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N.M. Senate: Another Democratic Opportunity

Sen. Pete Domenici's (R-N.M.) retirement creates another major pickup opportunity for Democrats in 2008 as the state has been trending toward their party of late and the bench of candidates is deep.

Democrats could barely contain their joy at the news that Domenici, who had proven something close to unbeatable even as the state changed around him, was stepping aside. Some within the party had made some noise about challenging Domenici -- especially after his involvement in the controversy surrounding the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys -- but, in truth, most savvy operatives acknowledged beating "St. Pete" (as he is known in the state) was a longshot.

That all changes at 6 pm today when Domenici makes his retirement official.

A look at recent statewide elections in New Mexico should give Democrats reason for optimism. Although Republicans control two of the state's three House seats as well as 50 percent of the Senate delegation, Democrats are firmly in control of the levers of state government -- holding every statewide office with the exception of the Land Commissioner. Democrats also have majorities in the state House and state Senate.

At the presidential level, the state is among the most competitive in the country, however. Then-Vice President Al Gore won it by just 300 votes in 2000 and President George W. Bush carried it by under 6,000 votes in 2004.

Put simply: this state is extremely competitive between the two parties.

When a state is so evenly divided along partisan lines, the quality of candidates each side is able to recruit becomes even more critical.

For Democrats, the ideal candidate would be Gov. Bill Richardson who was elected to a second term in 2006 with 69 percent and remains extremely popular in the state. The problem? Richardson is in the midst of a presidential run and his aides insist he has no interest in leaving that race to make a Senate bid. Despite those protestations, expect a major push on Richardson at both the state and national level over the next few days and weeks.

If Richardson doesn't run -- and we take him at his word that he won't -- Democrats would likely turn to Lt. Gov. Diane Denish. Denish has said previously she plans to run for governor in 2010 and got some good news on that front last month when an independent poll showed her with a 50 percent to 32 percent lead over Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez in a hypothetical Democratic primary. It's seems hard to believe Denish would walk away from poll numbers like that unless she really saw herself long term as a Senator rather than a governor.

Assuming Richardson and Denish are no-gos, the race could well come down to Chavez, who has an exploratory committee for governor but also has said he would consider a Senate race if Domenici retires, and Rep. Tom Udall (D) who has held the northern New Mexico 3rd congressional district since 1998. Udall has never seemed all that ambitious of a pol but does have $716,000 sitting in his House campaign account -- nice seed money for a statewide race. Chavez served as mayor of Albuquerque from 1993 to 1997 and then again since 2001. Chavez, who is Hispanic, would have significant appeal in the ever-growing Latino community in the state but some within the party worry that his baggage -- a high profile divorce in 2004 -- could make him a less appealing candidate.

For Republicans, everyone we talk to insists Rep. Heather Wilson is running. It makes sense. Wilson has long been Domenici's protege and knows that every two years she runs the risk of being ousted from her Albuquerque-based 1st district. Why not take a shot at a six-year term rather than a two year term -- especially when you are a member of the minority party in the House?

Wilson has considerable strengths as a candidate including a proven track record of winning tight races in a toss up district and a reputation as a dogged and effective fundraiser. (She raised more than $4.4 million in her narrow 2006 victory over former state Attorney General Patricia Madrid.)

The problem for Wilson -- and it's not yet clear how big a problem it truly is -- is her involvement in the U.S. Attorneys scandal. House Democrats believed that Wilson's role in the controversy was just the edge they needed to finally get over the top in a race against her. Will it be a major impediment in a statewide race?

Wilson may not have the primary race to herself either. Rep. Steve Pearce is seriously considering the race and could well make Wilson's life uncomfortable as his conservative ideological profile is more in line with average Republican primary voter. Pearce won the vast southern New Mexico 2nd district in 2002 and has easily won re-election since then.

Wilson would start with a slight financial edge over Pearce, as through June she had $593,000 in the bank as compared to $383,000 for him at that same time.

Republicans would, of course, like to avoid a primary between the two Members but that may be impossible as, from what we hear, there is no love lost between the two. If either Pearce or Wilson is the eventual GOP nominee, expect Democrats to use their voting records since 2000 against them. President Bush isn't all that popular in New Mexico and Democrats should be able to score points by casting either Wilson or Pearce as a rubberstamp for his policies.

The chess pieces are still very much in motion in New Mexico and we'll be following all the moves over the coming days and weeks. But, regardless of what the final board looks like, this will be a Democratic pickup opportunity.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 4, 2007; 2:14 PM ET
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned "the atrocities of the Zionist regime against the oppressed Palestinian people," the IRNA news agency reported Friday.

According to the regime's mouthpiece, the president suggested holding a referendum on the transfer of Israel's Jews to Europe, Canada or Alaska.

we should send the fascists there too

Posted by: rufus | October 5, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

For those that think Richardson should abandon his campaign for President and go for the US Senate, why doesn't John Edwards do the same and give Elizabeth Dole a competitive race? Could Edwards 2.0 even beat Dole or has he moved too far to the left for the voters in his home states?

Posted by: Stephen Cassidy | October 5, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Geez, Domenici retiring puts NM in about the same shape as Va. J. Warner and P. Domenici are both legendary politician's in their respective states, could fairly easily win re-election if they ran and are both retiring. Both have proteges, J. Warner's is Tom Davis and P. Domenici's is Heather Wilson. Both protege's have more conservative challengers: Wilson vs. Pearce and Davis vs. Gilmore. Both states have unique make-ups politically and could be considered "purple states." In Va. J. Warner will surely back Tom Davis. Will Domenici back Wilson, or stay out of the Republican nomination? I'm betting he backs Wilson. Pearce, though, has a very safe house seat that he may not want to forfeit for a very uncertain senate run. However, R's are now in the minority so he may say forget it and run for the senate anyhow, but that jury is still out. If it becomes a Wilson vs. Danish general, it will be a very tough election and a real toss up. If Udall runs, that means he believes he's fire proff and is going to win. Otherwise, he wouldn't give up a safe house seat when Dems. are in the majority. For Danish, she may have a better shot winning vs. a scandal plagued Wilson for a US Senate seat vs. beating out, propably Land commissioner Lyons, for the governor's job in 2010. I think it will be Danish vs the Wilson/Pearce primary winner for the Senate seat.

Posted by: reason | October 5, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Bill writes
"Unless things change in a major way before 2010, it is probable the Dems will have 60+ seats after those elections."


I think its a bit premature to predict out that far. Given that, my take is that IF the Dems solidify their Congressional control in 2008 AND win the presidency running HRC as the nominee, they will lose seats in 2010. Perhaps in a 1994-like (2006-like?) pendulum swing.

Posted by: bsimon | October 5, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The GOP is all done in the U.S. Senate for quite a while. Democrats could actually get 60 seats in 2008 - unlikely but possible. Then the GOP will have to play defense in the Senate AGAIN in 2010! Its not until 2012 when the Dems will defend more seats than the Repubs.

Unless things change in a major way before 2010, it is probable the Dems will have 60+ seats after those elections.

Posted by: Bill | October 5, 2007 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Richardson should just give up his presidential ambitions (he has no chance in 2008 anyway) and claim the Senate seat. Its a gimme if he wants it.

It would work out quite well. If Wilson runs against Richardson, she would lose the Senate race and a Dem would take her open House seat too. 2 more Dem pickups.

Posted by: Rob | October 5, 2007 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Gov. Bill Richardson should stop the insanity of his Pres. bid and run for the Senate. As others have said, the problem would be he is a very likely VP candidate.

Posted by: Stephen Boyington | October 5, 2007 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Frederick -

Ever been to Santa Fe? It is better to be the Gov. of NM than to be the VP.

BR went into this race as one of my favorites, but has stumbled on tv so badly that I think he would not help any other D as VP.

He could help in the west, including west TX, by campaigning for the D nominee whoever s/he is.
And he can do that as Gov. of NM.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | October 4, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, it seems the GOP is secure in North Carolina. There is no announced Democratic challenger to Sen. Dole (R) which is sad. She voted against dwell time for Fort Bragg soldiers, she voted against insurance for NC children, and she has voted for shipping virtually all North Carolina jobs overseas. She is not liked by even Republicans (well the ones I talk to)... it's seems that even a third tier candidate could win against her. A Democratic challenger must step up now!

Posted by: DumpDole | October 4, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

NM, CO, VA and NB! All open seats, with Repugs retiring! mydd.com has a thread to encourage Rep Udall (NM) to run for this Senate seat; merely contribute $5 to his campaign through actblue.com, I believe. BTW, I am MOST impressed with Hillary's campaign to date (tho i support Edwards), and believe she and Bill will be GREAT assets at top of ticket. I wonder about Richardson as the VP choice, and how this would help the NM and CO Senate races. Any thoughts?

Posted by: Frederick | October 4, 2007 10:28 PM | Report abuse

stop counting my characters, fascists

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 10:25 PM | Report abuse

you can yank my chain any time

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 10:19 PM | Report abuse

One way to make this blog a bit more accessible and readable is to place a limit on the number of characters you can type into a single message. If you can't say it in, let's say 1000 characters, maybe you should first think about what you are trying to say, THEN start typing. (BTW - This entire message consists of less than 300 characters, not counting spaces.)

Posted by: Critter | October 4, 2007 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Democrats pick a more seats in Congress and win the Presideny, but let us not "count our chickens before they are hatched".

Posted by: afam212 | October 4, 2007 8:30 PM | Report abuse

"I've read enough of your posts to realize there won't be anything new."

Of course things change. I may be posting the same things, for the most part. But the world is changing. you people are seeing that what I say is the truth. so the world is proving me right. I don't have to do it. I don't have to change my meesage. I stay consistant. But teh world IS changing my freind. And it shows you I am right. If you only open your ears and heart. But silence me if you msut. The results would be disasterous for the nation. The presedence it sets, taht is. Like the censure of moveon.

Posted by: rufus1133 | October 4, 2007 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Wa wa. You want me gone, apply the same standards to your own (fox rush hannity o'reilly malkin).

Once they are no longer polluting the airwaves and lying to MILLIONS of elderly, I will quit blogging here. With the 10 regular posters here. Like I said, If I was posting

Fred Thompson 08

you people would be singing my priases.

Hypocrite gop. Do what you will. I will not stop. Censor me. Silence me. jsut know for every effect there is a cause, and vice versa.

If you silecne me, who else get's silenced? Where do you draw the line? do only republcians get free speech? Where do you draw the line?

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 8:23 PM | Report abuse

The democrats must be sitting there in a daze unable to believe what's happening. I've alway thought the Democrats were likely to pick up 3 or 4 senate seats next year and maybe 10 in the house but I'm starting to see Landon Land here. For the unitiated the said Alf lost in 1936 by the biggest landslide in US history, he only carried two states. I'm starting to see 8 to 12 Democratic pick ups in the senate. It's clear Clinton is going to be their candidate. I think the religious right are blustering about Rudy but even if he is the candidate it doesn't look like they are going to go to the stake for him. I also believe the whole notion that he is the silver bullet who can slay satans daughter is totally wrong. His baggage which is largely unknown is unbelievable plus there's Mrs G. If he launches a slash and burn campaign against her and the Hannitys, Barnes, Novaks, Limbaughs of this world are already revving up, it is going to blow up in their faces in a way you won't believe. She'll get 75% of the womens vote. All speculation but the GOP seems to have a death wish these days.

Posted by: John | October 4, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Critter, I didn't say that Huckabee was a good candidate. He's far too conservative for me. And if he were a Democrat, his environmental policy would be the worst of the bunch. But it's still better than any of the other Republicans' policies.

The general feeling here among Democrats is that Huckabee is a pretty good guy, and would be the strongest Republican in a general election. I thought these people would be interested in the interview, because it reinforces that position. Huckabee was able to talk to a liberal site without sounding like a complete maniac, which automatically puts him ahead of most of his opponents.

Posted by: Blarg | October 4, 2007 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Anybody notice how inordinately quiet Zouk became, once the "Letter" got some traction?

He's letting rufus take all of the heat right now.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2007 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Any time you put a subjective interpreter between the contributor and the audience, censoring occurs.

Yes, it is censorship.

The matter of what degree you are willing to accept becomes the question.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2007 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Some of the comments to Mark in Austin's post are proof that people read selectively. His email to THE FIX doesn't call for censorship - only registration like on THE TRAIL and enforcement of the rules that were set by THE FIX. Nothing more.

I hope THE FIX does do something to stop rufus & his friends from monopolizing this blog. I notice they never post on THE TRAIL.

Posted by: thank heaven for mark in austin | October 4, 2007 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Rufus,

Although, more often than not, I'm on your side on the actual positions you take (as is Mark), I strongly support Mark's request to CC. I respect your passion but surely you realize that, with one exception, you're damaging rather than furthering your goals.

(The one exception by the way? Your quick and overwhelming responses to Kouk. It's entertaining to see one of his typical fantasyland posts (it's not easy to get to the right of Rush Limbaugh!) immediately followed by your 8-10 shotgunned insults wrapped around and almost hiding what's usually an accurate and effective response. You overwhelm him by sheer volume--most people don't deserve that but I'll make an exception for Kouk)

I've gotten fairly good at quickly recognizing your and Kouk's inimitable styles...almost a gestalt moment when you can take in the whole screen at a glance, know it's Rufus or Kouk (with the typical string of Kouk sock puppets), and quickly use that accelerated scroll wheel to fly past to the next meaningful posts.

I've read enough of your posts to realize there won't be anything new. Is that really what you're trying for? In the end, a burning obsessiveness (even for a Utopian goal like the elimination of the wingnut noise machine) doesn't equal a well-supported, logically stated position.

I'm not able to spend a lot of time here...usually check in a couple times a week and post only when it's a topic of particular interest (Western Politics, healthcare, or security). CC is my favorite politics site mainly because of the core group of smart, knowledgeable posters from all areas of the political spectrum. You and Kouk make it more difficult, but not impossible to participate so I'll keep coming.

I know this won't make any difference to you and will look forward to your quick string of paranoid insults in reply...I'm just sending this as support to Mark in Austin, and will enclose in a separate email to CC also. It would be nice to be in an active, well-moderated forum with a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and logical group of participants...with the occasional rambling nut (guess I'm looking for a politics Groklaw!).

Thanks Mark, drindle, JD, Loudoun Voter, Judge, Blarg, MikeB, bsimon, Dave!, Truth (just name just a few)...keep it up...I look forward to discussing the issues with you in December, 2008!

Posted by: malis | October 4, 2007 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Truth - Thanks for the link to the article on the electoral vote initiative in California.

Last week reports were that the initiative was virtually dead, because not even the Republican State party supports. But from the way this article is written, it may be dead or it may not be dead. Not as well written as it should have been, but that's the New York Times for you, living on reputation, not results.

Any item still on a ballot has possibilities.

BTW - My preference is for Winner Take All in all elections (caucuses too). Most because in head to head competitions, which elections are, Win-Win outcomes are impossible.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Beleive me truth. I'm with you. I just don't care for gop hypocricy. If I would be silenced, how is Rush, hannity, o'reilly and Fox still on the air. I just want republicans to realize the double think and double standards that happens in their heads. If we can change the republicans (the people stopping change) we can change the coutnry for the positive.

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 5:30 PM | Report abuse

:)

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

We all seem to think that Sen. Domenici is unbeatable, but a SurveyUSA poll dated September 25th had his Approval rating at 41% and his Disapproval rating at 54%.

By contrast Sen. Bingaman's Approval rating was 58% and his Disapproval rating was 34%.

54% Disapproval is awfully high for an unbeatable.

Posted by: NonP | October 4, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Mark in Austin and Nor'Easter.... Of course you both are right in your own ways.

I too am frustrated by the long ranting posts, yet understand the hesitation to censure.

It would be a shame for any of the posters to give up and go away.... so I'm appealing to the posters. It is safe to say we all feel passionate about our country, and all can make important contributions.... please show consideration.

Mark, thanks for your thoughtful letter to CC. And, Nor'Easter, thanks for your thoughtful defense of the status quo. You both are good examples of why we need to work this thru.

Rufus.... 51 is not elderly :) I'm counting on you.

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth Hunter | October 4, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Dave!, I know that some things can get through, and that there are work arounds for others.

It's been very rare that Chris has posted; maybe once or twice. And it was only to make a correction; or make something ambiguous, less so. That's assuming that it even was Chris who posted.

As to Chris answering email, none of us know what marching orders he was given by the editors when he was given this assignment.

One thing for certain though is that he has taken his share of abuse. He's been accused of favoring every Presidential candidate out there at some point; and also for his physical appearance when he's been on TV and been seen by dozens of people worldwide. To which I say, better Chris than Tom Shales!

Posted by: Nor'Easter | October 4, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Blarg wrote:
"[Huckabee] certainly seems to have the best environmental plans of any Republican."

And that makes him a candidate worthy of consideration? How? You even admit that you think he was pandering in that interview.

What are his other positions? Teaching 'intelligent design' in science classes is one thing he supports. Teaching ONLY abstinence in health classes is another. Apparently he believes that Saddam had something to do with 9-11 also.

The worst Democratic candidate (except LIEberman, and thankfully he's not running for President this cycle) almost certainly would have better environmental plans than almost any GOOPer.

If Huckabee were elected, or his views prevail, the US ranking in the population's knowledge of science would drop even faster than it currently is dropping.

Posted by: Critter | October 4, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Nor'Easter
"The filters appear to work fine for profanity." Not quite - try mistyping Shiite with one "i" (but with the "e") and see what happens. There is no review like it states there will be and comments are not posted. I'd be ok with this if CC actually followed through (or responded to emails). This has had the positive effect of improving my typing however...

Posted by: Dave! | October 4, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Mark in Austin, and all of the other long-term regular reasonable posters:

I agree with your concerns and share the same frustrations, most of the time. It only takes two regular posters to get this blog off track.

But, that being said, I prefer the restraint from censorship which Chris and the Post have allowed. Although you may not consider your proposal censorship, I do.

I'll take the free-wheeling barroom discussion approach any day, to a brie and chablis confab of intellectuals. (Not meant to be personal, just metaphorical) We probably shouldn't resort to insults, but they are not "stick and stones." Also, sometimes they add some color to otherwise drab discussions.

From 2005 through 2006, The Fix had excellent give and take. After November 2006 it became difficult to sustain interesting threads, because changes in the political landscape occur so slowly between campaigns. That's a major problem for a blog such as The Fix. So, is it surprising that passionate supporters eventually run out of philosphical responses and resort to insults? I wasn't surprised at all. And how realistic were President/Vice President/Sec. of State predictions? They are only finally starting to make practical sense.

When there was only one poster who appeared to intentionally sidetrack the blog, that could be tolerated like a crick in the neck. But now that a second poster has taken it over as his own soapbox, it almost regularly disintegrates into a ghost of its former self (can a blog do that?).

These two self-serving posters make the rest of us pay a heavy price.

But, it is a price I'm willing to pay.

I prefer not to have somebody at the Post make a determiniation as to what is acceptable on here and what is not. The filters appear to work fine for profanity. The gatekeeper's ideas, my ideas and your ideas may not match; but the gatekeeper would be the one in control.

I vote for free-form, and hope that someday the two posters will either wiseup or give up. I'm not holding my breath though.

NO INTIMIDATION! NO LITIGATION! (just a lawyer joke, Mark)

Posted by: Nor'Easter | October 4, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I know the Huckabee talk ended yesterday, but I just read a good interview with him, and I thought others might be interested:
http://grist.org/feature/2007/10/02/huckabee/index.html

It's by Grist, a environmental blog, and is almost all about environmental issues. Huckabee comes off pretty well. He's still a Republican, so the standards are low. And maybe he's pandering a little to the site, since he knows what they want to hear. But overall, Huckabee seems like someone who's legitimately concerned about pollution and global warming. He certainly seems to have the best environmental plans of any Republican.

Posted by: Blarg | October 4, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Where is the story on the religious right leaders who are going to start a third party run? I heard on NPR that they're thinking of James Dobson Himself. All I have to say is Hallelujah!

Posted by: Cassandra | October 4, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"Your defense is laughable."

You're right. I was just yanking your chain.

Posted by: bsimon | October 4, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

'TVWEEK just released the rating for new shows. The "Bionic Woman" lost 30% of viewers over the original show. Hillary is toast and the Dem;s are going down in flames with her.'

This is what passes for 'thought' in zoukworld.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

TVWEEK just released the rating for new shows. The "Bionic Woman" lost 30% of viewers over the original show. Hillary is toast and the Dem;s are going down in flames with her.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

the crux of the issue is not me, it's you people. You just don't like what I say. That is why you would silence me. If I was screaming Fred Thompson 08 all day, you people would be sucking up to me.

The only power you have mark is the power I give you. And I'm not leaving until your avatars are no longer polluting the airwaves for profit. I told you how to get rid of me. If you refuse, then that is your choice.

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

you are transperant mark. You are just doing what your avatars rush o'reilly and hannity told you to do. " When are americans going to revolt against these people"

Why are you a slave to Bill O'Reilly, MArk? Why do you do as your told by someone you don't even know. And can I recipracate your feelings and hold fox rush hannity and o'reilly to the same accout? If not why?

If you don't respond, then who is stopping real conversation on this blog? You. You is silencing, as the right claims, YOU.

Hypocrites. Do what you must. CC will make the call. Just know, the rules run both ways.

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"Moveon is not a politicain.

But they were criticizing the politicion General Petreaus. See the difference?

Posted by: bsimon | October 4, 2007 03:39 PM
"

not at all. Rush is not a politicain but he is going after soldiers. Is petreus's integrity more important than the average soldier taking the heat daily? Obviously not. To me (former 11B) the opposite is true. Petreus put him out there to be attacked. Normal everyday soldiers are just doing a tough job. Your defense is laughable.

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I support this, if only to cut down on the endless number of off-topic posts. Get your own blog, people!

Posted by: D | October 4, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I thoug htyou were leaving mark. You only speak for your self. if you got a problem, it is easy to remedy. Go elsewhere. You posts hold no higher signifigance than mine. You are an authoritarian. You PEOPLE think only you have free speech. CC, silencing would just prove that. how would that make you ahppy? It just proves my point that you are thought police authoritarian fascists. That hurts you, it doesn't help. Not sure what you rgoal is. But I don't think cc can shut me down. Not without showing the world where he and his newspaper stand on fascism. By all means cc, silence me. Just realize for every cause there is a reaction.

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I sent the following as an attachment to an email to CC and to the publisher of the WaPo.

The attachment is on my letterhead and offers my identity, which I have obscured here. I did freely use Bokonon's suggestions with his permission. The letter is further modified b/c the blog will not accept it with addresses included.
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I am writing on behalf of several concerned users of your site. In recent weeks, attempts at serious exchange of commentary, from every point of view, have been progressively stifled by a very few self-absorbed posters. If you or any of your staff have been paying attention, you will understand our frustration. If not, several of us are ready to provide you with examples.

We suggest the following two simple steps.

First, enforce the rules of the web log. User reviews and comments that include personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material should be removed from the site, and entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author should be removed. Currently, only certain words cause filtering.

Second, require registration at this web log site, as is required by "The Trail." That would help to render the actual rules of "The Fix" enforceable.

If the disruption continues after you have enforced the rules and required registration, we will suggest more stringent steps.

We do not want to lose this website to those who would use it as a personal vanity page. But we do not have the power to stop or even slow them. As the Webmaster, you, on the other hand, should be able to provide your readers with a relatively open and respectful marketplace for ideas.

We do not want censorship. We only ask that you do what you actually can, and we request that you respond.

Thank you in advance, for your attention and consideration.

Yours truly,


Posted by: Mark in Austin | October 4, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

pinheads are fascists

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Moveon is not a politicain.

But they were criticizing the politicion General Petreaus. See the difference?

Posted by: bsimon | October 4, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder if Udall decides to not run since his brother is running Colorado, although two brothers running at the same time would be a great story for the media".

Tom and Mark are cousins, not brothers. They already have a cousin in the Senate who's running in 2008: Gordon Smith of Oregon.

Posted by: Bob | October 4, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"Why no posts on rush?

because he's not a politician, pinhead.
"

Moveon is not a politicain. How many blog entires did cc have attacking them? Was it three of four in two weeks? hypocrite gop

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

he's apparently leaving due to a brain disorder. Insert your own joke here.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | October 4, 2007 02:26 PM

you Libs are sickos!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

As mentioned on olberman last night. The right attacked Senator Reid, what else is new. They said if he goes to iraq blackwater is going to be the one's defending them. They asked if he really wants to run investigations on the group that would protect him.

Now to me that is a threat on a sitting senator. Do others agree? If not why?


http://video.msn.com/video.aspx/?mkt=en-us&brand=msnbc&tab=m5&rf=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/&fg=&from=00&vid=1ccb3878-f895-4470-8d52-f62a756cee67&playlist=videoByTag:mk:us:vs:0:tag:Source_Countdown:ns:MSNVideo_Top_Cat:ps:10:sd:-1:ind:1:ff:8A&wa=wsignin1.0

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

to those that want me gone form thi site. You have an opportunity. Waht you do with that opportunity is up to you.

We all should hold rush accountable, as the righ twould never hold their own to account. Take action. Please contact your local rush affliate

"http://mediamatters.org/action_center/limbaugh_stations/?f=h_top

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Andy R writes
"On a side note it seems Larry Craig can't get a do-over on his quilty plea. Darn strict liberal judges holding a brother down like usual. Now comes the question does he quit, get thrown out (which is a real possibility), or will Idaho go blue as well..."

Or does Craig lose in a primary battle? I could see him trying to stick around, but Idaho still sending an R to DC.

Is Alaska another potentially open seat? There's not a lot of public action yet from the feds or the courts, but it doesn't look like Stevens will be indictment-free forever...

Posted by: bsimon | October 4, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, my fellow GOPers, I'm takin' this bad boy to the Supreme Court! Those gay libs can't get rid of me this easily! I promise you that I won't be out of the public spotlight for months, or my name isn't Larry "Wide Stance" Craig!

Posted by: Sen. Larry "Wide Stance" Craig, R-Uranus | October 4, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Heather Wilson barely won in the last election against an underfunded challenger. And Pearce is too far to the right to win state wide in places like Albequergue or Santa Fe.
This is the Dems to take. I wonder if Udall decides to not run since his brother is running Colorado, although two brothers running at the same time would be a great story for the media.

Nationally, a Chavez run and victory would be nice for the Democrats hopes of locking up the Hispanic vote for the near future.

On a side note it seems Larry Craig can't get a do-over on his quilty plea. Darn strict liberal judges holding a brother down like usual. Now comes the question does he quit, get thrown out (which is a real possibility), or will Idaho go blue as well...

Posted by: Andy R | October 4, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Why no posts on rush?

because he's not a politician, pinhead.

Posted by: Why no posts on rush? | October 4, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I have a lot of respect for Domenici. He's done good things for NM and the country.

Having said that, he's apparently leaving due to a brain disorder. Insert your own joke here.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | October 4, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The New Western Democrats will sweep The West in the next election cycle. Pro-gun, anti-corporate, pro-environmental libertarians. How could anyone possibly vote Republican in the next election? They've screwed things up so badly over the last 8 years, they're retiring in droves, the budget is blown, America is extremely isolated in the World, The lies and crimes of the Bush Administration are evident for all to see and all those that supported him will now be held accountable. What a disaster!

Posted by: thebob.bob | October 4, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

We get it. Teh republcians are done for a generation. Why no posts on rush?

Posted by: rufus | October 4, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

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