Showing posts with label Senate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Senate. Show all posts

Saturday, October 18, 2014

"Brutalized."

Courtesy of Politicususa:

Extremist Joni Ernst (R-IA) is running for the U.S. Senate, you know, the place that used to be the speed bump against the crazies in the House of Representatives. But now Republicans are hoping to turn the Senate into a highway for their extremist Tea Party positions, so they can pass laws that most reasonable people take issue with — like outlawing abortion in all cases, even in the case of rape or incest, due to the personhood amendment Joni Ernst supports. 

Democrats hit Ernst today with an ad featuring Kim Tweedy, a Nurse Examiner on a West Des Moines Sexual Assault Response Team, who says, “I’ll never understand politicians who’d make it harder. Politicians like Joni Ernst. She’d outlaw abortion even for victims of rape and incest. She’d ban a woman’s right to choose even for women who’ve been through that trauma, absolutely brutalized.”

Damn! It looks like the Democrats as a unit have simply decided that it is time to take the gloves off and start street brawling.

This ad is reminiscent of the Wendy Davis ad that received so much attention, and the Ebola one from the Agenda Project.

Good, it is past time for us to start playing hard ball.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sarah Palin still pushing for a Rob Maness victory in Louisiana. Dammit woman, the horse is dead! Stop beating it with that stick!

This article is from Breitbart so you know the guidelines. While I am in NO WAY encouraging people to go there internet etiquette dictates that I share the link.

So here it is.

And this is what she said:

“Those folks in Washington should visit Louisiana like I have recently,” Palin told Breitbart News exclusively when asked what to make of the GOP establishment efforts to push Maness out of the race. “The momentum, enthusiasm, and dedication for Rob Maness is real, and I've seen it – along with a few live gators! The other candidates have spent millions on the air bashing each other with uninspiring ads." 

"Rob’s hard work and his one creative gator-wrestling ad got his message out. He campaigns much like we did in Alaska – going voter to voter and door to door," she explained. "He's visited all 64 of Louisiana’s parishes in his Ford F-150. He even drove it to the event we had two weeks ago. He's had 50 town halls and is the only candidate in the race to put forward positive, conservative solutions. He is the breath of fresh air Louisianans crave, and the polling data is reflecting that." 

"I’m so glad ‘The Great One’ Mark Levin agrees and has jumped on board for Col. Maness, and I hope others will follow suit!” she stated. 

Palin has been Maness’ most high profile and powerful supporter, and her backing comes amid a difficult year for grassroots conservative candidates. 

It should be noted that in the very latest CBS/NYT/YouGov poll Maness only managed to garner 4% of the support.  The poll was taken on October 5th, which was the day before Palin posted this graphic to her Facebook page:

By the way I have no idea where Palin got those numbers but I have been unable to locate a poll that favorable to Maness ANYWHERE!

Not that it matters because even given Maness the benefit of the doubt on that 17% he still trails both Landrieu and Cassidy by double digits.

Which begs the question, "Why is Palin so fixated on this losing race in Louisiana?"

Good question. Right now there is almost certainly going to be a runoff between Landrieu and Cassidy, which most pollsters seem to believe favors Cassidy, so a few more percentage points for Maness really does not seem to mean anything in the grand scheme of things.

And if Palin keeps on pimping this guy with such determination it is only going to further damage her brand after he comes in at third place so far back from the pack.

So I am kind of at a loss at this point.

The Koch brothers and conservative PAC's are spending millions to defeat Mark Begich in Alaska. So here come the labor unions to the rescue.

AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami with Rachel Maddow
Courtesy of Mother Jones:

Republicans' most likely path to retaking the Senate in November requires GOPers to pick up seats in six key states: Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Of the six, Alaska—where Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is facing off against former Republican Attorney General Dan Sullivan—may be the closest race. That's why right-wing groups backed by the likes of the Koch brothers and Karl Rove are dumping millions into the state—and why Alaska unions are pulling out all the stops this year to make sure Begich, a fierce supporter of labor, carries the day. 

"This is literally the most active we've ever been in an election cycle," says Vince Beltrami, the president of the Alaska AFL-CIO, which represents nearly all unions in the state. 

Union members have been working the phones, pushing out mailings, and canvassing on behalf of Begich. Volunteers have even taken the unusual step of door-knocking in areas far outside of Alaska's urban centers, says Jerry McBeath, a professor of political science at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Because of the unprecedented level of campaign action this year, Beltrami says, the AFL-CIO had to rent out an extra 7,000-square-foot warehouse.

The giant push by labor this year comes not only because the race is one of the most competitive in the country and could decide which party controls the Senate. The wave of union action is also a backlash against the onslaught of money pouring into the state in support of Sullivan from the billionaire Koch brothers' dark-money group Americans for Prosperity and GOP operative Karl Rove's super-PAC, American Crossroads. The groups—which support the rollback of collective bargaining rights and back right-to-work laws, which prevent unions from compelling employees to join or pay dues to a union—are dumping money into the Alaska Senate race for the first time ever. 

"They're up here on the airwaves 24 hours a day, seven days a week, trying to tie Mark to Obama," Beltrami says. "They say things 50 times a day on the airwaves that aren't true. You gotta push back."

Don't forget these are ALASKAN union members fighting against forces outside of our state throwing truckloads of money at this election in order to elect an outsider who will jump through any flaming hoop they hold up for him.

We are fighting for our very lives up here, and this is absolutely a David and Goliath story of a local Anchorage man facing off against giants of industry willing to bury him under a mountain of campaign spending.

I know Vince though, and if this thing can be turned around with good hard work and a never say die attitude then he and his union brothers and sisters are certainly the ones to make that happen.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich explain how crucial it is to keep the Senate in Democratic hands.

I love Robert Reich's informative videos.

He does an excellent job of explaining complex situations in a manner which makes them much easier to understand.

Bottom line is that we ALL need to make sure and get to the polls in November.

I know this election does not seem as important as some in the recent past, but if 2010 teaches us anything it is that EVERY election is important.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Alaska Senate candidate Dan Sullivan REALLY does not want to answer questions about receiving money from the Koch brothers.

So after a fish policy debate in Kodiak. KTUU reporter Grace Jang managed to corral Sullivan and ask him how much backing he was getting from the Koch brothers.

Take a look at his response.

“Look, um, we’re getting broad based support from Alaskans first and foremost. That’s where I’m focused on in this race. And getting out the message with regard to what we’re doing in this race.”

Well there's an answer that holds to the proud Sarah Palin tradition of word salad that we have all come to know and loathe. 

Did anybody else notice that Sullivan got a little green around the gills after Jang asked her question? And I swear that pause was pregnant longer than Palin was before the "delivery" of her last child.

Speaking of pregnant pauses check this response after a reporter with the New Republic asked Sullivan about a Palin endorsement:  

When I asked if he wanted the endorsement of Sarah Palin, who appointed him to be the state’s attorney general in 2009, he waited a few awkward beats before saying: “I want the endorsement of everybody. Anybody who believes in less government, more freedom, and pushing back on the Obama administration’s overreach into our lives.”

Do you hear that Sarah?

Sullivan wants the endorsement of everybody, possibly even including you.

How about it? Unless of course you are no longer interested in supporting candidates and causes in our great state that is.

Come on, I double dog dare you.

(H/T to Alaska Commons.)

John McCain flies in to help Oregon Senate candidate who keeps being compared to Sarah Palin. Well this should put those comparisons to rest, don'tcha think?

"Oh God, she's another one!"
Courtesy of KATU:  

Trying to help Monica Wehby rescue her campaign for the U.S. Senate, Arizona Sen. John McCain said Thursday that the Oregon doctor would be a strong advocate for veterans and a much-needed expert on health care. 

McCain told an audience comprised largely of veterans that Wehby knows how to fix problems plaguing the Veterans Administration health care system. While training for her medical career, Wehby said she did work at a VA hospital in Los Angeles. 

"This will be the instant expert," McCain told an audience comprised largely of veterans at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Gresham, outside Portland. "This will be the go-to person in the United States Senate when we're talking about all the things that need to be done for our veterans."

Interestingly enough this "go to" candidate has been in the news lately for ducking debates and avoiding candidate forums. (Which seems to be a trend this year.)

Wehby now says she wants four debates with Democratic candidate Jeff Merkley, who is currently leading in the polls by a whopping 14%.

You know from what I have heard the less this Wehby person talks, the better it is for her campaign.

Hey maybe John McCain could sit in on these debates, and help to answer questions like he did with Palin back in 2008.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

More proof that GOP Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan is NOT an Alaskan.

Courtesy of The Hill: 

Alaska Senate candidate Dan Sullivan (R) was a Maryland resident for tax purposes while he lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area from 2006 through 2008, according to the state's tax assessor. 

The comments come in response to an inquiry from the Alaska Democratic Party into whether Sullivan properly claimed principal residency tax breaks while living in Montgomery County, Md. during that period. 

Sen. Mark Begich's (D-Alaska) allies made the inquiry in order to draw attention to Sullivan's time outside the state. Begich and his allies have long sought to paint Sullivan as an outsider and undercut his state ties. 

"It is the determination of the Department that Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan are deemed residents of Maryland at that property address for the period in question. Therefore, the property tax benefits received were properly granted," Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation Director Robert Young says in an email to the head of the Alaska Democratic Party after reviewing whether the 'principal residence' tax credits were properly claimed at the Montgomery County, Md. home.

The explanation for this by the Sullivan campaign is that he was working for the Bush administration between 2006 and 2008, therefore he  spent the majority of this time in Maryland.

However it should be noted that many Alaskans work outside of the state for extended periods of time, yet they do not change their tax status if they are planning to return and make Alaska their home.

Both Lisa Murkowski and Don Young have worked in Washington longer than Sullivan has, and yet neither of them changed their resident status for tax purposes.

Which is interesting since many of Sullivan's recent ads are attacking Mark Begich for "being out of touch with Alaskans" because he has worked for the last six years in Washington representing Alaska (And accomplishing things like this for our people.), after having lived his entire life in this state.

And by the way, Sullivan's time out of Alaska actually extended from 2002 until 2009, during which time he served with the Bush Administration, which in my mind should all by itself remove him from consideration as a competent representative of the Alaskan people.

The guy is simply not one of us, he is a fucking out of stater.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GOP Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan skips candidate forum in Alaska in exchange for attending fundraiser in his native Ohio.

Courtesy of the Washington Post:  

The day after Alaska Senate nominee Dan Sullivan (R) was criticized by Democratic Sen. Mark Begich's campaign for missing a candidate forum, he was spotted raising money in Cleveland, Ohio. Sullivan was raised in the Cleveland area and has faced Democratic attacks questioning his Alaskan credentials. 

Sullivan was spotted at The Union Club in Cleveland on Monday morning by American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic opposition research firm. American Bridge shared video of Sullivan at the event with The Washington Post. Sullivan's campaign confirmed that he was there to raise money for his campaign.

So first Sullivan's parents contribute $300,000 to American Crossroads, obviously so that it can be given to their son, and then he skips town to avoid a candidate forum in Alaska in order to go to back to Ohio in search of MORE money for his campaign, to go along with the multiple millions already being spent on his behalf by outside interests such as Karl Rove and the Koch brothers.

Here's my question.

Why can't Sullivan find money to fund his campaign right here in Alaska?

I'll tell you why, because he is not one of us.

He is a fucking outsider, and he needs money from other outsiders in order to win our Senate seat.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Things get all Koched up during Iowa's first debate between GOP nominee Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley.

Courtesy of TPM:

The exchange grew tense during the final minutes after Braley referenced the Koch brothers. Ernst said: "Congressman Braley, you're not running against these other people, you're running against me. I am a mother, I am a soldier and I am an independent leader. You are being funded by Tom Steyer, who is a California billionaire extreme environmentalist." 

Braley retorted: "I realize that and President Obama's name is not on the ballot. And I'm not going to owe President Obama anything on Election Day. You're going to owe the Koch brothers everything."

Personally I think that was a solid hit on Braley's part, but  some of the morning cable news programs thought he was flailing in the wind and that the Koch brothers are still not well known enough to have their name work against Ernst.

And there maybe some validity in that as recent polls show Ernst up by six points:

Ernst leads 44 percent to 38 percent in a race that has for months been considered deadlocked. She leads nearly 4-1 with rural voters, and is up double digits with independents.

It is certainly not yet a done deal, and fortunes could certainly change, but right now it looks like at least one of Palin's endorsees has a real shot at ending up in the Senate, to join Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in gumming up the works even further. 

And that is troubling news indeed.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan attacks Mark Begich for "pretending to ride a snowmachine" in campaign ad. Really?

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal:  

Alaska Democrat Mark Begich drew high praise from fellow Democrats and Republicans for his TV ads that have, among other things, depicted him riding a snowmobile across his state’s frozen tundra, then hopping off to tout his support for oil drilling. 

But Republican challenger Dan Sullivan’s campaign isn’t so sure that it’s actually Mr. Begich. The former state attorney general is out with an advertisement Wednesday that says the Democrat is “pretending” to ride a snow machine, as the vehicles are known in Alaska. 

And it’s not the first shot at Mr. Begich’s authenticity and dedication to Alaska, which the Democrat has made the centerpiece of his re-election bid – his slogan is “True Alaska.” Last month, Americans for Prosperity knocked Mr. Begich for missing votes in the Senate, an effort to undercut the heart of his message.

Here is the ad that inspired this attack on Begich.
Of course Begich took umbrage at the attack to his honesty and had this to say in response:

But Begich said Wednesday that Sullivan, who’s challenging him in one of the most critical Senate battlegrounds of the cycle, should “pull that ad. It’s not factual.” 

In an interview, Begich described the lengths to which he went to shoot the spot. 

“One guy for example, wore an AR-15 around his shoulders because the area we were going to is where polar bears are, and he wanted to make sure we weren’t going to be attacked,” Begich said. “To say that I wasn’t on that snow machine riding it? I rode it for a long time out there and in weather that was very cold that day to the point where I frostbit part of my ear.” 

You know attacking Begich for political points of view is fair game, but the man is a tried and true Alaskan. And he doesn't have to shoot a gun, wrestle a grizzly, OR ride a snowmachine to prove that to any of us. 

I met Mark when he was a pimply faced high school kid, and even then he was involved in politics. There was never any doubt he was going to run for something when he grew up.

Both my daughter and Dennis Zaki have made commercials up here so I am well aware of the tricks of the trade, and it is pretty clear that Begich is indeed out in the elements. And since driving a snowmachine is not that hard I have little doubt that was he was one of the three snowmachiners riding up to the camera as well.

And by the way I find it a little insulting to my intelligence that the same ad where Sullivan  attacks Begich for fake snowmachine riding, ends with footage of Sullivan fake running in a area that I doubt he has ever even visited before.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nate Silver bemoans the difficulty with accurate polling in Alaska.

Courtesy of TPM:  

It is one of a handful of races that could determine which party controls the Senate next year, but analysts -- including the veritable Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight -- agree that the polling in the Alaska Senate race is an absolute mess. 

It's nobody's fault. Just a historical fact. But it complicates the process of capturing the dynamics of the battle between Republican Dan Sullivan and incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK). 

"Alaska is a hard state to poll accurately," Silver wrote in his Sunday review of the polling there. He also concluded that in seven statewide races since 2000, Alaska polling has overestimated the Democratic candidate by 7.2 points compared to election day returns. 

The problem, as best that experts can figure it, is the low-response rate that plagues pollsters everywhere -- but has an outsized impact in a state with such a small (730,000) and transient population. 

Whatever the reasons, the bottom line is that the electoral picture is decidedly fuzzy in one of the most important elections of the year.

Silver is essentially playing a tune that many of us up here in the Great Land are all too familiar with.

Because our population is diverse and far flung it makes getting an accurate read close to impossible.

However what is also true is that Alaska has a long history of loyalty to their Senators and Representatives, which goes to explain how Don Young has remained in office for so many years, and unless there is a federal prosecution or scandal involving Mark Begich he may simply find himself back in Washington due to name recognition and a lack of a good reason NOT to send him back.

Begich has deep roots here in the state, and a name that is well respected by many.

That, more than ad campaigns and buckets of money, may be the factors that have the biggest impact on the voters.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ted Cruz warns that the proposed amendment to curb out of control spending on campaigns could get SNL creator Lorne Michaels thrown in jail. Say what?

If you can watch that clip with a straight face you are a better man (Or woman) than I.

For those who cannot stand the sound of Cruz's voice, here is what he said courtesy of Politico:

Sen. Ted Cruz says the comedy of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is at risk and creator Lorne Michaels could be thrown in jail if a proposed Constitutional amendment on campaign finance is passed. 

“Congress would have the power to make it a criminal offense, Lorne Michaels could be put in jail under this amendment for making fun of any politician. That is extraordinary. It is breathtaking and it is dangerous,” the Texas Republican argued on the Senate floor on Tuesday, with a board of stills from the late-night sketch show displayed behind him. 

“Well, NBC which airs Saturday Night Live, is a corporation,” Cruz said, who gave his own impression of Dana Carvey as President George H.W. Bush. 

“I grew up watching Saturday Night Live, I love Saturday Night Live. Saturday Night Live over the years, has had some of the most tremendous political satire,” the senator said. “Who can forget in 2008, Saturday Night Live’s wickedly funny characterization of the Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin?” 

“It was wickedly funny and also [had] a profoundly powerful effect on people’s assessment of Gov. Palin, who’s a friend of mine, ” he added. 

According to Cruz he also reached out to former SNL alum, now Senator, Al Franken who tried to explain the actual impact of the amendment, but obviously that only served to confuse Cruz.

To be clear this amendment says NOTHING about free speech, or the ability to lampoon politicians. 

It is solely focused on campaign spending by corporations with deep pockets who are able to spend millions of dollars in local and national campaigns in order to ensure that their chosen politician wins.

Okay I am beginning to think that this whole schitck of Cruz's is some long drawn out Tea Party performance art that has him saying and doing crazy things simply for attention. And then at some point he will stop in mid sentence, reveal that he was hired by the Democrats to troll the Republicans, take a bow and walk out of the Senate chamber mumbling to himself, "I really cannot believe they bought that act."

It is either that or this guy is actually under the impression that he is a serious politician, and has plans to further this political career by taking a run at the White House.

Which one sounds less crazy to you?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The GOP's greatest Obamacare nightmare has arrived.

Courtesy of TPM:  

The politics of the health care law have undergone a sea change since its disastrous rollout last fall, when many conservative operatives were salivating at the prospect of a GOP wave in the midterm elections due to an Obamacare "train wreck." 

But the train never wrecked. The law rebounded, surpassing its signups goal and withstanding a flurry of attacks. The issue seems to have mostly lost its power as a weapon against Democrats, and a growing number of Republican governors — even in conservative states — are warming to a core component of Obamacare, the Medicaid expansion. 

To get a sense of why this is worrying for Republicans in the long run, look no further than conservative strategist Bill Kristol's 1993 memo — "Defeating President Clinton's Health Care Proposal" — warning that reform would paint Democrats as "the generous protector of middle-class interests" and strike a "punishing blow" to the GOP's anti-government ideology. 

"But the long-term political effects of a successful Clinton health care bill will be even worse — much worse. It will relegitimize middle-class dependence for 'security' on government spending and regulation. It will revive the reputation of the party that spends and regulates, the Democrats, as the generous protector of middle-class interests. And it will at the same time strike a punishing blow against Republican claims to defend the middle class by restraining government," Kristol wrote. 

In other words, the real fear back then was that health care reform would succeed.

And now, thanks to Obama, it has.  

Two decades later, Kristol's prophecy is haunting Republicans. Obamacare has provided a lifeline by providing coverage to 8 million people on the exchanges, 7 million under Medicaid expansion and 5 million who bought insurance outside the exchanges but benefit from new regulations like the coverage guarantee for individuals with preexisting conditions. Even Republicans in deeply conservative states are suggesting that the popular new benefits cannot be taken away, even if the Obamacare brand still struggles.

The Republicans pinned all of their hopes on using Obamacare to attack the Democrats who voted for it, and defeat them in 2014.

But now with that hope dashed to the rocks of the Obamacare success, what is left in their quiver?

Jobs? Nope their getting better.

Immigration? Nope the President is tabling that until after the midterms.

Benghazi? The IRS "scandal?" Fast and Furious?

Nope, nope and nope.

Those are all bullshit and really only reflect on the President anyhow.

So exactly HOW are the Republicans supposed to retake the Senate in 2014?

Monday, September 08, 2014

Iowa pig mutilator Joni Ernst finds herself dropping in the polls. Could this be the Sarah Palin curse once again rearing its ugly head?

Courtesy of Politicususa:  

Republicans got some bad news on Monday as a poll in a key Senate race revealed that one of their ‘rock stars’ is quickly losing steam and is now trailing against her Democratic opponent. In the open Iowa Senate race, Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) is now leading Republican State Senator Joni Ernst by five points. Loras College released their poll on Monday. In early August, the polling institute showed Ernst up by six points with her likability numbers climbing. Now, she is scoring a net negative favorability rating with voters while Braley has a net positive.

A loss of eleven points in one month is nothing to sneeze at. It seems the more the voters of Iowa come to know Ernst the Ripper the less they like her.

This candidate is one of Palin's big endorsement success stories so if she flatlines in November it will serve as a crippling blow to Palin's already beaten and bloodied credibility.

Here's hoping that the good people of Iowa make the right choice.

Friday, August 29, 2014

For those who think that Elizabeth Warren is the liberal candidate that can beat Hillary Clinton, you might want to read this.

During a town hall meeting last week Senator Warren defended her vote to provide $225 millino ins support of Israel in its ongoing conflict with Israel, despite evidence of numerous civilian deaths at the hands of the Israeli army.

This courtesy of the Cape Cod Times: 

"We are disagreeing with Israel using their guns against innocents. It's true in Ferguson, Missouri, and it's true in Israel," said Harwich resident John Bangert, who identified himself as a Warren supporter but said the $225 million could have been spent on infrastructure or helping immigrants fleeing Central America. 

"The vote was wrong, I believe," he added, drawing applause from several in the crowd. 

Warren told Bangert she appreciated his comments, but "we're going to have to agree to disagree on this one." 

"I think the vote was right, and I'll tell you why I think the vote was right," she said. "America has a very special relationship with Israel. Israel lives in a very dangerous part of the world, and a part of the world where there aren't many liberal democracies and democracies that are controlled by the rule of law. And we very much need an ally in that part of the world." 

Warren said Hamas has attacked Israel "indiscriminately," but with the Iron Dome defense system, the missiles have "not had the terrorist effect Hamas hoped for." When pressed by another member of the crowd about civilian casualties from Israel's attacks, Warren said she believes those casualties are the "last thing Israel wants." 

"But when Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they're using their civilian population to protect their military assets. And I believe Israel has a right, at that point, to defend itself," Warren said, drawing applause. 

Noreen Thompsen, of Eastham, proposed that Israel should be prevented from building any more settlements as a condition of future U.S. funding, but Warren said, "I think there's a question of whether we should go that far."

I, like a lot of you I believe, have been somewhat surprised by he unconditional support for Israel coming from  just about everybody, including Joan Rivers, Howard Stern, Seth Rogen, and yes Hillary Clinton,

However it was because of that support that some felt that Clinton was a warmonger out of touch with liberal America, and that a more progressive candidate cloud challenge her for the Democratic nomination and beat her.

Of course for many the person they imagined coming at Clinton from the Left was Elizabeth Warren.

However after reading those statements up above it is clear that Warren is essentially in lockstep with Clinton when it comes to the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Personally I think that there is quite a bit of blame for the conflict on both sides, however to blindly support Israel without holding them accountable for the numerous avoidable deaths and their continued encroachment into Palestinian lands is unfair and makes us partly culpable for the deaths yet to come.

There are always two sides to every conflict, and to turn a deaf ear to one, means we care little about really working towards peace in the Middle East.

Sarah Palin gets all foamy at the mouth over the President's vacations again. Must be Friday.

This picture has nothing to do with the post, I just like it.
So Palin threw a bucket of ice water on her ghostwriter and made the poor thing type out this venomous Facebook diatribe against the President this morning.

I am going to spare you the whole thing as it is fairly toxic, but here are a few fecal encrusted chunks for you: 

There is absolutely nothing important going on in the world right now. 

There are no security threats, no worldwide turmoil affecting America’s interests, no civil war in Syria, South Sudan, or Libya. No war on our ally, Israel. No Ebola epidemic devastating West Africa and spreading. No race riots tearing apart a whole community in Missouri. No Russian aggression in Ukraine. No deranged North Korean dictator testing more missiles. No Chinese jets getting up close and personal with our American military. No brave American journalist sickeningly beheaded by Muslim terrorist savages rampaging through the Middle East seizing oil fields and committing genocide on Christians and Kurds. No illegal immigration crisis as thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally walk right across our unsecured borders. No scandals in Obama’s White House. No worried servicemen and women coping with ill-advised U.S. Military chainsaw cuts. And no increase in our nation’s debt. Nope. It’s been one lazy summer with nothing to do, not a thing to worry about in No Drama Obama land.

Proving once again that not only did Palin not understand the job of VP but she clearly does NOT understand that the President of the United States is NEVER truly on vacation.  Just because he does not call her up to give her constant updates on what his daily schedule looks like does not mean he is not addressing many of these problems. (You know except for the imaginary ones that she stuck in there.)

Oh you're going to love this next part: 

And this utter state of calm also explains why Harry Reid’s first order of business when the Senate returns from vacation is to gut our First Amendment rights. 

Reid and his minions in the democrat party think that what America really needs right now is a constitutional amendment to limit the amount of funds we can spend on elections. Don’t know when the conversion happened, but suddenly LIBERALS are worried about the undo influence of money in getting candidates elected! 

I know what you're thinking, "Oh Gryphen I think you made a typo." But no, I didn't.

I simply cut and pasted the above from her Facebook page, which means that neither she, NOR her ghostwriter, know how to spell "undue."

As for what Harry Reid is proposing, I think that almost ALL Americans would love to see an amendment that kept corporations from buying elections in this country.

I know I would.

Palin goes on quite a ghostwritten rant about it actually. Which includes this nugget:  

“There’s nothing going on in the world in these lazy days of summer, so let’s light a campfire and tear up our First Amendment for kindling!” said no American ever. But that doesn’t matter to Harry and his party pals. They just need another political gimmick to distract from the utter failure of everything they’ve touched in the last six years.

Actually considering the  obstructionism, what the President has accomplished has almost been miraculous.

Then Palin decides to go old school:

Why bother with addressing the failure of Obamacare? Why deal with the crisis at our border as lawbreakers threaten the livelihoods of working class Americans? Why deal with the Islamic organizations steamrolling through the Middle East, hell-bent on meeting us on our shores? Why deal with declining middle class incomes and stagnant job growth and unsustainable big brother government largesse? Why bother trying to fix anything Americans are actually concerned about? Nah, Harry says, “Let’s attack the Constitution instead, again!”

Let's do these one at a time shall we?

First off Obamacare is anything but a failure. In fact it is now helping to reduce the deficit.

Second the "crisis" at our borders is not only completely exaggerated, but it is the Congress who stands in the way of any reform to our immigration policies.

Thirdly those Islamic organizations "steamrolling though the Middle East" are the direct result of the destabilizing influence from the Iraq war, and are NOT the fault of President Obama.  (Even Rand Paul agrees with that.)

As for job growth it continues to rise at better than expected numbers even though the Republicans are doing everything in their power to sabotage any success. But I get it, President Obama is not repairing the damage done to the nation's economy by the last Republican president fast enough for SOME people.

No the President may not be perfect, but he is accomplishing some herculean tasks in the face of constant adversity from the Republicans and a barrage of criticisms from failed politicians turned Koch brother paid mouth pieces.

 And doing it all while also playing a few rounds of golf, and enjoying a little relaxation time with his family.

Sounds like he is living vibrantly to me.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dan Sullivan is now the official GOP nominee to face off against Senator Mark Begich in November. You know what that means, time to bring out the big guns. Literally.

So Dan Sullivan wants your vote so much that he is willing to murder a television set.

Just like Elvis.

Of course if Dan Sullivan thinks that in land full of hunters killing a television, which we Alaskans love, is going to get him any points, he could not be more wrong.

And as for impressing us with the size of his gun? Well sadly for him Joe Miller already unzipped and whipped out a bigger one.

And THAT gun did not impress Alaskans enough to give him the victory either.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Local Iowa paper eviscerates Joni Ernst for eagerly accepting Sarah Palin endorsement.

Courtesy of the Daily Times Herald:  

What's astounding to me is that Ernst didn't reject the Palin comparison. 

"Well, I guess we are both women, and we are both Republican, and we are mothers and grandmothers," Ernst could have said. "But look, I'm a rural Iowan, not a TV personality. I look no further than Chuck Grassley, a man who knows the farms of the state like I do, as the inspiration for the kind of senator I plan to be for Iowa. Sarah has strong family values, and we share that. But being from Iowa is a pretty specific privilege, and quite honestly, I plan to go about my service in an Iowa way. I'll never not take a call from Sarah Palin, but trust me, Senator Grassley will be the one I'm calling regularly for advice." 

Or she could really have flipped the script, reached out to independent women and even some rural Democrats. 

"I admire a lot about many women in politics, and not all of them are Republican," Ernst could have said. "For example, while I disagree with her on a lot of issues, I am inspired by the work of Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, a military veteran. I think we could do some good work together for our veterans and create a better environment for women in the military. I'd like to learn from Tammy." 

But no, instead Ernst tells us she's "flattered" with the comparison to Palin, whom, if you're really being honest, sold out her own party. Palin made some famous missteps in her 2008 vice presidential campaign. But she had a platform, a voice. Instead of hunkering down and completing a term as governor of Alaska, honing her worldview, and preparing for future elective opportunities, she cashed in on the fame. 

Bottom line: Sarah Palin is 100 percent celebrity, zero percent statesman. 

An "independent voice" and "strong leader" are laughable descriptions of Palin from Ernst. 

Palin is a half-term governor who never breaks ranks with the Right's talking points. She's not an ideas person like Rand Paul or Ted Cruz or Newt Gingrich or Paul Ryan, and that would be resoundingly reflected in Iowa by Republicans themselves were Palin to enter the 2016 presidential race. Palin wouldn't be able to summon enough momentum in Iowa to make a go of it in New Hampshire. 

From all strategic angles it makes no sense for Joni Ernst to tie herself to the dimming star that is Sarah Palin. 

So there's really only one explanation for Joni Ernst's unequivocal - even dreamy eyed - embrace of Sarah Palin. Ernst is truly speaking her mind. She wants to be like Palin. Iowans, if they elect Ernst, can't say they weren't warned.

This is really Democrat Bruce Braley's strongest attack against Ernst. 

If she really wants to embrace Sarah Palin she has to accept the bad with the...is there any good?

In other words if your idol is a woman who hated her job and hated her state, and ran from both the minute that somebody waved a dollar bill in front of her g-string, then who's to say that doing the same in not your ultimate goal?

Now with only one Republican challenger Alaska Senator Mark Begich begins to trail in the polls. It's time to get serious folks.

Courtesy of Rasmussen Reports:  

Alaska is critical to Republican hopes of taking control of the Senate, and, coming off last week’s state GOP primary, the Alaska Senate race is a near tie. 

A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Alaska Voters shows Republican Dan Sullivan with a 47% to 45% lead over incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Begich. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

The Republicans are really pulling out the stops in order to get Mark's Senate seat, and the only thing that can stop them is us. 

We progressive Alaskans have to turn out in huge numbers this November and keep the Koch brothers and GOP machine from making our first Democratic Senator in decades a one term wonder.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dan Sullivan is the Republican choice to face off against Mark Begich in November.

Courtesy of Alaska Dispatch: 

Dan Sullivan, the former Alaska attorney general and natural resources commissioner, declared victory early Wednesday in one of the most divisive Alaska Republican primaries in decades, while Fairbanks lawyer Joe Miller ran 8 points behind in second place. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell trailed third in the fight to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in the fall. 

With more than 98 percent of precincts reporting, Sullivan picked up more than 40 percent of the vote, followed by Miller with 32 percent and Treadwell with 25 percent. The Associated Press called the race for Sullivan at about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. In a statement, Sullivan said he looked "forward to painting a clear contrast between Mark Begich’s inability to move our state forward and my vision for a brighter and better Alaska." 

A short post of Joe Miller's blog, "Restoring Liberty," early Wednesday morning said Miller had called Sullivan to congratulate him. "While there are still over 20,000 absentee ballots to be counted and several major precincts yet to report, it seems unlikely we will be able to close the 7000 vote gap, given the current trends. I have called and congratulated Dan Sullivan for running a strong campaign.”

I have to admit I am a little shocked that Miller had such a strong showing. 

I was pretty sure that he would trail both Sullivan and Treadwell, so the fact that he pulled in 32 percent is a little troubling. Sometimes I forget just how many idiots are living up here with me.

Of course Sullivan is no prize either.

He is a carpetbagger from the east coast who has claimed on his taxes that his principle residence is in Maryland. He was appointed as the Alaska Attorney General by then Governor Sarah Palin, after her earlier appointee, Talis Colberg, resigned in disgrace, and the Alaska Legislature rejected her first choice as his replacement, Wayne Anthony Ross.

So yes Sullivan is another Palin-ite who has continued to protect her up here, and who as Senator will undoubtedly do exactly as you would expect an associate of the Wasilla Wendigo to perform his duties.

Sullivan will have a lot of money to work with in the November election so Begich needs all of the support he can get.

I predict Begich will win, but it will undoubtedly be a squeaker.