I hope Ed Koch is wrong, if only for one reason: the difficulty of getting anyone less than a Right Wing Mega-Corporatist Crank on the Supreme Court (should the occasion for a nomination arise) if the GOP takes the Senate.
Otherwise, I’m ambivalent. Even with a GOP House there won’t be enough of a Nutjob majority to pass truly crazy-ass legislation, and what may get puked forth from Capitol Hill from January 2011 through October 2012 won’t have enough support to override a Veto.
(Democratic Governor of RI candidate) Frank Caprio’s campaign last week said he would welcome the president’s endorsement. But on Monday, the same day Obama was set to make his first visit to Rhode Island as president and a day after the White House said Obama would not endorse anyone, Caprio angrily told WPRO-AM that Obama can “take his endorsement and really shove it. ”
Caprio also accused the president of “treating us like an ATM machine” by coming to Rhode Island to raise money but ignoring it during springtime flooding that swept through the state. Though Obama did not visit himself, he sent Cabinet secretaries, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. ….. Caprio also has publicly contradicted Obama on some important policy positions, such as saying he does not support letting Bush-era tax cuts expire on the wealthiest Americans.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, in Rhode Island for a rally Monday, said he was amused by the conflict. “He’s the Democratic nominee, for goodness’ sakes,” he said. “It’s really insulting, when you think about it.”
Caprio is running against former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee, a Republican. Chafee endorsed Obama for President in 2008. Chafee’s campaign manager feigned getting the vapors over the remark by rival Caprio in an Oscar nominee quality performance.
“The senator was shocked at how intemperate the remark was, especially with the president due to arrive in Rhode Island later today.”
In 2009, VP Biden and several Cabinet members cancelled a keynote address at the National Mayor’s Convention in Rhode Island, which embarrassed then Providence Mayor Cicilline. Now Cicciline is running for Congress in Rhode Island to for retiring Patrick Kennedy’s seat, and this was supposed to be His Big Day. His campaign manager wisely decided to keep his mouth shut until Air Force One is way out of the state again.
No word yet on which one the President will hug on the campaign trail.
While perusing my California Sample Ballot to decide between Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, I was suddenly shocked. What to my wondering eyes should appear but this listing of occupation for a candidate for Lieutenant Governor:
Cultural Spiritual Advisor
What the??? Right there under the name of James “Jimi” Castillo, the Sample Ballot read
Cultural Spiritual Advisor
No shit? Is this for real? Jimi’s party affiliation was listed as Green, so I went to my Green Voter Guide to check. Sure enough, we Californians have the opportunity to vote for a “Cultural Spiritual Advisor” for Lieutenant Governor rather than Democrat Gavin Newson or Republican Abel Maldonado.
Here’s a snip:
While Gavin Newsom is a multi-millionaire businessman
funded by a multi-billionaire oil heir, Green Party Lt.
Governor Candidate Jimi Castillo is a Native American
spiritual leader of Tongva/Acjachemen ancestry, the first Native
American to run for the office of Lieutenant Governor
in California. A Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, as well as
a member of the statewide Bear Clan Society, Castillo has
a lifetime of hands-on experience working directly with
people and communities, particularly in counseling youth
at correctional facilities (he was a counselor and Board
member for the Southeast Area Counseling Center in Santa
Fe Springs), defending and educating on Native American
culture in ceremonial and prayer events, and speaking at
conferences and classes at UCLA’s American Indian Studies
Center and the UCLA Native American Student Association.
Christine O’Donnell has wiggled her nose and put a hex on the GOP establishment. The novice Tea party candidate turned lots of heads, Linda Blair-like…But Karl Rove, the Warlock of W, has been taken aback by O’Donnell’s victory. Even he thinks this girl is bat$#!+ crazy and that the Republicans have been given a Tea Party roofie.
Personally, I think she’s the best thing to happen to political satirists since her mentor, Sarah Palin. Republicans, on the other hand, are fingering the Yellow Pages looking for an exorcist. And maybe an antidote.
I submit this for the approval and enjoyment of my fellow Dharma Bums as a challenge, not just to Kos, but to each and every Progressive in our nation. It is time to stop bitching about Harry Reid. It is time to do something about him politically.
So what are you gonna do?
By At All Costs I mean POLITICALLY of course.
Not just Kos, we need everyone”s help, but I address this directly to Kos, among others whose aid we will need to pull this off.
Republican filibuster? Democrats have 60 voters. There is no Republican filibuster, just a Democratic one. The problem is Reid’s inability to keep his caucus together. His office can’t even be honest about Reid’s leadership failures.Fucking liars.
I’ll take a Chuck Schumer-run Senate with 57 Democrats (bye bye Reid, Lieberman, and Lincoln) than a Harry Reid-run one with 75 Democrats.
Dr. Dean on Keith Olbermann video at bottom of diary
The GOP is hoping that all the old people in America will freak out over whatever they can say to scare Grampa, but it isn’t working on anybody else.
It’s easier to scare older people than it is younger ones.
What is interesting here, other than the majority support after all the GOP scare tactics and the media hysteria, is that even though people like what they have, they understand that what they have is quickly vanishing, 14,000 people a day, and that what they have now will cost more each coming year if the GOP and the status quo has their way.