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Republican Rep. Thad McCotter
Goodbye, Thad
Wow:
Thaddeus McCotter ends his write-in campaign and says his sole focus as U.S. Representative is finishing his term and aiding his requested Attorney General probe.

“I have ended my write-in campaign in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District,” announced McCotter in an email sent to WWJ Newsradio 950 on Saturday.

“One can’t clean up a mess multitasking. Honoring my promise to the sovereign people of our community only allows me to finish the official duties of my present Congressional term; and aid the State Attorney General criminal investigation that I requested into identifying the person or persons who concocted the fraudulent petitions that have cost me so dearly.

While it's stunning that McCotter's political career will come to an end like this, it's less surprising to see him quit at this point, given how the situation has unfolded over the past week (when news of McCotter's ballot access screw-up first surfaced). To win the GOP nomination, McCotter would have had to wage a difficult and expensive write-in campaign, and he had less than $200K in the bank (plus a bunch of debt left over from his joke of a presidential campaign). McCotter also faced the specter of an ongoing criminal investigation into the fraudulent petitions he filed that caused this whole mess. And on top of that, local Republicans almost seemed eager to get rid of him, with a barrage of stories in the press about former allies now abandoning him and fellow party members also considering their own write-in campaigns.

Indeed, this news comes right on the heels of another local official announcing just that: On Friday afternoon, former state Sen. Loren Bennett, who hails from McCotter's Wayne County, said that he, too, would run as a write-in. Winning his own write-in campaign would have been hard enough for McCotter; if the GOP establishment were instead to coalesce around Bennett (as I'm guessing they now may), it would have been impossible.

Bennett will still have a difficult time securing the Republican nomination: Tea partier Kerry Bentivolio is already on the ballot, and at least two other local pols have suggested they might go write-in as well, state Sen. Mike Kowall and former state Rep. Rocky Raczkowski. Democrats also have a legitimate candidate here in the form of physician Syed Taj, though he'll first have to beat LaRouchie nutcase William Roberts in the primary. Barack Obama won this swingish district 50-48 (even after it was made redder in redistricting), so this seat is potentially very much in play. At the very least, it's a serious headache for Republicans—and a major black eye for McCotter and his party.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 03:46 PM PDT.

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  •  Planning....Implementation....Execution..... (5+ / 0-)
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    chickeee, LordMike, Taget, IM, Orlaine

    The GOP motto......What a bunch of losers.

    •  Yum... delicious Republican P.I.E.... (1+ / 0-)
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      LordMike

      Tastes like hate!

      Romney 2012 - Hi, I'm Mitt Romney, and I love America! I have some very good friends who own it.

      by Fordmandalay on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:11:39 PM PDT

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    •  And to think.... (3+ / 0-)
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      blue in oz, DuzT, Orlaine

      It's likely happening elsewhere in the country. The House is very much in play. Chaotic process culminating in weak candidates is good motivation for a solid GOTV. Opportunity awaits.

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:15:32 PM PDT

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    •  Ready - Fire - Aim - GOP planning in action... (1+ / 0-)
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      what else need be said?

      For a better America, vote the GOP out of office whenever and wherever possible and as soon (and as often) as possible!

      by dagnome on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:24:20 PM PDT

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    •  I'm confused (2+ / 0-)
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      He wants to help "identify" the people who "concocted" the  "fraudulent petitions"?

      I don't know how things work in Michigan, but here in Ohio, it's the job of the CANDIDATE to circulate petitions to get on the ballot, not necessarily to circulate petitions himself (although many do) but and to orchestrate and oversee the collection of signatures. So either McCotter has turned a blind eye to some very incompetent hires he's made or he himself doesn't understand the process.

      We had something vaguely like this happen in Ohio (candidate forced to run as write-in because he got a few too many signatures from people who didn't live in the district) but nothing of this magnitude. The buck ends with the candidate, and it's obviously McCotter's incompetence that was driving this.

      (The Ohio candidate won — and eventually won a seat in Congress in the general election. But McCotter's issues seem great than Charlie Wilson's).

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:08:05 AM PDT

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  •  the fact that we now have one more seat (7+ / 0-)

    in play that we otherwise would not have had if McCotter weren't so incompetent...oops...helps. We've got a very steep hill to climb considering how many seats are needed and how many competitive seats there are. Hopefully, a few more boneheaded Republicans will continue their boneheaded ways...opening up a few more surprise opportunities.

    •  I don't think it's in play as much as we'd like. (6+ / 0-)

      The redrawn MI-11 is still pretty red, full of white-flight suburbanites.  The best chance was to split that vote, which now probably won't happen.  But I'll be happy to be proven wrong, and I know my family back in MI will work hard towards it, just like they did against McCotter himself.

      •  the fact that Republicans now have to defend (5+ / 0-)

        this seat and can't take it for granted helps. It's now in play...until it's not. We'll see how it plays out.

      •  If Bennett succeeds in the write-in... (6+ / 0-)

        ...then it has a good chance of staying a GOP seat for this cycle. But M-11 is going to change demographically more quickly than the GOP presumed when they crafted it. No later than 2016, it will be rated "toss up" by the Cooks, Sabatos and other residents of that "neighborhood" of the Political Village (which of course means "leans slightly but noticeably Democratic" in the world outside the Village.)

        Our candidate Taj is going to have a respectable showing no matter what. IF he wins, from my perspective it will simply be a couple of election cycles ahead of schedule.

        When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 09:11:52 PM PDT

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        •  People (6+ / 0-)

          People really seem ignorant of the district.  We're talking about the wealthiest Congressional district in the state, and one not nearly as red as it's being portrayed as, especially in the Wayne County portion of it, which also happens to have most of the largest municipalities in the district.  Granholm came out of this district, lest we forget.  Now, the stuff up near the corners of Oakland County is exurban and a bit rural, but this is solidly a wealthy suburban district with lost of country club Dems and Republicans; this district is not Livingston County socially conservative, not even close.

          •  Perhaps it's not like Livingston Co... (3+ / 0-)
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            But even with the gerrymander and shift, it still includes powerful counterbalances to the "blueness" that can be found in some of the newer-developing outer areas up 96.  Livonia really hasn't changed that much--nor have Plymouth and Northville cities, and I've lived in all of them.  And their R leaning need not be about social conservatism, especially when you're dealing with West Bloomfield levels of wealth--it will depend on the candidate, and Taj may appeal to crossovers for that reason.  But wdrath's right, if the Rs have to fight it, then it's still serving a purpose.

        •  What's changing about it? (0+ / 0-)

          From reading the other comment that describe the wealth of the district, I want to guess that they're like the suburb I live in and the other western suburbs of the Twin Cities.  They're seen as mostly maxed out in what people want for population density so new families aren't moving in, kids are moving off so the population over-all is getting older, which is making the suburbs more Democratic.  I don't want to say though that getting older makes you Democratic but rather the over-all effect of the change in nature of the suburb growing to one staying stagnant is for some reason revealing more Democratic elements.  And the populace is also highly educated so they aren't appreciating this new rightward turn with-in the GOP.

          How close am I?  ;)

  •  Probably not the end (0+ / 0-)

    Quitting now makes a comeback more likely.  And, there is always the 2016 Prez campaign to prepare for...

    Mr. Gorbachev, establish an Electoral College!

    by tommypaine on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 03:54:40 PM PDT

    •  He's going to need new costumes (0+ / 0-)

      if he is going to be a rock star. Wouldn't he look good in spandex and sequins? Calling Lady Gaga's costumer!!

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:09:28 AM PDT

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  •  Holy... (0+ / 0-)

    already liked the Dems FB page...maybe we have a shot here...

  •  Thinking he got a job call (4+ / 0-)

    and will make >$1m next year at some lobbying firm.

    Hell, he probably set this up on purpose.

    Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

    by Clem Yeobright on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:01:06 PM PDT

  •  & they said he was just another pretty face . . . (0+ / 0-)
  •  Then he'll go help OJ find the REAL killer... (5+ / 0-)
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    Anyone believe this guy will actually spend one second helping the AG find the person responsible for the forged petitions?

    Bueller?

    Bueller.....?

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    by Fordmandalay on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:10:25 PM PDT

  •  that is not proper use of a semicolon. Nt (0+ / 0-)

    The study of law was certainly a strange discipline. -- Yukio Mishima

    by Loge on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:11:41 PM PDT

  •  Funny (3+ / 0-)
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    how Republicans always look constipated in their photos.

    We all have photographic memories. Some people just don't have any film.

    by fireflynw on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:11:47 PM PDT

  •  Dr. Taj is the real deal (22+ / 0-)

    He was elected Canton Township trustee with the highest vote total.  He was the only Dem in the race.

    He retired from his job as Chief of Medicine at Oakwood Hospital to run for Congress.  He had raised almost $200K BEFORE this McCotter mess.

    He knows what it will take.  He has been knocking doors all over the district for months.  Help him out if you can.

    tajforcongress.com

    •  I'll be thrilled beyond belief if he wins, but... (4+ / 0-)
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      ...an older Indian immigrant with an accent is going to lose votes from white swing voters who a more generic Dem wouldn't lose.  And in this right-leaning district, a Dem can't afford to lose many swing votes.

      I'm Indian-American and I know well how my ethnic community's immigrants are received. Something like running for Congress, it gets tough.

      44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 09:12:48 PM PDT

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      •  I'm certain Dr. Taj knows this isn't... (7+ / 0-)

        ...going to be a cakewalk. But his chances are undeniably better given the fact that he will not be facing an entrenched, presumed unassailable incumbent in November.

        Taj is a seasoned politician who has already "overcome" his background and accent with an electorate that is not much different than the one he faces in November, just bigger. I like his chances, and I hope I will be able to juggle my schedule to drive from Ann Arbor and put a few hours of shoe leather to work on his behalf.

        When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:10:13 PM PDT

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        •  I'll be doing what I can too. (3+ / 0-)

          It's a fairly short drive from my Downriver community.  
          I also have lots of friends living in that district, many of whom I would say lean Dem even though they're not especially political themselves.
          I plan to do everything I can to get them fired up for the good doctor.

          I can see Canada from my house. No, really, I can.

          by DuzT on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 06:30:08 AM PDT

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  •  Maybe Nicole Brown Simpson's killer (1+ / 0-)
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    concocted the fraudulent petitions that have cost Rep. Thad McCotter so dearly. If OJ wasn't in prison he could search for the real concocter.

    Birthers have Donald Trump and Joe Arpaio on their side. President Obama has Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on his side, the man who swore him in. Let the debate begin.

    by Says Who on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:13:02 PM PDT

  •  Now I just hope Democrats can take this lemon (3+ / 0-)
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    not2plato, R30A, IM

    and make some lemonade.  It would be comeuppance for MI GOP.  Dr. Taj has fundraised alright so far, so they can run with that or Gary Peters can move here (but that's unlikely).

    "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Theodore Seuss Geisel

    by KingofSpades on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:19:10 PM PDT

    •  I think Peters is definitely (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      going for a one and out. I have a feeling Carl Levin might retire in 2014, and give Gary Peters a chance at a statewide race.

      "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

      by ArkDem14 on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 10:53:17 AM PDT

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  •  Has this ever happened before? (6+ / 0-)
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    not2plato, tk421, MetroGnome, Matt Z, IM, Orlaine

    I mean, I've never heard of an incumbent fucking up this badly. If you're running for reelection, generally you have the resources to make sure you get on the ballot pretty easily.

    They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

    by Ponder Stibbons on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:34:40 PM PDT

  •  McCotter inspires another meme out of me: (3+ / 0-)
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    Photobucket

    "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Theodore Seuss Geisel

    by KingofSpades on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:39:26 PM PDT

  •  This is good news and bad news. (0+ / 0-)

    The good news: Bad Thad will soon be Unemployed Thad (though he'll surely find some place on the wingnut welfare gravy train, provided he avoids prosecution.)  And we can now laugh at him, back in MI-11.

    The bad news: Without a write-in campaign, he won't be around to split any significant part of the Republican vote.  That pretty much guarantees the seat will remain GOP.  I have a feeling the Michigan GOP put more than a little pressure on ol' Thad for precisely this reason.  I'm hopeful, though--if he does get dragged into a scandal over this, it may also taint the actual candidate that emerges simply by dint of being an R.  I'd really hoped he would continue to fight, and open the way for a Democrat.

  •  Hard to believe someone so close to the presidency (15+ / 0-)

    ...could have fallen so quickly.  

    Dear conservatives: If instead of "marriage equality" we call it "voluntary government registration of committed homosexuals," are you on board?

    by Rich in PA on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 05:20:50 PM PDT

  •  Goodbye, fraud (4+ / 0-)

    I don't believe that he did not know about those petitions being copied. Hopefully, this will be a gain for us.

    26, Male, CA-24 (new CA-26), DK Elections Black Caucus Chair.

    by DrPhillips on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 05:22:06 PM PDT

  •  The Gargoyle McCotter (0+ / 0-)

    had many enemies.  If you look back to 2010, you will see that he was breathing down the neck of Eric Cantor, hoping to take his caucus leadership position.  Cantor has a lot of clout, too.  I wonder how happy he is about this.

    The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief. -- Shakespeare

    by not2plato on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 05:43:02 PM PDT

  •  What's the "sovereign people" thing? (1+ / 0-)
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    Is this an attempt to appear very, very conservative?

    Is it code for something?

    •  That is an excellent question (7+ / 0-)

      If it's a dog whistle, then McCotter is dog whistling to the absolutely most craziest ever segment of American society (and you know that's saying something). Even if the topic hadn't otherwise come up, I'd encourage you (or anyone else) to read this exceptional Washington Monthly feature from 2008 about the "sovereign citizen" movement (or Posse Comitatus movement)—and the bizarre turn it's taken in recent years. But here's the basic background:

      In 1878, southern Democrats pushed legislation through Congress limiting the ability of the federal government to marshal troops on U.S. soil. Known as Posse Comitatus, (Latin for “power of the county”) the law’s authors hoped to constrain the government’s ability to protect black southerners from violence and discrimination. The act symbolically marked the end of Reconstruction and the beginning of Jim Crow.

      For the next eight decades, black Americans lived under the yoke of institutional racism. But by the late 1950s, the civil rights movement was growing in strength. In 1957, President Eisenhower sent 1,200 troops from the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Arkansas, so that nine black students could safely enter a previously all-white high school. The landmark Civil Rights Act followed in 1964.

      These developments horrified one William Gale, a World War II veteran, insurance salesman, self-styled minister of racist Christian Identity theology, and raving anti-Semite. In 1971, he launched a movement whose impact would reverberate through the radical fringes of American society for decades to come. He called it Posse Comitatus, named for the 1878 law he believed Eisenhower had violated by sending the troops to Little Rock. In a series of tapes and self-published pamphlets, Gale explained that county sheriffs were the supreme legal law enforcement officers in the land, and that county residents had the right to form a posse to enforce the Constitution—however they, as “sovereign citizens,” chose to interpret it. Public officials who interfered, instructed Gale, should be “hung by the neck” at high noon. [...]

      Bill Gale died on April 28, 1988, three months after being sentenced in federal court for conspiracy, tax crimes, and mailing death threats to the Internal Revenue Service. By that time, the farm crisis had begun to recede. Posse ideology simmered for the next few years, morphing into the “Christian Patriot” movement, which sanded down some of the roughest racist and anti-Semitic edges while retaining the core beliefs of Constitutional fundamentalism. The patriots saw themselves as “sovereign citizens,” unlike the “federal citizens” who had been created by the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.

      I can't seriously imagine that McCotter is calling out to these people. I think he's just an idiot—and on that score, a lot of recent evidence supports that view!

      Political Director, Daily Kos

      by David Nir on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:03:13 PM PDT

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  •  So disappointed (0+ / 0-)

    I was so looking forward to this circus.  Now, it's only going to be a two-ring circus, which makes it more of a challenge than it already was for Doc Taj to win.  :(

  •  Slight LaRouchie tangent (2+ / 0-)
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    but I've been doing quite a bit of thinking about them recently because I'm doing some heavy-duty volunteering in a primary (partially) against one of them. But I feel like their political stuff, at least as it relates to the political issues of the current moment, might go over well in Appalachia (West Virginia, Kentucky, etc.). Nominally being Democrats, hating Obama, supporting a massive program that makes the TVA look like child's play, throwing in some anti-banker rhetoric with the Glass-Steagall stuff, denying global warming…

    Not saying I'd necessarily like them their (kinda repugnant to my nonauthoritarian left principles). But it seems they'd do better there relative to most other places.

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    by gabjoh on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:44:57 PM PDT

  •  I'll bet Rep. Gary Peters... (4+ / 0-)
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    Is rethinking his decision to run to Rep. Hansen Clarke's district rather than plant his flag here.

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    by SaoMagnifico on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:54:25 PM PDT

    •  Those of us in Hansen Clarke's district (1+ / 0-)
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      are pretty happy with him.  
      I've seen him more in the last year and a half than I ever saw Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick (yes, Kwame's mommy) during her entire time in office.
      God, I was glad to be rid of her.

      I can see Canada from my house. No, really, I can.

      by DuzT on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 06:41:10 AM PDT

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  •  What kind of a jackass can't get 1000 sigs? (2+ / 0-)
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    Pretty low bar. One would think that Thad would just host a fundraiser where the attendees would sign the stupid petition and put him on the ballot. And raise money. Isn't that what every one else does?

    Lazy moron.


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    by bobinson on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 01:19:11 AM PDT

    •  Such a low bar Im in awe (2+ / 0-)
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      There have been petition campaigns where I personally got 200 signatures. I know I got at least 100 for John Edwards to put him on the Ohio presidential ballot.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:12:52 AM PDT

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      •  I should also add (1+ / 0-)
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        that of the 100 signatures I got for John Edwards (no, I don't regret it and won't apologize for it), probably 98 or 99 of them were valid. I collected a significant number at Democratic meetings and the annual county Democratic Party Christmas dinner, where virtually everyone is a registered voter and registered Democrat. I got Dennis Kucinich's signature on he petition (in return for signing his — you can sign as many candidate petitions in a race in Ohio as you like and I think I signed at least six of the candidates who were trying to get on the presidential ballot at that point late in 2007) and I KNOW he is a registered voter in Ohio.

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

        by anastasia p on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:16:12 AM PDT

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  •  I just love (0+ / 0-)

    good news.....:-)

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    by secret38b on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 04:27:05 AM PDT

  •  I bet he got a not-so-gentle push (1+ / 0-)
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    from the GOP leadership as well.  After all, the level of incompetence displayed here is simply staggering.

  •  Tho Thad... (0+ / 0-)

    A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. -Yogi Berra

    by Joon on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 03:35:43 PM PDT

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