Shocker: Are We Really Endorsing a Democrat in 2010?

Update: More information on the Rhode Island situation:

“Caprio and the DGA asked Obama to move tonight’s Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser from the home of a Chafee supporter out of concern that it might be read as a blessing of Chafee. But the White House turned down the request and rebuffed subsequent efforts to get Caprio a joint appearance with the president. [snip]

If the White House wants to know why Democrats won’t come out for them look no farther than the fact that even the president won’t come out for Democrats,” said a source who is involved in several gubernatorial races. “It’s bad enough that the White House failures have dug a hole so big for the Democratic Party that Chilean miners would be envious, now they’re choosing not to endorse Democrats. Are they living on this planet?”

Two sources familiar with Rhode Island politics told POLITICO that Chafee is benefiting from his 2008 endorsement of Obama’s presidential bid and Caprio’s suffering for having been in Hillary Clinton’s camp in the primary that year. Caprio hasn’t even been invited to join Obama at public events, sources said.”

Caprio also said this earlier today aside from the “shove it”:

“We had one of the worst floods in the history of the United States a a few months back and President Obama didn’t even do a fly over of Rhode Island.”

No wonder Representative Gene Taylor today disclosed “I voted for McCain.”

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Since 2008 we have been advocating for defeat of all Obama Dimocrats and all other Democrats in 2010. Caroline Kennedy’s grab for a Senate tiara continued us on the path of the NoBama Coalition.

Our reason for our opposition to any and all Obama Dimocrats and even non-Obama Democrats has been that the Democratic Party, which committed suicide in August 2008, has to be resurrected and once again organize along the lines of the FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition – not Barack Obama’s “situation comedy” coalition of misogynists and race-baiters.

We reasoned that it was best to destroy the Obama Dimocratic Party as quickly as possible in order that an honest and truly democratic Democratic party could be reborn. We further reasoned that only a massive defeat, destruction, and doom in 2010 could get us to that goal. If the party did not suffer utter doom, such that it would convince even some of the most Hopium addled, then the road back to the FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition would take that much longer and would lead to a weakening party in election after election until the lesson would finally be learned.

So today we find ourselves in the comical position of possibly endorsing a Democrat. Are we daft? Has Big Pink gone soft? Are we hypocrites? Do we know what the Hell we are advocating? Have we lost our minds? We have a lot of ‘splaining to do.

We will do a more through “splaining in our next article (unless we decide to take some time tomorrow to celebrate a certain plucky blond lady’s birthday) when we discuss Rush Limbaugh and his latest proposal of an alliance. Today we are going to discuss “racist” Rhode Island and explain our potential endorsement.

This is what happened today:

“Rhode Island Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate: President Obama ‘Can Take His Endorsement and Shove It‘

This morning on WPRO Radio Providence, Democratic Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, whom President Obama has not endorsed, lashed out.

I never asked President Obama for his endorsement and what’s going on here is really Washington insider politics at its worst,” Caprio said. “He can take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I am concerned.”

Deferring to his friendship with former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, the former Republican senator currently an independent gubernatorial candidate who endorsed the president in 2008, the president has not endorsed Caprio.

Recent polls indicate that Caprio and Chafee are in a tight race. According to the Providence Journal, Caprio was unaware that the president would not be endorsing him until a reporter told his campaign the news over the weekend.[snip]

Caprio today charged that the president is “coming into Rhode Island treating us like an ATM machine. I will wear it as a badge of honor and a badge of courage that he doesn’t want to endorse me as a Democrat.”



Caprio might be the first member of the DETOX Party we wrote about yesterday. Democrat Caprio is in a tight race with “Independent” Lincoln Chafee and the Republican is not likely to win.

Lincoln Chafee, a member of a great American family (the family lineage goes back to Roger Williams and Zechariah Chafee whose books we read many years ago) is an Obamoran. Chafee must be defeated.

HotAir sums up the situation for us:

Obama had better hope Chafee beats Caprio. If not, Rhode Island won’t exactly be friendly territory in the 2012 campaign.”

That quote explains our friendly attitude, towards Caprio. It is also a lesson in how Hillary Supporters should vote next month. Remember any vote for any Democrat or Dimocrat is a vote for Barack Obama. Forget your favorites or how a candidate lines up on the “issues”. The bottom line is that the first vote a Senator or Representative makes is a vote for the party leadership. The more votes the Obama Dimocratic Party gets, the stronger Barack Obama’s position will be. The more local Dimocrats elected the stronger Obama’s position will be, especially as he decides on 2012.

If you want to topple the statue of Barack Obama in 2012 you must first topple the pedestal on which that statue rests – the Obama Dimocratic Party.

In January of this year we wrote about Tough Times Ahead For Hillary Clinton Supporters:

“The tough times will come because in order to do what is best for the country and to resurrect the now dead Democratic Party of FDR and Hillary Clinton we will have to assist in the destruction of the Obama Dimocratic Party.

Lifelong Democrats will find the purposeful destruction of a party disguised as the Democratic Party a difficult decision to make. We saw that in the Brown versus Coakley race in Massachusetts. [snip]

In November the Martha Coakley choice will be multiplied a hundredfold in elections for every house seat and in many gubernatorial and senate seats, not to mention myriad local elections. What are Hillary Clinton supporters to do? We still believe that in order to bring sanity to the process we must make sure that the Obama Dimocratic Party suffers devastating defeat in election after election after election.

Recently the FDL website was under attack when they saw the wisdom of a united front with Republicans to defeat the Obama health scam. FDL was denounced by Obama websites. Now some of the very “creative class” clueless see the wisdom of that strategy.”

In that article we discussed how difficult voting against every Democrat/Dimocrat would be and why we advocated for destruction, doom, and defeat:

“We believe the United States needs a fully functioning Democratic Party, a fully functioning Republican Party, as well as third party efforts which seek to move both major parties. Right now, we are devoid of a Democratic Party. What we have is a mockery posing as the once great Democratic Party.”

Some Hillary Supporters on other websites and even here questioned our strategy:But in our zeal to punish, are we going to abandon principle?” We answered that concern this way:

“The obvious riposte is “what principle?” How does a vote for a Dimocrat who mouths the words we like help? It’s not about “bitter, clingy” punishment as an end, it’s about punishment as a strategy. [snip]

The argument is we must support Dimocrats who stabbed us in the back. Where does that get us? Where has that argument gotten the Nutroots?

Issues? We supposedly have overwhelming majorities of “our” people in congress and one of “our” people in the White House. What has that gotten us? Must we repeat “Obama is the Third Bush Term”? What have “our” overwhelming majorities produced? What has “our” Dimocrat in the White House produced? [snip]

What has voting for “ours” produced? Bailouts for the nefarious schemers of Wall Street, attempted massive transfers of wealth for Big Insurance, death to real universal health care reform with secret deals with Big PhaRma, election year slush funds for Dimocratic elected officials, FISA, Guantanamo, higher war budgets, triumphant Big Media Obama enablers gliding into Obama jobs, debt and more debt, a not so secret war against “mediocre” Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Fox News as truly “fair and balanced” and Big Media an Obama protection mob, a never ending campaign of fakery, Bush “terrorist” policies joined to weakness, unemployment, threats to Social Security, not socialism not capitalism but opportunism, gut cuts to Medicare, Red state Massachusetts, fake deficit cuts, shrinking incomes, TelePromTer “leadership”, publicity stunts, shifting sand “deadlines” on Iran, unqualified “heckofajob Brownies”, tax cheats, a back door away from the cameras for anti-Democratic base lobbyists, vacations for the sleeveless, parties and gardens and playhouses for the Rezko financed, scams, scams and more scams, – that is what “ours” have produced.”

F*uck them – “They need some serious come-uppance or we’re all f***ed.” we quoted from Politico in another article:

“F*** them. We were with them pretty damn early on, and they still treated us like sh**, after they used us, and then came back and begged for more help when the going got tough in September. [Economist Joe] Stiglitz was with them from the beginning, and they treated him like sh**. So, with all due respect, f*** them. This isn’t about them not liking people who came late to the ball game. It’s about the smartest people in the world and the smartest candidate in the world thinking they don’t need anyone’s help, because they’re just so much damn better than everyone else, and thinking they did it all without anyone’s help. They need some serious come-uppance or we’re all f***ed.”

In Rhode Island there is a tight race between Obamoran Lincoln Chafee and a Detox Democrat. Strategically, in this very individual case, the Democrat is the better choice.

We’ll count on Rhode Islander Mrs Smith to keep us informed on the latest news from Rhode Island. This morning we heard of Obamagarbled and almost intelligible… He forgot the point of the story half way through...” Rhode Island is in trouble and Obama is working “The Reverse-Midas Touch” in a state whose very name is considered “racist“.

Obama’s approval rating according to Gallup continues to plummet. The wave is coming bigger than ever and has yet to crest.

But the wave can abate if people forget:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

The wave can abate if Obama Dimocrats vote for Obama Dimocrats and Hillary Supporters forget.

The wave can abate if Hillary Supporters abandon memory and make an emotional exception here and an unenthusiastic exception there. Don’t forget what we wrote at the end of 2008:

“For Hillary Supporters, election 2008 taught us about how ugly our Party, the Democratic Party, could be. The blinders came off, eyes opened wide – sometimes in disbelief – at the similarities between the ugliest Republicans and the “best” Democrats. Democrats we had supported through thick and thin, like Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi, proved to be as adept at double dealing and vileness as the most rancid Republicans.

We also saw how some of our fellow Democrats could be led by the nose in the same way we used to laugh at “mindless” Republicans. There are a lot of lessons learned.”

In Rhode Island perhaps an exception to voting for a Democrat should be made. Perhaps not, – but then that elects an Obamoran. Vote against Obama and his Obamorans. Tell Obama to “shove it”.

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201 thoughts on “Shocker: Are We Really Endorsing a Democrat in 2010?

  1. Great article! I hope this gets this guy some votes…as he has some guts to stand up to the fraud….this is the kind of folks we need in office!

  2. Some Gay-Americans get it even as Gay “leaders” betray their constituents on behalf of Obama’s Dimocratic Party:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101024/ap_on_el_ge/us_gay_voters

    “CHICAGO – Kate Coatar is seriously considering voting for Green Party candidates instead of Democrats, whom she normally supports. James Wyatt won’t cast a ballot at all because he no longer trusts anyone to fight for causes important to him.

    If Democratic candidates are counting on long-standing support from gay voters to help stave off big losses on Nov. 2, they could be in for a surprise.

    Across the country, activists say gay voters are angry — at the lack of progress on issues from eliminating employment discrimination to uncertainty over serving in the military to the economy — and some are choosing to sit out this election or look for other candidates.

    President Barack Obama’s hometown of Chicago, with its large, politically and socially active gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, offers a snapshot of what some are calling the “enthusiasm gap” between voters who came out strong for Obama and other Democrats in 2008 and re-energized Republican base voters, including tea party enthusiasts who say they are primed to storm the polls.

    It didn’t help that the controversy over the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays erupted less than two weeks before the election, when a judge overturned it, then Obama’s justice department decided to fight the judge’s decision. On Thursday, the Defense Department declared that “don’t ask, don’t tell” is official policy but set up a new system that could make it tougher to get thrown out of the military for being openly gay.

    “It’s all talk and nothing’s happening, and I’m just over it,” said Coatar, 62, a church business manager who said she’s as concerned about health care and homelessness as about gay issues. “I don’t know who to vote for and the election is a week away.”

    Wyatt, 35, a maintenance worker at the Center on Halsted, a community center serving Chicago’s GLBT community, said politicians only court gay voters at election time.

    “Once they’re elected, they’re not fighting for things like civil unions or same-sex marriage or ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ because they’re hot-button issues,” said Wyatt, who usually supports Democrats. “We’re just used as a piggyback for them to get into office. It’s absurd.”

    Whether or not that’s the case, Wyatt isn’t the only one who feels that way.

    And in places like Cook County, Ill., where the gay population represents about 7 percent of voters, that could mean the difference between victory and defeat in some races, said Rick Garcia, director of public policy for Equality Illinois. [snip]

    But volunteers who’ve been calling the 18,000 or so members of Equality Illinois to urge them to vote have been getting an earful. Many members say they won’t vote or will vote against incumbents, regardless of their party affiliation or stance on gay issues.

    This year’s election is a stark contrast to 2008, when the gay community turned out in droves to elect Obama and help Democrats regain control of Congress.

    “People were clamoring and very excited about the change that then-candidate Obama promised America,” Garcia said. “Now I see lethargy at best and disgust at worst.” [snip]

    “The message is huge: Don’t take us for granted.” [snip]

    “We can’t not take advantage of the right to vote, but that doesn’t mean we can’t vote smartly,” said McGehee, of Fresno, Calif. “If I was a leader in the Democratic Party, I would be worried.

    “Either we’re important enough to fight for our equality or we’re worth losing,” she said. “Right now we’re being treated like we’re worth losing.”

  3. I was holding my breath all the way through this, admin, wondering what your wrap-up would be. Frank Caprio appears to be a principled, outspoken candidate. Absolutely reminds me of the breath of fresh air Palin brought with her to her first public appearance. Before that, no one had dared criticize teh one over a microphone. What a release it was to hear her go on about Mess Iah. Community organizer and all.

    From Janis’s 2:10pm comment near the end of previous thread: “my stepson says that obama is universally hated at school.
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    That coming from an 8th grader, I take quite some measure of comfort that some so young are speaking as they appear to at his school. Of course, a little less vulgarity would be a good thing too.

  4. “Obama had better hope Chafee beats Caprio. If not, Rhode Island won’t exactly be friendly territory in the 2012 campaign.”

    They just don’t get it. They still don’t get it. They’re like frat boys who trash the hotel room, puke in the corridors, and chase the other guests through the stairwells, and then wonder in grand mystification why the place doesn’t allow them back.

  5. You’re strong post came just in time for me, I have been thinking of all the reasons I don’t want to vote for Carley. I really don’t like one thing about her…………but as sick as it makes me to do it, I will use her as a pitchfork in the Ass against BarryBoy. I was hoping to find a good Indi, but they suck too.

    Rock on Admin, you are right as rain.

  6. H4T,
    “Not hurting the kids”, what kids the teachers kids?? I don’t believe a benefit cut affect school children at all! There just protecting their own self-interest!

    We all are going to suffer some to get this deficit under control, I just want it to be equally shared and I also believe the folks that got us in this shape need to suffer the most…bankers!

  7. Watch the video, confloyd. They are laughing it up about playing video games on the taxpayer’s dime, and how they can’t get fired no matter what.

  8. If you look at everything Obama and his professional left lapdogs are doing now from the point of view that it’s not really about 2010, then it makes sense.

    His campaign appearances in places that make no sense as far as helping the 2010 candidates, make PERFECT sense when you realize he is not campaigning to help win 2010, but for himself for 2012.

    The recent hit pieces on Bill are part of that strategy. It’s a pre-emptive strike against the portion of the party that might want to ask him to step aside in 2012.

  9. confloyd
    October 25th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Shadowfax,
    I think it has to be a rethug, and I do feel your pain!

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    Yea, it is hard, but my first rethug vote for McCain was hard too.
    Too bad Carley is so awful, otherwise it wouldn’t be so bad.

  10. Fun post from hillbuzz on why “tax the evil rich” is a losing proposition if taken too far:

    Every day after work, ten guys from a small company meet up for beers. From the clerk to the company owner they all get along great. The bill for all ten comes to $100 and they decide to pay the bill the same way they pay their taxes, it goes something like this:

    The first four men (the poorest) pay nothing.
    The fifth pays $1.
    The sixth pays $3.
    The seventh pays $7.
    The eighth pays $12.
    The ninth pays $18.
    The tenth man (the richest) pays $59.

    So, that’s what they decided to do.

    The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.” So drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

    The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men -the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’ They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

    And so:
    The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
    The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
    The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
    The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
    The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
    The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

    Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to think about, and compare, their savings.

    “I only got a dollar out of the $20, “declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,” but he got $10!”

    “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar, too.. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!”

    “That’s true!!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

    “Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison. “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!”

    The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

    The next night the tenth man ‘had enough’ and didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, or just head home, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

  11. Taxes are a scam. The poor doesn’t pay, the rich have loop holes, and the congress spends it like it’s for free.

    The middle class gets screwed all the way around since they are the worker bees that keep paying.

  12. Does anyone know if this is true?

    Bill Richardson Reportedly Barred From Bill Clinton Event

    10-25-10

    New Mexico Governor and former Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson was reportedly turned away at the door of a Bill Clinton fundraiser in New Mexico over the weekend, providing a salute to rumors that the former first family is still holding a grudge over Richardson’s choice to endorse Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton for president in 2008.

    The New York Post’s Cindy Adams reports:

    So William Jefferson was in New Mexico stumping. Richardson shows up. The event didn’t invite him in. Per a very inside insider, Clinton aides, well aware of President Clinton’s feelings, on their own turned Richardson away. The Gov was politely told: “Sorry, governor, this is a ticketed event.”

    When they later related this to Clinton, I am informed he “laughed delightedly.”

    In the Spring of 2008, Richardson threw his weight behind then-candidate Obama. Democratic strategist James Carville later claimed that Richardson had misled Clinton into believing that he would support her.

    Richardson’s choice was a particularly hard pill to swallow for Bill Clinton, who as president had appointed the New Mexico governor to posts as both Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of Energy.

    In April of 2008, Clinton reportedly embarked on an irate tirade against Richardson’s perceived deception.

    Reports in 2008 and even 2009 claimed that Clinton wasn’t willing to forgive Richardson’s transgressions, and wouldn’t even speak to the governor.

    Richardson held a fundraiser during the heat of the standoff in the summer of 2008 with the purpose of drawing cash to retire Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt, but it apparently didn’t mend the frayed friendship.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/25/bill-richardson-bill-clinton_n_773355.html?view=print

  13. You know what I think a lot of this garbage is — this shock at the situation comedy left-wing that criminalized the primaries, attacked anyone on their own side who voted Hillary, and carried out a scorched Earth campaign in order to get into the WH by any means necessary?

    I seriously think it’s the screwed up way we’ve socialized people, especially people under 30. Young males have been socialized by movies that have as heroes nothing but scowling, ugly, angry men with guns and knives who treat everyone around them like trash and are feted for it. The Mel Gibson model of manhood — they pissed him off and so now he gets to do what he wanted to do all along: murder wantonly. I remember when movie heroes were not like that — when it was Star Wars and whatnot, and the heroes were supposed to model decent behavior. Now, you show me one movie where the “hero” isn’t an anti-hero asshole with a foul mouth who treats women like absolute trash. I have had it UP TO HERE with movie posters and TV shows where the hero is some doughy, unsmiling, mean-faced man with a gun and a five o’clock shadow.

    The music’s no better — glorified street violence and losers who can’t sing if you forced them to try at gunpoint saying the word c*nt 50 times in front of a cheap drum synth. (If it’s not that, it’s Pro-Tools out the waz until the “music has as much in common with actual music as Velveeta has with actual cheese.)

    Sports heroes? Fugeddaboudit — a bunch of steroid-pumped criminals who have never learned how to behave in public and are hence unfit for civilized society. Like old rock stars, they see men as drinking buddies and women as potential blowjobs and are a complete washout in terms of their ability to interact with other humans for the rest of their natural lives.

    Basically nowdays, being a scummy, violent, smelly criminal who uses women like kleenexes, hits first and asks questions later, and is addicted to porn is something they aspire to. They really think Gordon Gecko is the good guy. For the women, they just want to be the last woman used like a kleenex because at least that’s better than being one of the first five — they want a huzzbin so bad they are born making excuses for these shits.

    The problem is that … this junk doesn’t fly in the real world. 🙂 On the movie screen, the “hero” tells the mundanes who don’t understand his magnificence “adios motherfuckers.” In the real world, those people who were just called “motherfuckers” will fail to call the police when they see someone busting into his place. In the movie world, you can stalk your girlfriend in “cute, charming” ways and she’ll fall for you. In the real world, you get a restraining order slapped on your obsessed ass. In movie world, you can call your middle-aged woman boss a p*ssy and walk out of your office to applause. In the real world, you get fired. In video-game-land, you can go all capslock on people and yell “PWNED BITCH!” at them while doing a pretend gangsta shoulder-brushoff. In the real world, said bitch will nurse the grudge until the midterm elections come up and hand your ass to you in 17 ziploc bags.

    Real World isn’t like First-Person-Shooter World, where acting like the worst and most poisonous stereotype of violent manhood gets you weapons points or whatever they trade on in that place.

    Real World also isn’t like Heather World, where you stab that bitch with bigger tits than you in the back and marry the prince — something said idiots’ enabler-GFs need to learn.

    It’s just bad raising. They were bad seeds, they never learned how to behave, they were never civilized, never taught how to live and interact with other human beings. Never taught that other humans were not skins in a video game and supporting cast members, extras in the movie of their anti-hero lives.

  14. Does anyone know if this is true?

    Bill Richardson Reportedly Barred From Bill Clinton Event
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    I hope it’s true, but anything on HuffPuff needs to be questioned. 😉

  15. We updated with this:

    Update: More information on the Rhode Island situation:

    “Caprio and the DGA asked Obama to move tonight’s Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser from the home of a Chafee supporter out of concern that it might be read as a blessing of Chafee. But the White House turned down the request and rebuffed subsequent efforts to get Caprio a joint appearance with the president. [snip]

    If the White House wants to know why Democrats won’t come out for them look no farther than the fact that even the president won’t come out for Democrats,” said a source who is involved in several gubernatorial races. “It’s bad enough that the White House failures have dug a hole so big for the Democratic Party that Chilean miners would be envious, now they’re choosing not to endorse Democrats. Are they living on this planet?”

    Two sources familiar with Rhode Island politics told POLITICO that Chafee is benefiting from his 2008 endorsement of Obama’s presidential bid and Caprio’s suffering for having been in Hillary Clinton’s camp in the primary that year. Caprio hasn’t even been invited to join Obama at public events, sources said.”

    Caprio also said this earlier today aside from the “shove it”:

    “We had one of the worst floods in the history of the United States a a few months back and President Obama didn’t even do a fly over of Rhode Island.”

    No wonder Representative Gene Taylor today disclosed “I voted for McCain.”

  16. HillaryforTexas
    October 25th, 2010 at 3:38 pm
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    That video can get your blood boiling.

  17. I have to admit that I feel bad for the good Democrats that will take some hits this election cycle, and probably in 2012, too. Yet, I still believe the strategy of destroying the Democratic party is essential. I hate exceptions to this strategy because as what was written, an exception here, and an exception there could add up to a lot of them, and blunt the force that is needed to destroy the Democrats. I don’t want to see Lincoln Chafee win in Rhode Island. I would prefer the Republican candidate, only for the extreme slap in the face (more like kick in the balz) that would give the Democratic party, but if the Republican doesn’t win, I pray it is Caprio that is victorious. It’s just too bad that Chafee seems to have so much support. What are these people thinking in Rhode Island? Their support of Chafee is support for Øbama, even more than if they supported Caprio.

    I will salute Mr. Caprio for his “shove it” comments as that took some political risk on his part. If he wins, I hope that he doesn’t end up supporting the Øbama agenda because that would be a horrible thing. I suspect that he will probably support much of it, so that is the danger in supporting him in this election.

  18. Shadowfax
    October 25th, 2010 at 5:47 pm
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    Now that would be sweet! 🙂

  19. Shadowfax,

    I have to ask why Carly Fiorina is so awful especially when compared to her competitor who is truly awful?

    I worked at HP when Carly was the CEO. Those were some trying times at HP, and Carly was trying to shake things up. I wouldn’t say that she was an excellent CEO, but I would also say that she wasn’t horrible. I think some of the stuff thrown at her has to do with the fact that she was the first female CEO of HP, and that there were some men within the company that didn’t appreciate that. If she hadn’t received the golden parachute when she was let go, I don’t think things would be nearly as bad for her reputation. Yet, other companies have the same type of contracts with their CEO’s, so it’s not like she should be signalled out for it.

    When I listen to Carly speak, I hear someone who is well spoken, and who seems to have a functioning brain cell or three. When I listen to Barbara Boxer, I simply don’t see what the attraction for her is by her supporters. Carly has actually accomplished some amazing things in her life considering her humble beginnings. Barbara Boxer, admittedly, has the accomplishment of being a US Senator, but what accomplishments before her election to that office can one point to and say “Wow! She sure is someone special”? Some people step in shit and come out smelling like a rose. Is that the case with Barbara Boxer?

  20. This was also found at the Gay Patriot blog concerning Carly Fiorina.

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    Carly Fiorina Understands California’s Entrepreneurial Spirit
    Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:24 pm – October 24, 2010.
    Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics,Entrepreneurs

    Even on the liberal editorial pages of newspapers in the Golden State, pundits acknowledge that while they sometimes share Barbara Boxer’s politics, they’re turned off by the 28-year Washington veteran’s partisanship, faulting her ineffective leadership. Yesterday, in endorsing Boxer’s opponent, Carly Fiorina, the editors of the Pasadena Star-News attributed the three-term Senator’s failures to her ideological zeal:

    Incumbent Sen. Boxer has spent 18 years hammering away on a national liberal agenda for which she has accomplished little except for driving away colleagues. Even Democrats find her a one-note politician instead of a problem-solving public servant working for all 36 million California residents.

    They contrasted Boxer to her fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein, finding that Feinstein had more in common (temperamentally at least) with the Republican who wants to replace her partisan colleague. Not just that, they found that

    . . . Fiorina possesses an extraordinary record of accomplishment for California. Those accomplishments are entirely in the private sector. In our ongoing economic downturn to which joblessness is key, it’s precisely someone who understands private-sector job creation who we want representing us in Washington. As a Silicon Valley leader, the only woman CEO of a Fortune 20 corporation, Fiorina understands the way forward economically for our state.

    That record of accomplishment contrasts with Boxer’s absence thereof. Pat Dando, president and CEO of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, echoed the assessment of the Pasadena editors, chiding Boxer for being ”more interested in partisan bickering and ideological wrangling.” Fiorina, on the other hand,

    . . . may not be in agreement with valley residents on all issues, she has clearly demonstrated that her priority, if elected to the U.S. Senate, would be to represent the people of this state and, most important, to focus on job creation and economic growth — issues of chief importance both here in Silicon Valley and across the nation.
    Fiorina’s economic growth plan underscores a keen understanding about how to foster innovation and create jobs. In addition to fighting against the higher taxes and thicker regulations that make it costlier for job creators to grow, succeed and hire workers, Fiorina supports making the research and development tax credit permanent, and she recognizes the competitive disadvantage the United States faces because we’ve dropped from first place to 17th place in R&D incentives in just 30 years. She’s witnessed the deleterious effects of our country’s sky-high corporate tax rate, which is the second highest among our closest competitors.

    In short, Carly’s got the temperament to work with thoughtful Democrats like Feinstein while having a plan to spur private companies to create jobs. She knows that innovation comes not from Washington, but from creative individuals, freed from the shackles of burdensome federal (and state regulation). To make the Golden state golden once more, we need to return to that can-do attitude which built this nation — and once made our state the envy of the rest of the country.

    It’s turning to the entrepreneurial spirit which made Silicon Valley boom and made the Central Valley green. And you can help this good woman unleash that spirit once more. Join me in supporting Carly Fiorina.

  21. This email just received from Sharron Angle’s campaign attorney, and wouldn’t you know, teachers’ unions are in the thick of it:

    Dear [my name],
    I have some very grave news for you. We are leading Harry Reid in the polls and meeting our early vote goals–and yet, Sharron Angle could still lose. As Sharron Angle’s campaign attorney, I am sorry to report that the Democrats and their cronies are up to their same old tricks, of trying to manipulate the election in hopes of skewing the results in their favor. Two days ago, the Democratic Secretary of State announced that voters can be provided “free food” at “voter turnout events.” Harry Reid has been offering free food and, according to other reports, some Democratic allies such as teachers’ unions are offering gift cards in return for a vote for Reid.
    Before we were even able to document the reported infractions to report to the authorities, the Democrat Secretary of State slammed the door shut on preventing this behavior and issued a public statement permitting these ACORN-style tactics. THESE are the kinds of shenanigans that can turn this race.[my name], Harry Reid intends to steal this election if he can’t win it outright. As a result, we need to deploy literally dozens of election law attorneys and poll watchers to combat these tactics at a cost of nearly $80,000. That’s over and above our current budget. We need to raise $80,000 and we need to do it RIGHT NOW, because even as I am writing this, Harry Reid and his Machine are trying to steal this election. I’m sorry that we have to come to you yet again and ask for you to reach deep and contribute, but we must. Understand, EVERYTHING we have worked for in the last year could be destroyed by dirty tricks and criminal acts in the next 8 days. As Sharron’s first line of defense on these matters I am absolutely committed to making sure this won’t happen. What Harry Reid is doing is clearly illegal. Nevada law (NRS 293.700) provides that, “A person who bribes, offers to bribe, or use and other corrupt means, directly or indirectly, to influence any elector in giving his or her vote or to deter the elector from giving it is guilty of a category D felony and shall be punished as provided in NRS 193.130.” We’ve seen evidence of this sort of voter ‘enticement’ by groups such as ACORN – where, in 2008, two ACORN workers in Milwaukee were accused of offering pre-paid gasoline cards or restaurant gift cards to people in exchange for registration.
    John Fund wrote in his book Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy, cited reports from the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader (South Dakota) and the election in 2004, where certain residents were quoted saying that “people on the streets were saying you go vote, they would give you gas money, $10, maybe a pack of cigarettes…” Now, this week in Las Vegas, at our election hotline, we received reports that some teachers’ union representatives were offering Starbucks cards to people to get them to vote for Harry Reid. It is even more disturbing and may be possible that they are using their influence and authority as educators to entice students on behalf of Reid. Here’s the bottom line: when the powerful are threatened, they will do anything to retain their position. It’s clear now that Harry Reid’s campaign is even willing to skirt the laws of Nevada to do it.
    Is there any question that they will do the same on Election Day?
    Will you help us raise this $80,000 today? With it we can fight the election-stealing tactics of Harry Reid and his corrupt cronies.
    The right to vote is a precious one – and it carries with it somber responsibilities. The Democrats’ willingness to allow voters to be enticed with a promise of any thing of value is a debasement of the process- and it may just destroy everything we’ve worked for.
    Please send an urgent contribution so our work will not be in vain. We’re going to win this race as long as we don’t let Harry Reid steal it. Can you help us today?
    Sincerely,
    Cleta Mitchell
    Counsel to Friends of Sharron Angle
    Republican Nominee for U.S. Senate, Nevada

    P.S. I’ve been in this business a long time. I have never before been so convinced that a candidate would reach so low in order to be victorious. Let’s do this for Sharron and all her hard work. Please support us financially today.

  22. nomobama
    October 25th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Shadowfax,

    I have to ask why Carly Fiorina is so awful especially when compared to her competitor who is truly awful?

    ——-
    I worked at HP years before things fell apart.
    I don’t like her, what can I say. I don’t like what she says, how she says it and all things Carley. When I like someone, I will stand by them until the cows come home, but when just the sound of their voice, the words that fall out of their mouth makes me livid, that’s just the way it is. I felt the same way about Barack during and after the debates.

    I don’t like Boxer either, after she stabbed Hillary in the back, she is toast to me.

    Just because someone is against Obama and a female, doesn’t mean I like them.

  23. LOS ANGELES – The former mayor of Carmel is “not a fan” of the current president.

    Clint Eastwood told Katie Couric during a CBSNews.com interview that President Barack Obama is doing what he can to stay in his job, but that he’s not actually “governing.”

    Eastwood supported Obama’s Republican challenger John McCain two years ago, but the politically active actor is no right winger. He backed California Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat, for example, during the recall campaign that eventually led to Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger being elected.

    Nevertheless, publicly coming out against Obama — less than two weeks before midterm elections — definitely puts Eastwood in the minority in famously liberal Hollywood.

    Eastwood, though, is lying low compared to others in Hollywood who don’t support Obama. Kelsey Grammer recently launched RightNetwork, for example, and Jon Voight has been speaking at tea party rallies.

    And then there’s Clint Howard, Ron’s brother, who stars in two online commercials: one that trashes Obama’s tax policies, and a newer one from writer-director David Zucker that goofs on Sen. Barbara Boxer’s famous “I-worked-so-hard-to get that-title” comment

  24. nomobama

    Are you in Calif?
    If not, I will vote for Carley for YOU. That way, it will not be my vote for someone I don’t like. 😆

  25. Judas was turned away!?
    LOVE IT!!! maybe he can go beg that Waffles for that cabinet position he wanted before, more rats are jumping off that ship at an increasing pace

  26. ““Obama had better hope Chafee beats Caprio. If not, Rhode Island won’t exactly be friendly territory in the 2012 campaign.””

    Admin, hate to disagree with you, but if Chafee wins, or Caprio wins, either way Rhode Island will not be a friendly terrority.

    Obama is for Obama first, and always.

  27. holdthemaccountable,

    I am passing that letter around to noquarterusa.net, and to a couple of other blogs. It needs to spread quickly.

    Thanks for posting it.

  28. Shadowfax
    October 25th, 2010 at 7:07 pm
    ===============================

    Wonderful idea, because I wouldn’t have a problem voting for her! Thank you!

    I am on the west coast of Florida, but a lifelong native of northern New Jersey up until 4 years ago.

  29. Shadowfax, my opinion isn’t necessarily a popular one, but after watching what happened in 2008, I vote for women. I figure there will always be nutcases, idiots, *ssholes, and generally people I disagree with in government. Anymore, I want even them to be women. And Fiorina will send a stronger message to the Dims.

  30. And don’t forget, Barbara Boxer indicated that she would support the candidate that the voters in California supported in the Democratic primary which was HILLARY!, and that louse lied.

  31. Another way I often put it is, I don’t have to like the b*tch. I just have to vote for her. Voting isn’t a BFF contest.

  32. I know that in my effort to help destroy the Democratic party I may find myself in some company that I may not particularly like at times, but the big picture for me is the message that anti-Democrat party votes send to the Democratic party leadership. They can’t act like they are doing the will of the American people if they don’t have the votes to point to and say that the American people agree with them. I don’t agree with the party leadership right now, and my vote on November 2nd will reflect this.

  33. not if this helps, but everytime I think yuck I don’t want to vote for some repub, I just watch the Rules and Bylaws committee meeting on May 31th, 2008, and watch Donna Brazille lie thru her teeth about “her mama telling her rules are rules”.

    I get angry all over again! and will damn well make sure vote against ALL demonrats.

  34. admin
    October 25th, 2010

    We updated with this:
    Update: More information on the Rhode Island situation:
    __________________________

    The $7,500 a plate fundraiser given by a Chafee supporter is being billed as held at the home of Arnold Chase on Orchard St. on the East Side. The fundraiser is billed as benefitting current Providence Mayor, David Cicillini running for the House for the recently vacated seat of Rep Patrick Kennedy. The media here, an nbc affiliate, are killing Cambio for using such disrespectful words on the President. He needs help- Send in our knights to give him some insight on how to respond. A message he can follow through on when Dems lose big Nov2.

  35. We don’t mean to poach on Not Your Sweetie’s territory so we hope Not Your Sweetie forgives us for this comment. http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/

    Not Your Sweetie has a fun series of articles published regularly that details the goings on Democratic Underground. Today someone sent us an email letting us know that now even discussions of us are banned by the Stalinists at DU. We wept. We’re devastated. Woe, woe, woe.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=433×488300

    This is dedicated to the Stalinlist at DU- “it’s just starting for you”:

  36. Three emails read on the air by the non-stop ongoing coverage of Obama’s visit. Two were Pro-Caprio… One complaining Caprio’s comment a slap in the face to Obama supporters. (one good thing, this comment wasn’t protective of the president)

    Another on air comment was Caprio was big supporter of Hillary during the Primary. They’ve mentioned it several times today but never connect the dots and explain to the locals why it’s not OK for Obama turning his back on Caprio and refusing to endorse a fellow democrat running for election.

  37. More about Obama and how he chafes for the Chafees. From FireDogLake, March 2010, regarding Obamacare:

    http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2010/03/30/new-health-care-law-a-republican-plan-that-should-make-insurance-companies-proud/

    Heritage Foundation plan from the ’90s

    The new health care law championed by Obama is strikingly similar to the Republican alternative to Clinton’s health care plan put forward by Sen. John Chafee (R-RI), and has basically the same structure as the….

    So, first Obama sells out Democrats and Democratic values of universal health care….and instead saddles the country with plan from ~ 20 years ago that was put forward by Republican John Chafee.

    Then, when it comes time to support the Democrat in the RI gubernatorial race, Obama sides again with the ‘Republicans’, this time with John Chafee’s son, Lincoln Chafee.

    What a load of crap!!! Get this phØny off the stage.

  38. Mrs. Smith
    October 25th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Oh my! Is this true?? the jerk is actually taking the side of a opportunist ex-republican over a Hillary dem?

  39. nobama: I am passing that letter around to noquarterusa.net, and to a couple of other blogs. It needs to spread quickly.
    ————————————
    Excellent. I have Uppity’s email, so I forwarded a copy to her.

  40. admin
    October 25th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    We don’t mean to poach on Not Your Sweetie’s territory so we hope Not Your Sweetie forgives us for this comment. http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/

    Not Your Sweetie has a fun series of articles published regularly that details the goings on Democratic Underground. Today someone sent us an email letting us know that now even discussions of us are banned by the Stalinists at DU. We wept. We’re devastated. Woe, woe, woe.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=433×488300

    This is dedicated to the Stalinlist at DU- “it’s just starting for you”:
    _________________________________

    So, Atomic Kitten comes out of her schizophrenic slumber to what, once again threaten Hillary hoping Obama crushes Hillary’s throat with his boot?

  41. Janis, I thought the same! I want to see Big Dawg go campaign his sweet ass off for “shove it” Caprio in RI.

    LOL! Probably won’t happen, but that would be so sweeeeet.

    Do it, Bill! Pleeease!

  42. admin
    October 25th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    We don’t mean to poach on Not Your Sweetie’s territory so we hope Not Your Sweetie forgives us for this comment.

    Not Your Sweetie has a fun series of articles published regularly that details the goings on Democratic Underground. Today someone sent us an email letting us know that now even discussions of us are banned by the Stalinists at DU. We wept. We’re devastated. Woe, woe, woe.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=433×488300

    This is dedicated to the Stalinlist at DU- “it’s just starting for you”:
    _________________________________

    So, Atomic Kitten comes out of her schizophrenic slumber to what, once again threaten Hillary hoping Obama crushes Hillary’s throat with his boot?

  43. What i wouldnt give for any self respecting congressmen, senators, whatever, Hillary, Sarah to walk out of both parties and form one huge 3rd party of Independence and that tells them to stuff it all, a grand coalition of the downtrodden and stick it to both of them, Republican and Democrat with Hillary running as Pres and Sarah as VP in 2012.

  44. WTF!?!?!

    “http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/10/obama-tells-latinos-that-officials-who-support-border-security-arent-the-kinds-of-folks-who-represent-our-core-american-values/”

    “Obama Tells Latinos That Officials Who Support Border Security “Aren’t the Kinds of Folks Who Represent Our Core American Values””

    WTF?

    who is this radical man? november 2012 cannot come fast enough.

  45. I grew up in Rhode Island – before heading out to LA…and this is how Rhode Islanders are…they cut to the chase and tell it like it is…

    I hope Caprio pulls it out and wins…but if he doesn’t…he has taken one for the team…because his words are going to resonate…he said out loud and repeated it over again on the radio…he said what a lot of dems…and indeps…know is true…the O cares only for himself…the hell with the party…what party? O is all about himself…as someone else said…here is O running all over the country asking people to support the dems and he goes to the bluest state in the country and stiffs the dem and goes to a fundraiser at a home that will benefit the opposition…

    O is poison to the dem party…he is going to take it down to ruins all by himself…

    Caprio deserves a medal for telling it like it is…kudos to Caprio…my brothers still live there…I will have to ask them if they know him…probably, it is the smallest state in the country…and the bluest…

  46. I just have to wonder how the U.N. measures war crimes. It seems to have no problem attacking Israel left and right but I’m still waiting for some sort of reprimand to Great Britain and the U.S. for the crimes wikileak has whistleblowed.

  47. tim
    October 25th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I third the hope that Bill Clinton goes and endorsed Caprio. I so hope he does.
    ________________

    Bill endorsed Caprio a week and a half ago in RI.. video on our blog..

  48. Oh i’m quite sure they are watching us over at DU, wouldnt be surprised if someone here isn’t who they are.

  49. moon,

    Were you surprised to hear Karzai admit that he was receiving money from Iran? Or has the media been slow to catch up over here?

  50. Bill endorsed Caprio a week and a half ago in RI.. video on our blog.

    Bill Clinton campaigned for Caprio last summer.

    Fantastic!

  51. JanH, no i hadnt heard, am i surprised nope, the Afghani’s will turn on us quicker than lightening. Don’t expect anything else.

  52. Listen to this pile of horseshit

    President Obama will “stay out of the race” for governor in Rhode Island because of his friendship with the Independent candidate, Lincoln Chafee, White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton told reporters on Air Force One.

    Burton explained comments from Frank Caprio, the Democrat who won’t be getting Obama’s support and who told the president to “take his endorsement and really shove it,” by saying that “emotions are running high” as the election nears.

    “Out of respect for his friend Lincoln Chafee, the president decided to stay out of the race,” Burton said. Pressed on how the White House can claim it is doing everything possible for Democrats while Obama refuses to endorse Caprio, Burton stuck to his line. “The president’s feeling is, he has respect for his friend Lincoln Chafee, and he’s not going to get involved in this race,” he said.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/1010/about_that_endorsement_8f69b2a4-866b-4b59-bcc0-0648db59b064.html

    ……………………….

    These guys will never learn, this is what Obama thinks of his party, he cant be bothered to back them. he’ll stab you all in the back.

  53. I think Obama has killed himself with the Gov association…..look at this

    Nathan Daschle, the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, tells POLITICO that President Obama’s decision not to endorse Frank Caprio in Rhode Island “sends a bad message.”

    “This is disappointing,” Daschle said. “Frank Caprio has spent his career fighting for the values of the Democratic Party, and I think he deserves the full support of our party and its leaders. While this might not be what the White House intended, the president’s refusal to endorse a fellow Democrat in the worst environment since 1994 sends a bad message to everyone who’s working to get Democrats elected this year.”

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/1010/fallout_5e322b83-e1c0-4edb-a463-14189fef3b74.html

  54. Just read Bill has 3 stops tomorrow in PA. Maybe, he will work something in for Caprio tomorrow or Wednesday. Caprio needs a good rebuttel via a clear message.

    Obama is playing up Chafee’s father’s version of HCR..the legacy meme.

    If Deval Patrick is at this fundraiser tonight with BO and they have Chafee sitting between them… they are going to stroke him with their silvered tongues until he melts like a popsicle on a 100 degree day. Those two carpetbaggers, can smell old money a mile away and are looking for fresh fish to fry!

  55. That open decision not to endorse a Dem is, I think, the pebble that will start the avalanche. Dems are frightened right now, and don’t know where to head. Align oneself with the Prez, and suffer — move away ineffectively, and people will laugh. distance yourself more effectively, and feel the wrath of the WH.

    It’s … what the hell is the thing? Sort of the Abilene paradox, but the reverse of it, where everyone wakes up and realizes they aren’t the only one who dislikes something and then suddenly everything evaporates. Dems have been looking for an excuse to say, “This guy sucks,” but have been afraid to do it out loud thus far.

    This gives them the foot in the door, the excuse for them to justify stepping away from Obozo. They may begin stampeding. Caprio, then the Gov’s association. Then tomorrow, another one, then another and another … Pretty soon, you won’t be able to throw a handful of beans without hitting a Democrat who’s speaking out against him. Everyone is desperate to distance themselves from this jerk, but without one thing they can point to — just dozens of little things that can be chalked up to Ebihl Raycizm.

    Possibly wishful thinking, but that’s often how the Abilene paradox resolves itself. One moment, we’re all together, the next moment everyone’s together on the other side of the fence. I just have a feeling that this failure to endorse a Dem is a perfect Heaven-sent excuse for the avalanche of desertions to start.

  56. Sarah Palin trashes Murkowski and boy did she deserve it, from Hillbuzz.

    From Sarah Palin :

    I have never seen a candidate stoop as low as was seen last night in Alaska’s senatorial debate.

    Alaska’s Joe Miller is facing a tough three-way race for U.S. Senate. Though Joe decisively defeated the incumbent Senator in the primary, and though she conceded the race to him, she reneged on her primary vow to not contest the will of the people. She is now running a write-in campaign bankrolled by Beltway special interests.

    I’ve seen some pretty ugly campaigning, and what they’re throwing at Joe right now is nasty. Joe’s opponents can’t run on the issues because they’re wrong on them – whether it’s repealing and de-funding Obamacare, fighting against cap-and-tax, protecting our borders, or pushing hard for responsible resource development. They can’t win in a fair fight on the issues, so they sling mud.

    We saw all of this play out in the Alaska senatorial debate yesterday. Joe took a bold stance for Alaska’s future. He called out the sitting Senator’s involvement in racking up the massive debt burden on our children and grandchildren, as well as her plan to barter over the destructive job-killing cap-and-tax legislation. As Joe said, we should focus on trading “earmarks for ANWR, not cap and trade for ANWR.”

    The sitting Senator also came out against Arizona’s right to protect its borders. She called for us to “enforce the laws that are currently on the books,” but didn’t seem to understand that that is precisely what Arizona is trying to do to protect itself because the federal government refuses to enforce our laws. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by her lackadaisical attitude to border security when we consider that she has repeatedly voted against funding a border fence and voted in favor of amnesty.

    But perhaps the most shocking part of all in this debate was when the incumbent Senator used Joe Miller’s distinguished military service as a means to attack him. Joe Miller graduated from West Point, fought in Desert Storm, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service to our country. I find it astonishing that a sitting U.S. Senator from Alaska would challenge the honor of a decorated combat veteran. Is it any wonder the audience later booed her when she again challenged Joe Miller’s honor? Please watch the video of this exchange here.

    We need to send a message that we’re not going to stand for this arrogant sense of entitlement and business-as-usual Beltway corruption. Joe needs our help to fight back against the influx of special interest money. Please join me in donating any amount you can spare to Joe’s campaign by clicking here. He can lead once he gets to D.C., but he’ll need our help to get to there.

    – Sarah Palin

    http://www.therightscoop.com/full-alaska-senatorial-debate-scott-mcadams-joe-miller-lisa-murkowski

  57. “Bill endorsed Caprio a week and a half ago in RI.. video on our blog.”

    great!!!!! I’ll look for the link, thanks Mrs.Smith.

    Poor Demonrat’s governorship associaltion, looks like RI has just now figured out that Obama is for Obama first, last and always, above Demonrat’s party, above America.

    Obama is for Obama first, last and always.

  58. have you all seen that new chinease ad?? Fox News is just now showing it, that has to be one of the most chilling ads/public message I have ever seen

  59. GOP Braces for ‘Epidemic’ ACORN-style Vote Fraud in Midterms
    Monday, 25 Oct 2010 12:20 PM Article Font Size
    By: David A. Patten

    Like the mythological hydra that grew two heads for every one cut off, the controversial ACORN group has been reborn under a swarm of new names and poses an “epidemic” voter-fraud threat that could alter the outcome of midterm elections, GOP leaders warn.

    David Norcross, chairman of the Republican National Lawyers Association, tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview that the community-organizing group ACORN “absolutely” has re-emerged since it was disbanded in March following a rash of voter-fraud investigations.

    “Some of the old ACORN groups are back at it again,” Norcross tells Newsmax.TV. “They use quotas for registration. That encourages people to go out and sign up anybody, or nobody — just sign up addresses and things like that.”

    Story continues below.

    Norcross says his group has received reports of voting irregularities “on multiple fronts.”

    “It’s an epidemic,” Norcross tells Newsmax. “It’s laughable that the left calls voter fraud nonexistent. It’s very much existent.”

    Two years ago, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and ACORN were “joined at the hip,” Norcross contends. Even without a group named ACORN per se, attempts to manipulate the election will continue, he says.

    “There’s no question in my mind that the SEIU will continue those registration tactics, whether or not any semblance of ACORN is involved,” he says.

    “But there’s also ample evidence that ACORN has been reborn with a number of new names,” he says. “What you want to look for as key words are ‘community organization,’ [and] ‘justice, ‘ [or] ‘working families.’ Those are all key words, and we believe those organizations are simply remade ACORN organizations.”

    Norcross says his organization, whose mission includes the promotion of fair and honest elections, has alerted its members around the country to be on the lookout for organizations bearing ACORN-related names.

    Norcross tells Newsmax he has many other vote-integrity concerns in the upcoming midterm. Among them:

    The spike in voting by mail is a big concern because it offers very little ballot security. Even with a careful registration process, there’s no way to check voters’ ID for mail-in ballots. “Encouraging voting is one thing,” he says. “But we ought not to be encouraging any voters who aren’t supposed to be voters.”
    He is very concerned about the integrity of Nevada’s U.S. Senate election, pitting Republican challenger Sharron Angle against Majority Leader Harry Reid. The Republican National Lawyers Association has had a team on the ground in Nevada for two weeks to prepare accordingly. “We are going to be watching that one extremely carefully.”
    Several states, including New York and Illinois, sent out military ballots several weeks late. “You can see how unsympathetic the Democrat establishment is on the question of voter fraud and military voting,” he says.
    Electioneering in polling places, which is illegal, is relatively easy to detect, he says. Tougher to ferret out are voters who show up without identification and seek to cast a ballot under the name of someone else on the voter-registration rolls. Preventing that type of fraud can require a lawyer, he says.
    He acknowledges that Republicans were “outmaneuvered” in the 2008 Minnesota recount that sent Al Franken to the U.S. Senate over GOP incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman. “We’re alert to the problems in Minnesota,” Norcross says. “We think that the secretary of state there [Mark Ritchie] is anything but a hardliner on keeping recount regulations straight. So we’re there, and we’ll be watching that one very, very carefully.”
    Norcross sees reverse racism in the Justice Department’s handling of voter intimidatinon by billy-club-wielding members of the New Black Panther Party. Dismissing that case, he said, was “absolutely outrageous.” The Justice Department has denied reports that it is investigating allegations of voter intimidation by tea party organizations in Texas.

  60. moononpluto
    October 25th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I think Obama has killed himself with the Gov association…..look at this
    ______________________

    I hope he has… Chafee is the target for tonight. Not a word about the bomb scare here in town or the State Police shutting down the two main thoroughfares in our town. People here are very vocal when someone messes with local traffic flow. Especially when kids are waiting to be picked up after CCD or football practice or drama club..

    News focused on BO arriving at the TFGreene airport in Warwick… plenty of PO’ed people complaining about the Rt95 shutdown at 5 o’clock rush hour.

    Believe me, the target the vulture is circling is Chafee…

  61. George Soros Wants to Buy America’s Elections

    He’s spending Millions Again on his Secretary of State Project

    Dear Friend:

    Every Vote Counts. You know that and I know that.

    My reason for writing to you is to help ensure that all Americans can be assured that their vote counts – and that the rules for elections are fair for every legal voter in America.

    George Soros – a wealthy liberal billionaire has funded organizations like MoveOn.org and other front groups to expand his own political agenda.

    His Secretary of State project donated an unheard of amount to select his choice of Secretary of State in Minnesota, Ohio, and other key states across the country.

    It’s frightening that one man – with unlimited wealth – has determined to focus his efforts to elect individuals who have the power to overrule the will of voters.

    Imagine a country where a majority of Secretary of States are beholden to one man – George Soros.

    We must make sure that Soros doesn’t gain this political power.

    You can help ensure that by donating to the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA), an organization that will be working to counter George Soros’ Secretary of State Project.

    In 2006 and 2008, there was not any counter to the Secretary of State project, but for 2010, the RNLA will be there to help fight against Soros’ millions. But they need your help: donate here now.

    The RNLA has long stood for open, fair and honest elections and has trained thousands of lawyers on preserving the integrity of the vote. But this task is made more difficult if the chief election official (in most states the Secretary of State) is not interested in fairness or openness but is rather a partisan liberal such as the type George Soros’ Secretary of State project chooses and supports.

    Call me old fashioned, but I think a Secretary of State’s job is the fair and transparent administration and running of an election. I think the voters, not partisans, nor lawyers or courts should determine who won the election.

    And, I sure don’t think George Soros should be given the power to determine who wins or loses elections in the United States.

  62. God, This Scott McAdams in Alaska is so inarticulate and totally uninteresting.

    Murkowski just looks like a bitter woman.

    Joe Miller just rolls with information and my oh my has he got a voice that could just go all dreamy. The man has a damn sexy voice.

  63. admin, many thanks.

    moononpluto
    October 25th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    My wife said the same thing. I agree, McAdams looks like he’s on drugs or something, he’s so drowsy sounding, Lisa Murky looks like such a bitter bitter woman, Miller comes across as much stronger candidate than either of those 2.

  64. nomobama
    October 25th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Shadowfax
    October 25th, 2010 at 7:07 pm
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    Wonderful idea, because I wouldn’t have a problem voting for her! Thank you!

    —————

    Okay, one free Calif. vote for you, coming right up.

    You don’t have to tell me how much of a creep Boxer turned out to be, and no way in Holy Hell will I vote for Meg. No begging, no reasoning…Meg isn’t going to get my vote no matter what anyone says. 😆

    I am also going to vote for Diane Feinstein, and that’s that, no matter what anyone says.

  65. Mrs. Smith
    October 25th, 2010 at 8:48 pm
    Just read Bill has 3 stops tomorrow in PA.

    ————

    My goodness, and tonight he is making a speech in Jamaica. The Clintons never stop working for America. It’s no wonder that they are a national treasure.

  66. moononpluto
    October 25th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Listen to this pile of horseshit

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    Tell it like it is, Moon. 😉

  67. JanH
    October 25th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    My goodness, and tonight he is making a speech in Jamaica. The Clintons never stop working for America. It’s no wonder that they are a national treasure.
    _________________________

    I don’t like him being so thin- this is the time he has to eat heavy for the stress factor and extra workload. Plenty of pasta, meat and fresh veggies.

  68. wbboei
    October 25th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    George Soros Wants to Buy America’s Elections
    __________________

    Well, good on him- he outted himself! 🙂

  69. Great post admin. Great post admin. Great post admin. Did I already mention how great a post this was?

    Obumbles made me vote Republican already when I was forced to vote for McCain, so doing it again won’t be so bad. However, there ARE good democrats out there, and I will be voting for one here in Texas. Bill White is a former Clintonite and the former mayor of Houston. He was the mayor when Rita hit and contrary to popular belief, he did a very good job getting Houston back on its feet as quickly as possible. It isnt easy to manage something of that magnitude and he did it admirably.

    The other half of the coin is Rick Perry. All I have to say about him is that he closed the burn center in Galveston when Texas was reporting a 3 billion dollar surplus. The sister of one of my best friend’s who was burned over 70% of her body, WHO HAD GOOD INSURANCE, had to move to Pennslyvania (to be closer to her family where she could get treatment). My friend told me that on one of the last calls with her sister, she told her that she didn’t think she would live much longer because the hospital there wasn’t as good, that she was getting better like she was here in Texas. She died 6 weeks later.

    I can not vote for Rick Perry. I will not vote for Rick Perry. Period.

    Hillary 2012

    Did I mention that this last post was great?

  70. Go to Gretawire.com. She has a poll on the Caprio comments. Current numbers:

    Support what he said and how he said it: 95.83%

    Don’t support it: 4.17%

    LOL!!

  71. Scorched Earth.

    Even though Gene Taylor has been a responsible, old school Democrat who voted against cap & trade, obamacare, stimulus, bailout, and wall street “reform”, I’m going to vote for the gop opponent just to send a message.

    All must go.

  72. ROTFLMAO!! Okay, I hope this is for real. Some guy on facebook ran into Rahm Emanuel at the train station this morning. He was there with an aide, evidently gladhanding getting petition signatures for his run. Here’s what the giy says:

    ‎”Rahm!” I shouted, walking up & sticking out my hand. He took it and gave it a limp-wristed shake, smiling something trite. I gripped hard and didn’t let go.

    “You’re in for a pretty hard time come Election Day, aren’t you?” I said, breathing down into his little chimp face.

    “We all are, brother,” he said, squirming a little.

    “Nah.” I said. “Just you.” Let go of his hoof. “Thanks for fucking up my country, asshole.”

    And I floated off to my train, feeling FINE!

  73. http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2010/10/troubling-signs.php

    There has been plenty of attention paid to Monday’s Chicago Tribune/WGN Illinois Senate poll that shows Rep. Mark Kirk (R) leading state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias 44 percent to 41 percent.

    A deeper look into that poll, however, provides some more worrisome news for Giannoulias in this key battleground Senate race that both parties are pouring millions into.

    First, the independents. That important voting bloc appears to be breaking for Kirk. Fifty percent said in the recent poll that they support Kirk, up from 38 percent in a similar poll four weeks ago. Giannoulias is holding steady with just 28 percent among independents. The number of undecided independents dropped from 22 percent four weeks ago to 8 percent in this poll, indicating that it looks like they are flocking to Kirk.

    The other worrisome point for Giannoulias: The collar counties. These suburban Chicago counties are critical for Republicans running statewide in Illinois. Democrats have to at least hold their own in this area in order to be successful. In this most recent poll, Kirk is leading 55 percent to 30 percent in these Chicago suburbs.

    One shouldn’t extrapolate too much from one poll and this is a very fluid race race where both parties are heavily invested. But these two nuggets look particularly promising for Kirk, and damaging for Giannoulias.

  74. blowObama

    Wow, did Gene Taylor stand by Hillary?
    If so, he would get my vote – standing up against the O’machine.

  75. Ohio and the Big Obama rallies – keep campaigning B.O.:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/obama-democrats-hope-big-rallies-will-yield-victories-20101022

    Obama, Democrats Hope Big Rallies Will Yield Victories
    But will they? A look at Ohio, where a presidential visit raises eyebrows [snip]

    There is a question, though, of whether that crowd — and similarly enthusiastic crowds the president has drawn recently in Wisconsin, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles — will really translate into votes for Democrats.

    As one Ohio television newscaster asked on the night of the rally, “Will the Obama magic work?

    The answer from the White House is a firm “yes.”

    “When 35,000 people show up in Ohio, that makes a difference in terms of reminding people that there is an election, and getting people engaged in the election,” insisted David Axelrod, the president’s senior adviser. “Many of them become more-energized workers.”

    The rally “dominates the news” and proves again, he said, that “nobody has a megaphone as large as the president.”[snip]

    But it would take more than a little “magic” and more than a few big rallies to change the fundamental dynamic of the 2010 campaign. Nowhere is that dynamic more daunting for Democrats than in economically ravaged Ohio, where Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland is in trouble, as many as five Democratic House seats are endangered, and a Republican candidate is running away with the U.S. Senate race.

    And, despite the big crowd he drew, Obama and his economic policies are deeply unpopular in a state that swings between supporting the two major parties. “His trip to Ohio State definitely energized the base,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “The question is, will Strickland lose more votes in Parma and Chillicothe through the coverage of the event than he will gain?

    The polls, he said, “argue that a President Obama visit is, on balance, not helpful to Strickland’s reelection.” While the president carried Ohio with support from independents, he now has a disapproval rating of 63 percent of that group — something Brown called “an extremely heavy anchor around Ted Strickland’s neck.”

    Quinnipiac asked Ohioans if they were more likely or less likely to vote for Strickland because Obama campaigned for him. Among likely voters, 32 percent said they would be less likely, with only 9 percent answering more likely. Among independents, it was 35 percent less likely and 4 percent more likely.

    Republicans would be happy to see Obama come back,” said Mike Dawson, an influential Ohio GOP strategist. Dawson said that the most important thing any president can do for his party’s candidates is raise money for them. “If you look at all the polling that’s gone on in Ohio,” he said, “the one thing that is pretty consistent is that people say they are more likely to vote against Strickland because of Obama than they are likely to vote for him.”

    Even some Democrats are skeptical about whether the rally will have a bigger impact.

    I don’t know that it translates into anything other than media coverage for that day,” said Tim Hagan, a Cuyahoga County commissioner and former chairman of the county Democratic Party. [snip]

    People here are running away from him.”

  76. Charlie Cook on the wave:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/democratic-house-losses-likely-to-be-enormous-but-senate-is-hard-to-read-20101025

    It’s easy to look at what appears to be a gigantic Republican 2010 midterm election wave in the House and feel a little slack-jawed, but not so much surprised. There were plenty signs well over a year ago that Democrats were facing grave danger, but even when expecting an onslaught, one can still be shocked at its size and unrelenting force. It would be a surprise if this wave doesn’t match the 52-seat gain on Election Night in 1994, and it could be substantially more.

    On the other hand, the Senate picture is incredibly confused. There is no clear narrative in the Senate, just bizarre ups and downs. Republicans could easily find themselves picking up as “few” as seven or as many as 10 seats. An 8-seat pickup seems about right, but that is not written with a great deal of confidence; there are way too many races separated by very few points. [snip]

    In California, most insiders are dismissive of a new Los Angeles Times poll showing Democratic state Attorney General Jerry Brown with a 13-point lead over GOP candidate and former eBay executive Meg Whitman and incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer with an 8-point lead over former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Both Democratic leads are much smaller than that. Critics have some very specific criticism of the sample, saying that it is far too Democratic with too many first-time voters making it through the likely-voter screen. The races and fortunes of the Republican Senate and gubernatorial candidates seem to have separated. Fiorina is within a couple of points but has been on a rising trend. Whitman flattened out in mid-single digits.

  77. When I was on the MoveOn website earlier, they are making a concerted effort to raise money for 3 Democratic Senate candidates that they think need that extra push to either keep his/her seat or to win their race. Giannoulias is one of the three candidates for which they are trying to raise $300,000 dollars of which they are 84% of that goal. They indicate that the Illinois Senate race is the closest Senate race in the country right now. They have called him one of their progressive heroes. Un-fracking-believable!

    They are also trying to help Patty Murray in Washington State, and Michael Bennet in Colorado. I guess this a good indicator of where the fear exists for the Democrats, at least with the Giannoulias race since it is a race for Øbama’s old seat, and to lose that seat would not look good at all, and with Patty Murray race, where a liberal candidate in a more liberal state is in a horse race to keep her seat. In Colorado’s Bennet race, I think that they don’t want to see any inroads that the Democrats have made in that state recently, get reversed if Colorado reverts back to its more conservative voting pattern.

  78. I don’t think the rallies will work at all. It is a huge, huge reminder of the Dimocrats who fell for the supposed magic in 2008 and got everyone into the current mess.

    The people in those rallies are not mainstream.

  79. I can remember way back when Mondale/Ferraro (who I like very much) drew a very large crowd of something like 25k to 30k people at a Wisconsin rally at the end of their campaign, and we all know how it turned out for them on election day.

  80. So William Jefferson was in New Mexico stumping. Richardson shows up. The event didn’t invite him in. Per a very inside insider, Clinton aides, well aware of President Clinton’s feelings, on their own turned Richardson away. The Gov was politely told: “Sorry, governor, this is a ticketed event.”

    When they later related this to Clinton, I am informed he “laughed delightedly.”

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/cindy_adams/bill_that_clinton_won_support_4MONlPrKZvnJ14u4FQyTIP#ixzz13Qnb0qoR

  81. Even though Gene Taylor has been a responsible, old school Democrat who voted against cap & trade, obamacare, stimulus, bailout, and wall street “reform”, I’m going to vote for the gop opponent just to send a message.

    ==================

    That sends the wrong message. It will just look like a normal Republican voting.

    The right message is to punish those who helped Obama, reward those who opposed Obama.

  82. Call me old fashioned, but I think a Secretary of State’s job is the fair and transparent administration and running of an election.

    ==================

    Like Katherine Harris?

  83. turndown, some make a valid case that electing ANY Dem bolsters and helps Obama. He and his party need to be, to borrow a word from Palin, utterly REFUDIATED. Most of the country has no idea which Dems supported Hillary or didn’t. What the country sees, and the party will see, is a vote for the Democratic Party, period.

  84. Someone on another blog posted a quote from sci-fi author Robert Heinlen:

    Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort. – Robert A. Heinlein

    Yup. My biggest problem with both parties is that they both want to control us – just in different areas and by different means.

    But then, I have a big libertarian streak. On the other hand, I also have a big streak of common freaking sense that realizes that there are things I must (grudgingly) allow a centralized govt to do, even if I must watch them like a hawk while they do it, so they don’t overstep.

    There is no ideology that truly fits me. “Clintonism” was the closest thing ever.

  85. HillaryforTexas
    October 25th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    turndown, some make a valid case that electing ANY Dem bolsters and helps Obama. He and his party need to be, to borrow a word from Palin, utterly REFUDIATED. Most of the country has no idea which Dems supported Hillary or didn’t. What the country sees, and the party will see, is a vote for the Democratic Party, period.
    ————-
    Hark, I agree with turndown on this one.
    If being a true FDR Democrat doesn’t amount to anything, then just destroying the party seems pointless.
    Just like Caprio stood up to ObamaCrats, then others that did the same – should be rewarded, in my book.

    If this isn’t the point, then all PUMAs should become Rethugs now and avoid the rush.

  86. Shadowfax, I think everyone should vote however their own mind and strategy advises them. I was just arguing that a case can be made for both approaches.

  87. sirmrks said:
    my stepson says that obama is universally hated at school. they say stuff like “obama you” and one kid says “eats s***” each time you say obamas name (witnessed this personally). we live in a small town and it seems to have sunk in(at least with the 8th graders) that his presidency has not been a good thing.

    ================

    That’s good to hear. What area is this in? Did their district vote for Obama?

  88. Most of the country has no idea which Dems supported Hillary or didn’t.

    ==================

    Some people DO know who supported who, and we need to give them the right message.

    And, the media is already talking about Bill’s endorsements helping candidates and Obama’s endorsements hurting them. If this proves true on election night, that will get the message out louder.

  89. “That’s good to hear. What area is this in? Did their district vote for Obama?”

    a small town across the water from seattle wa.

    I am still registered to vote in the city proper and wasnt really involved here during the election so I dont know much about the local area.

    I have seen the kids slowly turn from the “won” over the last year and some. not many signs up on lawns here and my wife didnt want me posting any due to her not wanting to draw attention.(we live down a long wooded driveway with a big dog and she feels safe here)

    I just asked and he said it was about half and half back then but now almost everyone in all his classes hate him. he got the Hillary updates off of this site(and TM before she flipped for the worse) so was pretty knowledgeable about obamas issues during the election. I am sure he has been a great source of information since the selection.

  90. Shadowfax
    October 26th, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Nice idea for Hillary’s Birthday!
    ______________________

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HILLARY!

    We’re here and we’re waiting! 🙂

  91. jbstonesfan:

    Welcome back! Happy to see your health concerns have been addressed and all is well. Welcome home…

    ______________________________________

    HillaryforTexas
    October 25th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Now that story was FUNNY- I hope it was True. Rahm deserves every insult hurled at him.

  92. Well as usual I missed all the fun, but am thanking God I have a job.
    Well if I lived in RI, I’d be campaigning and sending money to this brave soul. Ask Stanley McKrystal what happens when you cross the godfather of chicago! I hope the guy stays safe and I hope the good people there elect one brave politician. If he will stand up against Obama there’s a pretty good chance he’ll stand with you and policies that won’t help R.I.
    It sounds like it was a pretty interesting day on the blog, anyway I enjoyed reading it.

    Happy Birthday Hillary! Happy Birthday pm317!

  93. welcome back jbstonesfan. I will be heading down to your state tomorrow, so I will be off the blog for a few days. No Connie, I am not working for the Republicans, although my sense is they will need all the help they can get to counteract the voter fraud and intimidation. Everybody should have a camera ready just in case/

  94. Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias aka willie sutton as in why do you rob banks–because that is where the money is, that Willie Sutton but why not become a senator so you can rob the biggest bank of all bigger than even fort knox–the taxpayers with your pay to play chicago politics and the wise guys can be the second story men. Life is good.

  95. Had to laugh, you will get a kick out of this…..

    Someone posted over at DU saying :

    “So should Obama be banned from DU for not supporting the Democrat”

    Cue the ballistic missiles at them. Well it is the DU rules.

  96. Most of the country has no idea which Dems supported Hillary or didn’t.

    ==================

    Some people DO know who supported who, and we need to give them the right message.

    ———–

    PS. The people who do know who supported Hillary are the ones we need to reach with the message — the insiders with power, let them know they better use the power FOR her next time.

  97. I had the honor of being in stalled traffic for half an hour today on the Rosellini bridge across Lake Washington, along with 10.000 other angry motorists. I called the State Patrol and asked what had happened. We have been having high winds on the Lake so I assumed the bridge was shut down temporarily. They informed me that that was not the reason. So I asked her well then what the hell is it, a dozen squad cars sirens flashing lights. I was told the President’s wife was in town.

  98. SPIN!SPIN!SPIN! via HotAir:

    Hot new lefty op-ed: Fellow Democrats, it’s time to purge the Blue Dogs
    posted at 7:22 pm on October 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

    An entertaining adjunct to Benjamin Sarlin’s Daily Beast post today listing five excuses parties start making when they know they’re headed for destruction at the polls. Number five on Sarlin’s list: “We Totally Wanted to Lose Anyway.”

    Take it away, Ari Berman.

    Margaret Johnson, a former party chairwoman in Polk County, N.C., helped elect Representative [Heath] Shuler but now believes the party would be better off without him. “I’d rather have a real Republican than a fake Democrat,” she said. “A real Republican motivates us to work. A fake Democrat de-motivates us.”…

    A smaller majority, minus the intraparty feuding, could benefit Democrats in two ways: first, it could enable them to devise cleaner pieces of legislation, without blatantly trading pork for votes as they did with the deals that helped sour the public on the health care bill. (As a corollary, the narrative of “Democratic infighting” would also diminish.)

    Second, in the Senate, having a majority of 52 rather than 59 or 60 would force Democrats to confront the Republicans’ incessant misuse of the filibuster to require that any piece of legislation garner a minimum of 60 votes to become law. Since President Obama’s election, more than 420 bills have cleared the House but have sat dormant in the Senate. It’s easy to forget that George W. Bush passed his controversial 2003 tax cut legislation with only 50 votes, plus Vice President Dick Cheney’s. Eternal gridlock is not inevitable unless Democrats allow it to be.

    Republicans have become obsessed with ideological purity, and as a consequence they will likely squander a few winnable races in places like Delaware. But Democrats aren’t ideological enough. Their conservative contingent has so blurred what it means to be a Democrat that the party itself can barely find its way.

    This sounds suspiciously like DeMint’s famous formulation that he’d rather have a GOP caucus comprised of 30 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters. Berman’s not going quite that far — he wants a smaller majority, not an immaculately pure minority — but I’m still not sure how this would work in practice. For one thing, there’s nothing stopping them now from passing cleaner bills on major agenda items. If, as Berman seems to believe, there are 218 votes available on the Democratic side for pork-free progressive legislation, then the Blue Dogs can be safely ignored. Let ‘em vote no on things like ObamaCare; it won’t stop the bill and it’ll help them get reelected. If there aren’t 218 votes available for liberal bills — and bear in mind that the Congressional Progressive Caucus has only a bit more than 80 members — then obviously the numbers required for a smaller yet more effective majority are, er, problematic. Beyond all that, I’m at a loss as to how having fewer Senate seats will increase pressure on Democrats to “confront” the Republicans on the filibuster. I would think it’s just the opposite: The closer Democrats are to 60, as they are now, the more vehemently opposed to filibusters they should be. As their majority shrinks and they get closer to minority status, the more self-interest should soften their antipathy to the procedure, especially when they have many more Senate seats in play in the 2012 cycle than Republicans do.

    No need to overthink this, though. This sort of proposal isn’t meant to be taken seriously. It’s meant to do things: (a) designate an easy scapegoat for the election beating, even though no one to the right of, say, Keith Olbermann seriously believes the Dems are going down because their caucus was too centrist, and (b) provide a little balm for the impending wound as described by Sarlin in this piece. In fact, the truly hot meme among lefties right now is that losing the House will actually help Obama in 2012, whether by giving him someone to blame, forcing the GOP to take some responsibility for the economy, or providing cover for him to tack towards the center. That variation on “we totally wanted to lose anyway” at least has some sense to it. Read the rest of Sarlin’s excuses list so that you’re well prepared for the rest of the week.

  99. 800 Luxury rooms booked for Obamas Mumbai stay [and other disgustingly expensive details]
    Frantic preparations are underway for US president Barack Obama’s visit to Mumbai. Sources in the security establishment said 547 rooms and all banquet halls at the Taj Mahal hotel near the Gateway of India are likely to be booked for the president’s visit. Apart from this, 125 rooms at the Taj President in Cuffe Parade and 80-90 rooms in ITC Grand Hyatt will be booked for Obama’s entourage. The US president is expected to arrive in the city on the afternoon of November 6 and is likely to leave the next day in the evening. “Michelle, Obama’s wife, is expected to visit an NGO in Kamathipura on the second day. We have to chalk out security plans for her visit since the area is densely populated,” a source from the security establishment said.“Rooms at the Hyatt are for the air crew and other members who will accompany Obama. The US president will also bring his chef along,” he said. “Three theatres at the NCPA have also been booked as Obama is expected to visit the place. He will also go to the Police Gymkhana, which has a memorial for policemen killed in the 26/11 terror attack.” An officer told DNA that Obama would travel to the hotel from the airport via road instead of a chopper. He travels in a Lincoln Continental, which has a thickness of four-and-a-half inches of metal. “Two jets and 45 cars will be part of Obama’s convoy. The jets will be armed with highly-advanced communication and security system,” he said. Advance Security Liaison officers have conducted a recce of the places Obama is likely to visit. They will conduct another recee and submit a report to their bosses.
    h t t p://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_mumbai-luxury-hotels-booked-for-obama-s-visit_1456673

  100. JanH: “Does anyone know if this is true?

    Bill Richardson Reportedly Barred From Bill Clinton Event”

    I was going to report that story, thanks for posting it. It comes from Huff’n’Puff, which means the source is dubious. Richardson wasn’t there, that’s for sure; but was he turned away by staff for not having a ticket? And did WJC laugh gleefully? Dunno. WJC has made up with and stumped for several political enemies so far in 2010, but Richardson may be too big to swallow just yet.

  101. Typical and unsurprised

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39843569/ns/politics-decision_2010/

    Reid aide goes after news report of fake marriage (Reid’s aide admits committing a felony)

    A press secretary to Hispanic media in Nevada for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is no longer with his office following a news report accusing her of marrying a Lebanese man in 2003 to help him evade immigration laws, a Reid spokesman said Monday night.

    Reid spokesman Jim Manley said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that Diana Tejada’s alleged conduct was “clearly wrong.”

    He said Reid’s office was not previously aware of the allegations, first reported Monday on FoxNews.com. He added Tejada is no longer with the office after an internal investigation.

    “But the bottom line remains that this story was a desperation measure by partisan Republicans, who have stooped to slinging mud about junior staffers to score points in the waning days of (the U.S. Senate) campaign,” Manley said.

    ………………………………………………………………..

    Thats not mudslinging thats uncovering hypocrisy and someone who committed a criminal fraudulent act.

  102. uh oh Harrys in a whole heap of shit

    Did Harry Reid pull strings to protect aide in immigration conspiracy?

    http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2010/10/26/did-harry-reid-pull-strings-to-protect-aide-in-immigration-conspiracy/

    The facts of the case are these: in 2003 Diana Tejada entered into a fraudulent conspiracy with Lebanese national Bassam Mahmoud Tarhini, with the aim of securing permanent US residency for the latter (there was also and investigation whether Mr. Tarhini had links to ‘extremist groups,’ but nothing was ever confirmed). Money changed hands. For the next five years Ms. Tejada continued to misrepresent her relationship with Mr. Tarhini, despite official inquiries by immigration services; her eventual confession took place in November, which was one month after she joined current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s staff. Despite her confession, Ms. Tejada was not charged with any crime at all, let alone a felony; in fact, Ms. Tejada was misidentified as still being at her former job (La Raza) by immigration officials at Tarhini’s deportation proceedings. Harry Reid’s office has fired Ms. Tejada only in the last month (she was an official Reid spokesperson for the latest DREAM Act push), and claims that they had no prior knowledge of her activities: this has been contradicted by Fox’s own sources, which insist that Tejada’s confession was partially motivated by concerns relating to her new job with Harry Reid; and that in any case it would be standard operating procedure for the Senate Majority Leader to be made aware of a situation of this magnitude that involved one of his own aides.

    And this is where it frankly beggars belief that Senator Reid was unaware of the situation. Tarhini’s being the subject of a counter-terrorist investigation, coupled with the news that his partner in conspiracy was also an aide to the Senate Majority Leader, would have absolutely required that the Senator be informed at what could have been a hideously dangerous security leak in his own office. It is much less difficult to believe that Senator Reid was told, concluded that the situation was not actually all that dire, and simply arranged matters so that his new aide – and more importantly, himself – wasn’t dragged through the wringer of an official investigation. And in late 2008/early 2009 that may have seemed a reasonable decision.

    Unfortunately, in late 2010 that looks suspiciously like a callous indifference to national security and an arrogant abuse of political power. Not to be cliched about this, but here goes: this raises serious questions, that must be answered.

  103. Heres the other bit

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/25/exclusive-aide-to-harry-reid-lied-to-feds-submitted-false-documents-about-sham-marriage/#content

    An aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeatedly lied to federal immigration and FBI agents and submitted false federal documents to the Department of Homeland Security to cover up her illegal seven-year marriage to a Lebanese national who was the subject of an Oklahoma City Joint Terror Task Force investigation, FoxNews.com has learned.

    Diana Tejada, Reid’s Hispanic Press Secretary, admitted to receiving payment for “some of her expenses” in exchange for fraudulently marrying Bassam Mahmoud Tarhini in 2003, strictly so he could obtain permanent U.S. residency, according to court documents.

  104. Now lets see, the Dems ripped Meg Whitman for not knowing her agency-vetted housekeeper was illegal. So by that standard i guess Harry Reid should have known that his press secretary was married to an illegal alien and suspected terrorist. Certainly the media will make this connection…Someone call Gloria Allred? Anyone? all i hear is crickets……..

  105. BREAKING: Ethics Foundation Requests A.G. Holder Investigate Sen. Boxer

    In a breaking development that may affect the close California Senate race, Pajamas Media has learned The Foundation for Ethics in Public Service sent a letter to Eric Holder last Thursday requesting the attorney general “begin an investigation to determine whether United States Senator Barbara Boxer violated any criminal laws or should be liable for any civil penalty for failure to disclose real property on her Personal Financial Disclosure Reports between 2002 and 2010.”

    The Foundation for Ethics in Public Service is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization “that seeks to bring a new level of transparency, accountability and integrity to all levels of government in the United States.” Boxer is the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics.

    The specific property FEPS is referring to is an Oakland, California, home valued at over a million dollars and co-owned by Boxer, her husband Stewart, their son Douglas, and his wife Amy. The letter to Holder reads in part:

    Despite the fact that Senator Boxer had an ownership in 854 Longridge Road [in Oakland], she failed to report this substantial real property asset on any of her personal financial disclosures between 2002 and 2010. She had also failed to report the mortgage on the property. Further, she failed to report the purchase of 854 Longridge Road in 2002. Each year Boxer was required to have filed a “full and complete report.”

    The filing of false or incomplete disclosure statements is in violation of the Ethics in Government Act. The Act authorizes the Attorney General of the United States to seek civil penalties against Senators who knowingly and willy falsify or fail to report required information. The knowing and willful concealment of the existence of substantial amount of real property for a prolonged period may subject Senators to federal criminal prosecution under 18 U.S.C. paragraph 101. [other citations are available at the link]

    The Oakland home is currently lived in by Douglas and his wife. This is not the first time Senator Boxer’s son has been the center of controversy. The senator reportedly paid out nearly $500,000 from her campaign contributions to her son’s public relations firm between 2001 and 2009. Those moneys could have been used to pay off the mortgage on the Oakland property, adding urgency to the DOJ investigation sought by The Foundation for Ethics in Public Service and further complicating the legal and ethical issues involved.

    Indeed, ethical questions have been dogging the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics of late. According to an October 13 Washington Examiner article by Marta Mossburg (“It’s time for Sen. Barbara Boxer to come clean on her mortgage loans“), Boxer held no fewer than seven mortgages with Countrywide Financial, the company at the center of the mortgage scandal she was investigating as chair of her committee.

    Despite the obvious impropriety, Boxer did not recuse herself. Instead she signed as “chair” the letter that exonerated Chris Dodd after the Connecticut senator got favorable mortgage rates from Countrywide. That letter — available at the ethics.senate.gov site — is worth reading now in light of what we have learned of Boxer’s own activities.

    If Barbara Boxer is returned to the Senate, she will resume her position as chair of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. It is she who will preside over investigations into the ethical behavior of our senators.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2010/10/26/foundation-requests-holder-investigate-boxer/

  106. Fifth Dimension
    October 26th, 2010 at 2:01 am
    ————

    Look what I woke up to!! Nice. Thanks.. and to Confloyd too.

  107. Here is a personal happy birthday wish for my politicaly adopted dauhter.Hillary Rodham Clinton.Thank the good lord she will be out of the country and out of the Otrauma mess he and his fashion plate MO have inflicted on the good people of this great democracy as we were once known to wit DRAFT HILLARY and take HOCUS POTUS out with the WH TRASH.

    ———————————————————————————————–
    1947. A very happy birthday to her- and many, many, many, many, many, many, many more.

    And as always she is working hard. This schedule might get updated, if so, I’ll highlight anything that has changed:

    10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks to the UN Security Council Session marking the 10th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, Women, Peace and Security, at UN Headquarters in New York City.

    10:45 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a press availability with Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger, in New York City.

    11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallstrom, in New York City.

    And then of course after the above she is off on foreign travel!

  108. Janis
    October 25th, 2010 at 7:16 pm
    Another way I often put it is, I don’t have to like the b*tch. I just have to vote for her. Voting isn’t a BFF contest.
    _____________________________________

    Janis, I love this post, especially “Voting isn’t a BFF contest”!!

  109. Exactly what I was thinking. Why go there? Read more at
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyharnden/100060804/shoveitgate-barack-obamas-strange-political-ineptitude-in-rhode-island/

    Be that as it may, this is a disaster for Obama that could have been wholly avoided if he’d just endorsed his own party’s candidate or, if he really didn’t want to (that’s his right – and it’s somewhat refreshing when anyone, including a President, doesn’t toe the party line) then there was no need for him to go to Rhode Island.

  110. Admin,

    Thank you for continuing to bang the drum: “Vote against Obama and his Obamorans. Tell Obama to “shove it”.”

    The only way to get rid of this disease is to cut off ALL of its nurtients. We can’t move forward by stepping backwards. “I” didn’t sell-out my fellow politicians, Comrade nØbama did. I am not voting “against” a former Hillary supporter, I am voting “for” a disembowelment of the power structure that is literally and figuritively destroying our country.

    I remain steadfastly frustrated and alienated that BC is preaching party first for the continuation of this corrupt regime. As Admin noted in a previous post, Hillary has a better chance of success working from a clean slate. My personal experience has been that many, many self-identified Tea Partiers subscribe to this theory and are working to affect the same. The strings need to be severed. Our country need to press the reset button. To put it in computer techie terms, we need a Cold Reboot, not a Warm Reboot.

    One need not be apologetic to think, act and vote country first.

  111. turndown:

    “Norma’s 264 word post” was a statement of fact (a copied and pasted) NEWS STORY on what the Iranians were doing to their education system.

    The fact that you have to run the story through a word counter is rather telling.

    I’m not going to get into the “Islam Discussion” with you. You have made your position clear. But I will continue to post things I find interesting that harms “rank and file” Muslims and acquiesces to Religious Dogma of the worst kind.

    Thanks for your reply.

    BTW – Happy Birthday Hillary!

  112. And BTW – your Google Link did not address the education story, but instead offered a list of Muslims who denounce terrorism. Not at all what my post was referring to.

    Thanks again.

  113. Thingslooking bleaker for Dems, i’ve heard of several new polls today where Republicans are storming ahead in house races, heres an amazing one

    Gibson Takes 9-Point Lead over Murphy into Final Week

    Loudonville, NY. Entering the final week of the ampaign, Republican Chris Gibson has reversed an early campaign deficit and turned it into a 51-42 percent lead over Democratic Representative Scott Murphy, who is seeking his first re-election, according to a Siena (College) Research Institute poll of likely voters released today. Gibson has become much more known to voters over the last six weeks, with a positive three-to-two favorability rating. Murphy remains known to more voters, however, they are evenly divided between those who view him favorably and those who view him nfavorably.

    “Chris Gibson has completely erased a 17-point deficit and now takes a strong nine-point lead into the final week of the campaign against incumbent Scott Murphy,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

    “Republican voters have come home to Gibson. He had led by only 27 points and now leads by nearly 60 points among Republicans. He has also won over independents, who had previously sided with Murphy by a nearly two-to-one margin, and now give Gibson a seven-point lead.

  114. I don’t like using PPP polls but this one is so vastly different to the last crock they cant hide the beating Conways gonna get. Wanna bet there is dammage from Conways scandal too.

    New Poll Shows Rand Paul Up 13 — And Voters Don’t Like Conway’s Aqua Buddha Ad

    Here’s how the last couple weeks in the Kentucky Senate race were supposed to work for Democratic nominee Jack Conway: after pounding Republican nominee Rand Paul for his hybrid libertarian (read: strange) positions on Medicare, taxes and law enforcement, an ad focusing on Paul’s alleged college shenanigans would seal the deal for Kentucky voters. Paul would be cast as an extremist outsider, too dangerous to risk a Senate seat on.

    Cue the Fail Whale.

    A new poll from PPP (D) suggests that Conway’s strategy hasn’t pleased voters. After weeks of putting Paul on the defensive, Conway now finds himself trailing Paul by 13 points.

    Paul leads 53-40 in the poll of 900 likely voters, which was conducted by automated phone call Oct. 21-24. The last PPP poll, from mid-September, showed Paul leading 49-42. The Republican has nearly doubled his lead since, according to PPP.

    Further, the poll found that most voters are aware of Conway’s infamous “Aqua Buddha” ad (62% of those surveyed said they knew of it) and more than half — 56% — said it was “inappropriate.” Just 15% said it was “appropriate.”

  115. I have an email into Sharron Angle’s campaign requesting further comment on the letter I received last night from Cleta Mitchell, attorney. In the meantime, I came across this description of Obama’s RI fundraiser. Seems it too was less than historic.

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — President Obama’s final stop was a $7,500-a-head fundraiser in the well-appointed home of Arnold “Buff” and Johnnie Chace on the East Side, not far from Brown University. The president spoke for about 20 minutes, then left before the dinner of locally grown foods by celebrated Rhode Island chefs — including lobster risotto — that Mrs. Chace had planned. Fewer than 50 were in attendance, according to Eric Hyers, campaign manager for Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline, the Democratic candidate for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy…Guests wore business attire — suits and ties, skirts and pantsuits, dark colors predominating.Guests included three of the four-member Rhode Island Democratic congressional delegation — Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Kennedy. Rep. James R. Langevin had left the presidential party at an earlier stop. Also on hand: Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — who introduced the president — and Cicilline… On the administration’s accomplishment’s accomplishments Obama stated “I could not be prouder” of a record that includes the largest spending on infrastructure since the Eisenhower administration, the largest increase in national service since the Peace Corps and Wall Street reform.

    Mr. Obama concluded his remarks at about 7:30, saying he couldn’t stay for dinner.
    “I’ve got to go home to tuck in the girls and walk the dog and scoop the poop,” he said.
    h t t p://newsblog.projo.com/2010/10/obama-speaks-at-chace-house-sk.html

  116. nomobama
    October 25th, 2010 at 6:24 pm
    Shadowfax,

    I have to ask why Carly Fiorina is so awful especially when compared to her competitor who is truly awful?

    I worked at HP when Carly was the CEO.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Funny, I worked in the same complex as Carly back in 2001.

    I was a consultant at Lucent for like three years, then laid off, couldn’t find work in my field, struggled, wound up working at a service station on the NJ Turnpike for a good couple of years until I could find work doing my computer stuff.

    Carly’s story arc slightly differed. She took her high profile (VP probably) corporate skills and managed to land the plum job of CEO of HP. Eventually she got laid off too, but methinks her parachute worked a bit better than mine.

    Well anyhoo, go get ’em, Carly! Kickbox Boxer out of office.

  117. O.M.G.!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If Gibson wins up here I will do 3 cartwheels in my yard!

    He is an astounding person – great speaker a real man – the real deal and so is Steve McLaughlin who is running for Assemblyman against Tim Gordon.

    I have heard both speak several times and written profiles on both.

    They are a firey pair!

    My only worry is that I heard Sienna isn’t too reliable.

  118. Also, it’s in the Albany Times Union and they are bought and paid for.

    I don’t trust much of what they write.

  119. tim
    October 25th, 2010 at 7:55 pm
    WTF!?!?!

    “Obama Tells Latinos That Officials Who Support Border Security “Aren’t the Kinds of Folks Who Represent Our Core American Values””
    &&&&&

    And the corollary to that is: Obama tells Latinos, “People who cross into our country illegally are the ideal embodiment of our core American values.”

  120. OTOH,

    If it’s true, wouldn’t that mean Gillibrand is in trouble, too? She’s far less popular than Murphy up here. Could you imagine Schumer collapsing in shock if both Gibson and the guy (forgot his name) running aginst Gilly won?

  121. rgb44hrc
    October 26th, 2010 at 10:56 am
    ◄=======================►

    Exactly! I just wrote a similar response to an article about this on the noquarterusa.net website. Barack’s values are not my values. I don’t value people breaking America’s laws for self gain.

  122. rgb44hrc
    October 26th, 2010 at 10:49 am
    ===================================

    Was that in BaskinG Ridge, NJ? I worked at HP in Rockaway, NJ, just north of there.

  123. moononpluto
    October 26th, 2010 at 7:42 am
    Now lets see, the Dems ripped Meg Whitman for not knowing her agency-vetted housekeeper was illegal. So by that standard i guess Harry Reid should have known that his press secretary was married to an illegal alien and suspected terrorist. Certainly the media will make this connection…Someone call Gloria Allred? Anyone? all i hear is crickets……..
    =============================================

    Good one!

  124. wbboei,
    Its bad enough to be stuck in traffic, but to be stuck there for “sleeveless”, is disgusting! I feel sorry for you! If it makes you feel better, think how she’s going to feel on Nov. 3rd, LOL!

  125. nomobama
    October 26th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Was that in BaskinG Ridge, NJ? I worked at HP in Rockaway, NJ, just north of there.
    &&&&&

    Oh, I forgot to mention, it was Lucent World Headquarters in Murry Hill, NJ, just down the road from Summit. In Building 1, they invented “UNIX” in the late 1960’s. In the late 1940’s, they invented this thing called the “semi-conductor” in Building 4 as I recall. I worked in Building 3, and occasionally would see Dennis Richie buying his sandwich in the cafeteria. And there were Nobel prize winners working here and there. Very cool. Plus, there was an Ultimat Frisbee club, and then there was the model train club room. Very cool environment.

    Carly worked in the executive area near the library.

    Nice place to go for a bike ride after work tomorrow.

  126. Happy Birthday Secretary Clinton

    By Josh Rogin
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrates her 63rd birthday today. State Department employees, fans, and a few journalists had a chance to sing Happy Birthday to Madam Secretary at last night’s screening of Inside the State Department, the new National Geographic documentary about her life “inside the bubble.”

    Clinton graciously tolerated the crowd’s rendition of the Happy Birthday song and the National Geographic people even made her a cake with the Department of of State’s official seal on it. Clinton will spend the bulk of her special day in New York, giving a speech about the role of women in politics at the U.N. Security Council, but we’re told she already took time to celebrate with her family last weekend while traveling in California.

    As for the documentary, it provides previously unseen insights into the workings of the massive operation needed to support Clinton on her overseas trips. Starting with Clinton’s visit to last year’s U.N. General Assembly, the film also follows her to Pakistan and then around the Middle East as she conducted some intensive shuttle diplomacy ahead of the start of peace talks earlier this year.

    “This is truly a tribute to the more than 60,000 people who work for the State Department around the world. Now, not all of them could fit into the movie, but without their service standing behind all the faces that you will see and the people that you’ll meet, there are literally hundreds and thousands more who do every day what is necessary to protect America, to promote our values, advance our interests in every corner of the globe,” she said during her introductory remarks.

    The video included several cameos by key staff, including senior advisors Philippe Reines, Jake Sullivan, Huma Abedin, and others. The New York Times’ Mark Landler and the AP’s Matt Lee were also featured in interviews.

    Writer/director Steve Hoggard was surprised how accessible and down to earth Clinton was when traveling. “One thing that would surprise me is when she would come to the back of the plane without her makeup, without her hair done. … You can’t help but like her,” he said.

    The movie will air Nov. 8 at 9 PM on the National Geographic channel.

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/10/26/happy_birthday_secretary_clinton

  127. Why Hillary Clinton is at the UN Today

    October 26, 2010
    Mark Leon Goldberg

    The Security Council today is celebrating the 10th anniversary of a landmark resolution on the importance of integrating women and gender perspectives in the UN’s peace and security efforts. Resolution 1325 was passed on October 31 2000, and since then there has been a concerted effort to give women a greater role in peace and security and incorporate gender specific issues to UN peacekeeping, conflict mediation and peace building efforts.

    A very visible example of these efforts are the all-female police units that the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations have deployed to various missions. (When I was in Liberia in 2008, heavily armed Indian Police-women were a near ubiquitous site.)

    There are a number of less visible examples, including that nearly every report to that a UN official delivers to the Security Council these days contains a section specific to gender and what the UN is doing to address problems like sexual violence. This has been a top priority for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the United Nations. In 2008, Clinton led a Security Council session that officially recognized rape as a war crime. Today, she will address the Council again for the anniversary. (I believe she will be the only “Foreign Minister” to do so).

    1325 has galvanized much of the UN bureaucracy and also, apparently, the United states senate as well. In advance of today’s security council session, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee released a report, “UN Resolution 1325: More Action Needed,” which urges the UN and its member states to strengthen the resolution.

    http://www.undispatch.com/why-hillary-clinton-is-at-the-un-today

  128. “BUBBLE BOY” OBAMA MAY NOT WANT TO EMERGE OUT OF HIS BUBBLE TO READ ED KOCH’S ASSESSMENT

    realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/10/26/the_coming_political_tsunami_107726.html

    October 26, 2010
    The Coming Political Tsunami
    By Ed Koch

    I predict a Republican victory of tsunami proportions on November 2nd.

    For the last six months in various public forums, I have said that Republicans will take both the House and Senate. Most political observers, citing statistics from various states, continue to say that, while it appears certain that the House will go Republican, there are too few Senate seats in play for a Republican takeover. Further, many pundits state that Democrats will preserve their control of the Senate because the Republican Party has undermined itself by fielding whacko and semi-whacko candidates from the “tea party” wing or otherwise offering inferior candidates, e.g., Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, Rand Paul in Kentucky, Sharron Angle in Nevada, Linda McMahon in Connecticut and Carly Fiorina in California.

    Without being able to cite statistics that support my view, I nevertheless predict the Republicans will also take the Senate. Imagine what the Republicans could have done if they had really good and visionary leadership. But they don’t. Indeed, in New York State, the Republican Party is seen as a bad joke, totally leaderless and without candidates who can win, despite new corruption allegations involving the Democratic Party in Albany. Take, for example, gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino. He has disgraced the Republicans with his antics and ridiculous statements and is trailing by double digits in the polls. The Republican candidates running for the two Senate seats now held by Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have had little impact and are given no chance of winning. Jay Townsend, who is running against Chuck Schumer, is totally unknown and unfunded, and running against a Senator who is known everywhere and is held in high regard. Joe DioGuardi, who is running against the recently-appointed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, is unable to engender major support at a time when incumbents appear to be bearing bulls-eye targets on their backs.

    New York State notwithstanding, I predict that mounting anger around the country will carry Republicans to victory in both Houses of Congress.

    Why would intelligent voters leave the Democratic Party that they endorsed so heavily two years ago in the 2008 presidential election? The reason is obvious – deep, deep disappointment in the record of President Obama. The President has wasted many opportunities in his term to date, and has lost by his own admission almost every battle for the hearts and minds of the electorate in pushing through Congress monumental legislation that he signed into law.

    Why did the President and Congress insist on reinventing the wheel when it came to health care coverage? Weren’t there prototypes in Europe and elsewhere developed and used for more than 50 years with proven track records that could have been used as models? Did the President and Congress have to terrify people who had insurance coverage in order to provide coverage for the additional 32 million Americans covered under the new law? Couldn’t those without insurance have been attached in some way to the Medicaid rolls? Why did the President and Congress sell out to the prescription drug companies and strip Medicare of the right to negotiate volume discount purchases that could have saved U.S. taxpayers more than a trillion dollars over ten years? What rankles most for many, including me, is why have there been so few criminal prosecutions of those who are responsible for having brought the U.S. economy to its knees, destroyed the nation’s prosperity and caused millions of Americans to lose their homes, their jobs and a substantial portion of their retirement savings? Why when looking at Obama’s cabinet and advisers, do we see the faces of those who many hold responsible for the economic debacle?

    It is for these reasons, I believe, the coming November tsunami will roll across America and give the Republicans, who are undeserving of the honor, control of both Houses. The American public is enraged and wants to punish those who have been in charge of the country. They know those who will replace incumbents may be as bad or worse, but they also believe they can’t do any greater damage. They are willing to put up with them until the next election to teach our elected representatives a monumental lesson — that public service is an honorable profession and must be performed competently and honestly.

    We are an optimistic, generous people, who believe in fairness and justice. And we will be heard.

    &&&
    Ed Koch is the former Mayor of New York City.

  129. “I vote for women. I figure there will always be nutcases, idiots, *ssholes, and generally people I disagree with in government. Anymore, I want even them to be women.”

    Janis–my sentiments exactly! If anything, at least we are empowered as women.

  130. What parallel universe are we residing in where even one red-blooded, country-loving American can support this traitØr:

    “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

    He’s anti-American, anti-anti-racist, anti-woman, anti-Christian, anti-mercantilism, anti-Constitution, anti-legal immigration…

  131. I think Feingold is toast

    The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Johnson, a wealthy plastics manufacturer, picking up 53% of the vote. Feingold, who has represented the state in the Senate since 1993, draws support from 46%. Only one percent (1%) are undecided at this point.

    he has not been ahead all year.

  132. Wow. Marco Rubio’s closing ad is genius. I don’t even agree with the man on everything, but this ad made me almost tear up. It is SO NICE to hear a politician speaking with such sincerity about how wonderful this country is, instead of telling us we’re all selfish evil oppressors.

    This ad is like a breath of fresh air in the choking, stagnant room that is politics these days:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hbaP0Jzd6QA

  133. According to Andy Sullivan, Cuomo has a very dirty reason to allow the GZ mosque to go forward.

    here is what Andy, who has been ultra-reliable so far says:

    was sent this…why isn’t this on the news or in an ad?

    <>

    Click here: Blue Collar Corner Blog » Andrew Cuomo for the erection of the Ground Zero Victory Mosque:

  134. Norma Desmond said:
    your Google Link did not address the education story, but instead offered a list of Muslims who denounce terrorism. Not at all what my post was referring to.

    ================

    When someone posts another long anti-Muslim post, then I’ll post whatever I have handy then. The denounciation of terrorism links addressed someone else’s previous anti-Muslim posts. Sorry I’ve got so far behind. Maybe some day I’ll catch up and can reply to the short zinger anti-Muslim posts too.

  135. As for the documentary, it provides previously unseen insights into the workings of the massive operation needed to support Clinton on her overseas trips
    ——————
    Just in time for 2012!

  136. turndownobama
    October 26th, 2010 at 12:58 am
    Norma Desmond
    October 24th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    turndown, your response was to a post done TWO DAYS prior, in an entirely different thread than the one you are in. The conversation had obviously moved on. So who is beating a tiresome drum, here? I would say it’s the person going and digging up a two-day old comment, and dragging it kicking and screaming into the current conversation.

  137. confloyd

    October 26th, 2010 at 11:48 am
    Looks like Soros is going to put some money in getting marijuana legalized
    ————

    awwww…it must be his Christmas present for his bff bambi.

  138. Bad news for Dems: Rain in the forecast for 2010 Election Day

    In more bad news for Democrats, rain is in the forecast for much of the country on Election Day.

    Weather tracking websites, including weather.com and The Old Farmer’s Almanac, are calling for rain in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast regions, with chances for precipitation in other parts of the country as well.

    According to Laurel Harbridge, a Northwestern University political science professor, GOP voters are not typically discouraged by rain. “Republicans are helped by bad weather … it does harm Democratic prospects.”

    Wendy Schiller, a political science professor at Brown University, echoed Harbridge. “Bad weather almost always hurts Democrats,” she said. “The traditional Democratic base tends to include lower-income people and the elderly. Both of those demographic groups have a hard time getting to the polls.”

    Political experts say the rain will especially help Republicans this year because the conservative base is motivated to win back control of Congress.

    “It will require an even bigger get-out-to-vote effort by the Democrats if the weather is bad,” said Schiller.

    Robert Shapiro, former chairman of the department of political science at Columbia University, said, “Look for places where the election could be close and where the weather might discourage less-than-enthusiastic-voters.”

  139. Norma,

    As for your story about education in Iran, in the US the Rightwing Christians are doing the same thing piecemeal: using government power to put Creationism into textbooks etc. At whatever level they hold office, that’s the level they use.

  140. Here’s another Dem talking about dog poop.
    PHILADELPHIA — Democrat Joe Sestak’s cheeky TV ad about dog poop has tails wagging in the fiercely contested Pennsylvania Senate race. In the ad, Sestak compares cleaning up after his family dog Belle to cleaning up the economic mess that he says his GOP rival Pat Toomey and former President George W. Bush played a big part in creating….
    h t t p://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/26/sestak-ad-likens-dog-poop-economic-mess/?test=latestnews

  141. Happy Birthday, Hillary. 2 more years…..

    Here is a nice article on her birthday and a sneak peek at the National Geographic special on her to air on November 8th on National Geographic Channel.

    thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/10/26/happy_birthday_secretary_clinton

  142. confloyd

    Looks like Soros is going to put some money in getting marijuana legalized

    ——-
    All the money in the world couldn’t cover up that ugly mug. No wonder he needs to hover over a bong when he looks in the mirror.

    Uck!

    I have mixed feelings on the pot issue. Not good for kids, shouldn’t be illegal for adults any more than alcohol is. LA cops need to chase rapists and murderers and leave their hiding places behind the bushes – next to a stop sign…

  143. I’ve just heard back from Sharron Angle. I am inclined to think it is a reply to my specific query, but it could be another mass mailing:

    Dear [MyName]:
    Yesterday, my campaign’s attorney, Cleta Mitchell, sent you an email about Harry Reid’s campaign and their questionable “get out the vote” tactics. See that below.

    Today, however, Fox 5 in Las Vegas is reporting that voters are coming to their electronic machines and finding Harry Reid’s name already checked. We don’t know yet what is happening, but if nothing else we must continue to be vigilant in the face of desperation on the part of Reid and his allies. Please support Cleta’s legal efforts with a financial contribution today.
    [Then the repeat of the email I submitted in comments yesterday.]

    So I know a little bit more.

  144. What parallel universe are we residing in where even one red-blooded, country-loving American can support this traitØr:

    “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

    He’s anti-American, anti-anti-racist, anti-woman, anti-Christian, anti-mercantilism, anti-Constitution, anti-legal immigration…

    It says everything you need to know if this is truly the bahavior that elitists feel is becoming of the American President.

  145. Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, a breast cancer survivor, was admitted to a hospital Tuesday morning for treatment of an infection that her aides said was related to the reconstructive surgery she underwent this summer.

    [snip]

    After she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, Fiorina was treated with chemotherapy, radiation and a double mastectomy. She often talks about her battle with the disease on the campaign trail while advocating for the repeal of President Obama’s healthcare legislation.

    ——

    Wow, a double mastectomy is really bad…

  146. holdthemaccountable: A similar story was reported today in Florida. Smudge marks on Charlie Crist’s name on unused ballots. Heard it on the radio. I do have some worried that the Democrats will use all the tactics they ever learned from the republicans (and more) to CHEAT THEIR WAY IN AGAIN.
    It has become VERY CLEAR “Politics as Usual” has never been about what is good for the country (unless you think of Bill Clinton) but instead, what keeps these thieves in power for their personal gain.

    And WMCB – I agree. The comment was two days old and we had moved on. Needless to say I was surprised to see the unrelated, belated response – AND the typical follow up “yeah, but” reply.

    And to all – Though I may not comment a lot these days, I have read nearly every day since very early 2008 (or before). I was a VERY active commenter back when Idunn, wbboei, dina, FDRJim, BMerry, Confloyd, Oakley and others were regulars. My FAVORITE thing to do was pour coffee, come here, and help to get Hillary elected. I have gone by several screen names (mainly because I forget passwords!) but I am anything BUT a newbie! Just ask Admin! LOL

  147. Are we surprised?

    “Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He cleared the screen and tried again with the same result, he said. Then he asked for and received help from election staff.

    “They pushed it twice and the same thing happened,” Laughinghouse said. “That was four times in a row. The fifth time they pushed it and the Republicans came up and I voted.”

    M. Ray Wood, Craven County Board of elections chairman, issued a written statement saying that the elections board is aware of isolated issues and that in each case the voter was able to cast his or her ballot as desired.”

    ================

    this was in North Carolina. Read more. http://www.newbernsj.com/articles/machine-91656-screen-voter.html

  148. Catching up on the many great articles I missed . In a nuutshell, it looks like republicans should gain control of the House, but do not win back the Senate. Hillary and Bill still ascending, Obama moving up somewhat from his low of 43.8%, and the economy , and job growth in particular, very slow. Israel being screwed and Iran inching closer to the bomb.

  149. Oh, goody! Katie Couric is going to don her khakis and safari hat , and venture into the wilds of bag-0-donuts America, to observe with fascination the species of teapartius erectus and liberalis fedupicus in their native habitats!

    It’s very brave of her. She is leaving the bubble of NY to undertake this difficult assignment into the hinterlands of the country, into areas so foreign to her as to be a completely different culture. Places like, um, Philly, and Boston.

    That’s why Couric has spent recent weeks in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is touring what she calls “this great unwashed middle of the country” in an effort to divine the mood of the midterms.

    That’s about as “unwashed” as her brain can handle. Hey, whaddid you expect? Boise?

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-10-25/katie-couric-on-her-contract-cbs-and-love-of-the-campaign-trail/?cid=columnists

  150. Janis, I think she’s going to do a three part series on the novelty of indoor plumbing there. 😀

  151. I don’t think the condescension to the “great unwashed” is going to do the ratings of “the Great Unwatched” any favors.

  152. Nevada Voters Complain Of Problems at Polls
    LAS VEGAS — Some voters in Boulder City complained on Monday that their ballot had been cast before they went to the polls, raising questions about Clark County’s electronic voting machines…
    Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud, although the issues do come up because the touch-screens are sensitive. For that reason, a person may not want to have their fingers linger too long on the screen after they make a selection at any time.
    “Especially in a community with elderly citizens (they have) difficulty in (casting their) ballot,” Lomax said. “Team leaders said there were complaints (and the) race filled in…”
    h t t p://www.fox5vegas.com/news/25511115/detail.html

    Just imagine if ATM touch screens were that sensitive.
    And yes, do take yet another pot shot at senior citizens.

  153. Couric …is touring what she calls “this great unwashed middle of the country”

    ———

    “unwashed”?

    Does she mean, not O’brainwashed???

    Couric, I see your downfall from my front porch.

  154. Happy Birthday to Hillary and also PM317

    Read

    Happy Birthday to one of our favorite people in the entire world

    from Hillbuzz

    http://hillbuzz.org/2010/10/26/happy-birthday-to-one-of-our-favorite-people-in-the-entire-world/

    Hillary Clinton doesn’t really celebrate her birthday.

    She’s in Austria today, having nothing at all to do with whatever Democrats are doing on the ground in the leadup to their devastating losses next Tuesday. She won’t be back in the country until November 7th. Everyone who backstabbed her during the 2008 presidential race is either going down like the Titanic right now or in the absolute fights of their lives. And Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is not lifting a finger to help any of them, smartly using her position as Secretary of State to recuse herself from any politicking.

    This is just one of many reasons I love this woman. She has her “List” of terrible people who deserve what they get, and for her birthday she gets to see a great many of them indeed get what’s coming to them. We hope she gets a great big cake and laughs heartily while blowing those candles out.

    Something tells us the thing she’ll wish for won’t happen until 2016, if at all, for her.

    Someday, those of you with Clinton Derangement Syndrome should hopefully be able to separate whatever obsessions you have against the Clintons from the sheer joy that is Hillary, the woman.

    She’s one of the most unique and underrated characters in American history, particularly in the area of her sense of humor and personal charm.

    She’s a smart mouth with a biting wit and sharp sarcasm who playfully ribs you like an aunt at the dining room table playing poker after Thanksgiving dinner. She’ll pick on you in a teasing, familiar way, getting in some real zingers…and then she’ll laugh. You’ll laugh too, more than you have in a while, and certainly more than you ever thought you would sitting at a table with Hillary Clinton — a woman some of you think you hate, but know very little about on a real level.

    For the rest of my life, I will never forget Hillary, in the rain, just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania taking the stage in 2008, drenched, telling thousands of people assembled to see her to fight hard for America.

    I had the adventure of a lifetime in 2008 campaigning for HRC across the country, getting backstage at a lot of these events, and seeing the Clintons up close and personal on a regular basis. I like them in much the same way I like the Palins: they are real Americans. Friendly, quick-witted, mirthful, kind, and never too busy to share a joke, never stingy with a smile.

    I think it’s a great tragedy, actually, that people on both sides of the aisle can’t take steps back and separate their political passions from a genuine appreciation of what it takes to be an opinionated, larger-than-life, much-caricatured woman on a national stage.

    Women like HRC and Governor Palin take constant attacks from the media and various segments of the population, but they just keep doing what they’re doing, never letting it affect them, not letting the seams show. That’s remarkable. I sure can’t do that. I don’t know how people like them refuse to let the stress get to them…I don’t know how they keep their senses of humor.

    But, I’m glad they do.

    Agree with them or not, people like Hillary Clinton make the world a more interesting place. Even if you don’t like her, you have to agree with me on this: isn’t it marvelous this one woman, born in Park Ridge, Illinois today, riddles the current president with all manner of paranoia, making him constantly wonder what she’s up to, what she’s plotting, what she’s doing wherever she is.

    It’s hilarious she maneuvered herself into this position, within the administration itself but not having her fingerprints on any of its insanity, where she’s one of the two women who most drive Obama insane (the other being Governor Palin…one of three if you’d count Michelle in that mix too).

    I bet Obama spends at least three dedicated hours a day wondering what Hillary’s doing to him behind the scenes…before embarking on the three hours he spends wondering what Governor Palin is up to as well.

    I keep hoping the two of them will have that coffee HRC mentioned them having, because if ever they got in the same room together, behind closed doors, and allowed the press outside to hear them laughing and having a great time, Obama would surely collapse into the fetal position, wetting that hideous new rug in the oval office…and then later blame BO the dog for it.

    You just have to love this.

    Even if you don’t love Hillary the way we do here.

    You have to love that she’s part of our world, a living nightmare in a pantsuit for the current president, slowly driving him crazy just by being herself.

    Give the woman that.

    And wish her a happy birthday today.

  155. One more time…

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HILLARY!!!

    Take time to laugh and eat your birthday cake with the Big Dawg.

    We love you, Hillary.

  156. Hillary’s birthday cake…

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrates her 63rd birthday today. State Department employees, fans, and a few journalists had a chance to sing Happy Birthday to Madam Secretary at last night’s screening of Inside the State Department, the new National Geographic documentary about her life “inside the bubble.”

    Clinton graciously tolerated the crowd’s rendition of the Happy Birthday song and the National Geographic people even made her a cake with the Department of of State’s official seal on it (pictured above). Clinton will spend the bulk of her special day in New York, giving a speech about the role of women in politics at the U.N. Security Council, but we’re told she already took time to celebrate with her family last weekend while traveling in California.

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/10/26/happy_birthday_secretary_clinton

  157. Caprio is getting plenty of face time because of the ‘shove it’ response to Obama. I’m happy BC is coming back this weekend… I think thats what I heard on the news… It would be great if Bill’s presence helps Caprio overtake Chafee. When you think about it… it’s really about
    BC v BO- The Master v the novice!

    Caprio, still the main dish for todays news cycle. I was happy to see, he had a clear concise message for the media… He looked calm and confident. Caprio only found out Sunday, Obama would not be endorsing him as the dem nominee for governor. NBC news anchor, Gene Valicenti said: “It is unheard of for a president to involve himself in local politics. He has never heard of it happening before.” Of course, he omitted the relevant point, Caprio is a democrat and was ignored by a dem president who chose his own agenda over supporting an opposing Independent rather than a candidate from his own party.

    Today, heavy advertising, Obama is openly stumping for Chafee with an old Bush campaign ad he use in 08’… how they both (Obama & Chafee) voted against the war in Iraq! 🙄

  158. Mrs. Smith

    It would be great if Bill’s presence helps Caprio overtake Chafee. When you think about it… it’s really about
    BC v BO- The Master v the novice!

    ———-
    It’s really a battle for the REAL Democratic Party.

  159. Shadowfax
    October 26th, 2010 at 7:02 pm
    Mrs. Smith

    It would be great if Bill’s presence helps Caprio overtake Chafee. When you think about it… it’s really about BC v BO- The Master v the novice!

    ———-
    It’s really a battle for the REAL Democratic Party.
    ________________

    I agree, SF. Because of Obama’s gluttonous appetite for being associated w/old money instead of a Party loyalist. Now, BC and BO will be seen by news outlets as going Mano to Mano over the candidates. However, it has to be done IF Caprio is to be the model for Hillary Democrats.

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