October 7, 2011
Going to Great Lengths...
...to avoid a vote on President Obama's
Philip Klein in The Washington Examiner:
In a stunning turn of events this evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., used an arcane legislative maneuver to effectively rewrite Senate rules to make it harder for the minority party to force uncomfortable votes on the majority.
Wait a minute. Hasn't the President been flying all over the country imploring Americans to call their Senators and tell them, "Pass this bill?" Other reports, notably Politico, downplayed this cause. Instead they pushed Reid's story-line that it was necessary to limit dilatory tactics.
Does anyone else get the sense that Senate Democrats are increasingly nervous about the looming election? The sweat on their collective brow is palpable.
October 1, 2010
Rather snarky, somewhat juvenile and pretty funny.
August 19, 2010
Bart Simpson in Florida Primary?
Colorado's primary season may have seemed like a circus, but compared to Florida, it is pretty tame. Apparently, the allegations concerning Democrat Jeff Greene's bid for the Senate nomination has the press in a tizzy:
Florida media has been in an NC-17 feeding frenzy over Greene's personal life. Newspapers, airwaves and blogs are carrying purported first-hand accounts of sex and drug parties on Greene's yacht before his marriage in 2007.
"I didn't do it, nobody saw me, and you can't prove anything."
June 11, 2010
Norton vs. Buck
Today's Denver Post published the responses from the state's US Senate candidates regarding what should be done about traffic congestion on I-70 in the mountains. For those outside Colorado, Jane Norton and Ken Buck are in a primary for the Republican nomination.
Jane Norton responded, "We should seek more federal money but the final decision should be left up to state and local officials." Ken Buck said, "We should not seek more federal dollars. The state should solve its own transporation problems."
Interestingly, Norton's position is in line with the Democratic candidates, Michael Bennet and Andrew Romanoff. All three think we need to get more federal cheese.
'Nuff said. Mark The Refugee in the Buck camp.
January 20, 2010
The late Senator Ted Kennedy was called the "Liberal Lion" of the senate. The man elected to fill his vacant seat today certainly came in like a lion himself. After giving gracious and non-partisan recognition to his opponent, interim Senator Paul Kirk, to Ted Kennedy and his wife, and to President Obama, Senator-elect Brown then criticized specific policies that have materialized in the past 12 months.
A "trillion-dollar healthcare bill" that is "not being debated openly and fairly."
An endless stream of adjectives has been used to describe today's unlikely outcome. And they are all deserved, for his election makes forty other senators in Washington relevant once again. If this is indicative of a new tone in Washington then I think I just might be proud of my country once again.
August 28, 2009
Yukin' It Up on Chappaquiddick
Among one of the more touching tributes to Senator Kennedy has to be this clip where a friend recalls that Chappaquiddick was among the Good Senator's favorite topics of humor.
If we had a passenger die next to us while we were driving, who among us would not find it a topic of great laughter for years to come? According to his friend, Kennedy "could see the ridiculous side of anything." I'm sure Mary Jo would agree that it is ridiculous.
Rest in peace, Senator. You schmuck.
March 28, 2009
What is the Constitutional Term Limit on Dictator of the United States?
Hot on the tail of my blog showing Twice as many now believe U.S. evolving into socialist state comes former Speaker of the House of the United States, Newt Gingrich, saying the country is heading to a dictatorship.
"My specific reference was to dictatorial powers, that I thought that Secretary of the Treasury Geithner was asking for, where he would decide what companies to take over, he would decide under what circumstances, and let me tell ya, the American system was not built for one bureaucrat to decide whether or not they're gonna take your property. (...) And then look at what they're trying to do on the budget, where they're trying to ram through a resolution, to break the rules of the Senate, to be able to get through both an energy tax increase and a massive change in our health system on 51 votes, which is clearly a power grab of unprecedented proportions. I think dictatorial is a strong word, but it may frighteningly be the right word."
Is anyone else beginning to wonder why Obama doesn't seem concerned about re-election?
February 9, 2009
Specter for Spendulus
I am supporting the economic stimulus package for one simple reason: The country cannot afford not to take action.
In related news, the Washington Post graphs how immediate the stimulus really is.
Answer: 10% gets spent this year... in the year we cannot afford to delay (tm).
August 13, 2008
Energy Freedom Day
Sign the petition created by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) calling on Congress to let the drilling bans expire on October 1, 2008.
The related blog page can be accessed here.
Hat Tip: Human Events via Wayne at jeremiahfilms.com
July 17, 2008
Why are we in Iraq?
"Joe from Denver wants to know, 'Why are we in Iraq and how will we know when we've won the war?'"
Listen to Bob Schaffer, Colorado's Republican candidate for the US Senate, explain it.
In politics this is what's known as a direct hit.
July 1, 2008
Casey At Bat
Every few months some Democrat decides that oil companies are to blame for high prices.
Except they're not. It's Democrats who are at fault.
This time it's Senator Casey's turn.
The federal government is so poorly staffed to investigate oil speculation and price gouging that its agents might as well be “cops going after criminals with water pistols,” said U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr.
... because frankly their semi-annual effort has failed.
Oil and gas woes dominated the discussion with the editorial board as Casey cast doubts on what he called shortsighted proposals to expand drilling along the U.S. coastline and in the Alaska wilderness.
Six months worth of oil: Lie. If we got it all out immediately and refined it and sold it our current consumption rates that's "possibly" what it would take. But you cannot drain an oil reservoir that fast (nor would you want to, you need to replace the oil volume removed with water to maintain pressure).
Even the oil volume potentially produced in those six months is not true. You cannot (and the Senate damned sure cannot) forecast advances in oil production and drilling technologies. Oil that was out of reach even 10 years ago is being produced with new techniques. Who's to say what big oil companies or service companies like Halliburton or Schlumberger will develop in the coming years?
Don't bet against ingenuity.
The 10 years of drilling is also a lie. It does not take 10 years to drill a well.
It takes weeks to drill a well... and one rig can only drill one well at a a time. So it might take years to bring more and more wells to production.
But first you must do exploration... which usually amounts to dragging microphones over the surface looking for oil.
We can't even do that.
If we took Senator Casey's (and the Democrat) acreage complaint to heart, it would only lead to more dry holes being drilled. If you do non-invasive exploration and no oil is found, of what use would drilling into nothing be? Of no use.
Once a company determines there's potentially oil under a lease, then they do exploratory drilling.
If they establish there's financially producable amounts of oil beneath a lease, THEN they go into production mode.
In the Alaska oilfields (an area with I have personal experience), if there is a production facility nearby, it's generally a matter of plumbing at that point.
However, all of the existing leases have already been explored and re-explored. All the oil that can be found in those location has been identified.
So when you hear dishonest Democrats saying "they have 80 million acres of leases"... this is true. But not every acre has oil under it!
If oil is discovered, and the nearest processing facility is thirty or forty or fifty miles away, a production facility needs to be built... which means years of environmental permitting and lawsuits.
It's not 10 years, it's more like 5.
If five years is too far out for oil, why should we spending billions or trillions to tackle .4 degrees of global warming in fifty?
October 11, 2007
Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Iran
Senator Robert P. Casey is trying to explain his vote on the Lieberman/Kyl Amendment granting George W. Bush the authority to begin military combat operations against Iran. He sounds a lot like Hillary Clinton meaning our most esteemed representatives in Washington are completely susceptible to brainwashing and are utterly incapable of reading an actual text before voting.
The overwhelming majority of blogospheric traffic about this is on the left, and it's generally dripping with hysterics.
Meaning it's likely a mountain out of a molehill.
Indeed, despite doing a good job of posting the scary text of the bill, he does so without a) providing a link b) providing a few more paragraphs of context... probably because it would blow the outrage right out the door.
The words he (along with the rest of the liberal bloggers) neglected to post: "It is the sense of the Senate".
Sense of the Senate (or House) aren't very "toothy" declarations of anything!
But don't believe me. Believe C-SPAN.
SENSE OF THE SENATE is legislative language which offers the opinion of the Senate, but does not make law.
Bed wetting is so tacky once you're older than two or three.
September 20, 2007
Game, Set, Mitch!
Surrender will not get 60 votes, no matter how well it is dressed and coiffed. NYTimes:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 — A proposal that Democrats put forward as their best chance of changing the course of the Iraq war died on the Senate floor on Wednesday, as Republicans stood firmly with President Bush.
It's a small, petty man who calls for I-told-you-sos, but I've never claimed better. I said last summer that Bush has found his Grant in General Petraeus, and that Petraeus might surprise to the upside. And that the world's most deliberative body would have to follow. If they can't get the Webb Amendment, it's over.
Yeah, I blew the GOP Immigration call in 2005, but I nailed this one. Thanks to the General and all who serve.
Posted by John Kranz at 10:44 AM
August 24, 2007
I wanted to say something about Senator Warner's attempt to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. But Scrappleface has done it sooner and better:
(2007-08-24) — Sen. John Warner, R-VA, yesterday called on President George Bush to start bringing troops home from Iraq “to show al Qaeda that the U.S. commitment to fighting Muslim terrorists overseas is not open-ended."
August 22, 2007
The Least Intelligent Member of the Senate
It's a great party game and I'd be the first to concede that many of my beloved Republicans are in the running. But Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan has a special place in my heart. I once saw Larry Kudlow interview her and she had no idea where he was coming from, did not understand the questions -- I'm not sure she knew where she was.
Today, ThreeSources' big-time-blogger-friend, Extreme Mortman, gives us a quote from the junior Senator:
“The expectations when we took control in January were so high, and we all feel it,” Stabenow told the Lansing State Journal editorial board last week. “We kind of feel like everybody thought the Democrats are now in control of the House and Senate, the war is going to end, we are going to have universal health care, everybody’s going to be able to go to college, no more global warming.”
The disappointment is palpable, Senator. I still have MS and the pop music of the day is jejune and unmelodic.
June 28, 2007
Quote of the Day
Speaking about the Senate immigration “process”
You can’t tell the will of the American people simply by those who call or object.
US Senator Arlen Specter, proudly serving my home state of Pennsylvania, on the day the Senate phone system is overloaded with phone calls.
June 26, 2007
Victory for Democracy
Those un-secret union ballots?
Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a bill that would allow labor unions to organize workplaces without a secret ballot election.
I have to wonder if everytime they fail to hit the supra-constitutional 60 vote threshold they kick themselves in the ass for being such jerks in the last Congress.
January 25, 2007
Senatorial Surrender Monkeys
First the Democrats...
US Senate panel opposes plan to send more troops to Iraq
Then the Republicans...
Senate showdown looms for troop buildup in Iraq
Key GOP senator opposes Bush's Iraq plan
War stage set: Congress v Bush
All of this about-facing and navel gazing is nauseating, and unseemly for a stately body such as the United States Senate. But it does remind me of the way I felt back in 2003 when another group of surrender monkeys was wringing its hands. Here's what I said then and here's
Posted by JohnGalt at 7:44 PM
January 18, 2007
Line Item Veto
I might have to recind the open and shut "You Suck" Award nomination from the Senate.
They voted to drop the damned Blogger registration thing AND we might get a line item veto out of them.
Posted by AlexC at 9:09 PM
November 2, 2006
Bobby Casey - Answering the Tough Questions
Steven Morse of the Daily Pennsylvanian tries to get some answers from Bob Casey and his spokesman Larry Smar on the John Kerry situtation.
Larry Smar is a man that I have left phone calls and e-mails for in the past. He has never returned my messages. Nor has he returned the repeated voice mails and e-mails of other Daily Pennsylvanian staff members. Since the beginning of this campaign, the Casey strategy has been to shy away from the media, as they are up significantly in the polls and have little to gain from speaking with us.
Once again, Smar refused to answer my questions. Even as a member of the media, I never had a problem dealing with communications directors until yesterday.
The glare that Smar gives Mr Morse is priceless... then there's the "using a file folder to block the camera." Niiiiiiiiice.
Then he accuses the University of Pennsylvania student of working for Viriginia Davis, spokeswoman for Rick Santorum.
Stephen Morse asked the toughest question of all. "Who cancelled Kerry's appearance? Kerry or Casey."
Watch the video to find out.
October 26, 2006
The Washington Times editorial board picks up on Bob Casey's "direct answer" to the Philadelphia Inquirer on wiretapping.
Calling his evasive answer Kerryesque, they continue...
We call on Mr. Casey to tell voters what he really thinks about surveillance. At present he is tiptoeing around the subject because commonsensical Pennsylvania voters want one answer while his liberal campaign funders at Moveon.org insist upon another. Whatever Mr. Casey says is bound to antagonize somebody. The fact that he can't answer at all should give everybody pause. If he can't make a hard decision like that now, imagine what kind of senator he would make.
We can call on Mr Casey to answer the tough questions, but he won't. In fact, the Santorum campaign and the blogosphere has been doing that on any number of issues. Even in the primaries, the left blogosphere was doing the same thing.
He has two weeks to keep his mouth shut. What makes anyone think he'd do otherwise? He managed to say very little during four debates. Being a stealth candidate is all about waiting the other guy out.
He's not going to start now (and definately blow it).
October 24, 2006
The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed Bob Casey despite exchanges like this one.
Casey: Yeah, I think going backwards the, with regard to the detainees and interrogation, look, we’ve had people like John McCain, and you could give other examples as well, but people who have looked at this for a long time who have been very serious about making sure that we are very tough in our interrogation, that we get as much information as possible from those we detain and interrogate and also John McCain, showing the kind of independence that Rick Santorum never seems to show, took on the administration and I think they, based upon their experience, I think they got it right and I think I would have support that. Secondly, on the question of wiretaps, my position all along has been we’ve got to do everything possible and give every tool that government agencies need, intelligence, law enforcement, give them the tools they need to fight this war on terror. And I think we, in terms of wire tapping, whether its terrorists, known terrorists, or suspected terrorists, we’ve gotta give this government all the tools it can. And I think what we’ve seen in the past is the system that has been setup when its operated according to the law, and when the administration goes and puts a wiretap in place and then comes back later and gets a warrant after the fact, the system that has been setup is a pretty solid system, but they often don’t comply with it. You can support having a lot of tough wiretapping, but also support the kind of tough oversight of the administration, which I think has been lacking. And I think we can have the two in balance at right.
Interviewer: Well, it might have been misreported this morning, but it certainly seemed to me as if you were endorsing the NSA program which is warrant less wiretapping without court oversight.
Casey: Well, I think, look, my position all along has been you’ve got to have the ability to wiretap known or suspected terrorists, and I am going to make sure that everything I do in this area is focused on anti terrorism and making sure that were being as tough as possible to fair it out any kind of plot or and kind of terrorist activity.
Interviewer: Bob, it’s real simple, and it seems to me you are dancing around it. Either you believe that the President or his designees need to go to the FISA court and provide some probable cause for the wiretapping, or you don’t. They say they don’t. They say they can do it on their own say so and there’s no oversight of whether the person they’re wiretapping is actually credibly a terrorist suspect or not. That’s the issue. Do they have to go through the FISA court or not? Nobody’s debating that we need to wiretap suspected terrorists.
Casey: You know very well that Senator Specter has worked very hard on this to try to get this right and I think with bi-partisan cooperation, working with people like Senator Specter, as I know I can, that we can get this right. I don’t, I don’t, I don’t see what the…
Interviewer: It’s a real simple question. Do they need to go through the FISA Court as the FISA law has said since 1973 or don’t they? They say they don’t. We say they do. What do you say?
Casey: I think it’s worked well.
Interviewer: What has worked well?
Casey: I think it’s worked well when you use that system and you use it in the context of making sure that we are doing everything possible to, to…
Interviewer: So, are you saying that the president has been breaking the law since 2002, or whenever the NSA program started?
Casey: I’m saying that people like Senator Specter have a lot of questions about whether or not the law was broken. I don’t think anyone has made a determination about that. I think that’s pretty clear.
Clear like your answer?
In their endorsement piece, the Inquirer writes...
I think that's a "hope." It certainly can't be because he demonstrated it.
The Inquirer posted audio from all of it's Philly area race interviews here.
Bryan @ HotAir calls him unserious.
October 23, 2006
Democrat Held Seats
(CO-03): John Salazar
Republican Held Seats
(AZ-08): Gabrielle Giffords
What's this all about?
October 17, 2006
MD-Sen: Nothing To See Here
MSNBC looks at Maryland Lt Gov Michael Steele's prospects against Congressman Ben Cardin.
If Steele can win 25 percent of black voters, he could pull off an upset. But that Republican hope hangs on two slender threads: one, the possibility that Steele can equal or exceed Bush’s performance among white voters in Maryland (Bush won 55 percent of them, if exit poll estimates were correct), and two, that a chunk of anti-war and independent voters choose Zeese, instead of Cardin.
They also write about Ben Cardin.
Nobody worry. Steny Hoyer's a Democrat.
While Democrats are not immune to getting Foot-in-mouth disease, the aftereffects are quite often negligable.
Update: Oct 18th, Hoyer apologizes.
Posted by AlexC at 6:37 PM
September 13, 2006
Rhode Island Post-Game
MyDD's Matt Stoller.
And these guys would know. If it weren't for Ned Lamont, what would their record be? 0-20?
I believe Club for Growth is 8 for 11, or 8 for 12.
No comment on the left blogosphere's prestige.
But I can't help thinking that the Club for Growth's guns are just not as loaded as they once were.
September 11, 2006
Rhode Island Preemption
The result has been the striking sight of the national Republican Party, dominated by conservatives, using resources to save the seat of a Republican who said he voted against Mr. Bush in 2004. He chose instead to write in the name of the first President Bush.
Mr. Chafee has opposed many centerpiece Republican policies, from the war in Iraq to tax cuts to most restrictions on abortion. This week, he helped force a delay on the confirmation of John R. Bolton as the United States ambassador to the United Nations.
For all that, Republicans said they expected to spend more than $1.2 million on advertisements attacking Mr. Laffey, saturating the television stations of this state, the nation’s smallest. One advertisement lifts a line Republicans have used in countless attacks against Democrats, mocking the mayor as “tax-and-spend Steve Laffey.”
Wonderful. Pre-emptive surrender.
August 23, 2006
As many has predicted, Ned Lamont's narrow victory over Joe Lieberman in Connecticut is causing liberals and Democrats some heartburn.
Especially when Republican candidates take advantage of it.
From Rick Santorum's campaign...
Recently, U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, a well-known supporter of Israel and the Jewish community, lost a narrow Democratic primary election in Connecticut against challenger Ned Lamont. As you may know, Lieberman has decided to run as an Independent in the upcoming general election. You may not be shocked to find out that Bobby Casey, Jr. DOES NOT SUPPORT Senator Lieberman in the upcoming election.
Democrats, wake up.
Neil Newhouse is the Republican pollster now shared by both Senators Santorum and Lieberman.
Posted by AlexC at 1:31 PM
April 10, 2006
Boston Globe on Pa Senate Blogging
Sometimes you have to wonder if reporters do prep work on their articles.
An example would be the Boston Globe on the impact of negative blogging on Senate races.
Does the story mention the names of those "sites" (plural) that call Casey too liberal?
Of course not.
How many are there? Well, I try to follow the PA Senate blogosphere closely, and I can only think of one obvious one. CaseyIsaLiberal.com, which hasn't been updated with a post since November. It's actually closed. Full disclosure, one of the contributors has joined SantorumBlog, but does not regularly post. (Still alive Jim?)
Another "anti-Casey" blog is TheRealBobCasey.com (sponsored by the Republican Federal Committee of Pa) seems lately to be highlighting his performance as a Treasurer more than anything else. Yes, I know about WheresCasey.com, but that's not a blog. It's an advertisement.
Ok, they don't link to all of those anti-Casey sites into the main article, but in a side bar, and it's only one. They have a gallery of "mudslinging sites" with screenshots.
And here's the funniest part. It's plain as day it's a stale site!! A blog on politics, especially this senate race, that hasn't blogged in months might as well be dead.
Just today MSNBC's Chris Matthews was bashing blogs for not having editors. "Writing must be fact-driven." That's all well and good. If only we had a positive example.
Can someone point to me the other anti-Casey "he's a liberal" blogs? You could make an argument about us, maybe, but generally I link to things with little commentary (being anti-Casey isn't our focus). If anything, the anti-Casey blogs and blog postings are from the left side!
It goes on.
Mike Panetta, who operates one of the sites, said he launched it in 2000 as a gateway to register voters and provide information about the campaign. But this year, he said, the site has taken on a more interactive quality, with contributors posting remarks. The site now commands 700 to 1,000 hits a week, he said.
In fairness, they didn't link to the site (or the numerous other ones), so it's a mystery. Googling for it, I think it's DumpSantorum.com. Kim Hefling's similar article from a few months back also points to DumpSantorum.com. Although it only seems to be getting 3 to 500 hits / week.
What's the 1,000 hits per week site?
By comparison, for the seven days ending today, we've got over 1,000 visits and 1,500 page views.
That's all the negative side of the blogosphere. There are positive pro-candidate sites. But they seem to all be from the campaigns themselves.
The campaign monitors opposing websites but can't do much about critical postings, she said.
''People recognize that blogs are subjective," she said. ''And other bloggers will chime in with their side of an issue."
Other bloggers like SantorumBlog.
Overall, no plugs for SantorumBlog (doesn't really bother me, we don't try to be a negative site), but man, I hate identifying some pretty fundamental problems. Like Caseyisaliberal.com, and maybe the DumpSantorum hits... so much for editors.
(crossposted at santorumblog.com)
Posted by AlexC at 2:00 PM
March 14, 2006
How many years over due is GOP Senate Leadership?
It's good to see it's return.
"He pushed them to the mat today, and they blinked," said one Frist associate. "He dared them to vote, and Democrat Leader Harry Reid looked like he was going to be sick as he said 'No.'''
Frist is going to continue to dare Democrats to vote on censuring the President.
"When it comes to intercepting phone calls from Tora Bora to Topeka, Frist thinks Senate Democrats have made a huge blunder, and he will lead the charge to make Democrats put up or shut up on censure," the top insider claimed.
Leadership... along with fiscal responsibility, we have missed you.