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Democratic prospects look good in West Virginia special election



West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin looks like a Senate candidate. AP Photo

1. The West Virginia special election to replace late Sen. Robert Byrd (D) is rapidly taking shape with Gov. Joe Manchin expected to name an interim Senator by Friday and announce his own run sometime soon after that even as Republicans grow more pessimistic about the likelihood of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) entering the race.

The state legislature will convene tomorrow to set a special election primary date -- in August or September -- and then a special general election for this fall, legislative moves that are not expected to take more than a day.

Manchin will then announce the person who will fill out the remaining four months or so of Byrd's term on Friday and make clear his plans to run for the seat as early as the following week. (Manchin isn't talking about potential appointees but Hotline's Reid Wilson has a good list here.)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee's very public move to begin their opposition research efforts against Manchin is rightly read as a last minute attempt to dissuade him from the race but isn't likely to succeed for two reasons.

First, Manchin has been eyeing the Senate for quite some time and, while he would have preferred to serve out his gubernatorial term and run for a full six-year Senate term in 2012, he isn't likely to pass up this sort of opportunity simply because Republicans are making noise about looking into his background.

Second, Manchin is extremely popular in the state and it's not entirely clear whether Republicans will be in a position to field a series opponent against him.

Capito, the daughter of former Gov. Arch Moore, is the obvious choice but according to two sources familiar with her thinking she is leaning against a bid -- worried about giving up the relative safety of her 2nd district House seat, which she has held since 2000, for a race against the popular governor. Capito seriously considered a challenge to Byrd in 2006 before ultimately backing away.

There are conflicting reports about Capito's timeline to make her decision though most insiders expect it to come sooner rather than later. Assuming Capito doesn't run, Republicans don't have an obvious plan B with people like John Raese, who has run unsuccessfully for the Senate in 1984 and 2006, mentioned.

If the "Manchin in, Capito out" scenario comes to pass -- and it seems likely today -- then West Virginia will bear a striking resemblance to North Dakota, another Senate race where a popular governor will waltz into the world's most deliberative body this fall.

2. Colorado gubernatorial GOP frontrunner Scott McInnis apologized Tuesday for plagiarizing someone else's work on water issues in essays he was paid to write for a fellowship.

The Denver Post reported Monday that essays under McInnis's byline, written after he left Congress in 2004, included passages lifted from decades-old writings of Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs.

McInnis was paid $300,000 (!) for a three-year fellowship with the right-leaning Hasan Family Foundation, for whom he wrote the essays. His campaign blamed the matter on a research assistant who failed to cite the words used as Hobbs'.

The Associated Press reported that McInnis reached out to Hobbs and apologized. His campaign labeled the plagiarism a "serious mistake."

The foundation that paid McInnis is now considering asking for a refund. But even if McInnis's personal pocketbook is spared, his political future may be damaged.

Plagiarism charges have ruined the campaigns of a number of notable political figures. Earlier this year, Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward was caught lifting phrases from several source, and Vice President Joe Biden's 1988 presidential campaign was brought down by his own plagiarism charges.

McInnis was favored to win the Aug. 10 governor's nod over businessman Dan Maes who has weathered a campaign finance problem himself in recent days.

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will be the Democratic nominee in the open seat race to replace retiring Gov. Bill Ritter (D).

3. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) maintaining his lead in the three-way Senate race.

Crist leads with 35 percent to former state House Speaker Marco Rubio's (R) 28 percent and Rep. Kendrick Meek's (D) 17 percent. Crist also leads in a three-way matchup against Rubio and billionaire real estate developer Jeff Greene who is challenging Meek for the Democratic nod; Crist took 34 percent to Rubio's 29 percent and 19 percent for Greene.

The results are consistent with other polling data coming out of the Sunshine State Senate race. Crist continues to get high marks from Florida voters -- 53 percent of those surveyed approved of the job he's been doing. But much of the campaign will hinge on whether Crist is able to compete with Rubio in the money race. Rubio announced Monday that he raised an impressive $4.5 million in the second fundraising quarter, besting Crist's previous record of $4.3 million. Meek raised $1 million in the same period. Crist has yet to release his fundraising numbers.

Meanwhile, in the governor's race former health care executive Rick Scott (R) is neck-and-neck with state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink (D), taking 34 percent to Sink's 31 percent. (Scott continued to spend heavily on television ads in advance of his primary against state Attorney General Bill McCollum next month.) If McCollum is the Republican nominee, the race is even closer with Sink at 31 percent and McCollum at 30 percent.

4. A harsh new Democratic Governors Association ad hits Illinois GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Brady for votes he cast in the state legislature.

The ad points to Brady's opposition to abortion "even in cases of rape and incest" and notes that, in the state legislature, he was "one of only three legislators to vote against expanding mammogram coverage"; "Our daughters and our state deserve better," the ad's narrator adds.

Democrats are trying to move early to define Brady, a state senator from the southern part of the state, in the Chicago media market -- a population center where the Republican nominee is barely known. Reports indicate the committee is spending half a million dollars on the ads, which will run during primetime.

Brady is launching his own radio ad this week, comparing Gov. Pat Quinn (D) to the Roman Emperor Nero (!).

Despite the clear Democratic lean of Illinois, national Republicans are optimistic they can score a win in President Barack Obama's home state. Why? The cloud cast by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) still hangs over the Democratic party and Quinn has found himself on the wrong side of an income tax proposal that was beaten back by members of his own party.

5. The American Action Network, a conservative policy group, is up with a new TV ad against Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.

"Oh, Patty," the ad's female narrator says. "We had such high hopes that you were different. One of us. Then, you wore your tennis shoes out on our backs -- small business, Washington families and children." The "tennis shoes" line is a reference to Murray's 1992 bid, in which she famously referred to herself as a "mom in tennis shoes."

The organization is putting $750,000 behind the ad, which was produced by Fred Davis, the man behind Arizona Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign commercials as well as the famous/infamous "demon sheep" web video in California.

National Democrats responded by taking a shot at former state Rep. Dino Rossi (R), the Republican frontrunner in the race to face Murray.

"Establishment Republican Dino Rossi's economic policies are lifted verbatim from a failed Republican playbook that crippled Washington middle-class families and small businesses," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee National Press Secretary Deirdre Murphy said. "In November, Washington voters will throw Rossi and his failed Republican policies off their backs for the third and final time."

Rossi previously lost races for governor in 2004 and 2008. He was a last minute recruit by national Republicans into a race that was seen as non-competitive before he announced.

The ad is noteworthy in that it takes on Murray before Washington State Republicans have decided on their nominee. Rossi, former Washington Redskins tight end Clint Didier (R) and businessman Paul Akers (R) are vying for the chance to face Murray. The state's "top-two" primary system, however, means that the top two vote-getters on August 17, regardless of party, will proceed to the general election -- a major edge for the well-known Rossi over his fellow Republicans.

Rossi also reported a solid $1.4 million raised in the second quarter of the year, a sum that will far eclipse the fundraising of his Republican rivals.

Recent general election match-ups show Murray leading all three Republican candidates, although a Survey USA poll released earlier this month showed Murray's favorable rating is only 38 percent, while 34 percent of those polled viewed her unfavorably.

With Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez

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"Just 40 percent of whites in the Post/ABC survey approve of the job Obama is doing, his lowest rating among this key demographic since the start of his presidency and well below the 50 percent approval number that he carries nationwide. Forty-three percent of white voters strongly disapprove of the job Obama is doing, while just 19 percent strongly approve."

Assuming that this statistic means anything at all two years before Obama has to run again, and assuming that you can actually add Flaming white ultra liberal college professors, communists, socialists, and greens who hate BHO's horrible centrist tendencies to the 20% of the country that is white, Republican, and T-Crazy, (multiply redundant, except that not all whites are T-Crazy Republicans), and get a meaningful vector sum, or even a meaningless scalar, His 40% of the White electorate, added to his likely 90% of non whites in the next election add up to somewhere north of 50% of voters.

Of course, they turned off the gusher today, Congress passed Financial Reform, another block of Health care regulations becomes effective, (now you have to get common sense preventive care under your insurance, and don't have to pay an arm and a leg in co-pays) and the economic news continues to be incrementally, but measurably better.

And McConnell and Boehner are already talking about reperaling a financial regulation bill that isn't yet signerd into law.

The Party of just plain No!, No Clues, No answers, and no platform except no taxes, meanwhile, continues jointly and severally to provide no evidence of a policy that doesn't depend on Obama failing catastrophically, even if they have to provide the dynamite to blow his administration up, but keeps telling us that they have one. Of course, they are also jointly and severally in hiding because that evil old media is SOOO NASTY and asks them questions like, "Do you aqree with representative Barton that we ought to apologize to BP?" and "What do you really mean when you say that it was wrong to make discrimination by businesses illegal?"

It is a long time 'til November, and for the T-Crazies taking over the Republican party it is only going to get Worse.

Perhaps the R's ought to learn the campaign song, "Try to remember the time in September when people thought that we were swello."

Posted by: ceflynline | July 15, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

According to some other posters here, zoukie posts on a lot of different sites. he's about as much of a burnout as 37.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Come on drindl get real, how could anyone so emotionally warped possibly hold a job? Who would work with him? Who would hire him as a consultant?

Not only allll that time here posting under all those monikers, but hours of time collecting screeds from hate sites to paste here. Every day.

Hate and derision and mockery are a full-time job for zouk, with lots if overtime. And CC eats it up.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 14, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

hey zoukie boy - so what do you do for a 'living' -- since you post on this blog every 2 minutes every day, we were just wondering.

when would you have time to work?

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Flash!

Hitler-Obama-Lenin billboard has been taken down about 1 1/2 hours ago.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 14, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

direct link past drivl's "brain"

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/07/sarah_palin_spends_like_the_rest_of_em_consultants.php

this is referred to in unemployed liberal circles as "working on my writing".

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 14, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

SAUSAGE? $4000?

Must have been a hell of a party. And the blowback must've been tremendous.

Seriously, the only irritation I have with Sarah Palin (assuming she's not running for anything) is this Mama Grizzly thing.

At least Mrs. Palin is an authentic outdoorswoman. But when she includes Fiorina or Whitman in that group, I have to laugh. These two have probably strolled in Muir Woods in their Faragamo pumps, but that's the closest that either has come to nature.

Give me a break. Who would believe that b.s. especially if you ever camped or hunted or fished yourself.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 14, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

such a maverick?


"To hear Sarah Palin tell it, she and her mama grizzlies are people-powered, grassroots examples of how Americans can get involved in politics. But a close look at SarahPAC's campaign finance report shows she spends her donations on the same old, standard consultants as every other politician. And like many others, she still finds ways to keep her inner circle in the money.

She pulled in just shy of $866,000 in donations from people hailing from Kissimmee, Florida to Rancho Palos Verdes, California. But Marylander Laurie Beitman's $35 and the bulk of Palin's small-dollar donations is going to more than Republican candidates the former Alaska governor wants to see win this fall. By our count, Palin spent nearly $400,000 on consultants, lobbying firms and the standard direct mail and fundraising firms politicians frequently use. (The AP had a stricter consulting tally, $210,000.) Just about the only maverick-style item she purchased was $4,000 worth of sausage.

Palin spent $30,000 on "consulting, national and international issues" with Randy Scheunemann's Orion Strategies, a lobbying firm representing foreign governments.

Then there's Rebecca Mansour's Aries Petra Consulting, which Palin paid $22,000 for "internet messaging" to write those infamous Palin Facebook messages.

Politico describes Mansour as a "Los Angeles screenwriter and political neophyte whose creation of the popular cheerleading blog Conservatives4Palin endeared her to Palin's inner circle."

She paid NorthStar Strategies, the firm owned by her campaign body man and former Bush administration alum Jason Recher $36,000 for "logistics [and] political consulting."

Former press aide Meg Stapleton's IzzyLene Consulting received $2,500 for media consulting.

Palin paid $35,000 to Grey Strategies, a Columbus firm that helped her with media, logistics and political consulting. It appears to now be a newly merged firm called Grey Shockley, run by lobbyists Doug McMarlin and Leslie Beyer. According to Hotline on Call, McMarlin also travels with Palin.

True North L'Attitudes, a consulting firm created in February by an Anchorage woman named Robyn Engibous, got more than $10,000 for scheduling. Engibous, a former staffer for Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), also got almost $1,400 in reimbursements for office supplies and mileage. "

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The Garofalo quote is probably made up. Google it and you get a whole bunch of right sites and all the comment boards that zook posts to. No link to any HuffPost site.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 14, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

You could be doing something more interesting, like cleaning your cat box.
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Well, I have no cat, thus no cat box. Maybe that explains it.

Bwahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 14, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"These commercials from the GOP are quick with the snark and slow on the content. "


Their base is big on infantile insults. See:zouk. That's all they understand. You have to use small words and speak slowly.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

And they would certainly prefer to castigate upticks in the economy like AA and Intc just reported.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 14, 2010 12:38 PM
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The best revenge they say is living well. The best revenge in this case is making money.

And since human nature never changes, once the market has gone up a bunch more, THEN the pessimists will jump in with both feet. Just about the time that a conservative investor is taking profits off the table, then the previously pessimistic throw caution to the wind, and BUY BUY BUY.

This completes the cycle of "buy high, sell low".

I wish I had ever been able to influence even ONE person not to do this, but I don't think I've succeeded yet.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 14, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"Now, these are facts. But yet, there are a LOT of people who see disaster just around the corner"

there will always be pessimist in the world 12Bar, but with many Americans struggling right now it sickens me that many conservatives are hoping against hope for continued economic struggles, as their only pathway to electoral success this Nov. They don't see companies like GM and HCA surviving and going public and would have preferred their demise. And they would certainly prefer to castigate upticks in the economy like AA and Intc just reported.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 14, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"t seems like such a waste of time to paste some unknown writer's comment about a third person (Garofalo) who then liberals are supposed to set their hair on fire to defend"

His whole life is a waste of time, why are you surprised? I don't know why you bother to talk to such an infantile jerk. You could be doing something more interesting, like cleaning your cat box.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

leichtman -- did you know Rasmussen is going on a free National Review cruise, for righties only? He's in tight with the likes of Bill Kristol. Fair and balanced--hahaha.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

@zouk,

Are you only interested in arguing with drindl? You sure are giving that impression, my friend.

First it's Garofalo now it's Eleanor Clift. Why are you using a cat's paw to argue?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 14, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

and your beloved Bush is at 18% and didn't see a 45% approval throughout the last 4 years of his Administration. Guess what zouk, Obama is not up for election. Your predictions: McCain would pull it out in Oct 2008 and Fiorina has it in the bag from yesterday's post b/c one poll had her up 3 points. Get the drift?; your predictions are consistantly wrong and all your rants don't change that one iota. Must be kind of lonely here for you w/o the 37th choir to sing to.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 14, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

@leichtman,

Intel had the best quarter it has had in its entire 42 year history, with sales increasing 34% over last year. The market knows that lifts all segments of the tech sector.

The market has doubled in the case of the NASD or nearly doubled in the case of the DOW in the last 14 months. That is outstanding performance.

Now, these are facts. But yet, there are a LOT of people who see disaster just around the corner.

I've given up trying to influence people about the stock market, because their view is so influenced by their opinion (or personality) they fail to notice the facts.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 14, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Here's another drivl clone babbling on incoherently (aka, liberal "thought"):

Eleanor Clift has put her finger on precisely the reason Obama’s polls are slipping: He isn’t blaming George W. Bush enough.

Obama hasn’t done as good a job as Reagan of blaming his predecessor. Jimmy Carter for years served as the GOP’s version of Herbert Hoover while Obama let George W. Bush slip away into the ether, a former president so invisible that he might as well be in a witness-protection program.

Boy, with keen insights like this, it’s hard to believe Newsweek is up for sale, huh?

UPDATE: She also writes:

“It could turn either way,” says Matt Bennett, cofounder of the centrist Democratic group Third Way. “We’re not by any means locked into a political reality at this point.” Looking for the bright side, Bennett says the party in power never wants the president polling below 50, and Obama against all odds has maintained that base line.

Er, no. That’s not even close to being right. The most recent ABC News poll has Obama at 50; the vast majority of polls have had Obama’s job approval rating in the 40s – sometimes the high 40s, sometimes the mid-40s, and sometimes the low 40s — since January.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 14, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

actually retail sales were better than projected and Intel projects computer growth of 16% annually through 2014, but conservatives like zouk are rubbing their hands together hoping and praying that
Intel and Alcoa got it wrong. what true American patriots they are. Defending antisemetic billboards and praying that yesterday's good economic news from 2 of the leading American indicators, computer and aluminum growth, is flat wrong.

http://www.businessbarbados.com/News/International-Business-News/Article/Alcoa-Profit-Surprise-Bodes-Well-for-Economy--Stocks.html

Conservatives are really p.o. with the potential of economic recovery seen this week.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 14, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

why have the Libs on this blog completely stopped defending the takover of AMerika by the socialist dictator Chairman Zero?
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I can't speak for anyone else, but if you are interested in my opinion, I'll give it.

I don't believe in defending the President to you. You aren't going to change your mind one bit, so why would I waste the effort. I don't agree with much of what you say about the President, but so what.

I am much more interested in fact than opinion. I am much more interested in polling and trendlines and issues. Everyone has opinion, almost none are up to changing them, so why would anyone waste a lot of time trying?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 14, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Simply the drivl/don quixote approach - reason from the specific to the general.

don't all Libs think that way? I know dingbat does.
why have the Libs on this blog completely stopped defending the takover of AMerika by the socialist dictator Chairman Zero? what happened to all the hope and change? Can you now admit that it was utter folly and an enormous failure and should be repealed immediately? Pretty much everyone else has already arrived at that conclusion, try to catch up.

Or would you prefer attacking small candidates in mini markets for their choice of hairstyle (pull a drivl).

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 14, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

This tells you how little I care: I don't even know what Garofalo says. Nor Voight either. Someone could tell me they are speaking in tongues and I wouldn't know it. One doesn't learn much by listening to partisans.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 14, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

These commercials from the GOP are quick with the snark and slow on the content. The Senator Murray ad has snippy lead-in followed by nothing much in particular.

Eventually Rossi is going to face the same problem Toomey and Rubio are facing. Once you get past "lower taxes" there is nothing in the GOP platform. You can't run on snark and dismissive jokes for the next 4 months. Sooner or later the GOP is going to have to start talking specifics and that is when people like Toomey and Rubio and Rossi will see that they have nothing to offer the undecided voter.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 14, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

and why should we care what Janeane Garofalo has to say lets say any more
than nut job Jon Voight? Neither are in positions of authority and their political opinions no more relevant than our's.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 14, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Obungler recovery update:

Retail sales fell in June for the second straight month, more evidence that the recovery will slow in the second half of the year.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 14, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Fiance whiz, now aka don quixote, tilting at windmills and battling strawmen.

you are perfectly delusional. It is tedious to listen to your repeats, in the vein of 37th. do not put words in my mouth, I have posted plenty for you to pick over.

you and drivl belong in the same asylum.
Method:

Assume the worst in someone, in the least flattering light.

reason from the specific to the general and accuse all foes of even worse behavior.

conclude by declaring moral superiority for your findings.

It's just silly and your intellect is sorely short.

try taking on on one of my actual positions.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 14, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Malis, you are right that McInnis is running for Gov. Also I didn't know about the connection to the 300K job. Maybe this will be a big issue moving forward after all.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 14, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

how does one describe Janeane Garofalo
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zouk, why do you paste stuff like this?

I don't care about Garofalo one way or the other. I barely remember what she looks like and don't keep up with her at all. She could be on Dancing with the Stars for all I know.

Insulting Garofalo is no insult to me. I doubt there are others on this blog who care either.

It seems like such a waste of time to paste some unknown writer's comment about a third person (Garofalo) who then liberals are supposed to set their hair on fire to defend.

Why don't you write what YOU mean?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 14, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Sounds just like our own resident moonbat:

Leftists may be delusional in thinking Barack Obama is some kind of Reaganite. But if that's delusional, how does one describe Janeane Garofalo? As always, her nuttiness is in a league (institution?) of its own. On The Huffington Post, she groused of conservatives that "They own the media and they dominate the media and they dominate the conversation. But of course liberals are proud. They have everything to be proud of. But they just don't have much say. You know, they don't have networks and huge radio networks and megachurches and seats in Congress."

Liberals don't have the seats in Congress? Garofalo isn't just wrong, she's in meltdown.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 14, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I could tell from the headline that CC did not write this -- he's never had a positive headline for Dems before.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I would guess not a lot of Jews belong to the Teatards either.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

ILLEGAL Alien SCOFFLAW SCMNESTY Is TREASON Against AMERICAN Workers !!! VAMOOS ILLEGAL Aliens !!! Leave Our JOBS Alone !!!

Posted by: lennybeachboy999 | July 14, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

ILLEGAL Alien SCOFFLAW SCMNESTY Is TREASON Against AMERICAN Workers !!! VAMOOS ILLEGAL Aliens !!! Leave Our JOBS Alone !!!

Posted by: lennybeachboy999 | July 14, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

ILLEGAL Alien SCOFFLAW SCMNESTY Is TREASON Against AMERICAN Workers !!! VAMOOS ILLEGAL Aliens !!! Leave Our JOBS Alone !!!

Posted by: lennybeachboy999 | July 14, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

ILLEGAL Alien SCOFFLAW SCMNESTY Is TREASON Against AMERICAN Workers !!! VAMOOS ILLEGAL Aliens !!! Leave Our JOBS Alone !!!

Posted by: lennybeachboy999 | July 14, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

ILLEGAL Akien SCOFFLAW SCMNESTY Is TREASON Against AMERICAN Workers !!! VAMOOS ILLEGAL Aliens !!! Leave Our JOBS Alone !!!

Posted by: lennybeachboy999 | July 14, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Its outrageous that conservatives here
don't Universally Condemn this billboard. Its offensive to holocaust
survivors who do not find it humorous.
My guess: not a lot of holocaust survivors
belong to the Tea Party.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 14, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"AndyR3, that's the Colorado Governor, not Senate race, and the issue is much more serious. When McInnis left the House in 2004 he accepted $300k from a conservative legal foundation to write monthly articles for the foundation’s website and give speeches on water policy, for two years.

A month ago, there was a minor controversy when it was noted there was no evidence that any articles had ever been produced, and the arrangement seemed just a way for conservative friends to funnel money to a person who was an obvious future candidate. He managed to get past that when the foundation belatedly posted a 150 page article titled “Musings on Water” in 23 installments (five years after the fact, but oh well).

These are the writings that have been discovered to contain major plagiarism—page after page after page after page lifted almost verbatim (with minor wording changes) from a 1984 article written by a well-know water issues authority who’s now a Colorado supreme Court Judge. "

Thanks for the info. I doubt he'll drop out -- i also doubt the R base cares about plagerism but independents might be another story.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Check out your beloved Rasmussen poll today showing Boxer up by 7.
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Looks like Rasmussen is polling this race every month. On June 9, Rasmussen had Boxer up 5, now they have her up 7.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 14, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

If you haven't actually seen the billboard, you should. An image IS worth a thousand words.

Here's the image: http://www.oliverwillis.com/2010/07/13/billboard-from-official-tea-party-in-iowa-compares-obama-hitler/

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 14, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Post of the day from yesterday. Reprinted without permission but since it is just me in my other guise, it's OK:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
And have you noticed that no one whines more about your blog and your topics, spends more time cutting and pasting HuffPo info for your bloggers to read, and delivers more insults to other posters than... yep, Drindl?

Posted by: Brigade | July 13, 2010 8:22 PM

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 14, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

what is humorous zouk is your defending
and rationalizing the indefensible billboard. Hollcaust survivors are not amused. So you think that Hitler and the loss of 6 million Jews is funny? Incidentally the Bush reference was a submission by ONE IDIOT to moveon's film contest out of over 3000 submissions and was rated in their contest at zero and quickly pulled. That video submission was outrageous but the idea that you would now defend the TeaParty billboard proves how twisted your rants are and how reckless TeaParty sentiments are.
Yesterday you bragged how Fiorina was way
ahead of Boxer and that Boxer should just quit now and coronate HP's fired EX CEO. Think again your wet dream is over. Check out your beloved Rasmussen poll today showing Boxer up by 7. Wow a 10 point swing since your post 24 hours ago.
Rasmussen is such a joke they don't know what the heck they are doing.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 14, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

As explained on the We Will Not Be Silenced website, “‘Change’ from Chicago encouraged and created an army to steal caucus packets, falsify documents, change results, allow unregistered people to vote, scare and intimidate Hillary supporters, stalk them, threaten them, lock them out of their polling places, silence their voices and stop their right to vote.”

Because of the program and other recent events concerning voter intimidation, including the Black Panther incident in Philadelphia and testimony from J. Christian Adams on the Department of Justice’s unwillingness to pursue voter related crimes committed by African Americans, people around the country are finally waking up to the fact that Democrat voter fraud is a far, far bigger problem than anyone had ever realized

While the voter fraud documented in Gaston’s film primarily involves Democratic caucuses, the bigger story here isn’t a single primary, but the bag of tricks that Democrats use to influence elections of all kinds.

Earlier in the week Fox News ran a story showing how illegal votes by felons in Minnesota were enough for Democrat Al Franken to beat Republican candidate Norm Coleman and claim the Senate seat.

Millions had voted in the Minnesota election, but at the end of the day all it took was 341 criminals to disenfranchise an entire state.

On July 6, American Thinker published an article by Lee Cary about an interview with a Chicago political machine insider. It contained the following warning:

“In Chicago, the Precinct Captains watch to see who votes and who doesn’t. Then, at the end of the day, others will cast votes for those who haven’t shown up to vote, all under the direction of the Precinct Captain. If the actual voter shows up later, they’re given someone else’s card. The Republican poll watchers don’t stop this. Hell, most of them are actually Democrats.”

The Democrat Voter Fraud Playbook is as follows:

ACORN registers the names, legitimate or not.
Black Panther, SEIU and other “community organizer” groups intimidate people, especially minorities, from voting Republican.
Voter lists remain unscrubbed of felons, dead people, and illegal immigrants.
On Election Day, precinct workers submit any unused ballots for Democrat candidates.
Democrat officials and politicians pretend like nothing happened.
It’s as easy as that to steal an election.

The dropping of voter intimidation charges by Department of Justice political appointees against billy club wielding Black Panthers sends the message to the Democrat community that mass voter fraud can continue without fear of legal reprisal.

Fred Dardick

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 14, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

AndyR3, that's the Colorado Governor, not Senate race, and the issue is much more serious. When McInnis left the House in 2004 he accepted $300k from a conservative legal foundation to write monthly articles for the foundation’s website and give speeches on water policy, for two years.

A month ago, there was a minor controversy when it was noted there was no evidence that any articles had ever been produced, and the arrangement seemed just a way for conservative friends to funnel money to a person who was an obvious future candidate. He managed to get past that when the foundation belatedly posted a 150 page article titled “Musings on Water” in 23 installments (five years after the fact, but oh well).

These are the writings that have been discovered to contain major plagiarism—page after page after page after page lifted almost verbatim (with minor wording changes) from a 1984 article written by a well-know water issues authority who’s now a Colorado supreme Court Judge. McInnis’s excuse is that they came from his ‘researcher,’ despite his written statement at the time of submission, that “…all articles are original and not reprinted from any other source.”

This morning’s additions include discovery of a second instance—a 2004 McInnis Op-Ed printed in the (late, lamented) Rocky Mountain News which seems to have been lifted largely from a 2003 Washington Post article.

If you’re interested, read this devastating deconstruction of McInnis by a Denver Post political columnist this morning:

http://www.denverpost.com/littwin/ci_15509428

…and these two editorials, the Denver Post calling for McInnis to drop from the race immediately, and the Colorado Springs Gazette saying he should drop out if these allegations are true:

http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_15508403
http://www.gazette.com/opinion/mcinnis-101492-foundation-better.html

I was waiting to see what his first actual public words would be (not a 'statement' released by a flunky--his own words from his own mouth). Well, here they are, spoken to a Denver TV station yesterday afternoon, quoted in the Denver Post:

"This is a non-issue if it's not a political year.
Voters don't really care about this issue.
They care about jobs, getting back to work."

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_15506732

Yeah, right. "This is a non-issue...Voters don't really care." That settles it. This is the only the last and largest of several ethical issues McInnis has stumbled over, and I’m pretty certain that by the end of the week, he’ll be out of the race (get used to saying ‘Governor Hickenlooper’ everybody!).

Posted by: malis | July 14, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Mr Transparency and his thugs do NOT permit truth telling:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs during Tuesday night's House Democratic Caucus meeting for saying Sunday that Democrats could lose control of the House in November.


Pass the popcorn as the silly libs implode.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 14, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Sigh, 12Bar -- the racist bigot 37 apparently is so needy to post his sewage he's willing to do anything to sneak on here, where everyone wishes he would go away.

I cannot imagine why anyone would want to foist himself on a group who can't stand him... what a sociopath. But then, if he had any actual friends he wouldn't be on here all day.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I realize that most liberals heads are on the empty side, but to forget that Bush == hitler was the main card played by these loons so quickly is laughable.

a gallary in retrospect:

http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=612

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 14, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Chris Cillizza, are you listening?

37th = GunsofBattle

If there is a post about race, 37th will be behind it.

Can't you block his IP?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 14, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

McInnis plagerism was extensive, Andy. It wasn't just once or twice.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

mehuwss writes
"The GOP should take note of the fate of Marco Rubio in Florida. Rubio, who opposes a path to legalization for illegal immigrants except for Cubans like himself, is now trailing Charlie Crist in the senatorial race. Crist favors common-sense comprehensive immigration reform."


It's bigger than that. Crist's views on a wide variety of issues promote common sense, moderate solutions over the right-wing ideology promoted by Rubio. As the GOP moves further right & demonizes the centrist policies of the Obama administration as some kind of 'socialism', the GOP is conceding the middle ground to Dems or independents like Crist.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | July 14, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

The North Iowa Tea party, like many sympathizers of the movement, denounce media attempts to portray tea party members as extreme or outside the mainstream. On its website, the North Iowa Tea party links directly to a report by the conservative Media Research Center that decries the media’s characterization of Tea Party protesters as “‘ugly,’ ‘unruly,’ ‘nasty’ mobs, with reporters presenting the most odious images (such as pictures of Obama drawn as Hitler) as somehow representative of the entire group.” Ironically, despite disassociating themselves from Obama-Hitler comparisons in the past, the North Iowa Tea Party is now a leading propagator of this abhorrent image. Last week, they created a billboard that features President Obama “flanked” by Adolph Hitler and Vladimir Lenin:

A new billboard in downtown Mason City features a photo of President Obama, flanked by pictures of German dictator Adolph Hitler and Communist leader Vladimir Lenin.

The billboard features phrases like “Live Free or Die” and “Radical leaders prey on the fearful and naive.”

It’s the same spot where a billboard last fall featured the phrase “Obama-Nation, Live Free or Die” with the Communist symbol of a hammer and sickle. The billboards were paid for by the North Iowa Tea Party.

Iowa Tea Party leaders now say they disagree with the use of the pictures, but not the Obama-is-Hitler message. North Iowa Tea Party co-founder Bob Johnson stated that while the “the pictures might be overwhelming,” the sign “highlights” the right message. Iowa state Tea Party coordinator John White agrees that while the “sign goes” where “the Tea Party doesn’t want to be”, “everything Obama has done is ‘lock-step’ with what Hitler did in his day."

Yes, every day Obama murders millions of Jews.

a herd of sick teatards -- and these images insult Jews and the memory of the Holocaust.

Posted by: drindl | July 14, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I don't know how much McInnis's plagarism think will really matter that much in the long-run. I would be willing to bet that he did just forget to cite the Judge, and that shouldn't neccesarily eliminate you for consderation as a Senator. Although I would be willing to bet that an intern at Hickenlooper's campaign is going to be rereading anything that McInnis wrote over the last 10 years.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 14, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

1. You folks snuck in a very nice play on the Senate's nickname. Given the number of filibusters going on, it certainly is the world's MOST deliberative body.

2 - 5. Looks like there will be a lot of jump balls this fall. I wonder if '92 will be a model. Improving economy, but too little, too late.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 14, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Great thread yesterday. Nice to see the old mutual admiration society for loons get aired out occasionally. There is however one flaw still lurking:
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Simply amazing anyone still believes that free market junk. You right-wingers shouldn't be allowed to fụcking feed yourselves and you should be kept in cages like rabid dogs.

Get lost, drudge junk.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 14, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse
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please find a way to block and permanantly eliminate this vulgar pest. Again. There is no more clear violation of the community rules day after day.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 14, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Great quote from Harry Truman now airing on MSNBC - "I don't give them hell, I just tell them the truth, and they think it's hell."


That applies to all the Obama people -

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St. Louis Tea Party organizer Bill Hennessy wrote on the group's website Tuesday that the Tea Party stands for smaller government and fiscal responsibility, and accused the NAACP of abandoning black America.

"When you look at the crime and poverty and family breakdown of the African-American community ... you see a half-century of failure by the NAACP," he wrote. "None of those persistent problems was caused by the Tea Party movement, yet the principles of the Tea Party are exactly what's needed to wind down the multigenerational destruction in the African-American community.

"The NAACP was once a vital weapon in the war against segregation and oppression. All that's left is a bigoted and malicious shell that does far more harm than good for people who need a break," he wrote.

Posted by: GunsOfBattle | July 14, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Regarding #4 on Chris's list...the hit on Bill Brady is really shocking when you visit the main website (http://www.StopBillBrady ) and you realize that the man opposes like stopping domestic abuse and is routinely one of just two or three legislators to do adopt crazy right-wing stances like opposing mammogram insurance coverage or forcing raped women to have ultrasounds first.

If I know anything about Cook County I know that those policies don't fly.

Posted by: JacobIL | July 14, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

The GOP should take note of the fate of Marco Rubio in Florida. Rubio, who opposes a path to legalization for illegal immigrants except for Cubans like himself, is now trailing Charlie Crist in the senatorial race. Crist favors common-sense comprehensive immigration reform.
In a Reuters/Ipsos Poll released yesterday, Crist gets 35%, Rubio 28% and Meeks 17%. Other polls have shown similar results although the gap seems to be widening.

Posted by: mehuwss | July 14, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

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