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Shame on You Todd Akin

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So the self-described conservative Todd Akin is clinging to his senate bid. Just like a Democrat. Shameful.

We conservatives hold ourselves to a higher standard. The Democrats have their Weiners, Rangels, Spitzers, Geithners, Bidens, and Clintons among others. Some left, some stayed, but none were told to hit the road by their party. All clung to their power as long as they could. All were shielded by their co-ideologues.

That's the difference between the parties. The Republicans enforce decency and the Democrats shield indecency. Todd Akin, isolated and alone, is clinging to power, country and party be damned.

Yes, he apologized, and well he should. But that doesn't excuse terminal stupidity, callousness, and lack of judgment. Qualities already plentiful in the senate, and no more of them needed.

Shame on you Todd Akin. You had the chance to retrieve some honor from your foolishness. Now, all you have – win or lose – is shame, ignominy, and ridicule. Go, before it's too late. But go, for God's sake, go.


Akin Must Step Down

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Todd Akin is clearly an ignoramus, a fool, and someone who couldn't be bothered paying attention in High School. He is unfit to be a United States senator, and he should withdraw from the race immediately. If he does not, all decent conservatives in Missouri should vote for Claire McCaskill, who, while also being unfit to be a United States senator, is at least not a moron. That or write in someone else.

MartiniPundit calls on Rep. Akin to do the right thing and step down. Let a real Republican carry the standard.

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August 21, 2012 at 12:27 am

Pelosi Dumb?

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Recently there has been a spate of articles asking if Rick Perry is dumb (and even one asking if Barack Obama is dumb). It is certainly a staple of American politics that anyone on the right is dumb. After all, George Bush certainly was, not to mention Ronald Reagan. The flip side of this assertion is that liberal politicians are smart. The arrogance and ignorance of those who actually believe such propaganda needs no explication. For these assertions are based not on any evidence, behavior, or activities, but on party label. In short, if you are a Republican you are dumb, and if you are a Democrat you are smart. I find this rather simplistic and somewhat lacking in empirical evidence as you might expect.

But, let’s apply the Forrest Gump standard: stupid is as stupid does. And let’s look just at Nancy Pelosi for the moment – onetime speaker of the house, and current minority leader. Let us also just focus on her most recent statement: the lack of a rebuttal is disrespectful to the president.

Really? Not providing an alternate view to the president is a sign of disrespect? Or is it that one doesn’t consider the president’s words needing a rebuttal? After all, disagreeing with the president we are told is racist. Now, not disagreeing with him is disrespectful. Exactly how does Nancy Pelosi view Barack Obama? It appears he is somehow above disagreement and above … response? I don’t get it. What is Pelosi after?

Does she want a Republican response highlighting how all of the president’s prior policies have made the economic situation worse? Or, does she want the Republicans to challenge the efficacy of Stimulus II? Does she want the Republicans to put forth their own agenda of tax cuts, lower regulation, repeal of Obamacare, and less government intrusion?

I doubt it. It seems to me that Pelosi is out for short-term political gain. A gain which will not materialize based on the last couple of years. And that makes Nancy Pelosi dumb.

A Further Thought About Debt

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Now that the debt crisis is behind us, I would like to add some thoughts.

Firstly, I am pleased that the focus has shifted from spending to cutting. By no means does this bill cut enough spending, but directionally it is good. The democrats have been forced to accept that cuts are good and spending is too high. More needs to be done, but the national conversation has moved to the idea of fiscal responsibility.

Secondly, I very pleased to see that the Left is going absolutely apeshit over this deal. I wasn’t all that thrilled – thought it was as good as could be gotten – but not convinced it went far enough. The Left has convinced me – the comments I’m reading are positively unhinged.

But here is the thing I would like to change: this notion that we are cutting a trillion dollars, or cutting 2.4 trillion dollars. We are doing no such thing. These numbers are over ten years. I don’t know about you, but I budget in annual terms. So what we are really doing is cutting 100 billion or 240 billion – real money as far as I can tell – but nowhere near what it sounds like. Now, I expect this kind of obfuscation from democrats, but I’m disappointed to see it from republicans. Our deficit is running at 1.6 trillion a year, which means that 100 billion is less than a month’s overspending. When we’re cutting a trillion a year, we’ll be serious. Indeed, I wonder what the harm would be to roll back all spending to the level of 2008?

So I’m still happy. The Left is apoplectic, and that has to be a good thing. But in terms of getting the Federal beast under control, we have a long way to go.

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August 4, 2011 at 12:28 am

Pass the Boehner Plan

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I’ve been as agnostic as possible on the debt debate going on in Washington, but it is clear to me that doing nothing is not an option. That will result in the downgrade of the US credit which will raise the cost of borrowing for all Americans – not to mention being downright embarrassing.

Now it is very clear that it is the democrats who have brought us to this impasse. True, the republicans spent way too much from 2001 to 2006. They lost control of Congress because of it. But the democrats didn’t draw the right conclusion and since they have been in control have spent even more. When President Bush left office the debt was just under 10 trillion which he had basically doubled. It is important to note that at that point, the democrats had controlled Congress for two years. Meanwhile, under President Obama, we’ve racked up nearly 5 trillion in additional debt. In other words, Obama racked up almost the entire Bush debt in one quarter of the time.

In the short term, we clearly need to raise the debt limit in order to quiet the markets and prevent a downgrade of the US credit rating. (A VERY BAD THING.)

The Boehner bill is hardly perfect, but it appears to be the best that can be achieved while the democrats still control the senate and the presidency. To oppose it because it is not perfect is insane. Politics is the art of the possible.

Pass the Boehner bill.

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July 29, 2011 at 12:22 am

A Glimmer Through the Doom

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Perhaps the doom may be averted yet. Though Mitch McConnell appears to have a tin ear on earmarks, he seems to otherwise get it. John Boehner is clearly on board with the starve the beast agenda. The democrats have their eyes firmly shut, fingers stuck firmly in the ears, and are going ya ya ya ya ya ya all the way home. Pelosi remains unchided. Perhaps she is unchidable. Those are better signs than were present on election night.

Also, the news that the republicans did fifty percent better in state houses than in 1994 suggests a bubbling up effect which can be cemented in 2012.

Now the House has to get on with the job of defunding the Obama monstrosity, and pushing lower taxes, lower regulation, and smaller government. They won’t be able to get through the democrats in the Senate (probably) and definitely not past the president, staking out the field of battle for 2012. The democrats are always talking about ‘fighting’ for this or that (except actual military fighting). If the republicans do this right, the democrats will be fighting on losing ground for the next two years.

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November 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Patrick, Bleep, I’m Still in Patrick

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Fox is calling the Massachusetts governor’s race for Deval Patrick.

Thanks Tim Cahill. You siphoned off enough independent votes to throw the election to the most unpopular governor the state has had in decades. Thanks for our continued unemployment. Thanks for more taxes. Thanks for more incompetence. Thanks for nothing.

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November 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Barney the Frank

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It’s looking like Barney Frank has survived. Pity. Though I didn’t expect him to lose, I would really have liked to see it. More than anyone else running tonight.

Barney Frank is the single person most responsible for the mortgage crisis and the housing crisis and the attendant financial crisis. If anyone has deserved to lose his job, it is Barney Frank. For if he did, then fewer of the rest of us would lose ours.

At least he’ll be in the minority again, though Lord knows, he did plenty of damage there before.

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November 2, 2010 at 9:33 pm

The Bourbon Democrats

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Rumors abound that should Harry Reid be defeated – may it be so – that Charles Schumer of NY or Dick Durbin of IL will replace him as Democratic leader:

If Reid falls, a power vacuum will emerge in the Senate and, according to reports, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Richard Durbin want to fill it. Most political observers think Schumer is best positioned for the Senate majority leader post, but Durbin’s a close second.

Schumer, who is the most outpsoken liberal in the Senate, and Durbin, who has likened our troops to Nazis – true, he apologized, but only after being called on it – are poster children of the left. If this election goes as expected, it will be a repudiation of liberalism. Should either of these men take the leadership of the democrats in the senate, then it will be clear that the democrats will have learned nothing from the election.

Like the Bourbons, who famously forgot nothing, and learned nothing.

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October 29, 2010 at 8:23 pm

In the End, They Caucus with Pelosi and Reid

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The news is full of democrats running away from the President, from Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Obamacare, Stimulus, Cap’n Trade, and the general legislative agenda of the first three. The gubernatorial candidates are perhaps to be excepted (though the RI democrat who said the President could “shove” his endorsement was way over the line in terms of disrespect).

All these senate and house democratic candidates who are trying to distance themselves from Obama et al., and who are touting their putative independence, are forgetting one thing. And they are hoping that the voters forget it as well. It is the Achilles Heel of the independence argument, and it applies to every Blue Dog, regardless of how they voted on any legislation.

It is this: every single one of them caucuses with the democrats and thus allows Pelosi and Reid to maintain their majorities. They can vote against it all, but they can’t change the fact that every democrat elected to Congress is a vote to maintain the status quo of the leadership. Regardless of how they themselves vote on specific bills.

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October 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm

It’s Beyond Don Draper

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Michael Graham has a great piece in the Boston Herald about Barney Frank:

Could Don Draper sell Barney Frank?

Don Draper is the central character on the popular and (as I can personally attest) addictive TV drama “Mad Men.” He is a marketing miracle worker, the prototypical ad man from Madison Avenue’s heyday.

He’s a guy who can sell anything. But I bet Barney Frank would leave him stumped.

Who is Barney Frank’s market? If you’re a “good government” white-collar suburbanite, Frank’s been a disaster. When he’s not in a personal relationship with an executive at an agency he oversees (Frank’s former partner, Herb Moses, was an executive at Fannie Mae) Frank’s on vacation to the Virgin Islands riding the private jet of a Wall Street tycoon – another person whose industry he regulates.

So maybe you’re a results-oriented pragmatist who just wants politicians who keep the trains running on time. Has any congressman ever wreaked so much economic damage on his nation?

Even Frank admits that he had “ideological blinders” about Freddie/Fannie. His push to put the taxpayer on the hook for high-risk loans to special-interest borrowers was done in the name of liberal politics, not economic rationality.

He now claims he just didn’t know any better. But everybody knew better in the summer of 2008 when Frank claimed “Freddie and Fannie are not in danger.”

Two months later they were bankrupt.

Here’s just one frightening phrase from a memo in Frank’s congressional committee: Fannie and Freddie participated in transactions “that would not normally be considered to be economically viable.”

“Not considered economically viable” could be Frank’s campaign motto. From opposing Reaganomics to opposing welfare reform to opposing the Bush tax cuts, Frank’s been wrong on nearly every major issue since taking office in 1980.

Read the rest. Barney Frank benefits from smart people who don’t think before they enter the ballot box. Mr. Graham thinks he will again. I’m afraid he’s right, but I’m prepared to be wrong. After all, Scott Brown did carry most of Frank’s district.

Oh, and for the record, Mad Men is a great show.

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October 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Barney the Dinosaur

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Barney Frank.

Forget the personal corruption. This is the guy most responsible for the housing meltdown with his flacking for Fannie and Freddie. I have a friend – a Scoop Jackson democrat – who insists to me that Barney Frank is one of the smartest people in Washington. I do agree that he’s politically savvy. But smart? I’ve yet to see the evidence, though he is a survivor. (This follows the meme that democrats are smart, republicans stupid. Yawn.)

But maybe not for very much longer.

I’d like to stress that Barney Frank does not represent Boston, so I have no vote here, nor does anyone who lives in Boston itself. I do have a couple of friends in the 4th district who can affect this outcome. The key thing to note is that Scott Brown carried almost all of the 4th (except I believe for Newton) handily. Frank is considered in a safe seat, so there is no real coverage, and we can’t really see the polling of the campaigns – just what they say it is.

That having been said, there are some clues:

Sean Bielat, the Republican candidate for Congress in Massachusetts’ 4th District, has had just one conversation with his Democratic opponent, Rep. Barney Frank.

It was in August, at a parade in New Bedford. “I went up to introduce myself and said, ‘Nice to meet you,'” Bielat recalls. “He said, ‘I wish I could say the same, but you’ve made this personal. You’ve been attacking me.’ Then he turned and walked away.”

Frank is full of it here. That is his reaction to every single challenge, every single criticism. Frank doesn’t do defense, rather, he reacts to attacks with attacks. He reacts to non-attacks with attacks. He’s a pit bull.

Yet, there are real indications the pit bull is afraid. Consider:

You have to classify a Bielat victory as unlikely. Frank usually wins re-election with between 65 percent and 75 percent of the vote — and that’s when Republicans even bother to field a candidate against him. That’s a strong record.

Indeed. As noted above, I’m not in the 4th district. As it happens, there is no one running on the republican ticket in my district. That’s been Barney’s experience for some time. Not this year. But normally, he wouldn’t really care. Except for the fact that Scott Brown carried his district. So Barney has done something normally unnecessary:

Bill Clinton — the Democratic Party’s biggest gun — recently came by to campaign for Frank suggests party leaders don’t believe Frank is a shoo-in.

Not a shoo-in? If Bill Clinton has come, they think the unthinkable. Frank could lose.

And if he does, it would be the sweetest victory of all. No one has had more to do with the recent economic crisis than Barney Frank. If he loses his job because of it, it will only be justice.

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October 1, 2010 at 12:19 am

Johnbo Still Clueless

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On one level it is gratifying to see that John Kerry never changes. He remains a complete and total asshat year in and year out. It does lend stability to the universe I suppose. Consider:

“We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,” Kerry told reporters after touring the Boston Medical Center yesterday.

Wow. I couldn’t make up that level of cluelessness. I mean, suppose the voters really were that uninformed. Would you, as a career politician, let them know that you thought so? Only, I suppose, if you thought they didn’t read the Boston Herald.

Of course, Johnbo doesn’t read such a declasse publication, and so no doubt forgot that the majority of his constituents do.

Words fail me on what a tool John Kerry is. This guy takes a stab.

Update: Rich Lowry has more:

Take that, Velma Hart. Those who saw Hart, a middle-class, African-American mother of two, confront President Barack Obama at a CNBC town-hall meeting last week thought they had heard a genuine voice of dismay at the state of the economy and Obama’s failure to deliver on his golden promises.

If we take Hart as representative of the public mood, though, Kerry must have instead discerned a clueless complainer. If only Hart were sufficiently plugged in, she’d have the sense to get over her economic anxiety. So what if she fears returning to franks-and-beans family dinners? Does John Kerry carp when he’s shamed into moving his $7 million yacht from Rhode Island to Massachusetts, where he will have to shoulder an additional $500,000 tax bill?

Whatever else you think of Democrats, they are lousy amateur sociologists and political scientists. Whenever the public rejects them, it’s a “temper tantrum,” in late ABC News anchor Peter Jennings’s term for the 1994 electoral rout. Liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson has teed up that tried-and-true explanation for this fall: “The American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.”

Yeah, I’m sure that’s going to work.

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September 28, 2010 at 1:26 am

This Is Your Country on Democrats

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This is your country. This is your country on Democrats.

Unemployment from the time the Democrats took control of congress. The notion that Bush and the Republicans got us into this mess is totally repudiated by this video. Facts are stubborn things – the unemployment rate began rising only after Democrats took control of congress. Why would we want to keep them in charge, since, to paraphrase President Obama, they drove us into the ditch?

Any questions?

A glass raised to American Thinker.

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September 23, 2010 at 12:38 am

Narcissus Murkowski

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The phenomenon of this election year where losers refuse to accept the will of the people is the thing that I find most irksome.

Charlie Crist was the first example I suppose, but the general disdain of the establishment over the will of the voters is infuriating. I fully expect Mike Castle of Delaware to continue to run despite being fired by the voters.

Lisa Murkoswki. Icky. Appointed to her senate seat by her father. True, she won in her own right two years later, but Alaska doesn’t elect Democrats any more readily than Massachusetts elects Republicans. Rejected by the voters, she intends to run a write-in campaign though she apparently said she would not. Certainly her rationale rings false:

Just a few weeks after conceding the race, Murkowski announced that she would mount a write-in campaign, following an outpouring of support that gave her a “moment of pause from her previous plans to wrap up her career as a senator,” a Murkowski spokesman told CNN.

On Sunday, Murkowski blamed her loss on the Tea Party Express, telling CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that the group unfairly influenced the outcome of the race.

One wonders where this ‘outpouring’ came from, and if it numbered more than the readers of this blog. But what is really loathsome is the notion that an outside group came in, influenced the voters in Alaska, and hoodwinked them into voting for Joe Miller.

How arrogant is that? Is that not the very essence of the problem? And does that not prove that Lisa Murkowski is part of the problem?

This is what we’re hearing all over the country this year: the voters are stupid and easily misled. Let’s hope they mislead all of the arrogant politicians – of both parties – right back to the private sector.

Update: Mike Castle – not unexpected – is apparently considering a third party run.

In the end, it is all vanity. These guys don’t seem to grasp that such tilts at the windmill are at best futile, and at worst elect the opposition candidate. There is certainly no chance of them prevailing. After all, they lost their primaries didn’t they?

The arrogance on display this election season is nauseating.

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September 21, 2010 at 1:16 am

Sabato’s Prediction

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By now, I’m sure most readers have learned of Larry Sabato’s prognostication for the 2010 election.

Given what we can see at this moment, Republicans have a good chance to win the House by picking up as many as 47 seats, net. This is a “net” number since the GOP will probably lose several of its own congressional districts in Delaware, Hawaii, and Louisiana. This estimate, which may be raised or lowered by Election Day, is based on a careful district-by-district analysis, plus electoral modeling based on trends in President Obama’s Gallup job approval rating and the Democratic-versus-Republican congressional generic ballot (discussed later in this essay). If anything, we have been conservative in estimating the probable GOP House gains, if the election were being held today.

In the Senate, we now believe the GOP will do a bit better than our long-time prediction of +7 seats. Republicans have an outside shot at winning full control (+10), but are more likely to end up with +8 (or maybe +9, at which point it will be interesting to see how senators such as Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and others react).

Worth reading the whole thing. My principal reason for noting this post is I think it worthy of comment for its conservatism. A lot of people are waking up to Scott Brown’s victory and suddenly finding it significant nine months later. Some of us thought it significant at the time. That this is now a conservative prediction is amazing.

I’m adding Sabato’s blog to the blogroll. He seems a smooth sippin’ drink to me.

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September 5, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Murkowski Concedes

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Lisa Murkowski has conceded in Alaska.

Murkowski trailed Miller, a Fairbanks attorney, by 1,668 votes after last week’s primary. Election officials began counting absentee and outstanding ballots Tuesday. Murkowski made slight gains, but was never able to get Miller’s lead below 1,200 votes.

I have not been a fan of Lisa Murkowski since she was appointed to her senate seat by her father – icky. As it happens, her voting record also left something to be desired, and so I’m very pleased to see her go down. Joe Miller is almost certainly the next senator from Alaska.

Many will chalk this up to the so-called “anti-incumbent’ fervor of this year, but I think it’s something different. People are tired of politics as usual which generally seems to mean those who become part of Washington rather than remain one of their constituents. One can be an incumbent and avoid this – John McCain leaps to mind, but we’ll need to see what actually happens in the elections. Still, I can’t help but think that the ‘anti-incumbent’ meme is really about ignoring the losses of those politicians who’ve become to much part of the Beltway club. This year, that’s mostly democrats, but not entirely.

However, in the end, there’s going to be a lot of new blood in Congress, much of it part of the Tea Party, and all of it unbeholden to ‘politics as usual.’

Key question: will Murkowski support Miller in the general election or be a spoiler of some sort?

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August 31, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Barney Frank in Trouble?

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Barney Frank. The fattest fat cat in the Massachusetts delegation and one of the fattest in congress as a whole. I once saw him walking down my street and without another soul in sight. Since I’m not a violent person, I restrained myself, but the urge to cross the street and flick his ear was huge.

I’ve heard over the past couple of days that he might be in trouble, and this has amazed me. True, we did elect a Republican to replace Ted Kennedy, and that man – Scott Brown – did very well all over Frank’s district. Still, it’s hard to wrap one’s head around the idea that previously unassailable incumbents might be vulnerable. And if it’s hard for me, imagine if you’re Barney Frank. Not that I have any sympathy here. The only member of the House I’d like to see returned to the private sector more than Barney Frank is Nancy Pelosi. I’m not holding my breath on San Francisco voters, but here in MA, a miracle happened only last January.

As it happens, Sissy Willis has an excellent piece on this very subject so go read what she has to say. And when Barney returns to the private sector, let’s hope he has a taste of what it means to be unemployed. After all, he’s put a lot people out of work during his time in congress.

Update: And the website of the man running against Barney – Sean Bielat. I hope he wins. Indeed, any random pick from the phone book would be a better representative for the people of Massachusetts than Barney Frank.

More here from Michelle Malkin. Live the dream! Barney unemployed!

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August 21, 2010 at 12:40 am

Eight Republican Fools

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Eight Republican members of congress – fools each and every one if them – have voted for the so-called “climate change bill” according to Reuters.

Those are eight Republican fools who need to lose their next election. I’ll post the particulars when I learn them.


American Thinker names the fools and their telephone numbers. Scroll to the bottom.

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June 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Bobby Byrd

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I’ve heard that Senator Byrd, the senior member of the senate, has lost his wife. My condolences to the senator – I’ve seen how such a loss has affected my own grandmother, and the senator has my sympathy. However, I also understand he plans to run for reeelection, stating that his late wife wanted him to do so.

To this I say – so what? It is long past time for Senator Byrd – the only member of Congress to have enjoyed membership in the Ku Klux Klan – to step down. I cannot help but recall with disgust his attempted filibuster during the first Gulf War by recounting a history of the Battle of Cannae which made those of us actually familiar with Roman history shake our heads. Go home senator. It is long past time. Frankly, if you were a Republican, your racist past would have long since finished your political career. It’s only as a Democrat that you’ve managed to stay in office. If you had recanted, that would be one thing, but you haven’t. Shame on you. Shame on the Democrats.

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