The GOP vs. Obama (and the American People)

From WaPo, more good poll numbers for Obama: As President Obama prepares to address a joint session of Congress [tonight], he receives strong grades for his first full month in office, as large majorities of Americans support his $787 billion economic stimulus package and the recently unveiled $75 billion plan for stemming mortgage foreclosures, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Nearly seven in 10 believe Obama is delivering on his pledge to bring needed change to Washington, the poll found, and about eight in 10 say he is meeting or exceeding their expectations. At the same time, however, the bipartisan support he enjoyed as he prepared to take office has eroded substantially. And why has it eroded? Because … Continue reading

North Dakota Bans Abortion

Well, not really. Or, not yet. The state’s House of Representatives has, by a margin of 51-41, voted “to declare that a fertilized egg has all the rights of any person,” according to local KXNet. In other words, the House has effectively voted to ban abortion, given that abortion would be murder. The bill now moves to the Senate. Bill sponsor Dan Ruby — a Republican, of course — claims that the legislation is compatible with Roe v. Wade, in that it contains “the exact language that’s required by Roe,” specifically by “[identifying] when life begins.” Ruby, apparently, is insane. Even if the bill passes the Senate, even if it is eventually signed into law, there will be extensive litigation. … Continue reading

Roland Burris Must Resign

With investigations underway in Illinois, an ethics probe launched in the Senate, and more and more evidence that he’s a lying, corrupt scoundrel, it is indeed time for Roland Burris to resign. The Washington Post From the moment that Mr. Burris was selected, he strove to portray himself as a blameless public servant. The sad pictures of Mr. Burris being cast out into the rain by the Democratic leadership of the Senate, which initially refused to seat him, turned public opinion in his favor. Mr. Burris got his seat. But this latest revelation makes a mockery of his professions of no quid pro quo. It is a violation of the public trust. The people of Illinois have suffered enough. Mr. … Continue reading

Larry Sabato Sees Dim Chance of Republican Success in 2010

He’s one of the best political prognosticators in the business, and, peering into his Crystal Ball, Sabato sees more Senate gains for the Democrats next year: Remarkably, even after losing six net Senate seats in 2006 and another seven or eight (pending the Minnesota resolution) in 2008, the GOP still has more seats up (19) than Democrats (17) in 2010. (There will be a big reversal in 2012, with 24 Democratic seats to only 9 Republican ones-but that’s getting too far ahead of the story.) Even worse for the GOP, by almost any reckoning, there are more vulnerable Republican seats than Democratic ones on the 2010 ballot… Should Al Franken of Minnesota eventually be seated, a single net gain for … Continue reading

Smile, Wingnuts, Smile

In The Washington Times today — and I feel dirty linking to it, and even dirtier for having been on its website — Newt Gingrich asks the following question: “Where does the conservative movement go from here?” My answer is a simple one: Down the toilet and into oblivion. Newt, however, claims that it “has a simple and almost certainly successful future if it does three things,” one of which, the first one, is this: Advocate first principles with courage, clarity, persistence and cheerfulness. Cheerfulness? Yes, because it’s important to distract the baby’s attention with a toothy smile before taking its lollipop. ********** The second one has to do with “developing solutions based on those principles,” which, I suppose, is … Continue reading

Fox News, GOP Propaganda Organ

Not that we need more evidence that Fox News is in bed with the Republican Party, that the former is one of the latter’s key media outlets, a sort of GOP Pravda, but this is hilarious: During the February 10 edition of Fox News’ Happening Now, co-host Jon Scott claimed that “the Senate is expected to pass the $838 billion stimulus plan — its version of it, anyway. We thought we’d take a look back at the bill, how it was born, and how it grew, and grew, and grew.” In tracking how and when the bill purportedly “grew,” Scott referenced seven dates, as on-screen graphics cited various news sources from those time periods. However, all of the sources and … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Norm Coleman

Ah, Norm Coleman… ex-Senator Norm Coleman… will the craziness never end? Will you never stop staying crazy stupid things like: God wants me to serve. Like you did last Friday in a radio interview. Are you really an endless reservoir of such egotistical inanity? Do you really believe you have “God” behind you, that “He” wants you in the U.S. Senate? Come on… seriously? Because, you see, there was an election in your state, Minnesota, a few months ago, and, well, it was close — very close — but they counted, and then re-counted, and, well, you lost. Al Franken ended up with more votes than you. It’s as simple as that. The people of Minnesota said: “We want Franken … Continue reading

Ashley Judd Takes On Sarah Palin and the Brutal Slaughter of Wolves

Sarah Palin, as bloodthirstily thuggish as ever, thinks that the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, which opposes the aerial slaughter of wolves, is an “extreme fringe group.” That’s right, this enthusiastic killer of animals thinks you’re extreme and on the fringe if you don’t think wolves should be shot to death from low-flying planes. She defends the killing as necessary given that wolves would otherwise “decimate moose and caribou populations.” (They’re predators, don’t you know.) But the killing is simply indefensible — it’s a massacre, and she wants more of it. For more, see DWAF’s website and And watch this: