From the daily archives: Monday, August 23, 2010

This is totally unpredictable… if you have no brain.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the political rhetoric by the right against Islam is increasing terrorist chatter and plots against the United States.

Islamic radicals are seizing on protests against a planned Islamic community center near Manhattan’s Ground Zero and anti-Muslim rhetoric elsewhere as a propaganda opportunity and are stepping up anti-U.S. chatter and threats on their websites.

One jihadist site vowed to conduct suicide bombings in Florida to avenge a threatened Koran burning, while others predicted an increase in terrorist recruits as a result of such […]

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The Columbus Dispatch reports with little appreciation of the significance of what they’re reporting:

This prompted American Crossroads to issue an “Are you kidding?” reply. The organization’s law firm said that all photos and video of Portman used in the commercial came from “public domain sources,” such as the Internet and YouTube. “Absolutely no material used in the ad was obtained from the Portman campaign web site or in any other way from the Portman campaign.”

So let me get this straight.  Karl Rove’s American Crossroads defense is because they got the materials from Rob Portman Senate campaign’s […]

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Never doubt the Plunderbund.

The Strickland campaign just sent out a press release noting a press conference tomorrow morning revealing their latest television ad.  This confirms what we reported here exclusively first.  The Strickland campaign is going on the air statewide tomorrow after giving the Kasich campaign and the RGA exclusive access to paid television media for roughly six weeks.

Tick, tock, Kevin…. is it coming as soon as tomorrow?

Oh, I bet the anticipation is killing you almost as John Kasich will kill the GOP ticket.

I guess you’ll just have to find out.  (But seriously, do you think […]

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(HT: Think Progress)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Assuming it’s accurate that Republicans will get the House, how effective will that be in throwing a monkey wrench in the gears of everything Obama does?

JORDAN: If we win, what will we get done? Mostly, I’ll be honest, most of what we can get done is have the big fight, have the big debate, and have the framework for the 2012 election.

From Rob Portman, through the Congressional campaigns, even down to John Kasich the Republicans are completely unable to offer a philosophy of governance.  They simply want to win in November […]

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I’ve got yet another exclusive story in the Governor’s race, and it’s the kind that is going to make some Kasich staff turn off the coffee pot and Scott Milburn change his pants (like he needed to in 1996 after finding out Ted Strickland beat then-Congressman Frank Cremeans in their rematch of the 1994 race.)

As anyone who has followed the Kasich campaign will tell you, the Ohio Republican establishment has been fearful that John Kasich’s Wall Street experience could be a ticking time bomb that could go off right before the election, dooming its chances up and down the […]

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I saw this interesting little Tweet in the tweetervise today:

So, I did my usual calls to find out what’s going on.

I know for a fact that the Strickland campaign will be launching their statewide ad buy tomorrow, and that this is substantially more than just a $20k ad buy in Columbus.  You read it here first, folks.

For a month and a half, the Kasich campaign and the RGA has had the television airwaves to themselves.  At best, it’s opened up an eight-point lead for them, depending on which Rasmussen poll you choose to […]

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Here’s Kasich’s spokesman Rob Nichols Mansfield News Journal in response to Governor Strickland’s recent campaign appearance there:

Because of Ted Strickland’s mismanagement, Ohio still has higher unemployment than every neighboring state but Michigan, and we’re recovering more slowly,” Nichols wrote in an e-mail to the News Journal. “Relief is coming, however, and John Kasich encourages Ohioans to stay positive and hang in there because if he’s elected governor in November, we’ll be able to reduce spending and begin reducing taxes so we can revive the economy and create jobs.

Yes, it’s true that only Michigan is the only […]

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According to Real Clear Politics, the Ohio Democratic Party is going to file a complaint with the FEC alleging that American Crossroads, Karl Rove’s organization which is presently running pro-Rob Portman’s ads right now violated FEC regulations regarding illegal coordination with campaigns in making that ad.

The 527 committee’s ad showcases three photographs that originated from Portman’s campaign Web site and jobs plan document, and FEC rules state that using such photos constitutes an in-kind contribution that exceeds the legal limits.

An exception to the regulation allows outside groups to incorporate a candidate’s campaign material “that advocates […]

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