Daily Archives: October 27, 2010

Keith Olbermann did an amazing Special Comment this evening…

… Take 15 minutes and listen to it. Email the address of the post to your friends and people you know so they can listen to it. Keith sums up the Tea Party and the mess the Republicans are trying to drag us into… and how they will try to bring us back into the early 20th Century.

There’s an election coming up and we can’t crumble under the advanced stupidity of some of these candidates. We live in dangerous times.

Here’s Keith:

New Republican Strategy: Tell Dems it’s going to rain on November 2nd.

Today there was a string of articles…started, I think, by Politico (whose affiliation with the political right has been sort of present since its creation)… warning Democrats in advance that it was going to rain next Tuesday.  On top of the weather report is the series of “expert” statements that bad weather keeps Dems home from the polls, while Repubs seem to love voting in the rain.

Now, as one who has stood in line outdoors with many other Democrats to vote over the years, I’m not sure I want them to convince me that I don’t vote in the rain. In reality, I’ve voted already, as have more Dems than Repubs as I understand it from the news, and it was raining the day I voted. Oh well, I didn’t know rain was supposed to keep me home. I should have asked the other Democrats who were voting that day (there were a bunch) if they knew about our weather wariness. Apparently they didn’t.

And this piece turned up at The Hill (which also, it seems to me) is a non-progressive publication:

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.”

Anyway… I think this time bad weather might even help Democrats. We will realize much more clearly that a great pile of these Republican/Tea Party candidates are more like bad weather than good government.

The “Poster Boy of Close Campaigns” gives a hell of a speech…

Al Franken last week in Minnesota… and why we don’t give up when the pollsters and Chris Matthews and everyone else does in the last 6 days before the election…

Yard Sign With Candidate’s Name On It Electrifies Congressional Race

The sign, above, which pundits say may have fundamentally altered the American political landscape.

JASPER, IN—A blue corrugated plastic sign bearing the name of candidate Todd Young has invigorated and galvanized voters in southeastern Indiana’s 9th District congressional race, catapulting the Republican to an all but insurmountable lead over his opponent, Democratic incumbent Baron Hill.

The 24-by-18-inch signboard, which political pundits have called an “instant game changer” since its appearance on Jasper, IN‘s Jackson Street last Friday, features a red, white, and blue color scheme, four stars above Young’s name, and the slogan “Promise of a New Tomorrow.” It also includes the word “Vote” and a check-mark-filled square next to the candidate’s name, a strategy expected to triple turnout at the polls as throngs of voters rush to support Young.

“When I drove by the sign two days ago, I had to pull over to the side of the road and catch my breath,” said Jade Williams, 34, a lifelong Democrat and former supporter of Baron Hill. “I’d never felt such a profound connection to a candidate before. Then I saw the powerful red line under his name and knew I had to drive to City Hall immediately and register as a Republican.”

“It’s the promise of a new tomorrow,” Williams added.

While the 9th District seat was considered a toss-up prior to the sign’s erection, a tidal wave of support has now emerged for Young, who over the past two days has received key endorsements from Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, and former president Bill Clinton.

Experts across the country are calling the small but legible sign a “brilliant political move,” and have praised Young’s campaign for making the sign double-sided so it can be seen by motorists driving in both directions.

A new Gallup poll now has Young ahead of Hill by nearly 65 points.

“Frankly, I can’t envision any scenario in which Baron Hill can recover from this,” political strategist Mary Matalin said on Meet The Press Sunday, adding that it was an inspired and ingenious decision to include both the first and last name of the candidate on the sign. “Yes, the bold capital letters capture our imagination, but they also assure voters that Todd Young will meet all political challenges with indomitable vigor and integrity.”

Indiana University political science professor Henry Trout echoed Matalin’s analysis, telling reporters he believes Young will easily carry all 20 counties in the district. Trout said he bases his landslide prediction on the fact that by Election Day most residents will have either viewed the sign personally or heard from their peers how its array of stars “makes one understand that Todd Young is a bright, shining beacon of hope, somebody capable of restoring faith in American politics.”

“If that sign could talk,” Trout continued, “it would say, ‘Voting for a candidate other than Todd Young would be an affront to everything that makes this country great.”

The dire predictions for Hill appear to be coming true: Local donors and the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have cut off funding to Hill, and reports from his election headquarters reveal a campaign in crisis mode. The few remaining workers who have not defected to the Young camp have been working 20-hour days, desperately scrambling to right their candidate’s ship.

“That sign has destroyed us,” said a senior Hill staffer speaking on condition of anonymity. “We’ve been brainstorming nonstop for days, and we think the only way to regain any ground would be for Baron to somehow appear in each constituent’s living room, if only for 30 seconds, and either state his moral and political beliefs while his wife and children stand at his side or else rip into questionable statements Young has made in the past.”

“But unfortunately, there’s no way to achieve this,” the source added.

At press time, the identity of the individual who placed the sign in his front yard, and essentially handed the Republican Party another seat in what figures to be a pivotal midterm election, was revealed to be Herb Whittaker, a 53-year-old hardware store employee.

“I wanted to show my support for Todd Young,” Whittaker said. “So I put a sign on the lawn.”

OK… it’s not from me… it’s from THE ONION. I needed to have a laugh after today. – BT

Late afternoon and I’m back from getting my car fixed…

OK. I’m back from Brown’s, $428.00 poorer, but with a car that has passed the State Inspection. I drove it around town a bit and the steering felt fine… the whole car felt fine. So now I have one less thing to worry about.

I got home to see Chris Matthews go into why he thought the Dems would end up losing both Houses of Congress (Jeez… I hope not!) and how he thought that would actually be GOOD for Obama … he thought it was good for Clinton when he lost Congress in his second year and why Matthews thought that got Bill reelected. I don’t really agree with any of this. I think we are at a point where everyone is looking at next Wednesday and doesn’t want to look like they were wrong THIS Wednesday.

Couldn’t take it any more…turned the channel to “Cash Cab” while I got the trash together and bagged to go out tonite. I always learn something listening to Cash Cab while I work around the house (like, in Finland, duct tape is called “Jesus Tape.”)

So now I just have to get through to tomorrow, when I think I’ll go over to WSHC early in the morning to sit in on John’s show. Unless, of course, I sleep late… but sleep has been rare, lately.

 

 

Can you buy an office?

Money and politics… this section of an article in reason.com by Tim Cavanaugh is worth reading. Go to the site to finish it.
clipped from reason.com
After We Hose Meg Whitman‘s Remains Off the Sidewalk, Can We Admit that Money Does Not Buy Elections?
What happens if you spend $141 million and nothing comes of it?

Nothing, of course!

Before autumn officially began, Republican candidate for California governor Meg Whitman had
already broken
the personal-spending record for American political campaigns.
Whitman’s personal campaign contribution reached $109 million in September, American democracy staggered. When her total campaign spending topped $140 million earlier this month, the Washington Post‘s Karen Tumulty was unable to enjoy the state’s sunny climate due to the “gale force” of Whitman’s spending; Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore put his bowling-ball wit into a
fake attack ad
; and L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez wrote something I didn’t actually read, but I’m sure it was full of spritely and righteous bemusement.
And yet Whitman is almost certainly going to lose on Tuesday.
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And take a look at Linda McMahon in Connecticut. It doesn’t look like money is going to buy that one either.

Here’s a great long post by Doctor Cleveland:

Here’s the first couple of paragraphs:

History Never Repeats Itself

by Doctor Cleveland

Election day is next Tuesday. Papers like the New York Times and Washington Post began publishing their post-mortem analyses of the election results last week. What should Obama do now that next Tuesday’s results are in? Highly paid opinion writers have opinions.

The current conventional wisdom has two basic pillars:

1) It is currently 1994.

2) Since it’s 1994, Bill Clinton should be President.

I’m going to leave the actual electoral predictions to my colleague Articleman and to folks like Nate Silver. But even if Tuesday night were to turn into an exact replay of 1994, district by district, the political situation on Wednesday morning would still be something completely new. History echoes itself, but it never repeats exactly. If this really were 1994, of course, being more like Bill Clinton would be a stupid idea, like telling someone fighting Muhammad Ali to be more like Sonny Liston. As Ezra Klein and Josh Marshall both remind us, the Big Dog was soundly beaten in 1994. And his post-1994 playbook, no matter how successful it was fifteen years ago, is just not going to work in 2011. Things have changed.

Now go to DAGBLOG to read the rest.

Kentucky Stomper wants an Apology from the Stompee…

As the world gets even more weird, we get a new point of view on honesty, truth and integrity. Like, it doesn’t exist. 

From Talking Points Memo:

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Tim Profitt — the former Rand Paul volunteer who stomped on the head of a MoveOn activist — told told local CBS station WKYT that he wants an apology from the woman he stomped and that she started the whole thing.
“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Profitt said. “I would like for her to apologize to me to be honest with you.”
“She’s a professional at what she does,” Profitt added, “and I think when all the facts come out, I think people will see that she was the one that initiated the whole thing.”

Tim Profitt

Profitt also blamed the incident on his back pain. Footage shows that Profitt stomped down on Lauren Valle’s head, neck and shoulder while she was being restrained by another man with her shoulder on the street and her head on the curb.

After Profitt was identified as Paul’s Bourbon County coordinator, he was fired by the campaign. Police issued a criminal summons for him yesterday.

You know… it is amazing what some people will say or do for a brief moment of National fame.

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