- Rep. Leach
- Smerconish (right wing talkshow host)
- Adelman (hardcore hawk!)
- Bartlett (Reagan/Bush 1 senior advisor)
- Kmiec (Head of Legal Counsel for Reagan/Bush 1, Pro-Life)
- Kuo (Director of Faith Based Initiatives in Bush 2)
- Cafardi (Pro-life Catholic)
- Mrs. Hagel
- Eisenhower x2
- Coates (Friedman's student makes the libertarian case)
- Goldwater x2
- Frum (Bush 2 speechwriter)
- Sen. Chafee
- Rep. Gilchrest
- McKinnon (McCain '00, McCain '08)
- Lowry (not full endorsement)
- Bennet (Bush 2)
- Gov. Weld
- Balko (Libertarian case for Obama)
- McClellan (Bush 2 "true believer" and Press Sec.)
- Gov. Carlson
- Fried (Sol. General and McCain Adviser!)
- Dowd (Cheif Strategist Bush 2)
- Allison (National Review Editor)
Biden has been a little weak so far in his role as VP nominee. I don't have a big problem with his putative "gaffes," but rather his less than full-throated offense. This quells that sentiment nicely.
If Ms. Todd’s allegations are proven accurate, some voters may revisit their support for Senator Obama, not because they are racists (with due respect to Rep. John Murtha), but because they suddenly feel they do not know enough about the Democratic nominee.
If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.
"But Abortion Clinics kill babies," they will scream. Therefore, the ends justify the means. Of course, if you believe that in a representative democracy you bear moral responsibility for an unjust war that was killing innocent civilians and maiming your fathers and brothers, then perhaps you too would believe that the ends justified the means.
Palin is a morally bankrupt tribalist.
“I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interests of organizations, specifically banks and others, were such as that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders and their equity in the firms,” Mr. Greenspan said.
....Mr. Waxman pressed the former Fed chair to clarify his words. “In other words, you found that your view of the world, your ideology, was not right, it was not working,” Mr. Waxman said.
“Absolutely, precisely,” Mr. Greenspan replied. “You know, that’s precisely the reason I was shocked, because I have been going for 40 years or more with very considerable evidence that it was working exceptionally well.”
That's Drudge's point here - Hahahaha, they tried to register Mickey Mouse! Fools! But here's the thing: there are 32 people named "Mickey Mouse" listed in the White Pages nationwide, including two in Florida ... On MSNBC, NBC deputy political director Mark Murray just referred to "Harry Potter" and "Han Solo" as other obviously fake names. There are 77 Harry Potters in the White Pages. No Han Solos, but there is a Hans Solo. And 8 Luke Skywalkers. This is really simple: You cannot tell that a voter registration form is illegitimate based solely on the name.
Al-Qaida supporters suggested in a Web site message this week they would welcome a pre-election terror attack on the U.S. as a way to usher in a McCain presidency.
The message, posted Monday on the password-protected al-Hesbah Web site, said if al-Qaida wants to exhaust the United States militarily and economically, "impetuous" Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is the better choice because he is more likely to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier," the message said. "Then, al-Qaida will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush."
The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.Thank God for Real Americans, huh?
According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.
The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.
The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.
There is already an attempt to blame the media -- as in, the liberal media would have looked askance at Palin if she wasn't clad in Neiman Marcus, but this won't wash. Republicans, RNC donors and at least one RNC staff member have e-mailed me tonight to share their utter (and not-for-attribution) disgust at the expenditures.The coming Republican civil war will be between those who drank the Palin Poison, and those who didn't. Let's hope the country club crowd wins out over the Bible thumpers, but I suspect we'll have to wait until 2016 to see that come to pass. In 2012 the thinking will be, "McCain was a centrist, and he lost! Given the choice between Democrat and Democrat Lite, the people will choose the real thing every time. It's time to return to our conservative roots," by which they mean a return to the Tom Delay, Rick Santorum GOP base craziness. It'll be a landslide, and then they'll come around.
Oh, and get this precious reaction from a Palin spokesperson:
"With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it's remarkable that we're spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses. It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign."Awwwww. I wonder, what lucky welfare recipient or thrift-store shopper will be waltzing around in a $12,000 jacket next year?
Remember the good ol' days (of about 8 months ago) when the GOP was outraged over $400 haircuts?
Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.Ouch. There she goes again editing expense reports after the fact. Worst. Vetting. Ever.
In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters' 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006.
After Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain chose Palin his running mate and reporters asked for the records, Palin ordered changes to previously filed expense reports for her daughters' travel.
And what kind travel was this, exactly?
In October 2007, Palin brought daughter Bristol along on a trip to New York for a women's leadership conference. Plane tickets from Anchorage to La Guardia Airport for $1,385.11 were billed to the state, records show, and mother and daughter shared a room for four nights at the $707.29-per-night Essex House hotel, which overlooks Central Park.They stayed in that hotel for 5 nights, even though her involvement with the conferences lasted only 1. Nice vacation, eh?
In July, the governor charged the state $2,741.26 to take Bristol and Piper to Philadelphia for a meeting of the National Governors Association. The girls had their own room for five nights at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for $215.46 a night, expense records show.And finally, let's remember what we learned during the "Palin Paid to Live at Home" mini-scandal:
Expense forms describe the girls' official purpose as "NGA Governor's Youth Programs and family activities." But those programs were activities designed to keep children busy, a service provided by the NGA to accommodate governors and their families, NGA spokeswoman Jodi Omear said.
The IRS also strictly forbids deductions for expenses incurred bringing a spouse and kids along on a business trip. Tax authorities say any reimbursement for travel costs for family members would likely incur income taxes.She's a tax cheat just like Joe the Plumber! God, it's good to have a Real American running for office, isn't it?
My man, Colin Powell. The way he frames this endorsement is so eminently reasonable - so old-school Republican - that it can't help but sway some of the Republican Party faithful. He is coldly vicious to McCain in the same breath despite their 25 year friendship.
Of course, not even Powell can overcome the crazification factor.
But McCain's voter fraud worries – about Acorn or anyone else – are unsupported by the facts, said experts on election fraud, who recall similar concerns being raised in several previous elections, despite a near-total absence of cases.
"There's no evidence that any of these invalid registrations lead to any invalid votes," said David Becker, project director of the "Make Voting Work" initiative for the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Becker should know: he was a lawyer for the Bush administration until 2005, in the Justice Department's voting rights section, which was part of the administration's aggressive anti-vote-fraud effort.
"The Justice Department really made prosecution of voter fraud of this sort a big priority in the first half of this decade, and they really didn't come up with anything," he said.
These videos from McCain/Palin rallies are real eye-openers for us Whiteys. I've sorta always thought that racism still exists, but that it couldn't be that wide spread even here in the south. But seeing this exact performance parroted again and again, in city after city, makes me considerably more open to the "racism affects our lives" argument that some minorities make.
"Go back to Africa" indeed.
Luckily a Democrat has finally decided to fight this when there was still a chance to do something about it. Obama's campaign is pursuing legal options as we speak, not after they've already lost.
Fortunately for us there's a special prosecutor looking into the U.S. Attorney/Bogus Vote Fraud thing already, and this dovetails perfectly. The Obama campaign is fighting back preemptively, not when its too late to do anything. About time!
In fact, David Iglesias, the most troubling of the nine political firings, said the following:
Iglesias, the most important of the 9 dismissed attorneys, says he's seen this all before, and is astounded that the current US attorneys are falling for this. It looks like a real strong possibility that the politicisation has succeeded.People who would know are saying so, like the DOJ's ex voting right's chief:
Gerry Hebert described the investigation, word of which was leaked off the record to the Associated Press less than three weeks before the election, as "a continuation of injecting DOJ into what has clearly become a political issue."
He continued: "That's really not the proper role for the DOJ, and why their policies counsel otherwise."
Hebert, noting that he had been at DOJ during the administrations of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, added: "During the twenty-one years I was there, even though there were political appointees who I worked with, never did we inject partisan considerations into our law-enforcement responsibilities. That has clearly not been the case in recent years under this administration. And it's going to take a long time to cleanse the Department of Justice."
Florida's governor says his fellow Republicans may be exaggerating claims of voter fraud in the state.Of course Mickey Mouse is not going to vote in November, no matter how many of them register.
Gov. Charlie Crist said Wednesday that he has confidence in Secretary of State Kurt Browning, who says there's only been a scattering of isolated incidents.
Crist said in the closing days of any campaign "there are some who sort of enjoy chaos." There may be more of that going on than fraud, he said.
Yup. It's extreme to believe that an abortion should be legal when not having one might result in the mother's death. ...And John McCain thinks he's going to take part of the Hillary vote? What a joke.
Chris Hackett addressed the increasingly feisty crowd as they await the arrival of Gov. Palin. Each time the Republican candidate for the seat in the 10th Congressional District mentioned Barack Obama the crowd booed loudly.
One man screamed "kill him!"
It's time again to remember the backstory of the US Attorney Firing scandal. The firings were one thing. But the story behind the firings, what led to them, is key to understanding the current 'vote fraud' scam being played by the Republicans and the media outlets that are going along with the scam.
Remember, the US Attorneys in question were all either Republicans or Republican-leaning independents. In every case, they were appointed by George W. Bush. In most of the cases their firing was tied to 'vote fraud' claims stemming from the 2004 election.
The pattern was very consistent. During the final weeks of the 2004 campaign Republican partisans started pressing claims of widespread voter fraud. In many, though not all cases, the examples they pointed to were not even allegations of voter fraud, but allegations of voter registration fraud: examples of people being registered more than once, non-existent people being registered, etc.
The Republicans making these claims argued that these problems with registration cards were opening the coming election up to widespread vote fraud. Logically, this makes no sense. And, more importantly, all evidence shows this has never happened, certainly not in any widespread sense. Every person who claims otherwise is either ignorant or speaking in bad faith.
Nonetheless, CNN and other national news outlets and especially local media outlets, either out of ignorance or bad faith, ran hard with these stories -- just as CNN is doing now.
After the election, there was a lot of pressure from Republicans in states like Nevada, Washington, New Mexico, etc. (not surprisingly, all key swing states) to have local US Attorneys prosecute these cases. The word came down from Washington, DC, particularly the political office at the White House that this was a top priority. And the local US Attorneys launched into it.
But there was a problem. Most of these were ethical prosecutors. And when they looked into it there just wasn't anything there. Most of the stories weren't even true. And those that were, were obviously isolated and in most cases not done with malice. The number of people who could actually be prosecuted could be counted on one hand. Local Republicans got angry; Karl Rove got angry. And the US Attorneys got fired.
That's the real story of the US Attorney firing scandal. And what we're seeing today is textbook -- exactly the same as what we saw in 2004 and 2006. It's a scam. And the very recent history should be enough for news networks like CNN and others not to let themselves become complicit in this disgrace.
Officials in Ohio are investigating voter fraud connected with Acorn, and Florida's Seminole County is withholding Acorn registrations that appear fraudulent. New Mexico, North Carolina and Missouri are looking into hundreds of dubious Acorn registrations. Wisconsin is investigating Acorn employees for, according to an election official, "making people up or registering people that were still in prison."
Then there's Lake County, Indiana, which has already found more than 2,100 bogus applications among the 5,000 Acorn dumped right before the deadline. "All the signatures looked exactly the same," said Ruthann Hoagland, of the county election board. Bridgeport, Connecticut estimates about 20% of Acorn's registrations were faulty. As of July, the city of Houston had rejected or put on hold about 40% of the 27,000 registration cards submitted by Acorn.
That's just this year. In 2004, four Acorn employees were indicted in Ohio for submitting false voter registrations. In 2005, two Colorado Acorn workers were found to have submitted false registrations. Four Acorn Missouri employees were indicted in 2006; five were found guilty in Washington state in 2007 for filling out registration forms with names from a phone book.
The WSJ provides a nice list of voter registration fraud, but rejecting bad registrations is exactly what the people at the voter registration office do. And when the registration forms arrive pre-marked for fraudulent activity it can only make that job easier.
Now, if the people gathering registrations for ACORN had been paid by the registration rather than by the hour, ACORN would have built in an incentive to commit registration fraud and would be guilty of something. But they don't. ACORN appears to act within the rules as best as it can, and gladly turns over its gatherers to the authorities when fraud is suspected. After all, the gatherers of fraudulent registration forms are stealing from ACORN. Registrations for Mickey Mouse certainly don't translate into fraudulent votes.
I suppose ACORN could make Republicans happy by stopping existing. Or by holding voter registration drives at country clubs.
I wonder, do you think bin Laden knows the saying "The friend of my enemy is my enemy?"
Remember, this is the man who wont use the word "victory" to describe our goal in Iraq. It seems like he doesn't see America the way you and I see America. I bet he's about to start palling around with Terrorists! [/Palin]
"Even after [Obama] refused to lift a finger to prevent this crisis, when the crisis hit, he was missing in action. He didn't start making calls to round up votes until after the rescue bill failed in the House and the markets crashed. We continue to see the price of delay today as the markets continue to fall. Today the Dow has fallen below 10,000. And yet, members of his own party said they felt no pressure to vote for the bill."It's like the last week never happened. Has he forgotten that the "leadership" he showed in suspending his campaign led to the Republican Congressmen voting 2-1 against the bailout bill he emphatically endorsed? McCain and Palin said there might well be a Great Depression last Monday if that bill didn't pass, and the Republicans still told them where to shove it.