Well, Well, Scott Brown Wasn’t Stiffed By The Republican Party, After All

But you knew that, already, right? Because I reported as much on December 30, when everyone else was saying that the Republican party was not giving him adequate support.  Hey, I heard it from the horse’s mouth.

FYI: I listened in on a conference call with Brown, yesterday, and was surprised to learn that those rumors about the GOP leaving him in the cold were greatly exaggerated. In fact, “Don’t believe everything you read” is a direct quote from Brown. He wanted us to know that the GOP wasn’t stiffing him. But he is being greatly outspent by his well connected opponent, MA Atty Gen Martha Coakley, who has special interest, and  union $$$ backing her.

Now Ed Morressey is reporting:

NRSC, RNC quietly moved money into Massachusetts last two weeks

This was a brilliant move by both the NRSC and the RNC.  They didn’t fall into a Democratic trap by trumpeting their involvement with Brown, who wanted to show as much independence as possible.  Coakley and Obama spent Sunday making Brown look like a tool of the Tea Party movement and the GOP national machine, but it was Coakley getting bailed out by Democratic heavyweights from outside Massachusetts.

Incidentally, in that post, I also linked to that hunky Cosmo spread of Brown, which I found whilst googling, the first blogger to notice it, (it was from a Sept. issue), not that I got any hat tips out of the deal. Hmmmph.

Linked by Michelle Malkin’s Buzzworthy, thanks!


Report: Obama/*Biden Relationship About What We Expected

More juicy details from the “greatest political book in 20 years” keep pouring out. The latest at The Politico focuses on the not so warm and fuzzy relationship between Obama and Biden:

Of all the freshly revealed anecdotes, though, none may be as eye-opening as the previously-unknown friction between the president and vice-president – which on Saturday a Biden spokesman dismissed as “rumors.” The tensions began in September of 2008 word got back to Obama’s campaign headquarters that Biden had told reporters on his campaign plane that he was more qualified than his running mate to be president.

“A chill set in between Chicago and the Biden plane,” Halperin and Heilemann write in the book, to be released Monday. “Joe and Obama barely spoke by phone, rarely campaigned together.”

And when Obama campaign manager David Plouffe was asked about having Biden dial into the nightly campaign conference call, he responded: “Nah.” Instead, Biden had his own call with Plouffe and senior campaign adviser David Axelrod.

Obama himself was growing increasingly frustrated with his running mate after Biden let loose with a string of gaffes, including a statement that paying higher taxes amounted to patriotism and criticism of one of the campaign’s own ads poking fun at John McCain.

But when Biden, at an October fund-raiser in Seattle, famously predicted that Obama would be tested with an international crisis, the then-Illinois senator had had enough.

“How many times is Biden gonna say something stupid?” he demanded of his advisers on a conference call, a moment at which most people on the call said the candidate was as angry as they had ever heard him.

For his part, the authors write, Biden wasn’t pleased with the campaign’s direction.

After a prep session for a “Meet the Press” appearance following the Democratic convention, Biden was incredulous when he was briefed by campaign aides about the ticket’s tax policy. He told them: “Well, it’s your campaign. I’ll say what you want me to say. But after Election Day, all bets are off.”

Following his campaign plane braggadocio about being more qualified than the man who put him on the ticket, Biden’s access to the press was limited and he grilled new staffers that were assigned to him to try and determine if they were part of his team or loyal to Chicago.

When the ticketmates talked a few days after Biden’s prediction that Obama would be tested, Obama lit into his running mate. But Biden didn’t apologize – or even indicate he understood why his comments in Seattle were problematic, though McCain’s campaign had already cut an ad featuring the dark warning.

Speaking to his own staff, Biden insisted that it hadn’t really been a gaffe. And feeling a bit defensive, he invoked one of the worst memories of Obama’s primary campaign.

“I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t say anything about bitter people who cling to their guns and religion,” Biden cracked, the authors paraphrase.

Asked about the book, Biden spokesman Jay Carney said: “We aren’t going to comment on rehashed rumors about the campaign. But I can say that if the authors were concerned with accuracy they might have checked their reporting with people on the Vice President’s staff. They did not. I can also say that the President and Vice President have worked together very closely and successfully this past year.”

Hat tip: Lucianne
*Yikes! Biden! Not Reid…someone should have said something… I’ve got Reid on the brain, today!


Video:Bernie Goldberg Breaks Dan Rather Memogate News

Is this really breaking news? I thought that I had heard a long time ago, that George W. Bush had indeed volunteered to go to Vietnam. Goldberg is right, it is a little known fact, and the CBS producer Mary Mapes knew it and suppressed the information.

I do remember her as the real villain in this case.

Bernard Goldberg’s blogpost, here.

…..Speaking of the much maligned George W. Bush.…how much are we missing him, now?

No, he wasn’t perfect, but unlike the current occupant of the White House, he took his responsibility to keep the nation secure, seriously, and he did keep us safe for eight years after 9/11. You can still personally thank him for that at this website, Mission Accomplished.


M1A, the organizers of this effort, would like to submit the letters and signatures to the GWB Presidential Library on September 11, 2011, the ten year anniversary of 9/11.

Signs o’ The Times

It’s about time someone made a video about this:

Hat tip: RS McCain at the American Spectator

GOP Video: “Done Its Job?”

Here’s the latest video from GOP.gov, one of their best, yet:

Go to Innocent Bystanders to hear Geoff explain  why saving the jobs of  ‘teachers, police officers and firefighters’ isn’t “stimulus”, anyway. (Sorry, no chart, this time).

See also Ace:

“They’re Between a Rock and a Hard Place:” Democrats Divided on Economy; Grim Unemployment Figures Suggest Need for Second Stimulus, But Their First Free-Spending Ineffectual Non-Stimulus Leaves the Nation Already Bankrupt

Obama’s Supreme Court Pick: Judge Sonia Sotomayor

blind justice

Blind Justice?

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion [as a judge] than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” — Judge Sonia Sotomayor, in her Judge Mario G. Olmos Law and Cultural Diversity Lecture at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law in 2001

Imagine the hue and cry if a white male had said that about a Hispanic female.

Charles Krauthammer, on Fox just said that this was a shrewd move by Obama, because it takes the media focus off of the disastrous (for him) debate on GITMO, and the embarrassingly defiant nuke testings by North Korea. Also, this will placate the left for many years to come.

Allahpundit had a different take, twittering: Obama could have picked a lefty firebreather if not for identity politics concerns. I.e. left actually loses this time bc of “diversity”

Jimmie from the Sundries Shack tweeted “Hmm…Sotomayor has no children. However will she empathize with the working mother?” and,I wonder how Judge Sotomayor’s tax records look…

Krauthammer says this is  a done deal. She will be confirmed.


Michelle Malkin: Identity politics triumphs.

David Frum: Sotomayer – A Deeply Political Pick

Powerline: Che Guevara In Robes?

and  Coming Soon To A Sound Bite Near You : The official Talking Points” have been sent out to a Listserv of Latino law professors. 

Hot Air: Sonia Sotomayer’s Greatest Hits

Gateway Pundit: Obama Picks Lib Activist, Sonia Sotomayer For Supreme Court

AoSHQ: Obama Picks Sonia Sotomayer For Supreme Court

and How Hard Should Republicans and Conservatives Fight Sotomayer?

The Anchoress: Sotomayer For SCOTUS?

The Foundry: “Advice and Consent Takes Time”

RCP: Video –  Charles Krauthammer Reacts to Sotomayer Pick

NRO: Advice and Consent


NOW has sprung into action:

….So has Megyn Kelly:

Chuckie Schumer liberally employs the ‘moderate’ talking points:

Struggles with earpiece…


I’m already tired of hearing people speak of her “compelling personal story”. Enough already. Did they say the same for Justice Thomas? I don’t remember, but I doubt it.

I do remember a bunch of b.s about  a pubic hair in a coke can.

The Washington Times looks at her overruled decisions in A Judge Too Far:

Even the liberal establishment worries that Judge Sotomayor tilts too far to the left. New Republic essayist Jeffrey Rosen reports that fellow liberals who have watched or worked with her closely “expressed questions about her temperament, her judicial craftsmanship, and… [they have said] she is ‘not that smart and kind of a bully on the bench.’ “

A suspiciously high number of her decisions have been overruled by higher courts. Wendy Long of the Judicial Confirmation Network said that record shows “she is far more of a liberal activist than even the current liberal activist Supreme Court.”

Video: Ann Coulter Discusses Truth Commission On Geraldo

Love that Ann…always with the bon mots:

Waterboarding Round-Up

Lot’s of news today on on the CIA interrogation memo front, so I thought I’d do a round up.

Is there room under Obama’s bus for Nancy Pelosi? Because it’s looking increasingly like she. is. going. down.

Here’s Glenn Beck discussing the transparent dishonesty of the Speaker, which even Dems are finding hard to defend:

Video: Stewart Skewers Pelosi On Waterboarding

PolitiFact: Nancy Pelosi’s I Know Nossing Claims are “False”

Republicans: Pelosi Could Have Objected

Yet more evidence that she lied

Implausible Deniability: Pelosi’s Lying, Close Source Confirms

Ace thinks that Dem lawyers are hastily trying to cobble together a timeline that will somehow absolve the Dems of any culpability. Good luck with that, chumps.

Dems Cry Foul: The CIA Is Out To Get Us

Awwwww…poor things. It was great fun when the target was the Bush Administration.

Did DiFi Just Defend Waterboarding?

All. over. the . map.

Audio: Schumer in 2004 on enhanced interrogation techniques; Update: Hypocrisy confirmed

Dems lack waterboarding exit strategy

Attempt to Torment Bush Administration Over “Torture” Turns Into Slow Torture for Nancy Pelosi and Other Dems in Congress

I predicted back in April that this was going to come back and bite them on the butts.

Liz Cheney pwns on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

Klavan On The Left’s “Shut Up” Strategy

This is too good not to swipe from Ace:

So true.

MN Senate Seat Successfully Stolen

Nice going, Minnesota.


You’ve got to hand it to the Dems for having the chutzpa to steal it in plain sight, too, as The Washington Times opines:

Strange things keep happening in Minnesota, where the disputed recount in the Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken may be nearing a dubious outcome. Thanks to the machinations of Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and a meek state Canvassing Board, Mr. Franken may emerge as an illegitimate victor.

Minnesota Democrats Exposed urges Colman to challenge the recount in court:

I start this post from the premise that U.S. Senator Norm Coleman was re-elected by the voters of Minnesota on November 4th, 2008.  Along with numerous Minnesotans, I absolutely believe the Coleman received more votes than Franken on election day and that Coleman should be getting to work today on the start of his second term as a U.S. Senator.

But due to reasons listed below, Minnesota won’t have two U.S. Senators at the start of the 111th Congress.

I believe the decisions of the State Canvassing Board have been inconsistent and the entire recount process flawed and for the good of Minnesota, Coleman should formally contest the recount process in court. (read on).

I heartily agree. Coleman should not bow out, gracefully, and Republicans in congress need to block the seating of  Franken. I want to see a full blown food fight erupt over this abomination.


Good news:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yielded to Republican threats and agreed on Monday not to immediately seat fellow Democrat Al Franken, whose razor-close victory in Minnesota faces legal challenges.

Senate Republicans had planned to disrupt the opening of the new Congress on Tuesday by blocking Franken’s swearing-in.

And in another ugly fight, Senate Democrats vowed to block, at least for now, the seating of fellow party member Roland Burris whose appointment by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich carries a whiff of political scandal.

Just a…whiff?

Take a good look at that diaper Franken’s wearing in the photo.  Imagine the stench emanating from that, and I think you’ll be closer to the mark.


More good news:

Coleman is suing.

ACORN And SOROS Fingerprints All Over Franken Vote Grab



Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who orchestrated the recount that gave Democratic challenger Al Franken a lead some six weeks after incumbent GOP Sen. Norm Coleman appeared to win by 725 votes on Election Day, has extensive ties to both the ACORN organization now under federal investigation for vote fraud, and to MoveOn.org ultra-liberal kingmaker George Soros.

In 2006, ACORN endorsed Ritchie in his bid to become secretary of state, and Ritchie also received a campaign contribution that year from Soros.

Indeed, Ritchie has credited his own political career in large part to an obscure, Soros-funded group called the Secretary of State Project (SoS), whose express purpose is to seed state election bureaucracies nationwide with partisan activists — Ritchie among them — who are strategically positioned to influence the outcome of close recounts like the one now underway in Minnesota.

Read on.

While most bemused onlookers were predicting a recount win for Coleman, the always prescient Miss Ann Coulter was correctly reporting that the election was being stolen right before our eyes;  here, here,

and here.

The vote-theft most like Minnesota this year was the infamous 2004 gubernatorial election in Washington State. The Republican won the race on election night, but ballots favoring the Democrat kept being “discovered” until the Democrat finally eked out a majority. At that point, the recount was immediately halted and the Democrat declared the victor.

You would have to go back to Reconstruction to find an election that was stolen by the Republicans this way, but it’s all in a day’s work for the Democrats.

That’s why they were so testy about the 2000 Florida election. It was the one time in the last century Republicans wouldn’t let Democrats steal an election they lost by less than a thousand votes.

No matter how many times Democrats steal elections, Republicans keep thinking the next time will be different. Minnesota is famously clean, isn’t it? It must different. It’s not different. It’s still the Democrats.

Previously at Nice Deb:

Soros Fund-raising For Franken

How much more of this crap are Republicans going to take?


See Minnesota Democrats Exposed for all the latest on the Franken vote grabs.

The Coleman Camp remains optimistic:

“As we said this morning, and we’ve said previously, Al Franken’s ‘lead’ is artificial and this process is still a long way from being complete. The fact that over 100 votes have been double-counted, overwhelmingly benefitting Al Franken, simply underscores the fact that their lead is not real. Along with seeking a remedy to that problem tomorrow at the Supreme Court, there are still over a thousand rejected absentee ballots that remain outstanding.   So while the Secretary Of State’s spreadsheet shows an artificial lead for the Franken campaign, it is based on votes that do not exist — in essence votes that have been counted twice. Additionally, we are still reconciling our numbers with the spreadsheet and we have already identified some discrepancies.  We have no doubt that when these issues are properly resolved, Senator Coleman will be re-elected to the Senate.”

We firmly believe that if this reconciliation is done correctly, without some votes being counted twice and that the “fifth pile” ballots are handled properly, then we will maintain our lead when everything is said and done.

You can donate to the Stop Al Franken From Stealing the Election Fund, here.

UPDATE (Dec. 24):

The latest:

New Ad: Obama’s Got Scummy Friends

No fair! Guilt by association! Guilt by association!

Via Ace

John Edwards/ Rielle Hunter/ Love Child Scandal: The Video

I haven’t done a single post about this whole dealio, because every other blogger in the blogosphere has been doing such a bang up job of it, there’s really nothing left to say. Yeah, he’s a lying douche, and the MSM is in the tank for Democrats, but we already knew that.

So instead, I offer you this video, which purports to chronicle the entire scandal in 3 minutes:

UPDATE: (August 13):

A theory in pictures:

Iranians To Release Pro-Islam Film In Response To FITNA

It is to be called Beyond Love, (if you can believe that):

A short film titled Beyond Love will soon be released by the Iranian-based NGO Islam and Christianity (IC), in response to the anti-Islamic Dutch film Fitna, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported.

“The film aims to introduce the real Islam. It will be useful for those who want to get acquainted with Islam,” said IC spokesman Muhammad Karimi.

I’m not sure that Iran, with its less than stellar…..

human rights….


…is the best place to be producing a film that promotes Islam.

While IC claims to be an independent organization, Radio Netherlands quoted an Iranian journalist a few months ago as saying that it was created by the government itself.

It is an NGO of ‘convenience'; it is absolutely clear that this is a government initiative,” said Mina Sa’adi, a journalist working for the independent Farsi-language website Shahrzad News.

Well, I think we all knew that.

FITNA can be viewed here.

Hat tip: Lucianne

Republican Congressman Teaches Lesson On “How To Speak Democrat”

You gotta love this guy!

Rep. Thad McCotter (R-MI) telling it like it is:

Thanks to: Moonbattery

 While your there, check out the latest Obama posters some guy named Hugh made.



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