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Dan Coats, the anti-Obama



Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats said he is running for Senate because of President Obama. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Image

Ask Dan Coats why he decided to come out of political retirement to seek the Indiana Senate seat he vacated in 1998 and he offers just two words: "Barack Obama".

"What I saw him doing went against everything I have ever believed, everything I have ever stood for," Coats said in an interview with the Fix earlier this week. "I saw this country in a tailspin under this agenda."

That Coats, a Republican who held a seat in the Senate from 1989 to 1998, would so explicitly run against Obama speaks to the drastic shift in the political winds since the President carried the Hoosier State in 2008. (Obama was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Indiana since Lyndon B. Johnson.)

"He carried [the state] based on this hope and change promise," said Coats. "He carried [it] not on the basis of what he has done the past year."

Coats' surprise entrance in the race -- he decided to run in early February -- against Sen. Evan Bayh (D) was cast by national Republicans as evidence that the favorable national political environment was putting races in play that no one thought might be competitive.

Little did we know that Bayh would stun the political world by retiring less than two weeks after Coats entered the contest, drastically increasing Democrats' vulnerability in the race and raising at least the specter of a Republican Senate takeover.

Coats seemed to be sitting pretty after the Bayh retirement but was taken badly off course by a coordinated -- and devastatingly effective -- campaign by national Democrats to draw attention to his past as a lobbyist and some of his less-than-politic pronouncements, most notably a video that surfaced in which he told a group of North Carolinians that he planned to retire to the Tarheel State.

Coats acknowledged that he got off to a less-than-ideal start, largely due to the fact that he never thought he would be running again for public office. "I wouldn't have said that" if he had been planning a return bid, Coats said of his North Carolina comment. "But I did."

Coats insisted, however, that the charges of nefariousness in his lobbying work (and clients) was entirely off base and boomeranged against the Democrats who made them. "I don't apologize for that," Coats said of his lobbying work. "What they have thrown at me is factually wrong."

Assuming Coats is the Republican nominee -- and he faces a primary fight on May with, among others, former Rep. John Hostettler -- he will work to frame the general election between himself and Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D) in the national political context while Ellsworth will almost certainly try to make the race more local.

That push-pull is present in a number of contested Senate races -- including in places like Colorado, Arkansas and Nevada among others -- where Democratic incumbents are trying to run narrow-bore races focused on themselves and not the national party and their Republican opponents are hoping to turn the contests into a referendum on Democrats in Washington broadly.

"People are distraught over what has happened in Washington," said Coats of the mood in his home state -- adding that he never before seen close to the amount of "anger, fear and engagement" in the electorate at large. "People feel like they were sold a bill of goods," he said.

How much -- and how quickly has the political face of Indiana changed since 2008? Coats is placing a big bet that the change is drastic and that running explicitly against Obama will pay electoral dividends. Democrats have to hope he is wrong.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 25, 2010; 1:03 PM ET
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Big Deal.

Posted by: amosdefnails | March 29, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

tobeimean:

"No" as in "Coats is not the anti-Obama"?

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 27, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Uh, no...

Posted by: tobeimean | March 26, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

There are other possible ways, and if anyone else wants to discuss that, please let me know.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

And YOU and Chris successfully identified the one possible way that they were winners: they kept their delegates in line. That also might be a reflection of what really good bullies they are, or it might be a reflection of how sheep-like their delegation is. In the end, they cut their party out of the legislative process and came out empty handed, looking small and spanked again.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 26, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, YOU said that you were having a hard time seeing where Boehner and McConell are still winner in the HCR process. I was simply trying to explain some of the possible ways. I won't make that mistake again.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Jake: if Boehner and McConnell can pull that off in 2011 I will say they are winners in that they keep their delegates in line on votes. Sometimes you define your arguments in such a way that they become silly in their narrowness. One might as well say Hitler was a winner (he kept getting re-elected -- proving that he could keep his votersw in line).

And hey, Cantor reported the bullet hole to the police and it was nothing. I'm glad. That was probably the case from the start, but as I said before just because you are elected to public ffice doesn't mean people can leave threatening phone messages or cut the gas line to what they think is your house. Activity like that is not protected speech and it brings us all down when we tolerate it.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 26, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

BTW: The bullet hit an adjacent building which Cantor "sometimes" uses. The bullet fell on a downward trajectory and "cracked" the glass but did not go through it. Police do not suspect it was intentional.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers:

As you no doubt read on Monday, they are WINNERS because they kept the Republicans in line; if they are Speaker and Majority Leader next year because of that, will you at least admit then that you were wrong?

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm having a hard time seeing where Boehner and McConell are still winner in the HCR process. They just spent the last couple of days forcing the Democrats to spank them again. In slow motion replay.

And then there's that problem with the stirred-up far right popping up out of their crazy holes into broad daylight. That also makes Boehner and McConnell look like winners, duddenit?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 26, 2010 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Yeah cleaning up Bush's messes. Some tailspin.

Just another example of why your opinion is utterly valueless, Jake.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Coats (telling the truth): "What I saw him doing went against everything I have ever believed, everything I have ever stood for ... I saw this country in a tailspin under this agenda."

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Coats (telling the truth): "What I saw him doing went against everything I have ever believed, everything I have ever stood for ... I saw this country in a tailspin under this agenda."

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

noa, I don't think even stormfront or teamsarah.org called Boehner and McConnell "winners" in the HCR battle. That's a measure of how extreme the slant is here. Geez, even Blow-der had kind words to say about BHO's HCR (though he'll be back to tut-tuting in a week).

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 25, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

noa:

My guess is the editors just focus on the print version. That has to be answer given so many red flags in terms of relentless anti-Administration bias, stuff that seems right out of some RNC press release, and the bizarre free ads/mentions (e.g., Pawlenty, Cook).

A couple of days after HCR passage we have a puff piece on Dan Coats??? How about the piece on the tea bag "movement" -- with no mention of their recent hate fest that about five Fix coworkers at the Post found time to write about. Oh well.

Former MSNBCer Craig Crawford still has room on his park bench...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 25, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing that they really want Mr. Cillizza fired for DARING to ask Dan Coats why he decided to come out of political retirement. God forbid if the truth is accidentally stumbled upon.
"What I saw him doing went against everything I have ever believed, everything I have ever stood for ... I saw this country in a tailspin under this agenda."

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street:

Do you believe that Mr. Cillizza should be fired?

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


There you go again - telling the Washington Post what to print. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

What makes you think you know better what the Post should print ? Just a little bit arrogant, don't you think?


And your posing should read, "just days after he sealed his defeat"

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 25, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

@broadwayjoe: The day after HCR passed the House .. look what we got here: Tim Pawlenty's take on it.

And on Sunday, when it was actually passed, after some twinkling little hints about a secret House "expert" saying Pelosi would have a hard time getting the votes ... we got a few short paragraphs, delivered with a tone of clenched teeth. The most important legislation in 40 years, and for CC it's more important to note what his man-crush "TPaw" has to say about it than note the President's triumph.

And what mention there was of said triumph was adulterated by giving the same to Boehner and McConnell.

This isn't RedState here, this is the Washington F ucking Post. Cillizza should be fired.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 25, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

As far as I am aware, GWB never made a recess appointment of anyone who was already REJECTED by a full vote of the U.S. Senate. I am not arguing that such a "recess appointment" by Obama would be the same as GWB; I am arguing that it would be worse and an unprecedented abuse.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow's Fix? "Audra Shay. Savior or Saint?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 25, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

We're trying to imagine someone getting up in the morning in the DC metro area (not Idaho) with the freedom to write about any political story they want, and they type the words... "Dan Coats, the anti-Obama."

Don't get it but I guess that's just me.

Anyway...

Three (3) checks:

Free ad/mention for Dan Coats campaign. (Second notice from Post business department: Please see me.) Check

GOP-comeback false narrative. Check.

No positive mention of the 44th President of the U.S. days after his greatest triumph. Check.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 25, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

All 41 GOP Senators signed a letter today urging Obama to not use the recess appointment power for Becker, whose nomination was nixed in a Senate vote last month.

“We urge you not to bypass the bipartisan Senate vote by giving Mr. Becker a recess appointment to the NLRB. Taking this action would install a rejected nominee for an appointed term to the NLRB, setting an unfortunate precedent for all future nominations and future administrations.”

On February 9, the Senate, on bipartisan basis, rejected Becker’s nomination by a vote of 52 to 43. Becker never sufficiently answered questions posed to him by Republican members of the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which both Hatch and McCain are members.

“Craig Becker stands far outside the mainstream of NLRB nominees,” said Senator Orrin Hatch. “Given the bipartisan opposition to his nomination, the Administration would be wise to not circumvent the will of the Senate by recess appointing him to the NLRB. There is no place on this powerful board for someone who believes that card check legislation – getting rid of the secret union ballot – can be enacted surreptitiously through regulation.”

“The U.S. Senate has made its feelings clear on Mr. Becker and his ability to serve in a fair and impartial manner as a member of the NLRB,” said Senator John McCain. If this Administration chooses to recess appoint Mr. Becker, it would be just another example of putting the will of one special interest group over the will of the American people.”

“We oppose Mr. Becker’s recess appointment because of his extensive, highly controversial writings, and his entire legal and scholarly career, all of which indicate that he could not be viewed as impartial, unbiased, or objective in deciding cases before this quasi-judicial agency. Instead, his writings clearly indicate that he would use his position on the NLRB to institute far-reaching changes in labor law far exceeding the Board’s authority and bypassing the role of Congress” to favor unions, the letter reads.

http://hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=DataPipes.ViewPDF&Id=95b6b446-1b78-be3e-e0da-382faff34005

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, Becker can be characterized as a left-wing wacko "in the pocket" of Big Labor. Nonetheless, it will be very interesting to see the hypocrites on this. In particular, three Democratic Senators wrote a letter to the Government Accountability Office calling for an investigation of whether GWB's recess appointment of Sam Fox as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium was legal. Bush bypassed Congress and gave Fox the position without confirmation from the Senate, angering Democrats who were strongly against his nomination.

The letter, submitted by Democrats Chris Dodd of Connecticut, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, read: "We view the recess appointment of Mr. Fox as a clear abuse of the President's recess appointment power."

Dodd argued that the law that enables the president to make recess appointments was not created to get around the approval of the Senate.

"This is really now taking the recess appointment vehicle and abusing this beyond anyone's imagination," Dodd said, according to AP. "This is a travesty."

He said in a statement that what GWB did was "deceptive at best and illegal at worst."

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

jbentley4 wrote: "Yes Dan Coats is everything that Barack Obama is not - a corporate lobbyist who earned millions from big banks and others while cashing in on his years and years in Washington."

I'm NOT a Republican. And I'm not familiar with Coats. But, if what you said about him is true, then maybe he was ALMOST AS BAD AS OBAMA,

who, as I recall, was doing shady real estate deals, associating with radicals, and had links to gangsters, as well as the racist associates like Rev. Wright, et al.

So, for the sake of argument, let's say Coats is just as bad as Obama, ethically-speaking. Still, what is Coats view towards giving amnesty to the over 20 million ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS, as Obama wants to do?


If Coats has a strong record of opposition to illegals, as did Scott Brown, then I'd say the voters should re-elect Coats. If not, then at least elect someone who OPPOSES amnesty or anything else for the illegals, except stiff fines and deportation.

The majority of voters oppose amnesty. So a senator or representative should likewise oppose amnesty. Not serve the interests of FOREIGN NATIONALS HERE ILLEGALLY, as Obama, Pelosi and other TRAITORS in Congress have been doing.

Posted by: tncdel | March 25, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Bush made irresponsible appointments of right wing yahoos into important posts. President Obama makes responsible nominations, any argument based on symmetry is false.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 25, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

With Congress taking a break, it will be interesting to see if pResident Obama attempts to get Becker onto the NLRB as a "recess appointment" (wanna bet that NO Dem who screamed about such appointments by Bush would say a peep about Obama doing the same thing?).

P.S. to mark_in_austin:

Related U.S. Supreme Court case cite on my "Pocket Veto" hypothetical:

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=279&invol=655

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Courts tend to take a dim view of frivolous lawsuits. Expect a number of Republican Attorneys General to get contempt charges.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 25, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin:

What do you think about my "Pocket Veto" hypothetical?

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

It is sort of strange that Noacoler (falsely) claims I hold a "belief that President Obama isn't a US citizen" at 5:21 PM and, when I post that I do hold said belief, his claim now morphs into me being "a person of astonishing conceit if you think anyone gives a rat's rear what you believe" at 6:24 PM.

Maybe shrink2 can help you with that split-personality disorder.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I am not filing lawsuits. Attorneys General, on behalf of their States, have been though ...

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I do not believe that Obama isn't a U.S. citizen

==

You must be a person of astonishing conceit if you think anyone gives a rat's rear what you believe.

You are an intellectually impotent moron, who cares if you believe Obama wasn't born in the USA? How astonishingly clueless you are.

Lawsuits, hahahah. Good luck.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 25, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Coats is on of the typical hypocrite republicans, who was a high earning lobbyist and will be a lobbyist in the disguise of a senator if he gets elected again. But, we will defeat him, so he can be an open lobbyist, undermining our democratic system of government, as he has been doing.

Posted by: simon7382 | March 25, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I do not believe that Obama isn't a U.S. citizen (he has not met the BURDEN OF PROOF that he was born in Hawaii though). That does not mean that Obama wasn't born in Hawaii. All it means is that we don't know for sure. Those who claim that his birthplace has been definitively proven are basing it on faith and not on facts. If anyone ELSE does not understand the distinction, please let me know.

Getting back to my pocket veto hypothetical. If Congress was not taking an Easter break, none of this would matter, regardless of who is legally President (both bills "automatically" become law 10 days after passage, Sundays excluded). Since Congress is adjourning, a technical compliance issue has been raised.

Keep in mind that Obama purportedly did this once before when he sent back the stop-gap bill to an adjourned Congress on December 30, 2009, without his signature, asserting his "pocket veto" power. Interestingly, the House of Representatives nonetheless held a vote to "sustain" the veto on account that the "Congress hates pocket vetoes, considering them an affront to its Constitutional authority. Before adjourning, the House specifically designated a clerk to be available to receive messages from the White House. Since someone was home, the House insists, there can be no 'pocket veto'."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/13/house-to-rebuke-obama-on_n_421777.html

If the main ObamaCare (and reconciliation) bill is not signed by the legal President within the deadline, and Congress adjourns for the Easter break, this is another lawsuit waiting to be filed.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

These are the salad days for independents and Republicans. Everyone wants to run and knock off a Democrat. My favorite new stat is Babs Boxer up by just one over Fiorini.

Posted by: kenpasadena | March 25, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

jbentley4 wrote: "Yes Dan Coats is everything that Barack Obama is not - a corporate lobbyist who earned millions from big banks and others while cashing in on his years and years in Washington. Furthermore, he hasn't even lived in his "home state" for nearly 10 years. If the tea baggers are who they say they are, they will be supporting whoever this guy's opponent is."

And bentley (sir or madam, thank you for that) is quite right, of course. But the tea baggers don't even KNOW who they are, except (based on appearances), I'd guess that they are a mob of angry white people (with perhaps little more in common), who are so afraid of Barrack Obama that some significant fraction of them believe he might be the Anti-Christ.


Posted by: Iconoblaster | March 25, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Getting no nibbles from his trolls, Jake falls back on the Old Standby, the idiotic belief that President Obama isn't a US citizen.

What a pity you were born, Jake, just think of all the resources you've consumed that could have gone to better use.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 25, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The Senate Dems have passed the reconciliation bill, with two changes (one related to Pell grants), so it's going back to the House. Does anyone know if (Acting President) Biden signed the ObamaCare bill?

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Killing suspected terrorists is far easier than capturing and detaining them. [boring snark snipped]

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Ah, so you really don't care about keeping America safe or anything like that, your sole interest is in knowing that "muzzies" are being tortured. Gotcha.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 25, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

JakeD3:

READ the Reconciliation Bill (the Cornhusker Kickback is NOT eliminated ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama has done a lot more to suppress AQ and the Taliban than Bush did. So your "lot of Americans" are really "a lot of angry low-information drool cases."

Posted by: Noacoler
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Killing suspected terrorists is far easier than capturing and detaining them. Apparently the Obama administration has concluded that dead men need no cells in Guantanamo, no interrogations, no Miranda rights, no sympathetic ACLU lawyers, and no trials in New York.

Posted by: leapin | March 25, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes Dan Coats is everything that Barack Obama is not - a corporate lobbyist who earned millions from big banks and others while cashing in on his years and years in Washington. Furthermore, he hasn't even lived in his "home state" for nearly 10 years. If the tea baggers are who they say they are, they will be supporting whoever this guy's opponent is.

Posted by: jbentley4 | March 25, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

A lot of Americans that think that this administration and this Congress are aiding and abetting actual terrorists. That would be a much more interesting discussion.

==

Obama has done a lot more to suppress AQ and the Taliban than Bush did. So your "lot of Americans" are really "a lot of angry low-information drool cases."

Posted by: Noacoler | March 25, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

And the teabagger terror threats continue:
Posted by: drindl
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A lot of Americans that think that this administration and this Congress are aiding and abetting actual terrorists. That would be a much more interesting discussion.

Or let's discuss what is happening to all those people, who are dying by the ten of thousands, because of lack of HC that are still going to die because BO doesn't want any negatives of his HC plan to be apparent until after the 2012 election.
They can wait till 2013???

Posted by: leapin | March 25, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Bribery (i.e. Cornhusker Kickback) is hardly legitimate and unimpeachably scrupulous political procedure. Not surprised you fail to see that, so can anyone else defend it?

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

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Evidently 41 Republicans were prepared to defend it by their votes against the Reconciliation Bill.

Posted by: JakeD3 | March 25, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

And the teabagger terror threats continue:

"Over the weekend, the tea party protests — organized by corporate lobbyist-run groups Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks — were scenes of violence and hate towards gay and African American Democratic members of Congress. Around the same time, acts of vandalism have occurred around the country against local Democratic Party offices and against Democratic members of Congress.

As the Washington Post reported today, “some of the vandalism appears to have been instigated by an Alabama blogger, Mike Vanderboegh, who encouraged his readers to throw bricks at the windows of Democratic headquarters across the country.”

Vanderboegh is a member of an Alabama militia group who is headlining an open-carry gun rally in Northern Virginia next month. In an interview with Alan Colmes yesterday, Vanderboegh justified his call for vandalism and said the attacks are warning shots because people like him will next threaten the life of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and fight health reform with “a thousand little Waco’s”:

VANDERBOEGH: I am telling you we are motivated to break windows, we feel a deadly threat from the Federal government and the orders that the Democrat party has given us. [...]

COLMES: You’re telling people to break the windows of Democratic headquarters. You’re telling people to commit acts of vandalism. You’re supporting breaking the law.

VANDERBOEGH: May I tell you my personal motive for doing this? I’m trying to save the lives of Nancy Pelosi, and every one of these people who do not understand the unintended consequences of their actions. [...] Because they are not paying attention to the million of people across this deepening divide that politics no longer avails them. [...] We refuse to participate in the system, and we refuse to pay the fines, and we refuse arrest. Now where do you suppose that’s going but a thousand little Wacos."

Posted by: drindl | March 25, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Knowing the future implications of the HC obamanation the effort from the DNC is now to yell “racist” in order to polarize their base for the next election. Bring out the minorities for the election then send them back to the failed liberal run big cities and school systems. (The worst racism of all, school systems that produce “graduates” that can hardly read or write, a sentence to failure, but a desired DNC voting profile).

Remember Bush Derangement Syndrome ? No anger there (g). Violence is no solution but one cannot ignore pushing people to the boiling point after they have seen an America where the giving and receiving of bribes by their “public servants" using taxpayer funds is openly seen for all to view.

Posted by: leapin | March 25, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday to Bela Bartok.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 25, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Knowing the future implications of the HC obamanation the effort from the DNC is now to yell “racist” in order to polarize their base for the next election. Bring out the minorities for the election then send them back to the failed liberal run big cities and school systems. (The worst racism of all, school systems that produce “graduates” that can hardly read or write, a sentence to failure, but a desired DNC voting profile).

Remember Bush Derangement Syndrome ? No anger there (g). Violence is no solution but one cannot ignore pushing people to the boiling point after they have seen an America where the giving and receiving of bribes by their “public servants using taxpayer funds is openly seen for all to view.

Posted by: leapin | March 25, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Bribery (i.e. Cornhusker Kickback) is hardly legitimate and unimpeachably scrupulous political procedure. Not surprised you fail to see that, so can anyone else defend it?

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"What I saw him doing went against everything I have ever believed, everything I have ever stood for," Coats said in an interview with the Fix earlier this week. "I saw this country in a tailspin under this agenda."

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And The Fix ate it right up, didn't it. And printing this hysterical bilge was probably the only reason for running this waste of bytes today.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 25, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Dan Coats is retread garbage.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 25, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm saying nothing about the volume of threats or who they are aimed at. Threats of violence all need to be taken seriously, even if they might just be the passive aggressive abuse of someone who has no intention of acting on them because they might also be made by Texas losers who own airplanes.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 25, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

ObamaCare was RAHM-ed down our throats!

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Wrong. "Obamacare" was passed by legitimate and unimpeachably scrupulous political procedure. Majorities in both House and Senate passed it. There was no "ramming."

Quite unlike the Bush years when "Coach" Hastert shouted down Democrats and the American people got Medicare Part D and the tax cuts rammed down our gullets, and quite unlike lying us into war.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 25, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Got it drindl, thank you.

(cha-ching, we sure made a bundle on that one, dude getting paid a bundle on line to harsh on Republicans while mom yells at us to get a job sure is funny, but now that I see what those K street guys get, dude, we need a raise!)

Posted by: shrink2 | March 25, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse


We ought to start calling Coats
'the Tarpster.'

Posted by: drindl | March 25, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers:

Threats against Obama are at the same level as GWB and Clinton (it does come with the job).

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I won't beleive it until I see the police report margaret. Because he keeps excusing the violence, saying it's democrats own fault for pointing out that Rs are inciting it.

Really bizarre orwellian logic... but they are so very 1984.

Posted by: drindl | March 25, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

This just in: Republican politician dislikes President Obama!

More on this story as it develops.

Posted by: Blarg | March 25, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I prefer to "kill two birds with one stone" (no threat implied or in fact):

ObamaCare was RAHM-ed down our throats!

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, Jaked, I'm shocked that Cantor did not report this earlier. I think we should all report activity of this kind to the police promptly, not days later.

Also, Cantor seems to think that threats are part of being an elected official and they aren't "legitimate threats." I'd like to know what crystal ball Cantor is using to identify "legitimate threats" because we'd all like to look in it.

If someone called your office and left that kind of message, or if someone shot out one of your windows, or cut the gas line to the home your family lives in I think you would be contacting the police. Just because you are elected to office doesn't mean you suddenly have to put up with threats.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 25, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

margaret, you notice how they seemed to have changed shifts over at 37's frat house? Compltely different tonality than this morning.

Posted by: drindl | March 25, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes, because passing legislation that you campaigned and won on is jamming down throats.

It's so utterly laughable. What a bunch of whiny losers.

Posted by: drindl | March 25, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"Remember Jim Bunning's one-man government shut down earlier this month? Remember how everyone -- even Republicans -- condemned it?

Well, it seems the GOP has had a change of heart. According to a report by Politico's Manu Raju this morning, multiple Republicans in the Senate are now preparing to repeat Bunning's scheme to block unemployment benefits if Democrats attempt to pass an emergency extension of them again, a move that could come as early as this week.

Playing the role of Bunning next time will likely be Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). But he'll have an ensemble cast to help."

So when people's unemployment runs out, they'll know just who to thank. Smart politics, republicnos!

Posted by: drindl | March 25, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Jake, quit trolling for attention. Nobody's interested in anything you have to say. And your Barbie Doll is fading away.

CC: why is this bore worth a column?

Posted by: Noacoler | March 25, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Please, 37th, Obama didn't "jam" the bill down our throats, he "rammed" the bill down our throats. Get your story straight.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 25, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse


I wonder how the Congressional democrats feel - seeing Obama sacrifice their careers by jamming the health care bill down everyone's throats.


And what does Obama do? Obama is off to Iowa to run for re-election.

It is a little disgusting.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 25, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

drindl:

I thought that Sarah Palin was the "most dangerous threat to our national security you might find in a government position"?!

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Which one, shrink -- I just googled 'Dan Coats lobbyist' and a whole pantsload of stuff came up -- I'm just amazed at the audacity of this guy.
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Former Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) is running for his old Senate seat, apparently on a platform of opposing government takeover of the private sector. But as it turns out, in 2008 he lobbied the Senate on the TARP bill, on behalf of none other than Chrysler’s parent company.

The NBC affiliate in South Bend quoted Coats early this week, explaining why he was returning to politics. “Well, nobody anticipated that government’s going to try to run auto companies, bank insurance companies, take over the private sector,” said Coats.

However, according to a federal lobbying report for the third quarter of Chrysler."

And then there was Goldman Sachs... man, he was busy... probably more reponsible for the various bailouts than any other single individual.

oh, this may be the one you want:

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/02/18/coats-citizens-united/

Posted by: drindl | March 25, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

It's comments by Coats that make people wonder what are the Repubs real motives. "What I saw him (Pres. Obama) doing went against...the country in a tailspin." Yeah from all the policies of the past 8 years. Give me a break.

Posted by: rlj1 | March 25, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Why not dawd? if Coats is the candidate he should be in great shape. This guy is a poster boy for the biggest evils of K street.

I mean, he lobbied for Chrysler for bailout money... and Goldman Sachs -- he worked on behalf of the most despised corporations in America. Is this really want republicans want to elect? He couldn't be running at a worse time.

Posted by: drindl | March 25, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

drindl, can you cite that tract please? Apropos of (to?) the previous thread,
I'd like to dig into this.
Thank you.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 25, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Why, looking at that picture of Coats, do I get a vision of Mr. Wilson shouting to the neighborhood kids, "GET OFF OF MY LAWN!"

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See articles, latest comments:

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OR NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA" (see "stories")

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 25, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I thought that Sarah Palin was the "most dangerous threat to our national security you might find in a government position"?!

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Is this even a race now that Bayh is out? Ellsworth doesn't stand a chance, I would think.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 25, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The 'anti-Christ' is more like it.

Just google 'Dan Coats lobbyist' and you will see that he was instrumental in the greedy overreaching that resulted in the destruction of our financial system.


The last thing in the world we need right now.

Posted by: drindl | March 25, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

This will be an interesting race to watch. Senator turned Washington insider running as the outsider against a down state representative. Given the last election, events DO matter.

I wonder what fraction of politicians actually DO return home after leaving Congress. Admittedly, they develop expertise and relationships for which they are rewarded handsomely on K Street. Larry "wide stance" Craig is still in town. Gopher (Fred Grandy) has a morning chat show on WMAL. I'd wager not too many of them return home to Independence.

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Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 25, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

He's worse than you thought -- possibly the most dangerous threat to our national security you might find in a government position.

"While Democrats in Congress have already put forward proposals to develop clean elections, the GOP is largely championing the new status quo of limitless power for corporations. Guiding corporations into this new uncharted territory of election law, lobbyists and specialized law firms have stepped up to the plate. Among lobbying shops offering post-Citizens United assistance to corporate clients is a firm called King and Spalding, the firm of Indiana GOP Senate candidate Dan Coats. King and Spalding recently released a document promising to corporate clients:

New Opportunities for Corporations to Engage in Election Campaigns: [...] Citizens United provides corporations with the ability to engage in the political process in dynamic ways. [...] While not every corporation will want to buy advertisements that simply ask the public to vote for or against a candidate, every corporation should view the Citizens United decision as providing new tools to assist it in advancing policies and legislation that are in its shareholders’ interests.

As Zachary Roth reported yesterady, other firms are also pitching to clients to take advantage of the new system. K&LGates posted a similar document encouraging clients to seek their services in order to influence elections while avoiding “public scrutiny.”

Coats has come under fire for having lobbied for multinational corporations and financial institutions like Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and AMGEN. But he’s also lobbied for foreign governments, including India and Yemen."

For perhaps the first time in history, a candidate for Congress like Coats can harness millions, or even billions, of dollars in corporate electioneering from multinational corporations from all over the world. Given the fact his own lobbying firm is positioning itself to be a conduit for such spending, it’s a definite possibility.

Yemen -- okay? He's a lobbyist for a country governed by terrorists who hate us. How much worse does it get?

Republicans can't wait to sell this country out.


Posted by: drindl | March 25, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

So, you libs were just as upset with "carpetbagger" Hillary Clinton running for Senate from New York, right?

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 25, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Another R puff piece. Some of you might enjoy this:

Name Dan Coats Belly Flop
Location K Street, Washington, DC

Web http://dancoatsbe...
Bio Chronicling the bumbling campaign of a Washington DC bank bailout lobbyist in his carpetbagging attempt at a run for U.S. Senate in Indiana.

And Coats' problem from the right...

Republicans in 2010 have an opportunity to capitalize politically on popular anger with elites in Washington and Wall Street and with an exploding government that tramples on the little guy in service of the well-connected. But now, in a competitive Senate race, Republicans have tapped a corporate lobbyist who has grown wealthy inside the Beltway by begging for government favors on behalf of the biggest banks, drug companies, automakers, and other leeches in the Washington swamp.

Former Sen. Dan Coats wants to pass through the revolving door again, leaving his plush job at a K Street lobbying firm to challenge two-term Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., for the Senate seat Coats held for a decade before he cashed out.'

Posted by: drindl | March 25, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"After retiring as ambassador, Coats became a lobbyist.[9] Coats is currently residing in Virginia as a senior Lobbyist and policy adviser at King & Spalding's Washington DC offices serving large corporate concerns and banking interests such as Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch[10] and Chrysler in their successful pursuit of TARP and federal government bailout funds and also supporting billionaire Chinese bio-fuels investor Julian Robertson in his push for a new cap-and-trade scheme and Lieberman-Warner climate change legislation to prop up foreign bio-fuels markets." -- wikipedia

Smells like RINO or Deeply-Entrenched-in- the-Bush-Old-GOP-Power-Structure to me.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 25, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"[Coats] never thought he would be running again for public office. "I wouldn't have said that" if he had been planning a return bid"

I mean talk about political speak. Its not that he doesn't want to live in NC (who wouldn't, North Carolina rules!), he just wouldn't have told the truth. NO problem with that. I think the GOP has a better chance to grab this seat with Hostettler than with Coats.

This whole thing is going to end up as a bad idea in the end. When politicians get sent out to pasture they have to stay there (this means you too Tommy Thompson and Jerry Brown).

Posted by: AndyR3 | March 25, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"Coats has spent the last 5 years making big bucks as a lobbyist, trading off his political ties with the Bush administration and on the Hill."

How apropos to the previous thread.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 25, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Coats has spent the last 5 years making big bucks as a lobbyist, trading off his political ties with the Bush administration and on the Hill.

Coats hasn't lived in Indiana since Bush appointed him Ambassador to Germany in 2001.

When he returned to this country he chose to live in Northern Virginia, NOT "back home again in Indiana."

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 25, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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