Psst! Hey! John Hickenlooper! (@hickforco) #corecall

    They’re coming to vote you out*. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado defended his record on gun control after two Democratic state senators were recalled by their constituents in an election on Tuesday… They’re coming to vote you out. …Hickenlooper chuckled nervously when reporters asked him what he thought these election results meant for his political future… They’re coming to vote you out.

    Put Vladimir Putin’s name in the Little Book.

    You know, the one with Later For YOU written on the cover. The United States and Russia agreed Saturday on an outline for the identification and seizure of Syrian chemical weapons and said Syria must turn over an accounting of its arsenal within a week. [snip] Senior administration officials had said Friday the Obama administration would not press for U.N. authorization to use force against | Read More »

    Martha Robertson (D CAND, New York-23) to accept fundraiser from child molester.

    You would think that Do not accept political favors from somebody who once molested a kid would be one of those basic Rules Of Life. You know: the sort of thing that people don’t need to be told about, before they start out on a federal Congressional career. Apparently not: Peter Yarrow, who rose to fame in the 1960s folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, | Read More »

    Harry Reid: “…ANARCHISTS! Anarchists roaming the halls!”

    No doubt leering at the staff, too: Reid (D-Nev.) said Tea Party Republicans are preventing progress on an energy efficiency bill by offering amendments on ObamaCare and other unrelated issues. “We’re diverted totally from what this bill is about. Why? Because the anarchists have taken over,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “They’ve taken over the House and now they’ve taken over the Senate. “People | Read More »

    Libya Foreign Ministry building bombed by terrorists, 9/11/2013.

    Details are still sketchy: Security officials say a powerful explosion has caused serious damage to Libya’s Foreign Ministry building in the heart of the coastal city of Benghazi. The early Wednesday morning blast also damaged the building next door housing the Benghazi branch of the Libyan Central Bank. …and there’s no word yet whether this bombing was specifically done in commemoration of last year’s 9/11 | Read More »

    Colorado Recall Open Thread.

    [BIG UPDATE] Soon to be FORMER Colorado Senate President John Morse has conceded. State Senator Angela Giron is currently behind, but the race is far too early to call. If she is recalled, the Colorado Senate flips control back to the Republican party [sorry, no: the Democrats will still retain a one-seat majority. My bad] IF. It is, again, too early too call. [FURTHER BIG | Read More »

    Sean Eldridge (D CAND, NY-19 PRI) not really showing moral courage on #Syria.

    I mean. Politicians are going to have to pick a side, here. Sean Eldridge, the soon-to-be Democratic congressional candidate and husband of New Republic owner Chris Hughes, is staying silent on the Syria debate, even as his opponent has stated firm opposition to a military strike. The Syria debate has put several candidates in a bind ahead of the 2014 elections — none more so | Read More »

    Madison, Wisconsin mayor trying to deal with the CHICKENS! ….Coming home to ROOST!

    Hey, remember all those sweetheart under-the-wire deals that Wisconsin public sector unions negotiated with Wisconsin Democrats, just after collective bargaining and public union reform got passed by Walker and the Wisconsin state legislature? Basically, they loaded up in 2011 for the foreseeable future… if you define ‘foreseeable future’ as ‘three years;’ to be fair, most Democratic politicians do. Anyway. Welcome to the World of Tomorrow!

    House decides to let Senate be on the hook for #Syria.

    Which is the smart call, by the way. The House could push back a vote on a resolution authorizing military strikes on Syria by as long as a week, according to a memo Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) sent to Republican lawmakers Friday. “Understanding that there are differing opinions on both sides of the aisle, it is up to President Obama to make the case | Read More »

    Attention, Republican legislators: let the Democrats vote FIRST.

    As I have said, many times: I do not know what the right answer is when it comes to intervening in Syria.  Every option is bad, with negative consequences and poor results.  If  I was a Member of Congress I would be frantically trying to go through what information I have available, in order to determine the least-worst scenario and vote for that.  Because of | Read More »

    Organizing for Action acting to avoid organizing over #Syria.

    This should not surprise. The awkward position in which progressive allies of President Barack Obama find themselves can be seen clearly in the actions of his former political arm, now called Organizing for Action, which despite the need for activists to lobby Congress to support the president’s call for military strikes, is essentially voting “present.” Capitol Hill is all but singularly focused on Obama’s push | Read More »

    Howard Dean: Warmongering for #Syria attack!

    I’ve been doing this blogging thing since about… 2002 or 2003, depending on how you score things; so in a weird sort of way 2004 was my first Presidential election. It was certainly the first one where I was actually paying real attention about what was going on, particularly when it came to stuff that happened before Labor Day 2004 (which is when most people | Read More »

    Advice to Members of Congress regarding #syria.

    Apparently, somewhere about half* of Republicans in Congress follow @redstate on Twitter, so there’s a decent chance that they’ll see this advice.  Anyway, I’ve been banging a drum on this issue all weekend, but I’ll bang it again: vote your conscience. Don’t feel pressured to vote against intervention, for intervention, for a different kind of intervention than the one you favor, or any other combination | Read More »

    Tweet of the Day, @GovWalker Wants To Say ‘Hi’ To Union Leadership edition.

    Oh, my. That is what we call beautiful. Happy Labor Day! — Governor Walker (@GovWalker) September 2, 2013 To the accompaniment of many, many people screaming in impotent rage. Which is as it should be. Moe Lane (crosspost) Via Trollin’ RT @GovWalker: Happy Labor Day! — Ben Howe (@BenHowe) September 2, 2013

    John Kerry doing the Full Ginsburg about #syria today.

    How very last-minute of the man.  And of Barack Obama, too. Two days after he made the Obama administration’s definitive case for attacking Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry will make the case for asking for congressional permission on the Sunday talk shows, a State Department aide said Saturday. The White House has dispatched Kerry to all five Sunday morning news programs to urge a | Read More »