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Thursday night, my wife and I will make the leap across the pond to the UK. A week in Edinburgh, Scotland. No real itinerary, which is a travel first for us. If you guys have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

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I'll ignore the fervor surrounding the possibility of a Sarah Palin and Co reality show. The Queen of All Media (as long as they agree to be favorable to Sarah)is now reportedly under contract for a 2nd book.

According to the media reports:

The book will also feature "selections from classic and contemporary readings" that have inspired the former Republican vice presidential nominee.

Which leads to the obvious question- How many selections from the Family Circus cartoons posted on her fridge can Palin quote without running into copyright issues?

Continue Reading is reporting that the RNC has been getting phone calls from alot of folks who, for some sane reason, don't care for the disruptive mobs being incited by the corporate healthcare lobby and explicitly encouraged by the GOP.

Now, after the DNC has pointed out the GOP's role in this sad mob effort, people are calling the Republican's National HQ to tell the GOP to stop this anti-American, anti-democratic nonsense. And the RNC's response- behave like a spoiled 12 year old child and......

Callers who dial the RNC's main number to voice their concern about the DNC's charges are told to press 1, which sends them to the DNC's main switchboard.

[BTW- The RNC's number is 202-863-8500 if you wish to call. And you should.]

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Wow. It never fails to surprise when a member of the modern Republican Party speaks the truth. It happens so rarely that it must be noted.

Sen. George Voinovich will not run for re-election, and one of the big reasons may well be that his party is now overrun by the Southern Redneck faction of the party. In  a wide-ranging discussion with the Columbus Dispatch Voinovich stated that the GOP's biggest problem is:

We got too many Jim DeMints (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburns (R-Ok.). It’s the southerners. They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr.' People hear them and say, ‘These people, they’re southerners. The party’s being taken over by southerners. What they hell they got to do with Ohio?

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Today's NY Times includes a story of some church in Louisville that had an event urging everyone to bring firearms for the services. They also raffled off a gun. It struck me as funny the first time I heard about it. But when I read it through this morning, it struck me differently.

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A couple of days ago the front page here at DKos asked us to contact our Congressional Reps and Senators to see if any of them would dare say they disagreed with Rush Limbaugh's claim that every Republican wants Obama to fail. Being a Georgian, I wrote to my Senators, both of whom are GOP Yes-Men from Day One.

To Senator Chambliss I wrote,

This past weekend Rush Limbaugh stated "The dirty little secret ... is that every Republican in this country wants Obama to fail, but none of them have the guts to say so; I am willing to say it." As you are a Republican and one of my Senators, I would appeciate knowing if you do in fact "want Obama to fail". I don't expect you to speak for all Republicans, as Rush has done. But I would like to know whether you want the President to fail.

His response? Below. In full.

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I've seen several diaries today on how the GOP has become nothing more than the Party of No, hell-bent on stopping anything from being done by our government if it risks having Dems get any credit. As though following the command of Limbaugh, they want to make very certain that our President, and thus our nation, fails.

CQ Politics is reporting that the Congressional Oversight Panel, responsible for monitoring TARP money, has issued its report that calls for a complete overhaul of our financial system, by tighter regulation and empowering new regulators. Well, of course it needs that, you say. Who would deny that?  And the answer is........ The Party of No.

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Former White House Counsel Dan Bartlett shared a delightful story about life under W to the NY Times. The comment was part of an article about how President Obama is changing the atmosphere at our nation's house.

The article is pretty lightweight stuff about clothes and rugs and office hours. But Bartlett's offhand remark shines a big light on the kind of person Bush is. It also says something about the people who surrounded W. From my reading- W was a petty tyrant. Those around him- sycophants who enjoy bowing to authoritarian figures. (Excepting, of course, the Cheney contingency, who just used them all to further thier evil plans.)

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Do you live in one of the states that proudly embraced the future and pledged its electoral votes to elect Barak Obama? Ever wonder how there can still be areas of our nation that think the GOP has good ideas? You might be thinking that the folks in those red states are uninformed because they just don't read enough news to see what's going on in the world. Perhaps you imagine they get all their info from listening to comedian Rush Limbaugh and Hannity the Manatee.

Well, in some places, it may be that they make the mistake of reading what's in the local paper. And believe that those who are published must know what they are talking about. And if your local paper was the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, you might have read this insane op-ed column. For those who don't get the AJC, let's take a gander and decide whether to laugh or cry for those of us still in the wilderness.

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John McCain will name his VP pick tomorrow. But there is no suspense. I know who it has to be. And why. And you will read it and agree and smack yourself in the forehead for not realizing it sooner. You'll urge me to include "BREAKING" in the title of this diary. (But I won't do it) Even though it is THAT important.

John McCain has no choice. On Friday he will ask Hillary Clinton to be his VP. Why? How?  ...below the fold-----


McCain's VP choice will be

4%11 votes
11%29 votes
1%4 votes
46%119 votes
9%25 votes
3%10 votes
20%52 votes
1%4 votes

| 254 votes | Vote | Results

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Am I tin foil hat wearing nutcase? Or is the Siegelman story being hushed up in Alabama?

I set the TIVO 3 days ago. I did not want to take a chance on missing 60 Minutes story on Karl Rove's abuse of the Justice Department to put former Alabama governor Don Siegelman in the Federal Pen. CBS has been hesitent to air the story for months now.

So at 7pm eastern the show began. And what happened.....?

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There have been many, many diaries here on dkos decrying that  John Edwards has no chance to win the nomination and that if continues his campaign, he will dilute Obama's support enough to cause Hillary to be our nominee.

I am a liberal. My candidate is John Edwards. I had hoped that Al Gore would enter the fray. He did not. I had hoped that Gen. Wes Clark would toss his hat in the ring. He declined.

I looked at our candidates, read thier policy statements and youtubed their speeches. I chose John Edwards early and enthusiastically.

Then the primary season began.........

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