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Jim Ogonowski in Massachusetts was one of the top NRSC recruits for this cycle. An Air Force veteran and brother of one of the pilots who died in the 9/11 tragedy, Ogonowski lost a surprisingly close election for the U.S. House in 2007 to Democrat Niki Tsongas.

Ogonowski's six-point loss to Tsongas, whose husband was the beloved former Congressman and Senator Paul Tsongas, led the NRSC to believe that Ogonowski might just be the man to take down another Massachusetts institution, 2004 presidential nominee John Kerry.

Now, defeating 24-year incumbents who were very nearly elected President of the United States on their overwhelmingly Democratic home turf is never easy. But so feeble is the Republican condition these days that Ogonowski was heralded as a recruiting heist.

NRSC chairman John Ensign raved about his new would-be golden boy, in the absence of anybody else to rave about:

"We have a tremendous person running in Massachusetts. Ogonowski, if you don’t know him I encourage you to get to know him. He is exactly the type of person, that a grassroots campaign can carry to victory, he is very infectious, he has a great story to tell, he is literally a dark horse, it’s a blue state, Kerry has a lot of money, if Ogonowski can get resources, we really think that he can be a very serious candidate, he can come across the finish line in November of this year..."

And what was the return on the NRSC's investment in their new phenom?

Pathetic fundraising.

Abysmal polls.

And the icing on the cake...Ogonowski couldn't even garner enough signatures to get on the Republican ballot.

Though he tried to fight the inevitable for a few days, the Golden Boy has come to grips with reality:

"I have made my decision regarding the future of this U.S. Senate race," he said. "Clearly, we had some issues this week regarding signatures. Mistakes were made along the way. But any good military officer knows that when you are in command, the responsibility is yours alone. The buck stops with me and I take that responsibility.

"There has been and will continue to be a lot of Monday morning quarter-backing and people trying to figure out what happened. But, the truth is, it doesn’t matter. We could play that game all day long. But the facts are the facts. For a variety of reasons, we did not meet the signature requirements. And at this time, I have decided not to pursue this endeavor.

This was the great Republican prize, the man whom Ensign vowed would make it "across the finish line" in November. Well, he made it all the way to the first week of June.

This "tremendous candidate" proved so tremendous that he couldn't meet even the merest requirements for even the smallest of bleating sacrificial lambs.

This was the reward the Golden Boy gave the NRSC.

I must say, the NRCC and NRSC this cycle have been so jaw-droppingly incompetent and ineffective that they would make Inspector Clouseau blush.

As a party, we are extremely fortunate that national Republican leadership, from the president on down, is one of the worst collections of staggering stumble bums ever assembled and lampooned at the head of a serious political party.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:45 PM PDT.

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  •  Grand Old imPlosion (5+ / 0-)

    The GOP can't seem to get out of freefall. I fear that they're going to bet the farm on McCain and a Caliornia hate amendment to stem their loses.

  •  Let us hope the same bozos work for McCain (6+ / 0-)

    John McCain: Swiss bank paid McCain co-chair to push agenda on U.S. mortgage crisis

    by organicdemocrat on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:46:41 PM PDT

    •  No, and that is JMC problem the bozos don't want (2+ / 0-)
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      MeToo, filby

      to work on a losing campaign that doesn't represent any of the GOP's base, that is the reason why his team is loaded with lobbyist, there are the only ones that took the risk of supporting JMC in a Dem year b/c

      1. most lobbyist have a fall back position
      1. they don't have a constituency to answer to.
      1. is a high risk/high reward bet.

      JMC campaign is so low in the GOP map this year that the only veteran GOP campaigners in his staff came from Giuliani's botched effort, yeah mr 50M and 1 delegate, they are now running JMC regional offices.

      "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mahatma Gandhi

      by IamTheJudge on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:55:53 PM PDT

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  •  They've always been idiots (4+ / 0-)
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    MeToo, Randall Sherman, filby, Pragmaticus

    going all the way back to Gingrich and even to Reagan before him.

    Difference now is the public has learned to see through their lies.

  •  Clearly he's not cut out (10+ / 0-)

    to be a Republican:

    The buck stops with me and I take that responsibility.

    Taking responsibility for an error? What a novel idea!

    The degree to which you resist injustice is the degree to which you are free. -- Utah Phillips

    by Mnemosyne on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:48:01 PM PDT

    •  I noticed that (6+ / 0-)

      and his statement

      But the facts are the facts.

      A member of the reality based community who accepts responsiblity and

      we did not meet the signature requirements. And at this time, I have decided not to pursue this endeavor.

      acts on it?

      Are you sure he's not a Democrat?  Maybe we could recruit him.  Any idea what his policy stands are?

      "It's supposed to be automatic, but actually you have to push this button." John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar

      by Orinoco on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:23:43 PM PDT

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      •  He has sense (2+ / 0-)
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        Mnemosyne, banjolele

        Perhaps he will make the move to the bright side.

        It's going to be interesting in the next few years to  watch the demographics slide slide slide to the bright side.

        The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. Paul Cezanne

        by MeToo on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:43:13 PM PDT

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        •  Convenient EXCUSE maybe? (0+ / 0-)

          Easier to dropouty because of some 'technicality' than go tell everyone you really don't want to run because you're going to get your butt kicked....  be real NO sane person wants to run in a race they KNOW they're going to lose....

          but getting disqualified on signatures..... oh well, who could have known.....

          it's not THAT hard to collect signatures and make sure you have what you need if you WANT to run....

          I'll put money on this guy NOT wanting to run abd get his head handed to him.....  

          This was an easy way out.

    •  Well, except he is (1+ / 0-)
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      It was preceded by "mistakes were made," the classic buck-passing construction.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

      by anastasia p on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:40:34 PM PDT

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  •  Meanwhile, John Kerry has a primary opponent (3+ / 0-)
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    cph, kestrel9000, Ron Turiello

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:50:16 PM PDT

  •  The only other guy they got (3+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, Pager, Uncle Moji

    Cobalt6 And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.

    by kestrel9000 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:50:39 PM PDT

  •  Well here's the first problem (9+ / 0-)

    he is literally a dark horse...

    They should have tried running a human.

    "Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right." - Salvor Hardin

    by Zackpunk on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:50:50 PM PDT

  •  FAIL (5+ / 0-)


    Pragmatic progressivism is the future.

    by Pragmaticus on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:50:55 PM PDT

  •  He was a legend in his own mind. (2+ / 0-)
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    kestrel9000, MKSinSA

    And only his. A friend of mine worked on Barry Feingold's campaign, one of the Dems that ran in this race. The Republican candidate, according to my friend, didn't even factor into their primary strategy. They knew they would beat him. He was the sacrificial lamb, period.

    Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar. Edward R. Murrow

    by Pager on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:51:41 PM PDT

  •  Who wants to guess... (3+ / 0-)
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    ssgbryan, kestrel9000, nathguy

    ...where the Republicans will be most sounly beaten this November in a Senate race (excluding Arkansas, since they didn't even bother to field a candidate against Mark Pryor)?

  •  He failed to get on the ballot (7+ / 0-)

    then he says this?

    I have decided not to pursue this endeavor.

    Good call Jim.

  •  "he is very infectious".... (5+ / 0-)

    Great marketing strategy there.

    (-4.88, -3.74) Treat everyone as they deserve - and who doesn't deserve a whipping?! -Hamlet 2:2

    by pakaal on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:54:23 PM PDT

  •  Another "mistakes were made" guy (2+ / 0-)
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    pakaal, Pragmaticus

    I just love the way these fools go into passive voice, even when they are pretending to accept responsibility for their idiocy.

  •  Is it possible the RNC is running a 13-colony (3+ / 0-)
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    Uncle Moji, filby, happymisanthropy

    strategy to counter Dean's 50-state plan? I'm thinking that must be the case but with their time being spent so vigorously churning Obama smears, they obviously forgot MA was one of the originals.

  •  Tee Hee Cat says that's embarrassing (7+ / 0-)


  •  "he is very infectious . . . " (4+ / 0-)

    once in college, my nemesis and I (he called me the same thing - we competed for everything, and every girl) met this really hot, outgoing, beautiful girl. The three of us joined a few others at a small party, and the way things worked out, he and I were left with her. The harder I tried to be nice and conversant, and interested, the more she smiled, then turned to him to give him more attention. And with each of my efforts, the nastier, ruder, and less polite he became to her.

    despite my repeated thinking that she was interested, every move was rebuffed.

    the last I saw, they were walking up the stairs to his room.

    The next day, after running around the campus, with sketchpad in hand, I came back, only to find the nemesis in the bathroom, shaving himself, and trying out some ointment.

    "She Effin Gave Me Crabs!"

    Then I found the note.
    "Sorry about last night, hon. I found my boyfriend in bed with my room mate, the same day that I found out he gave me crabs. I decided to find the BIGGEST asshole and return the favor. When I get cleaned up, let's get together."

    Now, THAT's infectious.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology and understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:59:31 PM PDT

  •  He's still better than Liddy Dole n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    I want to win. You want to beat him, and that's a problem for me, because I want to win. -The West Wing

    by AnnArborBlue on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:00:12 PM PDT

  •  Mr. Ogonowski (2+ / 0-)
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    filby, MKSinSA

    Your campaign's incompetence just did you one of the biggest favors of your life.   It spared you the thrashing that anyone shameless enough to hang an (R) after their name richly deserves.  Now please go back to your quiet, decent life and leave the governing to the progressives.

  •  Kerry would have crushed him anyways (2+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, timbuck

    "There is nothing wrong with America can't be cured by what is right with America" -Bill Clinton

    by SensibleDemocrat on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:03:08 PM PDT

  •  I hope you're right, but (0+ / 0-)

    you gloat too early

  •  Foul ball (0+ / 0-)

    Okay, I am willing to laugh at the Republicans as much as anyone, but the sarcasm in this diary is laid on a little too thick and at a poor choice of target. You show me any candidate from any party who can motivate people to support them against a 24-year incumbent in a year that favors the incumbent's party. Your diary comes off as too juvenile, sorry.

    President Obama - start getting used to the idea.

    by DJ ProFusion on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:08:01 PM PDT

    •  Oh, boo hoo n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

      by anastasia p on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:44:11 PM PDT

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    •  It's called a 50 state strategy. (1+ / 0-)
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      The GOP is about to learn why it's a good idea.

      The damage to the morale, and the lack of an effective network
      means that they won't have volunteers and staff and consultants
      and operative they can shift between the Onogowski race, the
      Sununu race, the Collins Race  and the Shays Race.

      They will be thin on the ground,  super thin in new-england,
      which allows the Democrats time to crush them,

      this means democratic operatives and volunteers can
      really campaign and crush Chris Shays, Susan Collins and
      John Sununu.

      Plus the DSCC will have resources to pour into marginal races
      out west and down south.

      George Bush is Living proof of the axiom "Never send a boy to do a man's job" E -2.25 S -4.10

      by nathguy on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 07:15:47 PM PDT

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  •  one more reason (3+ / 0-)
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    ssgbryan, AbsurdEyes, nathguy

    taht the few successful Rube candidates in MA have been independently wealthy:  they can afford to hire professional signature gatherers.  The party organization in the state is so calcified that when they try to do something as basic as a volunteer signature gathering effort, this is the result.

    Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. Rosa Luxemburg

    by ActivistGuy on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:09:23 PM PDT

  •  Mr. Ogonowski is, literally, human. (2+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, fleisch

    He may have been, figuratively, a "dark horse".  If Senator Ensign cannot or will not use "literal" and "figurative" correctly, then he's an ass. Figuratively speaking, of course.

  •  Well, okay. But let's not gloat for long. (4+ / 0-)
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    nathguy, dhshoops, frstan, fleisch

    The truth is that they aren't going to stay this incompetent.  They've gotten fat and lazy because the fix has been in for them for so long.  The same thing happened to the Democrats and led to the collapse of the early 90s.

    Now, by and large, we have structural advantages:  we win on policy positions with most of the voting public, and we don't have to cloak greedhead corporatism in "moral" clothing as our message.

    But when they're down, they'll develop strategies.  They'll rise again.  We're seeing the Republican Party shaking itself to pieces right now, trying old strategies and messages which are no longer credible and having the former parts of their coalition square off against one another.  And the climate is so poisonous for them that most of the competitive candidates they might have recruited have taken a pass.

    But that's temporary.  Our job now is to rebuild the BRAND of the Democratic Party, before these jerks with their hypocrisy and greed and mean-spirited selfishness get another breath of wind.  Because they will.

    Yes, there's a lot of anti-Rep sentiment out there now.  But the word on Dems (based on our jellylike performance in the Congressional minority) is still that they're soft, wishy-washy, and ineffectual.  

    Obama's biggest job this cycle is to pry the influence of the frickin' lobbyists and PACS off the Democratic Party so we can start having a spine in facing up to these interests for the public good.  Nothing worthwhile can happen on health care, energy, infrastructure redevelopment or rebuilding our economy if that doesn't happen.  We saw what happened when the Clintons tried to fix health care with the insurance industry in the room--nothing.  

    The DLC was created to prevent the takeover of the Democratic Party by Democrats.

    by Dracowyrm on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:11:00 PM PDT

    •  Actually (0+ / 0-)

      they will stay that incompetent in MA.  You see, the people that would be competent Rubes in any other state are Dems in MA, the state with two Dem parties and half a Rube party.

      Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. Rosa Luxemburg

      by ActivistGuy on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:14:01 PM PDT

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    •  You're wrong (1+ / 0-)
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      The Republicans figures they could use smear and fera forever to keep Americans under their thumb despite their almost total lack of policies that benefit Americans. Unless and until they reinvent not just their "brand" but their beliefs, they are going to find it tough going.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

      by anastasia p on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:46:29 PM PDT

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  •  The worst thing that John Ensign said (1+ / 0-)
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    "(Ogonowski) is literally a dark house."

    He is, is he? He's literally a horse?

    Ogonowski may very well be a dark horse in the race. But he is clearly NOT literally a dark horse.

    Unless I'm missing something absolutely fantastic. =/

  •  Fortunate indeed... (0+ / 0-)

    but is that what we should settle for?

    Vote for me!  I don't suck so much!

  •  The Pope could run against Kerry in MA (3+ / 0-)
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    FlyingToaster, timbuck, MJJLWolf

    and he would lose .. they are simply spinning their wheels. I laugh in their general direction.

    "If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." We need to go far, quickly.

    by shpilk on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:27:31 PM PDT

  •  Judicial Boobytraps Await (4+ / 0-)
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    nathguy, happymisanthropy, timbuck, frstan

    I'm increasingly worried that Republicans aren't winning, or even seriously competing, because there's nothing left to steal. Including McCain, who among them has anything better to do than raise a few (hundred) easy $million from the deadenders still approving Bush?

    Meanwhile, Democrats will find their White House + Congress trifecta power monopoly thrown hard up against a record number of corporate lawsuits finding happy agreement in the Supreme Court. They'll make a big show of trying to overthrow Roe v Wade, and other "sanctity of life" smokescreens, so Democrats will look like they're fighting the same "Conservative" culture war as always. But the Roberts court, with Alito on the assist, Scalia blocking and Thomas wanking, with the occasional one or more of the rest of the "less corporate" 5, will deny a vast array of powers over corporations to the Federal government. Only Scalia will be replaceable by Obama, and that will just slow them down.

    It's been a long 8 years, with Bush appointing hordes of corporate anarchy judges, riddling his "Justice" Department with corporate anarchy lawyers, planting all kinds of booby trap laws inside huge unread bills rushed through his Republican (and probably the Democratic) Congress, then pissing all over everything with signing statements and secret Executive Orders.

    It's going to be a long 8 years digging out from that pile of elephant droppings. I wonder whether we'll even get back to a government resembling Clinton's in 2000 by the time Republicans get another crack at destroying what we will have rebuilt since now.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:39:54 PM PDT

    •  Bush will have poisoned the GOP brand. (1+ / 0-)
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      it's not easy to recover this

      George Bush is Living proof of the axiom "Never send a boy to do a man's job" E -2.25 S -4.10

      by nathguy on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 07:18:10 PM PDT

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      •  Too Late (1+ / 0-)
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        So what? They don't need to win any more elections. There are no more "accountability moments". They've already riddled the government and the laws with the end runs they need. Just finding where they're buried will take years, generations. And then the Congress has to change them. Which would require Democratic congressmembers not to have the same agenda, but without the blame - a far stretch. And then the Supreme Court, and other judges, who can't be just fired just because their "opinion" is corporate.

        America's government is designed to change very slowly. 8-14 years of Republican remaking it was long enough to poison its roots. It will take at least that long, like I said, just to get back to where Clinton's government was in 2000. And that was very corporate, too. And by then Republicans will get another go at the cycle, while the intervening 8 years of "getting nowhere" will be blamed on Democrats.

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 07:26:54 PM PDT

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        •  Excuse me (0+ / 0-)

          while bush don't need another election, the Senate and hosue do

          George Bush is Living proof of the axiom "Never send a boy to do a man's job" E -2.25 S -4.10

          by nathguy on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 08:11:42 PM PDT

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          •  So? (0+ / 0-)

            You're missing the point, that I already explained.

            The president and Congress are stuck with the laws, judiciary and Supreme Court that Bush has left them with. Buried in those laws are a minefield of existing law that corporations will exploit to get away with murder (often literal murder). When challenged in court under those laws, the existing laws will be found to protect the corporate behavior. When it's dubious, the judges will decide in favor of the corporate privilege. Even when there's some reaction against that in a Democratic Congress (which is corporate enough in its own right, and will just say "it's not our fault" while taking bribes to remain "divided Democrats"), it will take a long time even just to find all the rigged laws and biased judges. Congress will take even longer to repeal those laws, and to pass new ones. And there's little it can do about the biased judges, who will keep reading discrepancies and vagueness in favor of corporate privilege. At the very top, the Supreme Court led by Roberts and Alito will set overall legal policy for all judges in favor of the corporate interest, and those Justices will sit there for another 30 years.

            There's not going to be any change in the Senate, House or White House that matters to any of that, because 2009 will start as stacked Democratic (and weakened Republican) as it can get - more Democrats (and even more better Democrats) won't matter. And in the 8 years of maybe fighting through all that mess, by the time any progress is even made, Republicans will be "reborn" again, to challenge a "do-nothing Democratic Era" bogged down in all the traps Republicans left, and take the blame for all of it. While Republicans will get to be "the party of the future", after "learning their lesson a long time ago".

            Get it?

            "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

            by DocGonzo on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 08:33:09 PM PDT

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            •  FDR got through it. (0+ / 0-)

              let Gas get to $8/Gal and the american people will
              be rioting.

              George Bush is Living proof of the axiom "Never send a boy to do a man's job" E -2.25 S -4.10

              by nathguy on Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 10:23:05 AM PDT

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              •  15 Years (0+ / 0-)

                Democrats will be the ones who have to call in the National Guard to stop the rioting, not the Republicans laughing up their sleeves.

                The Depression was already in full swing by the time FDR got his crack at it, so Republicans couldn't blame him for it (though they still try to blame him for prolonging it). He also had 15 years, a life term, which Obama won't - because after FDR, they closed that category out.

                So in 8 years, Republicans will have their chance to blame Democrats for the mess they made and mired Democrats in. Not like FDR at all.

                "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

                by DocGonzo on Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 01:44:27 PM PDT

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  •  that is a wonderful story w/ a great ending! (0+ / 0-)

    "I can tell you, she'd make a great Vice Presidential Choice." General Wesley Clark on Kathleen Sebelius

    by timbuck on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:41:03 PM PDT

  •  Ha! (0+ / 0-)

    I like that term "staggering stumblebums" Indeed!

    "Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others." John F. Kennedy

    by vcmvo2 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:53:15 PM PDT

  •  Here is some delightful news (0+ / 0-)

    in an otherwise prickly day.  This is just good clean fun.

  •  Careful how you talk about Mass.Repubs! (2+ / 0-)
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    FlyingToaster, nathguy

    I'm a died in the wool "60's Massachusetts liberal and quite proud of that I might add!!! Jim Ogonowski deserves our respect, even if he is a republican. He is a hard working man, a farmer and he has done much to help the Asian immigrant population (Hmong, Cambodian) by leasing farm land for them to grow crops and sell at western Mass. Farmers Markets. Massachusetts republicans, for the most part are like Democrats in the central part of the U.S. Democrats would not be served poorly if Jim Ogonowski were elected to Congress.

    •  He has sharecroppers? (0+ / 0-)
      •  No he doesn't (0+ / 0-)

        If you research farmers "leasing"land to ethnic groups you will find information regarding ethnic groups who otherwise would have no means to farm. The farmers markets and the communities benefit greatly from the results. Massachusetts is quite proud of it's commitment to diversity. Perhaps you've heard that???? Massachusetts stands apart from the flock.

    •  The picture you paint (0+ / 0-)

      shows a man who'd be too liberal to be a Dem nominee in my state (NV). Yes that makes the Ensign my Senator--though I did what I could to get Carter elected in '06.

      Out here in tumbleweed country even our pro-life Senate majority leader is considered liberal! Ack!

      Well, at least the sunsets over the eastern Sierras are beautiful.

      Blind followers always end up in a ditch!

      by RenoLMT on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 08:29:20 PM PDT

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  •  He really is a great Republican prize. Seriously (4+ / 0-)

    You know how I can tell?  This part:

    The buck stops with me and I take that responsibility.

    When was the last time you heard a Republican take responsibility for a mistake?  Yeah, I can't remember, either.

    Hm.  Maybe he's just a RINO after all...

  •  It really is amazing (1+ / 0-)
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    Just in Oregon they are leaving empty a number of state legislative seats Ds barely won the last time they were up and essentially have no real candidates for statewide offices.

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 07:26:07 PM PDT

  •  "Mistakes were made" (0+ / 0-)

    He really reached deep into the GOP bag o' bullshit to find that Nixon-era line!

  •  GOP 2008 season record (3+ / 0-)
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    AbsurdEyes, nathguy, Pragmaticus

    Game One vs Bill Foster (IL), Lost (L), record  0-1
    Game Two vs Don Cazayoux (LA), L, record 0-2
    Game Three vs Travis Childers(MS), L, record 0-3
    Game Four vs John Kerrey (Senate-MA), Forfeited, record  0-4

    Next up, vs Barack Obama (POTUS). Batter up!

    Self-love is the greatest of flatterers. Francois, Duc de la Rochefoucald (1613-1680)

    by Sundiata on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 07:41:54 PM PDT

  •  "I have made my decision"? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    "I have made my decision, and it is that I didn't get enough signatures and have been hosed."

    Republican presumption at its best. He has decided that the elections board was not incorrect.

    You call it Bush Derangement Syndrome; I call it sanity.

    by RickMassimo on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 08:04:29 PM PDT

  •  Good news (0+ / 0-)

    For whomever is the Democratic nominee, Ed O'Reilly or John Kerry.

  •  Paging Nelson for a reaction. (0+ / 0-)


    "...And I woulda got away with it, if it hadn't been for that meddling Kos!" ---attributed to Tom DeLay

    by AdmiralNaismith on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 10:14:35 PM PDT

  •  Were they not such incompetent stumblebums.... (0+ / 0-)

    it wouldn't matter as much that we get rid of them.

  •  Running a dark horse . . . (0+ / 0-)

    I am surprised no one else has made the comparison to Big Brown yet!?!

  •  "He's infectious" (0+ / 0-)

    Did he really say that? In the age of AIDS, that is hardly a ringing endoursement.

  •  Have you considered that the American people (0+ / 0-)

    might just be somewhat fed up with the GOP? That it's not simply about we being lucky (are we lucky or more competent and relevant, really?) or about GOP incompetence but perhaps more about the fact that this country wants different right now, and that includes Republicans who in all honesty can't find reason to be enthusiastic about a party and politics that they have increasing difficulty identifying with?

    Btw, the tone of your post leaves the impression that you'd prefer to see things different ie a competent, able and efficient RNCC etc?

    Why would anyone want that, FCOL!

    The psychology of the dispossessed can be truly frightening
    - Chinua Achebe

    by 174winchell on Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 09:35:33 PM PDT

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