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NY-18: I just love how badly GOP freshman Nan Hayworth has handled this mess. If you're just catching up with us, one of her spokesmen, Jay Townsend, was busted last week for writing on Facebook:

"Let's hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won't abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector."
But Hayworth's campaign failed to make the obvious move and just cut deadweight like Townsend loose. Instead, they defended him, saying his remarks "were clearly not meant to be taken literally." Soon realizing they had a problem on their hands, Townsend was goaded into making a b.s. apology, which began:
On May 26, I posted a stupid, thoughtless, and insensitive comment on a facebook page. It was stupid because my words were easily misconstrued; thoughtless because my choice of words obscured a point I was trying to make, and insensitive because some have interpreted the comment as advocating a violent act.
Misconstrued! How do you misconstrue "let's hurl some acid"? Obviously you cannot. That fact finally dawned on Hayworth on Monday, when she at last kicked Townsend out the door. Her statement reveals how desperately eager she is to stop talking about this controversy:
"Jay Townsend has offered, and I have accepted, his resignation from his position with my campaign. Now let's return to talking about issues that really matter to families: job creation, spending restraint and economic development."
Hey—it was your campaign that decided to talk about hurling acid at women, not us! Ultimately, there's a meta-point to be drawn here, which is that, as I said above, canning Townsend instantly was a no-brainer, yet somehow Hayworth decided to do the exact opposite and dig in. It makes you wonder about how competently her campaign is being run—and how smart she is.


AZ-Sen: It looks like this Wil Cardon thing is the real deal—or, at least, the Club for Growth certainly thinks so! The Clubbers, allies of movement conservative Rep. Jeff Flake, are out with a pair of 15 second TV ads criticizing Cardon for being an "imposter" and a member of the "liberal" Urban Land Institute. You can watch the ads here and here. They also have a 60 second radio spot touching on the same themes. Size of the buy: $500,000.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Cardon released an attack ad against Flake, calling him a "liberal" on immigration matters. The ad features an image of Barack Obama speaking at a podium, with Flake apparently standing approvingly behind him – as the voiceover artist ominously intones that Flake "joined Barack Obama in criticizing SB1070, Arizona's immigration law." Flake's campaign immediately pounced, charging that Cardon doctored the photo. The Cardon campaign denied nothing, with a spokeswoman responding that: “We used multiple images of Congressman Flake and President Obama to demonstrate the similarity of their positions on amnesty." (You see, it's, like, a metaphor, man!) Size of the buy: $286,000. (James L)

MA-Sen: Two new polls of the Massachusetts Senate race were released over the weekend, and both show a tie game. The first is from the Boston Globe (conducted by the University of New Hampshire) which puts GOP Sen. Scott Brown up 39-37 over Democrat Elizabeth Warren. That's a weirdly high number of undecideds, but that seems to be par for the course for UNH, whose first poll showed Brown with a 37-35 lead. The most important thing to note about this survey, though, is that Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by just 12 points (46-34), in a state he won by 26 last time. The fact that the Senate race is still so close despite what must be a very unfavorable sample for Warren is a positive sign for her.

A second poll, from Western New England University, has roles reversed and has Warren up by two points, 45-43. That's a huge jump from a late February/early March poll which saw Brown on top 49-41—a net shift of ten points. WNEU also has a much more plausible Obama-Romney head-to-head, with the president leading by 22 points (56-34).

P.S. Warren also avoided a primary fight with the one remaining candidate who opposed her, local attorney Marisa DeFranco. DeFranco failed to hit the necessary 15% delegate threshold at the Democratic Party convention this past weekend, meaning she can't appear on the ballot. Warren dominated, securing 96% of the delegates' votes.

MO-Sen: Businessman John Brunner is touting a new internal from American Viewpoint that shows him leading the Republican primary with 30% of the vote, compared to 23% for Rep. Todd Akin and 22% for former Treasurer Sarah Steelman. Brunner didn't include any head-to-heads with Dem Sen. Claire McCaskill, though, which makes me wonder if he's actually faring less well in the general election than his GOP rivals, which is in fact what we saw in PPP's recent poll (albeit by just a couple of points).


IN-Gov: Republican Mike Pence touts his "hard-working Hoosier heritage" in this cleanly-produced 60 second spot, his second ad of the race. NWOTSOTB ("no word on the size of the buy"). (James L)

WI-Gov: There's a final barrage of polls in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall, including one from Public Policy Polling which shows the race tightening. PPP's survey has GOP Gov. Scott Walker up 50-47 over Democrat Tom Barrett, which is a tightening from the 50-45 Walker lead they saw in their prior two polls. As Tom Jensen notes, the sample reported voting for Obama in 2008 by a seven-point margin; if it matched Obama's actual 14-point edge, Barrett would be up 50-49. It's worth noting that like all other pollsters, PPP's last 2010 poll of this race, which also pitted Walker against Barrett when this seat was open, overstated Walker's leader: They had Walker winning by nine when he actually won by just five, largely because undecideds wound up breaking for Barrett.

Barrett's campaign also said over the weekend that their internal polling (which has been conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang) had the race tied at 48 apiece (or as they put it for media consumption purposes, Walker 47.8, Barrett 47.7). And there's a poll from Angus Reid, which, I must point out, was conducted online. They had Walker up 51-46, but weirdly, they're insisting on reporting their toplines without any undecideds, so their press release touting a 53-47 Walker lead, which I think is misleading. Even in a race as polarized as this, some people still walk into the voting both not knowing how they're going to cast a ballot, so you can't just ignore them.

Finally, Republican-linked pollster We Ask America still somehow has the recall at Walker +12. Indeed, their 54-42 score is identical to the tally in their last poll. Does anyone believe these numbers? I'm not even sure WAA does, since they include an awful lot of CYA in their writeup.

P.S. One last polling-related item: According to The Fix, there will be exit polls for Tuesday night's election. That's pretty interesting, considering we pretty much never see exit polls outside of November.

In other recall news, Politico has details on the RGA's GOTV plans, for which they're spending $1.5 million. By contrast, the DGA has contributed $110K to get-out-the-vote efforts, but it's not an apples-to-apples comparison because labor groups are also spending on GOTV. Also, Joshua Spivak of the seminal Recall Elections blog has an exceptionally in-depth overview of the recalls, including the Lt. Gov. race and the senate recalls as well, with a good deal of historical background thrown in, too.

And lastly, Tom Barrett released what is presumably his last ad on Saturday, which clobbers Scott Walker over the John Doe scandal. (David Nir & James L)


AZ-08: I'm glad to see that ex-Rep. Gabby Giffords will be appearing at a get-out-the-vote concert on behalf of Ron Barber next Sunday, just ahead of the June 12 special election, for two reasons. Obviously it'll be a great boon to Barber to have Giffords at his side, but I'm also just happy that she's well enough to hit the campaign trail.

Meanwhile, on the advertising front, House Majority PAC's latest spot against Republican goofball Jesse Kelly lands a hard punch to the gut. Using a "greatest hits" montage of some of Kelly's most boneheaded public comments (e.g. that corporate taxes should lowered to zero, that the minimum wage should be eliminated, and that Social Security and Medicare are "Ponzi schemes"), they also throw in footage of an irate Kelly lambasting then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as "a hero of nothing". To be clear, that footage is from 2010 (a fact that the ad does not hide), but it sure sounds especially unflattering to Kelly when used today. There's no exact word on the size of the buy for this one, but The Hill reports that it's backed by "six figures". (David Nir & James L)

CA-30: I have to admit I've never heard of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Online Survey (and they might want to pick a pithier name), but in any event, they've got a poll out on the 30th Congressional District race. They find Rep. Brad Sherman at 32 and Rep. Howard Berman at 24, with a host of small-time candidates coming in at 4% or less and 23% of respondents saying they're undecided. Regardless of Tuesday's primary results, though, we're basically guaranteed to see Berman and Sherman face off again in November in an all-Dem matchup.

CT-05: On Sunday evening, Democratic state House Speaker Chris Donovan held a press conference to address allegations that former staffers tried to funnel illegal donations to his congressional campaign in exchange for killing a bill pending before the legislature regarding a tobacco tax. Donovan denied any knowledge of the scheme, which led the FBI to arrest his finance director and prompted Donovan to fire him, along with his campaign manage and a finance deputy. Donovan also promised that he would not drop out of the race.

IL-12: Here's a brand-new name of a possible replacement for Democrat Brad Harriman, who dropped out of this open-seat race abruptly due to health concerns: William Enyart, adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard, who says local Dems have reached out to him. He also says that he's been told the process to pick a new candidate will begin next week.

MI-11: The Thad McCotter saga just gets crazier. As you know, the GOP veteran abandoned his write-in primary bid over the weekend, a week after disclosing that he failed to file a sufficient number of signatures to secure a place on the ballot for re-election. One move which prompted McCotter's decision was ex-state Sen. Loren Bennett's announcement that he, too, would wage a write-in campaign for the Republican nomination—and when it comes to write-ins, even one is a crowd.

But things could get far more crowded yet. Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John McCulloch, who ran for Senate for about ten days (literally) last year, has surfaced as another possible write-in candidate. So has former Oakland County GOP chair Paul Welday, who even tweeted about his interest. You may remember that Welday ran in the MI-09 primary in 2010, losing to ex-state Rep. Rocky Raczkowski—who, as we've mentioned, has also said he might get in. Two other people also took themselves out of contention last week, state Sen. Mike Kowall and attorney David Trott, but that was before McCotter bailed, so a change of heart is not out of the question. The more the merrier!

And while McCotter's press release announcing the suspension of his write-in primary campaign technically left some wiggle room for an independent general election bid, a McCotter campaign spokesman informs The Hill that there will be no such occurrence—"he’s done seeking elective office". Sorry, cat fud fans. (David Nir & James L)

NV-04: Republican Dan Schwartz is out with a new ad that attacks front-runner Danny Tarkanian for being on the hook (along with other family members) for a $17 million judgment that they owe to a creditor after they personally guaranteed a bank loan to a developer who later filed for bankruptcy. (Amusingly, the ad quotes Tarkanian's dryly understated response: "This certainly isn't good news.") It finishes with some boilerplate touting Schwartz's credentials as a "constitutional conservative"... whatever the hell that's supposed to mean. (James L)

NY-08: Ugh, just revolting. Retiring Rep. Ed Towns, clearly butthurt over the fact that Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries' robust-looking campaign pushed him to the exits this year, is endorsing the absolutely unacceptable Charles Barron in the Democratic primary instead. Click the link to see just how ridiculous Towns' statement as. As for Barron, I've said everything I need to say about him at this point, so I'm just going to leave it at that. But if you haven't heard enough, check out BuzzFeed's roundup of some of his most offensive remarks.

WA-01: The Washington State Democratic Party had its convention over the weekend, and consistent with most of the lower-level conventions, had a devil of a time picking a candidate to back in the overcrowded 1st district primary. (This would be merely for bragging rights; everybody else stays on the ballot.) In the end, they had to punt and pick nobody, but Darcy Burner got the most votes, at 39 (with 48 needed for the nod). She was followed by Laura Ruderman at 29, Suzan DelBene at 15 (surprising, since she seems to have the most establishment mojo of any of the candidates), No One at 6, Darshan Rauniyar at 5, and Steve Hobbs at 1. The Dems fared better at making picks in the three-way fights for the statewide SoS and Auditor nominations: Kathleen Drew beat ex-Seattle mayor Greg Nickels for the SoS spot, while state Sen. Craig Pridemore got backing in the Auditor race. (David Jarman)

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  •  And yet Nan Hayworth still has on her Facebook (7+ / 0-) that this was a "manufactured controversy".

    The people of NY-19 elected this sleazebag and can do a whole lot better.

  •  What a pervert!! (8+ / 0-)

    I can think of no justifiable reason for using hurling acid as a metaphor. Thats not a normal thought for anything but the most perverted mind.Certainly does show whats in his twisted little mind
     if thats not over the line, nothing is

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 05:19:09 AM PDT

    •  That's not perverted. (9+ / 0-)

      It's MALICE rooted in a hatred of women and freedom.

      Perversions are another area of republican shortcomings.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:43:45 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah - Who Says Shit Like This? (0+ / 0-)

        If he had used one of the numerous American phrases that include violent imagery but are commonly used to express the desire to defeat someone through non-physical means such as, "Let's hit them where it hurts", it still would have been an impolite choice of words for a Spokesperson. But "hurl acid"? How did he even come with that imagery? That is seriously disturbing, and not just because it is a hideous practice in other parts of the world.

  •  STOP the presses (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama just tweeted his support for Barrett against Walker in the recall. With a race this close, it's great to see Obama take a stand like that.

    •  With a presidential race this close . . . (2+ / 0-)
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      DemSign, askew

      it's great that Wisconsin Democrats are about to hand Scott Walker and the Republicans an unexpected, and avoidable, win.

      “The country tried everything Romney says, and it brought the economy to the brink of collapse”

      by Paleo on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:21:56 AM PDT

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    •  POTUS (3+ / 0-)
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      must have put a solid 10 to 15 seconds into this magnificent tweet.  He didn't even use all 140 characters!  If Barrett somehow pulls this off, POTUS can take complete credit.  The mother of all tweets!

      •  I don't think it is possible for the national dems (1+ / 0-)
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        DemSign have done any less than they did.  The only reason we got Clinton was that Obey literally begged him to come.

        And they expect enthusiasm for them in November?  If I was in WI and we lost 'cos they sat on their hands, I'd say fuck them.  Find some other voters.


        by LordMike on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:16:33 AM PDT

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        •  So much ignorance by the left in this (6+ / 0-)

          I'm just amazed how so many on the left always think Obama can solve all their problems.

          Trayvon Martin?  Why doesn't Obama do something!

          Random outrageous bills circulating through state legislatures?  Why doesn't Obama do something!

          Wisconsin recall?  Why doesn't Obama do something!

          Obama wouldn't have made a goddamned bit of difference in today's election.  Remember when he visited Jon Corzine?  Multiple times?  How did that turn out?

          Wisconsin voters don't care what the President thinks of any of this.  They don't care what the President thinks of Walker, or of Wisconsin's recent legislative activities, or of Barrett.

          Some people really need to get over themselves.

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

          by DCCyclone on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:32:20 AM PDT

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        •  Made Calls (1+ / 0-)
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          I am from SC and I made some calls into Wisconsin for DFA.  I talked to some nice people.  Sent a little money too to support the DFA effort there.  Happy to help.

          William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

          by wjhamilton29464 on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:17:20 AM PDT

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  •  can someone explain the DNC to mois? (4+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, qofdisks, LordMike, GayHillbilly

    What are they supposed to do? Do they have a purpose? Do they have a plan? Do they have anyone with any common sense inside that organization?

    how the HELL could they miss the impact of Wisconsin?

    And by the way, Where the FUCK is the president? Not even one visit? Shame on his campaign staff.

    It is though they are trying to lose, by not trying to win.

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

    by agnostic on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:24:09 AM PDT

    •  DNC (3+ / 0-)
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      analysts say the DNC decided not to embrace Wisconsin’s recall campaign as early as last year, when polling showed a tight race and it became apparent Walker’s fundraising would reach unprecedented levels in the state. Between January 2011 and May 2012, Walker raised $30.5 million, the majority from outside donors, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a watchdog group in Madison that tracks campaign spending. In comparison, Barrett has raised $3.9 million.

      “The beltway reluctance to embrace this campaign in large part is because they made an assessment the needs for November are greater,” says Paul Maslin, a national political consultant based in Madison. “There’s no way to match [Walker’s] money and at some point, [the DNC] made the decision there are other priorities.”

      “The country tried everything Romney says, and it brought the economy to the brink of collapse”

      by Paleo on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:30:20 AM PDT

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      •  Other priorities... (0+ / 0-)

        I guess decimating the state party of WI doesn't affect national dems in any way, does it...


        Dean would have spent the money, and it would have paid off in the end.  Now, the DNC will have to spend 5 times as much in WI this fall, and hundreds of times as much in the next decade by this shortsighted and foolish action.


        by LordMike on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:17:57 AM PDT

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        •  Decimating? (2+ / 0-)
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          How so?

          It was Wisconsin Democrats' decision to hold a recall election, and to hold it less than 6 months before a presidential election.  If the DNC has to spend 5 times more than they would have otherwise, which I don't think is true, it wasn't the DNC who riled up Wisconsin Republicans by doing the recall.

          “The country tried everything Romney says, and it brought the economy to the brink of collapse”

          by Paleo on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:33:25 AM PDT

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        •  No, it doesn't, they did the right thing (4+ / 0-)
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          Ellid, bumiputera, sethtriggs, askew

          The DNC's primary obligation is to help Obama get reelected, and to avoid doing things that detract from that.

          Going down the Wisconsin recall rabbit hole is the ultimate distraction.

          I'm amazed some people don't realize the obvious logic of this.  The national party's "involvement" would have to be to the tune of many millions of dollars, maybe 10 figures instead of 9.  That's a diversion of a lot of points of general election ad buys and a lot of OFA staffers' salaries.

          And all this for what was never better than a 50-50 proposition in a race that doesn't help in November.  And that's the key, that people think this matters for November.  It doesn't.  The Presidential stands alone.

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

          by DCCyclone on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:36:31 AM PDT

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          •  methinks thee and me disagree. (2+ / 0-)
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            LordMike, GayHillbilly

            There are several ways to approach an issue, in this case, an election.

            One way is to be conservative, never take chances, keep your powder dry, and hope for the beast. best. whatever.

            Another is to ignore the big picture and save up resources for something like a national campaign, saving dollars until the very end. (this reminds me of Obama's approach to health care debates, in which he was completely, unforgivably and horribly silent until pre-teabuggerers changed the debate to death panels and socialism) If he repeats his mistakes from then, he deserves to lose.

            Finally, there is another avenue. Playing it smart. Grab the debate topics early, drive home several simple points repeatedly, and invest in many fields, hoping some end up with a bumper crop. Wisconsin is such a field. The ability of a Wisconsin win to act as a catalyst is almost indescribable. Only small minded, non-thinking, paint by numbers, rote spewing morons can fail to see that. Unfortunately, the DNC, and its leader Schultz, falls into that group.

            Wisconsin could have been, should have been, an investment in November. By studiously ignoring it, the DNC, and to a great part, the White House fucked up. Royally.

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

            by agnostic on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:03:57 AM PDT

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            •  Could you explain how specifically the WI-recall (2+ / 0-)
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              would act a "catalyst" for the "national debate" without relying on vague general assertions.

              26, originally OK-1, currently NY-10. Former swingnut.

              by okiedem on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:35:08 AM PDT

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              •  sure thing (2+ / 0-)
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                LordMike, GayHillbilly

                If we win, it sends a message that we the people can beat out billionaires. It changes the very foundation of the upcoming election.

                If Obama and DNC were out there, supporting the recall, people all around the country would know that they have our backs. By avoiding it, staying above the fray, and refusing to help, they tell people all around the country, you are on your own. I am too concerned about November to help you in any way.

                Even if Walker prevails, had Obama and the DNC been out there, it would send a positive message to the people, and sent a stronger message to Kochs and Ricketts, and others, that they will be faced down in every forum. Instead, Obama and the DNC hid far away.

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

                by agnostic on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:29:45 AM PDT

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                •  No, it's just you hearing those "messages" (1+ / 0-)
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                  I'm sorry but you're merely imagining all that.

                  Rank-and-file Democrats and others aren't hearing any such thing.

                  If you can say something to prove otherwise, please do so.

                  I just saw a report on MSNBC within the past hour where someone reporting from the ground, it might've been Ed Schulz  himself, said no one there cares whether Obama was involved in helping or not.  They "get it" that this is their fight, they're not screaming out for Obama to help them.

                  Outside Wisconsin, no one cares whether Obama is helping in Wisconsin or not.  We're all working to help him get reelected, and that's that.

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

                  by DCCyclone on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:46:48 AM PDT

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                •  Send a message? (0+ / 0-)

                  You seriously think all these billionaires will disappear if Barrett wins? Republicans were sent a message in 2008 yet they came back more vicious than ever before. I think people are way out of line here.

                  "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

                  by conspiracy on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 10:09:56 AM PDT

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        •  Dean Sent DFA (1+ / 0-)
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          Howard Dean sent Democracy for America into Wisconsin.  I phone banked for them and made a donation.  They've got teams on the ground there today.  You can't stand aroudn bitching when someone else won't do their job.  Grab a mop!

          William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

          by wjhamilton29464 on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:19:36 AM PDT

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      •  If being Out Spent Defeats Them (0+ / 0-)

        The Democratic must as well just fold now because they are going to hugely outspent in most races and certainly all that matter. Money helps, but it isn't everything. Getting out the vote is what really matters and that can be done without a big bankroll.

        It simply boggles the mind that the DNC can see the impact on Unions that Walker has already had and not realize that WI is ground zero. If they think money is tight now, what do think is going to happen after Republican controlled states wipe out all Unions?

    •  I know OfA is in and walking WI (7+ / 0-)

      At least from a report from one of our DKE friends who works full time in the Chicago HQ, and was sent to knock on doors in Milwaukee and Madison.

      "I hope; therefore, I can live."
      For SSP users, see my Tips for Swingnuts diary

      by tietack on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:38:29 AM PDT

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  •  Obviously an "Alien" reference (1+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z

    He was just identifying with John Hurt, having the eggs of Conservative thought buried inside him, the incubation period was over and it was time for him to burst forth onto the political scene.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:32:23 AM PDT

  •  RAss VA Senate: Kaine 46-44 (2+ / 0-)
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    “The country tried everything Romney says, and it brought the economy to the brink of collapse”

    by Paleo on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:33:15 AM PDT

  •  Can't stand Nan Hayworth (2+ / 0-)
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    PinHole, milkbone

    she's not very smart - she's the epitome of a GOP tool, repeating the same tired talking points no matter what the question is, over and over and over

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:33:42 AM PDT

  •  Did people _really_ think that Townsend (1+ / 0-)
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    literally meant throwing acid (H+) at women as opposed to "vitriol" or "comments dripping with acid"?

    Causation was, is, and ever shall be a slippery bitch, so we're best sticking with noting the facts

    by jam on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:39:52 AM PDT

    •  Doesn't matter. (10+ / 0-)

      No place for that shit.  Have been numerous well publicized incidents of women having acid hurled at them literally.  It leads to death or severe disfigurement.  No doubt Townsend was speaking metaphorically, but there is no place for this kind of rhetoric.  Fuck him!  As you can see, I am not a fan of inappropriate language.

    •  Here, have some imagery for your thoughtless (8+ / 0-)

      Free Image Hosting at


      •  yes, all too true (0+ / 0-)

        I agree that this was incredibly insensitive on the part of the GOP - but as I think most readers here know, just one more shot in their war on women.

        Having volunteered to do health car in south asia, violence aganist women using this method is one of the most horrific things imaginable. a burn of the type produces searing pain for weeks and months.

        "I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she (Christina Taylor-Greene) imagined it." President Obama

        by guavaboy on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:38:37 AM PDT

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    •  No place in politics for that (2+ / 0-)
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      jam, madhaus

      just like talk of shooting elected officials

      The guy's a POS and I hope he has to leave political work because of this.

      It's one thing to say, "we're going to kick their ass." It's quite another to say, "Let's hurl acid at females who disagree with us."

      Also, notice how he wrote the word female and not just all Senators, male and female both? That gives you a clue about how he feels about women. Plus, it's one thing to slip up and say something stupid; it's quite another to actually write something so vile and then put it out on the internet.

      If you don't understand why this is so disgusting, then I feel sorry for you. And your female relatives.

      •  agreed, mostly (0+ / 0-)

        To be clear, the fact that I didn't think he meant it literally is vastly different than thinking that it was acceptable political speech. It was vile and disgusting and a form of stochastic terrorism - whether he meant it to be or not.

        I was surprised by the fact that no one seemed to think of the expression "vitriol" in context and immediately jumped to the literal meaning.

        As for "female and not just all Senators" he was commenting directly about an article about female Senators.

    •  PS (0+ / 0-)

      I notice you use the term "bitch" in your tagline.

      It might indicate why you don't think what he said is a big deal.

      •  gone (0+ / 0-)

        I've had that tagline for a pretty long time and you were the first to point it out. I suppose it doesn't matter and you likely don't care but the original author was a woman writing about baseball:

        Causation was, is, and ever shall be a slippery bitch, so we're best sticking with noting the facts: Bautista is trying to hit more fly balls, he delivered on that, and he's striking out less. [+]
  •  There must be a series of Republcian workshops (2+ / 0-)
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    jam, madhaus

    aimed at helping repubs craft inane and offensive non-apologies for managing the completely predictable aftermath of the persistent tendency for these lowlifes to 'misspeak'.

    What they call "misspeaking' Freud called a "slip": an accident moment of telling the truth.

    The ability to turn the blame onto those who complain about the transgressions is part of an advanced workshop series.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:42:22 AM PDT

  •  Three more Michigan candidates kicked off ballot (4+ / 0-)
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    Mark27, dfe, sapelcovits, madhaus

    MI-Sen: The Senate Republican primary is down to four candidates after Peter Konetchy was removed. Out of 15,000 signatures, he turned in 15,130 - but only 14,676 were good. He could've turned in up to 30,000 signatures to meet the requirement.

    MI-07: Mike Stahly (R), who is challenged Tim Walberg in the Republican primary, was also kicked off. Out of 1,000 needed signatures, Stahly turned in 1,004, but only 958 were good.

    MI-08: Michael Magdich (D) was also removed from the ballot, leaving Lance Enderle as the presumptive Democratic nominee.  Magdich only had 916 valid signatures out of 1,388 turned in.

    In each of these cases, a high percentage of signatures were good - but clearly they didn't follow the most important rule of petition gathering: Collect many more than you need. Konetchy could have turned in 30,000 signatures, while the Congressional candidates could have turned in 2,000.

    More Democrats? Better Democrats? Fewer Tea Partiers? Get all three with Trevor Thomas (MI-03)!

    by ScottyUrb on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 06:56:16 AM PDT

  •  What makes me wonder is why she was (0+ / 0-)

    elected and why she'll probably win in November.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 07:17:30 AM PDT

  •  while Berman/Sherman gets more ink, (2+ / 0-)
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    R30A, madhaus

    the more important race is just west: CA-26, where the House Majority PAC has spent $700K attacking an independent (former moderate Republican) Linda Parks to ensure Dem Julia Brownley makes it into the top two. Phony Tony Strickland, a GOP Young Gun, will probably come in 1st. He's amassed a $1M war chest and is saving almost all of it for the general election.

    I've made 300-500 calls for Brownley. I've blogged about her and Parks. I hope to be celebrating victories for her and, 2000 miles away, for Tom Barrett.

    Panelist, Netroots Nation 2012, "Coal and the Grassroots Fight for Environmental Justice." @RL_Miller

    by RLMiller on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:08:31 AM PDT

  •  Cardon v. Flake (0+ / 0-)

    The more money they throw at each other, the less the winner will have in November against Carmona. Although PPP has Carmona down by 13 at this point, that's the same amount Cardon has gained since the primary started in earnest. It will be a much closer race after the primary, IMO.

    Where are the jobs, Mr. Boehner?

    by Blue Intrigue on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:09:30 AM PDT

  •  Metaphore (1+ / 0-)
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    "Hurl Acid at" must be a metaphor for engage in an issue oriented, fact driven discussion over coffee!  Nuking someone must be a metaphor for a hug fest as well.  Poor kid, he won't work again any time soon.  Facebook is dangerous.  

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

    by wjhamilton29464 on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:15:18 AM PDT

  •  CA-8 (was CA-40&41) .. pickup upset for Dems? (2+ / 0-)
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    R30A, madhaus

    Under California's new "Top Two Primary" rule, it's possible to have two Democrats or two Republicans, or even two indies, running against each other in November. Today there's a decent chance of two Dems emerging in this once-GOP stronghold. Now if you look up CA-8 you see it's Nancy Pelosi's seat up north. But things have been renumbered, apparently. I say apparently because most sources are using the old numbering, I guess because the numbers don't take effect until today. The new CA-8 was redrawn from CA-40 and CA-41. (Pelosi will be in CA-14 I think)

    Cong. District 8 is a redrawn SoCal desert area by the state's non-partisan redistricting panel, which broke both parties' lock on gerrymandering safe districts. This was formed from part of Rep. Jerry Lewis' seat, he a long-time and powerful Republican who saw the tea leaves and decided to retire after more than three decades. Three avowed tea bags are in the race.

    The L.A. Times has a rundown of the race. There are 13 candidates, comprised of 10 Republicans, 2 Dems and one indie, (he an ex-GOPer despised by his party, apparently because he doesn't like them much). Now this new district is 42% Republican, 33% Dem and 19% indie (I'm one of the indies). But owing to the 11-way slugfest between GOP hopefuls and the one indie, we're looking at some splitting (splitters!). Even the Calif. Republican Party couldn't decide whom to endorse, so they didn't.

    Which is strange. Why wouldn't the Calif GOP get behind someone? Because they're stupid? True. Anyway, this one is under everyone's radar, but look for a surprise. I'm going to the polls now.

  •  Macaca over there... (1+ / 0-)
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    Too little, too late for poor Nan. This one will stick like hot tar to her come election time.

    Someone should place a bronze plaque in the Repub Caucus room that says

    Remember George Allen!

    Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

    by Idaho07 on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 11:09:08 AM PDT

  •  the stupid ones (1+ / 0-)
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    always think they can control a situation that has spun out of control.
    Nan must have a case of the double stupids, because she continues to defend the guy she fired with her 'manufactured controversy' statement.

    If the other half of her brain was engaged, she would know by now that the only way to escape this is an abject apology with some  former aide ass-kicking thrown in.

    Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

    by Idaho07 on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 11:44:15 AM PDT

  •  Hayworth's campaign is imploding (2+ / 0-)
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    KingofSpades, madhaus

    As I posted elsewhere, I am the Tom who lives in Hayworth's whose initial in your face comment to Jay Townsend was part of what set him off and caused him to lose his cool and to refer to acid tossing at Democratic women; other progressives on the Facebook page where this occurred helped to prod him in this direction as well.

    Anyway, Hayworth's campaign appears to be in a state of chaos. It does not appear that she actually fired Townsend. But it does appear that in accepting his resignation (and who knows who prompted it) it shows that Hayworth's bid for reelection is in deep disarray. This is a very winnable seat for a Democrat, particularly in light of some changes due to redistricting. If anyone wants to further discuss the politics of this district, I would invite you to join in on a part of Facebook discussion groups: Where's Nan Hayworth?  and NY 19 US House Civil Discussion Center. In fact, Townsend's comments are still up there. Please join us.

    Randian for me means "Prince Randian" from the 1930s horror classic Freaks and is not a reference to libertarianism.

    by Randian on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 02:16:18 PM PDT

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