Betsy Markey Endorsed by Fort Collins Coloradoan

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From today’s Fort Collins Coloradoan, “Markey earns 4th District endorsement

After weighing the attributes each candidate brings to the table, the Coloradoan editorial board narrowly endorses Markey in this race.

As an incumbent, Markey has proved to be, for the most part, well reasoned in her decisions. Her motivation for voting for the health-care plan, including costs, benefits and long-term impact, were well thought out, although she stated her vote very late in the process. She voted against congressional raises. She advocates for a government pay-as-you-go budgeting law. However, we strongly disagree with her co-sponsorship of the Employee Free Choice Act, which essentially eliminates secret ballots for workers voting on forming unions.

We’d like to see her take a more centrist leadership role (she voted with Democrats 94 percent of the time). She touched on this opportunity when she participated in an effort to curb credit card companies from exploiting their positions prior to reforms taking place. Markey should spend more time in that leadership role than nervously gauging what will get her re-elected.

Betsy Markey, a well reasoned business-woman with real job creating experience and skills. Learn more at Betsy Markey for Congress.

As for her opponent, the Ed Board all but called him exactly what he is; nothing more than a hypocrite who has made a career out of being a politician.

Gardner is a formidable candidate, and he very well could come away with a win. The reluctance in choosing Gardner, though, is that he is riding an anti-big-government wave that doesn’t compel him to answer direct questions about how he expects to trim deficit spending and balance the budget beyond “looking for government waste.” The editorial board didn’t hear many solutions from him. Gardner’s business experience and agricultural background along with a law degree give him diverse experience in a diverse district. He would bring a strong presence and a cooperative approach. But we came away unclear as to what he would do specifically to get the economy rolling again.

Gardner’s new slogan, “If you vote for me I’ll prove I don’t have a clue!”

Don’t Call It A Comeback

I originally titled this diary, “Premature Elect-ulation” but that’s unfair to the other 85 percent of non-teabagging voters.

Don’t call it a comeback but for the better part of a year, the local and national media has been tripping all over themselves to tell us how the Democrats have lost Congress and President Obama is doomed to be a one-termer. Surprisingly, that doesn’t jive with what more and more Republican strategists are now saying just a month out from the impending d-day.

From The New York Times:

Races typically tighten in the final month as voters on both sides become more engaged, and the political climate is no more favorable for Democrats than it has been all year, with no substantial signs of improvement in the economy or the outlook for unemployment.

Yet even as spending from outside groups is threatening to swamp many Democratic candidates, Republican strategists estimated that only half of the 39 seats they need to win control of the House were definitively in hand:

Many Democratic incumbents remain vulnerable, but their positions have stabilized in the last month as they have begun running negative advertisements to raise questions about their Republican challengers and shift the focus of voters away from contentious national issues like health care, bailouts and President Obama’s performance.

Let’s take a look at those tightening numbers:

As more voters tune into the elections and learn about the Republicans “Pledge” to ship American jobs overseas, hand Social Security over to Wall Street banks, and put insurance companies back in charge of our health care… well you see what’s happening.

That’s a little thing I like to call Mo.  

It’s the issues, stupid.

(We interrupt our regularly scheduled coverage of the ongoing Republican Victory Party hosted by H-Man for this dash of cold water on Tea Party fantasies. – promoted by Voyageur)

Yes, Republibags are jazzed up about birth certificates, taking health care away from sick children, and putting Wall Street crooks back in the driver’s seat, but that’s not doing it for the rest of us.

According to a new poll released by NEWSWEEK, Democrats are up 8 points in the generic poll (50-42), and President Obama — a proven fighter who has been taking a lot of cheap shots from the far right and is still standing — has half the country in his corner. Compare that to Clinton in 1994 who had a 36 percent approval rating and Bush in 2006 with just 33 percent approving of the heckuva job he did.

But let’s get down to brass tacks. Who does the country trust on the issues?

Another factor that has garnered a lot of potentially unwarranted attention is “the issues.” Simply put, in the NEWSWEEK Poll, voters said they trust Democrats more than Republicans to handle pretty much every problem currently facing the country: Afghanistan (by 6 points), health care (by 12), immigration (by 2, though that figure is within the margin of error), Social Security (by 14), unemployment (by 12), financial reform (by 14), energy (by 19), and education (by 19). Voters even prefer Democrats to Republicans on federal spending (by 4 points), taxes (by 5), and the economy (by 10)-the GOP’s core concerns.

Folks are angry and for good reason. The Republicans took a wrecking ball to our economy, pink slipped 8 million American workers — shipping most of those jobs overseas — and if given a second chance they have pledged to do the exact same thing!

The choice couldn’t be more clear. Democrats are fighting FOR the middle class and Republicans are fighting AGAINST the middle class. I know who’s corner I’ll be in for this round and the next.

Fired up, ready to go!

At Least He’s Not Your Congressman… Or Is He?

Republican Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-2) believes African-Americans are worse off today than they were during slavery:

“It seems like humanity is very gifted at hiding from something that’s obviously true. I mean in this country we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say, ‘Well how blind were they, what was the matter with them, you know, I can’t believe, I mean four million, this is incredible,'” said Franks. “And we’re right. We’re right, we should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America’s soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more black children, far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today, than were being devastated by the policies of slavery.

YouTube video below:

Former Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez said something similar during his gubernatorial campaign and more recently, former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo floated the idea of bringing back Jim Crow laws.

Both Jane Norton and Cory Gardner are running as birthers, which is of course pandering to the 67 percent of the Republicans in Colorado who think the President wasn’t born in the United States.

Needless to say these are bad policy ideas (or lack there of), but since it seems to be the year of the tinfoil hat, could embracing right-wing black helicopter ideas like this be “good” politics for a Republican running in a primary?    

Reality Check

With so much crazy out there being manufactured by entrenched DC lobbyists like Dick Armey and the $1.7 Billion Fraud Rick Scott, cheerlead by the “mobfather” himself Boss Limbaugh, and other right wingers like Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Glenn Beck, it seems the White House has seen fit to give them all a good dose of reality.

This morning the White House launched Reality Check:

Anyone that’s watched the news in the past few days knows that health insurance reform is a hot topic – and that rumors and scare tactics have only increased as more people engage with the issue. Given a lot of the outrageous claims floating around, it’s time to make sure everyone knows the facts about the security and stability you get with health insurance reform.

That’s why we’ve launched a new online resource – WhiteHouse.gov/RealityCheck – to help you separate fact from fiction and share the truth about health insurance reform.

 

Videos have been posted on the website debunking several of the right-wing talking points against health insurance reform such as Sarah Palin’s recent claim (stolen from the always credible Michelle Bachmann) that the President’s health insurance reform would create “death panels” to kill your grandmother.

Melody Barnes, the President’s Director of the Domestic Policy Council, debunks the malicious myth that reform would encourage or even require euthanasia for seniors.

This is only the beginning folks. We still have several more rounds to go. As for the thugs on the right who are throwing everything they got right now, “you ain’t so bad!”

Tell the Republicans This Must End Now

The silence from Republicans like RNC Party Chairman Steele, Senator McConnell, Minority Leader Boehner, and Representative Cantor has been deafening as Boss Limbaugh spews hate speech against fellow Americans.

Limbaugh – the self-proclaimed “Mobfather,” in reference to the “mobs” that the DNC accuses of disrupting townhall meetings across the country — proceeded to list similarities between the “Democrat Party of today and the Nazi Party in Germany” saying that Nazis “were against big business … they were opposed to Jewish capitalism … they were insanely, irrationally against pollution, they were for abortion and euthanasia.”

“There are far more similarities between Nancy Pelosi and Adolf Hitler than between these people showing up at town halls to protest a Hitler-like policy that’s being heralded by a Hitler-like logo,” Limbaugh said.

Finally, someone is calling out the Republicans to put an end to Boss Limbaugh’s hate speech.

Democrats turned up the heat on Republicans Friday as they called on the GOP to denounce comments made by conservative icon Rush Limbaugh likening liberal Democratic leaders to Adolf Hitler.

In the latest round of political sparring over disruptive healthcare town hall meetings gone awry, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) encouraged its ranks to sign a petition demanding that GOP House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and his deputy, GOP Whip Eric Cantor (Va.), denounce Limbaugh’s highly charged riff comparing the Democratic Party to Nazis.

Please sign the petition here. This must end now before something worse happens because of the ignorance being spewed over right wing talk radio.

Moderate Republicans vs. Militant Conservatives

(Governor’s don’t get to “pass the buck.” They actually have to lead. – promoted by Colorado Pols)

The New York Times breaks it down, Obama Gains G.O.P Support from Governors

President Obama must wish governors could vote in Congress: While just three of the 219 Republican lawmakers backed the $787 billion economic recovery plan that he is signing into law on Tuesday, that trifling total would have been several times greater if support among the 22 Republican state executives counted.

The contrast reflects the two faces of the Republican Party these days.

Leaderless after losing the White House, the party is mostly defined by its Congressional wing, which flaunted its anti-spending ideology in opposing the stimulus package. That militancy drew the mockery of late-night television comics, but the praise of conservative talk-show stars and the party faithful.

In the states, meanwhile, many Republican governors are practicing a pragmatic – their Congressional counterparts would say less-principled – conservatism.

While the Congressional Conservatives take their direction from talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Republican Governors use a pragmatic approach to work with the administration. It’s as if the Republicans in DC are completely cut off from reality; something that explains their campaign strategy to brag about accomplishing absolutely nothing. Rep Cantor might be as tone deaf as John McCain, which will not end well for any of them.

New RNC Leadership?

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Not really. His track record is just more of the same crazy “conservatism” that has plagued the party for so long.

Former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele was just elected chairman of the RNC. Here are five facts about the new leader of the Republican party:

1. Steele compared stem cell research to Nazi experiments during the Holocaust.

2. Steele bused in homeless African Americans from Philadelphia to distribute literature in inner-city Baltimore that featured a “Sample Democratic Ballot” with votes for Steele and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, along with photos of prominent black Democrats.

3. Steele once described that “R” next to his name as a “scarlet letter,” complaining that being a Republican was hurting his electoral chances.

4. Steele was endorsed by Mike Tyson during his run for Senate. When Tyson, who used to be married to Steele’s half sister, pleaded no contest to assault in Montgomery County in 1998, Steele was on hand to support him.

5. Steele defended former Gov. Bob Ehrlich’s decision to hold a $100,000 fundraiser at a country club that did not allow non-white members, saying that the club’s membership’s policies were “not an issue” because “I don’t play golf.”

Whoa! Sorry, but that’s not someone I’d follow out of the crazy forest that the Repubs are in.

On The Far Right Dial

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How crazy are right-wing talk show hosts like Peter Boyles for “entertaining” fabricated stories like the one over Obama’s birth certificate?

Every single day since the election many right-wingers, much like the delusional Marilyn Musgrave, are having a hard time coming to grips with reality and admitting defeat, so instead of moving on they are continuing their disgusting smear campaign of President-elect Obama with complete lies.

From Colorado Media Matters

From the December 1 broadcast of 630 KHOW-AM’s The Peter Boyles Show:

   BOYLES: Let me ask you a question. And this one has been haunting me, OK. Rush Limbaugh is in total silence on this issue — the so-called “Doctor of Democracy.” Laura Ingraham — total silence on this. Now, here, she’s a radio powerhouse and was, of course, a clerk to [Supreme Court] Justice Clarence Thomas. She is not talking about the birth certificate issue at all. Bill O’Reilly. Sean Hannity. Now, these guys — I mean, Hannity tackles every controversial subject under the sun.

   Now, is there something wrong with me? And is there something right with them that they don’t see this as a question? This is a serious self-criticism that I’ve asked myself over the weekend.

As Colorado Media Matters noted after Boyles hosted Berg on his October 9, October 23, and October 29 broadcasts, the Obama campaign posted a copy of Obama’s birth certificate on its “Fight the Smears” website and reportedly provided the original document to FactCheck.org, whose staff concluded in an August 21 post that it “meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship.” Furthermore, the Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed that the birth certificate the Obama campaign posted on its website is “a valid Hawaii state birth certificate,” and a department spokeswoman has called the speculation about Obama’s citizenship “pretty ridiculous.”

Indeed, even the right-wing website WorldNetDaily reported on August 23 that a “WND investigation into Obama’s birth certificate utilizing forgery experts also found the document to be authentic.”

There you have it Mr. Boyles. There is something very wrong with you. You can’t come to grips with reality. Seek help.

And a tip of the hat to Jay Marvin for taking on this completely ridiculous and insane issue this morning.  

Franken to Win!

From FiveThityEight.com

As we wrote yesterday evening, the ever-increasing number of challenged ballots in Minnesota is making it more and more difficult to determine the extent to which Al Franken is in fact gaining ground in the state’s recount process. An analysis of precinct-by-precinct returns available on the Secretary of State’s website, however, suggests that Franken’s position is somewhat stronger than it appears, and that he may in fact be the favorite to prevail in the recount process.

This is great news for CSPAN. Having Franken in the Senate would be a gold mine!

If you build it, he will come.

(Can Bush just resign, tomorrow maybe – promoted by DavidThi808)

As the mysterious voice in Field of Dreams said, “if you build it, he will come.”

Obama seems serious on righting our economy by not only fixing health care and ending our addiction to foreign oil but by also putting Americans back to work to rebuild our infrastructure.

Today’s weekly address from President-elect Barack Obama.

President-elect Barack Obama today announced a bold initiative to save or create 2.5 million jobs in the next two years.

In his weekly address, President-elect Obama announced that he has directed his economic team to formulate an Economic Recovery Plan — a two-year, nationwide initiative that will strengthen our economy and put millions of Americans to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing our schools, and securing our clean energy future.

Watch Your Weekly Address now — then send us your questions or ideas about how to fix the economy:”



(Admit it, weekly addresses via YouTube is pretty cool.)

Full transcript here.

Rather’s Revenge

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First rule of press club, don’t mess with Dan Rather.

Second rule of press club, don’t mess with Dan Rather.

Rather’s Lawsuit Shows Role of G.O.P in Inquiry

Using tools unavailable to him as a reporter – including the power of subpoena and the threat of punishment against witnesses who lie under oath – he has unearthed evidence that would seem to support his assertion that CBS intended its investigation, at least in part, to quell Republican criticism of the network.

Among the materials that money has shaken free for Mr. Rather are internal CBS memorandums turned over to his lawyers, showing that network executives used Republican operatives to vet the names of potential members of a panel that had been billed as independent and charged with investigating the “60 Minutes” segment.

So, you righties want to talk about the “Fairness Doctrine” do you?

Some of the documents unearthed by his investigation include notes taken at the time by Linda Mason, a vice president of CBS News. According to her notes, one potential panel member, Warren Rudman, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, was deemed a less-than-ideal candidate over fears by some that he would not “mollify the right.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Thornburgh, who served as attorney general for both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, was named a panelist by CBS, but only after a CBS lobbyist “did some other testing,” in which she was told, according to Ms. Mason’s notes, “T comes back with high marks from G.O.P.”

Another memorandum turned over to Mr. Rather’s lawyers by CBS was a long typed list of conservative commentators apparently receiving some preliminary consideration as panel members, including Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, Ann Coulter and Pat Buchanan. At the bottom of that list, someone had scribbled “Roger Ailes,” the founder of Fox News.

What a shocker… ok not really but at least Rather’s can savor the taste of revenge on the Cons who had him fired for their own political gain.  

Iraq Sets Time for U.S. Pullout

In case you haven’t read the news today. From The New York Times, Pact, Approved in Iraq, Sets Time for U.S. Pullout

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s cabinet on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a proposed security agreement that calls for a full withdrawal of American forces from the country by the end of 2011. The cabinet’s decision brings a final date for the departure of American troops a significant step closer after more than five and a half years of war.

The proposed pact must still be approved by Iraq’s Parliament, in a vote scheduled to take place in a week. But leaders of some of the largest parliamentary blocs expressed confidence that with the backing of most Shiites and Kurds they had enough support to ensure its approval.

Twenty-seven of the 28 cabinet ministers who were present at the two-and-a-half-hour session voted in favor of the pact. The near-unanimity was a victory for the dominant Shiite party and its Kurdish partners. Widespread Sunni opposition could doom the proposed pact even if it has the votes to pass, as it would call into question whether there was a true national consensus, which Shiite leaders consider essential.

The proposed agreement, which took nearly a year to negotiate with the United States, not only sets a date for American troop withdrawal, but puts new restrictions on American combat operations in Iraq starting Jan. 1 and requires an American military pullback from urban areas by June 30. Those hard dates reflect a significant concession by the departing Bush administration, which had been publicly averse to timetables.

During the Presidential campaign, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki publicly supported President-elect Barack Obama’s proposal for U.S. troop removal within in 16 months, stating:

“U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes.”

While this will dove-tail nicely with President-elect Obama’s plan for ending  the war in Iraq, this is excellent news for our troops and the people of Iraq.  

Who Will Be The New Speaker?

With Bernie Buescher out of the running to replace Andrew Romanoff as the next Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives who do you think is next in line?

I truly believe losing Buescher is not only a loss for the Western Slope but all of Colorado. However I also believe Rep. Kathleen Curry could lead in the same fashion that Bernie would have.

With state Rep. Bernie Buescher defeated at the polls Tuesday, Rep. Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison, said today she has decided “to throw her hat in the ring” to succeed outgoing Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver.

“I’ve thrown my hat into the ring for the speaker position,” Curry told Political Notebook.

Curry said she wants to make sure the Western Slope has a seat at the table among the Democratic leadership. With Buescher out, she said she is best candidate to accomplish that goal.

Should Curry replace Romanoff, who is term limited, she would be the Western Slope’s first speaker of the House since Rep. Russ George, R-Rifle, held the position in 2000.

The House Democratic caucus will elect its leaders Thursday in Denver.

Curry has been a leader on rural and water issues, as well as working in a bipartisan manner – See her bill to Preserve the Republican Water River Water j/k.  She’s the real deal Western leader.

Enough campaigning from me.  Who do you think should be the next Speaker?

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Palin’s Poll Numbers Plummet

Not only is she a huge drag on the Republican ticket, but her approval rating numbers in Alaska have plummeted over thirty points!

Gov. Sarah Palin electrified the conservative base of the Republican party when she was first picked as Sen. John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate, but polls say she has become a polarizing figure since then in her home state.

Palin’s supporters regularly refer to her as the “most popular governor in America.” But while her approval rating remains sky-high among local Republicans, she’s lost the support of Democrats and independents who once formed a significant portion of her base.

“Before all this started, her approval rating was almost universally positive with independents,” said Ivan Moore, who often polls for Democrats. “She’s really taken a hit among Democrats and independents.”

Palin’s popularity with Alaska voters has dropped precipitously, from a high of roughly 90 percent this spring – long before she was selected to join the McCain ticket – to an approval rating now of around 60 percent.

Not bad for a governor, but nowhere near the support she enjoyed before making her debut on the national stage.

A statewide poll conducted Oct. 23 by Ann Hayes found about 63 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of Palin, with 47 percent having a very favorable opinion.

Palin’s negatives are about 35 percent, according to the telephone survey of 400 likely voters with a margin of error of roughly 5 percentage points.

“She enjoyed a tremendous level of support, and it’s now beginning to seriously erode,” Hays said. “That’s a significant drop in that matter of time when you consider that you should be the home-state hero.”

A thirty point drop is significant. She’s not only helping McCain lose the Presidential race, she’s also on her way to losing her Governor Mansion with a tanning bed.  

Confederacy of Dunces

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Scott McInnis isn’t alone in thinking the extremists of his party have bullied the moderates out. As the LA Times reports, Social conservatives fight for control of Republican Party.

The social conservatives and moderates who together boosted the Republican Party to dominance have begun a tense battle over the future of the GOP, with social conservatives already moving to seize control of the party’s machinery and some vowing to limit John McCain’s influence, even if he wins the presidency.

In skirmishes around the country in recent months, evangelicals and others who believe Republicans have been too timid in fighting abortion, gay marriage and illegal immigration have won election to the party’s national committee, in preparation for a fight over the direction and leadership of the party.

The growing power of religious conservatives is alarming some moderate Republicans who believe that the party’s main problem is that it has narrowed its appeal and alienated too many voters. They cite the aggressive tone of the McCain campaign in challenging Barack Obama, who has close to universal support from African American voters; as well as the push by many Republican leaders to clamp down on illegal immigration using rhetoric that has driven away Latinos.

Some moderates argue that the party’s top priority must be to broaden its outreach, a caution laid down by retired Gen. Colin L. Powell on national television this month when he broke from the party and endorsed Obama. Surveys show McCain beating Obama among white men but losing with almost every other demographic group.

Come November 5th there will be a fight for the soul of the Republican Party in Colorado. Who do you think will prevail?

Which Faction Controls The CO GOP After Nov. 5th?

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Palin the Commie Pinko

From the New Yorker, Like, Socialism

On October 12th, in conversation with a voter forever to be known as Joe the Plumber, Obama gave one of his fullest summaries of his tax plan. After explaining how Joe could benefit from it, whether or not he achieves his dream of owning his own plumbing business, Obama added casually, “I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” McCain and Palin have been quoting this remark ever since, offering it as prima-facie evidence of Obama’s unsuitability for office. Of course, all taxes are redistributive, in that they redistribute private resources for public purposes. But the federal income tax is (downwardly) redistributive as a matter of principle: however slightly, it softens the inequalities that are inevitable in a market economy, and it reflects the belief that the wealthy have a proportionately greater stake in the material aspects of the social order and, therefore, should give that order proportionately more material support. McCain himself probably shares this belief, and there was a time when he was willing to say so. During the 2000 campaign, on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” a young woman asked him why her father, a doctor, should be “penalized” by being “in a huge tax bracket.” McCain replied that “wealthy people can afford more” and that “the very wealthy, because they can afford tax lawyers and all kinds of loopholes, really don’t pay nearly as much as you think they do.” The exchange continued:

YOUNG WOMAN: Are we getting closer and closer to, like, socialism and stuff?. . .

MCCAIN: Here’s what I really believe: That when you reach a certain level of comfort, there’s nothing wrong with paying somewhat more.

For her part, Sarah Palin, who has lately taken to calling Obama “Barack the Wealth Spreader,” seems to be something of a suspect character herself. She is, at the very least, a fellow-traveller of what might be called socialism with an Alaskan face. The state that she governs has no income or sales tax. Instead, it imposes huge levies on the oil companies that lease its oil fields. The proceeds finance the government’s activities and enable it to issue a four-figure annual check to every man, woman, and child in the state. One of the reasons Palin has been a popular governor is that she added an extra twelve hundred dollars to this year’s check, bringing the per-person total to $3,269. A few weeks before she was nominated for Vice-President, she told a visiting journalist-Philip Gourevitch, of this magazine-that “we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs.” Perhaps there is some meaningful distinction between spreading the wealth and sharing it (“collectively,” no less), but finding it would require the analytic skills of Karl the Marxist.

Palin is the only candidate running for the White House who has in fact, by her own twisted definition, imposed the heavy hand of Socialsm.  

Keith Olbermann eviscerated McCain and Palin tonight:

The GOP Blame Game

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As ABC reports, Rift Cracks ‘Demoralized’ McCain Campaign

The McCain campaign is definitely demoralized right now. The blame game has begun.

There is no question that there is a rift between Sarah Palin’s camp and that of John McCain inside the Republican campaign, sources tell ABC News.

And you are seeing people within the McCain campaign starting to look to the future.

Not only Palin, but many of the McCain staffers, as well, are circulating their resumes and pointing the finger.

Whenever people in the campaign are starting to worry more about their own reputations rather than whether they’re going to win in seven days, there is a significant problem.

And you know there are major problems with a campaign when it actually splits up into two camps that compete rather than work together.

But some McCain camp insiders tell ABC News they simply couldn’t put Palin out in front of the media any more than they did because she wasn’t ready.

The Palin camp is fighting back, arguing that if the McCain campaign had just let Sarah Palin be Sarah Palin, she would have done just fine on her own.

The Alaska governor herself has been pushing out on her own against McCain’s handlers.

I’ve even been hearing that Romney’s people are pushing to divide the two so after November 5th Mittens can step into fill the void.

Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers, some of whom are currently working for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin’s bid for the White House, have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election. “Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won’t be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,” says one former Romney aide, now working for McCain-Palin. “The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney. He’s in charge on November 5th.”

With friends like these who needs enemies.  

The Denver Post Endorses Barack Obama for President

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I must say, with their recent endorsement of Musgrave and their primary endorsement of McCain, I wasn’t convinced they were actually going to endorse Obama.

From the Denver Post, Barack Obama for president

Given this inescapable economic agenda, The Post believes Barack Obama is better equipped to lead America back to a prosperous future.

It’s time to change course. [snip]

In unsteady times, it may seem obvious to gravitate toward the veteran politician, but in this campaign, it’s been the newcomer who has had the steady hand

And they conclude with this:

Republicans love to mock Obama’s history as a community organizer. But here was a man with no money to offer, no patronage to dispense, no way to punish his opponents. All he could do was to work with people from all walks of life, liberals and conservatives, business people and the unemployed, and bring them together in common cause for a better community. Could there really be better preparation to reunite a worried and divided America to again pursue our “more perfect union”?

If Americans were only worried about foreign affairs, McCain’s stalwart service in the military and experience on the national stage would make him the more credible commander in chief. But our eyes have turned homeward and, in this hour, Obama has the eloquence and vision to bring us back together.

As novelist Christopher Buckley said in endorsing Obama, the Illinois senator “has a first-rate intellect and a first-rate temperament.”

With the help and prayers of the American people, we believe those talents can also make Barack Obama a great president.

Also read the Post’s, “How we decided” and “A dissenting voice.”

Editor and Publisher has updated their endorsement tally: Obama Widens Lead

NEW YORK The Obama-Biden ticket maintains its strong lead in the race for newspaper endorsements, picking up 17 more papers in the past day, including the giant Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune on Friday afternoon (see separate story), and the Denver Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Salt Lake Tribune, Kansas City Star, Southwest News-Herald (Ill.) and Chicago Sun-Times tonight.

This brings his lead over McCain-Palin by this measure to well over 3-1, at 58-16, including most of the major papers that have decided so far. In contrast, John Kerry barely edged George W. Bush in endorsements in 2004, by about 220 to 205.

The readership of the 53 newspapers backing Obama now stands at well over 7 million. He gained two biggies yesterday in The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle, and today picked up the Modesto Bee in addition to the larger papers.

The Columbian in Washington was an unexpected win for Obama, since the newspaper endorsed President Bush in the 2004 election. The Salt Lake Tribune also backed Bush. Obama has now picked up at least 10 “flip-flops” of this type, McCain none.

Washington Post Endorses Barack Obama for President

From the Washington Post, Barack Obama for President

THE NOMINATING process this year produced two unusually talented and qualified presidential candidates. There are few public figures we have respected more over the years than Sen. John McCain. Yet it is without ambivalence that we endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president.

The choice is made easy in part by Mr. McCain’s disappointing campaign, above all his irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president. It is made easy in larger part, though, because of our admiration for Mr. Obama and the impressive qualities he has shown during this long race. Yes, we have reservations and concerns, almost inevitably, given Mr. Obama’s relatively brief experience in national politics. But we also have enormous hopes.

Mr. Obama is a man of supple intelligence, with a nuanced grasp of complex issues and evident skill at conciliation and consensus-building. At home, we believe, he would respond to the economic crisis with a healthy respect for markets tempered by justified dismay over rising inequality and an understanding of the need for focused regulation. Abroad, the best evidence suggests that he would seek to maintain U.S. leadership and engagement, continue the fight against terrorists, and wage vigorous diplomacy on behalf of U.S. values and interests. Mr. Obama has the potential to become a great president. Given the enormous problems he would confront from his first day in office, and the damage wrought over the past eight years, we would settle for very good.

While the editorial is far to long to post in entirety here, it concludes with this:

ANY PRESIDENTIAL vote is a gamble, and Mr. Obama’s résumé is undoubtedly thin. We had hoped, throughout this long campaign, to see more evidence that Mr. Obama might stand up to Democratic orthodoxy and end, as he said in his announcement speech, “our chronic avoidance of tough decisions.”

But Mr. Obama’s temperament is unlike anything we’ve seen on the national stage in many years. He is deliberate but not indecisive; eloquent but a master of substance and detail; preternaturally confident but eager to hear opposing points of view. He has inspired millions of voters of diverse ages and races, no small thing in our often divided and cynical country. We think he is the right man for a perilous moment.

Read the entire endorsement here.

According to Editor and Publisher, Barack Obama leads John McCain in newspaper endorsements 28 to 11. (last updated Oct. 13, 2008)

A Prelude To An Endorsement?

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From the Rocky Mountain News, Udall makes his case

Mark Udall dropped by our offices the other day to talk about his campaign for the U.S. Senate, and his visit reminded us of one of the Democrat’s most attractive qualifications: his relaxed, good-natured and optimistic temperament.

Is this a back-handed compliment? Not at all. A good temperament is important in politics. Richard Nixon dug his political grave because of his suspicious, bitter mentality. By contrast, Ronald Reagan sometimes was able to disarm even opponents with his even-keeled sincerity.

As Udall himself says regarding his opposition to the Iraq war, “Have I spent a lot of time saying, ‘I told you so,’ and riling people up about it and encouraging the divisive emotions that people have? No, I’ve said, ‘How do we find a way forward here.'”

He’s right: Mean-spirited gloating does not seem to be part of his nature.

Keep reading the Rocky Mountain News editorial and you’ll notice some similar themes in this editorial as written in the Denver Post and the Aspen Times endorsements of Udall. All three papers recognize that Mark is a moderate pragmatist who has a proven track record of bipartisan accomplishments, but also one who will buck conventional wisdom to do what he believes is right.

McCain Hearts ACORN

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From The Jed Report

Marc Ambinder digs up a pretty damning video, given McCain’s current line of attack on Barack Obama. In 2006, McCain told members of ACORN, UNITE HERE, SEIU, and PAW that they were “what makes America special.”

As Ambinder says:

McCain had no trouble fraternizing with ACORN in 2006 when their political interests coincided with his. Now, his campaign is writing e-mails in his name bashing ACORN as a tool of the Obama machine.

Ben Smith also posted a picture of McCain at the same rally.

Here’s the video Ambinder posted:

McCain’s “straight talk express” has cruised into the pathological liar lane.  

The Denver Post Endorses Mark Udall for U.S. Senate

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From the Denver Post, Udall is best for Colorado

Udall has a proven track record of bipartisan accomplishments and, we think, would best guide Colorado as it prepares to be a leader in the new (and old) energy economy.

Udall worked recently with conservative stalwart Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave to stop the Army’s proposed expansion of the Piñon Canon Maneuver Site. He worked with her again to designate 249,339 acres of wilderness area in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Udall is a dedicated environmentalist, but not an extremist. He’s moderated his views in recent years as he prepared to run for the Senate.

This is one of many more to come. Udall has also been endorsed by The Aspen Times.

If you’d like to congratulate the campaign on their recent endorsement, head on over to MarkUdall.com to contribute and sign up to volunteer for Udall for Senate.  

A Historic Ticket

From the Washington Monthly

Now that Sarah Palin has been found to have abused her powers, violated state ethics, and lied about it, I did a little digging and found an interesting historical footnote.

The McCain/Palin ticket is the first in American history in which both candidates were found to have violated ethics standards before a national election.

McCain, of course, was admonished by Senate Ethics Committee “for exercising ‘poor judgment’ for intervening” with federal regulators on behalf of Charles Keating, as part of the infamous Keating Five scandal.

And now McCain’s running mate has also been found to have violated state ethics laws and abused the powers of her office, as part of the “Troopergate” scandal.

The nation has had 102 major-party tickets covering 51 presidential elections over more than two centuries. And we’ve never had a ticket in which both candidates on the same ticket were responsible for ethics violations before a national election. McCain/Palin is the first.

It makes the whole “reform” pitch a little more difficult, doesn’t it?

McCain picked someone to be his running mate that is more ethically challenged than himself.  

Yet what’s worse is the fact that Palin, as we heard her say in the VP debates the other night, would try to increase the power of the Vice Presidency even more so than Cheney has done.

Giving her the benefit of the doubt that she actually knows what the Constitutional role of the Vice Presidency is and in light of her past abuses of power, I think we have a pretty good idea of what type of VP she would be; Cheney with lipstick.  

The Office, McCain Campaign Style

Because as Mark Udall knows, we all need a little humor now and then to help keep us going.

The Maverick, Maverick, Maverick!

Where does one go to actually buy a gag?

There are a couple more you can watch here on being called out by Karl Rove and off-shore drilling.