Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Bill O'Reilly's Head Is Blowing Up Somewhere



Funny man Al Franken will be running for the Senate in his home state of Minnesota against incumbant Republican Senator Norm Coleman.

Last year when I wasn't a full time student and was working, I would listen to Franken in my office everyday from 9-12. I'm really glad he is running, even though it may be hard for him to get voters to take him seriously. But hey, this is the same state the elected Jesse Ventura Governor, so why not. He is funny, factual, articulate, and will make C-SPAN way more funny to watch.

The story
The PAC
The Wiki (he is a Harvard Grad suprisingly)
The Colbert interview

Speaker Pelosi's Apartment Ransacked by a Bird...Yes, a Bird

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) returned from a four-day trip to Iraq and Afghanistan Monday night to a bizarre, Hitchcock-ian scene -- a beady-eyed, black bird flying around her posh Georgetown apartment.

Were this bird perched upon a bust of Pallas just above her chamber door ("perched, and sat, and nothing more"), then she'd be cool with that. But this simply wasn't Edgar Allan Poe's raven, if it was a raven at all.

No, this was a scene written for Tippi Hedren, though truth be told, it was only one bird ... and oh, OK, it wasn't pecking the Speaker to bits and pieces. But it was scary!

The bird, Pelosi told her colleagues and aides the next day, was flying around, knocking things over as she and an employee of her condo building chased the feathered fiend for an hour.

Finally, according to someone who heard Pelosi's story, they "trapped the bird with a brown bag." Menacing as it was, Pelosi, ever the San Francisco tree-hugger, made an executive decision that the bird should be liberated. So the building staffer, our source reports, "took it outside and released it."

Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said the Speaker described the animal as "a little black bird" and that "she kept thinking to herself, 'Quoth the Raven, 'nevermore.'"

More like, "Get this (blank) bird out of the house, forevermore!"


Linky here: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/sleuth/

*snicker*

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Are we seriously talking about House elections already?

In a word, yes. It's been less than a month since the 110th Congress was sworn in, and talk of House races is already back in the air. Ridicculous? Maybe. Although while we're talking about '08 WH contenders (and have been for a while), we might as well be discussing how we're going to retain (expand?) our newfound House majority.

From what I've heard, Van Hollen was a pretty good choice for DCCC Chairman, and seems to have a good head on his shoulders. Check out some of the early chatter- its interesting to even imagine we could have any more GOP targets left after the 2006 cycle.

Monday, January 29, 2007

The Real McCain

Dick Cheney vs. Nancy Pelosi: The Blink-Off

Mayor proposes national education plans

Check out Gabe in the Villaraigosa article from the Daily Bruin.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Dick Cheney vs. Nancy Pelosi: The Blink-Off

Monday, January 22, 2007

Let the Flood Gates Open


Last week I said...
If Virginia Republican Senator John Warner, former Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and former Secretary of the Navy also breaks ranks with the administration, expect many more Republicans to follow.
And today John Warner has come out against the Bush/McCain surge plan, as well as offering alternative legislation.

Video link

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Unbelievable


It's Official

We all saw it coming, but now it's official. Hillary is good to go for 2008.

Just to recap...

OFFICIAL CANDIDATES
Christopher Dodd
John Edwards
Mike Gravel
Dennis Kucinich
Tom Vilsack

ANNOUNCED (but have not yet filed the necessary papers with the FEC)
Joe Biden

FORMED EXPLORATORY COMMITTEES
Bill Richardson
Barack Obama
Hillary Clinton

DECLINED TO SEEK NOMINATION
Evan Bayh
Tom Daschle
Howard Dean
Russ Feingold
Mark Warner

OTHER POSSIBLES
Wesley Clark
Al Gore
John Kerry

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Keep an Eye on Bill Richardson


I can’t help but notice that Gov. Bill Richardson is constantly on cable news shows talking about domestic issues, and even dabbling in on some foreign policy from time to time. It’s been a rumor for sometime that Richardson has been eyeing the White House. Back in December he said that he would be making his decision sometime in January.

Now you may ask, “Who is Bill Richardson, and what’s makes him so special, compared to every other elected official Presidential wannabe out there?”

Richardson is the two term Governor of New Mexico. He is a former Congressman, as well as being Clinton's Secretary of Energy and his Ambassador to the UN (foreign policy experience).

In 2006 he was reelected in New Mexico with nearly 70% of the vote. In the same election he served as head of the Democratic Governors Association, and as we all known, it was a great election for Democratic Governors nationwide.

For six years he has held the executive office in New Mexico, a very important swing state. In 2000 New Mexico broke for Gore by .06%, and in 2004 Bush won New Mexico with .79%. Richardson is no stranger to working with the other side, and has an overall approval rating 62%. More importantly 60% with Independents and 41% with Republicans!

And lastly, you might not be able to tell by his name, but Richardson is the only Hispanic Governor in all of the US. In 2004, Bush took 44% of the Hispanic vote, which makes up 8% of the electorate.

Minus an embarrassing white lie he told about his baseball career, I think Richardson is a talent in the party, and should be seriously considered for higher office. The bloggers on Kos seem to think highly of Richardson as well. Plus he makes great campaign commercials.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Denver It Is


Mark your calendars. The Republicans will be Minnesota (cough cough Al Franken) following our convention, which will be in Denver, Colorado from August 25th-28th, at the Pepsi Center.


Significance:

Republican Senator Wayne Allard may be retiring that year, and nut job Minuteman Congressman Tom Tancredo will most likely run if he does. Regardless if Allard retires or not, expect the very funny Democratic Congressman Mark Udall (as seen on Better Know a District #5, Colorado’s 2nd. The fighting 2nd! Airing on November 16th, 2005, so what if I watch it?), to run. He has all but officially announced. Maybe that Coors guy will run too.

Not only is that big Senate Race shaping up but this yet again shows the trend of the mountain west becoming America's new battle ground. Colorado is another one of those purple states that has barely broke Republican in the last two elections; 8% in ’00, and 4.6% in ’04. With those numbers, and the fact they elected Democratic Senator Ken Salazar in 2004, Colorado could be trending Democratic. Picking up those 8 electoral votes would be big. The strategic reasons for Denver are much of the reason many of the bloggers over at Kos were pulling for Denver.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Augmentation, Not Increase


That's right, you heard it here first. This whole 20,000 troop increase thing that the public is just loving, isn't an increase after all, but as Dr. Rice likes to put it, "It's an augmentation that allows the Iraqis to deal with this very serious problem that they have in Baghdad".

Not only is the American public and the Democratic Congress on the same page in not buying this terrible plan, but some Republicans have come around to jumping off the sinking ship that is the Bush/McCain doctrine. At last count, Andrew Bielak over at TalkingPointsMemo.com had tallied up seven Republican Senators coming out of their partisan coma and doing what’s right for America, including ’08 hopefuls Brownback, and Hagel (although Hagel’s actually been against all of this stuff for a good while now).

Not that I’m keeping score or anything, but of the other five Republican Senators, three of them are up for reelection in blue states in ’08; Susan Collins, Gordon Smith, and Norm Coleman (cough cough Al Franken). If Virginia Republican Senator John Warner, former Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and former Secretary of the Navy also breaks ranks with the administration, expect many more Republicans to follow.

But kids, all of this stuff we just talked about isn't important in this story. Whats important is that our California Senator Barbara Boxer pointed out Condi hasn't been married or has any kids. Thats where the real news in this whole Iraq thing is.

p.s.
aug·ment
Pronunciation: og-'ment
Function: verb
1 : to make greater, more numerous, larger, or more intense