Open Line Friday!

“So for those of you who haven’t read any of my five best-selling books: Liberals are driven by Satan and lie constantly.”

–Ann Coulter

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  1. Native Son says:

    There are plenty of technology veterans on here.  Did this analogy occur to anyone else? (With apologies to Scott Adams)

    Dilbert (aka Bipartisan negotiators on bailout) is called into Pointy-Haired boss'(aka McCain’s) office.

    Dilbert: Good news we’ve almost completed the impossible project that is critical to the company’s survival.  We’re ready to show it to the customers.

    P-H Boss: I’m going to lead a design review of your project.

    Dilbert: What? But you know nothing of how it works, your ideas were rejected as unfeasible and we’re guaranteed to miss our deadline!

    P-H Boss: That’s called leadership!

    …maybe I have just been at work too much lately

  2. LarimerBoy says:

    8. Colorado’s 4th district (R): A quick look at Rep. Marilyn Musgrave’s (R) career in Congress shows a candidate who vastly underperforms in a comfortably Republican seat. Democratic nominee Betsy Markey is the best candidate Musgrave has faced and, according to polling in the contest, leads the incumbent. Republicans believe an alleged conflict of interest on Markey’s part is a silver bullet but we remain skeptical. (Previous ranking: 12)


  3. Hugh Jorgen 2008 says:

    On Tuesday the Senate Republicans call for a hiring and construction freeze.  Two days later the Governor agrees.

    The Governor tries to make a deal on Measure 47.  The proposed deal now seems dead.

    Is the Governor leading the state or being blown by the currents?

  4. WesternSlopeThought says:

    With the R’s being agonistic toward each other and having a leader who quit, Survivor had a great metaphor of the imploding red buff party with their Fang tribe last night.  Will it be Alabama’s Shelby or Utah’s Bennett who gets voted off at their tribal council caucus today?  

  5. DavidThi808 says:

    No specifics here to stay in the guidelines of this site, but go to their site and it’s the top story. And keep in mind that their track record on stories of this type (ie non bigfoot ones) has been, I think 100%.

    • Colorado Pols says:

      We gave a little and took a little on that debate if you recall. That said, we won’t subsidize this rumor until it’s off the scandal sheets either.

      • Whiskey Lima Juliet says:

        They are naming the names.  I would say that is some credibility.  OK, so my credibility is on the line by quoting the National Enquirer, but come on, it is interesting. Let the bloggers decide if it is news.

        However, Hanson family insider, Jim Burdett, has gone on the record and passed a rigorous polygraph test, revealing deВ­tails of the affair to The NATIONAL ENQUIRER in a world exclusive interview.

        Burdett is a former brother-in-law of Hanson’s estranged wife Carolyn’s brother, Craig Batton, and still speaks with many family members.  

        “I’ve known about Brad having had an affair for a long time, but it wasn’t until just recently that I learned his affair was with Sarah Palin,” Burdett told The NATIONAL ENQUIRER.

        “Sarah was elected mayor of Wasilla, Brad became a city council member in the nearby town of Palmer, and they started an affair.

        I am sure that McCain has enough power to crush the former brother in law of the family in question if this is not true!  LOL, I know, please be nice to messenger.

        • Middle of the Road says:

          I’m off to brush up on my scandal. 🙂

        • Laughing Boy says:

          This happened in 1996 (allegedly, though all parties directly deny it) and has zero bearing on this race.

          Unlike Silky who is still trying to weasel out of the fact that he was impregnating fucking a staffer while his terminally ill wife (who was being used as a campaign prop) was at home – while he was running for this current campaign.

          • Danny the Red (hair) says:

            tell other people how they should live (gay marriage etc.) and expect a free pass on this stuff.

          • Whiskey Lima Juliet says:

            Family Values? They may want to run on something different. Maybe the economy.. no, McCain said he knows nothing about that and did a good job of fucking it up yesterday.  Ok, maybe foreign affairs…

            “It’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where – where do they go?

            Maybe that is not a good idea either..

            Sorry I couldn’t resist.

            LB, this may be a good week for you take a vacation from Pols.  You don’t have a leg or prayer to stand on.

            • Laughing Boy says:

              She’s everything you and most of the far left despise.  It doesn’t mean that a rumored affair 12 years ago has any bearing on this election.

              The DUI was 20 years ago.  I hope you’re sufficiently angry at Ted Kennedy if you’re going to be so righteous about other folks.

              This hateful, vitriolic attacking of Palin doesn’t play to anyone but you guys that already weren’t going to vote for her. To the rest of us (speaking for myself, now) it’s just unbecoming.  It’s an obsession with you, WLJ.  If you are driven to near-madness in your hate for her, then don’t vote for her.

              Let’s see what happens in the VP debates.

              • Whiskey Lima Juliet says:

                I don’t like her, we have all been shown that she is not a capable woman for political office – even the Repubs are saying that.

                I never understood how Ted was able to serve with his background, but that was well before my time -our time…blogs, internet and 24 hour news.

                What is hateful about talking about her record and her family values if that is what she is running on?

                You can’t have it both ways.  I’m a Democrat, I think smoking pot is your choice; I think having babies is your choice; I think who you sleep with is your choice.  If I was going run for office to stop people from doing those things, I would think my glass house should be in family value order.

        • One Queer Dude says:

          ….that the Enquirer introduced Americans to Gennifer Flowers who allegedly had an affairs years earlier with an obscure governor from a sparsely-populated state making his first run for national office?

            The more things change, the more they stay the same.

        • bob ewegen says:

          My 401k was growing briskly and I was able to use tax credits to help pay for my kids’s undergraduate education.

          Now, we have a sexually chaste president at the helm. My 401k has lost $40k since january and my kids have $250,000 between them in student loans to go with their current graduate degrees.

          So please, Whiskey dear, explain to me why I should be trying to stop another possible adulterer from entering the oval office?

            Anyone? Buehler? David? Anyone?

      • DavidThi808 says:

        I was just treading very carefully out of respect for your rules.

        But I still say that the Enquirer is a more credible source than Drudge…

  6. sxp151 says:

    So John McCain is running a pretty successful campaign in January and February, knocking off all his opponents except the indefatigable Mike Huckabee even without much money. Sure, he lied a little about his opponents, and sure, he claimed he was flying coach when he was actually flying on his wife’s private plane, but these are piddling. He’s on top of the world, and his strategy has paid off brilliantly.

    Then the New York Times runs the lobbying story, briefly mentioning Iseman. For the first time in his post-Keating life, McCain avoids the media. Iseman disappears from public view (we still don’t know where she is), and McCain is visibly apoplectic.

    What follows is a string of bizarre incidents.

    * In March, McCain made the first of a series of basic factual errors (surprising for someone with a strong background in foreign policy), confusing Sunnis and Shiites and needing to be corrected by Joe Lieberman.

    * On April 8, McCain cast his last vote in the Senate. He did not return to vote on the Senate floor for almost six months.

    * In May, McCain finally rejected John Hagee’s endorsement, despite earlier defending him, and tried to sneak out medical records without giving reporters enough time to read them.

    * On June 3, the night of the last Democratic primary, McCain tries to upstage both Clinton’s and Obama’s speeches with a widely-panned speech of his own.

    * In July, McCain tries to one-up Obama’s trip to Berlin by going to a German restaurant in Ohio, as well as running ads in three towns around the country named “Berlin.”

    * In August, McCain picks Sarah Palin as Vice President, who even many conservatives think is grossly unqualified. He also starts running his first really dishonest ads against Obama, which will eventually lead to even Karl Rove denouncing them.

    * And now we have September, where McCain suspends and unsuspends his campaign for a single day.

    I have to wonder, would John McCain not have gone nuts if he still had Vicki Iseman around?

    • DavidThi808 says:

      …that actually makes sense. I was reading it as snark but history is full of men who totally blew it because of a woman. Maybe she was the one who kept him “centered.”

      • sxp151 says:

        I’m still a little irked that we’ve never heard anything more about her. It was suggested by a Josh Marshall post (archives broken, so no link) asking if there’s anyone in McCain’s circle who could reassure him about going down to the debate. She’s the first one who came to mind.

  7. DavidThi808 says:

    I’m 53 and my wife still wants to know when I’m going to grow up 🙂

  8. Laughing Boy says:


    In this particular case, Joe Biden has looked at only the negative side of the balance sheet–and ignored the positive. It is simply not true that the McCain health plan represents the largest “tax increase” in American history.

  9. Laughing Boy says:

    From HotAir:

    What’s dumber than stealing lawn signs?  Getting caught stealing lawn signs. What’s even dumber than that?  Using a campaign official’s car as your get-away vehicle.  Why didn’t they just hold a press conference and let the media watch the Madia Sign Theft Operation in action?

    • Danny the Red (hair) says:

      when signs are placed on a public right of way it is considered littering.  She was just picking up the trash.

    • Dabee47 says:

      just helping out the community by picking up the trash.  😛

      The signs shouldn’t have been there but it wasn’t her job to remove them.  According ton MN law, she should have contacted state DOT, county, or city/township officials to remove the signs, not take them herself.

  10. Roger D says:

    “Entering the first debate of the presidential contest, Barack Obama has significantly improved his standing in one of the key bellwether counties in the country – Macomb County, Michigan.”

    Here’s the link.  And I know, this is from a Democratic pollster, but that doesn’t make it invalid.  But make your snarky comments anyway.…

  11. redstateblues says:

    This is Warren Buffett people, not some hack.

  12. Dabee47 says:

    what has everyone, EVERYONE been talking about the last few days?

    For some reason I don’t think it was the Obama bailout plan.  The Obama Healthcare plan maybe?  The Obama ANYTHING plan?  No.

    McCain’s bumbling over the last few days and ridiculous threat to not show up for the debate are going to have the effect of making more people watch tonight.  When you’re behind in a race you want more people watching, not less.  And as much as some of you would like to think Obama will just walk away with a win in the debate (and I hope he does) the debate format just doesn’t suit Obama’s professorial style.  People don’t hear long well though out ideas in debates, they hear ten word answers.  McCain has them, Obama always doesn’t…

    It’s been all McCain all the time the last few days and this weekend will only be about “who won the debate,” not issues.  That’s good for McCain.  Then we’re into the VP Debate (more talk, no issues), the next Pres debates and before you know it, election day!

    Like it or not, McCain has basically gone from the convention to election day without having to talk about policy, save a couple days of the “financial crisis.”

    • sxp151 says:

      McCain was practicing a little bit, with an unknown opponent. And just as he was ending a practice session, he decided to call off the debate entirely. He’s hoping to wing it.

      McCain has literally never ever had to debate a Democrat seriously. He’s seemed to do well in such things before, but only because he’s had incredibly friendly or pre-screened audiences.

      Obama’s at least debated Alan Keyes, who’s nothing if not a good debater, and Obama did quite well.

      I predict Obama kicks his ass and flusters him more than once tonight.

    • Danny the Red (hair) says:

      I agree the “suspension” will heighten interest in the debate. Two point swings are about all you see coming out of debates–not enough for McCain to catch up.  Maybe heightening interest in the debate will allow him to double the swing.  4 points would scramble the race again.

      Remember McCain can’t wait–voting has already begun in a couple of states.

      However, I disagree with you on what Obama needs.  Obama doesn’t need to win–he needs to pass a threshhold test.  He needs to be “good enough,” then the prevailing environment makes it a “win”

      I disagree with you on format–I think it favors Obama.  Long answers, direct questioning and even though McCain asked for poiums, standing up makes McCain look like a dwarf.

      If McCain “wins” (Obama doesn’t meet the threshhold test) he pulls even, If McCain loses the race is over.  Another high stakes gamble from McCain.

    • DavidThi808 says:

      I think this has set McCain where he now does have to sell that he can handle the presidency because of badly he handled this.

  13. parsingreality says:

    Man, this year anniversary is a bummer.  

    I’m a westerner at heart. I knew it in 1963 when I went to Philmont Scout Ranch.  All the years between 1972 and 2007 only confirmed it. Isn’t it funny how one can have a home and maybe not know it until an event?

    Well, at least the weather is rather nice right now, not hot, not humid.  Nevertheless, I’d rather be in Peoria.  I mean Colorado.  

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