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Sotomayor hearing
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Sotomayor’s Bumpy Road to Confirmation

In Washington, a Supreme Court nomination usually sets off a flood of political accusations, and in this case the GOP certainly upheld the grand old tradition of seeing sin where none existed.

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE



twitter.com/AKGovSarahPalin

Palin Under Fire From GOP Ranks

Sarah Palin’s popularity within the Republican Party seems to have taken a hit since her startling resignation announcement on July 3, which may point to deeper rifts within the GOP, or may indicate that a presidential run may not be a wise choice this time around.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


Palin
AP photo / Dan Joling

Palin Sticks to the Script

Having startled allies and detractors alike with her resignation announcement last Friday, Alaska Gov. (for now) Sarah Palin got back to work Tuesday, signing a bill, doing a little Eskimo dancing and deflecting questions about her political plans.

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 READ MORE


Palin
msnbc.msn.com

Palin Will Step Down as Alaska’s Governor

At the end of this month, Sarah Palin will no longer be Alaska’s governor. The Thrilla from Wasilla made her announcement on Friday, sparking speculation that she may be preparing to run for president in 2012—or that she was compelled to resign for less opportune reasons. Updated

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 READ MORE


Franken
AP photo / Jim Mone

Poll: U.S. Voters Split on Franken’s Win

So, Al Franken officially will become a senator next week, but given his long and bitter battle with rival Norm Coleman, not to mention his pronounced unpopularity among Republicans, it’s not entirely surprising that a Rasmussen Reports national poll released Thursday registered substantial voter displeasure at the prospect of Franken’s arrival on Capitol Hill.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
thenewliberator.wordpress.com

South Carolina GOP Souring on Sanford

Despite Gov. Mark Sanford’s public mea culpas and hopeful Scriptural references, it seems that several prominent figures from South Carolina’s Republican ranks are putting the heat on him to devote himself fully to his family—and we all know what that political parlance means.

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Crist
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Will Republicans Back an Obama Hugger?

When Charlie Crist, Florida’s popular governor, announced this week that he would run for the U.S. Senate, it was the best news the Republican Party has had in an otherwise unpleasant year.

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE


Bush
AP photo / John Raoux

Those Brand-New Humble Republicans

Hoping to re-brand their declining party, a group of prominent Republicans recently launched a national “listening tour,” presumably as an exercise in market research. They would like to know why voters—and especially younger voters—increasingly reject the GOP.

Posted on May 7, 2009 READ MORE


Gates

Gates: ‘Everybody Knows We Still Have the Big Stick’

Having moved from the Bush administration to Obama’s camp, Defense Secretary Robert Gates takes stock of the White House’s new occupant on Sunday’s episode of “Fareed Zakaria GPS”  and defends Obama’s recent diplomatic outreach during his international debut: “I have not seen it as an apology tour,” says Gates.

Posted on May 4, 2009 READ MORE


Krugman
Wikimedia Commons / Prolineserver

Krugman on Bybee and the ‘Apparatchiks’

Clearly, Paul Krugman, pictured above, is no fan of federal Judge Jay Bybee, legislative enabler of the “enhanced interrogation technique” that’s become one shameful symbol of the past eight years: waterboarding. You know it’s not good when Newt Gingrich is held up as a paragon of a bygone, and preferable, brand of Republicanism.

Posted on Apr 27, 2009 READ MORE


Karl Rove
vicepresidents.com

‘Creepy’ Karl Rove on Meghan McCain’s Twitter Trail

You know a social networking trend has gone too far when: (1) Karl Rove has caught on, and (2) Karl Rove attempts to “friend” you—or, in Meghan McCain’s unenviable case, follow you on Twitter. Ew.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 READ MORE


Gramm
reedernichols.wordpress.com

Endgame for Gramm?

One wonders if Phil Gramm has been made just a tad nervous by the news on Tuesday that one of UBS’ super-wealthy private clients has pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE


McCain and Leno
nbc.com

McCain Fieldstrips His List of GOP Up-and-Comers

The ’08 presidential election is long over, but the drama that a certain folksy governor from Alaska unleashed into John McCain’s world might still rankle him, considering McCain’s perhaps purposeful omission of Sarah Palin from the list of up-and-coming Republicans he trotted out for Jay Leno Monday night. Update: Video added

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
cafepress.com

Pinching Political Party Purses

Both the Democratic and Republican parties are experiencing a unique form of financial comeuppance, as the economic recession they were in charge of preventing—that has now caused a 8.4 percent national unemployment rate—is causing a dramatic drop in the level of political party donations.

Posted on Mar 27, 2009 READ MORE


Sanford
fitsnews.com

Sanford and ‘Some’

Wednesday will mark the day Mark Sanford, governor of South Carolina, rejected “some” of the estimated $8 billion in federal stimulus money his state is slated to receive. Sanford’s anti-deficit spending stand has sparked talk that the Republican may be eyeing a 2012 presidential campaign. Updated.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE


Rush Limbaugh
politicsandfunk.com

Limbaugh Holds Court at Conservative Conference

If there was any question as to how Rush Limbaugh is positioning himself vis-à-vis the new administration, that was obliterated by his performance Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, where he once again made it clear that he’s not wishing President Obama well.

Posted on Mar 1, 2009 READ MORE


Jindal
nola.com

Jindal’s Tall Katrina Tale

If Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal could have one career do-over, he might opt to use it on the speech he gave Tuesday. Not only did his performance induce cringes on both sides of the aisle, but now, according to TPMMuckraker, it looks as if the part of his speech about Hurricane Katrina (to many the most baffling part) wasn’t exactly true.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009 READ MORE


Jindal
blogs.wsj.com

GOP Throwing Jindal Under the Bus?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal just might be going through the quickest rise to prominence, followed by the fastest plummet from the pedestal, in recent political history. Mere moments after he had given his big debut speech Tuesday night, the fallout began—and much of it came from within his own party.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 READ MORE


Jindal
Flickr/dsb nola

Jindal Disses Obama’s Economic Plan

Perhaps keeping an eye on the 2012 election, Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal has gone public with his critique of President Barack Obama’s proposed solutions to the country’s economic woes. ThreatDown!

Posted on Feb 24, 2009 READ MORE


And Now for the Stimulus Tug of War

President Barack Obama has made it a point to reach across the aisle in trying to gain Republicans’ support for his stimulus plan, but judging by the results of Tuesday’s Senate vote, partisanship is still afoot in the halls of Congress.

Posted on Feb 3, 2009 READ MORE


Gov. Douglas
climatelawupdate.com

Republican Governors Press for Passage of Stimulus Package

Despite the lack of support for President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan among Republican Congress members last week, several GOP governors are supporting the package, although some, like South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, are still putting up a fight.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Obama Pitches Stimulus Plan to GOP

President Barack Obama visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday to angle for support for his proposed stimulus plan ... from Republicans. Though he wasn’t likely to win them all over, Obama huddled with members of the House and Senate. He emerged in one piece and “optimistic” after the exchanges.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


Gov. Palin
gov.state.ak.us

Palin Launches Multimedia Assault (Again)

Alaska’s ever-savvy Gov. Sarah Palin has gone and lassoed top D.C. lawyer Robert Barnett to help her broadcast her important life lessons to the world, most likely in the form of a book deal (surely being hatched now that Barnett’s on the case) and maybe even a TV deal for the “telegenic” Palin, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

A Very Special Fox News New Year Celebration

Fox News mixed New Year revelry with the racially questionable salutations of “Jen and John C.,” which scrolled along the bottom of the screen during its telecast early Thursday morning. Good times!

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


Those Other Elections

A month after Barack Obama’s triumphant victory, we are still celebrating America’s only authentic national religion, and it isn’t Christianity—it’s presidentialism.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 READ MORE


Gates

Gates Was ‘Hoping the Question Would Never Be Popped’

Fresh off his official introduction as the current and future secretary of defense, Robert Gates took questions at the Pentagon on Monday about his party affiliation, President-elect Barack Obama and his outlook on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Posted on Dec 2, 2008 READ MORE


Chambliss ad

Saxby Chambliss Needs New PR Team

In this age of YouTube and ever-diminishing privacy, those who choose to position themselves—and, by extension, their families—in the public eye ought to know not to let a potentially creepy moment like this make it to video.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


Huckabee
Wikimedia/David Ball

Huckabee Feuds with Romney for Fun and Profit

Perhaps because he’s already looking forward to 2012, or maybe because he had some pages to fill in his brand new book, erstwhile Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee is once again taking issue with Mitt Romney and questioning his rival’s commitment to conservative politics

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


Palin
Flickr/sskennel

Palin Poised to Make Millions on Publishing Deal

Huh! So Sarah Palin’s White House bid didn’t pan out, but the story of her two-month sprint to Election Day with John McCain will likely translate into big bucks from an eager publishing house. But what should Palin’s tome be called?

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Insiders Paint a Not-So-Pretty Picture of Palin

On Wednesday, Fox News’ Carl Cameron kicked off a round of Republican in-fighting that had snowballed considerably by Wednesday, thanks to reports from unnamed McCain campaign informants about Sarah Palin’s alleged “diva”-like behavior.

Posted on Nov 6, 2008 READ MORE


Palin interview

Sarah Palin Reveals Shocking Racial Discrimination Against Husband

When confronted with a tough question by an African-American fellow wondering why he’s the only minority member at a McCain-Palin rally in Jeffersonville, Ind., Sarah Palin reaches out with a personal revelation of her own. Here’s a teaser: “We live it.”

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
Flickr/soggydan

Team McCain, GOP in Full Attack Mode

Wow. The Huffington Post rounded up all these new attacks on Barack Obama by the McCain campaign and various GOP operatives—but before reading them, be warned: Prolonged exposure to some of these messages (e.g. voting for Obama might lead to a “tragic outcome” for Jewish people) made us want to take a shower.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Schwarzenegger
AP photo / Kiichiro Sato

Schwarzenegger Stumps for McCain in Columbus

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger put aside his appeals to post-partisan politics on Friday in favor of taking up John McCain’s party line during a campaign rally for McCain in Columbus, Ohio.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


Bishop Dave Thomas

Does the Palin Administration Have a Race Issue?

Some African-Americans in Alaska have questions, which they pose to journalist Max Blumenthal in this clip from his series of video shorts on Alaska’s governor, about Sarah Palin’s administration with regard to its hiring practices and activities (or lack thereof) involving Alaska’s black community.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


Palin Fears for (Her) Free Speech

Someone better give Sarah Palin a copy of the U.S. Constitution—or better yet, read it to her slowly. The up-and-coming legal scholar/vice presidential candidate is scared for her own First Amendment rights because of “attacks” from reporters who claim she is engaging in negative campaign tactics.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Defiance
youtube.com / cbsnews

McCain Defiant in Ohio

What is it with politicians and the poetics of town names? John McCain is launching his electoral last stand in a place called, seriously, Defiance, Ohio. The rough ‘n’ tumblin’, dissident, anti-status-quo Republican candidate for president is following in the footsteps of Barack Obama, who campaigned in Unity, N.H., with Hillary Clinton after a barbed primary.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


AccuVote
inkycircus.com

Not Exactly ‘AccuVote’: Diebold Machine Removed in Colo.

A Diebold voting machine with the ironic name of “AccuVote” was impounded after a voter in Colorado’s Adams County noticed that the machine wouldn’t take a vote for a Democratic state Senate candidate. Luckily, the ever-vigilant Brad Blog is on the case.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


Murder, Spies & Voting Lies

Patty Sharaf’s new documentary “Murder, Spies & Voting Lies,” featuring election integrity journalist Brad Friedman, tells the story of Clint Curtis, a computer programmer who says a prominent Florida Republican asked him in 2000 to create software that could be used to rig the vote. Al-Jazeera’s Riz Khan takes a closer look.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gene J. Puskar

Just How Dumb Are White Males?

Let me now defend white males. We can’t possibly be as dumb as the polls showing we are John McCain’s most reliable voting base would indicate.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Ugly America

“You really do hate America!” This was the parting shot from a man I had just debated on a television show shortly before the invasion of Iraq. Because he’s a notorious right-wing blowhard, I laughed it off as the raving of a crackpot in extremis

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


GOP California
jgshow.com

Could California Go Red?

If there’s one state that most everyone would consider in the bank for Barack Obama, it might well be California—any more to the left and the state would be afloat in the Pacific (thus fulfilling the fantasies of many). So why are the early voting returns telling a different story?

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE



senate.gov

Stevens Won’t Back Down

Even as his conviction has politicos rethinking Senate filibuster math, Ted Stevens of Alaska says he’ll fight the verdict and continue campaigning for re-election. It’s not all bad news for the longest serving Senate Republican—and you really can’t make this up—the Senate doesn’t ban convicted felons.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE



senate.gov

Stevens Goes Down

Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, has been convicted on seven counts of lying about gifts he received while in office. Unless he steps down, the Republican Party will be running a convicted felon for the Senate in the Nov. 4 election.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


McCain the Press

McCain’s Senior Moment?

In response to former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama last week, John McCain boasted on “Meet the Press” of the five former secretaries of state who have thrown their support behind his own candidacy. Yet braggadocio ran into bungle when McCain tried to name all five, twice getting only to four,and looking a bit shaky in the process.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Greenspan’s Glitch, Palin’s Duds

So Alan Greenspan isn’t clairvoyant, as it turns out. Whoops! Neither, apparently, are Sarah Palin’s handlers, or else they might have done some bargain shopping instead of landing their leading lady in a heap of trouble over her pricey threads.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


Palin
AP photo / Nati Harnik

Palin ‘Going Rogue’

Is Sarah Palin’s recent drop in popularity due to the laws of political gravity, or are McCain-Palin campaign advisers to blame? Whatever the reason, Palin is said to be growing frustrated with certain aides and taking her own direction in her latest speeches, with her eye on the White House ... in 2012.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008 READ MORE


Endorsement

‘SNL’ Bush Endorses McCain

While the McCain campaign is doing everything it can to distance itself from the presidency of George W. Bush, “SNL” still managed to imagine how an endorsement from the commander in chief would go, and how gosh-darn down-home a Bush/Palin administration might really have been.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008 READ MORE


Gov. Sarah Palin
news.aol.com

Extreme Makeover: Palin Edition

If the hierarchy of staff salaries in the McCain/Palin campaign has anything to say about what Republicans really care about this election, then voters will likely be unsurprised that the McCain camp’s highest paid individual these past couple weeks is none other than Sarah Palin’s traveling makeup artist, Amy Strozzi.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008 READ MORE


Project Beltway

‘Daily Show’: The Governor’s New Clothes

Jon Stewart found plenty of, er, material for Wednesday night’s “Daily Show” episode as the Sarah Palin Wardrobegate scandal, um, unfolded.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


Kristol
andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com

Wrong Again, Bill Kristol

The New York Times’ conservative stalwart William Kristol should receive some kind of award for being wrong with such baffling consistency while still retaining his job. Not only has he been credited (if that’s the right word) with steering John McCain toward picking Sarah Palin and waving his proverbial pompoms for the Iraq invasion, but he has just let fly with another doozy in his latest column.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE


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