roles for women as well as warning about the dangers of feminism:

I submit to you that the feminist movement is the most dangerous, destructive force in our society today. [...] My analysis is that the gays are about 5% of the attack on marriage in this country, and the feminists are about 95%."

Posted by: drindl | September 29, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Palin a writer. What a wealth of material for late night comedians.

Posted by: drindl | September 29, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

snowbama:

I suppose they have blinders on and honestly have never "heard" that someone else wrote that book?

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps you should contact Ms. Najjar and see if I could care less.

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I read "Dreams From My Father." It was well-written, and clearly not the sort of book that politicians write before running for office. (I didn't bother with the second one, for that reason.)

Notably, it was not written "with" anyone.

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

A book by Palin? Humorous. How about 'Going Vague?'

Posted by: drindl | September 29, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I stand corrected. Of course I knew that Ms. Palin was capable of typing, but I assumed she was more comfortable Twittering on her iPhone.

You misplaced the quotation marks, since nowhere in the article do I find "now ES&D." Perhaps you should contact Ms. Vincent to help you with proper citation.

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Chris, why do you put up with kingofzouk/snobama?

He's a perfect example of the typical, juvenile, mean-spirited denizen of the rightwing netherworld, who contributes nothing but constant negativity.

Posted by: drindl | September 29, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

With those views, I don't suppose you should examine barrys book too closely.

Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Surprise:

"Residents of a San Diego apartment complex saw her several times over the better part of August -- sitting poolside and tapping away on a laptop -- now ES&D"

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2009/09/sarah_palins_southern_californ.html

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

So, it's "Going Rogue" by Sarah Palin (with Lynn Vincent). Quoting from Fix Pick #3:

"Palin, 45, spent weeks in San Diego shortly after leaving office and worked on the manuscript with collaborator Lynn Vincent, a person close to her said."

I feel sympathy for Ms. Vincent, having to review all those weeks of tape-recorded inanity and compile a book out of it. If Ms. Palin picked up a pen or touched a keyboard, I'd be surprised. By comparison, Ted Kennedy kept notes for his memoir for decades, and worked with his "collaborator" for over a year.

Four months of national celebrity don't amount to a memoir, but I suppose it's a way to make money. Tina Fey should get a cut--she wrote all the best lines.

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Chrissy your liberal leanings are showing. Enough for drivl to return. What stature and unimpeachable values.

Has a liberal ever done what they promised?

But with less than 100 posts per day and sinking fast, and the acting career plainly on hold, you must appeal to your base. Did you ever consider free ice cream?

Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

adrienne_najjar:

Thank you for your contribution to post-partisan civility. You can pre-order Gov. Palin's new book now.

http://www.amazon.com/Rogue-Going-Marvel-Comics/dp/B000ZXB3I0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254236533&sr=8-4

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I agree too with Andy that the MSM has not done its job and informed people as to what the health care bill is all about --- allowing the huge rightwing machineries of fox, hannity, limbaugh, back, savage, malkin, and the rightwing blogger/talk radio/cable monolith to fill the gap with their lies and propaganda.

Posted by: drindl | September 29, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Chris for an excellent column!

You are quite right. This is the Democratic Party's main problem. Too nicey-nice. Too tolerant, to understanding, too cooperative and desirous of being seen as 'bipartisan.'

It isn't just differences in policy that separate the parties today -- it is everything. World view, personality, everything.

The right has become increasingly vicious, angry, mean-spirited and hateul, and Democratic politicians have failed to understand what they are dealing with, and that you cannot reason with them -- you have to hit back and you have to hit back hard.

Dean is among the best in this regard. I am very sorry to see that he has been sidelined in this debate. I don't much care for Carville, for instance, but I sure wish obama had someone like him. I wouldn't necessarily want him as a buddy, but I would like to have him on my side in a knife fight -- and that is what this is.

Posted by: drindl | September 29, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

nodebris: excellent.

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't the definition of "attack dog" by necessity include something of being the "underdog" or on the defensive? The Democrats control the White House and both houses of Congress, so I find the prospect of the Dems "needing" an "attack dog" positively hilarious. We have a President who expects the big TV networks to literally capitulate and give him airtime anytime he wants it--and they do so. When Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, etc. command anywhere near the same amount of power and blunt force to disseminate their views, you may come close to having a valid point.

Furthermore, have we not heard for months now from your pages and other media outlets how hopelessly leader-less the Republicans are post-election, and how aimless and lost the party as a whole is? Seriously, if we are to believe that, then what, pray tell, is there for your proposed "Democratic attack dog" to attack?

I second the motion for you to quit the Post and go work for the White House or DNC, as is so obviously your ultimate objective.

Posted by: LNER4472 | September 29, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Democrats' pesky respect for the truth keeps interfering with our prospects for succeeding at gross manipulation of gullible souls, a la Limbaugh or Beck. But it would be great if we could have a wrathful defender of Truth, Justice, and the (real) American Way, full of scorn and irony, to blast those pygmies. A really mean John Stewart would be about right. But none is on the horizon.

In the meantime, we'll just have to keep counting on the idea that the adults outnumber the children, even though the children are much louder.

Posted by: nodebris | September 29, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

@rb66 - Welcome to the Fix. Perhaps you should read a few back columns before expounding on the appropriate role of a bloggist. Or, I would suggest listening to any of the roundtables on the Sunday morning programs. You'll hear plenty of "advice".

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 29, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Obama needs what James Carville was for Bill Clinton and Carl Rove was for GWB. A "chop you off at the knees" type of aide whose sole job and purpose is to blood let the opposition.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 29, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cillizza

Are you a Washington Post columnist or a consultant to the Democratic Party? As a long-time political columnist, I always considered offering advice to one side or the other "stepping over the line."

Posted by: rb66 | September 29, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

An attack dog would do no good-there would be plenty out there if they had any credible arguments. What the dems want would only make things worse and they can't answer the objections of their critics. The best solution I've heard is to take care of the 8-10 million w/out healthcare and leave the rest of us alone. But then, it's not really a/b healthcare.

Posted by: grahamc1 | September 29, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

The people who've noted that the Democrats in favor of health care reform only need to convince their fellow Democrats of its merits are technically right, but those holdout Democrats would be a lot easier to bring along for the ride if there were an organized and effective voice fighting back against Republican opposition -- an "attack dog," as Chris puts it.

Let's face it: No matter the letter in parentheses after his name, a politician will respond if he thinks his chances of re-election are in jeopardy. It's surely not be the case for all of them, but certainly, some of the Democrats opposed to the suggested reforms are opposed because they think supporting those reforms will cause the voters in their district to turn on them. And as long as the opponents of health care reform are louder and better organized than the supporters, the people in those holdout Democrats' districts will continue to resist health care reform, and those holdout Democrats will, as a result, continue to resist it themselves.

If an effective Democratic "attack dog" were to turn the tables and make the staunchest opponents of health care reform -- politicians and pundits alike -- look like the bad guys, at least some of the holdout Democrats will come around to the more predominant Democratic way of thinking on the subject.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | September 29, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm with the Fix, sverigegrabb and AndyR3 in that I am confused by the way the administration is marginalizing Howard Dean. The GOP is willing to trot out it's various doctor/legislators as authority figures, why not Dean? He's a better MD advocate than anything the GOP has. Dean has also shown that he can run an underdog campaign with persuasive spirit.

The administration also needs to get its membership and legislators in line on this issue. Are they with the administration? Then support it. Did they benefit from the President's popularity in this last cycle? Then they need to show some gratitude by putting their legislative power to work. Town Halls got you scared? Then take some control and run them smarter. The party fundraisers also need to show their willingness to back-up the legislators who risk their popularity at home, that will encourage others to show some steel.

AND the groups that see they will benefit from Health Care reform need to get in line, too, and get VOCAL. The 65+ crowd of AARP isn't looking after the interests of the 50 to 65 membership. AARP likes what it see in the reform program, but they got shouted down this summer. They need to get back into the fray.

As Mark in Austin says, we don't have to have attack dogs, we just need all the parties that know insurance reform is a great idea that will benefit themselves and others to get VOCAL. The President can't do this by himself.

I'm hoping that a couple of big wins in November will convince the Democrats that they can wear big boy/big girl underpants!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 29, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Indeed. An attack dog needed by the America-hating, leftist Demoncrats.

BWAHAHAHA!!! How about Slick Willie? He is a sexual predator, so he CERTAINLY has the bona fides! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

Posted by: tjhall1 | September 29, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Chris, is that your family pet?

Posted by: khm53 | September 29, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

The Dems need an attack network to successfully compete with the conservatives in the dialogue war. When you're up against Fox, Beck, Limbaugh, Palin and the elected pols, it's hard to get a word in

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

Posted by: parkerfl1 | September 29, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Dear republicans,

Drop dead. We won the election so ES&D.

Sincerely

Adrienne

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | September 29, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

When I saw the title, my thoughts naturally lead to the brillient policies of fictional president Ackerman.

What to do about communism? Two words: Attack Dogs!
Supervillians? Attack dogs!
Heathcare reform? Attack dogs!

Posted by: theamazingjex | September 29, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Dear Sissy Celizza. Like all liberals when you clowns complain then it it is good, but when the other side does, they are attack dogs. Well then kibble on this dogface: why did the Dims make the bill so large that no one read it before voting? Why does the CBO say it will raise debt by the trillions? Why did Congress vote to make themselves exempt from coverage? Even your conservative Dims are wary of a big rush to vote this in. Finally, Pelousy does not let other ideas come in and then say the other side is the party of "no." Yes let the media do its job and then the weaknesses of this plan will be exposed. (Don't worry, adults won't call you racist for doing your job if you dare.)

Posted by: leolion1 | September 29, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

The NT-23 race sounds like it is getting good. I hope the DNC is dropping money on Owens because I think he may be able to pull this one out.

Posted by: AndyR3 | September 29, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

If they need an attack dog, bring Paul Begala off the bench. He's doing wonderful editorials and commentaries at CNN but should have a bigger megaphone. He has the friendly, guy next door persona with the true-blue attack dog within.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | September 29, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse


Rahm Emanuel IS the attack dog, and he is exactly where the party needs him. The fight is not in the press, and not against the GOP. It is in the cloak rooms of Congress, twisting arms and counting votes for his own party. That is where Rahm is most effective.

Unfortunately for the media, it doesn't make for splashy television.

Posted by: justjoeking | September 29, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Need an attack dog? They are all attack dogs.

Maybe the answer is to conherently state his positions instead of letting others in the democratic party and his lapdog press accuse anybody who disagrees with him of racism. We aren't stupid enough to believe he enthusiastically disagrees with them doing that, even with the halfhearted, going through the motions denials.

Maybe he needs an attack dog to deal with Iran and the rest of our enemies.

Posted by: standard_guy | September 29, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Now Barry is gassing up the jet for a trip to Denmark. Urgent business. If any generals call, tell them to try back next month. Or maybe relay any news via oprah. Barry can pick it up in the green room.

Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Approval for obamacare down to 23. These are the far left zealots.

Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Chris,

Brilliantly written again--you're clearly on a roll!

If the Republicans are going to do their 'birther' and 'death panel' calumnies, then the Democrats--especially the Administration--DO need to find an attack dog.

They must regret having passed over Gov. Dean, who indeed would have been perfect.

Remaking civility in DC is a long process, but it doesn't preclude the shorter-term goals of using muscle when it will be most effective--such as now.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | September 29, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

I also want to point out that an attack dog wouldn't be neccesary if the media would actually do its job, and report the fact that the criticisms that Palin and her team of dunces level against healthcare reform are flat out untrue.

Posted by: AndyR3 | September 29, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

If they want someone to do that then ask Dean to come back and be the co-chairman of the DNC!!!

He orchestrated the largest take-over of seats for the Democrats in decades. The state party chairs love him, and he would CRUSH Micheal Steele in any sort of debate or face-off. Kaine has shown himself to be an ineffective spokesman for the party and frankly I think naming a sitting politician for such a partisan job is a mistake. Not to mention the fact that Kaine won the Governership on the very long coattails of Mark Warner.
BTW, where is Warner in this current Healthcare fight? He would be a useful person to help bridge the gap between the liberals and the moderates.

Posted by: AndyR3 | September 29, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Indeed. These days it is difficult to counter facts with lies and spin. Everyone is on to obama's game.

Recasting the same propoganda over and over is not a solution. It is not the messenger. It is the content.

Posted by: snowbama | September 29, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I do not hear Ds speak with one voice. I am amazed that the Rs have shrunk so much that they often seem to speak as one.

The late Jim Maddox was an attack dog D. Do other Texan readers think a Maddox is required?

I do not watch cable news, but I assume there is some fire breathing D pundit out there on the D side. Do cable viewer Ds want there own screamer?

Frankly, I liked Mike Mansfield as a D spokesman. Not an attack dog; just crisp, avuncular, and no nonsense.
Any Mansfields around? Maybe Schweitzer?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | September 29, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

First, it's pretty clear that polling has determined More Rahm = More Problems for Obama. He disappeared right after making the "don't let a good crisis go to waste" remark and has been seen only infrequently in the media since.

Second, if I had just a dollar for every liberal who thinks the problems in passing health care reform is due to Republicans, I would be up there with George Soros and Jeff Immelt. Libs, once again, you don't need a single Republican vote (nor are you likely to get one) to pass health care reform. The party is irrelevant to your crusade. Yet again and again you think you need to "counter" this disorganized and ineffective party.

You have met the enemy, and it is you. Unleash your attack dog, if you can find one, on your own party.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | September 29, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

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