Einstein On The Beach – Big Labor And The Betrayal Of The Working Class

We’re all coast watchers now – waiting for the Great Wave.

The Great Wave is coming and it will drown us all.

Already the first few foamy crests have taken full fathom five some of the tall ships. Lisa Murkowski is but the latest to meet her end. Others will likely follow. Then will come the moment when Obama and his Dimocrats will pay the price.

The most socialist of Obama supporters and the most right wing of Obama supporters will share the same fate. The excuses that Obama betrayed the Left, or the excuses that Obama was too far Left will not matter. Obama supporters Left, Right, Center, will be taken down by the Great Wave.

Legal Insurrection makes the pitiless observation:

“I think I was pretty clear in the battle over health care that I respected the opinions of the principled left, even if I disagreed with their principles. [snip]

Instead, the left was unwilling to join us in stopping Frankenstein-like Obamacare, pushed through by the Harry Reids of the world. As Jay Cost points out, it was Obamacare beyond all else which crystallized the opposition to the Democratic Party, and which started the wave rolling.

Make no mistake, the left brought this on itself, not by being too liberal or not liberal enough, but by allowing itself to be co-opted by the unprincipled, power-hungry, self-aggrandizing Democratic leadership, from Obama on down.

The wave may be coming, and if it does, it will wash away what needs to be washed away, including the illusion that the modern Democratic Party stands for anything.”

The Obama Dimocratic Party deserves nothing but political destruction, death, and doom. The Great Wave will provide that justice. We crave the wave.

Harold Meyerson on the first of September 2010 discussed what we here have for so long called the “Mistake In ’08”. Meyerson provides a ground eye view, from Big Labor’s perspective, of the Great Wave:

“Of all the groups in the Democratic orbit, it is labor that has assumed the most demanding role in this year’s midterm elections: keeping the white working class from flooding into the Republican column.

“When our canvassers call on our members on their doorsteps, they hear Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly in the background,” says Dan Heck, who heads a massive union-sponsored program in Ohio devoted to persuading its members to vote this November for candidates who would mightily displease Beck and O’Reilly.

Heck’s organization, Working America, was created by the national AFL-CIO in 2004 to reach out to white, working-class voters in key swing states such as Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. “Right now, we talk to 25,000 people every week,” says Karen Nussbaum, the program’s national director, “and we’ll knock on a million doors in the next two months. The people we talk to are the volatile 40 percent in the middle of the electorate. They’re angry, and they’re not sure who to blame or what to do about it.”

They’re called the “Tea Party”. They are the ones Obama Dimocrats call “teabaggers” and “batsh*t crazy”. These are the voters the Big Blog Boys delight in insulting. These are the voters the Sirota’s and Bowers and that misogynistic crew that bills itself as the “creative class” gleefully insult. Now the white working class will strike back at the stupid “creative class” who carry diplomas from the nation’s best haiku schools.

More Meyersonwho details Big Labor’s Sisyphean task:

“A number of these folks are evangelicals, some are conservatives,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “We still manage to find common ground with them, talking about ending tax breaks for the rich and penalizing companies that offshore jobs.” Poll after poll makes clear that it is working-class whites who have most decisively turned away from President Obama.

Not so. It is Obama and his Dimocratic Party that walked away from the white working class and other electoral blocs such as senior citizens. Obama and Obama Dimocrats walked purposefully away from the white working class as part of a grand strategy concocted by the “creative class” stupid. Now the white working class is continuing to wisely walk even further away from Barack Obama and his Dimocrats of Doom.

It is Big Labor that has made common cause with the “creative class” Big Blog Boys who insult the working men and women with undisguised condescension and contempt on a daily basis. It is Big Labor that has made common cause with the “creative class” Big Blog Boys that mock these white working class voters and refuse to “validate” their anger. Big Labor leaders like Dick Trumka mouth “unity” words in public but in private they collude with “creative class” thugs whose elitist snobbery is much worse than Donald Trump on his worse day.

“In an April speech at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Trumka affirmed that “working people are right to be mad at what has happened to our economy and our country.” Our political leaders, he continued, need to validate that anger — and remedy its causes — if they are to keep that anger from turning into racial, religious and homophobic hatred. The roots of that anger, and of the recession, lie in our creation of what Trumka termed a “low-wage, high consumption” economy in which the manufacturing of things has been supplanted by the manufacture of debt.”

These are smears directed at his own membership from Trumka. There is no “need to validate that anger”. What is needed is to listen and understand and respect the views of the labor rank and file and the white working class. But that takes work and most importantly will distract from the secret agenda of Big Labor – the perpetuation of Obama Dimocratic power even if that is to the detriment of their own workers.

Notice that the Labor chieftains are not empowering the “anger” of their workers. Instead Labor chieftains impose their stratagems of political power and Obama empowerment on the workers that pay the chieftains’ salaries. As happened in Massachusetts Labor rank and file will attend the rallies and pretend to listen to their self-interested “leaders” but in the privacy of the voting booth the labor rank and file will vote for Scott Brown and those they are told to oppose.

Meyerson slightly mentions the betrayal of the Big Labor bosses and then joins the Big Labor bosses as they try to impose their elite views on the labor rank and file. Instead of doing what the membership wants, Big Labor will do what it wants to the detriment of the workers who pay the salaries:

“The question is whether congressional Democrats and Obama in particular actually measure up to progressive-populist claims that labor makes for them. [snip]

Nor has Obama done what Trumka and his organization’s canvassers do on a daily basis: validate Main Street America’s anger. That doesn’t mean that Obama needs to sound angry himself, God (and David Axelrod) forbid. But labor is on to something that seems to have eluded the White House: If Obama and the Democrats are to have a fighting chance against Beck, O’Reilly and the Republicans, they need to acknowledge how our power elites have betrayed Main Street America, and how Main Street America is right to be enraged.”

This is all quite shocking when observed. Here we have Meyerson writing that indeed the “power elites have betrayed Main Street America” without acknowledging that Big Labor chieftains like Trumpka are part of the “power elite” that continues to betray its own constituents. Instead of carrying forth the aims and goals of the membership, Big Labor bosses now demand that the workers, who pay the salaries of Big Labor honchos, carry forth the aims and goals of the Big Labor bosses.

Compare and contrast. In the latest hit job by Vanity Fair against Sarah Palin, there is this quote from Sarah Palin:

“Palin and the crowd might as well be one. She’s glad to be here with the people of Independence, Missouri, “where so many of you proudly cling to your guns and your religion”—the first laughline in a 40-minute stump speech that alludes to many of the perceived insults she and her audience have suffered together, and that transforms their resentments into badges of honor. Palin waves her scribbled-on palm to the crowd, proclaiming that she’s using “the poor man’s teleprompter.” Of the Obama administration, she says, “They talk down to us. Especially here in the heartland. Oh, man. They think that, if we were just smart enough, we’d be able to understand their policies. And I so want to tell ’em, and I do tell ’em, Oh, we’re plenty smart, oh yeah—we know what’s goin’ on. And we don’t like what’s goin’ on. And we’re not gonna let them tell us to sit down and shut up.

Sarah Palin sounds more like an old time Labor leader fighting for her workers than the current batch of Big Labor bosses who dictate to the workers. In that one paragraph Sarah Palin perfectly summarizes why their is such a massive wave coming in November.

They talk down to us. Especially here in the heartland. Oh, man. They think that, if we were just smart enough, we’d be able to understand their policies. And I so want to tell ’em, and I do tell ’em, Oh, we’re plenty smart, oh yeah—we know what’s goin’ on. And we don’t like what’s goin’ on. And we’re not gonna let them tell us to sit down and shut up.

Sarah Palin knows what the “creative clueless” refuse to openly admit and repent from. The anger in America is real and it is legitimate. The anger is expressed by organizations such as the Tea Party and not by the Left. The wannabee revolutionaries of the Left are upset because the revolution they wanted is coming in November and it will be directed against them.

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Union workers are not the only ones betrayed by their leadership. We’ve discussed before how Women, Gays, and Jews have also been betrayed by their “leadership”. African-Americans too have been betrayed or used by their “leaders”. [So debased is the African-American leadership and their protection of Barack Obama that it sometimes appears to be the case that the great African-American leader of the year is George Will – who quotes Nathan Glazer as saying “the election of Barack Obama ‘coincided with the almost complete disappearance from American public life of discussion of the black condition…'”

The White Working Class was only the first to be dumped:

Donna Brazile and David Axelrod described the Barack Obama base as:

A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics.

Axelrod has declared The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new that Democratic candidates don’t rely solely on those votes.

Gays, Jews, blacks, seniors, women, men – we’re all the White Working Class now. While Obama vacations and redecorates (“The recession redo, paid for by the nonprofit White House Historical Association, was the latest tone-deaf move by a White House that was supposed to excel at connection and communication. Message: I care, but not enough to stop the fancy vacations and posh renovations“) the American people find themselves without advocates on the Left. That’s why the wave.

Yes, the wave:

“Barack Obama’s Democratic party faces a series of dramatic defeats at every level of government in Washington and beyond in the November midterm elections, according to leading analysts and opinion polls.[snip]

Voters are going to deliver a big fat message to President Obama, which he will not want to hear,” said Larry Sabato, who runs Crystal Ball. [snip]

The numbers, which threaten Mr Obama with a “wave election” similar to those of 1994 and 2006, when Democrats wrested back control of the House after 12 years, also extend to key states.”

The wave. All bow before the wave.

“But conditions have deteriorated badly for Democrats over the summer. The economy appears rotten, with little chance of a substantial comeback by November 2nd. Unemployment is very high, income growth sluggish, and public confidence quite low. The Democrats’ self-proclaimed “Recovery Summer” has become a term of derision, and to most voters—fair or not—it seems that President Obama has over-promised and under-delivered.

Obama’s job approval ratings have drifted down well below 50% in most surveys. The generic ballot that asks likely voters whether they will cast ballots for Democrats or Republicans this year has moved increasingly in the GOP direction. While far less important, other controversies such as the mosque debate and immigration policy have made the climate worse for Democrats. Republican voters are raring to vote, their energy fueled by anti-Obama passion and concern over debt, spending, taxes, health care, and the size of government. Democrats are much less enthusiastic by almost every measure, and the Democratic base’s turnout will lag. Plus, Democrats have won over 50 House seats in 2006 and 2008, many of them in Republican territory, so their exposure to any sort of GOP wave is high.”

A Republican House next year is now conventional wisdom. A possible Republican Senate is also conventional wisdom. A majority of Republican governorships is also conventional wisdom. Hundreds of Republican local and state office gains are also conventional wisdom. The wave is coming and is it thus far only gathering greater force.

Charlie Cook is on the beach, waiting for the wave:

“No Help On The Horizon For Dems. The Midterm Outlook Remains Grisly.

Labor Day is almost here and Democrats are still waiting for the cavalry to arrive. An exhaustive scan of the horizon reveals no rescuers and none of the things Democrats badly need to save them from tough midterm election losses on Nov. 2.

There are few signs of any meaningful recovery, and indeed there is more talk of a double-dip recession, plunging the country back into economic trouble between now and the end of the year. Unemployment seems stuck at 9.5 percent, reinforcing the view that last year would have been better spent focusing on the economy than on health care reform.

Democrats also needed a public re-evaluation of the new health care reform law. They needed the public to decide that it wasn’t so bad, that it was a good idea after all. That hasn’t happened, as pointed out by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s health care monthly tracking poll released this week. Favorable attitudes toward the new law dropped from 50 percent last month to 43 percent this month, and unfavorable views climbed from 35 percent to 45 percent. Twenty-nine percent of Americans believe that they and their families will be better off under the new law, while 30 percent say they will be worse off and 36 percent say it will not make much difference.

Some Democratic pollsters say they are seeing districts where Dem incumbents are running only even with relatively unknown challengers.”

Charlie cooks up some “extremely charitable to Democrats” interpretations of Obama and his Dimocrats. But Cook acknowledges that the Obama health scam is ” horrifically flawed” and that unemployment among African-Americans, Hispanics and young people is too high to expect them to save the savior they foolishly supported in 2008.

“Simply put, Democrats find themselves heading into a midterm election that looks as grisly as any the party has faced in decades. It isn’t hard to find Democratic pollsters who privately concede that the numbers they are looking at now are worse than what they saw in 1994.”

The race-by-race outlook confirms the dire forecasts. Cook Political Report House Editor David Wasserman points out that at this point, 32 Democratic incumbents are running even or behind their Republican challengers in one or more public or private polls. At this point in 2006, when Republicans lost control of Congress, only 11 GOP incumbents were running even or behind.

Privately, some Democratic pollsters say that they are routinely seeing districts where Democratic incumbents are running only even with relatively unknown GOP challengers. In other districts where the Republican challengers are reasonably well known, the incumbents are often running 5-10 points behind, a rather extraordinary development at this point.

In the Senate, while the odds still favor Democrats holding on to a narrow majority, it is not only mathematically possible for the GOP to capture a majority this year, but it has become plausible.”

Cook doubts the Republicans will lose “even one currently Republican-held seat” in the Senate. Republicans are “ahead or roughly even in 11 Democratic-held seats, one more than necessary for control of the Senate”.

Charlie Cook sums up: “This is not going to go down well.”

The coming wave has moved Ohio from a “swing state” to a “red state”:

“… by a 50-42 margin voters there say they’d rather have George W. Bush in the White House right now than Barack Obama.

Independents hold that view by a 44-37 margin and there are more Democrats who would take Bush back (11%) than there are Republicans who think Obama’s preferable (3%.)

A couple months ago I thought the Pennsylvanias and Missouris and Ohios of the world were the biggest battlegrounds for 2010 but when you see numbers like this it makes you think it’s probably actually the Californias and the Wisconsins and the Washingtons.

There’s not much doubt things are getting worse for Democrats…and they were already pretty bad. Somehow the party base needs to get reinvigorated over the next two months or there’s going to be a very, very steep price to pay.”

Sorry, we who were the FDR/Hillary Clinton “party base” were snubbed and now we are snubbing back. Sorry, the new Obama “situation comedy” coalition did not get the Hope and Change high they expected and they are in buzz kill mode.

Ohio, post Obama, is red. Deep red:

“After holding small leads in PPP’s first two Ohio polls of 2010 John Kasich has opened up a 50-40 advantage in his bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland.” [snip]

Ohioans are decidedly ambivalent when it comes to their feelings about Kasich himself. [snip]

Voters in the state don’t have any particular affection for Kasich, but this election isn’t really about Kasich. It’s about Barack Obama and Ted Strickland and not being them is enough to have Kasich in a very strong position to win in November.”

It’s about Barack Obama. The problem is Barack Obama:

Strongly benefiting from Barack Obama’s unpopularity in the state Rob Portman has taken a 45-38 lead over over Lee Fisher in the Ohio Senate race.[snip]

But Obama’s approval rating in the state is a pretty dreadful 41/54 spread and Fisher’s attracting only 9% of the vote from people unhappy with Obama. It’s going to be difficult for Democrats to win anywhere that the President’s disapproval is over 50% if their candidate doesn’t have a strong ability to make voters separate their feelings about Obama from their feelings about him/her. [snip]

Those undecideds in Ohio tell an interesting story. 54% of them voted for Barack Obama to only 28% who supported John McCain. But they also now disapprove of the President’s job performance by a 40/46 margin.”

It’s about Barack Obama. The problem is Barack Obama. Strickland and Ohio Dimocrats continue to import Barack Obama and Obama Dimocrats into the state – this is a foolish strategy. Every time Barack Obama walks into a state, another nail is pounded into the coffin of Dimocrats in that state.

Barack Obama is the problem:

“I think this fact sums up how much trouble Democrats are in for in the Midwest this year: Ted Strickland’s 34/52 approval rating on the Ohio poll we put out today makes him…the most popular Democratic Governor in a Big Ten State!

The other 5 Democrats running their states in the region all have approval numbers in the 20s. Ed Rendell’s numbers are the worst at 27/63 (-36), followed by Jennifer Granholm at 29/61 (-32), Jim Doyle at 28/59 (-31), Pat Quinn at 23/53 (-30), and Chet Culver at 28/56 (-28).

The Midwest, rather than the South, is going to be the Democrats’ worst region because they have so much more to lose. When you see approval numbers like these for the Governors in these states- not to mention the President- it makes you wonder how bad the damage is for Democrats in the Congressional and Legislative races in the region.”

And the numbers from the above polls are from a Democratic polling firm! Other assessments are bad or worse:

Obama is proving more a boon to Republicans than to Democrats during the midterm elections. His poll numbers are so morose that Democrats are planning ways to avoid his shadow, while Republicans plot strategies aimed at tying Obama to every incumbent member of Congress they can.

The advice from Democratic consultants and strategists is almost unanimous: Run away from the president, and fast. A prominent Democratic pollster is circulating a survey that shows George W. Bush is 6 points more popular than President Obama in “Frontline” districts — seats held by Democrats that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sees as most vulnerable to Republican takeover. That Bush is more popular than Obama in Democratic-held seats is cause for outright fear.[snip]

• Walk, Don’t Run: “He is a walking radioactive disaster,” one senior Democratic operative said of the president.”

Obama is poison and Obama’s Katrina is worse than George W. Bush’s Katrina:

“Former President George W. Bush showed more leadership in dealing with the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina than President Obama has shown in handling the oil calamity in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a poll of Louisianans released Friday.”

“Miss me yet?” T-shirts and signs and stickers and buttons – with George W. Bush’s picture were the big seller in Martha’s Vineyard. No doubt Tiberius smiles as Caligula redecorates, vacations, and misrules.

Off shore, building strength, the wave builds. On shore the white working class waits, husbanding the anger.

Waiting. Waiting. Waiting for the Great Wave to wash ashore.

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143 thoughts on “Einstein On The Beach – Big Labor And The Betrayal Of The Working Class

  1. Then there is the question of the Islamic banks, which function without interest rates. I don’t know how they do it, but that is because of a religious interdiction of usury. Christians used to be prohibited from usury too

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    Hm. Now there might be a possible ‘follow the money.’

    Would this hedge fund mess, all these ‘made to fail’ loans, have even been possible under the Sharia FINANCIAL rules? Or does it in effect put some regulation on what ‘lenders’ can do?

    If the Muslim FINANCIAL ethics forbid what the traders are doing — then that’s a reason for the traders and those who profit with them, to stir up all this hysteria against Muslims.

  2. If the Muslim FINANCIAL ethics forbid what the traders are doing — then that’s a reason for the traders and those who profit with them, to stir up all this hysteria against Muslims.
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    I guess 9/11 or the beheading of Daniel Pearl never happened.

  3. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/09/02/bigger_than_1994_106985.html

    There has been a flurry of political stories in recent weeks about the electoral difficulties Democrats face this fall. It seems Washington is finally catching on to the fact that the Democrats’ hold on the House is in dire jeopardy, and that a 1994-style, 52-seat pickup is a real possibility.

    But this should not come as a surprise, as the data have been pointing to Democratic losses in the 50-seat range in the House for some time now. Washington continues to be disconnected from the political reality that the polls and the electorate have been sending consistently over the past year. After all, the deterioration in Democratic fortunes has not just recently put the House in play. [snip]

    In reality, barring some major and dramatic turnaround in the political landscape, the 50 seat GOP wave has now in many ways moved closer to the floor for Democratic losses. With the economy continuing to flounder and with fewer than 60 days until Election Day, the potential for a once-in-a-century type of wave that would lead to GOP gains in the 60-90 seat range is increasing.

    The latest Gallup generic ballot tracking finds that, among registered voters, Republicans are leading by ten points, 51 percent to 41 percent. Three of the four highest leads for the GOP since Gallup began tracking the generic ballot in 1942 have been measured in the past month alone (and Republicans won the House seven times during those intervening years, with as many as 246 seats which would be a 68 seat pickup today).

    Moreover, this is a poll of registered voters. This poll only partially accounts for a massive 25-point “enthusiasm gap” between the parties (highly enthusiastic partisans are more likely to answer a phone and sit through a survey). If Gallup had been using a likely voter screen, it would likely have shown upwards of a 14 point lead for the GOP. The last time a party won the national vote by fourteen points was in 1964, when the Democrats won 295 seats in Congress (in 1974 they won the national vote by 17 points and won 291 seats).

    Nor is this cherry-picking the data. The RCP Generic Ballot Average, which is predominately comprised of registered voter polls, for the Democrats currently stands at a +4.8 percent edge for the Republicans. That probably translates to a 8 to 10 point edge for Republicans among the actual electorate.[snip]

    As a result, if the GOP were to win the national vote by ten points this year – again, roughly what the RCP Average suggests when transformed into a likely voter model – that would represent over a ten point gain for the GOP over the course of a single election. A gain in the popular vote of that magnitude in a single cycle hasn’t occurred since 1932, when Democrats jumped from 45.9 percent of the popular vote to 56.2 percent of the popular vote, netting 97 seats in the process.[snip]

    Right now, the idea of gains in excess of 60 seats for the GOP is unthinkable to many. Gains of that magnitude haven’t happened in over 80 years. But unthinkability is not evidence. What actual evidence we have reminds us that no political party has hit the trifecta of a lousy economy, an opposition at its nadir (in terms of seat loss), and an overly ambitious Presidential agenda in over 80 years. All these macro factors are pointing to a massive GOP blowout, and they will not be changing between now and November. The Democrats need to hope that the micro factors save them from a once-in-a-century storm.

  4. …”we are mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore”

    White House aides explain this change as a largely inevitable reflection of the cycles of history. Midterms are almost always bad for first-term Presidents, and worse in hard times. “The public is rightly frustrated and angry with the economy,” says Dan Pfeiffer, Obama’s communications director, explaining the White House line. “There is no small tactical shift we could have made at any point that would have solved that problem.” In more confiding moments, aides admit that the peak of Obama’s popularity may have been inflated, a fleeting result of elation at the prospect of change and national pride in electing the first African-American President. As one White House aide puts it, “It was sort of fake.”

  5. More Meyersonwho details Big Labor’s Sisyphean task:

    “A number of these folks are evangelicals, some are conservatives,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “We still manage to find common ground with them, talking about ending tax breaks for the rich and penalizing companies that offshore jobs.” Poll after poll makes clear that it is working-class whites who have most decisively turned away from President Obama.“*****************

    A number of them are everyday middle class Americans, Hillary Dems, the elderly, the rural (ie not sophisticated to understand the ENISTEIN in office policies )…everyday people with everyday problems like unemployment,foreclosure,with sons and daughters, relatives killed in a War not of their choosing, brought upon bought upon a Nation by forces of evil that today want to build a symbol of their power upon sacred ground in NYC.

    You mean THESE people?

  6. ““Voters are going to deliver a big fat message to President Obama, which he will not want to hear,”
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    All of the political analysis is based on impressions, projections of what the response of a “normal” politician would be. I think that is just as likely that Obama can’t wait for Nov 2 and watching the tidal wave of Dem defeats. His recent history has been to enjoy sh*tting on his more loyal, groveling supporters. The multiple vacations, golf games, general indifference to the job of Presidency is typical Obama. I don’t think that he behaves like this because he is politically “tone deaf” but because he know that it is a pattern of behavior that will p*ss people off. The Dem leadership is terrified of the coming rethug subpoena power. Who knows but it is just as likely that he is looking forward to it…”First Black President, persecuted and run out of office, another page in the history books”….it’s impossible to know what is “rational” in his sociopathic mind but it isn’t what the talking heads think.

  7. Great post Admin, and you are correct…just like Mother Nature’s killer wave of destruction, American voters that either had their vote, their candidate, their job or their savings destroyed by That One and his thugs, another woman/manmade wave is coming as a slap in the face, reminding them that THEY WORK FOR US, working people…not the other way around.

  8. It seems Washington is finally catching on to the fact that the Democrats’ hold on the House is in dire jeopardy, and that a 1994-style, 52-seat pickup is a real possibility.

    But this should not come as a surprise… that Nasty will finally get blown off her perch!!!!!!!!!!

    Yeehaw!!!

  9. Interesting. Rick Scott, the Republican running for governor in Florida, has just picked a black woman as his running mate.

  10. Oooo, it gets better. She’s a Navy Vet, and her son is a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins. That oughta bump Scott up in the polls a bit.

  11. I think that is just as likely that Obama can’t wait for Nov 2 and watching the tidal wave of Dem defeats. His recent history has been to enjoy sh*tting on his more loyal, groveling supporters. The multiple vacations, golf games, general indifference to the job of Presidency is typical Obama. I don’t think that he behaves like this because he is politically “tone deaf” but because he know that it is a pattern of behavior that will p*ss people off. The Dem leadership is terrified of the coming rethug subpoena power. Who knows but it is just as likely that he is looking forward to it…”First Black President, persecuted and run out of office, another page in the history books”….it’s impossible to know what is “rational” in his sociopathic mind but it isn’t what the talking heads think.
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    You mean like this? . . .

    “While his soldiers fought and died under increasingly hopeless conditions, for Hitler the war became a matter of moving markers around on maps”.

    And this? . . .

    “Hitler’s response to frustration became increasingly putulant. When he ordered an attack by General Bussey and it failed he complained to General Guderian (Panzer Leader) that the defeat was due to stupid generalship and in World War I it was customary to fire 10 rounds before launching such an attack. Guderian countered that Busse fired all the rounds he had to which Hitler replied then it is your fault because you should have issued more rounds. To which Guderian replied I issued him all the shells you allocated. To which Hitler replied then the troops let me down. Whereupon Guderian showed Hitler a report showing high casualty rates among troops, and continued to defend General Busse. Whereupon Hitler relieved Guderian.

    And this? . . .

    “In this war there can only be victory or defeat. And if the German People cannot wrest victory from the enemy then they shall be destroyed. Yes, they deserve to prerish . . .

    Substitute Democratic Party for German People and the statements are similar. And because Barack is keen on loose moral equivalencies, this one should pose no problem for him.

    Source: “Hitler: The Pathology of Evil.”

  12. HillaryForTexas, the Rick Scott choice for LG is another example of why the Dimocratic strategists who fooled the party into the “demographic destiny” foolishness are wrong.

    Not only is Jennifer Carroll an attractive candidate she is living proof that the Republicans will adapt to whatever demographic reality they have to adapt to. The GOP was never going to give up and die the way the Dimocratic strategists said. These Dim strategists wanted Hillary out because Obama was supposed to be the face of the “demographic future” but now Obama stinks more than ever and the GOP has the opening to destroy the opposition party.

    BTW, it is not just Jennifer Carroll. We’ve noted before all the women (of many races and ethnic groups) the Republicans are fielding as well as Latino Marco Rubio and others. There is also Tim Scott in South Carolina as well as Secretary of State candidate Damon Dunn of California.

  13. Oh My Dear Sweet Lord: Rightwing Tea Party “Anti-Immigrant” Extremist Turns Out To Have Been Convicted For… Human Smuggling of Illegal Immigrants
    —Ace
    So… this guy’s a rightwinger because in his general screed against parasitic human babies he mentioned he didn’t like “anchor babies” either?

    Turns out his relationship with illegal immigrants was a little more complex than that.

    James Lee, the bomb-laden gunman who was killed by police in the lobby of the Discovery Channel, was once convicted and imprisoned for smuggling illegal immigrants into the country from Mexico.

    The revelation that Lee had once smuggled illegals contrasts sharply with a hate-filled manifesto he left behind in which he describes illegal immigrants as “disgusting filth” and their children as “anchor baby filth.”

    Note that ABCNews leaves you with the impression that that was his sole motivation. They do not mention the leftwing eco-terrorist agitprop at all. To ABC, and its made-ignorant readers, Lee was an anti-immigration extremist, period.

    Precisely as I said he would be.

  14. Hillary for Texas…regardless of the obvious…this is one dude we do not want as governor of Florida…the man is a major crook…and if you look at him or are ever forced to listen to him…he seems crazy…he has this gaze in his eyes that sorry to say, look deranged…it is like a wide eyed frozen stare…freaky!

    …and as Jan H clued us in to Scott’s running mate…she is no bargain either…sorry but there was no reason for that tasteless joke about Hillary

    JanH
    September 2nd, 2010 at 9:08 am
    Jennifer Carroll and that Hillary Clinton joke

    Abel Harding
    September 2, 2010

    We’ve all made comments we’ve later wished could be taken back. Perhaps a joke that may have sounded funny to us, but just came out wrong when we shared it with others.

    For state Rep. Jennifer Carroll, who will be named as Rick Scott’s running mate today, her attempt at a Hillary Clinton joke at a 2004 Southern Republican Leadership Conference, was one of those moments.

    Carroll told assembled Republicans that Clinton, then a U.S. Senator from New York, had been visited by ghosts of presidents past. It went something like this:

    Carroll said Clinton was visited by the ghosts of Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. According to The Associated Press, the joke had Clinton asking each president what she could do to help the country, and Lincoln told Clinton to go to a theater. Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theater in Washington.

    But Carroll said her intent was never to imply Clinton should suffer harm.

    “You infer what you want to infer, but I never said assassinate, or kill or maim,” Carroll told The Associated Press.

    The joke earned Carroll a reprimand on FOXNews by Bill O’Reilly.

    jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/abel-harding/2010-09-02/jennifer-carroll-and-hillary-clinton-joke

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    we cannot cut off our noses to spite our faces…no Rick Scott…no matter what…no Rick Scott…it is an example of how still out of touch the repubs are that this is the best they could come up with in Florida…a crazed health care crook billionaire…

  15. In addition to what Morris says, loyal democrats in West Virginian need to remember that this lying son of a bitch Machin (nee Mancini) promised to endorse the winner of the democratic primary, whereupon West Virginians voted for Hillary over Obama by a tidal wave of 69 to 26, and this supposedly popular governor (believe me cousin not with the government people I spoke to)went awol. He is a liar and he does not reflect the views of his constituents. Let us hope they send him to Davey Jones locker where he belongs. In any event here is the analysis:
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    MANNA FROM HEAVEN: WEST VIRGINIA SENATE SEAT

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    September 2, 2010

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    Having failed us in life, Robert Byrd is apparently going to help us to limit government spending after his demise. He has accomplished this postmortem feat by opening up his Senate seat in time to be included in the deluge that is approaching in the November, 2010 election.

    When Byrd died, Democrats confidently expected West Virginia’s popular governor – Joe Manchin (pronounced mansion) – to win the seat handily. When Republican John Raese (pronounced racy) jumped into the race, few were surprised and none bothered to recalculate the GOP’s chances. While Raese is wealthy and inclined to spend heavily to win, he had been soundly defeated by Byrd in 2006 for the same seat.

    Now comes the first poll in the race by Scott Rasmussen and the results are going to send shockwaves throughout the country. Manchin leads Raese by only 48-42! What makes these numbers so significant is that Manchin has a job approval as governor of 70%. So more than a third of those who like him as Governor, don’t want him to be the Senator. Why not? The answer is simple: Barack Obama.

    West Virginia voted for McCain in 2008 despite a reputation for yellow dog consistency in backing Democrats. But when the Democratic Party declared war on coal as part of its program to reverse global warming, they did little to warm West Virginia’s heart. Coal is, of course, as vital to this state’s economy as gambling is to Nevada’s and Obama’s determination to wreck the coal industry is not welcome in West Virginia.

    When a governor’s job approval ratings are not correlating with an ability to win vote share, he is in desperate trouble. The way politicians usually win office is by raising their approval and favorability ratings. The fact that Manchin’s are already stratospheric but his vote share is under 50, suggests that the linkage between the two is severed, likely with lethal consequences for his Senate candidacy.

    For his part, Raese can run against the Stimulus Package, Obamacare, TARP, and, above all, Cap and Trade. Of Manchin’s record as the state’s chief executive, all he need say is “Keep Manchin as our Governor.”

    Especially since Raese is partly self-funded, he can wage a strong campaign. With West Virginia decidedly in play, the prospects are even brighter for Republican control of the Senate.

  16. wbboei
    September 2nd, 2010 at 3:26 pm
    ==================================

    This is the way that I choose to view this. It’s not anti-incumbent so much as it is anti-Democrat party. I know that incumbent Republicans have lost in primaries this year, but I think they lost because they were viewed as people who were not strong in their rejection of the obama agenda.

    I hope that the Republicans pick up as many seats as possible. Ninety or more seats would be great.

  17. I am sorry. I got carried away. I did not mean liar. All I meant was his promises mean nothing and he has no respect for the people of his state. To call him a liar would be letting him off too easy.

  18. S, as someone whose husband lives with the spectre every day of being charged with “Medicare fraud”, I have many doubts as to Scott being a crook. He was NOT convicted.

    When Medicare puts out new “bundling” rules every few years or so, they are deliberately and unhelpfully obscure about what constitutes “compliance”. If you call them to ask, “Okay, how exactly am I supposed to code this charge?”, they are NOT allowed to give you an answer. They can read the regulation back to you, but cannot explain in simple English what it means. They claim that part is not their job.

    My understanding is that many hospitals got charged with fraud because they were charging separately for procedures that Medicare decided after the fact should have fallen under the “bundle into one charge” category. Judges later ruled in many of those cases that there was no freaking way to make heads or tails of the new regulations, and how to comply. Scott’s hospital chose not to go to court but to settle, which in the medical field is NOT an admission of guilt, but often just a fiscal decision – it would cost more to fight it, even if you won.

    I’m not saying I know he’s innocent, but I’m saying that as someone responsible for hubby’s medicare billing for many years, I take all charges of Medicare fraud with a grain of salt until I know the facts. It is REALLY easy to be out of compliance, even if you did not intend to transgress. If all his hospital did was stuff like charge for a surgical instrument tray, when the new regs had changed to say that it now had to be rolled into the charge for the anesthesia or something, then this was not “fraud” as we commonly think of it.

    I can’t stress enough how incomprehensible new Medicare coding/billing regulations can be when they first come out. It’s like they are unclear on purpose, just so they can catch docs doing something “wrong”, and fine the hell out of them.

  19. I’m voting for Rick Scott regardless. Let’s see, Rick Scott = crook, Alex Sink = person who made millions while laying off the little people which seems to be the new corporate America way of doing things. Neither one is a saint. I’m for sending the Democrat party a message. Rick Scott can be voted out in 4 years if he turns out to be the horrible boogey man.

    As for the joke, it wasn’t funny, and in poor taste. Oh well, the lady learned a valuable lesson. Kudos to Scott for picking a female, regardless of color.

  20. I know that incumbent Republicans have lost in primaries this year, but I think they lost because they were viewed as people who were not strong in their rejection of the obama agenda.
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    I agree. And it is also why Crist has become like a straw in the wind. There is no room for anyone in Obama’s life boat. Regardless of Party. Sentor Specter made the same mistake. Senator Specter recckoned that he could jump ship and ride the big wave called Obama. And now he is lame duck Senator Specter.

  21. Hillary 2012 paid ad.

    From HotAir, quite a bit of “misunderestimation”:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/02/oh-yes-first-hillary-2012-ad-hits-the-airwaves/

    No no no, of course she’s not behind it. It’s some random Hillary fan who’s paying for it. Or is it?

    The commercial was paid for by a Chicago dentist named William DeJean.

    When asked why he put the ad up, DeJean told CNN Thursday that “I’m a dentist and I don’t think this country is headed in the right direction.”

    Regarding Clinton, DeJean says “I think she is the most qualified.”

    DeJean adds that he thinks people are having buyer’s remorse about President Barack Obama and says the current administration is ruining the Democratic Party. He says he spent $5,000 to create the commercial and tells CNN that besides New Orleans, the ad will run in Washington, New York and Los Angeles, and possible Houston. DeJean says he chose to first run the ad in New Orleans because he’s a native of the city and because the city’s in the news due to the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

    I’ve explained before why the idea of a Hillary primary challenge to The One will never, ever happen, but darn it, as a former supporter of Operation Chaos and a professional Obama critic, I’m duty bound to hype the living shinola out of this thing. Especially since I’m convinced that if Hillary were president now instead of The One, not only would her policies have been substantially similar to his — unless, of course, she wisely decided to table health-care reform in order to concentrate on unemployment instead — but that public opposition to her would be even more intense than it is to O. As much as I like her personally, I think much of the public finds her a lot easier to demonize than Bambi. (And I’d bet dollars to donuts that most Clinton insiders agree.) Imagine all the Hillary-as-the-Joker “socialism” posters we’ve missed out on, my friends. Hypothetical approval rating at this point in her term: I’d guess 36-37 percent, if she’s lucky.

    In honor of the first woman to ever seriously contend for the presidency, I leave you with this piece at NRO about liberal feminists rallying to the defense of … Sarah Palin. Good work, Vanity Fair: You’ve finally given the left a reason to defend their least favorite conservative.

  22. wbboei,

    I hope the increasingly “putulant” Squat and the dims “prerish”, the sooner the better.

    😉

    I couldn’t help enjoying reading a post from someone else who sometimes succumbs to rapidfire typo syndrome. (And I am the hands-down champ at that).

    hehehehe

  23. HillaryforTexas
    September 2nd, 2010 at 5:05 pm
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    The other thing about settling without going to trial is that the defendant get his name or his organizations name out of the news. I believe Rick Scott settled to save money on legal fees by not fighting the charges, and so that he could continue to work unimpeded by a long, drawn out trial.

  24. whoa, did you guys see this?

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/02/hillary-clinton-for-president-ad-hits-airwaves/

    The commercial was paid for by a Chicago dentist named William DeJean.

    When asked why he put the ad up, DeJean told CNN Thursday that “I’m a dentist and I don’t think this country is headed in the right direction.”

    Regarding Clinton, DeJean says “I think she is the most qualified.”

    DeJean adds that he thinks people are having buyer’s remorse about President Barack Obama and says the current administration is ruining the Democratic Party. He says he spent $5,000 to create the commercial and tells CNN that besides New Orleans, the ad will run in Washington, New York and Los Angeles, and possible Houston. DeJean says he chose to first run the ad in New Orleans because he’s a native of the city and because the city’s in the news due to the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

  25. Admin, I despise every word of what that guy from HotAir wrote. He does not know how she would have governed. HotAir, indeed!

  26. With an embarassment of riches from which to choose, I think this is the best column I have seen so far on this site.

  27. The Mosque Of Doom:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/nyregion/03poll.html?hp

    Two-thirds of New York City residents want a planned Muslim community center and mosque to be relocated to a less controversial site farther away from ground zero in Lower Manhattan, including many who say they favor the project, according to a New York Times poll.

    The poll indicates that support for the 13-story complex, which organizers said would promote moderate Islam and interfaith dialogue, is tepid in its home town, confined mainly to Manhattan and those who identify as liberal.

    Nearly a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks ignited a wave of anxiety about Muslims, many in the country’s biggest and arguably the most cosmopolitan city still have an uneasy relationship with Islam. One fifth of New Yorkers acknowledged animosity toward Muslims. Thirty-three percent said that, compared with other American citizens, Muslims were more sympathetic to terrorists. And nearly 60 percent said that their friends had negative feelings toward Muslims because of 9/11.

    Over all, 50 percent of those surveyed oppose the project’s construction two blocks north of the World Trade Center site, even though a majority believe that the developers have the right to do so. Thirty-five percent favor it.

    Opposition is most intense in the city’s outer boroughs — 54 percent in the Bronx — but it is even strong in Manhattan, considered a bastion of religious tolerance, where 41 percent are against it.

    The poll was conducted Aug. 27 to 31 with 892 adults. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points. [snip]

    More than half, 53 percent, of city residents with incomes over $100,000 back the center; only 31 percent of those with incomes under $50,000 agree. Protestants are evenly divided, while most Catholics and Jewish New Yorkers oppose the center.

    Age also plays a role. Those under 45 are evenly divided (42 percent for, 43 percent against); among those over 45, nearly 60 percent are opposed.

    The center’s developers, and its defenders, have sought to portray opponents as a small but vocal group.

    The poll, however, reveals a more complicated portrait of the opposition in New York: 67 percent said that while Muslims had a right to construct the center near ground zero, they should find a different location.

    Most strikingly, 38 percent of those who expressed support for the plan to build it in Lower Manhattan said later in a follow-up question that they would prefer it be moved farther away, suggesting that even those who defend the plan question the wisdom of the location.

  28. Okay, just listened to the entire Boxer/Fiorino debate, and as much as I don’t like that Boxer supports too many things the fraud does, Fiorino is against too many social issues I think are important.
    -Women’s right to choose
    -Want’s Roe vs Wade overturned
    -Want’s taxes for the top 1% to stay

    Took 22 million severance when fired from HP

    The list is endless plus she is very catty.

  29. shadowfax,

    The list is endless plus she is very catty.
    ——————

    I agree, she is and she lost my support with that very obnoxious comment about Boxer’s hair. Women like that are the ones who would/have cut Hillary’s throat in a heartbeat and are constantly commenting on her hair and clothes…Geez, with women like that we don’t need enemies. You don’t hear men talking about one another like that and until we get past this little female pissing contest…forget we will never get ahead.

  30. Fiorino at least came off optomistic, that Boxer creature was all nastiness and attack attack attack, there was no optimism at all from her.

  31. admin
    September 2nd, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Hillary 2012 paid ad.

    From HotAir, quite a bit of “misunderestimation”:

    ——

    I would like more and more ads to come out on Hillary running against the Pretender.

    I want her in 2012, the sooner, the better!

    If she doesn’t run in 2012, that means the Rethugs will be back in the Oval office, doing their dirty work.

    …..and I don’t want anyone to say she will be to OLD to run in 2016!!!!

  32. Yup Confloyd, when starting to listen to the video, I tried to put the hair comment aside to hear the issues, and ended up liking her even less after the debate. She is not getting my vote.

  33. #
    moononpluto
    September 2nd, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Fiorino at least came off optomistic, that Boxer creature was all nastiness and attack attack attack, there was no optimism at all from her.
    ——-

    Shall we really get down to calling Boxer a ‘creature’, and the best you can say is she sounded ‘optimistic’?

    I can at least say Fironio supported the AZ law, no amnesty and securing the borders. The rest I disagreed with as far as her limited track record.

  34. Pfffffff…nice standard of Dem running these days…..talk about a farce.

    http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13086832

    Alvin Greene accused of using anti-white and anti-gay slurs

    The man who shocked the political world by becoming a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate has been accused of using anti-gay and racial slurs.

    South Carolina candidate Alvin Greene is denying using the words.

    Now former campaign aide Dottie Sue Maggart-Feldmen accused Greene of using the slurs in a voice mail to the York County man she says Greene was talking about.

    The message was left for local Democratic activist Will Bigger, who organized a forum in York Monday night in which Greene spoke and answered questions.

    In the message, which was obtained by WBTV news partner CN2, Dottie Sue tells Bigger she has resigned from the Greene campaign. She says on the way back from the forum in York Greene called Bigger a “fat white f—–.” She also says he called Bigger anti-white slurs.

    “That’s not true,” Greene told WBTV by phone from his home in Manning, South Carolina, on Wednesday night. “She is a troublemaker, and she is not with my campaign.”

    Bigger said he’s not sure who he believes, but he says the whole thing is disappointing.

    “You try to do a public service for people. You try to respect the dignity of human beings and this is what you get,” Bigger told CN2. “There’s no honesty, it seems like, in politics anymore.”

    But Bigger says he does not regret getting Greene to come to York.

    CN2 reporter Diane Gallagher got ahold of a documentary film crew that has been following Greene around. They say there was a big argument at the campaign on Tuesday, and Dottie Sue made threats to “ruin” Greene.

    Greene is running against Republican incumbent Jim DeMint in November’s U.S. Senate election in South Carolina.

    A recent poll shows DeMint with a 44 percentage point lead.

    Greene shocked the country in May by beating established politician Vic Rawl in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

    Greene is an unemployed military veteran who’s facing a felony charge for allegedly showing pornography to a University of South Carolina female college student.

  35. MOP, at one point I thought Fiorina would be a good Presidential candidate, but as I’ve gotten to know her, I don’t like her, but I don’t like Boxer even more…its like choosing between rotten apples or rotten oranges.

    I really hope 2012′ doesn’t present me with those same choices…whatever…the dems have to pay for what they did to Hillary…of that I am sure of.

  36. Boxer really did herself a disservice last night, she showed her true colours and it wasnt pretty. Fiorino may not be perfect neither of them are but what i saw from Boxer was down right pathetic for a senator of 18 years. Carly at least came over professional in responses and actually responded it what she would do.

    Boxer really dropped bigtime in my estimation last night. Carly went up and that was not something i expected.

  37. From BAR:

    “What’s More Important For Black Leadership? Turning Off Fox News? Or Stopping the President’s Cat Food Commission?”

    “While black political leaders and activists focus on turning off Fox News, and clownish disputes with Tea Partyers and the likes of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, are they missing something more important? Can any good come from a Democratic president reaching across the aisle to team up with Republicans for a bipartisan “fiscal reform” that targets “entitlements,” meaning Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security? Is the silence of black leadership on the president’s Cat Food Commission still more evidence of their irrelevance?”
    (snip)

    http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/whats-more-important-turning-fox-news-or-stopping-presidents-cat-food-commission#comments

  38. Whats Nan gonna do when she has to vacate the Speakers office, she’ll barricade i’ll bet, Boehner will be finding hidden vodka bottles for years. They’ll have to prise that gavel out of her hand with a pneumatic wrench.

  39. MOP

    I gotta agree with Confloyd, both running for senate in CA stink. I will pick the rotten apple over the ‘optimistic’ rotten banana.

  40. Meh. Carly would not have been my pick, but Boxer comes across as so freaking entitled – like she owns that seat by divine right. And the whole Delta Smelt fiasco with turning off the water to all those poor farmers says to me she’s a nutjob idealogue living in fantasyland.

    Plus she’s so far up Obama’s butt that it’s not even funny. As for me, I don’t even consider the whole choice issue anymore when voting – I got fed up with the games on both sides and took it off the table for now.

  41. I can’t stress enough how incomprehensible new Medicare coding/billing regulations can be when they first come out. It’s like they are unclear on purpose, just so they can catch docs doing something “wrong”, and fine the hell out of them.
    ********
    In five years, after the insurance companies get finished with the doctors, dealing with Medicare will seems like the “golden age”. I was waiting for a oil change and the CEO of United Health was on CNBC. What he was describing as their near term plans to “control costs” ie profits will hit doctors hard.

  42. SHV, I by no means intended to let the private insurers off the hook – they are awful! But the topic at hand was Medicare fraud.

    Oh, and all I can say to my California friends is that I’m glad I don’t have to vote there and that it’s a moot point for me. Because the choices suck.

  43. If this is even remotely true, its going to be way worse for Dems than they think right now

    GALLUP : Republicans Hold Wide Lead in Key Voter Turnout Measure

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/142838/Republicans-Hold-Wide-Lead-Key-Voter-Turnout-Measure.aspx

    Republican advantage in “thought given to election” greatly exceeds that for past midterms

    PRINCETON, NJ — Two months before this year’s midterm congressional elections, Gallup finds 54% of Republicans, compared with 30% of Democrats, already saying they have given “quite a lot of” or “some” thought to the contests.

    This “thought” measure is an important variable in Gallup’s well-established classification of “likely voters,” which is put into use closer to Election Day. The current gulf in thought between the parties mirrors the partisan gap in Gallup’s voter enthusiasm measure that is tracked weekly.

    Republicans’ current level of thought about the elections, from Gallup Daily tracking conducted Aug. 23-29, matches or exceeds that found in October/November of the last three midterm years. By contrast, Democrats are giving far less thought to the elections today than they did in the final weeks before the prior four midterms. As a result, Democrats are on par with independents in current attention levels — a sharp departure from recent years, when the Democrats exceeded independents on this measure.

    The large party gap in “thought” suggests the typical Republican turnout advantage could be larger than usual this year if that gap persists until Election Day. Attention normally spikes as elections approach, and this is likely to occur among Democrats. However, it is unclear whether the Republicans have reached the limit for how much attention they will pay to a midterm election, or whether their attention will rise to perhaps a historic level by November. How this plays out will determine Democrats’ ability to catch up to Republicans on this measure before Election Day, and will in turn determine the size…

    The extraordinary level of attention conservative Republicans (including Republican-leaning independents) are paying to the election is much of the reason Republicans’ current attention dwarfs Democrats’. Sixty-three percent of conservative Republicans say they have given quite a lot of or some thought to the upcoming elections, roughly twice the proportion of moderate and liberal Republicans (34%), and liberal Democrats (32%).

    Conservative Republicans were much closer to moderates and liberals of both parties on this measure in October/November of prior midterms. Also, only in 1994 did Gallup find a higher percentage of conservative Republicans paying quite a lot of or some attention to the elections than are doing so today. But with two months to go before the 2010 midterms, conservatives will likely match or exceed that record by Election Day.

  44. yawn…………

    Obama to hold press conference next Friday

    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will hold a press conference on Friday, September 10, the White House said on Thursday.

    It also said in a statement that he would make two trips next week to talk about the economy, visiting Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Monday and Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday.

    Obama has been criticized in some quarters for holding relatively few press conferences, and for taking a limited number of questions when he faces the media.

    His last extensive question-and-answer session with reporters was at the Toronto Group of 20 summit in June. But he has not held a full-blown, prime time press conference in the White House’s stately East Room in over a year.

    The White House did not spell out what format the president’s press conference next week would take.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6815R920100902

  45. They are the only two places that want him it seems, he’s never out of Ohio these days and they all hate him there, Strickland must be desperate. They know the whole state is about to tip to the republicans.

  46. http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/09/quantifying-enthusiasm-gap.html

    We hear about the enthusiasm gap all the time, usually in pretty abstract terms. Here it is in black and white: in 10 key races for Senate and Governor in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, and Missouri it’s costing Democratic candidates (or Charlie Crist) an average of 7 points on the margin.

    If the folks planning to turn out this year matched the 2008 electorate:

    -Alex Sink running for Governor in Florida and Alexi Giannoulias running for the Senate in Illinois would have double digit leads.

    -Elaine Marshall running for Senate in North Carolina and Pat Quinn running for Governor in Illinois would have small leads instead of trailing.

    -Ted Strickland running for Governor in Ohio, Lee Fisher running for Senate in Ohio, Joe Sestak running for Senate in Pennsylvania, and Robin Carnahan running for Senate in Missouri would all be within three points rather than trailing by 7-10 as they do now.

    This year isn’t getting away from the Democrats because voters are moving toward the Republicans en masse. But the enthusiasm gap is turning races that would otherwise be lean Democratic into toss ups, turning toss ups into leaning Republican, and turning leaning Republican into solid Republican.

    …………………………………..

    Its only partly because of that but more its because the people are fed up with the people in power

  47. Frank: GOP thinks Obama inauguration ranks with 9/11 as national tragedy

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/116989-frank-gop-thinks-obama-inauguration-ranks-with-911

    Democrat mocks Republicans at California event, saying party has suffered from “massive amnesia” since Obama was sworn in.

    Republicans act as if President Obama’s inauguration ranks with Pearl Harbor and 9/11 as a national tragedy, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said this week.

    “Now here is what apparently happened on Jan. 21, 2009 [sic], if you listen to the Republicans: It was, after Pearl Harbor Day or 9/11 of 2001, the worst day in American history,” Frank said at a local Democratic Party event in California last weekend.

    He went on to lambast the GOP for thinking that the nation’s problems began with the 44th president, and not under his predecessor, President George W. Bush.

    …………………………………………………

    Honey we all think Obama ranks up there as a mega disaster.

  48. White House about to jump off the cliff, i see…………………

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/41727.html

    White House considering emergency economic stimuli

    By: Glenn Thrush September 2, 2010 07:04 PM EDT

    The Obama administration is mulling a raft of emergency fixes to stimulate the economy before the midterms, including an extension of the research and development tax credit and new infrastructure spending, according to several people familiar with the situation.

    Administration officials have been huddling almost continuously during the past week, brainstorming for ideas that would boost employment without hiking the massive federal deficit – with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner rushing to the West Wing for further consultations late Thursday.

    The White House press office on Thursday refused to say how much a financial package might be, other than to say it won’t be a “second stimulus.” But the administration will have a tough time selling nearly any package to terrified, Obama-phobic Hill Democrats who increasingly blame the president – and his ambitious, expensive legislative agenda – for their dismal prospects this November.

    The meetings, which had Obama huddling with his economic advisers twice in the last seven days, have yielded no specific proposals. But he’s given the team a priority: find ways to pay for as many of the ideas, mostly tax breaks, as possible without a deficit increase, an administration official told POLITICO.

    The R-and-D tax cut, which Congressional Democrats have already considered would, for example, be paid for by closing overseas corporate loopholes.

    …………………………….

    God help us, Obama’s gone trigger money happy.

  49. let me get this straight.

    near on 12 months we have been shouted at that the economy was in recovery mode.

    Now they are saying it’s not REALLY in a recovery so let’s throw more money that we don’t have to fix it AGAIN?

    Now which is it?

  50. Obama=mega disaster, yes that’s right…

    I had a little argument with a leftie bot today, she was going on and on about how Bill’s remake of the entitlement programs were felt across the poor’s back…well she better hold on because after 2010′, she’ll be praying Bill’s in back in the WH, cause Obama is going to slash everything…

    She also was really sure Hillary will NEVA be potus, so I sent the above video from the dentist…then dared to open the link, the people who still believe in him are going to be surprised.

  51. The meetings, which had Obama huddling with his economic advisers twice in the last seven days

    ———————————————
    TWICE, did they say TWICE, OMG, we are in deep shit. Bill, Hillary and GOre didn’t even sleep in 92′ for days trying to figure out what to do…two meetings will fix the economy. WOW!

  52. Evan Byah was one of the good dems. And he was forced to vote on that awful rationing care bill.
    I remember listening to him right before he announced he would retire, he knew the focus should have been on jobs, jobs, jobs, the Obot-nut bandwagon was just too strong for him to fight against.

    The party is utterly being detroyed, just as PUMAs knew this would happen in 2008.

  53. Yeah, he seemed to be but with Indiana being in large such a red/purple state, this Nov probably would probably have removed him too as a casualty. I think he knew that.

  54. and I agree with admin, for the DNC to the get the message, the loss has to be huge, and massive, very massive. Mr. “the difference between now and 1994 is now you’ve got me” is too dense to get anything that knocks his ego, no doubt the presidents of the Obama fan club, i.e. Katie Couric, B. Williams, etc will be there to console him that its not his fault, of course not!

    I know I will never be calling myself a democrat anymore, even though one of my heroes is and always will be JFK. This is nothing like the party I was a member of 4 decades ago.

  55. Our distracted commander in chief

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, September 3, 2010

    Many have charged that President Obama’s decision to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan 10 months from now is hampering our war effort. But now it’s official. In a stunning statement last week, Marine Corps Commandant James Conway admitted that the July 2011 date is “probably giving our enemy sustenance.”

    A remarkably bold charge for an active military officer. It stops just short of suggesting aiding and abetting the enemy. Yet the observation is obvious: It is surely harder to prevail in a war that hinges on the allegiance of the locals when they hear the U.S. president talk of beginning a withdrawal that will ultimately leave them to the mercies of the Taliban.

    How did Obama come to this decision? “Our Afghan policy was focused as much as anything on domestic politics,” an Obama adviser told the New York Times’ Peter Baker. “He would not risk losing the moderate to centrist Democrats in the middle of health insurance reform and he viewed that legislation as the make-or-break legislation for his administration.”

    If this is true, then Obama’s military leadership can only be called scandalous. During the past week, 22 Americans were killed over a four-day period in Afghanistan. This is not a place about which decisions should be made in order to placate members of Congress, pass health care and thereby maintain a president’s political standing. This is a place about which a president should make decisions to best succeed in the military mission he himself has set out.
    But Obama sees his wartime duties as a threat to his domestic agenda. These wars are a distraction, unwanted interference with his true vocation — transforming America.
    Such an impression could only have been reinforced when, given the opportunity in his Oval Office address this week to dispel the widespread perception in Afghanistan that America is leaving, Obama doubled down on his ambivalence. After giving a nod to the pace of troop reductions being conditions-based, he declared with his characteristic “but make no mistake” that “this transition will begin — because open-ended war serves neither our interests nor the Afghan people’s.”

    These are the words of a man who wants out. Most emphatically from Iraq, where Obama has long made clear that his objective is simply ending combat operations by an arbitrary deadline — despite the fact that a new government has not been formed and all our hard-won success hangs in the balance — in order to address the more paramount concern: keeping a campaign promise. Time to “turn the page” and turn America elsewhere.
    At first you’d think that turning is to Afghanistan. But Obama added nothing to his previously stated Afghan policy while emphatically reiterating July 2011 as the beginning of the end, or more diplomatically, of the “transition.”

    Well then, at least you’d expect some vision of his larger foreign policy. After all, this was his first Oval Office address on the subject. What is the meaning, if any, of the Iraq and Afghan wars? And what of the clouds that are forming beyond those theaters: the drone-war escalation in Pakistan, the rise of al-Qaeda in Yemen, the danger of Somalia falling to al-Shabab, and the threat of renewed civil war in Islamist Sudan as a referendum on independence for southern Christians and animists approaches?
    This was the stage for Obama to explain what follows the now-abolished Global War on Terror. Where does America stand on the spreading threats to stability, decency and U.S. interests from the Horn of Africa to the Hindu Kush?

    On this, not a word. Instead, Obama made a strange and clumsy segue into a pep talk on the economy. Rebuilding it, he declared, “must be our central mission as a people, and my central responsibility as president.” This in a speech ostensibly about the two wars he is directing. He could not have made more clear where his priorities lie, and how much he sees foreign policy — war policy — as subordinate to his domestic ambitions.

    Unfortunately, what for Obama is a distraction is life or death for U.S. troops now on patrol in Kandahar province. Some presidents may not like being wartime leaders. But they don’t get to decide. History does. Obama needs to accept the role. It’s not just the U.S. military, as Baker reports, that is “worried he is not fully invested in the cause.” Our allies, too, are experiencing doubt. And our enemies are drawing sustenance.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/02/AR2010090203991.html

  56. tim
    September 2nd, 2010 at 9:49 pm
    Evan Byah was one of the good dems. And he was forced to vote on that awful rationing care bill.
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    I may be wrong but I think wbb spoke to Byah actually supporting, and pushing the fraudcare bill behind closed doors. Anyone else remember that? If I am wrong I apologize in advance wbb.

  57. I just watched that freak on CNN that wrote the VanityFair hit piece on Palin.
    This is exactly what they said about Hillary…she threw lamps at Bill and screamed at him all the time.
    You’d think they ought to change the lies a little up. Some people remember what they said about Hillary being a screamer…Puleese!
    The left with their misogny will surely get Palin elected all on their own, just because we can.

  58. These idiots when they can’t say anything else about a woman they resort to calling her a screamer that uses bad language. Is it only men that can cuss these days….men these days make me cuss…I don’t know about you all.

  59. You don’t hear men talking about one another like that and until we get past this little female pissing contest…forget we will never get ahead.
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    Yes u do. Edwards hair was quite the topic

  60. Tim, it must be total devastation. A “scorched earth” policy. Any Dimocratic victory will be used as a ‘see, it wasn’t so bad in 2010 and that means that in 2012 Obama will win big and we’ll be back on top and in control again.’ The greater the devastation the less excuses available. The Dimocrats who gifted Obama the nomination and waged war against loyal Democrats in the primaries must, like drug addicts or drunks, hit bottom.

    Only by “hitting bottom” can these thieving Dimocrats be forced to confess to the damage they have wrought. Only with total devastation will the elected officials and party hacks begin to deal realistically with what will happen in 2012 with Obama renominated. The sooner the party hits bottom and goes to rehab and electoral “prison” the sooner we can get to rebuilding a party worth having.

    At this time the Obama Dimocratic Party is not worth having. It is much worse than the Republicans. At this time “issues” are red flags used to distract the bull. The Obama Dimocrats do not care about issues at all or the constituencies supporting those issues. For instance, all that talk about “women’s rights” or “abortion rights” or “our bodies ourselves” was a ruse to get votes from supporters of those issues. But the supporters were duped. When it came time to make a deal, these “issues” were thrown out the window by Dimocrats and a Dimocratic president and the abortion rights and women’s caucus in congress.

    Democrats which allow themselves to be distracted with “issues” and therefore vote for Obama (and make no mistake, every vote cast for a Dimocrat will be a vote for Obama) is immolating themselves on the alter of Obama-love whether they admit it to themselves or not.

    This is a harsh truth – but the truth.

  61. Obamacare is truly historic. Insurance company lobbyists drafted it, Barack gave it his divine blessing, and congressional democrats passed it without debate or without even reading it there is no legislative history to go on.

    Some might wonder why that is a problem. Let me count the ways.

    First, it may not survive constitutional scrutiny for the reasons previously discussed.

    Second, it may well be repealed by a Republican Congress over his veto, which is why capturing both Houses is essetial.

    Third, there is no legislative history which would aid courts in interpreting the legislative intent.

    That is because congress abdicated its legislative function when it failed to read the bill, failed to debate it and rubber stamped it for the good of the party. (No pundit or legal scholar has noted that to my knowledge.

    The reasonable man standard does not apply because the actions of congress were patently unreasonable.

    In the alternative, perhaps we can look to the blithering idiot standard of interpretation laid out eloquently by John Conyers who told the camera why he did not read the bill–because there was no time and it would have required that two lawyers sit beside him and explain what it meant. In the old days that was what elected officials did, but in the age of Obama those lawyers are too busy drafting reparations legislation. Perhaps China will belly up to the bar on that one. .

    So what you are left with is a President with a huge majority in both houses passing a bill which nobody has read, which is uninterpretable, and is most likely unconstitutional; a bill which has alienated the Democratic Party from the American People, which will lead to Armadeddon in November; and most important of all, a bill which big media loons call the greatest civil right victory in two generations. Like Barack himself this too is historic.

  62. I pretty much don’t even care about fealty to the Dems anymore when it comes to the House of Representatives.

    Granted, I will prioritize for Hillary supporters, as I think they should be the last to go (an ideal situation would be Republicans taking control of the House and kicking out all Obama supporters, while Hillary supporters remain in office, though I don’t know if this can be done logistically, haven’t looked at all the races that closely yet)….but if giving the House to the Republicans helps stop Obama, fine. A House term is only 2 years anyway, a fairly short term compromise against potential long term gains. (after all, we’ve made it through almost two years of the Obama Administration already, and though as horrific as it’s been, we’re still here…)

    The Senate is bit trickier for me though, since Senate terms are six years. (That shouldn’t be read as a policy imprimatur, just a reflection of a personal quandary.) But, at the same time, I agree that it has to be big, so that no excuses can be made. We know that the Dims are already moving themselves in a way that if it isn’t big, they will spin it away. It will be important to deny them such things, they need to be backed into a corner for the horror they have wrought on this country.

  63. 2012 will be another Presidential crap shoot, unless Hillary runs. Which male liar will win or steal most of the votes, or delegates?

    Without Hillary in the mix, anything could happen to our country. When people vote for skin color, hair, pretend credentials, lies told on tv…we have no idea what we will end up with.

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    Hark, mark your calendars, I actually heard a woman on O’Riley defend Hillary tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The woman hosting, tried to talk about how only Rethug womem like Sarah are attacked and this other woman really let her have it. Telling that the Right and the Left attacked Hillary and has for years.

    Whatta feeling of……………ahhhhhhhhh, finally, the truth.

  64. I can’t stress enough how incomprehensible new Medicare coding/billing regulations can be when they first come out. It’s like they are unclear on purpose, just so they can catch docs doing something “wrong”, and fine the hell out of them.

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    I’d apply that also to tax rules and Congressional ethiscs rules and politicians’ fundraising rules. The rules are so complicated that it’s easy to ‘break’ them by accident. No one should be branded as a ‘tax cheat’ or ‘deadbeat’ or ‘crook’ or ‘corrupt’ or anything else on such complicated, dubious grounds.

  65. Shadowfax,
    How on earth the media can get up there with a straight face and say that only conservative women have been attacked?
    Of coarse the way the left is attacking Palin, using the very same talking points the used against Hillary, perhaps it was mostly her own party of dimwits doing it.
    The rethugs always went after Bill C. and many absolutely went after Hillary.
    I still remember it was Obama’s elk that made that Communist video of Hillary…can you believe that??
    I still can’t, how could they do that to a member of their own party. Cannibals all of them.

  66. This deserves a “Mistake in ’08” article all it’s own. Obama Dimocrats dumped the reliable senior vote for the youth vote. We’ve written repeatedly that the young grow old and the latest young rebel against the previous young – and now:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/us/politics/03students.html?hp

    The college vote is up for grabs this year — to an extent that would have seemed unlikely two years ago, when a generation of young people seemed to swoon over Barack Obama.

    Though many students are liberals on social issues, the economic reality of a weak job market has taken a toll on their loyalties: far fewer 18- to 29-year-olds now identify themselves as Democrats compared with 2008.

    Is the recession, which is hitting young people very hard, doing lasting or permanent damage to what looked like a good Democratic advantage with this age group?” asked Scott Keeter, the director of survey research at the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan group. “The jury is still out.”

    How and whether millions of college students vote will help determine if Republicans win enough seats to retake the House or Senate, overturning the balance of power on Capitol Hill, and with it, Mr. Obama’s agenda. If students tune out and stay home it will also carry a profound message for American society about a generation that seemed so ready, so recently, to grab national politics by the lapels and shake.[snip]

    Many students here, especially seniors nearing graduation, said that worries about the economy, and about getting a job after graduation, had filtered through the campus, dampening enthusiasm for Democrats in Congress and Mr. Obama.

    Philip Stricker, 21, a biology major who voted for Mr. Obama but says he has not been paying much attention to politics lately, uses a nontechnical term to describe the phenomenon.

    There’s a vibe,” he said on a recent afternoon, while pumping weights at the gym. “Right now it seems like Republicans just care a lot more than Democrats.”

    A spokeswoman for the university’s chapter of College Democrats, Mandi Asay, 22, said her group battled apathy on one hand and anger on the other.

    People are angry — about the budget deficit, health care plan, angry about this and that,” she said. “I feel like Republicans definitely, definitely have a chance of getting back on their feet.”

    The College Republican National Committee, which works with campus groups around the nation, is making economic angst a focus of its vote-hunting efforts — especially over the national debt, and the idea that young people will be saddled with it.

    The Democratic National Committee, by contrast, is trying to reinforce, or re-establish, the bond that many students felt in 2008 with Mr. Obama, and to use that link to bolster support for Democrats. A spokesman for the committee, Brad Woodhouse, said he thought the surveys showing the erosion of Americans identifying as Democrats were misleading partly because voters connected differently with politics in 2008 — more through a person, Mr. Obama, than a party. That makes the task of building party allegiance different from past patterns, he said.

  67. Granted, I will prioritize for Hillary supporters, as I think they should be the last to go (an ideal situation would be Republicans taking control of the House and kicking out all Obama supporters, while Hillary supporters remain in office

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    Right on! That sends the right message, and leaves them in place as Superdelegates when Hillary does run again.

    As to the Senate, Boxer sadly backstabbed Hillary in 2008.

  68. Yes, she did which is why, even though once upon a time I liked Barbara Boxer, I can’t say I feel too compelled to go out there and help her now. Also, there is a Hillary – Carly connection from back in 2008. So that is another dimension to the Barbara Boxer/Carly Fiorina race. Still, I can’t say I’ve really made up my mind yet…

    As for trying to protect the Hillary supporters in the House of Representatives, as I said that would be my ideal situation (Hillary will need allies, and on the scale of who is first on the Dem chopping block, it is Obama supporting Reps first, Hillary supporting Reps last), but I also think that the Republicans MUST take back the House. Also, it hasn’t escaped notice that many of the Representatives who supported Hillary in the primaries, didn’t actually stay true to her leadership and fell lock and step behind Obama. So there must be a reckoning for that also. It will all have be to taken in context of the larger picture, and the message that needs to be sent.

  69. An article that addresses Islam. Interesting about moderate Islam.

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    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/245415/why-islamic-moderates-are-so-scarce-joshua-gilder?page=1

    September 2, 2010 4:00 A.M.

    Why Islamic Moderates Are So Scarce
    It goes back to a ninth-century theological dispute.

    As past statements of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf continue to surface, many Americans have concluded that the would-be builder of a mosque at Ground Zero is lying when he calls himself a “moderate” representative of his faith. The more disturbing possibility, however, is that he’s telling the truth — that Rauf is indeed the voice of mainstream Islam.

    One indication is the resounding silence from the rest of the Islamic community. If that community were truly moderate — as we in the West understand the term — one might expect it to distance itself from a man who blames the U.S. for the 9/11 attacks, says we have more innocent blood on our hands than al-Qaeda, and refuses to disown the genocidal agenda of Hamas.

    A few brave Muslim individuals have indeed come out against the mosque, but they are exceptions. Where are the large numbers of Muslims who find Rauf’s statements offensive? Where are their organizations and institutions? Why aren’t they weighing in to repudiate Rauf and his apparent aims?

    It’s a common problem. Each time some new offense is perpetrated in the name of Islam — whether it’s the latest suicide bombing in a public square or a woman’s being beaten and mutilated by her own family — it is mostly Western leaders and the press who voice their disapproval. The more one looks for the larger Muslim community to denounce the violence, the more “moderate Islam” seems to vanish like a mirage in the desert.

    Why this is so — what happened to moderate Islam and what sort of hope we may have for it in the future — is the subject of Robert Reilly’s brilliant and groundbreaking new book, The Closing of the Muslim Mind. Reilly is a veteran of the Reagan White House, director of the Voice of America under George W. Bush, a board member of the Middle East Media Research Institute, and a frequent contributor to numerous national publications. He has made a deep dive into Muslim thought and history to discover the sources of the present Islamic condition.

    The result is anything but dry. Closing is a page-turner that reads almost like an intellectual detective novel. It is among those few brave books on Islam — others would include Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations and Andrew McCarthy’s recent The Grand Jihad — that should be read by anyone who wants to understand one of the most fundamental causes of conflict in the 21st century.

    Reilly does in fact locate the elusive moderate Islam — back in the 8th and 9th centuries, when the rationalist Mu’tazilites dominated Islamic thought under Caliph al-Ma’mun. The period is often referred to as the “golden age of Islam,” when that civilization produced some of its highest achievements in philosophy and science. It didn’t last. In 849, the second year of the reign of Caliph Ja’afar al-Mutawakkil, the Mu’tazilites were overthrown. Holding Mu’tazilite beliefs became a crime punishable by death, and the decidedly anti-rationalist Ash’arites soon came to dominate the faith, as they would continue to do, in one form or another, through the modern era.

    What makes Closing so compelling is Reilly’s ability to tie seemingly arcane questions of Islamic theology to many of the characteristics of Islamic civilization that we in the West find so hard to fathom. Fundamentally, Ash’arism was a rejection of “natural law” and reason in favor of an all-powerful God of pure will and power. The idea of an ordered universe that behaves according to certain ordained laws — whether moral or physical — would have been understood by the Mu’tazilites. For the Ash’arites, this was blasphemy, an outrage against God’s omnipotence.

    In the language of philosophy, this way of looking at the world is known, somewhat confusingly, as “voluntarism.” To quote Reilly, it “holds that God is the primary cause of everything and there are no secondary causes. There is no causal mediation. Therefore, what may seem to be ‘natural laws,’ such as the laws of gravity, physics, etc. are really nothing more than God’s customs or habits, which He is at complete liberty to break or change at any moment.”

    While Christianity recognizes the possibility of miracles, when God intervenes to supersede natural law, in Islam every nanosecond is the functional equivalent of a miracle, the result of God’s divine act. Thus there is no law of gravity, only God’s will, determining moment by moment that the apple will fall from the tree. Neither is there any morality, no objective good and evil as we in the West would see it, only the arbitrary decrees of an all-powerful God. There is no “truth that is written in our hearts,” only the truths that are written in the Koran, which could just as well be otherwise if such were the whim of God. As Ibn Hazm pronounced in the 11th century, “He judges as He pleases, and whatever He judges is just. . . . If God the Exalted had informed us that He would punish us for the acts of others . . . all that would have been right and just.”

    The problem, one might say, is obvious. In science, the repudiation of natural law meant the explicit denial of cause and effect. No wonder that the rise of the Ash’arites coincided with the decline of a once-vibrant Islamic intellectual culture after the 13th century. And no wonder that societies that exalt the power and arbitrary will of God to the exclusion of reason can hardly understand, let alone embrace, modern democratic institutions, which are founded, as our Declaration of Independence makes clear, in the self-evident and enduring truths of natural law.

    Nor can we be surprised that such cultures endorse institutionalized domestic violence or rampant terrorism and the murder of innocents. As hard as it is for the secular Left to accept, Western culture is founded on and steeped in the Judeo-Christian assumption that our innate understanding of what is right is a direct reflection of God’s goodness and justice as reflected in His universal law, to which even He adheres. We make a mistake when we assume other cultures are necessarily speaking the same moral language.

    Is there a possibility that Islam can find its way back to the root philosophies of its golden age? There are those within Islam who want to, but — like the voices raised in opposition to the mosque — they are lonely, even threatened, outposts within their faith. One thing Reilly’s account makes clear: Only when we move beyond the common platitudes of our contemporary political discussion and begin to deal with Islam as it really is — rather than the fiction that it is the equivalent of our Western culture dressed up in a burqa — will we be able to help make progress in that direction.

    — Josh Gilder is one of the founding directors of the White House Writers Group.

  70. National Review lying about Rauf with misquotes out of context. The same kind of attack that’s been used against the Clintons, Palin, etc etc.

    “a man who blames the U.S. for the 9/11 attacks, says we have more innocent blood on our hands than al-Qaeda, and refuses to disown the genocidal agenda of Hamas.”

  71. I feel bad for Mr. Larkin. All Obama had to do is provide his birth certificate, and this man would not have questioned him. Now he is being court martialed, and it seems that they are taking whatever means he has to defend himself away from him. Where’s the logic in this? The president is the Commander in Chief, is he not? He can call all the soldiers home on a whim, and he can command that 50,000 troops remain in Iraq, but yet, he wasn’t “directly” responsible for the order for Larkin to deploy. It’s not right.

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    http://www.news25.us/Global/story.asp?S=13091049

    Md. judge denies request for Obama school records

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) – A military judge in Maryland has refused to order the release of school records that could include a copy of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate

    … The judge ruled Thursday that those records and any other evidence or witnesses pertaining to Obama’s birth are not relevant to the case and will not be admitted. Prosecutors have argued that Obama’s birth certificate shouldn’t be part of the case, especially since the order for Lakin to deploy to Afghanistan didn’t come directly from the president.

  72. turndownobama
    September 3rd, 2010 at 2:54 am
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    I didn’t even pay much attention to those comments. My interest was in the rest of the article more than anything.

  73. Something I found in the news:

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    Dentist starts 2012 ad race by touting Hillary Clinton for president

    This could make for awkward chatter at the White House: Even before the 2010 midterms are over, a Chicago dentist has started the 2012 ad race with a spot that supports Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president.

    The $5,000 ad began running on television in New Orleans on Wednesday, CNN reports, and it will soon run in Washington, New York and Los Angeles, and possibly Houston, said William DeJean.

    Asked why he paid to create and run the ad, DeJean told CNN, “I don’t think this country is headed in the right direction. … I think she is the most qualified.”

    The ad, a 30-second spot, features a soaring, almost sci-fi-movie quality theme. On-screen text tells viewers that Clinton “has more experience working in and with The White House than most living presidents. … She is one of the most admired women in our nation’s history. … Let’s make sure the president we should have elected in 2008 will be on the ballot in 2012.” The graphic fades to reveal a photo of Clinton and the words, “Hillary 2012: Hillary Clinton for president,” and “Start Now. Where there’s a Hill there’s a way.”

    This is not the first time DeJean has run ads, CNN reports; he bought ad time in support of Clinton during the 2008 election.

    Clinton has dismissed any talk of another presidential bid, saying repeatedly in interviews that she will not run again.

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    Nice ad. The dentist, William DeJean, gives a phone number – (773) 987 3611 – I don’t know what for. Link is:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/09/dentist-starts-2012-ad-race-wi.html

  74. gonzotx
    September 2nd, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    gonzoyx — if that is true then I have just lost a tremendous amount of respect for evan byah, they all followed the community organizer down a cliff.

  75. re: Tim, it must be total devastation. A “scorched earth” policy.
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    Absolutely. What message would we be sending to and of the Democrats in DC if we accepted the party members who silently acquiesced, and remain silent to this day. In other words, what Democrat even though supporting Hillary throughout the primary, has yet to out the treason? And never, ever forget that Obama was a willing partner in all of it. Complicit. Aiding. Abetting. Approving.

  76. More to the point….the message of wipeout in the elections for me would be “this is what you get for what you did to Hillary” and as far am i’m concerned a great big fuck you right at them.

  77. Obama-crats have acted as the ultimate bullies. In all ways they have they have shown their true colors from electioneering, acting as poor winners, humbling their opponents and criminally rewarding their friends. They callously split a political party, ignored wise advise, used political correctness to bludgeon dissent, and simply made shit up to lionize a weak, below average, political hack from Chicago. One does not simply win with bullies. They do not change into honorable losers. You have to utterly defeat them and then kick them in the teeth when they are down so they do not come back. The Democratic party through word and deed declared war on the American people that this party deemed unworthy because of gender, age, region and class. The November 2 election is about kicking them in the teeth. And if they do not “get it” they will be kicked again in 2012.

  78. They must still have some kind of secret code, some kind of journolisters creed out there. Notice how all the lefty blogs have ignored talking about that 2012 Hillary ad. Wonkette is making fun that the ad buyer is a dentist.

    from the memeorandum
    Discussion: Washington Post, Hot Air, Political Byline, Michelle Malkin, Gawker, Freedom’s Lighthouse, Politics Daily, Liberty Pundits Blog, Wonkette, Fausta’s Blog, GOP 12 and Weigel

  79. Yes, she did which is why, even though once upon a time I liked Barbara Boxer, I can’t say I feel too compelled to go out there and help her now. Also, there is a Hillary – Carly connection from back in 2008. So that is another dimension to the Barbara Boxer/Carly Fiorina race. Still, I can’t say I’ve really made up my mind yet…
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    When Hillary won California, Boxer refused to endorse her. I called her office and asked her to do that and they became incensed at the mere request. The only thing she promised to do after Hillary won the state was to vote for her on the first ballot. Correct me if I am wrong, but is that not the bare minimum required by California Law. If so all she gave us was the sleeves off her vest. Boxer is the epitome of what is wrong with Congress, in my opinion. I followed Carley in the days when she was CEO of HP, and I have no illusions about her. However, compared to Boxer, she looks like Joan of Arc.

  80. I may be wrong but I think wbb spoke to Byah actually supporting, and pushing the fraudcare bill behind closed doors. Anyone else remember that? If I am wrong I apologize in advance wbb.
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    Nothing to apologize for Gonzo. What you said is 100% accurate. He told his constituents that he had grave doubts about whether we could afford Obamacare, and they applauded. Then one day he came out and contradicted himself without explanation, kind of like that liberal hero and space cadet Kuccinnich did. In Evans case he just said he had decided we could afford it, and everyone was supposed to just accept that. Well, they didn’t and his poll numbers went down like a head shot goose. Thereafter, he announced that he would not run again because of his disappointment with the senate, and that was the cover story. The real story, according to my friend, was that Evan was arm twisting other supposed blue dogs on behalf of insurance companies and Mr. Obama. You see his wife is a big time executive with one of the health care companies (I have forgotten which segment of the industry) who would benefit from Obama care, and her salary is a big component of the family income. Evan for his part has a bright future as a lobbyist, whereas if he stayed where he was, or ran for President in 2012 as Hillary had hoped after she suspended her campaign, then the embarrassing disclosures about all that would come out. That is what I was told.

  81. s the recession, which is hitting young people very hard, doing lasting or permanent damage to what looked like a good Democratic advantage with this age group?” asked Scott Keeter, the director of survey research at the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan group. “The jury is still out.”
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    They may remain democrat in their leanings, but they will not turn out to vote like they did in 2010. Or they may no longer be democrats. Put differently, Obama’s failure to deliver on the job front for this demographic goes to the question of enthusiasm rather than loyalty. Where once there was passion, now there is indifference. And indifference does not vote. No one wants to be made a fool of–twice. Also, students with a business background must realize by now that the message from the people who create jobs namely business is that they will not do so while Obama is in the White House. They see the regulations, the taxes and everything else and say they will not put capital at risk which means no jobs, no taxes and sinking stinking Obama. Do it overseas and avoid these palpable uncertainties.

  82. Life in The Islamic Republic of Iran, under the guy Obama wants to swap spit with, Dinner Jacket, aint all beer and skiddles. My friend from Iran talked about it yesterday. He and his wife went over there to visit family. When they got off the plane they she was told to cover up, which she did. Then they were told that they could not get too close to each other or share the same room unless they were married. My friend told them well . . . we are married and have been for ten years. They told him he could register but that would be cumbersome. They recommended that he and his wife remarry, which would be much faster and easier. He asked how long would that take? They said three weeks. He said we will only be here for two weeks. They said you can do it faster but it will cost you more money, as in bribe. He and his wife agreed. They sent him to a center for a blood test. He had new contact lenses and his eyes were red. A mullah was there and he walked up to him and asked him if he had been consuming alcoholic beverages. He paused for a minute, as he tried to remember whether he had a glass of wine on the airplane, and his wife gave him a dagger look. He then said no. They gave him a blood test and then sent him down the hall for a urine test. This was very embarassing. He expected a cup like you get here in this country but they gave him a mayonaise jar instead. They escorted him into a room where a dozen young men were sanding under a huge samovar, chugging ice tea and told him to join in. He did, and when the ice tea was coming out his ears they escorted him down another hall and told him fill it up. As he entered that room there were mirrors on all walls, a mullah was in the middle of the room on a stool observing twenty young men all trying like hell to fill the jar. He was watching them like a hawk to make sure no one was substituting specimens. My friend could not seem to fill the jar, so he approached the Mullah and asked him what he should do. The Mullah said fill the jar, he said I cant and the Mullah said well then it will cost you more. He paid, and they took the sample such as it was. Meanwhile, his wife was taken to a family planning room where a boisterous matron was proclaiming the glories of the revolution and demanded she enter. Inside she told the woman I am married, I have two children, this is a little redundant. The matron then lowered her voice to a whisper and asked in a desperate tone how she could emigrate to the United States.

    I guess they got the marriage license, believe it or not after hearing all that I forgot to ask. One thing I did ask is where dinner jacket came from. He told me that he was a member of the Revolutionary Guard and he was installed. Kind of like Obama. No wonder Barack is so anxious to swap spit with him. I am sure Barck would be interested to learn how dinner jacket manages to maintain power while his nation, the second largest oil producing nation in the world is going broke, the money is going to Swiss bank accounts, and the Iranian People are rising up against him. Barack probably figures those insights could come in mighty handy in his own case, by way of collateral estoppel or res judicata.

  83. New job numbers are out, and the media is touting them as an “improvement”. Bull. 67,000 jobs is crap, since we need 100,000 each time just to break even with new kids entering the labor force. That’s the part they never talk about. It’s not a static situation. 67,000 new jobs means we have 33,000 MORE unemployed, not 67,000 less unemployed.

    Meanwhile, dear leader and his clueless sycophants are running around flapping their hands and trying to come up with some spiffy new “ideas” to trot out for a boost. Rather than feeling like we have competent mechanics, who have diagnosed the economic engine problems and are patiently and systematically replacing parts and restoring function, we are all left with what amounts to this scenario:

    “Kick it.

    What?

    Yeah, kick it and see what happens.

    Okay – *wham!*

    Still making that noise?

    Yeah.

    Maybe we should bang on the distributor…

    Okay. Hey, it’s not making that noise anymore! It’s making a different noise, and it almost cranked!

    Do that again.

    Do what again?

    Whatever the hell you just did – it almost turned over.

    It’s so confidence-inspiring, it truly is. If only those stupid selfish consumers would put aside their irrational fears and stop saving and go spend, we’d be fine. What is wrong with those people????

  84. Larry Sabato is predicting a republican wave election. He says the republicans stand to pick up 47 seats in the House, and 8-10 in the senate. Those numbers are probably conservative. He then says there have been 6 times since world war II that the House shifted and in each case the pundits said the senate would not but ultimately did. Six out of six. He then repeats the mantra that a lot could change in the next sixty days, which is de rigeur. When asked what could change, he gave the example of the Cuban missile crisis, which caused a slightly republican mid term projection to turn into a democratic one. The analogy has no application to Barack however. He is too weak on national security to be credible, so if something like that did happen he would be blamed rather than credited. The other point is that it 1962 if memory serves, we were not teetering on the edge of a depression with nearly 18% real unemployment. In sum, Obamas leadership aptitude has been tested and found wanting on too many fronts for him to suddenly become a credible leader in the next 60 days. It is hard to imagine that anything dramatically positive would take place in the next sixty days. In the absence of anything positive, Barack will be keen to find something negative on the Republicans. But that will have limited impact even if he does, because there is no one on their side who speaks for the entire party, and whose dramatic failure of leadership is costing the country its future. He is sui generis in that respect. Politics is like sports in the sense that at some point, momentum becomes the driving force.

  85. New job numbers are out, and the media is touting them as an “improvement”. Bull. 67,000 jobs is crap, since we need 100,000 each time just to break even with new kids entering the labor force. That’s the part they never talk about. It’s not a static situation. 67,000 new jobs means we have 33,000 MORE unemployed, not 67,000 less unemployed.
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    You are right. It does not make things better. It makes them worse. It is negative growth, relative to what is needed. If big media is touting these results then they are pissing in the ocean.

  86. HillaryforTexas
    September 3rd, 2010 at 10:50 am

    If only those stupid selfish consumers would put aside their irrational fears and stop saving and go spend, we’d be fine. What is wrong with those people????
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    They start with the Keynsian assumption. If they were not blinded by ideology they would realize that the path to sustainable prosperity is to create an ecomony where businesses can see a rationale to put capital at risk. Obamas approach to governing undermines our economy with huge untargeted spending increases, payoffs to cronies, dense reglations which suppress business activity, and high taxes which drive small businesses out of business. Translation: no jobs.

  87. Oh, great, and ABC just reported that Obama is heading off for yet ANOTHER little vacation, this time to Camp David.

    The Iraq speech tuckered him out, it’s time for another rest. Jesus Christ, does this man EVER work more than 2 weeks in a row?

  88. “does this man EVER work more than 2 weeks in a row?”

    Where do you get the “2-week” figure? Did he do something between Martha’s Vineyard and Camp David?

  89. Absolutely mindboggling.
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    Jan it is a tragedy. Iran formerly Persia is one of the great civilizations in history. At the high point of it trajectory and while Europe was in the Dark Ages, Persia produced math and science second to none. Today, since 1979 revolution it is as if a beacon has gone out. The Iranian People look to the United States as a great source of inspiration and freedom. Those I have met are wonderful people, some of the finest I have known. They are now ruled by a brutal religious despot. From what I can tell, the key to this thing is not to bomb that country if that would entail collateral damage. The key is to aid the resistance movement which fights against this tyranny every day, and has paid a heavy price for freedom. But that requires a will to act, which we do not see from the Obama Administration. Big media is complicit in this tragedy for failing to prod Obama to act. I am reasonably sure that if Hillary were president, we would be doing a great deal more to right this wrong.

  90. jeswezey, I am looking overall. I think he has managed to bravely and selflessly stick it out in the WH for at least 2 weeks before.

  91. wbboei,

    I was in Iran many years ago in the early 1970’s. There were more freedoms then but we were always watching out backs and worried about the political rumors going on back then.

  92. Reilly does in fact locate the elusive moderate Islam — back in the 8th and 9th centuries, when the rationalist Mu’tazilites dominated Islamic thought under Caliph al-Ma’mun. The period is often referred to as the “golden age of Islam,” when that civilization produced some of its highest achievements in philosophy and science. It didn’t last. In 849, the second year of the reign of Caliph Ja’afar al-Mutawakkil, the Mu’tazilites were overthrown. Holding Mu’tazilite beliefs became a crime punishable by death, and the decidedly anti-rationalist Ash’arites soon came to dominate the faith, as they would continue to do, in one form or another, through the modern era.

    What makes Closing so compelling is Reilly’s ability to tie seemingly arcane questions of Islamic theology to many of the characteristics of Islamic civilization that we in the West find so hard to fathom. Fundamentally, Ash’arism was a rejection of “natural law” and reason in favor of an all-powerful God of pure will and power. The idea of an ordered universe that behaves according to certain ordained laws — whether moral or physical — would have been understood by the Mu’tazilites. For the Ash’arites, this was blasphemy, an outrage against God’s omnipotence.

    In the language of philosophy, this way of looking at the world is known, somewhat confusingly, as “voluntarism.” To quote Reilly, it “holds that God is the primary cause of everything and there are no secondary causes. There is no causal mediation. Therefore, what may seem to be ‘natural laws,’ such as the laws of gravity, physics, etc. are really nothing more than God’s customs or habits, which He is at complete liberty to break or change at any moment.”
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    Nomobama: thanks for posting. Those three paragraphs from that piece are particularly insightful.

  93. moononpluto
    September 3rd, 2010 at 11:21 am
    Some of us wish he’d stay permanently on vacation.
    ______________________________________________

    I certainly feel safer when he’s not working on something which inevitably screws me.

  94. I was in Iran many years ago in the early 1970’s. There were more freedoms then but we were always watching out backs and worried about the political rumors going on back then.
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    Then it was happening to some extent under the Shah as well. This is the problem with all dictatorships. It is even more startling however that our own big media would be pushing us slowly, subtlety but surely in the same direction. If you look at history, smaller civilizations tend to get absorbed over time by larger ones. The larger ones may take on some of the customs and rituals of the smaller ones post absorbtion. But by and large the dominant one continues. If there are a billion Muslims in the world, and if they are expanding demographically while Europe is not, and if they are as insular in their thinking as they appear to be then it is naive for people like Bloomberg to think that a victory mosque will make them moderate. The question then becomes how to make them moderate. The concept of smart power Hillary has introduced is the answer, provided it does not get hijacked by Obama, which seems to be happening now.

  95. The question then becomes how to make them moderate
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    That was the wrong way for me to put it. I meant how do we cultivate a sense of moderation in the Muslim community, and help them bridge the gap which separates them from the rest of the world and denies them the benefits of full participation.

  96. Posted by streiff (Profile)
    Friday, September 3rd at 11:00AM EDT
    9 Comments

    Yesterday we did a brief commentary on the rather extraordinary swan song of Christina Romer, the recently resigned chairman of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, in which she admitted to not only not having the answers but to not fully comprehending the questions.

    Today, there is some moderate pushback from the administration trying to counter the air of bovine incomprehension that is beginning to adhere to this administration the way lint welds itself to Velcro.

    The Washington Post runs a front page called New Tax Breaks For Business on the Table. The story itself is pretty much a nothingburger in which we discover that “on the table” means “ain’t no way they’re going to happen.” Not a huge surprise coming from an administration that casts letting you keep more of the money you earn as a “cost” to the government.

    The article does carry an interesting factoid. The administration believes Obama is not being given sufficient credit for the emphasis he’s placing on the economy.

    Last November, Obama announced that he would turn his attention to unemployment, calling it “one of the great challenges that remains in our economy.” He declared the same intent two months later, telling House Democrats he would focus relentlessly on job creation “over the next several months.” Senior aides went on television pledging that the mantra would become “jobs, jobs, jobs.”

    But other matters – health care, the BP oil spill – continually stole the limelight, creating the impression, some Democrats complain, that the president was barely focused on the economy at all.

    His advisers described his attentiveness – noting, for example, that he discussed the economy with New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) for 15 minutes before golfing – but got little traction.

    “Obviously it’s going to be hard to get anything done before the election, but it’s really important for him to try, and to make the case to the American people that he’s trying to do something and the Republicans aren’t letting him,” said Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic strategist. “We are at the final moments here.”

    I DID NOT MAKE THAT UP.

    So I’m trying to rectify that problem. It the president talked to Mayor Bloomberg about the economy for fifteen minutes before golfing then let me be among the first on my side to give him credit for it.

  97. wbboei,

    I probably don’t say this often enough, but your writing style is amazing. Althought I don’t always have time to respond, I very much enjoy reading your articles.

  98. The Washington Post runs a front page called New Tax Breaks For Business on the Table.
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    Obama is whining, “It’s isn’t my fault, they won’t let me create jobs”…He is the summary of the job creation/business tax breaks that is being held up in the Senate:

    “Obama responded to the jobless claims report with a perfunctory four-minute speech from the White House. His only proposal to deal with the worsening jobs crisis was to urge congressional passage of a $42 billion bill to aid small businesses.

    The bill was passed by the House of Representatives and has stalled in the Senate due to a Republican filibuster. Apart from the hopelessly inadequate sums allocated under the proposed measure, the bulk of the money would go not to mom-and-pop businesses or small enterprises, but to tax breaks for banks with less than $10 billion in assets. Much of the aid to small businesses in the bill would actually go to big corporations in the form of tax windfalls for companies that make large capital purchases.”
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    Borrowing billions of dollars to give to the banksters is a sure fire way to create jobs….well at least it is in Obama’s bought and paid for sociopathic brain. OTH, I am being unfair to Obama. I don’t think that he has an idea or agenda, in his sociopathic world view, he transcends actually doing the “job” and is perfectly happy to read whatever is put in front of him. I am sure that he was very petulant and annoyed when “they” made him attend two meeting on the economy or forced to spend 15 minutes talking to Bloomberg before playing golf.

  99. Very early, Boxer promised to vote with the voters of CA. Then she delayed and waffled. Then she reneged.

  100. moononpluto
    September 3rd, 2010 at 6:25 am

    More to the point….the message of wipeout in the elections for me would be “this is what you get for what you did to Hillary” and as far am i’m concerned a great big fuck you right at them.

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    Yes. But to make that clear, we need to support those who supported Hillary.

  101. I meant how do we cultivate a sense of moderation in the Muslim community, and help them bridge the gap which separates them from the rest of the world and denies them the benefits of full participation.

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    That’s what Rauf and Daisy have been working on for years. Her group for ‘advancement’ of Islam means ‘modernization of Islam.’

    They say each country needs a different version of modernized Islam, ie chosen within that country’s customs. For example in the US it means not wearing burqas or even headscarves. There’s a posed picture of Daisy wearing neither, just a comfortable looking dress with sleeves above the elbow.

    See links in recent posts at bemusedoutsider livejournal com.

  102. What message would we be sending to and of the Democrats in DC if we accepted the party members who silently acquiesced, and remain silent to this day. In other words, what Democrat even though supporting Hillary throughout the primary, has yet to out the treason?

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    Hillary never outed it either. She not only covered for Obama’s primary cheating, she campaigned for him!

    The only clear message is to support or punish each candidate proportional to what each one actually did. Bots and early backstabbers out by big margins, and run ads saying why. People who stayed with Hillary till SHE endorsed Obama are the ones who should be left standing to rebuild the party.

  103. Survey USA

    Another Democratic Incumbent Congressman in Trouble: In an election for US House of Representatives in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District today, Republican State Senator Robert Hurt defeats incumbent Democrat Tom Perriello 61% to 35%, according to this latest exclusive WDBJ-TV poll conducted by SurveyUSA.

    Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll released 6 weeks ago, little has changed; Hurt is up a nominal 3 points; Perriello is flat. Hurt has increased his lead among men, younger voters, independents, and lower-income voters, and now is at or above 62% among each of those groups.

    Perriello, who defeated 6-term Republican Virgil Goode by 727 votes in 2008, today is above 50% only among blacks, Democrats, moderates, liberals, those with unfavorable opinions of the Tea Party movement, and pro-choice voters — none of which are majority groups among likely voters in Virginia’s 5th district.

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    Thats one hell of a swing from 2008.

  104. Incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer remains locked in a tight fight with Republican challenger Carly Fiorina, according to this latest SurveyUSA poll. 3 identical SurveyUSA tracking polls have shown the contest within the theoretical margin of sampling error, though, in all 3 cases, the Republican has been nominally ahead, confounding many observers and, for now, preserving the possibility of a take-away. Today, it’s Fiorina 48%, Boxer 46%. There is movement, or perhaps statistical noise, among Hispanic voters.

    In the contest for Governor of California, it’s Republican Meg Whitman 47%, Democrat Jerry Brown 40% today. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll 3 weeks ago, Whitman is up 3, Brown is down 3. But, compared to a SurveyUSA poll 7 weeks ago: no change. Among men, the race has been flat since polling began in July, with Whitman at 50% in each poll, and Brown at 35% to 37%. Among women, more volatility, with Brown 13 points atop Whitman 3 weeks ago, but tied with the former eBay CEO both 7 weeks ago and today.

    Opposition to Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana and allow for its regulation and taxation, has grown. Two previous SurveyUSA polls both showed the measure passing by 10 points; today: 47% vote Yes to legalize, 43% vote No. Women, older voters, minorities, and Central Valley voters have all moved toward “No.” Support remains above 50% among men, younger voters, whites, Democrats, liberals and moderates, and in the Bay Area.

    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, remains nominally ahead in the contest for Lieutenant Governor, where incumbent Republican Republican Abel Maldonado may have lost a couple of points compared to 3 weeks ago. Today it’s Newsom 44% to Maldonado 39%. There is movement among men.

  105. These really show the danger Dems are facing in strong house seat areas, this one is a stunner.

    Republican Challenger Lally Close-On-Heels of Democratic Incumbent Yarmuth in KY-03: In an election for United States House of Representatives in Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District today, 09/01/10, two months till votes are counted, Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth and Republican Todd Lally finish effectively even. A Republican take-away in this district would increase the Republican chances of recapturing control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Today, Yarmuth gets 47% of the vote; Lally gets 45%, a result within the survey’s theoretical margin of sampling error. Among men, Lally leads by 13 points; among women, Yarmuth leads by 18 — a 31-point gender gap. Lally leads among the youngest, least reliable voters. Yarmuth leads among older, more reliable voters. Lally leads 5:4 among whites; Yarmuth leads 5:1 among blacks. If black turnout is higher than the 15% of likely voters that SurveyUSA shows here, the Democrat will out-perform these numbers. If black turnout is lower, the Democrat will under-perform these numbers. Each candidate holds roughly 8 of 10 partisan votes; Independents favor the Republican.

    Yarmuth, first elected in 2006 with 51% of the vote, is seeking a third term. He won with 59% in 2008. Lally is a commercial pilot and Lieutenant Colonel in the Kentucky Air National Guard.

    …………………………………

    The Dem incumbent is down 12% from 2008. That number has to be frightening to house strategists if its dependent on black voter turnout as the poll says here. i think they may have a problem.

  106. The only clear message is to support or punish each candidate proportional to what each one actually did. Bots and early backstabbers out by big margins, and run ads saying why. People who stayed with Hillary till SHE endorsed Obama are the ones who should be left standing to rebuild the party.
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    At one time that was indeed the relevant standard. In the 2008 election many of us supported McCain and concommitant goal was to protect those democratic officials who stuck with Hillary until June 3 and defeat the rest of them. They were the good democrats in our view. But after those democrats won office, most of them became nothing more than rubber stamps for Obama. And that is the standard by which they must now be judged. A few of them stayed true to their principles in the House, and they do deserve our support. But most did not. And in the senate they all defected, accepted bribes in one form or another and thereby betrayed the American People. That is the standard which we must now use, because the highest priority now within the party and no less the nation is to reject Obama, prove that he has no coattails and to stick with him in 2012 is the road to Armageddon for the party and the country.

  107. And in the senate they all defected, accepted bribes in one form or another and thereby betrayed the American People…
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    Not even Bernie Sanders stood by principles. Not one of these clowns had the courage to tell the Chicago thugs to fu*ck off. The Dems have shown themselves to be more corrupt than the rethugs. At least the vast majority of the rethug politicians believe their pro-corporate/fundamentalist agenda.

    I will keep the fantasy that Paul Wellstone would have called bullshit on Obama-care.

  108. Moon: have you seen this one?

    Et tu Harlem

    Posted by Dan McLaughlin (Profile)
    Friday, September 3rd at 11:30AM EDT

    It’s debatable what’s the most loyally Democratic district in the country, but NY’s 15th District would have to be in the running. The district, centered in Harlem, went 87% for Al Gore in 2000, 90% for John Kerry in 2004, and 93% for Barack Obama in 2008, is rated D+41 by Charlie Cook, and in various formats has been represented in Congress since 1971 by arch-liberal Charlie Rangel, who took the seat when his predecessor, Adam Clayton Powell jr., was enveloped by a decade-long series of scandals and ultimately booted from office by the House Democratic caucus after 26 years in office.

    But in 2010, with the now scandal-marred Rangel facing a primary challenge from Powell’s grandson, Adam Clayton Powell IV (who he defeated previously in 1994), the NY Daily News finds even the Democratic voters in NY-15 dispirited by their choices, in an article helpfully titled (in the print edition) “Pick Rangel or Powell for Congress? Yuck!”:

    “Everybody wishes there were better options,” said Pax Williams, a 33-year-old party promoter who plans to vote for Rangel because “you don’t want to get anyone worse.”

    Rangel faces a House trial on 13 ethics charges, including tax evasion, and, as the Daily News reported Thursday, Powell took thousands in campaign cash – which he is returning – from an ex-con strip-club king.

    “You don’t know what else is coming out of the bag with either of them,” said 73-year-old Leo Mobley of central Harlem….

    “This is the problem in Harlem. They haven’t developed a generation of young leadership,” said one high-profile Rangel supporter.

    That’s your energized base, Democrats.

  109. I will keep the fantasy that Paul Wellstone would have called bullshit on Obama-care.
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    Me too.

  110. This is my biggest concern. And those who voted for Obama’s policies must bear the consequences, regardless of what they did or did not do in the past. It is the present and the future that matter now. Again, ignore the messenger and consider the message and whether it makes sense. To me it does.
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    THE STIMULUS KICKS IN: HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    Published on DickMorris.com on September 3, 2010

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    In our book 2010: Take Back America – A Battle Plan, we write:

    “The prospect we now face is not the intermittent up-and-down fluctuations of unemployment we have had since the Great Depression. Thanks to Obama’s policies, we’re confronting the possibility of an unemployment rate that never comes down, just as they have in Europe. If we stay on Obama’s course, lower joblessness in the United States will be a thing of the past.”

    The recent rise in unemployment back up to 9.6% and the loss of 54,000 jobs in August, suggests that our prediction is – dismally – coming true.

    The Obama stimulus plan has finally kicked in: The higher spending he brought to our nation and the debt levels that are accompanying it are the result.

    Why is unemployment remaining so high? Because the totality of Obama’s policies are dragging us into a depression.

    • The prospect of dramatically higher taxes next year is freezing consumer spending, particularly in the upper income ranges which spend a third of America’s consumption.

    • The huge changes that are looming in medical care brought about by Obama’s health care legislation are freezing new employment and expansion in the medical sector which accounts for 16% of GDP.

    • The financial reform legislation has so raised the prospect of a federal takeover of any bank that makes “imprudent” loans that financial institutions are afraid to lend, freezing new job creation.

    • The looming possibility of cap-and-tax legislation in the name of halting climate change is freezing any expansion in the manufacturing and energy sectors since these policies will force jobs to move overseas to locations that do not impose such a tax (e.g. India and China).

    • The massive expansion in the deficit and in the resulting debt has so eroded confidence in our nation’s future that Americans are now saving 6% of their income, up from 1% in the past, sapping consumer spending.

    • The threat of new rules for union elections that will spread private sector unionization is freezing business expansion plans.

    Obama’s rush to spend, regulate, re-engineer, redistribute, and tax have stopped any recovery and are sending us back into recession. In her wonderful book The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes notes how FDR’s policies in the late 1930s did the same thing. She notes how the imposition of the Social Security tax in 1937 (benefits did not start until 1941) and the rapid wage hikes that accompanied the passage of the Wagner Act (steel worker wages rose 40% in 1937) sent a recovering nation back into a new depression that lasted until the war started in 1939.

    In his haste to re-make America and to bring us the “fundamental change” he promised as he campaigned for president in 2008, Obama has torpedoed the recovery and sent us back into a double dip recession.

    The answer is to cut spending back to pre-Obama levels, reduce taxes and eliminate the threat of tax increases, zero fund the changes Obama has legislated in health care (and repeal them in 2013), eliminate the threat of cap-and-tax, and lay the basis for solid economic growth.

    We have left the recession that started in 2007 and entered a new recession caused by Obama’s policies

  111. Where I differ with Morris is in his attempted comparison of Obama to FDR. We were in a deep depression in 1932 with no end in sight. I have it on good authority from the people who lived through that period and were conservative republicans that if FDR had not done what he did we would have had a revolution. I swear to you that is what they said, and these were people who ran companies, not some scholar trying to make bones with Wall Street or some toe sucker trying to make a point. If you study the record, what you will find is that Obama is the antithesis of FDR. He is barking up the wrong tree with that analogy.

  112. admin
    September 2nd, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    The video has this term: “The Ultimate Destroyer”.

    Hmmm, could this be the new title for the Pretender-in-Chief?

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