I recieved word tonight three-term Manchester Mayor Bob Baines was defeated in the elections. I would like to know why the DCCC is so biased with the primary candidates. Peter Sullivan is a GREAT candidate in NH-1, yet Mayor Baines was the candidate of choice for the DCCC. I can say the same thing about the DSCC with their being biased in Pennsylvania.
Lewis Black, a comedian, will have some appearances on The Weather Channel next week.
Al Franken is serious about running for the Senate in 2008. No announcement will be made til 2007 according to my knowledge.
So when comedian Al Franken says he is considering a run for U.S. Senate you have to ask -- is he serious?Al Franken is not just a comedian but an INTELLECTUAL. Franken could easily get elected and the current rumor has him debating Ann Coulter at Northern Kentucky for next year's alumni lecture. This is all a rumor right now, nothing is official but I can imagine the security for that gig.
"The next thing I am doing is moving back home to Minnesota and getting involved in politics," Franken told Reuters in an interview at his Air America radio studio. "I'm looking at a run for Senate in 2008, but in the meantime I am focused on knitting together the progressive network in the upper Midwest."
It sounds serious. Franken is starting a national tour to promote his new book "The Truth (With Jokes)" which has the usual political satire that has made him a top-selling humor writer.
A New York Times reviewer called it "an extended stump speech" for his political run."[...]
To launch his political career, he says he's moving to freezing cold Minnesota in January, but that's no joke. That's his plan.
He shrugs and shakes his head when asked whether wrestler Jesse Ventura's successful run for Minnesota governor inspired him. He prefers to talk about Paul Wellstone, the left-wing Democrat who died in a plane crash in the closing days of his 2002 campaign for a third term in the Senate.
It's Wellstone's seat, which went to Republican Norm Coleman, that he hopes to win back for the Democrats in 2008. "I knew Paul well; I campaigned for him a lot," said Franken. "He was a friend. A great guy."
Franken said there have been actors in the White House and the Senate though "never a comedian." Would voters in his home state elect a comedian?
"They would elect a comedian like me," Franken said.
Why am I not surprised at this article?
The deterioration on the campus continues and the demonization of Israel, frequently accompanied by anti-Semitism, now transcends all other campus political issues. Hostile campaigns are frequently spearheaded by anti-Israeli activists of Jewish origin, and the majority of Jewish students avoid involvement either because they are indifferent, or in many cases simply because they are frightened. Moreover, when these youngsters become older, a substantial proportion of them are unlikely to maintain the same level of support for Israel as their parents.I'm just now learning that I. Lewis Libby is Jewish. Well, now he has disgraced Judaism just like one Monica Lewinsky.
It should also be noted that anti-Jewish rhetoric is now rapidly penetrating the political mainstream. The recurring tirades against "Jewish neoconservatives" allegedly controlling the White House; Lewis Libby is already being portrayed in anti-Semitic web sites as "one more Jewish Neocon Traitor"; the outrageous behavior of the liberal Protestant denominations engaging in anti-Israel boycotts via divestment; the growing hostility against Israel being displayed in many of the antiwar demonstrations; and the increasing number of liberals, formerly our best friends, who now distance themselves from Israel - all represent grounds for serious concern.
The unprecedented indictments against senior professional AIPAC leaders, Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, must be viewed as manifestations of ominous winds of change. It is highly disconcerting when leaders of the most powerful Jewish lobbying organization are publicly accused of having "conspired" to obtain improper access to classified information with the obvious intention of exploiting Jewish concerns about association with espionage. This is particularly bizarre in view of the fact that the indicted AIPAC officers merely did was what every journalist does every day.
And what was the nature of the "secret" information? Not classified American secrets but a sting operation based on a fabricated story about Israelis being endangered by terrorists.
This is interesting.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut Democrat who backs abortion, said Alito told him he had "great respect" for the high court's landmark 1973 decision. Lieberman called the comment "encouraging" but said Alito did not pledge to uphold the case if confirmed to the Supreme Court.Great, now they have framed it differently. It should not be pro-abortion but pro-choice.
Alito also recently met with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a pro-abortion Republican, who said she also discussed the issue of abortion with him.
"I asked him whether it made a difference to him if he disagreed with the initial decision, but it had been reaffirmed several times since then. I was obviously referring to Roe in that question,'' Collins explained.
"He assured me that he has tremendous respect for precedent and that his approach is to not overturn cases due to a disagreement with how they were originally decided," she told the Associated Press.
Mark Warner has his career at stake pending tonight's results. Currently, Kaine is leading but a defeat may derail Governor Mark Warner's possible plans to seek the presidency. I personally feel he should go for the Senate seat.
Jeff Gordon had some advice for St. Louis Cardinal's general manager Walt Jocketty in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It appears that Gordon supports Matt Morris staying as a Cardinal.
Tom Daschle played some Hardball with Chris Matthews on Monday. I've been a big fan of Senator Tom Daschle for a long time. I am still a fan of his and I hope he does consider politics again in his future.
MATTHEWS: What did you think when Bill Frist showed up in South Dakota campaigning against you?
DASCHLE: I thought it was wrong. I just don‘t think there ought to be a time when you govern and time you do politics. I mean, once that election is over with, it ought to be coming together and working on the hill in a bipartisan way as much as you can. There are going to be differences, deep philosophical differences. But there ought to be a time when you work together. And this is counter to all of it.
MATTHEWS: Do you think the Democrats are being forced to play a little more man-dog politics like the operation last week of shutting the Senate?
MATTHEWS: You are getting as tough as they are.
DASCHLE: You have to. If you are not going to change, you have only one option. And that is to play in the same tough ballpark as they do.