Thursday, July 31, 2008

John Bush McCain's Worst Nightmare: Barack Obama Fights Back

From jedreport Obama's town hall speech in Springfield, Missouri on July 30.

Ex-McCain Aide Blasts Former Boss

From Taegan Goddard;

John Weaver, a long time confidant and friend of Sen. John McCain, told Marc Ambinder that McCain's current campaign strategy "diminishes John McCain" and the recent ad linking Sen. Barack Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears was "childish."

Said Weaver: "For McCain to win in such troubled times, he needs to begin telling the American people how he intends to lead us. That McCain exists. He can inspire the country to greatness. There is legitimate mockery of a political campaign now, and it isn't at Obama's. For McCain's sake, this tomfoolery needs to stop."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Raising Kaine

Raising Kaine is exactly what Senator Barack Obama is doing, raising the political profile of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine that is. The first term Virginia Governor is said to be high on the very very short list for the Democratic nomination for Vice President.

The Harvard Law School graduate was elected Mayor of Richmond in 1998. In 2001, Richmond Mayor Tim Kaine ran for Lt. Governor and was elected with 50% of the vote. Mark Warner was elected Governor. Commonwealth of Virginia Governor's are only allowed to serve one term and in 2005, Kaine successfully ran to succeed Warner as the Commonwealth's next Governor.

MSNBC reports tonight the the Governor "is in serious talks" with Obama about joining the Democratic ticket. Kaine was the first Governor to endorse Obama and is national co-chairman of the Obama campaign.

I can see the rational behind the potential Kaine choice. He is a Governor, from Virginia, will not overshadow Obama and they get along. However Kaine is pro life and thats going to be a big problem in Denver. Kaine is also a one term Governor, he was elected in 2005 and before that was Mayor of Richmond and Lt. Governor under Warner. Obama should be looking at Joe Biden who brings strong, very strong national security credentials to the ticket. Carl Levin who brings Michigan and foreign policy expertise to the ticket and is also Jewish would be a good choice. I am thinking it will be Kaine from what I read and hear and I would support an Obama/Kaine ticket and Kaine would be a good Vice President but I think Obama can do better.

Ted Stevens Indicted

By LARA JAKES JORDAN and MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writers ;

Sen. Ted Stevens, the nation's longest-serving Republican senator and a major figure in Alaska politics since before statehood, was indicted Tuesday on seven felony counts of concealing more than a quarter of a million dollars in house renovations and gifts from a powerful oil contractor that lobbied him for government aid.

Stevens, 84, is the first sitting U.S. senator to face federal indictment since 1993. He declared, "I am innocent of these charges and intend to prove that." Read More.
Sure you are Ted and I own a Bridge I want to sell you. Even The National Review has called for Mr. Pork Barrel to resign. Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich should win this race.

Monday, July 28, 2008


A Critical Mass bicyclist is attacked by police in Time's Square on July 25th 2008.

Obama opens up wide lead over McCain

Returning from a successful overseas trip, Senator Obama finds himself with a huge lead over Republican Senator John McCain. A new Research 2000 national poll has Obama leading McCain ,51% to 39%, with Bob Barr receiving 3% and Ralph Nader 2%. Some polls in Georgia have Barr receiving as much as 6% which could tilt Georgia to Obama.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Mayor Andrew Cuomo?

Anyone in New York here the new political rumor: Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is being touted as a potential Democratic candidate for Mayor of New York City in 2009. With David Paterson looking like a potential candidate for re-election as Governor of New York in 2010 and Hillary Clinton gearing up for a 2012 re-election run for the US Senate, Cuomo most likely sees an opening in the Democratic primary for New York City Mayor in 2009. Mayor's Giuliani and Bloomberg have turned the office into a sorta stepping stone into national politics, Giuliani ran for President in 2008 and Bloomberg touted with the idea and is on every one's short list for VP, so Cuomo might not exactly be stepping down on the political food chain by running for Mayor. Cuomo could be gearing up for his own foray into national politics, HUD Secretary, Attorney General, Mayor, not a bad resume for a potential Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate say in 2016.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

McCain Can't Keep His Story Straight on Iraq Timetables

From jedreport; Compare what he said yesterday to what he said on January 30, 2008.

Ann Veneman considered for VP by Obama team; Say it ain't so

Senator Obama is set to return from London today and attention will almost immediately turn to his VP choice. Obama and McCain are both expected to announce their selections before the start of the Olympics which begin on August 8th.

Names have been floated for McCain and Obama all week. For McCain: Tom Ridge, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney. With Obama: Jack Reed, Tim Kaine, Joe Biden. However a new name is popping up in Obama campaign headquarters: former Bush Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman. A Republican, a woman, a good pick? No Way.

While Veneman had good relations with agriculture interests during her tenure in the Bush administration she was at odds with environmentalists. She often found herself in political battles with Democrat's for lightly regulation agriculture industries and encouraging trade. Veneman is now director of UNICEF.

The potential choice is being praised, a Republican woman who can bring moderate Republicans and Independents into Obama's corner. However when you dig deeper, what does Veneman bring to an Obama ticket or any other ticket? She doesn't have foreign policy experience. She has never been a Governor. Never served in the US House or Senate. Her position on Iraq is unknown. I think whomever is pushing Veneman is getting some really bad advice.

GOP stalwart arrested in 2-day St. Paul prostitution sting

From Minneapolis Star Tribune;

Peter Hong, a longtime Republican operative in Minnesota, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of soliciting prostitution in St. Paul....

Hong has been in and out of the Republican side of Minnesota politics since the mid-1990s, when he surfaced as a genial bulldog campaign press secretary for former Sen. Rod Grams, R-Minn. He served as a spokesman for Gov. Tim Pawlenty's campaign in 2002 and for the Bush-Cheney campaign in Minnesota in 2004. Read More.
Another Republican Hypocrite. And so it goes.

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon (rare 1966 clip)

Ray Davies was about 18 when he formed The Kinks.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bush League Justice-Karl Rove, Don Siegelman

Karl Rove is eventually going to jail. There is little question that he was behind the Siegelman frame.

CBS Edits McCain's Whopper Out of Broadcast (w/original video)

From jedreport "They replaced it with an attack on Barack Obama. Thanks to folks like Spencer Ackerman and Keith Olbermann, we've got the real story. To CBS's credit, they posted the original video online. Here it is."

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Gov. Tim Pawlenty on the short list

Out of no where in New Hampshire Republican Presidential nominee John McCain started talking about Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty telling NH GOP delegates, "you are going to really like him".

Pawlenty is a longtime McCain supporter and has acted as a McCain surrogate on the campaign trial. He has long been rumored to be on the short list and if McCain doesn't feel comfortable with Romney, Pawlenty could be the choice. Minnesota which is considered a swing state in 2008 could tilt McCain with Pawlenty, Michigan could also come into play with Pawlenty on the ticket.

In other news, Political Insider reports that McCain may have a big announcement on Thursday.

The VEEP speculation intensifies.

Michael Savage Autism Comment

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Obama's great-uncle recalls liberating Nazi camp

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer ;

"Charles T. Payne had his first close brush with history at the end of World War II, when his infantry division liberated Ohrdruf, a subcamp of the Nazis' Buchenwald concentration camp.

Now 83, Payne is experiencing a second brush as the great-uncle of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama."

"In May, Obama mentioned "Uncle Charlie" at a meeting with veterans but mistakenly said Payne had helped liberate Auschwitz, when he should have said Buchenwald. Bloggers seized on the error and the Republican Party demanded an explanation.

Obama's campaign corrected the mistake the next day. Soviet forces liberated Auschwitz as they marched across Poland in January 1945.

Payne, with an Obama button pinned to his shirt, told the AP he was "truly astonished" by the attention paid to Obama's flub. The brother of Obama's maternal grandmother, Payne figures Obama heard the story wrong from his grandparents, "whose grasp of geography wasn't always the firmest." He said at the time he asked friends if he should "try to set the record straight," but that they advised him to ignore it." Read More.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


According to the reports McCain has a VP in my mind and it's Mitt Romney. Reports are that McCain is considering several people to join him on the Republican Presidential ticket but US News and World Report confirms that Mitt Romney is the only name that comes up in talks with McCain aides. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a close McCain ally told the "Hill", Romney 'is very much a contender' for veep.

Democrat's also believe that Romney is the front runner if not the choice and are working on opposition research to release right after the announcement.

Begich has big lead in Alaska Senate race

Longtime US Senator Ted Stevens is in political trouble in Alaska. Stevens was elected to the Senate in 1976 and served as Senate President Pro Tempore from
2003-07. The last few years Stevens has faced ethical issues and was expected to face a tough re-election race. A new poll shows that Stevens ethical problems might be hurting him. A new Rasmussen Reports survey shows Mark Begich leading Stevens, 52% to 44%.

In the sole Alaska US House race, former State House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz leads Congressman Don Young, 51% to 40%.

Interestingly in the Presidential race, McCain leads Obama 51% to 41%. Ah, that's alright I'd rather win Ohio and Virginia where Obama leads.

Obama, McCain close to making VP choice

Summer is in the final stretch and so are Senator's Obama and McCain in terms of selecting a Vice-Presidential running mate. Reports are that McCain could announce his running mate as soon as Thursday or possibly sometime next week. Senator Obama traveling on what appears to be a successful international trip could make an announcement in the first or second week of August.

Much of the buzz on the Republican side has been on former McCain rival Mitt Romney however another name is popping up, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, said to be on McCain's short list. The Washington Post has confirmed that McCain is said to meet with Jindal in Louisiana on Thursday. A Wall Street Journal reporter asked McCain if he would make a VEEP announcement Tuesday in New Hampshire and according to the Journal, "McCain responded with a mischievous grin and backed away".

On the Obama side, an announcement looks like the second week of August right before the Olympic games. The name generating the most buzz is Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed. Reed is a longtime DC insider, defense and foreign policy expert, West Point graduate. Reed is a described as a liberal with a military back round. Reed voted against the Iraq War and the 58 yr old Rhode Islander could be a safe choice. If Reed were selected and Obama-Reed were to win in November, Congressman Patrick Kennedy could be a contender for Reed's seat in the Senate. Another name is Indiana Senator Evan Bayh. Bayh sits on the Armed Services Committee in the Senate, was a Hillary supporter in the primary, a former Governor who cut taxes and balanced the budget in Indiana, a Midwesterner, a moderate, close to Obama's age, has been vetted twice already and passed over. Chuck Hagel also comes up though Hagel is a Republican and pro life which could alienate the pro choice wing of the Democratic Party. While Hagel's name generates interest, it could also generate controversy among the base.

Ah the VEEP choice is upon us. I love politics!

Madness and Shame

Must Read By Bob Herbert, New York Times;

In her important new book, “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals,” Jane Mayer of The New Yorker devotes a great deal of space to David Addington, Dick Cheney’s main man and the lead architect of the Bush administration’s legal strategy for the so-called war on terror.

She quotes a colleague as saying of Mr. Addington: “No one stood to his right.” Colin Powell, a veteran of many bruising battles with Mr. Cheney, was reported to have summed up Mr. Addington as follows: “He doesn’t believe in the Constitution.” Read More.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Steve Miller Band "Space Cowboy" 1970

Dutch TV October 31, 1970.

This is a great quote

Senator McCain has been spending a lot of time in New Mexico, it's a key swing state and he's trying to raise money out there. Anyhow Congressman Steve Pearce is the Republican nominee for US Senate in New Mexico and here's what McCain said at a recent New Mexico gathering:

"Could I mention the presence of my friend, Congressman Steve Pearce, who I believe will be joining me in the United States Senate".

I guess McCain realizes he is headed back to the Senate. He's in the middle of a Presidential campaign and makes a statement like that, what a moron!

McCain-Romney...thats the rumor

Rumor on the VP mill is, McCain-Romney, that will be the ticket. McCain and Romney had their little gathering at the ranch in Arizona back in May and since then have been talking like there old friends. Romney has been traveling the country for McCain as a campaign surrogate and has the ability to tap into a major donor network. Romney is a former Massachusetts Governor who most likely would not be able to deliver the solid Democratic state but he is a Michigan native and his father George Romney was Governor of Michigan, a key swing state in 2008.

The other hand Romney is a multi millionaire investment banker and one has to wonder what kind of reception an investment banker will get when a good number of people are facing foreclosure. In Republican circles I wonder what kind of reception a guy who ran as a pro choice candidate for Governor six years ago will get.

I hope McCain goes with Romney who looks like the likely choice. Nothing like a good old fashioned rift in the GOP, I love it!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

BILL WOOD AT 26th Annual BWAC Outdoor Sculture Show

Virginia Sculpture Bill Wood is one of the featured artists at the 26th Annual BWAC Outdoor Sculpture Show in Brooklyn, NY. He will be displaying his most recent work DOOR JAMB BOOGIE. Bill is well known for his unique metal and fiber glass creations.

Rough Edit - Raw Video From 2004 Convention, McCain For Bush

From: jedreport

Friday, July 18, 2008

Obama leads McCain

Senator Obama continues his general election lead over John McCain. According to Zogby, a reliable poll, Obama leads McCain 47% to 40% and is seen as the best candidate to handle the economy. Not a surprise since McCain has already admitted that he doesn't know much about the economy and it isn't his strongest point.

By the way about five weeks to the convention and probably three until Obama names a running mate. Any guesses on who the VP choice will be?

I say, Sebellius, Bayh or Reed.

The Mike Huckabee show?

Politico reports that former Arkansas Governor and unsuccessful Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is in talks with Fox about hosting his own show. Huckabee is a commentator on Fox and can be seen on Hannity and Colmes regularly offering his political commentary. Huckabee who surprised politico's and political insiders with his upset victory in Iowa earlier this year has made it clear even though he didn't win the Republican nomination, he does not intend to bow out of politics. Huckabee has started the HUCK PAC to raise money for conservative Republican candidates and is now looking at his own TV show, sounds like laying the groundwork for a Huckabee for President bid in 2012 to me. Considering that Barack Obama holds his lead and wins the Presidency, Huckabee will most certainly have the conservative wing of the party behind him in 2012 and a cable news show will not hurt his potential candidacy. Mark my word day after the election in November when the papers read "President Obama", Huckabee begins his campaign.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Young Rascals-Good Lovin'

This was thier first Album. Part of my vinyl collection. Great sound on this recording. Led by the great Felix Cavalieri.

Health Care for All

Issue July 17, 2008 - By Senator Bernie Sanders;

Our health care system is deteriorating. There are now 47 million people who have no health insurance, 8 million more than when President Bush took office. Millions more are underinsured. Costs are soaring. The result is not only widespread human tragedy but major economic problems.

What’s more, at a time when we are not producing the numbers of doctors, nurses, and dentists needed, 56 million Americans – whether or not they have insurance –lack access to the most basic primary health care services. In some parts of the country life expectancy is even declining, while some 22,000 of our citizens needlessly die every year because they lack health insurance. Meanwhile, we spend twice as much per capita on health care as any other country. As a result of the greed, waste, fraud and bureaucracy in our current system, the United States now spends $2.3 trillion a year, or 16 percent of the gross domestic product, on health care. That amounts to an unsustainable $7,600 for every man, woman, and child... READ MORE

Democratic US Senate candidate leads in Oregon

A new Rasmussen polls show Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate leading Republican U.S. Senator Gordon Smith, 43%-41%. Barack Obama is expected to trounce McCain in Oregon and this will no doubt help Merkley.

Oregon is another Senate seat that leans Democrat.

Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed to travel with Obama to Iraq

Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, a West Point graduate, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and longtime Rhode Island Senator will accompany Senator Obama to Iraq and Afghanistan. The trip fuels speculation that Reed and traveling partner Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska could be on the VP short list. While Reed would not bring a big state to the ticket he could provide much need expertise in foreign policy and military affairs.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

VEEP talk is on Bayh and Nunn

Senator Barack Obama campaigning in Indiana today was joined by two possible running mates, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh and former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn. Both men who joined Obama at Purdue University for a discussion about threats posed by nuclear and biological weapons and cyber attacks. Both men were mum on whether or not they have been contacted by the Obama campaign about being No. 2.

Nunn is the former Armed Services Committee Chairman in the Senate and spent decades representing Georgia in the U.S. Senate. Nunn considered making a Presidential run in 1988 but decided against it and has turned down invitations to join the Democratic ticket in 1988, 1992 and 2000 as well as overtures to become Defense Secretary. Those close to Nunn say he is concerned with the direction the country is taking and if asked will most likely run for VP or accept a cabinet appointment.

Bayh serves on the Armed Services Committee in the Senate, was an early Clinton supporter and represents a big swing state, Indiana. Bayh was also Indiana Governor before going to the Senate. Bayh entered the 2008 Presidential primary early on but bowed out shortly after entering conceding that it would be difficult to compete with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Bayh and Nunn are both on the short list.

Bush claims privilege to withhold CIA leak records

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer;

WASHINGTON - President Bush invoked executive privilege to keep Congress from seeing the FBI report of an interview with Vice President Dick Cheney and other records related to the administration's leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity in 2003.

The president's decision drew a sharp protest Wednesday from Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of House Oversight Committee, which had subpoenaed Attorney General Michael Mukasey to turn over the documents.

"This unfounded assertion of executive privilege does not protect a principle; it protects a person," the California Democrat said. "If the vice president did nothing wrong, what is there to hide?"

Waxman left little doubt he would soon move for a committee vote to hold Mukasey in contempt of Congress. Read More.

Gates warned against a militarization of American foreign policy

From Juan Cole Informed Comment

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned against a militarization of American foreign policy and stressed the role of the civilian state department. Translation: The Bush Senior Realists think Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Doug Feith not only screwed up the Pentagon and almost destroyed the US armed forces but also imposed impossible burdens on it that other agencies should have borne.

McDumb As Bush

From jedreport. Can we afford another president who thinks it's smart to be dumb?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ventura to sit out US Senate race

Last week reports were that former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura would enter the Minnesota US Senate race as an Independent, I even wrote about it. Turns out my post and the reports were both incorrect. Appearing on "Larry King Live" last night the interesting former Governor said he would not run citing family concerns. After seeing the interview, I think Minnesota is fortunate that he is not running. Interesting is the only word to describe Ventura.

Official: US envoy to meet Iranian nuke negotiator

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that a top U.S. diplomat will join colleagues from other world powers at a weekend meeting with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator in a break with past Bush administration policy.

A senior U.S. official tells the AP that William Burns, America's third-highest ranking diplomat, will for first time attend talks with the Iranian envoy in Switzerland aimed at persuading Iran to halt activities that could lead to the development of atomic weapons.

The United States is part of a six-nation effort to get Iran to stop enriching uranium but the Bush administration has shunned previous talks with the Iranians on the matter. The official says Burns is going to the Saturday meeting demonstrate U.S. commitment to a negotiated deal.
I guess Bush has been consulting with Obama. On the other hand could be he doesn't know about it. After all Darth Vader has recently been spending most of his time in his cave.

McCain On Czechoslovakia

I guess Mcstupid hasn't got word that Czechoslovakia no longer exists. In fact it split up in 1993. Not to worry he is learning how to use the Internet. Perhaps next he will learn how to read. Any one who votes for this senile moron deserves what they get.


Mcstupid is, of course, supporting off shore drilling as well as ANWAR Drilling as a remedy for the energy crisis. Even he isn't this stupid which means he is lying. No surprise.

Congress overrides Medicare payment bill veto

From The A.P.
President Bush had vetoed bill protecting doctors from Medicare rate cut.

WASHINGTON - Congress on Tuesday rejected President Bush's veto of a bill protecting doctors from a Medicare rate cut.

Bush vetoed the bill earlier in the day. He said he supports rescinding the pay cut but objects to financing the plan largely by reducing spending on private health plans serving the elderly and disabled.

Sanford Draws Blank On Bush/McCain Economic Differences

Gov. Mark Sanford has a bit of trouble answering the question when asked by Wolf Blitzer what the difference is between John McCain and George Bush on the economy.

Monday, July 14, 2008

McCain Math-A budget-balancing plan that won't work

From The Washington Post Monday, July 14, 2008;

SEN. JOHN McCain says that President McCain would balance the federal budget by 2013. The plan is not credible.

"The Congressional Budget Office projects a deficit of $443 billion in 2013 if President Bush's tax cuts are extended, as Mr. McCain wants, and the alternative minimum tax is merely patched to make certain it does not hit growing numbers of taxpayers. But Mr. McCain is proposing far more tax cuts. The only way he avoids having them add hundreds of billions more to the deficit in 2013 is by phasing them in and adding other caveats. Mr. McCain says on the campaign trail that he would repeal, rather than merely adjust, the alternative minimum tax, slash the corporate tax rate, now 35 percent, to 25 percent, and double the exemption for dependents. It turns out that none of that would be fully implemented by the end of the first McCain term. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates the extra cost of the scaled-back plan at $47 billion in 2013, bringing the deficit to a daunting $490 billion. Sen. Barack Obama's campaign claims it would be far higher, somewhere between $650 billion and $750 billion." Read More.

Obama 08-David Plouffe's Strategy Update

From BarackObamadotcom

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Justice Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton is a powerful US Senator. Ran a formidable Presidential campaign, 18 million people voted for her. A former First Lady. Well respected attorney. She would make a great Vice-President, question is would President Obama be comfortable having President Clinton looking over his shoulder? Answer is probably not. The conclusion is for this reason Hillary probably will not be the running mate. The other problem is Barack Obama cannot ignore Clinton. CNN's 360 ran a very interesting documentary on Clinton and speculated that President Obama could appoint the former First Lady and New York Senator to the US Supreme Court. There most likely will be a vacancy in the next President's term and Clinton would be an outstanding appointment. President Obama should keep Clinton in mind when a Supreme Court vacancy opens up, it would be a win win for both.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Blood, Sweat & Tears live 1970 Japan And When I Die

This is the most famous line up including the great Bobby Colomby on drums. Jim Fieldler: bass Jerry Hyman: trombone Chuck Winfield: trumpet Dick Halligan: piano Lew soloff: trumpet/flugelhorn Fred Lipsius: alto sax Steve Katz: Harmonica David Clayton-Thomas: vocal

Rest In Peace Bobby

Bobby Murcer-May 20, 1946 – July 12, 2008

George Thorogood & The Destroyers - 1 Bourbon, 1 Scotch...

Live on Rockpalast - German TV - 1980. For more on this great bluesman click here.

McCain-A Viagra Moment

This is Mcstupid at his best. As Joe Louis said you can run but you can't hide. McCain will not be able to hide the fact that he is an ignorant dangerous fool. The straight talk express is headed for a derailment.

McCain Is Imploding

From Countdown

Guns N' Roses - Civil War (Music Video)

President Eisenhower's Military-Industrial Complex Speech

From jedreport

Hagel Joins Obama on Trip

From The Huffington Post by Jacob Heilbrunn;

"A well-placed source close to the State Department confirms that Sen. Chuck Hagel will indeed definitely be joining Barack Obama on his trip later this month to Europe and the Middle East. This is a blow to John McCain's candidacy. Just as the neocons peeled off from the Democratic party in the 1970s, so some realists such as Hagel now seem to be moving away from the GOP. Hagel, who fought on the ground in Vietnam, has taken away different lessons about the conflict and is a vocal critic of the Iraq War. This will further strain relations between Hagel and McCain. Hagel's presence will further shore up Obama's foreign policy bona fides."

Barack Obama: We don't need a Dr. Phil for the economy!

Great response by Obama.

John McCain: Your Economic Problems Are Psychological

From jedreport "McCain says he disagrees with Phil Gramm's statement that America is in a "mental recession" -- but the video record tells a different story."

Mcstupid disavows Phil Gramm who happens to be his economic advisor. The only ones who have psychological problems are Mcstupid and Gramm.

Friday, July 11, 2008

A great quote

"We have no safe seats now".

Scott Bensing who is executive director of the Republican Senate Committee

Mark Warner is heavily favored to win Republican John Warner's open seat in Virginia.

Tom Udall is favored to win the open Republican Senate seat in New Mexico. Udall is running strong.

The other Udall, I think Mark, is favored to win Wayne Allard's open seat in Colorado.

John Sununu is in danger of losing his seat in New Hampshire. Jeanne Shaheen is a strong candidate with statewide name ID and plenty of money.

Mississippi's appointed Senator, Roger Wicker, will face serious competition from former Governor Ronnie Musgrove.

Five Republican Senate seats could change hands this year. I can feel a Democratic wave coming, a big wave. Democrat's are going to win from the White House to the courthouse. Change, it's a coming!

Chris Dodd confirms that he is under consideration for VP

From Taegan Goodard's Political Wire:

"According to Time, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) is being considered as Senator Barack Obama's running mate. When asked about it, Dodd said, 'There's been some inquiries, yeah. They ask for a lot of stuff. I'll leave it there'. Obama's spokesman wouldn't comment."

I personally would have no problem with Dodd on the Democratic ticket. The primary sponsor of Family and Medical Leave would be a great running mate and more importantly great Vice-President.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Presidential race polls

These are polls from key swing states and I am pleased to see that Florida is a swing state. These polls are from independent pollsters.

FLORIDA- Obama 48%, McCain 45%

MISSOURI- McCain 47%, Obama 42%

NEW JERSEY- Obama 44%, McCain 39%

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

McCain "Jokes" About Killing Iranians

Its hard to believe this senile lunatic is actually running for President. What's even worse is that he continues to be protected by the main stream (corporate) media. The more people see him the more they will realise that he is a loose cannon and would be a dangerous President. He, as usual, snickered at his insipid joke. There will no doubt be more obtuse comments to follow. Stay tuned.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to run for California Governor

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is taking steps to run for the Democratic nomination for Governor of California. The race is still two years away but the ambitious Newsom knows that the Democratic primary could be crowded so he has formed an exploratory committee. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez could be joining Newsom along with California Attorney General and former longtime Governor Jerry Brown. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa a former state assembly Speaker is also viewed as a strong contender for the Governors Mansion. The race for Governor has begun.

Health and Human Services Secretary Daschle?

Reports are that former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle an early Obama supporter has no interest in the VP spot but might take a position as Health and Human Services Secretary in a potential Obama administration. Daschle was an Obama surrogate during the Democratic primaries frequently appearing on cable TV shows such as "Larry King Live" advocating Obama's candidacy. Daschle is a former longtime Senator and former Senate Majority Leader. In the Senate, Daschle was known for his interest in univeral health care and would be a perfect fit for Health and Human Services. He would also serve as a trusted Obama cabinet member.

Jackson's comments regarding Obama inappropriate

Days after the Reverend Jesse Jackson made comments that Senator Obama is "talking down" to blacks, Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. an early Obama supporter released the following statement:

"I am deeply outraged and disappointed in Reverend Jackson's reckless statements about Senator Barack Obama. His divisive and demeaning comments about the presumptive Democratic nominee--and I believe the next President of the United States--contradict his inspiring and courageous career".

Congressman Jackson should be commended for coming out against his father's comments.

Obama running mate speculation in full swing

Speculation surrounding who will be Barack Obama's running mate made headlines today with Obama making a surprise visit to the office of Eric Holder who is on the VP search committee and a flight to New York with New York Senator Hillary Clinton and VP vetter Caroline Kennedy. Obama aides are tight lipped regarding Obama's 2 1/2 hour meeting with Holder and flight to NY with Clinton and Kennedy. Clinton is said to be on the short list and the news comes days after potential running mate Jim Webb took himself out of the running. Obama is expected to announce his running mate choice in early to mid August just before the Democratic National Convention. Indications are that a short list has been put together and serious vetting is underway.

Ventura to run for US Senate

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is hinting that he will enter the Minnesota US Senate race as an Independent. CQ rates the race between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman as "No Clear Favorite". Ventura's pending candidacy will add even more uncertainty to this very interesting and closely watched Senate race. It is unlikely Ventura will win but its interesting to see who will benefit from his candidacy.

Missouri is close

A new Public Policy Survey poll shows a tight race in Missouri. Senator McCain leads Senator Obama, 47% to 44% in this critical swing state. The good news for Obama is that Jay Nixon, the Democratic Attorney General, is the leading and strong candidate for Governor. Missouri is also one the states where a Senate seat changed parties when Democrat Claire McCaskill defeated Republican Jim Talent. Missouri could go either way in 2008.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Two Florida Congressional seats up for grabs

According to a new poll Democrats are within reach of winning two south Florida Republican Congressional seats. In Florida Congressional District 21, Republican Lincoln Diaz Balart leads former Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez 41% to 37%. In neighboring Congressional District 25, Republican Mario Diaz-Balart leads former Miami Dade County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Garcia 44% to 39%.

Now here is a little history. Lincoln Diaz-Balart was elected to Congress in 1992 and was a state legislator from Miami Dade before entering Congress. Diaz-Balart has not faced a serious challenge since winning his seat in '92. He represents a reliably Republican, heavily Cuban district in Miami. We are in July and Diaz-Balart is polling under 50% and only leads by 4% in this new poll. Diaz-Balart was an early support of McCain in the GOP primary. Heavy turnout in Miami Dade and Republicans wary of John McCain could pose problems for Lincoln. CQ Politics rates the race as "Leans Republican". Proudleftwingliberal rates the race as "Tossup". Democrat's can win this seat if they bring the Democratic all star team into the district and spend some big money.

Mario Diaz-Balart represented Miami-Dade in the state House and Senate before going to Congress in 2002 winning a seat he drew for himself as a member of the state House during redistricting. Mario faced a very well known popular Democratic state House member in his 2002 Congressional race and trounced her, after all the seat was tailor made for Mario Diaz-Balart. Mario Diaz-Balart represents a district that goes from Miami Dade into Collier County, Collier is heavily Republican. Diaz-Balart polls 5% ahead of a former county party chairman which spells trouble for the Congressman. Collier County would expect heavy Republican turnout on election day if the Presidential nominee where say Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee but its John McCain and its an open secret that conservatives really do not like McCain. If heavily conservative Republican Collier County decides to sit this race out, Diaz-Balart is in big trouble. CQ politics rates this race as "Leans Republican". I say "No Clear Favorite".

Republicans are scrambling to defend what should be two safe Republican seats. I love it!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Webb says no to VP

"Last week I communicated to Senator Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention to remain in the United States Senate.....under no circumstances will I be a candidate for Vice-President".

Senator Webb's quote to Time regarding the race for Vice President

Webb was an early contender and high on the list but I think his stock has dropped. Webb has only been a Democrat since 2006 and a member of the Senate since the same time. My guess is that Obama is looking hard at Gephardt, Nunn and Edwards.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Ten Years After live at Woodstock 1969

With Alvin Lee. I am going home


John Edwards to debate Karl Rove in Buffalo

From Think Progress;

The Buffalo News reports that former Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards will debate Karl Rove on Sept. 26 on the campus of the University of Buffalo as part of the school’s Distinguished Speakers Series. In the midst of the U.S. attorney scandal, Edwards called on President Bush to “fire Karl Rove.” When Rove announced he was resigning from the White House, Edwards released a statement that simply read “Goodbye, good riddance.”

Memo to Obama: Moving to the Middle is for Losers

From The Huffington Post By Arianna Huffington;

Last Friday afternoon, the guests taking part in Sunday's roundtable discussion on This Week had a pre-show call with George Stephanopoulos. One of the topics he raised was Obama's perceived move to the center, and what it means. Thus began my weekend obsession. If you were within shouting distance of me, odds are we talked about it. I talked about it over lunch with HuffPost's DC team, over dinner with friends, with the doorman at the hotel, and the driver on the way to the airport.

As part of this process, I looked at the Obama campaign not through the prism of my own progressive views and beliefs but through the prism of a cold-eyed campaign strategist who has no principles except winning. From that point of view, and taking nothing else into consideration, I can unequivocally say: the Obama campaign is making a very serious mistake. Tacking to the center is a losing strategy. And don't let the latest head-to-head poll numbers lull you the way they lulled Hillary Clinton in December.

Running to the middle in an attempt to attract undecided swing voters didn't work for Al Gore in 2000. It didn't work for John Kerry in 2004. And it didn't work when Mark Penn (obsessed with his "microtrends" and missing the megatrend) convinced Hillary Clinton to do it in 2008. Read More.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Of course I am a huge Yankee fan, how could you not root for Jetter, A-Rod, Giambi, Cano and watching them in Spring Training is something I live for all year. It's an opportunity to get balls and bats signed and have a first hand look at the team. I can still remember cutting classes my senior year in high school to drive to Tampa with my friend to see Jeter.

Living in the Tampa Bay area, its hard not to root for the Devil Rays especially now. My hometown team is officially in first place in the American League East. The Rays beat Boston not only Monday night but also Tuesday and Wednesday, three straight wins in a row over Boston. Tonight they beat the Kansas City Royals 11-2 and the first place Rays are on a hot winning streak.

Truth of the matter is before now I never really took much notice to the Rays. After all I am from New York, baseball is about the Yankees but truth remains it's kinda nice to see your hometown team winning. Sure makes baseball in Tampa a lot more interesting.

Jesse Helms is dead

Former North Carolina Republican Senator Jesse Helms died today the age of 86 according to the Jesse Helms Center. I think the Reverend Jesse Jackson said it best when speaking of Helms:

"He was a talented man. A man of considerable power. But he used his power to maintain the order of the Old South. It was divisive. We offer condolences to the bereaved family, but the senator had a chance toward a more perfect union and he choose the Confederacy."

Friday, July 4, 2008

Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hanging On,1967

Blues Project - I Can't Keep From Crying - 1967

The Blues Project performing I Can't Keep From Crying at the Cafe Au-Go-Go, NY around early 1967.

Bob Seger Live-Old Time Rock n Roll-Live Concert Largo, Md. 1980

Who is John McCain's 'Prominent' Democrat?

From jedreport: The story of Phillip "Icky" Frye.


Barack Obama's message of change has lost any meaning as the result of his obvious decision to run a centrist campaign. As a result he has already changed his positions on several policy issues so as not to be categorised as left wing. The problem is he is alienating the activist base, as well, I suspect, his 1.5 million internet donors. John Edwards would have never done this. As pointed out by the A.P.'s Jennifer Levin courtesy of The Huffington Post;

On Iraq, Obama said Thursday that his upcoming trip there might lead him to refine his promise to quickly remove U.S. troops from the war.

He now supports broader authority for the government's eavesdropping program and legal immunity for telecommunications companies that participated in it, supporting the bill after some protections were added.

The handgun control proponent reacted to the Supreme Court overturning the District of Columbia's gun ban by saying he favors both an individual's right to own a gun as well as government's right to regulate ownership.

Obama became the first major-party candidate to reject public financing for the general election after earlier promises to accept it.

He not only embraced but promised to expand Bush's program to give more anti-poverty grants to religious groups, a split with Democratic orthodoxy.

He objected to the Supreme Court's decision outlawing the death penalty for child rapists, drawing attention to his support for the death penalty if used only for the "most egregious" crimes.

Obama also said "mental distress" should not count as a health exception that would permit a late-term abortion, saying "it has to be a serious physical issue," addressing a matter considered crucial to abortion rights activists.
What once started out as an exciting campaign filled with promise and hope, reminiscent of Bobby Kennedy, has now devolved into the same old same old. Hillary would have been better than this. Barack Obama is unfortunately no Bobby Kennedy.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

John McCain-Quote Of The Day

From Taegan Goddard;

I have not. I have not. Actually, I have not."

-- Sen. John McCain, in an interview on ABC News, when asked why he "admitted that you're not exactly an expert when it comes to the economy."

However, NBC News compiles past McCain quotes in which he said "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should" or "I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated."

Just when will your education begin. If Mcstupid actually gets elected Denmark seems like a nice place to live.

Florida Republican Senator vulnerable in 2010

Watch out Mel Martinez, you are on the endangered list for 2010. According to a new poll Mel Martinez, the first term Republican Senator from Florida has an approval rating of only 23% and will most likely be one of the most vulnerable Senator's running for re-election in 2010. The poll shows popular Florida Democratic cabinet member Alex Sink beating Martinez 37% to 31%. Congressman Robert Wexler, one of Barack Obama's earliest supporters ties Martinez 33% to 33%.

If the polls look like this in late 2009 look for Martinez to quietly step aside and another Republican jump into the Senate race.


Me at the game with a rabid Yankee fan who insisted on having her picture taken with me. What can I tell you ? Only in New York. I love it.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

GOP fears Obama-Gephardt

According to news reports I have been reading the GOP is thinking that Barack Obama could go with former Democratic House Leader Dick Gephardt when he selects a VP running mate and there nervous, very nervous. Well they should be! Gephardt has a solid following among labor and blue collar workers, he is from Missouri and he has strong support in the House among fellow Democrats. Gephardt raised big bucks for Democratic candidates during his time as House Democratic Leader and could tap those same donors if he is on the Democratic ticket. Gephardt could help Obama in working class states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and the critical state of Missouri. Gephardt served 27 years in the House beginning with his election in 1978 and ending with his departure from Congress in 2005. Gephardt should be on the short list and I think is certainly someone worth considering for Vice President.