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Morning Dump, August 24th

TGIF!!!!!!!!!! I could not be more excited for it. This has seemed like a week from hell…o operator.

So to the Dump. No coffee this morning. It’s a Dr. Pepper kinda day.

World News

U.S. News

Akin Watch: Day 4

  • He says he is staying. I say he’ll be out within a few weeks. No money, no support, down 10 in the polls (in a poll with a Republican-bias!)
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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.

 

Morning Dump, August 17th

Drain the last drop from your second cup of coffee, leave the newspaper on the desk, and sit on down for today’s Morning Dump.

WORLD NEWS

  • German Foreign Ministers Support Euro. This should be a surprise to…no one. No other European Union economy has benefited from the Euro has much as Germany, whose become (once again) the economic powerhouse of Europe…which of course, creates fear in the mind of everyone on the continent (including Germany) of an all-powerful Germany.  But some are criticizing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s moves towards greater European consolidation as to the Euro because, well, Germany is the only one on the block with a crap ton of money, and the hooligans want a cut (*cough* Greece *cough*)
  • Rebels Plant Seeds for Syria’s Future. With President Assad’s regime crumbling, the rebels in the North are moving Syria towards a free and democratic future. Syria has, in essence, become a two-state country: Assad’s Syria in the South and Free Syria in the North. Kudos to the Northern Rebels. Keep it going, kids!

U.S. NEWS

  • Touchdown Dances Always Result in A Flag. Former Special Ops officers, including the Navy SEALs, are out with an ad against President Obama for “spiking the football” when it comes to the killing of Osama bin Laden and the national security leaks. I leave it to Benjamin Smith, former U.S. SEAL. Bazinga.

Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden. America did,” he says. “We have become a political weapon. We are not.”

  • Um… I wish I had words for this, but I don’t. Touré (no last name? or no first name?) on MSNBC (Mostly Stupid, Non-Believable Crap) said Mitt Romney is engaging in the “n*ggerization” of President Obama. Parent company NBC suspends Touré in 5…4…3…2…1…wait no? Shocking.

“That really bothered me,” he said. “You notice he says ‘anger’ twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama. The otherization, he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing to say. I don’t say it lightly. But this is ni–erization. You are not one of us, and that you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.”

  • Harry Reid: The anonymous source is me? According to Tax Attorney Alvin Brown, Section 6103(f) of the Internal Revenue Code allows members of the Senate or House to request tax return information, as well as the President. Does Harry Reid have them in his possession? No clue. But, it is “unlawful” to make a disclosure of any private information in a tax return under section 7213 of the IRS Code. Clusterfudge, that’s for sure.

TEXAS NEWS

  • Bullet proof? The Magic Bullet? Faster than speeding bullet? Former Harris County Judge Robert Eckel’s dreams of a bullet train in Texas are alive and well. Is it possible without public funding? Is this Perry’s Trans-Texas Corridor all over again? Personally, I would DIE to be able to get from Houston to Dallas in 90 minutes!

IRONY OF THE DAY: JUDICIAL DUR-ISM

  • This is now how you win a case on Voter ID. The lead plantiff in the suit to block the Voter ID bill in Pennsylvania went and got the ID she needs to be able to vote. Yeah, I’m sure the judges in this state are all laughing at this.

“Nothing has changed since Viviette Applewhite, 93, testified in July. The law stands. She still doesn’t have a driver’s license or Social Security card. The name on her birth certificate is still different from the name on her other documents – all of which, under the law, should have barred her from getting her photo ID.

But at precisely 1:16 p.m. Thursday, she got it anyway.

‘You just have to keep trying,’ said Applewhite, who uses an electric wheelchair. ‘Don’t give up.’

State officials called it an unplanned exercise in what they’ve been saying for weeks: Clerks behind counters at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation centers can take age and other factors into consideration when granting exceptions to the list of documents the law requires, licensing bureau director Janet Dolan said.”

SECOND IRONY OF THE DAY: WE ARE FAMILY?

Now back to your regularly scheduled work day. As if you are doing work, it’s Friday anyhow.

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