Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Classy To The Last

Which major Republican fundraiser and activist demonstrated the tightness with which his thumb is affixed to the nation's pulse thusly?
"Sherwood's seat [in Pennsylvania] would have been overwhelmingly ours, if his mistress hadn't whined about being throttled...." Any lessons from the campaign? [he was asked] "Yes. The lesson should be, don't throttle mistresses."
Answer here. (hat tip to Bradford Plumer)

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Feingold Out

Russell Feingold won't be running for president. Press release here.

And in other, happier news, a German court is preparing a war crimes prosecution of disgraced ex-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, whose authorization of interrogation techniques which flagrantly violate the Geneva Conventions, and whose explicit order to General Geoffrey Miller to "gitmoize" Iraqi detention facilities, resulted in the death, torture, and physical and psychological maiming of some uncounted hundreds if not thousands of innocent people. Like disgraced ex-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger --- whose trademark bloodthirsty, ruthless incompetence Bob Woodward helpfully revealed was the guiding spirit in George Bush's Iraq pseudo-policy --- Donald Rumsfeld will not be traveling abroad anytime soon.

Question for the gambling classes: What are the odds that a certain Yale '06 ex-Rumsfeld speech writer will make the list of Rumsfeld co-defendants? And will said individual recognize the irony if he is unjustly prosecuted?

UPDATE: Yeah, that one.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Our Long National Nightmare Is Over (?)

I'm sitting at my computer at 1:32 am, considerably later than I've been awake at any time in the past three months. This is a good night. Looks like I lowballed the Dem pickups in the House: it's going to be 30-35. And in the Senate, Democrats have taken Republican seats in Rhode Island (what a putz Lincoln Chafee must feel for not jumping ship with Jim Jeffords), Ohio, and Pennsylvania (Senator Frothy Mixture gets wiped out). Tennessee stays Republican, thanks to a blatantly racist ad blitz directed at Harold Ford in the last three weeks. Three seats to go: Missouri, Montana, and Virginia. Right now, it looks like the Democrats are in a position to win all three.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Election Eve

I wanted to post something, partly to prove that I still know how to use blogger and also to make up for these last few months. Let's leave it at this: Every senior member of the administration belongs on trial at the Hague for war crimes and crimes against humanity; and with the indefinite suspension of habeas corpus, we find ourselves ruled by a petulant tyrant who believes the constraints on executive power outlined in the Magna Carta, never mind the Constitution, do not apply to him. These bastards must be stopped. There is no such thing as a sensible Republican legislator anymore; any individual who caucuses with the Republican congressional delegation is party to the coverup of high crimes and misdemeanors. They must all be voted out of office, everyone of them, and then tried for obstruction of justice.

Now back to reality. Here are my predictions for tomorrow. Democrats pickup 25 House seats and retake the House. They pickup Senate seats in Pennsylvania (Santorum begone), Ohio, Rhode Island, Missouri, and one of Montana and Virginia; that's +5, meaning Cheney breaks a 50/50 tie for the Republicans.

Oh, and Lieberman, sadly, wins.

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