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Fundraising Winners and Losers

The Fix spent much of the weekend -- yes, I know I am a political dork -- scouring hundreds of financial filings by incumbents and candidates for the House and Senate.

Fundraising strength is the best early indicator of candidates' intention and potential. A Senate incumbent who collects next to no money is sure to find himself on retirement watch lists. A challenger candidate who over performs expectation will get more attention from both the national party and the media; one who disappoints financially is in danger of falling off the list of top-tier contests.

Below you'll find a sampling of winners and losers from the second quarter reports. Remember, these ratings, like each of the candidates' second quarter filings, are a snapshot in time. A "loser" today could turn into a winner when third quarter reports are filed at the end of September.

WINNERS

Tom Allen: Allen, who is challenging Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) next November, raised $1.1 million and ended the quarter within $600,000 cash on hand. Collecting that sort of money is no easy task in a state as small as Maine; Allen's impressive total speaks to both his dedication to the race as well as the high level of interest from national Democratic donors.

Andrew Saul/Sandy Treadwell: Saul and Treadwell are both wealthy businessmen seeking to unseat freshman House Democrats in Upstate New York. Treadwell, who is preparing to take on Rep. Kirstin Gillibrand in the Albany-area 20th district, raised $340,000 between April 1 and June 30 while not making any significant personal donation to the campaign. Saul, set to face Rep. John Hall in New York's 19th district, raised $323,000 and gave himself another $100,000; he ended the period with $307,000 on hand.

Jon Bruning: Running a primary against an incumbent is never easy even when that incumbent is viewed as skeptically by the base of the party as Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) is in Nebraska. So the $728,000 that Bruning, the state's attorney general, collected over the past three months for his challenge of Hagel is quite impressive. Most neutral Republicans believe Hagel will not seek re-election, a development that could actually work against Bruning as national Republicans may well turn to former Gov. Mike Johanns as their preferred candidate.

Jim Ryun: A surprise loser on Election Night 2006, Ryun, a Kansas Republican, seems to have learned the right lessons from his loss. He raised a hefty $340,000 in the second quarter and closed June with $301,000 in the bank. Ryun's primary opponent -- state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins -- was no fundraising slouch herself, raising $200,000 and banking $286,000. Both are vying to face Rep. Nancy Boyda (D).

Al Franken: He's good enough, he's smart enough and gosh darnit Al Franken can raise money. The comedian turned Minnesota Senate candidate raised a whopping $1.9 million between April 1 and June 30 -- outraising incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman (R) by $300,000 or so. Franken's detractors insist his contributions come largely from out-of-state donors but in our experience voters don't seem to care where campaign cash originates.

Kay Barnes: The former mayor of Kansas City is one of House Democrats' most prized recruits so far this cycle. And, in her first three months of active fundraising, she lived up to her billing -- raising $330,000 and keeping $316,000 in reserve. Rep. Sam Graves (R) collected $288,000 in the same period and ended June with $343,000 on hand.

Tom Davis: The northern Virginia Republican continues to hoover up huge sums of cash as he waits for a decision by Sen. John Warner (R) on his political future. In the last three months, Davis raised $402,000, bringing his cycle-to-date fundraising to a whopping $2.75 million. He ended June with more than $1 million in the bank. Davis' relentless fundraising is likely aimed at scaring off potential primary challengers if the seat comes open. But, with former Gov. Jim Gilmore's (R) departure from the presidential race over the weekend, a clear primary field for Davis' looks increasingly unlikely.

LOSERS

National Republican Congressional Committee: We know that NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) has made debt retirement his main priority since taking over at the campaign committee but the organization ended June with just $2 million in the bank -- one-tenth of what the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had on hand. House Republicans' fundraising will improve but they have dug themselves a huge hole six months into the 2008 cycle. If Republicans continue to lag Democrats this badly, it will be difficult for them to do much more than protect their endangered incumbents from a financial onslaught by the DCCC.

Tom Latham/Denny Rehberg/Richard Baker: The real loser here may well be the National Republican Senatorial Committee who had mentioned all three of these Republican House members as potential 2008 Senate candidates. None raised more than $200,000 between April 1 and June 30 and all three trail their would-be Democratic opponents badly in cash on hand. Add it all up and what do you get? Three men not running for Senate in 2008.

John Cornyn: Cornyn's massive fundraising haul -- $2.1 million raised, $5.4 million on hand -- doesn't seem the sort of showing to put him in the loser category. What lands him a spot here is attorney Mikal Watts' (D) willingness to spend his own money on a campaign. Watts gave himself $3.8 million in the last quarter and raised another $1.1 million, ending June with $4.9 million on hand. Watts has said that if he wins the Democratic primary, he will spend an additional $6.2 million of his own money. Cornyn is still an overwhelming favorite but Watts' deep pockets make this a far more involved race than most people would have guessed a few months ago.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 17, 2007; 11:42 AM ET
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GREAT analyses, Chris.

http://OsiSpeaks.com or http://OsiSpeaks.org

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | July 23, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Mark, Colin:

Here's a shocker.

Remember the Noriega backer who posted the false story about Bob Perry not becoming a Rick Noriega supporter until Perry met Noriega through Katrina relief efforts?

That Noriega backer who posted on the Texas Observer blog is James Aldrete. IT TURNS OUT THAT JAMES ALDRETE -- WHO LIED ABOUT NORIEGA'S TIES TO PERRY -- IS A TOP OFFICIAL WITH THE NORIEGA CAMPAIGN ON NORIEGA'S PAYROLL!

I think someone's going to get fired over this misrepresentation!

Posted by: Texas Juan | July 18, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Iraq: Democrats are scrambling to lose the war in Iraq before it's too late. But they've got a surprise coming: On top of the surge, generals are contemplating sending in more forces in a push toward victory.

Two things that we can be sure of:

1), There will never be a MSM or US government report of an American military setback; and,

2), Generals will always ask for more time, more men and more money.

It is time to face reality and plan a phased withdrawal from Iraq.

Robert Chapman
Lansing, NY

Posted by: robert chapman | July 18, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

LOSERS
National Republican Congressional Committee:

The unabashed and proud supporters of Mark Foley and pedophilism, the NRCC deserve to be losers.

Robert Chapman
Lansing, NY

Posted by: robert chapman | July 18, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

TJ -

Thanks for the info.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 18, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Mark:

The backer of Noriega who wrote the Texas Observer trying to explain the relationship between Bob Perry and Rick Noriega WAS PLAIN FLAT LYING!

The Noriega backer said: "Also, I wanted to let you know that the first time Rick met Bob Perry was when Perry visited the George Brown Convention Center when it was turned into a shelter for those forced to flee New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Noriega, as you may know, was asked by Mayor Bill White to oversee operations at the center, and Perry left impressed enough that he became a financial supporter of the Noriegas."

Hurricane Katrina refugees first arrived in Houston in September 2005.

If you search the Texas polticial contribution database for Bob Perry's or Rick Noriega's contribution history (here the database: http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/), you see that Perry was giving Noriega money at least as far back as September 29, 2000 (five years to the day before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans) and again in October 15, 2004, almost a year before Hurricane Katrina.

Noriega also voted to require Texas to do a citizenship on children seeking CHIP coverage, and he voted for a right-wing marriage bill that requires either paying a fee or taking a religious marraige course. I'm not so sure Noriega's a wide-eyed liberal.

Posted by: Texas Juan | July 18, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Mark:

The backer of Noriega who wrote the Texas Observer trying to explain the relationship between Bob Perry and Rick Noriega WAS PLAIN FLAT LYING!

The Noriega backer said: "Also, I wanted to let you know that the first time Rick met Bob Perry was when Perry visited the George Brown Convention Center when it was turned into a shelter for those forced to flee New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Noriega, as you may know, was asked by Mayor Bill White to oversee operations at the center, and Perry left impressed enough that he became a financial supporter of the Noriegas."

Hurricane Katrina refugees first arrived in Houston in September 2005.

If you search the Texas polticial contribution database for Bob Perry's or Rick Noriega's contribution history (here the database: http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/), you see that Perry was giving Noriega money at least as far back as September 29, 2000 (five years to the day before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans) and again in October 15, 2004, almost a year before Hurricane Katrina.

Noriega also voted to require Texas to do a citizenship on children seeking CHIP coverage, and he voted for a right-wing marriage bill that requires either paying a fee or taking a religious marraige course. I'm not so sure Noriega's a wide-eyed liberal.

Posted by: Texas Juan | July 18, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Mark:

The backer of Noriega who wrote the Texas Observer trying to explain the relationship between Bob Perry and Rick Noriega WAS PLAIN FLAT LYING!

The Noriega backer said: "Also, I wanted to let you know that the first time Rick met Bob Perry was when Perry visited the George Brown Convention Center when it was turned into a shelter for those forced to flee New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Noriega, as you may know, was asked by Mayor Bill White to oversee operations at the center, and Perry left impressed enough that he became a financial supporter of the Noriegas."

Hurricane Katrina refugees first arrived in Houston in September 2005.

If you search the Texas polticial contribution database for Bob Perry's or Rick Noriega's contribution history (here the database: http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/), you see that Perry was giving Noriega money at least as far back as September 29, 2000 (five years to the day before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans) and again in October 15, 2004, almost a year before Hurricane Katrina.

Noriega also voted to require Texas to do a citizenship on children seeking CHIP coverage, and he voted for a right-wing marriage bill that requires either paying a fee or taking a religious marraige course. I'm not so sure Noriega's a wide-eyed liberal

Posted by: Texas Juan | July 18, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Juan & Mark -- That is crazy stuff, since I was under the impression that Noriega was actually quite liberal for a Texas Dem. At this point, sounds like I would prefer Watts win the nomination - unless there's some kind of explanation for this stuff. Regardless, thanks for the info.

Posted by: Colin | July 18, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

A backer of Noriega wrote the liberal Texas Observer the following re: Bob Rerry and Rick Noriega:

"Also, I wanted to let you know that the first time Rick met Bob Perry was when Perry visited the George Brown Convention Center when it was turned into a shelter for those forced to flee New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Noriega, as you may know, was asked by Mayor Bill White to oversee operations at the center, and Perry left impressed enough that he became a financial supporter of the Noriegas.

While B. Perry may be a big backer of R. Perry, that clearly didn't stop Rick Noriega from taking on the Governor's one-man poltiical takeover of our state's homeland security program, as detailed in the pages of the Observer.

Rick Noriega also takes pride that he solicited and secured a significant contribution from the "country's highest political donor" in support of the Ellen Cohen Women's Shelter in Houston."
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I googled "Texas Observer" and "Noriega" after reading TJ's post. I see this is going to be a big deal among Ds and I think TJ is right that the tuition break for undocs is an albatross.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 18, 2007 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Texas Juan - very interesting! Bob Perry, no less.

Do you have sources I could research? How did the almost the entire Texas D delegation in the State House miss that one?

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 18, 2007 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Mark, Colin:

Noriega is a Trojan horse candidate who may win the nomination but who stands zero chance in the general election.

Earlier this year, Noriega engaged in a huge feud with Homeland Security Director Steve McCraw about Noriega's efforts to have border security transferred to the Texas National Guard. As part of the feud, Noriega bragged about his role in controling the Laredo border with the National Guard.

This issue will destroy Noriega in the wake of the recent arrest of Laredo-based Texas National Guardsmen Jose Torres, Julio Pacheco, and Clarence Hodge for running an immigrant trafficing ring (using a National Guard van and uniforms no less).

Cornyn will also crush Noriega over Noriega's sponsorship of the Texas law requiring in-state Texas college kids to share their limited access to financial aid and tuition benefits with undocumented college applicant who apply from Texas high schools. This is not a bad policy, but it is a policy that will negate any potential for moderate Republican cross-over votes for Noriega and will even cost him many moderate Democratic votes.

Aside from these problems, I can't get past the fact that Noriega's number one campaign money man is Bob Perry (notorious Republican ne'r do well). Plus, if you look at Noriega's own personal contributions to Political Action Committees, the PAC that gets most of Noriega's money is Reliant/Centerpoint Energy's PAC which funds 90% Republican candidacies, INCLUDING CORNYN!

Noriega is a Trojan horse who Bob Perry will fund during the primary but who Perry will abandon in the general election.

Posted by: Texas Juan | July 18, 2007 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Over the Independence Day holidays, a number of commercials aired in the Pittsburgh market touting the record of freshment Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire. I heard speculation that organized labor financed the commercials.

In a related matter, former Rep. Melissa Hart, the Republican who lost to Altmire, announced that she will run for her old seat in 2008. Former Allegheny County Council Member Ron Francis all but declared his intention to run the Fourth District primary against Hart. The big question is whether Lynn Swann, the GOP's nominee for governor, will run for the congressional seat; he carred the Fourth District while Missy Hart was going down to defeat. A small question is whether State Rep. Mike Turzai or State Sen. Jane Orie might enter the GOP primary in the congressional district.

The Fourth District covers the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh.

Posted by: Conan The Librarian | July 17, 2007 11:30 PM | Report abuse

That's future *Senator*, Tom Allen (D-ME), for sure!

http://www.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/18023

Go, Tom. Shake it up.

Let's finish the business of turning Maine blue.

http://turnmaineblue.com/frontPage.do

Posted by: mainefem | July 17, 2007 8:16 PM | Report abuse

That's future *Senator*, Tom Allen (D-ME), for sure!

http://www.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/18023

Go, Tom. Shake it up.

Let's finish the business of turning Maine blue.

http://turnmaineblue.com/frontPage.do

Posted by: mainefem | July 17, 2007 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see the RNCC has $2M in cash compared to $20M for the DCCC. A great start.

Mark, thanks for the link about Noriega.

Posted by: Scott in PacNW | July 17, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg, recently made public that he will not challenge Max Baucus. Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is seeking a fifth term. Baucus enjoys a 60-plus job approval rating, as does Rehberg in his house slot.

No one in Montana seriously considered Rehberg to be a Senate candidate. But it seemed to have tongues wagging in Washinton.

A challenge against Baucus would have long odds, and in the bargain, throw the Montana at-large house seat wide open, with the possibility of another Democratic pick-up in an election that comes at the end of a very unpopular Republican presidency. The fact that Rehberg raised no significant money shows he never intended to challenge Baucus.

With the exception of his initial election, Rehberg has never had a close race for reelection and has not had to spend much money.

It's hard to understand why Rehberg should then be labeled a loser. He has plenty of money to sustain his routine walk-over against a Democratic unknown. Someone who sees him as "loser" would have to be someone who ignored all the obvious signs and assumed Rehberg was seriously considering challenging Baucus. He wasn't.

Rehberg has proven to be very personable. People, even political opponents, like him. In Montana, we still like to say we "vote for the man." The house seat is all Rehberg's, with no prominent Democrat showing any interest in challenging him.

Posted by: Alan in Missoula | July 17, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

'First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win,"

"an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"

Posted by: Gahndi | July 17, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure their going to get Rumsfeild lying on this one. how high up does it go? I would say it goes to the top. Hopefully the dems have the spine to give these people REAL jail time. 30 months is nothing. i want 30 years. They're lucky the old penalty for treason is no longer PC.

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 6:48 PM | Report abuse

"WHO: The following witnesses are invited to testify: Pat Tillamn hearing


The Honorable Donald Rumsfeld
Former Secretary of Defense
Gen. Richard B. Myers (Retired)
Former Chair, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Gen. John P. Abizaid (Retired)
Former Commander, U.S. Central Command
Gen. Bryan Douglas Brown (Retired)
Former Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
Lt. Gen. Philip R. Kensinger, Jr. (Retired)
Former Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal
Commander, Joint Special Operations Command "


I see a lot of " I don't recalls" coming :)

Posted by: rufus1133 | July 17, 2007 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Everybody on this site takes me VERY seriously. Why do you think they spend so much time attack me personally. Never what I say. Always me personally. I like it. It shows me the gop is scared. Good. I know I'm on the right track. Otherwise these fascists wouldn't spend all day trying to drown out my voice.

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

"As noted on Friday, Chairman Henry Waxman and Ranking Republican Tom Davis of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote letters to White House Counsel Fred Fielding, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and RNC Chairman Mike Duncan requesting further documents regarding the handling of information surrouding the death of Army Ranger Specialist Patrick Tillman.[..]

On Wednesday, August 1, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing entitled "The Tillman Fratricide: What the Leadership of the Defense Department Knew." The hearing will examine what senior Defense Department officials knew about U.S. Army Corporal Patrick Tillman's death by fratricide.

On Friday, July 13, Chairman Waxman and Ranking Minority Member Tom Davis sent letters to the White House and the Department of Defense objecting to the withholding of documents related to the death of Corporal Tillman, who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004. Chairman Waxman also wrote the Republican National Committee to request communications about Corporal Tillman's death by White House officials using e-mail accounts controlled by the RNC. (See also here)"

Posted by: crooksandliars.com | July 17, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Rufus,

Who takes you serious?

Posted by: slt | July 17, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I know what your thinking. Wy pull them off the air if everybody knows they are lying propogandist. Why pull them if they don't have a vise-like grip over the GOP anymore?

The answer is: the pyschological impact on dittoheads. Without their avatars they will be forced to think for themselves. Without Fox they will be forced to go to other sources to get real news. The psychological impact is what I'm concerned with. It will happen. rupert Murdoch is not an immortal. HE is pretty darn old. Without him Fox goes down.

These people are making to much money to willingly step down. I've been asking O'Reilly to get off the air for years because of the damage he's done to this country. Would never happen willingly. To much money to much pride.

Money and pride over country. Little children with big power. Not good.

What will the GOp do without their avatars?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Remember this IS a republican fishbowl. Don't want to give the people who hate me any ammo against the future. You know the GOp. Anything to keep america stuck in 1962. Anything to stop the future of a ONE WORLD ONE PEOPLE socailist government, star trek style :)

Speaking of star trek. Anybody else see the resemblence of the GOP and the Borg?

Just talking here. Nothing TO serious.

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I feel you blarg. I don't want to completly show my face.

Just believe what I'm telling you is truth. Or at least I believe it's truth. again, time will tell.

Beleive not because of what I say. Beleive me because of what's really happening. That's what I keep telling you people. Don't believe George Bush because he tells you. Look at what's happening on the streets.

The media has only a small part to play now. Most people now see them for what they are. Most people now know they cannot trust the news, like they once could. Propoganda is not news. Commercials for your advertisers are not news.

As far as when fox will be pulled. Trust me. Or ignore me. It's on you. Just don't hate the player. Hate the GAME, he's forced to play.

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes, you do need to justify your claims, if you expect anyone to believe or listen to you. You keep making predictions about the future with absolutely no evidence supporting them. It's as if you think saying something enough makes it true.

Do you really think that Fox News will go off the air in a few months? Why do you think that? Who will take them off the air? Why will they do so? What will happen afterwards? Are you capable of answering any of these questions?

Posted by: Blarg | July 17, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Mark -- that's interesting stuff, thanks. I read a piece awhile back talking about Democrats resurgence in and around Dallas and wondered whether the Democratic state party might eventually have some hope of competing satewide again in the near future. Whatever one's politics, that would be good since one-party rule, by either party, is rarely a good thing. I'm happy with Dems winning in most instances, but I wouldn't relish a situation where my prefered party wasn't obligated to defend its actions.

Posted by: Colin | July 17, 2007 5:52 PM | Report abuse

"You must release yoru fear and you anger first. Your hatred."

Isn't that the purpose of posting on this blog? Or any other blog, for that matter? And I guess that KOZ = Buddha since he's released far more fear, anger and hatred than anyone else.

Just kidding, rufus. Ohmmmm, ohmmmm. Assume the Supta Padangustasana, please.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | July 17, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"maybe you can justify your claim that Fox News will be off the air in a few months, which you said in your 3:04 post today"

i DON'T HAVE TO JUSTIFY THAT TO YOU. All you have to do is wait. Less than a year. Can you do that. I'm just trying to keep you ibn the loop. You attack ME for that. Should I say nothing, then it happens, and then you wouldn't knw the good work I've done.

I was scared before the 06 elections. I'll admit that. Since has been pretty good. At least now there is conversation and debate. As opposed to "you are with us or against us." "Turn into a republican, or you are a terrorist."

Wait and see. don't attack me. I did misspeak above.

Jesus said, "If you love me follow my teachings."

To all GOp'ers why do you love the old testement but reject the new. The old was God's work and god's justifications for what he did. We are not God's. We (humans) do not know God's will. You want to be a christisan follow the teachings of Jesus. He came because People thought God was a vengeful hateful God. We cannot know God's intentions (as the "religus right" claims).

Jesus taught us what we can do. How we can be better people and in turn better christians. Follow Jesus and he will lead you to the light. J Krishnamurti also was a child of light. I'm sure there are countless others. I have found some. I can help you blarg. You must release yoru fear and you anger first. Your hatred.

Posted by: RUFUS | July 17, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Colin -

You may know that Texas has a very pretty R Governor, Rick Perry, who, generally speaking, is a failure. He was elected with 39% of the vote against a D, an I-R, and an I. Even though he won, Gov. 39% proved that party affiliation is not enough to win, even in TX.

I gave generously to the I-R, but when she fell behind, I voted for the D; in an "anyone but Perry" election with no runoff I had to vote for the candidate polling in second place on election eve.
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Dallas County is now in D hands for the first time in a very long time.
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Thinking about Prez candidates and how they would do "down ticket" in TX is not easy, because I am in Austin, the D stronghold.
My lawyer contacts around the state think
HRC does OK with black and female voters but brings out opposition with a fury. That Richardson helps down ticket is the conventional early wisdom. Obama and Edwards do not now have high negatives. The latter three talk "right", HRC does not.
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Thompson and Giuliani do not have high negatives here. But Thompson talks "right" and RG does not. McCain has very loyal support among the retired military all over the state. He also has mixed negatives. The border folks are desperate for relief and thought any immigration bill was better than the status quo; "inland" the bill was unpopular. I have never heard a local R criticize McCain for campaign finance reform the way I do on this blog. I think Romney is a non-starter; we can get proudtobeGOP to tell the dog story if I am wrong.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 17, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Things just keep getting better and better in the Middle East, right?"

I hear that. Again. Look at what is happening as opposed to what the GOP is telling you. Poppies in afganistan. America being LESS safe from terrorist than more safe. Giving the terrorist a recruiting tool.

Domestic spy and mishaps. What is happening as opposed to what they are saying.

The only reason Bush and his people have any support is because of What? "the dow is high"

Fricking republicans. sell-outs traitors.

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 5:17 PM | Report abuse

bsimon, thanks for the update, even if there was little to report.

Colin - I think Noriega would do better among Mexican-American voters than any statewide candidate since Dan Morales. He actually has a bigger-than-life rep in a lot of places.

Watts' law firm is all over the state and Watts will get huge support from TTLA; he is also an excellent public speaker.

Cornyn has not achieved much. He does look the part, and does not embarrass himself.
When he was AG I wrote a brief in support of an AG's opinion my client wanted and he was quite approachable. When he was a Justice of the Texas Supreme Court he was undistinguished as a scholar, but looked like a judge. He could be beaten, I think.
No enemies, really, but no hot supporters, either.

I would be curious about Bobby C-W's take on Noriega.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 17, 2007 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the fascinating look into your religious beliefs, Rufus. Now that you're done with that, maybe you can justify your claim that Fox News will be off the air in a few months, which you said in your 3:04 post today.

Posted by: Blarg | July 17, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

'Afghanistan's heroin-producing poppy crop set another record this season, the American ambassador said Tuesday.

Ambassador William Wood said preliminary data show that Afghan farmers harvested 457,135 acres of opium poppies this year, compared to 407,715 acres last year. The growing industry fuels the Taliban, crime, addiction and government corruption.'

Things just keep getting better and better in the Middle East, right? We've spent all this money and all these lives... and we get sh*t like this. Must be our wonderfully competent leaders.

Posted by: drindl | July 17, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

'The key judgments of the National Intelligence Estimate have been released. Read them HERE. Below, some important findings:

Al Qaeda has "regenerated key elements of its Homeland attack capability":

Al-Qa'ida is and will remain the most serious terrorist threat to the Homeland, as its central leadership continues to plan high-impact plots, while pushing others in extremist Sunni communities to mimic its efforts and to supplement its capabilities. We assess the group has protected or regenerated key elements of its Homeland attack capability, including: a safehaven in the Pakistan Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), operational lieutenants, and its top leadership.

Iraq has strengthened al Qaeda, which will seek to "leverage the contacts and capabilities" gained in the war:

Of note, we assess that al-Qa'ida will probably seek to leverage the contacts and capabilities of al-Qa'ida in Iraq (AQI).

Al Qaeda's association with "al Qaeda in Iraq" (AQI) helps to "energize the broader Sunni extremist community" and "recruit and indoctrinate operatives":

In addition, we assess that its association with AQI helps al-Qa'ida to energize the broader Sunni extremist community, raise resources, and to recruit and indoctrinate operatives, including for Homeland attacks.'

Note that 'al queda in Iraq' did not exist before we invaded...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

ok all kidding aside, the above article proves that the GOP has painted themselves into a corner with issues like iraq,immigration and health care. adding someone like al gore or wes clark only makes the dem line up stronger. newt jumping in with his baggage is just well, insane. aside from his personal life, one 30 second spot of him shutting down the government or frothing at the mouth during the clinton impeachment is sure to kill him in the general election.

personally the true canidate to fear is mike bloomberg.a independent canidate that can pull both moderate and indy votes away, it could potentally tip yet another election.

pe

Posted by: spartan | July 17, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I hope you people are smart enough to see the irony.

All great religons teach you to look inside FIRST before judging your reality. If you are a dittohead, do you do that? Is that what Fox promotes, or do they tell you how to act/feel/react to a story. That is not news. That is slavery to an external avatar.

The Budda says, "Do not follow or agree with me unless you agree yourself. In you own mind."

Jesus says." If you truly love me obey the lasws that I set."

Whether these men WERE men or God's is for the less enlightened to debate. Their words ARE TRUTH. Universal truth. That's what's kept them around so long.

In a year you will say the same thing about a "dumb" anonymouys poster. YOu will say "I didn't like it at the time. BUT HE WAS TELLING THE TRUTH."

Why not be on the right side now. Why wait untill the GOP is irrelvant in X amount of months. Start now. It sarts with us. The only power the fascsit gop'ers have is the power WE give them. Their time is up. Debate the levels of their obscurity all you want. That is for a less enlightened mind to debate.

The future is now.

ONE PEOPLE ONE WORLD.

On another note. Pat TIllman. Remember that name. I'm shoving that name down you gop'ers throuts

Posted by: rufus 1133 | July 17, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) -- And the leading Republican presidential candidate is ... none of the above.

Though Rudy Giuliani leads GOP candidates, more Republican poll respondents said they didn't favor any of the candidates.

The latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that nearly a quarter of Republicans are unwilling to back top-tier hopefuls Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, John McCain or Mitt Romney, and no one candidate has emerged as the clear front-runner among Christian evangelicals. Such dissatisfaction underscores the volatility of the 2008 GOP nomination fight.

In sharp contrast, the Democratic race remains static, with Hillary Clinton holding a lead over Barack Obama. The New York senator, who is white, also outpaces her Illinois counterpart, who is black, among black and Hispanic Democrats, according to a combined sample of two months of polls.

A half year before voting begins, the survey shows the White House race is far more wide open on the Republican side than on the Democratic. The uneven enthusiasm about the fields also is reflected in fundraising in which Democrats outraised Republicans $80 million to $50 million from April through June, continuing a trend from the year's first three months.

"Democrats are comfortable with the range of choices. The Democratic attitude is that three or four of these guys would be fine," David Redlawsk, a University of Iowa political scientist. "The Republicans don't have that; particularly among the conservatives there's a real split. They just don't see candidates who reflect their interests and who they also view as viable."

More Republicans have become apathetic about their options over the past month.

A hefty 23 percent can't or won't say which candidate they would back, a jump from the 14 percent who took a pass in June.

Giuliani's popularity continued to decline steadily as he faced a spate of headline headaches, came under increased scrutiny and saw the potential entry of Thompson in the mix; his support is at 21 percent compared with 27 percent in June and 35 percent in March.

The former New York mayor is running virtually even with Thompson, who has become a threat without even officially entering the race. The actor and former Tennessee senator has stayed steady at 19 percent. McCain, the Arizona senator who is revamping his nearly broke campaign, clocked in a bit lower at 15 percent, while Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, remained at 11 percent.

Posted by: fyi -- hilarious | July 17, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Labels are place on one by an external source. That is a lie. "you are" what you say you are. Not what some fascist labels you as. Coming from an external source only serves said external sources "needs'. How can Bill O'REilly know what "liberals" are thinking or for that matter who is or what a liberal consists of?

They can't. How can a person who doesn't know you know more about you than you.

What will you gop'ers do without your avatars.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J_Krishnamurti

Posted by: "Who" are you really. "What" are you really | July 17, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

GOP/DOA2008! asks
"none of the above a canidate preparing to run?"

Yes, and his name is Newt Gingrich.

Posted by: bsimon

BWAHHHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!11111

.....ah hem your kidding right bsimon?

Posted by: spartan | July 17, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

And I'm the king of france. You "are" by your actions, not what you say you "are". Much of the right claims to by christians while "doing" and "acting" in complete opposite of a "christian".

Be a liberal by words and actions. Not becasue that's how you see yourself.

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

GOP/DOA2008! asks
"none of the above a canidate preparing to run?"

Yes, and his name is Newt Gingrich.

Posted by: bsimon | July 17, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that nearly a quarter of Republicans are unwilling to back top-tier hopefuls Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, John McCain or Mitt Romney, and no one candidate has emerged as the clear front-runner among Christian evangelicals. Such dissatisfaction underscores the volatility of the 2008 GOP nomination fight.

dunno, is none of the above a canidate preparing to run?

Posted by: GOP/DOA2008! | July 17, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"The Fix spent much of the weekend -- yes, I know I am a political dork -- scouring hundreds of financial filings by incumbents and candidates for the House and Senate."

That's 'wonk,' CC, not 'dork.' You and Al Gore now have something in common.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | July 17, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Rufus, for the millionth time, I'm not a Republican. I'm a Democrat. In my last post, I described myself as a liberal. Not everyone who disagrees with you is part of some evil right-wing conspiracy. Some of us just think you're dumb.

You never lie, because you never make any statement of fact. But it's very easy to prove that nothing you say has anything to do with reality. For instance, you said earlier today that Fox News will be off the air in a few months. What do you base that on? Who do you expect to remove Fox from the air?

Posted by: Blarg | July 17, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"Anybody have a local update on the Minnesota
Senate race? bsimon?"

There's not much to update. Political junkies might see Senator Coleman's recent publicity as helping get is name out in a positive fashion. For instance, he's often referenced in conjunction with the report on getting nuclear material delivered to Mailboxes Etc.

Regarding polls or Dem/DFL primary frontrunners, there's no news. One potential Senate candidate chose to run against Rep Bachmann (MN-06) instead - which means a primary in that race too.

Posted by: bsimon | July 17, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

You people sound scared. That's like being an enemy of Nixon. I must be on the right track.

Your right blarg. We'll see. I haven't been wrong YEt have I. Dittohead nation. You people are funny. Total denial, even after you fascism was REJECTED in the 06 elections. Do you remember that election. It happened, as much as you people are trying to talk it away. You got swept, and will continue to get swept. Without the lying propogandist like Rush and FOx you people can't consolodate your facsit dittohead claims.

What will you do without your avatars? Think about it. don't attack me. Post your own ideas. The more you fear me the more I know I'm on the right track. If you saw others sources other than right-wing propoganda you too would see what's happening.

I have an agenda. It is working. Say what you want. Like I said, I'm here so you can't say "nobody told me I was selling out my country. Nobody told me this wasn't the path of a traitor."

Time will tell I guess. Don't hate me or attack me with middle school agruments. If I'm lying, tell me how. Since that never happens anybody reading must assume I am not lying. You time is up GOP.

THIS IS THE INTERNET AGE. no amount of patriot act"ing will stop that. You can no longer propogate and lie without it catching up to you. Without the ability to mislead and misdirect you have No party. All you have is a bunch of chickens with your heads cut off running around bumping into each other. It's funny to watch for an independant thinker like me.

YOu think I'm lying? Keep you mouths shut and see what happens. That or ignore me and post your own ideas. Attacking me does nothing for you. Elementary school kids need to grow up. Go to counseling or something. Work out your daddy issue. Stop the hate:)

The gops's time is done. Say what you want. I laugh at you HAHAHAHAHHA :)

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

scratch my last comment: rufus1133 appears to have been taken over by rufus.

no wonder the word lib has become such an insult.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | July 17, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

You have to remember that Rufus lives in a different world from the rest of us. In his world, the Republican Party is entirely irrelevant. In our world, the Republicans control approximately half of Congress, and the presidency until at least January 2009. They also control the governments of many states, and the Supreme Court. In RufusWorld, Fox News is going to be off the air in "a few months"; in our world, there's absolutely no reason to think that will happen.

Liberals who live in the real world want to actually do things to improve that world. We want to campaign against the Republicans, introduce policies that will help people, fix the country's problems, etc. None of that is necessary in RufusWorld, because these problems apparently don't exist. So Rufus is completely free of any intellectual obligation; he doesn't need to do anything more than insult people and say that things will magically get better soon. Because that's how it works in RufusWorld.

Either that or he's a big fan of The Secret.

Posted by: Blarg | July 17, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

rufus1133 is the real deal. smart and coherent.

rufus is the contard version of a lib.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | July 17, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. republicans aren't teh only ones making money off the high stocks. The republcinas are the ones gloating. The republcians are the ones saying" It's a great time to be an american". Making money off their stocks and keeping thyeir mouths shut in regards to the treason happening right now in this country. It's not the liberals who are stopping justice. It's the GOP

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for anybody's feeling I hurt. My goal is to talk about "what is". To talk about "truths".

As opposed to whatever HAIRCUT piece CC is blogging about from day to day. Misdirection. The GOP is done for a generation. Let's move forward from that point. Let's start talking about what really matters. The GOP doesn't matter anymore. Don't hate me. Look in the mirror. I'm just trying to inject a bit of truth. YOu have to ge tit from somewhere. YOur not getting if from the news. The news (cnn and FOX) fails to report "what is"

Mike moore was %100 correct on his analisys. If Fox and CNN would have done their jobs we wouldn't be in this war right now. Bush would BE the most hated man in the world. I hold FOx "news" just as responible as bush. Sell-outs traitors. Only care about tehir precious $$$$$. Think about the future. Think about the history books,. think about you children FOR ONCE

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

proud,
sorry sarcasm is hard to use when posting. I meant that republicans aren't the only ones making money off stock

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

So you got nothign for yourself today (brave blank psoter).

Nothing. Your time is up GOP. The peanut gallery may have worked the last 10 years on dittoheads. No more. Your time is up. Wisecrack all you want. I'm not playing ganmes with you people. I have an agenda. It is working, regardless of what you scared little fascsits want to say. If I wasn't such a big deal you fascsits would ignore me. I must be on the right track to get you lying fascsits all worked up. i won't stop I will continue. Be George Bush's lawyers as long as you want. I'm not here for the WILLFULLY IGNORANT. I here for GOP'ers that are getting lied to everyday BY PEOPLE LIKE ZOUK AND RAZOR AND THE OTHER SBOTOURS ON THIS SITE.

Your time is up gop. Sabotage of the country IS treason. The american people are free. or were free 10 years ago. What will you do without your avatars you coards? Think for yourself. In a few months (when rush and Fox are off the air) you will HAVE to.

Good luck. I expect you will be whining and crying like 5th graders shortly. I can't wait to see you people crying in you pink shirts like Bohner.

Good luck. your going to need it. I'm here so when you gop'ers hit the pearly gates you CAN"T claim nobody told you. You CAN'T claim you wern't warned. God will be your judge. Not me

Posted by: rufus1133 | July 17, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"let's take a quick poll.. how many people buy stock?"

Yes, through funds. Does that make me a fascist?

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 17, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Here is a question for our "anonymous" poster. How can "libs" lose a war that our military won years ago? No, I think the only question still on the table is whether our military will continue to be called upon to somehow stop a CIVIL WAR.

Apparently, the GOP is under the impression that that is the military's job as well.

Posted by: Colin | July 17, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

rufus makes several valid points. I spent a bit f time looking at WHO gave money to these candidates and found that it was the same corporate-wealthy-outsourcing crowd who gives to all of the other political wh0res like Bush and Clinton. The wealthy and corporations control our politcial process by the very fact that they fund these phony elections. There is no choice. Clinton is not much different than Romney when you get right to who will make our livres better...or rescue this country. The solution, of course, is manditory public financing and a complete end to private donations of any sort along the lines of European election laws. Chris' crowing about these pol's and their big money, when you think about it, is identifying a collection of politicians with the morals and public good of a pedophile. I find that rather disgraceful. Since when did we go so wrong as to cheer on a bunch of swine that would bury us as a nation?

Posted by: MikeB | July 17, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

rufus -

do you live in one of the states or districts that are the subject of this thread?

if you do, do you have anything to offer on point?
--------------------------------
can you write anything without saying "fricking republicans" or "fascists" or "Hannity" et al or
"Fo" or "murdoch"?

do you look forward to a nation in which everyone agrees with you?

can you name five values you stand for rather than rail against everybody else?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

That is NOT the real rufus. too many words spelled right.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"rufus must be zouk or razorback posing as a lib to give libs a bad name. "

How many times are you going to post the exact same line. Say something of subtanse or please leave. You have nothing to offer but side commentary please leave. You can't paly with the big boys so DON"T PLAY.


When you got something to say for yourslef come back. Nobody cares about you feelings about me voter.

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"Fricking republicans. I know you are making money NOW on your stocks."

let's take a quick poll.. how many people buy stock?
I just want to see if its really only repubs

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

It really is not fair to compare Razorback with either Zouk or rufus. Zouk and rufus are engaged in subverting the thread, apparently for different purposes.

Razorback stays on point, takes a principled conservative view, defends his positions with articles from the NYT and WaPo, or from standard reference sources, and generally attacks personally only when he is attacked personally.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Rufus, are you illiterate?

Posted by: jaa3 | July 17, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

all it takes to give Libs a bad name is to let them speak.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

rufus must be zouk or razorback posing as a lib to give libs a bad name.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | July 17, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

How to win a war - do exactly opposite of what dingy harry reid wants:


Iraq: Democrats are scrambling to lose the war in Iraq before it's too late. But they've got a surprise coming: On top of the surge, generals are contemplating sending in more forces in a push toward victory. The media assured us last year that retired Rep. Lee Hamilton's Iraq Study Group report, calling for a managed surrender in Iraq, would make President Bush throw in the towel on the central battlefront of the global war on terror.

what kind of pol won't change his mind? Certainly not a Lib.

Posted by: smells like victory | July 17, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Don't want to give you anything to attack. You know you can't attack my facts. I don't want to give you people the slightest opening to discredit me.

Your time is over GOP. Time is the only thing that will show you this. Wait. See if the words I write are true or not. You'll have your chance to attack me if I'm wrong. That's the problem. You know I'm not lying. You know I'm right. That's what scared you fascists the most. TRUTH

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"or an american for that matter."

I was a little over-zealous. I know you fascsits will call me on this. I'll do it for you. American criminals are still americans. Sorry

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Your people always lose in the end when the truth comes out. This time wil be no differant. Traitors should be dealt with AS traitors. Not be given an aura or a president or an american for that matter.
Criminals should be called criminals. Fascsits are now called fascsits.

Your not mad at me proudgop. YOUR MAD AN REALITY. You mad at your own reflection looking back at you. don't hurt the american cause, help it.

Stop selling out your country. Just because you served doesn't mean you can come back and do whatever you want. Money is not the end all. We have laws, we have rules in this country for a reason.

What will you do when Fox "News" and Rush are off the air. Really. Think about it. What will you do without your avatars. Right now your praying nothing will happen. These fascsits won't live forever. What will you do when Rupert Murdoch kicks the bucket? Rush/O'REilly/hannity.

Be an individual. What will you do without your avatars? :)

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"Remember you BOy (bush) and ENRON?"

A microcasim of what Bush is doing on a bigger scale. If stocks are high who cares about anything else, right GOP? Remember Enron. How did that work out for you.

Hopefully bush and his cronies share the same fate as their buddies. Enron, Abromoff,Nore, Bin Laden, Iran-contra and so on and so forth. hopefulyy they share the same fate as their "freinds"

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Mark -- Noriega shouds pretty interesting to me. Imagine if it was possible to combine his resume with Watts's $. THEN we would really have an intersting Senate race on our hands. Regardless, I'll definitely have to keep an eye on that race to see how things shake out. Here's hoping you weigh in with a Texas perspective from time to time.

Out of curiosity, do you think someone like Noriega could ramp up Hispanic votes while still appealing to non-hispanic swing voters?

Posted by: Colin | July 17, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

And to think that compared to most Libs, rufas is an economics genius. Just goes to show.....

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS CRACK 14,000 FOR FIRST TIME AS WALL STREET CONTINUES ITS RECORD 'BULL RUN' "

Who's going to pay the 16 billion a month. Is that magic money? Do you think the tax payers AREN'T paying that? Fricking republicans. I know you are making money NOW on your stocks. do you think this money will not be paid by YOUR CHILDREN? HEEEELLLOOO.

High stocks are not the end all. Remember you BOy (bush) and ENRON? They had high stocks TOO didn't they? How did that work out for them. That is america on a smaller scale. Yeah the top couple guys were making fortunes. How. At the expense of EVERYBODY ELSE including the workers paying in.

Keep talking about the high stocks. It shows all independant thinkers what the GOP really cares about. The only thing they care about. It's a paper BULL. High stocks means nothing. WE are going to have to pay for this war. It's not magic 16 billion. Frickin republicans

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering if anyone knows how Elizabeth Dole did in her fund raising?

Posted by: Andy R | July 17, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

In other news, Jean Schmidt's (OH-02) primary challenger Phil Heimlich rescued his rival from a nasty choking incident at a local Waffle Hut.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 17, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS CRACK 14,000 FOR FIRST TIME AS WALL STREET CONTINUES ITS RECORD 'BULL RUN'

Posted by: blame bush | July 17, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Don't hate the player. Hate the game he's FORCED to play.

You do you proudgop. Do you fascist traitor sell-out thing. I'll do me. I'll do the patriot/american thing.

Posted by: rufus | July 17, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats refused to flinch Tuesday as the chamber moved toward a rare, all-night session of debate on legislation to bring troops home this fall.

We want spectacle, not LAWS. We have nothing really to offer the country.

Posted by: DimDem | July 17, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice Rep Jean Schmidt's (OH-02) embarrassing performance? Looks like her primary challenger Phil Heimlich, and both Democratic challengers, Vic Wulsin and Steve Black, raised more than she. Wulsin, who led the pack, raised almost twice as much as Schmidt, and has $213,000 on hand, compared to Schmidt's $85,000. Seems like Schmidt's in trouble.

Posted by: Stu | July 17, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The WP fronts a good look at what might happen if the last remaining bit of sense were to withdraw from IgnoRANT cowards' brain "in the near future." Although zouk has often warned that Daily Kos or Huff Post would take over, most disagree. It's more likely that stupidity would break out among Libs and it's possible that The Fix would pretty much become "three separate blogs."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"You must be pc in your communications with Rufus."

Quite right, yes. I apologize to rufus and Dr. West for any offense. After all, rufus is such a pillar of pc prose that we should all emulate him.

I especially like his "What a joke. Frickin republicans", "Bush brought the drugs to us", and "The GOP works it's fascsit magic". All that in less than one hour's time; how impressive!

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 17, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The WP fronts a good look at what might happen if the U.S. combat troops were to withdraw from Iraq "in the near future." Although Bush has often warned that Iran or al-Qaida would take over, most disagree. It's more likely that violence would break out between Iraqis and it's possible that Iraq would pretty much become "three separate nations."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

USA Today leads with a look at how the Pentagon approves costs on Iraq contracts that its auditors have challenged more frequently than normal. Whereas the Pentagon paid for 44 percent of disputed costs in regular military contracts in 2005, the rate for Iraq contracts was "almost two-thirds." Some believe this shows how the Pentagon is not paying much attention to overcharging by contractors in Iraq.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

proudtobeGOP -

You must be pc in your communications with Rufus. Even if you were quoting him, you should have referred to Professor West as 'your man".

And you must call Sen. Obama a "former constitutional law professor", not an ex con law prof.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

rufus- Just wondering - did you submit a question to 'your boy' Cornell West this morning? I didn't see any of your usual stuff, so it looks like maybe you didn't make the cut.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 17, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The "war on drugs", Bush brought the drugs to us, so he and his people could fight it.

Now the "war on terror". He and his buddies bring us the terror so they can fight it. What a joke. Frickin republicans. The war on terror isn't bening fought overseas against a seperate ARMY. The war on terror is a war agaisnt the american people.

Fascsits. Big Brother. Sell-outs. Traitors. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. That is the real goal. $$$$$$ to the gop. Their time is almost up. NEVER AGAIN.

Posted by: rufus1133 | July 17, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I was talking about Nore. Cindy Sheehan mentioned him in her article today. Funny.


"Sunday July 15, 2007
Torture is a War Crime
Journey for Humanity and Accountability
Day 5
Cindy Sheehan

Today our Journey took us to Ft. Benning, Ga, wherethe cancer of the School of Americas (WINSEC) ishoused. I have written on torture before and I believethat BushCo's policy of imprisoning people withouttheir basic due process and torturing them is one ofthe grossest breeches of international and Americanlaw and one of the overriding reasons that they shouldbe impeached.The School of Torture has graduated many egregiousviolators of human rights like Panamanian drug lord,U.S. CIA employee, and Bush family friend (until hebecame an enemy), Manuel Noriega. If there is oneissue that should unite Americans it should be againsttorture. Incredibly, we still have neighbors in ourcommunities who believe that torture is correct,humane and valuable. However to say torture is "wrong"is like saying the sky is blue. Torture is inherentlywrong. Torture is pure evil. Torture is anabomination. Torture is disordered and demented.Torture is sick, sick, sick!"

Posted by: what a funny consentience | July 17, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

'The report said that al Qaeda has set up a safe haven along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border from where the terror network's leaders can operate, several U.S. officials said.

The NIE analysis addresses al Qaeda's resurgence in the tribal areas of Pakistan, where President Pervez Musharraf last year gave primary responsibility for controlling the border areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan to tribal leaders.'

7 years they've been operating freely in Pakistan and Afghanistan, building up their resources, while the US has, with it's destruction of Iraq, helped them tremendously with recruiting. Our president helps us cut our own throats...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Anybody have a local update on the Minnesota
Senate race? bsimon?

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 17, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann continued to stand by President Bush's military surge in Iraq, two days after returning from a congressional trip there.

Security conditions in Iraq prevented Bachmann from meeting any Iraqis, leaving the Green Zone or staying in Iraq overnight. She and other congressional members were required to wear full body armor, including Kevlar helmets, during the entire trip, she said.

The delegation's visit was harrowing at times. While visiting with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker at the U.S. Embassy inside Baghdad's walled, high-security Green Zone on Friday, mortar blasts landed inside the American-controlled territory.

"This recorded message played four times while we were there, asking us to move away from any windows, to get on the ground and move to the center of the building," Bachmann said.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Insurgents wearing military uniforms killed 29 people in an attack early Tuesday on a village near Baquba, while a suicide car bomber struck an army patrol east of Baghdad, killing 11, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

'NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) has made debt retirement his main priority since taking over at the campaign committee but the organization ended June with just $2 million in the bank -- one-tenth of what the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had on hand. '

PATHETIC LOSERS. LOL.

Posted by: going down in flames | July 17, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Noriega? Let's talk about the REAL Noriega, shall we? War on drugs? Civil war? False flag terrorism? The GOP works it's fascsit magic.

"Córdoba: "We have the rabid dog".
Noriega: "What do you do with rabid dogs?" (In most countries, rabid dogs are decapitated so the brain tissues can be examined). "

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Noriega

Posted by: RUFUS1133 | July 17, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I know it isn't a column on presidental candidates but somehow I think John McCain deserves some mention. Also while you did highlight Tom Davis, you did fail to note that Sen. Warner has raised almost nothing for his possible re-election run.

Posted by: Greg in LA | July 17, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Colin -

Noriega commanded a border unit for the National Guard. He is a Lt. Col. in the Guard.

Last week, 49 state legislators asked him to run against Cornyn. It was a big story in Austin. I cite the Asutin American-Statesman article below.

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/07/01/0701noriega.html

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 17, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is done as a major party in this country. You know it I know it. Why waste time pretending they are still a viable option. The GOP is no long a major party in this country. They are done. Look in the mirror. The only supports they have left if brainless ditto-heads that don't knwo any better. Or have been lied to for 20 years by propogandists. Everytime they show what they're really about they get put in the closet. Every time of the last 100 years. Up, show their face, down. Up (with promises and lies), they show their face, down.

They will be no more UP for you GOP. YOu are done for a generation

Posted by: rufus1133 | July 17, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Colin, Sen. Cornyn may be in for a fight. Watts is intriguing for the reasons published here. The other D possibility is Rick Noriega.

As a State rep from Houston he was effective in raising funds in Austin for the coast after the two hurricanes [Katrina and Rita].

Then his reserve unit went to Afghanistan where he actually did combat duty in 2005. He also has a history of Border Patrol duty.

An actually interesting D race in Texas, for the first time in years.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 17, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Call me crazy, but the Texas Senate race seems like it could end up being interesting. Cornyn's support seems pretty soft and I have to wonder if a pro-life Democrat like Watts might just pull a huge upset if he wins the nomination. Anyone have any thoughts from a local perspective?

Posted by: Colin | July 17, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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