Daily Archives: November 3, 2010

The end of ACORN…

Bob Cesca put this up today. This will help kick off the Republican House’s new Investigation concepts:
clipped from www.bobcesca.com
The timing makes this especially tragic:
As the Tea and the Republican Party activists were gearing up for their election day campaigns, including plans to intimidate Democratic leaning voters from casting ballots, ACORN, responsible for registering millions of young, minority, and working class voters, closed its last door, ending its 40-year run as arguably the nation’s most effective anti-poverty group. 

The group, whose state affiliates dissolved months ago, is filing for bankruptcy, selling off its few remaining assets.

Can anyone name a single crime they committed? Anyone?
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The Denver Post has called Bennet (D) over Buck (R)…

I went to sleep late last night not knowing the results of this one in Colorado. The Denver Post and the NY Times both called it for Bennet this morning.
clipped from www.denverpost.com
Updated: 11/03/2010 08:30:04 AM MDT
Appointed U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet will be elected to the U.S. Senate after pulling ahead of challenger Ken Buck this morning.
Long after most Coloradans — including the candidates and their supporters — had gone to bed, returns from Denver and Boulder moved Bennet past Buck and into the lead, 47.5 percent to 47.1 percent.
A recount would be required if the difference between the two candidates’ vote totals is less than one-half of 1 percent of the highest vote total, or about 3,900 votes based on current tallies.
Bennet leads by nearly 7,000 votes with an estimated 30,000 still to be counted in Boulder County.
The result carries implications for the balance of power in the Senate — which, with the Democrats’ loss of the House, looms crucial for President Obama’s ability to continue his agenda. Although Republicans needed a net gain of 10 seats to assume the Senate majority, late returns had them narrowing the gap but falling short of gaining control.
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Morning…

Here I am in what must be the only near-progressive county in West Virginia. Oh, we voted for Governor Manchin to take the Senate seat (Manchin is many things, but Progressive is not one of them), and Delegate Doyle seems to have made it back. It looks like Democrat Paul Taylor and not Independent Dunleavy is the County Commissioner. (Update: newest results now in and Paul Taylor is not county commissioner, but Walt Pellish, the Republican, has taken a slight edge – BT) My town seems to have supported Virginia Graf for the house, but Shelly Moore Capito (R) was reelected by the rest of the constituency (which stretches irregularly accross the state).

As to the Federal elections and the state governor races. this was the Republicans‘ election. They swept the House, giving John Boehner a seat of power that I fully expect him to abuse. The cut down on the Democrat lead in the Senate, but at least Harry Reid got reelected in the face of a Tea Party Loony looking like she might take his seat. We’re still waiting to see if Patty Murray takes Washington state. That would help keep the Democratic Senate in a working majority situation.

The thing I am most thankful for is that Christine O’Donnell lost by a large margin in Delaware. While she may not be a witch, she is definitely not an intelligent politician and would have made our lives even harder to get through.

Now I want to see how the Republicans are going to both cut taxes and reduce expenditures at the same time. Whenever winning Reps like Rand Paul were asked how they would do it, they sort of smiled and gave us a “you’ll see.” Even Eric Cantor (R – VA), now in a new seat of power couldn’t come up with an answer to the how-will-they-do-it question. I expect a lot of head-on crashes between House and Senate, Congress and Obama, and the people against the government. It’s not going to be pretty.

My wife said this morning that it might be time to see if there is a way to move to Canada.