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Arkansas, Kentucky primaries will show power of party bases

Two primary races set for May 18 will tell us a lot about the political power centers in each party.

In Kentucky, ophthalmologist Rand Paul has a steady edge over Secretary of State Trey Grayson, according to informed observers of the race.

Paul, the eldest son of 2008 presidential candidate Ron Paul, has won the strong backing of Tea Party activists and other grassroots conservatives -- support that has fueled his fundraising and organization in advance of the primary vote.

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Grayson, on the other hand, has struggled to get out from under the toxic label of "establishment favorite" and, rather than run from that moniker, appears to be embracing it with the recent endorsement from former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Meanwhile in Arkansas, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's decision to challenge Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Democratic primary made him an instant celebrity among national liberal activists who believe that the incumbent has been insufficiently loyal to the party over the past several years.

Lincoln is fighting back -- portraying herself as someone who seeks to rise above the political news in Washington to get things done for the state.

The races in Kentucky and Arkansas are, essentially, fights for the heart and soul of each party. Wins by Paul and Halter would affirm the intensity and power of each parties' base and likely send incumbents who face primary challenges of their own scrambling to placate the more conservative/more liberal wings of their party. Victories by Lincoln and Grayson, on the other hand, would suggest that there is more smoke than fire when it comes to the power of the base in the party.

The Kentucky and Arkansas contests are just two of the great primaries on the docket as winter turns to spring and spring turns to summer on the political calendar. Our list of the ten best intraparty squabbles are below.

Have suggestions of your own? Offer them in the comments section below.

Coming off the Line: Texas Governor (Republican), New York Senate (Democratic), California Senate (Republican)

Coming onto the Line: Arkansas Senate (Democratic), Kentucky Senate (Democratic), Utah Senate (Republican)

To. The. Line!

10. New Hampshire Senate (Republican primary, Sept. 14): Former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte should win this primary. She is attractive, pragmatic and enjoys the support of not only retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R) but also much of the party establishment in Washington. But wealthy businessman Bill Binnie has already put more than $1 million of his own money into the race and is making the case that it's time to let a successful businessman try his hand at the Senate. The x-factor is 1996 gubernatorial nominee Ovide Lamontagne; most political people in the state don't believe he can win but he has a following in conservative circles and could pull enough votes to have a hand in determining the winner. (Previous ranking: 6)

9. South Carolina Governor (R, June 8): Former Gov. Mitt Romney's (Mass.) endorsement of state Rep. Nikki Haley's campaign served as a reminder of the stakes in the Palmetto State primary. (Romney is the second potential 2012 candidate to wade into the race as former Gov. Mike Huckabee has already endorsed Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.) The race is seem by most sharp operatives as a jump ball with any of the three of Haley, Rep. Gresham Barrett or state Attorney General Henry McMaster claiming the most votes on June 8. A June 22 runoff is likely. (Previous ranking: 8)

8. Kentucky Senate (D, May 18): The race between Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo and state Attorney General Jack Conway has been overshadowed by the Republican primary but this is a fascinating contest in its own right. Mongiardo has a lead in the polls but Conway has a fundraising edge that could help tighten things up in the last weeks of the primary. The two have been feuding over health care --each trying to express enough support for the legislation to win over liberal primary voters without making themselves persona non grata to the more conservative general election audience. (Previous ranking: N/A)

7. Arizona Senate (R, Aug. 24): It's still tough to tell how large a threat former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R) is to Sen. John McCain. But if you judge the competitiveness of the race by how aggressive McCain has been, then it's a barn burner. McCain is stumping in the state with former Alaska Governor -- and conservative icon -- Sarah Palin today and tomorrow and he has regularly attacked Hayworth on his record during his time in Congress. Hayworth will benefit from the fact that there are a group of Republicans who will never vote for McCain but unless he can build his appeal outwards it's hard to see how that adds up to 50 percent. (Previous ranking: 9)

6. Utah Senate (R, May 8 convention): Sen. Bob Bennett (R) appears to be in deep trouble heading into the state Republican convention in May. At the district caucuses, which elect the people who attend the statewide convention, there appeared to be widespread dissatisfaction with Bennett. The incumbent's best hope is that he can keep any opponent from breaking 60 percent at the convention and force a primary, which, with its larger and more ideologically diverse electorate, gives him a better chance at winning. The Club for Growth has already been on television in the state urging Republicans to oust Bennett due to his vote in favor of TARP and his work as a member of the Appropriations Committee. (Previous ranking: N/A)

5. Nevada Senate (R, June 8): If you need to know how much symbolic import conservatives put on ousting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) this fall, look no further than tomorrow's planned Tea Party rally in his hometown of Searchlight, Nevada. The Republican race is very mixed bag with polling suggesting its a two-way race between former state Rep. Sue Lowden and businessman Danny Tarkanian although free-spending financier John Chachas could be a darkhorse if he continues to spend freely from his own pocket. Despite the lackluster field, whoever emerges from the Republican primary will be an even money (or better) bet to beat Reid. (Previous ranking: 4)

4. Pennsylvania Senate (D, May 18): Amazingly, this race remains decidedly disengaged despite the fact that both Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak have demonstrated a willingness in the past to throw political body blows when the situation has called for it. Polling suggests that Specter maintains a solid double digit lead, a fact that puts the onus on Sestak to start making up ground -- and fast. Our guess is that this race will begin sometime very soon -- probably with a negative ad or two -- and immediately go nuclear as both men seem to be waiting for the other to make a move. (Previous ranking: 3)

3. Kentucky Senate (R, May 18): If Rand Paul wins this primary it will be cast as a victory for the Tea Party movement over the Republican establishment -- a narrative that will prove too appealing for the national news media to resist. Grayson is acting like the underdog at the moment -- running ads that raise questions about Paul's commitment on national security issues in hopes of raising doubts about his opponent in the minds of primary voters. To make up ground, Grayson is going to have to continue the assault on Paul's past public statements, a strategy that, even if it's successful, could hamper his ability to unite the party around him in the fall. (Previous ranking: 7)

2. Arkansas Senate (D, May 18): Halter's candidacy further complicates Lincoln's path to re-election. Although he started off at a significant financial deficit, Halter appears to have more than enough money to run a credible campaign thanks to donations from the liberal online community and the strong support of the labor movement. Lincoln, long dormant in terms of her campaign, appears to have woken up -- running several effective ads in the early part of the primary fight. Liberals are casting this race as a re-run of Ned Lamont's victory over Sen. Joe Lieberman in the 2006 Connecticut Democratic primary. Lincoln better hope for a different result. (Previous ranking: N/A)

1. Florida Senate (R, Aug. 24): Gov. Charlie Crist began what is likely to be a sustained attack on former state House Speaker Marco Rubio this week with a tough television ad that seeks to shatter the "Rubio as conservative hero" image. To win, Crist has to use his financial edge to drive that message home relentlessly. The question for Crist is whether the die is already cast; a new Mason-Dixon poll shows Rubio leading 48 percent to 37 percent among likely Republican voters.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 26, 2010; 1:08 PM ET
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Comments

scrivener50, your "comment" appears to be naked self-promotion, not a comment.

Spam belongs in your mouth -- not on our computer screens.

This is an informative article, nuanced in its analysis. The election -- and the "Silly Season" leading up to it -- should prove even more interesting as time rolls on than it already has.

Posted by: MekhongKurt1 | March 30, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I have a home in Arkansas and you are saying the race will be between Lincoln and this liberal Democrat that we should watch for a clue as to how the November elections will turn out?. I could flatly tell you right now that will not matter. What ever Democrat runs they are going to get creamed. People are so steamed about their Democratic Senators Lincoln and Pryor who betrayed them with this pathetic massive expensive invasive health care takeover no one wants. We are voting Republican and from the my little sphere of influence, we are not alone.

Posted by: greatgran1 | March 26, 2010 7:51 PM
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This is the sort of thing that makes me embarrassed of my home state sometimes.

As greatgran notes, the Lincoln seat will most likely be taken over by a Republican---at this stage, most likely Rep. John Boozman, who is, quite frankly, simply not qualified; he is in Washington solely to pick up a paycheck. In over 9 years in the House, he has authored exactly THREE bills, all of which were to "name" post offices in his district--not exactly the stuff of MENSA there.

As bad as sitting there like a bump on a log is in the House, there simply isn't room for it in the 100 member body of the Senate. Yet the citizens of my home state will undoubtedly send someone like Boozman to the Senate this November, about 99.9% of them casting their votes without having much if any clue as to what the health care bill actually says--including "greatgran".

Posted by: pcpatterson | March 29, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Halter of Arkansas may be seen by some as a representative of the party faithful, but not in his home state. Halter is selling himself as a conservative reformer, not one who reflects the NDC in any way. Halter's win in the primary might then indicate a weakening of the Arkansas party's base and dissatisfaction with the national party.

With very few exceptions, national Dems have had little influence on AR elections. Arkansas has bucked the Southern trend and remainded in the Dem column because the party here has always promoted a moderate stance and fiscal conservatism while maintaining a "practical" affinity with the national party. Remember that Mr. Obama lost AR about 2 to 1.

Posted by: mrdooley | March 29, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

re: News Item -- Politically Re-Charged Obama Pep Talks Afghan Troops

MEMO TO POTUS: How about using your revived political capital to constrain a rogue federal bureaucracy that is using you as a front man for ongoing Bush-Cheney legacy programs of personal destruction and foreign endless-war adventurism?

HOMELAND-RUN 'FUSION CENTERS' SILENTLY ASSAULT, TORTURE, IMPAIR, SUBJUGATE U.S. CITIZENS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE/RF WEAPON SYSTEM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE, 'COMMUNITY WATCH' VIGILANTE DOMESTIC TERRORISM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

===== POLITICAL LEADERS MAY BE AMONG TARGETS =====

* Regional Homeland Security- administered "fusion centers" reportedly serve as command centers for covert electromagnetic radiation attacks, pervasive surveillance, financial sabotage of those identified as "dissidents," "trouble-makers" or slandered as threats to society.

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

BUCKS COUNTY, PA- BASED MAGLOCLEN FUSION CENTER -- "Centcom of a Mid-Atlantic States Fed- and Police-Protected American Gestapo."

WHEN WILL OBAMA GET A GRIP ON A ROGUE BUREAUCRACY?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 28, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm still working on the meaning of IS.

Posted by: JakeD3 | March 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 27, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Literalism AGAIN?

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

If anyone else needs the definition(s) of "always", "losing", or "facts", let me know.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

... with fewer people than a small city.

Cling hard to it, Jake, cling hard.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

"yeah Palin was elected governor of a state ..."

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is always on the losing side" -- the world of actual facts

Wonder what demographic she thinks she's bringing on board with the S&M outfit? Don't think that the conservative teenagers and octogenarians who comprise her base are going to go for that in a very big way.

Does it turn you on, Jake? Think she's, like, wild in bed?

Maybe the lower part of the leather outfit has contractile fibers to help pinch out babies.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is always on the losing side" -- the world of actual facts

Wonder what demographic she thinks she's bringing on board with the S&M outfit? Don't think that the conservative teenagers and octogenarians who comprise her base are going to go for that in a very big way.

Does it turn you on, Jake? Think she's, like, wild in bed?

Maybe the lower part of the leather outfit has contractile fibers to help inch out babies.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

So, if anyone still thinks that "Palin is always on the losing side" let me know.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

"I bet this one never gets off the ground -- it's all talk. Posted by: drindl "

It IS all talk, and absolutely no thought, so it will soar over, under, around and through the R-s and T-s just like the smoke in those Chesterfield(?) commercials. And it will be just as toxic over time.

But what HAVE R's to run on. The economy? They are after each other already over the bailout, can"t agree on who would do the least to end the Bush recession by doing the least to end the bush recession, and in general parody themselves as they try to find a handle on Obama.

AND, since 2010 is to be the year they run against Obama, they may find that their actual opponents get to run on their own strengths, AND Obama's strengths because the R's keep pointing them out. Minumum D's gain four seats in the Senate and double digits in the House. Portman tries to run against Obama, and discovers that Fisher gets to run against Bush, and the Obama V Bush campaign is murder on R hopes and prayers. Big question is, does ANYONE run in the eighth against Boehner?

Posted by: ceflynline | March 26, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

"Grayson, on the other hand, has struggled to get out from under the toxic label of "establishment favorite" and, rather than run from that moniker, appears to be embracing it with the recent endorsement from former Vice President Dick Cheney."

So, either seek endorsement of T-People or of Darth Vader.

And that's the best he can do?

When it is over, and Rand Paul, Trey Grayson, and some democrat to be named later go at it in October, bet on the Democrat, because Grayson and Paul will be the Gingham Dog and the Calico cat.

Posted by: ceflynline | March 26, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

yeah Palin was elected governor of a state with fewer people than a small city, and an average IQ of about 85. A state loaded with transplanted social conservatives who moved there for work from Oklahoma and forgot to move back.

She may be Queen of Trailer Nation but almost 80% of Americans regard her as unqualified for the presidency, so you can put that prediction back up your poop hole where you found it.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I have a home in Arkansas and you are saying the race will be between Lincoln and this liberal Democrat that we should watch for a clue as to how the November elections will turn out?. I could flatly tell you right now that will not matter. What ever Democrat runs they are going to get creamed. People are so steamed about their Democratic Senators Lincoln and Pryor who betrayed them with this pathetic massive expensive invasive health care takeover no one wants. We are voting Republican and from the my little sphere of influence, we are not alone.

Posted by: greatgran1 | March 26, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

For the record, Palin is not "always" on the losing side. She was, in fact, elected as Governor of Akaska. What I have said is IF she runs for President, she will win (Obama is currently polling 47-47 with ANY generic GOP opponent). As for ARKANSAS (if anyone else does not understand the Cook PVI ratings, let me know), the GOP candidate would probably win anyway. Given how popular Palin is in that District, the Republican will win with a landslide.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

37th, are you thinking KKK costumes?

If you are, you completely missed my joke.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 26, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure which one (or all?) Gov. Palin is endorsing at this point, or maybe she's waiting until the primary is held. With her help, however, there's no doubt that the Republican will win this seat.

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(*guffaw*)

you're a riot, Jake. Palin is always on the losing side. "There's no doubt the goob will win." Yeah, just like there's no doubt Palin will run against Obama and win in 2012. You live in a fantasy world.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic:

Arkansas' 2nd District (Cook PVI R+5) has at least three GOP candidates running for the nomination. Tim Griffin seems to be the front-runner, but there's also David Meeks or Scott Wallace. I just made a donation here:

http://www.timgriffinforcongress.com/

I'm not sure which one (or all?) Gov. Palin is endorsing at this point, or maybe she's waiting until the primary is held. With her help, however, there's no doubt that the Republican will win this seat.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I know I don't,
taunting is a bad habit.
I'll try to do better,
tomorrow.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

who cares, shrink?

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Stupak says painting the Mackinac bridge had nothing to do with his decision to kill babies.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/26/AR2010032602921.html?hpid=topnews

We'll see whether Republicans agree.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to know how Ronald Reagan got to be an Alpha Kappa Psi brother. Don't you have to have business training, or a business career to know anything about business?

I'll guess. Was it Reagan and Michael Deaver's corrupt deals with Central American dictators?

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

leichman, it's like dealing with a room full of bleating toddlers -- but I guess thatth's what frat houses are like.

I went to a frat party at Georgetown once when I was in college. The guys were uniformly disgusting and my friend and I left after half an hour.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

did I mention that the DOW has been up over 200 points since HC was passed last Sunday. The GOP Predictions: When HC passes the sky will fall and there will be armageddon. Facts are a stubborn thing.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 26, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

at&t UP 3.12% to 27.47 today. Poor job killing HC it is driving these companies out of business.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 26, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1


3500 companies are losing the same thing as ATT.


You can call it whatever you want.

When a company has less money - it can hire less people. When a company has more money - it can hire more people.

It's pretty simple - but for some reason you are trying to deceive people with some nonsense.

THE OTHER LIKELY effect of this move is Medicare costs getting driven UP for the Federal Government - adding to the deficit and ADDING TO THE MASSIVE COSTS OF THIS HEALTH CARE PLAN.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 26, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The team at 37 & 0's only real gift is repetition. I bet t hey have the most boring frat parties on campus and that they hurl more than the rest of the school combined.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Mark Zandi and other respected economic anyalysts are predicting monthly job growth of up to 200,000 in March-April reports.
Lets see when Obama was sworn in Jan 2009 and debate on HC began, we were losing 800,000 jobs per month. Sounds like a million jobs per month turn around in the ADP since Obama was sworn in. You can spam this site all you want with your all cap incorrect claims on job growth, but facts are a stubborn thing that will trump your spamming.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 26, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Shrink2


The bottom line is the health care program is a DRAG ON HIRING - IT IS A JOBS KILLER.

Why would ATT hire more people when they have a billion dollars less now - as compared to a minute before Stupak's sellout?


THIS HEALTH CARE PLAN IS A DRAG ON THE ECONOMY.

Hoover had his Smoot-Hawley Tariff - which was the wrong policy and hurt the economy.

Obama has his health care plan - which HURTS THE ECONOMY - what do you expect from someone who has no economic or business experience, except for buying cocaine ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 26, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

shrink notes
"Today AT&T and 3M are assigning large charges to health "reform"."

Indeed. They are losing a tax writeoff.

While Repubs claim to hate welfare and admire accountability, they loooove their corporate welfare.

And, of course, people like the team at 37th & O argue that this tax change amounts to an increase in the cost of labor, when it actually reflects a change to tax policy that only impacts profits - which are what's left after labor & other costs of doing business.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 26, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Today AT&T and 3M are assigning large charges to health "reform". Obviously, the Republicans will declare all health care cost increases from now on to be Barak Obama's fault. Still the DOW went up over a hundred points again this week. It looks like investors are betting this country can afford its health care costs.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse


DDAWD


It was your comment at 3:14

Like you don't know.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 26, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Although the thing to remember is that this earmark stuff is more of a principle thing than a real issue. $50 million is what the custodial staff vacuums up when cleaning between Congressional couch cushions.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 26, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., is actually the second-biggest earmarker, according to the list, with 64 earmarks worth $114 million. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is a few notches down, with 65 earmarks worth $76 million. "

"Top 20 Earmarking Senators"
Also voting for the bill were Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., who has $86 million in earmarks; Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who has $74 million;"

Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran led his colleagues by raking in more than $470 million in 204 earmarks. Mississippi's junior Republican, Roger Wicker, pulled in more than $390 million. The totals can't be added together because the figure includes earmarks each received solo and with others, so the same earmark could be in both senators' column. Cochran, on his own, pulled in roughly $76 million and Wicker brought home $4 million.

Cochran's $76 million ranks him sixth among solo earmarkers. (Earmarks can be requested individually, with other members of Congress or along with the president"

looks like a lot of southern GOP swine. Its bipartisan. Anyone who ignores that reality simply does not know what they are talking about.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 26, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Because of Georgetown's Jesuit provenance, it can't openly support the Greek lifestyle.

But it has a chapter of the business frat, Alpha Kappa Psi. AKPsi Alumni include: Malcolm Forbes, Jr., Sam Walton, Lee Iacocca, J.E. Davis (founder of Winn-Dixie), J.C. Penney, Richard M. Nixon and that outstanding businessman Ronald Reagan.

It is a little disturbing the Georgetown Chapter's website includes this as one of the benefits of membership: Interview Skills Workshop with Lehman Brothers

Anyway, it is just idle speculation, but I wonder...

Could the hard working volunteers at the 37thandO project confirm or deny any knowledge of Alpha Kappa Psi brotherhood?

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

He drindl, don't worry about it. Aside from your post, there is no indication in any thread today that anyone reads any of zouk's posts. We all know all his monikers and we just PgUp when we see one of them because there's never any content.

Reading zouk is like driving by a burning car. One might look for a moment but nobody stops.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

For the lurkers, my wife and I will be headed to Searchlight tomorrow, and I will post live updates

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yeah like you posted pics from Gates' front yard Cambridge. Guess there're no torture-towers there either?

Love the adoring "Gov." Palin. Only someone infatuated with that dumb bag would still use her title after she disgraced it by resigning.

Now she's unemployed. Resignee Palin.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Full stooge contingent present and accounted for.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

No GOP (except Shelby, I guess) requesting ANY earmarks.

Gov. Palin speaking now.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

37TH

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WUT??

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Posted by: DDAWD | March 26, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Why does the Washington Post allow this poster to call a regular commentator here a pedophile every single day? Don't you have ANY rules?

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There is only one rule here:

"The Fix is a safe haven for bigots. Anyone who makes racists and homophobes even a little uncomfortable will be banned."

Look who CC has banned, and why. And look who gets carte blanche.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 26, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 26, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

isn't it cute how the head stooge stands up for her minions?

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah and $15 million to repaint the Mackinac Bridge seems cheap, that thing is huuuuge.

Seems to me, earmarks are only "pork" if the taxpayers are getting hosed.

At a 10 story building in which we have own a condo in Portland, we are putting in new windows and siding for 2 million.

No, the Stupak Crew didn't save the health care bill for this.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

shrink2:

It is hard to imagine, but Baby-Killer Stupak did just that (for comparison's sake, the GOP is not requesting ANY earmarks).

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Chris Cilizza --


"Two stooges present. where's Ped?
Posted by: Zouk_is_King |"


Why does the Washington Post allow this poster to call a regular commentator here a pedophile every single day? Don't you have ANY rules?

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD


Everyone is sick of the FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM - we all know you have taken your cues from Obama -


But can you restrain yourself ???

You have to be called out for inflammatory and false statements.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 26, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Tucson (darn Spellchecker ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

There are no "sheets with holes" at the Palin-McCain Tuscon Rally (on CNN right now).

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

For the lurkers, my wife and I will be headed to Searchlight tomorrow, and I will post live updates (assuming there's cell phone coverage ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"Could you guys contribute a sentence or two -- or more, about what would constitute a 'conservative Woodstock'? it begs for commentary."

Tobacco, Conway Twitty, and a LOT of plastic sheets with holes.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 26, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

make that three stooges

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

"If we don't see a compendium of all earmark requests for comparison, this is meaningless.

Posted by: shrink2"

And part of it is what the money is being used for. Earmarking money to build a Federal Courthouse doesn't strike me as particularly unwarranted.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 26, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Two stooges present. where's Ped?

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

interesting that Rs would whine about this since excluding pre existing conditions was completely avoided in their so called alternative, for children, adults now or any time in the future b/c it was not really a bfd.

"However, if a child is accepted for coverage, or is already covered, the insurer cannot exclude payment for treating a particular illness, as sometimes happens now. For example, if a child has asthma, the insurance company cannot write a policy that excludes that condition from coverage. The new safeguard will be in place later this year"

"Late Tuesday, the administration said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would try to resolve the situation by issuing new regulations. The Obama administration interprets the law to mean that kids can't be denied coverage, as the president has said repeatedly.

"To ensure that there is no ambiguity on this point, the secretary of HHS is preparing to issue regulations next month making it clear that the term 'pre-existing exclusion' applies to both a child's access to a plan and his or her benefits once he or she is in the plan for all plans newly sold in this country six months from today," HHS spokesman Nick Papas said."

"Parents whose kids are turned down by an insurer would still have a fallback under the law, even without Sebelius' fix. They could seek coverage through state high-risk insurance pools slated for a major infusion of federal funds"

"The high-risk pools are intended to serve as a backstop until 2014, when insurers no longer would be able to deny coverage to those in frail health. That same year, new insurance markets would open for business, and the government would begin to provide tax credits to help millions of Americans pay premiums"

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 26, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"Okay, a new Fix contest!

"Tea Party activists are kicking off a grand national tour this weekend with an event targeting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in his small home town of Searchlight, Nevada -- an event that Tea Party Express describes as a "conservative Woodstock."

Could you guys contribute a sentence or two -- or more, about what would constitute a 'conservative Woodstock'? it begs for commentary.

C'mon guys, you got it in you, I know it."

drindl, some rightwingnut already referred to that recent rightwingnut conference in Washington as a conservative Woodstock.

These slackjawed droolers just don't get it. And of course these are the same people who mocked Hillary Clinton for trying to get funds for a Woodstock Museum.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 26, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"Bondosan:

Of course you do. I still refer to PRESIDENT Clinton even though he was impeached. Did you no longer refer to Nixon as "President"?

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse"

Actually, joke, you don't get it once you leave office, even if you don't quit like Palin did. When an office has only one holder, like Governor or President, only the current occupant is properly called that.

So, you can go with former Gov. Palin, but I prefer Loser Palin or Quitter Palin.

What you call Clinton is irrelevant -- and you're wrong on that too.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 26, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Okay, a new Fix contest!

"Tea Party activists are kicking off a grand national tour this weekend with an event targeting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in his small home town of Searchlight, Nevada -- an event that Tea Party Express describes as a "conservative Woodstock."

Could you guys contribute a sentence or two -- or more, about what would constitute a 'conservative Woodstock'? it begs for commentary.

C'mon guys, you got it in you, I know it.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

ATT just stated that Obama is going to cost them ONE BILLION DOLLARS - I suppose in additional health care benefits.

OBAMA IS DESTROYING JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY.

HOW CAN ATT HIRE ADDITIONAL PEOPLE WHEN ATT NOW HAS ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL HEALTH CARE COSTS ????


THIS BILL IS OBAMA'S SMOOT-HAWLEY - GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION AT THE WRONG TIME.


Obama's health care program is the EXACT OPPOSITE FROM WHAT THE ECONOMY NEEDS TO RECOVER.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 26, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

It is hard to imagine a Right to Life guy would sell the lives of unborn children for this:

"Stupak requested more than $578 million in earmarks, including $125 million for a replacement lock on the Sault Ste. Marie, $25.6 million to build a federal courthouse in Marquette, Mich., $15 million to repaint the Mackinac Bridge and $800,000 to preserve the Quincy Mining Company smelter near Hancock in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula."

from the Sunlight Foundation piece

If we don't see a compendium of all earmark requests for comparison, this is meaningless.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"a BUNCH OF LEMMINGS IN A TOYOTA."

while i would characterize the Rs rather than the Ds this way, you made me laugh. you must be the funny guy in the frat house.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

More lies every day:
In Iowa, President Obama repeated the myth that his bill forces insurers to cover children with pre-existing conditions:

Starting this year, tens of thousands of uninsured Americans with a preexisting condition and parents whose children have a preexisting condition will finally be able to purchase the coverage they need. (Applause.)

Did he read his own bill? Did he read any of the subsequent coverage? Apparently due to Democrats’ failure to read their own bill, ObamaCare does not require coverage of children with pre-existing conditions until 2014, despite their talking-points to the contrary in the run-up to its passage.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

More enabling of violence -- the logic is, if Rs don't like the way Ds do things, they are justified in committing terrorist acts:


"Since Congress’s health care debate, lawmakers have recieved countless death threats, had their buildings vandalized, have had white powder mailed to their offices, and have had to get police protection. One tea party blogger has even warned that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) life is in danger and that there may be a “thousand little Waco’s.”

Yesterday, former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) spoke alongside Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-GA) at a press conference in Atlanta organized to air Republican opposition to the health care bill that just passed. At one point, Gingrich was asked about the death threats and vandalism lawmakers who supported the bill have been recieving. After condemning the various threats and violent acts, Gingrich went on to explain that the Democratic leadership “has to take some moral responsibility” for encouraging death threats and terrorism because of the way they conducted the health care debate:"

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how either party base is doing their parties any good - they are pulling their candidates and office holders to the extremes - and thus risking defeat in the general election.


Obama and the far left of the democratic party has just led the party off a cliff - and turned the party into a BUNCH OF LEMMINGS IN A TOYOTA.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 26, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

this is what liberals stand for:

President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget will generate nearly $10 trillion in cumulative budget deficits over the next 10 years, $1.2 trillion more than the administration projected, and raise the federal debt to 90 percent of the nation's economic output by 2020, the Congressional Budget Office reported Thursday

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

actually Senator Shelby is the worst abuser of earmarks(which party is he?), and he recently placed a hold on appointment of dozens of federal judges until pork was delivered to his state. To suggest that ear mark abuse is anything other than bipartisan abuse is simply naive.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 26, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Bob Bennet isn't a bad senator and I don't know why the republican pure-breeds want to take him out. If they nominate some nut-case they might open up the way for conservative Democrat to win (thats the only type of Democrat in Utah BTW). These folks would vote against Orin Hatch cause he was friends with Ted Kennedy.

Posted by: AndyR3 | March 26, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Mark, I agree with you to some degree about Lincoln, but if it looks like she and Hatter would run about the same against the R, it is worth doing, because he would be a cut above her.

From the last post, something interesting:

"The endorsements are organized under the umbrella of Romney's "Prescription for Repeal" -- a campaign by which he will back Republicans who want to "repeal the worst aspects of ObamaCare and restore common sense principles to health care," according to a release announcing the Missouri endorsements."

Does anyone have any idea what those 'worst aspects' would be?
Coverage for college age children? Preventing recission? Prohibiting exclusion for pre-existing conditions?

This sounds like a real boon for Democrats. Because the more Rs stop painting the bill with a broad brush and start talking about wht it actually is, the better people will like it.

And what 'common-sense principles' is he talking about? Bringing back the ability of insurers to charge you anything they feel like and then dump you anytime they want?

I bet this one never gets off the ground -- it's all talk.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

It is ridiculous to me that the Michigan Republican primary is not on the line of top 10. It's a great 3 way contest pitting Attorney General Mike Cox, US Rep. Pete Hoeksta and businessman Rick Snyder. Snyder began the race as a huge underdog, but has put together a great campaign organtization, has about unlimited resources from his own pocket, has big support from the business community and some very high profiled endorsements (notably: the Ford family.) Back in December, Snyder was at around 3% and Hoekstra and Cox was leading with Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard in a distant 3rd. Now, Bouchard is down to about 10% while Cox & Hoekstra are tied with 21%-21% and Snyder is now up to 20%. With his business ties, his personal money and ability to raise money he has leveled the field. I have predicted, around January, that Snyder will win the R nomination and this primary will be a dandy until the end as Hoekstra and Cox will fight until the end. Bouchard is a defeated candidate for US Senate in 2006 against Sen. Stebenow, he's not winning this primary. Pete Hoekstra is a congressman in a bad year to be in DC, so his chances are slimmed way down by that. Cox has won statewide, is well liked, has alot of law enforcement behind him and has the ability to raise a good amount of money. This is a very dynamic primary that should be on the line in my view. Crist vs. Rubio is definately the number 1 primary in the nation. The Republican primary in Kentucky is also very interesting, an anti-establishment conservative in Paul is the favorite against a typical Republican politician in Trey Grayson. This should also be one down to the wire.

Posted by: reason5 | March 26, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The TEA people are fizzling out in a shower of sparks. I agree with Zouk,

"no serious person has offered excuses or rationalized the actions of the smattering of loons"

Of course, there are people who have offered excuses and rationalizations for these loons, even elected officials, but they are destroying themselves by doing so.

These days I am rereading The Road to Disunion (William Freehling, Oxford 1990).
It is a terrible story, years of political behavior that make todays' seem ordinary, though not admirable of course. We are not falling apart, we are going through tough times.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Votes for sale - liberalism on display:

The Sunlight Foundation comes through with a dagger of a story: A day after Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and ten other House members compromised on their pro-life position to deliver the necessary yes-votes to pass health care reform, the “Stupak 11″ released their fiscal year 2011 earmark requests, which total more than $4.7 billion–an average of $429 million worth of earmark requests for each lawmaker.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

http://dailycaller.com/2010/03/26/happy-70th-birthday-nancy-pelosi/

It seems vampires that live off the life's blood of liberty don't age.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

What a gift that must be for the Dem in Kentucky. Both Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney visit to endorse the Repulican, two individuals who are about as popular with the general population as herpes and root canal.

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

"Indeed. the slow stooge consults the mirror and finds a dimwit.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King"

the King of Projection is back.

Hey shutterbug, how's Dawka and Monicka and Chrystal?

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Bondosan:

Of course you do. I still refer to PRESIDENT Clinton even though he was impeached. Did you no longer refer to Nixon as "President"?

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

That might be completely backward thinking, but that's my thinking.

Posted by: DDAWD


Indeed. the slow stooge consults the mirror and finds a dimwit.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Who is this "Gov. Palin" joked keeps mentioning? There is no such person, so why would his or her endorsement matter?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 26, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

"Gov. Palin"?

Do you still get the honorific if you quit?

Posted by: Bondosan | March 26, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if there are any states in which state workers are not members of labor union(s)? I have been Googling state by state and have not found one yet, but it is getting boring so I thought I'd ask.

For Democrats, public employee unions are a good thing (they give tax payer money, a cut of their wages, back to "management") and a bad thing.


Posted by: shrink2 | March 26, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

"Why do liberal Ds think contributing to Halter is good for their party? Because he is ideologically pure? I assume so. My guess is that Lincoln will beat him, no matter what. If he wounds her, my guess is that her tough race becomes impossible.

Posted by: mark_in_austin "

Me personally, I'm a little more ok with it than I normally would be since Lincoln is in such trouble. If she is going to lose anyways, why not primary her out? I would have been mad if someone had primaried someone like Landrieu in 2008 since she was the heavy favorite to win.

That might be completely backward thinking, but that's my thinking.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 26, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

What is as transparent as it is distateful if your attempt to downplay the very real violence and the atmosphere of threat and intimidation that is happening across the country.

Why an 'open carry' rally near DC on the anniversary of Timothy McVeigh's bombing in Oklahoma City? You don't think that's meant to intimidate?

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

target, with rifle scope cross hairs. Get it. why the use of rifle scope cross hairs?

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 26, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The mob is furious. And while it hollers on about "killing" bills, Republicans stoke the fury by calling on citizens to "target" races in "battleground" states. Get it? "Target." The violent intentions are palpable. Most Americans abhor violence and no serious person has offered excuses or rationalized the actions of the smattering of loons who have threatened politicians who voted for health care reform. But this campaign of distraction mounted by Democrats meaning to smear millions of Americans involved in legitimate political expression is as transparent as it is distasteful.

Posted by: Zouk_is_King | March 26, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Arkansas Ds likely recognize that they will lose Lincoln's seat regardless and want to lose with their heads held high. I don t agree with that strategy as Lincoln is a conservative and likely better represents that conservative state. There is no need for D to act like R purists; we see the direction that attitude has taken the GOP and I for one don't want my party to try and replicate that failed political strategy.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 26, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"Richmond police spokesman James Mercante said Friday that the bullet that hit U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor's campaign office in downtown Richmond early Tuesday was random, Virginia Politics reports"

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 26, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Why do liberal Ds think contributing to Halter is good for their party? Because he is ideologically pure? I assume so. My guess is that Lincoln will beat him, no matter what. If he wounds her, my guess is that her tough race becomes impossible.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 26, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin endorsed Paul and will be campaigning in Arkansas too.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 26, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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