President Obama’s ‘fight’ problem, this time on tax cuts (**UPDATE: Labor calls for solo vote)

November 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

President Obama’s problem isn’t that most Americans hate his guts like the tea party movement does, or that people think he was born in Kenya, or that they’d really rather have Sarah Palin running the country. Obama’s problem is that Americans like him well enough, but don’t see him as a fighter. This is a […]
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Gitmo North update

November 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

A year ago a major political issue in Illinois was the possible transfer of 100 or 200 hardened jihadists from the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention center to a mostly empty state penitentiary in Thomson, Illinois.

What Sen. Dick Durbin called “a dream come true” isn’t going to happen. But the federal government still wants to buy the northwestern Illinois prison-if only to use it as a regular penitentiary.

The Chicago Tribune reports on the hard-luck, high unemployment town. Its mayor wants the feds to buy Thomson facility-but my guess is that because of its link to being Gitmo North, the incoming Republican House majority will kill any deal.

On President Obama’s first full day in office, he signed an executive order directing the federal government to close the Gitmo jail within a year. That was almost two years ago.

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UPDATE: Bennet turns down DSCC chairmanship

November 12, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Washington (CNN) – Two Senior Democratic sources tell CNN Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid discussed with Colorado Senator Michael Bennet the possibility of taking over the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, but one of the sources now says Bennet has said no.

The two talked this week, the sources said.

Earlier Friday, one of the Democratic sources told CNN “the ask has been made, and Michael has been thinking about it.”

Later the same source said Bennet said no to the job.

All along Democratic sources said it was unlikely that Bennet would take the job. He just barely won a brutal battle to keep his Senate seat, and he has three young children.

The DSCC is in charge of getting Democratic Senate candidates elected, and Democrats will have to defend 23 incumbent Senate seats in the 2012 election cycle, a daunting task.

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British ObamaCare update: Hospital “failed to respect human rights”

November 12, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

“I’ll be honest, there are countries where a single-payer system works pretty well.”
Barack Obama, June 15, 2009.

Great Britain has suffered under government-run health care, also known as single-payer, for over 60 years.

How bad is it there? According to, a National Health Service hospital in Stafford, England offered care so poor it “failed to respect basic human rights.”

It appears that there is an IRS mentality to taking care of the sick, because staff “worked within a culture of fear, secrecy and bullying” at the hospital.

But of course the patients have it worse because the death rate at the hospital is double the national average.

Lord only knows what it is compared to American hospitals.

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Iraq Surge Fail Update

November 11, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Remember that we were asked to judge the success of the Iraq surge by the criterion that it succeed in turning a lull in sectarian violence into a democratic multi-sectarian democracy where sectarian cleansing did not take place:

A spate of bombs exploded outside the homes of several Christian families across Baghdad early Wednesday, compounding a sense of fear and vulnerability among Iraqi Christians 10 days after a bloody siege at a church here. Three people were reported killed and about 25 wounded in several bombings and mortar blasts.

The Christians have been sent a message about the future Iraq. They are not in it.

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The Obama War On Science: UPDATE

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 
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Last month href=””>we detailed how the Obama administration has tried invoke the authority of “science” to support their pre-existing political policy proposals, despite the fact that on issue after issue there either is no scientific consensus, or the preponderance of scientific evidence did not support their side. Today, href=””>Politico adds more details to the Obama administration’s efforts to manipulate science to support their offshore drilling moratorium:

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In the wee hours of the morning of May 27, a staff member to White House energy adviser Carol Browner sent two edited versions of the department report’s executive summary back to Interior. The language had been changed to insinuate the seven-member panel of outside experts – who reviewed a draft of various safety recommendations – endorsed the moratorium, according to the IG report obtained by POLITICO. /> … /> Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and several other Gulf State members of Congress asked the Interior IG to investigate the moratorium and the peer review claim.

“The inspector general’s finding that the blanket-drilling moratorium was driven by a politics and not by science is bitter news for families who, because of it, lost their jobs, savings, and way of life,” Cassidy said Tuesday. “Candidate Obama promised that he would guided by science, not ideology. If that were true, at least 12,000 jobs and 1.8 billion dollars of economic activity would have been saved on the Gulf Coast.”

This is exactly the kind of abuse of executive power that the next Congress must check if they are going to href=””>Get Control of Government. Presumptive-Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is going to be very busy.

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This happened: Allen West picks right wing talk radio host as chief of staff **UPDATE**

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

2010 will long be remembered as the year talk radio callers went to Washington. … Literally. File this one under “elections have consequences.” So Allen West, known to those of us in Broward County as that crazy guy who went berzerk in Iraq and came home to become one of the kookiest callers to right […]
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Tea Party institutionalization update

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Tea Party license plates maybe be coming to Virginia:

The citizens of Virginia will soon be able to express their support for smaller government and protest the Federal Government’s intrusion into the affairs of private citizens. How? With license plates that make a statement!

(via Conservatives4 Congress)

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Too Close To Call: Update On Deadlocked Races

November 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Election Day was one week ago and nine races are still yet to be called. Here’s the breakdown of what’s left.


Alaska: Not much has changed here. The “write in” ballots, which are likely to predominantly support Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), lead Republican Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams 41 percent to 34.3 percent to 23.6 percent, respectively. Alaska will begin counting write-in ballots on Wednesday and will review absentee and questioned ballots starting Friday.

And in a sign of legal challenges to come, Miller is now claiming that a construction company may have broken federal campaign rules by encouraging its workers to back Murkowski at a staff meeting.


Minnesota: Democrat Mark Dayton leads Republican Tom Emmer by 8,749 votes after Emmer picked up six votes from Hennepin County on Monday. Emmer, however, isn’t giving up on his plans to seek a full recount.


Democrat Leading:

California 11: Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) holds a 628-vote lead over attorney David Harmer (R), and that lead has been widening of late. But Harmer still has hope: his base of San Joaquin County will report the bulk of its 29,000 absentees late this week, and that could yield him 2K votes.

Kentucky 6: Rep. Ben Chandler (D) leads Republican Andy Barr by 649 votes in the official vote tally, which was announced Monday. Barr’s hoping for a miracle in a recanvass of the vote, scheduled to take place next week.

Democrat Trailing:

California 20: Republican Andy Vidak leads Rep. Jim Costa by 145 votes. The race is continued to narrow from a 1,091 vote deficit on Monday as votes continue to be counted from Fresno County, Costa’s base. Most of the ballots from Kings County, a Republican stronghold, are already in.
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House election update

November 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

(CNN) – House Democrats had a disastrous Election Night, but they have been able to stop the bleeding so far when it comes to the races that were too close to call last week.

CNN Tuesday called two more races in favor of Democratic incumbents: Rep. Gerry Connolly from Virginia’s 11th Congressional District and Rep. Rick Larsen from Washington’s 2nd Congressional District.

Connolly defeated challenger Keith Fimian by a margin of 981 votes while Larsen bested challenger John Koster by just under 5,500 votes.

That means the total GOP gains in the House remains at 60 seats, exactly where it stood after Election Night when 13 House seats were undecided. Now, seven House races remain up in the air and they are all ones that feature Democratic incumbents.

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And for an update on the Alaska Senate race, listen as CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser and CNN’s Bob Costantini look northward, where the last of the votes are being counted.


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– CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

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