Filtered News 11/10

Tomorrow is Veterans' Day. And while we could go on and on about how our armed forces have been kicking ass for over 226 years (in yer face, Cornwallis!), we'll leave it at a simple..."."

Republicans Blame Losses on Democrats

WASHINGTON, DC—Republican officials are blaming tonight's GOP losses on Democrats, who they claim have engaged in a wide variety of "aggressive, premeditated, anti-Republican campaigns" over the past six-to-18 months. "We have evidence of a well-organized, well-funded series of operations designed specifically to undermine our message, depict our past performance in a negative light, and drive Republicans out of office," said Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, who accused an organization called the Democratic National Committee of spearheading the nationwide effort. "There are reports of television spots, print ads, even volunteers going door-to-door encouraging citizens to vote against us." Acknowledging that the "damage has already been done," Mehlman is seeking a promise from Democrats to never again engage in similar practices.

This is barely satire. I've seen wingnuts say stuff like this.

"Rummy can quit in the middle of a war with no repercussions, but the men and women
who are actually out there getting shot at can't. If they did, they'd be sent to a
military prison. I hope he never has a good night of sleep for the rest of his life."
-- Steve, as seen on

MEGA CHEERS to Ed Bradley. The "cool" reporter with the earring on 60 Minutes is . From Timothy McVeigh to Columbine to the AIDS epidemic, he never, ever fumbled. Says Bob Schieffer:

"Ed knew everyone from Jimmy Carter to Jimmy Buffett. He made people comfortable. He wasn't the bulldog type reporter like Mike Wallace. He set people at ease and got them to talk. Sometimes that was in their interest and sometimes it wasn't. But he was like Columbo, who had that disarming style and the knack of getting that last answer out of someone."

"Nancy Pelosi is a liberal with a capital L."
-- Solenoid O'Brien, CNN's totally brainless tool,

Good riddance: George Allen and Conrad Burns both conceded defeat yesterday, paving the way for stars Jim Webb and Jon Tester to take their place in the U.S. Senate a month and a half from now. As to what the losers should do with all their free time, may we suggest a few months in charm school (with special emphasis on anger management)? P.S. Shame on you, cable networks, for giving the winner of the most astonishing Senate race of '06 for his victory speech. Damn liberal media.

First hat in the ring. Iowa governor Tom Vilsack officially entered the yesterday. After making the announcement he proceeded to debate himself to a draw.

"Haggard was exposed by a male escort named Mike Jones. You know you're
in trouble when you've ceded the moral high ground to a drug-dealing prostitute."
-- Jon Stewart

Stupid damn wars. On this date in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial---a vee shape which points accusingly at the State Department---opened. And we have yet to see a more moving image than . Dick Cheney says he'd pay a visit if it wasn't for all those gol'durn "."

The Fox Snooze spin The argument made on Fox and elsewhere is that the new members of Congress elected on Tuesday are conservative. But according to a Media Matters analysis of the 27 House candidates who (as of the morning of Nov. 8) unseated majority Republicans or won open seats previously held by the majority party, . All 27 candidates back raising the minimum wage, advocate changing course in Iraq, and oppose efforts to privatize Social Security. Only two of the 27 oppose embryonic stem cell research, and only five describe themselves as “pro-life.”

"After lashing out at Democrats as the party of weakness and Al Qaeda coddling,
Bush is now talking about how he knows Democrats care as deeply about America's
national security as Republicans. Is the Bush bubble officially popped?"
-- Tim Dickinson,

What F-ing liberal media?! The 2006 election was defined by a) a repudiation of the war in Iraq and the current Iraq strategy, and b) widespread national victories for Democratic House, Senate, and gubernatorial candidates. Yet, according to a press aide, this Sunday’s edition of NBC’s Meet the Press will include two interviews: one with Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), an Iraq war supporter who defeated Ned Lamont (D-CT), and one with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who recently , and who was not up for reelection in 2006. In other words, the first post-election edition of Meet the Press will exclusively feature politicians who support the war in Iraq, neither of whom ran as a Democrat.

The first scent of justice "Though he is now the former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld is expected to be accused of war crimes in a lawsuit to be filed next week in Germany. "The Center for Constitutional Rights will file the suit on behalf of a group of Iraqi detainees as well as the so-called 20th hijacker, who is currently being held at Guantanamo Bay. "'The former secretary actually authorized a series of interrogation techniques,' said Michael Ratner, President of CCR. 'They included the use of dogs, stripping, hooding, stressed positions, chaining to the floor, sexual humiliation and those types of activities.' "Those techniques, he says, amount to torture and violate the Geneva Conventions." (The Blotter)

Software revolution. On this date in 1983, Microsoft released its Windows computer operating system. And we've had absolutely no troub [microsoft error message 23764. this program has encountered a fatal error and will shut down immediately. please check owner's manual for more information. Dumbass.]

Don't let the door hit you.... While answering questions at Kansas State University, Rummy didn't appreciate a question from an audience member and quite casually flipped him the bird. -WMP -QT (2:13 mark)

Q: If you were going to give yourself a letter grade for your performance as Secretary of Defense–what grade would that be?

Rumsfeld: Oh, I'd let history worry about that…

Right back at you–Rummy.

Colbert bids a heartfelt (read: scandal-ridden) farewell to the Republican majority of 1994-2006. I think I speak for all us when I say, you won't be missed. WMP | MOV

Yesterday Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that "I no longer am going to have to carry the water for people who I don't think deserve having their water carried", essentially admitting that he has been lying to his audience all along. Olbermann was quick to catch onto this: - WMV - QT Rush's entire "I Feel Liberated" segment

Just to reiterate, ladies and gentlemen: "It's going to get worse before it gets better." I'm not trying to be negative. I'm trying to prepare you here for what is coming. It is obvious from the president's press conference that his view is: "The Democrats won the election yesterday, and that means they get some of what they want, if not a lot of what they want, if not all of what they want." Specifically, here's what you can look for: You can look for there to be a minimum wage bill. The president was passionate about one thing in this press conference. He came alive when he was asked a question about: What does this mean for your immigration policy? "Yes, I think we have a better chance of getting immigration reform now with a Democrat-controlled Congress."…

You can also listen to his entire segment here: - MP3

Speaks for itself: SD's Take that!–you . : So I keep hearing that the conservatives really won yesterday,

From the country's heartland, voters sent messages that altered America's culture wars and dismayed the religious right defending abortion rights in South Dakota, endorsing stem cell research in Missouri, and, in a national first, rejecting a same-sex marriage ban in Arizona. Conservative leaders were jolted by the setbacks and looked for an explanation Wednesday. Gay-rights and abortion-rights activists celebrated. -11838">(Read the rest of this story…)

Screw diplomacy, we want war! In his previous writings and speeches, Defense Secretary nominee Robert Gates has been among the there are no good military options for Iran. In the summer of 2004, Gates and former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski co-chaired a task force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations that argued for , a position Bush has so far . For that reason, the right wing is angered over the Gates nomination. Frank Gaffney said subscribing to Gates’ ideas would “.” Last night on Hannity, former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) claimed Gates would “negotiate with terrorists,” and criticized President Bush for not picking a nominee that would satisfy “those of us that have supported him and supported his leadership in fighting this

I'll say it: Liar!
"Did the president of the United States make a rare admission on national television that he had told an untruth?

"Or had he merely engaged in a dodge of the sort that is common in politics?

"Journalists by nature shy from pinning the "liar" label on any political leader, but President Bush's acknowledgments that he had not been forthcoming about his plans to dump Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld have kicked up a fuss at the White House and sparked a debate about the limits of presidential evasion." (WaPo)

See? Liar!
"President Bush was moving by late summer toward removing Donald H. Rumsfeld as defense secretary, people inside and outside the White House said Thursday. Weeks before Election Day, the essential question still open was when, not whether, to make the move.

"Mr. Bush ultimately postponed action until after the election in part because of concern that to remove Mr. Rumsfeld earlier could be interpreted by critics as political opportunism or as ratifying their criticism of the White House war plan in the heart of the campaign, the White House insiders and outsiders said." (NYTimes)

Changing spots, etc. Let's not forget about what was probably on Election Day. Especially as Michael Steele makes a bid for RNC Chairman. Tuesday wasn't the first time that Michael Steele had tried to use homeless people to mislead African-American voters. .

I like how talks.

Weep for Bobby What kind of world do we live in where $9 million can't buy an election? Swiftboat money man Bob Perry sure did his best this year. But his best . Bwahahahahaha!!!

Rats jumping ship Cambone at DOD as well. Someone secure the files.

Send warm thoughts and healing feelings Sen. Craig Thomas (R-WY) .

More dirty elections in Florida The recount battle in Florida's 13th District (Katherine Harris' old district) . An analysis by a local paper on the voting irregularities there shows that the problems likely cost the Democrat the race.

Farewell to a good Republican Sorta feel bad for Chafee, as he always struck me as a decent guy. He had a moment when he could have, and should have, switched parties but after the '04 election that moment passed and there wasn't really much point of doing so. Glad he's doing the

PROVIDENCE — In his first interview since losing the Republican U.S. Senate seat that has been in his family for three decades, Lincoln D. Chafee yesterday said a lot of people had been coming up to him “and saying, ‘We’re sorry you lost, but glad the Congress switched’ ” from GOP to Democratic Party control.

Asked if deep down, despite his personal disappointment about the outcome of Tuesday’s election, he felt the same way, Chafee looked into the TV cameras and said: “To be honest, yes.”

“When you enact a divisive agenda, don’t talk to the other side, I don’t think that’s good for the country,” Chafee said. At least now, “I think the president is going to have to talk to the Democrats. I think that is going to be good for America.”

On the Bolton nomination, Chafee said, "the American people have spoken out against the president's agenda on a number of fronts and presumably one of those fronts is foreign policy and at this late stage in my term I am not going to endorse something the American people spoke out against.

Your Liberal Media And get ready, it's just going to get worse now.

O'Reilly and McCain are Geniuses “One of the things I would do if I were President would be to sit the Shiites and the Sunnis down and say, ‘Stop the bullshit,’” said Mr. McCain, according to Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi, an invitee, and two other guests. "I think the Iraqis have got to step up and at least try to fight for their democracy, instead of being this crazy country of Shiia against Sunni — I don’t ever want to hear Shiia and Sunni again."

Let the Truth Mining begin! A federal judge ruled the Center for Reproductive Rights could “subpoena more than three years of Plan B-related communications between the White House’s domestic-policy office” and FDA officials. The documents could “determine whether the by manufacturer Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. to allow sales without prescriptions.”

What? No spankings? “After tumbling from the pinnacle of the American evangelical movement amid allegations he snorted meth and cavorted with a male prostitute,” former National Association of Evangelicals president Ted Haggard will undergo a “rehabilitation process that could last three to five years.” “There will be appointed to oversee” Haggard’s spiritual “restoration.”

Rummie resigns, Onion-style. The satirical news site The Onion caught the tail end of Rumsfeld’s resignation speech yesterday: “Years ago, I decided to bog this great nation down in an extended, grueling foreign occupation, and I’m happy to say that’s exactly what I’ve done. … Each of my actions - from undersupplying troops with body armor to focusing on capturing Saddam Hussein while Osama bin Laden remained free - has . Well, anyway, goodbye!”

Uh, Ew?

On the breakfast platter: Eggs, bacon, grits...:


The sheer pleasure of getting lessons in etiquette from Karl Rove and the right-wing media passeth all understanding. Ever since 1994, the Republican Party has gone after Democrats with the frenzy of a foaming mad dog. There was the impeachment of Bill Clinton, not to mention the trashing of both Clinton and his wife---accused of everything from selling drugs to murder---all orchestrated by that paragon of manners, Tom DeLay. [...]


[A]fter 12 years of tolerating lying, cheating and corruption, the press is prepared to lecture Democrats on how to behave with bipartisan manners. Given Bush's record with the truth, this bipartisanship sounds like a bad idea on its face. Go back to the first year of the administration, when Bush double-crossed Ted Kennedy in the No Child Left Behind Act. Think about it: You've said at the outset of your administration that you need cooperation to get anything done. Then you double-cross one of the senior senators of the other party when your re-education and labor agenda is dependent on him?

These people are not only dishonest---they're not even smart. Not that I recommend nailing them at every turn, but I wouldn't be surprised if they try to do it to Democrats. If what Republicans have been practicing is bipartisanship, West Texas just flooded.


: "Fool me once, shame on...shame on you? Uh...fool me can't get fooled again!"

What happened to the ?




Catholic Shift - 16 point swing to Dems nationally since 2004
White Evangelical Shift - 16 point swing to Dems nationally since 2004.

Couldn't happen to a nicer group .



It sounded like a good idea at the time.

Get the proposed same-sex marriage constitutional amendment on the November ballot to drive up the Republican vote while driving Democrats out of office. The plan worked for President Bush two years ago, particularly in Ohio. So why wouldn't it do the same in Wisconsin this year, the GOP brass reasoned.

Welcome to the real world.

"The timing ended up backfiring," said U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Menomonee Falls Republican. "I think the opposite worked out this time."

The controversial amendment easily passed Tuesday, with Wisconsin voters approving the ban by 59% to 41%.

But the measure clearly had an unintended consequence by sparking a larger-than-expected turnout, especially among left-leaning college students, who flooded their campus polling places.

The result: Dems scored some unexpected gains in the Statehouse [...]

By putting the same-sex marriage and death penalty measures on the same ballot, Sensenbrenner said, Republican leaders in the Legislature ended up drawing the wrong type of voter to the polls - Democrats, especially conservative ones. Those people voted for the ballot proposals but against Republican candidates.

His proof: About 275,000 people cast ballots for the ban on same-sex marriages but not for Green.

What's more, he said, the Republican strategy gave opponents 1½ years to organize and raise millions of dollars.

"It was a lose-lose situation," Sensenbrenner said. "You had Reagan Democrats and socially conservative union members who wanted to vote yes and yes (on the referendums) and then voted for Doyle.

"And then you had liberals who voted no on both, then voted for Democrats."



We're more organized now. Put up your bullshit ballot initiatives, and you might pass them scoring some short-term battles (gay marriage bans will go the way of segregation within a generation). But you'll lose the war.

Ready yet to give of that "liberal media" nonsense? Last night on Larry King, Bill Maher "outed" Ken Mehlman as being gay, during the 9:00 pm est. live segment. On their later rebroadcast, CNN edited it out. - WMV - QT I watched the live segment, but didn't really think about it that much. Maher has alluded to this numerous times on Real Time, so it was something I had heard him say before. Now that CNN has decided to edit that segment out, it has become an even bigger story. of both the live and rebroadcast segments and you can tell that CNN had to remove the statement. Maher also said he will be naming others on Real Time this Friday.

Fun to be had Stephen Colbert had on newly elected Representative (and Blue America candidate) John Hall last night. - WMV - QT Hall was one of the big upsets of Tuesday and a great addition to the People's House. Another benefit of voting for Democrats that was overlooked this campaign season: you vote Democratic and you get someone who can . (Also check out the . There's a good time to be had over there)

Amazing how bad a campaign the Democrats ended up running, wasn't it? No message, no new ideas? No taking any stands. Another hapless gambit from the gang that couldn't shoot straight.

Oh, wait, right, they crushed the GOP House majority and won control of the senate (by election rather than defection) for the first time in 12 years.

My point here isn't to gloat on the Dems' behalf. And political chatmeisters do routinely impute genius to campaign victories and vice versa. But over the last six+ years, as the capital has fallen under the spell of the Bush-Rove confidence cult, opinions about the Democrats have become particularly fouled by fatuous circular reasoning. And same with the Bush-Rove GOP.

Victory is its own defense. The Republicans won the 2004 election. But only just barely. Not through any particular genius. And, I suspect we'll learn, much less through micro-targetting and data-mining mumbo-jumbo than we'd been led to believe.

The Rumsfeld defenestration justly dominated the news cycle yesterday. But beyond the numbers and policy changes a lot of things are going to need to be rethought in Washington now. A lot of people's conceptual meal tickets just expired.


November 10, 2006 - 11:10am