From the daily archives: Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Regarding the Boehner renting from lobbyist story:

(hat tip C&L)

This exchange at the end is classic:

Cafferty: Do I look like I just fell out of the back of a vegetable truck to you?
Wolf: No, you look like Jack Cafferty
Cafferty: Thank you

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Audio of the Hackett speech via OH02:

Quick audio update (late because I forgot xmlrpc is still messed up):

Back from the event and I must say it went really well. A ton of people out already (this is February) for a primary in May! We hung out in the room (photos after the break) and snacked, talked, and introduced each other, then moved into an adjoining room – packed like sardines – to see Paul and hear him talk about the campaign and introduce Trish Lanahan from re:organize, who will be the Columbus area field director. […]

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Hackett HQ Grand Opening

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Will be headed down in a bit for the event. I will probably do some audio moblogs from there to check in, so the site might get a bit messy until I get back. Look forward to maybe meeting some folks I haven’t yet there.

If you are going down, just look for the big guy with close shaven head and reddish goatee, Winking Lizard red and black coat. See ya there!

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Say “Secret Police”

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Jeffrey has some good advice relative to framing the debate on wiretapping and the unpatriotic act:

4 WAYS TO REFRAME NSA-PATRIOT DEBATE:

1. Secret Police (“…Bush has brought secret police to America…”)
2. Chilling Vision (“…Cheney’s chilling vision reminds me of East Germany…”)
3. Fear Spreading (“…fear spreading to every corner of America…”)
4. Crack Down (“…threatens to crack down on ordinary Americans…”)

I would add:

5. Gestapo (“…if the American People want a Gestapo, then fine – otherwise get a warrant…”) [credit to Harry “Day-O” Belafonte]

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Lowery Punks Bush at King Funeral

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This is a must see. Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery punks Bush at the King funeral. Somehow the spirit in which he did this would have made Martin and Coretta proud:

How marvelous that Presidents and Governors come to mourn and praise. But in the mornin’…(applause)…will words become deeds that meet needs?

We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there. [Standing Ovation] But Coretta knew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war billions more but no more for the poor.

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Hackett, Blackwell, and PD Nonsense

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Pop quiz: Name a prominent politician who has been a member of 3 different political parties in his career, Democrat, Charterite (wtf?), and now Republican. Ding ding ding! Kenneth J. Blackwell. He went from Dem to Reep back in the 80s. Now why would one do that? Not sure, can’t find that in a bio anywhere. But does it mean he is less a Republican now? We might agree no.

So the idiotic smear on the PD “blog” that appears to have been spread around by the Brown campaign that Paul Hackett is really a Republican – does […]

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Yet Another Fighting Dem

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(hat tip Covington) Richmond Times Dispatch:

Former Navy Secretary James H. Webb Jr. said yesterday that he will file papers this week to seek the Democratic nomination to run for the U.S. Senate this year.

When will the Republican machine get it’s shit together and start getting some military candidates? Oh, I forgot – they only like military people when they are “over there”.

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Dems Missing The Boat

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(hat tip OH02) From The NYT: “Some Democrats Are Sensing Missed Opportunities”

Democrats are heading into this year’s elections in a position weaker than they had hoped for, party leaders say, stirring concern that they are letting pass an opportunity to exploit what they see as widespread Republican vulnerabilities.

So the obvious question is why? I agree with some that Dems can’t just blast the other side – not that they should not blast them, just that this shouldn’t be the only thing. We have to begin talking in a way that lets people know Dems can lead. […]

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Update: ODP just sent out an email blast on this (2/8/06 12:10pm)

via WaPo:

Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), who was elected House majority leader last week, is renting his Capitol Hill apartment from a veteran lobbyist whose clients have direct stakes in legislation Boehner has co-written and that he has overseen as chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee.

Very cozy…

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