the bomb? the ryder truck? the parking garage?
It has been 994 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 994 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
...to chip in and make sure that Darcy Burner hits the $320,000 goal that will trigger the $250,000 check from the DNC, and the corresponding reassessment of the race by an array of folks who rank races and help the heavyweight donors target their races.
…but it's an important issue in these parts, and lots of those parts, too. From The P-I...
(Superior Court Judge Michael) Spearman ruled Monday that the state's requirement that released felons pay all court-ordered fines and fees before they can vote again violates the equal-protection clauses in the U.S. Constitution and the state constitution.Judge Spearman is right. He's right that "It is well recognized that there is simply no rational relationship between the ability to pay and the exercise of constitutional rights," and he's right in setting a bright line for voting rights - no ballots in jail - that provides a common sense solution to one of the controversies plaguing our voting system.
It has been 993 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
...I seem to have been singularly unsuccessful in convincing my tolerant if not adoring readership that a contribution to Darcy Burner would be an excellent way to commemorate my natal anniversary. A suitable commemoration feast was held, capped by a Bananas Foster ice cream pie in lieu of cake. The Elder Daughter of Upper Left and her Adorable Partner joined us, and brought along some loot (I shared the big box of turquoise Peeps™. Honest, I did.)
…that Darcy Burner's going to be a great member of Congress but she needs money and that she's been endorsed by Senator Murray and our entire Democratic House delegation and that she's in the last day and a half of a challenge from the DCCC's Red to Blue campaign, so your five or ten dollars could put her over the top for a $250,000 match and that it's my birthday and I have an ActBlue page and I'm begging and…
…is in the news again...
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Rep. Jim McDermott broke the law 10 years ago when he passed to reporters an illegally recorded telephone conservation between then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his top lieutenants…It was a split decision by the DC Court of Appeals in the civil case now Majority Leader John Boehner brought against McDermott eight years ago. The case has bounced as high as the Supremes, and doubtless will again, where, up to now, the 1st Amendment has been upheld. Jim's right...
"There is no greater responsibility for a member of Congress than to defend the Constitution, and I fully accept my duty to protect the First Amendment, which is what this case is all about...The American people have a right to know when their government's leaders are plotting to deceive them, and that is exactly what was happening during a telephone call in 1996 involving Republican House leaders, including then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Rep. John Boehner."John Boehner is suing Jim McDermott for damages he incurred as a result of being exposed as a liar and a cheat, and he's making an end run around the Constitution to do it. The Seattle P-I looks past the courtroom and reports…
Beyond its legal significance, the case also carries political overtones. Democrats have openly promised to run this fall against "the Republican culture of corruption."They just don't get it, do they? Jim McDermott stands accused of exposing corruption with no promise of personal gain. The Republican Party is rife with liars, cheats and thieves.
Republicans officials denounced Democrats as hypocrites, citing the court ruling against McDermott as proof.
…Ken. This could be kinda fun…
Yep, it's my birthday. I'm a little old to celebrate birthdays, I guess, but since there have been times in my life I had good reason not to expect this many of them, I appreciate each and every one.
It has been 992 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
Dave Reichert votes with George Bush and the corrupt Republican leadership in DC 97% of the time.
…but this little gift from RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman perked me up enough to post...
"The President is seen universally as the face of the Republican Party. We are now brand W. Republicans."The White House still holds the reigns at the RNC and they're not about to let a bunch of Congresscritters run away from Preznit 33%.
It has been 991 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…that a sentence like this just isn't shocking anymore?
"It's not the worst breach of the constitution DC Republicans have pulled of late."Jeebus.
Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right.Now...
John McCain, 2/28/2000
American military hero and Arizona Sen. John McCain will deliver the Commencement message at Liberty University on May 13, at 9:30 a.m., in the Liberty University Vines Center...Hey, maybe he can bring a date!
While Sen. McCain and Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell have had their share of political differences through the years, the two men share a common respect for each other and have become good friends in their efforts to preserve what they see as common values.
Liberty University press release, 3/28/2006
It has been 990 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…the Ronald Reagan Medical Research Act of
Democrats around the country are counting on the stem cell issue to give them a boost in November's congressional elections. On Monday, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), who heads the Democratic effort to retake the House, is to visit New Jersey to join Stender in unveiling Internet ads targeting Ferguson and six other Republican candidates, including Illinois state Sen. Peter Roskam and Rick O'Donnell in Colorado, who oppose stem cell research.Better late...
Time's new poll has a series of 'which party would do better at' questions. The R's still have a plurality on a couple of security questions, but it's mostly a Democratic sweep. This one rocks my world...
Which party would do a better job of managing government spending?I mean, I've always believed it, but I've never really thought America ever would.Democrats ...46%
John Robb via James Wolcott…
"Here's a likely scenario for how this will play out: deeper entrenchment within US bases (to limit casualties) and pledges of neutrality (Rumsfeld) will prove hollow. Ongoing ethnic slaughter will force US intervention to curtail the militias. Inevitably, this will increase tensions with the militias and quickly spin out of control. Military and police units sent to confront the militias will melt down (again), due to conflicting loyalties. Several large battles with militias will drive up US casualties sharply. Supply lines to US bases from Kuwait will be cut. Protesters will march on US bases to demand a withdrawal. Oil production via the south will be cut (again), bringing Iraqi oil exports to a halt. Meanwhile, the government will continue its ineffectual debate within the green zone, as irrelevant to the reality on the ground in the country as ever. Unable to function in the mounting chaos and facing a collapse in public support for the war, the US military will be forced to withdraw in haste. It will be ugly."How I wish this didn't ring so damn true.
It has been 989 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
They just lie.
RICE: ...We have been very clear with the Afghan government that the freedom of religion and the freedom of religious conscience is at the core of democratic development. They have constitutional expectations that have been written in that they will, in fact, live up to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which protects individual conscience on religion.The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which monitors such things on behalf of the United States government, tells the truth, in a letter to the Preznit hisself...
On several previous occasions, the Commission has raised concern that the Afghan constitution’s failure to include adequate guarantees of freedom of religion and expression for members of the country’s majority Muslim community could lead to unjust criminal accusations of apostasy and blasphemy. With no guarantee of the right to religious freedom for all individuals, together with a judicial system instructed to enforce Islamic principles and Islamic law, the door is open for a harsh, unfair, or even abusive interpretation of religious orthodoxy to be officially imposed…
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The Gourds - 1st In Line
The Whites - San Antonio Rose
Hot Tuna - Pass The Snakes
Acoustic Syndicate - Ballad Of Marie St. Lauriette
Railroad Earth - Mountain Time
Patty Larkin - Italian Shoes
David Crosby - Long Time Gone
Coyote Run - The Last Leviathan
Dr. John - Stagger Lee
Sinead O'Connor - The Moorlough Shore
I only have one reservation about Joel Connelly's ringing defense of Senator Cantwell against, in his words, the "'Hey Hey, Ho Ho' crew." I'm not one to cast Maria to the wolves over the symbolic filibuster launched against Samuel Alito, but Joel's just got it wrong...
Several Democratic precinct caucuses have upbraided her for refusing to back a filibuster against confirming Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.In fact, the filibuster was discussed by Senator Kerry and others in caucus before he left for a previously scheduled appearance on a panel at the World Economic Forum. Senator Kennedy took the point in Kerry's absence, and Kerry scheduled a red-eye flight so that he could return and pick up the reigns.
The "filibuster" was launched out of the blue by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. Was he in Washington, D.C., to lobby colleagues? Nope. Kerry e-mailed the filibuster call from Davos, Switzerland, as he attended the World Economic Forum. Cantwell voted against Alito after refusing to join the pointless publicity stunt.
They just lie. It's as though they can't help it. Or that it's actually encouraged. Or something.
...there are eight members of congress whose personal term-limit pledges come due this year: Barbara Cubin (WY), Phil English (PA), Jeff Flake (AZ), Timothy Johnson (IL), Ric Keller (FL), Frank LoBiondo (NJ), Mark Souder (IN) and Zach Wamp (TN).And, oh yeah, all are liars.
All are Republicans, all are seeking re-election and all are "solid favorites" to win.
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...sorry Dawgs. A great run, anyway, and it's been a great tournament, hasn't it?
...that I live in a blue precinct in a blue city in a blue county in a blue state, even if...wait! It's a blue country!
...grumbles the lovely and talented Miss Audrey Hepcat. "But I'm not done with the bed!"
I quickly scanned the story, looking for Darcy Burner’s name—but she’s not in there. There’s an illo of “Democratic Women to Watch,” and Burner’s not in there either.It sure would have been. Of course, if you agree, you can do something about it. Apparently Darcy's still about $60 thou short of the money she needs to earn the 'Red to Blue' match from the DCCC. She gets that and she'll start showing up in all kinds of articles. Five, ten, twenty bucks today is a down payment on a new Congress in November.
Hm. This is oversight on the part of the NYT, and not, I think, an indication that Burner doesn’t have a shot in Washington’s increasingly liberal, increasingly urban 8th District. Still, it would have been nice to see Burner’s name in the piece.
Diane agrees with Hendrik Hertzberg. Me too.
Feingold has “energized the base,” but to what end? Apart from establishing a beachhead for his own fledgling Presidential campaign, he has succeeded mainly in deflecting the anger of a good many Democrats from Bush to—well, to “the Democrats.”"The Democrats." Yep…
…but at least they fell to a PAC10 team. Now all our hopes rest on the Huskies. The real Huskies.
It has been 986 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…President Carter scores in round two of QotD…
"There is a desperate need in America to block and reverse the radical departures from the moral and ethical principles that have made ours a great nation."Jimmy's a Kosack! And his kid is running for Congress. Good stuff here.
President James Earl 'Jimmy' Carter
…to John McCain's phony pose as a moderate? Matt Stoller 's got the numbers (my emphasis)...
In Arizona, he's taking a beating in his approval/disapproval ratings. He was up 72-24 a month ago, he's now 64-29. That's a 13 point swing. What's more interesting is where the swing is happening. Among Democrats, his approval rating has dropped from 73-24 to 58-32, a drop of 23 points. Among independents, he goes from 72-25 to 64-30, a drop of 13 points…Maybe it was this…
…of IL-06. Beyond winners and losers, Archpundit takes a look at turnout...
Three candidates--all people I think are nice people ran in three different ways. One spent $700,000. One tried to bring in new Democrats. One essentially organized for 3 years.Some talent…or a plan.
The grand total of that effort? 4,000 fewer votes in the primary than 2 years ago. Not only did they not make the pie larger, the divided it up between themselves and subtracted 4,000 people.
That takes some talent on all their parts.
…of Quote of the Day roulette. Let's give this one a spin...
"To me it shows how dangerously incompetent he is. Stay the course, mission accomplished, bring 'em on,' the American people are sick of that. We need to change course in Iraq. I think the president burying his head in the sand is not going to do the trick."
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, on the worst. President. ever's plan to leave ending his war to his successor.
…facing in. Shake's Sis weighs in on IL-06
Now the Dems expect all of those who labored on behalf of their hometown favorite to happily shrug off the primary defeat and go to work helping Duckworth beat out the GOP challenger. And you know what I’d say if I were one of them? Fuck that."…the Dems," huh? Maybe "the Dems" thought that at least some of the folks in the Cegalis campaign were Democrats, too, and now Democrats have a nominee.
Yeah, I’d turn up to vote, but I’d be damned if I’d contribute an ounce of my time or treasure helping a DCCC-approved candidate after the DCCC deliberately undermined a viable candidate for no good reason, except their usual, pathetic We know best. Stuff envelopes? Stuff dis.
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"Dangerous, incompetent, and ruthlessly amoral.
Republicans."John Aravosis, AMERICAblog
"This is not a conservative leadership. This is radical leadership. I called them neo-Jacobins. They are radical. They're not conservative. They've stolen my party and I would like my party back."And I call 'em destructionists. Either way, sorry, Larry…
Former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell Lawrence Wilkerson
Chris Bowers says he's "extremely worried" in the wake of the Duckworth/Cegalis primary in IL-06 yesterday...
Nearly the full-force of the Democratic and progressive electoral apparatus "succeeded" in only helping Duckworth win 44% of the vote in the Democratic primary. This wasn't the blow out I was told it was going to be. This wasn't the blowout I imagined it would be considering the establishment support Duckworth had. It wasn't even close to a blowout. It looks like the final margin will be somewhere around 1,000-1,100 votes. IT was very close, and it was a real nailbiter.Apparently assurances from the Duckworth camp that Duckworth was a lock put Bowers and some fellow bloggers off an effort to gin up some 'netroots' for Cegalis. Might their efforts have been the difference? Impossible to say. It's gotta be frustrating, though, to be had, I suppose. And make no mistake, Bowers was had.
This makes me very worried about 2006. The same people and the same organizations who supported Duckworth remain in charge of winning elections of nearly every Democrat nationwide in 2006…
Believing in a candidate is a lot more effective than either believing in an "electability profile" or working to defeat another candidate. The Cegalis true believers kicked ass.First, I'd be willing to bet a monetary amount of money that Duckworth's victory party was chockful of people who believe wholeheartedly in their candidate and don't care a whit about 'electability profiles.' This is a Democratic primary. We can afford to credit each side with a degree of virtue.
The Democratic establishment is weak. I haven't seen this much establishment support line up against someone since Dean. Considering the massive amount of fundraising, big name support, advocacy group support, free media, and direct DCCC contributions, Duckworth will finish way, way under 50%...But Chris, all that establishment support produced a win. One insufficient to salve your conscience about giving up on Cegalis early, perhaps, but a win just the same. 43% or so in a three way primary is not an awful result if it's a winning result. That's the goal, after all. Considering that Duckworth came from politically nowhere to challenge an organized campaign for a candidate with recent ballot experience, it's a good win.
Hold your heads high Cegalis supporters. The Dem establishment that tried to swing this election is going to wish they had you after Labor Day.Whoever swung what how, we now have a Democratic nominee for IL-06. It's reputed to be a competitive seat. That's all that matters, and it's time for all hands on deck. If the Cegalis supporters haven't licked their wounds and joined the campaign by Labor Day, it's everyone's loss, maybe theirs in particular.
…if you've even thought about chipping in to help Darcy Burner. DFW via Carl...
The Darcy Burner for Congress campaign is presently working hard on fundraising to meet an end-of-March goal of $320,000 on hand. If it is successful, she will be eligible for an additional $250,000 from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" program.Actually, before was the best time, but now will do very nicely.
Her campaign is almost there, but she needs help from you and I for that last push over the top. If you've been wanting to help her campaign financially but haven't done so yet, now is the best time to do it.
…for quote of the day.
"The way you support the armed forces of the U.S. is never send them off to die . . . unless American defense or security requires it."
Ambassador Joseph Wilson
It has been 984 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…until we make it happen, because he's not going to do it.
REPORTER: Will there come a day, and I’m not asking you when — I’m not asking for a timetable — will there come a day when there will be no more American forces in Iraq?…or by the next Congress, if we keep our wits about us.
BUSH: That, of course, is an objective, and that will be decided by future presidents and future governments of Iraq.
It has been 983 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
...of the fourth year of the war that will continue as long as the Republicans are in power.
"...it's been the highlight of my career, to be part of this administration."I mean, jeebus, just imagine what the lowlights must have been...
Vice Preznit Cheney
It has been 982 days since Karl Rove violated his obligations under Standard Form 312 without the White House taking “corrective action.”
…for an epic post on the censure debate, but Ezra sums up my general sentiment pretty well...
As it is, a censure...is not a serious act. It's a scolding, not a time out; a warning, not an ejection. And since Democrats don't control either house of Congress, it's not even going to pass. So you have a non-actionable punishment with no prospects for manifestation. I don't really see any serious way to evaluate it, then, save for the politics. And unless you think the message that'll rally Americans in 2006 is that the Democrats will officially recognize a slip of paper rebuking George W. Bush, it's not clear why Feingold would find this so urgent that he couldn't risk spoiling the secret by speaking to his caucus.It's pretty hard not to see this as a grandstand play, with the political calculations focused on 2008 rather than 2006. It's hard to see how putting your colleagues on the spot without warning can be seen as a particularly helpful this year.
…I only know what I read in the papers. Civil war? Ask a former Prime Minister...
"It is unfortunate that we are in civil war. We are losing each day as an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more.
"If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is."
Iyad Allawi, fomer Prime Minister of Iraq
…I was just lower enlisted swine. Ask a General...
(Rumsfeld) has shown himself incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically, and is far more than anyone else responsible for what has happened to our important mission in Iraq. Mr. Rumsfeld must step down.Paul D. Eaton, a retired Army major general, was in charge of training the Iraqi military from 2003 to 2004
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: 220.127.116.11
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.