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AZ-08: Republican Jesse Kelly's having some trouble answering questions—and he sure is going to remind you of someone. In a recent interview with local TV station KGUN9, reporter Jennifer Waddell tried to ask Kelly about an endorsement he once received from the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (aka ALIPAC)—an organization the ADL says is backed by white supremacists. John Ellinwood, a Kelly aide who was serving as some kind of Soviet-style "minder" for his candidate, flipped out over the question and after the interview concluded, berated Waddell and questioned her "professionalism."

Ellinwood seemed to be most furious about the fact that Waddell characterized the 2010 endorsement as "recent," but it's a moot point, since ALIPAC just re-endorsed Kelly a few days ago. In a fit of rage, he cancelled a second interview scheduled with Kelly, but KGUN got the better of them, airing a clip of the first interview and describing Ellinwood's reaction in detail. So Kelly backed down and agreed to do the second Q&A after all. Only it really didn't go too well. I strongly urge you to watch it—it will only take 37 seconds of your time:

In case you can't view the video, here's the full transcript of Kelly pulling a Coffman with reporter Marcelino Benito:
Benito: "Do you plan on accepting that endorsement this time around?"

Kelly: "Our campaign is going to stay focused on lower gas prices using American energy, lower taxes, and creating jobs."

Benito: "Do you plan on accepting that endorsement?"

Kelly: "Our campaign is going to stay focused on lower taxes, lowering gas prices using American energy, and creating jobs."

Benito: "So it that a yes or a no?"

Kelly: "Our campaign is going to stay focused on lowering gas prices, creating jobs, and lowering gas prices using American energy."

Benito: "So no comment?"

Kelly: "Our campaign is going to stay focused on lowering gas prices, creating jobs, and lowering taxes."

Senate:

FL-Sen: Marist (PDF) for NBC. 5/17-20. Registered voters. MoE: ±3.0% (no trendlines):

Bill Nelson (D-inc): 46
Connie Mack (R): 42
Undecided: 12
Quinnipiac. 5/15-21. Registered voters. MoE: ±2.4% (3/20-26 results):
Bill Nelson (D-inc): 41 (44)
Connie Mack (R): 42 (36)
Undecided: 15 (17)

Bill Nelson (D-inc): 43 (47)
George LeMieux (R): 36 (27)
Undecided: 19 (22)

Republican primary. MoE: ±3.6% (1/4-8 results):
Connie Mack (R): 40 (39)
Mike McCalister (R): 8 (6)
George LeMieux (R): 7 (6)
Undecided: 41
Quinnipiac's poll has come under a lot of fire for allegedly tilting too Republican—the sample's self-reported party ID is 34% Republican, 31% Democratic, 29% independent, and 6% "other." Most published criticism from locals centers around the fact that Florida Democrats hold a 40-36 statewide edge in voter registration, but that to me is bunk in a state that still has a sizable Dixiecrat influence. (Put another way: Kentucky is 55% registered Democrat.) Still, even in 2010, the exit polls had Ds and Rs at parity, 36% apiece. Then again, in 2004, the GOP had a four-point advantage.

But perhaps what stands out most is that this same poll gave Romney a 47-41 lead over Obama, the largest margin he's had since... another Quinnipiac poll, all the way back in September. By comparison, the new Marist poll (PDF) puts Obama on top 48-44 (including leaners). So yeah, I'm having a hard time buying Quinnipiac's results, especially since nothing's happened in the last couple of months in Florida to suggest the race has shifted to such a dramatic degree.

P.S. Here's another nice little Connie Mack screwup: The somehow-he's-still-the-GOP-frontrunner sent out a statement touting an endorsement from Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno, who served in the House with Mack for two terms as Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico. But evidently someone edited the press release a bit too aggressively, because the original version contained a slam against "liberal Sen. Bill Nelson," which ticked Fortuno off. A revised release later went out without any mention of Nelson whatsoever.

HI-Sen (PDF): A poll of the Hawaii Senate race for the League of Conservation Voters (conducted by PPP) shows Dem Rep. Mazie Hirono leading GOP ex-Gov. Linda Lingle 50-41. They didn't, however, pair Lingle with Ed Case or ask about the Democratic primary—or if they did, the LCV didn't include that information. The last time PPP was in the field in Hawaii, all the way back in October, Hirono had a slightly smaller 48-42 edge.

IN-Sen: Republican Richard Mourdock, cognizant that he still has to reach out to Sen. Dick Lugar's supporters (even if, or perhaps, particularly because a Lugar endorsement looks so doubtful), has been busy scrubbing his website of anti-Lugar messages and references to tea party support. He hasn't done a very thorough job, though, since his Twitter account is still chock-full of goodies.

MA-Sen: Suffolk University (PDF). 5/20-22. Likely voters. MoE: ±4% (2/11-15 results):

Elizabeth Warren (D): 47 (40)
Scott Brown (R-inc): 48 (49)
Undecided: 5 (9)
When the DSCC released a two-week-old internal poll showing the race tied at 48 apiece on Tuesday, that actually got me nervous: After several weeks of negative headlines over questions about Elizabeth Warren's ancestry, I was worried that national Democrats were trying to pre-empt potential bad news from the Suffolk poll they knew would be released late on Wednesday. Turns out, I shouldn't have been so concerned. Not only does the Suffolk survey match the DSCC's results, but check out those trendlines: Back in February, Suffolk was one of a series of polls that all of a sudden showed Scott Brown with wide leads that he hadn't enjoyed in quite some time. Now, they're back to seeing the race as a tossup.

But if you have a good memory, you'll recall the prior poll came in for a lot of criticism: There were some very questionable choices in terms of question ordering, and even Republicans didn't believe the spread, according to Dave Catanese. So I'd urge some caution here, though I will note that Suffolk removed some of those troublesome questions that appeared before their head-to-head matchup in February.

There's also another piece of good news contained in this poll:

Seventy-two percent of likely voters were aware of the recent controversy concerning Elizabeth Warren's heritage. Of those, 49 percent said Warren was telling the truth about being part Native American; 28 percent said she was not telling the truth; and 23 percent weren't sure. Meanwhile, 41 percent said they believed that Elizabeth Warren benefited by listing herself as a minority, while 45 percent said she did not benefit. Sixty-nine percent of likely voters said that Warren's Native American heritage listing is not a significant story, while 27 percent said that it is.
I'll be honest: I was afraid that the Native America ancestry story would be a real blow to Warren. We'll see if Brown runs any attack ads on it, but for now, it seems like it's not going to be a major issue. (And the fact that Brown made a binding "clean campaign" agreement with Warren helpfully makes it very hard for outside groups to play dirty on this one.)

P.S. One small additional point: Suffolk actually tested Warren's only remaining Democratic primary opponent, attorney Marisa DeFranco, against Brown as well. Brown leads 49-28, but the salient fact is that against an absolute Some Dude like DeFranco, he only performs one point better than against Warren. That certainly suggests a very stark ceiling for him.

OH-Sen: Marist (PDF) for NBC. 5/17-20. Registered voters. MoE ±3.0%. (2/29-3/2 results):

Sherrod Brown (D-inc): 51 (47)
Josh Mandel (R): 37 (37)
Undecided: 12 (16)
The last few Ohio polls we've seen (Quinnipiac and PPP) have shown the lead in the Senate race narrowing into the high single digits for Sherrod Brown, thanks to heavy advertising from the previously-little-known Josh Mandel. However, Marist's latest still gives Brown a low double-digit lead, and in fact a better result than last time, unexpected since they saw the gap narrow in the presidential race (down to a six-point lead for Barack Obama). (David Jarman)

OH-Sen, OH-16: Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel has decided to return some $105K in questionable campaign donations that came from a handful of employees of the Suarez Corporation—donations which are now under federal investigation. GOP Rep. Jim Renacci, who also was the beneficiary of this mysterious Suarez largesse, isn't following suit, though, and I think is subtly trying to suggest that this is some kind of politically-motivated inquest. From a Renacci spokesman: "When we first learned of the Obama Administration's investigation into this group of Republican donors several months ago, we decided not to rush to judgment." Because the FBI = the Obama administration, right?

PA-Sen: Rasmussen: Bob Casey (D-inc): 48, Tom Smith (R): 41

TX-Sen: A last-minute poll from PPP shows that all that advertising on behalf of David Dewhurst (much of it slamming his chief rival, Ted Cruz) may have had the desired effect. Dewhurst now leads Cruz 46-29, a major reversal of fortune compared to PPP's prior poll from only a month ago, which had Dewhurst up just 38-26. Indeed, Cruz's negatives have taken a hammering: His favorables have gone from 31-17 to 38-32. Dewhurst, meanwhile, has seen his positives soar, from 47-22 in April to a pretty exception 61-25 now.

This also explains why, in a hypothetical two-man runoff, he leads Cruz 59-34; Tom Jensen says that those who plan to vote for third-place candidate Tom Leppert overwhelmingly prefer Dewhurst. Tom offers one positive tea-leaf for Cruz, which is that far more of his supports are "very excited" about voting on Tuesday, though that's not much to cling to. In a final effort to keep his campaign afloat, Cruz has loaned himself $400K, and he also picked up an endorsement from Rick Santorum, but it's starting to look like the dream will die (at least for this cycle).

VA-Sen: Marist (PDF) for NBC. 5/17-20. Registered voters. MoE ±3.0%. (2/29-3/2 results):

Tim Kaine (D): 49 (48)
George Allen (R): 43 (39)
Undecided: 9 (13)
The third leg of Marist's three-poll batch released on Thursday finds Democratic ex-Gov. Tim Kaine still in good shape in the open Senate race in Virginia, with one of the biggest leads anyone's seen for him, at six points over George Allen (most non-Rasmussen pollsters have seen Kaine up by one or two). On the other hand, that's still down from Marist's previous poll, which gave him a nine-point edge... but you might remember that sample seemed a little too good to be true, given that it also gave Barack Obama a 17-point lead over Mitt Romney. Today, Obama leads Romney by a much more believable 4, so it's good to see that Kaine dropped by a much smaller amount and in fact is now outperforming Obama. (David Jarman)

Gubernatorial:

IN-Gov: Running mates—whether on presidential or gubernatorial tickets—don't usually make much if any difference with voters. But here's an interesting example of a lieutenant governor pick that seems to be having a positive effect on the Democratic party establishment. The other day, former state House Speaker John Gregg, who has a pretty conservative profile for a Dem, tapped longtime state Sen. Vi Simpson, who has a pretty liberal record, as his number two. According to one local report, the move appears to be paying dividends:

As for energizing the base here are two examples: A labor leader says that Gregg's labor support just went from 60% to 100%. And the Stonewall Democrats, a gay and lesbian organization, had labeled Gregg a DINO, Democrat in name only. It is now calling on its members to give his candidacy a second look.
(Hat-tip: ndrwmls10)

WI-Gov: A trio of new polls came out on the Wisconsin recall between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, and all showed GOP Gov. Scott Walker prevailing over Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett by five points or more. St. Norbert (PDF) comes closest to other recent polling, with Walker up 50-45. Meanwhile, libertarian magazine Reason (via ORC International) has Walker on top 50-42 (PDF). And We Ask America, the polling arm of the right-wing Illinois Manufacturers' Association, continues to have the most wildly outsized margins for Walker, showing him ahead 54-42. (Ten days ago, they had him up 52-43.)

Barrett then responded with his own internal poll from Garin-Hart-Yang, which put Walker up just 50-48. One orthogonal observation I'd reference as you're trying to make sense of all these conflicting results is this comment from Daily Kos Elections community member conspiracy, who points out that in 2010—when Walker and Barrett also faced off for the governor's mansion—the final round of polls showed Walker with an average lead of nine points. But he ultimately won by only five, which is a potentially optimistic note for Barrett.

House:

AR-01, AR-04: Both of Tuesday's Democratic House primaries in Arkansas are headed to runoffs, thanks to third-wheel candidates who siphoned off enough of the vote to preclude the front-runner from obtaining outright victory by clearing the 50% mark. In AR-01, prosecutor Scott Ellington came tantalizingly close with 49.5%, so he'll face a second round against state Rep. Clark Hall, who took 39%. Third-place finisher Gary Latanich (12%) is declining to endorse either man. The winner will face freshman GOP Rep. Rick Crawford.

The contest was closer in AR-04, where state Sen. Gene Jeffress led attorney Q. Byrum Hurst 43-36. Self-described "conservative Democrat" D.C. Morrison (who indeed is quite conservative and usually supports Republicans) finished with 21% and has given his backing to Jeffress. Hurst and Jeffress are vying to take on Iraq vet Tom Cotton, who handily avoided a runoff with 58% in his own primary against 2010 nominee Beth Anne Rankin. The runoffs will be held on June 12.

P.S. I'm wondering if Jeffress and Ellington, who were both outspent and whose opponents both advertised on TV while they did not, were helped by the fact that the ballot apparently included their current job titles: "senator" and "prosecuting attorney" respectively. But you'd think Hall's would have been on there, too, no?

AZ-08: Ugh, barf. Democrat Ron Barber's lucky that Jesse Kelly had such a bad day—maybe this screwup will fade more quickly, because he literally pulled a David Weprin. (That's a bad thing.) Barber, running in the June special election to fill ex-Rep. Gabby Giffords's seat, refused to say whether he'd vote for Barack Obama in a debate on Wednesday with Kelly. Perhaps realizing he'd screwed up and made himself look weak, Barber's campaign sent out a statement the next day saying that he would, in fact, cast a ballot for Obama. But sheez. I certainly figured Barber was a far stronger campaigner than Weprin, who, in his own special election last fall, also wouldn't say whether he'd vote to re-elect the president. And we all remember how Weprin's race wound up.

CO-06: So is this how freshman GOP Rep. Mike Coffman thinks he can put to rest his disastrous decision to go full birther at a recent Republican fundraiser—and his even more disastrous decision to stonewall a TV news reporter who caught him on camera acting like a mobster invoking the fifth? Coffman's now penned a guest op-ed in the Denver Post apologizing once again for his remarks, calling them "boneheaded." This time he went further than his original half-assed apology, though, saying he was also wrong to also question "the president's devotion to our country." Most amusingly, though, he concludes by saying: "This was my mistake, and I'm not afraid to own up to it." If Coffman's not afraid, then why has he shunned all public appearances and refused to answer the media's questions about this?

NJ-09: For some inscrutable reason, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is stepping into the Pascrell-Rothman primary, donating $5,000 to Rep. Bill Pascrell—and refusing to comment on why. Other members of Congress (in the House, where it makes more sense) are also choosing sides; Roll Call's John Stanton has a run-down.

Meanwhile, this is of course mega-sketchy, but PolitickerNJ cites an unnamed "source close to" the campaign of Rep. Steve Rothman who says that a supposed Rothman internal only has him four points ahead of Pascrell. (Pascrell just released his own poll that showed Rothman up by one.) It feels like someone must have cracked out of turn, though, because Rothman's campaign has said on the record that they won't share their own polling—and this leaker isn't exactly sharing very dominant results, if they're accurate.

NM-01: It looks like a rival campaign is shopping around an oppo hit on Democratic state Sen. Eric Griego. The Albuquerque Journal reports: "At least 11 arrest warrants were issued for Griego by Metropolitan Court judges between 2000 and 2007, records show. The warrants were for failing to appear at scheduled court hearings or missing court-ordered driver school programs for traffic citations, such as speeding." Ordinarily I'd ignore an article about a speeding ticket or two, but the number of violations, coupled with the repeated failures to appear in court, are enough such that I'd be concerned about this turning into more of a story, especially with so little time left before the primary.

SC-07: Good grief. Ted Vick, a man with a resume that most Democratic consultants would drool over (farmer, state legislator, businessman, pastor, Lt. Colonel in the South Carolina National Guard, etc.), was arrested on Wednesday night for D.U.I. and possession of a firearm with an expired permit. On top of that, Vick had a 21-year-old female college student in his passenger seat. Oy. Amazingly, Vick is not the first candidate in this race to be arrested—GOP state Rep. Thad Viers dropped out of the field earlier this year after being jailed on harassment charges. Vick, who used to be a highly-touted recruit for this newly-drawn district, should really follow Viers' lead and fade away fast. For now, though, in his first public statement on the matter, Vick says that "politics will have to wait" while he "consults" with his family and pastor. Preston Brittain, a well-financed attorney and Vick's chief rival in the Democratic primary, seems to have lucked out here in a major way. (James L)

Other Races:

CA Prop 29: Ugh. Anyone still in Polyanna mode about the influence of money in politics need look no further than right here in the Golden State. California's Proposition 29 is on the June ballot, and seeks to add a $1 per-pack tobacco tax. In a health conscious state like California, the ballot measure was cruising, with an early Spring poll by PPIC showing it leading 67-30.

Two months and $38 million of tobacco industry cash later, the initiative still leads, but by a drastically reduced margin. PPIC just polled the state again, and just 53 percent support the initiative now, with 42 percent opposed. Anti-29 ads have saturated California airwaves almost as heavily as Meg Whitman did in 2010. Unlike Whitman, however, the ad blitz appears to be paying off for the cigarette lobby—though, fortunately, they still have a ways to go. (Steve Singiser)

MD-Init: Alright, here's one optimistic poll: PPP just conducted a new survey of Maryland, finding voters in favor of the state's new marriage equality law by a 57-37 margin. That's important because there may be a referendum on the legislation this fall. Most interesting is that the numbers were a lot closer in March—52-44 in support. Why such a big change? African American voters went from 56-39 opposed to 55-36 in favor in that timeframe. You might almost think there was some sort of major announcement in there at some point....

Grab Bag:

WATN?: Looks like former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist remains as D-curious as ever: He was spotted on Wednesday night attending a fundraiser for Democratic Dave Aronberg, a former state senator who is running for the position of Palm Beach County state attorney. Crist explained his presence (as did another attendee, Florida GOP finance chair A.K. Desai) by saying he's a "friend" of Aronberg's.

Media Watch:

MO-Sen: Dem Sen. Claire McCaskill touts her role in passing legislation to address the mismanagement of Arlington National Cemetery, where countless veterans are buried. Size of the buy: $352K.

MT-Gov: The GOP primary gets its first real negative ad, from Corey Stapleton, who attacks Rick Hill for having too much "baggage" (illustrated literally) as a lobbyist. There's also some Peter Bjorn & John-style whistling going on here. Size of the buy: $110K.

NC-Gov: Republican Pat McCrory has seriously let the DGA's new ad attacking his ethics get under his skin. He's had basically no luck getting TV stations to take it down, so now he says he's going to sue the groups behind it: the DGA, of course, and their North Carolina front, called NC Citizens for Progress. Good luck with that!

WI-Gov: The DGA continues to put its muscle into the Wisconsin recall, giving another $1 million to the Greater Wisconsin Committee to support ad buys and GOTV efforts. That brings their total investment in the race to $3 million. The DNC? Still zip.

Meanwhile, Democrat Tom Barrett has a new ad out ahead of Friday's debate, in which he previews two questions he wants asked of Walker: Will he disclose emails sent between himself and those charged in the "John Doe" criminal investigation of his staff for improper political activity, and will he reveal who's contributed to his legal defense fund? Also, in the WI-LG race, Democrat Mahlon Mitchell pitches himself as a "common-sense problem solver" and also mentions that he's a firefighter.

AZ-08: American Crossroads makes their first play in this special election with $33K in direct mail opposing Ron Barber (D). (James L)

CA-10: Independent fetishists (and Golden Mean Fallacy proponents) icPurple are putting $20K behind their "purple paint" ad on behalf of ex-legislative staffer Chad Condit. (James L)

CA-26: EMILY's List adds another $15K to their mail campaign in support of Democrat Julia Brownley. (James L)

CA-31: Inland Empire Taxpayers For Jobs launches another round of direct mail in support of state Sen. Bob Dutton (R), to the tune of $19K. (Dutton is hoping to sneak past the supremely well-funded GOP Rep. Gary Miller in the top-two primary here.) (James L)

IA-03: GOP Rep. Tom Latham's first ad is a positive biographical spot, with really only one small partisan note (he voted against "the wasteful stimulus" and "for a balanced budget"). Size of the buy: "six figures" on radio and TV.

NM-01: In her third ad, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham mostly touts newspaper endorsements she's received and also mentions that she went undercover to expose elder abuse in nursing homes when she was director of the state Agency on Aging. Meanwhile, Progressive Kick takes aim at Lujan Grisham with $24K in TV and online ads, and another $16K on canvassing in support of her chief primary rival, Eric Griego. (James L)

SC-07: This is the second "kick the literal can down the road" ad we've seen this cycle (MT-AL's Kim Gillan had the first), but weirdly, Democrat Preston Brittain does the kicking himself. Er, kicking the can is a bad thing, so you shouldn't do it yourself! (Gillan had a guy in a suit doing it.) This spot, Brittain's first, also attacks Democratic state Rep. Ted Vick for "personally pocket[ing] thousands from government programs." (No source appears on the screen.) After Thursday's events, though (see SC-07 item in the House section above), Brittain probably won't have to bother.

TX-04: The Campaign for Primary Accountability drops another $20K in mail to, like, totally hold GOP Rep. Ralph Hall accountable, man! (James L)

TX-33: Wealthy self-funding Democrat David Alameel has a Spanish-language ad in which he says he wants to ban offshoring, tax corporations, and use that cash to create jobs and guarantee health care and education. Alameel himself speaks a few words in Spanish, but according to native speaker Markos Moulitsas (the "Kos" in Daily Kos), he's "clearly reading words spelled out phonetically for him to recite." Alameel's posted a whole bunch of other ads in the past few days, which you can find here.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Fri May 25, 2012 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks and Daily Kos.

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  •  At least the women waatching got a chuckle out of (16+ / 0-)

    the "interview." Who has directed these Republicans to make fools of themselves by repeating one irrelevant response over and over?

    Who has directed these Republicans to make fools of themselves by repeating one irrelevant response over and over?

    Who has directed these Republicans to make fools of themselves by repeating one irrelevant response over and over?

    Nope, still doesn't work.

    •  The funny part is (11+ / 0-)

      he kept slightly altering his script but except for the third time when the fucking moron repeated lowering gas prices twice, it was the same lemming speak.  Lower gas prices, lower taxes, create jobs.  Rinse wash repeat.

      Kelly: "Our campaign is going to stay focused on lower gas prices using American energy, lower taxes, and creating jobs."

      Benito: "Do you plan on accepting that endorsement?"

      Kelly: "Our campaign is going to stay focused on lower taxes, lowering gas prices using American energy, and creating jobs."

      Benito: "So it that a yes or a no?"

      Kelly: "Our campaign is going to stay focused on lowering gas prices, creating jobs, and lowering gas prices using American energy."

      Benito: "So no comment?"

      Kelly: "Our campaign is going to stay focused on lowering gas prices, creating jobs, and lowering taxes."

      The sad part is people really believe these fucking liars and somehow think that they will actually do as they promise when it's been the Democrats who have done a far better job of delivering on those promises.

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Fri May 25, 2012 at 05:42:29 AM PDT

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      •  The thing is (6+ / 0-)

        When somebody says the same thing in different ways, you tend to believe them because it's not always obvious that it's a memorized line.

        Say the same thing over and over in exactly the same way, and NOBODY believes you.

        I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incrimate me.

        That's what they should say. It would be closer to the truth.

        And when somebody says that, everybody thinks they're guilty of whatever they're charged with. Even if they're not.

    •  Karl Rove. (3+ / 0-)
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      Karl Rove.

      Karl Rove.

      Karl Rove.

      (I need to go wash now.)

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Fri May 25, 2012 at 08:15:26 AM PDT

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  •  WE joke when we call them soulless robots (3+ / 0-)
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    Yet, they sure are sounding rather robotic these days. I think they may not actually be human. I've heard actual robots sound more human.  

  •  My parents live in NJ-9 (1+ / 0-)
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    I grew up in Bergen County and was back home last weekend. Granted my family lives in Englewood, where Rothman was once mayor, but I didn't see a single Pascrell sign all weekend. Maybe it's because he's a Passaic County Democrat and Rothman was representing Fair Lawn in Bergen County, but I think it has to do w/ Pascrell's Republican-Lite politics. I could list all the things where he's just dead wrong on but the guy is going to lose. Rothman may not be great but I will take him over a Liebercrat like Pascrell any day.

    •  While I prefer Rothman (2+ / 0-)
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      And think Rothman IS great, I don't see how Pascrell is anything close to a conservadem. Either way, NJ-09 will end up with a good progressive representative, and we will be in worse shape as we lost a good representative.

      Registered in NY-02, College CT-01, Spent most of the rest of my life on the border of NY-08 and NY-15

      by R30A on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:21:25 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah (7+ / 0-)

      Your characterization of Pascrell really isn't borne out by the facts, I'm afraid. Rothman's lifetime Progressive Punch rating on "crucial votes" is good enough for 115th-best. Pascrell's is... 120. Virtually no difference. Yeah, there are a few issues where there's a little bit of daylight, but when it comes to overall voting records on issues of importance to progressives, the two are exceedingly close.

      Political Director, Daily Kos

      by David Nir on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:55:33 AM PDT

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      •  This is an example of why... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...I so rarely get interested in the outcomes of Democratic primaries.

        The differences between the candidates on substance are small.

        I look long and hard at electability in November, and also to see if there's anyone who is patently unacceptable (like Marty Chavez in New Mexico).  Beyond those things, I rarely care who wins a primary.

        44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

        by DCCyclone on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:21:26 AM PDT

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        •  I do think (2+ / 0-)
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          R30A, DCCyclone

          There are meaningful differences here, though. Rothman has the better record on choice, for instance, and that's not unimportant. And Brad Miller and David Price also had extremely similar PP scores, but there were non-quantifiable reasons for netroots progressives to want to support Miller.

          But for the most part, I agree with you.

          Political Director, Daily Kos

          by David Nir on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:55:11 AM PDT

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  •  I hope this is a start of a trend (11+ / 0-)

    of local reporters not letting candidates "stay on message" when the message is irrelevant to the question posed.

    With time, journalism may flow upwards and we'll see the Wolf Blitzer and Chris Matthews types reposing unanswered questions.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Fri May 25, 2012 at 05:52:25 AM PDT

  •  Why I'm glad OFA hq is in Chicago, not D.C. (12+ / 0-)

    Politico analysis FAIL:  http://www.politico.com/...

    Seriously, does anyone here see a picture that Politico paints?  I'm always open to revisiting my view on these things.

    I see a campaign that's progressing normally, with TV ads now filling the airwaves on both sides in swing states where the race remains stable, with Obama holding small but steady leads.

    The whole "Biden gaffe" on gay marriage is an electoral nothingburger.  Voters don't care about that, it's boring minutae to them.

    There is so much more in there that is complete bullshit, I don't have the patience to pick it all apart except to say this is a perfect example of a fatally flawed Beltway mentality.  These people live, eat, and breathe politics, to the point of being completely unable to realize that almost everything they talk about is trivial and irrelevant.

    44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

    by DCCyclone on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:09:30 AM PDT

    •  The comments from "insiders" (7+ / 0-)

      Say far more about them than the campaign.

      "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

      by conspiracy on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:17:39 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Love this response from the Obama campaign on Bain (13+ / 0-)
      “A few elites in the Northeast Corridor have had a different reaction to the discussion of Mitt Romney's record than most Americans. Hundreds of thousands of voters have seen the full version of [the Obama's campaign's] 'Steel' [ad] online, and the response has been such that we expanded the buy in Ohio. … Mayor Booker's comments weren't anticipated, but they did drive a discussion of Romney's history of profiting off of bankrupting companies onto all three network newscasts."
      These pinheads think the Bain issue has failed because corporatists Dems like Cory Booker and Steve Rattner don't like it.  If the ad were not resonating, the campaign would not have increased it.  Period.  End of story.

      What is more, the likes of Booker and Rattner, and the 50 some odd House Dems who signed that letter in 2010 refusing to non-renew the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy are the problem, not the solution.  Obama should be stepping on their precious little feelings every time if it helps in even the slightest way to show he is for the middle class and Mitt Romney is not.  

      •  Politico (5+ / 0-)

        is basically a RW press release machine. Every story is Drudge-bait for higher traffic. So, they keep Obama bashing and he keeps linking and they stay rich.

        2012: It's about the Supreme Court. Follow me on Twitter @farrellmcmanus

        by HarlemUSA on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:46:53 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  No, they're not right-wing (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
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          They are two parts tabloid sensationalists, one part serious journalism.  But they are not right-wing.

          They do have some good stuff on there, if you know whose work to read.  David Rogers is a serious journalist and heads and shoulders above everyone else there.  The campaign reporting is decent, when they're actually reporting and not pontificating or pretending (and usually failing) to analyze.

          But too much of the stuff they elevate is stuff like this morning's online headline.  Sadly, I suspect this tabloid junk is what draws the most traffic, which is why they do it.  It's titillating, and titillation draws more eyeballs than thoughtfulness.

          44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

          by DCCyclone on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:08:31 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Um yes they are (0+ / 0-)

            the president and CEO of the company is a former Reagan assistant.

            This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

            by DisNoir36 on Fri May 25, 2012 at 12:56:21 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Meaningless (0+ / 0-)

              Judge it by its content, they stick it to Republicans plenty, including with trivial stuff that we on DailyKos don't care about.

              Politico isn't right-wing, they're just the Mayor of The Village, that being the Beltway media mentality that elevates a lot of vacuous notions of "centrism" and trivial details of daily politics above and beyond what most voters care about.

              44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

              by DCCyclone on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:36:41 PM PDT

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      •  That's a great blockquote, thanks. (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        itskevin

        It really does show political reality.

        Everything else from those other anonymous quotes from hand-wringers is junk.

        It goes without saying that a major party Presidential campaign is a huge endeavor with lots of people who can legitimately be called "close advisors."  These are people who are like-minded only in their broad political views, and a broad understanding of the basics of nuts-and-bolts campaigning, but little else.

        Every campaign has exactly this amount of hand-wringing at this stage, every 4 years.  And most of it is suited for the trash bin, this crap included.

        I'm very happy to read the perspective from that campaign official, that's exactly how they should be thinking.  The thing about OFA that has always impressed me has been their ability to tune out all this noise.  Ergo, my point that their headquartering in Chicago is part of it.

        44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

        by DCCyclone on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:13:37 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Thanks, that's great (12+ / 0-)

        You saved me from having to write the comment I was going to write! Ah, but I'm going to anyway. Let's see what P'co cites:

        1) Obama "falling behind in fundraising." Shit, motherfucker. Take a look at the article they link. Yes, Romney's raised more—but he also had to spend far more on that primary which should never have been competitive even for a minute. (Newt Gingrich? Seriously?) "To be sure," the linked article says in the tenth (!) graf, Obama has an enormous cash edge. No shit.

        2) Obama facing "blowback" from his own party. You already deal with this. Christ Jesus, Artur Davis isn't even a member of the Democratic Party anymore, and these stupid Beltway hacks don't even realize that Cory Booker signed his own political death sentence on Sunday. Who else is whining? Steve Rattner? Fuck that guy. He might be a great stand-in for those whiny Masters of the Universe who constantly get butt-hurt over the mildest of criticisms, but he doesn't stand in for anyone else.

        3) Obama has a "muddled message." Whatever. I don't even know how to address this.

        4) Biden is a liability. Oh jeez. DCC already dealt with this. Gay marriage is going to be at worst a wash. Frankly we've dealt with Biden as being part of the Obama team for four years now, and while the media loves to make a big deal whenever he goes off-message, he hasn't been nearly as bad as people fantasized, and he certainly hasn't caused any lasting harm in any department. He's also popular and likeable and will be a great asset on the trail—and the GOP will be without a surrogate of Biden's level until their convention (unless they get smart and Romney taps a VP sooner, which he should do).

        5) National polls showing a tie. Much-discussed topic here. As Tom Jensen has pointed out, Romney is running up the score in states where it won't help him one bit. NC, OH, PA, VA... these are states he has to win, and right now, he's tied or losing them.

        I can't get into the rest of this; this is all just too dumb.

        Political Director, Daily Kos

        by David Nir on Fri May 25, 2012 at 08:06:55 AM PDT

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        •  Muddled message? (3+ / 0-)

          They write this:

          "By contrast, Obama has looked unsteady. Some Democrats have watched with dismay as the focus of Obama’s public comments bounced from student loans, to tax cuts for the rich, to trade, to Bain Capital."

          Contrasted with Romney's supposedly single minded focus on the economy.  In fact, don't these themes relate to the economy in one way or another?  (Oh, and wasn't Mitt Romney governor of Massachusetts once?  If he doesn't want to talk about that then why should we take Bain Capital and a 10 years ago Olympics as serious presidential credentials?)  Other absurdities include citing Scott Walker surviving recall; even if he does, why should we believe it will sway voters elsewhere five months later?  (Latest polls are that it won't sink Obama even in Wisconsin.)  And even voters in Newark aren't going to give a shit in November about what Cory Booker said last Sunday (and has since walked back).

          The whole piece is an out of touch blob of concern trolling at best and rightish hackery at worst; at times it reads as almost a mash note to the GOP and Team Romney.  
          And yet a lot of people think the media is systemically biased against conservatives and for liberals.  Jesus H. Christ, how fucking stupid can people be?

          36, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

          by Mike in MD on Fri May 25, 2012 at 09:31:24 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Your first paragraph is BINGO (0+ / 0-)

            All those things are, in fact, about "the economy."

            Obama has a very clear message in his stump and his choices of topics and, most importantly, his attack ads:  "It's still rough, yes, but I made it better.  And Mitt will make it worse."

            That's the message, "I made it better and Mitt will make it worse."

            But, alas, too many idiots at Politico think "the Democratic Party" is whoever is on their personal rolodex.

            By the way, the worst over there in my book is Maggie Haberman.  When I saw this story today, my first thought was to look at the authorship, thinking Haberman might've been in on it.  But no, it was Jim Vander Hei and Mike Allen.  So now I have those guys, too, to think less of than before.

            44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

            by DCCyclone on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:47:18 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  Biden isn't popular (0+ / 0-)

          Gallup had his approval at 40/43.  Might be an outlier, but he's probably pretty "meh"

          19, D, new CA-18 (home) new CA-13 (college). Economic liberal, social libertarian, fiscal conservative. -.5.38, -3.23 Check out my blog at politicohen.com

          by jncca on Fri May 25, 2012 at 11:15:47 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Um what was the former VP's popularity again? (1+ / 0-)
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            I think it was right up there with the bubonic plague and cockroaches.

            This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

            by DisNoir36 on Fri May 25, 2012 at 12:57:18 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  non sequitor (0+ / 0-)

              I'm merely saying calling Biden popular is wrong

              19, D, new CA-18 (home) new CA-13 (college). Economic liberal, social libertarian, fiscal conservative. -.5.38, -3.23 Check out my blog at politicohen.com

              by jncca on Fri May 25, 2012 at 02:43:36 PM PDT

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          •  I was talking about among Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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            You send Biden out to do fundraisers, stump with other candidates, rally the troops. Dems like him. In that sense, he's an asset. VP's otherwise basically don't matter.

            Political Director, Daily Kos

            by David Nir on Fri May 25, 2012 at 03:34:46 PM PDT

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            •  Biden does help with some segments of voters (0+ / 0-)

              National job approvals don't mean anything, Biden's strength is with white blue-collar voters in the Midwest.  His "kid from Scranton" identity is real, that sells with crucial demographics.

              44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

              by DCCyclone on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:43:10 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

  •  Egypt-Pres. (0+ / 0-)

    It looks like the worst case is indeed coming true.

    Mubarak Loyalist and Muslim Brotherhood candidate are heading toward a runoff:
    http://www.reuters.com/...

    27, Male, MA-08 (hometown MI-06)

    by bumiputera on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:32:30 AM PDT

  •  This is wonderful (8+ / 0-)

    I hope more Republican candidates start to sound exactly like Congressional witnesses taking the Fifth.  Might be fun if reporters started calling them on it.

    "Mr. Kelly, do you realize that you sound exactly like a Congressional witness invoking Fifth Amendment privilege on every question?"

    "Our campaign is going to stay focused on lowering gas prices, creating jobs, and lowering gas prices using American energy."

  •  Profiles in Courage.......not. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Ramsussen (1+ / 0-)
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    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/...

    Note how he refers to the Mercatus Center?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

    by conspiracy on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:40:36 AM PDT

    •  I couldn't get past the headline (0+ / 0-)

      I already know Rasmussen is an evangelical across-the-board wingnut.

      That fact plus the headline make the column unworthy of any thinking person's serious consideration.

      But thank you for doing the dirty work of reading it for the rest of us!

      44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:18:57 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Why are Republicans now aping Mob guys? (4+ / 0-)
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    mmacdDE, blueoldlady, ColoTim, PSzymeczek

    Dummying up in front of the camera and robotically repeating the same thing over and over again. It's no different than an accused Mafia goomba taking the Fifth on the stand.

    Hell of aFrank Pentageli impersonation you got going there, guys.

  •  I thought he looked like this guy actually: (3+ / 0-)

  •  Haiku! Haiku! Limerick! (3+ / 0-)

    Can they at least be creative about it?

    This is like a bad pastiche on the Marx Brothers.

    "Our campaign is going to stay focused on lowering gas prices, creating jobs, and lowering taxes."
    Focus lower.
    Lowering.
    Prices, jobs and taxes.
    Lowering lower.

    There once was a candidate Kelly.
    Who lowered so low that his belly
    Went lower and lower
    And lower and lower
    That fella's no Mackie O'Velly.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:47:08 AM PDT

  •  I feel a little better about the newsmedia (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    blueoldlady, ColoTim

    With people like Mike Coffman and Jesse Kelly, it's clear it's not just the news dumbing down the political discourse. Politicians (see Louie Gohmert and Steve King) do a good enough job of that themselves these days.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:51:49 AM PDT

  •  DE-Sen: Oh jeez what is this? (3+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, bumiputera, David Nir

    Hopefully this is a Chip Cravaack-style "important announcement". But if he is retiring, the filing deadline is until July and we have a pretty deep bench. Still, a small headache we don't need.

    Also, how can you get the tweets to embed so they look like they do on Twitter?

    24, Practical Progressive Democrat (-4.75, -4.51), DKE Gay Caucus Majority Leader, IN-02; Swingnut. Barrett/Mitchell on June 5th, 2012!

    by HoosierD42 on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:55:55 AM PDT

  •  Glad to see the Marist poll in Ohio (1+ / 0-)
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    WisVoter

    I questioned the Brown/Mandel numbers as well but the tightening in the Presidential race seems to legitimize them. Am I being too rosy? It's been 6/7 years since my political science class on polling and I did horrible in it (I got a B).

  •  Jesse Kelly's Eerie Chorus. (2+ / 0-)
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    Azazello, James L

    The three persons behind Jesse, who pretend to find each of his repetitions to be exceedingly witty, turn the mood of the piece from exceedingly dumb to very eerie.  Once you pay attention to them, they become the repellant, but fascinating, part of the act.  I hope Rove, Romney, et al love the performance and use it as a backdrop for all their ads. " Double, double, toil and trouble..., etc."

  •  OT: ISS has Dragon by the tail! (1+ / 0-)
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    rja

    SpaceX's Dragon capsule with supplies for ISS has been captured by the space arm.
    Go SpaceX, Go Dragon, Go Space Coast FL!

    Mitt, you're so full of shitt.

    by OleHippieChick on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:10:55 AM PDT

  •  laughter is a weapon (2+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, PSzymeczek

    that could be used in these robo-answer interviews.

    The reporter, after obtaining the same answer twice, should begin to laugh along with the women in the background,
    gesturing to the candidate in a "watch this" manner,
    ask a question again, and start laughing harder,
    make a face like "omg I can't believe this",
    ask again, laugh again,
    and pretty soon the whole thing will end.
    People as condescending and arrogant as these Republicans cannot take being laughed at.

    It's not about the hundred people whose minds you can't change. It's about the two people you empower. ~ Beth Ditto

    by dejavu on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:14:50 AM PDT

  •  AZ CD8 Special Election: Barber vs Kelly (1+ / 0-)
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    Azazello

    Record number of early ballots returned

    Through Thursday, nearly 71,500 early ballots have been returned, which account for 38 percent of the 187,600 ballots sent out last week in the Congressional District 8 special election, said Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez.There are 324,000 registered voters in Pima County in CD8, meaning 57 percent of them requested early ballots.

    The typical first week return is generally 10 percent to 15 percent, she said.

    Will Arizona voters continue the Tea Party sanity?
    Democrats so far have been returning their ballots at the fastest pace, percentagewise. But because of their voter registration advantage, Republicans have actually sent in a larger number of ballots.

    Here's the breakdown of returns by political party:

    • Republicans: 17,645 returned, which is 24 percent of the 71,810 Republican ballots sent out.

    • Democrats: 17,250 returned, which is 26 percent of the 65,887 Democratic ballots sent out.

    • Independents: 10,295 returned, which is 21 percent of the 48,739 independent ballots sent out.

    • Libertarian: 160 returned, which is 16 percent of the 996 Libertarian ballots sent out.

    • Green: 60 ballots returned, which is 17 percent of the 347 Green ballots sent out.

    Keep your fingers crossed. The Special Election is June 12

    Remember, you can't have crazy without az.

    by Desert Rose on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:19:59 AM PDT

  •  What was he thinking? (3+ / 0-)
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    After seeing Coffman, he thinks this is a GOOD idea?  

    Coffman looked like an idiot and this guy looks even worse!

    •  I don't think (0+ / 0-)

      he saw Coffman, or that Coffman is on his radar at all.  Jesse is just damn dumb, and wouldn't have a job if it weren't for his daddy.

      The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. - William O. Douglas

      by PSzymeczek on Fri May 25, 2012 at 01:11:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I would have made him repeat that 1000 times. (5+ / 0-)
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    Mark27, ColoTim, TofG, askew, cybersaur

    I can be very stubborn :)

  •  Did anyone else notice... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Azazello, TofG, askew, PSzymeczek

    ...the three women wearing Jesse Kelley shirts laughing as he repeated the line over and over again?

    If you listen to fools, the Mob Rules

    by CO Democrat on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:34:19 AM PDT

  •  I, Teabot (4+ / 0-)

    Obama is at war with radical anti-American terrorists. The radical GOP is at war with American women. Take that and run with it DNC, you inept fucking pikers.

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:58:00 AM PDT

  •  Ha! (0+ / 0-)
    "Our campaign is going to stay focused on lowering gas prices, creating jobs, and lowering taxes."
       

    rinse, repeat ad nauseum.

    And that  is what he thinks will pass for political discourse? My God, even the GOP voters could see through that! Or... not even look.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Fri May 25, 2012 at 08:10:52 AM PDT

  •  Would be nice to put some words in his mouth! (0+ / 0-)

    Take some seriously progressive statements, and insert them into the one liner he's delivering.

    [one liner]

    I'm sure the voters will be excited over this resounding statement in favor of raising taxes on the wealthy to create jobs.  Can you expand on that for the viewers out there?

    Coupla those, and I'll bet he changes his tune, or walks off, rendering the whole thing very ugly for him.

    ***Be Excellent To One Another***
    IF THEY ARE GOING TO SCREW THE PEOPLE, MAKE THEM OWN IT.

    by potatohead on Fri May 25, 2012 at 08:26:59 AM PDT

  •  Apology Not Accepted (0+ / 0-)

    I seethe MSM and Col. pundits are willing to cut Coffman slack for apologizing about the"birther/un-American" Obama comments. Don't accept this "apology." He has only  done this because he was caught speaking his"real beliefs" among his true supporters. And if he never truly believed it, it's even worse that he stirs up this unbalanced loony element to win elections.  Now is the time for us to zoom in  on Coffman's extremist record and have the D-Trip pour in funds for Miklosi. Too many people in the  MSM  think that if a GOPer dresses nicely and acts low key, he/she is a "moderate," the  1968 Roger Ailes strategy that gave us Nixon  and  has been used ever since. For more on the real Coffman  and the Barber-Kelly race, read   this  

  •  Maryland Marriage Equality... (0+ / 0-)

    They need ~55,700 valid signatures by June 30 and one third of that number (~19,000) by May 31. We'll see how many they turn in on May 31.

     There is a requirement that no more than half of the signatures can come from one county (for this the city of Baltimore is a county), which shouldn't be a problem for those raising signatures. On the one hand, distribution requirements like this tend to hurt Democrats more than Republicans, but Maryland's is considerably less onerous than most other states with them.

    And in terms of LDS involvement, I'm keeping watch to see if anything comes from the pulpit, but I really doubt it. Behind the scenes in my area (just north of DC) can get really tricky. A few Democrats in the Wards (including Sen Harry Reid) and a good chunk of true Independents, especially among the longer term members.

  •  Jesse Kelly (1+ / 0-)
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    The reporter should have asked additional questions.  Turn it back on Jesse.
    How was Jesse going to lower gas prices?
    How was Jesse going to create jobs?
    Don't need to ask how he is going to lower taxes because we already know the answer to that LIE.

  •  That's going to become (0+ / 0-)

    my all-purpose response to anything I don't want to answer..."Our campaign is going to stay focused on lowering gas prices, creating jobs, and lowering taxes".

    WIFE: Where have you been all night?
    ME: Our campaign is going to stay focused on lowering
           gas prices, creating jobs, and lowering taxes.

    BOSS: Have you finished that report?
    ME: Our campaign is going to stay focused on lowering
           gas prices, creating jobs, and lowering taxes.

    POLICE OFFICER: Sir, do you realize you were speeding?
    ME: Our campaign is going to stay focused on lowering
           gas prices, creating jobs, and lowering taxes.

    "I don’t wear no Stetson, but I’m willin’ to bet, son, that I’m a bigger Texan than you are".- Robert Earl Keen

    by Kellybee on Fri May 25, 2012 at 02:17:20 PM PDT

  •  I did not read (0+ / 0-)

    all of the above posts, so if I repeat anyone, forgive me.  But there is a really easy way to handle these guys...and any person who will not answer a question directly.  Don't give them any media time.  NONE.  No print, no press releases, no interviews, no add buys.  The media is not there for the these guys to piss on...they are there to do a job for the American public...a very important job.

    These guys cannot get elected with just am radio and fox news...they need to reach independents and others who do not listen to these conservative outlets.  The media should just tell all those politicians and surrogates that wish to get their message out on the airwaves that they will have to agree to answering direct questions...um, directly.  If they do not, they are blackballed from said media.  Period.  Enough with trying to please these guys to get them on your show, enough with false equivelancy, enough with hoping to get asked to the next bigwig cocktail party...the media needs to get tough, and we need to stand behind them when they do.

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