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I was wandering through Facebook tonight and came across what I found to be one of the most intriguing signs yet that the GOP might indeed be "moving on" from their 4-year, 50+ vote crusade to get rid of the Affordable Care Act and deprive millions of Americans of secure, affordable health care. Take a look at the screen copy of this official Facebook post from the National Republican Campaign Committee.

Notice anything unusual?

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Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:46 PM PST

In Memoriam.

by wandering i

It's late and I'm feeling a tad nostalgic, so now that the elections are a thing of the oh so blissful past, I thought I'd take a moment to savor bid a political adieu to some of the more notorious characters of the last few years.

Cue the strings and may the door hit them on the way out...

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This will be short, but I've been speaking with my friend in Virginia today, (I'm in Washington state), who is helping the Obama campaign by driving voters to the polls. He lives in the Arlington area and had already visited two polling stations, (one in Woodbridge and the other in Mt. Vernon), and had driven by several others. He said turnout was high and one thing that really stood out to him was how many Latinos were waiting in line to vote. These were, of course, just localized observations, but they would seem to validate the additional observations in this diary.

Latino enthusiasm might have indeed been underestimated...


Is it just me, or did Romney just come out for affirmative action in his "equal pay for women" tap dance? I know the "binders full of women" quote is basically getting all the attention right now, but to me the bigger story is that Romney basically articulated his support for affirmative action... in this case for women. Here's the quote:

Thank you, and, uh, important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet, and all the applicants seemed to be men. And I went to my staff and I said, "how come all the people for these jobs are all men?" And they said, "these are the people who have the qualifications,"and I said, "gosh, can't we find some women who are also qualified?" And, uh, so we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet.
Link to the video after the break...
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I wish I were kidding. From Talking Points Memo:

Bryan Fischer really hates it when animals attack. Like, hates it so much that he thinks we'd be better off without them.

Which is why Fischer, who is the "Director of Issues Analysis" for the conservative Christian group the American Family Association, wrote a blog post today called "A hot dog on two legs - time for open season on Yellowstone grizzlies," in which he refers to Grizzly Bears as a "curse" and says that "it's time" for the grizzlies to go.

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It took an agonizing week to confirm, but it's finally settled... both my Senator (Patty Murray) and Representative are still Democrats. That means Democrats are still the majority in the Washington State delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives. Dems also still control both houses of the State Legislature. Washington State is still firmly blue. From The Seattle Times:

Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen is headed back to Congress for a sixth term after defeating his Republican rival, Snohomish County Councilman John Koster.

Larsen led Koster 51 percent to 49 percent in the state's 2nd District with more than 281,000 votes counted by Monday night, well outside the range for a mandatory recount.

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The State Department has confirmed that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has fractured her right elbow in a fall. Her Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills issued the following statement:

Secretary Clinton appreciates the professionalism and kindness she received from the medical team who treated her this evening and looks forward to resuming her full schedule soon.

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Wed Jun 17, 2009 at 12:17 AM PDT

The Fierce Urgency of "Meh"

by wandering i

I would like to preface this diary with the words of Martin Luther King Jr. in his " Letter from Birmingham Jail."

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

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This will be a short diary. It (seems to be) official now. Both CNN and Politico are breaking the story that Hillary Clinton is on track to be named Secretary of State after Thanksgiving. CNN has the story as a breaking news banner across its home page, and according to Politico:

President-elect Barack Obama plans to name Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as his secretary of state shortly after Thanksgiving, two senior Obama aides said.

The officials said they expect her to accept. Clinton aides had no comment.

The choice unites the two rivals in the most protracted presidential primary in American history, giving Obama the "Team of Rivals" Cabinet he had promised.

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Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 07:45 PM PDT

SUSA New Mexico: Obama +8

by wandering i

A new SUSA poll of New Mexico has found that Barack Obama has built an 8 point lead in the state over rival John McCain.

Obama 52%
McCain 44%

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I'm stunned... seriously. McCain campaign spokeswoman Carly (anyone who criticizes Palin is a sexist) Fiorina actually made that assertion this morning on St. Louis's KTRS Radio. Listen to the actual statement below:

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Seems to me Tom Daschle and Chris Dodd have been drinking a little to much tainted tap water. Or maybe the Obama campaign is living in some alternate universe where they feel the Senator is simply entitled to a state's delegates without an election taking place, (and after having lost the initial vote in those states).

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