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A recent diary has re-ignited that debate as to whether Joe Lieberman (or anyone else for that matter) can flip control of the senate to the GOP. This diary basically made the point that we should be willing to take the short term risk of this happening for the greater good of the party. This in turn rekindled the debate as to whether the Senate's organizational rules passed earlier this year rendered Lieberman powerless to do this by switching parties. I have to disagree with those who hold this view.

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Most of us on here, especially those of us who also read Atrios or Media matters, know that there's no such thing as the "liberal media." It's simply a rhetorical crutch that conservatives use to explain away or outright ignore unpleasant news for their side. Now, the conservatives are unwittingly handing us a argument that blows their claim to pieces. It's called the Fairness Doctrine.


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Wed Jan 17, 2007 at 08:20 AM PST

Now Lieberman Backstabs Dodd!

by Tipsy McStagger

Why oh why does Lieberman get this undeserved reputation for being a statemen and an all around great guy? I just don't get it. The other day, he totally backstabbed Mary Landrieu. Landrieu campaigned for him and tried to help him avoid all the unpleasantness with the having to run as an independent. Lieberman repaid her by saying he's not going to hold Katrina hearings as he promised. Well, its looks like Mr. Stateman is at it again, this time the victim is in his own home state.


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Tue Jan 09, 2007 at 10:10 AM PST

Questions for the GOP on Iraq

by Tipsy McStagger

Conservative logic, if that it can be called, has never been easy to follow. These are the same people that tell us we can reduce a deficit by cutting taxes and increasing spending wildly. They told us Hillary Clinton was a militant lesbian man hating bitch, who had a torrid affair with Vince Foster. Now our friends are at it again with the Iraq War debate.  After years, (decades actually) of branding Democrats as "soft on defense) and not caring about America's security, they seem to want us to take the lead in coming up with a plan for the Iraq war. It's making my head spin.


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Wed Nov 15, 2006 at 11:10 AM PST

The Abramoff idiocy

by Tipsy McStagger

 Looks like the "liberal media" is hard at work again. We haven't even finished cleaning up after our victory party and already,  the smearing is starting. The biggest example can be seen on ABC news with its "Abramoff says Dems are guilty too" hit pieces. What's even sadder is that some on here, and I think they are trolls, are trying to spread this stuff. I for one am not worried. Here's why:

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The investigation into Foleygate is apparently over and apparently a report is ready. It was clearly withheld from the public so as not to hurt the GOP's chances in the elections. Although I don't approve of this, it was politics as usual and I can deal with it in light of the election results. The election is now over. This report and any evidence gathered should be made available to the public.

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Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 07:11 AM PST

I don't get it on Santorum

by Tipsy McStagger

One thing I don't get is all of the gushing over Rick Santorum from figures on the right. David Brooks makes it sound like we lost a modern day Mother Cabrini and that the poor had no better ally than he. Kathy Jean Lopez sounds like the Republic won't survive without him. Jack Kelly wrote that Santorum sounded "Churchillian" on the campaign trail. This one I actually laughed out loud at,trying to imagine Winston citing Tolkein during WWII (yes, I know, I know, anachronism). Last night, Bill Bennet was suggesting he run for president.  We all tend to rally around our fallen heroes, but seriously, when was the last time you saw Democrats gushing over a person like this?

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It looks like Jim Pederson really has a shot in Arizona. Yesterday, reports surfaced that Pederson was ahead in the early voting and that this is why the DNC was pouring money into the race. Accoring to a new poll by the Arizona Daily Star, Pederson has closed to within 4.5 points. Kyl has a narrow 45.8 to 41.3 lead. Pederson   clearly had  got momentum. Maybe THIS is the race that helps give us the senate.

Caveats: Yes, I read the article and am aware of the MOE, but all polls showed SOME tightening recently. This is IMHO GREAT news


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I have read  quite  afew  diaries and comments yesterday from people that can't bring it upon themselves to back Harold Ford in the TN senate race against Bob Corker. It's your right  not to of course, but it seems to me that if you want to criticize at this late stage of the game, you ought to offer a solution.  To those who can't back Ford in our quest to take on the senate, who would be your ideal candidate for a TN senate seat? It need not be this year, let's say its in a hypothetical head to head with Corker or to take on Lamar Alexander (he seems to have totally vanished, BTW).

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Tue Oct 31, 2006 at 10:09 AM PST

Is Kathy Jean Lopez a bigot?

by Tipsy McStagger

I followed a link from one of Kos' diaries on the new polls regarding KJ's excited over (Drum roll please) DEMOCRATS for Santorum, which at last count maybe incluced Zell Miller. That's  not what got my Irish up so to speak. I followed the link and came across this:

Don't Pennsylvanians Watch The Office?
[Kathryn Jean Lopez 10/30 01:49 PM]

An e-mail:
While watching Bob Casey look down his nose and haughtily dismiss Santorum's latest salvos, I found myself thinking, "C'mon, Bobby, you're just an Irish kid from Scranton, for pete's sake.  Why put on airs?".  Then it hit me: SCRANTON, where The Office's Michael Scott dwells in clueless meglomania.  Casey is....Michael Scott!  I still cannot believe that even this crazy Commonwealth is going to put this vapid featherduster of a man in the Senate


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Sat Oct 28, 2006 at 10:14 AM PDT

What's your sleeper election

by Tipsy McStagger

Almost every election cycle has at least one surprise race. You know the kind of race I am talking about. Its one of those races where a candidate who is looking okay, but still trailing by a decent margin manages to pull off the upset win. My personal pick for sleeper this year is Jim Pederson in Arizona, who if polls are to be believed, is closing to within the mid single digits of John Kyl. I like Pederson for a couple of reasons. One is,  of course, money. He's got lots of his own. I also think that Napolitano will lead the top of the ticket to a romp. Also, with the GOP basically forfeiting one seat, Rick Renzi under investigation and J.D. Hayworth in a tighter than expected race, Pederson stands a chance of picking up more votes in those districts too.

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Tue Oct 24, 2006 at 07:55 AM PDT

From here on in

by Tipsy McStagger

Like all of us, I have been anxiously following the upcoming elections. This site has been a great source of information in the past two election cycles (also, a hat tip should go to Taegan Goddard, who gives great raw numbers type stories and links) I feel cautiously optimistic. However, a lot of the content on here I find somewhat unsettling. I  do realize that some of these diaries and comments may be by RNC trolls and the like, but most of them are probably not. From here on in, I am begging and pleading for all Kossacks to keep their eyes on the proverbial prize.
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