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Republican National Committee targets Dem ethics in new ad

Updated, 4:25 pm

The Republican National Committee will launch an ad tomorrow aimed at capitalizing on a series of ethics hits Democrats have taken in recent weeks.

The ad, which will run on cable stations in Washington, D.C., seeks to link House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (Calif.) pledge to run the "most open and ethical Congress in history" with Rep. Charlie Rangel's recent decision to step down as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and Rep. Eric Massa's resignation amid allegations of sexual harassment.

"Pelosi's wrong," says the ad's narrator. "It's time to change Washington."

While RNC officials would not disclose the size of the ad buy, it's safe to assume the expenditure is in the low five figures -- a minuscule amount of money in the grand scheme of spending on television commercials.

That said, the amount of money being spent on the ad is less important than the strategic sensibility behind it. Republicans clearly believe that the ethics problems for Democrats -- from Rangel to Massa to even New York Gov. David Paterson -- has reached critical mass and can now be turned into an electoral issue.


Remember that a major piece of the 2006 campaign for Democrats was a promise to do things differently than Republicans on the ethics front, a point driven home by former Florida GOP Rep. Mark Foley's implosion less than two months before election day.

The RNC ad is the leading edge of what many Republicans believe will be a full-scale assault -- in the finest "turnabout is fair play" mold -- on that broken Democratic promise.

Democrats will rightly note that Republicans are far from free from their own ethical problems with Nevada Sen. John Ensign being the poster boy for that pushback and will undoubtedly argue that the ad is a transparent attempt to change the subject from the negative publicity the RNC received for a fundraising pitch that cast President Obama as, among other things, a socialist.

"It's disconcerting anytime the trust placed in a public official of either party comes into question, but what is clear is that Democrats have set a high standard for Washington to live up to," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Hari Sevugan.

Polling suggests, however, that voters are inclined to believe attacks on the relative worth of Congress. Last December, Gallup found that 55 percent of the public rated Members of Congress' "honesty and ethical standards" are either low or very low, the first time in the history of the poll that a majority had expressed that opinion.

Add to that a late February Fox News Channel/Opinion Dynamics survey that pegged congressional approval at a dismal 14 percent and a New York Times/CBS survey showed just 15 percent of Americans approving of the job Congress has done and you begin to see the potential problem for Democrats.

Watch to see how Democrats react -- if at all -- to the RNC ad. Given the problems for Democrats on health care and other domestic fronts, they can't afford to let themselves be defined as the party who said one thing on ethics and did another.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 9, 2010; 2:13 PM ET
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Comments

The main difference between Democratic scandals and Republican scandals is usually the Republican leave office, the Democratic party past and present is full of people involved in scandals because the liberals do not expect thier leaders to be subject to high moral standards.
As for Nancy Pelosi's stand to clean the swamp as far as the Democratic side goes I would say "You can't polish a turd" so life will go on as usual.

Posted by: jcory | March 10, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

The main difference between Democratic scandals and Republican scandals is usually the Republican leave office, the Democratic party past and present is full of people involved in scandals because the liberals do not expect thier leaders to be subject to high moral standards.
As for Nancy Pelosi's stand to clean the swamp as far as the Democratic side goes I would say "You can't polish a turd" so life will go on as usual.

Posted by: jcory | March 10, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Unless the 22nd Amendment is repealed, however, the fact remains that more than 44% of Americans will vote for a diiferent Republican too. We just need to find the right one.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 10, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

12BarBlues:

"Probably even MORE by now."

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 10, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Al Queda is VERY WELL KNOWN for using multiple bomb plots - and multiple planes in its attacks.


So, instead of questioning the Detroit bomber on the possibility of additional bombs, Obama gives the terrorists a lawyer.


We have to wait 5 weeks for any intelligence.


THAT IS PUTTING THE LIVES OF AMERICANS AT RISK UNNECESSARILY.


Obama SHOULD RESIGN IMMEDIATELY FOR JUST THAT.


This is not an impeachable offense ??? Yes it is.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

HydeParker


Are you an ostrich ? There are more democratic scandals than Republican scandals.

And the way the democrats went hog-wild on the scandals a few years ago - making it seem like the Republicans were soooo bad.

Think back about how the democrats acted.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

The Constitution states "But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays"


On the idea for a "contingency vote"


A "Maybe" vote would be UNCONSTITUTIONAL.


Pretty Simple.


Case Closed.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Pots calling the kettle black. No credibility in this ad and the American people will know this immediately.

Posted by: HydeParker | March 9, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Pots calling the kettle black. No credibility in this ad and the American will know this immediately.

Posted by: HydeParker | March 9, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Excellent get, Cup. :)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 9, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

For 37:

"The way you walked was thorny, through no fault of your own. But as the rain enters the soil, the river enters the sea, so tears run to a predestined end. Your suffering is over. Now you will find peace for eternity."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 9, 2010 9:05 PM


Broadwayjoe, Maleva also said that you should never mix ganja with a full moon.

"Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright".

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

A candy-colored clown they call the sandman...

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

37, say "Candyman" three times while looking in a mirror. Then wait around for awhile and see what happens. All the best.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 9, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

For 37:

"The way you walked was thorny, through no fault of your own. But as the rain enters the soil, the river enters the sea, so tears run to a predestined end. Your suffering is over. Now you will find peace for eternity."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 9, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I'll try anything...

37, say or spell Mr. Mxyzptlk backwards.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 9, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

34, 35, 36, __, 38, 39...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 9, 2010 8:51 PM


OK. I see Noacoler gave you his ganja.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

And 37th is a l w a y s telling other posters they are condescending, DDAWD. Why is that?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 9, 2010 8:34 PM

margaretmeyers, please leave 37 alone. Do you really want to start seeing double and triple posts again?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

34, 35, 36, __, 38, 39...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 9, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

The only thing Pelosi has accomplished is to ensure the Republicans will take control of Congress this November. I couldn't ask more of her. Thank you, Nan.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

This is like the pot calling the kettle black. Both parties have been guilty of serious ethical and criminal misconduct in recent years, which is exactly why so many voters are angry with politicians, both in Washington and at home. Power still corrupts.

Posted by: pjsilva | March 9, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers


Pretty mean today, what's wrong ?

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

And 37th is a l w a y s telling other posters they are condescending, DDAWD. Why is that?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 9, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Remember how Pelosi remained so tight-lipped when she was questioned about her claims the CIA lied. She didn't mean to. It was all the Botox that prevented her lips from moving.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The Constitution states "But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays"


On the idea for a "contingency vote"


A "Maybe" vote would be UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

Pretty Simple.


Case Closed.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

They hate Pelosi because she is effective.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 9, 2010 8:26 PM

At what, margaretmeyers?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

They hate Pelosi because she is effective. She's the woman in the ring and they are just puny spectators, squeaking in outrage.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 9, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

ceflynline

Please call David Paterson of New York, and Charlie Rangel - and also call Bill Clinton and ask him why he didn't resign.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Chào cô, Suzy. Cô mạnh khỏe không? Xin lỗi, tôi không hút ganja nữa.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 8:14 PM

Noacoler, glad to hear you're doing well. Since you're not using the ganja anymore, pass it on to broadwayjoe. He could use it. Thanks.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues @8:09


I wasn't talking to you - and your desire to engage in violence is probably criminal - why don't you stick to the topic


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

36 + 1 = 0

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 9, 2010 8:12 PM

Broadwayjoe, stop trying to add up your brain cells. No matter how many times you try, you'll always end up with the same number.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is America's moral compass?

GOP is like registered sex offenders, you simply hope you don't live work or play anywhere near them.

Posted by: waxtraxs | March 9, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

@broadway,

Eli Sunday in "There Will Be Blood" also uttered very similar lines. Also played a preacher.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | March 9, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

When a Democrat violates ethics, morals, propriety, whatever, the Dems find out, remove him from his chair and maybe remove him from Congress.

Posted by: ceflynline | March 9, 2010 8:07 PM

Notice how this guy leaves the dems wiggle room for Rangel.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

@12: Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 9, 2010 8:14 PM
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Aye, cap'n. Only he wasn't talking about 37th. Isn't that the greatest dialogue?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | March 9, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

@12: Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 9, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Chào cô, Suzy. Cô mạnh khỏe không? Xin lỗi, tôi không hút ganja nữa.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

36 + 1 = 0

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 9, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

37th wrote: They say you are woman with one tooth, is that true?
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And I say this to 37th:

As long as I got a foot, I'll kick you.
And, as long as I got a fist, I'll punch you.
And, as long as I got a tooth, I'll bite you.
And, when I'm old and gray and toothless and bootless, I'll gum you till I go to heaven and you goes to hell.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | March 9, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

When a Democrat violates ethics, morals, propriety, whatever, the Dems find out, remove him from his chair and maybe remove him from Congress. The Republicans then complain about Democrats level of ethics, morals, propriety, etc. When Republicans violate the same qualities, Republicans find out, hide the information, close ranks, claim nobody did anything wrong, until the facts leak out anyway. The republicans then go into denial and fight well beyond the point when it is obvious all is lost, and EVENTUALLY the Congressman, Governor, whomever, ends up resigning, and hoping to avoid indictment.

So who is attacking whom over ethics?

Posted by: ceflynline | March 9, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I think someone’s hallucinating.

They’re fables, from a backward time. Grow up.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 7:35 PM

Chào ông, Noacoler. It's that ganja again, right?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 9, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

You ask the wrong question you get a worthless answer:

The Question you should be asking is "Do you believe YOUR Congress man and Senators have high moral, ethical etc standards?" and "How satisfied are you of YOUR Congressman and Senators work in Washington?"

Either Party can have a dismal view of Congress as a whole because he can have a level of disgust for the other party that permeates his view of Congress to the point that it is all he sees WHEN ASKED TO RATE CONGRESS AS A WHOLE.

Granted that means sampling some 500,000 voters, it is the only way to properly quantify dissatisfaction with Congress.

I'd love to know, though, how such a poll would come out. Of course, in November, we will get exactly that vote, and when it turns out that it is Republic ans who really on the negative side of the polls, Obama will have a current working majority in both houses: 300 Reps, and 75 Senators.

Posted by: ceflynline | March 9, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

They say you are woman with one tooth, is that true?

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After a comment like that, criticizing any other poster is ridiculous. Then again, you're just a frat boy(s), so low humor is understood.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 9, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

ObamaCare–Mandatory Abortion Coverage and the Culture of death

obama forced a vote on obamacare at Christmas

and obama demands approval of the mandatory abortion coverage by Easter and Passover

for the Biblically challenged in DC, here are the verses many of your constituents read, from the Bible most of you took your oath of office on......

 [unhinged Bibble junk deleted]

 I think someone’s hallucinating.

They’re fables, from a backward time.  Grow up.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

CC didn't include a link to the CBS poll, but I think it was this one:
http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/poll_Obama_Congress_021110.pdf?tag=contentMain;contentBody

The poll isn't great for everyone, but it's worse for Republicans. Democrats have a 7% higher approval rating. They're rated 17% better on health care, 6% better on jobs, and 7% better on solutions to economic problems.

Once again, CC reports the Democrats' low poll ratings without mentioning the Republicans' even lower ratings. Decide for yourselves whether that's evidence of bias or just shoddy reporting.

Posted by: Blarg | March 9, 2010 2:48 PM
__________________

To answer your question: Both. He is truly the Craig Crawford of the blogosphere.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 9, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Here’s your “culture of life,” jerkoff
 
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1484635787266506285#
 

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"The Republican National Committee will launch an ad tomorrow aimed at capitalizing on a series of ethics hits Democrats have taken in recent weeks.

The ad, which will run on cable stations in Washington, D.C....."
____________

Stop right there! The RNC is PAYING the cable stations a lot of money to air this attack ad. So why are you displaying the ad FOR FREE on a Post-sponsored blog?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

hmnnnnnnn.........contingency vote?????

is that like voting PRESENT???

on that obama IS an expert

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

The Constitution states "But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays"

On the idea for a "contingency vote"

A "Maybe" vote would be UNCONSTITUTIONAL.


Pretty Simple.

Case Closed.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

pelosi, obamacare, landrieu and the smugglers blues.......

we need a theme song for the Pelosi attack ads.........

consider the lyrics of a gangster song “smugglers blues” by glenn frey

“the payoffs and the ripoffs and the things nobody saw”

speaks to the oval office coffee, landrieu and waterboard meetings at the white house with house dems on obamacare

“it’s the lure of easy money it has a very strong appeal”

instructs dems sellling out to mandatory abortion coverage under obamacare to get cash only–see ben nelson took a team obam a check to sell his vote and then obama cancelled the check–no honor among thieves

“sorry it went down like this but someone had to lose......”

the eulogy for dems walking the plank on obamacare

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIXNPccG0oM

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 9, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD


Your comment at 7:00 does not address the issue - and you are acting in a condescending way.


Why don't you just grow up.

They say you are woman with one tooth, is that true?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Now they are talking about some "contingency vote" - have the House vote, and have the House have a rule which states that the vote only counts IF the Senate does something.


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That contingency is, in essence, an amendment - so it changes the Senate bill.

A Contingency vote will not be able to stand up in Court.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

The Constitution states "But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays"

So, a "contingency vote" really is not a Yea or a Nay.


The democrats are heading into a Constitutional Territory which they really should not be in - and they are inviting a Court challenge.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

"Now they are talking about some "contingency vote" - have the House vote, and have the House have a rule which states that the vote only counts IF the Senate does something."

*sigh*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEJL2Uuv-oQ

Posted by: DDAWD | March 9, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

noacoler--

the quotes are just for you

see, you don't have to look them up

but don't worry

the wash po has deleted bible verses I posted before just last week.......

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 9, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I don't know, 37th, maybe Chris means "target" in the sense:

Shoot at with slings,
Shoot with arrows,
Shoot at with spitballs,
Or just shoot off their mouths.

How about you?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | March 9, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Now they are talking about some "contingency vote" - have the House vote, and have the House have a rule which states that the vote only counts IF the Senate does something.


Interesting - but aren't we re-writing Parliamentary Procedure ??


The substance is - the House is attempting to get the Senate to amend the bill - when there are NOT the votes in the Senate to pass that amendment with 60 votes.

The House either passes a bill or it doesn't - it can't pass something dependent on the Senate.

AND the abortion provisions really would not fall under that idea either.

Stupak and his group should just pull the plug on this whole mess and spare the country.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

ObamaCare–Mandatory Abortion Coverage and the Culture of death

obama forced a vote on obamacare at Christmas

and obama demands approval of the mandatory abortion coverage by Easter and Passover

for the Biblically challenged in DC, here are the verses many of your constituents read, from the Bible most of you took your oath of office on......

Christmas–Matthew 2:16

16When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18"A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more."

Exodus 1 –Government Abortion in Egypt

15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 "When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live." 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, "Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?"

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, "Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive."

20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

since Pharaoh attempted to abort the children of Israel

at Passover, Pharaoh and Egypt's first born were taken

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 9, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


Chris made a mistake in the headline of this article - how can the Republicans "target" something that doesn't exist ???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

37th:

I don't doubt for a second that she was being completely serious; until all the back room deals are finally included and passed, NO ONE knows what the bill will look like. The Senate bill being passed in whole by the House is only slightly less problematic (for instance, pro-life Dems have to "trust" that additional language will eventually be passed when the Senate already proved it could not do so in the first place). It's quite a mess that Pelosi and Hoyer have on their hands.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Last time I checked, 44% of Americans would prefer to have George Bush back as President.
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You'd almost think that 44% is a majority.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | March 9, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"We have to pass the bill to find out what is in it"

- Nancy Pelosi talking about Obama's health care bill

HAS COMPLETE INSANITY COME TO WASHINGTON ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

mikem1:

Last time I checked, 44% of Americans would prefer to have George Bush back as President. I know that I would:

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2009/12/44-of-americans-would-prefer-to-have.html

Probably even MORE by now.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 9, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how Americans are going to be swayed by the Republicans pointing fingers at the Democrats when R's poll lower than D's in approval ratings.

It's like Gov. Sanford pointing the finger at Tiger Woods. Sanford: at least I only had one mistress! Woods: at least mine were all blondes!

From the movie "Big Deal".

Posted by: 12BarBlues | March 9, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden *condemns* Israel's plans to build yet another 1600 housing units in its East Jerusalem settlements.

About. Bloody. Time.

Now if only it would go beyond rhetoric and we would change the adressee of all that military aid to the PA. Israel is a faithless apartheid state conducting an occupation reminiscent if the Warsaw ghetto. Netanyahu is a frothing psycho who needs to go.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I hope those "moderates" will try to have a longer memory this time around. America can't take much more of this abuse by the ObamaNation.

Posted by: battleground51 | March 9, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

===

As a moderate, I haven't forgotten how badly the Republicans have screwed up. Is there a third option?

Posted by: mikem1 | March 9, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

When Republicans hold power for eight to twelve years, many Americans forget just how awful the Democrats are. Those with short memories are often called "moderates".

America is now getting a rude reminder of the Stalinist tactics used and the disrespect for the American people the liberal are famous for.

I hope those "moderates" will try to have a longer memory this time around. America can't take much more of this abuse by the ObamaNation.

Posted by: battleground51 | March 9, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

George Bush - miss him yet?

Yes Indeed.

Posted by: drivl | March 9, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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hahahahaha....HAAHHAHAHAHAHA. you must be kidding.

NOT LIKELY. Republicans are NO BETTER. At least with Democrats we know what we're getting. Modern Republicans run on all kinds of upstanding principles then desert them as soon as they get elected.

Posted by: mikem1 | March 9, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

hey Chris, how about the damage done by Tom Delay saying that people who are on unemplyment benefits don't want to find a job? along with Kyl and Bunning, that's alot worse than Dems getting rid of members because of ethics scandals; at least they're cleaning their own house, instead of covering up.

Posted by: katem1 | March 9, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi Considers Convening Congress in Jail to meet Quorum

(WASHINGTON DC) Speaker Pelosi confirmed that “contingent” plans are in place to convene the House in Jail, if necessary, to meet the quorum and pass ObamaCare.

“Any number of our Dem members may be temporarily incarcerated on any given day over the next several weeks, and to be sure we meet the quorum and pass ObamaCare of course, we would meet in jail,” she explained.

An easier option, aides explained on background, would be for Obama to simply declare the Dem caucus a Federal Prison, then no transfer would be necessary and the peoples business could be done.

(DISCLAIMER–sarcasm, political satire, NOT true as of March 9, 2010. void if team obama has nullified the First Amendment this week or one of the unread stimulus bills declares satire against Dems to be Hate Speech)

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 9, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey Pithecanthropus, er I mean ProCounsel .. take your silly book if fables and, well, you know, up sideways. Keep your intolerant imaginary playmate out of this.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

the dem party is doing one hell of self destruct job.with all the dems coming out to the news on how obama and team are trying bribing them , theaten them ,all the scandals and all the very contriveral obama appiontments democrats are going to take a real beating at the elections.took the gop 6 years to screw it up that good.

Posted by: dagner49 | March 9, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

How's that hopey, changey stuff working' out for ya, liberals?

Posted by: radbwana
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Probably better than the a-holey, do nothing sh!tty stuff that works for you, wingnut. And uh, someone might want to tell Glenlivet Beck (your hero) not to have Massa the molester on his show - it is crazy enough as is.

And Cillizza, try not to look too hard for the Picasso in the monkey feces thrown on the walls by the RNC - their base is ready to give Massa a big kiss for his lies.

Posted by: LABC | March 9, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

If Massa were in favor of ObamaCare, I wonder if the media would've even reported on his ethics problems?

Posted by: HughJassPhD | March 9, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have shown themselves to be totally incapable of running ANY campaign
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you got taken. you voted on a mandate of lies.
you based your vote on the merits of a person without any.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 9, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Note to "Maxim49" * Run, don't walk to your family proctologist for a desperately needed brain scan. Another Rabid Republican with his head up his ***.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | March 9, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

and then there's this:

Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Rasmussen
22% Strongly Approve
41%) Strongly Disapprove
Approval Index rating of -19

Massa got yanked for voting against.
Kucinivich just said he is a NO-vote; lets see what they do with Dennis?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 9, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

the obamacare confusion “mystery”

how can obamacare be so confused? a dem house and senate and a year later still confusion every day??

Cillizza writes:

“That said, the amount of money being spent on the ad is less important than the strategic sensibility behind it. Republicans clearly believe that the ethics problems for Democrats -- from Rangel to Massa to even New York Gov. David Paterson -- has reached critical mass and can now be turned into an electoral issue”

now, suppose someone had MOCKED the Bible books of Deuteronomy and Leviticus by name.

the speech is still on You-Tube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi-V_ilJu0w

these books are in the Jewish part of the Bible, the Old Testament , which is also part of the Christian Bible.

note that person has NEVER criticized, much less MOCKED the Koran.

Deuteronomy 28, in the very book MOCKED by name by this person, pronounces specific curses:

15 However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you

(Numerous detailed curses omitted)

20 The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him


the cause and effect--hidden in plain view

see nothing is ever better encrypted in dc by the nsa or anyone else

than something in the Bible

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 9, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

How's that hopey, changey stuff working' out for ya, liberals?

Posted by: radbwana | March 9, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

How's that hopey, changey stuff working' out for ya, liberals?

Posted by: radbwana | March 9, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have shown themselves to be totally incapable of running ANY campaign on the merits of their accomplishments - simply because they DON'T HAVE ANY. They rely solely on innuendos, lies and half-truths in the hopes that they can suck a few more intellectually arthritic, terminally greedy morons to vote for them. In the words of their primary consultant at the RNC, Homer Simpson - "Never underestimate the power of large groups of stupid people." Sadly, this is the Republicans only stock in trade. Reward the rich, punish the poor - VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | March 9, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

when the vote takes place she will come up short. Kucinich has already said he is a NO vote. of course they just groped Massa for not falling in line so lets see what happens to Kucinich, huh?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 9, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Promising debate coverage on C-Span
Breaking his word on campaign funding
Lying about closing Guantanamo Bay
 
==
 
Wow, what heinous offenses.  Imagine, failing to fulfill every campaign promise, and within a year.  The mind reels.
 
Why, compared to duplicity like this, starting a coupla silly wars for the fun of it should be nothing more than a warning.
 
</sarcasm>
 
idiot

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Sure, we're sleazy, but not AS sleazy as Democrats. And that's a selling point? It's like one serial killer calling another serial killer a murderer. We are not impressed.

Posted by: jaynashvil | March 9, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Lets face the FACTS: Republicans have been and are utter complete lunatics.

To be exact what this means is that Republicans are paid agents of Rich & Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Military, Big Banks, etc.) and as such they have been part of one of the Ultimate Con Jobs in the history of man kind, perpetrated on the American people, for the last many decades. The purpose of which Con Job are the following 2 Key objectives:
1- To give American people as little as possible for the Taxes that we pay,
2- To enable the Rich & Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Banks, etc.) to get as rich as they can off
the back of the American middle class (people) by not having the Government (of the People by the People for the People)
regulate what they can do for the benefit of the People, such as have Universal nationalized health care, as all Europeans have, Canadians have, Israelis have, Chinese have, etc. or as we have Universal nationalized Military, Police, Fire, etc. etc.

And to get away with this Ultimate Con Job, Republicans have been saying any insane thing, any lunatic thing, no matter how senseless and illogical, such as:
1- "Government cannot do anything..."
2- "Government is the problem not the solution..."
etc. etc.
After all, if "Government cannot do anything..." then:
1- Why the HEK are we paying about 40% of our income in various form of Taxes*?
2- Are you saying that we should operate the US Military, Police, Fire, Courts of law, etc. etc. on private basis?
3- Why the HEK do we have Government paid and managed Military bases in 128+ different countries?

Much more here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | March 9, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8558764.stm

Sheeesh maybe zouk is right on the bowing and scraping...this is ridiculous! I wonder if oil contracts have anything to do with it.

"The US State Department has apologised for comments made about Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's call for jihad, or holy war, against Switzerland."

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi appointed William Jefferson to the office of Home Land Security AFTER THE FACT that he was caught with 90,000 dollars in bribe money in his freezer.

The Democrat congress CAN'T EVEN READ the trillion dollar pork packages that they inflict on all Americans... OUTRAGEOUS


Pelosi/Democrats hide behind locked doors with bribes, earmarks, sweetheart deals to force and overwhelming unpopular Crap Care on Americans.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in corruption and incompetence of the worst President and Congress in the last 100 years...

Posted by: Maxim49 | March 9, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

realist20 spoke of:
"these corrupt, non-tax-paying, bribing, sexueal deviant, thieves"

You forgot the liar-in-chief..
.

Posted by: Billw3 | March 9, 2010 5:11 PM
==========================

I thought "the installed/elected one" was called the "the Great Divider-in-Chief"....?

Posted by: allenridge | March 9, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

realist20 spoke of:
"these corrupt, non-tax-paying, bribing, sexueal deviant, thieves"

You forgot the liar-in-chief..
.

Posted by: Billw3 | March 9, 2010 5:11 PM
==========================

I thought "the installed/elected one" was called the "Great Divider-in-Chief"....?

Posted by: allenridge | March 9, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris .......when are the elite liberal/progressives at the POST going to start reporting on all the corruption in the Democrat Party?

Isn't it the job of our press to keep "the state" in line?

Why does the POST always protect the Democrats and attack the Republicans?

And Chris........maybe it time for some "Democrat Brand" stories.......kind of like what you wrote regarding the GOP about a year ago.........when can we see those "stories" Chris?.............lol!

Posted by: allenridge | March 9, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse


realist20 spoke of:
"these corrupt, non-tax-paying, bribing, sexueal deviant, thieves"

You forgot the liar-in-chief..
.

Posted by: Billw3 | March 9, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse


Cillizza said re the democrats:
"They can't afford to let themselves be defined as the party who said one thing on ethics and did another."

The ad needs to me longer and include Obama's major lies regarding:
Promising debate coverage on C-Span
Breaking his word on campaign funding
Lying about closing Guantanamo Bay
Promising an administration with integrity, but condoned bribes for votes.
.

Posted by: Billw3 | March 9, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Ooohhh someone hit the nail on the head

Chris Cilliza is a reporter like I am the pope!

How about this one?

Chris Matthews is about as much of an foreign affair correspondent like I am Princess Diana long lost twin sister!

Posted by: dove369 | March 9, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse


Nancy Pelosi said,

“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."

LOL !!

Posted by: jas7751 | March 9, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

So like where has this idiot been?....
hiding his head in sand....

THE DEMOCRATS DON'T LIKE MASSA NOR RANGEL

HA HA JOKES ON THE STUPIDITY OF THIS CLUELESS WRITER

AND BESIDES......THIS CRAP IS NEW YORK CITY

DEMOCRATS JUST PASS HCR AND CREATE JOBS

MAYBE THEN WE COULD PUT THIS FOUR-EYED WEASEL OUT OF WORK TOO!

DEMOCRATS ARE DOING JUST FINE IN MY STATE AND ANY OTHER STATE THAT IS PREDOMINANTLY BLUE

CHRIS WHY DO THEY LET YOU EVEN WRITE??

Posted by: dove369 | March 9, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Right now all those good amercians that voted for Obama, and democrats in the House & Senate must feel sick to their stomach as they watch these corrupt, non-tax-paying, bribing, sexueal deviant, thieves in the Democratic party make a mockery of American Democracy.

The Democrats owe an apology to the American People and the world, and will only be forgiven after they are thrown out in the 2010 & 2012 elections.

Posted by: Realist20 | March 9, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm an illiberal leftist and I loathe AFSCME and SEIU. Republicans are a ship of dangerous fools; they are not the Democrats' problem, corrupt Democrats are the Democrats' problem.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA TO MAKE FISHING A FEDERAL CRIME.

ESPN reports:


The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.


Another joke from Obama.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately, this means that someone will point out the number of Republicans who trumpeted about family values while having extramarital affairs. Then I will know again. There were so many that I got bored and lost count, assuming that the Republican party issued everyone who got elected a mistress.

Posted by: jlhare1 | March 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi said she was going to "drain the swamp" - but she didn't say that what she took from the swamp, she was going to put in the democratic caucus.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Lets face the FACTS: Republicans (Bush, Reagan, Cheney, Gingrich, Demint, Graham, Beck, Limbaugh, etc.) have been and are utter complete lunatics.

To be exact what this means is that Republicans are paid agents of Rich & Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Military, Big Banks, etc.) and as such they have been part of one of the Ultimate Con Jobs in the history of man kind, perpetrated on the American people, for the last many decades. The purpose of which Con Job are the following 2 Key objectives:
1- To give American people as little as possible for the Taxes that we pay,
2- To enable the Rich & Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Banks, etc.) to get as rich as they can off
the back of the American middle class (people) by not having the Government (of the People by the People for the People)
regulate what they can do for the benefit of the People, such as have Universal nationalized health care, as all Europeans have, Canadians have, Israelis have, Chinese have, etc. or as we have Universal nationalized Military, Police, Fire, etc. etc.

And to get away with this Ultimate Con Job, Republicans have been saying any insane thing, any lunatic thing, no matter how senseless and illogical, such as:
1- "Government cannot do anything..."
2- "Government is the problem not the solution..."
etc. etc.
After all, if "Government cannot do anything..." then:
1- Why the HEK are we paying about 40% of our income in various form of Taxes*?
2- Are you saying that we should operate the US Military, Police, Fire, Courts of law, etc. etc. on private basis?
3- Why the HEK do we have Government paid and managed Military bases in 128+ different countries?

Much more here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | March 9, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Conservatives listen up. Yes we have ethical problems in the Democratic party. We know it. We deal with our problems. Sometimes we don't deal with them properly or quickly enough, but we do deal with them. But how can you speak as if the hands of the GOP are clean? I won't even say that your side is worse than mine, but how can you make a case that it is blameless here? There probably is more corruption in the Democratic party right now. Probably by just shy of 60%, the ammount of our majority. But again, Can you honestly make a case that your side is guilt free? In fact, I won't even put the bar that high. Can you honestly make a case that your side is any better? last I saw, most of your corrupt officials are still in office without so much as a loss of a chairmanship. Go ahead and make your case. Don't worry. I'll wait.

Posted by: elijah24 | March 9, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this right. Is this article meant to imply that the democrats wouldn't take advantage of a similar situation? Why wouldn't the republicans make hay with this stuff?

The simple answer is that we start electing honorable people in both parties. It needs to start at the White House. We must stop this trend of broken promises, bribery and deceit coming out of this administration.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | March 9, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Nothing was more revealing about this Administration than to recently witness Union THUGS exiting the White House after Barry (S.E.I.U./ACORN) Soetoro forcefully bent America over and allowed those disgusting Socialist Swine have their way with Her.

Barry is a deceitful hypocrite who is in bed, quite literally, with the most corrupt Lobby in this Nation. S.E.I.U. gives $60M to his campaign of Hoax and Charade and Barry sacrifices America to their demands.

Elections of 2010 & 12 Cannot Come Soon Enough !!

Posted by: jas7751 | March 9, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Barry running for office:

Repubs are bad, we need to get rid of them.

Barry while in office:

Everyone is bad, so what.

Posted by: drivl | March 9, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Chris:


I take issue with your headline. How can the RNC "target" the ethics of the democrats if they don't have any???

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

After the report last week that Barry smokes and drinks too much, I would not be surprised if after this health care attempt flops, he circles back to his days of selling blow and heads down into the DC neighborhoods.

At least he could learn a little about supply and demand.

Posted by: drivl | March 9, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Al Queda is VERY WELL KNOWN for using multiple bomb plots - and multiple planes in its attacks.


So, instead of questioning the Detroit bomber on the possibility of additional bombs, Obama gives the terrorists a lawyer.


We have to wait 5 weeks for any intelligence.


THAT IS PUTTING THE LIVES OF AMERICANS AT RISK UNNECESSARILY.


Obama SHOULD RESIGN IMMEDIATELY FOR JUST THAT.


This is not an impeachable offense ??? Yes it is.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight......we're trying to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a president that also is exempt from it and hasn't read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke.

What the hell could possibly go wrong?

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | March 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

shrink2


You are pathetic - now when the democrats get caught - you say both parties are equally corrupt -


OH but 4 years ago all the democrats wanted to talk about was how bad the Republicans were.


HYPOCRITES - totally true - You are always applying two different standards.

The democrats are rotting from the inside out.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I think this is a good tactic.

In the absence of any semblance of leadership, we can always count on Congress to dazzle us with reactionary and shortsighted name-calling.

Posted by: Goombay | March 9, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

$Globalist $BANKsters intentionally play the REDs against the BLUEs! Ha, what a JOKE on WE-the-People!? -- Just whom assures whom? - Take these 3 so-called 'think-tanks',- the Brookings Institute, the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation.- Inestigate msot of each' members. Their' connections, and globalist ties!? - WE-the-People of the U.S.A.,- and ALL PEOPLE'S of the World have fallen silent,- under the control of 'MUCH' Higher Powers!? -- As Prime Minister George Papandreou of Greece, stated this week:-- Take All High Leaders of the World,- all presidents, prime ministers, dictators, executives, judiciary, & legislatures,-- the People's of the World consider these "High-Leaders" as very Powerful,-- bu then, Mr. Papandreou said,- there are, in the World- ""MUCH"" - 'Very-MUCH' HIGHER POWERS!!?? -- Well, then Name these ""MUCH-HIGHER-POWERS""?? -- In the U.S.,- WE-the-People would like to know the Names of just Whom these "Much-Higher" Powers Are?? -- Whom or What are Higher, in the U.S., than "WE-the-PEOPLE"??!! -- That is what it is ALL about America /WORLD! - Just Who / Whom / What IS Really Running Our REPUBLIC, and the WORLD??- If Not Us- {WE-the-PEOPLE}, nor Our' CONGRESS, then just whom and/or what??!! -- That is what ALL U.S. Citizens must Ask, and Demand the Answer to!!! -- Beware the Globalist $BANKsters, $WALLsters, & $CORPsters RUNNING THE WORLD! -- They,- the Globalist Central $BANKsters created and PUSHED the over $900+TRILLION in "DERIVATIVES"! -- Why did Our' U.S. CONGRESS jump like rabbits to $BAIL-OUT these Criminals??!! -- And still,- WE-the-People are without Livable $Wage JOBS, - without adequate Health Care, - the $DOLLAR continues to de-VALUE, and Our' CONGRESS still in Bed with these $Special-Interests, Lobbyists, and $tooo-Big Central Banking CARTELS??!! -- Repeal the- Federal Reseerve Act,- and send these thieves back to Europe where they came from back in 1911-1913.

Posted by: jward52 | March 9, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Certainly they will and why shouldn't they . . . Rangel and Massa epitomize the leftist Democrats and it's perfectly appropriate to inform the voting public of this fact.

Posted by: rplat | March 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

How soon we forget about Vitter's exploits in Louisiana or Sanford's walk down the Appalachian trail to Argentina or Bob Ney's association with Abramoff or "wide-stance" Craig from Idaho.

I could go on and on and on...

but, point should be, the Dems aren't any better. I'm a devout Dem but this crop of Dems don't exactly inspire me.

Personally, I'd hope that some clean-living Dems would challenge these buffoons in their primaries, but it ain't gonna happen.

Dems in the Congress today are a disgrace to the party and this country, almost as bad as the Rethugs that preceded them.

Posted by: dc1020008 | March 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Whether Jack Abramoff's buddy Bob Ney, William Jefferson, all the names mentioned below, to my mind both parties in Congress are equally corrupt.

It is certainly true that it is time to change Washington, always has been true, but electing Republicans instead of Democrats is not going to change Washington. Electing honest people would change Washington, can we vote for that?

But whether you call it pay to play or the spoils system, it has gone on since Congress' inception; the Citizens United ruling will not help, obviously. One of Obama's many mistakes was to bring Tom Daschle onto the ground floor of the construction of health care "reform".

Congressional corruption is endemic and it is too bad Pelosi promised to run the "most open and ethical Congress in history," but the Republicans having nothing better, nothing to sell but fear and anger.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Al Queda is VERY WELL KNOWN for using multiple bomb plots - and multiple planes in its attacks.


So, instead of questioning the Detroit bomber on the possibility of additional bombs, Obama gives the terrorists a lawyer.


We have to wait 5 weeks for any intelligence.


THAT IS PUTTING THE LIVES OF AMERICANS AT RISK UNNECESSARILY.


Obama SHOULD RESIGN IMMEDIATELY FOR JUST THAT.


This is not an impeachable offense ??? Yes it is.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Let 'em. They still face absolute defeat on the health care bill.

Posted by: dudh | March 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Ped, you are a vicious little queen, always wishing ill on everyone you meet. no wonder no one wants to have anything to do with you and your social life revolves around insulting strangers on blogs.

What was it that caused this - the combover, the stuttering, the parental abandoment and shame, the total lack of anything resembling a career, the low pay, the idiot tasks, the difficulty with math, the advances of strangers in dark places?


Poor Ped, a causualty of the modern age.

Posted by: drivl | March 9, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Neither side should use these tactics: no one's hands are clean.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Libs are a mess. What an embarrassment. They are undeserving of the positions they hold.

Elections of 2010 & 12 Cannot Come Soon Enough!!

Posted by: jas7751 | March 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Try adding Sptizer and Paterson and all the other democratic scandals.

The democrats are a BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES.


The democratic party did this to THEMSELVES.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 9, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

@blarg: I call it both. Cillizza a reporter like I'm the Pope. Shameless propagandist and defender of the despicable, selling out the future of his country for access and attaboys.

Note the title; "Republican" reverently spelled out in full, "Democratic" reduced to a zoukesque triletter.

Hope you fall hard, Cillizza, temping at the car wash to buy food

Posted by: Noacoler | March 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

signs pointing to failure. no surprise there:

Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., made news Monday by appearing open to using budget reconciliation to pass president Obama's health care package. She told an Associated Press reporter she wanted to see what is included in the package before deciding. On Tuesday morning, she either had a change of heart or didn't really mean to that she would consider the parliamentary tactic,(Snip) Lincoln, who rushed past a group of reporters and into the Senate chamber, turned around long enough to say she would not support such a move.

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

Don't confuse the House timeline with the White House timeline, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) warned reporters Tuesday. ''None of us has mentioned the 18th, other than Mr. Gibbs,'' Hoyer said in response to a question about whether Congress can pass a health care package by March 18, the date laid out last week by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. (Snip) In the meantime, Hoyer said an internal fight over abortion restrictions ''has to be resolved.''

Posted by: drivl | March 9, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

As the Obama administration scrambles to contain the diplomatic fallout with Turkey over the ''Armenian genocide'' resolution in the U.S. Congress, Turkey’s tilt towards Iran continues largely unnoticed. Turkey’s ''formerly Islamist'' president, Abdullah Gul, in a weekend telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart called for a deepening of bilateral relations and voiced support for Iran in international forums.

Brazil, china and russia are not on board at all.

It seems Barry's bowing and scraping all around the world has not earned him one friend. Even our traditional allies - Israel, UK, France, and Germany no longer like us much. If there is any measure of the failure of a policy idea, this is most certainly it.

I suppose Sweden and Norway are rather pleased as well as N. Korea and Iran but I don't think that was the intention.

George Bush - miss him yet?

Yes Indeed.

Posted by: drivl | March 9, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Black Barbie Sold for Less
Than White Barbie at Walmart Store
ABC News, by Alice Gomstyn

Walmart is raising eyebrows after cutting the price of a black Barbie doll to nearly half of that of the doll's white counterpart at one store and possibly others.


Obama will fix this by forcing Walmart to sell the preferred choice at the lower price, taking a loss and driving them from the market. then the government can step in and take over.

that is the Obimbo way.

Posted by: drivl | March 9, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

At least Democrats actually DID something about their ethical problems. Massa resigned, Rangel stepped down from his leadership position, Patterson ended his re-election campaign and may yet resign. Ensign, Vitter, Sanford, Craig, they're all still around and not showing any remorse for their actions. Apparently they're following the "I'm not an alcoholic. Alcoholics go to meetings" school of thought.

Posted by: thecorinthian | March 9, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Okay my spelling was a little off :).

Posted by: rlj1 | March 9, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Democrats and Republicans both have ethical problems but the fact that Democrats did something about thers (Massa, Rangel) seems to make the Republicans (Engisn; Vitter; Craig, etc.) look less ethical.

Posted by: rlj1 | March 9, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

AndyR3 writes
"How is forcing one congressman out who broke the rules and taking away the chairmanship from another being weak on Ethics?"

The Massa issue should work in the Dems' favor. But they dawdled on Rangel. It didn't take a genius to see that Repubs would use Rangel's, uh, 'casual' ethics against them. Dem Congressional leadership needs to put some teeth back into the ethics committees - or create a neutral body that's not made up of other congresspeople.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 9, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The Dems., on the other hand, "almost" don't have to advertise at all. The way that all the many factions of (R) are going at each other suggests either the demise of (R) or a 147 party system.

Posted by: hoser3 | March 9, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

CC didn't include a link to the CBS poll, but I think it was this one:
http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/poll_Obama_Congress_021110.pdf?tag=contentMain;contentBody

The poll isn't great for everyone, but it's worse for Republicans. Democrats have a 7% higher approval rating. They're rated 17% better on health care, 6% better on jobs, and 7% better on solutions to economic problems.

Once again, CC reports the Democrats' low poll ratings without mentioning the Republicans' even lower ratings. Decide for yourselves whether that's evidence of bias or just shoddy reporting.

Posted by: Blarg | March 9, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"Add to that a late February Fox News Channel/Opinion Dynamics survey that pegged congressional approval at a dismal 14 percent...and you begin to see the potential problem for Democrats."

The poll doesn't show problems for Democrats. It shows problems for CONGRESS. When asked which group best understands America, Democrats beat Republicans 17-12. (Interestingly, Conservatives have 21%, and Liberals 8%.) When asked which group least understands America, Republicans beat Democrats 14-10. Congress isn't popular, but Republicans are even less popular than Democrats.

Posted by: Blarg | March 9, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Liberal ethics problems? Talk about shooting fish in a barrel.

almost too easy.

Posted by: drivl | March 9, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

How is forcing one congressman out who broke the rules and taking away the chairmanship from another being weak on Ethics? Seems to me that the dems are doing exactly what they said they would trying to stamp out corruption and ethical problems. When you do that people will get busted and that will lead to these types of stories.

Also how soon we forget about a little walk on the Appalachain trail.

Posted by: AndyR3 | March 9, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

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