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I know, we Kossacks love to hate her sometimes. Still Maureen Dowd's Sunday NYT column makes this critical point:

Now when Republicans get caught flouting the principles they dictate, they are not able to practice hypocrisy with such impunity.

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Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 05:34 PM PDT

Freep -- er, KOS-a-Poll

by OldYellerDog

UPDATE -- commenters tell me the poll is old, old, old, so in 5 minutes, this diary gets deleted.

"There's a "grade the president" poll on NBC that's getting spammed to the right, so I'm asking Kossacks to get over there and correct the imbalance. Jump for the link -->>"

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You’d think they would have learned their lesson when they got nationwide disapproval for the Barack Hussein Obama press release back in February, but evidently not.

Here’s the lead paragraph from a news story running in the politics section at CNN:

(CNN) -- In a preview of the political onslaught Michelle Obama may face in the fall, the Tennessee Republican Party unveiled a Web video Thursday highlighting her comment that she was proud of America "for the first time in my adult life."

Jump with me for the Obama campaign's response, and more . . .

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Iraq now has the fourth-highest rate of executions in the world, according to this story reported from Reuters, via Yahoo! News:

LONDON (Reuters) - Iraq's use of the death penalty has risen rapidly since it was reinstated in mid-2004 and it now ranks as the country with the fourth-highest rate of executions in the world, Amnesty International said on Friday.

The London-based human rights group said in a report that
Iraq had sentenced more than 270 people to death since sovereignty was handed back to the Iraqis by the Americans in mid-2004. Of those, at least 100 have so far been executed.

Is this the fulfillment of W's "Freedom on the March" plan? More quotes and link just ahead . . .

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Well, we went to the rally and had a grand time. Except that when we got YDDW's stunning photos back from the 1-hour lab, they were, almost without exception, not there. Long stretches of the negative were blank. In one spot, two photos with a blank spot between them. Baffling. Unprecedented. And very depressing. You'd-a loved them.

I don't know what happened, but for the record, I DO NOT blame Kos.

Some notes on the rally after the bump . . .

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This has been mentioned in comments, but I wanted to make sure everyone knows they're invited to Sunday's rally in Nashville:

12:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5
GOTV Rally featuring Harold Ford Jr. and U.S. Senator Barack Obama
Davidson Co. Courthouse
10 Public Square Park
(Corner of 3rd & Union)
*Free & Open to the Public
*Special Guests:  Yolanda Adams, BeBe Winans & Debbie Winans)

I'll take the ol' camera and post photos later in the day.

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Harold Ford, Jr. made a short-notice campaign stop early this morning at the firehouse down the street in my suburban Nashville neighborhood. We had 150+ people in a state assembly district where I've had to write in the name of my yellow dog two elections in a row for lack of a Democratic candidate. As red as this county has gone lately, Ford made time for the stop -- I'll tell you why we're more optimistic than Kos after the jump.
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Click to watch DeeDee on YouTube

Here in a battleground county northeast of Nashville, our county Dem Party got into a little tussle over this independently financed spot. The intention was to get intermittent Dems and moderate swings to vote straight Democratic. Jump inside for more . . .

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What do you think of DeeDee?

16%2 votes
41%5 votes
41%5 votes
0%0 votes
0%0 votes

| 12 votes | Vote | Results

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Here's some stunningly explicit electioneering, from a church on the north side of Nashville, Tennessee:

Some background:

Notwithstanding that Tennessee law already prohibits gay marriage, Amendment 1 is a constitutional definition of marriage as one man, one woman, to wit:

The historical institution and legal contract solemnizing the relationship of one man and one woman shall be the only legally recognized marital contract in this state.

and to add interstate insult to injury:

If another state or foreign jurisdiction issues a license for persons to marry and if such marriage is prohibited in this state by the provisions of this section, then the marriage shall be void and unenforceable in this state.

Jump the broom for more . . .

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Will Cornerstone Church hear about this from the IRS?

22%13 votes
64%38 votes
13%8 votes

| 59 votes | Vote | Results

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Searched for this, but no sign -- offering to delete if this is a duplicate.

This article in the NY Times is more evidence of the dissatisfaction of the GOP base.

The lead:


The bellwether state of Ohio appears to have become hostile terrain for Republicans this year, with voters there overwhelmingly saying Democrats are more likely to help create jobs and concluding by a wide margin that Republicans in the state are more prone to political corruption than are Democrats, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

There's an even better pair of graphs below the fold . . .

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As of just a few minutes before 5 CDT, the New York Times confirms the meeting between Tenet, Black and Condi Rice that has jumped out of the pages of Woodward's book into the headlines.

The lead:


Rice Received Qaeda Warning Before 9/11

By PHILIP SHENON
Published: October 2, 2006

JIDDA, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 2 -- A review of White House records has determined that George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, did indeed brief Condoleezza Rice and other top officials on July 10, 2001 about looming threat from Al Qaeda, a State Department spokesman said on Monday evening.

The link

Just a few words below the fold . . .

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That's the headline on a CNN.com story from AP that went live mid-morning EDT.

Here's the link

Here's the lead:


MACON, Georgia (AP) -- President Bush's once-solid relationship with Southern women is on the rocks.

"I think history will show him to be the worst president since Ulysses S. Grant," said Barbara Knight, a self-described Republican since birth and the mother of three. "He's been an embarrassment."

In the heart of Dixie, comparisons to Grant, a symbol of the Union, is the worst sort of insult, especially from a Macon woman who voted for Bush in 2000 but turned away in 2004.

There it is again -- did you hear it? That's the sound of a media pile-on!

More quotes below the jump . . .

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