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Ha ha, didn't Mark Kennedy get the memo that Bush is enjoying a "bump"? Because he has gone through his Congressional site and purged all references to Bush from it. Blogger MN points out the scrubbing process:

First of all, replace all pictures of Bush with smiling children. Everyone loves children.

Secondly, bills magically "become" law, rather than get signed by Bush:

"An important provision from the first bill he introduced as a member of Congress, providing grant money for rural ambulance services, was signed into law by President Bush." Now compare that to the new version, which reads, "In fact, a grant program for rural ambulance services in the first bill he introduced in Congress became law."

And thirdly, try to create a record of opposition, rather than support, for the Bush agenda. So kill:

Supported the President's Plan to create jobs and boost the economy, including accelerating the phase-in of the 2001 tax relief and ending the unfair double-taxation of dividends.

And replace with:

Successfully worked to repeal the Bush Administration's steel tariffs, which killed jobs and hurt local manufacturers.

Too bad homeboy has voted with Bush 95 percent of the time, which should go over nicely in a state where Bush's approval ratings are at 34/63.

Minnesota has a late primary (September 12), so we won't have a sure Democratic nominee until that time.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 08:57 PM PDT.

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  •  Taking a page out of the 'ole Lieberman handbook (4+ / 0-)
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    DavidHW, bloomer 101, Phil S 33, nogamez

    All the war hawk candidates are sticking together in not talking about the war.

    •  time for some nice commercials w/ him+shrub... (0+ / 0-)
      •  'you can run (5+ / 0-)

        but you can't hide."  should be the constant theme, of such commercials, and the case ag' kennedy (Minn primary, acc to another comment is very late --september) has to be made NOW).

        along with the line above, next line, should go "from your 95% george bush voting record."

        next line. "so why is representative Kennedy trying so hard?" followed by a quick summation about how he is trying to RECREATE HISTORY,  and illustrating exactly what he has done on his website.

        "[Sorry Mark]. The record speaks for itself. You [he] voted with bush on...  you voted with bush on... etc etc.

        but not just commercials. this info has to be gotten out there, to all newspapers in Minnesota, all local TV stations, all minnesota blogs (even blogs on the weather. yes, everything, because you turn it into news that 'everybody knows."

        make the fact that kennedy is trying to run and hide from his constant and near uninterrupted support of everything george bush, along with his horrendous voting record, something that defines representative Mark Kennedy to ALL Minnestota residents...

        In fact, I'm going to go write to three minnesota newspapers right now.  "Mark Kennedy not very trustworthy; trying to hide from close ties to bush administration policies, changes website to make it appear as if not true!" making sure to cite, of course, his voting record.

        why not outdo me and write to six. and ten blogs too.  the right information. presented the right way. saturation.

        •  I think the slogan starting most commericials S/B (0+ / 0-)

          "(insert r'pub here) is one of Bush's favorite republicans."

          can we impeach him now? how about now? what about now? I hated george bush before it was cool.

          by dehrha02 on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 04:07:42 AM PDT

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        •  bombarding news outlets with 'tips' (1+ / 0-)
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          Ivan Carter

          I have also sent letters to the editors to the StarTribune and PioneerPress as I am local to the twin cities and very much would appreciate them picking up this newsworthy item.  I can pretty much guarantee however they will not run w/ it.

          I am also going to call/send an email to the 4 major TV news outlets (when I get home from work...I have to do SOME work around here ;) ).

          I think the TV news would possibly be the best bet for running with this story, but I really wouldn't expect to see anything about this article unless 100's of people write in.  Most news org's (even our small ones included) are very pro-corporations because they are for the most part sponsored and owned by major corporations.  

          Hopefully more people will call and email the information.  


          •  Shelby (0+ / 0-)

            Kennedy's scrubbing of his website would be great fodder for a Don Shelby commentary.

            •  good idea (0+ / 0-)

              I will send him or his show an email or call them when I get home, on top of sending an email to the WCCO news editor (and the 3 other news outlets).  I'm sure FOX would hardly want to air this on their news outlet here (KMSTP?), but they are big into sensationalizing stories so maybe the entertainment/draw value would be enough for them to go against a Bush crony.  

    •  the Basil Fawlty school of politics (3+ / 0-)
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      bumblebums, evilpenguin, bic momma

      "Whatever you do, don't mention the war! I did once, but I think I got away with it!"


  •  Who do we have up there? (0+ / 0-)

    Minnesota has a late primary (September 12), so we won't have a sure Democratic nominee until that time.

    Who are the Democratic contenders?  Anyone local or informed care to provide a brief report avec les linques?

    •  Klobuchar (3+ / 0-)
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      Glic, peraspera, Mason6883

      She's the best candidate and is leading Kennedy in head-to-head polls.  The other candidate is Ford Bell.  He's good as well, but he doesn't do quite as well against Kennedy.

      •  Klobuchar is sitting about 80/20 over Bell (1+ / 0-)
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        alicia logic

        Bell didn't even go to the convention. He knew he'd lose on the first ballot, so he's going straight for the primary.

        This unfortunately offers Republicans two reasons to cross lines in the primary: vote for Bell,whom Kennedy could beat, over the endorsed Klobuchar; and vote for Becky Loury who Pawlenty would probably beat over the endorsed Mike Hatch.

        I'm on both the Klobuchar and Bell mailing lists, and have noticed one very distinct difference between the styles of those emails: Klobuchar stays positive and determined, while Bell's emails often contain nothing but slams against Klobuchar.

        Klobuchar talks about the people she's meeting in her campaiging; she talks about what she's done as Hennepin County prosecutor; she talks about the incompetence of the current administration and what we need to do to get things back on the right track.

        Bell's emails all seem to be about the same - to paraphrase: "Klobuchar won't say we need to pull out of Iraq right now, so she's no better than the Republicans". Klobuchar bad this, Klobuchar bad that; but nothing about himself and why he's the right person for the job.

        Before Wetterling dropped out of the Senate race, he railed against her too, though a little more gently.

        (Maybe he has had more about himself in some emails, but after 2-3 paragraphs of nothing but 'dissing the competition', I stop reading. I've already found out quite a lot about the candidate who sent the message.)

        Amy's been positive and focused on actions (and Kennedy) since she got into the race. The other Dems in the race have been focused on her, and have hardly said boo about Kennedy.

        I've met Amy a few times. She's not much over 5' tall, but she is just bursting with energy and determination. You feel energized just being around her. (In that sense, she reminds me a little bit of Paul Wellstone.)

        Kennedy is already focused on her, but so far he's getting zero traction. She is going to kick his butt in November and he knows it - part of why he's suddenly trying to distance himself from the Bush crime crew.

        Interestingly, at the same time Kennedy's running away, the Republican running for his congressional seat, the spectacularly repellant Michele Bachmann (have your eyewash ready before clicking on that), welcomes them with open arms.

        Ignorance killed the cat. Curiousity was framed.

        by Lashe on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 08:21:26 AM PDT

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    •  Amy Klobuchar (5+ / 0-)
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      Glic, peraspera, Skaje, Mason6883, Lashe

      She will get the Democratic nomination. She is the Hennepin county District Attorney. There is nobody
      else with much of a chance.

    •  'avec les linques'--try these (1+ / 0-)
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      Hope these help interested readers.

  •  See How They Run (AWAY) n/t (5+ / 0-)

    Republicans- Proudly Destroying the Middle Class of the United States

    by Ky DEM on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 08:59:01 PM PDT

  •  gues he doesn't know about archives (1+ / 0-)
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    by foot

    and that it is pretty easy to prove when one is doing such a purge.

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 08:59:44 PM PDT

    •  Let this be a loud invitation to ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... Democratic campaigns and activists.  Capture archives of your Republican opponents' web sites on a regular basis (i.e. with File>Save As in Internet Explorer, or the equivalent in other browsers).

      The Wayback Machine at is good, too, though one can't rely on finding complete or frequent archives there.

      Let's get serious about renewables and efficiency. It's time to Win the Oil Endgame.

      by by foot on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 10:03:13 PM PDT

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  •  Not sure if I like this... (0+ / 0-)

    Minnesota has a late primary (September 12), so we won't have a sure Democratic nominee until that time.

    Name recognition and all that....

    "Toilets are the seats of freedom, so clean them" LithCola

    by OregonCoast on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:00:03 PM PDT

  •  If I recall correctly, (1+ / 0-)
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    Black Max

    the Star Tribune in Minneapolis often has really good editorials?  Do they have equally good reporting?  This seems like it would make a good story for non-bloggers as well as for bloggers.

    •  Yes, They Have a Very Leftist Editorial Board.... (0+ / 0-)

      .....which is spot-on nine times out of 10.

      •  Except for all the chicken little (0+ / 0-)

        fearmongering editorials about the conceal cand carry law when it was being debated in 2003 (which passed, and to date there hasn't been a single incident, IIRC).

        "There will shootouts at every traffic light!!"

        Evil prevails only when good men do nothing.

        by Mason6883 on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:20:03 PM PDT

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        •  Any Good? (0+ / 0-)

          Has any demonstrable good been done by conceal and carry?  Any stories of the locals fending off the tyrannical government of Minnesota by their force of arms?  

          Just asking.
          •  Has there been any bad? (0+ / 0-)

            If there hasn't been any bad, then what is the harm?

            My car is almost 10 years old, and the air bags have never gone off. Have they done any good? Should I rip them out?

            The main argument (one that editoral board at the Star Trib wrote about in the same way, every day) was that every incident of road rage would produce pistols. That every lovers quarel would turn deadly. That office shootings by disgruntled employees would become commonplace.  

            But here we are, 3 years later with out one incident.

            Evil prevails only when good men do nothing.

            by Mason6883 on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:42:59 PM PDT

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            •  A man was killed because of it (2+ / 0-)
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              Mason6883, Lashe

              A bouncer in Minneapolis was shot and killed, the suspect chased by police into the river. When they cornered him he yelled, "I'm licensed!" So yes, it has been directly attributable to at least one homicide.

              Are you shaking or biting the invisible hand?

              by puppethead on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:51:01 PM PDT

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              •  When was this? (0+ / 0-)

                I had not heard about it. I knew that one its one year anniversery of it passing (and on the two year I belive) there was a story about how there had been no C&C related deaths. To be honest, I assumed that because I didn't hear the predictible, months-long outcry over how horrible the law is, that such an incident never happened.

                Now, my question is, was he actually licensed? I'm sure that if in a such a situation, many would claim to be.
                Also, how can you say for certian that that killing was attributable to that killing? Is it possible he would have been armed anyway? (kind of a catch-22, I know, but I think it is still a valid question when asking if it was indeed the law that killed him).

                Evil prevails only when good men do nothing.

                by Mason6883 on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 10:03:39 PM PDT

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                •  Nye's Bar in 2005 (5+ / 0-)
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                  Phoenix Woman, hhex65, Mason6883, Lashe, kurt

                  The bouncer for Nye's Bar was shot in the back by a permit holder who returned to the bar to kill the bouncer.

                  Before the carry law, sheriffs had the discretion to determine who would get permits. This allowed the decision to be handled by someone who knew what's appropriate for the area. After the horrible law was pushed through, a one-size-fits-all standard was put in place. To make matters worse, the "training" has been administered by dubious contractors.

                  Are you shaking or biting the invisible hand?

                  by puppethead on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 10:11:08 PM PDT

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                  •  OK (1+ / 0-)
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                    I do remember that now.  Yeah that sucked.  

                    But the guy could have bought a gun anyway, and if he left and came back with the gun and shot the bouncer, I don't know the law made the difference.  Maybe the gun would have been in a drawer at home.  Its also one incident, which is pretty statistically insignificant.  

                    Tämä Mia Dolan on ihan hirveä (That Mia Dolan is just awful)

                    by Mia Dolan on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 10:23:33 PM PDT

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              •  Never heard that (0+ / 0-)

                And I get the Minneapolis paper.  Got a link?

                Tämä Mia Dolan on ihan hirveä (That Mia Dolan is just awful)

                by Mia Dolan on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 10:06:34 PM PDT

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                •  I do vaguely remember something about now (1+ / 0-)
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                  Mia Dolan

                  that he mentions it, but not the part about CC. I think it would have been a huge story if it was because of it.

                  Evil prevails only when good men do nothing.

                  by Mason6883 on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 10:11:19 PM PDT

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                •  Bouncer at Nye's (0+ / 0-)

                  link to kare11

                  I think both sides of the law were wrong.  The old law was bad because it was inconsistent in terms of who could get a permit and which county you lived in.  The new law is bad in that it doesn't have any teeth to enforcement, especially those stupid signs.

                  There have been very few problems resulting from the law.

                  But also note, that there have been very few solutions resulting from the law.  The crime rate has actually gone up, which undermines the supporters primary reason for backing it.

          •  Probably not (1+ / 0-)
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            but if something is neither good or bad, then there is no need to ban it.  I was disturbed when it passed, but it really hasn't been a problem at all.

            Tämä Mia Dolan on ihan hirveä (That Mia Dolan is just awful)

            by Mia Dolan on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:46:19 PM PDT

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            •  How about (0+ / 0-)

              We give citizens nuclear weapons. As long as nobody sets one off, it's all cool, right?

            •  I was in favor of it in theory, but (0+ / 0-)

              was also uncomfortable with with the though of it. I am very glad though to see that 1) no one has used a concealed weapon in rage, and that 2) no one has been forced to use it in self-defense.

              Oh, another thing about the STrib staff: I was very dissapointed in the way they always refered to it as "packing heat" whenever they could. Deliberately using degragatory and juvinile language, in both editorals and in front page stories, was very unprofessional, IMHO.

              Evil prevails only when good men do nothing.

              by Mason6883 on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:54:10 PM PDT

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              •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

                I am not a gun owner and not a fan of guns, but I have changed my mind on this issue (the law is ok as is) because it has not been a problem.   If the evidence shows something that is contrary to my beliefs, I have to admit I'm wrong, which I did here.  Besides, the Democrats have lost a lot of supporters because of guns over the years.  If a change in the law is not necessary, lets not alienate these people any further.

                Tämä Mia Dolan on ihan hirveä (That Mia Dolan is just awful)

                by Mia Dolan on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 10:03:12 PM PDT

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                •  Well Gun Violence is Definitely on the Rise..... (1+ / 0-)
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         the metro these days, particularly in Minneapolis.  I'm not suggesting a definite connection, but it's worth considering.  I don't take a strong stand on this issue either way, but nonetheless believe that LESS guns make for a safer Minnesota, not more.

                  •  And I agree, (1+ / 0-)
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                    Mia Dolan

                    less would be better. As soon as the police can protect me 24-7 and be there instantly, no criminals have illegal weapons, and the whitetail population is under control, I will work with you to reduce their numbers.

                    Evil prevails only when good men do nothing.

                    by Mason6883 on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 10:24:22 PM PDT

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                    •  I Have No Interest in 'Reducing Numbers'... (1+ / 0-)
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             I am a libertarian on these matters whenever possible.  But my personal philosophy is nonetheless contrary to the widely accepted ethos that "more guns equals less crime".  The more guns in circulation, the more death there will be....just as is the case with cigarettes and alcohol, neither of which I'm actively seeking to outlaw or reduce numbers of either.

                      •  ummm... (1+ / 0-)
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                        I don't believe any logical people believe more guns are the solution to curb violence.  I believe people who choose to C&C do so because they feel they are able to protect themselves should some fluke incident occur where their life was endangered.  

                        I believe what people are missing here is that it is VERY easy for criminals to get their hands on unmarked and untraced guns.  Let alone unlicensed...are you kidding me, some gangbanger is going to license his weapon he will possibly use in the future...give me a break.

                        I grew up in Brooklyn Park back when we had the Murderapolis rep, and knew plenty of people who concealed a handgun on their person, and I guarantee not 1 had it licensed.  They carried it for selfdefense, but my point is that it's not hard to get a handgun, or one that is not registered/licensed, so to even be debating the C&C law is pretty redamndiculous to me.  Logic 101, then come back and speak to me :) Thanks, have a good day. ;) I realize the C&C law will possibly put more handguns on the street, however you are not taking into account all the people who already owned a handgun, and even concealed it who weren't previously licensed.  I think you are making assumptions, and that is dangerous to any argument.

                        The bottom line is this:  criminals and even avg. citizens can easily get their hands on guns that are not registered or licensed and have no qualms or problems carrying or concealing them w/o a license.  Just thought I'd wake you up to the 90's...considering this is what 10-15 years later?  

        •  Here's the choice, Democrats... (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm no fan of guns, but have lived in Texas and Maine--both gun-loving states, one red and one blue--and know plenty of gun-lovers.  

          My visceral dislike of guns aside, as Democrats we have to have a majority to get things done.  And as it stands a national agenda against guns is preventing us from winning numerous rural states that otherwise would be interested in our more populist issues, such as health care.  Regrettably gun lovers are visceral, one-issue voters some time--it is a means of pleasure and security that they have in hand, so to speak, instead of some program that they're not even sure will even work.

          I think it can be argued that ineffectual gun laws do far less good than universal health care consider this dilemma:

          Which do I want more, to alienate a class of voters who differ from us on this issue, in a vain attempt to gain control over something that likely will never get controlled?  Or can I let go of my OWN feelings on this lost cause, in order to attract political allies, so that universal healthcare can be achieved.  Or a higher minimum wage.  Or an equitable tax code.  Or quality public education.  Or whatever other progressive goal you can think of.

          Me, I've given up on guns as a national issue.  It's local at best.  And the pitch of the debate here, among progressives, only reinforces my belief that this issue sucks for us.

 - Straight Talk on Psychiatric Issues

          by paul minot on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 06:04:08 AM PDT

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        •  I don't want a bunch of homophobes. (1+ / 0-)
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          Carrying handguns. It will only increase the number of hate crimes against the LGBT community. If you are not a homophobe, I don't have a huge problem with you carrying a gun. I think being free from homophobia should be a prerequisite to getting a concealed weapon permit. That is sort of libertarian Democrat I guess?

  •  See How They Run (2+ / 0-)
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    Gowrie Gal, Ky DEM

    This is amusing.  But, it is very important that Democrats press the point that Kennedy and those like him supported the administration lockstep.  What we are experiencing isn't a failure of President Bush - it's a failure of conservative philosophy.

    This car is trashed to its frame.  It's not like you can put in a new engine and get it going again.

    •  Yeah but (2+ / 0-)
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      Black Max, armadillo

      Yeah, but you'd be surprised what a new paint job will do.

      Smoke 'n Mirrors or Paint 'n Polish, if enough people in this country remain stupid they will NOT see through the makeovers let alone know that there are makeovers going on of such a large scale.

      Remember, 50% of the American electorate do not investigate things and simply believe what they casually read in the headlines. (Which is the only conclusion I can come up with.)

      This Senator's handlers are telling him that images of colorful children are better than images of the President right now, ergo, the makeover. What else is new?!?!??!??

      Feed Them To The Lions

      by feedthemtothelions on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:10:21 PM PDT

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      •  True Enough (2+ / 0-)
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        LordMike, joe12pack

        "It's a cream puff! One owner - an old lady from Pasadena!"

        That's our lot in life as liberals. They offer the illusion of simplicity, while we offer the reality of complication.  They sing the praises of ease, while we offer the inescapability of hard work.  

        Yet - and we should never forget - they can only offer fear while we offer hope.  That's our trump card.

        Occasionaly, millions of people get it all at once (see FDR).   We are long overdue for such an occasion.

  •  Awesome (2+ / 0-)
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    Black Max, Lashe

    I think Kennedy needs to watch "How a Bill Becomes a Law" once again. You remember it...

    I'm just a bill
    Yes I'm only a bill,
    And I got as far as Capitol Hill.
    Well, now I'm stuck in committee
    And I'll sit here and wait
    While a few key Congressmen discuss
    and debate
    Whether they should let me be a law.
    How I hope and pray that they will,
    But today I am still just a bill.

    Sing it, people!

  •  If only it were as easy... (1+ / 0-)
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    HL Mungo pretend the real deal didn't exist.

    Get over to the Green Mountain Daily! What are you still reading this sig for?

    by odum on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:03:05 PM PDT

  •  This whole campaign (1+ / 0-)
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    could practically write itself:

    "My opponent has voted against you and with George Bush 95 percent of the time...

    My opponent has voted against you and with George Bush 95 percent of the time...

    My opponent has voted against you and with George Bush 95 percent of the time...

    My opponent has voted against you and with George Bush 95 percent of the time...

    My opponent has voted against you and with George Bush 95 percent of the time..."

    But even better i hope we can get someone up there with a pulse and some zing and who's on fire. This guy would then be politely absolved of his house seat in Nov. then.

    I'm kind of stalling for time here...They told me what to say. George W Bush, 03-21-2006 10:00 EST Press Conference

    by Tamifah on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:03:47 PM PDT

    •  That MIGHT Work..... (0+ / 0-)

      .....but Kennedy's got some built-in advantages in the red and pink regions of the state and I'm skeptical whether guilt-by-association tactics will suppress his numbers any even amongst those who've soured on Bush.  My sense is the needle hasn't moved that damn much against the Republicans outside of the core metro and the first couple rings of suburbs (already blue voters).

  •  Is this revamping of Kennedy's site (0+ / 0-)

    brought to you by the same folks who did that terrific photoshop of Kennedy with the fish?

    That really was magnificent.

    The beatings will continue until morale improves.

    by Arjun Jaikumar on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:03:55 PM PDT

  •  This Has Been An Alarming Low-Key Race..... (2+ / 0-)
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    Mason6883, Lashe

    .....on the home front.  It's only on the radar of the hard-core activists.  Where Wellstone-Coleman TV ads hit fever pitch as early as March 2002, there has yet to be an ad for either Klobuchar or Kennedy.  Not one!  This makes me nervous because no matter how much people say they "hate political ads", the ads definitely raise interest in politics.  If the Minnesota race remains this low-profile until Labor Day, I fear the consequences will be low intensity on the part of Democrats.

    Klobuchar needs a huge turnout in her native Hennepin County if she's gonna win, as Kennedy is likely to dominate outstate and especially exurbia.  I've long been confident that Klobuchar had the edge here, but if interest and intensity remain this low in another two months, I'm gonna be getting very nervous about the urban voters of Minneapolis and the soccer moms of likely Klobuchar strongholds Bloomington and Minnetonka making it to the polls.

    •  I totally agree (3+ / 0-)
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      Mullibok, bumblebums, Lashe

      about getting the dems out to vote.  My neighbors who are all against Kennedy are all mouthing the "all politicians are bad" tripe.  I try to inform them of Amy and her great work (I knew her back when I worked at a Mpls. lawfirm).  But it is difficult.

      And Kennedy is doing the 'duck and cover' routine.  Just talking to the insiders.  Late in the game some people like McCain may show up and it will take some clever ads here in Minnesota to get the dems out of the house in November.

      Wish Amy would hire the Lamont ad guy.  :(

    •  Too early (1+ / 0-)
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      Klobuchar has been campaigning like crazy since at least 2004. I saw her at the union hall personally greeting every Kerry door knocker who showed up. Since then she's been traveling the state doing local events. Not splashy things that attract the media's attention, but the kind of stuff that's excellent for getting known around the state. A lot of old-style campaigning among the people like corn feeds and fairs.

      Now that the party conventions are over things will heat up. And Klobuchar is in a great place. She's building on her strengths while Kennedy now is apparently running from his weaknesses.

      Are you shaking or biting the invisible hand?

      by puppethead on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:26:23 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  If I may... (0+ / 0-)

      Then do what I've done: [Contribute to her campaign]

      It has never been easier to help a candidate. I don't have a lot of spare money, but I've given her two modest contributions.

      Help fund those ads you want to see!

  •  I live in MN 6th (7+ / 0-)

    and Kennedy is a slimeball bushbot and he has been my house rep.  Now that he is aiming (Rove told him to) higher, we are really trying to take him down.  The Star Tribune has done some good work in the past on Bush policies, not sure what they have to say about Kennedy.  To be honest, I quit taking the paper about the time of the Iraq invasion and I went to reading the blogs.

    He is trying to keep a very low profile and count on last minute mailing luring all the pro-lifers and gay hating persons (there are plenty in this red district) out without rousing us dems.

    Thanks for update on what Kennedy is up to.  The usual I see.

    •  Do You Think Bachmann Will Win Up There??? (0+ / 0-)

      The conventional wisdom is that Bachmann is too conservative even for MN-06.  Do you have an opinion on the truth of that?  There's nothing I'd love to see more than Kennedy's abandonment of a safe House seat leading his to a Senate seat loss AND losing his old House seat to Wetterling.

      •  Too conservative? (0+ / 0-)

        Doubt it.  The dem leader of our local group said that this area voted in the highest numbers for bush and Kennedy.  And it is ALL about church.  And anyone who will spout 'values' even if they are breaking every one of the commandments will get a hearing because people just do not pay attention.

        they vote by history.  And by rumor.  Mailings in this district by the republicans are all about Church and politics, and fire up their base.  There are dems out here, but with one of the dem party structure on friendly terms with Kennedy and many republicans it will be hard for them to go all out hardball against the republicans.

        •  I Was Heartened By Wetterling's..... (1+ / 0-)
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          ....reasonably strong showing last time.  I think the Dems should be pulling out all the stops to define Michelle Bachmann right now to plant the seed in the minds of voters in places like Woodbury that Bachmann is "not their kind of Republican".  I'm not currently living in Minnesota, but the Dems should be making all kinds of noise about tonight's Cheney fundraiser on behalf of Bachmann, who has basically dedicated her life towards the dehumanization of Cheney's daughter and millions like her.

    •  Grandma I live in MN-5 (1+ / 0-)
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      And I think Mark Kennedy is a total corporate slime ball. He favors nobody but the big corporations and the already wealthy. We have to expose that.

      •  'We have to expose that' (1+ / 0-)
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        Yea, don't I wish.  the dem groups seem to be counting on disgust with Bush to get the job done but the religous of this community will vote along historical lines and Kennedy will seem to forget who Bush even is, as Kos so aptly points out.

    •  Just wait until Coleman runs again (1+ / 0-)
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      Black Max

      I don't think anyone will forget his promise that he would vote against ANWAR drilling during the election....but then did it anyway.

      Coleman is the real Bushbot.

      Evil prevails only when good men do nothing.

      by Mason6883 on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:23:54 PM PDT

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      •  Actually the attention will be upon the challenge (2+ / 0-)
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        Flann, Lashe

        Look -- the guy most likely to run against Coleman in 2008 will be Al Franken, who has moved home to Minnesota, moved his radio station here, got himself a Condo, registered to vote, and attended his precinct caucus.  And he has done any number of County DFL Dinners all over the state as either "keynote" or "Entertainment" or both, which is what Franken essentially is about.  

        As it is put hereabouts, the seat is the "Wellstone Seat" -- and none other than Molly Ivans (who used to work for the Minneapolis Star and who once voted in Minnesota) -- says Franken is the one to take it back.  Coleman is not worthy.  

        As Walter Mondale put it when speaking about Franken's probable candidacy at the Carter Center in Atlanta a couple of months ago, "The Senate is full of people who don't know that they are stand- up Comics.  Time for Minnesota to send them a real one."  (Note -- that is Norwegian Humor.)

      •  Met Coleman once (1+ / 0-)
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        while I was getting gas at a SuperAmerica on Grand in St. Paul.  The clerk was talking about some of the traditions of Thanksgiving (which was the next day) and Coleman didn't know about half of them.  He's pretty much a putz.

        You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarass the guilty. - Jessica Mitford

        by Cynmill on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 10:00:44 AM PDT

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  •  Thank you, Mr. Kennedy! (0+ / 0-)

    You've handed us your biggest weakness and fear on a silver platter. Now crash and burn.

  •  Not only that (0+ / 0-)

    But Kennedy voted in favor of using defense funds to build permanent bases in Iraq. Pbulicizing that fact should make it game over in Minneosta.

  •  Oh, I hope and pray... (1+ / 0-)
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    Secondly, bills magically "become" law, rather than get signed by Bush:

    "Congratulations, Bill--now you're a LAW!"

    "You sure?"

    •  Yeah, there's nothing magic about it. (2+ / 0-)
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      The Gryffin, Lashe

      It would simply be a relief if Bush would just stop signing.

      Though perhaps the villains would then come up with "tabling statements".

      Doesn't detract from the humor of catching them expunging Bush's name from Kennedy's website. Hey, maybe they'll do that for everything he's signed, too.

  •  The DFL Endorsee is Amy Klobuchar (7+ / 0-)

    Amy won about 78% of the delegate support at State Convention, but her opponent dropped out about a week before convention, and decided to make a run in the primary.  Ford has that right, but his unwillingness to contest at State Convention after having contested for delegates is sad.  

    Klobuchar has been Hennepin County Attorney for 3 terms, and in the last race, no opponent.  She is personally popular, and her Dad spent years as a human interest columnist in the Sunday S/Trib, and since he retired he runs state bike tours to view the local flora and fauna.  Thus lots of name recognition.  

    Secret to winning Minnesota for a DFL'er, is the 8th District (Duluth and the Iron Range) plus the 5th and the 4th, being Mpls and St. Paul and some near in Burbs.  A DFL'er has to get these by at least 70%, and then detract from the Republican by a few points in what we call "Greater Minnesota."  In the Wellstone Campaign of 1990, for instance, when we could see that Paul did 39. something, in Apple Valley, and we knew it had a DFL index of 37,. well we knew what the outcome would be. Paul had taken votes over our DFL Index.  

    Look -- both Kennedy and Klein -- Klein is 2nd District south of the cities -- took much money from Duke Cunningham and Abramoff, and they have since paid it over to charity.  But we all know the money was only symbolic of the ties.  Work on the ties.  In the 6th, Patty Wetterling is running, and she has a good chance.,  in the 2nd, Colleen Rowley the now Retired FBI agent who blew the whistle on Dirctor Muller -- and who became TIME's Woman of the Year, is running, and she really really needs love and money.  (Klein used to carry the Nuclear Football for Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan.).  

    Both Wetterling and Rowley have to do about 7 points better than the 2004 results, and given that Bush is at 34% in Minnesota, down from 49 in 2004, those points are do-able.  Neither race has gotten the attention deserved -- good candidates and districts that previously were held by DFL'ers before 1994, and good wind.  Please help the Ladies.  

  •  Revisionist history? (0+ / 0-)

    Or plain old 1984 New speak?  Which is it?

    Congregamus ergo sumus.

    by biotecchie on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:26:28 PM PDT

  •  The long freeze is over.. (0+ / 0-)

    Bush is catarwauling in fear on the radio. Cheney gets his clock cleaned by Biden, fucking Biden, yep the tide is going out on the NeoCon scum.

    And to think it's all because of the devious, machiavellian Kos!

    Actually it's because the American people have woken up and they are rejecting the lies of the Mighty Wurlitzer.

    Let's keep doing what we've been doing only more so!

    Let's drive the Republicans into the sea!

    "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."

    by Nestor Makhnow on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:28:28 PM PDT

  •  Are you (1+ / 0-)
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    Bush proof? Ask Randy Kuhl. Didn't show up for the Social Security chat in Canadaigua, NY...

    Go Eric Massa! GO! NY-29

    "What's in the name of lord, that I should fear; To bring my grievance to the public ear?" - The Crisis, January 13, 1777

    by TPaine on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:28:49 PM PDT

  •  It's not scrubbing, it's.... (3+ / 0-)
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    nogamez, Lashe, TPaine


    NOTE: This communication may be audited by the United States Government without your knowledge or permission. If you don't like it, vote.

    by jalbert on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:30:52 PM PDT

  •  Save those Bush-Hugging Photos? (2+ / 0-)
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    Magnifico, TPaine

    Remember a few months ago someone advised we all glom onto any pix of DeLay with our local politicos? Maybe time to do the same for any Bush-huggers.

  •  Markos - why the diss on Klobacher? (4+ / 0-)

    Markos- why aren't you onboard with Klobacher?  She has the DFL nomination from the convention, and yes there is a token primary, but she is the candidate.  I don't get why you aren't pimping her campaign like you are others (she could certainly use the money).

    Pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space because there's bugger all down here on Earth.

    by bawbie on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:36:22 PM PDT

    •  Why should Markos open a can of worms this early? (1+ / 0-)
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      Phoenix Woman

      I'm sure you know people are going to be upset either way. I don't see the Klobuchar dissing at all.

      The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of crisis, remain neutral.

      by ten10 on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:55:14 PM PDT

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    •  I was looking to see if anyone else (1+ / 0-)
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      would mention this.  

      Klobuchar is our candidate.  Wetterling is out, Ciresi is out, Klobuchar is it.  Why pass up an opportunity to spill her name across the front page?  Or link to her website, or volunteer registry?  "Those of you in Minnesota can volunteer for Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar here."  

      As far as her primary, Klobuchar is at least as sure of a thing as Harold Ford is in his primary in Tennessee.  No one hesitates to call him the Democratic candidate.

      Perhaps Kos thinks Wetterling is still running for Senate.

      Or maybe Klobuchar is behind on her payments to Jerome.  [JOKE!]

    •  It's not a diss against Klobuchar, but... (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think Markos wanted to dis Ford Bell.

      Look... Bell is only staying in until the primary because Klobuchar doesn't have a consistent answer with regards to Iraq.  She's still sticking her finger in the wind and wondering what is going on.

      She could be a terrific candidate, if she'd get a backbone.

      •  Amy is Rock Solid (1+ / 0-)
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        Amy's position on Iraq is as clear as can be and is the main reason I am supporting her. It is responsible, reasonable, and a much needed course of action.

        Anyone who attempts to imply Amy is not as Rock Solid as she is on the issues is only listening to the Pro Kennedy forces or Bell surrogates attacking her from the flank.

        I respect and honor Bell's candidacy, but stick to the issues and the differences between them and not buy into untrue memes that will only hinder Amy post primary.


        •  Maybe she's changed her tune... (0+ / 0-)

          But when I last heard her a few months ago she still didn't have an opinion because she was afraid of offending someone.

          Anyone who attempts to imply Amy is not as Rock Solid as she is on the issues is only listening to the Pro Kennedy forces or Bell surrogates attacking her from the flank.

          I'm neither.  But thanks for playing the Lieberman strawman game.

  •  Do we all do this? (3+ / 0-)
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    Kurt Kaletka, Lashe, Mia Dolan

    Big props to MN Publius for this great bust. I hope fine monitoring like this is going on continually in all the states. We're bound to see more of this the closer we get.

  •  Too Late, we already saw the lipstick on the .... (0+ / 0-)


    It's such a hoot to watch these "Rubber Stamp" Republicans go out of their way to pretend they're their own person as opposed to a cronie of the Ape Administration when things are going poorly for the chimp..

    "We, as a Congress, have to stand up to a president who acts like the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were repealed on Sept 11..." - Sen.Russ Feingold

    by WeBetterWinThisTime on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 09:56:42 PM PDT

  •   kos rocks for paying attention. (0+ / 0-)
  •  Kennedy ain't the only one (3+ / 0-)
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    fgentile, Kurt Kaletka, Lashe

    in Michigan we have Dick DeVos Jr. of Alticor - ANWAY fortune is running for Governor, but doesn't acknowledge that his wife, Betsey, raised $400,000 for GWB's re-election campaign (only William "Tim" Timken raised more - $500,000) and he fails to include the fact that he is a Rethug. He also neglects to tell the Michigan citizens that he wants to serve as Governor that not only does he want to re-peal Michigan's single business tax, a major source of the state's revenue, but he is a member of the 18 richest families in the US who are also trying to end the estate tax (see

    Stop his attempt to buy the governorship of Michigan, CONTRIBUTE TO JENNIFER GRANHOLM'S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN FUND! If we all contribute what we can to progressive candidates all around the country we can take our nation back from these Neo-Nazis and protect our great nation from people determined to destroy it!

    Ken near Gun Lake, A voice crying in the wilderness of Rethug Allegan County.

    by Ken the Troll on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 10:00:17 PM PDT

  •  Should've coordinated with the White House (2+ / 0-)
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    It seems like the republicans didn't coordinate the scrubbing with the White House. Just a quick Google search unconvered these gems:

    President Bush and I are fortunate to have Congressman Mark Kennedy and Debbie as our friends, and the President is really happy to have Mark stand by his side in Washington.

    Laura Bush, August 10, 2004

    Bush and Mark Kennedy This is a Senator Kennedy I can work with. (Applause.) I have come because I know Mark...

    ...I've enjoyed working with Mark Kennedy on economic matters. We share a philosophy...
    George W. Bush, December 9, 2005

    Mark agrees with my husband...

    Mark's achievements remind us of why it's so important to elect Mark to the United States Senate. President Bush has an ambitious agenda for the rest of his time in Washington, and he takes his responsibility to the American people very seriously.

    ...Mark is a very hard worker, and I know that's a characteristic of people in Minnesota, but it's also very, very important for your elected officials to be hard workers.

    Laura Bush, June 6, 2006

  •  Bush's speeches scrubbed from WH website? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm trying to do some research...I don't see Bush's speeches (other than 4 "major" speeches) on the White House website.

    I see speeches for the Vice President and First Lady. For the President there is only a "photo essay".

    Can anyone help me out here? They must be on there somewhere.?

    "They blamed it on the Islamic fanatics, at the time. [...] That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary."-Handmaid's Tale

    by JLFinch on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 10:32:19 PM PDT

  •  nice catch . (0+ / 0-)

    Master K (peace be with him) & MN Plublius .  peace  .  thx  .

  •  totally lame late night comment, but... (0+ / 0-)

    I read through this real fast just now, and have to say this: other than the fact that kos did an excellent job of pointing out the douchebaggedness of Kennedy and/or his webmaster, was the fact that kos said "...homeboy has voted with Bush 95 percent of the time"
    I was laughing my a$$ off at that one!!!
    Almost as good as one of the Daily Show's "reporters" calling a guy out on his "dickishness"...I'm gonna be using that one, for sure...heh heh...

    George W. Bush - leading us into the 1950's since 2001

    by klaud on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 10:43:55 PM PDT

  •  Here is how it sits (4+ / 0-)
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       Fortunately, the DFL (Democratic Farm Labor) can retain Dayton's seat.  But will we take Kennedy's?  Today TODAY Darth Cheney was in our fair State drumming up dough for Michele Bachmann.
       For those of you out there unfamiliar, Bachmanm is running for Kennedy's old House seat while Kennedy is running against Amy Klobuchar.  True, our primary is late, but Ford Bell has almost no chance of beating Amy.
       Rep Kennedy gave a lousy speech at the State republican convention.  Just plan mean spirited, just like Tim Pawlenty did.  But the Wetterling vs Bachmann battle in the 6th is where the real fight will be.  If Pattty could just learn to talk about more than her issue of child safety then she has a good chance to win.  Michele Bachman is a bigot and is the religious right's darling here in Minnesota.  She's always trying to push through the Gay Marriage amendment and is nothing close to center, at all.

  •  homeboy can run (1+ / 0-)
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    but he can't hide.

    DCDemocrat: An endless parade of mediocre insights dressed up as incisive commentary.

    by DCDemocrat on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 02:50:03 AM PDT

  •  Kennedy is my 'rep' (3+ / 0-)
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    If "representative" is a word that applies to Republicans. He goes around bragging about his opposition to drilling in the arctic, not mentioning that he supported the senate and house leadership that want to turn it into Exxon Disneyland.

    He's a typical Minnesota Republican, pretending to be "moderate" but in reality just acting as a fig leaf for the Republican agenda.

    Help Mark Kennedy remove Bush from his website! Defeat him in November, and remove the whole website forever!

  •  Is he still hate mongering? (1+ / 0-)
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    I haven't visited his website, but is he still hiding behind hate and opposing LGBT rights? Ms. Kloubacher is a great friend to the LGBT community.

  •  Bush is purged from Kennedy's campaign site, too. (0+ / 0-)

    Mark Kennedy's 2006 campaign site

    Still very little Bush. I found one reference to Bush on it, referring to a February fundraiser that Bush held for Kennedy in Minnesota. The context is that Kennedy's rebutting Amy Klobuchar, for mentioning that Kennedy wasn't anywhere to be seen when Bush came to raise funds for Kennedy at that time. Kennedy's site indignantly responds that that was because Kennedy wasn't even in the state on that date, so why is Klobuchar making such a big deal about this? I mean, gee, Mark, you sure could have made it back to the state where the leader of your party was coming to raise funds for you, couldn't you? After all, if Bush were an asset, you could only benefit from being seen with him in your own state. So... well, you can figure that one out.

    A conservative is just a liberal who hasn't needed a second chance yet.

    by Kurt Kaletka on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 07:27:34 AM PDT

  •  Write to Him and answer his question... (0+ / 0-)

    on how he can improve his website.

  •  This will only work for us if.... (0+ / 0-)

    The democratic nominee pounds this home in EVERY statement he gives.  Every time he goes on TV and every time he talks to the press he needs to tie Kennedy to Bush...and never let up.  It has to be the message of the day, EVERY day!

    I say this because dems are notoriously BAD at being focused in this way.

    •  That would be 'she', actually. (0+ / 0-)

      Amy Klobuchar is the DFL endorsee, and polls about 80/20 over the only other Dem in the race, Ford Bell. (Who skipped the convention and is going straight for the primary.)

      Ignorance killed the cat. Curiousity was framed.

      by Lashe on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 08:43:28 AM PDT

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  •  Maybe Rep. Mark Kennedy ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... should explain to the voters of Minneapolis and St. Paul why he has so vigorously pushed for eliminating federal subsidies to national passenger railroad (Amtrak).  Maybe Mark Kennedy should explain to Minnesota voters why he has voted for some of the Republican Study Committee budgets (which significantly cut entitlements such as Medicare and Medicaid) during his time in Congress.  Maybe Mr. Kennedy should explain to Minnesota voters why we he voted to give tax breaks to inheritors of millionares (inheritance or estate tax) while funding an open-ended war in a far away land.

    Today, the Court purports to be the dispassionate oracle of the law. - Justice Blackmun

    by jim bow on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 07:59:02 AM PDT

  •  Feh! (0+ / 0-)

    We'll hang Bush around his neck like a stinking albatross.

    When people see Iraq, see corruption, see gas prices, see New Orleans in ruins, see education and the environment in the toilet, they should see Bush.

    And every GOP candidate.

    "Voted with Bush" "Supports Bush" "Endorsed by Bush" are labels of shame.

    Let's make them wear them.

    Live the questions. - Rainer Maria Rilke

    by Kimberly Stone on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 08:17:12 AM PDT

  •  Wire that chicken around their necks. (0+ / 0-)

    One of my favorite Molly Ivins columns is Don't Mourn, Organize:

    "Some people think you cannot break a dog that has got in the habit of killin' chickens, but my friend John Henry always claimed you could. He said the way to do it is to take one of the chickens the dog has killed and wire the thing around the dog's neck, good and strong. And leave it there until that dead chicken stinks so bad that no other dog or person will even go near that poor beast. Thing'll smell so bad the dog won't be able to stand himself. You leave it on there until the last little bit of flesh rots and falls off, and that dog won't kill chickens again.

    "The Bush administration is going to be wired around the neck of the American people for four more years, long enough for the stench to sicken everybody. It should cure the country of electing Republicans."

    Lately I've been hijacking Molly's metaphor. Just about all the Republicans running this year are going to try to run away from Bush. We can't let them. Whatever it takes, we have got to keep that dead, rotting chicken wired firmly around the neck of every Republican in every election all over the country.

  •  MN Publius... (0+ / 0-)

    ...has been a thorn in Kennedy's side for months.  In addition to catching Kennedy clearing Bush from his website, Publius has also caught Kennedy in the following...

    A doctored photo of "Outdoorsy yet business casual" Kennedy with a large/tiny fish...and what looks like a third arm.

    His inability to remember the words to the National Anthem when asked.

    And, in my personal favorite... Publius exposes Mark Kennedy (a CPA, mind you) releasing advice to taxpayers on his campaign website, two days after the tax deadline!  Then Publius catches his attempt to change the date on the press release after the fact!

    MN Publius is the first blog I check every day.  Great stuff.

  •  Fun fact (0+ / 0-)

    Kennedy appears in Fahrenheit 9/11.  He's the congressman who gives Michael Moore a deer-in-headlights look when Moore asks him to sign his petition about congresspeople sending their kids to Iraq.  

    The country we carry in our hearts is waiting. - Bruce Springsteen

    by kaelamantis on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 11:25:49 AM PDT

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