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Bill Frist
slate.com

Frist Asks the Impossible

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said if Republican candidates want to win in November, they should get voters to focus on issues other than the Iraq war. (h/t: AMERICAblog)

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Staying the Rhetorical Course

George Bush has dealt with the failure of his “stay the course” strategy by pretending it never existed, but will other candidates who once abused the phrase follow suit?  And will the media hold them accountable?

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Karl Rove

Rove Barks at NPR

During a tense interview with NPR, Karl Rove defended his claim that the GOP will hold on to both houses of Congress and accused host Robert Siegel of bias. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann: GOP Is Biggest Terror Org in USA

The MSNBC host uses a recent GOP ad and a copy of Webster’s Dictionary to buttress his argument that the Republican Party is the largest terrorist organization in the country.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Independent Surge Troubles Politicians

The number of independent voters has grown steadily in recent years, particularly in the Southwest.  Politicians have had a difficult time appealing to the less predictable group, which includes everyone from ex-libertarians to young people who think of political parties as irrelevant. 
Update: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows independents favor Democrats by 2 to 1.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert’s Guide to Republican Folly

In case you lost track, Stephen Colbert offers this rundown of Republican debacles.  From phantom WMDs to Mark Foley, the “Report” host highlights the greatest hits of GOP mania.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Lesbian wedding
flickr/Coffee Monster

Gay Marriage Scare Wears Thin

In the 2004 election, anti-gay ballot measures effectively drew conservatives to the ballot box, but the appeal of banning gay marriage is wearing off, polls suggest.

Posted on Oct 14, 2006 READ MORE


Politics Make for Very Strange Bedfellows

So, as if the Mark Foley stuff wasn’t weird enough already, it’s about to get even weirder and nastier. According to Max Blumenthal at The Nation, some anti-Republican gay rights activists (inspired apparently by the Foley scandal and a supposed “gay clique” that some claim to be responsible for the coverup) sent a memo with the names of closeted congressional staffers to Christian-right advocacy groups in hopes of inciting a “purge” of gay Republicans from Washington.

Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


Texas GOP Plays Atheist Card in Judge Race

The Republican Party of Texas has sent out a newsletter calling a Democratic nominee for a seat on the 6th Court of Appeals a “professed atheist.” A local poli sci professor says he’s never seen the religion card pushed that hard. (via Andrew Sullivan)

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


Dems Leaving GOP Bloodied at Polls

Four national surveys on Oct. 9 confirmed that Democrats enjoy huge 20-point leads over GOP’ers in the upcoming elections. Also:

  • NYT: Dems pull even to GOP’ers for first time in terrorism-handling ratings
  • USA Today: 54% say GOP’ers acted for “political reasons” in Foleygate
  • Wash Po: Bush is at 39%
  • CNN: 52% think Hastert should resign

  • Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Republicans Revise Election Estimates

    A top GOP strategist has said Republicans may lose as many as 30 House seats in the coming election.  Democrats need to pick up 15 seats to take control.

    Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Elephant backsides
    Left: NYT Mag; right: Time (composition: Blair Golson / Truthdig)

    Elephant Backsides on Parade

    Weird: Both Time magazine and The New York Times Magazine are using images of elephant backsides to illustrate cover stories this week—but for wildly different purposes: Time is writing about the breakdown of Republican society, and The N.Y. Times Mag is writing about the breakdown of actual elephant society. (more…)

    Posted on Oct 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: the Fallout From Foleygate

    A Newsweek poll has the Democrats favored over Republicans 53% to 35% in the congressional elections while Bush’s approval rating has dropped to 33% in the wake of Foleygate. (h/t: Think Progress)

    Posted on Oct 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Report: Republican Was the Source of Foley E-Mails

    Unfounded conservative bluster from Tony Blankley and Rush Limbaugh notwithstanding, the source who provided the media with Mark Foley’s e-mails is a lifelong Republican.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Matthews and Perkins

    Christian Conservative: Gays Likelier to Molest Kids

    Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, falsely argued on “Hardball” that homosexual men are likelier to abuse children than heterosexuals.  With comments like this, one might argue conservatives are likelier to abuse gays, not to mention the truth. (Video & Transcript)

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Foleygate"
    AP / Lawrence Jackson

    Foley Scandal Could Cost GOP Control of Congress

    George Stephanopolous says that if Republican leaders knew of and kept quiet about X-rated text messages (as opposed to the simply “overfriendly” ones) former Rep. Mark Foley sent to a page, “It’s game over. The leadership will have to resign.”
    (More after the jump...)

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Torture Bill: Worse Than You Think

    The interrogation bill headed for Bush’s desk would allow him to detain anyone indefinitely and decide (privately) what constitutes torture; it eliminates habeas corpus and judicial review, and it permits coerced evidence. The N.Y. Times calls it “our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts.”

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Habeas Corpus, R.I.P. (1215 - 2006)

    With a smug stroke of his pen, President Bush is set to wipe out a safeguard against illegal imprisonment that has endured as a cornerstone of legal justice since the Magna Carta.

    Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Limbaugh Blames Dems for GOP Scam

    Rush Limbaugh, with the kind of moral vacuousness that has come to define the man, recently blamed the “stupidity” of Democrats for allowing Republicans to disenfranchise voters: “And they show up on Wednesday to vote when the polls are closed, and the Democrats claim a trick has been played on them. That’s how stupid some of their voters are.”
    (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Sep 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Left, Right and Center

    Left, Right and Center

    Join Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, along with Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller, for a lively discussion on the week in politics, policy and culture.  This week: the Bush-Republican detainee-interrogation deal, U.N. rants, midterm elections, corporate spying, upheaval at the Los Angeles Times and the furor surrounding the pope’s recent comments on Islam.

    Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


    California's Governor
    sciam.com

    GOP Governors Campaign on Progressive Issues

    Not surprisingly, Republican governors have been veering to the left in a bid to capture votes.  From California to Maryland, issues like the minimum wage, the environment and healthcare have gotten a boost in recent months.

    Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Trio
    left two: Think Progress/right: senate.gov

    Rogue Senators Show Signs of Compromise With Bush

    The Republican senators who broke ranks with the administration to oppose Bush’s interrogation policy have indicated the possibility of a compromise.  On Friday the president showed no willingness to adjust his proposals, but Stephen J. Hadley, his national security advisor, hinted at the prospect during a television appearance Sunday.

    Posted on Sep 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Chris Buckley
    From Forbes FYI

    Buckley: Let’s Quit While We’re Behind

    Humorist and former Bush I speechwriter Christopher Buckley, a once-staunch Republican, writes that he hopes his party loses both houses in November. And as for Bush’s “compassionate conservatism”? Buckley suggests it should be termed “incontinent conservatism.”

    Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


    GOP Losing Dixie Chicks

    Southern women are turning away from the Republican Party, due to the president?s handling of the war.  As one Southerner put it: ?As a mother you worry, ‘Am I going to lose my baby boy?’ A mother’s view about war is often going to be a lot different than dad’s is.?  (h/t: AMERICAblog)

    Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


    In Ads, Republicans Run Away from Bush

    GOP’ers who once bragged in campaign materials about their close relationship with the president have started whitewashing their connections with the now-toxic Bush from their political ads and websites.

    Posted on Sep 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Christopher Shays
    house.gov

    14th Time’s the Charm

    Whether it’s because he’s facing a tough campaign against an antiwar Democrat or he just lost his supply of kool-aid, Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) has swung ‘round to sanity on the Iraq war.  After returning from his 14th visit to Iraq, the once-steadfast hawk called for a timetable for withdrawal and bashed Rumsfeld: “I haven’t had faith in the secretary in a long time.”

    Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Republicans to Spy Agencies: Make Iran Scarier

    Senior Bush officials and other top Republicans are apparently angry that U.S. intelligence agencies aren’t issuing more ominous threats about Iran. The GOP’ers, marred by (but unrepentant for) their Iraq debacle, are eager to use their lethal Tonka Toys once again—this time in Iran.

  • Check out an intelligence expert at AMERICAblog who argues that Iran poses no imminent threat to the U.S.

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


  • Americans Favor Dems on Iraq War, Says Poll

    In a reversal of the national sentiment of 2003, Americans now favor Democrats over Republicans on the Iraq war by 47% to 41%, according to a CNN poll. On the issue of terrorism, however, Republicans come out on top, 48 to 38.

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Let the Truth-Telling Begin

    Those who advocate withdrawal from Iraq ASAP have just as much of a duty to make the arguments for doing so—and to admit how much they don’t know—as those who got us into this mess five years ago.

    Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


    You Won?t Have Ney to Kick Around Anymore

    Rep. Robert ?Bob? Ney (R-Ohio) announced he would not seek reelection in November.  Ney, who has been under investigation for corruption related to Jack Abramoff, was pressured by the House Republican leadership to step down at the end of his term.

    Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Washington Deal Maker Details Palm Greasing

    A contractor tied to disgraced former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham describes America’s congressional appropriations process as little more than a shakedown.

    Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Breaks Bread With NAACP

    Bush spoke to the NAACP?s annual convention for the first time during his presidency.  His speech drew both applause and silence as he addressed the group he has avoided for five years.

    Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Rep. Barney Frank

    Rep. Barney Frank Rails Against Anti-Gambling Bill

    The Democratic congressman from Massachusetts slams the GOP for its attempt to legislate morality in the realm of online poker (while Republicans hypocritically protect other forms of gambling). Money quote: “If we were to outlaw for adults everything that college students abuse we would all just sit at home and do nothing!”

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Barack Obama
    From Thehill.com

    Truthdig: Don’t Believe Obama’s Hype on Evangelicals

    The Illinois senator chastised his colleagues for leaving the evangelicals to the Republicans.
    Electorally, he may be correct, but no self-respecting progressive should be fooled. On the whole, evangelicals are the most regressive people in the country. Just look at the hatred and intolerance they’ve made central to the Republican Party.

     

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: An Epic Week of Cutting and Running

    The top U.S. commander in Iraq proposed an Iraq cut-and-run plan during the very week that Republicans were lambasting Democrats for making the same suggestion. But Karl Rove knows that because Americans’ memories are so short, that won’t matter.

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Fecal Matter in Soldiers’ Water? Sure, Says Senate

    Senate Republicans shot down a measure that would have enacted oversight on the practices of private contractors in Iraq. As a result, companies like Halliburton are free to continue doing things like exposing U.S. soldiers in Iraq to water contaminated with fecal matter. The Nation has the details.

    Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Corporate Donations Shift Left

    Companies in the insurance, pharmaceuticals and tobacco industries are boosting their share of contributions to Democrats this year, an indication that the traditionally Republican-friendly donors suspect Dems may soon end up holding the reins of power.

    Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Ken Mehlman and Jon Stewart

    Ken Mehlman Holds His Own Against Jon Stewart

    The chairman of the Republican National Committee did a surprisingly good job ducking and parrying the jabs that the “Daily Show” host launched at him over the Bush administration’s record of lies and deceit. (Stewart got in a few zingers, but Mehlman is as good as they come.)

    Posted on Jun 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Dems Closing Fundraising Gap with GOP

    Even RNC chairman Ken Mehlman says that the Internet has proved much more lucrative for Democratic candidates than it has for Republicans.

    Posted on Jun 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Norman Solomon: The Gay Marriage Ban Isn’t Just Politics as Usual

    Members of the media have been too easy on the Republican push to ban gay marriage. Yes, it may be all about politics, but does that mean society shouldn’t react harshly to the attempt to codify discrimination in our Constitution?

    Posted on Jun 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Netroots Seen as Threat to Two-Party System

    Democratic strategist Joe Trippi writes that the rise of the Netroots-based organization Unite08 may be the harbinger of the end of the traditional two-party system in American politics.

    Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


    American Prospect
    From AmericanProspect.org

    Democrats Are Urged to Become Republicans

    That’s the call from Michael Tomasky in a cover story for the American Prospect. He means republicans with a small ‘r’—defenders of the idea of a republic that serves the common good. Tomasky writes: “What the Democrats still don?t have is a philosophy, a big idea that unites their proposals and converts them from a hodgepodge of narrow and specific fixes into a vision for society.”

    Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Rolling Stone Asks: Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revisits the 2004 election and finds evidence of massive electoral fraud. Kennedy writes:  “After carefully examining the evidence, I’ve become convinced that the president’s party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004.”

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


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    Democrats Wooing Evangelical Christians

    Just as the GOP tried to pull African Americans away from the Democratic Party, so too are Democrats going after the Republicans’ base: evangelical Christians. But a Washington Post columninst asks: “What does it profit a party to gain a demographic but lose its soul?”
    Earlier: The Religious Left Rises Again

    Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: ‘Yes, I Am Actually Calling Them Racist’

    “By all means, reform immigration with this deep obeisance to the Republican right-wing nut faction and their open contempt for ‘foreigners.’ But do not pretend for one minute that it is not a craven political bow to racism.”

    Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: Bush Losing Support Among Hispanics, Conservatives

    White conservatives form the base of the GOP, and Hispanics were supposed to be its future. But thanks to Bush’s stance on immigration (and some other issues), both groups are running away from the party.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    The House Is in Play for Democrats

    Throw conventional wisdom out the window, says the New York Times: Many seats in the House of Representatives that were once thought safe for Republicans have now become competitive races.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


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    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Domestic Spying
    From wcsh6.com

    Bipartisan Furor Over NSA Program

    Many Republican and Democratic lawmakers are furious over the alleged NSA phone record collection program.

  • GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham: “The idea of collecting millions or thousands of phone numbers, how does that fit into following the enemy?”
  • Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy: “It is our government, it’s not one party’s government.”

  • Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


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