From the daily archives: Monday, November 9, 2009

I first met John Boccieri on the Tim Ryan campaign trail in 2002.? Boccieri always struck me as very Marc Dann-ish;? always hovering around, sniffing out the political winds, looking for whatever angle he could help himself to.? Seemed like a nice guy, but I always got the sense he was up to something.? When Boccieri joined the military, seemed very Josh Mandel-ish to me.? Look at me in uniform!? People like Boccieri think they’re smarter than everyone else, and that no one notices their blatant careerism.

When Boccieri got elected to Congress, it was one of those blind-squirrel-finds-a-nut moments.? […]

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I work for a small business.

I just got married.

I thought it would be a good idea to investigate whether or not I should switch to my husband?s health insurance plan.

I had no idea how HUGE the price difference would be!

My company struggles every year to figure out how to continue covering our employees ? my boss covers all of our premiums and gives us the best insurance he can. There have been years when we decide to skip any pay increase so that we can maintain our health insurance coverage (which has gone up 30% in […]

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To date, it’s been difficult to find any daylight between Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lt. Governor Lee Fisher on health care reform.  Today, Brunner came out blasting the Stupak amendment.  (HT: Columbus Dispatch Daily Briefing Blog):

"By voting . . . to block women from essential reproductive health care services, the anti-choice obstructionists in Congress have abandoned Ohio women and would legislate a woman’s constitutional right to choose ineffective at best," Brunner said.

Although Brunner said the overall House version is a “good bill,’’ she complained that “its passage hinged on denying women services for […]

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Seriously…

The Hill reports that Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was on a radio show and asked about the GOP could reach out to African-American voters.? And here’s what transpired:

MARTIN: But your candidates got to talk to them. One of the criticisms I’ve always had is Republicans — white Republicans — have been scared of black folks.
STEELE: You’re absolutely right. I mean I’ve been in the room and they’ve been scared of me. I’m like, “I’m on your side” and so I can imagine going out there and talking to someone like you, you […]

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Dow Hits High for Year at 10,226.94, signaling mass approval among the business community for the recent passage of health care reform.

…no, not really. But it’s a nice rhetorical point for the wingers who want to superimpose an Obama speech on top of minute-by-minute Dow levels. I’d be an idiot to make the above point. They’re idiots for already having done it.

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Maybe all their base are NOT belong to them afterall:

A Florida conservative has registered an official “Tea Party” with the office of the Secretary of State, and is promising to run candidates against Republicans and Democrats in state and national races.

Whoops. GOPers will be in a frantic pile on top of Palin…er…um…Pandora’s box trying to get that pupply closed! Here the best part:

O’Neal compared his party’s role to that of the Conservative Party in New York’s 23rd District.

Oh joy! Someone please pass the popcorn.

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PFAW’s Right Wing Watch does just that, which is why they caught American Family Association’s latest descent into lunacy in response to the Fort Hood tragedy. Bryan Fischer, AFA Director of Issues Analysis, begins his screed:

It became evidently almost immediately that the mass murderer in yesterday’s killing spree at Fort Hood was a Muslim who was motivated by jihadist impulses.

It became evidently almost immediately? He’s obviously not the direct of communications or Engrish at the AFA. Sorry. Distracted by the ignorance that we all sort of knew was already there. Let’s continue:

It it is time, I […]

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This Stupak amendment is going to have to get changed greatly or jettisoned all together.? 41 Dems have now signed on to voting against a bill that contains Stupak.? Greg Sargent has the letter:

November 7, 2009

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker
U.S. House of Representatives
H-232 Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Madam Speaker:

As members of Congress we believe that women should have access to a full range of reproductive health care. Health care reform must not be misused as an opportunity to restrict women?s access to reproductive health services.

The Stupak-Pitts amendment to […]

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Potts seems to have found Lee Fisher’s asshole loser creepy stalking tracker dude.? So have we.

What are you trying to capture there, tough guy?? Jennifer Brunner letting slip that she’s not gonna hire your sorry ass when she’s US Senator?

I don’t know who this douchebag is, but you have to be some serious kind of loser to both (a) put up with Lee Fisher as a boss, and (b) wander around Jennifer Brunner events looking like Ted Kaszcinski for Lee Fisher.? This guy better hope I don’t meet him with my camera.? I’ve got a […]

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The blogs, sir, they have declared a fatwa, against you:

Buckeye State Blog: "Hey John, ever consider that maybe your sane constituents didn’t want to deal with teabaggers? Way to go John! They played you for a fool, and you were more than happy to oblige.

But do you seriously think that any of them will vote for you anyway?"

De Magno Opere (one of the best blogs that not enough people read): "Would Boccieri Have Voted Against Medicare Too?"

And, of course, us, reflecting very much the sentiment expressed by David Potts.

However, nobody, yet, […]

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In case you were wondering if our favorite wingnut-rogue mom-public service commitment quitting-electoral losing ex-politician is still batshit crazy?? I can confirm this as not only true, but continuing to exceed even my giddy expectations.

It’s no wonder Palin won’t allow any press, cell phones, or other recording devices into her speeches.? She’s completely lost it and has no sense of how very little her isolated following is when it comes to anything meaningful in her political future.? What political future, you ask?

Correct.

All this criticism of this great American is so totally bogus, dontchaknow!? Sarah Palin speeches r […]

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