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Primary/Runoff Day in Utah, South and North Carolina: What to Watch For



South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley will be the big star coming out of tonight's primaries

Voters are voting in North Carolina, South Carolina and Utah today!

As always on election days, we aim to bring you the best guide to the political day: our what to watch for guide as results begin to stream in tonight.

Have thoughts of your own about the storylines that will take shape this evening? The comments section awaits.

* Haley's Comet: There's little debate that state Rep. Nikki Haley will win the Republican gubernatorial nomination over Rep. Gresham Barrett in South Carolina. After all, Haley won 49 percent of the vote in the primary just 14 days ago and her ability to survive myriad personal attacks during that race made it nearly impossible for Barrett to run the sort of slash and burn campaign he would need to have conducted to make up so much ground in so little time. The question then is not whether Haley wins but by how much and how quickly she becomes a national star for Republicans. Our guess: she wins by a lot -- 20 points or more -- and is immediately touted in some GOP circles as vice presidential material. (Don't forget that South Carolina is critically important in the 2012 Republican presidential nominating contest and Haley will be a much-coveted endorser in a position to extract promises.) It will be interesting to see how the Haley team handles what is almost certain to be a crush of national media attention following tonight's vote. Do they put her on the "Today Show" and "Good Morning America" on Wednesday morning to take full advantage of the attention or do they hold her back and focus on South Carolina and its press corps?

* Cal and the Establishment: National Democrats made clear very early on this cycle that they didn't believe that North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D) was the right candidate to beat Sen. Richard Burr (R) this fall. They spent months recruiting alternatives and finally landed former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, an Iraq war veteran who had already said "no" to the race once. Cunningham has turned into an underwhelming candidate, however, and his reliance on support from the party establishment hasn't played well in an election cycle where voters are resistant to party poobahs telling them what to do. Marshall has run an underfunded campaign but she bested Cunningham by nine points in the May 4 primary and won the endorsement of third place finisher Ken Lewis, who is black, in the runoff campaign. Can Cunningham inch over the finish line given all of that? And, if Marshall wins, how do national Democrats spin that she is a competitive candidate against Burr given their efforts to recruit under her earlier this year?

* All eyes on Utah County: The Utah Senate race has fallen off the national radar somewhat since Sen. Bob Bennett (R) lost his bid for renomination last month.

But, the winner of today's primary between former congressional candidate Tim Bridgewater and former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. general counsel Mike Lee will be the de facto senator come 2011 since Utah hasn't elected a Democrat to the Senate in four decades.

The best gauge of who will succeed Bennett may well be heavily-Republican Utah County. In the 2004 Republican gubernatorial primary between Huntsman and former state House Speaker Nolan Karras, nearly 30,000 Republicans turned out in Utah County, compared to 43,000 in Salt Lake County - even though Salt Lake County's population is nearly double that of Utah County's.

Huntsman won Utah County with 73 percent -- a vote margin of 13,000. Huntsman beat Karros statewide 66 percent to 34 percent.

Both Bridgewater and Lee hail from Utah County -- Bridgewater is based in the county seat of Provo, while Lee lives in Alpine, making the county even more of a battle ground today.

* Tim Scott: Dynasty killer: South Carolina state Rep. Tim Scott is the odds-on favorite to claim the Republican nomination in retiring Rep. Henry Brown's (R) 1st district, a win that will draw national headlines because Scott will likely be the first black Republican House member since Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts retired in 2002. But, Scott's road to the nomination is worth taking note of too -- particularly in an election cycle where a famous last name ain't what it used to be. Scott has taken on two of the most potent legacies in Palmetto State politics -- the Campbells and the Thurmonds. In the June 8 primary, Carroll "Tumpy" Campbell III, the son of the late Gov. Carroll Campbell, won just 14 percent of the vote to finish out of the runoff running. Today, Scott faces former U.S. Attorney Paul Thurmond, the son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond. While the sons of Campbell and Thurmond are, according to informed GOP sources in the state, unimpressive heirs to their famous fathers, it's not to be overlooked that Scott's victory highlights the declining power of dynastic politics.

* An Inglis upset?: South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis finished 11 points behind Spartanburg County prosecutor Trey Gowdy in the June 8 Republican primary, never a good sign for an incumbent.

The last two weeks were filled with political obituaries of Inglis who looks likely to join Reps. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) and Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) as House members to lose their races for renomination in this cycle.

But, after Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln's (Ark.) miraculous come from behind victory on June 8, anything is possible. So, how could Inglis win?

Although Gowdy beat Inglis by 11 points in the primary, his advantage was all in his home county of Spartanburg where he drubbed the congressman 60 percent to 19 percent. Inglis actually won the rest of the Upstate 4th district by about 3,000 votes.

Inglis has to find a way to maximize his own electoral base in Greenville County where he won only 32 percent to 27 percent over Gowdy on June 8.

It's not entirely unbelievable to think that Inglis can pull that off. The third and fourth place finishers in the primary hailed from Greenville and their absence from the runoff ballot affords Inglis the opportunity to united the county behind him.

-- With Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 22, 2010; 11:53 AM ET
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washingtonpost.com/thefix

Environmental groups poised to spend $11 million on climate ads

1. Four liberal groups are planning an $11 million campaign beginning next week on ads designed to pressure Senators on the need for comprehensive energy reform.

That may well be the best news of the day
For folks who don't share their view,
As suggested by resources spent vainly in Arkansas
(That kept B. Lincoln's campaign in a stew).

It would seem that the liberal groups involved
Can't see the handwriting on the wall
And may spend all the resources at their disposal, vainly,
What's destined to happen come fall, to forestall.

Posted by: Gonzage1 | June 24, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

doesn't mean we have to stop the sound wells Bush's administration approved THAT AREN"T LEAKING FOR YEARS NOW.
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What the hell are you talking about. Aren't we talking about the moratorium on 33 sites of exploratory drilling. Aren't all of these sites going to use the same BOP technology that the BP Ceo says needs to be redesigned? This has nothing to do with the permit--it has to do with the discredited technology. It was only after the BOP failed, that it became crystal clear it's not good enough.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

thecannula,

Barrack Obama became President in January 20th, 2009. You thought that with two major Wars and the nation's financial markets and economy in shambles veering to a depression that he should have been personally reviewing permits for exploratory wells in the Gulf?

Is that what you are telling us? He should have caught the problems with a permit reviewed in February, 2009?

If so, that is blindingly stupid and if he did, as you recommend, he would not been qualified to be the President of this or any other country.

MMS functionaries were picked to do what the industry wanted them to do and they did it. They left the industry free to make as much money as possible and take unbelievable risks. Look at the results.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 22, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

BobSanderson- JUST because the well Obama's administration approved is leaking, it doesn't mean we have to stop the sound wells Bush's administration approved THAT AREN"T LEAKING FOR YEARS NOW....rip yourself one

Posted by: thecannula | June 22, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

BobSanderson-

The well was licensed by Obama's MMS in Feb. 2009- see Wikipedia Timeline of Deepwater Horizon Spill- so "THE WIMP in the White House"- per his Commanding General in the WAR Obama chooses to wage- IS responsible- He removed Bush's head of MMS and the resulting agency decided to grant the license to BP After Bp convinced the MMS that there was a very low likelihood of a major spill- IF you have the acumen to Google da article read it and weep for America...

I personally doubt you do

Posted by: thecannula | June 22, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Judge Feldman has vast stock holdings in energy companies and a personal stake in seeing drilling resumed.

Ooops.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 22, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse


37thand0street READ AND WEAP:


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"Are all airplanes a danger because one was? All oil tankers like Exxon Valdez? All trains? All mines? That sort of thinking seems heavy-handed, and rather overbearing." Federal Judge Feldman

WHO WOULD THINK THIS WAY?

Why, The "Wimps in the White House" OF COURSE! thecannula
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After all your repetition about Obama and MMS being totally responsible for the spill because they didn't properly inspect the oil rigs how can thecannula not get it?

CAN'T HE READ OVER AND OVER AGAIN?

thecannula just doesn't understand that Obama has to almost personally inspect all 36,000 off shore wells to make sure they are safe. Right? Or else it will be his fault again! Right?

Rip thecannula a new one for not understanding what you have repeated over and over on how important the regulators are and how they need to take their jobs seriously. They may not have the staffing, budget, training or be the right choices but it is their job and Obama's. Right?

Do you think 6 months is enough for the kind of work you want done? It is really only 36,000 rigs and there is nothing going on.

Make believe thecannula is Obama, use plenty of caps, blank spaces and outrage.

This one was truly made for righteous rant!!!!!!!!!!!

GO FOR IT! 37thand0street BITE and BITE HARD!

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 22, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

"Are all airplanes a danger because one was? All oil tankers like Exxon Valdez? All trains? All mines? That sort of thinking seems heavy-handed, and rather overbearing." Federal Judge Feldman

WHO WOULD THINK THIS WAY?

Why, The "Wimps in the White House" OF COURSE!

Right General McChrystal?

Barack Obama- the W.I.C.-

How's Medicare Reimbursement going for you Obama?- 21% cut yesterday and until Congress gets its act together- pretty soon our parents won't be able to find a doctor!

But at least your securing the borders, No?

Is it November YET?

Posted by: thecannula | June 22, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

And look, who comes to burnout's aid?

It's RUBBER DUCKY TO THE RESCUE!!!

Posted by: Noacoler | June 22, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

If liberals vote for representatives because of their looks, then it's no wonder the democratic controlled government is in the mess that it's in.

Posted by: AkCoyote | June 22, 2010 4:38 PM
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listen, it's the liberals who had the courage and inspiration to elect the first AA president. You think that was easy? It would have been far easier to nominate some establishment white guy who doesn't get the racists going.

It's the Republicans who consistently run white men. Now Romney's time has come, and you have another white man, but in Romney's case he looks like he's been airbrushed. He's so handsome he makes your teeth ache.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Coyote, there are good solid reasons for that mirth and derision. I mean, when a plastic guy like Romney who looks like he stepped right out of a mouthwash commercial is the best you guys have, you'd better get used to being laughed at.

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If liberals vote for representatives because of their looks, then it's no wonder the democratic controlled government is in the mess that it's in.

Posted by: AkCoyote | June 22, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

noa,

You really need to check your outlook.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"someone who looks like they"

ENGLISH!! DO YOU SPEAK IT!!

Dude, I speak four languages, and I don't make mistakes like this in the worst of them.

"They" is a plural, "someone" is singular, you illiterate idiot.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 22, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

As opposed to someone who looks like they just stepped out of a metrosexual boutique???

Posted by: leapin | June 22, 2010 4:10 PM
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And you are using the above statement to defend Romney? Mitt Romney?

Bwahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

Congrats leapin: Best Freudian slip of the day

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Coyote, there are good solid reasons for that mirth and derision. I mean, when a plastic guy like Romney who looks like he stepped right out of a mouthwash commercial is the best you guys have, you'd better get used to being laughed at.

Posted by: Noacoler
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As opposed to someone who looks like they just stepped out of a metrosexual boutique???

Posted by: leapin | June 22, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

The facts are liberal. We have no use for facts.

Posted by: scottilla | June 22, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Coyote, there are good solid reasons for that mirth and derision. I mean, when a plastic guy like Romney who looks like he stepped right out of a mouthwash commercial is the best you guys have, you'd better get used to being laughed at.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 22, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

There is no conservative ticket that the republican party can put together for 2012 that the left won't snicker at, laugh at or ridicule. I guess that means that your opinions on the matter are irrelevant.

Posted by: AkCoyote | June 22, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey would it be possible to find a picture of Haley that looks a little less like a bad transvestite?

Posted by: Noacoler | June 22, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

This whole McChrystal thing is way out of hand


McChrystal was NOT being insubordinate in the article.


What we have here is a war gone bad - and Obama's policy is the problem.


It is a classic Catch 22 - but would venture to guess that Obama has never read that book - and it is a war book.


This is far from a McArthur moment - McArthur was opening challenging Truman's major conduct of the war - and saying that Truman should nuke China.


This is HARDLY that kind of dispute.


If Obama is trying to be macho here, it is silly -

Yea, Obama is still acting like a metrosexual.


This episode isn't going to help him.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

There's no limit to what all-powerful government can accomplish under the Right Leader. Carter was a truly great president - we must prevent the voters from ever again making such a mistake as was voting him out. Barack Hussein Obama (Mm-mm-mm) is destined to be far greater. We must keep our boots on the throats of those who would impede his wise and beneficent care of us, his children. We must kick the asses of naysayers who claim spending our way to prosperity is "impossible". Yes We Can!

Posted by: leapin | June 22, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Yahoo999


You should be banned

Don't you believe in Freedom of Speech ?

If you don't you are unAmerican.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

@noa,

I don't think you understand the nature of at least 80% of the comments. Here is one that is representative:

"Ahem. Article 88 of the UCMJ dictates that McChrystal should face a court-martial. Period.

The above is not an opinion. It's a fact. The author is clearly ignorant of military matters and so he has no business writing this column. Your paper needs to work on it's fact checking, which is why I use it to line my bird cage."

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama going off to smack down a General isn't going to change the fact that Obama's policies are leading to a horrible military situation in Afghanistan.


Obama's review of Afghan policy last year was a joke - and the resulting contradicting policy (Surge and pull-out) is the major problem.


Clearly Obama is incompetent and doesn't know what he is doing -


_______________________


McChrystal situation:


This is the Obama-Biden Doctrine:


One soldier at the outpost showed Hastings, who was traveling with the general, a written directive instructing troops to "patrol only in areas that you are reasonably certain that you will not have to defend yourself with lethal force."


.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@12Bar: no surprise there. Republicans feel about military generals like sixth grade girls feel about boy bands. And they hate Obama anyway so such rants (which I'm not about to subject myself to reading) are perfectly predictable, as easy to foresee as a zouk / brigade or armpeg post.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 22, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street,

Shut the F*!@ up!


Thanks in advance

Posted by: yahoo999 | June 22, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

12bar


Which comments are you talking about and what is your opinion ?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

red2million


Two guys robbed a bank last year - does that mean it's OK to rob the bank this year ??

What is wrong with you

Yea, the democratic party is filled with liars and hypocrites - and from your comments, you are supporting that.

.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Unbelieveable---

"Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal should not lose his job because of the article about him in Rolling Stone magazine. If anyone deserves blame for the latest airing of the administration’s internal feuds over Afghanistan, it is President Obama."
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You should see the comments on this piece of garbage article:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/06/dont_blame_mcchrystal_blame_ob.html

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

@red2million: don't bother reading posts from 37thandZero. A quick look at the amount of time he spends here, sometimes 24 hours straight, and the paranoia he displays e.g. a firm belief that there is an organized conspiracy to silence him, it's conclusively evident that he's using amphetamines, has been for some time, and is now in the grips of amphetamine psychosis. There is no point trying to reason with someone as deteriorated as he is, don't bother trying, just skip over his posts like the rest of us do, and report Cillizza's tolerance of them to WaPo management.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 22, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Do you all realize Sikhs are required to carry a knife???


I'm not sure if that applies to women.

However Nikki Haley is probably packing.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

It appears that some kind of sticky substance has been deposited onto thand0's keyboard. Don't ask, folks. Don't tell, thand0.

Posted by: mattintx | June 22, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Has thand0 heard of this thing called UCMJ?

Posted by: mattintx | June 22, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

as one who isn't quite bright enough to understand why any middle class person should vote republican, and therefore don't, I certainly hope and pray nikki is the vp nominee. what would be the best possible scenario for the party that's right, (that would be the democrats) would be palin/barbour. We could run alvin greene and any other human against that ticket and win. I was going to say we could run a tree stump and win, but we already had a tree stump for president during the 8 years that preceded the current administration

Posted by: red2million | June 22, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

37thando any hypocrites or liars on the left learned it from the right. did you move to the states since 2009? If you can call democrats hypocrites and liars after the preceding 8 years than apparently you were in another country without access to the news during that time, or you were asleep. how any repuglicon can call anyone a hypocrite or a liar after 8 years of the aristocrats is beyond me. oh that's right, I completey forgot that most repiggers live in an alternate reality. Sorry, we don't have - alternate reality providers - over here on our side. Libbys can't get away with the things repiggies can, because they realize their supporters have something "conservative" don't: brains that operate independently of nikki, and sarah, and rushie, and seany.

Posted by: red2million | June 22, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street

Shut the &*!@ up!


Thanks in advance.

Posted by: yahoo999 | June 22, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Funny how all these Rs are running on 'creating jobs' -- but never mentioning 'how.'

Fact is, their record is p*ss poor...

"Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele appeared on CNBC this morning to bash President Obama for supposedly not having a clear plan to create jobs. But when hosts Erin Burnett and Mark Haines pressed Steele to present an alternative, all he could offer were predictable Republican talking points like, “Don’t trust the government to get it done.”

When Burnett pressed again, asking, “What specifically is the Republican Party going to offer?” Steele simply continued attacking Obama, adding that we should “trust” job creators, like Wall Street.

Steele then suggested that we return to the failed economic polices of President Bush, because, Steele said, Bush “created a lot of jobs.” Haines, obviously stunned by the remark, exclaimed, “Beg your pardon?”:

STEELE: George Bush created a lot of jobs.

HAINES: Beg your pardon?

STEELE: I think there were jobs created in the eight years that George Bush was in office.

HAINES: No I’m sorry, you’re mistaken. [...]

STEELE: I think jobs were created. I’m almost confident about that. And I think the markets reflect that. [...]

HAINES: So, did the Lehman blow up and all, that didn’t happen on Bush’s watch? … You were talking about the markets. The markets tanked. [...]

While Steele is “almost confident” that Bush created jobs, the facts disagree. As the Wall Street Journal noted in the last month of Bush’s term — in an article that Burnett references on air while fact checking Steele — Bush’s job data “shows the worst track record for job creation since the government began keeping records.” A paltry 1 million jobs were created under Bush; that’s “a fraction of the 23 million jobs created under President Bill Clinton’s administration.”

Even President Carter — who conservatives love to cite as the paragon of poor economic management, and who only served one term — created 10.5 million jobs. That’s more than three times as many jobs as Bush, in half as much time. More jobs may be created under Obama in this year alone than in Bush’s eight."

Posted by: drindl | June 22, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

What to watch for? More cleavage. That will get the votes out from the Pubelicons.

Posted by: DIMMY | June 22, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Momma 37th, no more popsicles for your boy. The sugar has got him all hyper today. I know, it is hot -- but the rest of us have to live with it.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 22, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin/Haley in 2012

Two Half Term Quitters for America

Posted by: yahoo999 | June 22, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I think this might be the big news of the day:

NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge in New Orleans has blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects that was imposed in response to the massive Gulf oil spill.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 22, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"I hope some Republican candidate is stupid enough to put Nikki Haley on the ticket as their VP selection in 2012.

They should have learned their lesson on the last "ditz" they did that with (Sarah Palin)."


Oh, they likely will be... of stupid they have no shortage.

we knew who you meant. 'ditz' conjures automatically.

Posted by: drindl | June 22, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Breaking: The Fix SC Poll News
(internal Republican Poll Edition - Warning potentially totally inaccurate for national dissemination only)

Allegedly horny Sikh woman sweeps man in SC Governor's Race! Where is Rove when they needed an effective whisper campaign?

Female sexuality not frightening to Southern men after multiple Palin wet dreams before runoff!

USA USA USA

Posted by: yahoo999 | June 22, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of SC Gov

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/22/AR2010062201674.html

He's learning. This time he waits until the day AFTER Fathers Day to disappear.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 22, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The quotes in the Rolling Stone article are really not that bad

Obama HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING.

If Obama is going to have a war policy FILLED WITH CONTRADICTIONS LIKE CATCH 22, Obama has to EXPECT these kinds of things.


_______________________


McChrystal situation:


This is the Obama-Biden Doctrine:


One soldier at the outpost showed Hastings, who was traveling with the general, a written directive instructing troops to "patrol only in areas that you are reasonably certain that you will not have to defend yourself with lethal force."


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama appears to be trying to use the military for partisan political gain

The idea that his own Generals do not appear impressed with Obama should not really surprised Obama, should it ???


The quote below is CLEAR.

The PROBLEM seems to be that Rolling Stone plays to a younger demographic - which Obama and the democrats have decided to TARGET FOR THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS.


SO - THE CHARGE IS THAT OBAMA'S ANGER IS REALLY POLITICALLY MOTIVATED.


It really isn't a military- chain of command thing - these little jabs seem to be pretty routine.

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Obama going off to smack down a General isn't going to change the fact that Obama's policies are leading to a horrible military situation in Afghanistan.


Obama's review of Afghan policy last year was a joke - and the resulting contradicting policy (Surge and pull-out) is the major problem.


Clearly Obama is incompetent and doesn't know what he is doing -


_______________________


McChrystal situation:


This is the Obama-Biden Doctrine:


One soldier at the outpost showed Hastings, who was traveling with the general, a written directive instructing troops to "patrol only in areas that you are reasonably certain that you will not have to defend yourself with lethal force."


.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Grand idea...let's put another half term Governor on the national ticket! Worked real well last time.

Posted by: BrooklynDemocrat | June 22, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I hope some Republican candidate is stupid enough to put Nikki Haley on the ticket as their VP selection in 2012.

They should have learned their lesson on the last "ditz" they did that with (Sarah Palin).

Posted by: jsmith021961 | June 22, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Not apropos to this post, I just want to comment on that Nebraska's town's decision yesterday to begin "cracking down" on illegal immigrants to an extent (if not in the same way) as the state of Arizona.

I'm a Democrat, and I generally support these efforts.

I recognize some of the concerns of fellow liberals about such initiatives, for example, possible racist motives and possibilities of racial profiling -- but I also think that most of these concerns are overblown.

At the same time, I see the harm that is being caused to unemployed and underployed legal immigrants and citizens in the United States who have to compete with millions of lower-wage illegal immigrants for certain jobs.

The federal government under Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama has failed to significantly stem the problem.

Local and state governments have a right and responsibility to do so.

Posted by: paul65 | June 22, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Nikki Haley for veep? It's not laughable only in comparison to the last GOP veep candidate.

Fatboy Christie is marginally more plausible.

In any event, it's irrelevant, since the ticket is a guaranteed loser in 2012.

Maybe a Mormon-Sikh ticket of Romney and Haley. Yeah, that's the ticket!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 22, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

There were 3 candidates supported by the Utah Tea Party movement in Utah up to convention, Cherilyn Eagar, Tim Bridgewater, and Mike Lee.

Tim Bridgewater

I have watched Tim for over a year, and I believe he is the best US Senate candidate in the primary. Tim's attitude and methods and his actions have impressed me. Words alone are not enough.

Posted by: Utah1 | June 22, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"Favorite Nikki Haley will be touted in some GOP circles as vice presidential material."

Why? Is she as retarded as the last one?

Posted by: tennesseemoonshiner | June 22, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The fact Haley, even before being elected, is being touted as a vice-presidental possibility in 2012 shows how thin the bench of the national Republican party is.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | June 22, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

All an R has to do is win a regional primary and suddenly, to CC they 'rising national stars' -- no wonder this blog is losing readers.

Posted by: drindl | June 22, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama going off to smack down a General isn't going to change the fact that Obama's policies are leading to a horrible military situation in Afghanistan.


Obama's review of Afghan policy last year was a joke - and the resulting contradicting policy (Surge and pull-out) is the major problem.


Clearly Obama is incompetent and doesn't know what he is doing -


_______________________


McChrystal situation:


This is the Obama-Biden Doctrine:


One soldier at the outpost showed Hastings, who was traveling with the general, a written directive instructing troops to "patrol only in areas that you are reasonably certain that you will not have to defend yourself with lethal force."


.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Chill 37th and have some palak paneer, makhni murgh, and aloo tikki.

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 22, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

And here is the real state of [lack of] enthusiasm for Rs right now:

"American Crossroads, formed by some of the GOP's biggest names with the aim of helping the party win the 2010 midterms, launched a few months ago with an ambitious $52 million fundraising goal. So how much did the group pull in in May? *A whopping $200.*

According to Politico, the May numbers bring the total raised since March to a little over $1.25 million. After boasting in April that donors had already pledged $30 million to the cause, the money appears to be slow in coming to the 527 group led by Karl Rove, Republican consultant Ed Gillespie and former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan."

Posted by: drindl | June 22, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Jake


Your comment at 12:07 is not RACIST ???

What happened to the democrats pledging a post-racial world ???

Hypocrites and liars - that is the democratic party.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 22, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing what clone-like young republicans felicia and aaron are -- as good at daily bashing of Democrats as CC ever was.

Posted by: drindl | June 22, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Jindall - Haley 2012! Southern fried curry.

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 22, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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