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Robert Byrd's passing ups the ante for an already huge 2012

The death of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) on Monday and subsequent announcement that the special election to replace him will be held in 2012 adds further intrigue to an election cycle that already has a surfeit of great story lines.

Currently, well more than a dozen seats look like they could be competitive. And since 24 of the 33 seats up are currently held by Democrats, it could be a huge year with control of the Senate on the line.

(And, yes, we know that the 2010 election hasn't even happened yet. But is there anything more fun than looking around the political corner? It's like the NBA draft -- everyone and every race has potential and upside.)

Here's an early look at our top ten 2012 Senate races (in alphabetical order):

Connecticut: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) has yet to say whether he plans to run for a fifth term but if he decides to run (and we assume he will), he will almost certainly bypass the Democratic primary. Not only has Lieberman further enraged Connecticut Democrats since he lost the party nod in 2006 but there are also several high profile Democrats -- Rep. Chris Murphy, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz -- lurking around the race. The central question for Lieberman: Do Republicans take a pass on fielding a serious candidate (ala 2006) and give him an opening to cobble a winning margin from Republicans and Independents?

Florida: Sen. Bill Nelson's (D) 22-point victory in 2006 is decidedly misleading when analyzing his prospects in 2012. First, Nelson was running in a very good environment for Democrats nationally. Second, he was running against Katherine Harris (Remember her?). Republicans won't make that mistake again with appointed Sen. George LeMieux already making noise about challenging Nelson. There likely will be others.

Massachusetts: Sen. Scott Brown (R) may be the "it" boy for Republicans nationally but he still has to figure out a way to win re-election in one of the most Democratic states in the country. While Brown has done a good job thus far of voting right down the middle -- some Republicans seemed to think Brown would be a reliably GOP vote, ignoring the state he was representing -- there are any number of Democrats who, inexplicably, passed on the special election this year but are ready to run in 2012.

Missouri: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) is something of a media darling in Washington for her personal style and frequent tweeting(!). But, Missouri is the one swing state that Sen. John McCain carried in the 2008 presidential election, suggesting that there is a considerable conservative base in the Show Me State. And, if former Sen. Jim Talent (R) runs -- and we bet he will -- this will be among the closest (and best) Senate races on the 2012 docket.

Montana: The 2006 race in the Last Best Place was a referendum on then Sen. Conrad Burns (R) who didn't help his cause by committing a series of gaffes that included referring to a "nice little Guatemalan" man who did work for him around his home. But, six years later, Sen. Jon Tester (D) will have to defend his own record in this conservative-leaning state. The best news for Tester is that Rep. Dennis Rehberg who would be the obvious Republican nominee hasn't had the best run of press over the past year.

Nebraska: It's never going to be easy for Sen. Ben Nelson (D) to win re-election in a state as conservative as Nebraska. In 2000, he was widely expected to cruise to victory over Don Stenberg but watched as the race narrowed in the final weeks and he won only 51 percent to 49 percent. The path was easier six years later -- a great year to be a Democrat, a recurring theme for this class -- but already Republicans have their eye on Nelson in 2012. Gov. Dave Heineman has the right of first refusal for Republicans but there are conflicting reports about whether he runs. If he doesn't, state Attorney General Jon Brunning who was running in 2008 before dropping out in favor of now Sen. Mike Johanns, is in.

Nevada: Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has weathered his own personal sexual scandal pretty well heading into his re-election bid this fall. But, Ensign comes from a swing state. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) laid a marker on the 2012 race almost immediately after the Ensign scandal broke. If Ensign retires (or even if he doesn't), Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) could run.

Ohio: The 2006 election was a very good one for Ohio Democrats. Buckeye State voter handed Gov. Ted Strickland a 24-point victory and elected Sen. Sherrod Brown by 12 points. Four years later, Strickland's numbers have fallen precipitously and he finds himself in a tough race this fall with former Rep. John Kasich (R). Brown will almost certainly face a similar set of circumstances in 2012 and his status as 2009's most liberal Senator in National Journal's vote ratings will surely be a major piece of the GOP campaign against him.

Virginia: Sen. Jim Webb's (D) path to victory in 2006 is remarkable. Recruited into the race by an online draft effort, Webb was written off in the summer of that year -- until Sen. George Allen (R) uttered the word "macaca". Everything changed and Webb eked out a victory. With the Commonwealth expected to be a central front in the 2012 presidential race, expect Republicans to field a serious candidate. Allen is mentioned. But, would Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.) perhaps consider the contest as well?

West Virginia: Barring a political cataclysm, Gov. Joe Manchin will be the Democratic nominee for Byrd's now-open seat. And, he will be very tough to beat even in a presidential year where the Democratic top of the ticket won't be particularly popular in the state. Republicans need to spend the next six months or so convincing Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R), the daughter of former Gov. Arch Moore (R), that she can win. If Capito doesn't run, there's no obvious second-tier candidate -- at least not yet.

With Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 29, 2010; 2:24 PM ET
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If there is anyone in Washington that gives me a serious case of the heebie jeebies it's Eric Cantor.

Have you ever noticed this? Whenever he's being interviewed on television defending the most atrocious policies, he always has this serene, angelic smile on his face. It's weird! At least Mitch McConnell and John Boehner look a tad uneasy whenever they are put in the spotlight, forced to defend what is morally indefensible.

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | June 30, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

what boycott?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 29, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse


Liberman - yes
Nelson - FLA
Brown - MASS- didn't he say something that caused a stir recently????
McCaskill - yes. Familiar
Missouri - McCain got votes because he was a VET.
Tester - yes Montana
Nebraska - ??? tea partiers will be an influence.
Nevada - Berkley
Brown - Ohio
VA - anyone BUT Cantor - OMG
W.VA-Manchin

and if I answer all correctly,
I WANT MY T-SHIRT


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 29, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm an angry troll??? Hadn't realized that I'd gotten on Marie's dark side. I just call balls and strikes. Or perhaps yellow cards and red cards.

Incidentally, cosign on the list. All the freshman Democrats coupled with Obama's reelection will make for a very interesting campaign. Given the current ADHD of the American electorate, I'm inclined to predict the Democrats losing the majority in 2010 and regaining a filibuster proof majority in 2012. Followed by impeachment in 2014. And President Hillary Clinton in 2016,

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 29, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

"Alot of cruelty in that heart there."

A lot of illiteracy in that head of yours, hotflash. Who stole your education?

Posted by: mattintx | June 29, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I think there's a dead blog under the dishwasher, that would explain the smell and all the flies buzzing around.

Phew.

Happy, Chris? It's real GOPpy in here now.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 29, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Marie


Alot of cruelty in that heart there.


Did you know that Noacoler has been banned 3 times - what is your position on him ?

Are you sure you aren't being motivated by your partisan desire to see one-sidedness on this blog ???


And everyone still thinks you are 12Bar, so we will count each of you as half.


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Posted by: Heatwave | June 29, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm in on the boycott.

37 needs to know that when the owner of the blog bans you it is for a reason and will be enforced. Till then, both angry trolls (37 and BB) will continue to annoy and insult other guests.

They will make up new names to blog under until they get tired of cheering themselves on. Making believe in an empty virtual room is pretty sad.

The same two IP addresses will be home to all of the Fix's remaining supporters.

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 29, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Chris, please do all of us south of the Potomac a favor and never ever speculate on Senator Eric Cantor ever again. My youthful heart can't take the strain.

Posted by: joew22 | June 29, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

From the Washington perspective, it may seem like Representative Dennis Rehberg is a logical candidate against Sen. Jon Tester in 2012. But Rehberg holds the state's single at-large house seat. It would be a gamble to forfeit that seat to take on Tester, who has been popular here since his election in 2006.

Rehberg has not be seriously challenged for his house seat. This year is likely his first real challenge against a well-organized and funded Democratic nominee, Dennis McDonald.

If Rehberg wins reelection this year, and the smart money so far says he will, don't look for him to challenge Tester in 2012.
Tester will face a serious challenge from a Republican in 2012. But it will be from a state Republican, probably from the legislature, who is totally off the Washinton radar.

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | June 29, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I think there's a dead blog under the dishwasher, that would explain the smell and all the flies buzzing around.

Phew.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 29, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Come on CC, its bad enough that you are Senior Cheerleeader for the supposed republican Revival in 2010, but you have to start speculating on Republican reveval for 2012?

Should the economy continue to get better, the R's lose the only possible ground they ever had for hope. And since they are inextricably locked into Bushonomics, and can't escape, they have a horrible hill to climb even this year. When we get three good years of growth, the health Care System begins to show its benefits, the Banks have to go back to being nice to BP's little people, The Army is mostly out of Iraq and beginning to be wound down in Afghanistan, Your potential Republican World Beaters will have their hands full with the last gasp of the T-Party. By the time the T-s have RINOd half of your prospects with zanies that make Angle look mainstream the Democrats will be looking at their fourth election in a row where they gained seats in both houses.

Better to watch will be Crist and the currently out to pasture RINOs who decide to get back in the fray as, oh, let's call them the American Armadillo Party. The Center us up for grabs and it is going D just because the D's are the only party that will listen to it.

When Crist, Lieberman, Chaffee and belatedly repentant Snowe and Collins call a Founding Convention to meet in Philadelphia about January 20112, your speculation becomes merest moonshine.

And, by the way, Derwine couldn't beat Brown last time, won't win this time, and so will run, get beat by a T next time and Brown will get token opposition from a dying movement, and cruise to his second term in the Senate.

If you must speculate this early, find out who the weirdest T-s are in any state you want to analyze and see how THEY stack up to the likely Democrat.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 29, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Reason5


You make many good points - the Republicans are set to make some pick-ups in 2012 -

If for no other reason, the cycle favors the Republicans in 2012.


Unbelievably, the cycle favors the democrats this year - and the cycle will serve to limit their losses.

There is alot of work to be done - but there is hope -

With the right sequence of events, the Republicans have a chance to reach 60 seats - and have a filibuster-proof majority.

This will anger the democrats - because the were close to jamming their far-left agenda onto a public which was temporarily deceived by Obama's empty promises.

The democrats wished to turn Obama's lies into permanent changes in American society.


Thank God that this brush with disaster looks like it will fail.

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Posted by: Heatwave | June 29, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Chris:


My recommendation is to ask your editors to give you a few direct links from the front page of the Washington Post's website.

This will bring a whole bunch of new people in here.

Without the leftist loonies on here, this place will be great from here out.

Just a suggestion.

Good luck.


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Posted by: Heatwave | June 29, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I see alot of seats competitive in 2012:

Republicans:
1. Massachusetts: Brown is a popular politician, but Mass. is the most Democratic of states and will surely find a tough challenger for Brown. Brown will be in for a serious fight for reelection.

Independents:
2. Joe Lieberman: Will Gov. Rell run? If so, R's have a great shot to win this seat outright. If Rell doesn't run, it will be Lieberman vs. the Democrat and maybe a conservative Republican. Democrats have to make this race competitive in 2012, or they could just endorse Lieberman as he's in their caucus. Either way, this one could swing Ind., R or D.

3. Bernie Sanders in Vermont: Sanders is extremely liberal in a liberal state. However, if Gov. Jim Douglas runs this is competitive as Douglas could pick this one up for Republicans in Vermont.

Democrats:
4. Virginia
5. Pennsylvania
6. Montana
7. Rhode Island
8. Missouri
9. Ohio
Republicans lost all 6 of these seats in 2006, and will likely gun for them in 2012. CC already addressed Virginia, Missouri, Montana & Ohio. So I'll explain my reasons for Pa. & RI.
-. Rhode Island is only competitive if Gov. Carceiri runs or Chaffee gets into the race. Republican's best shot is if Carceiri runs.
- In Pa., US Rep. Gelrach will likely run against Casey in this race. He bowed out of the Gov. race this year to run for reelection to cede to AG Corbett. Gelrach will likely be the R nominee, and he's a moderate but still a contrast from Casey. This will be a good race in 2012.

Other competitive states:
10. Hawaii w/ Sen. Akaka: If Gov. Lingle runs, and I think she will, R's have a great shot to win this one in Hawaii.
11. West Virginia: good analyzation, CC.
12. Washington: Maria Cantwell is up for reelection, and it looks like US Rep. Dave Reichert. Reichert can unseat Cantwell in this race, a pick up shot for R's.
13. Wisconsin- It looks like Sec. Kohl could retire, and if he does I think US Rep. Paul Ryan will run. Ryan is in a district Obama won in 2008 with 58%, Ryan won it with 62%. Very good candidate.
14. California: Sen. Feinstein may retire, and even if she doesn't she's in her 80's. If Whitman & Fiorina wins this year, Republicans have a great shot to take this state back.
15. Nebraska: Nelson is in huge trouble, especially if Gov. Heineman runs.
16. Florida: Sen. Nelson is in trouble here in Florida, too. I think US Reps. Vern Buchanan and US Rep. Connie Mack are both looking at the race, either would have a great shot to win. Plus, Senator LeMieux is looking to run. Republicans have a great shot to win.

Looks like a big Republican year in 2012.

Posted by: reason5 | June 29, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Ped, there is a boycott in effect.

Please comply.

It is not scheduled to ever end, so just erase this bookmark and never come back.

Drivl, you may have accomplished what no one else could have.

Let's hope hope hope for change change change.

Mmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmm

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 29, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I see alot of seats competitive in 2012:

Republicans:
1. Massachusetts: Brown is a popular politician, but Mass. is the most Democratic of states and will surely find a tough challenger for Brown. Brown will be in for a serious fight for reelection.

Independents:
2. Joe Lieberman: Will Gov. Rell run? If so, R's have a great shot to win this seat outright. If Rell doesn't run, it will be Lieberman vs. the Democrat and maybe a conservative Republican. Democrats have to make this race competitive in 2012, or they could just endorse Lieberman as he's in their caucus. Either way, this one could swing Ind., R or D.

3. Bernie Sanders in Vermont: Sanders is extremely liberal in a liberal state. However, if Gov. Jim Douglas runs this is competitive as Douglas could pick this one up for Republicans in Vermont.

Democrats:
4. Virginia
5. Pennsylvania
6. Montana
7. Rhode Island
8. Missouri
9. Ohio
Republicans lost all 6 of these seats in 2006, and will likely gun for them in 2012. CC already addressed Virginia, Missouri, Montana & Ohio. So I'll explain my reasons for Pa. & RI.
-. Rhode Island is only competitive if Gov. Carceiri runs or Chaffee gets into the race. Republican's best shot is if Carceiri runs.
- In Pa., US Rep. Gelrach will likely run against Casey in this race. He bowed out of the Gov. race this year to run for reelection to cede to AG Corbett. Gelrach will likely be the R nominee, and he's a moderate but still a contrast from Casey. This will be a good race in 2012.

Other competitive states:
10. Hawaii w/ Sen. Akaka: If Gov. Lingle runs, and I think she will, R's have a great shot to win this one in Hawaii.
11. West Virginia: good analyzation, CC.
12. Washington: Maria Cantwell is up for reelection, and it looks like US Rep. Dave Reichert. Reichert can unseat Cantwell in this race, a pick up shot for R's.
13. Wisconsin- It looks like Sec. Kohl could retire, and if he does I think US Rep. Paul Ryan will run. Ryan is in a district Obama won in 2008 with 58%, Ryan won it with 62%. Very good candidate.
14. California: Sen. Feinstein may retire, and even if she doesn't she's in her 80's. If Whitman & Fiorina wins this year, Republicans have a great shot to take this state back.
15. Nebraska: Nelson is in huge trouble, especially if Gov. Heineman runs.
16. Florida: Sen. Nelson is in trouble here in Florida, too. I think US Reps. Vern Buchanan and US Rep. Connie Mack are both looking at the race, either would have a great shot to win. Plus, Senator LeMieux is looking to run. Republicans have a great shot to win.

Looks like a big Republican year in 2012.

Posted by: reason5 | June 29, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Bob Sanderson


It has been said many times - the deregulation of the derivatives markets - and the repeal of the Glass Steagall Act were the work of DEMOCRAT BILL CLINTON.

Plus, Hillary was through New York raising money for 3 campaigns in 10 years.

Hardly the stuff of the democrats making any effort to properly regulate Wall Steet.

In addition, Bill Clinton loaded up Fannie Mac and Freddie Mac with democrats who had long-range terms - this was the epicenter of the MORTGAGE CRISIS.

To attempt to assess any blame for the economy without mentioning those KEY POINTS is just being deceptive -

Obama is running around trying to take credit for the economic recovery -

The economy will recover, just like the sun will rise tomorrow morning.


But running around at 2 am trying to get credit for the sunrise which will surely come is a little ridiculous, wouldn't you say?


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Posted by: Heatwave | June 29, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Bob Sanderson


It has been said many times - the deregulation of the derivatives markets - and the repeal of the Glass Steagall Act were the work of DEMOCRAT BILL CLINTON.

Plus, Hillary was through New York raising money for 3 campaigns in 10 years.

Hardly the stuff of the democrats making any effort to properly regulate Wall Steet.

In addition, Bill Clinton loaded up Fannie Mac and Freddie Mac with democrats who had long-range terms - this was the epicenter of the MORTGAGE CRISIS.

To attempt to assess any blame for the economy without mentioning those KEY POINTS is just being deceptive -

Obama is running around trying to take credit for the economic recovery -

The economy will recover, just like the sun will rise tomorrow morning.


But running around at 2 am trying to get credit for the sunrise which will surely come is a little ridiculous, wouldn't you say?


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Posted by: Heatwave | June 29, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know that and will honor the boycott.

The two trolls need to retire to some place else to vent.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 29, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

So it's official now, this is a troll-only blog. At least it's out in the open where it was implicit before.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 29, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Democraps will replace their KKK supreme leader with another racist KKK member appointed by the WV Governor.

Posted by: NO-bama | June 29, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I think there's a dead blog under the dishwasher, that would explain the smell and all the flies buzzing around.

Phew.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 29, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

bobsanderson, the sane regulars here are boycotting to express displeasure over the 2 spammers. as you see, there is no one else left but them.

we hope this will convince CC to get his IT people to put in a moderation mode so we can block posters we don't want to read.

please honor the boycott.

Posted by: drindl | June 29, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Bob Sanderson


The democrats would probably be better off having the West Virginia Senate election this year.

The voters are not going to like the idea of an appointed guy getting the seat for two and a half years - while the special election is only for 5 weeks.

This situation is silly - and Byrd did die before the deadline.

The deadline has to mean something - because the democrats were playing games about when the vacancy was created - when they were notified -


News of Byrd's death was on every television and computer in the country yesterday, but somehow the democrats wanted to claim they were going to be "notified" until next week.

That is par for the course for the democrats - if they can't deceive anyone else, they AT LEAST TRY TO DECEIVE THEMSELVES.

The seat is vacant now - and the special election should be held this year.

Manchin is going to start looking like Coakley if he doesn't get out in front of this one.


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Posted by: Heatwave | June 29, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Am I following you?

37 I though you were banned from here?

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 29, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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Three times so far this week. I think it's trying to set the record number in a week.

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 29, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

bumblingberry,

Making sense requires more than being angry and having a rigid point of view (see 37).

You do know that America's performance is what it is because of a long series of policy decisions made in Washington and New York and over consumption decisions made on main street over the last decade or longer.

We are in the HANGOVER PHASE from uncontrolled deregulation and a blind belief in the market (even the libertarian Alan Greenspan has admitted as much). Your kicking America when it is down or blaming everything on the President is ludicrous even for you.

Think about it.

The expense to bolster the economy has only had the effect of putting more people back to work not less (the number of fireman, police and teacher retained by state/local governments will not show in the numbers as new hires). There is only a discussion on how many. Take a look at the annual job loss numbers before Obama took over for a referrence.

The deficit will impact us mainly in the future (and how we will not know strongly because the main determinant will be how strong the economy becomes and not even current spending will rule) so what you see today as the destruction of America is the hangover ameliorated by some federal spending and the recession working its way out.

Think about that when you are attacking your country as going to hell.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 29, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I like Jim Webb and it is good for our state to have two relatively "new" senators who have each had extensive experience elsewhere. This is almost Jim Webb's retirement job after full length careers in multiple fields. Even when I disagree with him, I respect him.

But do we know whether he actually plans to run again? He did not enjoy the 2006 campaign per his book.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | June 29, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Liberals, what a laugh:

Kos: "My Birther Poll Was Complete Bunk"


A while back, Markos Moulitsas the head headcase at DailyKos, commissioned a poll that purported to show that conservatives were a bunch of whackjobs. He is using the poll as the basis for his new book, American Taliban, the central thesis of which is that there is no difference between American conservatives and the fanatical inbred Taliban folk who blew up statues, crush gays under rocks, and deny women educations. This information was lapped up by progressive blogs and news outlets like the Washington Post.

Well, guess what? Moulitsas is now suing Research 2000, alleging that they, more or less, made up all the data they fed to him in polls.

I'm not holding my breath for a retraction

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 29, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Bob Sanderson


It is the democrats who blame American for everything.


Stop stealing our lines.


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Posted by: Heatwave | June 29, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Stop blaming America first and trying to see the very worst in everything we do!

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 29, 2010 3:09 PM |


On the contrary, I firmly beleive that Americans are now aware. It is the communist proletariet I blame for our troubles. the People were fooled by a fruad community activist with sugary speeches and no resume. Now the folly is clear. the people have learned. the community organizer, not so much.

In fact if there was anyone I would characterize as blaming America first, it is Obummer, who toured the world apologizing and denouncing American exceptionalism.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 29, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, hotflash, what have you been doing at that keyboard to get the caps lock key so sticky?

Posted by: mattintx | June 29, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely amazing how Kagan tries to stand on Harvard's "anti-discrimination" policy.


And she uses this to justify her position against gays in the military.

HOWEVER - when it comes to admissions, Harvard Law has a massive AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM - which is separate categories based on RACE - and DIFFERENT STANDARDS FOR EACH CATEGORY.


So, where does Kagan's "anti-discrimination" policy come in on ADMISSIONS ???

Seems like the liberals again are COMPLETELY DECEPTIVE AND DISHONEST - these words mean one thing when they want it to mean something, and a completely different thing in other areas. It really is a joke.


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Posted by: Heatwave | June 29, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"foul-mouthed, sophomoric, blinkered, ultrapartisan extremist"

No wonder you're obsessed, bumble.

Posted by: mattintx | June 29, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

drivl and Ped's hero:

When the avowed communist Van Jones — to whom Obama unaccountably funneled $60 billion of our money — was exposed as a paranoid lunatic and forced to operate from the sidelines for awhile, Weigel applied his impartial journalistic acumen to get to the root of the problem: conservative racism.

When Obama's "green jobs czar" Van Jones resigned after it was revealed he signed a 9/11 "truther" petition, alleging the government may have conspired to allow terrorists to kill 3,000 civilians, Weigel highlighted the alleged racism of Glenn Beck — Jones's top critic.

"One extra, obvious point — Beck's campaign against Jones was transparently racial … he treated his very white, very angry audience to video after video of Jones giving scorching speeches. At one point Beck just eschewed subtlety and played videos of Jones alongside videos of Jeremiah Wright while he remained on the screen mugging like Harpo Marx," Weigel said.

Real journalists who actually attempt to get at the truth instead of regurgitating liberal talking points earn Weigel's special ire:

In a thread with the subject line, "ACORN Ratf*cker arrested," Journolisters discussed how James O'Keefe, whose undercover reporting showed officials from activist group ACORN willing to help a fake prostitution ring skirt the law, had been arrested in another, failed operation at Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) office.
Weigel's response: "HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.
"Deep breath.
"HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHA.
"He's either going to get a radio talk show or start a prison ministry. That's was [sic] successful conservative ratf*ckers do for their second acts," Weigel wrote…
The term "ratf*cker" is a favorite of Weigel's. Let's hope this isn't liberal projection yet again; he could catch a nasty disease.

In short, David Weigel is a foul-mouthed, sophomoric, blinkered, ultrapartisan extremist. No doubt a Pulitzer prize waits in his future, despite his temporary setback at WaPo. By the way, Weigel used to write for Reason, emphasizing that despite its libertarian views, this publication is hardly a reliable friend of conservatives.


He'll fit right in with KraZY KeIth.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 29, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

bumblingberry

I have not seen anyone wishing America the very worst and celebrating negative news as much as you do since we had real enemies in WW2. Thankfully, they were all external and we were at war with them.

What is your excuse? Your intense hate is something I don't understand.

Stop blaming America first and trying to see the very worst in everything we do!

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 29, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

A loon joins the freak show. Perfect:

Team Weigel rejoice – it didn’t take Dave Weigel very long to land on his feet after he resigned last week from The Washington Post. Tonight at the end of Countdown, Keith Olbermann introduced new “MSNBC contributor” Dave Weigel. Olbermann teased an announcement regarding Weigel throughout the program, and when he finally introduced his guest around 8:55pmET, he said, “We are very proud to announce is, as of like, I don’t know, 20 minutes ago, an MSNBC contributor. Welcome Dave…and you thought last week was fun, wait until you see what this week holds for you.”

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 29, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Am I following you?

37 I though you were banned from here?

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 29, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Obummer recovery update:
A key measure of consumer confidence fell in June, reversing a three-month gain, as Americans remain nervous about the job market. The Conference Board, a New York-based research group, said its Consumer Confidence Index dropped to 52.9 in June from 62.7 in May. It was the lowest level since March, when the index stood at 52.3. (Snip) Economists pay close attention to measures of consumer confidence as a proxy for consumer spending, which drives the bulk of the U.S. economy. "Today's report on confidence provides little reason to expect a meaningful pickup in consumer spending

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 29, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

The Democrats should take their ill earned majorities and the Presidency and disband as a party. The future is really bleak and that doesn't factor in the Republican's internal polls , Nikki, Rand, Palin, Christie, Angle, Rubio and Huck!

If only they had an internal insurrection going on like the Tea Party and no party platform to defend so the Dems could just issue press releases to you.

Until then we can be confident the Republicans can return the country to fiscal responsibility. small government and international respect after 16 months of national disasters caused by the Democrats.

I am I following you?

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 29, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

There could still be Court case in West Virginia - the law seems to contradict itself - and the Courts could still put the election this year.

That would make this year even crazier than we think.

However, Manchin should be concerned not be perceived as manipulating the election law - having a special election for a 5 week term is silly - and the voters are not going to take happily to an appointed person getting two years while the voters choose the guy for 5 weeks.

This is what started Scott Brown off - the Massachusetts legislature was seen as changing the rules around to fit whatever they wanted - instead of letting the voters make the decision.

Manchin would be REALLY SMART to DEMAND that the voters make the decision THIS YEAR - and get on the side of the voters this year.

Instead, it is Manchin appointing the caretaker and he is involved in the bad stuff.

Manchin should run himself this year - and just go for it.

As for 2012, no one knows what the mood of the country will be - my feeling is that the Republicans will take control of the House this year.

That will launch a budget struggle next year - which which will be really tricky for Obama - who said he was SuperBipartisan Man.

If Obama thinks he is going to win a budget battle like Clinton beat out Newt last time around, he should think again.

Obama really did destroy himself insisting on the health care plan - and not trying to work with the Republicans from day one - that is going to hurt him when he is perceived by the country has being FINALLY FORCED to negotiate with the Republicans.

With Obama on the top of the ticket, 2012 will be a disaster for the democrats - and a complete waste of the donors' money.

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Posted by: Heatwave | June 29, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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