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RNC cleans house in finance department

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's firing of the two top finance people at the committee is meant to show movement in a positive direction after several months of negative stories about the organization's cash-collecting operation.

Both finance director Rob Bickhart and deputy finance director Debbie LeHardy were removed from their posts today. Bickhart will be replaced as finance director by Mary Heitman, a long time fundraiser with deep ties to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour for whom she served under at the RNC and the Republican Governors Association. Heitman's hire immediately drew praise from party insiders.

"While we appreciate their service to the RNC and wish them well in future endeavors, the Chairman felt it was important to restructure the department in order to continue to improve on our strong fundraising numbers," said RNC communications director Doug Heye.

While the departures of Bickhart and LeHardy were something of a surprise -- the RNC announce it late on a sleepy Friday in Washington -- committee insiders cast the moves as inevitable in the wake of two fundraising scandals that drew a series of negative stories to the organization.

The first was the accidental release of an RNC PowerPoint presentation that not only portrayed President Obama as the Joker from the Batman movies but also mocked GOP donors.

The second was a report that the RNC had made a reimbursement for a party at a lesbian bondage club in California.

Those twin stories coupled with the departures of other senior staff -- chief of staff Ken McKay left as did senior adviser Curt Anderson -- led to an air of chaos around the committee at a time when Republicans in other parts of the city (and nation) were buoyed by the increasing political problems surrounding Democrats.

Those familiar with the inner workings of the RNC cast the latest moves as part of a necessary purge designed to make the committee more agile financially. At the end of March, the RNC showed $11.4 million on hand -- a pittance of the more than $121 million it had collected since the start of 2009. The Democratic National Committee closed March with $14.7 million in the bank.

Spending at the committee -- aside from the high profile nightclub incident -- has come under considerable fire from Republican political professionals. Those same people, however, acknowledge that removing Steele from his post at anytime before January 2011 -- when he is up for re-election to a second term -- is next-to-impossible.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 7, 2010; 6:21 PM ET
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Re: RNC cleans house in finance department

Please stay on the subject of this news article. Some of the posted comments have no connection to cleaning up the RNC finance department.

That's my opinion

Posted by: MyOpinionCounts | May 10, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Get rid of Steel ASAP. He is bringing down the Republican Party.

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

If anyone thinks the Republican Party isn't a racist Party they are fools and proberly racist themselves. For those who really want a brighter America for all its people than don't vote for a Racist Tea Party Candidate. They have another agenda that I don't think fits into the common American Agenda...

Posted by: amosdefnails | May 10, 2010 3:04 AM | Report abuse

How can the RNC raise money when they are insulting people. Calling them reactionary and emotional. The Republican Party is giving false hopes, lies, and they are getting caught up in it over and over again. They all need to walk out and get as far away from the racist Republican Party as possible. Their no longer Republicans. They are the Racist Far Fetched Right and all of their candidates running for office is as well. People be aware of a vote for a Tea Party Republican this year because you may get allot more than you bargained for...

Posted by: amosdefnails | May 10, 2010 3:00 AM | Report abuse

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 9, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse


Broadwayjoe


Please take your racism elsewhere.

Please take your lies where you go with your racism.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 9, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Anyone remember how the LOONY LEFT went ballistic and berated Bush for his "no-bid" contracts to Halliburton? Where are these loons now that their Comrade in the White House has awarded a "no bid" contract in the amount of $568 MILLION to Halliburton? huh?? Not a peep! Crickets chirping!

Hypocrites!!

Posted by: priley8104 | May 8, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

The failure of the "dome" is so sad.

A couple weeks ago someone remarked about how ordinary the engineering problems associated with stopping this flow might have been.

Well there never was anything ordinary about this disaster and now it is miracle wish, dream time, or reality. You people who pray, do your best. Otherwise, there is no choice.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 8, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

curious why my repeating an AP story about Halliburton is so bothersome and your apparent sensitivity to it. Again I posted THEIR words
about potential liability not mine. Believe me liability will be tied up in federal courts for decades. My point, when I post a story don' t attribute its conclusions to me and certainly not to someone like 12Bar who had nothing to do with the Halliburton attirbution. And precisely where is your evidence of a no bid contract to Halliburton?
What are your sources, Hannity, Limbaugh or Glen Beck?

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 8, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

unfortunately brigade Barbour is the perfect R POTUS candidate.Please don t use the word OUR.

I have never been as certain of that until I read of the defeat of Bennett a few minutes ago. Very conservative but decent. It is breathtaking how much the TeaBaggers have taken virtual control of the R party. Wonder how that will sit with Indep voters when that becomes apparent to them in the coming months.
And why was Bennett defeated? reportedly b.c he supported the Bush/Paulson bailout. And exactly what would they have done on Dec 2008 otherwise; let the whole banking industry collapse and send us into a worldwide depression? sounds like they must love the concept of living out of shopping carts.
And yet these same folks seem perfectly ok
having the federal govt bailout Haily Barbour and Bobby Jindall's states. True insanity.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 8, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

OK leichtman


this whole thing started because Obama gave Halliburton a 568 Million dollar no-bid contract

so - now Obama is doing a dance with Halliburton.

thank you - good bye.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"broadwayjoe


Make a list of all the people who have been injured at liberal protests - like the 3 in California last week

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 5:30 PM"
___________

Happy to oblige:

The list:


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Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 8, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


Make a list of all the people who have been injured at liberal protests - like the 3 in California last week


Make a list of all the victims of INNERCITY VIOLENCE OVER THE PAST YEAR


THEN GET BACK TO US.


You are a joker.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1 wrote,
"I started talk of Barbour POTUS. Barbour represents the country of the 1950s. He proudly waives the rebel flag, promotes profiling, enabling liabity shields for oil companies and Toyota, believes in nullification and cesession, replacing Thomas Jefferson in our textbooks..."

Our kinda guy. Right?

Posted by: Brigade | May 8, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Bennett, another victim of the teabaggers.

Previous bagger victims:
Martha Coakley
Congressman Cleaver's face
The black woman who carried a Rosa Parks sign to a Clown Hall Thugs rally (and got jacked up...allegedly)
Lindsey Graham (Google "William Gheen")
The State of Arizona
Conventional spelling of English words
Common Sense

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 8, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

leichtman, I mistakenly intercalated my writing in between the second to last and last vote count. Look at the bottom of my previous post. Eagar had 541 votes.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 8, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

so there are 94 outside votes and Bennett will
need to get 79 of those votes to advance; could come down to a few vote of these caucus goers how pathetic of the state GOP, this should be an easy one for them.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 8, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

by the way since you keep repeating that Gen beck sorry line, you were aware that there was a 72 hour search and rescue project going on to find the missing rig workers and inclement weather for almost another week that kept most coast guard ships and buoys from being deplored, but I will stick with my scenario that it was Obama's consorting with god to create bad weather and we all know about his secret plots regarding the oil platform. That is an old and confirmed story by Glen Beck and 37th.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 8, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I guess I could have googled it myself.

http://blogs.sltrib.com/utpolitics/index.php?p=15695&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

Here's the results: Lee first, Bridgewater second, Bennett third.

Tim Bridgewater 917 - 26.84%
Bennett 885 - 25.91%
Freidbaum 16 - .47%
Fabiano 22 - .64%
Cook 49 - 1.43%
Chiu 4 - .12%
Lee 982 - 28.75%

We expected the order to be Lee, Bridgewater, and Bennett, but I don't think anyone expected it to be that close. Those three move onto the next round. The top two will face off in a primary campaign unless one of the three takes 60% of the votes and wins the nomination.

The eliminated candidates took about 20% of the votes, so it's hard to imagine anyone taking 60%. Of course, delegates who voted for Lee, Bridgewater, or Bennett can switch in the second round.
Eagar 541 - 15.84%

Posted by: DDAWD | May 8, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I am the culprit. Wed's Houston Chronicle
referenced the ex Director of Mineral Mgmt
Services as speculating that part of the fault
might lay in the sloppy cement work that
Halliburton had performed on the rig just 20 minutes before the blowout. He also mentioned that halliburton had the exact same problems with rigs exploding in E Temor Sea and how suspicious it was that Halliburton claims they tested their cement job, but are now reluctant to disclose those tests to investigators(his supposition not mine and certainly not 12 bar's).The rig was being shut down and moved and there were even BP executives on the rig celebrating their safety record, ironic don't you think. But I was the one who quoted the Houston Chronicle story linking Halliburton as a potential source of liability in the explosion; possibly just BP posturing.
So back off 37th. Want to blame someone which you are famous for, blame me for quoting a published AP story that I will try and re source if you have problems with the story.
Today's news seems to have put the blame back on BP with sources on the rig now telling investigators there was excess methane gas in the cylinders minutes before the explosions. Sounds likely like there will be fingers pointed back and forth ad nausea before this is over but the truth is that we all know that it was Obama's subversive hiring of leaders w/i Acorn or Greenpeace to sneak up on the platform and detonated explosives or at least that is what Glen Beck and 37th would want us to believe.

But my querry is this: Since the GOP and especially Gov Jindal and Barbour constantly rant against the deficit spending by the federal govt, then why should the feds do anything to help them financially. Is that not asking us to bailout their states? What would these governors be saying if Ca or Washington state needed comparable assistance. Likely, good luck guys you are on your own.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 8, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know when the Utah Republican convention is going to take place?

Posted by: DDAWD | May 8, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The containment box at the oil spill is running into trouble - ice is forming which makes it too light (ice floats in water) - and they are worried the ice will clog the system.


Ouch.

Obama should have implemented the Federal Oil Spill Plan when he had a chance - but he was off being partisan.

that really hurts - off being a hypocrite.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


Stop it - you were talking about Obama's oil spill - and then you were bringing up Halliburton - I don't want to argue with you about what you did.


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Obama's oil spill is spreading - yet the winds are helping break up the spill


Obama wasted valuable time when he could have been implementing the PRE-APPROVED OIL SPILL PLAN.

Remember Obama just came out IN SUPPORT of even MORE offshore drilling.

Can't catch a break, huh?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


I guess someone else has been writing under you name - Im not looking through the postings

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 3:26 PM
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You make claims. Then you can't back them up. Liar. No one has been posting under my name.

There are no posts with me blaming Halliburton. And you know how I know? Because I DON'T blame Halliburton.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 8, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


When he does something right

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


I guess someone else has been writing under you name - Im not looking through the postings

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I see Obama in a positive light when he does something right
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When?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 8, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


I see Obama in a positive light when he does something right


However, all there has been is hypocrisy


Lies, actions which have NOTHING to do with his 2008 platform and what people voted for.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

You appear to be denying that you have posted about Halliburton in the past two weeks.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 3:18 PM
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I am denying it. I never even mentioned Halliburton or Cheney. Go find those posts if you are so sure they exist.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 8, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

But Obama's own website is not showing very many jobs created.
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So what. Jobs are being created. That is the headline. Do you think anyone but partisans are going to go to the website?

You are entitled to your point of view. You can parse and get down into the details, and claim that Obama shouldn't get credit for the jobs being created. You can surround yourself with people who agree with you.

But, the BIG PICTURE is that an improving job situation helps the Democrats.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 8, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues at 3:06


You have written several - probably closer to twenty posts this week concerning Halliburton and Obama's Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


You have been trying to tie the oil spill to Cheney - and leaving the fact that Obama didn't ACT FAST ENOUGH OUT OF THE PICTURE.


Well, now we find out that Obama and Halliburton are doing a little dance together


So, after all your postings - what do you say ?

You appear to be denying that you have posted about Halliburton in the past two weeks.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

37th,

You seem to be under the impression that I am a partisan who will lay down on the railroad tracks to support the President. I'll support the President when he's succeeding and I won't support him when he's not succeeding.

The difference between you and me is that you NEVER see Obama in a positive light, and I do. But, I'm consistent. I didn't see GW as a demon either. He wasn't all wrong, nor was he all right. I am closer to a moderate than most people on this blog.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 8, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues at 2:55


Obama said that his people would TRACK the stimulus money to the jobs on the website - NO DISPUTE THERE

But Obama's own website is not showing very many jobs created.

It draws a CLEAR DISTINCTION - BETWEEN THE JOBS FROM THE STIMULUS - AND THOSE FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE ECONOMY.

I guess you are insisting on being a liar - which you have done before on this blog.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

You will be happy to know that Obama just gave Halliburton a $568 Million no-bid contract.
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Is that supposed to be a zinger?

The President will have to explain that contract, just like the prior administration. He'll suffer if he doesn't have a good explanation. So be it.

Why do you think I care about Halliburton? I think I own some Halliburton stock.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 8, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

37th,

The political calculus is not complicated:

1. Jobs are being created. Administration gets credit. Helps Democrats in next election.

2. People are suffering in the Gulf States. They need food, money, help. They get that from the federal government (and state and local also). Feds get graded on how well they do that. Administration gets credit. Helps Democrats in next election.

Meanwhile, you are over in your corner, parsing this report and that report, in other words, stomping on ants while the elephants rush by.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 8, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

12Bar


You will be happy to know that Obama just gave Halliburton a $568 Million no-bid contract.


OH well - who are you going to complain about now ???

I guess all your criticism of Halliburton can go against Obama now - and you can blame Obama for Halliburton now.


That would be fair, right ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

But then you have all these democrats trying to claim credit for stuff Obama didn't do.
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Ok, let's see--stimulus is supposed to create jobs. After a while, jobs are created.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 8, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

This is what the governors are looking at:

Here's was the feds are doing:

thousands of National Guard
the Coast Guard and all their resources
low interest loans
miles of boom and ships to place
controlled burns
EPA--air quality monitored
NOAA--oil slick monitored
Fish & Game monitoring wildlife
FDA--food aid for Louisiana residents


What BP is doing:

800 number for filing a claim
$100,000 contibution to FDA for food aid
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Which would you rather have?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 8, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues on the JOBS REPORT


It makes a great deal of sense to distinquish between the jobs created by Obama's 800 BILLION stimulus - which he said would be tracked by a website - and what the ECONOMY IS DOING ON ITS OWN.

At this point, the Obama people have practically quit the website - because it shows that OBAMA WASTED THE MONEY AND CREATED FEW JOBS - ALMOST NONE OF WHICH WILL BE PERMANENT.

It was the greatest WASTE OF 800 BILLION DOLLARS IN HISTORY - PUT THAT ONE IN OBAMA'S LIST OF "UNPRECEDENTED" ACTIONS THAT HE KEEPS LISTING.

But then you have all these democrats trying to claim credit for stuff Obama didn't do.


So that just means that those democrats are BIGGER LIARS than the other democrats. It doesn't mean that anyone believes you - or that Obama the socialist did anything in the capitalist economy EXCEPT DRAG IT DOWN WITH THE LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Massive catastrophe = Massive help needed.

What's wrong with you?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 8, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


You are constantly trying to make a stupid stupid point


I don't know what is wrong with you.

The question is NOT WHETHER the government gets involved - but HOW MUCH

You are constantly trying to say that because it makes sense for the government to get involved in a little teany bit of a way - then it makes sense that government has a MASSIVE involvement in everything.

You are making no sense - the point you are trying to make is illogical - - yet you insist on constantly making the same illogical point - you can say the sky isn't blue - and insist a thousand times that you have seen cloudy days in which the sky is gray - OK but the sky is still blue.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

And top R Governors Jindal and Barbour are at the trough begging
for massive Big Govt. Bailouts of their states
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@leichtman,

The governors desperately seeking aid of the federal government is proof positive that relying on BP/Transocean/Halliburton isn't enough in times of emergency. Otherwise, these governors would turn to them for help. Instead, they turn to the feds. Doesn't look like those governors think the feds are totally screwed up, does it?

This shows that people are people. When there is a huge emergency, ideology goes out the window, and they reach out for the hand that helps its citizens.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 8, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

the economy is creating jobs without Obama -
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This comment is a great barometer of conservative sentiment gradually shifting to embrace some small part of reality. Wasn't it just last week that the claim was that there

were NO jobs being created,
that it is only CENSUS jobs, for a bunch of liberal slackjaws looking for a handout,
which are NOT REAL jobs,
and you'll see, you moonbats, NOBODY will hire while Obama is President.

Now, we see the gradual shift...maybe there ARE jobs, but the jobs are IN SPITE of the Administration's policies.

Wait another week, and we'll see conservatives taking CREDIT for creating the jobs.

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

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 8, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

95% of Americans received a tax cut this year
and 290,000 new jobs were created this month.
What Rs truly want are tax cuts for BP, Halliburton and Massey so they can do more
damage to this country and to lose 500,000 jobs per month to help their political chances this Nov. And top R Governors Jindal and Barbour are at the trough begging
for massive Big Govt. Bailouts of their states
and more liability shields for their friends
at BP and Halliburton. We should all agree
that there should be No Bailouts for R Governors who constantly trash the federal govt's expenditures. No handouts to R governors.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 8, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING RIGHT NOW IS TO GET RID OF OBAMA'S TAXES.

Obama's taxes are weighing the economic recovery down.


We are beginning to hear all sorts of lies coming from the democrats - they are trying to take credit for every little bit of sunshine - even after OBAMA HAD THE LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

Obama'a policies are placing a drag on hiring.

Meanwhile, the economic stimulus funds are almost gone - Obama and the democrats diverted that money so many places that it let to virtually no job creation - the economy is creating jobs without Obama -


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING RIGHT NOW IS TO GET RID OF OBAMA'S TAXES.

Obama's taxes are weighing the economic recovery down.


We are beginning to hear all sorts of lies coming from the democrats - they are trying to take credit for every little bit of sunshine - even after OBAMA HAD THE LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

Obama'a policies are placing a drag on hiring.

Meanwhile, the economic stimulus funds are almost gone - Obama and the democrats diverted that money so many places that it let to virtually no job creation - the economy is creating jobs without Obama -


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 8, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"CHICKENS 4 HEALTHCARE"

The newst GOP mantra. Cluck Cluck...

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 8, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"a lfe free of BIG Govt" I agree and think that Obama should tell Barbour and Jindal exactly that. That the Federal Govt should not Bailout Louis
or Miss withe help of big govt b/c that is what their GOP supporters demand NO Jindal or Barbour BAILOUTS. States rights you know.Can t have it both ways zouk
And zouk tells us that the GOP is just fine with Toyota, BP and Halliburton and Massey negligence and insist on providing them with liability shields, Good luck with that strategy
And maybe you. will soon discover that there were riots in Greece and elections in GB and Germany.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 8, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Nappy finally realized there us a flood in tn. Only took a week.

Today a ferry crashed. Look for obimbo to call for federal ferry reform. The government ought to do something.

We deserve to have a risk free life provided by big government.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 8, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I started talk of Barbour POTUS. material here weeks ago. He talks the standard R line that he hates BIG Washington expenditures but he and Jindal are like puppies begging for begen chips and pigs at the trough when their states need to be BAILED OUT. No money to help the national economy but when it comes to their states. oh that is a differen story. Barbour represents the country of the 1950s. He proudly waives the rebel flag, promotes profiling, enabling liabity shields for oil companies and Toyota, believes in nullification and cesession, replacing Thomas Jefferson in our textbooks, and governs a state at the bottom in HC. Life expectancy and highschool dropouts. What is not to loge about Barbour. He, Perry and McDonnell are the trifecta of the GOP POTUS prospects in 2012. Apparently the GOP mantra is to return us to the nation we were in 1950.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 8, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Off topic: Mike Allen's reporting Elena Kagan will be BHO's pick for the Supreme Court. Good luck, Miss Kagan.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 8, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The G.O.P. should fire Steele before the election, but it won't happen. Haley Barbour would be perfect in that role; an insider with connections. So far, Mitt Romney seems the strongest presidential candidate for the G.O.P.

The G.O.P. has a chance to pick up a bunch of open seats, but I'm not sure they are going to unseat many incumbent Dems. This wave of conservatism is different from '94. It's appeal is narrow and limited. In my opinion, the Tea Party movement will be less effective in the general election as their candidates will not appeal to the mainstream.

I wish Mitch McConnell would stop saying "The American people don't....(finish the sentence)" McConnell is not the best spokesman for the G.O.P. There is a lot of talent on the G.O.P. side and McConnell should use it. Let someone else run the press conferences so McConnell can do what he does best - back room negotiations.

Posted by: LauraBlack | May 7, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

I think Barbour has a tough challenge in straddling the line in avoiding party purity while giving an appearance of being committed to the conservative cause at a time where the party seems hellbent on ejecting its moderates. We'll see if he can do it. I hope he can't.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 7, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Mary Heitman, Mary Heitman. Well, that takes care of things.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | May 7, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Bickhart was more than an employee - he was also a contractor.

He has a very cozy relationship with the RNC. Are they going to cancel that contract with the firm Bickhart formed after he was named to his position at the RNC - eCapitol Direct? The audit report recommended that it be canceled and it was worth about $250,000 annually. That's in addition to his pay as an RNC employee.

Posted by: FauxReal | May 7, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah. Haley Barbour. Presidential material fer sure. Jowels like a pair of cow udders, a mushmouth drawl, FAT, oh yeah. I wanna work for his campaign. He's so like conservative an' stuff.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 7, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I note Haley Barbour's influence here. Is he one of the last standing Republican establishment types to HAVE any influence among Republican circles? Is he, in fact, their leader?
Watch for him to position himself for the 2012 Republican nomination for the Presidency. A little bit Tea-Bag, a whole lot Southern, deeply involved in "big money" politics, and long-lived enough among Republican establishment types to be able to carry their water. AND, a governor to boot.
I know he loves being the governor of one of the poorest states when he was elected and will love having been the governor of one of the poorest states when he leaves office.
Funny how no one governor of Mississippi can do anything more than leave them in the deepest poverty pockets in the whole nation. Isn't it.

Posted by: cms1 | May 7, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Right, what this means is that those staffers refused to take the fall for the "King of Swing" Steele and his entourage of lovelies from Voyeurs Club for men of unusual tastes.

Posted by: Reesh | May 7, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

TO: Dutra1 who wrote”
“I have been to that "lesbian bondage club" and it is hardly that. It is a cartoon. Nothing worse than you would see on 'Family Man' or 'South Park'. Get a life you loons.”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Have you also been to the men’s room at the airport where Larry Craig was getting his thing on?

Yeah, West Hollywood aka “Boys Town” and there AIN’T no cartoons going on there.

Not enough bondage for you?

You're one of those pro-torture freaks, huh?

Posted by: lindalovejones | May 7, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

You go out to a club whose whole raison d'être is to inspire sexual excitation in its patrons and you're telling US to get a life?

Why don't you just go get laid like normal people?

Anyway, who cares? The RNC took clients there and now a lot of conservative groups won't donate to Republicans anymore. Sounds like a win to me.

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

I have been to that "lesbian bondage club" and it is hardly that. It is a cartoon. Nothing worse than you would see on 'Family Man' or 'South Park'. Get a life you loons.

Posted by: Dutra1 | May 7, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


are we going to start again with your racist postings again?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 7, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Don't believe the anti-Mike hype.

Mike's not doing anything that his predecessors at the RNC didn't do. Only difference is Mike is..., er, left-handed. The press didn't cover the predecessors because they were right-handed.

The above "article" kinda omits the fact that, because of the outreach he's done, Mike is very popular among the folks such as the State party chairmen who actually vote on the chairmanship. So, despite the media campaign by the Mike haters, Mike still may win re-election if he runs again.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 7, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Another entrenched incumbent hack is in trouble, and this one's a powerful Republican. I alwas knew Iowans had brains (other than the ones who elected Steve King to Congress).

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/07/grassley-re-elect-below-50-percent/?fbid=MtFj0gzKZQR

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 7, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I present Neocolor's facebook page for Friday May 7, 2010.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 7, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

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