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Sherrod Brown speaking at the 2012 Ohio Democratic Party Convention.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, speaking at the Ohio Democratic Party Convention.

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It's a real treat to introduce you to the newest Daily Kos endorsed, Orange to Blue candidate. Well, as if Sen. Sherrod Brown really needed an introduction to most members and readers of Daily Kos.

This is one of the seats that Republicans pasted a big ol' target on, long ago. Defeating Sherrod Brown was a major goal for them, not just in trying to find their way to a Republican majority in the Senate, but to defeat one of the Left's most stalwart defenders.

Their candidate is Josh Mandel, a 34-year-old "rising star" in the GOP, who has called Sherrod Brown's voting record "un-American." Those two clues let you know he's another tea party puppet of the GOP. So far, he hasn't made much of a dent in the polling, unable to close a seven-to-eight point deficit. But, according to the latest poll from PPP, they can and have been eroding Brown's popularity. They see "voters souring on Brown." In their August survey, Brown had a 41-37 job approval/disapproval rating. This month it's 42-44.

That's likely because the Right is making this the most expensive Senate race in the country, pouring millions and millions in dark money into the state to destroy Brown. Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, the Chamber of Commerce, and other shrouded groups have spent a combined $15 million against Brown as of late August. They vow to spend at least another $6.7 million. One of those shrouded groups, the Government Integrity Fund, has spent $1 million of that, and has been under scrutiny because of the close ties the organization has to the Mandel campaign, a legal no-no largely flouted by the Right.

[T]he Government Integrity Fund is run by a state lobbyist who in turn employs a former top Mandel staffer.

The lobbyist, Tom Norris, is listed as the Government Integrity Fund's chairman and treasurer. Norris owns an Ohio lobbying firm, Cap Square Solutions, and last year hired a top Mandel aide, Joel Riter, to work at the firm.

Goal ThermometerTypical. Brown's staying afloat despite this onslaught, but it's not going to end. He's going to remain a top target of the GOP because Ohio is a swing state and because they want to take down a true liberal. It would be a huge coup for the Right to take down one of the Left's strongest champions. That's a coup we have to prevent.

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  •  Obviously, (18+ / 0-)

    we're pretty thrilled to have Sen. Brown on board.

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:02:41 PM PDT

    •  You neglected to mention (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      fugwb, Larsstephens

      that Josh "The EmptySuit" Mandel is not only the sleaziest and most dishonest candidate I have ever seen run for office, he's also a completely unqualified bought-and-paid-for puppet of special interests. He is a disgusting and unethical human being. He needs to be crushed. If he wins this seat, he will be running for president in 2016 — mark my words. Stop him NOW.

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

      by anastasia p on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:19:53 PM PDT

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  •  Sen. Sherrod Brown has coal issues (1+ / 0-)
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    divineorder

    He's a serious coal-hugger. Can't go there.

    Who else needs support?

    I'll kick down for GreenDems in trouble.

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:05:57 PM PDT

    •  So you'd prefer a tea-bagger (4+ / 0-)

      in that seat, with the possibility of throwing control of the Senate to the GOP and putting Turtle McConnell in charge? Best way to neuter Obama is to make sure he doesn't have a Congress who'll work with him.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:25:08 PM PDT

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    •  You have a point. Progressives , though not (1+ / 0-)
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      greendem

      sure how green, are on this  list of downticket progressive candidates via Digby which we sent money to recently<

      blockquote>http://blueamerica.crooksandliars.com/...Still, though not up with coal,  will support Sherrod Brown even with the coal.

      How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

      by divineorder on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:45:10 PM PDT

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    •  Bullshit (2+ / 0-)
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      fugwb, Larsstephens

      Are you unaware that Josh Mandel is the bought-and-paid-for puppet of Big Coal? Go look up the amount of donations he has gotten from people like Murray Energy. Mandel IS the coal candidate.

      Sorry we don't have some absolutely pure candidate you can vote for. Ohio Green candidates are babbling idiots, and I have to wonder if you in fact ARE 2010 Green gubernatorial candidate Dennis Spisak, Mr. High and Mighty who spent his entire campaign smearing Ted Strickland and getting into flame wars with anyone who defended him – mostly on energy issues. Thanks to Spisak and his role in electing Kasich — who won by two points and with 49% of the vote — I would never even think of voting for a Green candidate again. I consider them lower than teabaggers.

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

      by anastasia p on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:23:42 PM PDT

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      •  Well said Anastasia (1+ / 0-)
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        Larsstephens

        spisak is truly a POS.  If he would have smeared kasich (and there was/is a lot to smear) just half as much as he did Ted maybe things would have been different.  I was done with the greens in 2000.  

        And your comment up thread. mandel is by far the most unethical, lowest, scumbag I've ever seen. IMO he would make romney AND shrub look honest.  We have to make sure this little bastard doesn't get elected........

        "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

        by fugwb on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 07:32:03 PM PDT

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  •  Why this one? (1+ / 0-)
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    tremayne

    If there is any problem with the campaign to re-elect Sherrod Brown to the Senate, a lack of money is not the problem.

    In fact, Brown is leading in the polls, fairly consistently.

    Now, it may be that election fraud of various kinds -- reduced hours for early voting, strategic denial of enuff voting machines to black precincts, etc. -- may present a problem for the Democrats, sending money to Brown's campaign is not likely to help those problems in any way.

    Maybe Brown came to a Netroots National Event and made y'all fall in love.

    But frankly, the dKos endorsements seem really wacky to me.

    i wish you would try to find a race where our contributions could actually make a difference in electing a Senator. This is not one.

    •  It's taken this long to add in Brown (7+ / 0-)

      because now, the race is apparently tightening.

      No one's forcing you to donate to any of the O2B candidates; it's there as an option.

      And remember, GOTV efforts for Brown will also help Obama in OH, which is a key state; if Romney loses OH he might as well figure out which one of his houses to which to retire; he's political toast in that case.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:27:00 PM PDT

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    •  It's not a given (7+ / 0-)

      because of the massive amounts the bad guys are going to be putting in on this, and because Mandel has been chipping away at Brown's lead. Is anyone in a panic? No. But the onslaught against him in the next six weeks is going to be massive.

      Obviously, everyone decides on an individual basis who to contribute to. No one has to give to anyone they don't want to, just because they're on the Daily Kos list.

      "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

      by Joan McCarter on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:28:38 PM PDT

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      •  wrong race (1+ / 0-)
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        Woody

        much more bang for your buck on close races. Brown is awesome, just doesn't need our help as much as others.

        Confusing stuff in italics at the end of my comment.

        by tremayne on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:31:13 PM PDT

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      •  Where is the Orange to Blue list? (0+ / 0-)

        I'm not finding an easy link to the current list of names.

        So I'm only going on my befogged recollection that it's a pretty mainstream, DSCC-type, incumbents and popular favorites list, with only one or two edgy choices in either house.

        And I do recognize that in a few cases a dKos endorsement might not be helpful, but would be used by the hate-radio crowd to create extraneous problems.

        •  Here is the 2012 Orange to Blue list (1+ / 0-)
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          Woody

          https://secure.actblue.com/...
          You can find all of the Daily Kos candidates there.
          Cheers

        •  Found it on Act Blue (1+ / 0-)
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          aufklaerer

          Senate Orange to Blue: Tammy Baldwin in WI, Martin Heinrich in NM, Mazie Hirono in HI, Chris Murphy in CT, Elizabeth Warren in MA, Sherrod Brown in OH.

          Yeah, well.

          Tammy Baldwin in WI is in a fight for sure, against a dirty-playing Repub machine that knows how to win.

          But Martin Heinrich in NM is doing so well now that the Repubs cancelled their ads. It's over. He's in.

          Mazie Hirono in HI the Act Blue blurb says is in "one of the most winnable" races in the country; so she needs our help why?

          Chris Murphy in CT could get hurt if someone throws a folding chair into the arena, but  ...

          Elizabeth Warren has had numerous problems, tho doing not bad for a beginner in elective politics. Whatever her problems, however, they do not include a shortage of campaign funds.

          Sherrod Brown in Ohio, Ground Zero for the Obama Ground Game, where Obama and Brown both hold leads against weak opponents. Of course the margin is tightening; it is a two-party contest.

          Tim Kaine in VA and Bill Nelson in FL, also not hurting for money, and both will surely ride with Obama.

          Well, that leaves Tester in MT; I know he disappointed us on some votes.

          But Richard Carmona in AZ needs money simply to overcome his low name recognition.

          Why not Shelley Berkley in Nevada? A smallish state where our candidate polls behind, but not far behind.

          I guess we should stay out of MO, where we could be distracting. And maybe ND in a similar way.

          In sum, my money to Baldwin, maybe Carmona and Berkley.

          But then, the real fight is in the House.

      •  We in Ohio (0+ / 0-)

        need to start a massive LTE exposing mandel's backers.  It's in the works..

        "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

        by fugwb on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 07:34:14 PM PDT

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    •  Here's one such race, though the candidate is (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Larsstephens

      a moderate.  We like him because he has a record in the state of supporting teachers and education.  Can't say he is a progressive, but he is a far better candidate than the teabagger he is running against!

      Photobucket

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      Paul Sadler was featured in The Texas Tribune/New York Times on Sunday.
      Here is an excerpt:

          We have the qualified candidate. They do not,” Sadler recently told a crowd of Democrats in Seguin. “I am the one that served in the Legislature. I am the one that chaired committees. I am the one that built a school system. I am the one that helped you build schools and educate your children.”

          While the U.S. Constitution does not require senators to have experience in elected office, Sadler has made clear that Texans should demand nothing less from whomever they elect to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is retiring.

      http://www.sadlerforsenate.com/

      How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

      by divineorder on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:52:10 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, lack of money IS his problem (1+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens

      Maybe his only one since Mandel rivals Romney as a crappy candidate. Absolutely, sending money Brown's way is going to help him — he can make a dollar equal $10 of Mandel's and he needs them desperately. I wish I could donate, but having just become unemployed I can't. However, I will be going over to the new headquarters Sherrod's campaign is opening in my part of town Friday and seeing what kind of volunteers they need.

      This is a race where donations DO matter, although I am getting more comfortable with his consistent lead.

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

      by anastasia p on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:26:14 PM PDT

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  •  Well, duh. (6+ / 0-)

    When do we endorse pie?

    Or did I miss that?

    Supporter: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!" Adlai Stevenson: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!"

    by Scott Wooledge on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:08:57 PM PDT

  •  Perfect timing. (10+ / 0-)

    We sent a donation this morning. We had discussed the best use of our money and Sen. Brown came out #1.

    Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

    by side pocket on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:09:07 PM PDT

  •  Need Malware help... My Wordpress site (0+ / 0-)

    may have Malware. (Long Story.)

    I need a computer person who can fix it fast. Anybody here who can do that? I'll pay. Happily.

    Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

    by teresahill on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:10:31 PM PDT

  •  Is it just me.. (0+ / 0-)

    or does 34 seem kind of young for a Senator.

    PS What is going on with Olympia Snowe's seat?  

    It's not easy being a Floridian: PS I'm a lawYER now; no longer a lawSTUDENT.

    by lawstudent922 on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:12:28 PM PDT

    •  Olympia Snow is likely to be replaced by (4+ / 0-)

      Angus King, the popular former governor of Maine - an independent. We still don't know who he'd caucus with, but assuming he is sane, I'd put my money on the Dems.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:22:06 PM PDT

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    •  Biden was 29 when elected (0+ / 0-)

      Age isn't The Empty Suit's issue; being sleazy, bigoted and dishonest ad having accomplished absolutely nothing in his career as a politician except looking for a bigger office to run for is. I have known people much younger than Mandel I think would make great U.S. Senators. Mandel would be unqualified at any age.

      Josh Mandel: disintegrating before your very eyes

      Josh MandelBlur

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

      by anastasia p on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:33:46 PM PDT

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  •  We can't afford to lose Brown (4+ / 0-)

    and I'd hope he considers runing in 2016, just to stir things up.

  •  Don't want to let what happened to Russ (6+ / 0-)

    happen to Sherrod.   have been "in" this one for awhile.

    Sherrod, Elizabeth, Hillary in any order.   my bench for 2016.

    "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

    by kj in missouri on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:18:09 PM PDT

    •  Sherrod won't let (5+ / 0-)

      what happened to Russ happen to him. He's running like his seat depends on it.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:25:59 PM PDT

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      •  tossed the line out (5+ / 0-)

        in case anyone wanted to use it.  :-)

        i've donated to Sherrod's campaign and think his win is crucial,  as is Claire McCaskill's, despite a vote of theirs or two.  

        the Rustbelt, the Heartland, the South, the West.... we've got to put an end to the Tea Baggers in a resounding way this election.   Sharrod's win is essential to that end.

        plus, i want to see him go national in a few years.

        "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

        by kj in missouri on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:32:58 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks for setting me up. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          kj in missouri

          And I'm glad to see that people here don't consider it heresy to suggest that Feingold's heart maybe wasn't in that last campaign.

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 02:07:43 PM PDT

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          •  ? sidnora (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            sidnora

            i'm not sure what you mean by "setting you up" but i can assure you that unless we have a personal, off-line relationship that has gone sour in some sort of horrible way,  i do not set people up.   it just isn't something i do, intent on-line is hard enough to read as it is.

            i am all about one-line messaging, and tend to toss those out. that's all that way.  

             i don't want to see the people of Ohio suffering like the people in Wisconsin.   i support Sherrod Brown, even though he's not my Senator.

            and i wouldn't mind seeing Russ in the Supreme Court.   :-)

            "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

            by kj in missouri on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 02:17:04 PM PDT

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            •  Whoops! (1+ / 0-)
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              kj in missouri

              This is how bad things begin online. I meant "setting me up" in the best possible sense,  the way a straight man sets up a comic and then allows him/her to deliver the punch line (and get the laugh) - not setting me up to be abused! I meant, thanks for giving me an easy opening.

              There was NO sarcasm there. Please accept my apologies for my part in this misunderstanding.

              "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

              by sidnora on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 07:56:57 PM PDT

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  •  Isn't Brown easily winning? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tremayne, Woody

    Wouldn't money best be spent in true toss up races?

    •  He WAS winning easily. (6+ / 0-)

      He's still winning by a decent margin (about 7%), but that's half of what it was a couple of months ago. How much tighter than that would you be comfortable with?

      I've been donating to his campaign for months now, despite the margin. This is OH, who knows what might happen, and we really cannot afford to lose him.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:24:59 PM PDT

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    •  you are absolutely right (0+ / 0-)

      we really need to target close winnable races RIGHT AWAY.  Sending money to those 5-10 points up or 5-10 down at this ate stage is wrong wrong wrong.

      Confusing stuff in italics at the end of my comment.

      by tremayne on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:32:57 PM PDT

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    •  He probably is, but with the opponent he has (0+ / 0-)

      we don't want to take ANY chances. It's about a great progressive who genuinely cares about people vs. an arrogant tool who won't even reveal his positions (He told the Cleveland Plain Dealer it's not his job to say what he stands for because he's not in D.C. voting yet. He also told them it was their job to figure out if he was telling the truth. You can pretty much assume at any given time he isn't. He's a bigger liar than Paul Ryan.)

      The Republicans really believe they can pull this one out and elect an ethically challenged cipher if they pour enough money into it.

      Josh Mandel 3534

      Is someone in there or is that an Empty Suit?

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

      by anastasia p on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:37:45 PM PDT

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  •  We need public financing (2+ / 0-)
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    anastasia p, supercereal

    We cannot keep up with corporate bribes. It is destroying our democracy and it must be made illegal, the sooner the better.

    Conservatism = greed, hate, fear and ignorance

    by Joe B on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:19:48 PM PDT

  •  What took you so long?;^) eom (2+ / 0-)
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    Joan McCarter, kj in missouri

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:26:36 PM PDT

  •  I'm not too worried... (2+ / 0-)
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    Woody, OhioNatureMom

    Sure, we have to stay wary, and donating to Brown's campaign is not a bad idea.  But I'm not really losing any sleep, at the moment at least, over Brown's chances of reelection.

    There's one simple reason for this:  Every day, it's looking better for Obama in Ohio.  Even the conservative polls have had him ahead lately, and the other polls show him with a comfortable lead.

    So if Mandel is going to bump off Brown, that means he needs votes from Obama voters.  Seriously, does Mandel seem like the kind of candidate Obama voters would split their ticket for?

    Brown is just hugely lucky that his first reelection campaign is in a presidential year.  In a mid-term, all the attack ads might depress his support and keep his voters at home.  But people are going to come out to vote for Obama, and almost all of them are going to vote for Brown.

    ------RM

    •  Polls have shown that (0+ / 0-)

      about twice as many Republicans will vote for Sherrod as Democrats will vote for The Empty Suit. TES has been so dishonest and so arrogant that even the very conservative Cleveland Plainly Republican (Plain Dealer) and Columbus Disgrace (Dispatch) have ripped him to shreds. He holds the Plain Dealer PolitiFact record for "Pants on Fire" and "false" ratings. No one even comes close. He probably will not get their endorsements (I'd put money on the PD endorsing Brown, although they'll whine a lot about how unfair he is rich people and big business). Don't know what the Dispatch will do. The Cinci Expirer (Enquirer) will probably endorse Mandel.

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

      by anastasia p on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:41:13 PM PDT

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  •  The way things are going (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Woody, OhioNatureMom, binkycat

    Brown should win this one. Hard to believe Rove is going to continue to waste money trying to prop up obviously flawed Mandel. Let him waste his cash on this race. Less money to flood the airwaves against the President.

    So, Brown, Warren, McCaskill, and now Kane are having a good couple of weeks. I am not as nervous about the senate as I was pre-convention.

    •  i want landslides... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ImagineOhio

      but that's just me.  

      "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

      by kj in missouri on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:37:18 PM PDT

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      •  We NEED a landslide in this race (1+ / 0-)
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        kj in missouri

        Mandel is ruthlessly ambitious in the worst way. He wants the big prizes without acquiring ANY record of accomplishment or offering positions on issues to constituents because his real constituents are his big-money donors. And they've tapped him to be President. He needs to be destroyed politically NOW.

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

        by anastasia p on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:42:33 PM PDT

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  •  don't forget (4+ / 0-)

    the gop has unlimited funds for not only ads but voter suppression, and you had better believe if the right has to get violent, felonious, and illegal to win this election they will do whatever it takes, nothing will be out of bounds to this group of fascists, to them the end justifies the means, haven't we heard that before.

  •  Oy. Someone needs to tell the Ohio Democrats (0+ / 0-)

    that if they want to bring back the Democratic dominance of the Clinton years, they need to ditch the Reagan-era graphic design already. Seriously, it looks like that same podium placard has been up there for 30 years.

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 02:08:48 PM PDT

  •  You don't need a human face (0+ / 0-)

    when you are the complete tool of big corporate special interests

    EmptySuit

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

    by anastasia p on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:46:18 PM PDT

  •  Here's a photo of Sherrod (0+ / 0-)

    hanging out with the kind of people Mandel would not deign to talk to:

    SherrodGroup638*

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

    by anastasia p on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:47:45 PM PDT

  •  we got to keep Sherrod Brown (0+ / 0-)

    He's too good to lose.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 06:30:06 PM PDT

  •  Petition Obama before Nov. request the filibuster (0+ / 0-)

    be radically changed this session or abolished. Why? Because I expect the Neocons will take it if they win anyway. They've played fast and loose with it and they will not give up the ball. If he doesn't trust them to play fair, he should say so. That's his job. Oh, they will be offended. But if they want to play that game they've been playing...

    With taking that strategy of announcing a Democratic senate majority if we win would have us double down and get the Senate back. If we lose he can promise the people more gridlock. Why would the Americans expect to have anything else? And if they must perform for these next two years, we should be on them to block neoconservative aims. The other side of the aisle needs a new way of doing business with the American people.

    If Obama really wants to fire up the activist base, there is a chance of a sweep. It's early enough. But we want him listening more to his base this next four years. Push establishing the public funding of elections or suchlike. It's 's perfectly fair if Obama calls it a new ball game after years of GOP abuse. If we can get Harry Reid on board to ensure the change, I think liberals everywhere could get fired up about this.

    I mean, jeez, if Kos is optimistic, and in September no less, maybe this does have legs.

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