“This is why the American people have thrown you out of power!” I love it! While Richardson herself was not defeated (she comes from a reliably blue district), his point about her party’s “shellacking” is well taken.
Sidebar: The Youtube link above was provided by CBS News. Their “objective” headline for the video clip? “Rep. Buyer Throws Tantrum” A Congresswoman shows her pettiness by refusing to recognize the guy in a near-empty room, he reminds her that such arrogance was one of the many reasons her party took it in the Barney Frank hole, and CBS portrays him as the jackwagon? Nope…no liberal media bias!
A Somali-American Muslim decides to bomb Portland, OR, during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Said Muslim’s plot is foiled. Portland beefs up security…for Muslims, naturally. Details:
Patrols around mosques and other Islamic sites in Portland have been stepped up as Muslim leaders expressed fears of retribution, days after a Somali-American man was accused of trying to blow up a van full of explosives during the city’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Portland Mayor Sam Adams said Sunday that he beefed up protection around mosques “and other facilities that might be vulnerable to knuckle-headed retribution” after hearing of the bomb plot.
Right. Because it was someone from an Islamophobe background, and not someone from a Muslim fanatic background, that tried to bomb his city…right?
If Islamofascism doesn’t destroy America, political correctness will. If you live in Portland, I advise you to get the hell out. Your mayor is more concerned about not offending people than he is about keeping his city’s residents safe.
Jean-François Heinz-Kerry, who is rumored to have served in Vietnam, is throwing quite the shindig. The guest of honor? Himself.
Hey, the Senate needs leaders like Kerry. I mean, if it weren’t for his intellectual prowess, he wouldn’t have given this country such important legislation as…
Hmmm. Well, he did sponsor the bill that allowed for…
I mean, there was the time he successfully sponsored and got passed the bill that…
Well, he did manage to bring up the bill that got signed into law that…
OK, I’m all out of ammo on this one. Other than gravy-train off of his ketchup heiress wife’s fortune, I only know of two things he has accomplished in his lackluster Senate career: jack and squat.
I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Well, everyone except for our new troll (and if he continues down his “minor girls have a right to mangle their icky girly parts and kill their unborn without their folks getting wind of it” road, he’ll be the “former troll”) Jeff. He can choke on a turkey bone (or his boyfriend’s), for all I care. The other moonbats who lurk and stalk can stuff themselves, too.
But for everyone else, enjoy your Turkey Day, and reflect on that for which you are thankful.
Where do you crazy parents get off thinking that you have a right to know what surgical procedures are being performed on your minor children? The abortion mill known as Planned Parenthood will be damned (I could stop the sentence there, couldn’t I?) if they’re going to stand by and let you meddlesome parents get in the way of your kid’s right to slaughter her unborn child!
These Planned Parenthood vermin are sick, vile, evil cretins.
Lewis: I don’t know the facts of Rangel’s case, but I do know that Rangel went to Selma, so that ought to count for something. Right?
Video clip at The Right Scoop, and it’s funny (and classic Rush).
My man-crush on the fat guy continues. Enjoy!
Hey, Al, thanks for the Internet and stuff, but I could have done without my grocery bill spiking just to “fuel” your presidential (and environut street cred) ambitions. Details:
Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was “not a good policy”, weeks before tax credits are up for renewal.
U.S. blending tax breaks for ethanol make it profitable for refiners to use the fuel even when it is more expensive than gasoline. The credits are up for renewal on Dec. 31.
Total U.S. ethanol subsidies reached $7.7 billion last year according to the International Energy Industry, which said biofuels worldwide received more subsidies than any other form of renewable energy.
“It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol,” said Gore, speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank.
“First generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small.
“It’s hard once such a programme is put in place to deal with the lobbies that keep it going.”
So why was he so gung-ho about ethanol in the first friggin’ place? Simple: political gain.
He explained his own support for the original programme on his presidential ambitions.
“One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president.”
Gotta make those corn farmers in Iowa happy if you want to get that early nod in the primary and the later nod in the general election, no?
If you ever wonder why food prices have jumped, the answer is that when people stick food in their fuel tanks, there is a shortage of food to stick in people’s gullets. Gore knows that:
A food-versus-fuel debate erupted in 2008, in the wake of record food prices, where the biofuel industry was criticised for helping stoke food prices.
Gore said a range of factors had contributed to that food price crisis, including drought in Australia, but said there was no doubt biofuels have an effect.
“The size, the percentage of corn particularly, which is now being (used for) first generation ethanol definitely has an impact on food prices.
“The competition with food prices is real.”
Ethanol has been a bust. It is less fuel-efficient than fossil fuels, and in many engines (especially boat engines), it actually does damage. Yet due to political connections, the taxpayer is forced to subsidize this failure. And you know d#mn well this boondoggle is going to get its subsidies renewed, don’t you?
Bob Etheridge, aka Congressman “Hoower You?”, thought he could assault a college kid AND ignore his constituents and get re-elected in the middle of the big red tsunami of 2010. He was wrong.
Well, he finally conceded today. Al Gore just called to say that Etheridge is quitting way too soon!
Funny, yet sad and true. Hat tip to Jenn:
Why I am depressed…
Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel, “Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels and I will lead you to the Promised Land.”
Nearly 75 years ago,(when Welfare was introduced) Roosevelt said, “Lay down your shovels, sit on your #sses and light up a Camel. This is the Promised Land.”
Today, the government has stolen your shovel, taxed your #sses, raised the price of Camels and mortgaged the Promised Land!
I was so depressed last night thinking about Health Care Plans, the economy, the wars, lost jobs, savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc…
I called a Suicide Hotline. I had to press 1 for English.
I was connected to a call center in Pakistan. I told them I was suicidal. They got excited and asked if I could drive a truck.
Kolakowski began her [sic] transition in 1989, and faced discrimination. Initially, she [sic] was not allowed to take the Bar Exam, and was told that she [sic] was not of sound mind.
Yeah, voluntary genital mutilation tends to bring up questions of mental capacity. Normal America is kind of funny that way.
Actually, the people at the fishwrap who wrote the story are “not of sound mind” in that the fishwrap keeps referring to the man with feminine pronouns ”she” and “her”. Look, dude was born with a twig and berries, so that doesn’t earn someone a brand spankin’ new gender pronoun, m’kay?
If you’re going to be gay, fine. No hate from me. But please, don’t shred your nads and expect me to call you a female. I mean, if we’re going to go that route, then I expect you to call me a Bengal tiger because I paint myself with black stripes and
would really really like demand that you officially recognize me as an authentic Bengal tiger.
“House ethics” strikes me as an oxymoron, but here you have it. The Democrat-controlled House Ethics Committee found Charlie Rangel (D-Harlem) guilty. I doubt any punishment will result, other than the loss of his chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Hmmm? What’s that? Oh, that’s right! He’s losing his chair anyway, on account of the GOP House takeover in a couple of months.
Exit question: Why do Democrats hate black people?
Obama administration to health care reform group: Of course you can get a waiver! I mean, you guys fought so hard for us to pass this monstrosity, so it’s only fair we grant you a waiver from it, no?
In early October, the Obama administration announced it had granted waivers not only to McDonald’s, but also to several other firms and labor unions.
Now comes word that Torquemada HHS Secretay Kathleen Sebelius has approved a whopping 111 waivers for businesses of all sizes, along with more unions and other providers of health insurance. The escapees include employers of many low-wage and part-time workers whose health insurance plans would otherwise be dropped, including Darden Restaurants — the parent company of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster and other chains, which employ some 34,000 people.
One of the entities seeking an exemption from ObamaCare? New England Health Care. Who are they?
Founded in 2002, the New England Healthcare Institute – known as NEHI – is a nonprofit, independent health policy institute dedicated to transforming health care for the benefit of patients and their families.
Hypocrites…and shamelessly so.
While on his “I’m in Asia to avoid confronting political realities at home” tour, President Kick#ss offered up this nugget:
In the same speech, Obama gave voice to a harsh criticism he has heard about freely elected governments.
“Today, we sometimes hear that democracy stands in the way of economic progress,” he said.
Who in the blue Hell has he been talking to that said that? Seriously, no one makes that contention in normal America, so he’s obviously been keeping company with people who do feel that way. Has he been chatting with Bill Ayers or Rev. Wright again?
By the way: this comment was given while addressing Indonesians during Veterans Day and praising the sacrifices made by veterans on behalf of “this great country”…though “this great country” meant Indonesia, not the U.S.
Every one of us has seen commercials tying a Democrat to San Fran Nan this election cycle. And with most of those Dems wiped out, what is Speaker (for now) Botox’s reply?
“We didn’t lose the election because of me,” Ms. Pelosi told National Public Radio in an interview that aired Friday morning. “Our members do not accept that.”
See, it was the economy, and not Pe-loser, that trashed her party and her speakership. The same economy that her and her party ignored for over a year in order to commandeer 1/6 of the economy via ObamaCare…which, by the way, the overwhelming majority of the people didn’t want passed anyway? That economy? Yeah, totally not related to her at all.
I’m giddier than Barney Frank at a Chippendales show that these morons are going to put her back in charge.
Thanks to those who have served this country, defending normal America and moonbats alike. God bless you!
A good article on how the young members of the House Democrat caucus want Pelosi and the old farts to step aside and let the young’ns step up into leadership roles had this laugher:
Others said Pelosi had won the right to lead the caucus next year through her performance as Speaker. “She’s taken us this far,” Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) said.
Yeah, it takes a certain je ne sais quoi to preside over (if not outright engineer) historic losses on the 60+ House and 680+ state legislative seats scale. Wouldn’t want to deprive her of the opportunity to keep the streak going, would we?
You’ve finally got a House of Representatives that reflects normal America’s admiration for you, USMC. Semper Fi!
Crow. It’s not just for breakfast anymore. Details:
Unlike most U.S. economists and politicians, however, Palin tries to draw the concerns about quantitative easing to inflation today and falls short. She says, “everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher.”
Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly, in fact. The consumer price index’s measure of food and beverages for the first nine months of this year showed average annual inflation of less than 0.6%, the slowest pace on record (since the Labor Department started keeping this measure in 1968). Even if you pick a single snapshot — say, September’s year-over-year increase in prices — that was just 1.4%, far better than the 6% annual increase for food prices recorded in September 2008.
The overall consumer price index was up 1.1% in September from a year earlier. Apart from September 2009 (when prices were down 1.3%), that was the slowest annual inflation rate for September since the early 1960s. That’s not strong evidence to argue about rising prices today.
And where would Palin get such crazy information? D’oh!
So, imagine my dismay when I read an article by Sudeep Reddy in today’s Wall Street Journal criticizing the fact that I mentioned inflation in my comments about QE2 in a speech this morning before a trade-association. Here’s what I said: “everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher.”
Mr. Reddy takes aim at this. He writes: “Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly, in fact.” Really? That’s odd, because just last Thursday, November 4, I read an article in Mr. Reddy’s own Wall Street Journal titled “Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise Prices: Packagers and Supermarkets Pressured to Pass Along Rising Costs, Even as Consumers Pinch Pennies.”
Fat, dumb, and dripping with blind hatred is no way to go through life, dude.
Moonbats, both of MSNBC’s viewers (pardon the redundancy) hardest hit. Excerpt:
MSNBC president Phil Griffin released the following statement Friday following the news that Keith Olbermann had donated to three Democratic candidates this election cycle:
“I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”
Olberdouche wasn’t a Dan Rather (though he was easy to fool with fake stuff like Rather), or a Charles Gibson or one of those guys who at least pretend to be unbiased. Olbermouth’s job wasn’t to be objective. I don’t think that’s what MSNBC (Moonbats, Socialists, and Nut Bars’ Channel) hired him for was objectivity. I’m kinda with Jonah Goldberg on this one:
So Olbermann gave money to some Democratic candidates. Ostensibly the rules against this are intended to prevent journalists from giving the appearance of bias. Whether or not such rules make sense for actual reporters, such rules are silly for someone like Olbermann. Does anybody, and I mean anybody, suddenly trust Olbermann’s opinion less because of this news? I’m waiting. Does anyone think he’s less biased? More biased? Un-biased?
That said, I’m loving the rich, chocolatey goodness of come-uppance that Blabbermann just received. Savor the flavor, friends!
UPDATE (11/8/2010 – 08:43 AM EST): Well, that didn’t take long, did it? Dude was off the air for two shows, not even a day per donation. Time will tell if this little publicity stunt paid off for the scarcely watched network.
Some Dem Congresscritters: Say, Nan, would you mind not being the face of our party in Congress?
NYT: You know, Pelosi may not exactly be the best fit for Dem House leader. Wait…the New York Friggin’ Times?
Pelosi: I’m running to be House Minority Leader. It was the messaging, not me, that caused so many Republicans to run commercials against…um, me.
James Clyburn (D-SC): San Fran Nan is a wonderful leader, and she’s just like cowbell: you can never have enough!
GOP: Clyburn is right, we are stoked that Pe-loco will still be the face of the party!
President Kick#ss: The reason we lost is because I didn’t speak nearly slowly enough for you American morons to figure out how awesome me, Nan, and the Dem Gang truly have been. My bad.
Moonbat blog: Dems lost the red, purple, and some blue districts for not being leftist enough. Right, because the independents who voted en masse for Republicans did so because they were mad at Pe-lousy and Company for not pushing their statist agenda, and the only logical solution to implement a leftist agenda is to…vote for the conservative opponent?
Obama: I had no idea that ObamaCare would be so poorly received, to the point of costing my side the House, several governor’s races, and nearly 700 state legislative races. If only there had been multiple polls, town halls, ringing phones, massive protests, a Tea Party resistance movement, or any other indicators…
AARP jacks up their employee’s health care plan costs due to the very same ObamaCare package they heartily endorsed
You know, if I didn’t know any better, I’d swear that the AARP isn’t so much interested in their members’ best interests as they are being a leftist tool for the Democrats. If I didn’t know any better, that is. Details:
AARP’s endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Now the seniors’ lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law.
In an e-mail to employees, AARP says health care premiums will increase by 8 percent to 13 percent next year because of rapidly rising medical costs.
And AARP adds that it’s changing copayments and deductibles to avoid a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans that takes effect in 2018 under the law. Aerospace giant Boeing also has cited the tax in asking its workers to pay more. Shifting costs to employees lowers the value of a health care plan and acts like an escape hatch from the tax.
“Most plan co-pays and deductibles have been modified,” Jennifer Hodges, AARP’s director of compensation and benefits, wrote employees in an Oct. 25 e-mail. “Plan value changes were necessary not only from a cost management standpoint but also to ensure that AARP’s plans fall below the threshold for high-cost group plans under health care reform.”
Naturally, AARP is attempting what we like to call “damage control”:
AARP officials said medical inflation is the main reason employee costs will be going up. The health care law is “a small part,” said David Certner, legislative affairs director.
Uh huh. Sure it is. But they have to say that, don’t they? They can’t exactly say “We didn’t see that coming!”, can they?
Seniors were quite vocal in the town halls and in meetings with AARP (meetings where AARP reps pulled a Baron Hill-type “This is my meeting!”), and the AARP did what Congressional Democrats did to the country: they ignored their constituents. Now, the very things that seniors were worried about (specifically, increased costs) have come to fruition, just as they feared and just as we told them would happen.
I do hope that the AARP is thrilled with their increased costs. Like Babs Boxer, they “worked so hard” for it.
We often chastize President Kick#ss and his Merry Band of Hapless Meat Sticks for not consulting with true, actual experts when it comes to solving real world problems. It is only fair that we give them their due when they do consult experts. And by “experts”, I clearly mean…Jon F’ing
Wait, what? Seriously?
In the midst of debates on financial regulation and China’s currency in April, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner sat down to discuss the U.S. economy — with comedian Jon Stewart.
Geithner and Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” held an off-the-record meeting at Stewart’s office in New York on April 2, according to Geithner’s appointments calendar, updated through August on Treasury’s website.
Geithner didn’t stay for a television interview with Stewart although other administration officials — most notably President Barack Obama last week — have turned up for on-camera chats.
“Jon Stewart is influential in America, so we took the opportunity for the two to meet and to discuss the economy,” Treasury spokesman Steve Adamske said in an e-mail yesterday. Stewart’s program has poked fun at Geithner, including a segment last year about the Treasury secretary’s trouble selling his New York home.
What’s next? Sending Hillary to meet with Cedric the Entertainer for diplomacy advice on China?
Wow. Inspires confidence, no?
(Sorry for the delay, but I was wiped yesterday!)
Gloat away, friends!
Memo to President Oprompter, who now all of a sudden wants to “work together”: We won.
Drew has a great post on why slaying a RINO in DE turned out to be a bad idea. It’s not just “hindsight is 20/20″, but I’d say my foresight was pretty friggin’ awesome, too:
Look at how voters identified themselves by ideology…23% liberal, 66% moderate, 17% conservative. Coons cleaned up with liberals and moderates winning those groups 88 and 66 percent respectively. Do you really think those two groups were simply waiting for the ok from Karl Rove and John Cornyn to vote for O’Donnell?
Karl Rove and NRSC had nothing to do with O’Donnell’s defeat. In fact, as bad of a candidate as I think O’Donnell is, she had little to do with her defeat. It’s a deeply blue state that actually likes liberals. We had a chance to get a moderate-liberal Republican and passed on it. To me, that was tactically stupid. Yes, Castle would have been a pain in the ass but not as big a one when there were 47 or 48 Republicans in the House. The power of the moderates is when they are all the deciding vote, add a cushion and they are manageable. Personally, I would have like to have had another no vote on HCR in the Senate but others didn’t think that was important enough.
I seemed to recall mentioning that DE was a blue state. Numerous times.
Rasmussen has always been a great pollster, and remarkably accurate. But this election cycle, his polls were off. He overestimated conservative performance in a number of races. That allowed us to get our hopes up in places like NV and CO, where we thought our candidate was actually going to win.
A bunch of Democrat House bullies got their butts handed to them this week: Alan Grayson in FL, Ciro Rodriguez in TX (here and here), Baron Hill in IN (here), and Bob Etheridge in NC, just to name a few. Well, Etheridge (the guy who assaulted the college kid with the camera, “Hooer you?”) is losing to Renee Ellmers by 1646 votes, and after “refined” vote totals netted him an additional 453 votes, the “refined” vote total just so happens (conveniently) to now be below 1%, which triggers a recount. Funny how that happens with Democrats all the time, huh?
Point to ponder: Does Phil Hare (D-IL) care about the Constitution now?
This election showed that with the re-election of Corrine Brown (FL) and Barney Frank (MA), among several others like them, there are indeed some unwinnable seats. Mike Yost and Sean Bielat were, respectively, great candidates, and they both lost badly. So let’s please resign ourselves to the reality that there are some seats that will be hopelessly blue in perpetuity. For conservatives who live in those districts: move.
I wanted Reid’s scalp in the worst way. But leave it to the Tea Party and Sarah Palin to screw that up for me, as they decided to back the one person in the whole friggin’ state who couldn’t beat Harry Reid 5-to-1. While the Tea Party did have some success (Rob Portman in OH, Marco Rubio in FL, and Rand Paul in KY, among the notables), they did a horrendous job at vetting and backing other candidates (Buck in CO, Angle in NV, and O’Donnell in DE). While I love how the Tea Party invigorated American consciousness and ignited conservative turnout, I’d prefer they stay out of the business of endorsing candidates, as their track record is inconsistent. We would have had CO (Jane Norton), NV (Sue Lowden or Danny Tarkanian), and DE (Mike Castle) had Palin and the TP’ers stayed out of endorsing. I know many of you may disagree, and that’s cool, but I’m convinced that CO, NV, and DE would have been ours, period.
In his victory speech, Marco Rubio was right: the public didn’t vote for the GOP. They voted for an obstacle to Obamunism. The GOP now has a second chance. Don’t blow it, guys.
Had Charlie Crist taken his GOP primary beating like a man, then warmly endorsed and campaigned for Marco Rubio in the general election, then Crist would have been in a perfect position to destroy Bill Nelson in 2012. Nelson is as unpopular in FL as Reid is in NV, and unless the GOP produces a quality opponent (and please stay the hell away from FL during our primary in two years, Mrs. Palin!), a bad Nelson will be re-elected just as a bad Reid was. Crist could have been that guy to derail Nelson. Instead, his ego and his blind ambition caused him to commit career suicide. In one year, Crist went from Top Dog to In The Doghouse.
For you “Blue Dogs” who sided with Obama all the time: Now that you’re unemployed, was it worth it?
Russ Feingold lost in WI. I’m still trying to absorb that. The same state that voted for Michael Dukakis in 1988 actually voted for a conservative Republican to the U.S. Senate. Dude.
We didn’t get the Senate this time. But with a bunch of freshmen and/or red state Dems up for re-election in 2012, and since we’re only about 3-4 away from a majority, the odds are good we’ll prevail in 2012, irrespective of the outcome of the presidential election.
President Kick#ss isn’t convinced that the election was a referendum on him. Hmmm. A bunch of Dems representing districts (federal and 680 state) that haven’t been red in decades (and some since Reconstruction) got bounced. The same districts have been through awful economic times, yet they kept sending back Dems. But now, these once-blue districts are red. And it has nothing to do with Obama? Hey, whatever sweetens your dreams, Champ.
During the last two election cycles, “Chris” and other cowardly moonbats laid off their bongs long enough to drop by and leave vile and useless comments, bragging that their side won. As luck would have it, I haven’t heard from these same pansies today. Funny, that.
OK, I did hear from one, which is one more than I was expecting. Have a ball!
Just…try and relax!
Updates will be flowing throughout the evening. I’ll probably hit the hay around midnight or so, since those crazy people that sign my paychecks expect me to show up tomorrow and do stuff. Crazy b#st#rds! (For those of you on the left, google “paycheck” if the term confuses you.)
UPDATE 7:45 PM EST: Rand Paul wins KY Senate race over Jack Conway. Aqua Buddha hardest hit. Also, Rob Portman wins OH Senate seat vacated by RINO George Voinovich by beating Lee Fisher (D). Pickup news: Dan Coats beats liberal Brad Ellsworth for Evan Bayh’s vacated IN Senate seat. +1 GOP pickup.
UPDATE 8:00PM EST: The AP is calling the FL Senate race for Marco Rubio! Most elections, I vote against someone, but with Rubio, I enthusiastically voted for him. Two man-crushes now: Rubio and Chris Christie (I still like women, though!). Governor Citrus’ pathetic career comes to a bitter end, though I’m sure Willy Wonka will put him back to work in the chocolate factory.
UPDATE 8:10 PM EST: The left had hoped to pick up Senate seats in NH and MO (in addition to OH, mentioned above), but it didn’t happen. Republicans Ayotte in NH and Blunt in MO hold serve. #sshat Alan Grayson is getting pounded early in FL, which means he’s probably got MSNBC on speed dial and has an itchy dialing finger.
Also, Palin’s gal Christine O’Donnell got creamed by the Bearded Marxist in DE (enjoy Mike Castle’s RINO scalp!). It didn’t have to be that way, people.
UPDATE 8:30 PM EST: Blanche Lincoln gets blasted by John Boozman. Hey, Blanche, how’d that ObamaCare vote work out for you? You’re welcome, Kevin. +2 GOP pickup.
UPDATE 8:32 PM EST: Other “Blue Dogs” have fallen. Suzanne Kosmas traded her vote on ObamaCare for some NASA pork, but she’s done. VA’s Tom Perriello won narrowly in a reddish district in ’08, but his Lap Dog votes on ObamaCare, cap and tax, and Porkulus cost him this seat. His fellow VA Dem Rick Boucher just lost, as did Glenn Nye.
UPDATE 9:35 PM EST: Another FL Democrat falls: Allen Boyd in FL-2, in the Panhandle. Hard to be a “Blue Dog” when you’re adding ObamaCare’s trillions in debt, huh? Anywho, Barney Frank wins, and we have a Senate pickup in ND, as John Hoeven takes Byron Dorgan’s old seat. +3 GOP pickup.
UPDATE 10:20 PM EST: FL governor’s race still up in the air. Scott (R) up by 4% with about 75% of the votes in (and Democrat-heavy south FL isn’t finished), nowhere near ready to be called. NM will elect a Republican Latina governor. Also, the Senate is off the table, but the House is ours, baby! Chris Matthews’ leg hardest hit.
Olbermann has a hard time finding black people at Tea Party rallies, so perhaps he’ll have an easier time finding Tim Scott, the newly elected black Republican Congressman from SC-1. He’ll be in the Capitol, douche.
If retired Marine Allen West (no relation to Batman) beats Ron Klein in FL-22, that will be two black Republicans in the House. If Ryan Frazier comes from behind to win in CO-7, that would be three black Republicans. If those two men lose, can we ask why Democrats hate black people?
UPDATE 10:40 PM EST: McCain’s buddy Russ Feingold (D-WI) falls to businessman Ron Johnson. +4 GOP pickup.
Also, SC elects Palin’s gal Nikki Haley as governor. Haley endured mudslinging, especially unfounded rumors of an affair (and if you saw the dude who accused her of sleeping with him, you’d know it was a lie, as the guy was uglier than Helen Thomas chasing a parked car…and catching it.)
Stupak mortgaged his career for ObamaCare, and his seat just went to Republican Dan Banishek.
UPDATE 11:00 PM EST: Remember this guy? Phil Hare (D-IL), who said he didn’t care about the Constitution and that the deficit was a “myth”? Yeah, well now his career his a myth, as he just fell.
Still waiting on FL governor. 83% in, Scott up by 3% with South FL coming in.
UPDATE 11:40 PM EST: AP calls it for Pat Toomey. +5 GOP pickup.
UPDATE 11:59 PM EST: FL governor’s race still not decided. 91% of the votes in, Scott up by 2%, not done yet.
AP calls IL Senate for Mark Kirk. Obama’s old seat, in Republican hands! +6 GOP pickup.
Allen West did defeat Ron Klein in FL-22. Predicted MSM headline: Two black Republicans going to Congress, blacks hardest hit.
Votes out west being counted, but Californiastan votes for that senile relic Jerry Brown for governor, as well as Senator Ma’am, thus proving that they have no interest in resolving their economic despair anytime soon. Don’t know any more, I’m off to bed.
UPDATE 09:39 AM EST: FL governor’s race still not decided. 99% of the precincts are in, with Republican Rick Scott clinging to a 1% 53,000 vote lead, and about 66 precincts in heavily Democrat Palm Beach County remaining. If Scott’s lead holds and stays above 27,000, he avoids the state-mandated automatic recount. However, since Sink is married to ambulance chaser Bill McBride (recipient of Jeb Bush’s buttkicking in 2002), I wouldn’t be shocked if her side sues in the event of a loss.
UPDATE 10:49 AM EST: The FL governor’s race appears to be over. Alex Sink just conceded to Republican Rick Scott. It was very close, but in the end, the votes just weren’t there. And while that inconvenience doesn’t always stop Dems from finding/creating more, I guess Sink concluded that Scott’s win was outside the margin of fraud.
Also, don’t look now, but the nepot from AK (Princess Murkowski) looks like she just might pull off her write-in bid to get back to DC. Absentee ballots and overseas ballots have to be counted, and they did swing the 2008 Senate election to Democrat Mark Begich, so anything’s possible, I guess. But it’s not looking good for Republican Joe Miller.
CRIMINAL: Alaska CBS affiliate on voice mail plotting to fabricate story to harm GOP Senate candidate
In Alaska, there is a tight Senate race between Republican Joe Miller (a Tea Party guy), the deposed GOP incumbent nepot Lisa Murkowski who is running as a write-in candidate, and Democrat Scott McAdams. Miller’s spokesman received what appears to be an accidental voice mail containing a conversation between the local CBS affiliate’s news director, its assignment editor, and a group of reporters. Transcript (hat tip to Left Coast Rebel):
FEMALE REPORTER: That’s up to you because you’re the expert, but that’s what I would do…I’d wait until you see who showed up because that indicates we already know something…
FEMALE REPORTER: Child molesters…
MALE REPORTER: Oh yeah… can you repeat Joe Miller’s…uh… list of people, campaign workers, which one’s the molester?
FEMALE VOICE: We know that out of all the people that will show up tonight, at least one of them will be a registered sex offender.
MALE REPORTER: You have to find that one person…
FEMALE REPORTER: And the one thing we can do is ….we won’t know….we won’t know but if there is any sort of chaos whatsoever we can put out a twitter/facebook alert: saying what the… ‘Hey Joe Miller punched at rally.’
FEMALE REPORTER: Kinda like Rand Paul…I like that.
FEMALE REPORTER: That’s a good one.
Miller’s campaign responded:
Anchorage, Alaska. October 30, 2010 — In an apparent accidental voice mail message left on the cell phone of Joe Miller’s spokesperson, Randy DeSoto, what is believed to be the news director for CBS Anchorage affiliate KTVA, along with assignment editor Nick McDermott, and other reporters, openly discuss creating, if not fabricating, two stories about Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Joe Miller. The voice mail message was later authenticated by Mr. McDermott, who sent a text to DeSoto stating “Damn iPhone . . . I left you a long message. I thought I hung up. Sorry.”
In the first discussion, the KTVA reporters discuss getting a list of Miller campaign supporters in order to ‘find’ a “child molester.” “You have to find that one person,” says the male reporter, to laughter in the news room. The reporters at KTVA then discuss creating a “Rand Paul” incident at the then upcoming Miller Rally (held on October 28, 2010) and hoping for violence so that they can “send out a tweet” and “Facebook” that “Miller got punched” at the rally.
Palin weighed in, blasting the CBS affiliate:
Corrupt bastards. CBS/media plot against Joe Miller before our Anchorage rally Thurs Kinda’what I’ve put up w for 2 yrs
Dan Rather even opined:
The voice mail is authentic, I swear! No one has proven Joe Miller doesn’t have a child molester on his staff!
It’s possible I made that last quote up.
The CBS affiliate has responded to the allegations of plotting and bias with the predictable “Yeah, that’s us, but it’s not what you paranoid wingnuts think!” kind of response:
KTVA General Manager Jerry Bever says, “It’s unfortunate that this recording has happened. It’s unfortunate because it does not accurately reflect the journalistic standards of our newsroom and the garbled context will no doubt leave more questions than answers. The Miller campaign’s analysis of the recording is incorrect in many material ways ranging from personnel involved in the conversation, the interpretation of conversation snippets and the reported transcript of the perceived garbled conversation.”
“While the recording is real, the allegations are untrue,” said Bever. “The recording was the result of a cell phone not being hung up after a call was placed to Randy DeSoto, Joe Miller campaign spokesperson, Thursday afternoon to discuss Joe Miller’s appearance on that evening’s newscast. That phone call was placed near the end of a coverage planning meeting in our newsroom regarding that evening’s Miller rally in downtown Anchorage. The group of KTVA news personnel was reviewing potential “what-if” scenarios, discussing the likelihood of events at the rally and how KTVA might logistically disseminate any breaking news.”
Bever continues, “The perception that this garbled, out of context recording may leave is unfortunate, but to allege that our staff was discussing or planning to create or fabricate stories regarding candidate Miller is absurd. The complete conversation was about what others might be able to do to cause disruption within the Miller campaign, not what KTVA could do.”
Ed voices my skepticism:
KTVA’s explanation is absurd. What possible context can they put around the suggestion that they start looking for child molesters at a political rally in order to exploit that for their television coverage? That’s a “potential what-if scenario”? Is this a suggestion that came up in strategy sessions when discussing a McAdams campaign rally?
Nope…no liberal media bias!
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