Friday, February 29, 2008

And the desperation continues…

From McClatchy Newspapers:
The Texas Democratic Party is warning that its March 4 caucuses could be delayed or disrupted after aides to White House hopeful Hillary Clinton raised the specter of an "imminent" lawsuit over its complicated delegate selection process, officials said Thursday night.

In a letter sent out late Thursday to both the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns, Texas Democratic Party lawyer Chad Dunn warned that a lawsuit could ruin the Democrats' effort to re-energize voters just as they are turning out in record numbers.

Spokesmen from both campaigns maintained there were no plans to sue before the March 4 election.

"It has been brought to my attention that one or both of your campaigns may already be planning or intending to pursue litigation against the Texas Democratic Party," Dunn said in the letter, obtained by the Star-Telegram. "Such action could prove to be a tragedy for a reinvigorated Democratic process."

Democratic sources said representatives from each campaign had made it clear they are keeping all their options open but that the Clinton campaign in particular had warned of an impending lawsuit.
Ok; the caucus system in Texas is probably inane, but consider that almost every other part of the Democrat’s nomination process – super-delegates, delegate apportioning, the Iowa/New Hampshire stranglehold – are inane as well. Having said that, you don’t make changes to a process while knee-deep in the middle of the process…

That IS as inane as the process itself.

Rather than trying to change the way it’s done… rather than have strategists trying to throw one another under the bus… perhaps Ms. Clinton should accept that her campaign has stalled and she now should do what she can to ensure that the Democratic party she supposedly has pledged her allegiance to wins in November…

It’s just a thought…

It's all over but the shouting

This won't help him, but it might help us.

Sen. John McCain has long faced a backlash from some conservatives who fear that he's too “liberal” to be their choice for president.

What won't help matters is a YouTube clip bouncing around the internet that catches the Senator calling himself a "proud liberal Republican" during a town-hall meeting in Texas yesterday.

Ouch... that's gotta hoit.

Sure, McCain caught his (Freudian?) slip and instantly tried to rebound with a joke, but the damage has been done and the clip is out there.

Conservative media backlash in five, four, three...

Same thing, different name

It was reported this week that former Bush aide Karl Rove said in the past to avoid making attacks on Sen. Obama’s middle name. After a speech earlier this week in LA, Rove was asked if he knew how to get Sen. Obama or Sen. Clinton elected. Said Rove; “Yes, and I ain’t telling ya. I only work for Republicans — and Joe Lieberman.”

Don’t know how to tell you this Karl, but Joe IS a republican… and anyone who says otherwise is either fooling themselves or is a fool…

You can be both.

The Friday Presidential Race ‘BushWhacking’

It’s Friday, another week of presidential race politics is out of the way. Now we only have… oh God is that right?... 30+ weeks?? D’oh!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Seriously, are you really that dense?

Following-up on “President” Bush’s incident of ironic hypocrisy this morning, we have this tidbit from Think Progress.

During last night’s Live with Dan Abrams on MSNBC, republican Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia said it was okay to “question” Sen. Barack Obama’s patriotism because he doesn’t regularly wear an American flag lapel pin, with Kingston claiming that “everybody” in politics “wears them.”

Asked by Abrams if he was wearing one, Kingston admitted he wasn’t and said; “I will wear one and I have worn one.”

Irony so thick you could slice it with a knife…

I'm sorry, could you repeat that?

“President” Bush held a news conference this morning which covered a wide array of topics…

Fear-mongering (he said the country is in more danger now that a temporary surveillance law has expired)... recession (Bush says America is in a “slowdown” and not headed into a recession like every other economist on the planet has suggested)… and $4 gasoline.

It was $4 gas that prompted the best exchange of the presser when Bush was asked by a reporter what “advice” he would give to the “average American” who is “facing the prospect of $4 a gallon gasoline.”

Bush’s reply was a curt; “That’s interesting, I hadn’t heard that.”

Minutes later, Bush was asked a question regarding donations for his presidential library which he refused to answer, saying; “I, frankly, have been focused elsewhere, like on gasoline prices.”

Um... okay?

The Thursday ‘BushWhack’ing

  • Conservative stalwart William F. Buckley died yesterday. While I obviously didn't agree with much he ever said or wrote, he was leagues better than the hate-spewing Limbaugh-Fox-Coulter-Cunningham types that pass for “conservative commentators” nowadays. Scott and I, always ones to practice tolerance for those we disagree with, will miss his greatness – despite the side of the aisle he played on.
  • Your candidate update for the day: Obama is still in… Clinton is still in… McCain is still in… Huckabee is, more or less, still in…
  • New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg won’t seek the presidency
  • Even before either has the ‘official’ party nomination, Sens. Obama and McCain are sniping at each other regarding Iraq and al Qaeda, with McCain saying that al Qaeda was in Iraq before the war… (um, according to EVERY agency in the world, US included, they weren’t in Iraq until AFTER the US invaded… so perhaps Mr. McCain should stop using the White House-provided rose-colored Iraq glasses and, I don’t know, use his own brain)
  • Ooooo, scary – conservative talk radio hosts are pissed at McCain. This… is why I am going to miss Buckley, with the current crop of conservative moderators we have to live with, his intelligence and way with words will be missed
  • “President” Bush held a news conference this morning in which he urged Congress to pass his terrorist surveillance bill… Congress, realizing he’s a lame-duck, seems resolved to not fold like origami this time… at least not yet, so stay tuned.
  • Having cleaned-up everything else on their plates, Congress is planning on requesting a federal probe on the testimony of Roger Clemens… (Good use of your time guys, the American people would much rather see you look into this then, I don’t know, look into AttorneyGate, EmailGate, ethics reform, FISA and the myriad of other things you COULD be investigating… besides, the train for investigating steroids in baseball left the station a LONG, LONG time ago…)
  • And have we mentioned? That if he is elected president (NOOOOOOOOO!!!) Sen. McCain would the first president born outside the 50 states? It’s true as McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone where is Dad was stationed. Some people want McCain’s candidacy to revive the debate about citizenship and the presidency… and he’s not the only candidate to have been touched by this, as Mitt Romney’s father, GEORGE, was allowed to run for the presidency in 1968 despite being born in Mexico. (Two words: President Schwarzenegger)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Welcome to the club, we've got jackets

Close to a year ago, WaPo columnist David Broder wrote a column in which he stated that “President” Bush – who was enjoying sub-30 approval ratings at the time and had just seen his party get kicked in the ass during the 2006 midterms – was “poised for a political comeback”… something that earned him a Weekly Rewind Heckle from yours truly.

Over the past year he has refused to admit he was wrong…

Until now.

In an online chat today, Broder finally renounced his column and said that that belief was “certainly one of my less astute observations.

That’s putting it mildly Mr. Broder…

Bush’s comeback hasn’t happened and, more than likely, won’t happen before January 20, 2009 when Bush leaves office… and Mr. Broder has finally realized this.

Welcome to the self-evident point that millions of us knew months, nay, years ago…

Now, if only we could get that 19% that still approve of his job performance to see this, things in this country will start getting better…

Quick, call hell to see if it's frozen over

From The Atlantic;

No less an authority figure than Karl Rove has warned Republican operatives from demagoguing Barack Obama's middle name. […]

At a closed door meeting of GOP state executive directors in late January, Rove said the safest way to refer to Obama would be to use his honorific, “Sen. Obama.” […]

The context was, you're not going to stigmatize this guy. You shouldn't underestimate him," one of the executive directors said. Rove said that the use of "Barack Hussein Obama" would perpetuate the notion that Republicans were bigoted and would hurt the party.
Don’t know if I find it interesting or worrisome that I’m on the same wavelength about something that Karl “Palpatine” Rove is.

And when the voice of reason in the republican party is Karl Rove, you know things have gotten topsy-turvy…

Perhaps we should look outside to see if pigs are flying…

The Wednesday ‘BushWhack’ing

Hump day, mid-week...

  • Senators Obama and Clinton sparred again last night in yet another Democratic debate… by the end, Clinton looked spent and beaten, and Obama looked poisted and stoic, stay tuned.
  • Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, giving testimony before the House Financial Services Committee, acknowledged this morning that there are troubling signs about economic growth while also issuing a warning about inflation…
  • The rnc, despite “promising last year to search its computers for tens of thousands of e-mails sent by White House officials,” are now saying that it “no longer plans to retrieve the communications by restoring computer backup tapes,” meaning that the will most likely never be recovered… (wow, I find it hard to believe that republicans are going back on their word… it’s so hard to express sarcasm in the written form…)
  • The Senate's longest-serving member, Robert Byrd (D-WV), was admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center yesterday after he took a spill at his DC home Monday night… no word on his condition. In more Senate medical news, Virginia republican Senator John Warner entered a Fairfax hospital Tuesday for observation after a recurrence of a heart condition that was diagnosed in October… we wish both Senators well…
  • Democrats, specifically the DNC, are challenging Sen. McCain’s attempts to opt out of public financing despite accepting it previously and using it to get onto the ballot in some states… a move that some Dems say is an attempt to skirt election finance laws – stay tuned.
    CNN headline: Senate republicans agree to Iraq debate… wait, what?
  • And have we mentioned? That Army Chief of Staff George Casey is not kowtowing down to Bush? He told a Senate panel that he would “not embrace” going back to longer tours even if “President Bush decided to suspend troop reductions.” (Nice… It’s clear that Gates is getting fed up with Bush and his cronies maintaining that troops tours cannot be eased when, as Casey says, the Army is “under serious strain” from years of war-fighting and must reduce the length of combat tours as soon as possible. As I’ve said before, now it’s going to turn into a pissing contest to see who wins, so stay tuned…)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

It's a rose-colored hue, why do you ask?

As if you needed more proof that “President” Bush just doesn’t get it… here’s another example:

Speaking before the Republican Governors Association yesterday, Bush took a moment to predict the future, claiming Americans will ultimately be thankful for his foreign policy decisions, saying; “I believe 50 years from now, people will look back at this period of time, and say, thank God the United States of America did not lose its faith in the transformative power of liberty to bring the peace we want for our children and our grandchildren.”

And what color is the sky in your world Mr. Bush?

The Tuesday ‘BushWhack’ing

  • The war will be over soon” according to Sen. McCain... let me know when our troops start coming home, then we’ll talk…
  • A new CNN/Opinion Research poll shows that Sens. Obama and Clinton are neck and neck in Texas, which according to Clinton is her last chance moderately important an important step in the process just another primary...
  • Sen. Obama garnered another endorsement today with former Democratic candidate Sen. Christopher Dodd saying that Obama is “ready to be President.” (Clinton’s endorsement list – like her campaign – has stalled in recent weeks. While I personally don’t put a lot of stock into endorsements, some people do, and the silence on her campaign is rather deafening. Stay tuned…)
  • Ralph Nader is lashing out at Democrats who are criticizing his campaign. As I’ve said in last week’s Rewind, it’s time for him to get off the stage…
  • Even though he was indicted last week on charges that he promised to support legislation in exchange for a land deal that netted him more than $700,000, Rick Renzi (r-AZ) is vowing to NOT resign. Like all others who say they won’t resign, give him time and I’m sure the gop will… shall we say, convince him a few weeks down the road…
  • “President” Bush is fearmongering again as he tries to pressure the House to pass his intelligence bill. (Sigh… do I need to remind people that Bush is a lameduck and should not have the power to pressure anyone about anything, so I hope to God that the House grasps that and DOESN’T allow themselves to be pressured)
  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hasn’t asked a question in 2 years and 142 cases… the last time he asked a question was February 22, 2006. Thomas’ reasoning for not asking questions is, like him, shallow, saying “One thing I've demonstrated often in 16 years is you can do this job without asking a single question.” (Well Mr. Thomas, I think you mean you can ‘hold this job without asking a single question’... because I certainly don’t think you’re doing this job...)
  • And have we mentioned? That “President” Bush still doesn’t get it… but then again, you all knew that. Showing that the sky in his world is tinted in a rose-colored hue, Bush predicted yesterday that voters will replace him with a republican president who will “keep up the fight” in Iraq, saying; “I believe the American people understand that success in Iraq is necessary for the long-term security of the American people.” (Uh-huh… explain how Mr. Bush. Explain how success in Iraq is necessary for the security of us… tell us how… and remember – Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11… had nothing to do with al Qaeda… and had no WMD’s… so explain to all of us HOW success in Iraq is necessary. I’ll be waiting…)

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Silent Justice*

If a Supreme Court Justice doesn’t say a word in court, do they matter?

It’s been two years, and 142 cases, since SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas has said anything during oral arguments.

Every other Justice has asked questions, a lot of questions at that, but Thomas hasn't.

He doesn't ask questions... sure, he might lean to his right (in more ways than one) to share a comment or a laugh with Justice Breyer, but other than that – he’s as silent as Marcel Marceau.

The last time Justice Thomas asked a question in court was February 22, 2006 during a death penalty case out of South Carolina, but ever since then it’s been deafening silence on a plethora of cases that have been heard and dissected by the other Justices on the court, including 'newbies' John Roberts and Samuel (Sc)Alito.

Not Thomas though, he's been as silent on the bench as he was during his troubled confirmation amid allegations thrown at him by Anita Hill.

Granted, this isn’t new news as he broached his reticence on the bench in his autobiography, "My Grandfather's Son" when he wrote that questions may be helpful to the others but not to him (yeah, heaven forbid you try to get more information before making an informed decision).

And once, while speaking to the Federalist Society he said; "One thing I've demonstrated often in 16 years is you can do this job without asking a single question." Actually, I think you mean you can ‘hold this job without asking a single question’... because I certainly don’t think you’re doing this job...

This is coming up again because, with the court in session, questions are being asked by the Justices... except, of course, for Thomas.

I am not an attorney, but what I don't understand is how a judge, any judge, would be able to make an informed legal decision without asking questions...

Am I oversimplifying things? Am I making too much out of his silence?

I think, and remember this is only MY opinion, his silence speaks volumes about him... not only as a Justice, but as a person as well. If you don't ask questions, you may be mis-interpreting something, or you might have heard something incorrectly. Asking questions helps clear things up and gives more insight into the situation at hand.

But what do I know... I mean, I knew that Justice was blind, but I never knew that it was mute as well...

* cross-posted at Daily Kos

The Monday ‘BushWhack’ing

Another Monday, another week of the Bush lame-duck tour…

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Weekly Rewind

It’s Saturday. This is The Weekly Rewind. ‘Nuff said.

Applaud: to the resignation of Cuban “President” Fidel Castro. (While I am somewhat surprised that we have not heard about his death, I still think that announcement is coming sooner rather than later, so stay tuned)

Heckle: to Ralph Nader. Can you PLEASE STFU and get off the stage… no one wants to buy what you’re peddling…

Applaud: to the ever-falling approval ratings. The results of a new American Research Group poll show Bush with an approval rating of 19%... meaning that 77% disapprove of his peformance… (after a while one has to wonder just how much lower he can get?? Anyone want the odds on getting to 15 or below?)

Heckle: to U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie and former AG John Ashcroft for not having the decency to testify in front of a House Judiciary subcommittee next week. The hearing relates to a lucrative federal monitoring contact that Christie gave to Ashcroft. Because they have no gumption, the hearing has been postponed until next month.

Applaud: to more and more Americans waking up to the truths about the US economy. A new Reuters/Zogby poll shows that 54% of Americans expect a recession within the next year, which is up from 45% last month and includes 41% of republicans. And if that isn’t delicious enough, a scant 36% of republicans believe the country is headed in the right direction. (Sometimes the snark is in the news itself, and nothing I could say would add to it…)
Heckle: to neoconservative Iraq war architect Richard Perle. In a recently published article, Perle claims that the Iraq war is “far from over” but later claims that “we have already won in Iraq” because “Saddam will not be sharing WMD with anyone.” Missing from this line of thinking, of course, is that Saddam never had any WMD to share… but who’s keeping track?

Applaud: to the conservative Washington Times (did I just write that?) Earlier this week they published a story stating that “intelligence scholars and analysts outside the government say that today’s expiration of certain temporary domestic wiretapping laws will have little effect on national security, despite warnings to the contrary by the White House and Capitol Hill Republican leaders.” One scholar said “there’s no reason to think” America is “in any more danger” than it has been after 9/11. (Well duhhhhhhhhhhh. If you really think that we’re in more danger because that bill wasn’t passed, you definitely need to stop drinking the kool-aid…)
Heckle: to Sunflower Electric for trying to bribe the state of Kansas by offering millions to Kansas State University for energy research… but only if the legislature approves its bid for new coal plants first. You see, the Kansas Department of Health and the Environment denied air quality permits for two coal-burning power generators near Holcomb back in October, and ever since the industry has been fighting back, buying ads that compared Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Vladimir Putin, and Hugo Chavez… that didn’t work so now they’re going a different route – bribes. Let’s hope the Kansas state legislature has enough common sense to not fall for this…

Applaud: to the news this week that federal agents are investigating whether former Sen. Trent Lott (r-MS) “knowingly played a role in an alleged conspiracy in 2006 to influence a Mississippi judge presiding over a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.” The lawsuit, it should be noted, was against his brother-in-law. Scruggs was indicted for bribing the judge this past November… (and I’m sure Lott is clean as a whistle… and if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you in Afghanistan…)
Heckle: to things starting to get out of hand regarding candidate’s spouses. Whether it’s Ms. Obama or Ms. McCain or Ms. Huckabee or President Clinton. Last weekend, Janet Huckabee had a room booked at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas to root for fellow Arkansan and friend Jermain Taylor. At the last minute plans changed and she ended up staying at the Hooters Casino Hotel… and some people have a problem with that. (to those people I say; STFU and get a friggin’ life… staying at any particular hotel is not necessarily a reflection on a person so shut it!)

Applaud: to Air Force Col. Morris Davis. The Colonel resigned his position as chief prosecutor for Guantánamo Bay’s military commissions earlier this week after being placed under the command of William Haynes, a well-documented torture advocate. As a result of a conversation he had with Haynes back in 2005, Davis said that he doesn’t believe “the men at Guantánamo could receive a fair trial” so he resigned. Applaud within applaud for the fact that Col. Davis has also agreed to appear at a hearing for a Gitmo defendant, calling it “an opportunity to tell the truth.” (Way to represent Colonel… thank you)
Heckle: to “President” Bush… sure, it’s usually just on general principles alone, but this past week he was on the Today Show and denied that the there’s any link between the faltering U.S. economy and $10 billion a month being spent on the Iraq war. In fact, according to Bush, the war is actually helping the economy and the reason the economy is going into the toilet is “because we built too many houses and the economy’s adjusting.” (Nothing like over-simplifying things… but, nothing says ‘simplistic’ quite like “President” Bush)

Applaud: to Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey. AP reports that Casey is saying “soldiers heading to war this summer are likely to see their tours shortened from 15 months to 12 months” despite Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus both saying that they want to suspend troop cuts after July so they could better assess security gains in the country. (Despite the administration’s contradictions to the contrary, Casey has always been looking out for his soldiers… and now the odds of troop cuts looks as though it will boil down to a pissing contest between Casey, Gates and Petraeus… perhaps we should send some beer to General Casey so he has plenty of ammo…)
Heckle: to the dangerous state of our military… and before you trolls start screaming hyperbole, keep in mind that a recent survey conducted by Foreign Policy magazine and the Center for a New American Security polled former military officers, and nine of 10 say the war had stretched the military “dangerously thin” while 60% said that the military is weaker today than it was five years ago… (and why did we invade Iraq? To protect America? Are we still protected?)

Applaud: to Brent Wilkes’ sentencing of 12 years in federal prison for heaping “money, prostitutes and other bribes in exchange for nearly $90 million in work from the Pentagon” to disgraced former Rep. Duke Cunningham (r-CA)…
Heckle: to talking out of one’s ass…which seems to be an administration trait. Earlier this week, Reuel Marc Gerecht, a fellow at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, told the NY Times that he supports talking to the Iranian regime, but only as a way of establishing a pretext for American military action… so chat them up, buy them a drink, and then screw them with their pants on… nice….

Applaud: to Fox “News” legal analyst Andrew Napolitano. He penned an LA Times op-ed earlier this week in which he argued that the Protect America Act is unconstitutional, saying; “The government should be required, as it was until FISA, to obtain a 4th Amendment warrant to conduct surveillance of anyone, American or not, in the U.S. or not.” (Surprising to hear that coming from someone who works at Fox “News”… what’s not surprising is the fact that Fox hasn’t had him on the air much since the piece was published. Though I’m sure that’s pure coincidence…)
Heckle: to political favors. Back in October 2006, “President” Bush authorized the construction of a 700-mile Berlin Wall border fence between the US and Mexico. Not much has been done until recently when surveyors were, well, surveying land where the fence was to be built. A few landowners turned the surveyors away, which led the Bush(whacked) Administration to take a hard-line stance with these landowners by sending warning letters to 135 private landowners, municipalities, universities, public utility companies and conservation societies along the border that had turned away surveyors, giving them 30 days to change their minds or face legal action. More than 100 of them allowed the deadline to pass, and now U.S. attorneys, acting on behalf of the Homeland Security Department, are filing lawsuits against the holdouts over the past several weeks, but in the small town of Granjeno, the border fence “abruptly ends” at the property owned by Dallas billionaire Ray L. Hunt… who happens to be a gop contributor, a George W. Bush contributor, and a HUGE contributor to the planned George W. Bush library… but I’m sure that has absolutely nothing to do with anything. It’s so hard to express sarcasm in the written form…)

Applaud: to Rep. Rick Renzi’s (r-AZ) indictment for extortion, wire fraud and money laundering… and the republicans continue to fall…Heckle: to fearmongering. Last night, conservative putz pundit Glenn Beck fumed about the House leadership’s decision to let the Protect America Act (PAA) expire. Beck said that the act was “an extension requested by the president” before jumping onto the fearmongering bandwagon and claiming that the House leadership, specifically Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, would be responsible for the death of Americans. Said Beck; “He feels — and I happen to agree with him — that this congressional game-playing by Nancy Pelosi will end up killing Americans.” (Dumbass…. All this does is play into people’s fears and causes anxiety and anger… give it a rest already will ya?)

Applaud: to the Senate’s plans of calling to vote on a cloture motion on Sen. Russ Feingold’s (D-WI) bill to “set a timeline for withdrawing combat troops” from Iraq… the Senate is also planning to take up a second Feingold bill that would require the Bush(whacked) Administration to develop strategies to “limit repeated deployments of troops and defeat al-Qaeda… though I’ll believe it when I see it…

And this week our conservative tool of the week needs no introduction as it’s a favorite of us at TBWA... Fox “News”, who had a poll earlier this week that asked Americans which presidential candidate they believe is the favorite of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden… and, keeping in mind the demographic for Fox “News”, the poll found that the terrorists prefer Democrats… more people think bin Laden wants Obama to win (30%) than Clinton (22 percent) or McCain (10%)… though 18% showed a slight using of their own brains as they say it doesn’t matter to bin Laden with another 20% are unsure… (What, in God’s name, was the point of this poll? I know Fox is a bastion of right-wing nuttiness… but COME. ON. This is sad and pathetic, even for them… and that’s why they’re our TOTW…)

All I have, take ‘em as you wil…

Friday, February 22, 2008

Enough already Ms. Clinton

Is it possible that Sen. Clinton is getting the worst political advice in history? It certainly seems that way as any thoughts of her bowing out gracefully can be thrown out.

Sen. Clinton needed to knock one out of the park last night during the most recent Democratic debate… it didn’t happen. And in failing to do so, she exposed herself to more negativity stemming from a problem that we’ve been talking about for the last week.

Her campaign’s desperation.

No, we’re not talking about her campaign setting up a hotline yesterday for supporters to call and offer their advice on how to defeat Sen. Obama (though that is pretty damn desperate… and sad… and pathetic… and inane), but more so her campaign pushing reporters a story about Sen. Obama and his supposed ties to former members of a radical domestic terrorist group, Weather Underground. (BTW, the ‘ties’ the article refers to is a $200 contribution to Obama in 2001 from William Ayers, a founding member of the group)

What makes this even more pathetic, with a nice dose of irony thrown in for good measure, is that President Clinton pardoned a member of the same group mentioned in the Obama stories before he left office.


Clinton spokesperson Phil Singer, in a desperate attempt to divert attention from the desperate act of pushing the story into reporters faces and facing the subsequent backlash, said in an email to the media; “Wonder what the Republicans will do with this issue.”

Yeah… I wonder.

I WONDER what the republicans will do with ammunition given to them by someone who claims that she wants to lead the Democratic Party.

This is how she operates now… just look back at last night's debate. For the first 45 minutes or so of the debate last night, she conducted herself like the candidate many thought she was, elegant, poised, polished, calm… then she went into her plagiarism and “change you can Xerox” then back, with her closing statement, to some signs of graciousness at the end.
Then we hear about this… which sort of tells you that the only reason she laid off the attacks last night is that she didn't want to get booed again… so she unleashes her hired political goons to do the smearing.

As I said yesterday, if Clinton continues to act this way, she will be lumped into the same category as Joe Lieberman…

The Friday Presidential Race ‘BushWhack’ing

Week’s wrap-up of the week that was in the 2008 presidential race that started about 5 years ago… at least that’s what it feels like…

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Crossing a Line

For the last several days I’ve been posting about how Sen. Clinton’s presidential campaign is getting desperate…from pushing for states whose delegates weren’t supposed to be counted, Florida and Michigan, to BE counted… to smacking some states in the face by saying their primary results didn’t matter…

Now we get something that reeks of desperation… something that would have been done the last time someone was so obsessed with winning the presidency they were willing to, essentially, sell their soul…. Mr. Nixon, I’m looking at you.

After suffering a debilitating, and somewhat mortifying, 10-state loss to Sen. Obama, Sen. Clinton is set to swiftboat her Democratic rival with the formation of a well-financed 527 organization called the American Leadership Project (ALP).

Stay classy Hillary…

(Sidebar: A 527 group, named after the section of the Internal Revenue code that “regulates” them, is an organization whose purpose is to influence federal elections. As such, donations to 527 groups are limited to $5,000, but it is that cap that gets circumvented as the argument of those who do so is that the language of the law applies only to their activities in federal political races. Because there are no contribution limits for work by 527s in state and local political campaigns, they argue that these organizations can establish “nonfederal accounts” which can accept unrestricted “soft money.”)

According to The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder, ALP is “canvassing Clinton donors for pledges of up to $100,000 in the hope of raising at least $10M by the end of next week” so the group could then unearth negative information about Obama and strike at him with TV, mail and phone banking in the upcoming primary race states of Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.

Already the group has developed three ads, called “If speeches could solve problems” that are aimed at pushing the idea that Obama is a talker and not a doer while drawing contrasts between the two on vital middle-class issues like healthcare and the economy.

Then consider this from Adam B at Daily Kos:

“Let's be clear: when a 527 forms for the express purpose of electing or defeating a particular federal candidate, and engages in public advocacy towards such ends -- as opposed to discussing issues -- it is breaking the law. Period. The Media Fund, Swift Boaters and other 527s have paid six-figure fines for acting like a political action committee -- i.e., engaging in express advocacy and soliciting its donors with the major purpose of helping identifiable federal candidates -- but without abiding by any of the individual contribution limits or disclosure requirements attaching to PACs.”

Apparently losing 10 contests in a row makes a person think differently… naturally though the Clinton campaign is spinning the news; “I certainly can't imagine that Sen. Obama is in any position to make an issue of this, given the fact that there was a 527 organization -- I believe it was called Vote Hope -- that spent millions of dollars on his behalf in California.” Yes… but they weren’t swiftboating a member of their own Democratic party like Clinton’s 527 is aiming to do…

If this is true, and she’s planning on doing this to someone within her own party in a year where the Democrats have an outstanding possibility to win back the White House, she should be grouped into the same category as Joe Lieberman and ex-communicated from the Democratic Party.

Also, there is a HUGE probability of this backfiring on Clinton, and if that happens, it’s unlikely that she would be able to recover.

But that’s just my opinion…

The Thursday ‘BushWhack’ing

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

An Open Letter to Sen. John Edwards

Dear Sen. Edwards:

It’s time...

Before you dropped out of the race I was leaning towards you as my choice for the Democratic nominee… and after you graciously dropped out, I threw my support to Sen. Obama.

Over the last weeks you’ve met with both candidates, Sen. Obama (who is expected to get the Teamsters endoresement soon) and Sen. Clinton… and now it’s time to do your thing… either endorse one of them, or get completely off the stage.

So Mr. Edwards… what do you want to do?

I believe that you will have an important role in the next administration, regardless if Obama or Clinton wins… but it’s time to cede your moment in the spotlight and let your intentions be known.

You can offer no endorsement… which is a fair and reasonable thing to do, especially if you don’t think either candidate is viable or better than the other.

You can endorse Sen. Clinton… though some might view that, given the things you said about her during the campaign, as hypocritical. And would an endorsement for her really help her campaign right now?

Or, you can endorse Sen. Obama.

Some people believe that your endorsement would seal the deal for Obama… I don’t think that… as I don’t put much weight into endorsements. But it COULD propel him further, especially with some super-delegates that are still beholden and loyal to you.

And perhaps… just perhaps, it would spark something inside Ms. Clinton and she would, after she loses at least 2 more states on March 4th, drop out of the race. It’s farfetched, but a man can dream can’t he?

Whatever you choose to do Mr. Edwards, I pray that you do it soon as Sen. McCain is now gearing up for the general election rather than worry about the primaries and caucuses… Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee notwithstanding.

Thanks for listening…

The Wednesday ‘BushWhack’ing

Hump day… day after another round of primaries and caucuesses… I mean caucuessssseas… I mean cawcusas… sigh… a caucus…

  • Speaking of primaries and caucuses (yay!), as expected Sen. Obama lengthened his lead by winning Hawaii and Wisconsin while Sen. Clinton won . the bigger story could be that Obama seems to be chipping away at Clinton’s supporters… the time may be coming for Ms. Clinton to step down… but stay tuned.
  • Next up: Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island
  • On the gop side… McCain won but is still having trouble with some conservatives, Huckabee vows to NOT drop out, and Paul is still as nutty as a squirrel’s cheeks in October…
  • The Brookings Institution released a new report that warns of “widening gaps in higher education between rich and poor, whites and minorities.” The report continued by showing those gaps could soon lead to a “downturn in opportunities for the poorest families.” (This is not entirely surprising. The administration’s failure in education – on all levels – has created this and it probably won’t even START to get better until January 21, 2009…)
  • FEMA is in hot water… again. According to a report by the DHS Inspector General, the agency “misspent millions of dollars it received from selling used travel trailers” and rather than buy more trailers, FEMA paid for “sport utility vehicles, travel expenses and purchase card accounts.” ( The agency has become a punch-line and an embarrassment and is one department – out of many – that has to be thoroughly cleaned out and started anew when a new administration comes in, Democrat or republican as you don’t want the agency that represents your administration after a disaster to be inept and a joke… and that’s all FEMA is anymore)
  • And have we mentioned? That the Florida Board of Education voted 4-3 this week to change standards for teaching science in Florida’s public schools? That’s right, evolution – which Florida science standards has earlier referred to as “biological changes over time” will now be taught clearly and explicitly in Florida classrooms as the Scientific Theory of Evolution.” (Is this progress? Hard to say… but at least it’s being discussed and taught…)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

It's the economy stupid

Once again our fearless commander in chief is acting like we’re the idiots when, clearly, it’s him…

Appearing on NBC’s Today Show, this morning, “President” Bush denied that the there’s any link between the current recession and the Iraq war; he even went as far as to claim that the war is actually helping the economy.

That’s right, you heard me…

He said the war, the $10 billion were spending each month for the war, is helping the US economy… here’s the exchange between him and Ann Curry;

CURRY: You don’t agree with that? It has nothing do with the economy, the war — spending on the war? BUSH: I don’t think so. I think actually the spending in the war might help with jobs…because we’re buying equipment, and people are working. I think this economy is down because we built too many houses and the economy’s adjusting.

Too. Many. Houses? Seriously… that’s your reasoning Mr. Bush?

… it’s people like Bush that make me feel ashamed to have a MBA…

Sure, the war has created jobs for some companies (cough cough; Halliburton..,. cough cough Blackwater)… but over the five years since we invaded Iraq, unemployment has risen, with an increase of 13.6%.

That’s not even taking into consideration the fact that 68% of the American public believes that redeployment from Iraq would help fix the country’s economic woes.

Bush will never admit it because republicans are supposed to be about fiscal discipline, but he and his administration are anything BUT disciplined… in fact, they’re not only undisciplined but disruptive as well.

1/20/2009 can NOT come soon enough…

The Tuesday ‘BushWhack’ing

  • FidelCastro has resigned as "President" of Cuba... I’ll have two Cuban cigars tonight to celebrate. Um, I mean I would have 2 Cuban cigars tonight to celebrate if, you know, I could purchase Cuban cigars here in the US... which I can’t because it’s illegal... and to have them would be against the law... um... uh... wow, look over there! Now, since this announcement came from state-run Cuban media, I would not be surprised that this news that he's retiring as president is a precursor to an announcement that he's stay tuned.
  • MoreDemocratic primaries today in Wisconsin and Hawaii…
  • According to a survey conducted by Foreign Policy magazine and the Center for a New American Security, 9 out of 10 current and former military officers say the Iraq war has stretched the military “dangerously thin while 60% of the 3,400 officers polled also said that the US military is weaker today than five years ago… but we already knew that… and yet the administration continues to ignore it…
  • Bush 41 not only endorsed McCain this week (which was met with an unenthusiastic ‘meh’), but he’s also saying that the attacks on McCain’s records from fellow conservatives were “absurd.” (Uh-huh. Bush 41’s stock rose with his and President Clinton’s work for the Tsunami victims, but one truly has to wonder if his defense of McCain is being met with anything but disinterest…
  • The Clinton/Obama SuperDelegate Battle is waging
  • The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge brought forth by the ACLU to the Bush(whacked) Administration’s domestic spying program. In their rejection, the court gave “no comment explaining why they turned down the appeal.” (Well, what do you know… looks as though those two justices that Bush nominated to the court that were approved by a knock-over Congress with Democrats that had no balls just paid off. Hope all the Dems that voted to confirm the two feel good… they just handed the administration a victory. Way to go…)
  • And have we mentioned? That former AG Alberto Gonzales has apparently lost his grip on reality? In advance of a speech he will give today at Washington University he answered a few questions from the school’s student paper, saying; “I take comfort in the fact that I have always told the truth, worked hard as my father did, stayed true to my values by doing my best, and having stepped into the arena, I have served my country.” (Uh-huh… so tell me, what color is the sky in your world Alberto? Rose-colored? Gonzales was one of the most dishonest, distrustful AG’s to ever hold the position – which is quite a feat considering who he replaced – and for him to even have the audacity to claim he always told the truth when it’s clear that he rarely told the truth is an insult to every citizen in this country… and I hope he gets his comeuppance soon…)

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Monday ‘BushWhack’ing

Another day, another start of a week, another week (of many, many more) of presidential campaigning…

  • Super-delegates are still the hot topic between the campaigns of Sens. Obama and Clinton. Obama said of them this past weekend; “'Superdelegates' doesn't mean that they should leap over the will of the people in a single bound,” while Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson told CBS that those approximately 800 delegates “are supposed to vote their conscience.” (This is becoming more and more of a clusterfuck, and if it continues to the convention, look for a serious backlash against the Democratic party from Democratic voters)
  • Obama met with former candidate John Edwards over the weekend… I still like the idea of an Obama/Edwards ticket (though honestly I think an Edwards/Obama ticket would have been stronger)
  • “President” Bush and First Lady Laura Bush are in Africa where they were focusing on a low-tech way to protect children… giving pregnant women at the clinic vouchers that they can trade for mosquito nets to protect their newborns from malaria… (There’s a joke in there somewhere about Bush and low-tech, but it IS a good idea and should help ebb the spread of malaria in newborns. So I won’t snark on it now)
  • Before Bush handed out the mosquito netting, he decided to do a little fear-mongering and said Friday that the United States is in “more danger of attack” because Congress failed to extend legislation on domestic wiretapping laws… (again, I want proof that this has worked. Not one person being caught who was a suspected terrorist, but a situation where the wiretapping actually stopped a terrorist act from being carried out. Show us that, and maybe we Liberals would be a little more in-favor of having parts of our Constitution destroyed. But until we see proof, stop the damn fear-mongering – it’s not helping ANYONE)
  • The republican party is pressuring Mike Huckabee to abandon his campaign… but he won’t hear of it.
  • Another example of some crack reporting by CNN: “Life on the stump is a grind for candidates” (Wait, let me get this straight… being away from home and family, flying/driving from city to city and state to state while barely sleeping and eating on the run is ‘a grind’? How about that, I never would have suspected that… oh wait, what I meant to say was; well duhhhhhhhhh)
  • And have we mentioned? That “President” Bush is not only a conservative tool but also a rather un-emotional stump… or ‘shrub’ if you will? During a recent interview with the BBC, Bush was asked if he would “applaud” Steven Speilberg’s recent decision to withdraw as artistic director of the Beijing Olympics because China is not doing enough to pressure Sudan to end the genocide in Darfur. Said Bush; “That’s up to him. […] I’m going to the Olympics. I view the Olympics as a sporting event.” (Okay… there’s a measure of truth in that, though we as a nation boycotted the Olympics in 1980 when they were in the USSR, would Bush have still sent our athletes to THAT ‘sporting event’… I doubt it.) But Bush wasn’t done being a putz, as he continued and said; “I mean, you got the Dalai Lama crowd. You’ve got global warming folks. You’ve got, you know, Darfur. I am not gonna you know, go and use the Olympics as an opportunity to express my opinions to the Chinese people in a public way.” (Yeah… cuz that would take conviction and a brain…January 20, 2009 can NOT come soon enough…)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Weekly Rewind

After setting up a new home network at my finacee's house I am able to access the world wide web and sum up some of the things that are going on in this country and maybe one or two things that affect the world.

Applaud: to keeping things clean on our side of the fence. In response to a campaign mailer from the Clinton camp, Senator and Obama backer Ted Kennedy spoke out against the ad saying that the tactics are ones of "distortion, misrepresentation," and "fear-mongering." The Senator further stated that this type of ad is divisive and "I think it does a great disservice to all of us who are interested in universal comprehensive healthcare." Thank you Senator! The Democrats can and should point out differences in the others platforms, however those differences nust not be used as openings for the right side of the aisle to distort for political advantage come November.

Heckle: to changing the rules mid stream. As everyone knows the DNC stripped Florida and Michigan of their delegates as punishment for moving up their primaries. Now, in an act of desperation the Clinton campaign is trying to rally support behind their call to include those states delegates at the nominating convention. Whaaa, Whaaa, whats that sound? Yeah the Clinton staffers crying like babies.

Heckle: to speaking out of both sides of your mouth. For as much as Bill Clinton states that he wants to take a back seat in a Hillary Clinton campaign and administration, he sure keeps popping up and grabbing headlines. As a huge supporter of the former President, it pains me to say this...Mr. President it would be better for everyone if you took one or two steps back from your wifes campaign.

Heckle: to continuing distortion. In resposne to ad's criticizing the Obama camp for not agreeing to a Wisconsin debate, the Obama camp let loose with a new ad critical of Hillary Clinton for essentially being part of the machine politics that the Senator Obama is trying to change. After 18 debates, that's right....18 debates do we really need more? What is there left to say? Senator Clinton you need to focus on some real issues......

Heckle: to the Big Easy still being big time messed up. It's been roughly 2 1/2 years since Katrina ripped through New Orleans and the surrounding areas. So why is the lower ninth ward still one of the most depressing areas we can think of?? Because the Bush administration cannot follow through on promises. Once again, January 20, 2009 cannot come soon enough.

Heckle: to 100 years. In defending his statement on having a 100 year troop presence in Iraq, Senator John McCain clarified by stating that it would be no different than our bases in Japan, Germany and South Korea. I'm sorry the big difference is that we had real reasons for being in those countries in the first place.

Heckle: to yet more trouble for Hillary. In a sign of the closeness and varied feelings of this primary race, some super-delegates that were previously committed to Senator Clinton are reevaluating their support. Rep. Davis Scott has already switched his support to Senator Obama and Rep. John Lewis is considering switching. as are others. As we have said before, this is far from over and will continue to be a roller coaster.

Applaud: to winning hearts, minds, and union endorsements. Senator Obama this week picked up the endorsement of the United Food and Commerical Workers Union and the Service Employees InternationalUnion. Two very large and influential unions.

Okay folks that is it for me this week. My esteemed collegue has done an amazing job of gathering and summarizing most issues in his daily posts. I will have to be on my game next time.

Be good, stay informed.....later.

Friday, February 15, 2008

TBWA's Choice: Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)

As the race for the Democratic nomination for president gets further along (even though we still have 8 months left of this), and with Sen. Clinton’s continued misfires and inane campaign strategies (Mark Penn is a putz), Scott and I have decided to officially disclose our choice for the nomination and the presidency; Sen. Barack Obama.

Yes, Obama may not have the eons of experience as Clinton, but that’s part of the attraction to his candidacy.

After 8 years of Bush and his cronies, the US is in a sad state… loathed around the world… citizens dying for an unjust war… the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attacks against us still free… the economy circling the drain… and the Constitution in peril of being destroyed, we need someone who will strike a chord with the nation while striving to put the US back into balance.

Sen. Obama fits that description… Sen. Clinton does NOT.

Obama has opposed the Iraq war from the start and would start to bring one or two combat brigades home per month until all troops are out of Iraq within 16 months.

He wants to create a new national health plan that would allow individuals without access to affordable insurance coverage to buy coverage similar to that available to members of Congress.

He wants to increase the number of working parents eligible for Earned Income Tax Credits while increasing the benefit available to parents who support their children through child support payments.

He supports implementing an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the level recommended by top scientists.

He supports abortion rights and urges efforts to reduce teen pregnancy.

He wants to use $75 billion in tax cuts and direct spending to stimulate the economy while providing an immediate $250 tax cut to workers and their families, along with an immediate, temporary $250 bonus to seniors in their Social Security checks.

He would encourage, but not require, universal Pre-Kindergarten while rewarding teachers with higher salaries that wouldn’t be tied to standardized test scores.

Ms. Clinton and her campaign on the other hand, over the last few days, has shown her desperation with acts of…well, desperation.

You have her campaign laying out a plan to use super delegates to subvert the will of the Democratic Party electorate… show in a span of days her campaign has gone from saying certain states don’t matter… to saying certain voters don’t matter… to saying the electorate of the Democratic party doesn’t matter and only super-delegates matter… screw the American people.

Good luck Sen. Obama… we’re behind you.

The Friday Presidential Race ‘BushWhack’ing


Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Delegate Primer

If you are like the plethora of people confused about the delegate process for Democrats, find solace that you are not alone…

So, like I did before Super Fat Tuesday, I thought I would create a Democratic Delegate primer for all of you that are confused and flummoxed by the process.

First, you should understand that there are two kinds of delegates; pledged delegates and the so-called super, or un-pledged, delegates.

Pledged delegates are those who are, oddly enough, pledged to a candidate based on the candidate's performance in a state's nomination contest… have I confused you now? Remember, most states and territories have a primary, but some have caucuses, and even fewer have either a hybrid system or a state convention. Seventy-five percent (75%) of a state's pledged delegates are allocated by Congressional district with the remaining twenty-five percent (25%) allocated in proportion to statewide results… but only if the state has more than one Congressional district…

God, I’m confusing myself now…

Let’s start with the basics… and you can’t get much more basic than republicans… republicans award delegates on a winner-take-all basis, usually by the entire state, although some places award delegates based upon winners of Congressional districts.

Democrats, however, award pledged delegates in proportion to their share of the vote; for example, if a candidate receives at least 15% of the vote in either a congressional district or statewide, he or she will receive at least one delegate from that jurisdiction. Because delegates are parceled out mostly by Congressional district, it is possible, and not rare, for a candidate who finishes second statewide to actually get more delegates than the candidate who won the state, so what matters isn't just the number of votes, but also how they are distributed.

Staying with me so far?

Okay… each state party has a process for determining the actual individuals who will serve as pledged delegates at the Democratic Convention, but individuals can submit their names to the state party and declare which candidate they would like to represent at the convention… these names are then vetted with the campaign so they can determine that these individuals are in fact supporters of their candidate, which is relatively important as there is nothing that binds the individuals to vote for the candidate to whom they originally pledged their support once they’re at the convention.

But that’s why those people are vetted, in an attempt to prevent that from happening. And truth be told, it’s exceptionally rare for someone to not vote for the candidate to whom they originally pledged their support.

Weeks after the state's primary, or caucus, the state party holds a meeting of the leadership and votes on the individual delegates which must have an equal balance of men and women, and must also represent the state's racial make-up.

Now we arrive at the other type of delegates, the un-pledged or “super-delegates” who are not obligated to pledge support for anyone in advance of their arriving at the convention. Furthermore, even if one of these delegated publicly declares their support for one particular candidate nothing officially binds them to stick with that endorsement.

This means that anyone who now declares support for Sen. Hillary Clinton or Sen. Barack Obama could show up at the convention, change their mind, and throw the nominating process into chaos.

It should also me mentioned that most un-pledged delegates are elected officials, in fact, all Democratic members of Congress and the Senate are un-pledged delegates (except Joe Lieberman, whose had his super-delegate status yanked away because someone in the DNC finally realized the putz is a republican in Independent clothing…). Additionally, all Democratic governors are “super-delegates” as are most members of the DNC. Add to that that a small number of “party elders” are also “super-delegates”… and this group can range from former Democratic presidents (Carter & Clinton) to vice-presidents (Gore) to former presidential nominees (Kerry) and former House Speakers to past DNC chairs.

The delegate battle at this summer’s convention will determine our party’s nominee, and the contest is already gotten fierce and will not be decided for quite some time… so, as I like to say, stay tuned.

The Thursday ‘BushWhack’ing

Today is Valentine's Day and... well... that's pretty much it...

  • Here’s a message for the DNC… if the super-delegates choose the opposite candidate that the voters did, expect a BIG backlash in November. You can count on it… and I will help lead the charge.
  • Sen. Obama still leads Sen. Clinton in the delegate count…
  • The economic stimulus package is official after “President” Bush signed the bill yesterday. You can expect to receive the checks in May. And since NOTHING from the White House is mentioning this, allow me. These checks WILL be advances on next year’s returns… repeat, these checks WILL be advances on next year’s returns
  • Sen. McCain needs money
  • The Senate Ethics Committee, in a letter released yesterday, has “publicly admonished” Sen. Larry Craig for “attempting to use his public office to get out of his arrest last summer in a Minneapolis airport restroom sting” while also criticizing him for attempting to withdraw his guilty plea…. (But don’t ask what they’re going to do about it… I think the letter was it…)
  • Isn’t it ironic that a former POW would vote against banning waterboarding? Let the McCain-pandering begin! Unless of course you’re the Washington Times who proclaimed in a headline today; “McCain refuses to pander” (Um… the editors at the Times have a dictionary right… or is it possible that they don’t know the meaning of the word pander. Allow me to help – voting against banning a torture technique when you were once a POW who was tortured is pandering)
  • In case you forgot; the economic stimulus checks WILL be advances on next year’s returns… tell your friends.
  • Mike Huckabee is vowing to stay in the presidential race… insert own smart-ass question asking why HERE…
  • And have we mentioned? That the fight for FISA just won’t die? It’s true as it seems more and more Democrats are growing a pair and are refusing to go along with the Senate-approved bill which would have given immunity to telecom companies. (It seems this fight may be far from over… stay tuned)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Wednesday ‘BushWhack’ing

Hump day… ‘nuff said.

  • More primaries yesterday… and like his clean sweep on Saturday – Sen. Obama has shown his chops once again by sweeping all three contests yesterday, which also put him ahead in the delegate count… stay tuned.
  • Oh yeah, and Sen. McCain swept the gop primaries yesterday… meh.
  • On the heels of Sen. Clinton firing her first campaign manager, her deputy campaign manager resigned yesterday... (Clinton’s campaign seems to be imploding before our eyes… six contests in under seven days and her performance in all has been, shall we say, less than stellar. It’s hard to see how her campaign can get back on track at all, but her staff is having her focus on Texas’ primary. If she has another poor outing, expect some people in the Democratic party to push for her to step aside so Obama can focus on the republicans… stay tuned.)
  • Having solved all other problems, Roger Clemens is in front of the House talking about steroids… I understand that steroids are bad and need to be stopped, but I fail to see how this, or for that matter SpyGate on the NFL side, are a problem for Congress… shouldn’t they be focusing on more important things like, I don’t know… FISA… terrorism… the US economy…
  • Seeing how the Senate folded like origami on telecom immunity, “President” Bush is urging the House to follow suit… which is HIGHLY unlikely.
  • House Democratic leaders are planning to force a vote this week looking to hold Josh Bolten and Harriet Miers in contempt of Congress since they refused to comply with earlier subpoenas stemming from the U.S. attorneys probe. (they’ve flirted with this before, only to either chicken out or – conveniently – run out of time. So I’m gonna wait and see what happens before I start tossing out accolades…)
  • And have we mentioned? That Karl Rove is blaming the sad state of the economy on the media? Seems he was interviewed by Bill “want to see my microphone?” O’Reilly on Fox “News” and said; “I think the economy — the media has been beating the drum for years and years and years that the economy stinks. And after a while, that begins to color people’s attitudes.” (Yeah… it’s the media’s fault and has nothing to do with Iraq, or oil or Bush… give me a fucking break Karl, you truly need to take off the rose-colored glasses and stop drinking the kool-aid and see the world for what it is. The media is to blame for a lot in our society, but the recession is something that can NOT be pinned on them. It’s your boy, his policies, and his administration – you included – that did this to us… so STFU Karl and get a life. BTW, he also blamed Bush’s crappy approval ratings on the media… uh-huh)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Another player about to jump in?

Just when you thought that the presidential race couldn’t get more confusing, someone has to open their mouth about something that’s a political hot button and instantly create speculation about their running for president…

This time it’s the current mayor of New York City (certainly not to be confused with the previous mayor whose presidential aspirations crashed and burned faster than his marriages) who is stirring up the pot.

During a speech to the United Nations yesterday, Michael Bloomberg emphasized the threat of global warming while also calling on America to enact a tax on carbon emissions. Said Bloomberg;

“Terrorists kill people. Weapons of mass destruction have the potential to kill an enormous amount of people. […] …but “global warming in the long term has the potential to kill everybody.”
Stirring stuff isn’t it… sounds as though Bloomberg is trying to make a…splash, of some kind.

Bloomberg wasn’t done, continuing on and saying that global warming “has all of the same potentials of destroying the planet that we live on. No scientist knows for sure what’s going to happen, but you don’t want to wait to find out."

Keep in mind that this is pure speculation, but if Bloomberg isn’t floating a test balloon, then he certainly is faking it well… if he is, the question has to be which side he hurts more; the Democrats or the republicans?

While the Democrats have a spoiler already with Ralph “I screwed up 2000” Nader contemplating a run, Bloomberg – who technically is a registered republican - definitely leans more Liberal with many of his policies and a presidential run by him could hurt either side…

As always, stay tuned…