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Winners and Losers: South Carolina, North Carolina Utah primaries/runoffs

The primaries and runoff Tuesday night provided few major surprises -- state Rep. Nikki Haley cruised to the Republican gubernatorial nomination, South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis (R) lost and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall emerged as the Democratic Senate nominee -- but voters still produced their fair share of winners and losers.

As always at the Fix, we like to go beyond the obvious to bring you, dear reader, the inside dope -- the things that the chattering class are talking about in the wake of yesterday's primaries and runoffs.

Without further ado, our winners and losers from the night that was are below. Have some of your own? The comments section awaits.

WINNERS

Club for Growth: Has any outside group had a better election cycle than the Club? On Tuesday, South Carolina state Reps. Tim Scott (in the 1st district) and Jeff Duncan (in the 3rd) -- both of whom the Club bundled tens of thousands for -- won contested Republicans runoffs. Those victories prove, yet again, that the Club's support -- in the form of bundled donations and spending on ads and direct mail -- matters in a real way in contested Republican primaries. "Welcome to Generation Club," said Chris Chocola, the group's president, in a release this morning touting its successes.

Mitt Romney: The former Massachusetts governor smartly waded into the South Carolina governor's race on Haley's behalf several months ago and used his state political action committee to funnel $42,000 to her campaign. Romney's endorsement made logical sense -- Haley had backed him during his 2008 presidential primary race in South Carolina -- and gave him a foothold in a state he needs to win in 2012 in order to be the nominee. Romney didn't get a totally clean 2012 win as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also endorsed Haley during the primary. But, the Haley endorsement is another example of the political savvy of Romney and his team as 2012 approaches.

Michael Steele: The victories of Haley, who is Indian American, and Scott, who is black, represent major building blocks in Republicans' efforts to add diversity to the party and, in so doing, expand the possible voter pool heading into 2012. While there is real debate within the GOP about how much credit Steele, the first African American chairman of the Republican National Committee, deserves for the GOP's newfound diversity -- lots of insiders credit former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman for his aggressive outreach to minority candidates and communities -- it's likely that he will get the lion's share of kudos for the elevation of new faces like Haley and Scott.

Thomas Mills: Marshall's lead consultant in North Carolina, Mills insisted that Washington -- and the Fix! -- was fundamentally misreading the race and that his candidate was going to win the primary and runoff easily. He was right. But, can he make Marshall into a viable general election candidate against Sen. Richard Burr (R)?.

Fritz Hollings: The former South Carolina Democratic Senator ran against Inglis in a very nasty 1998 Senate race in which he referred to the Republican as, among other things, a "goddamn skunk" and a "rascal". Inglis' crushing loss for re-nomination had to bring a smile to Hollings' face.

LOSERS

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: Sensing opportunity against Sen. Richard Burr (R), the DSCC recruited former state Sen. Cal Cunningham into the race and channeled nearly $200,000 in coordinated cash to him during the primary. That Cunningham lost as badly as he did -- 60 percent to 40 percent -- suggests that Marshall was a tougher candidate to beat than national Democrats assumed. Cunningham also was not nearly the candidate(or fundraiser) that many at the national level expected him to be. The problem for Democrats now? They now have to sell a candidate in Marshall that political insiders know they didn't believe was their best choice this fall against Burr. Can it be done? Absolutely. Voters don't pay much attention to the sort of palace intrigue that captivates insiders.

TARP: Voting for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in 2008 seemed like a no-brainer for most Republicans. But, it has rapidly become the equivalent of the use of force resolution against Iraq on the Democratic side -- a vote regarded as a litmus test by the party base. Two more TARP backers -- Inglis and Rep. Gresham Barrett -- fell last night in South Carolina as their opponents hung that TARP vote around their necks. Other TARP-supporters facing Republican primary fights in the coming months: Arizona Sen. John McCain and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Both primaries are Aug. 24.

Tim D'Annunzio: Rarely have we seen such a public implosion by a candidate as we witness in North Carolina's 8th district race by D'Annunzio. He spent more than $1 million of his money on the race and finished first in a crowded May 4 primary for the right to take on freshman Rep. Larry Kissell (D). Then it all went wrong. D'Annunzio got into a public spat with a talk radio host, a clash that ended with the candidate telling the man "there is a special place in hell for people like you." Less than a week before the runoff, D'Annunzio told the Charlotte Observer that it would take a "miracle" for him to win the race. Um, wow.

Political junkies: With the conclusion of the primaries and runoffs last night, the long dark tea time of our collective souls has begun. Between now and Aug. 3, only two states -- Georgia and Oklahoma -- hold primary contests. It's going to be a long few weeks but if we all stick together we can make it through. This too shall pass.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 23, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

Mike Huckabee should be on the “losers” list. The candidate he endorsed finished fourth in the June 8th primary in South Carolina – last place. Huckabee endorsed Andre Bauer, featured him on his PAC’s website, and filmed a TV commercial for him.

Posted by: HN14HN | June 24, 2010 4:06 AM | Report abuse


Did Obama create this controversy just to DISTRACT THE NATIONAL MEDIA FROM THE BLAGO TRIAL ???


The witnesses at the trial are beginning to outline that Obama wanted Valerie Jarrett appointed to the US Senate.


And one witness said that Obama was sending 2 UNION OFFICIALS TO SEE BLAGO ABOUT VALERIE JARRETT.

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT OBAMA MADE AN OFFER TO BLAGO THROUGH THE UNION OFFICIALS ???


IF OBAMA ARRANGED FOR THE UNION OFFICIALS TO MAKE A JOB OFFER TO BLAGO - THEN THAT WOULD BE A FELONY.


COMBINED WITH THE OBAMA-SESTAK SCANDAL


AND THE OBAMA-ROMANOFF SCANDAL,


THAT WOULD BE A RICO CHARGE.

So, did Obama create this distraction this week in an effort to distract the nation away from the BLAGO TRIAL.


THE WITNESS AT THE BLAGO TRIAL SAID THAT OBAMA WAS SENDING TWO UNION OFFICIALS TO TALK TO BLAGO ABOUT GETTING VALERIE JARRETT THE US SENATE SPOT

DID OBAMA ARRANGE FOR THE UNION OFFICIALS TO MAKE AN OFFER TO BLAGO ??????


THAT IS THE REAL QUESTION OF THE WEEK.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse


Did Obama create this controversy just to DISTRACT THE NATIONAL MEDIA FROM THE BLAGO TRIAL ???


The witnesses at the trial are beginning to outline that Obama wanted Valerie Jarrett appointed to the US Senate.


And one witness said that Obama was sending 2 UNION OFFICIALS TO SEE OBAMA ABOUT VALERIE JARRETT.

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT OBAMA MADE AN OFFER TO BLAGO THROUGH THE UNION OFFICIALS ???


IF OBAMA ARRANGED FOR THE UNION OFFICIALS TO MAKE A JOB OFFER TO BLAGO - THEN THAT WOULD BE A FELONY.


COMBINED WITH THE OBAMA-SESTAK SCANDAL


AND THE OBAMA-ROMANOFF SCANDAL,


THAT WOULD BE A RICO CHARGE.

So, did Obama create this distraction this week in an effort to distract the nation away from the BLAGO TRIAL.


THE WITNESS AT THE BLAGO TRIAL SAID THAT OBAMA WAS SENDING TWO UNION OFFICIALS TO TALK TO BLAGO ABOUT GETTING VALERIE JARRETT THE US SENATE SPOT

DID OBAMA ARRANGE FOR THE UNION OFFICIALS TO MAKE AN OFFER TO BLAGO ??????


THAT IS THE REAL QUESTION OF THE WEEK.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele: The victories of Haley, who is Indian American, and Scott, who is black, represent major building blocks in Republicans' efforts to add diversity to the party and, in so doing, expand the possible voter pool heading into 2012. While there is real debate within the GOP about how much credit Steele, the first African American chairman of the Republican National Committee, deserves for the GOP's newfound diversity -- lots of insiders credit former RNC Chairman


Chris Please no more!

ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL

So much diversity for one whole National Party! I can't take it!

ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL

Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. Has anyone seen JakeD3 today? Trying to figure out if Jake2D is another handle for JakeD or another handle for JakeD3. Ah well, Hoya will be sure to spam the blog as usual. Driving away intelligent commentary is its raison d'etre.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 23, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

"The victories of Haley, who is Indian American, and Scott, who is black, represent major building blocks in Republicans' efforts to add diversity to the party and, in so doing, expand the possible voter pool heading into 2012."
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Mrs. Nimrata Kaur Randhawa (fake bigot-friendly name: "Nikki Haley") and Scott hardly add "diversity" to the GOP; they are shameless opportunistic tokens being used to put brown and black faces on a racist GOP teabagger agenda, see, e.g., the baggers' proposal to repeal the Civil Rights Act and return to Jim Crow literacy tests.

Their respective communities regard them as embarrassments. Case closed.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 23, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey, WaPo, could you send a memo to the neckbeard down in the server room to put a block on 37thand0street? It's pretty hard to have a discussion over the foghorn of screaming caps and wasted vertical space. Thanks in advance.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 23, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Previous commenters:

“Nikki Haley is smarter than Palin but not as attractive…”

Beg to differ: Not babe-ilicious, but attractive nonetheless.

“6 columns in a row about Nicki Haley -- the Fix has a new crush.”

Not surprising. I’d consider an extra-marital affair with her. Call me.

Crazy as a loon, however.


Posted by: Ichristian | June 23, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

let's end with mine. it's funnier than that pathetic 37 person.

Posted by: Ichristian | June 23, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

WHY DO I SEE THIS CLEARER THAN ANYONE ELSE ???


The PROBLEM here is that Biden has forced a July 2011 withdraw date for Afghanistan - which is a losing policy.


So let me be CLEAR:


McChrystal: OFF THE HOOK for Biden's losing policy of withdrawing the troops starting in July 2011.


Petraeus: ON THE HOOK for Biden's losing policy of withdrawing the troops starting in July 2011.


WHO HAD THE WORST WEEK: PETRAEUS.


WHO HAD THE BEST WEEK: MCCHRYSTAL


AND ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE - WHO EVERYONE HAD VIRTUALLY FORGOTTEN ABOUT.


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Come on - Let's be serious PETRAEUS HAD THE WORST WEEK IN WASHINGTON.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Previous commenters:

“Nikki Haley is smarter than Palin but not as attractive…”

Beg to differ: Not babe-ilicious, but attractive nonetheless.

“6 columns in a row about Nicki Haley -- the Fix has a new crush.”

Not surprising. I’d consider an extra-marital affair with her. Call me.

Crazy as a loon, however.

Posted by: Ichristian | June 23, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

>[TARP] has rapidly become the equivalent of the use of force resolution against Iraq on the Democratic side -- a vote regarded as a litmus test by the party base.

As I recall, the Democratic convention unanimously chose as its 2004 Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates Senators who had voted for that resolution. Some litmus test.

Posted by: jgold2 | June 23, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

In the end of all of this McChrystal will be the hero.


ONE HAS TO WONDER if McChrystal wasn't trying for something like this -

A high profile lynching at the hands of Obama is PROBABLY THE BEST STREET CRED THERE IS IN AMERICA.

CHECK THIS OUT: A losing war, Biden was forcing everyone's hand by setting a July 2011 withdraw date -


Karzai has already bailed out on Obama - Karzai is making his deals to stay in power with the Pakistanis, the drug dealers and the terrorists.


Oddly, Karzai seems extremely comfortable making deals with the Pakistanis, the drug dealers and the terrorists -

ANYWAY - there is a story going around that when Obama was at Columbia he was hanging out with a Pakistani - not sure if that yields any connections - or special understanding of the situation over there. but it is worth mentioning.

McChrystal just GOT OUT OF A BAD SITUATION - ONE IN WHICH HE WAS GOING TO TAKE THE BLAME FOR OBAMA'S AND BIDEN'S FAILED POLICIES.


and EVERYONE will remember McChrystal as the cool guy who WANTED OUR TROOPS TO MAKE A DECADE LONG COMMITMENT TO AFGHANISTAN AS PART OF THE STRATEGY OF WINNING.


McChrystal WON THE WEEK.


McChrystal is the PERFECT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE.


McChrystal won - Obama lost.

If you don't believe me, print out this posting, and put it on the wall - one day you will say I was so right.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse


CHRIS


WHY DO I SEE THIS CLEARER THAN ANYONE ELSE ???

The PROBLEM here is that Biden has forced a July 2011 withdraw date for Afghanistan - which is a losing policy.

So let me be CLEAR:

McChrystal: OFF THE HOOK for Biden's losing policy of withdrawing the troops starting in July 2011.

Petraeus: ON THE HOOK for Biden's losing policy of withdrawing the troops starting in July 2011.

WHO HAD THE WORST WEEK: PETRAEUS.

WHO HAD THE BEST WEEK: MCCHRYSTAL

AND ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE - WHO EVERYONE HAD VIRTUALLY FORGOTTEN ABOUT.

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Come on - Let's be serious PETRAEUS HAD THE WORST WEEK IN WASHINGTON.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it meds time yet? Time for 37th to return to his/her padded cell.

Posted by: yinyang2 | June 23, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

... punctauted by hyperventilating excitement over eye-glazers like Pawlenty and Romney. And Dan Coats, and Mitch Daniels.

LOVE the SUIT.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 23, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

MMeyers, CfG always does well in primaries. The problem is that they go away after the primaries leaving the RNC to buttress unelectable candidates. This time they had the sense to wade into places like South Carolina and Utah where even a CfG candidate can win. But what about the competitive races? CfG might have won the primaries, but Bunning and Angle, both of whom might win, are hampering the party.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 23, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Club for Growth has had some limited results in getting their sponsored candidates into some primaries in a few specific, impoverished, disadvantaged and very conservative states. I think many of the candidates they back would have won anyway... oh, except for that Hoffman guy in NY.

Haley had a lot of backers and they are all waving their hands in the air and shouting "This was significant for ME!"

The TEA Party seems to be being dropped from the narrative. No TEA Party activity to report on in SC and Utah? Just a month ago it was all we heard about. I guess we'll spend the summer hearing about what a stud Club for Growth is.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 23, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50


If you know where I can get paid for doing this - please send me the information


I would love to get a paycheck for this.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

McCrystal to Petraeus - its a pretty smooth transition. Both of them helped write the counterinsurgency playbook that is being used in Afghanistan. I don't see how Obama could have kept McCrystal on after all this. He needed to go. I think Petraeus has more value leading a counterinsurgency than in charge of CentCom

I don't know how many of you actually read the Rolling Stone article. The stuff McCrystal said about the administration is far less interesting than the last few pages on the difficulties on conducting this type of war. One of the problems is a VERY strict adherence to casualty minimization. Hence that directive to only patrol safe areas. But that has generated a lot of heat with the people McCrystal was charged with overseeing.

This is unconventional warfare. Not just a matter of getting in there and blowing things up. And furthermore, there are a hell of a lot of moving parts that need to be working in synch. The military, the Afghani government, the US government, foreign aid, civilians. And its not like we know this will work. Iraq and Afghanistan are really the proving grounds for counterinsurgency and I can't say that it has been especially successful in Iraq. We managed to tamp down the insurgency, but I don't know how much progress we really made on nation building. But I think that putting Petraeus shows that the White House hasn't really changed on its plan of attack or how it intends to conduct this war in Afghanistan.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 23, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Jake 2D


I glad that you said you got teary eyed.

I was thinking that you had no emotions at all.

NOW if you cared about your nation, you would call for Obama to resign - before he does anymore damage.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

...hey, let's just listen to McConnel, Palin and the failed GOP, and go back to cut taxes / cut govt that we tried for the 3 decades of the Reagan/Bush era. In fact, let's get ANOTHER big tax cut to the wealthiest as we did in 1981 and 2001.

I mean, that worked SO well to deliver trickle down prosperity. Almost nobody is unemployed now. And the banks and oil giants and health insurers, heck - they POLICED THEMSELVES!!! Get government out of the WAY by golly!

Abe Lincoln would have said;
"You can fool some of the people, ALL of the time"... ;^)

Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | June 23, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey, WaPo, could you send a memo to the neckbeard down in the server room to put a block on 37thand0street? It's pretty hard to have a discussion over the foghorn of screaming caps and wasted vertical space. Thanks in advance.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 23, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

37th & O:

The President you blindly hate on in this space turned to Patraeus as a show of national unity of purpose...

...and, in accepting the assignment, Patraeus has underscored the fundamental principle of civilian control of the military and respect for the chain of command.

Will you please try to reflect American values, as opposed to the hard-right dogma of a (paid?) blog-spammer?

Your ugly psy op has been exposed. Have a great day!

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 23, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse


This is not a crisis like McArthur wanting to nuke China - and expand the Korean War to Chinese territory.

This is a situation over a stoner magazine. Seriously, this incident in no way rises to even close to the situation with McArthur.


Obama is no Truman.


In fact, in acting like this Obama looks like a fool compared to Obama.


It is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS TO EVEN COMPARE THIS TO THE TRUMAN-MCARTHUR SITUATION.


OBAMA looks like a complete idiot here.


If the situation was the same, it would as if McChrystal disagreed with Obama on war strategy - and McChrystal was saying that he wanted to expand the war to another country - and start using nuclear weapons against that third country.


This is an article IN A STONER MAGAZINE.


IT IS NOT A DISPUTE OVER WHETHER TO START A NUCLEAR WAR OR NOT.


Obama looks like a complete idiot here.

He really does.

When Washington thinks this episode through, they will conclude that Obama has NO BUSINESS BEING IN THE OVAL OFFICE.


Obama has to resign - this is totally out of control.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street,

Your nation is in a moment of need.

Your most patriotic move should be to volunteer to BP to be the new Junk Shot for the Macondo Well. You would be a direct contrast to Obama (who has done nothing and should resign right?). You big solid head should be enough to choke that well dry. Your work here recommends you well to the BP engineers. It would be dense than golf balls and torn rubber and alot more repetitive when blogging!

Like a martyr before the kind Oily lord of capitalism, your Human Junk Shot Heroism would, on your death, force Obama's resignation and stop the $20 billion extortion of good corporate citizen, BP.

How would all those that asked for your banning at The Fix feel after all that? I am a little teary just writing that.

Do it for America and for the colors that won't run even when the Oil flows wildly over them.

Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Haley will be providing CC headlines and commentaries for some time, so what's not to like for a political junkie?

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Simple. The emptiness of her celebrity. Just as with Palin, we have a mediocrity who'd famous because eshe's famous, who's shown not noteworthy talent or ability, but is being puffed and promoted on the mere novelty of being a very rare diversion from the male and pale norm of the GOP, and the phoney buzz of the Tea Party.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 23, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

blert,

Let me help with this remedial post:

If Haley was expect to win big AND did why should Chris be celebrating in such a big way?

Get it?

Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama really made a major UNFORCED ERROR this week.

Obama is not stronger now by getting rid of McChrystal.

Obama looks like a fool.

Obama doesn't know what he is doing in the Gulf of Mexico - Obama doesn't know what he is doing in Afghanistan.


Obama says he doesn't want a diversion to fighting the war.


So WHAT HAS THE PAST TWO DAYS BEEN ?? A MEDIA CIRCUS SPARKED AND RUN BY OBAMA - NOTHING BUT A DIVERSION TO FIGHTING THE WAR.


OBAMA IS AN IDIOT. SORRY - NEVER CALLED OBAMA AN IDIOT BEFORE TODAY - BUT OBAMA IS AN IDIOT.


OBAMA is UNABLE TO GOVERN THIS NATION.

This nation is now in serious peril -


Obama can not handle the crisis in the Gulf - that doesn't mean to create a circus in a war zone.

Obama has no idea what he is doing.

Obama pushing the health care bill the way he did - and doing the damage to his own party which he did - shows a COMPLETE LACK OF JUDGEMENT WHICH IS PUTTING OUR NATION IN DANGER RIGHT NOW.


IF OBAMA DOES THE SAME DAMAGE TO THIS NATION THAT HE HAD DONE TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, THIS NATION IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE.

The questions center on why Obama takes risks - and why he is making the decisions he does.

OBAMA IS UNFIT TO GOVERN.

IT IS CLEAR - OBAMA SHOULD RESIGN.


DEMOCRATS OUT THERE - WHO REALLY CARE ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY - SHOULD NOW START CALLING FOR OBAMA TO RESIGN BEFORE MORE DAMAGE IS DONE TO THIS COUNTRY.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

Wasn't Nikki expected to crush her way to victory in the runoffs after taking almost 49% of the vote to 22% for the next closest rival in the primary?

Posted by: Jake2D

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Jake,

Not sure what planet you live on, but here on Earth, winning by a 30-point margin is a crushing victory. Haley held her support and gained the lion's share of the support that had gone to other candidates.

Granted, CC does get a little excitable when he finds rising stars. At the moment, he seems bouncing like Tigger over Haley. Two years ago, he was doing the same over Obama. CC also likes dramatic losers, but except for rarities like Howard Dean, they don't have nearly the staying power of the winners. Haley will be providing CC headlines and commentaries for some time, so what's not to like for a political junkie?

Posted by: blert | June 23, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

HA!

McChrystal relieved of command!

Now get the troops out of that hellhole

Posted by: Noacoler | June 23, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

THERE IS NOT SERIOUS CONCERN IN WASHINGTON ABOUT OBAMA'S ABILITY TO GOVERN.

This is not a crisis like McArthur wanting to nuke China - and expand the Korean War to Chinese territory.


This is a situation over a stoner magazine. Seriously, this incident in no way rises to even close to the situation with McArthur.

Obama is no Truman.

In fact, in acting like this Obama looks like a fool compared to Obama.


What we have here is Obama PRETENDING TO BE TOUGH BECAUSE HE LOOKS WEAK WITH THE OIL SPILL IN THE GULF.

AND we have Obama ACTING PARTISAN - AND GETTING THE MILITARY INVOLVED IN A PARTISAN MATTER - by overreacting to a magazine article which appeals to a demographic that Obama wants to look good to.

YES - THIS IS ALL ABOUT OBAMA WANTING TO LOOK COOL - AND IT MATTERS TO OBAMA IF HE LOOKS GOOD TO THE POTHEADS WHO READ ROLLING STONE.


THIS IS AN EXTREMELY SICK WAY TO RUN A GOVERNMENT - IT IS RIDICULOUS TO RUN A WAR THIS WAY.


THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

OBAMA IS BEING COMPLETELY FOOLISH HERE.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA TURNS TO BUSH'S GENERAL IN THE IRAQI SURGE TO GO TO AFGHANISTAN.

SO HOW MUCH AGAINST THE SURGE IN IRAQ IS OBAMA NOW ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

TO: "georgedixon" @ 1:13 p.m.:


FLASH -- GEN. McCHRYSTAL RELIEVED OF HIS COMMAND BY THE CIVILIAN, DULY-ELECTED COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF...

...SAVING OUR DEMOCRACY.


What part of "stand down" don't you understand?

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 23, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Chris,


When are you going to discuss the $400,000 Mark Sanford spent getting Nikki Haley selected as his potential successor?

Or would you simply like to boost the Club for Growth here?

It would seem $400,000 would be some serious insider money or not?

Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

If you endorse paternalistic racism, antiSemitism and antiAmericanism....then vote for a democrat this Fall


If that sort of thing disgusts you, then don't

Democrats = party of Jim Crow laws

Democrats = appeasement

Democrats = failure

Posted by: georgedixon | June 23, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 23, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA TO ADDRESS THE NATION AT 1:30 P.M.

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ROGUE BUREAUCRACY/COMMANDS -- STAND DOWN.

CIVILIAN RULE TO SURVIVE SILENT MILITARY COUP ATTEMPT.

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 23, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 23, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Winner: New health care law. Pretty popular among everyone except seniors.

Old Person: oh hai, Mr. Mailman. What is this check you're handing me?

Mailman: President Obama and the new health care law has closed the Medicare part D donut hole. This check is to cover the difference.

Old man: Oh. I think I like the new law.

Republicans: REMEMBER THAT YOUR CONGRESSMAN VOTED TO PASS THE HEALTH CARE LAW.

Old man: That's right! He did. I think I'll vote for him.


Chris C and 37th might want to start assembling death panels pronto.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 23, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

Wasn't Nikki expected to crush her way to victory in the runoffs after taking almost 49% of the vote to 22% for the next closest rival in the primary?

Why are you so excited to create six different posting about this? Put down that vuvuzela - it is really annoying!

What are you going to do when she is really elected?

Isn't this the state of Alvin Greene and Mark Sandford? They must be great predictors of where the nation will go in 2012 and beyond and that is why you are so excited. Right?

Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

The story about the soccer match is more interesting then this repetious thread
on the next GOP wunderkin.

My suggestion: lets leave 37th and CC alone
as the only bloggers interested in this
constant drumbeat promoting GOP candidates.

Posted by: leichtman1
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LOL! Methinks Chris has gotten a case of the Chuck Todd flu - its symptoms are an uncontrollable urge to run with a narrative while beating it to death, an overreading of events, and amnesia that occurs after a big election day - you'll notice this when a pundit says "I don't recall saying that..."

37th and O's only interest is seeing his words in print. Is he still flacking his sad website?

Posted by: LABC | June 23, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Connie Britton update:

Fresh Air, today, WAMU 88.5, 3:00PM

That is all.

Posted by: nativenewjerseyan | June 23, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe at 7:43 writes:


Took a look at the SC demographics: 70% white / 30% black. Nimrata, a declared Stockholm-Syndrome teabagger, will get zero black votes. So her winning will depend on hoping Goober and Gomer and Thelma-Lou don't look up her real name on wikipedia or a sikh news site.


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Can you be MORE RACIST THAN THIS ????

Not only are you being RACIST AGAINST SIHKS,


You are BEING RACIST AGAINST BLACKS by suggesting that they don't make independent decisions about who they think is the best candidate - and vote that way.


To imply that all blacks vote in a block, on a RACIAL BASIS - is RACIST.

YOU HAVE ACTUALLY ALSO CALLED ALL THE BLACKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA RACIST.

Throw in a SEXUAL SLUR,


And you have the RACIST POST OF THE NIGHT FROM BROADWAYJOE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Leichtman


The polls are the polls - Chris is just reporting what the polls say.

You just don't like what the polls say.

AND you don't like the truth about Obama.


So grow up and stop trying to violate the First Amendment.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

BULLETIN -- Containment cap comes off runaway Gulf well; even more oil gushing out... and two local fisherman DIE in clean-up effort...


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Given the events of this day of infamy and insubordination, the question arises:

Is this just a coincidence... or is what is happening here ain't exactly clear?

Reminds me of this:

http://nowpublic.com/world/endless-gulf-oil-spill-purposeful-end-days-power-play

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 23, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Forget all this primary crap, Chris! Connie Britton will be on NPR today - I just caught part of the promo yesterday, but I think she's scheduled for ATC which starts at 4. If I hear another promo, I'll call the Post's switchboard, so they can page you, if you're in the building, otherwise, they can get you on your cell.

Posted by: nativenewjerseyan | June 23, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

NOTE: scrivener's comment, below, did not post until after a delay of about two minutes -- and then it appeared with a misspelling that was not in the comment as submitted. To quote a song from the '60s: "Somethin's happenin' here / what it is, ain't exactly clear..." Could this help explain?

http://nowpublic.com/world/homeland-fusion-center-censors-net-political-comments-yet-again

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 23, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

The story about the soccer match is more interesting then this repetious thread
on the next GOP wunderkin.

My suggestion: lets leave 37th and CC alone
as the only bloggers interested in this
constant drumbeat promoting GOP candidates.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 23, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

McChrystal storms out of White House... sign that silent coup is operationa?

MR. PRESIDENT -- BEFORE McCHRYSTAL LEAVES TOWN...

MAKE HIM TELL ALL HE KNOWS ABOUT MULTI-AGENCY FUSION CENTER COORDINATED SILENT MICROWAVE ASSAULTS ON EXTRAJUDICIALLY 'TARGETED INDIVIDUALS'...

...INCLUDING AMERICAN CITIZENS DEEMED TO BE 'DISSIDENTS' OR 'UNDESIRABLES.'

As the former head of the Army's Joint Special Operations Command, the General is believed to possess intimate knowledge of a worldwide cell tower- mounted microwave laser/radio frequency directed energy weapon system that is capable of precision-targeting of military or human targets...

... a system that this veteran journalist says is being used to silently torture and impair unknowing individuals -- abroad, and here at home. These "targeted individuals" also are targeted for GPS-enabled "community-based harassment" and financial sabotage.

Are political leaders "targets" too?

POTUS / VPOTUS / W.H. ADVISORS / CABINET / MEMBERS OF CONGRESS:

Your immediate attention is required:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "U.S. Silently..." and "Gestapo USA..."
Vic Livingston is on Facebook ("Notes").

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 23, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Winner: US SOCCER WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

On to the bracket!

Posted by: DDAWD | June 23, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Nikki Haley is smarter than Palin but not as attractive, so she can never rise to Palin's status among teabaggies.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 23, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Chris is there any news about Nikki?

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 23, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

If Obama does fire McChrystal it has more to do about POLITICS THAN MILITARY POLICY.

Clearly, Obama just decided in the past few weeks to target younger people in the midterm elections.

This is because Obama is POLLING SO BADLY AMONG EVERYONE ELSE.

SO OBAMA AND HIS PEOPLE DECIDED THAT THE "ONE VOTE WONDERS" WHO CAME OUT FOR OBAMA LAST TIME WOULD BE TARGETED NOW.

That is a difficult proposition - to begin with.

NOW Obama is confronted with looking really bad in ROLLING STONE - which is right in the demographics of that targeted young group.


I think that has MORE TO DO WITH THE MCCHRYSTAL ANGER THAN ANYTHING ELSE.


Obama looks too weak - this IS OBAMA'S MELTDOWN.


Obama should NOT BE DAMAGING OUR MILITARY EFFORTS IN AFGHANISTAN BECAUSE OF HIS TARGETED DEMOGRAPHIC FOR THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS.

And yet, that is what appears to be happening.


This shows how inexperienced and completely lacking in qualifications Obama is.


THIS IS OBAMA'S MELTDOWN.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

6 columns in a row about Nicki Haley -- the Fix has a new crush.

Posted by: drindl | June 23, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

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