of someone else's desert
It has been 981 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Rove. Treason. Betrayal.
A Democrat - without prefix, without suffix, without apology.
It has been 981 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…33, to be exact. Pew Center poll:
…Lynn Allen at Evergreen Politics has an encouraging update on US House challengers in the upper left. Darcy Burner's a fave here, of course, and we've mentioned Richard Wright in WA-04, but this is the first word I've had from the Fifth...
Great news! We just got word that Peter Goldmark will be running against Cathy McMorris in the 5th CD which encompasses a large swath of eastern Washington from the Okanogan in the north through Spokane and Pulllman to Walla Walla in the south.Just a little something from way out here for the 'challenge every seat' crowd. Of course, when 2/3 of your delegation is already D, it's a little easier...
…from Liberal Oasis...
Republicans Have No Ideas, Only Enemies.It's not hard to find complaints that the Democrats don't have any ideas, but that's not really our problem. We have lots of ideas, sometimes too many, with all kinds of intramural sniping between factions. That's fine in a Platonic 'free marketplace of ideas' sort of way but often politically infuriating for those in search of a cohesive message.
1. American jobs that will stay in America, using energy independence to generate those jobs.Those are fine, but they aren't the only ones. These work for me, too...
2. A strong national defense based on telling the truth to our citizens, our soldiers and our allies.
3. Honesty and integrity to be restored to government.
4. A health care system that works for everybody just like they have in 36 other countries.
5. A strong public education system so we can have optimism and opportunity back in America.
"Tell the truth; fire the incompetents; find Osama bin Laden and secure our ports and homeland; bring our troops home from Iraq; obey the law and protect our civil rights.
"Stop subsidizing big oil and start investing in energy alternatives; make access to affordable health care a right and not a privilege; reduce the deficit and respect work over wealth; chase the money changers from the temple of democracy; and invest in education and fight for American jobs that restore the American dream."
Riverbend's back with an anniversary report from Iraq. As usual it, it isn't pretty but shouldn't be missed. There's no better observer of real life in New Iraq®...
Three years and the electricity is worse than ever. The security situation has gone from bad to worse. The country feels like it’s on the brink of chaos once more- but a pre-planned, pre-fabricated chaos being led by religious militias and zealots.Just go read.
It has been 980 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Why do you think I call them 'destructionists,' anyway? Digby…
I'm beginning to think they are actively trying to destroy the constitution just for the hell of it."Because I can" may be a sociopathic motivation, but it's really all they've got.
…and a keg of Guinness are waiting at the pub. Drop by for a plate and a pint and I'll likely serenade you with a rebel tune or two.
This year, however, Democrats in the deep blue cities of Western Washington don't have to go all the way to Iowa or Ohio. To be a part of halting the Bush agenda, they simply have to drive 15 minutes across Lake Washington.Or they could (you could) click right here.
It has been 979 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…then Blogger fu, now the tournament. Topics are piling up, but you've gotta have priorities.
"I always remember, that whatever I have done in the past, or may do in the future, Duke University is responsible in one way or another."
Richard Nixon, Duke Law. '37
March 16 (Bloomberg) The U.S. Congress approved a $781 billion increase in the federal government's debt limit, the fourth time lawmakers have raised the cap since President George W. Bush took office.Nine trillion.
The Senate voted 52-48 to increase the legal limit on federal borrowing to $8.97 trillion, up from $8.18 trillion. The House approved the measure last year, meaning the legislation now goes to the president for his signature.
The government will spend $217 billion on interest on the debt this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. By contrast, federal spending for the Department of Education is $83 billion.Just imagine, for instance, that your monthly credit card interest payments were about three times the cost of of your mortgage. How would you budget look? Would you be asking the boss for a pay cut?
It has been 978 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…he stepped on another part of his anatomy altogether with his censure resolution, it's good to see that the DNC's got Senator Feingold's back. From the Chairman...
"...Agree or disagree with Russ Feingold's censure resolution, it is completely out of bounds to suggest that anyone demanding accountability is siding with terrorists. It is simply un-American to question the patriotism and loyalty of a Senator who wants the Congress to live up to its responsibility."Damn straight. Click the pic and sign on…
TOP 10 SONGS FOR VIETNAM VETS…but if there's no room for Grand Funk Railroad's "I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home" or John Denver's "Country Roads, Take Me Home," well, it just can't be right.
1. "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," by the Animals.
2. "Chain of Fools," by Aretha Franklin.
3. "Fortunate Son," by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
4. "(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay," by Otis Redding.
5. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," by Nancy Sinatra.
6. "The Fightin' Side of Me," by Merle Haggard.
7. "What's Going On," by Marvin Gaye.
8. "Nowhere to Run," by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
9. "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag," by Country Joe and the Fish.
10. "Purple Haze," by Jimi Hendrix.
…on his qualifications or prospects in the State Senate primary, this is the kind of news I'd like to see more of...
OLYMPIA — Two-term Republican Rep. Rodney Tom of Bellevue says he is quitting the Republican Party to run for the state Senate as a Democrat. Tom will challenge incumbent Sen. Luke Esser, R-Bellevue.Of course...
"I realized the far right has complete control of the party and for me to be effective for my constituents I need to be a Democrat," Tom said today.
There is already a Democrat in the race against Esser. Debi Golden of Bellevue, who narrowly lost a race against Tom in 2004, announced her candidacy in January.…and there's some strong opinion about that. Still, a big step forward for suburban Democrats.
…from someone doing something to make it happen.
"Give this country a Democratic Congress and you will see a difference on Day One, and a fundamental change of direction for Washington."Yeah, that Kerry fella.
It has been 977 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Really, I am. I'm reading as many arguments as I can find, trying to find the spark that will light a little fire of enthusiasm for Russ Feingold's censure resolution. Digby makes an impression with this...
It is past time for elected Democrats to begin laying out the case that the leader of the Republican party, the man to whom the congress has blindly followed at every turn for the past five years, is dishonorable. They must begin to create a low hum that reverberates throughout the body politic that says "the Republican party is unethical, untrustworthy, inept and dishonorable." Make people hear it in their heads before they go to sleep each night.…except that Feingold's is hardly the first note of that low hum. The list of Democratic pols and pundits who've challenged the President's honesty and integrity, his honor, if you will, is long and growing longer. Is it the resolution that's the first step toward holding Bush accountable? Well, only if you think that it's likely to pass. Let's face it, if that were likely, Bill Frist would never let the damn thing see the light of day. Since he's apparently ready to vote, you can bet his whip count is rock solid.
Russ Feingold has just taken the first step to doing this...
Mr. Reid, shut that Senate down and force them to consider Feingold's resolution. Up or down vote, that's what's fair, right?Of course, what's 'fair' has little to do with it. In fact, the Democrats had to move fast to shut down Senate action to avoid a vote. Since Feingold never brought up the idea in caucus, or made that courtesy call to Harry, or distributed an advance text to his committee colleagues, or did anything to at all to lay the groundwork for anything but a legislative debacle, he's really in no position to expect the Minority Leader to "shut that Senate down." He should be grateful that his fellow Democrats rallied to spare him the indignity of a quick defeat (Frist was claiming 85 votes against the resolution). It's a temporary reprieve, though. I'm afraid Feingold made too many mistakes with his loose cannon approach to rescue his resolution now.
It's little wonder that most other Democrats went scurrying away from Feingold's resolution. Who couldn't predict that? It's hard to believe that the Senator from Wisconsin, one of the sharpest guys around, didn't fully anticipate this, thereby raising questions about his own intent. Was his move to censure a personal moral statement? A pre-positioning as the "progressive" alternative in 2008? Perhaps. If there's a broader political strategy, what is it?georgia10 has a suggestion...
The beauty of Feingold's move is that it also forces Democrats to go beyond mere rhetoric. I think it goes without saying though that there better damn well be 44 co-sponsers on Feingold's resolution.Is that it? Are we going through this so that the doctrinaire left will have another litmus test for Democrats? There "damn well better be" or what? How, in this critical election year, will we punish the two or three dozen Democrats who will likely pass on Feingold's offer of grandstand seats at this show.
Russ Feingold really stuck his neck out today, and it would be great if he -- and every other Senator -- knew that we had his back. It's a gutsy move, not without risk in the polarized environment that is Washington…Gutsy move? Well, no. There's no downside for Russ Feingold. What might happen? Some of his colleagues won't support his primary bid? Most never would, anyway. Republicans might depict him as a creature of the left wing fringe? They always have. He won't rise in the Senate leadership? He doesn't want to. He wants to be President. What's the downside for Russ Feingold?
It has been 976 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Growing dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq has driven President Bush's approval rating to a new low of 36 percent, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.I'm beginning to detect a trend.
…but unsold. Sure, I’d like to see Bush in the dock as much as the next guy, but I'm not sure Russ Feingold's got the right approach. Feingold's censure resolution may be, as Anonymous Liberal argues at Glen Greenwald's blog, "moderate and reasonable," but that doesn't make it wise.
...Feingold will undoubtedly be labeled as a rabid partisan by the GOP, someone "extreme" and "out-of-touch." And if history is any guide, this characterization will be reinforced by Feingold's Democratic colleagues who will immediately try to distance themselves from his proposal in order to be seen as "reasonable."In other words, the resolution will fail. It may never reach the floor. There are reasons, in fact, other than an effort to appear 'reasonable,' that Democrats not be aboard. One might be a reluctance to participate in a futile, if not farcical, campaign that appears to serve no larger purpose than to ehnance Feingold's stature among a certain class of activists who might be helpful in 2008.
...in order for this to work, be it impeachment or censure, the Democrats would have to get their messaging straight, otherwise the Republicans would simply Murtha the Dems, painting them as un-American wimps attaching the commander in chief during wartime, blah blah blah. Do the Dems have what it takes to launch an effective censure or impeachment campaign? (And remember, "effective" isn't measured by whether censure or impeachment passes, it's measured by the impact this debate has on the public, on Bush's presidency, and on the coming November elections.)Especially the coming November elections. Because nothing good will happen until the Republican majorities are gone.
The Grey Lady strives for understatement...
There are frightening signs coming from Washington that legislators may shortchange distressed homeowners, playing politics as usual with relief funds.And, of course, we know who runs Washington...
Oh, hell. Let's just let Digby do it this time.
…not of principle that keeps me from subscribing to the NY Times 'Select' content. I mean, if some money were to show up in the tip jar, that's a way I'd likely spend some. Meanwhile, big thanks to Atrios for pulling a bit of Krugman from behind the screen…
...what you need to know about John McCain.Hell, he's not even a nice man.
He isn't a straight talker. His flip-flopping on tax cuts, his call to send troops we don't have to Iraq and his endorsement of the South Dakota anti-abortion legislation even while claiming that he would find a way around that legislation's central provision show that he's a politician as slippery and evasive as, well, George W. Bush.
He isn't a moderate. Mr. McCain's policy positions and Senate votes don't just place him at the right end of America's political spectrum; they place him in the right wing of the Republican Party.
And he isn't a maverick, at least not when it counts. When the cameras are rolling, Mr. McCain can sometimes be seen striking a brave pose of opposition to the White House. But when it matters, when the Bush administration's ability to do whatever it wants is at stake, Mr. McCain always toes the party line.
It has been 975 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…but it's sure as hell not his game. Jane's right, "If John McCain is going to be beaten in 2008, cracking open the McCain myth has to start now." Actually, it had to start a while back, and a few of us have been doing our bit, with little reminders like this...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sen. John McCain, who made his name as a Republican maverick, is going mainstream.
McCain was nearly alone on Capitol Hill in defending the administration-approved ports deal involving a Dubai-owned company."Nearly alone" just doesn't sound that mainstream to me.
He has eased his opposition to tax cuts that he once complained were excessive....in which he shifts from the mainstream position of, oh, 60 something percent or so of the American people, to the tax-cut extremism of Preznit 30something%.
He recently met with the Rev. Jerry Falwell, a leading evangelical conservative whom he previously had denounced as intolerant.…or his partisan - if not racial - baiting of junior Senators...
To the delight of GOP partisans, he publicly lambasted Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois — a rising star among Democrats — over an ethics and lobbying overhaul.…that signals his shift to the 'mainstream'?
The extent of Mr. McCain's embrace of Mr. Bush was striking, and Republicans here suggested it reflected two political facts: that he needed to reassure conservatives of his loyalty to Mr. Bush, and that, at this point, he was in a strong enough position in this field to have flexibility in presenting himself.I'm not sure where the 'flexibility' part comes in. Maybe it's that this year, McCain finds political advantage in matching his rhetoric to his record, which has always been that of a faithfully conservative Republican.
Mr. McCain praised the president for his failed effort to rewrite the Social Security system, said he supported the decision to go into Iraq and blistered at critics who suggested the White House had fabricated evidence of unconventional weapons in Iraq to justify the invasion.Let's see. For the war. For gutting Social Security. For the tax cuts. For foreign control of our borders. For the South Dakota abortion ban.
It has been 974 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
...We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. "Necessitous men are not free men." People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed.
Among these are:
The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
America's own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The State of the Union
January 11th, 1944
…you'd think he was nuts.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President George W. Bush, in his latest push to counter rising opposition to the Iraq war as it nears its third anniversary, said on Saturday he believes the country can avoid an all-out civil war because of the increased capability of Iraqi troops.Gee, it seems like only two weeks ago we were hearing this...
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The only Iraqi battalion capable of fighting without U.S. support has been downgraded to a level requiring them to fight with American troops backing them up, the Pentagon said Friday.Jeebus, George.
Sinead O'Connor - Do Right Woman
Jim's Big Ego - Mix Tape
Paris Combo - Attraction
Alison Krauss - 9 To 5
Chris Smither - Frankie & Albert
Terror Fabulous - Jah Works
Big Bill Broonzy - I Could Hear My Name A-Ringin'
Carla Thomas & Michael McDonald - When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
Bossa Nova Beatniks - Route 66
Mindy Smith - Jolene
It has been 973 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Just the facts.
· 100% from NARAL (2005)So, which way do you suppose I'm leaning in the US Senate race?
· 100% from the ACLU (2004-05)
· 100% from the Leadership Conference On Civil Rights (2001-05)
· 100% from American Association Of University Women (2001-04)
· 100% From Brady Campaign (2001-03)
· 100% from Children’s Defense Fund (03-04)
· 100% from Sierra Club (03)
· 98% from US Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) (2004-05)
· 95% from NAACP (2005), 100% (2003-2004)
· 95% “liberal quotient” from Americans For Democratic Action (2005)
· 93% from Human Rights Campaign (2001-04)
· 90% from the League of Conservation Voters (2005)
· “Wildlife Hero” from Wildlife Action Fund
The Associated Press...
Overall, do you approve, disapprove or have mixed feelings about the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?Approve: 37% (40)
Disapprove: 60% (57)
Not Sure: 3% (3)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to urge attendees at this weekend's Southern Republican Leadership Conference gathering to write-in President George W. Bush's name in the Saturday straw poll...After all, they share a liver or something, don't they?
Dropping Rep. Louise Slaughter's report on the costs of Republican corruption from the Minority Leader's website has sent Matt Stoller after Nancy Pelosi's head. Now, there may be grounds for a leadership race in the Democratic caucus when they reorganize next year, but if this is a case in point, Matt doesn't quite make it.
...In order to build a progressive America, we need to get a real cultural change in Congress, a change driven by strength and leadership.It's good to want things, and better to work for them, but real cultural change in Congress will not happen without a new Democratic majority in Congress, so if that's what you really want, well, you have to ask yourself what your words, deeds or dollars are doing to create that new majority. Ranting against a minority leadership that's struggling to operate under rules they didn't create and can't amend, with an agenda that's limited to stopping the absolutely worst stuff the R's dream up while occasionally slipping something half decent through the back door isn't a way to do that.
That's what the netroots wants, and that's what we're going to get. It's going to take time, but we're coming.
…wonders the lovely and talented Miss Audrey Hepcat, "where one can hide from this infernal picture machine?"
It has been 972 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
“We have a congressman who is a national joke that the people of the Fourth District do not deserve.”Wright promises "a campaign based on contrast." If you like the way that sounds, there's a general election account for the district on the Upper Left ActBlue page, right below the pitch for Darcy Burner…of course, if Darcy's as far as you get, at least get that far...
Richard Wright, Democrat for WA-04
…for the news biz, but it seems to me there should be something to write about without just making stuff up. The WaPo's Thomas Edsall offers another entry in the "What's Wrong With The Democrats?" essay contest that our current high standing in the polls seems to require, conjuring up a brewing conflict between a some Democratic consultants and the Party itself…
A group of well-connected Democrats led by a former top aide to Bill Clinton is raising millions of dollars to start a private firm that plans to compile huge amounts of data on Americans to identify Democratic voters and blunt what has been a clear Republican lead in using technology for political advantage.Of course, lists - of donors, voters, activist and membership rosters of every variety - have always been part of the stock in trade for political consultants. Back in the day I always had a couple file folders full of names, numbers and addresses to flaunt when I was pitching a job. It was an add-on for me, but some folks make their whole living as list vendors.
The effort by Harold Ickes, a deputy chief of staff in the Clinton White House and an adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), is prompting intense behind-the-scenes debate in Democratic circles. Officials at the Democratic National Committee think that creating a modern database is their job, and they say that a competing for-profit entity could divert energy and money that should instead be invested with the national party.
From Taylor Marsh at firedoglake.
House Republicans know they're in the last throes of power, with Democrats having "neutralized" the only issue they had going for them. Let's say it again, Democrats now lead on national security, with the Republican Dubai deal exhibit A, the incompetence of George W. Bush exhibit B, with the Republicans controlling Congress exhibit C on Iraq, because they're not doing anything to change the dynamics in the war.Of course, the only thing they really had going was an illusion, created at the cost of the tradition that our political divisions end at the border. They've squandered our sons, our daughters, our treasure and our trust in service to their illusion.
…and tell the GOP to hit the road.
The following human rights problems were reported:Just wait until the boss sees this.
· pervasive climate of violence
· misappropriation of official authority by sectarian, criminal, terrorist, and insurgent groups
· arbitrary deprivation of life
· torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment
· poor conditions in pretrial detention facilities
· arbitrary arrest and detention
· denial of fair public trial
· an immature judicial system lacking capacity
· limitations on freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and association due to terrorist and militia violence
· restrictions on religious freedom
· large numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs)
· lack of transparency and widespread corruption at all levels of government
· constraints on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
· discrimination against women, ethnic, and religious minorities
· limited exercise of labor rights
It has been 971 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…in whatever form, I'm sure Ann Richards wouldn't mind the benefit of your efforts.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former Gov. Ann Richards said Wednesday she has cancer of the esophagus and will undergo treatment at the world-renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.She tried to tell us, way back when...
…from, of all people, Casino Jack Abramoff.
Newt again! It’s sick!So, so true...
…since we've played 'fun with the blog logs,' but this one caught my eye…
Mar/07 9:50 AM
IP Address: 126.96.36.199
Country: United States
Organisation: U.S. senate sergeant at arms
...but it's hard to argue with Sully's conclusion about the Preznit.
"He is not a responsible human being; he is a phenomenally reckless human being, There is a level of recklessness involved that is beyond any ideology."
It has been 970ays since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Headline from a DNC email..
Dean: America's Security Should Be America's BusinessThat's really the bottom line on the whole port question, isn't it? It seems like the folks I hear talking across the bar, on either side of the political fence, seem to agree - it's not just that we're outsourcing port management and security to a state-owned enterprise from the United Arab Emiriates, it's that there just don't seem to be any American players in the game at all.
Every time Amy Sullivan writes about Democrats and evangelicals, she leaves me wondering if she's ever met any of either.
...proves anything, it's that Ms. Sullivan has a capacity for getting noticed. She's drawn attention from heavy hitters here, there and seemingly everywhere, but given my own history with Sullivan, I can't resist offering another take.
Despite all of the punditry about a “God gap” at the voting booth, this is a better moment for Democrats to pick up support from religious moderates than any other time in the past few decades. That's because evangelicals themselves are the ones who are broadening the faith agenda, insisting that there are issues they care about beyond abortion and gay marriage, connecting Gospel messages about the golden rule and the Good Samaritan to the policies they want their government to support.The problem is, of course, that there have been evangelicals connecting the Gospel to government, evangelicals who view working for justice as their God ordained witness to the world, all along. For the most part, they're Democrats. If they aren't, and it has anything to do with Sullivan's never-ending refrain that "Democrats are viewed as hostile to religion," perhaps it would be a step in the right direction for Sullivan to admit the simple truth, that Democrats are not, in fact, hostile to religion. Many Democrats are religious, just as many Republicans are not.
For 30 years, the Republican advantage among religious voters has come from being able to successfully control the definition of “religious,” conflating it with “conservative” and encouraging the media to do the same.Perhaps she should strive harder to resist that encouragement herself.
WaPo (my emphasis)...
Iraq teeters on the brink of civil war. The Bush agenda is in tatters. And one of his friends is recovering from an accidental gunshot wound inflicted by Cheney on a hunting trip. A particularly unfortunate mishap, as we learned last week, because Cheney wounded one of the rarest birds in America: someone who actually likes the vice president.
It has been 969 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…sooner rather than later. Dan Balz and Chris Cillizza report on an intramural squabble…
Democratic congressional leaders aren't happy with the way Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is spending money. At a private meeting last month, they let him know.There's a case to be made on either side, neatly stated in the WaPo article.
Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) challenged the former Vermont governor during a session in Pelosi's office, according to Democratic sources. The leaders complained about Dean's priorities -- funding organizers for state parties in strongly Republican states such as Mississippi -- rather than targeting states with crucial races this fall.
…Dean argued that his strategy is designed to rebuild the party across the country, and that he had pledged to do so when he ran for party chairman. Reid and Pelosi countered that if Democrats squander their opportunities this year, longer-term organizing efforts will not matter much.I'm in full sympathy with Reid and Pelosi's concern about 'the prize,' Democratic Congressional majorities. There are great and growing opportunities before us, and there's no doubt that if we were to "squander" those opportunities, it would be a tremendous setback on the road to restoring Constitutional government in the United States.
One congressional Democrat complained that Dean has -- at an alarming rate -- burned through the money the DNC raised, and that Republicans may be able to swamp Democrats in close races with an infusion of RNC money.Joe Trippi took most of the fall for the Dean primary campaign's astonishing burn rate, but whether Howard learned at Joe's knee or Joe was just doing what the boss wanted, it should be no surprise that Dean is a free spender. What made that work, for a time, was Dean For America's amazing ability to reload. No matter how bad the news, no mater how good the fortune, no matter what happened, they would throw up one of those infamous fundraising meters in the shape of a baseball bat and hit the goal in a blink or two. If the folks at headquarters were a few minutes late, the Blog For America comments would fill with demands for a bat. Over and over and over. Trust me, looking at it from the other side in those days, it was intimidating.
…there's news from Jimmy at McCranium that Richard Wright is staging for another run at Doc Hastings in WA-04, and that he's ready to apply some lessons learned the last time around. Wright writes...
During the last campaign I did not take campaign donations. I spent more than $100,000 of my own money. My assessment of this year’s campaign is that between $600,000 and $1.2 million is needed to realistically have a chance to defeat an entrenched incumbent. I ask for your support with humility and confidence...Frankly, I like our odds better in the 8th, but this is a seat well worth contesting. Actually, it's been held by a Democrat in recent memory, which isn't true in the 8th. At any rate, you can check out the campaign and consider his case here.
It has been 968 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…the man who says this about the Taliban-friendly UAE (you know, the country that, unlike Saddam's Iraq, for instance, actually had ties to the 9/11 terror attacks)...
"We could not expect better cooperation from the United Arab Emirates," Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Fox News Sunday.…says this about the war.
MR. RUSSERT: If you were to be asked whether things in Iraq are going well or badly, what would you say? How would you answer?Look at this, General…
GEN. PACE: I’d say they’re going well. I wouldn’t put a great big smiley face on it, but I would say they’re going very, very well from everything you look at…
As usual, attendance at the non-Presidential caucuses was fairly sparse compared to the overflow crowds of '04, when campaigns were driving attendance up in pursuit of delegates. I was pleased, though, to meet some first time attendees, driven to activism rather than distraction or despair.
It has been 967 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…for awhile, we'll argue over issues, and we'll all feel better at the end.
…from a new directory that's heavy on the blues and the music that people who won't admit that they like country call 'Americana.'
Donna The Buffalo - Conscious Evolution
Doc Watson - Georgie
Johnny Copeland - Nobody But You
Bill Morrissey - Pay Day
Crazy World Of Arthur Brown - Spontaneous Apple Creation
The Chambers Brothers - People Get Ready
Charlie Feathers - I Forgot To Remember To Forget
Z.Z. Hill - Cheatin' In The Next Room
Railroad Earth - Mighty River
The Shangri-Las - Leader Of The Pack
It has been 966 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…from our champion in WA-08.
• Guarantee local biofuels entrepreneurs access to existing fuel-distribution channels.There's more (including a withering assessment of the Preznit's energy opportunism) in Darcy Burner's Seattle Times op-ed.
• Apply local manufacturing expertise to wind turbines. (Twenty years ago, Boeing built the world's largest wind turbine right here in Washington. Since then, while our country was cutting funding for alternative-energy research, other nations pressed forward and today's largest wind turbine manufacturers are in Europe, the leading producer of the world's fastest-growing power technology.)
• Capitalize on the confluence of our software industry, innovative local utilities, world-class universities and top-notch research labs to design "smart grid" technologies to run electrical grids more efficiently, operate our traffic arteries more smoothly, and design and operate green buildings that will cut fossil fuel dependence without compromising quality of life.
…err…the lovely and talented Miss Audrey Hepcat is nowhere to be found right now, but she left a mess so she'd better be back soon…
…not a divisionater.
LUCKNOW, India (AFP) - Three people were killed and several injured when protests in northern India against US President George W. Bush's visit turned into street riots between Hindus and Muslims.
Gilliard pulls a bit of Krugman from behind the NYT Select wall...
If good luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, bad luck is what happens when lack of preparation meets a challenge. And our leaders, who think they can govern through a mix of wishful thinking and intimidation, are never, ever prepared.
The first time around, Russ Feingold was rather famously the only Senator to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act. Happily, it's a distinction that's no longer his. While provisions related to the eradication of meth labs and port security, along with some subtle changes that make the new version slightly more palatable than the original, give cover to some of the 'aye' voters, now there are ten...
Voting No:Yep, that's our own Patty up there. Remember to say thanks...
Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Carl Levin (D-MI)
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)
James Jeffords (I-VT)
Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Russ Feingold (D-WI)
Robert Byrd (D-WV)
It has been 965 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Well, if you've lost track, there are some Democratic challengers out there that could probably fill you in. From the WaPo's Chris Cillizza...
"...an e-mail Kerry sent from his Keeping America's Promise PAC asking donors to contribute to three Iraq war veterans running for Congress as Democrats: Tammy Duckworth in Illinois's 6th District, Patrick Murphy in Pennsylvania's 8th District and Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania's 7th District….raised roughly $250,000 for the three candidates in the first 24 hours, according to Kerry insiders."I know the stream of mail from JohnKerry.com seems endless, sometimes to the point of irritation even among his fans, and there's a legitimate question about the size of his actual list (I'm at least three of the three million…), but it seems to work.
That list has served to keep Kerry's 2008 prospects alive; it shows that even though he is considered irrelevant by many inside the Beltway, he is still a major presence among party regulars outside of Washington.Major enough to raise over $2 million for a range of state and federal candidates, as well as partisan and humanitarian causes, during the 2006 cycle. That's on top of the $2 mill he doled out the the DNC, DSCC and DCCC from his '04 Presidential account.
It has been 964 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
"We have to address the fact that the president has broken the law.”
Sen. Russ Feingold
Kos diarist dreaminonempty looks at the pospects for "Rubber Stamp Republican(s)", finding cause for ulcers in districts where the Bush support numbers have dropped below 30%.
"I proud to be a Democrat. I believe the Democratic vision for the country is the one that offers the greatest hope for Americans in all conditions and I think the greatest hope for American leadership abroad."
The Honorable Thomas Foley (D-Upper Left), interviewed by Jonathan Singer at MyDD.
...we would run the risk of not impeaching the man."Lewis Lapham on the Preznit...
"We have before us in the White House a thief who steals the country's good name and reputation for his private interest and personal use; a liar who seeks to instill in the American people a state of fear; a televangelist who engages the United States in a never-ending crusade against all the world's evil, a wastrel who squanders a vast sum of the nation's wealth on what turns out to be a recruiting drive certain to multiply the host of our enemies. In a word, a criminal—known to be armed and shown to be dangerous."While it still seems to be a notion that's both morally overdue and politically premature, the facts are simply there. The issue now is simply strategic. We don't because we think we can't, and we have good reason to think so. But with, say, a Chairman Conyers...
You know how dumb the average guy is? Well, it turns out that 75% of them are dumber than that…
CHICAGO - Americans apparently know more about "The Simpsons" than they do about the First Amendment.Put that in your 8th grade math pipe and smoke it.
Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances.) But more than half can name at least two members of the cartoon family, according to a survey.
It has been 963 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…Zogby, via Political Wire.
"An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and nearly one in four say the troops should leave immediately..."The same thing, really, since a withdrawal that started today would likely take the best part of a year to complete. Listen to them, and then
Steve M. distills another interesting factoid from the CBS News poll...
Bush job approval:They stand by their man better than two to one, and still can't push him above 34%? Whatever happened to the overwhelming hordes of marauding Republicans, organized for battle by the evil genius of Field Marshall Karl? I'll leave it to someone with stronger 8th grade math skills to work out the actual numbers, but they sure aren't making a very scary impression these days.
America (Democrats, independents and Republicans): 34%
Republicans only: 72%
…from the 8th District of Washington gets noticed by the Hotline (along, less happily, with Rick Larsen's Republican challenger) as "well-suited" for the District.
...WA 08 houses many Microsoft employees, giving Burner an easy way to introduce herself. WA has always been an unpredictable state -- witness the Rossi-Gregoire and Cantwell-Gorton races. And both these candidates have gotten off to solid fundraising starts.Of course, if Darcy's fundraising was just a bit more solid, she might be in the Hotline's Top 25. You can help make it happen.
…I'd a settled for a gentleman's C.
|You Passed 8th Grade Math|
Congratulations, you got 9/10 correct!
34, to be exact.
HOW ARE THINGS GOING IN IRAQ?Yep, it seems like at least a few folks out there actually think the war is going well and have still given up on the Commander in Chief.
Now 1/2006 5/2004 5/2003
Well 36% 45% 37% 72%
Badly 62 54 60 24
It has been 962 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Hale Stewart surveys the economy...
Weak Job Growth - checkThe obvious conclusion?
Weak Wage Growth - check
Poor Growth in Net Worth - check
Negative Savings - check
Massive Increase in Debt - check
…in the current facilities dustup between the Supersonics and the city. While losing the Mariners or Seahawks would have saddened me considerably, I long ago lost interest in the NBA. In fact, I find some visceral appeal in the "they're millionaires, screw 'em" argument. It's certainly a better one than, for instance, "it's bad for business."
If you, like my state Senator, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, are supporting the remodel in the mistaken belief that this is somehow good for Seattle's bars & restaurants, think again. This is about greedy, incompetent NBA owners like Howard Schultz asking the taxpayers and businesses of Seattle to subsidize his failing business venture.I don't know, of course, but it may be that Senator Kohl-Welles has taken the time to talk to the bar and restaurant owners and workers on lower Queen Anne and surrounding precincts - they are her constituents too, after all - and discovered that they'd rather try to compete with an enhanced Arena than try to survive without the Sonics (and the Storm, which be the greater loss in my book).
It has been 961 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…via Think Progress.
STEPHANOPOULOS: What does civil war look like?Now if somebody would just tell that other George...
WILL: This. This is a civil war.
…for the 'stay until it's stable' crowd, from Steve Gilliard.
Are you willing to serve in Iraq to help stablize it? No? Well, the US Army has been there three years and as what you're proposing will take up to a decade, are you going to join the effort?
It has been 960 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
It's really somewhat astonishing how poorly our training mission in Iraq has gone.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The only Iraqi battalion capable of fighting without U.S. support has been downgraded to a level requiring them to fight with American troops backing them up, the Pentagon said Friday.That's why we're there, right? To train Iraqis and withdraw?
The battalion, made up of 700 to 800 Iraqi Army soldiers, has repeatedly been offered by the U.S. as an example of the growing independence of the Iraqi military...
We have an ethical responsibility to do what we can -- if there is anything -- to help Iraq regain some semblance of stability and peace. We have no right to simply leave the country engulfed by a civil war and drowning in anarchy because we grew tired of our little project or changed our minds about its morality. If we are achieving any good at all with our military occupation – or if we can achieve any good – we have the obligation to do so…It's persuasive, unfortunately, only if you overlook the use of 'if' or, perhaps, have a more charitible view of Bushco™ than I can muster up.
Jazz directory edition...
Duke Ellington Orchestra - Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Joe Venuti & Zoot Sims - (Back Home Again In) Indiana
Les McCann - Burnin' Coal
Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobin - Meditation
Jessica Williams - Miles To Go
Billy Holiday - Stormy Weather
Liz Lands - In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
The Dixieland Ramblers - Sweet Georgia Brown
Miles Davis - It Never Entered My Mind
Sam Most & Al Viola - On Green Dolphin Street
"One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed."
William F. Buckley
It has been 959 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
...wonders the lovely and talented Miss Audrey Hepcat, "doesn't this guy ever shoot my good side?"
Belle Waring at Crooked Timber...
“The president is a sock-puppet moron” is supposed to be a snide criticism, not an exculpatory point.
…for your 'moderate' Republican pals, via Oliver.
Do you support the imprisonment of doctors for up to five years for the alleged “crime” of performing an abortion, as South Dakota’s legislature demands?
…on the progressive project.
We are standing for the great fundamental rights upon which all successful free government must be based. We are standing for elementary decency in politics. We are fighting for honesty against naked robbery. It is not a partisan issue; it is more than a political issue; it is a great moral issue. If we condone political theft, if we do not resent the kinds of wrong and injustice that injuriously affect the whole nation, not merely our democratic form of government but our civilization itself cannot endure…Invaluable, as always. Lots more here.
It has been 958 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Regardless of your feelings about Portgate, this is absurd.
“The President’s leadership has earned our trust in the war on terror, and surely his administration deserves the presumption that they would not sell our security short.”He knows better. He must.
From Sifu Tweety at The Poorman...
At what point does an operating national unity government in Iraq move from speculative fiction to alternate history?
It has been 957 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Ask The Chairman.
Dean also discussed his 50-state strategy for picking up more seats in Congress, and made special mention of Darcy Burner, who is challenging freshman Republican Congressman Dave Reichert in the 8th District. Burner, a former Air Force brat who joined the Civil Air Patrol as a teenager before studying at Harvard and working at Microsoft, clearly had the most supporters at the event, and perhaps as a sign of the national party's interest in her race, she seemed to get more mentions in Dean's speech than any other candidate...I'm sure Howard wants you to do the right thing.
BAGHDAD, Feb. 21 -- In Iran last month, Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr told a government at odds with the West over its nuclear ambitions that he would fight alongside it if the United States attacked.And he still has that army...
In Jordan this week, he said in a rare televised interview with al-Jazeera that there was "nothing good" in Iraq's new constitution and shared his thoughts on the fate of the northern city of Kirkuk, one of the most divisive questions in Iraqi politics.
…the DCCC has some reminders of just how important that race in WA-08 is...
· Dave Reichert has taken $20,000 from Tom DeLay's ARMPAC. No surprise that Reichert voted with Tom DeLay 91% of the time.Dave Reichert is part of the problem, but we have a solution.
· Dave Reichert voted to weaken the ethics rules in a move that many say served only to protect Tom DeLay.
· When Republicans realized it was "impossible to win the communications battle" over the gutted ethics rules, Reichert flip-flopped and voted to put the old rules back into place.
· When Democrats offered a solution to clean up the House by strengthening ethics rules, Dave Reichert voted twice to make sure it never even came to an up or down vote.
From Juan Cole…
The threat of terrorism and attacks on Americans just went way up.The port story is another important episode in the tradition of Republican weakness concerning our national security, but this is a far more present danger.
It has been 956 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…I'm sure I've told you, how important the Congressional race in WA-08 is. And I certainly mentioned what a great Democratic candidate I think Darcy Burner is. And you must have heard that Chris Bowers says that "...the only thing that is separating this one from becoming top-tier is money."
via Think Progress…
What Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said about Saddam Hussein’s relationship with al-Qaeda on Saturday:Happily, in the interest of balance, they've got the truth to go with it...Nobody denies that [Saddam Hussein] was supporting al-Qaeda…Well, I shouldn’t say nobody. Nobody with brains.
What the bi-partisan 9-11 commission said about Saddam Hussein’s relationship with al-Qaeda:They're not stupid. They're not misinformed. They just lie.The Sept. 11 commission reported yesterday that it has found no “collaborative relationship” between Iraq and al Qaeda, challenging one of the Bush administration’s main justifications for the war in Iraq.
From digby, natch...
It's not "left" and "right" or "liberal," "moderate," or "conservative" that animates the grassroots. We argue some amongst ourselves on policy, of course, but that's not the rap on the establishment. It's the desire that our representatives wake up and recognise that we are in a new political era in which these designations take second place to "Democrat." That's the environment we are in whether we like it or not --- a country sharply divided by party, not ideology.And there it is. These are Yellow Dog days. It's straight ticket time. There's just no room for high-minded votes for the 'person, not the party.' This is no time for 'progressive independents.'
It has been 955 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
NEW YORK – Citing the need to help other candidates in the same situation he was in, former candidate for the US Senate Seat in Ohio and Iraq Veteran Paul Hackett is announcing his decision to join Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Political Action Committee (IAVA PAC) today, as a member of the group's Board of Advisors.IAVA is apparently what's become of Operation Truth, an early vehicle for vets of Iraq and Afghanistan wars to express dissent from Bushco™ policies. It takes a bit of poking to track down the names of the OpTruth principles in their various roles at IAVA and it's associated PAC, but it doesn't take long at all to stumble across Wes Clark's winning smile. With the General so prominently featured and Hackett climbing aboard, this sounds a bit like a alternative to Veterans for a Secure America, better known as the Band Of Brothers. Not quite so.
IAVA PAC will not consider party affiliation in the endorsement process.In fact, while they've yet to actually endorse a candidate, they have a short list that includes…
...Van Taylor, a Texas Republican who is running for the seat held by Democratic incumbent Rep. Chet Edwards.Kind of begs the question - how much money are Wes Clark and Paul Hackett helping to raise to toss Democrats out of the Congress. Here's some advice the Advisory Board might offer - Democrats only, please.
It has been 954 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
The WaPo doesn't seem too sure…
NEW ORLEANS -- The official death toll of Hurricane Katrina is more than 1,300. The unofficial toll of the storm may take that a lot higher.How many more? We can't begin to know, but...
The daily newspaper has seen a rise in reported deaths. Local funeral homes are burying just as many people as they did last year, though the population has decreased. Families say that their kin who had been in good health are dying, and attribute that to the stress brought on by the hurricane, flooding and relocations.And oh, yeah, George Bush doesn't care about you, either...