Elegance does not equal mistaken idea…
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The major element of this one speech brought Romney’s campaign to a halt…
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And Romney’s image is that of a horse’s ass…
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Kevin Siers in the Charlotte Observer:
Unlike previous wealthy candidates, Romney ignores the average American…
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Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
So, his image even makes the rich lose hope in his campaign.
- We Built It (Cartoon) (themoderatevoice.com)
- Friday Nite Lite: Party of the First Part (skydancingblog.com)
- Romney Cartoon 6 (goodolewoody.wordpress.com)
This from The Fix in the Washington Post:
“The truth — in politics and in life — is almost always less damaging than what the imagination can conjure. While the tax return debate is a no-win for Romney, he’d be better to lance this political boil once and for all. It’s not going away and if he doesn’t it’s only likely to grow.”
- George Will: Romney hiding something bad in his tax returns (americablog.com)
- Romney’s Bain story unraveling quickly (maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com)
Romney’s stated departure from the company in 1999 was convenient timing—supposedly absolving him of being responsible in any way for companies owned by Bain that went bankrupt or suffered massive layoffs afterward.
” Mitt Romney either lied in federal filings that show he worked at Bain Capital through 2002 and could be guilty of a felony, or has lied to the American people in saying he left the company in 1999. This is serious business.”
– Bob Bauer, the Obama campaign’s counsel
So, if Romney was still at Bain through 2002, he’d be politically responsible for the consequences of deals that the firm made through then… and this could include layoffs from companies Bain took over, or the exporting of jobs to China and India at a time Romney said he was not responsible for the company’s efforts.
The Boston Globe published a story Thursday that calls into question the timeline of Romney’s involvement of the firm that the Republican candidate has been promulgating for years. The Romney campaign ordered the Globe to retract the story. Today the Globe said it wouldn’t. A similar situation has occurred with the Washington Post.
Related articles (and this seems to be a big story all over the place):
- Romney: You Lie! Report: No, YOU Lie! (nymag.com)
- Obama team: Romney committed a felony or lied to voters (politico.com)
- Why Romney’s Quit Date at Bain Matters (theatlanticwire.com)
- In Primary Debate, Romney Suggested He Was At Bain Until 2002 (buzzfeed.com)
- Sorry, Mitt Romney, You Can’t Be Chairman, CEO, And President Of A Company And Not Be Responsible For What It Does… (businessinsider.com)
- Obama campaign: Romney either broke law or lied (washingtontimes.com)
- BOSTON GLOBE: Mitt Romney Left Bain Capital Three Years After He Said He Did (businessinsider.com)
- Obama campaign accuses Romney of lying about Bain tenure (nbcpolitics.msnbc.msn.com)
- Mitt Romney Responsible for Bain Lay-Offs and Bankruptcies – New Questions about His Bain Departure Date (aquariuschannelings.com)
- Obama Campaign: Romney A Liar, Potential Criminal (buzzfeed.com)
- Obama won’t apologize for staff on Bain (politico.com)
- Called a Liar, Obama Turns Tables on Romney, Bain Capital (usnews.com)
- Obama campaign hits Romney hard on questions over Bain Capital tenure – The Guardian (guardian.co.uk)
- Dems Raise Possibility That Romney Committed A Felony Over Bain Filings (politicker.com)
- Obama campaign: ‘Severe consequences’ if Romney committed felony with Bain lies (rawstory.com)
Who do you attach yourself to if you want to win?
Does it matter where the supporter stands?
Avoiding the issues and keeping up the crap.
Jeff Danziger in the L. A. Times:
But it keeps us entertained.
Tom Toles in The Washington Post:
After all…politics is just a card game.
This was published yesterday in the Washington Post. Mann is from the Brookings Institute, a progressive think tank. Ornstein is from the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. Together, from opposite sides of the political perspective, they have put together the definitive piece on today’s upsetting problem.
Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.
By Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, Published: April 27
Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. Of course, it’s not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side of the aisle to say something outrageous. What made West’s comment — right out of the McCarthyite playbook of the 1950s — so striking was the almost complete lack of condemnation from Republican congressional leaders or other major party figures, including the remaining presidential candidates.
It’s not that the GOP leadership agrees with West; it is that such extreme remarks and views are now taken for granted.
We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.
——-> Read the rest of the article HERE.
Obama speaking last Wednesday:
“Somebody gave me an education. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn’t. But somebody gave us a chance — just like these folks up here are looking for a chance.”
Essentially, this was the same statement he made in 2009… well before he had any rich Republicans running against him (like Romney.)
The quote didn’t mean quite the right thing for Steve Doocy of Fox News, so he added three little words to it… words not found in the video of the speech or in the transcript:
“Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”
See… doesn’t that couch it a little better in the context of an election? Isn’t Fox News great for doing us a favor of focusing on the true meaning of something the President says? Not!
Unfortunately, Doocy’s little addition turned up in a Washington Post article, a New York Post editorial and a number of conservative blogs. This leads me to propose that Obama no longer make speeches at all… just let Steve Doocy and his Foxy friends create his words for him.
(Thanks to TPM for pointing this one out).
- Fox News quotes Obama (incorrectly of course) (brobrubel.wordpress.com)
- Fox News MADE UP An Obama Quote To Make It Seem Like He Was Dissing Romney (businessinsider.com)
- Romney responds to Obama’s ‘silver spoon’ jab (abcnews.go.com)
- White House: Obama ‘Silver Spoon’ Comment Not Directed At Romney (washington.cbslocal.com)
How in hell does someone who is a proven “unmitigated disaster,” after thousands of Iraq deaths and tens of thousands of military injuries and more in his quiver of anti-American arrows, get away with public denunciation of a positive President.
Give me a break.
Well, it’s tomorrow… the Iowa Caucus will take place and, finally, come to a close, leaving us with what? The up and down polls have have moved one candidate after another into the lead until no matter who wins it will probably not be by much.
I guess I’ll put my money on… gee, I don’t know. Iowa has a record for not coming up with the final nominee (folks like Pat Robertson come to mind) and the rise in the last couple of days of Rick Santorum makes me think some of our best comedy writers are behind the whole thing.
- Upcoming Iowa Caucus Heating Up (myfoxny.com)
- Should the Iowa Caucus Be Put Out to Pasture? (bigthink.com)
- orgtheory poll: iowa caucus prediction (orgtheory.wordpress.com)
- Does the Iowa Caucus Matter? (eoghann.com)
- Des Moines Register Poll Shows Mitt Romney In Lead Ahead Of Iowa Caucus (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Iowa Caucus Votes are about to be Stolen (actualgrit.wordpress.com)
- Santorum’s Support Builds Ahead Of Iowa Caucuses (npr.org)
I’m going to print an article in the morning’s HuffPo intact. I suggest you read it AND go to all the links involved AND to most of their links. What you will discover is that there is a worldwide problem, both in providing us with increased birth defects and dreadful diseases as about ten major chemical companies, with Monsanto in the lead, spreads its poison around the world.
Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World’s Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds
by Lucia Graves at HuffPo
WASHINGTON — Industry regulators have known for years that Roundup, the world’s best-selling herbicide produced by U.S. company Monsanto, causes birth defects, according to a new report released Tuesday.
The report, “Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?” found regulators knew as long ago as 1980 that glyphosate, the chemical on which Roundup is based, can cause birth defects in laboratory animals.
But despite such warnings, and although the European Commission has known that glyphosate causes malformations since at least 2002, the information was not made public.
Instead regulators misled the public about glyphosate’s safety, according to the report, and as recently as last year, the German Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, the German government body dealing with the glyphosate review, told the European Commission that there was no evidence glyphosate causes birth defects.
The report comes months after researchers found that genetically-modified crops used in conjunction Roundup contain a pathogen that may cause animal miscarriages. After observing the newly discovered organism back in February, Don Huber, a emeritus professor at Purdue University, wrote an open letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting a moratorium on deregulating crops genetically altered to be immune to Roundup, which are commonly called Roundup Ready crops.
In the letter, Huber also commented on the herbicide itself, saying: “It is well-documented that glyphosate promotes soil pathogens and is already implicated with the increase of more than 40 plant diseases; it dismantles plant defenses by chelating vital nutrients; and it reduces the bioavailability of nutrients in feed, which in turn can cause animal disorders.”
Although glyphosate was originally due to be reviewed in 2012, the Commission decided late last year not to bring the review forward, instead delaying it until 2015. The chemical will not be reviewed under more stringent, up-to-date standards until 2030.
One of the things you will discover as you tour the links (and their links) are facts like Monsanto’s GMO corn seed (which accounts for 83% of our corn crop) is registered by the EPA as an “insecticide” due to chemical contents built into the seed. I don’t know if I have ever thought of a vegetable or grain as an “insecticide”— certainly a good reason for growing organic.
In another article in HuffPo a month ago there was this finding:
“Recent research claims that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready genetically modified crops contain an organism, previously unknown to science, that can cause miscarriages in farm animals.”
It doesn’t look like any research was followed by the previous findings into whether this caused similar miscarriages in humans. As the Washington Post commented on Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready Seeds (RRS) that are spreading throughout our Nation’s agriculture:
“You can’t recall them the way you can a car or a plastic toy. They’re out there for good. And no one knows what their full impact will be.”
Will have more to come on this topic… meanwhile, I’m getting back to the all-organic Shepherdstown Community Garden (where we are finding that it is quite a hard task to avoid the chemical subjugation of growing things.)
First… go see The Last Mountain if you can.
Of course, we haven’t done much so far to preserve our WV mountaintops from Massey Energy and the coal mining ilk:
Before we get to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and coal mining in West Virginia and the documentary “The Last Mountain,” let me take a minute to congratulate my generation for having been sanctimonious about the environment for 20 years or so while allowing the whole situation to get a lot worse all across the board. Great work, everybody! Let’s give ourselves a hand.
– Andrew O’Hehir, movie reviewer in Salon
Bobby Jr. is campaigning against the destruction of the mineral-rich region in south central West Virginia where Massey Energy and other companies have already blasted several mountains to aqay, causing regional ugliness, pollution and the loss of homes for people who can’t afford it. ( as O’Hehir says “by some estimates, the explosive power of the Hiroshima bomb is deployed in the region every week”).
Kennedy has legitimately pointed the finger at Congressional bribery in campaign funding, which means our Reps and Senators… and local and state officials… have done nothing in thirty years to stop this activity… indeed, most of them have encouraged it.
One of the statements Bobby Jr. has made in supporting the film, the Last Mountain, was this, quoted in the Washington Post last month:
“I would like Obama to stop saying that ‘clean coal’ phrase. I would like him to end the subsidies to coal and oil, and do things we need to do to rationalize free market capitalism in this country so we can have real free market capitalism, and give proper incentives to wind and solar, which we are going to need to beat the Chinese in the marketplace and restore prosperity in our country.”
If you are a West Virginian ( or from any one of the nearby affected states… hell, if you are from anywhere in the country!) Write to the Charleston, WV Field Office of OSMRE (Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement) at 1027 Virginia Street East,
Charleston, WV 25301 … or e-mail to:firstname.lastname@example.org. Also contact the WV Department of Environmental Protection, Director Randy Huffman at 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV 25304… or e-mail to Randy.C.Huffman@wv.gov.
It’s up to us!
“The Last Mountain” is now playing at the E Street Cinema in Washington, DC. That’s the closest I could find to us.
If you heard the Speaker make hos speech the other day then you know he is insisting on spending cuts before the debt ceiling can be raised. He is also pushing the classic Republican point of view on cutting taxes on the rich because they will invest in American jobs. Of course they haven’t in the last couple of years as their taxes were slashed.
Perhaps Boehner is not aware that the “trickle-down theory” didn’t work for Reagan or either one of the Bushes. Republicans have limited historic vision… primarily because it is the multimillionaires that provide their funds.
As James Rowley and Mike Dorning said on Bloomberg this morning:
“Boehner’s statement in his Wall Street speech that government spending ‘is crowding out private investment and threatening the availability of capital’ runs counter to the behavior of credit markets… Boehner also said the 2009 stimulus program ‘hampered job creation in our country,’ a view at odds with the Congressional Budget Office‘s findings last August. The stimulus package increased the number of people employed by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million and cut unemployment by between 0.7 percentage point and 1.8 percentage point, according to CBO.”
“Even more alarming, because it has consequences beyond the debt-ceiling debate, is the incoherent, impervious-to-facts economic philosophy undergirding Boehner’s remarks.”
- Boehner Speaks On Debt Ceiling (npr.org)
- Rep. John Boehner holding America hostage over debt ceiling and spending cuts (crooksandliars.com)
- Rep. John Boehner Tells TODAY: Tax Increases Are ‘Off The Table’ (mediaite.com)
- Boehner contradicts self on debt limit, criticizes Bush Treasury secretary (americablog.com)
- Speaker Boehner: Tax hikes are ‘off the table’ (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Dear John (duanegraham.wordpress.com)
Right now, the economy is weak. Giving into austerity will weaken it further, or at least delay recovery for longer. And if Obama does not get a recovery, then he will not be a successful president, no matter how hard he works to claim Boehner’s successes as his own.
It’s worth your time to read the whole column HERE.
- Agent Orange: (brothersjuddblog.com)
- In Government Shutdown Analogy, NBA’s David Stern Is John Boehner; Will Billy Hunter Be Obama? (sbnation.com)
- Once Again, We Are Defeated… (delong.typepad.com)
- Budget Compromise a Bad Deal for Democrats, American Economy (blogs.forbes.com)
- The President Says We Won. Harry Reid Says We Won. So Why Does My Butt Hurt? (bruceturnerjr5.wordpress.com)
Sorry to see this in the Washington Post this morning, but David Broder has died of complications from diabetes in Arlington Virginia this past Wednesday. He was 81 and considered by many to be the Dean of Washington Political Journalists. His last column appeared on February 6th.
Broder’s career spanned 11 Presidential administrations and he appeared on Meet The Press more than any other journalist, a record which is not likely to be beaten soon. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his commentaries on the Nixon re-election.
Farewell David Broder.
- Washington Post Columnist David Broder Passes Away (mediaite.com)
- David Broder Dead At 81 (alan.com)
- Washington Post’s David Broder dead at 81 (americablog.com)
- “Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist David Broder dies at 81” and related posts (holykaw.alltop.com)
- Washington Post columnist David Broder dies (thehill.com)
- Washington Post political reporter David S. Broder has… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
Anyway, read and weep:
- Terrifying: Gun Sales Surge in Arizona After Shooting (alternet.org)
- Sales In Glock Pistols Up After Arizona Shootings (huffingtonpost.com)
- Report: Tucson Shooting Spurs Glock Sales Surge (cbsnews.com)
- Tucson suspect’s troubles didn’t keep him from gun (sfgate.com)
- Tucson rampage reopens U.S. gun debate (calgaryherald.com)
Now that the Republicans control the House, Rep. Darrell Issa (R – CA) will be heading the House Oversight Committee and has pledged to investigate all kinds of things. He has also referred to the Obama Administration as “corrupt” and called Obama “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times.” He has stated that he’s aiming for the ambitious goal of holding “seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks.” Whew!
So what do we really know about Issa? Multimillionaire? Manufacturer of Viper Auto Alarms? Criminal?
Rep. Issa: A Past Filled With Suspected Arson, Weapons Charges & Auto TheftJune 01, 2010 10:34 am ET
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has received a lot of media coverage lately as he demands an investigation into an alleged job offer made to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA). What’s interesting about this scenario is not only the fact that it doesn’t appear a crime was committed, but also that Issa himself has lived through numerous scandals and allegations without any judicial consequence.
1982: Issa Suspected, But Never Charged, In Arson Incident At Manufacturing Plant. According to the Los Angeles Times: “A suspected arson fire ripped through [Issa’s Ohio] manufacturing plant in 1982. No one was ever charged in the fire, but authorities were troubled by a dramatic escalation in the facility’s fire insurance just weeks earlier. Even before the blaze was put out, investigators began peppering Issa and his partner with ‘crazy questions’ regarding their whereabouts before the fire, Issa recalled.” [Los Angeles Times, 5/23/98, via Nexis, emphasis added]
- Prior To Fire, Issa “Boosted” Fire Insurance And Removed A Computer From The Premises. According to the Los Angeles Times: “Weeks before the fire, Issa and [business partner] Hunsinger boosted their fire insurance from $ 100,000 to $ 462,000 on property stored for other companies…At the same time, a separate company that contracted with Quantum to outfit bug zappers increased its insurance to $ 400,000, and, according to an insurance report, one investigator was ‘concerned about the coincidence.’ Fire investigators also noted that a computer was taken off the site eight days before the fire, ‘allegedly to be reprogrammed’ by Issa’s lawyer, and that business blueprints were put away in a safe–which was ‘not previously done before.'” [Los Angeles Times, 5/23/98, via Nexis]
“Suspicious Burn Patterns” And “Out Of Normal Practice” Behavior Alerted Investigators. The Washington Post reported: “Investigators reported ‘suspicious burn patterns’ and said the fire may have been set. A company bookkeeper, Karen Brasdovich, also told them that computers and records had been removed from the site days before the fire for no clear reason. ‘It was totally out of normal practice,’ she said in a telephone interview last week.” [Washington Post via FTLComm.com, 7/8/03]
AC Custom Fire: Flammable Liquid Had “Been Poured On The Only Area Not Covered By Fire Sprinklers.” The Los Angeles Times reported that “seven months after Issa took control,” a fire broke out at the “Quantum manufacturing plant.” “Case files from Maple Heights, the Ohio fire marshal and insurers pointed repeatedly to the likelihood of arson in the blaze, which officials estimated caused $ 800,000 in damage. Although an accident could not be ruled out, the uneven and unnatural burn patterns made the blaze ‘suspicious in nature,’ the state concluded two months later. Flammable liquid appeared to have been poured on the only area not covered by fire sprinklers, investigators found.” [Los Angeles Times, 5/23/98, via Nexis, emphasis added]
Intimidation With A Weapon
Former AC Custom Executive Claimed Issa Intimidated Him With A Gun. According to the Los Angeles Times: “One of Issa’s first tasks as the new boss [of AC Custom] was to remove an executive named Jack Frantz. According to Frantz, Issa came into his office, placed a small box on the desk and opened it. Inside, he said, was a gun.” [Los Angeles Times, 5/23/98, via Nexis]
- Issa Allegedly Used Intimidation To Fire Executive Frantz. According to the Los Angeles Times, Frantz claimed, “‘He just showed [the gun] to me and said ‘You know what this is?’ Issa invited Frantz to hold the gun at one point and told him he had learned about guns and explosives during his military days, Frantz said. Because he was about to be fired, Frantz said he saw it as ‘pure intimidation.'” [Los Angeles Times, 5/23/98, via Nexis]
- Former AC Custom Bookkeeper: “It Was Pretty Terrifying.” According to the Los Angeles Times: “The bookkeeper, [Karen] Brasdovich, also recalled Issa having a gun at the company that day. ‘It was pretty terrifying,’ she said.” [Los Angeles Times, 5/23/98, via Nexis]
Issa On The Incident: “Shots Were Never Fired.” The Los Angeles Times reported: “Issa said, ‘Shots were never fired. If I asked Jack to leave, then I think I had every right to ask Jack to leave…I don’t recall having a gun. I really don’t. I don’t think I ever pulled a gun on anyone in my life.'” [Los Angeles Times, 5/23/98, via Nexis, emphasis added]
Auto Theft & Weapons Charges
Issa “Twice Arrested In 1972 On Weapons Charges.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle: “Issa was twice arrested in 1972 on weapons charges — once in Ohio, once in Michigan.” [San Francisco Chronicle, 7/2/03]
Issa Was Convicted Of “Possession Of An Unregistered Handgun,” Paid Fine, And Served Probation. According to the San Francisco Chronicle: “[W]hen Issa was attending college in Michigan, was fined $100 and put on three months’ probation after being arrested for possession of an unregistered handgun, Michigan court records show.” [San Francisco Chronicle, 7/2/03]
1972: Issa Was Arrested For Auto Theft. According to the New York Times: “In 1972, [Darrell Issa] and his brother William were arrested in the theft of a Maserati from a Cleveland car dealership.” [New York Times, 7/23/03]
1972: Issa Also Charged With “Carrying A Concealed Weapon.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle: “Court records…show that in March 1972, one month after getting out of the Army, Issa was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and auto theft. The court file doesn’t indicate the type of weapon involved.” [San Francisco Chronicle, 7/2/03]
Auto Theft, Concealed Weapons Charges Were Ultimately Dropped. According to the San Francisco Chronicle: “In May 1972, a grand jury indicted Issa on a larceny charge in connection with the car theft but dropped the weapons charge. Two weeks later, a prosecutor dropped the car theft charge as well.” [San Francisco Chronicle, 7/2/03]
- Charges Were Dropped Despite Witness Reports. According to the Los Angeles Times, “a witness reported seeing [Darrell and William Issa] pushing the sports car down the street just before midnight, records and interviews show. But the charges were dismissed–months before the older brother, [William], was convicted of stealing another car amid a string of offenses.” [Los Angeles Times, 5/23/98, via Nexis]
Issa On His “Indiscretions”
Issa Blamed Past Discretions On Youth. According to the New York Times, Issa said: “Look, I was a kid. What would you rather have? A cardboard-cutout who never made a mistake when he was young only to become governor and then carry on like a juvenile delinquent?” [New York Times, 7/23/03]
Issa Blamed Older Brother For Run-Ins With The Law. According to the New York Times: “‘I love my older brother Billy,’ said Mr. Issa, explaining that he got caught in the orbit of his ne’er-do-well brother who has five felony convictions for car theft and is currently unemployed in Cleveland. ‘He stole a lot of cars. He stole my car. You could say that drew me to the car alarm business. Poetic justice.'” [New York Times, 7/23/03]
Issa Used Sarcasm To Downplay Checkered Past. In reference to reporters inquiring about his past, Issa said in a New York Times article, “Some day somebody’s going to report on those little pineapple squares I snitched at a party.” [New York Times, 7/23/03]
The stories of Issa and his brother make me think of Whitey and Billy Bulger in Boston (I’m currently reading a book about the two Bulgers, one a wanted murderer and the other a disgraced politician and former President of UMass… and it’s remarkable how Billy Bulger got dragged into things by hanging out with his outlaw brother Whitey.) So many coincidences! (Except, of course, that the Bulgers weren’t Republicans.)
- A multi-tasking Issa lies and redefines ‘corrupt’ on CNN (dailykos.com)
- Chief Obama Investigator Darrell Issa Has Big Corporations And Lobbyists On His Side (alan.com)
- Darrell Issa: Obama Administration Is Corrupt [Video] (realestateradiousa.com)
- ‘Corrupt Administration’? Darrell Issa Says Yes (theroot.com)
- Rep. Darrell Issa: Obama Has “One Of The Most Corrupt Administrations” (mediaite.com)
- Conason’s column in Salon should be read… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Get Excited for the GOP’s First Corruption Investigations! [Stunts] (gawker.com)
Perhaps we really believe that we can, eventually, get out from under our debt to China…
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I don’t think the Chinese are expecting a payoff soon…
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Lisa Benson of the Washington Post News Group:
… and a short term win can have REAL consequences…
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- It’s Pathetic How Blatantly This Chinese Political Cartoon Serves The Government’s Interest (businessinsider.com)
- Media Week: China Daily to launch newspaper in UK (blogs.journalism.co.uk)
Let’s get ready for John Boehner to take over the House and go after the Deficit…
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…of course he is answerable to a big bunch of folks…
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Bob Englehart in the Hartford Courant:
…and Republicans have some new, uh, insiders…
And take a look at Linda McMahon in Connecticut. It doesn’t look like money is going to buy that one either.
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.
- Don’t count the Democrats out yet, Bill Clinton says (globalnation.inquirer.net)
- The Big Dog on the road (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Bill Clinton Plays to 1/3-Full Gym: Bubba’s Crowds Stayed Home in Blue Michigan (maggiesnotebook.blogspot.com)
- The return of Bill Clinton, cont’d (powerlineblog.com)
It is titled “Student Lones”:
- Clinton Lauds Student Loan Reform In West Virginia (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Big Dog on the road (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Clinton to young voters: Don’t sit out midterms (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
We are only now realizing what makes the next couple of weeks so important…
Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Let’s look at how a political party thinks about the great mass of Americans…
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Tom Toles in The Washington Post:
…and where it gets the money to keep that mass under its sway…
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Ben Sargent in the Austin American Statesman:
… or how they just remove those middle class Americans from any kind of participation in their country…
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Don Wright in the Palm Beach Post:
… after all, corporate interests and their representatives are now taking over… EVERYTHING!
- WaPo Ombudsman Scolds Own Paper for Spiking ‘Where’s Muhammad?’ Cartoon — With No Prophet Image (newsbusters.org)
Jeff Danziger in the L.A. Times:
Post Primaries’ Pachyderm Pandemonium…
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Chan Lowe in the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
Couch Candidates Claim Congress…
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Joel Pett in the Lexington Herald-Leader:
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Pat Bagley in the Salt Lake Tribune:
Whores Walk With Wealth.
It’s important to identify real enemies…
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It’s important to hang on to your past…
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Bruce Plante in the Tulsa World
It’s important to help others…
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- anti-Tea Party cartoon reveals ignorance (redstate.com)
- Lessons of 9/11: ‘Fear of Islamophobia inhibits discussion’ (fullcomment.nationalpost.com)
- Obama: Quran burning ‘a recruitment bonanza’ for al Qaeda (crooksandliars.com)