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Dems Back Third Parties to Siphon Votes

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Dems Back Third Parties to Siphon Votes
In their effort to retain control of Congress, Democrats are working behind the scenes in a number of tight races to bolster long-shot third-party candidates who may siphon Republican votes. The efforts are taking place across the country with varying degrees of stealth.



For those of you scoring at home…

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

For those of you scoring at home…
This Sunday’s Stewart/Colbert gathering will almost certainly drawn nearly double what Beck’s Rally did…though they’ll be of similar body mass.

You can read this later, but for the rest of you, it appears that the current projected “rally tally” for the Stewart/Colbert get together in Washington will be high:

Comedy Central has ordered up 508 port-a-potties for its Saturday rally on the National Mall to be led by by hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, suggesting organizers expect a crowd of 150,000 people.

Apparently you order one port-a-potty per 300 attendees. Which as a potential user strikes me as far too high. But still…

An estimated 87,000 people attended a rally organized by talk-radio host and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck Saturday in Washington

So comedians likely outdraw clown nearly two-to-one.

Meanwhile, how does one out-concern troll, America’s Concern Troll at his home base? Kudos to you Anne Applebaum, you truly have your finger on the pulse of America from your home in Warsaw.

And in other news, what low quality thugs is Rand Paul employing? No jackboots? You sir, are a stain upon your avocation.


Late, Late Night FDL: Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody


Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

The greatest rock opera ever written…! R.I.P. Freddy…!

What’s on your mind tonite…?


Anti-American

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

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Obama Assails GOP On Clouded Final Campaign Push

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Obama Assails GOP On Clouded Final Campaign Push
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Beck: “I’m not telling you who to vote for” (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Beck: “I’m not telling you who to vote for” (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

Despite repeatedly saying he does not endorse candidates and isn’t “telling you who to vote for,” Beck has made clear to his audience which candidates he thinks they should support or oppose in the upcoming midterm elections.

Beck claims: “I’m not telling you who to vote for”

Beck repeatedly claimed that he never endorses candidates. On November 30, 2009, Beck claimed: “I just gave an interview just the other day, where people said ‘so you’re going to be endorsing candidates?’ I said not over — not on — over my dead body will I be endorsing candidates.” Since then, Beck has claimed: “I don’t ever endorse anybody. Nor do I want to. I’ll tell you what I think about individuals, but I don’t endorse them. I don’t lend my credibility to anybody. I struggle to keep my credibility with myself.”

Beck: “I don’t want to tell who to vote for.” From the September 20 edition of his Fox News show (emphasis added):

BECK: Well, what’s the solution? Well, the immediate thing you can do is vote. You are the last line of defense — and our founders knew. Our founders that, in the end, our branches of government would fail and the last line of defense would be you.

But here’s the problem. Our turn-out is pathetic. Now, I don’t want to tell who to vote for. I don’t even know the candidates. Sean covers the candidates. I don’t.

Beck: “I’m not telling you who to vote for.” And on his Fox News television show on September 30, Beck claimed (emphasis added):

BECK: We are facing the worst threat. We may stand in line for 20 minutes with someone trying to sell you Amway products, or I don’t know, you know, somebody is like, I got to tell you some — you know. But nobody has threatened our lives. Have you called your neighbor yet? Have you volunteered at a nursing home or a community center to help people get registered and tell people to vote? I’m not telling you who to vote for. I have don’t care if it’s a Republican or a Democrat or an Independent. Find someone who you believe more than the other.

Beck has made clear to his radio audience who he thinks they should support or oppose

Beck: “Do not vote for Dick Blumenthal.” Discussing the Connecticut senate race, Beck stated on October 25: “Do not vote for Dick Blumenthal. That’s the one thing I do know. I know who this guy is. This guy is a guy who — I mean, he’s the chief law enforcement officer and he’ll just disregard the law.” He later added that all he “need[ed] to know” about Blumenthal’s opponent Linda McMahon was that “she’s not Dick Blumenthal.” Beck previously said on September 16 that he “just might have to” leave Connecticut “if Blumenthal becomes the senate — the senator from Connecticut. Richard Blumenthal, there’s something wrong with this guy.”

Beck: Whitman is “not Jerry Brown. I mean what part of this don’t we understand?” On October 25, Beck also said: “Let’s try California. You’ve got Jerry Brown. Jerry Brown. Now, what’s her face. Meg Whitman, she seems like a delightful person. But do you trust her? Is she another Arnold Schwarzenneger? Yeah, could be, could be. Is that good? Nope. But she’s not Jerry Brown. I mean what part of this don’t we understand.”

Beck: Chris Coons is “a bad candidate.” On September 16, Beck said, “You want to talk about extremists? It’s the progressives and the revolutionaries in the Democratic Party. Real revolutionaries. Now you look at O’Donnell. For some reason, they’re all attacking her, and I have to ask myself, has anyone looked at Harry Reid’s pet?” Beck then read a quote from Reid about O’Donnell’s opponent Chris Coons and said that Coons is “a Marxist. The guy’s a staunch anti-capitalist. You want to talk about a bad candidate. OK, you can talk about the masturbation thing all you want. Really? Is that what we’ve turned into in this country?”

Beck on Barbara Boxer: To end arrogance by her and others, we have to “get these guys out of Washington.” On September 23, after playing an ad by California Republican candidate Carly Fiorina attacking her 2010 opponent, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Beck stated: “Isn’t this all about arrogance?” He later said: “The best way to end the arrogance is to get these guys out of Washington. We’ve got to look at Washington as Chernobyl, that you go in and you pull them out before they die from the radiation that is Washington political arrogance.”

Beck: “I don’t endorse candidates, … but I’m going to endorse Rubio and the other guy … over the dirtbag Charlie Crist.” On April 30, Beck stated: “I’m about to break my policy and endorse a candidate. I don’t endorse candidates, I don’t think anybody needs my endorsement, but I’m going to endorse Rubio and the other guy that’s running for the Democrats … over the dirtbag Charlie Crist.”

Beck suggests Reid is a “danger to society.” On July 14, discussing a comment Sen. Harry Reid — who is facing a 2010 re-election challenge from Sharron Angle — made about immigration reform, Beck stated: “Politicians will just say something like ‘what are you talking about? I don’t have any face. I don’t have a face. You’re not looking me in the eye, because I don’t have any eyes. This is nothing. I don’t even have a mouth. I’m not talking to you right now.’ And you’re like ‘what the hell — what? What are you saying?’ ‘Nothing, I’m not saying anything, because I don’t even have a mouth. You are a danger to society, sir.”

Beck: “I agree” with Palin on Rand Paul endorsement. On February 8, after playing a clip of Sarah Palin defending her decision to endorse Kentucky senatorial candidate Rand Paul, I have to tell you. I know Pat, because you’re shaking your head, I agree with her.” Later in the segment, Beck stated: “I can make friends with Rand Paul because I think Rand Paul is somebody I disagree with, but the fundamentals are there, the fundamental of the understanding of the Constitution. I would rather make a friend with Rand Paul than John McCain. If I had to campaign — if I had to choose who am I going to campaign for, Rand Paul, from what I know about Rand Paul and what I know about John McCain, if I had to choose, Rand Paul.”

Beck: Paladino “is damn near nuts. He’s still better than Cuomo.” On October 14, Beck discussed a controversial comment New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said with Michelle Bachmann and said: “I live in the next state over from New York, and I don’t even pay attention to this race. … He’s damn near nuts. He’s still better than Cuomo, but he’s nuts.”

Beck also running his own get out the vote operation for midterm elections

As Media Matters has documented, since September, Beck has repeatedly urged his audience to voter and to “[g]et your friends and neighbors to go in record-breaking numbers to vote,” warning them of terrible consequences if they failed to do so. In the process, Beck has urged his audience to “vote for America” to stop communists, Marxists, and Nazis.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

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AZ Immigration Law Writer Running For Office In Kansas On Voter Fraud Platform
For the most part, the Republican machine that churns out allegations of voter fraud in the weeks before an election operates in the shadows, a few steps away from the actual Republican Party. Not so in Kansas, where the Republican candidate for secretary of state is running almost entirely on a platform of preventing voter fraud, especially by illegal immigrants.


Kasich Still Leads for Ohio Governor

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Kasich Still Leads for Ohio Governor
A new Quinnipiac poll in Ohio shows Gov. Ted Strickland (D) has cut John Kasich’s (D) lead to just six points, 49% to 43%, percent among those likely to vote.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “Strickland has made the race for governor competitive. He still trails by six points, and certainly has his work cut out for him. But Strickland has had the momentum in the last month. To be sure, one would much rather be in Kasich’s shoes today, and the Republican remains the favorite to be Ohio’s next governor. But if Strickland can continue his momentum he might surprise people.”

Blumenthal Holds Solid Lead in Connecticut
A new Quinnipiac poll in Connecticut finds Richard Blumenthal (D) leading Linda McMahon (R) by 12 points in the U.S. Senate race, 54% to 42%, among likely voters. This is virtually unchanged from a similar survey two weeks ago.

Said pollster Douglas Schwartz: “The vote for Connecticut governor and senator is solidifying. There has been little movement in either race in the last two weeks. McMahon has tried to raise Blumenthal’s negatives over the last several weeks, but she hasn’t been successful. He remains popular, but McMahon’s own negatives have risen above 50 percent. One has to wonder if over the last few weeks McMahon would have been better off spending more of her millions on positive ads.”

Brady Holds Small Lead for Illinois Governor
A new Chicago Tribune poll in Illinois finds Bill Brady (R) edging Gov. Pat Quinn (D) in the race for governor, 43% to 39%.

“The poll indicates a sizable chunk of voters — nearly one in three — still have no opinion of Brady despite a year of campaigning for the state’s highest office. That Brady now has a slight lead in the poll indicates a willingness among many voters to seek change during a time of economic uncertainty and go with an unfamiliar candidate rather than a better-known commodity like Quinn.”

Sink Broke Rules at Debate
Florida gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink (D) violated the rules at a debate last night when her make-up artist delivered a message during a television break, CNN reports.

Sink “was shown a two-sentence message on a cell phone that offered her advice during the debate. Republican nominee Rick Scott who was sitting next to her in this nationally televised debate, noticed the violation and notified a CNN official, who approached the make-up artist and Sink and confiscated the cell phone.”

The St. Petersburg Times reports that after the debate, the Sink campaign announced that the advisor who sent the message has been dismissed from the campaign.


Hidden Voter Preference Could Put Pot Initiative Over the Top in California Amid Mind-Boggling Racial Arrest Disparities

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Hidden Voter Preference Could Put Pot Initiative Over the Top in California Amid Mind-Boggling Racial Arrest Disparities
Pot reformers suggest that citizens are unwilling to tell pollsters their true voter preferences on Prop 19.

Could Legalizing Marijuana in California Help Cure Breast Cancer?
An urgent issue for Breast Cancer Awareness Month: the clock is ticking for the 207,000 women expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone.

A Compendium of the Corrupt Politicians and Corporate Campaign Cash Flooding This Election
A round-up of the key articles AlterNet has run on the slimy goings on in our elections process.

How Meg Whitman Failed Her Way to the Top at eBay, Collecting Billions, While Nearly Destroying the Company
Whitman’s record as CEO of gross incompetence, massive waste, and personal enrichment is breathtaking. That the media isn’t talking about it is incredible.


They are Calling Out for Bill Clinton’s Magic

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

They are Calling Out for Bill Clinton’s Magic
Last night, I got to talk to and briefly hang with former President of the United States Bill Clinton (along with 400 other folks) who temporarily paused his “rejuvenation tour” for beleaguered Democratic Party friends in Congress and the Senate….


Wake up, America! War off the Radar, Congress Fails
After nearly a decade in Iraq and Afghanistan, over 2 million Americans have served, a trillion dollars have been spent and yet only 3 percent of Americans have war on their radar this election. And where’s Congress? Spinning on the…


European Polluters Funding Senate Candidates Who Oppose Action On Global Warming

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

European Polluters Funding Senate Candidates Who Oppose Action On Global Warming
As the Wonk Room has extensively documented, nearly all of the Republican candidates for Senate — both incumbents and challengers — dispute that the United States must take action to fight global warming pollution, while many of them deny that global warming exists in the first place. “There is much debate in the scientific community […]

As the Wonk Room has extensively documented, nearly all of the Republican candidates for Senate — both incumbents and challengers — dispute that the United States must take action to fight global warming pollution, while many of them deny that global warming exists in the first place. “There is much debate in the scientific community as to the precise sources of global warming,” claims Pat Toomey, the GOP Senate candidate in Pennsylvania. “Global warming is ‘the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,’” says Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

It remains to be seen if that stance will pay off at the polls, but for many of these global warming deniers, it already has paid off in the form of sizeable donations from overseas polluters. A new analysis by Climate Action Network Europe has found that large European companies that are among the continent’s biggest greenhouse gas polluters have been dumping large amounts of money into U.S. Senate races, almost exclusively to candidates that oppose the idea of taking action to stop global warming.

ThinkProgress has already documented how money from foreign oil companies is being directed to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is running a $75 million ad campaign against Democratic candidates, and these direct candidate contributions from European polluters exceed the amount that oil billionaires Charles and David Koch have donated to Senate campaigns.

Through U.S. subsidiaries and employees, large European polluters like BP, BASF, Bayer and Solvay have donated $240,200 to candidates who have either voiced opposition to addressing global warming, or who have actively blocked legislation that would do so. For example, Bayer — which emitted 2 million metric tons of CO2 in Europe last year — gave almost 73 percent of its donations to such candidates, like the $5,000 it gave to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who opposes the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are pollution and opposes a cap-and-trade market to limit global warming pollution. The donations largely favored Republicans, but — demonstrating that stopping progress on addressing global warming was the key goal of these companies — select Democrats were given donations as well. Bayer gave even more money to Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), who has been a key swing vote in the Senate and also opposes EPA action on global warming pollution.

Many of these companies are involved in the debate over controlling global warming in Europe, and perversely, often cite inaction in the United States as a reason that serious efforts shouldn’t be made in Europe. Most of these companies are members of Business Europe, an influential trade group that recently release a position paper saying the group was “convinced that at this point in time, i.e. in the absence of an international deal securing equally strong action from other economies, any further increase of the EU’s unilateral 20% emission reduction target would be premature and even counterproductive.”

The strategy for these companies is clear: stop progress on global warming in the United States by supporting these candidates, and then blame that inaction when arguing that nothing should be done in the rest of the world to address global warming.

Inhofe Guarantees GOP Takeover Of Senate
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), right-wing conspiracy theorist and oil-industry apologist, has promised that Republicans are “certainties” to win at least the ten seats necessary to regain control of the U.S. Senate on November 2. In an interview while stumping for Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck on Thursday, Inhofe told the National Review Online that […]

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), right-wing conspiracy theorist and oil-industry apologist, has promised that Republicans are “certainties” to win at least the ten seats necessary to regain control of the U.S. Senate on November 2. In an interview while stumping for Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck on Thursday, Inhofe told the National Review Online that extremist candidates such as Buck, John Raese (WV), Dino Rossi (WA), Pat Toomey (PA), and Carly Fiorina (CA) are guaranteed to win. Inhofe even said that Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell (DE) has a shot:

We’ll take over the following seats where there are Democratic incumbents: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Washington state, West Virginia — where I’ll be Monday — North Dakota, and I think California. Now that’s Barbara Boxer. She’s the one that’s been sitting next to me on the armed services, uh, the environment and public works committee . We can win in Connecticut, Delaware, certainly in Nevada. But the ones I named first, in my opinion, are certainties that Republicans will win, and that’s what it will take for us to take control.

Watch it:

“I came out here because I’m lonely,” Inhofe said while stumping for fellow global warming denier Buck. “Ranked the most conservative senator? That’s right. But we’ve got a lot more coming in, more than any other election in the history of this country.”