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"Worst Week in Washington": And the winner is...

Organized labor!

Unions spent $10 million on ads, mail and voter turnout efforts in Arkansas with the express goal of beating Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Tuesday's runoff and, in so doing, sending a message to other moderate Democrats that straying too far from the union agenda would be met with swift consequences.

But, it was Lincoln who triumphed -- besting Lt. Gov. Bill Halter 52 percent to 48 percent.

Labor claimed that even in defeat its message had been sent. But in politics, wins and losses are the whole game. Near misses and moral victories don't count for much.

For losing in Arkansas, organized labor "won" the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington". Congrats -- or something.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 11, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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"As rightwingers continue to mindlessly chant drill baby drill"-
Drindl:
(oops)

From NPR-
Obama Ends Ban On East Coast Offshore Drilling
by SCOTT NEUMAN

March 31, 2010
President Obama announced the end of a decades-old ban on oil and gas drilling along much of the U.S. Atlantic coast and northern Alaska on Wednesday, as part of an effort to reduce foreign imports and win support for an energy and climate bill.

The changes in policy would allow drilling on tracts as close as 50 miles to the Virginia shore, and end a longstanding moratorium on drilling from Delaware to central Florida. Exploration in the Gulf of Mexico would be expanded eastward, and swaths north of Alaska would be opened up.

"For decades we've talked about how our dependence on foreign oil threatens our economy — yet our will to act rises and falls with the price of a barrel of oil," Obama said during a speech at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He also praised the military's efforts to operate ships, tanks and planes on alternative fuels.

"There will be those who strongly disagree with this decision," said Obama, who was accompanied by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. "But what I want to emphasize is that this announcement is part of a broader strategy that will move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels and foreign oil to one that relies more on homegrown fuels and clean energy."

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the U.S. Atlantic coast could hold as much as 37 trillion cubic feet of gas and 4 billion barrels of oil.

The administration has reportedly rejected proposed leases in Alaska's environmentally sensitive Bristol Bay, and a moratorium on drilling off the West Coast would be left in place.

The new policy reverses decades of precedent and is sure to anger environmentalists who have long opposed such a move. Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), who regularly takes a pro-environmental line, urged oil companies to drill in areas they've already leased before moving on to new coastal areas.

Key Provisions
Allows oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic Coast from Delaware to central Florida.

Opens up Alaska's northern Arctic coast along the Chukchi Sea and the Beaufort Sea to exploration. Drilling would be allowed if scientists conclude the areas are suitable for offshore extraction.

Expands drilling in the Gulf of Mexico eastward, closer to Florida's Gulf Coast, by 2022 if Congress allows a moratorium currently in place there to expire.

Safeguards Alaska's environmentally sensitive Bristol Bay, which had reportedly been under consideration for drilling.

Keeps in place a ban on drilling off the U.S. West coast.

The conservation group Oceana labeled the president's move to lift the offshore drilling ban a "wholesale assault" on the oceans.

Posted by: thecannula | June 13, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse


This spill and its fumbled attempt at containment and clean up can ONEly be Obama's fault because another Democrat in the White House determined that "The Buck Stops Here" and they share a desk space-

Obama's MMS approved the license in Feb 2009 without an environmental impact study citing the low risk for a massive oil spill- See Wikipedia Deepwater Horizon spill Timeline-

What would Harry say about that one you two faced Dems who were so ready to blame Bush for everything?-

goes BHOth ways!!!

Posted by: thecannula | June 13, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Who is President of the Gulf of Mexico?
Since Feb 2009, when Obama's MMS allowed BP to have a license to drill a deep sea well without an environmental impact study or proper safety measures, our government has leased the Gulf Coast to BP. Once the spill took place nearly 2 months ago, our government has given BP free reign to flub 4 attempts at stopping the leak and to limit scientific and media access to information necessary to assist in formulating a plan to stop or at least contain the leak-including making believe until 3 days ago that HD video of the leak did not exist-BP has in effect ran the spill and it's leader- Tony Hayward is in effect President of the Gulf... Oh, not entirely true- Obama is proud of the fact that he asked BP to drill 2 relief wells instead of one, and thank goodness they agreed!
(It took 5 to stop the most recent spill in Mexico- in 200 feet of water....)

Posted by: thecannula | June 13, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

And does ANYONE believe my boasts about a home in Hanoi , career, wealth, grasp of world affairs? Even after those nude photos?

Talk about clueless.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 12, 2010 12:56 PM

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Not many. Drindl maybe; that's about it.

Posted by: Brigade | June 12, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

jasperanselm,
"Nice to see Brigade is too stupid to recognize sarcasm."

Well we certainly know that one of us is too stupid to recognize sarcasm. And I think most will know which one.

"Zookie's my intellectual daddy no matter which name he uses."

Now tell us something we don't know, bozo.

Posted by: Brigade | June 12, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

And does he really think that ANYONE believes his boasts about the boat, career, wealth, family? Even after the Model Mania page?

Talk about clueless.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 12, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Exactly jasper, his whole life is insulting people -- that's it.

Funny, only wingers refers to Obama as 'the One' -- must be their fascination with authoritanism.

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

When his Followers Refer to Obama as "The One" are they referring to his number of terms as President?


http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-smith-20100603,0,464496.column

Posted by: thecannula | June 12, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

There may be hope for you yet.

Posted by: Brigade


Nice to see Brigade is too stupid to recognize sarcasm. Zookie's an idiot no matter which name he uses.

Posted by: jasperanselm | June 11, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Brigade, I'm pretty sure the spirit of this Worst Week thing is that Obama should be excluded from consideration. I mean, Obviously Obama would be the weekly winner since he is always lying and incompetent yet extremely devious and has an ugly, black wife and all his supporters are retarded.

So no fair to nominate Obama. It's just too easy.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 11, 2010 8:46 PM

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There may be hope for you yet.

Posted by: Brigade | June 11, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Brigade, I'm pretty sure the spirit of this Worst Week thing is that Obama should be excluded from consideration. I mean, Obviously Obama would be the weekly winner since he is always lying and incompetent yet extremely devious and has an ugly, black wife and all his supporters are retarded.

So no fair to nominate Obama. It's just too easy.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 11, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Props for subtlety, but if you read the Friday chat with CC, you'll learn that I *always* know what I'm talkin' bout.

Time to watch the World Cup party folks, so have a good weekend all.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 11, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

stalking drindl and I, check

every single solitary post an insult, check

turnaround projection of his own ugly habits onto others, check

claiming rhetorical victory apropos of nothing, check

"themed" insults, check

Good luck with the "I'm not just another zouk moniker," briggy

Posted by: Noacoler | June 11, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

This is an exceptionally stupid weekly feature

Posted by: Noacoler | June 11, 2010 8:05 PM
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Is that why it always draws so many thoughtful responses from you?

Posted by: Brigade | June 11, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Let me know when you have a seat in the briefing room, Brigade.

Oh, and I'll be so wounded when you say something nasty about me. NOT.*

BB

*Note the riff on this morning's chat.

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 11, 2010 8:04 PM
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No idea what you're talking about; but I guess that makes two of us. Right?

Posted by: Brigade | June 11, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

great. Now we get our daily firehose of green brigade puke.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 11, 2010 8:01 PM
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Wonderfully relevant, insightful and topical. But really, when you're a liberal and the country's in such a state, what can you do but rant and rave and insult your betters?

Any ant hills near your "palatial" home?

Posted by: Brigade | June 11, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

This is an exceptionally stupid weekly feature

Posted by: Noacoler | June 11, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Let me know when you have a seat in the briefing room, Brigade.

Oh, and I'll be so wounded when you say something nasty about me. NOT.*

BB

*Note the riff on this morning's chat.

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 11, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

great. Now we get our daily firehose of green brigade puke.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 11, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse


Noa

Go to Vietnam and get yourself arrested for being a spy.

It would be good for you to be hanging upside down in a pit - with broadwayjoe and ddawd.

You three belong together.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 6:56 PM

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If Noacoler doesn't stop co-signing everything Drindl and Obama say, he won't have to fly to Vietnam; he can just slide over on his nose.

Posted by: Brigade | June 11, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

It's a tough week. Most of the losers were already losers before the week started. Certainly Helen Thomas has been an anti-Semite and a loser most of her life. The best excuse of the week is the one about the labor unions knowing exactly what they were doing blowing 10 million in Arkansas. It was the Pee Wee Herman "I meant to do that!" excuse. This time we've got 'em right where they want us!

So I'll have to go with Obama. As his popularity falls, he is once again caught in a baldfaced lie, this time falsifying a recommendation from a number of scientists to push a policy that the scientists say will be harmful to the gulf region. Obama and his Chicago buddies are only about a half-step up the social ladder from a band of hubcap thieves. Not only are they incompetent, but somebody is really wearing out the old stupid stick on them. How long can this go on before his popularity hits single digits?

Posted by: Brigade | June 11, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas made the remark in May, actually. It was reported late last week. However, the reaction occurred this week with her resignation occurring on Monday along with a rebuke from the WH press secretary. And she was due to give a commencement speech this week.

Labor not winning one primary is a blip, perhaps a bump. A 50 year career of a Washington legend was vaporized on Monday. Not even close. I agree on best week BTW (Steve S)

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 11, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street is my blog prophet and I don't know why he isn't everyone's BUT I WILL STRESS SOME OF HIS POINTS LOGYC NOW.


His description of Obama is so true and why does Obama make up so many LIES about the situation he found. 37thand0street has stressed that once George Bush left office he was not responsible for anything he did in office. Who can differ with that. THE WHITE HOUSE IS REALLY NICE!!!!!wISH i COULD LIVE THERE INSTEAD OF THE KENYAN OBAMA!

1)Bush was finished and turned the country over to Obama in great shape and the KEYS TO THE GREAT OVAL OFFICE AND AIR FORCE ONE. Obama was President OK THE KEYS PROVE IT!

2) We had won the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan GO SURGE! - the economy was doing great and the Wall Street was doing great again (close call no?) Obama lies about this everyday to Michele and his girls and the country.

3)There was no budget deficit, EVERYONE (EXCEPT 37thand0street)WAS WORKING and government spending was down and taxes were so low the rich were getting richer and richer and richer. That is America at its capitalist best not socialist like Obama. hE GOT HIMSELF A GOOD JOB AND NO ONE ELSE GOT ONE.

HONOR OUR PROPHET 37thand0street

AND MAYBE I'LL ADD A FEW

SPACES FOR EMPHASIS...LIKE HIM

oBAAAAAAAAAAMA HAS BANKRUPTED THE country already WITH OBAMACARE FOR the poor. Who was complaining the poor had no healthcare. DO I HEAR THE COMMUNIST AND SOCIALIST DEMOCRAT COMMIES saying THE KIDS SHOULD HAVE A DOC? Why do insurance companies need help deciding who shouldn't be COVERED ---- DON'T THEY DO A GREAT JOB of dumping those that get sick or might get sick. THAT IS THE JOB of the insurance company not the socialist mommie state to say who is NOT good enough to be covered. I am insured and I know 37thand0street must be because some days he must be on his meds CAUSE HE LAYS OFF THE CAPS AND JUST DOESN'T BLOG...GOD BLESS HIM AND PALIN. OK

Posted by: MarieWilson1 | June 11, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Activity here slows to a crawl now, everyone but the trolls bails once they show up. Most of the good posters from a year ago have given up in the face of the daily onslaught of gibberish and hysteria from 37th and the soul-rotting hatred coming from all the zouk monikers.

Do you care, Cillizza? Or is having your blog filled up with junk just as good as having actual discussion? Do the editors only look at page counts?

Posted by: Noacoler | June 11, 2010 6:25 PM
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You're the biggest troll on here, and you leave the most idiotic and irrelevant posts. You and Drindl work in shifts.

Posted by: Brigade | June 11, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey, 37, Mrs. Napolitano hasn't heard from you yet. Send her your name, address, telephone number, and social, and we are sure she can start addressing your concerns about BHO, mud people, commies, and such. Let us know how it goes. All the best.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 11, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

How did Helen Thomas not win? She was vaporized for one comment in the span of only 24 hours.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 11, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I guess not, actually. Otherwise labor doesn't make it until next week.

Chris, this is messed up! How do weekend gaffers win??

Posted by: DDAWD | June 11, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't the award period cover the previous week? The award given on the 11th cover the week of May 30-Jun 5th? Otherwise people who have or do things on Friday or Saturday can never qualify

Posted by: DDAWD | June 11, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Technically, according to the rules - the "week" is from Sunday-Saturday.


Helen Thomas made the remark last week


so Helen Thomas does not qualify for the title.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Noa

Go to Vietnam and get yourself arrested for being a spy.

It would be good for you to be hanging upside down in a pit - with broadwayjoe and ddawd.

You three belong together.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Another vote here for Helen Thomas.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 11, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Labor dumping money into a near miss doesn't qualify. Helen Thomas. 'Nuff said.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 11, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

The democrats complaining about "the economy which Obama inherited" is RIDICULOUS.


The democrats played a major role in getting the economy to that point - Bill Clinton DEREGULATED THE DERIVATIVES MARKETS and repealed Glass Steagall.


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were creatures of the democrats.


Whenever I hear that - IT IS A BOLDFACE LIE -


Obama promised a different brand of politics - BUT IF HE IS GOING TO LIE EVERYTIME HE MAKES A SPEECH, IT JUST POISONS THE ATMOSPHERE - EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT OBAMA PROMISED.


This is ridiculous - I don't believe there is ANY PRESIDENT IN HISTORY WHO HAS GONE OUT THERE AND LIED ABOUT THE OTHER PARTY TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT OBAMA HAS - EVERY TIME - ALMOST EVERY DAY OF OF EVERY WEEK - LIES FROM OBAMA.


All the democrats complained about Bush was the weapons of mass destruction - AND THERE WERE CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN IRAQ.


But the LIES OF OBAMA are over the top - and completely uncalled fo.


Obama has to start acting like the President - taking partisan jabs every time - and LYING EVERY DAY - doesn't help at all.


This is contributing to the erosion of Obama - so let it happen.


But it is just a horrible way to govern.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Activity here slows to a crawl now, everyone but the trolls bails once they show up. Most of the good posters from a year ago have given up in the face of the daily onslaught of gibberish and hysteria from 37th and the soul-rotting hatred coming from all the zouk monikers.

Do you care, Cillizza? Or is having your blog filled up with junk just as good as having actual discussion? Do the editors only look at page counts?

Posted by: Noacoler | June 11, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Their message may have been sent, but Lincoln didn't seem to listen. If anything it might have even encouraged her. Safe from her own party, she went right back to dicking them over by voting on Murkowski's little political stunt on the EPA. She still has no chance in November, and Arkansas Democrats will feel what Connecticut Democrats know well with Lieberman: voter remorse

Posted by: thecorinthian | June 11, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

hahahahahah sure, zouk

Posted by: Noacoler | June 11, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Ped will now demonstrate her perfect life by obsessing over strangers on a blog for the rest of the weekend.

Poor lonely Ped.

I am off to the boat shortly loser. Have fun with the blow up date. Be sure to say high to all your Internet "friends" between breaths.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 11, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Obsessing over strangers on a blog.

That's quite an enviable life you have there, zouk.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 11, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama Regime Lied to Justify Drilling Moratorium

A group of oil drilling experts claimed that the Obama Administration misrepresented their views in order to put a hold on drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

The seven experts who advised President Obama on how to deal with offshore drilling safety after the Deepwater Horizon explosion are accusing his administration of misrepresenting their views to make it appear that they supported a six-month drilling moratorium -- something they actually oppose.
The experts, recommended by the National Academy of Engineering, say Interior Secretary Ken Salazar modified their report last month, after they signed it, to include two paragraphs calling for the moratorium on existing drilling and new permits.

I'm not saying this means the Chairman Zero Regime is more interested in promoting an anti-drilling agenda than in cleaning up the spill.

But, I'm not not saying it either

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 11, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

from people who write like high school sophomores

-A dimwit

But at least do your fu cking job and get stuff done for your state. This should still leave you plenty of time for banging wh0res


-Same dimwit

the dunces still can't figure out how to insult anyone without calling themselves into the picture every time.

Drivl: zook posts nonsense here all day every day

DDimwit - Gee I'm smart, you can tell by my %&##$**ing eloquence

Ped: ignore everyone but me, all they do is insult everyone, like me but don't ignore me, no don't do that.

Baghdad BJ Joe - Obama is a genius, we don't need any evidence, if you want any, you are a racist.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 11, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The democrats complaining about "the economy which Obama inherited" is RIDICULOUS.


The democrats played a major role in getting the economy to that point - Bill Clinton DEREGULATED THE DERIVATIVES MARKETS and repealed Glass Steagall.


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were creatures of the democrats.


Whenever I hear that - IT IS A BOLDFACE LIE -


Obama promised a different brand of politics - BUT IF HE IS GOING TO LIE EVERYTIME HE MAKES A SPEECH, IT JUST POISONS THE ATMOSPHERE - EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT OBAMA PROMISED.

This is ridiculous - I don't believe there is ANY PRESIDENT IN HISTORY WHO HAS GONE OUT THERE AND LIED ABOUT THE OTHER PARTY TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT OBAMA HAS - EVERY TIME - ALMOST EVERY DAY OF OF EVERY WEEK - LIES FROM OBAMA.


All the democrats complained about Bush was the weapons of mass destruction - AND THERE WERE CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN IRAQ.


But the LIES OF OBAMA are over the top - and completely uncalled fo.


Obama has to start acting like the President - taking partisan jabs every time - and LYING EVERY DAY - doesn't help at all.


This is contributing to the erosion of Obama - so let it happen.


But it is just a horrible way to govern.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, Obama has no idea what he is doing with the oil spill.


Cage Match with Tony Hayward might just be enough to distract the public from the reality that Obama is completely lost.

Obama's letter to the BP Chairman - the guy should just send someone else - he doesn't have to show up.

Obama's attitude seems to be lacking.

Obama is in charge - but he is weakly sending letters out for a meeting next week - that is not being in charge.


Being in charge is getting on the phone and having people listen to him.

It is almost like it is all for show - Obama looked weak in the Matt Lauer interviews - so we have a letter for show, and a meeting for show.

And nothing is getting done.

Obama is weak.


Inexperienced and Unqualified - the democrats got EXACTLY WHAT THEY VOTED FOR.

The democrats have been completely irresponsible with this country.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

The Nevada Republican Party doesn't deserve the award this week. John Cornyn made himself and Sharron Angle look bad by admitting outright what a lot of politicians are smart enough to only say in private, but we don't know for sure what kind of effect it's going to have. On the other hand, the week is a sure loss for organized labor, given the lack of results in its support of Bill Halter.

DDAWD, I agree that union bosses are not likely to pump a bunch of money into a cause that is a sure loser for them, but I imagine that when they decided to line up behind Halter, they were viewing him as a perfectly viable candidate in the general. I'd wager they were getting a lot of vocal response from union members on the race, expressing their displeasure at some of the things Blanche Lincoln has done lately and extolling the virtues of this new guy who dares to mount a primary challenge against a sitting Democrat who's not as liberal as she could be. It's easy to get swept up in the hubbub of a primary and forget about the other party's challenge, and it's not unthinkable that they could have been looking at polls and statistics that showed Halter besting Lincoln and assumed that would translate into success in the general.

Besides, I don't think unions would spend big money -- which, as you noted, could have been more useful in Kentucky or Nevada -- trying to make an example of Lincoln if they thought their man couldn't win in November.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | June 11, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Vitter is just a gawdawful Senator. Ok, fine, you want to oppose Obama. Go for it. But at least do your fu cking job and get stuff done for your state. This should still leave you plenty of time for banging wh0res.

I can't believe how huge of a difference there is between Landrieu and Vitter. Yeah, Landrieu might be a tad on the conservative side, but she does a hell of a lot for the state. People got mad at her, but I think its great how she used her vote to the the Medicaid fix (Louisiana Purchase) put into the health care law.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 11, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

They earned it.

And this is a good reminder to all the self-funded campaigns that you cannot always buy what you want. 10 mil in a little place like Aransas, a close race even, and they couldn't force it to happen.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 11, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Nice con Chris, describing Comrade Obama's and the Democrap Socialist Parties goon squad as just "labor".
The reason that these Communist Workers Party goons lost is because the American people are starting to realize that the word "labor" is just a code-word that covers up what this Nazi/KGB--like goon squad actually is, the enforcement arm of Comrade Obama's and the Democrap Socialist Parties Police State.

Posted by: armpeg | June 11, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Poor zouk -- so very, very much time on his hands, and all he can do is think of me.

"my heart goes out to Melancon and all the Gulf Coast people who are being hurt by the oil spill.

Then again, maybe that's a good reason not to nominate someone like Melancon -- if this award is mainly snark, it would be churlish to kick someone while they're down."

Exactly... I think it's snark and I feel for melancon too. I sure hope he wins hs race, precisely because he does care. DiaperBoy Vitter is already shreiking for more drilling.

Posted by: drindl | June 11, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

drindl, we've had Republican "winners" -- McConnell and Bennett come to mind. And there will likely be others. It's just that since Democrats are the larger group and in power, they have more potential candidates.

In retrospect, maybe we should have considered Charlie Melancon (D-LA). He's become the anguished face of helplessness, through no fault of his own, for coastal Louisianans. The man appears truly devastated by what his state is suffering.

Yeah, I know... he's another Dem. But it really shouldn't be about what party they belong to, just the pain that they feel. And while I don't have much sympathy for the labor unions' windmill tilting, my heart goes out to Melancon and all the Gulf Coast people who are being hurt by the oil spill.

Then again, maybe that's a good reason not to nominate someone like Melancon -- if this award is mainly snark, it would be churlish to kick someone while they're down.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 11, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Unions and Liberals have no qualms about wasting other people's money. they just come back for more when it runs low.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 11, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm not sure how much I agree with Klein, but I do respect his viewpoints and it was a different way of looking at things. It did strike me as somewhat quixotic for the interest groups to get involved in this particular race. I first heard about Halter from a Moveon.org email with a poll asking if they should get involved.

But suppose Halter won, and he nearly did. Would that $10mil not have been a waste? Is it contingent on whether he actually keeps the seat blue? That would be a longshot in itself and would have cost even more money. (Of course, they could have just pulled a Club For Growth move and vanish after the primary)

Maybe the unions did genuinely want to install someone into the Arkansas Senate seat. I do think there's merit to the meme that they wanted to make an example of Lincoln more than win the actual seat. The money spent on the primary would definitely be better spent on Reid in Nevada or Conway in Kentucky. So perhaps the union leaders are a bunch of idiots to sink money into a race they were unlikely to win at any stage or perhaps they wanted to make an example. I know Americans who aren't in unions are pretty anti-union, so I won't argue about the merits, but I think labor union bosses are pretty cunning strategists. The meme of union bosses being idiots who tossed away $10 million on a lark just doesn't sit right with me.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 11, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama Economic Recovery Right On Track

Following up on the super-terrific May jobs news that the Obama fanboy blogs failed to mention, and the awesometacular 1,100 point May stock market drop that they also didn't post about, retail sales in May declined 1.2%.

But, hey, this is probably our fault for expecting Obama to be Superman

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 11, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: bumblingberry | June 11, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama is doing a horrible job with BP - it is a political disaster which actually exceeds the environmental disaster.


Obama looked weak in his interview with Matt Lauer

Obama looks even weaker appearing to respond to the interview by taking actions which the interview touched upon - a leader doesn't wait for the Today Show Host to come and point out what should be done.

Obama's job performance is getting ridiculous - but can it be worse than scurrying around everytime a topic emerges in the media - talk about pandering.


Obama is CLEARLY INEXPERIENCED AND UNQUALIFIED - AND IT SHOWS.

Obama can resign now and spare the nation the agony of continuing to watch his bad sitcom of an administration.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Let's run a tally for Worst Week in Washington and see how many times Democrats 'win'. My bet is at least 3 out of 4.

Posted by: drindl | June 11, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"In order for labor political spending to make a difference, they occasionally have to do things like this to make sure no one takes them for granted."

sounds like a rather childish rationalizing
of wasting $10 million, a staggering amount of money and valuable resources.

How can the Nevada state GOP party not win this award hands down considering that John Cornyn wants to distance the GOP Senatorial campaign from Sharron Angel? Her biggest faux pas was to once advocate repealling the right to serve alcohol in Las Vegas. That should go over well.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 11, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD, I might be apt to buy that explanation if I thought organized labor groups in Arkansas would hold out until November without backing Blanche Lincoln against John Boozman, just to continue proving their point. But I'm guessing they'll eventually solidify behind her as a better alternative to Boozman, even though their guy didn't win.

I can't claim to fully understand the inner workings of an organized labor group, but I'd imagine the leadership of those groups to be savvy enough to realize that their ability to hold the high ground and claim they made Lincoln's life hell because she didn't support them like she said she would goes away as soon as they say, "OK, well, we liked Bill Halter better, but better Lincoln than Boozman." And besides, if Lincoln pulls it off and manages to hold onto her seat in the general, it could embolden other Democrats to court conservative votes by brushing off unions because they know that losing the official union support isn't a death sentence for them. And I know the unions don't want that.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | June 11, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Go Alvin Greene !

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 11, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/06/labor_vs_lincoln.html

"I was on Countdown last night talking about the White House's curious decision to berate organized labor for spending money to defeat Blanche Lincoln, and I might as well reprise the theme here.

Without getting into the political wisdom of the White House taking aim at a major ally in advance of the midterm elections, it's worth actually asking whether the White House was right. Did labor really "waste" $10 million mounting a close but ultimately unsuccessful primary challenge against Lincoln?

You can argue it both ways, I think. But what's hard to argue is that the money was wasted because Bill Halter lost by 3,000 votes rather than winning by 3,000 votes. It's conventional wisdom by now that the Arkansas seat is likely to flip to the Republicans no matter who is holding the flag for the Democrats. This is a bad year for Democrats and that's a bad state for Democrats. Labor wasn't pumping money into the race because they thought it was their best opportunity to replace a senator who was cool toward labor with a friendlier legislator. They were pumping money into the race because it was their best opportunity to show other senators that relying on labor to get elected and then opposing its agenda while in office could have consequences for your career.

In that way, Arkansas represented the right race precisely because it was a tough year in a tough state and the Democrat was likely to lose: Lincoln was vulnerable to a primary challenge because the electorate was cool toward Lincoln, and the fact that Lincoln was likely to lose in the general made it unlikely that the effect of the primary would be to replace a Democrat with a Republican.

Insofar as they wanted to prove that they could and would make an incumbent's life hell, they did it, and they did it in a low-consequences state. Going forward, when they march into someone's office and threaten a primary challenge if they don't stand with labor on this or that, the officeholder will think back to Lincoln's very-bad-year and listen. That was the point of labor's challenge. Electing Halter in Arkansas really wasn't. And so though you might believe that labor is wasting its money when it focuses on legislative politics rather than organizing, it doesn't make much sense to say they wasted their money if you're trying to get them to spend that money on other races. In order for labor political spending to make a difference, they occasionally have to do things like this to make sure no one takes them for granted."

Posted by: DDAWD | June 11, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

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