Netroots: ignoring, or impotent?

    This is entertaining… Liberals could face major losses if they continue to ignore the Tea Party movement, a panel of progressive writers said Thursday during a discussion at NetrootsNation, an annual gathering of bloggers, activists and policy makers. The panelists, which included well-known authors David Neiwert and John Amato of, warned that regardless of whether people have negative attitudes toward the Tea Party, progressives | Read More »


    Meet Bob McConnell (R CAND, CO-03).

    He’s one of the candidates looking to upset John Salazar in November… and if given the chance, he just might do it, too. Bob’s a good guy and he was nice to talk with; I can see why Sarah Palin made it a point to endorse him. If he wins, I think that we have a race here. Bob’s site is here. Crossposted to Moe | Read More »

    Alexi Giannoulias watching his dirty lobbyist money diet.

    He wants only free-range dirty lobbyist money, apparently. None of this factory-grown, federal dirty lobbyist money for him: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias says he’s swearing off campaign contributions from lobbyists, but not all lobbyists. Giannoulias, the state treasurer, promised at the start of his Senate campaign a year ago that he wouldn’t take contributions from corporate lobbyists or political action committees. But that | Read More »

    Cedra Crenshaw back on ballot!

    Cedra, as you will recall, is a conservative Republican running for the Illinois state Senate who had been thrown off the ballot for being a black conservative Republican a ballot technicality. That has been… resolved, and not in the Democrats’ favor: State Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi has a fight on his hands, and his Democratic bosses have only made it worse. Party leaders brought out the | Read More »

    Clever Rubio/Maddow ad.

    Background: Marco Rubio released an ad last week – one that was pretty clever in and of itself, and possibly even ‘cheeky’ – taking advantage of Rachel Maddow being… well, Rachel Maddow (and including a cheerful invitation for people who disagreed with Rubio’s tax relief views to watch Maddow, instead). Ms. Maddow responded by giving Marco some more campaign ad fodder: Way to make Marco’s | Read More »

    Jim Messina: heckuva job on Sherrod, guys. [Corrected.]

    [UPDATE: The previous link was incorrect; now fixed. My apologies. - ML] (Via AoSHQ) Every time I think that the Shirley Sherrod story cannot make the administration look more foolish, new details come out [link fixed - ML]. …three Democratic sources said deputy chief of staff Jim Messina singled out the White House’s initial response to the incident for praise in the regular 8:30 a.m. staff | Read More »

    The lesson of Journolist*.

    Ace of AoSHQ notes something that I’ve noticed myself: You know, for the left’s constant blather about “The Other” (an idea with merit, I think), they sure the hell are oblivious to their constant Otherizing of others, aren’t they? You’d think that people who never shut the f[*]ck up about Otherizing the Otherish Others would once in a while realize, “Hey, you know what? I | Read More »

    Vilsack heading for the bus?

    While Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack starts up the job of pretending that it was all his fault that Shirley Sherrod got fired, the administration that actually canned the woman is beginning its own process.  This is how it starts, you know: There’s an arc to these things.  Next you hear about ‘every confidence in [X],’ then it’s ‘the President stands behind [X] 100%,’ then it’s | Read More »

    Meet Patrick Murray (R CAND, VA-08)

    Col. Murray is running against the infamous Jim Moran in VA-08, and he took a moment to speak with us today. He’s won his primary, so he’s the official Republican candidate in this district. He also didn’t try to get in my face once during the interview when I asked him a question… something that Moran hadn’t mastered as of this April. Patrick’s site is | Read More »

    Georgia Results open thread.

    Results here.


    Nobody loves Phil Hare (D, IL-17).

    I’d like to note for the record that RedState, like Jim Geraghty, was making encouraging sounds about the Bobby Schilling / Phil Hare race well before the recent (commissioned) poll that shows Schilling leading the incumbent 45/32.  Phil Hare, of course, is yet another Democrat who feels entitled to his seat, despite his lack of a knowledge of even the basics of American constitutional theory: | Read More »

    Unpacking the Berwick Surprise.

    [UPDATE]: Ben Domenech over at the New Ledger calls this a “formality.” Roll Call reports: President Barack Obama sent the Senate his nomination of Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday — a move that comes two weeks after Obama bypassed Congress to put his stalled nominee in the post until the end of 2011. Via Senatus: background | Read More »

    Meet Mike Griffing.

    So, remember this guy? As you recall, this guy was slapping at cameramen at a California Nurses Association (CNA) anti-Meg Whitman rally the other day.  At least, this guy was until he came to the belated realization that he was getting filmed by two different people. Well, it turns out that he’s not a nurse.  Or, at least, not just a nurse.  Say hi to | Read More »

    Stimulus not even filling potholes.

    If you’re like me and Ed Driscoll, you’re the sort who would think that if we were going to spend almost a trillion dollars that we don’t actually have on a ‘stimulus program’ then we’d at least spend it on infrastructure.  Well, more accurately, you’re sort who hopes that we’d spend it on infrastructure, because if you’re like me and Ed Driscoll you’d be well | Read More »

    SIGTARP auto report out.

    The short version?  Having the government do your restructuring for you isn’t necessarily the brightest thing in the world.  Particularly when there’s a variety of conflicting objectives.  At least, if what you’re trying to do is actually create a better version of your company; if your goal is to use government fiat to streamline the operations of your newly government-owned automobile manufacturer it apparently works | Read More »