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Cubin Slappin’ Harkin?

By on 11.7.06 | 9:40AM

The Washington Times reports that traditionally GOP/conservative Wyoming has seen its only House race become competitive, mainly because Republican incumbent Barbara Cubin allegedly told the Libertarian in the race, Thomas Harkin, that she would slap him if he wasn't in a wheelchair. That's because Harkin, during a debate, raised the issue of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's contributions to Cubin.

Cubin's Democrat opponent, Gary Trauner, trails by only four percentage points in polls, and his allies created this ad to capitalize on the "slap" incident:

Election Ironies

By on 11.7.06 | 9:22AM

With Election Day here, it's worth noting a few potential ironies in the results.

With all the talk of the Republican "culture of corruption," it's now looking possible that Republicans can win the DeLay and Foley seats after retaining the "Duke" Cunningham seat earlier this year.

In the race that was billed as a referendum on Iraq, in the election billed as a referendum on Iraq, pro-war Joe Lieberman is expected to rout Ned Lamont.

Anyone else have some potential election ironies to point out?

Re: Technically Obese

By on 11.7.06 | 6:43AM

Shawn, thanks for the info. I was going to look it up today myself. When a Christian Science Monitor stringer was kidnapped in Iraq, then rescued after having made an obviously self-preserving video praising her captors, WRKO talk show host John Depetro deported himself like, in the CSM editor's words, "a cretin," accusing the girl of politically correct jihadism. It wasn't the only time. So I won't miss him and his pinched nasal Rhode Island accent.

Before your time, but there was a flap in California long ago when right-wing House member John Schmitz called feminist radical lawyer Gloria Allred a "slick, butch lawyeress." Believe it or not, the press spun that as anti-Semitism, and Schmitz's career began downhill from that point.

RE: A Good Democrat

By on 11.6.06 | 8:49PM

Quin: Bush will probably get the support of right-leaning Dems, even ones he campaigns hard against. Democrats and Republicans of all stripes cooperate on the Hill, but once election season comes around, the brass knuckles come out.

That's politics

A Good Democrat

By on 11.6.06 | 5:41PM

It occurs to me that no matter what happens in the elections, the president will need the help of rightward-leaning Democrats if he hopes to effectively govern. That's why, taking a page from Reagan, he should have picked two or three such Dems at least to be wooing instead of bashing. That's why it's a shame that he not only campaigned against Georgia incumbent Jim Marshall, but equated a vote for Marshall as a vote against a strong defense. Unlike the commercial against Max Cleland several years ago, which actually involved a legitimate issue (Cleland put union interests first on a homeland security bill), the crack against Marshall was unfortunate, because Marshall has been one of the president's most stalwart supporters on the war in Iraq, traveling there numerous times and standing up against his caucus in support of Bush's overall policy there. Of course the GOP should try hard to win that seat, but not to the extent of sending in the president to campaign in person against him. The fact is that Marshall is very solidly pro-defense, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and is moderate on other stuff like economics. And he's a good, honest man.

Technically Obese

By on 11.6.06 | 5:33PM

I've been off the grid this past week so I'm not sure what sort of press treatment this received, but a Massachusetts radio station fired talk show host John DePetro and his engineer after the former called Grace Ross, the absolutely insufferable Green-Rainbow Party gubernatorial candidate, a "fat lesbian" on the air in a post-debate "analysis." Apparently less offensive were DePetro's further ruminations on Ross: "Shut up. Go home. Burger King is looking for another third-shift person to work the grill. Enough."

Uh oh! Somebody's been listening to the Savage Nation! The Bossman--whom Ross might prefer to call DePetro's Corporate Paymaster--didn't like what he heard and the host got canned, a fairly basic example of market discipline. Like the Dixie Chicks before him, however, DePetro's attempt at appearing contrite wasn't very convincing.

"I didn't violate any laws," he told the Boston Globe. "There was no obscene language. I know it's mean, but she is technically obese and lives an alternative lifestyle."

Re: Haggard/Frum’s Moral Calculus

By on 11.6.06 | 2:30PM

Philip, what I found of greatest interest is what Haggard 'fessed up to, and his tone in doing so:

"I am so embarrassed and ashamed," he wrote in a two-page letter read at each service. "I would find myself thinking thoughts and experiencing desires that were contrary to everything I believe and teach.

"I am a deceiver and a liar," he wrote.

This, to me, is much harsher upon himself than any admission of specific immoral sexual behavior or drug use could be. And unlike many others who are caught in hypocrisy or worse, he did not invoke any mitigating circumstances or blame others. In fact, he asked others to forgive and "thank God" for his accuser.

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