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Obama to campaign for Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado today

1. President Obama will travel to Denver, Colo. later today to raise money for appointed Sen. Michael Bennet. Obama will participate in a $25 per person fundraiser at the Fillmore Auditorium (roughly 3,000 are expected to attend) and then a $1,000 per plate event at the Sheraton. (Two days after Obama is at the Fillmore, New Orleans-based funk band Galactic will be in town!) "The President's support is a clear indication that Michael's different approach to tackling tough problems is a welcome trait with the mess going on in Washington," said Bennet campaign manager Craig Hughes. Bennet is the fourth Democratic Senator Obama has raised money for since coming into office, according to incomparable Post researcher Lucy Shackelford. (The other three are Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada, for whom Obama will again collect cash on Friday, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who has since decided not to run for reelection.) Bennet, like Specter, faces a serious primary challenge in former state House speaker Andrew Romanoff. Bennet, a political unknown who was appointed to his current post by Gov. Bill Ritter (D) following Sen. Ken Salazar's selection as secretary of interior, has far outdistanced Romanoff in the cash chase to date. At the end of 2009, Bennet had $3.5 million in the bank as compared to just $480,000 for Romanoff -- a gap likely to widen with the Obama visit. Republicans are seeking to use the Obama visit against Bennet; former lieutenant governor Jane Norton, the GOP frontrunner for the Senate nomination, is launching a one-day ad that accuses Obama of creating "massive spending and debt" and urges him to balance the budget or "decline to seek re-election." While Obama is no longer the unquestioned force for political good he once was -- particularly in a swing state like Colorado, Bennet and his political team clearly believe the help Obama can bring -- rallying the base behind the incumbent, raising scads of cash -- outweigh the negatives.

2. In Washington, CPAC -- the yearly gathering of conservative activists and leaders -- gets under way today. The three-day conference attracts those interested in running for president like a bee to honey and this year's conference is no exception. Former governor Mitt Romney (Mass.), who dropped his candidacy for president during the 2008 CPAC gathering, speaks at 1:30 p.m. today. On Friday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks at 10 a.m. followed by Indiana Rep. Mike Pence at 11 a.m. The Saturday lineup features former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 8:30 a.m. and former House speaker Newt Gingrich addresses the crowd at 2 p.m. The biggest name in conservative circles -- former Alaska governor Sarah Palin -- won't attend but her presence is clearly being felt; on Friday at 2 p.m., there will be a panel entitled: "Going Rogue: Women changing the face of conservatism." The festivities will culminate with a 2012 straw poll, the winner of which will be announced at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The straw poll is largely meaningless but will still draw coverage -- including in this blog. Romney won the 2009 CPAC straw poll with 20 percent followed by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal with 13 percent, Palin and Texas Rep. Ron Paul each with 13 percent and Gingrich with 10 percent. No other candidate broke double digits. ALSO CLICK: The full CPAC speaking schedule.

3. Speaking of Palin, she continues to offer a series of scatter-shot endorsements via Facebook with Sean Duffy, former "Real World" star and current Republican candidate against Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wis.), the latest beneficiary. "In this election year, we'll see many daring Davids take on entrenched Goliaths. Just one of these many brave souls is a northern Wisconsin patriot named Sean Duffy," wrote Palin who urged her supporters to support a Duffy "moneybomb" as well. "Governor Palin recognizes that we can send a powerful message to Washington about fiscal responsibility by defeating Congress' biggest spender," Duffy said of the endorsement. Palin has backed a series of candidates in recent weeks -- the vast majority of whom (Sen. John McCain in Arizona, Gov. Rick Perry in Texas, businessman Rand Paul in Kentucky) face serious primary fights. Other candidates -- Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk comes to mind -- have solicited Palin's support unsuccessfully. What does a Palin endorsement get candidate? For people like McCain and Perry, it provides them with a sort of conservative stamp of approval as Palin is widely regarded as the leader of the party's base. For someone like Duffy, it means an outpouring of cash he almost certainly cannot collect otherwise. ALSO READ: Former Iowa Republican Party political director Craig Robinson's handicapping of the 2012 Iowa caucuses. And, yes, Palin holds the top spot.

4. New numbers from a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey aim to answer the most-asked question in politics these days: just how big is the tea party movement. The answer seems to be: bigger than you might think. Roughly half of the country knows enough about it to offer an opinion and of that group 35 percent support the tea party movement while 19 percent oppose it. In terms of active backing of the tea party movement the numbers are lower with two percent having donated money to a tea party organization, five percent having attended a tea party rally and seven percent having taken "any other active steps to support the tea party movement." These numbers come amid fresh evidence that the Republican establishment is doing everything it can to harness the passion of the tea parties in advance of the 2010 midterm elections. The latest example came Tuesday when Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele spent four hours meeting with tea party leaders on Capitol Hill. RNC communications director Doug Heye described the meeting as positive and said the tea partiers had requested future chats with Steele that he was working to make happen.

5. Wealthy Ohio car dealer Tom Ganley (R) is dropping his Senate primary challenge to former representative Rob Portman and instead will take on Rep. Betty Sutton (D), a major coup for Republicans. (The news was first reported by the Rothenberg Political Report's Nathan Gonzales.) National Democrats had made much of Ganley's candidacy against Portman, touting him as a serious challenger to the former congressman and Bush administration official due to the $1.6 million of his own money he put into the race. The truth was that Ganley -- in spite of his wealth -- was always a major longshot against Portman. With Ganley out, Portman's already considerable financial edge over Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) is likely to grow as the Republican can focus exclusively on collecting cash for the general election race. Ganley will transfer his $1 million plus campaign warchest into a House account to challenge Sutton who has held the 13th district since 2006. Although President Obama carried the district by 15 points in 2008, Republicans say they have a poll showing Ganley ahead of Sutton by three points although they wouldn't publicly release the numbers. Ganley's race-change puts another House seat in play in the Buckeye State, which is shaping up as the central battleground in the battle for control this fall. By our count, Republicans are targeting five districts (1st, 13th, 15th, 16th and 18th) and Democrats are going after Rep. Pat Tiberi in the 12th.

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Well, here we go again, MORE WASTEFUL SPENDING! Why don't they get it??? Another useless trip in the jet! We are paying for this. You'd think there would be more important issues for Obama to be focusing on!!! Our utility company just raised our rates 7%, CAN YOU HEAR US NOW???

Posted by: corvette1 | February 21, 2010 5:35 AM | Report abuse

You don't need 539. Dan Coats will cut through the bull for Indiana.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 19, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Well, when you find these 539 miracle candidates, you let me know.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 19, 2010 6:08 AM | Report abuse

President Obama campaigning for Senator Bennet is like throwing a drowning man a bowling ball.

Posted by: Chippewa | February 19, 2010 6:07 AM | Report abuse

elijah24:

It seems you are assuming that I am a Republican. I am a registered Independent. One thing we could do, if we got enough of us together, is only elect those who will follow-through on those promises, regardless of party.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 19, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

What do I think? I think you probably didnt care about those things when to presidents named George and one named Ron were in the White House, or when the GOP had control of congress.
As for my personal feelings: I think it's politically correct to say we want government to be transparent, but when it becomes transparent as much of the health-care fight has been, they see how ugly politics really is, then they get turned off to those doing the governing. The sausage-making analogy is incredibly apt here.
I think we should have access to see what goes on in our government if we want to, but it shouldn't be forced upon us. And that seems to be where we are with 4 24 hour news networks, a constant news feed on the internet, and even the most dim-witted celebrities weighing in on politics every time they find themselves in an interview.
but what can we really do about it?

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

What do you think about the extreme over-use of closed door negotiations, secret deals to buy votes, not enough time to read bills before votes are taken?

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Its a perversion of the intended use of this tool. The filibuster itself is not dirty. the extreme over-use of it is.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I doubt that the Dems do away with the filibuster when they face the very real possibility of being in the minority next year. Besides, it's not "dirty" either.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

How many times do we need to go through this, I never said it wasn't legal. I said it was dirty. And soon, I'll be able to say that it isn't legal. And the GOP will have nobody to blame but themselves.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Yep. Completely legal use of parlimentary procedure. The way you are complaining, you'd think we are back to Aaron Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton days.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Jake, I was doing my homework before, then i went to class. Now I'm home.
Check this out! look how many times a Republican appears on this list in the "filed by" column.

http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/reference/cloture_motions/111.htm

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

What?! I thought elijah24 said he was going to class? Kids these days ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama is down to $25 fundraisers ????

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

I bet it's not sold out either. the market has set the price accordingly. how much would you pay? you can tune in to cable anyday and see 3 or 4 different appearances. Talk about flooding the market. Boring!!!!!

Posted by: drivl | February 18, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The following is not on topic. It is simply a declaration that must be made. And maybe, just maybe, the sentiment I will express can unite us accross party lines. This is my hope.

ALGEBRA SUCKS! IT'S IDIOTIC! IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING THAT I WILL EVER DEAL WITH! IT SUCKS AND I HATE IT FROM THE DEEPEST, DARKEST MOST VIOLENT PART OF MY SOUL!

Thank you, and may God bless America.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

#1: Bennett is leading Ramanoff, but only by a 41%-27% margin. Not big enough to close the deal with an 8/10 primary. Right now, Jane Norton is leading Bennett 51%-37% and leading Romanoff by 45%-37% margin. This could give Romanoff an electiblity argument and the thought that he has experience in politics and governing as a campaign presser. Bennett needs Obama for cash and to try to coalase the Democratic establishment there in Colorodo for the Democratic primary. Word is, many of the Colorodo democratic establishment is not welcoming Obama and Romanoff is getting some establishment endorsements of his own in Colorodo. This primary is likely going to divide the Democratic party, giving Jane Norton a huge edge to win this seat. Democrats and Republicans did pretty well in recruiting governor's candidates, as it will be former US Rep. Scott McGinnis vs. Denver Mayor Hickenlooper, a good one in the making there.

#5: Another big victory for Rob Portman and congressional & Senate Republicans. Portman has coalased the Republican party behind him on the filing day of the primary. That's a huge victory with his cash edge now that he won't have to spend it, divide a party and a fight a primary. He has his party united going into a GE fight with the winner of a Democratic primary between LT. Gov. Fisher vs. Sec. of State Brunner. Also, Ganley gives Republicans a well funded candidate to unite behind against US Rep. Sutton. Republicans are going to compete hard for huge gains on a statewide level and congressional levels.

Posted by: reason5 | February 18, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

37th, how come when I argue a point I am being negative and ugly, but when you post the same arguments, with caps and space bar nonesense, over and over it is OK? Look in the mirror.

I think if you look at my posts today you will find that I have been brief, on topic and measured in my tone. Jake was repetedly and aggressively poking Elijah. I wanted to point out to Elijah that he would have to stop it if he wanted it to end.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 18, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Have I just thrown that charge around? I asked an honest question today about why there were so few black faces at tea-parties. I didn't accuse, but we both know that there is a racial element to them, as proven by the signes they carry, and the speeches they applaud, but I didn't bring that up. Stay on topic.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

No. No Corner, I will not grant any premise about compromise from a party that has fillibustered 140 times. I won't grant any primise about compromise from the party of a man who put a hold on EVERY SINGLE APPOINTMENT, until he got the bacon and ham for his state he was asking for, then complains that the President has to name "Czars" to fill in for the very appointments that Republicans hold hostage. I won't grant the "no compromise" premise of the party from whom only one person has voted for a health-care bill, when that bill would be of greater benefit to most of their states than ours. I won't grant the "no compromise" premise to a party whos own base, is picking off some of your best and brightest, Charlie Crist, Lindsay Graham, Dede Scozafava, because they are willing to compromise with Democrats.
You can turn the volume to 11 and shout from the top of the capital dome, but it wont change the fact that on the topic of willingness to compromise, Republicans do not have a leg to stand on.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

elijah24


Yea, well - but to be ready at a moment's notice to throw out false charges of racist against anyone who has a policy disagreement - that is a little out of control.


AND Obama's people started it in the primaries.


This is the kind of behavior which contributes to the gridlock in Washington, it doesn't break it.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 18, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Is it going to cost the American taxpayer more money to fly Obama to Colorado than they raise in the two fundraisers???


At this point we really have to start thinking about these rules.

It gets out of control.

Obama is down to $25 fundraisers ????


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 18, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Corner, The United States stole land from the Native Americans, many of whom were slaughtered in brutal ways even by slaughtering standards. Japanese Americans were placed in concentration camps during WWII. Black people were slaves. Not all of our history as a nation is honorable. Still we all love this country, and rightly take pride in the good things we have done.
The same is true of the Democratic Party. Not all of our history is honorable, but in my opinion, we are on the right side of history today.
You may not have noticed, but I rarely refer to myself as a Democrat, even though I am obviously affiliated with that party. Usually I refer to myself as a Liberal. If a day comes when the partys switch places as they have done many times in the past, I will switch parties. My loyalty is first to my country, and 2nd to the ideal country that I hope we become. My party affiliation is a means to that end.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

elijah24


The issues in 2001-2006 were the judges - and that involved whether the filibuster could actually evolve into a litmus test for the minority party on judges.


Then - I believe they wanted to limit the filibuster so they could not be used for appointments.


There was also a very practical problem because there were so many vacanies in the Court system.

Again, there has to be a great deal of compromise.


Which is what Obama campaigned on - this is the problem - Obama does not want a compromise health care bill which would be scaled back to a great extent - and probably would be far less costly.

So Obama has rejected the compromise.

Washington is gridlocked on putting through a far-left agenda.


But CHECKS AND BALANCES means that Washington SHOULD be gridlocked on that.


Go compromise on some centrist things and see how fast it goes through.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 18, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

elijah24


I didn't see your post at 2:16 while I was writing my post at 2:21


However, look at the filibusters - it wasn't just that one Congress in 95-96 that you refer to - the DEMOCRATES kept on going with the filibusters the whole way through.

AND I believe the DEMOCRATS really have to cool it on the racist stuff - due to the FACT that traditionally it is the DEMOCRATIC party that was the RACIST PARTY defending all the Jim Crow laws, and working with the KKK for decades.

The history is stunning if you are not familiar with it.

It is just wrong to complain about the Republicans' use of the filibuster when it is truly a play out of the democrats' playbook.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 18, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Because its never been used 140 times in 1 year before. and by the way, it was the GOP threatening to nuke it when they had the majority from 2001-2007. I think 140 filibusters were a ploy by Republicans to get us to come around to your way of thinking. I'm convinced.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

elijah24


Your position is getting ridiculous as I look at the numbers.

1) It was the DEMOCRATS who were invoking most of the filibusters in the 90s after the Republicans took control of Congress after 1994.


2) It was the DEMOCRATS who were invoking most of the filibusters in the 60s to stop the civil rights legislation.


WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ???

Your position is silly and outright wrong. Really can not help you on that.

I have no idea why you feel perfectly comfortable complaining about the filibuster when in reality it is a DEMOCRATIC STRATEGY.


Sorry pal.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 18, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

You're absolutely right, Corner. My mistake. The perils of multitasking. But I would go crazy if i only focused on my homework. I loath algebra.

MM, that may all be true, but he is engaging, and doing so with respect. As long as that is the case, I will return in kind.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers


Everyone here is sick of you making negative comments about other posters.


Then YOU complain about the state of the board.


Stop bothering other posters - stick to the issues -

AND if you are at work at a federal building, you are breaking the law by posting partisan remarks on this board.

So please stop doing that.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 18, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse


elijah writes


The highest number of any previous congress was 84 by the 104th congress (95-96) Wanna guess which party had the majority then?


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The Republicans were in control of Congress 95- 96

You are making the opposite point of what you want.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 18, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"Virtually every major country superstar appeared on Hee Haw at one time or another – Charley Pride..."

http://www.tv.com/hee-haw/show/1784/summary.html

Charley Pride was a black country western singer.

Elijah, arguing with Jaked is a fool's errand. He really thinks that jamming-up Obama is good governance and is a credit to the GOP. He really wants to pin you down on that 2% thing because it's important. He really thinks that his longevity as a poster here is a badge of some kind. He really think muslims should fly on their own planes. He really wants to be able to shoot homosexual soldiers. He thinks he's being clever when he gets food from his local charity pantry. That's what you are arguing with.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 18, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

elijah24


Again the Obama people have NO IDEA what they are talking about - and their lack of experience and lack of knowledge is silly.


The reason there were fewer filibusters was because BOTH sides sat down, talked to each other AND COMPROMISED AHEAD OF TIME.


The bills that were brought to the floor of the Senate, the leadership knew they would go through the closure votes.

AGAIN - if you do not understand - the reason that there were fewer filibusters is that the MAJORITY PARTY WAS COMPROMISING AND MADE SURE IT HAD THE VOTES AHEAD OF TIME.

Your position is wrong, and pretty silly. Blame Obama, who said he was going to fix all of that - that is what he said before he got elected - YOU ARE BLAMING THE REPUBLICANS FOR NOT DOING OBAMA'S JOB FOR HIM.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 18, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

See you after class.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is more amorphous than you might think - I can just imagine that the people at the center are the traditional far-right of the Republicans - the same ones you have seen at meetings for years - I don't think you have too many new people in that core.


Outside of there, there are supporters which are massive - but not so active.

This movement is going to ride the wave of anger - are all these people on board with a specific set of political ideals ?

NO, not even close.

If the Obama people try to figure it out, it will leave their heads spinning. The best thing Obama can do is adhere to his campaign pledges and abandon his far-left zany wacky agenda.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 18, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

yes, Jake. To GOVERN responsibly. That means to move forward. To do so thoughtfully, carefully, and as wisely as possible. But to move forward. Not to do nothing.
I realize that some things have gotten through. But 140 did get fillibustered. So who fillibustered more bills than the last 2 congresses combined?
I wanna get you the research on this, but i need to do my algebra right now. I'll post the research tonight after class.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney from CPAC:

"It is right and praiseworthy to say no to bad things," noting that Republican opposition to cap and trade, the Employee Free Choice Act and Obamacare were in line with the opposition of the American people to such proposals. "You see, we conservatives don't have a corner on saying 'no'", Romney said. "We're just the ones who say it when it is the right thing to do."

AMEN!

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

first "not" should have been "to" (darn Spellchecker ; )

I also have no problem giving black (or 18 year old) men the right to vote.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The job of the government is not govern RESPONSIBLY or, if others in government are not, to prevent them from doing damage as much as possible. Obamacare is a perfect example of this principle in action. That being said, I provided you a DOZEN Senate bills / confirmations from this year alone. Did you see that?

I therefore reject your premise that "everything" is being filibustered, or that nothing is getting done. Even if there was a complete government shut-down, a la Newt Gingrich vs. Clinton, that would be fine with me. As I recall, however, some DEMOCRATS like Nelson from Nebraska have delayed Obamacare too. So that would be my answer to your question.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Of course we agree on that, But that only illustrates my point that we need your side. But I could answer that with questions of whether it was wrong to give black people and women the right to vote. Which would support the point that we also need mine.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure the job of a DA or a CSI is not to murder, but to catch the people who do. The job of government is to govern. Who exactly is fillibustering all of these bills, Jake? If not Republicans, who? In a congress that is nearly 60% Democrat and a President who is also a Democrat, who exacltly is doing it.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The question is whether the case outweighs out RADIOACTIVE OBAMA IS NOW.


It depends on how much you need the cash I suppose.

At this point, Bennet's opponents are happy to take the tie-in to Obama.


Obama needs to cut out the public appearance, cut out the speeches about bogus issues - and get to work.

I don't see Obama working - for health care to be such a high priority -

what work did Obama do on it?


It appears that much of the work was delegated out - why were most of the bipartisan negotiations delegated to Sen Max Baucus ? I'm not saying any against Baucus - rather Im saying he appears to have been the ONLY ONE in negotiations with the Republicans - and Obama was MIA.

Obama was in the Senate - however Obama seemed to be on the outside when then bill was going through the Senate - Obama HAD NO RELATIONSHIPS WITH REPUBLICANS WHICH HE COULD RELY ON.


Obama is a complete disaster.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 18, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Prior (honest) question:

"Would it have been 'highly detrimental to the good of their nation' let alone the world, if Hindenburg had not appointed Adolf Hitler chancellor of Germany?"

If we can't even agree on that, there's no use discussing this side topic anymore.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

elijah24:

As I noted (do you need the link to Senate.gov?) the Republicans are NOT filibustering everything. BTW: should DA's and CSI "find another line of work" if they aren't willing to murder?

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

No surprise that drindl cannot tell the difference between "speechifying" and actually "governing".

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

As I said in an earlier post: We need Liberals to make us evolve, and Conservatives to make sure we don't mutate. Change can be progress or regress. Evolution or mutation. But that which does not addapt, dies. For that reason, Stagnation is not an option. The GOP should absolutely make their cases, and try to stop the bad ideas from becomming bad legislation. But they are going much farther than that. The 110th congress has fillibustered almost 140 bills. The highest number of any previous congress was 84 by the 104th congress (95-96) Wanna guess which party had the majority then?
While filibustering everything, the GOP has the nerve to whine about Democrats not being bipartisan. If Conservatives really think government is bad, maybe they should choose another line of work.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

And here's that shiny clean Dan Coats --champion of helping foreign corporations write our laws:

Lobbyist Dan Coats---Following the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, the “floodgates” have opened for enhanced corporate spending on elections. As ThinkProgress has reported, foreign-owned subsidiaries and foreign shareholders in American corporations are preparing to pour their resources into defeating and electing candidates of their choice.

While Democrats in Congress have already put forward proposals to develop clean elections, the GOP is largely championing the new status quo of limitless power for corporations. Guiding corporations into this new uncharted territory of election law, lobbyists and specialized law firms have stepped up to the plate.

Among lobbying shops offering post-Citizens United assistance to corporate clients is a firm called King and Spalding, the firm of Indiana GOP Senate candidate Dan Coats. King and Spalding recently released a document promising to corporate clients:

New Opportunities for Corporations to Engage in Election Campaigns: [...] Citizens United provides corporations with the ability to engage in the political process in dynamic ways. [...] While not every corporation will want to buy advertisements that simply ask the public to vote for or against a candidate, every corporation should view the Citizens United decision as providing new tools to assist it in advancing policies and legislation that are in its shareholders’ interests.

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

This is how dumb and infantile 'conservatives' are:

Picking up Sarah Palin’s lead, this morning’s speakers at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) repeatedly made fun of President Obama and his use of teleprompters. Many conservatives apparently haven’t gotten tired of this well-worn, hollow joke, with conference attendees laughing and applauding each time:

– “We were watching all the images of that winter weather — this extraordinary blizzard — that even impacted government. … The President couldn’t find anywhere to set up a teleprompter to announce new taxes.” — Florida U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio

– “I think we’ve confirmed you can’t govern from a teleprompter.” — Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)

Ironically, DeMint and Rubio were standing in front of a teleprompter…while they were bashing Obama’s teleprompter.

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

'It must be white with a flush mechanism attached?

Posted by: drivl |"

if you're floating in it, it must be.

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

elijah24:

Would it have been "highly detrimental to the good of their nation" let alone the world, if Hindenburg had not appointed Adolf Hitler chancellor of Germany? A government that works for evil is hardly one I want to support let alone actively participate in. As you admitted, not all change is progress, so evolution ain't all it's cracked up to be either.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

1) What's necessarily "evil" about log-jams?
A)They aren't "evil". They are, however, highly detrimental to the good of our nation. We need a government that works. We need to evolve. Not all change is progress, but we cant afford to stagnate either.
2) Are you sure there was more than 2% of "dark faces" on Hee-Haw?
A)I barely remember Hee-Haw. I was just using it as an example of a show with few if any dark faces. That was one of the few things i do vaguely remember about it.
3) You haven't been reading here as long as I've been posting, have you?
I have only been posting on here since September (I think) so probably not.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

bowl of Drindl.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.

It must be white with a flush mechanism attached?

Posted by: drivl | February 18, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

elijah24 (my pending questions to you):

1) What's necessarily "evil" about log-jams?

2) Are you sure there was more than 2% of "dark faces" on Hee-Haw?

3) You haven't been reading here as long as I've been posting, have you?

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Ick! There's this piece of drivl floating in my nice bowl of Drindl.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

THE BIGGEST THING THIS PIECE OF SHXT HAS DONE IN THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS, THATT IS ""12 MONTHS"" IS WASTE ""MILLIONS OF DOLLAR "" MAKING USELESS TRIPS THROUGH OUT THE COUNTRY DOING NOTHING. JUST LIKE WHAT THIS USELESS FUCH HAS DONE THIS YEAR.

Posted by: otisplumber | February 18, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Nobody cares what you think, Joke. that's been amply proven.


"Who's On The 2012 Straw Poll Ballot?
6 minutes ago

The 11 GOPers on the list are Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and South Dakota Sen. John Thune.
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Look, it's a Wonder Bread lineup!

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

drindl:

It's not that hard proving your hypocrisy as to post totals.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Nothing else to do, hey drivel? Slow day in the lockdown?

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Of course I can "change my mind". You haven't been reading here as long as I've been posting, but I once considered supporting Obama's campaign (even donated money) and then McCain. I ended up voting for the other African-American candidate running for President.

BTW: McConnell is not "filibuster[ing] everything". Here are the last 21 roll-call votes:

00021 09-Feb PN634 Confirmation Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit

00020 04-Feb PN393 Confirmation Martha N. Johnson, of Maryland, to be Administrator of General Services

00019 04-Feb PN393 On the Cloture Motion Agreed to Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Martha A. Johnson to be Administrator of General Services Administration

00018 04-Feb PN319 Confirmation M. Patricia Smith, of New York, to be Solicitor for the Department of Labor.

00017 01-Feb PN319 On the Cloture Motion Agreed to Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of M. Patricia Smith, to be Solicitor for the Department of Labor

00016 28-Jan PN959 Confirmation Ben S. Bernanke To Be Chairman Of The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

00015 28-Jan PN959 On the Cloture Motion Agreed to Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Ben S. Bernanke, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve

00014 28-Jan H.J.Res. 45 On the Joint Resolution Agreed to H. J. Res. 45 As Amended; A joint resolution increasing the statutory limit on the public debt.

00013 28-Jan H.J.Res. 45 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3299 Agreed to Reid Amdt. No. 3299 As Amended; In the nature of a substitute.

00012 28-Jan H.J.Res. 45 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3305 Agreed to Reid Amdt. No. 3305; To reimpose statutory pay-as-you-go.

00011 28-Jan H.J.Res. 45 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3308 Rejected Sessions Amdt. No. 3308; To reduce the deficit by establishing 5-year discretionary spending caps.

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00010 28-Jan H.J.Res. 45 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3309 Rejected Brownback Amdt. No. 3309; To establish a Commission on Congressional Budgetary Accountability and Review of Federal Agencies.

00009 26-Jan H.J.Res. 45 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3303 Rejected Coburn Amdt. No. 3303, Division IV; To rescind $120 billion in Federal spending by consolidating duplicative government programs, cutting wasteful Washington spending, and returning billions of dollars of unspent money.

00008 26-Jan H.J.Res. 45 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3303 Rejected Coburn Amdt. No. 3303, Division III; To rescind $120 billion in Federal spending by consolidating duplicative government programs, cutting wasteful Washington spending, and returning billions of dollars of unspent money.

00007 26-Jan H.J.Res. 45 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3303 Rejected Coburn Amdt. No. 3303, Division II; To rescind $120 billion in Federal spending by consolidating duplicative government programs, cutting wasteful Washington spending, and returning billions of dollars of unspent money.

00006 26-Jan H.J.Res. 45 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3303 Agreed to Coburn Amdt. No. 3303, Division I; To rescind $120 billion in Federal spending by consolidating duplicative government programs, cutting wasteful Washington spending, and returning billions of dollars of unspent money.

00005 26-Jan H.J.Res. 45 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3302 Rejected Conrad Amdt. No. 3302; To establish a Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action, to assure the long-term fiscal stability and economic security of the Federal Government of the United States, and to expand future prosperity and growth for all Americans.

00004 26-Jan H.J.Res. 45 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3300 Agreed to Baucus Amdt. No. 3300 as Modified; To protect Social Security.

00003 25-Jan PN1077 Confirmation Rosanna Malouf Peterson, of Washington, to be U.S. District Judge

00002 21-Jan H.J.Res. 45 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3301 Rejected Thune Amdt. No. 3301; To terminate authority under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and for other purposes.

00001 20-Jan PN635 Confirmation Beverly Baldwin Martin, of Georgia, to be U.S. Circuit Judge.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

"Immediate action" as in another 9/11 attack or worse? At this point, I don't want anyone to cooperate with Obama anymore. You may think that paints "true believers" as irrational fanatics..."

That is EXACTLY what i think. You can't even comprehind the possibility that you might ever be wrong about anything at all. If that isn't irrational, i dont know what is.

Fanatic (fan a' tic) noun. 1. one who cant change his/her mind, and won't change the subject.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I was going to make fun of the whole Mount Vernon nonsense, in which all the same frauds who brought you the last eight years got together and wrapped themselves up in the Constitution then went out for filets and drinks, but Daniel Larison seems to have it covered ok:

" I cannot object to the statement that the “federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.” This is true. However, I have no idea why the organizers of this gathering think that anyone will believe their professions of constitutionalism after enabling or acquiescing in some of the most grotesque violations of constitutional republican government in the last forty years.

If constitutional conservatism means anything, it has to mean that the executive branch does not have wide, sweeping, inherent powers derived from the President’s (temporary) military role. It has to mean that all these conservatives will start arguing that the President cannot wage wars on his own authority, and they will have to argue this no matter who occupies the Oval Office. It has to mean unwavering conservative hostility to the mistreatment of detainees, and it has to mean that conservatives cannot accept the detention of suspects without charge, access to counsel or recourse to some form of judicial oversight.

Obviously, constitutional conservatives could in no way tolerate or overlook policies of indefinite detention or the abuse of detainees. They would have to drive out the authoritarians among them, and rediscover a long-lost, healthy suspicion of concentrated power, especially power concentrated in the hands of the executive.'

Until we see these basic demonstrations of fidelity to constitutional principle from the would-be constitutional conservatives of this Mount Vernon meeting, we should assume that this is little more than a new ruse designed to rile up activists and donors during a Democratic administration in order to breathe new life into a moribund and bankrupt movement."

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Not Again. I left my sewer cleaning boots at my other house.

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Posted by: drivl | February 18, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama coming to help. Bye Bye Mr. Bennet

Posted by: thehamptons1 | February 18, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama going to CO to campaign for Benett? After VA, NJ and MA Obama has an 0-3 record. Is Benett nuts?

Posted by: gman6 | February 18, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama going to CO to campaign for Benett? After VA, NJ and MA Obama has an 0-3 record. Is Benett nuts?

Posted by: gman6 | February 18, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"Immediate action" as in another 9/11 attack or worse? At this point, I don't want anyone to cooperate with Obama anymore. You may think that paints "true believers" as irrational fanatics, but (as I said re: log-jams) there have been many mistakes in past history where the outcomes simply could not have been worse had the principled opposition stood their ground.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"A tea party gathering in Asotin County, Washington turned more than a bit ugly on Saturday when a featured speaker actually called for the hanging of Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash), the fourth ranking Democrat in the Senate and a vulnerable re-election candidate.

"How many of you have watched the movie Lonesome Dove?," asked an unidentified female speaker from the podium. "What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd? What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd. He got hung. And that's what I want to do with Patty Murray."

I think the more people see of this kind of stuff, the uglier they will realize the TPers are.

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Jake,
So then you agree with my assessment of "True Belivers"?

You won't agree with me, but my concern is this: What happens if something happens requiring immediate action from congress, for the good of our country? Will Mitch McConnell continue to fillibuster everything, even when he knows it is for the best? Will our govrnment just stop?

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade @1054, I think that the Tea Party is also like News Analyst Sarah Palin in that the more a voter knows about it the less the voter likes it. Right now people are seeing what they hope to see when they look at them. You would think that slightly attended convention might have persuaded people that that pond (TP and SP)is pretty shallow.

I think that the next few days will show us whether or not the Grand Old Party, in the guise of CPAC, can swallow the Tea Party whole. If it can't, they will have a lot of contested primaries on their hands.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 18, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

koolkat_1960:

I thought that you were leaving?

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"Tommy, I have looked at footage of Tea Parties in Atlanta, DC, Washington, Austin, Indianapolis, Charlotte, St.Paul and I went to one in my city of St.Louis. and I will tell you that there is no way in he11 that 20% of any one of those crowds was anything but white. Not 10%. not even 5%. Maybe, on the outside, maybe 2% of any of the audiences I have seen at a tea party have been anything but white."

And those are tea parties in major metropolitan areas with substantial black populations.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 18, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

OK, elijah24, so you yourself have seen "dark faces" there. So much for your "honest" question, "[n]ot intended to insult anyone". Are you sure there was more than 2% of "dark faces" on Hee-Haw. I can only think of one. Perhaps you can't see them because you are blind.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

"A tea party gathering in Asotin County, Washington turned more than a bit ugly on Saturday when a featured speaker actually called for the hanging of Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash), the fourth ranking Democrat in the Senate and a vulnerable re-election candidate.

"How many of you have watched the movie Lonesome Dove?," asked an unidentified female speaker from the podium. "What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd? What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd. He got hung. And that's what I want to do with Patty Murray."

How long before one of these freaking nutbags actually murders a congressperson? You know it's only a matter of time.

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Tea Party activists in the crowd were not pleased, with one telling Hatch, “I think you guys are as out of touch as you can get.”

Hatch’s comments reflect a growing divide among Republicans about how to deal with the Tea Party. Karl Rove writes today, “The Republican Party and the tea party movement have many common interests right now. But they are, and should remain, distinct from one another.” But some party leaders, like Hatch, are pushing in the opposite direction. Sarah Palin, for instance, said, “we have a two-party system, they’re going to have to pick a party and run one or the other: ‘R’ or ‘D’.”

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

markypolo:

Not to mention the government-run hospital that "accidentally" killed Rep. Murtha (D-PA). Where's scrivener50 when you need him?!

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

At a town hall event in Utah last night, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) warned Tea Party activists that they should work with the GOP, or risk electing liberals:

“If we fractionalize the Republican Party, we are going to see more liberals elected,” Hatch warned a crowd of 300 at a town meeting at American Fork Junior High School on Wednesday night, amid jeers from Tea Party supporters.

Hatch blamed the Tea Party movement for the loss of Sen. Gordon Smith, a politically moderate but fiscally conservative Republican from Oregon.

Hatch said if the Tea Party had not backed a constitutionalist candidate in that race, Brown wouldn’t have lost to Democrat Jeff Merkley."

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Tommy, I have looked at footage of Tea Parties in Atlanta, DC, Washington, Austin, Indianapolis, Charlotte, St.Paul and I went to one in my city of St.Louis. and I will tell you that there is no way in he11 that 20% of any one of those crowds was anything but white. Not 10%. not even 5%. Maybe, on the outside, maybe 2% of any of the audiences I have seen at a tea party have been anything but white.
BTW, you can make your snarky comments about Olberman's ratings if you want. Just because nobody who watches Fox News 24/7 would ever consider watching MSNBC, doesn't mean that nobody watches MSNBC. A world outside of your worldview, does exist.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

' yet Americans are dumber than EVER!'

... as proved by your post.

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

BTW, for all you FOOLS that think ObamaCare will be cheaper than what you pay now, let me challenge you to cite ONE case where a Government law OR Intervention has, was or related into a lower cost to the American taxpayer???? Example? The COST of education keeps skyrocketing yet Americans are dumber than EVER!

Posted by: markypolo | February 18, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Whether or not you support President Obama's policies, one thing is becoming increasingly obvious: He simply lacks competence. The best indicator of this is his ineffectiveness in accomplishing any of his own objectives. His first year in office resembles the career of a quarterback who never completes a pass. His list of failures is all too familiar -- health care reform, closing Guantánamo, cap-and-trade, and so on. He has failed to accomplish any of his self-identified top priorities. Other than getting himself elected, he appears to have a very limited range of abilities.
Nevertheless, the fact that the most powerful man in the world is incompetent does not make for a good situation. Unfortunately, he is in a position to do major damage, and he has, in fact, already done so. His poorly conceived economic policies have unnecessarily prolonged and deepened the recession. His foreign policy missteps have jeopardized our national security.

Mr. Obama has surrounded himself with similarly incompetent personnel. Ann Coulter has described Joe Biden as "Obama's assassination insurance." A president's press secretary is his public spokesman and primary interface with the press. You have to wonder what possessed Obama to hire someone like Robert Gibbs for that position. Mr. Gibbs is not an impressive persona, to put it mildly. Numerous other cabinet members have also been an embarrassment.
What is the probability that Mr. Obama will "grow in office" and develop competence? It's not high. After the president gratuitously trashed his city for the second time, the mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, observed that "the president is a real slow learner."


Mr. Obama seems to be immune to feedback. In fact, he brags about his stubbornness and refusal to give up on Obamacare in the face of overwhelming public disapproval and the high cost of prolonging a hopeless endeavor. The change candidate is himself unwilling to change.


Although Mr. Obama's incompetence will persist, other important corrective steps are already underway. Conservatives are more energized and motivated now than perhaps at any time in memory. We may very well see a Democrat electoral bloodbath in November. Judging from how much fun Scott Brown's victory was for conservatives, it could be a time to cherish

Posted by: drivl | February 18, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Yes, drindl, even PRESIDENTS Nixon and Clinton got to keep that title as a matter of respect.

elijah24:

What's necessarily "evil" about log-jams? Too bad there weren't such log-jams when mistakes were made. Without such log-jams now, yes, I believe that the United States will suffer dire consequences if the Dems stay in power. Yes, those of us opposed to abortion, same-sex "marriage", etc. have a responsibility to make sure that doesn't happen by whatever legal means are necessary. And YES (that's what I got paid to do for my career) we push the limits of what means are legal.

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Thank You Mr. Obama for wasting more of MY tax dollars to campaign for your Democrat cronies.

Posted by: markypolo | February 18, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"More from the report:

Last year, as working families struggled with rising health care costs and a recession, the five largest health insurance companies - WellPoint, UnitedHealth Group, Cigna, Aetna, and Humana - took in combined profits of $12.2 billion, up 56 percent over 2008.

These health insurance companies' profits grew even as nominal GDP decreased by 1 percent over this same time period.

And recent data show that the CEOs of America's five largest insurers were each compensated up to $24 million in 2008.

The report lays out the case for reform and specifically how the bills passed by the House and Senate would demand transparency from insurers so they would need to account for administrative costs and profits as well as justify premium increases."

Wonder how the TPers are going to feel when their insurance premiums start going up 20% every year?

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"#6 - Ezra Klein has a post detailing the foolishness of dividing the cost of the stimulus package by the number of claimed jobs. One chart in particular is interesting. The economy was declining rapidly when the package was enacted. Since then it's a straight line upwards in growth:"

I swear, conservative pundits are the dumbest people alive. Did it not cross any of their minds that you have to pay for the raw materials for these projects?? Obviously there's deeper analysis, but just the fact that this superficial thinking has escaped them.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 18, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Elijah24,
In responde to your question, where are all the "dark faces" during the tea parties? Having attended 2 Tea Parties, the very first in Chicago and another recent one in New Lenox IL, the crowd was about 20% African American, 20% Latino, and 60% White. The Speakers at both events were about 30% minority.

Now if you watch footage of a Teaparty in say Nebraska or Kansas, you are not going to see as many "dark faces" as you put it. I'm glad I could finally answer that question for you. =)

By the way, nobody answered Kieth Olberman's question because he has about the same number of viewers as reruns of the show "Hee Haw" you mentioned.

Posted by: TommyHolly | February 18, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

"Among its specific findings:

Anthem of Connecticut requested an increase of 24 percent last year, which was rejected by the state.

Anthem in Maine had an 18.5-percent premium increase rejected by the state last year as being "excessive and unfairly discriminatory" - but is now requesting a 23-percent increase this year.

In 2009, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan requested approval for premium increases of 56 percent for plans sold on the individual market.

Regency Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon requested a 20-percent premium increase.
UnitedHealth, Tufts, and Blue Cross requested 13- to 16-percent rate increases in Rhode Island.

And rates for some individual health plans in Washington increased by up to 40 percent until Washington State imposed stiffer premium regulations.

The report finds that "[w]hile rising health care costs is a known problem with our broken health care system, some of the premium increases requested by insurance companies are 5 to 10 times larger than the growth rate in national health expenditures."

It also seizes on an issue the administration has been pushing in recent weeks, saying that while prices went up, so did profits and CEO pay.

"[P]rofits for the ten largest insurance companies increased 250 percent between 2000 and 2009, ten times faster than inflation," the report finds."

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Well OFF He goes to Colorado and Nevada...Chalk TWO More RED States in the Winning Column!!! Let's have him go to FL, Del, Ill, Missouri, NEXT! then Ct, NH, ...NEXT.

Posted by: redhawk2 | February 18, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Something important CC is not covering:

"Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today will release a new report showing more dramatic health insurance premium increases are proposed in Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington.

Keying off the Obama administration's recent probe into a planned 39 percent rate hike from Anthem Blue Cross in California, Sebelius will detail large increases in six other states and say that given record insurer profits, health care reform has never been more urgent.

At 11:30 a.m. today, Sebelius will release the report, obtained by TPMDC and titled "Insurance Companies Prosper, Families Suffer: Our Broken Health Insurance System."

It finds that Anthem's rate increase (now delayed until May) is "not unique" and that experts say premiums will keep rising.

The report quotes National Association of Insurance Commissioners officials predicting the nation will "see rate increases of 20, 25, 30 percent."

"These massive increases are disturbing examples of the problems that make reforming our health insurance system more important than ever," the report states."

And keep in mind it's insurance companies THEMSELVES that are predicitng these increases.

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

For comic relief.
For the sake of us who are slow on the up take let us review what we think is happening here.
Barry essentially takes a kick back or as it is known is some circles a bribe for $5 grand meanwhile back at the City Council they earmark payoffs to the tune of $147 million and no one knows where the money went! I thought that Congress was involved in overseeing DC government? Maybe not went it comes to spending money.
Now it is interesting that EACH and EVERY member of the Council also receives a salary, credit card, travel money and $100,000 in a personal account and another $350,000 for more staff and offices that are NOT subject to audit or control. Sweet!~
How is it that they each need additional offices and staffs when they can walkout of the building and see their voters? I thought the offices they have at the Council were for that?
No wonder they are ticked at Barry he is forcing exposure of these people and the legal theft they are doing.
Note: Barry will be in office until he decides to quit or dies.

Now the only remaining question is how do I get part of this deal?

Posted by: KBlit | February 18, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

i see 'moonbat' morphed into 'drivel' at 10:51, BB. do you suppose there's a physical transition, like a werewolf?

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

In case anyone wants to read the source material Zouk ripped off in his 10:51 a.m. post, you can read the full article at:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/02/king_had_a_dream_but_blacks_no.html

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Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 18, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Now that a lot of the conservatives and Tea Party People are here, I'm gonna repeat this:

I realize that among the tea-party crowd, the name "Keith Olberman" is about as popular the name "Bill Buckner" is with Red Sox nation. Still, he asked a question the other night to which, I have yet to hear anyone answer. Perhaps, the people on this blog can help me out. It's an honest question. Not intended to insult anyone. But one to which I would really like to see an answer The question is this: for all the Populist rhetoric in the Tea Parties, Where are all the dark faces? surely there are black people who oppose government overreach. Surely there are latinos in this country who are all for pulling ones self up by our boot-straps. Who fear deficit spending and any move in the direction of what you percive as socialism. But when I watch your rallies, on TV, I've seen a higher percentage of dark faces on Hee-Haw. If you really do represent the people, why is it that only white people seem to be represented? And if I'm wrong about that, why cant I see them.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

#6 - Ezra Klein has a post detailing the foolishness of dividing the cost of the stimulus package by the number of claimed jobs. One chart in particular is interesting. The economy was declining rapidly when the package was enacted. Since then it's a straight line upwards in growth:

Q1 -4.5% (stimulus enacted)
Q2 -0.5%
Q3 +2.3%
Q4 +6.1%

Sure, it didn't work. Mmmm hmmm.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/02/bad_stimulus_math.html?hpid=topnews

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Interesting post, MM. The seat may die with its holder.

I don't think #4 is that much of a shock. Basically it means most Republicans and some conservative independents support an ill defined protest movement. The 2% - 7% numbers are more representative of its actual support. I wonder how many TPers are former Paulites.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 18, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

When was the last time you heard anyone express outrage over the fact that up to half of the black kids in major cities are high school dropouts? Black America is in a state of crisis, and not only are we being ignored by those for whom we vote, but we are also being ignored by the press and the "civil rights movement". For the last seventy years, liberals have asked blacks to elect and empower them so that they could defend us from racist conservatives who were trying to keep us down.

Posted by: drivl | February 18, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

CPAC's Take On Torture: Ha Ha
2 minutes ago

When Marco Rubio said in his keynote address that America will capture terrorists and try them before military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, a man in the crowd yelled, "And waterboard 'em!"

Rubio laughed. "And get useful information from them," he said, laughing.

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse


And Another!
23 minutes ago

Florida Senate hopeful and conservative darling Marco Rubio makes another teleprompter joke at the beginning of his speech, saying the blizzard stopped President Obama from finding a spot to set up his teleprompter. Zing!
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29 minutes ago

It's 9:57 a.m. on Day One of CPAC and we have our first teleprompter joke, folks!

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"Robert Davi, the narrator of Carly Fiorina's Demon Sheep web video, will be introducing Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) at CPAC this afternoon at 2 p.m. ET."

haven't seen Demon Sheep yet? You gotta! It's hilarious, like a scary cartoon for children...


http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/02/ca-sen-candidate-fiorina-unleashes-demon-sheep-

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Jake, "evil" might have been too strong a word to use for you. but I do think that as a rule, "true believers" think that The United States will suffer dire consequences, if the opposition party is in power. And that they therefore have a responsibility to make sure that doesnt happen by whatever legal means are necessary. And often, they feel justified to push the limits of what means are legal.
It's a fine line that seperates partisanship, from true believer(ship?). I am very partisan. I am a liberal on almost every issue. And I feel that the more liberal our leaders, the better off our nation. But I also accept that I am not right about everything. I believer that liberals are charged with the task of evolving our nation. Finding the flaws in our culture and correcting them.
But Conservatives have the equally important task for making sure that we don't go too far. Making sure our evolution isn't replaced by mutation.
These two rolles are critical and the sides can work well together, provided that each accepts that the other is acting in good faith. But when one side ceases to act in good faith, either in reality or in perception, the true-believers become too powerful and they grind govrnment to a halt. This is how we get log-jams like the one we are in now.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I was going to surf over to koshufffiredog. Now I see I don't have to. She has arrived.

Beats having a thought I guess.

As if.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 18, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Does a Governor who quits the job capriciously and without reason, get to retain the title 'Governor"? Seriously? Does everyone gt to keep that, even if they did not serve out their terms honorably?

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

CC -- you forgot to mention a couple of big events at CPAC today.

There's 'Bowling with Mitt' and 'Late Night with TPaw.'

No, I'm not kidding.

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Don't think most intelligent people would consider rising inflation and unemployment as either mindless or irrelevant.

But you seem to be.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 18, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I see moonbat has 4 posts up already. Starting so early he ought to break 1000 today... of course he will switch over to 'drivel' at noon... does he become 'snobama' or zouk after dark? i never look.

Posted by: drindl | February 18, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

elijah24 (just in case you missed my answer to your question on the prior thread):

"I don't think that your side is evil. Take abortion, for instance, those who knowingly abort unborn children who they consider human life are "evil" but the rest of you are tragically misinformed or misinforming. Does that help explain my position?"

Posted by: JakeD2 | February 18, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Could someone please explain why the taxpayers of this country are funding Obama's trip to Colorado to raise money for another Democrat? Shouldn't the costs be billed to Bennett's campaign? I realize it has been happening for years and Obama is not the only one that has done it, but the taxpayers should not have to pay these costs. Start adding up all these trips to campaign for fellow party members and it adds up to tens of millions that can be better used elsewhere--like reducing the debt.

Posted by: kavalair | February 18, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Mark and Blarg, thank you for examining the numbers in that poll more carefully. It starts to look like the Fix has cherry-picked data from a poll that kinda cherry-picked voters.

Since 4 out of 4 people in my house will be having chili tonight for dinner I could send up some Chili-pumping headlines of my own and build a Big Wave for Chili.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 18, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

The loony Left is calling for a third party, because they sense a soft gooey center. The answer is to expose the radical fringe among them.

Posted by: RayOne | February 18, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

The CNN poll has 64% of voters claiming to support a 3rd party for president. In 2008, the two major candidates received 98.58% of the vote. The Libertarian, Constitution, Green, American Independent, etc. parties split less than 1.5% of the vote. 64% of voters may claim to support a 3rd party, but almost nobody actually does.

The poll doesn't show that the Tea Party is "bigger than you might think". 2% gave money, 5% attended a rally. That's a minuscule segment of voters, especially when you factor in the 3% margin of error. Why are 5% of voters being given so much media attention?

The poll then delves into the demographics of people who claim to be part of the Tea Party movement. The original poll was 1000 people. 11% said that they've taken action to support the Tea Party. (According to the article on CNN; I don't see that in the poll.) So the demographics are based on a sample of ~110 people! That's ludicrous. You can't draw any conclusions from a sample that size.

Posted by: Blarg | February 18, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Moonbat forgot one important question in his teaser for todays brawl:
Will Moonbat say anything with substance? or will he stick to his usual vitriolic, irrelevent, mindless chatter?

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Inflation up.

Jobless claims up.

Happy anniversary porkulus.

Liberalism working as expected.

Oh wait, I found two guys with jobs. Ralph and Steve.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 18, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I would think that no one would want to have Odumbo stump for them....he was poison in NJ, VA, and recently, even in Chappaquiddick's old state (MA).

Posted by: tjhall1 | February 18, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse


ATTENTION PENTAGON / WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS:

Help expose the government scandal that makes Watergate look like just another black bag job. Ask Obama administration officials these two questions:

1. Has the U.S. government deployed a cell tower- mounted microwave weapon system capable of attacking, impairing, or injuring human beings?

2. Is any government agency investigating reports that this system has been used against American citizens?

And don't be waved off by character assassination and disinformation.

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
OR
www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 (see articles list)

NOW IT'S OBAMA'S GESTAPO USA. WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA ACT?
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 18, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I hear Tiger Woods is slotted to be the new family ethics czar for Obama. He will begin with, what else, a national apology tour.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 18, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

News from the Murtha front:

The candidate who succeeds the late Rep. John P. Murtha (D., Pa.) in a special election this spring might not want to buy a home in Washington. That's because demographers estimate that Pennsylvania will lose at least one seat in the decennial reapportionment of House seats among the states after the 2010 Census - and some political analysts believe the 12th District would be an easy target for state lawmakers reshuffling boundaries before the 2012 elections.

Murtha's district, which looks somewhat like a crustacean spread over parts of nine counties, was itself gerrymandered into existence to save his job a decade ago, after the Census determined that Pennsylvania would lose two representatives because of sluggish population growth relative to other states.
Even Republicans - who then controlled the state House, Senate, and governor's office - did not want to lose Murtha or the billions of dollars he steered to Pennsylvania as chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee in charge of defense spending.

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/home_top_stories/20100218_Murtha_House_seat_likely_to_disappear.html

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 18, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

CPAC will be especially fascinating this year to see how much influence the Tea Party crowd has. Will this turn into another Nashville scene, with birthers and other goofballs hijacking the proceedings? Or is this the last straw in the fight between the partiers and the GOP establishment (which CPAC has shockingly become)?

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

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 18, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

The anticipation builds for today:

will dribbl stay under 100 posts?

Will Jasper display any intelligent thought?

Will ped say anything positive?

Outlook is negatory fixistas.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 18, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Dodd, Reid, specter?

What us he, the angel of doom now?

Posted by: Moonbat | February 18, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

I realize that among the tea-party crowd, the name "Keith Olberman" is about as popular the name "Bill Buckner" is with Red Sox nation. Still, he asked a question the other night to which, I have yet to hear anyone answer. Perhaps, the people on this blog can help me out. It's an honest question. Not intended to insult anyone. But one to which I would really like to see an answer The question is this: for all the Populist rhetoric in the Tea Parties, Where are all the dark faces? surely there are black people who oppose government overreach. Surely there are latinos in this country who are all for pulling ones self up by our boot-straps. Who fear deficit spending and any move in the direction of what you percive as socialism. But when I watch your rallies, on TV, I've seen a higher percentage of dark faces on Hee-Haw. If you really do represent the people, why is it that only white people seem to be represented? And if I'm wrong about that, why cant I see them.

Posted by: elijah24 | February 18, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

The actual story opens:

Activists in the Tea Party movement tend to be male, rural, upscale, and overwhelmingly conservative, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday also indicates that Tea Party activists would vote overwhelmingly Republican in a two-party race for Congress. The party's GOP leanings, the poll suggests, may pose a problem for the Tea Party movement if it tries to turn itself into a third party to compete with the two major parties in this year's general election.

"If the Tea Party runs its own candidates for U.S. House, virtually every vote the Tea Party candidate gets would be siphoned from the GOP candidate, potentially allowing the Democrats to win in districts that they might have otherwise lost," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "While the concept of an independent third party is extremely popular, most Americans, including most Tea Party supporters, don't favor a third party that would result in a winner who disagrees with them on most major issues."

According to the survey, roughly 11 percent of all Americans say they have actively supported the Tea Party movement, either by donating money, attending a rally, or taking some other active step to support the movement. Of this core group of Tea Party activists, 6 of 10 are male and half live in rural areas.
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That paints a different picture.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 18, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

#4 comes as a shock. This is very different polling than has been reported recently.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 18, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

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