Thursday, July 27, 2006

Six for 'O6

The Democratic leadership announced their game plan today, a document called "A New Direction for America." (CNN article here) I fear that it might be too late for the midterm elections but who knows, a lot of people don't start caring until right before November. Anywhere, here are the legislative priorities chosen:

# National security

# Jobs and wages

# Energy independence

# Affordable health care

# Retirement security

# College access for all

On the one hand, I seem to agree that these are all important topics (and I'm actually glad higher education got a mention since it's usually neglected). But I wonder if they're too vague to excite and motivate people. We have a lot of work cut out for us if we're going to get back the House this November.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Open Thread: Your Political Crush

Despite all the turmoil around the world, we're going to lighten things up a bit and encourage some reader participation.

Question: Who's your political crush? It can be an already elected official, a former one, a candidate, even a Supreme Court Justice. Feel free to post multiple crushes, especially if you have a guilty pleasure from the Republican side.

Everyone can comment, you don't have to be a user, so do it! You can do so under your name or anonymously.


Thursday, July 20, 2006

CT-Sen: Lamont SURGES in Polls

Connecticut businessman Ned Lamont has absolutely SURGED in a Quinnipiac poll.

Taken from Daily Kos:

It appears that Holy Joe Lieberman is going to be having some seriously bad days rather soon. This is GIGANTIC news though - Lieberman is so unpopular, and Lamont has been such a hit in CT, that Lamont has gone from a virtually unknown businessman challenging a 18-year incumbent to a nationally known candidate besting Holy Joe by 4 points.

Interestingly enough, this 4-point lead is no fluke, another 'Unpublished Independent Poll' has Lamont up 48-44. The road now appears uphill for Joe Lieberman.'s not over yet. The biggest Democratic rock star we have, Bill Clinton, is going to be campaiging for Lieberman on Monday.

The next three weeks are going to be fun to watch.

Political Science*

So I realize that there should be restrictions on science, but as Bush used his first veto and talked about this moral boundary that we can't cross with this newest bill on stem cell research, I just cringed. Frankly, I don't think any President should become the moral authority on everything, especially a President had torture in his prisons and more scandals in his administration lately than I can count. But suddenly the Religious Right has given him this authority. Yet, how about our moral obligation to be the leader in finding cures to Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, spinal cord injury, strokes, and more? I never try to look at any issue in strictly a utilitarian point of view but I don't believe that embryonic stem cells are life and I think the research that can be done with them has more possibilities than we could probably imagine. And I'm not just totting some party line or interest group line. There's a reason why this passed the Republican controlled House and Senate. Even uber conservative Senator Trent Lott from Mississippi voted for this.

For all those science kids who scoff at us studying political science or going into government, wake up to the fact that you can't completely seperate science from politics, for better and for worse. For better we have the power to grant you millions of dollars for research on ground breaking science; for worse we can cater to a narrow constituent base and withhold that funding. It's just a reality.

In the end, I think Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), chairman of the Judiciary Committee summed it best. "Yesterday [he] compared Bush's position to those who opposed Columbus, locked up Galileo, and rejected anesthesia, electricity, vaccines and rail travel. Such attitudes 'in retrospect look foolish, look absolutely ridiculous,' said Specter." --Washington Post

*To give full credit, the title political science comes from segment that NBC Nightly News did on this issue.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

A Notice to Phil Angelides' Negative Nellies

This is for anyone and everyone who claimed that Phil Angelides is not competitive against Arnold Schwarzenegger in the November Governor's race:

Yes, Phil Angelides is currently leading Arnold in Rasmussen's latest poll. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5% -- which really just amounts to the fact that this race is close and Angelides is doing really well considering the brutal Primary race.

This race is far from over, and anyone who says anything different is a fool.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Bush's First Veto?

Rove: "Bush would use first veto on stem-cell bill"

I didn't realize that Bush hadn't vetoed anything, but I guess it makes sense when Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress.

I'm glad (and even a little surprised) that the House passed this and I really want the Senate to pass this. It will be interesting though to see if Bush would actually go through with what Rove says he will. Ugh Rove. The fact that Bush would veto this angers me enough but the fact that Rove is still issuing statements for the White House gets under my skin even more.

Finally, we'll see how the Republicans and their presumptive nominees for President in 2008 deal with this. I remember last time they were debating this, it led to a big showdown between First and Santorum (hmm, his race has been flying under the radar lately).

Monday, July 10, 2006

Ned Lamont's Hilarious New TV Ad

Things are heating up in the Connecticut Democratic Primary for Senate. Ned Lamont is running attack ads...against himself? This is a must see.

To visit Lamont's site, click here.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Opportunity to get on TV AND support Phil Angelides!

A little birdie has whispered into this Democrat's ear that Treasurer Angelides is going to be making a major policy speech regarding California infrastructure at the Skirball Museum! Only 3 miles north of UCLA!

What's even MORE exciting is that they asked us Bruins to show up to show their support! And....since this is a media event, there's a good chance that you could be shown on TV in all your Democratic glory!

So if you have a hankerin' for some Angelides love, head out to the Skirball museum on Monday, July 10th, at 9 AM. The Skirball Museum is on Sepulveda Boulevard, 2701 Sepulveda, to be exact.

So come show up, support Phil, and maybe get on TV!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Ned Lamont vs. Joe Lieberman

As some of you undoubtedly know, all hell is currently breaking loose in Connecticut. Joe Lieberman, an 18-year Senate incumbent, is facing a primary challenge from Ned Lamont, a local businessman. This race, initially not very interesting, has exploded into one of the most exciting things to happen this summer.

I've never been a fan of Joe Lieberman - Personality-wise, I find him boring, uninspiring, and slightly noobish. Politically, I viewed him as just another DLC moderate. However, over the past 6 years, Joe Lieberman has separated himself from Democratic moderates, by both his positions on the issues as well as his complete abandonment of party unity.

Let's take those two factors one at a time, starting with Lieberman's positions on the issues. I don't have a problem with moderates in the Democratic Party, hell, many people consider me one. I happen to be a huge fan of Harry Reid, the current Democratic leader in the Senate who is also pro-life. Why do I support him? Because he is a party stalwart - voting his conscience on the issues important to him but never, ever, throwing the party under the bus, and working tirelessly to promote Democratic values.

Joe Lieberman has consistently been on the wrong side of several issues. When George W. Bush was attempting to privatize social security, the Democrats in the Senate were *almost* united in opposition. Why was there not complete unification you ask? Well, one needs to look no further than Joseph Lieberman. While most Americans, and even a lot of moderate Republicans, were opposing Bush's proposed privatization of Social Security, Joe Lieberman (Along with 2 other Democrats who were from deep red states) publicly flirted with the idea. Why? Two Words: TV Time.

Faith-Based Initiatives? Count Lieberman in!

The Iraq War? Lieberman remains foolishly ardent in his support for a failed policy that has cost the lives of over 2,500 brave American soldiers. Perhaps even more quizzically he remains a stalwart supporter of Donald Rumsfeld, a man who obviously, has made a crapload of mistakes.

Now I'm going to get to the really, really sad positions...

Terri Schiavo? Ol' Holy Joe Lieberman was jumping on the Republican bandwagon there too - supporting Jeb Bush's efforts to keep Terri Schiavo alive despite her husband's, and HER, wishes.

Emergency Contraceptives for RAPE victims? 'Lieberman said he believes hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape victims for "principled reasons" shouldn't be forced to do so. "In Connecticut, it shouldn't take more than a short ride to get to another hospital," he said...' Yes, there's Joe Lieberman, telling recently raped women to take a 'short ride to another hospital.'

The list can continue for pages and pages, but the simple fact is this: Joe Lieberman's views do not represent the views of most Democratic (Not to mention Connecticut) voters. Ned Lamont's do.

But what about the second factor I mentioned above, how is Joe Lieberman working against party unity you ask? Well, we can move beyond the example given where Lieberman was fouling up Democratic unity against social security privatization, and take a ride back to the lovely 1990s. At the height of the Clinton impeachment fiasco, when Democrats were struggling to support Clinton, in ran Holy Joe Lieberman, firing off rhetorical moralistic broadsides against Bill Clinton, and playing right into the GOP hands. But presently, Lieberman's antics work every single minute of every single day against the Democratic Party. Every time he gets on the television and supports the current planless situation in Iraq, Lieberman gives credence the failed Republican policies, and makes Democrats look more divided than we actually are. Yes, that picture is real.

The primary challenge against Joe Lieberman is NOT solely about the Iraq is about wanting a Senator in office who represents the views of his constituents, a Senator who will not actively and gleefully seek to undermine his party and its principles. Joe Lieberman has recently announced plans that if he legitimately loses the Democratic primary, he'll run as an independent. So much for party loyalty or respect to the democratic and Democratic process...I suggest all of you to call your Senators, and encourage them to support the DEMOCRATIC nominee, not an 18-year incumbent who doesn't want to play by the rules.

Check out Ned Lamont's new campaign ad:

The first Lieberman-Lamont debate will be tonight, at 7 p.m. Eastern time, on CSPAN and MSNBC.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Birthday USA!

Happy Birthday America!