March 31, 2006
"The fact of the matter is, I know some in the party have differences with Joe. I'm going to go ahead and say it," Obama told the 1,700-plus party members who gathered in a ballroom at the Connecticut Convention Center for the $175-per-head fundraiser.Many CT Democrats are teaming up with organizations like MoveOn.org to defeat Lieberman in this year's Democrat primary which is scheduled for August 8. The last Quinnipiac poll, however, indicates that this will be a difficult task. The poll, released February 16th, shows that CT voters give Lieberman a 63% approval rating, up from 62% in January. But, of course, the only poll that matters at this point is the one among Democrat voters. Go figure. In a match-up against challenger Ned Lamont, Lieberman cleans his clock 68%-13%. And 61% of Democrats polled say Lieberman deserves reelection. Ouch. That's worse than even I expected.
"I am absolutely certain Connecticut is going to have the good sense to send Joe Lieberman back to the U.S. Senate so he can continue to serve on our behalf," he said.
Obama received widespread attention for his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, delivered while he was still a state senator.
Lieberman became Obama's mentor when Obama was sworn into the Senate in 2005. They stayed close at Thursday night's event, too, entering the room together and working the crowd in tandem.
Despite the camaraderie between the two, the crowd was clearly more receptive to Obama's remarks than Lieberman's speech about party unity and the potential for Democratic victories at the ballot box this fall.
In fact, scattered boos greeted Lieberman when he took the podium, and he had to stop three times during his remarks to shush the crowd so he could deliver key points.
Granted, Lamont has zero name recognition right now. It's a long way to August. And then there's the potential financial support of Left-wing 527's. But overcoming a 55 point deficit? Sometime over the next four months the CT Democrats in Hartford are going to have to officially endorse Lieberman. How long will they wait in order to try and appease the moonbats?
Now the big question is: How long will it take the Kos Kids to rip Obama a new one and start calling him a "traitor" and a "Bush butt-boy"? One website is already calling Obama "a serious disappointment to progressives" and that he "just thew away a lot of good will, if you ask me". Pretty darn polite, if you ask me. But as Lamont's quixotic quest becomes more and more unlikely, I wouldn't be surprised to hear the Left taking their vitriolic anger out on Obama.
Nope, didn't take long at all as Mark at Decision '08 notes.
March 29, 2006
Yeah, right. When winged monkeys fly out of Harry Reid's butt. They've just released a "position paper" on national security:
It covers party policy positions on homeland security, the war on terror, the military, Iraq and energy security, but it contains many of the same proposals Democrats have offered over the past year.If at first you don't succeed, eh? Give 'em hell, Harry! Heh.
The platform also lacks specific details of how Democrats plan to capture bin Laden, the al-Qaida mastermind who has evaded U.S. forces in the more than four years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
March 22, 2006
via Cox & Forkum
March 15, 2006
WI Sen. Russ Feingold's recent "censure" stunt pushed the envelope a little further on Monday and the censure/impeachment movement in the Democrat party is growing to the point where anyone with Presidential aspirations is caught between a rock and a hard place. The editors of the WSJ's OpinionJournal.com observe that this will come to a head in this year's mid-term elections:
In other words, everything that Mr. Bush has been accused of during the last five years, no matter how Orwellian or thoroughly refuted, will be trotted out again and used as impeachment fodder. And lest you think this could never happen, Judiciary is the House committee through which any formal impeachment resolution would be introduced and proceed. As the country heads toward 2008 and a Democratic nomination fight, John Kerry and Hillary Rodham Clinton would be hard-pressed to avoid going along with Mr. Feingold, Al Gore, and others feeding the bile of the censure/impeach brigades.A.J. Strata has coined a phrase for this litmus test for the Democrats this year:
Which brings us back to Mr. Feingold's public service in floating his "censure" gambit now. He's doing voters a favor by telling them before November's election just how Democrats intend to treat a wartime President if they take power.
Not only do they want to block his policies, they also plan to rebuke and embarrass him in front of the world and America's enemies. And they want to do so not because there is a smidgen of evidence that he's abused his office or lied under oath, but because they think he's been too energetic in using his powers to defend America. By all means, let's have this impeachment debate before the election, so voters can know what's really at stake.
"As I predicted, the test for all Democrat candidates in all races (which is necessary to push impeachment) will be the Feingold standard...The Democrats are now caught between their rhetoric and their political survival!"As I posted earlier: Bring.It.On.
March 13, 2006
Only an idiot would attempt to make a president the enemy during wartime, especially for an action that he performed in defense of the country. In fact, the 9/11 Commission specifically scolded the Bush and Clinton administrations for not allowing the NSA to do its job and surveil international communications. The Republicans would be happy to have that debate, especially with someone who wouldn't vote to continue allowing counterterrorism agents to use the same legal tools provided to investigators in racketeering and child-pornography cases.So not only does Feingold put his colleagues in an uncomfortable position, but when they all pick up and move to the other lunch table the moonbats will attack them for being "cowards". The Senator from Wisconsin just moved to the head of the Democrat Presidential pack. This is win-win for the GOP. To this I say "Oh, Senator. BRING.IT.ON!"
Fortunately for the Republicans, Feingold demonstrated that he is that big a fool. Other Democrats were not as sanguine about the proposal, sensing that scolding a president over a program supported by a solid majority of the electorate would fall flat with swing voters.
March 08, 2006
Let me take a moment here. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Adam C. at Redstate.org looks at what this means in terms of political trends with Hispanic voters.
Republicans have not put a lot of time and effort into pursuing minority votes over the past few decades mostly due to a belief in a colorblind policies. However, President Bush and Governor Bush of FL have done extremely well in the Hispanic communities of their home states. With 8 years of Presidential outreach and a concerted effort at the state level, Hispanic voters are warming up to the Republican party. And it would not surprise me to see someone like Congressman Cuellar leave the Democratic Party if he continually draws primary challenges from the MoveOn.org wing of the party. After a few terms in Congress, he would have the homegrown support to switch if need be and he might bring a few voters with him. As long as the coastal left wing of the Democrats continues to believe their views are popular in working class Hispanic neighborhoods in TX (and similar districts), they will remain in the proverbial wilderness outside their coastal stronghold.And, on the other side of that coin, the Liberal positions of the Democrat base are the losing ones.
Finally, the lesson from the successful outreach to the Hispanic community on issues of faith, school choice, and rewarding hard work is that sometimes it takes reaching out to a community before they give you a chance. I think the Republicans have learned this lesson and are applying it to the black community now. The message of low taxes, equal opportunity in the school of one's choice, respect for faith, and opposition to abortion-on-demand and same-sex marriage has opened new doors for the Republicans. The fact that some moderate Democrats are winning primaries on the same issues is additional evidence that these positions are winning ones.
Once again. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
h/t: Mark at Decision '08
Kos isn't sweating it, though.
So we didn't kill off Cuellar, but we gave him an ass whooping where none was expected and made him sweat. That's the reason why Lieberman is sweating in Connecticut and lining up his dog and pony endorsement shows to flex his muscle. He can't take for granted that a no-name businessman with no political experience and zero connections in his state's political establishment will be a non-factor, not with what we've done for people like Dean and now Ciro.And what do Howard Dean and Ciro Rodriguez have in common? They both lost. So what does that make Markos, now? 0 for 19?
March 07, 2006
Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) challenged the former Vermont governor during a session in Pelosi's office, according to Democratic sources. The leaders complained about Dean's priorities -- funding organizers for state parties in strongly Republican states such as Mississippi -- rather than targeting states with crucial races this fall.Actually, Dean's focus on building grass-roots organizations in "Red States" would make sense if they had a message that was more than just "fertilizer". The States that went for Bush last time around did so not because they didn't understand where Democrats were coming from. It's because they understood that they voted for Bush. Rather than increase the numbers of Democrat activists in these States, his efforts will more likely just make the ones that are already there more visible. And increasing the volume level of these moonbats may very well have the opposite effect.
Neither side was willing to give ground, according to several accounts of the meeting. Dean argued that his strategy is designed to rebuild the party across the country, and that he had pledged to do so when he ran for party chairman. Reid and Pelosi countered that if Democrats squander their opportunities this year, longer-term organizing efforts will not matter much.
Democratic congressional leaders are particularly worried because the Republican National Committee holds a huge financial advantage over the DNC. One congressional Democrat complained that Dean has -- at an alarming rate -- burned through the money the DNC raised, and that Republicans may be able to swamp Democrats in close races with an infusion of RNC money.
In its most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission, the DNC reported raising $50.1 million so far in the 2005-2006 cycle and had $5.8 million cash on hand at the end of last year. The RNC had raised $103 million and had $34 million cash on hand.
And what did folks like Reid and Pelosi expect when Dean became the Party Chairman? This is a guy that raised almost $50 million for his Presidential bid and made it all disappear before the Iowa Caucus!
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