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Republican hopes in Hawaii special rise with new poll

1. A new Honolulu Advertiser poll shows Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R) with a high-single digit edge over his two Democratic opponents, numbers sure to thrill national Republicans with less than three weeks left before the special election.

Djou took 36 percent to 28 percent for former Rep. Ed Case and 22 percent for state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa (D), according to the Ward Research poll. All three candidates will appear on a single ballot in the May 22 special election.

"Today's poll validates what we have thought all along," said Djou in an email to supporters touting the results. "Our message of fiscal responsibility resonates with Hawaii voters."

The Advertiser poll suggests that the ongoing back and forth between Hanabusa and Case is -- not surprisingly -- accruing to Djou's benefit, allowing him to run as a non-partisan problem solver, which is a great message in this climate.

Several weeks ago there was chatter in Washington circles of trying to narrow the Democratic field to a single candidate -- Case -- to preserve Democrats' ability to hold a district where President Barack Obama won 70 percent of the vote.

But, Sens. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) and Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) leapt to Hanabusa's defense to try and keep the national party on the sidelines. It's worked to date although the Advertiser poll might force a rethinking of that strategy.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent $243,000 on ads hitting Djou but will likely need to spend significantly more to ensure a negative message on the Republican is reaching voters.

The result of the special election is likely to be interpreted as a national referendum on the state of play in advance of the November midterm elections. But, remember that Democrats -- even if they lose later this month -- are likely to win the seat in the fall due to its strong lean toward their party and the fact that it will be a one on one race rather than a three-way battle.

2. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist took to NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday to defend his decision -- announced late last week -- to leave the Republican party and run for the Senate this fall as an independent.

Crist sought to explain his abrupt turnaround -- three weeks before he left the GOP he had released an unequivocal statement that he would run as a Republican -- as a function of listening to what the people of Florida wanted him to do.

"People were frustrated, they were tired of the gridlock, tired of the bickering in Washington, D.C., and [felt] that we needed a new way, a better path," said Crist, adding that his running as an independent against former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) offered a "truer choice" to the voters of the state.

Crist dodged moderator David Gregory's question about which party he would caucus with if elected as an independent. "I'll caucus with the people of Florida," said Crist. (Of course, there is no "people of Florida" caucus in the Senate.) As we have written before, Crist will have to answer the caucus question -- and likely soon.

As Crist was publicly making the case for his candidacy, his campaign released an internal poll conducted early last week that showed him leading the three-way field. Crist took 36 percent running as a "no party affiliation" candidate while Rubio took 28 percent and Meek received 23 percent. Four in ten voters (41 percent) said they were satisfied with the two party system while 54 percent said they were not. Crist called himself "grateful" for the "widespread support" shown in the poll.

3. Kentucky Rep. Harold Rogers (R) will endorse the Senate candidacy of Secretary of State Trey Grayson today, a move that Grayson's team is casting as potentially decisive in his May 18 primary fight against ophthalmologist Rand Paul.

Rogers has represented the eastern Kentucky 5th district since 1980; the district is strongly Republican, having gone to John McCain with 67 percent in 2008 and to George W. Bush with 61 percent in 2004.

Grayson's team sees the Rogers' endorsement as a critical tipping point in a jump ball race -- with up to 50 percent of the vote coming from the 5th district due to a series of competitive local elections, they argue.

As evidence of the tightness of the contest, Grayson is expected to release polling today (and conducted late last week for his campaign) that showed the race at 40 percent for Paul and 39 percent for Grayson. (Another internal Grayson poll released early last month showed him leading 39 percent to 37 percent.)

Aside from the Grayson polls, however, all of the other survey data in the race suggests Paul, who is the eldest son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, has a double-digit lead.

National tea party supporters have targeted Kentucky as a chance to flex their muscle as the political establishment in the state -- from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) to Rogers -- are behind Grayson while Paul's campaign has been focused almost entirely on a grassroots uprising.

4. Former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy (D) announced Sunday that he had qualified for the state's public financing system -- a milestone, his campaign argued, that will allow him to compete aggressively with free-spending businessman Ned Lamont (D) in the Connecticut governor's primary.

Malloy, who narrowly lost the 2006 Democratic nomination for governor, raised $250,000 in $100 increments(!) -- a hurdle-clearing that could give him access to up to $8.5 million between late May and the November election.

In the Aug. 10 primary, however, Malloy will get $1.25 million in public funds and could get up to $2.5 million if Lamont spends heavily from his own pocket.

Malloy, not surprisingly, called on Lamont, who spent $17 million of his own money on the 2006 Senate race, to adhere to the financial strictures. "If he continues to ignore the will of the people, thanks to today's announcement, we'll have more than enough money to compete," concluded Malloy.

If Malloy can get by Lamont in the primary, he would be eligible for $3 million more in the general election but that total could grow to as much as $6 million if the Republican nominee dips into his own money. Former Ambassador Tom Foley, who has considerable personal wealth, is regarded as the likely Republican nominee.

The Connecticut race -- where Gov. Jodi Rell (R) is retiring -- is currently ranked as the 11th most likely contest to switch parties this fall on the Fix's latest gubernatorial Line.

5. Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner duked it out in the final debate before their June 8 Republican primary race, a set-to that left both camps -- stunningly! -- declaring victory.

Poizner went after Whitman on her financial ties to investment bank Goldman Sachs while Whitman portrayed Poizner as a moderate in conservative clothes.

"Despite his hot-headed attacks, this debate was an indictment of Steve Poizner's liberal fiscal record," said Whitman spokeswoman Sarah Pompeii. "Meg Whitman is fading fast due to her support of Barbara Boxer and her outlawed ties to Goldman Sachs," Poizner shot back. "She did nothing tonight to change that free fall."

Dan Walters, the eminent political columnist for the Sacramento Bee, offered a more measured perspective on the debate.

Wrote Walters:

"Poizner, still trailing, needed to score big Sunday. While he did make some points, he didn't appear to make the big splash that would change the campaign. That said, the race still isn't over."

As we have recently written, it's easy to overestimate the influence of debates -- particularly in a state as large (and politically uninterested) as California. Both Whitman and Poizner are spending heavily to finance television ads and it's there that the winner will likely be determined.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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The left-wing violence has really silenced the left on the blogs - they finally realize their hypocrisy -


AND on account of their commitment to non-violence, they are thinking about joining the Tea Party.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Good. Thanks.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"Many who argue as you do claim that fascism and communism are both of the left."

There you go again. If they claim that fascism and communism are both of the left then they most certainly do not argue as I do.

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

What about Joe Stalin and Fidel Castro? Were they left or right and what possible difference does it make when we're discussing the American political arena.

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Both Communist, of course, but Stalin ended up wrapping around from the right with (1) the personality cult and (2) the national industrial policy, both of which are definitive of Fascism.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

There you go with your straw man again. No, Nazis were fascists. Incidentally, I have no allegiance with them.

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Glad to hear it. Now please close the loop: fascism is totalitarianism of the right, is it not? Many who argue as you do claim that fascism and communism are both of the left.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"Just for the record, Brigade, do you also claim that the Nazis were leftists?

"Or can you handle allegiance to a right wing something short of angelic and perfect?"

There you go with your straw man again. No, Nazis were fascists. Incidentally, I have no allegiance with them.

What about Joe Stalin and Fidel Castro? Were they left or right and what possible difference does it make when we're discussing the American political arena.

Louis Farrakhan called Hitler a great man. So does that make Loonie Louie a right wing stooge? Or just a plain old stooge?

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues wrote,
"While we're engaging in the List Wars, I have a question. How do you define the most effective terrorists...the 9/11 terrorists. Right or left?"

Definitely right, but we were talking about domestic terrorists---at least I thought we were.

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues wrote,
"Therefore, taking responsibility for a failure seems like the dumbest idea ever."

It seems dumb but given their lack of successes lately all they can do is claim to be giving it the ole college try.

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Just for the record, Brigade, do you also claim that the Nazis were leftists?

Or can you handle allegiance to a right wing something short of angelic and perfect?

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


Obama is soft on terrorism - so he is trying to cozy up to the terrorists.


Did you see my posting on what they are going to do with the oil spill ?

They can't cap it - but they can capture the oil - bring in onto a ship - they are going to have to build a new platform there.

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One other comment - did you see the North Korean articles --

interesting point - if there was a fire on the platform - everything above the water could burn - not below.


So how did the platform topple ? If the support structure was under water - how did it burn ?


Perhaps there was a second explosion.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

While we're engaging in the List Wars, I have a question. How do you define the most effective terrorists...the 9/11 terrorists. Right or left?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 3, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

"Booth: right-winger

Fromme
Hinkley: psychotics

Sirhan: enraged over Israel, not on the liberal/conservative axis

Bremer: right winger

Oswald: conflicting information. You will say he spent time in Cuba, I will say that his return was expedited

Ayers: please. The Weathermen are all you have.


Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 8:09 PM

I see. Liberals don't count if they're psychotic or enraged over Israel. That doesn't leave many. The guy who shot George Wallace was a right-winger? Conflicting information on Oswald? I'll say he was in Cuba? I'll also say he was in Russia; I believe that's where his wife was from. But if you get to define the parameters, I can see how you might reach your conclusions. They may be wrong and illogical, but I can see how you reach them.

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

OMG, not the List Wars. Your terrorists are worse than our terrorists...NO, YOUR terrorists are worse than our terrorists.
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Brigade wrote: They want us to know they're still thinking of us. Try and try again.

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 7:31 PM
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I'm under the impression that taking responsibility for a bombing doesn't have to do with communicating with the target. It has to do with building the reputation of the terrorist organization as effective--sort of like a recruiting message. Therefore, taking responsibility for a failure seems like the dumbest idea ever. The only thing that seems dumber is training a guy for 5 months and he doesn't even buy the right kind of FERTILIZER. Doesn't say much for your training, does it?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 3, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Booth: right-winger

Fromme
Hinkley: psychotics

Sirhan: enraged over Israel, not on the liberal/conservative axis

Bremer: right winger

Oswald: conflicting information. You will say he spent time in Cuba, I will say that his return was expedited

Ayers: please. The Weathermen are all you have.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"Yeah, Tim McVeigh was a liberal. James Earl Ray was a screaming pinko. Uh-huh."

You forgot John Wilkes Booth. Going back a ways aren't we? I suppose Squeaky Fromme, John David Hinckley, Sirhan Sirhan, Arthur Bremer, Lee Oswald, and Bill Ayers are all right-wingers. Sorry, but you just don't have the facts on your side.

"To all but the most exacting scholars, political violence in the USA, assassination in particular, is a right-wing phenomenon."

See above. If you need more examples, just pursue the subject further. Dig up some information on the Black Panthers and the Symbionese Liberation Army. If you are white, male, and your head is shaved, go wander around the 'hood tonight; come back tomorrow and talk to us about violence.

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse


12BarBlues


There is a new plan for the oil spill - they want to place a cone on the well - but NOT to cap the well


Capping the well is not going to work because the pressure is too great now.


They are going to try to attach a pipe to the cone - and then draw all the oil through the pipe onto a ship.


The pressure is just too great.


This solution would probably end up with the NEW construction of an oil platform at the site - and it will be pumping oil for a long time.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Brigade at 7:37


I co-sign your posting.


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Earlier today - I posted about the LEFT WING VIOLENCE AT THE IMMIGRATION RALLIES - INCLUDING HATE CRIMES AGAINST WHITES IN CALIFORNIA


A rally in California:

They said a large group of immigrants' rights supporters followed them to the BART station on Market Street and started punching and kicking them, and calling them names.

"They said we were racists, and we were against them, and against their town, and against San Francisco," said Parker Wilson with the Bay Area National Anarchists. "What they were saying, they said we need to get out and called us racists, and that we need to go home. And then they just attacked my friends and me."

Those arrested will likely be charged with felony assault and robbery.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

"waiting for the wingers to say this is Obama's fault for so effectively routing the leaders over in Pakistan, or some such twisted logic."

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 7:36 PM

The wingers have already spoken. This is Drindl's post from 12:05 pm:

"I will bet on a dumb tea party extremist whose group took offense at having a black president"

Nothing like being wrong all the time.

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Tim McVeigh was a liberal. James Earl Ray was a screaming pinko. Uh-huh.

To all but the most exacting scholars, political violence in the USA, assassination in particular, is a right-wing phenomenon.

You have teabaggers packing heat in Starbucks, drunkards packing in taverns. You think every one of those yahoos is gonna keep it zipped?

Got you pretty well pegged, and the password is "typical"

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh god please let it be a winger, and let him have TEA connections. That would rock so crucially

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 7:18 PM

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Still desperately searching and hoping for some violence from the tea-baggers? You didn't have to wait long for action from the nincompoops protesting the Arizona immigration law. Vandalism. Assault. Is this what liberalism is all about?

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

waiting for the wingers to say this is Obama's fault for so effectively routing the leaders over in Pakistan, or some such twisted logic.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues wrote,
"All I've got to say, what kind of dopes take responsibility for something that failed?"

They want us to know they're still thinking of us. Try and try again.

Posted by: Brigade | May 3, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 3, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, THIS person of interest is Pakistani. A US citizen, but from Pakistan and just spent 5 months there. This actually may be the Pakistan Taliban. All I've got to say, what kind of dopes take responsibility for something that failed?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 3, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh god please let it be a winger, and let him have TEA connections. That would rock so crucially

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

FBI has person of interest in TSQ case. That was fast.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 3, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm still not placing a great deal of credibility in the reports of North Korean sabotage in the Gulf Oil rig explosion - however the blog says this:


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Most important to understand about this latest attack by North Korea against its South Korean enemy is that under the existing “laws of war” it was a permissible action as they remain in a state of war against each other due to South Korea’s refusal to sign the 1953 Armistice ending the Korean War.

___________________________________

Also, the blog is stating that there were two explosions - one on April 20th when the rig first exploded - then they went back two days later to actually sink the rig - which got the oil spill going.

We have not been given a great deal of information about what caused the leak - and they say now there are actually three leaks.

The CONDITION OF THE EQUIPMENT under the sea is what is key - they keep on thinking that somehow they can get the safety equipment to work - but the damage to the equipment is causing it not to work - perhaps indicating that there is more to the story.

http://texasfred.net/archives/6589


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

FBI has person of interest in TSQ case. That was fast.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 3, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

@moonbat,

bwahahaha!!!!!!! First derivative...give it a rest.

Surely you can't think that the Times Square bomber or the Pants Bomber are part of the same network as the 911 guys. The first two are total screwups who don't even know how to pull off an explosion. The second group at least had money, training, a plan, and successful execution.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 3, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

No, terrorist networks cannot be tightly organized, by their nature they have to be loosely organized. The capture of one terrorist or one cell cannot be allowed to lead to the capture of others, so connections between them are necessarily tenuous.

Face it, O Banned One, your Bush guy dropped the ball. We are now almost eight months further in the Obama administration without a successful terrorist attack than we managed to get under "tough" li'l George and his "tough" sidekick Deadeye Dick.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Ped doesn't like it if anyone has a conversation without her approval.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 3, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm referring to the first derivitive of terror attacks. It is the change that measured the effect of perceived weakness.

And terror networks are very organized. Look at the 911 network.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 3, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

@12Bar: save your breath. Really. The guy is dishoenst and stupid and all he's trying to do in these posts is come up with another pretext to express his hatred for President Obama. We don't forget that the worst terrorist attack in American history came under the administration of George W. Bush and after an explicit and accurately detailed warning.

There has been no comparable attack under President Obama, just some jerkoff who fried his genitals trying.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

@leapin,

You should be aware that the Arizona Hispanic Republicans issued a statement on 4/23/10, condemning the AZ law, condemning the Governor, and stating they are writing a letter to the RNC requesting that AZ not be awarded the Republican National Convention.

It's very clear that, even in Arizona, Hispanic Republicans dislike this law intensely.

Don't believe me. Read it for yourself.

http://www.fox11az.com/home/related/Statement-from--91948419.html

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 3, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

@comrade,

But, you didn't answer my question: is a terrorist attack indicating that the administration is weak. And that applies to Bush/Cheney? I don't know how you can be consistent in your argument unless you concede that Bush/Cheney were seen as weak.

You seem to be indicating that a terrorist uses a different criteria for the "first" attack (in 2001), versus the second attack, or third or fourth. Somehow, I don't think terrorists are quite this organized.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 3, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Not surprising...

"Conservative Latinos are rethinking their ties to the Republican Party in the wake of the GOP’s reaction to the new anti-immigrant Arizona law. Massey Villarreal, a past national chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, said, “It’s insulting to have Republican leaders across the country applauding this racist law. I’m sure this is going to hurt the Republican Party.”

Posted by: drindl
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I'm worker. I decided to rob a bank. I should not be prosecuted for the crime as that would "seperate me from my family". It would also "criminalize workers".

Posted by: leapin | May 3, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Come on, comrade. We were attacked with Bush/Cheney at the helm. So, our enemies saw them as weak and that's why they attacked?

Posted by: 12BarBlues

We have been attacked as much in the last two years as the previous four combined. I don't think outstretching a hand is working. Our adversaries smell a wimp and are all set to demonstrate that he is not prepared to do a thing to combat them.

why do they refuse to release the report on the military base shooter. transparency?
nope. Weakness and PC that led to the deaths of our guys.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

This is home grown, and probably Far Right Fringe. (Left wingers like SDS and the Weathermen liked to make nitrated aromatics for their explosives. Showed familiarity with technology and Chemistry techniques.)

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I'm with you in Rockland on this one.

This was the work of an incompetent who schooled hisself on makin' 'splosives out of wikipedia or something. Firecrackers?!?

I hope he's tracked down and turns out to be another 'bagger and Beckster, further cementing the right wing with domestic terrorism in the public mind. Let's see the GOP tear itself apart as it tries to conceal its support for violent protest.

Posted by: Noacoler
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Let's hope that Obama and Napolitano don't repeat Waco.

Posted by: leapin | May 3, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

@shrink,

On the blog about solving the Gulf leak, do you think any of these guys is playing an actual part in the problem solving?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uscgd8/4551846015/in/photostream/page3/

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 3, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

This is home grown, and probably Far Right Fringe. (Left wingers like SDS and the Weathermen liked to make nitrated aromatics for their explosives. Showed familiarity with technology and Chemistry techniques.)

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I'm with you in Rockland on this one.

This was the work of an incompetent who schooled hisself on makin' 'splosives out of wikipedia or something. Firecrackers?!?

I hope he's tracked down and turns out to be another 'bagger and Beckster, further cementing the right wing with domestic terrorism in the public mind. Let's see the GOP tear itself apart as it tries to conceal its support for violent protest.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Our enemies know weakness when they see it. and with berry at the helm, that is all they see.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 4:59 PM
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Come on, comrade. We were attacked with Bush/Cheney at the helm. So, our enemies saw them as weak and that's why they attacked?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 3, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

This is home grown, and probably Far Right Fringe. (
Posted by: ceflynline


Officials eye foreign ties in failed N.Y. car bomb - WaPo

another loony liberal speaks on a subject they know nothing about, which is pretty much all of them.

Our enemies know weakness when they see it. and with berry at the helm, that is all they see.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Since the Libertarians have reserved places on most ballots, if the T's stay mad at the RINOs, where they don't get their guy on the Ballot as an R, will they coalesce behind the Libertarian, or the Constitutional Party candidate? They are the hard core of the republican Party, and when they take their 20% and go elsewhere, or stay home, the R's are toast, but where THEY get the slot they go in with 20% and probably don't get much more.

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This remains the essential point. The teabagger base (and let's not kid ourselves they're two different sets of people) are simply irreconcilable with the rest of the electorate. Please the baggers, lose everyone else; alienate the baggers, have a chance with everyone else.

Obama as Mussolini just isn't going to sell outside the rural southern nutjob demographic.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"The explosive combo here was gasoline and propane tanks. In any event, fertilizer bombs are not a signature. Triggering mechanisms may be. I will bet on a dumb Muslim Fundie extremist whose group took offense to the "South Park Mohammed" - the bomb was placed next to Viacom's HQ. Posted by: mark_in_austin"

NOT a fundie. First, because they don't use hairbrainedschemes to hide the identity of the vehicles owner, and this guy used plates off a car in for repair.

Second, Fundies actually try to build bombs, and this was too dumb to call rube goldberg. Alarm clocks set off fireworks that ignite gasoline that blows up propane tanks that somehow detonates S..TY, and the WRONG kind of s..t at that.
(In Virginia, near Manasses Battlefield, was a quarry that DID use pig manure for its blasting agent, probably fortified with ammonium nitrate, because it was cheap and took some of the smash out of the straight ammonium nitrate.) They didn't use pig s..t because had they used that, all the witnesses would have complained about the stench.

This is home grown, and probably Far Right Fringe. (Left wingers like SDS and the Weathermen liked to make nitrated aromatics for their explosives. Showed familiarity with technology and Chemistry techniques.)

Posted by: ceflynline | May 3, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I hear that the NY police have talked to the SUV's thief who described the person who bought it from him. I'll bet in a few days, the police will have the guy identified.

I love your question, ceflynline, is the bomber an idiot, or does he want to be thought of as an idiot.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 3, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"I will bet on a dumb tea party extremist whose group took offense at having a black president, mark. But we'll see -- one is as likely as another. Posted by: drindl"

More likely a disappointed T who can't for the life of him see why the Taliban hasn't gotten around to doing this themselves, so did it for them.

The big question was, was the bomber really an idiot, or just somebody who wanted it to look like the bomber was an idiot?

Posted by: ceflynline | May 3, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"DDawd, c'mon, you know CC has to concentrate on Hawaii, cause he doens't want to talk about how conservatives are splitting everywhere, and throwing out those who aren't conservative enough." Posted by: katem1

Oh, that's just the visible part of the problem. Having done a spreadsheet on the Senate and the Governor's races, where the T-s are out in force for the Senate, but ignoring the Governors to some extent, I started in on the House. Libertarians, Constitution party, Conservatives, and T's are all over the place, ESPECIALLY in districts with Republican incumbents. Since the Libertarians have reserved places on most ballots, if the T's stay mad at the RINOs, where they don't get their guy on the Ballot as an R, will they coalesce behind the Libertarian, or the Constitutional Party candidate? They are the hard core of the republican Party, and when they take their 20% and go elsewhere, or stay home, the R's are toast, but where THEY get the slot they go in with 20% and probably don't get much more.

Maybe the NY 23rd will play out, again and again, across the country, as T-s revolt against R's.

And, as a related inquiry, just what is Hoffman doing these days, nursing a grudge?

Posted by: ceflynline | May 3, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Jodi Rell has been MIA since announcing that she'd be stepping down. Well she's been MIA in theory....in reality she's been torpedoing as much legislation as she possibly can to help the party.

She snubs bi-partisan independent commissions, she gives the thumbs up to legislation behind closed doors and vetoes it after it passes and she'll absolutely ruining municipal budgets with unfunded mandates.

She is a horrid and vile person let alone politician.

Posted by: theobserver4 | May 3, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

And you can't say he doesn't take any action. Hasn't The Poster Formerly Known as king_of_zouk been banned like 150 times, only to come back with a new name (or several new names)? 37thand0street, for all his tendencies to spam the thread with off-topic hogwash, does periodically contribute to the conversation. And we all know off-topic spamming is not limited to our right-leaning posters here.

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What timid twaddle. Who cares about on/off topic? Most of the threads here aren't amenable to discussion at all and sometimes nit a single comment addresses the topic. CC posts a lot of dull and unimportant junk just so he can fawn lovingly over some Republican nobody cares about. How are we going to fill a section with comments about Dan Coats or Tim

For every post with so much as a line of relevance, 37th does a hundred that are unintelligible nonsense, and repeated a dozen times in every thread. It's not discussion in the most generous interpretation, it's clog, and it's intended to jam discussion with noise. That CC lets it go on is despicable.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 3, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

wonder how this will go over with middle-aged voters:


'Florida Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio was pressed on Sunday on statements he made earlier that he believed Social Security benefits should be cut for Americans now under the age of 55.

"I stand by it squarely," Rubio told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," adding that "the systems have to change"

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

WAS OBAMA ABOUT TO GIVE BP AN AWARD FOR OFFSHORE SAFETY ????


BP finalist for pollution prevention award


BP, now under federal scrutiny because of its role in the deadly Gulf of Mexico explosion and oil spill, is one of three finalists for a federal award honoring offshore oil companies for "outstanding safety and pollution prevention."

The winner of the award - chosen before the April 20 oil rig incident - was to be announced this coming Monday at a luncheon in Houston. But the U.S. Department of Interior this week postponed the awards ceremony, saying it needs to devote its resources to the ongoing situation resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and fire.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA HAS SPARKED RACIAL TENSIONS IN THIS COUNTRY - UNSEEN SINCE THE 1970S


AND OBAMA IS DOING NOTHING ABOUT IT.

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A rally in California:

They said a large group of immigrants' rights supporters followed them to the BART station on Market Street and started punching and kicking them, and calling them names.

"They said we were racists, and we were against them, and against their town, and against San Francisco," said Parker Wilson with the Bay Area National Anarchists. "What they were saying, they said we need to get out and called us racists, and that we need to go home. And then they just attacked my friends and me."

Those arrested will likely be charged with felony assault and robbery.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Re: the BP Gulf gusher:

Wall Street Journal has an article today saying the gush could be MUCH higher than 5000 barrels a day--maybe 20,000+ barrels a day. That translates into a discharge of nearly 1m gallons/day, if true.

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/05/02/officials-admit-its-hard-to-determine-size-of-slick/?mod=WSJ_article_related
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If BP is actually soliciting settlement agreements from Gulf residents, I wonder if those solicitors are included in the 2500 personnel deployed in the Gulf per their web site. Here's the deal with private industry, they will always protect their own interests. Isn't that what capitalism is all about? We can't be surprised.

http://www.bp.com/bodycopyarticle.do?categoryId=1&contentId=7052055

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 3, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

EVEN MORE LEFTIST VIOLENCE - THIS IS OUT OF CONTROL


The left wing of this country continues to get violent.


Meanwhile, there has not been one incident at a Tea Pary Rally.

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A rally in California:

They said a large group of immigrants' rights supporters followed them to the BART station on Market Street and started punching and kicking them, and calling them names.

"They said we were racists, and we were against them, and against their town, and against San Francisco," said Parker Wilson with the Bay Area National Anarchists. "What they were saying, they said we need to get out and called us racists, and that we need to go home. And then they just attacked my friends and me."

Those arrested will likely be charged with felony assault and robbery.

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The left wing has egg on their faces. Hypocrisy - there must be another word to describe extreme hypocrisy which does not stop when they are called out.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I think some of y'all are reading too far into Chris's disinterest in banning trolls from The Fix. Someone in his position undoubtedly spends a lot of time being yammered at by people on the extreme edge of the crazy scale. After a while, you just learn to ignore it -- drift over the posts that don't contribute to the conversation, like I do, rather than get all offended by them.

I'm not saying that's necessarily the right thing to do here, just that it's driven by a necessary tolerance of crazy and not by political ideology.

And you can't say he doesn't take any action. Hasn't The Poster Formerly Known as king_of_zouk been banned like 150 times, only to come back with a new name (or several new names)? 37thand0street, for all his tendencies to spam the thread with off-topic hogwash, does periodically contribute to the conversation. And we all know off-topic spamming is not limited to our right-leaning posters here.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | May 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

drindl


I have been good today - and yet you post a comment which has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE TOPIC


And you are just complaining about other posters.


People complain about you too on this board - they say you should be banned as well.

Just post and stop complaining.


Meanwhile, Moderate Voter is some name for a Partisan Hack who always defends Obama - and who wants to let this country's guard down so terrorists can figure out how to attack us and kill Americans.

Lone extremist? The government KNEW the Fort Hood shooter had contacts with al queda.


The list goes on and on - you can not defend Obama - he is WAY TOO SOFT ON TERRORISM.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Lindsay Graham another sure R seat now in trouble too..

"This year, Lindsey Graham was the one who played the McCain role — not just on immigration but also on global warming, another issue that used to be a McCain badge-of-courage. And Graham has suffered for it mightily. He’s been the target of some loathsome personal attacks by the anti-immigration crowd."

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah, BB, Mark, I figured that Chris C was just echoing the beltway CW without a real horse, but after the guy just let 37th spam this board with some bogus intermittent warnings, I realized that's how Chris' personal politics lean despite his denials.


I actually defended him for not doing anything about zook or jaked, but not dealing with 37 is just beyond the pale."

Well, I can guess about his leanings, but why no matter what they are he would let 37 and zouk/moonbat/zero drive everyone away from his blog every day is just a mystery to me.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

ModerateVoter


Actually Obama is doing something stupid again - by prefering drones. That way he is just killing people - and he kills innocent people along the way.

The BETTER WAY is to capture the terrorists - and get their intelligence information.


That way we have more intelligence on al queda - in fact - that method HAS STOPPED MANY MANY TERRORIST OPERATIONS.

Have you noticed an uptick in terrorist incidents since Obama slowed down the gathering of intelligence.

Again, Obama is allowing A MISGUIDE POLITICAL AGENDA DRIVE POLICY - AND OBAMA IS HURTING THE COUNTRY - AGAIN.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

blow them up in their hide outs.

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

I don't think fire bombing San Francisco will be that popular.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

This country needs a firm stance AGAINST TERRORISM - not coddling statements and easy policies.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 12:43 PM

May I suggest feet slightly apart, hands in a fist resting on his hips, a stearn look in his eyes. He makes a statement that terrorists will be hunted down and killed.

Yep that will do it just fine....

Actually I prefer actions to words. Send out a few more drones, blow them up in their hide outs. Now that sends a message...


Posted by: ModerateVoter | May 3, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

People just feel like Obama is not doing what he was elected to do - that when he promised bipartisanship that meant he would work with the other side - to hammer out CENTRIST POLICIES.


People are angry.

The FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM were the last straw - again Obama PROMISED A POST-RACIAL administration - one in which everyone PUT RACE BEHIND US. The FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM AGAIN REPRESENTS A BETRAYAL OF THE TRUST WHICH WAS PLACED IN OBAMA IN 2008.

People do not even want to listen to Obama anymore - their views have been cemented.

Obama made serious, serious mistakes - he wanted to make history and all he did was WRITE THE HISTORY OF HIPOCRISY.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, BB, Mark, I figured that Chris C was just echoing the beltway CW without a real horse, but after the guy just let 37th spam this board with some bogus intermittent warnings, I realized that's how Chris' personal politics lean despite his denials. I know BB will defend Chris to the death, but there is no defending no matter how much straw BB uses to make his men. I actually defended him for not doing anything about zook or jaked, but not dealing with 37 is just beyond the pale.

And definitely, I expect to see more bad news for Dems since it's a midterm, but some of these polls Chris gets. I think the stupidest poll I'd ever seen was one on Barack Obama vs a completely random person. Really? There are plenty of these weird, obscure polls he puts out there.

Personally, I'm not sure why Chris doesn't cover the Bennett story. It's far more likely that Utah will end up with someone more in line with Chris' politics. A lot more likely than the seat changing hands.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 3, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Crist had no alternative, but to run as an independent. The GOP today is nothing like the GOP of 15 years ago. It now has a litmus test which all potential candidates must pass. Crist, being a moderate failed miserably. The GOP, n/k/a "The Party Of NO!" only has one goal, to take seats, regain power. It has to set itself apart, run on wrapping itself in the Flag, talk fiscal responsibility, lower taxes. Only problem is after 8 years of Bush, and the disasters it created, the cry of Lower taxes,and fiscal responsibility are mutually exclusive. We have two wars to pay for, plus the cost of repairing our economy which was driven into the ground by the "hands off" no regulation regardless of what was needed of the prior Administration. No administration can lower taxes and be fiscally responsible under today's circumstances, period.

Posted by: atc333 | May 3, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama is still DOWNPLAYING every incident of terrorism - calling the Times Sq incident a "potential" terrorist incident - even though an unexploded bomb was found in the middle of a crowd of people.

This is unbelievable.

One has to wonder - does this attitude of Obama affect the fighting of terrorism as well - IS OBAMA SOFT ON TERRORISM.


This is not what this country needs.

This country needs a firm stance AGAINST TERRORISM - not coddling statements and easy policies.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) is going to have a tough time sleeping tonight. That’s because a new poll is set to be released on her upcoming re-election bid.

Most analysts expect it to show even more damning results than her last poll, which showed that she would lose to no less than four GOP competitors in a hypothetical November matchup. Even more telling was that the Congresswoman couldn’t break 40% against any of those competitors.

It’s too early to say that she’s toast, but “lightly toasted” certainly isn’t an exaggeration. Shea-Porter’s vote for the health care bill was a monumental mistake that caused her favorability ratings to drop from +11% in October to -5% in November, according to a Granite State poll. That means 35% of New Hampshire residents currently view her favorably and 40% don’t.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"In a major development in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary, James Dobson has retracted his endorsement of establishment favorite Trey Grayson and switched to Tea Party insurgent Rand Paul -- and Dobson claims that top Republicans had misled him about Paul's positions."

Still, Mark, I think it is worth noting that most of the voter entusiasm is not for Republicans per se -- bu against R incumbents.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Hell Yeah He's a Communist

In case you missed Comrade Obama's latest Joe the Plumber moment,It's easy to tell where he went off the teleprompter.

""I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money.""


No doubt he would agree with Ralph Nader's suggestion that at a certain income level, the tax rate should be 100%, so that every single penny of wealth created is seized by greedy, parasitical bureaucrats to be flushed down the toilet instead of used to expand and create jobs.

A country that puts people like this in positions of authority will not have an even partially free market for long. Consequently it won't be prosperous for long

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) could very well become the first incumbent Senator to lose re-election in 2010, when his state party convention convenes next weekend. So how is that even though Bennett has voted against the Obama administration's key initiatives, he may become a casualty of the anti-spending Tea Party right and its fellow travelers?

Bennett himself has offered an explanation, which rings true in many ways. There is an anti-incumbent, anti-establishment mood among conservative activists, who want to throw the bums out in Washington. "But in this state, there is no Democrat to get really mad at in this fashion, so they get mad at me," Bennett has said."

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/05/bye-bye-bob-bennett-why-the-gop-senator-could-lose-his-seat.php?ref=fpa

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

bb, ddawd, and drindl and margaret - I agree with bb that the midterms favor the Rs so that is where the action is to be found for what is essentially a politics -gaming blog.

If there were a run of good news for the Ds that would be noteworthy. There have been incidents of good news for Ds, but there has been no run. HCR may leave a political sour taste. Rs stand to gain everywhere if the elections were held tomorrow. By November that could change. The troubles of Bennett and Graham do not make D pick-ups in UT and SC likely. They just mean those small state are as one-party as many CDs.

Asking the blogger to hunt for a wave of good news for Ds is playing the ref. I will concede that CC is likely to miss the turn to the Ds whenever it occurs, b/c he is in "the Beltway." I will iss it whenit occurs, b/c I am in TX. I will let y'all know if White beats Perry, of course, if CC fails to remark upon it.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 3, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Bill Maher Is a Far King Idiot

He believes that the Brazilian economy is "off oil." Which must come as a huge surprise to the Brazilians, who are have lined up $10 Billion in US Government loan guarantees to drill for offshore oil.


According to the US Department of Energy, 49% of Brazil's energy use is oil. The comparable figure for the United States is 37%. We're more "off oil" than the Brazilians.

And Bill Maher thinks Sarah Palin is an uninformed idiot

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"dribbl"

LOL. Are you five years old, clown?

It's noon -- zouk/moonbat has changed into ZERO -- how accurate,

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Busy day in loonytunes town today:

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Next up, the head stooge complains about everyone posting too much, not having a life or job and flooding the board with gibberish.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I will bet on a dumb tea party extremist whose group took offense at having a black president, mark.

But we'll see -- one is as likely as another.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Here's all that violence dribbl warned us about:

The communist-Reconquistador rallies scheduled for May 1 didn't live up to the hype on Saturday, but they did allow some enlightened liberals to express their nuanced ideology. In moonbat-infested Ashville, NC, for example:

Sophisticated progressive cerebration was also on display in Santa Cruz, CA:

Close to 20 businesses were damaged after what started as a peaceful immigrants' rights march in downtown Santa Cruz turned violent, requiring police to call other agencies for help, authorities said.
Police spokesman Zach Friend said an estimated 250 people started marching through the city around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
It was a harmonious but "unpermitted and unsanctioned event," he said, until some in the crowd started breaking windows and spraying paint on retail shops that line the downtown corridor. …
A fire was started in a coffee shop entryway but was extinguished once police cleared the way for firefighters, Friend said.
Eighteen businesses were damaged, with the cost of repairs estimated at between $50,000 and $100,000.
A little to the north in San Franfreakshow…

Three people were attacked and at least two others were arrested. The people assaulted were part of the Minutemen demonstration, a group in favor of Arizona's new immigration law.
They said a large group of immigrants' rights supporters followed them to the BART station on Market Street and started punching and kicking them, and calling them names.
"They said we were racists, and we were against them, and against their town, and against San Francisco," said Parker Wilson with the Bay Area National Anarchists. "What they were saying, they said we need to get out and called us racists, and that we need to go home. And then they just attacked my friends and me."
Meanwhile, tens of thousands turn out for Tea Parties without so much as littering. Yet patriots are the dangerous ones, according to the governmedia

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | May 3, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen anything on Bennett here.

Nor have I seen any of these mentioned much either.

"It would be interesting to see a full item pulling together the troubles that incumbent or establishment Republicans are having. Bennett in deep doo doo, McCain facing a strong challenge, Crist being forced to abandon the primary, Grayson's struggle against Rand. A companion piece on Democrats would be the natural bookend."

I don't think you'll see it -- and there really is no correlation in the Dem party -- only a few contested primaries.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

@DDAWD - I had to do a little hunting. I saw a reference from a SLC Tribune blog about the Fix taking an interest in their little election. Things scroll by too fast at times. I might be thinking of questions that have come up in the Friday chats, which is to be fair not the same as one of the regular items.

I take it as the Fix operates in the current environment and it's tough for Democrats right now. So, there are going to be more negative than positive stories.

Oh well, back to work!

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 3, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

The explosive combo here was gasoline and propane tanks. In any event, fertilizer bombs are not a signature. Triggering mechanisms may be. I will bet on a dumb Muslim Fundie extremist whose group took offense to the "South Park Mohammed" - the bomb was placed next to Viacom's HQ.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 3, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

" Alabama Attorney General Troy King said tonight that he has told representatives of BP Plc. that they should stop circulating settlement agreements among coastal Alabamians.

The agreements, King said, essentially require that people give up the right to sue in exchange for payment of up to $5,000.

King said BP's efforts were particularly strong in Bayou La Batre.

The attorney general said he is prohibited from giving legal advice to private citizens, but added that "people need to proceed with caution and understand the ramifications before signing something like that.

"They should seek appropriate counsel to make sure their rights are protected," King said.

By the end of Sunday, BP aimed to sign up 500 fishing boats in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida to deploy boom.

BP had distributed a contract to fishermen it was hiring that waived their right to sue BP and required confidentiality and other items, sparking protests in Louisiana and elsewhere.

I always say: don't for a second think they've gone as low as they can go, because they'll prove you wrong. This is yet another example."

Sickening.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

BB, when have Bennett's troubles been covered here? I wouldn't be surprised if they have, but I don't ever remember seeing it.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

"Law enforcement officials offered a more detailed description of the makeup of the failed car bomb found in Times Square on Saturday night, and said they were reviewing surveillance footage that showed a white man who appeared to be in his 40s walking away from the area as he looked over his shoulder and removed a layer of clothing."

And it was a fertilizer bomb in a pickup truck -- like Timothy McVeigh.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Not entirely fair, Margaret. You can't swing a dead cat without seeing a Charlie Crist post. Bob Bennett's struggles have been covered in this space as well. Speaking of those troubles, there's a poll out in the Salt Lake City Tribune indicating that Bennett's in BIG trouble (http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14964318) . He's polling in third place *amongst the delegates*. From the story: Lee logged 37 percent support in the survey, while Bridgewater came in at 20 percent, and Bennett lagged at 16 percent. Even if there is a primary, he have to finish in the top two to survive. I doubt that the remaining 27% of delegates are inclined to stick with the incumbent.

It would be interesting to see a full item pulling together the troubles that incumbent or establishment Republicans are having. Bennett in deep doo doo, McCain facing a strong challenge, Crist being forced to abandon the primary, Grayson's struggle against Rand. A companion piece on Democrats would be the natural bookend.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 3, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

David Frum -- one of the few sane conservos left:

"The notion of cutting taxes has been elevated to a sacrosanct ideology by the Tea Party movement. According to this ideology, Americans are taxed beyond their means, tax receipts from the government are higher than they have been in decades and the answer to the Federal deficit is to cut taxes “like Reagan” and watch the economy take off like a rocket.

Taxes are actually lower as a percentage of the Federal GNP, then it has been in years (31.5%). When polled by FrumForum several months ago during a Tea Party protest in Washington DC, the majority of Tea Partiers polled said the percentage was on average 42.06%. When asked what a median American family pays in taxes (with a $50,000 income), those same Tea Partiers said on average it was $12,710 when it fact, the typical $50,000 family in America pays $7,500 in federal taxes. And an overwhelming number all told the pollster that taxes were much higher since President Obama had taken office in January 2009. This despite the fact that almost 50% of the stimulus package passed in 2009 was made up of tax cuts and according to the Tax Foundation, the number of income tax returns with zero liability is growing every year due to child tax credits and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Tax cut ideology indeed lives on mythology. Much like the return of the good ole days when the American Right had people like Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater looking out for your tax rates. Of course, the fact that neither men believed in the tax cut ideology and would be considered RINO (Republican in Name Only) by the Tea Party today makes this nostalgia quite funny. Reagan’s tax increase of 1982 TERFA (Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act) is still adjusted for inflation, the largest tax increase in peacetime American history. Barry Goldwater voted against the Kennedy tax cuts of 1963 for fear of having an inflationary pressure on the economy."

http://www.frumforum.com/why-conservatives-should-beware-of-the-tea-party

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Meg Whitman has dropped $59 million on her campaign. She's on track to out-do Bloomberg's $108 million. Jerry Brown will do the zen thing and still beat her in November.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 3, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

In honor of World Press Freedom Day:

MORE CLEAR EVIDENCE OF U.S. GOV'T CENSORSHIP OF NET POLITICAL SPEECH

See Vic Livingston's Facebook.com page "Notes" tab for details of Homeland-run fusion center abuses of constitutional, civil and human rights -- enabled by an apparently misinformed Obama administration in the process of being bureaucratically victimized by its naivete.

Also see:

COULD A CLASSIFIED U.S. DOMESTIC WEAPON SYSTEM BE PLAYING A ROLE -- FOR GOOD OR FOR ILL -- IN THE GULF OIL SPILL DISASTER?

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 3, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Obimbos weakness is inviting these loons to try and blow things up. They know they will get free lawyers and kid gloves. Maybe a book deal. All berry's friends and mentors from his youth also liked blowing things up.

Our overseas enemies see the fecklessness and wimpy responses to even an oil spill. Who could possibly be intimidated or afraid?

Posted by: Moonbat | May 3, 2010 10:10 AM

Please...No matter who is in the white house and no matter what punishment we give out, they will still attempt to blow things up in the country.

If tomorrow we bound terrorists to ant hills, if would not cause them to pause in their crazyness one bit.

You know this so stop posting this crap

Posted by: ModerateVoter | May 3, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

hahaha, true. It's a congressional seat.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 3, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I would have appreciated Chris Cilliza's piece on Republican hopes in Hawaii--except for the fact that he doesn't reveal which office the three candidates are running for!

Posted by: DennisHinde | May 3, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Oh, he could if he wanted too, Margaret -- he certainly is eager to report any tiny sign of dissension among Dems. But he just doesn't want to -- he's rooting for his team.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The Fix can't report on the in-fighting in the Republican Party -- he'd lose contacts if he appeared to be taking sides. On that side he has to stay very bland and noncommittal about anything controversial. You'll notice we usually get a steady stream of good news about the Republicans, with an occaisional very calm, disinterested-party narrative.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 3, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"I don't agree that the Fix has a pony in this race, but do agree that he's ignoring some good stories about the fight for control of the Republican party.

. I still think the beltway pundits and political handicappers are in for a surprise when the predicted tidal wave falls short of expectations, due to the extreme candidates being presented by the GOP. Voters want solutions, not ideology."

Absolutely, bsimon, the political press are all steadfastly ignoring this schism in the R party because it doesn't fit their tidy 'Republicans Rising' narrative.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Hubby didn't leave any lunch money again? Time to reconsider that fluffer job in the city.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 3, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I misread Drindl's comment. Thought it was the La Onión. Didn't know they had a Spanish edition! Of course, that'd be La Cebolla.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 3, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Hawaii looks like it may break the Democrats' run of special election victories. One might expect this SE to simply be a warm-up for the upcoming primary. I expect the number to be of most interest is Djou's total vs. the sum of the two Democrats. If Djou is within 10 points, don't expect this seat to flip back at the next opportunity. There is some value to incumbency. Financially at the least! Also, some of the voters for one of the Democrats are going to stay home or vote for the Republican. Not a large fraction, but possibly enough for Djou to be re-elected to a full term.

With regards to Spill! Baby! Spill!: Some folks are just taking their marching orders. I caught 10 minutes of talk radio on my way home on Friday. It was the last thing Hannity said (whom I find entertaining at times) and the first thing Levin said (who brings shrill to new levels). Still waiting for some originality around here from the usual suspects. It'll be a looooong wait.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 3, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

This is good news:

"The largest Spanish-language newspaper, La Opinion, and the popular news website Hispanic News, have each called for general boycotts of all Arizona goods and services.

Tourism is one of Arizona’s biggest industries. Nonetheless, a growing number of travelers — including famed travel book author Arthur Frommer — have pledged to avoid the state.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is considering revoking the awarding of the 2011 All-Star Game from Phoenix. The All-Star Game would bring in an estimated $40 million of revenue into the region."

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"Be consistently crazy, at least."

They can't, freeholder... the wingers flipflop back and forth on issues so fast it's surprising they don't get whiplash.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Not surprising...

"Conservative Latinos are rethinking their ties to the Republican Party in the wake of the GOP’s reaction to the new anti-immigrant Arizona law. Massey Villarreal, a past national chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, said, “It’s insulting to have Republican leaders across the country applauding this racist law. I’m sure this is going to hurt the Republican Party.”

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Moonbat proves the rule: neo-conservatives are full-blown hypocrites. Obama lets the private industry that caused the spill have its time to get going and clear up the mess on it's own and the cons scream he didn't step in soon enough. Usually the same ones who also cry that he shouldn't have helped the banking industry so soon or at all.

Sorry, you get it one way or the other: He can let the folks in the south drown in oil and explain it's their problem and private industry shouldn't be regulated and helped in a crisis. Or he can help them out in partnership with BP and you can complain to the ruined businesses down there that he shouldn't have helped them at all. No compromise on your positions, right?

Didn't you guys also say it was okay to take so long to help in Katrina? Isn't pat Robertson supposed to be saying something about the reason for the oil spill? Come on. Be consistently crazy, at least.

Posted by: freeholder1 | May 3, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

"For a speaker as uninspiring as Whitman to be leading, either Poizner is a zombie or a reclusive hermit who has not been seen in public."

Whitman has gone through what most people would consider 3 personal fortunes to trash Poizner, Mark. And just to pull barely even with Brown, who hasn't spent a cent.

She is a hideous zombie who will only win if Brown does nothing at all.

Posted by: drindl | May 3, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Obimbos weakness is inviting these loons to try and blow things up. They know they will get free lawyers and kid gloves. Maybe a book deal. All berry's friends and mentors from his youth also liked blowing things up.

Our overseas enemies see the fecklessness and wimpy responses to even an oil spill. Who could possibly be intimidated or afraid?

Posted by: Moonbat | May 3, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"I think the major strike against Bennett is the fact that he reached across the aisle to work with Ron Wyden on drafting a health care bill."

Well no wonder Bennett is in trouble then, Ron Wyden is that pinko libretard neocom statist from the ecoterror part of the country (no, not Louisiana, you can never have too much oil...I mean those bike riding, medical mj trustfundafarians in OR).

Posted by: shrink2 | May 3, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Chris, Speaking of debates: The Specter-Sestak face-off this weekend in PA underscored just how formidable Specter can be when he gets his back up.

Sestak was flummoxed by Specter's relentless, prosecutor-like assault on the former Navy officer's military record. Snarlin' Arlen strikes again. My bet: the debate may persuade Dems on the fence to go with the devil they know, who's now playing for their side.

Only wish my Senator would address THIS -- happening on HIS turf and nationwide:

HOMELAND CELLULAR 'TORTURE TOWERS' DOMESTIC WEAPON SYSTEM ENSLAVES AMERICANS IN MICROWAVE GHETTO: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• URGENT TO POTUS: "You could stop a rogue bureaucracy from committing crimes against humanity with a few executive orders -- and some CONSEQUENCES, for a change."

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
ORNowPublic.com/scrivener

(Vic Livingston is on Facebook -- when he's not being censored by a rogue surveillance program. See "Notes" section.)

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 3, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

It makes perfects sense that neither Case nor Hanabusa has any interest in dropping out.

If Djou wins, then the two of them will face off in a primary, which gives them a second opportunity to be elected.

Why would either one be willing to give the other the benefit of incumbency at this stage of the game?

Posted by: Bondosan | May 3, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

KateM, my jaw dropped when I saw the article on conservatives thinking McDonnell isn't conservative enough.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/02/AR2010050203473.html?hpid=topnews

Really? I am just wondering how conservative someone has to be to get these guys' approval.

Bsimon, I think the best story Chris hasn't been covering is the Utah Republican primary. Bob Bennett is in deep trouble. There are two steps in the nomination process. The first is a convention being held on Saturday where delegates vote to narrow the playing field down to two. Bennett looks like he might not make the cut. He definitely has no chance of beating Mike Lee. He could edge out Tim Bridgewater, but if he doesn't, he is done. And he can't pull a Lieberman.

I think the major strike against Bennett is the fact that he reached across the aisle to work with Ron Wyden on drafting a health care bill.

So if no candidate gets 60% of the delegates, then the top two finishers go on to the ballot primary that's voted on by the people of Utah.

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/04/utahs-bennett-may-be-first-incumbent.html

Nate Silver explains the process better than I do.

And if Bennett loses, it probably has to cross your mind a tiny bit whether a Democrat can take the seat. A long shot, but probably not as long as if Bennett was still running. Bennett is definitely more popular among the state as a whole than among the delegates.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 3, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

If the Republican Rising! theme (I am tired of meme) is struggling, here is a little help from the Oregon territory,

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/05/gops_top_congressional_target.html

Posted by: shrink2 | May 3, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

katem1 writes
"CC has to concentrate on Hawaii, cause he doens't want to talk about how conservatives are splitting everywhere, and throwing out those who aren't conservative enough. He's got to be worried that all this purity test crap is going to scare off independents that might vote for a moderate GOPer, but not one who passes the purity test."


I don't agree that the Fix has a pony in this race, but do agree that he's ignoring some good stories about the fight for control of the Republican party. Here in MN, the GOP endorsed on Friday the more conservative of the two major candidates. Coming in 2nd place was Marty Seifert, who is basically a mini-Pawlenty. Rep Emmer, who won the endorsement is more of a 'no apologies' conservative, uninterested in even paying lip service to moderation or bipartisanship. I still think the beltway pundits and political handicappers are in for a surprise when the predicted tidal wave falls short of expectations, due to the extreme candidates being presented by the GOP. Voters want solutions, not ideology.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 3, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

mark, don't forget that CC is basing his "analyses" on polls. Hardly a scientific mode, despite what the media and polling companies would have us believe.

Posted by: katem1 | May 3, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

mark, don't forget that CC is basing his "analyses" on polls. Hardly a scientific mode, despite what the media and polling companies would have us believe.

Posted by: katem1 | May 3, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I agree with ddawd. Winning 1.1 of 3 votes isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of a candidate. HI Dems, however, seem to be taking organizational lessons from the MN DFL, which is a dysfunctional organization.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 3, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, Obama wasted valuable time in responding to the oil spill - the impact of the spill will be much greater because Obama left federal resources IDLE at a critical time before the weather got bad.

Obama was more concerned with partisan bickering in Washington over the wall street bill - than taking care of the fisherman.

This is OBAMA's oil spill.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

DDawd, c'mon, you know CC has to concentrate on Hawaii, cause he doens't want to talk about how conservatives are splitting everywhere, and throwing out those who aren't conservative enough. He's got to be worried that all this purity test crap is going to scare off independents that might vote for a moderate GOPer, but not one who passes the purity test. Look at all the conservatives complaining that McConnell isn't "pure" enough of a virginia gov. so far in special elections, the only GOPers that have won are ones that run as moderates, but that doesn't seeem to matter to the "pure" conservatives. Ewww, writng those words, purity test, gives me the shivers, they are historically frightenening words, and should not be taken lightly.

Posted by: katem1 | May 3, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I agree with ddawd.

cc wrote: "...in a state as large (and politically uninterested) as California. Both Whitman and Poizner are spending heavily to finance television ads and it's there that the winner will likely be determined."

You could say something similar about TX's level of interest. A primary is different than a GE because it actually is not typically about mobilizing one's troops, if neither candidate is an incumbent. Neither candidate has many troops, and the party apparatus stays neutral.

The recently more successful strategy in R primaries has been to outflank the opponent on the right and to attack any DC connection. I suppose that explains Poizner's ludicrous hyperbole: "Meg Whitman is fading fast due to her support of Barbara Boxer and her outlawed ties to Goldman Sachs." No one in CA will think Whitman is either Boxer or an outlaw. Sounds desperate to me.

For a speaker as uninspiring as Whitman to be leading, either Poizner is a zombie or a reclusive hermit who has not been seen in public. I pronounce these harsh judgments from the safe distance of TX, never having heard Poizner and having heard Whitman twice.
Our CA posters will correct me, I am sure.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 3, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama and his people just spent all of yesterday DOWNPLAYING ANOTHER TERRORIST INCIDENT.


Why in the world is Obama playing these games?

The terrorist threat to this country is independent of OBAMA'S POLITICAL AGENDA - THEY ARE COMING WHETHER OBAMA SAYS IT IS ISLAMIC TERRORISM OR NOT.

It is becoming increasingly CLEAR that Obama's political agenda is affecting the nation's defense.

These incidents just keep on coming - they have not stopped just because Obama downplayed the incident in a press release.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 3, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Crist hits the campaign trail this week. This could prove more sginificant than one might thinkm as it can set the tone for what kind of campaign Crist will run considering his cash may dry up before he gets to take many more road trips...

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

Posted by: parkerfl1 | May 3, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

meh, I think the only people who will take the Hawaii race as a referendum on anything are Republican operatives and the people who believe anything told to them by Republican operatives. It's a split vote during a special election for a position that lasts like six months. Unless Djou gets like something like 45%, you can't read anything into this.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 3, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

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