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Take a Tip From MoveOn.Org, Guys



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Boy, that Huffington Post is hip, edgy, and up-to-the minute, with their in-house promotional graphics still featuring… Alberto Gonzales.

Politics on HuffPost, featuring Alberto Gonzales.

Gonzales left the office of Attorney General in September 2007, two years and three months ago.

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On Primary Day, All Seven Will Come Together to Form ‘Devastator’



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Which Republican in Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district is running against incumbent Democrat Steve Kagen? All of them, it seems.

Homebuilder, Iraq War veteran, and State Representative Roger Roth announced today; former state Rep. Terri McCormick, roofing contractor Reid Ribble, Door County board supervisor Marc Savard, Brown County Supervisory Andy Williams, Kerry Thomas of Sayner, and Marc Trager of Howard.

(Borrowing from Spruiell, the Devastator reference explained here.)

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The Economic Illiteracy of Jennifer Brunner



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More from Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Jennifer Brunner: “If he sends more troops, he must be starkly honest with the American people about the costs — in lives, in increasing the national debt, and in slowing an economic recovery.”

Really? We are a nation of more than 300 million people, with a gross domestic product of about $14.3 trillion. As of 2007, we had 7 million establishments, 6 million establishments with less than 500 employees, paying out $4.7 trillion in payroll. We export more than $100 billion a month.

And yet economic recovery will be slowed by sending 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan?

Er, no. Our economy is not sluggish because too many Americans are hunting Taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan. It’s sluggish because many Americans spent a lot more than they could afford in recent years and have been forced to cut back dramatically; because most homeowners can no longer use their homes at ATMs with home equity loans; because companies are facing a whole bunch of new factors that could make each employee more expensive – new health care costs, new energy costs, and potential new hikes in corporate, capital gains, and income taxes. The markets are nervous about whether the toxic assets are really off the bank books; our exports are still pretty lousy despite a weak dollar, and gas prices are creeping up again. There are fears of inflation, driving the price of gold higher and higher. With less economic activity generating sales tax revenues, state and local tax rates, particularly property taxes, are creeping up, taking bigger bites of Americans’ disposable income. Industries are finding their old means of production and distribution completely overturned by emerging technologies – i.e., newspapers, music, television, movies,publishing. Meanwhile, unemployed workers can’t buy products, which means businesses have fewer customers, which means they lay off workers, continuing the cycle.

We have plenty of reasons for the lousy current state of our economy, but the diversion of resources to Afghanistan is pretty darn low on the list, if a factor at all.

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The Shrum Compass



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An ominous sign for President Obama: Bob Shrum confidently predicts he’s “on the verge of overseeing economic revival and the historic achievement of national health reform.”

Eight days before Election Day, Shrum wrote, “by focusing on the economy, Corzine, whatever his own problems, has exposed Christie as an empty suit on the issue that ranks highest among voters.” The day before this year’s elections, Shrum wrote, “Win or lose on Tuesday, Republicans lose.” Which more or less sums up his method of political analysis quite succinctly, I think.

UPDATE: Of course, Shrum also famously said to John Kerry on Election Day 2004, “May I be the first to call you, ‘Mr. President.’”

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Will Afghanistan Be a 2010 Campaign Issue?



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Hotline notices three Democrats running for Senate – Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter – are opposing the surge of additional troops in Afghanistan. (Yes, in the Keystone State, the Democrat who is actually a Democrat, Joe Sestak, is more supportive of sending additional troops, although he’s quick to add he wants to see an exit strategy.)

Here’s a Brunner comment that will probably be of use to her likely GOP rival, Rob Portman: “I doubt that General Stanley McChrystal is the leader whose advice we should follow without significant validation of his recommendations. Gen. McChrystal recommended the deployment of additional troops in a “surge” modeled after the one in Iraq. Also, General McChrystal’s previous association with the abuse of detainees and with the incident surrounding Pat Tillman give me pause as I evaluate his recommendations.”

Is Brunner going to argue that the surge in Iraq failed?

At first glance, one might think that foreign affairs and war don’t often play a large factor in midterm elections. But then again, in 2002, Democrats found that their emphasis on the economy and health care didn’t resonate with an electorate primarily worried about the threat of terrorism.

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A Good Decade For Stocks, If You Sold at the Right Time



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A reader writes in, adding a point to yesterday’s discussion about Time’s cover story on “the Decade from Hell” and an overwrought picture of economic woe:

Under Bush, we had 51 straight months of economic growth – an achievement truly unprecedented in the nation’s history.  In fact, in the summer of 2007, the stock market reached 14,000 and kept going.  You said stocks were lousy over the decade.

True enough, although I would note that this depends entirely on when you begin measuring and when you stop. On January 7, 2000, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 11,522.56; it reached as high as 14,164.53 on October 9, 2007; but the tumbles of late last year and early this year took a severe toll. The Dow closed yesterday at 10,344.84. But yes, for much of the decade, stocks did pretty well.

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Obama’s Poll Numbers Looking Pretty Miserable in Virginia



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If you thought the results in Missouri below were surprising, take a look at Virginia, a state Obama carried last year: SurveyUSA puts Obama at 37 percent approval, 60 percent disapproval. He splits 39-58 among independents, and 33-64 among voters ages 18 to 34.

UPDATE: More surprises from this pollster: In Washington state, Obama’s approval/disapproval splits evenly, 48 percent to 48 percent; and evenly in Oregon, 47 percent to 47 percent.

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Missourians Really Souring on Obama



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Via Soren Dayton, I learn SurveyUSA polls adults in Missouri, and finds Obama at 33 percent approval, 65 percent disapproval among independents, and at 27 percent approval, 67 percent disapproval among those ages 18 to 34.

Overall, Survey USA finds Obama at with a 38 percent approval rating, 58 percent disapproval.

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‘For Years, I Told My Son, There’s No Problem a Czar Can’t Solve...’



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The doctoral dissertation of Anne Dunham, Barack Obama’s mother, written in 1992, will be published next month.

You may not think it’s a big deal, but wait until we hear the first sentence begins, “When I gave birth to my son Barack in Kenya in 1961…”

UPDATE: Just in case anyone missed it, that was a joke above. I have no idea what the first sentence says, and I strongly, strongly, strongly doubt this will a smoking gun for the he-was-born-in-Kenya conspiracy theory.

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One Texas Republican Takes a Pass on 2010 House Race



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Every once in a while, the National Republican Congressional Committee doesn’t get their man: Texas State Senator Steve Ogden has reportedly decided not to challenge Democrat Chet Edwards. The Democrat, who saw angry crowds at his town hall meetings this summer, voted “no” on the recent health care vote.

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You’re Not Losing a House Seat, You’re Gaining a Daughter.



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It’s a happy day for the Clinton family, as Chelsea is engaged.

Ms. Clinton and Mr. Mezvinsky were good friends during high school and became romantically involved years later. Ms. Clinton, who formerly worked at McKinsey & Company, the consulting firm, returned to school after last year’s presidential campaign to study public health at Columbia University.

Mr. Mezvinsky, 31, works at Goldman Sachs and is the son of two former Democratic members of Congress, Edward Mezvinsky of Iowa, who served from 1973 to 1977 but was later convicted of defrauding investors and sentenced to seven years in prison, and Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky of Pennsylvania, who served from 1993 to 1995 and lost re-election after voting for President Clinton’s budget program.

That could be a pretty nice consolation prize for House Democrats nervous about the electoral consequences of voting for Obama’s health care plan. Sure, you’ll lose your seat in 2010, but in about 15 years, one of your sons might marry one of President Obama’s daughters.

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The Overwrought Time Magazine Cover Article From Hell



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I’m one of the first to tell you our country is in rough shape. But Time magazine’s latest cover story – declaring the past nine years and change to be “The Decade From Hell” is ridiculous; I can’t tell whether the dominant aim is to declare a decade largely defined by the Bush presidency to be a nonstop cavalcade of disasters and misfortune, or simply to play to readers’ self-pity, and assure them that no one has ever had it as hard as they have.

We live in challenging times, but compared to, say, the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the 1930s, the massive worldwide casualties of World War Two and the Holocaust of the 1940s, the Cold War tensions, Vietnam, domestic unrest and violence of the 1960s, etc., this decade was mild by almost every indicator. It was the Decade from Hell for those who can remember two or three. (Andrew Serwer, the author of the piece and managing editor of Fortune Magazine, looks old enough to remember an event or two before 1980.)

Instead, the decade is too terrible for just one label of horror:

Bookended by 9/11 at the start and a financial wipeout at the end, the first 10 years of this century will very likely go down as the most dispiriting and disillusioning decade Americans have lived through in the post–World War II era. We’re still weeks away from the end of ‘09, but it’s not too early to pass judgment. Call it the Decade from Hell, or the Reckoning, or the Decade of Broken Dreams, or the Lost Decade. Call it whatever you want — just give thanks that it is nearly over.

My aim is not to diminish the tough times folks are going through right now or the losses some have suffered; simply to offer a bit of historical perspective, which is sadly lacking from Time’s coverage.

The Economy: Much of the article focuses on the economy, focusing on a steep drop in stocks (from a rather bubbly-2000 peak) , a slight decline in median household income, and Bernie Madoff. The word “meltdown” is used repeatedly. Stocks and income figures over the course of the decade are lousy, no doubt, but hardly warrant the “meltdown” label when compared to the 1930s or even the 1970s. We’ve still become more productive over the past ten years. Our nominal GDP was $9.95 trillion in 2000; it was $14.4 trillion by 2008’s preliminary numbers, the most recent year we have figures. Our real GDP increased from $11.22 trillion to $13.31 trillion. Per capita, our nominal GDP increased from $35,237 to $47,422; real GDP per capita increased $39,750 to $43,714.

Our current rate of 10.2 percent unemployment seems particularly high now because the previous high this decade was 6.5 percent in June 2003; for most of the decade, the U.S. unemployment rate ranged between 4 and 6 percent. Meanwhile, here’s the national unemployment rate, by year, in the first seven years of those go-go 1980s: 7.1, 7.6, 9.7, 9.6, 7.5, 7.2, 7.0.

Even if 2009’s numbers stink, and they probably will, we’re unlikely to have lost ground from 2000. If we wish to lament that this decade’s economic growth was lousy, fine, but this article asserts a historical perspective when our economy has been in tougher scrapes than this. To the consumer, is the current oil price worse than the oil shocks of the 1970s? The awful double-digit inflation? A “misery index” (inflation and unemployment) above 21 percent?  Seen any bread lines lately, or signs urging the unemployed to move on to the next town? How many folks have had gas siphoned out of their cars lately?

Terrorism: Time declares, “There were more large-scale terrorist bombings and attacks in countries like England, Spain, Pakistan, Indonesia, Russia, Jordan, the Philippines, Turkey, India and of course the U.S. The absolute number killed was not great, but the idea that terrorists can attack anytime and anywhere is new and profoundly unsettling.”

It is new and profoundly unsettling to those who have no memory of the first World Trade Center bombing, the Oklahoma City bombing, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, Pan Am Flight 103, the Empire State Building shooter, or any one of dozens of terror attacks from various sources on American soil and abroad in previous decades. Even the anthrax mailings had a precursor of almost two decades earlier when a group in Oregon deliberately contaminated salad bars at ten restaurants with salmonella in 1984, sickening 751 people.

Beyond that, we know things could have been much, much worse, with many foiled terrorist attacks over the past ten years.

Natural disasters: The article mentions the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and rehashes a bit about the Army Corps of Engineers neglecting warnings about New Orleans’ levees before Hurricane Katrina.

Indeed, the tsunami’s eradication of more than 200,000 lives was jaw-droppingly horrific. But do we really want to argue that there was something uniquely horrible about the natural disasters of this decade compared to previous decades? A cyclone killed an estimated 500,000 in Bangladesh in 1970; it is largely forgotten today. In 1975, Typhoon Nina killed more than 100,000 in Asia, contributing to the collapse of a dam.

And barring any wild theories about deliberately-demolished levees, has this decade seen any industrial disasters on par with the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal or Chernobyl meltdown of the 1980s? Any mass killings on par with the Rwandan Genocide and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans in the 1990s?

Hurricane Katrina was shocking, horrifying, and devastating, but do we really want to argue that it was a uniquely worse disaster for an American city compared to the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, or the Great Chicago Fire? Galveston, Texas being blown off the map in 1900? Hurricane Andrew’s destructive romp across central Florida in 1992?

Do we really want to argue that we live in an era of unique health threats, when our grandparents feared polio, tuberculosis, smallpox? Do Bird Flu or H1N1 really compare to the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918?

Time magazine’s online photo essay audaciously announces, “The 10 Worst Things About the Worst Decade Ever.” Worst ever?

Their first item is “the contested election of 2000.” Even by the measuring stick of political divisions, was this past decade significantly worse than past decades? Compared to the Civil War? Compared to social divisions of the 1960s and 1970s, which generated domestic terror groups like the Weathermen, the Black Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army?

Strangely, the third item on that photo essay’s list of “worst things of the worst decade ever” is “the invasion of Afghanistan.”

UPDATE: Several readers note that the better “end date” for the decade will be December 31, 2010, not December 31, 2009.

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40 Percent of Democrats Saying They’re Unlikely to Vote, or Certain to Not Vote, in 2010?



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The folks at Daily Kos finds something “shocking” in their regular polling:

The first indicator of potential peril is the right track-wrong track metric. With each passing day, the mood of the nation is going to be reflected on the current political leadership in Washington DC, rather than the transgressions and incompetencies of the past leadership. And the mood of the nation appears to be darkening, rather than growing more optimistic. After a meteoric rise in the opening few months of the new Obama adminstration, the RT/WT metric now sits at its worst level in months (-17: 40/57).

But a bigger indicator of peril comes from a new survey question added the DK tracking poll for the first time this week. The poll now includes a rather simple indicator of baseline voter enthusiasm for the year 2010. The question offered to respondents is a simple question about their intentions for 2010:

QUESTION: In the 2010 Congressional elections will you definitely vote, probably vote, not likely vote, or definitely will not vote?

The results were, to put it mildly, shocking:

Voter Intensity: Definitely + Probably Voting/Not Likely + Not Voting

Republican Voters: 81/14
Independent Voters: 65/23
DEMOCRATIC VOTERS: 56/40

Two in five Democratic voters either consider themselves unlikely to vote at this point in time, or have already made the firm decision to remove themselves from the 2010 electorate pool. Indeed, Democrats were three times more likely to say that they will “definitely not vote” in 2010 than are Republicans.

Not all of us will find these numbers quite so shocking. But I would add the caveat that we’re still eleven months or so away from Election Day 2010, and a lot can happen between then and now . . .

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Khalid Sheik Mohammed May Very Well Escape the Death Penalty



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Also from Gallup this morning:

By 59% to 36%, more Americans believe accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shzeikh Mohammed should be tried in a military court, rather than in a civilian criminal court. Most Republicans and independents favor holding the trial in a military court, while the slight majority of Democrats disagree.

Gallup also finds 77 percent supporting the death penalty for KSM; 18 percent oppose it. If you can find 18 percent of Americans not willing to execute the greatest mass murderer of Americans alive today, then it doesn’t seem all that impossible to find one in a Manhattan jury pool. We may see a rerun of the Zacarias Moussaoui trial, where one anonymous holdout juror ensured no death penalty would be reached:

“I felt frustrated,” the forewoman said, “because I felt that many of us had been cheated by the anonymity of the ‘no’ voter.

“We will never know their reason. We will never be able to hold their reason up to the light and the scrutiny of evidence, fact, and law,” she told the Post.

She said the discussions among the jury appeared resolutely pro-death penalty, but every time they went to a vote, at least one person would veto the execution.

Recall that KSM already pled guilty and asked for the death penalty in military court.

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This Just In: Americans Still Don’t Like the Health-Care Bill



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Gallup informs us this Monday morning that when asked, “Would you advise your member of Congress to vote for or against a healthcare bill this year, or do you not have an opinion?” they find 35 percent say “vote for,” 42 percent say “vote against,” and 22 percent have no opinion.

In early October, the split was 40 percent in favor, 36 percent against. In August, the figures were running roughly even, in the mid-to-high 30s.

When they push the undecided on which way they’re leaning, the numbers move to 44 percent for, 49 percent against. And that’s a poll of 1,017 – national adults, not even registered voters.

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Rezko, Rezko . . . Where Do I Know That Name From?



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In Illinois, Tony Rezko’s banker is running for Senate.

Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias confronted questions about his family’s Chicago bank as he sought to boost his bid for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by his friend President Barack Obama.

Broadway Bank, with $1.2 billion in assets, has clouded the political career of Giannoulias since his first bid for office in 2006, when at age 30 he became the youngest U.S. state treasurer.

The controversy stems from Broadway loans made to a convicted bookmaker and to convicted Illinois influence peddler Antoin “Tony” Rezko.

“Tony Rezko’s company has received loans from many banks in Illinois,” Giannoulias said at a Chicago news conference called to discuss expanded financial regulation.

Giannoulias, 33, is a former senior loan officer and vice president of the bank, founded in 1979 by his deceased father, Alexis Giannoulias.

Must be nice to have a dad who owns a bank – helps you get the title “bank vice president” by the time you’re 33.

In case you’ve forgotten, the current secretary of state had a disagreement with the current president last year, telling him she was fighting for Democratic policies while “you were practicing law and representing your contributor, Rezko, in his slum landlord business in inner-city Chicago.”

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Time Travel!



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I’ll be on Howard Kurtz’s Reliable Sources on CNN this Sunday morning, talking about the slide in Obama’s numbers and the changing tone of White House coverage. Actually, we taped it early, which meant I was instructed not to refer to “today” or “yesterday,” since those terms would be inaccurate when it airs. However, even though we taped Wednesday, I was still permitted to refer to the Detroit Lions’ loss on Thanksgiving.

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There’s a Powerful Veto Threat to Be Overcome First



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I hate to break it to the good folks who set up DraftCheney2012, but the only person who can tell Dick Cheney what to do is Lynne Cheney.

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You Too, Can Fight for Change Just by Wearing a Fleece



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Organizing for America — the old apparatus of Obama’s presidential campaign that has ignored its own natural expiration date and continues to plod across the political landscape in a zombie-like fashion — sends along a Black Friday message:

This holiday season, you don’t need to stand in long lines at stores to pick up gifts for the people you love who share your passion for change.

Skip the crowds, and shop at our Organizing for America store. You’ll find great deals on OFA gear — like our brand new OFA fleece, available exclusively at the store.

It’s the perfect gift to help someone you care about fight for change while staving off the elements.

First, the good news is with unemployment much higher than last year, we won’t have to worry so much about those long lines at stores. Hey, there’s a change!

Second, when cold Obama campaign organizers need help staving off the elements, I try to help out by contributing to global warming, but now I hear from London that I can’t trust all those reports about the progress I’ve been making . . .

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The Best Reason to Not Run for Congress, Ever



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A wonderful story for the Thanksgiving season: A Democratic challenger who was ready to take on Rep. Brian Bilbray (R., Calif.) is dropping out of the race. No scandal or horrible revelation has engulfed Democrat Dave Roberts; it’s simply that Roberts, a foster parent for abused children, was “contacted by the San Diego County Department of Children’s Services and offered two additional foster children, ages 2 (years old) and 1 year old, the half-brother and sister of their youngest son.”

Has there ever been a better reason to not run for Congress? God bless Dave Roberts.

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