Monday Tab-Clearing Dump

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Sorry, I have to do this again…my computer is running slow because I have too many tabs open, and some of these stories I really want to get out there.

Like Sharron Angle’s voter intimidation complaint against Harry Reid.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid looked like toast a few days before the Nov. 2 election, trailing his Republican challenger Sharron Angle by three or more points in the campaign’s concluding polls, according to RealClearPolitics. But when ballots were counted, Reid had somehow converted that deficit to a nearly six-point margin of victory. Most observers attributed the phenomenal success of Reid’s last-ditch comeback to the Nevada Democratic Party’s highly polished get-out-the-vote “ground game.” But an internal e-mail from a Reid campaign operative to a Harrah’s executive strongly suggests the Reid ground game depended at least in part on breaking the law.

As former Federal Election Commissioner Hans A. von Spakovsky explained Friday in The Examiner, federal law makes it illegal for officials with a Senate campaign to coordinate with corporate or union officials: “Both the Reid campaign and Harrah’s may have violated federal campaign finance law that prohibits in-kind corporate and union contributions to, and coordination with, political campaigns. Corporations and unions may spend money to run ads in support of or opposing a candidate, but they are not allowed to make direct or in-kind contributions to federal candidates. Federal criminal law also prohibits intimidation and coercion of a person exercising his or her right to vote (or not to vote).”

Fox News reported:
The Justice Department is reviewing a complaint from failed Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle after allegations that Sen. Harry Reid’s campaign engaged in voter intimidation and broke campaign finance law in his re-election campaign.

Laura Sweeney, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, told FoxNews.com on Friday that the department is reviewing the complaint filed by an attorney for Angle that followed a National Review report about internal e-mails among Harrah’s casino executives and a campaign staffer for Reid. The e-mails appear to show the group orchestrating an effort to push Harrah employees to get out and vote for Reid.

Sweeney would not comment further on the status of the review.

So I guess we’ll see where that goes. I can’t imagine it going anywhere given the political nature of Holder’s Dept. of Justice.

Allysia Finley at the WSJ has a message for the golden state : California: The Lindsay Lohan of States:

Listen up, California. The other 48 states—your cousin New York excluded—are sick of your bratty arrogance. You’re the Lindsay Lohan of states: a prima donna who once showed some talent but is now too wasted to do anything with it.

After enjoying ephemeral highs and spending binges, you suffer crashes that culminate in brief, unsuccessful stints in rehab. This cycle repeats itself every five to 10 years, as the rest of the country looks on with a mixture of horror and amusement. We’d feel sorry for you if you didn’t constantly flip us the bird.

Instead, we’re making bets on how long it will be before your next meltdown. Oh, wait—you’re already melting down.

You’ve racked up nearly $70 billion in general obligation debt, and that doesn’t include your $500 billion unfunded pension liability. Your own analysts predict you’ll face a hole of at least $80 billion over the next four years.

Your government’s run by a brothel of environmentalists, lawyers, public-sector unions and legislative bums. When they’re not taxing or spending, they’re creating regulations and commissions like the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology and the California Blueberry Commission. Many businesses would leave if it weren’t for your sunny climate.

Which may explain why you’re so obsessed with climate change. If your climate changes, no one, including your Hollywood friends, would tolerate you anymore. So you’ve created a law to tax carbon emissions—no matter that it will kill jobs.

Keep reading. She comes to the same conclusion I did the day after the election:

We’ve tried to help you, California. Some spent millions on campaigns to entice you to change your reckless behavior. And you told them to kick rocks.

So here’s our final warning: When you inevitably crash and burn, don’t count on us to bail you out.

Okay….psssst. Come-ere …… Closer…*looks around* Not sure I should be mentioning this, but……..many of you are probably already following these “White House insider” reports from “Ulsterman”… The Dem insider is anonymous, as is the blogger, Ulsterman, (who claims to be  acquainted with the WH insider). Whether these reports are true, or just a figment of Ulsterman’s overactive imagination, they make for very entertaining reading, and they. all. ring. true….Here’s the latest:

White House Insider: ” Temporary Insanity

How about some feedback on the midterms?  Last time we talked you said the Democrats were going to lose up to 60 seats.  It was more than that.  A pretty tough night for Democrats?  Do you think?  Christ, it was about as bad a night as it could possibly be.  Yes, I said we would lose up to 60 seats.  I think at last count it was…65?  That is almost too much to comprehend.  I knew things were going to be bad for us, but…this was…deplorable.  The party is in such a mess right now.  My god…it’s just so bad.  So incredibly bad.

Deplorable?  Deplorable that the Democrats lost or that the Republicans won?  Both!  It didn’t have to be like this – that is what is so sickening about it all.  Roll it back to early 2009.  We had such an opportunity.  With just a little bit more legislative moderation, a more unified tone, some damn common sense – we…the Democratic Party just pissed it all away.  Flushed it gone.  The president strutted around like some political peacock, the Congressional leadership basically told the opposition to go to hell – numerous times.  Attack after attack on the business community…did they really think the American people were going to allow them to get away with mistake after mistake after mistake?  Yeah, it’s deplorable the Republicans won so decisively, and it’s deplorable the Democrats made it so easy for them to do so.

Ulsterman’s interviews with the WH insider have supposedly been taking place since September. A full review, here. Again, all of it should be taken with a grain of salt, because it could well be that Ulsterman is just a traffic whore. Or not.

Smug  alert: Rachel Maddow is saying stupid things, again…video at iOWNTHEWORLD.

More Maddow smug hackery taken down by Johnny Dollar:

Media Matters owes that poor thing an apology.

See also: Newsbusters: Rachel Maddow’s Claim MSNBC Isn’t A Political Operation Exposed As Nonsense

Newsbusters: An Annoyed George Stephanopoulos Harangues GOP Rep to Recant Criticism of ‘Corrupt’ Obama

A cautionary tale for conservative bloggers who see vexing comments from leftists in their comment sections that don’t much pertain to their posts …if it looks like spam, acts like spam, smells like spam…guess what? It’s probably a  A Focused, Non-Terminal Repeating Troll. I would know, this particular “Class Five Full Roaming Vapor Leftist” has been gracing my comment sections for two days, now. More about the class five leftist, sadly, an associate professor of communications studies, here.

Okay, whew, I hope this does the trick, I don’t feel like rebooting.
UPDATE:

Okay, Drew says pass the popcorn, Hoyer wouldn’t be running unless  winning was a sure thing…

The “Washington Insider” says if Pelosi loses, she’s quitting. No if, ands or buts. We shall see.

BEWARE the Lame Duck session…evil things are foot: Connie Hair: Many Threats Loom in Lame-Duck Session
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this next one….

Oh, who am I kidding?………..bwahahahaha!

Excellent cartoon by Bosch Fawst at NewsReal: There’s Arrogance, Then There’s Obama


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Video: Chris Christie Says He Won’t Run In 2012- Leaves 2016 and Beyond Open

He’s said it before, and we would do well to take him at his word, which, unlike some people’s, is actually worth something. Chris Christie is a man who says what he means, and means what he says. I don’t see a flip flop in his near future.

Here he is on Meet the Depressed with David Gregory, discussing his future in politics.

Compare that to:

Obama in 2004: Doesn’t see himself running for President in 2008: “If I were to seriously consider running on a national ticket…I would essentially have to start now…before having served a day in the Senate. Now there might be some people who would have no problem doing that, but ah…I’m not one of them“.

He said in 2006  that he would “absolutely” serve out his Senate term, which ends in 2011, and that the idea of him running for president this cycle was “silly” and hype “that’s been a little overblown”.

In an appearance on Meet the Press with Tim Russert, January 22nd, 2006:

Russert: “When we talked back in November of ’04 after your election, I said, ‘There’s been enormous speculation about your political future. Will you serve your six-year term as United States senator from Illinois?’”

Obama: “I will serve out my full six-year term. You know, Tim, if you get asked enough, sooner or later you get weary and you start looking for new ways of saying things. But my thinking has not changed.”

Russert: “So you will not run for president or vice president in 2008?”

Obama: “I will not.”

If you believe he was sincere in any of that, I have a nice bridge to sell you….

See also:

Gateway Pundit: Governor Christie Upsets David Gregory By Calling Him an Advocate for Dem Legislation (Video)

RELATED:

Mike Pence is someone to watch in terms of Presidential aspirations:

He told reporters this weekend that he has a lot on his plate right now, but he will be making some key decisions in January.

“Well let me say we’ve been very humbled by the encouragement that we’ve received to seek higher office, from people back in Indiana and around the country. But now that I’ve set aside my duties in the Republican conference, we’re going to take the next several months to prayerfully consider what might be next for our little family,” said Pence.

Hat tip: Lucianne

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Olby To Go Back On Air Tuesday

Phil Griffin apparently believes that Olbermann has been sufficiently punished for his defiance of MSNBC rules. MSNBC’s journalistic integrity has been suitably demonstrated for all to see. What a ridiculous farce:

MSNBC President Phil Griffin made the announcement late today that Olbermann would be allowed to return to “Countdown,” the cable channel’s most popular program.

“After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy,” Griffin said in a brief statement. “We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.”

Olbermann, who was suspended Friday after it was revealed that he contributed to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates, took to the web earlier today to update and thank supporters.

Cringe/nausea alert:

Olbermann posted the following message this afternoon:

“Greetings From Exile! A quick, overwhelmed, stunned THANK YOU for support that feels like a global hug & obviously left me tweetless XO.”

I imagine MSNBC is hoping for big ratings Tuesday night as the Edward R. Murrow of our time  returns to his post. Je refuse! to watch the revolting spectacle on MSNBC. I’ll catch the trainwreck on YouTube.

See also:

Ace of spades HQ:

Keith Olbermann: “Phil Griffin Thinks He’s My Boss” Phil Griffin: “I Guess I Don’t Think That Anymore”

Sorry, Another Olbermann Tidbit: Olbermann Demanded Apology

Tell Mr. Olbermann What He Means To You

 

PREVIOUSLY:

Olbermann Suspended From MSNBC

Video:Reason TV bids A Fond farewell To Keefums

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