Category Archives: 2008

DNC, Day 3

The final day of the Democratic National Conference was last night. Quick-hits:

  • Gabby Giffords giving the pledge of allegiance. Moving. Brought to tears.
  • Caroline Kennedy continues to show why she would have been an awful Senator. And of course, God can’t keep a Kennedy away from a camera.
  • Jennifer Granholm was an awful Governor…and her 5 viewers on Current TV (what?) were doubled to TEN on CSPAN
  • John Kerry is still smarting from the 2004 loss. But the best line of his speech? “Ask Osama bin Laden if he’s better off now than he was four years ago?”
  • Charlie Crist, still bitter about losing to Marco Rubio
  • Joe Biden…LITERALLY a buffoon.
  • Barack Obama, not his best speech. Where he could have moved the needle with a grand speech, he fell flat. No specifics, just rhetoric. Bill Clinton gave the speech Obama needed to. Obama gave his ’08 speech in ’12, and that won’t cut it.

Open Letter to Republicans: How Could You Have Been So Stupid?

August 21, 2012

An Open Letter to Republicans (Especially Conservatives) in America:

Do you not learn any type of lessons? They said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I guess that is also the definition of conservatism in voting.

For the second third election cycle, conservatives have chosen Senate candidates who cannot or will not win. Let’s look at them, shall we:

2008 (-8 seats and GOP loss of Senate)

  • Colorado: Bob Schaffer and his ties to Abramoff; lost a GOP seat
  • New Mexico: Steve Pearce, too conservative for the state; lost a GOP seat
  • Virginia: Jim Gilmore, failed 2008 presidential nominee; lost a GOP seat

2010 (+6 seats, but not enough to retake control)

  • Alaska: Joe Miller and the handcuffed journalist; held a GOP seat due to write-in by incumbent Murkowski
  • Colorado: Ken Buck instead of more popular, moderate Jane Norton; failed pickup opportunity, Dem retain
  • Connecticut: Linda McMahon instead of more moderate Rob Simmons; failed pickup opportunity, Dem retain
  • Delaware: Christine freaking O’Donnell over Mike Castle. Castle would have picked up this seat in a blowout….gosh darn, this still makes me mad; failed pickup opportunity, Dem retains.
  • Nevada: Sharon Angle instead of…anyone; failed pickup opportunity, Dem retains

2012 (yet to be determined)

  • Connecticut: Linda McMahon (again) over more moderate Chris Shays: Dem favorite to retain
  • Indiana: Richard Murdock over incumbent Richard Lugar; tossup status
  • Maine: Conservative grassroots HATE Olympia Snowe, pushing her into retirement, easily losing this seat; Dem favorite to pickup
  • Missouri: Todd Akin over Brunner or Steelman; one gaffe makes this a tossup versus GOP pickup

I will acknowledge the GOP base in some states made excellent decisions (Heather Wilson in NM, Tommy Thompson in WI) but Senate control is going to come down to 1 or 2 seats we could have won with better candidates.

The GOP base has to stop putting a litmus test on their candidates. You have to run the right Republican for certain states. Scott Brown isn’t the most conservative, but he’s the right Republican for Massachusetts. Same with Olympia Snowe/Susan Collins in Maine. The Democrats mastered this, picking up seats in 2006 and 2008 by running more moderate/conservative Democrats in states that lean more moderate/conservative: Florida, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana, Louisiana.

If the GOP can’t win the Senate back in 2012, 2014 has to be the year if the right people are chosen for the right states. You have pickup opportunities in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, West Virginia, Montana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina and no GOP seats in moderate states up for grabs except Maine, and Susan Collins is the right choice for Maine. At the least, 2014 should be a GOP +6 year (and a guaranteed GOP +3 year, because no way Begich, Pryor, or Landrieu are re-elected).

Don’t screw it up, guys. Stop putting ideological purity before elections. If you run the most conservative candidate and they lose, what was the point? Better to have someone who votes with you 80% of the time than someone who votes with you 20% of the time.

Clash of the Titans

Politico’s Glen Thrush (very respected) is out with a new e-book about the Obama re-election campaign for 2012. It’s going for $2.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Apple iBook Store, and Politics & Prose, and is titled Obama’s Last Stand.

The book details a lot of conflict within the 2012 campaign, in stark contrast to the 2008 campaign that was hailed for its organization.

Some highlights from Politico:

  • President Obama told a friend of Senator Marco Rubio, “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get an ass kicked.”
  • Obama will only throw a punch if it doesn’t make him look foolish. In May, Obama sent advisor David Axelrod to Boston to make the case against Governor Romney. Axelrod was met by protestors who drowned out the event; Obama, watching from the West Wing, was less than happy. “We aren’t going to do that kind of thing again, are we?”
  • VP Joe Biden’s announcement of gay marriage approval In May created lot of tension without the White House. Biden felt thrown under the bus by the campaign after the VP screwed up  Team Obama’s planned roll-out of gay marriage support right before the Democratic Convention.
  • Axelrod and Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter went toe-to-toe and almost went off speaking terms after Axelrod felt Cutter was stealing TV appearances from him. The campaign was becoming less “all-for-Obama” and more “all-for-me.”
  • Obama advisers began (and still are) worrying about Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as DNC head. Highly partisan and ready to hit the TV scene, she bothered the Obama campaign for many of her remarks. A private poll commissioned by the campaign ranked her near the bottom in terms of popularity with the public.
  • Obama hates Romney. Unlike 2008, where he had a lot of respect for Sen. John McCain for being a war hero, he has a general contempt for Romney.

“Time and again Obama has told the people around him that Romney stood for “nothing.” The word he would use to describe Romney was “weak,” too weak to stand up to his own moneymen, too weak to defend his own moderate record as the man who signed into law the first health insurance mandate as Massachusetts governor in 2006, too weak to admit Obama had done a single thing right as president.”

  • The two things President Obama feared most about Romney winning in November: the possibility of SCOTUS retirements making the court 7-2 in favor of the conservatives, and Romney taking credit for a recovering economy.“I’m not going to let him win … so that he can take credit when the economy turns around,” Obama said, according to an aide.
  • The campaign regrets not sending a more season pol to start up a pro-Obama Super PAC  to combat Karl Rove. Obama believed trashing Super PACs and taking the high road would win him the election, before having to backtrack a few months later and reluctantly endorse Priorities USA. “We’re going to lose this [f-ing] thing. Why don’t they get it?” Messina said of Axelrod and Obama’s Super PAC stance.
  • Obama and the DNC considered a historic convention staged in 4 cities in 4 nights. That turned out to be quickly scrapped.
  • Obama remains frustrated by Hill Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Lader Harry Reid, going so far as to ask them to put his re-election over political priorities. “Look, guys. I plan on winning this race,” he said, according to a person briefed on the interaction. “If I don’t win, then anything we say now doesn’t matter. I plan on winning this race. So let’s figure out how to win this race.”

What this means in the long run, who knows. But it is a far cry from the respectful and highly touted 2008 organization that defeated Senator John McCain.

 

The Morning Dump, August 20th

Monday already? This can’t keep happening, the weekends aren’t long enough. I call on both Governor Romney and President Obama to commit to making the weekend two days longer. That will get someone my vote. As long as you don’t change voting days to weekends, of course.

To the Dump!

World News

  • 11-year-old Pakistani girl charged with blasphemy. I mean, sometimes, seriously? She was burning pages of the Quran mixed in with other papers she was using for cooking fuel. She has Down’s Syndrome. So I’m sure the Pakistani government will stone her for this and then parade her body around the mountains. Poor ass country, supply your population with cooking fuel, you bastards.
  • Chinese “Court” suspends death sentence of China’s “Jackie Kennedy.” Gu Kailai is the wife of the head of the Communist Party in China and was convicted of murdering a British businessman. Just because she’s the wife of the Communist chief doesn’t make her Jackie. She said “I think this verdict is fair. It fully reflects the court’s respect for law, reality and especially human life.” Who has said that ever in China without disappearing?

U.S. News

Texas News

  • Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot is set to be the point-man on the Texas Voter ID Laws and the Section 5 challenge. For those who don’t know, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) declares areas of the country with historical voting discrimination must clear anything from voting laws to election dates to Congressional maps with the U.S. Department of Justice. Section 5 primarily focuses on the South (from 50 years ago) and fails to include places known for voter fraud (Chicago, Minnesota, Philly). The Section 5 challenge could be a big boost for Abbot’s gubernatorial ambitions in 2014.
  • For one year, the Texas DMV will accept matricula cards. Matricula cards are identification cards issued by foreign consulates, in this case, Mexico. Texas residents with matricula cards can use them to register or transfer vehicle titles, but they cannot be used for obtaining a driver’s license. The vote was 6-1 in favor of the one-year exemption, with the nay vote coming from Galveston’s Cheryl Johnson. Johnson, who agrees that the matricula is difficult to verify, said she voted against the rule change because she didn’t want to wait a year to ban the matricula as a form of identification.

Irony of the Day

Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod: “Bullshit notion” we ran a positive campaign in 2008. Not what we were told by the media…

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