Archive for October, 2006

John Kerry:”Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country.”

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

EXCERPT:

I’m not going to be lectured by a stuffed-suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq.”

He further expressed disgust with “Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country.”

Kerry added that President Bush and Vice President Cheney “owe our troops an apology” because they “misled America into war.”

Bush and Cheney “have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it,” the senator said.

Cuckoo Katherine!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

EXCERPT:

“I’ve been writing it all year,” she says in that kittenish voice. She often smiles and cocks her head as if she’s letting you in on a secret. “It’s going to be a great book.”

If it is, it may be one of very few things that go well for the two-term Republican congresswoman. Once beloved by the Republican leadership for her role in overseeing the 2000 recount that delivered the presidency to George Bush, Harris was snubbed by those old friends before the primary. Republican chieftains, considering her too polarizing to win a statewide race, tried to recruit others, and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said publicly that she could not win. Fundraising has been poor. She has come under scrutiny for her role in a bribery scandal. She has caught flak for a series of bizarre statements, including a comment in August: “If you’re not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin.”

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Before he became the first of three campaign managers to quit, Jim Dornan programmed his cellphone to play the theme song from “The Exorcist” when Harris called.

Happy Halloween from SoonerThought.Com

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

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Will: Cheney Still Doesn’t Get It on Iraq

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Note to Dick: when conservative commentator George Will turns on you, it’s over.

Will: Cheney Still Doesn’t Get It on Iraq - Newsweek George F. Will - MSNBC.com

EXCERPT:

A surreal and ultimately disgusting facet of the Iraq fiasco is the lag between when a fact becomes obvious and when the fiasco’s architects acknowledge that fact. Iraq’s civil war has been raging for more than a year; so has the Washington debate about whether it is what it is.

In a recent interview with Vice President Cheney, Time magazine asked, “If you had to take back any one thing you’d said about Iraq, what would it be?” Selecting from what one hopes is a very long list, Cheney replied: “I thought that the elections that we went through in ‘05 would have had a bigger impact on the level of violence than they have … I thought we were over the hump in terms of violence. I think that was premature.”

He thinks so? Clearly, and weirdly, he implies that the elections had some positive impact on the level of violence. Worse, in the full transcript of the interview posted online he said the big impact he expected from the elections “hasn’t happened yet.” “Yet”? Doggedness can be admirable, but this is clinical.

WOLF BLITZER CONFRONTS LYNNE CHENEY ABOUT LESBIAN AFFAIRS, BROTHELS, ATTEMPTED RAPES IN HER NOVEL

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

WOLF BLITZER CONFRONTS LYNNE CHENEY ABOUT LESBIAN AFFAIRS, BROTHELS, ATTEMPTED RAPES IN HER NOVEL…. | The Huffington Post

 

Blitzer grew a pair???

Pentagon mounts public affairs ops to counter bad news, exploit ‘new media’

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Pentagon mounts public affairs ops to counter bad news, exploit “new media” - Yahoo! News

EXCERPT:
Eric Ruff, the Pentagon press secretary, insisted that the new public affairs program was not prompted by either the elections or polls showing that only about 37 percent believe the war is going well.

“What were looking at doing is, ‘How can we get better, how can we get faster, how can we transform public affairs?’,” he told reporters.

“And we’re looking at being quicker to respond to breaking news. Being quicker to respond, frankly, to inaccurate statements,” he said.

“And we’re looking at this whole issue of new media — podcasting, and IM-ing and all those kinds of things, where people are basically running circles inside us,” he said.

Oklahoma Political Notebook: Hot Races

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Our man on the ground in Oklahoma gives us his take on the hottest races. By AFG 

In this tremendous, impartial state of all-knowing voters, you must be very loaded (money) to afford a large amount of T.V. time. Also, it seems most people down here get all their impartial information from the all-knowing channels, especially Fox “News”. 

Here’s a quick recap of Oklahoma’s notable contests, some of which are horse races and others which have already gone to the dogs. I’ll reserve comment for the ones which look like they’re worth it.  U.S. House of Representatives 

Dist. 1: No contest, the race is all over but the shouting. Democrat Alan Gentges just won’t be able to stop GOP Rep. John Sullivan. Dist. 2: The ever popular DINO Dan Boren is leading comfortably. I think the other Party will have asked him to switch. If it is in his interest he just might, though if the Dems take Congress, he’ll stay. 

Dist. 3: No contest. Lackluster GOP Rep. Frank Lucas will use incumbency to coast over Democrat Sue BartonDist. 4: Hal Spake, the Democrat facing GOP hack Tom Cole is a very smart and knows what he is talking about. A former C.I.A. employee, 

Dist. 5: It looks like this wonder northwest district will fall for that great person and wonder Lt. Gov. Mary “Loves Cops” Fallin. She presents no program, talks only the Republican line of “I am a Christian, I am against terrorism, and I will keep your taxes low.” Why don’t people know a freshman in Congress is lucky to find the bathroom? The Democrat is a good candidate, David Hunter. He is smart, an M.D., but needs polishing when delivering his messages. So, barring a miracle or Oklahomans coming to their senses, I see very little change in our Congressional Delegation.  

Governor: It looks like Brad Henry will make his second term. He is ahead by about 15 to 20 points. Unless he gets up to speak, rather than letting his wife talk, he should be home free. Too bad for the great religious humanitarian Ernest Istook. (Thank God for small favors)  Lt. Governor: This is a hot race, Democrat Jari Askins has a small lead against the despicable Todd Hiett. He has gone dirty on his ads and she is firing back. I think she might pull this off. 

State Auditor: Looks like Jeff McMahan will win in this dirty campaign.  

Attorney General: Drew Edmondson should win easily–yet again.  State Treasurer: Scott Meacham should win, but its a dirty campaign once again.  

Supt. of Public Instruction: Sandy Garrett is in.  Labor Commissioner: Lloyd Fields is trying again, but is looks bad. That current backer of labor seems to be a lock.  

Insurance Commissioner: Kim Holland was appointed when the last commissioner was found guilty of stealing. She is good. But guess who running against her? The excellent former State Rep. Bill Case. He might steal it from her. Very Close.  State Senate: The Democrats will retain control. There are a few close races which could upset the apple cart.  

State House of Representatives: This is up for grabs. The Democrats have a chance of getting it back from the Repugs riding on Henry’s coat tails.  Bottom Line: The Democrats must get off their butts and go vote, if not the same thing will happen which has come about in the past. 

VOTE NOVEMBER 7!    

George Allen’s Arrest Records, Anyone?

Monday, October 30th, 2006

War Room - Salon.com

EXCERPT:

In a letter sent today, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is asking the Virginia State Bar to release the application materials Allen submitted when he applied for a license to practice law in the Commonwealth in the 1970s. “Mr. Allen’s bar application was submitted less than five years after two arrest warrants were issued in his name in Albemarle County, Virginia,” DSCC Executive Director J.B. Poersch writes in the letter. “Since the official arrest records have been purged, your organization may be one of a handful with official documentation regarding these arrests.”

Allen’s name appears in an Albemarle County court index from 1974. It’s not entirely clear what that means. A court spokeswoman has told Talking Points Memo’s Election Central that the listing could reflect an arrest warrant or could be for something less serious, such as a summons for unpaid parking tickets. State bar associations generally require would-be lawyers to document and explain any prior scrapes with the law. Thus, as the DSCC says, Virginia bar’s records could disclose whether “Mr. Allen was arrested for unpaid parking tickets or for something much more severe like assault or battery.”

McCaskill will bring needed change

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Kansas City Star | 10/29/2006 | McCaskill will bring needed change

EXCERPT:

Both Claire McCaskill and Jim Talent bring hefty credentials to the U.S. Senate race in Missouri. Both can point to significant accomplishments in their political careers, and each speaks with authority on a wide range of issues.

But a critical difference between the two candidates has become increasingly clear this fall: Claire McCaskill, currently the Missouri auditor, seems far more interested than her opponent in bringing fundamental change to Washington.

Such change is essential. From the costly mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan to runaway deficit spending, from the ethics scandals and even criminal behavior in Congress to the administration’s scorn for key constitutional protections, the federal government is simply way off course.

That’s why public approval ratings for Congress are at rock bottom. Across the political spectrum, Americans want to see substantial change in Washington.

McCaskill gets it. That’s why the Democratic candidate is the best choice for the Senate seat.

On issue after issue, she identifies the fundamental problems and expresses enthusiasm — great enthusiasm, in fact — for tackling them.

On Iraq, she rightly criticizes the poor planning, corruption, human-rights abuses and diplomatic ineptitude that have undermined the U.S. military effort.

But she understands that immediate withdrawal would be a mistake. She suggests stronger international diplomacy, a two-year transition period to a multinational security force and a tougher approach to Iraqi leaders who should be doing more to build a stable democracy.

Among McCaskill’s other goals and positions: Better border and port security, greater fiscal responsibility, more equitable tax policies, serious health-care reform, strong support for lifesaving stem-cell research, a more level playing field for international trade, greater federal respect for civil liberties and a renewed U.S. commitment to human rights.

It’s an ambitious agenda. It is also a badly needed one.

Talent, the Republican incumbent, offers some good ideas, such as pushing for a larger military force.

Yet he often sounds complacent, overlooking Washington’s mistakes or even bragging about a fiasco like the costly, confusing prescription drug program in Medicare. He sometimes seems to focus on fairly narrow issues.

In Iraq, an upbeat Talent argues, U.S. troops would already be withdrawing if not for the recent upsurge in sectarian violence. But that’s hardly persuasive; it’s like saying that it would be a nice day outside if only it weren’t raining.

Talent’s shrill, deceptive campaign ads — over-the-top even by lax political standards — have been disconcerting. Pressed about them last week, Talent oddly sought credit for not using them earlier. He added with apparent pride that other candidates had run even worse material elsewhere.

That’s setting the bar pretty low, particularly for a U.S. senator who talks about the need for greater civility in American political life. It is something for voters to take into account.

Dems counter Bush attack with Iraq ads

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Dems counter Bush attack with Iraq ads - Yahoo! News

EXCERPT:

Lacking the presidential megaphone, Democrats broadcast their message in television commercials in key districts around the country.

“Rick O’Donnell. He’s George Bush’s candidate for Congress. O’Donnell wanted to send 75,000 more troops to Iraq,” says an ad in a suburban Denver race that Democrats are particularly optimistic about winning.

“Despite a war gone wrong and no plan for victory politicians like Rob Simmons keep voting to stay the course again and again, following George Bush’s failed leadership no matter what the cost,” is the accusation against Rep. Rob Simmons of Connecticut.

Rep. Dave Reichert “just sides with Bush on Iraq,” says the announcer in the ad against the Washington state congressman. “Iraq is just a disaster. Iraq is a complete disaster. It’s heartbreaking.”

Yet another ad shows Rep. Heather Wilson (news, bio, voting record), R-N.M., saying, “We need to stay the course,” followed by an announcer’s voice saying, “No, we don’t.”

Duncan Hunter Blames Clinton for Country’s Ills…Announces Run for Presidency

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Rep. Duncan Hunter…just saw his announcement on CNN. This thoughtless windbag will be trounced. He started his announcement by basically saying that Ronald Reagan was a god and Bill Clinton was responsible for all the country’s ills. Idiot.

As Elections Near, Dueling With Dollars

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Democrats–do your part. Write a check to your Democrat Candidates TODAY.

As Elections Near, Dueling With Dollars - washingtonpost.com

EXCERPT:

Based on polling, Republican strategists say a half-dozen seats, including open seats in Colorado, Arizona and Ohio, appear unwinnable. Six other races, including one for the seat held by Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), are looking dire but not hopeless.

Most worrisome, GOP strategists say, is that 20 or more additional Republican incumbents are essentially tied or holding very small leads — a danger zone for a sitting member of Congress in a tough political environment. This has left Forti and colleagues in survival mode.

A look at recent expenditures by the NRCC reveals the wide range of seats Forti must find a way to win. In a two-day period last week, the committee paid for polls in 14 races. Ten of those surveys were in districts of Republican incumbents, including previously safe seats such as that of Rep. Mark Edward Souder in Indiana.