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Last week's Hell to Pay was a barn burner, raising almost $29,000 for Tammy Baldwin in the Wisconsin Senate race in response to the deplorable gay-baiting from her opponent's, Tommy Thompson's, campaign.

That's how it works. We find the worst action by an opponent or outside group against one of our Orange to Blue, Daily Kos endorsed candidates, and we make them pay. And you get to decide who benefits, by nominating candidates off of our Orange to Blue list in comments here. Then tomorrow evening, we'll vote on which candidate should "win" the week by having the worst opponent in the world. The fundraising vengeance happens Saturday night.

But, this week, I have a feeling that this one is going to be hard to beat. This is an ad from The National Republican Trust PAC against Jim Graves, who is trying to bring Minnesota's 6th District back to sanity by defeating Rep. Michele Bachmann. You know her, right? Right. Here's one group that is wholly opposed to sanity, running this ad about, you guessed it, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Bachmann said that that Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated the federal government, infiltrated the State Department through an aide to Hillary Clinton. She's said that her colleague in her state's delegation, Rep. Keith Ellison, has ties to the organization. As Jim Graves said, that's both "outrageous" and "ridiculous." The NRT PAC says that that means "Jim Graves defends Muslim Brotherhood."

So, what have you seen out there against one of these candidates that can beat this one? Nominate away in the comments.

Note: Because Tammy Baldwin was last week's featured candidate, she's ineligible this week. And, remember, only Orange to Blue candidates are eligible.

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  •  Darrell Issa (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Aunt Pat, Eikyu Saha, drmah, HeyMikey, Puddytat

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up ! ! !

    by Churchill on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:01:18 PM PDT

  •  Eric Cantor (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, Puddytat

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:02:10 PM PDT

  •  I nominate Paul Ryan, for general and constant (4+ / 0-)

    assholery.  Support his challenger Dem. Rob Zerban for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District.

    I believe we help each other in times of need. I want all our children to get an excellent education. Every American deserves health care. I love my country. I am a patriot. I am a voter. I am a Democrat.

    by mumtaznepal on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:02:45 PM PDT

  •  Debate cspan3 warren now (1+ / 0-)
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    wall Street Casino is the root of the problem. Don't call them banks.

    by timber on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:02:50 PM PDT

  •  Elizabeth Warren! (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, Eikyu Saha, Puddytat

    As she's going up against Scott "I'm to sexy for my truck" Brown in the debates tonight.

    Hillary Sent Me. OBAMA/BIDEN '12

    by HillaryIsMyHomegirl on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:03:59 PM PDT

  •  This native American thing (0+ / 0-)

    is weird.

    Do I laugh now, or wait 'til it gets funny?

    by WalterNeff on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:07:39 PM PDT

    •  What's weird about it? (3+ / 0-)
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      drmah, addisnana, Pam from Calif

      I really have no idea about Warren's family.  But true or not, many families have stories that go way, way, ... like WAY back, and the stories get told and retold, then misunderstood and retold again.  I think a Native American heritage story is totally cool for any number of reasons -- not just for being "true" or "not true." Like it or not, people are connected to the past in amazingly direct ways.  

  •  We had SO much fun last week (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, eeff

    Hope everyone marks their calendar and joins in, no matter who the benefit is for this week. This is just such a fun community to hang out with.

  •  Remember, your choice needs to be... (4+ / 0-)

    ...someone running AGAINST one of these candidates.

    Ami Bera (CA-07)

    Joe Garcia (FL-26)

    Martin Heinrich (NM-Sen)

    Jose Hernandez (CA-10)

    Mazie Hirono (HI-Sen)

    Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02)

    Chris Murphy (CT-Sen)

    Patrick Murphy (FL-18)

    Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01)

    Manan Trivedi (PA-06)

    Elizabeth Warren (MA-Sen)

    Mark Takano (CA-41)

    Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)

    David Gill (IL-13)

    Jim Graves (MN-06)

    Lois Frankel (FL-22)

    Kathryn Boockvar (PA-08)

    Pat Kreitlow (WI-07)

    Betty Sue Sutton (OH-16)

    Rick Nolan (MN-08)

    Sherrod Brown (OH-Sen)

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:10:31 PM PDT

    •  How is Tammy Duckworth (D) (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Eikyu Saha, Puddytat

      who is trying to unseat Joe Walsh (TEA)
      NOT on your list?

      Is this race (IL-08) already won by Tammy? By Joe?

      Joe is blowing $1million in the next 12 days trying to besmirch a veteran!

      And rumor sez Boehner has $2-3million more for Joe to play with.

      Is there a good explanation why you are ignoring her? This is a seat in the House! It is as important as any other! And winnable — a damned shame if not won!

      Please explain.

      skipping over damaged area

      by Says Who on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:21:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  We'd love to add her (1+ / 0-)
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        But she never answered our questionnaire.

        •  Send it to me. I'll get it to her. (1+ / 0-)
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          This is a seat in the House. Your purpose is foolhardy without her. UNLESS your motive is anywhere other than winning the HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES on November 6th.

          I'm on earth. Where are you?
          Please send that questionnaire over and I'll personally satisfy your bureaucratic needs.

          I'm shocked you have conditions preventing you from knocking a tea party darling off his pedestal.

          For anyone politically active and not waiting at a mailbox for a damn questionnaire, here is a very worthy cause that could benefit you AS AN AMERICAN!
          Kick a buck:

          (didn't answer a questionna... well fiddled-dee, now I've heard everything. Seriously!)

          Please excuse my shock and awe. We're trying to win an election here! May I quote, you'd "love to add her." Just do it.

          skipping over damaged area

          by Says Who on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 05:15:20 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  That simply is not the way it works (1+ / 0-)
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            Joan McCarter

            We reach out to staff, make personal contact, explain our process, send on the questionnaire.

            It's VERY important to this community that certain stances of candidates are clear -- we don't want to end up with a Blue Dog or someone who is anti-choice, for example.

            Her campaign never answered the questionnaire.

            Campaigns often will do this for strategic reasons, keep in mind. Maybe they DO agree with our stands, but don't want to state it publicly for fear it will hurt their election chances. Or maybe in their district, they fear that association with Daily Kos or "outside" liberal money can be used against them.

            We respect those judgments. And we figure campaigns know their territory, their business, and who will hurt and help them better than we do.

            •  Thank you for your explanation. (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:

              I guarantee that Joe Walsh counters the objectives of this community. And that Tammy Duckworth aligns with the objectives of President Obama.

              Watch the race in IL-08, everyone.
              And let's turn that seat blue!
              Tammy is Duckworthy. Joe is a lame duck.
              That IS the way it works...

              I'll shut up now. Send money.

              skipping over damaged area

              by Says Who on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 05:35:36 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

    •  Oh, Meteor, trying to keep us focused! LOL (0+ / 0-)

      I believe we help each other in times of need. I want all our children to get an excellent education. Every American deserves health care. I love my country. I am a patriot. I am a voter. I am a Democrat.

      by mumtaznepal on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:23:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  against Michelle Bachman (4+ / 0-)


    "The border between the Real and the Unreal is not fixed, but just marks the last place where rival gangs of shamans fought each other to a standstill." - Robert Anton Wilson

    by Marcus Junius Brutus on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:14:14 PM PDT

  •  That anti-graves ad his hilariously bad (1+ / 0-)
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    not only does it have a childish "I know you are but what am I" structure to it, it allows graves to say reasonable-sounding things for free. Wow.

    Got my Jim Graves bumpersticker at the I'm driving around pissing off wingnuts all over the district.

  •  Holy sh!t. Can't recall seeing more reprehensible (1+ / 0-)
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    ads then that steam pile of putridness in the video clips.  I second the vote for Jim Graves.

    "Some folks rob you with a six-gun, some rob you with a fountain pen." - Woody Guthrie

    by Involuntary Exile on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:21:44 PM PDT

  •  Joe Herandez (1+ / 0-)
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    Joan McCarter

    Just because he was an astronaut

  •  Lets go with Graves (2+ / 0-)
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    rosarugosa, JanL

    Hard to beat Bachman as the "worst in the world" but I'm sure we will get around to all these asshole opponents before it is over. The Republican Party is truely like the bar scene in Star Wars as one of our front pagers stated. Oh to have a light sabre but donations are our weapon. Lets use it. Put Up The Bat as this old Deaniac would say!

    I am pro-life. Bring our troops home ALIVE!

    by Doc Allen on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:24:20 PM PDT

  •  Warren is doing well, she is much more focused on (0+ / 0-)

    hammering some very simple points about Brown's voting record....portraying him as a hand maiden of big oil, the wealthy and so on....Brown's arguments are not as strong or as focused.....he has to avoid his voting record. So far I think she gains more than him in this debate.

  •  My Local Races... (1+ / 0-)
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    Joan McCarter

    David Rivera -- Joe Garcia's website

    Allen West -- Patrick Murphy's website

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

    by lawstudent922 on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:30:20 PM PDT

  •  Graves, please. (1+ / 0-)
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    I haven't moved, but thankfully I got re-zoned out of Michele Bachmann's district.  Yes, Ms. BatshitCrazy and her prayTheGayAway husband now live in (D) Betty McCollum's 4th district.
    But she's running for re-election in the 6th anyway.  I threw some money into Grave's campaign (not a lot; I'm not a 1%er).  
    Because it was the right thing to do.

  •  Pat Kreitlow (1+ / 0-)
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    Theodore J Pickle

    He really has a chance, but needs more $$$.

    Not only that this Orange to Blue thing is good luck. Baldwin's race is 18 points since we did this for her!

  •  Can we vote for more than one? (0+ / 0-)

    Mine in descending order of preference are:
    1) Tammy Baldwin
    2) Manan Trivedi
    3) Joe Garcia

    Of course, I'm very fond of Elizabeth Warren, but I think she's finally found her legs (Gott sei Dank).

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:37:05 PM PDT

  •  I nominate Carol Shea-Porter ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Watch this EXPLOSIVE VIDEO to see this horrifying woman having a lovely man drug away in chains. It will chill you to the bone.
    Then, support her for having the patience of Job.

  •  GARY DELONG!! (0+ / 0-)

    Delong is a wingnut protege of Dana Rorhabacher!!  Alan Lowenthal has been a fantastic Progressive voice for Long Beach in the CA State Assembly and Senate for more than a decade.  Lowenthal should win, but it's WAY too close for comfort. DeLong is a union-busting, outsourcing Tea Party Approved trust fund baby who would be a DISASTER for Long Beach and CA.


  •  Linda McMahon (3+ / 0-)
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    JanL, netop, Joan McCarter

    Linda McMahon, who must be defeated by the stellar Chris Murphy, has been raining mailers and vile ads on us here in CT for three years now.  

    Like the villain in every thriller film ever, Linda only pretended to be vanquished in 2010.  Just when we thought it was safe, we discover: THIS MOVIE ISN'T OVER!!!

    Make it end!  Let the credits roll on her vanity campaign. In seriousness: she spent $50 Million last time and is en route to another $50m.  In a state with 2 million voters.  Murphy needs our $ because he is not well knows in every district.

    Murphy is a tremendous candidate, and Linda is filling up every commercial break with lies about his record.  Make her pay.

    Republicans just try to block anything Democrats and science have to say.

    by Russells 10 on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:56:09 PM PDT

  •  Jim Graves! (1+ / 0-)
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    Susan Gardner

    I am a camp host for the summer in MN 08 but I live in MN 06. Had a camper a couple of days ago studying my bumper stickers. He looked up and said, "I'm from Jim Graves' district also." He's an active volunteer as am I. I loved the idea of already calling it "Jim Graves' district."

    I really wonder if Tinklenberg could have beat Bachmann in '08 if we had got him money sooner.

    FYI I have worked for Bachmann's opponents in her two state senate races and every US House race phoning and door knocking. Sooner or later one of them will help her 'retire.' I continue in spite of the record. One of these campaigns, selfishly, I'd love to attend a victory party.

  •  Dan Lungren has been suspiciously quiet (1+ / 0-)
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    Joan McCarter

    but he's sitting on $1,156,710  right now, so we have to expect that money to gushing out pretty quickly.

    Heck, why does he need to spend his own money when he has the Sac Bee, the local McClatchy rag, advertising for him?

    Ad Watch: Democrats' ad against Dan Lungren overreaches on 'Wall Street' claim
    Published: Friday, Sep. 14, 2012
    Analysis: Paid for by House Majority PAC and Service Employees International Union, the ad is part of a broader effort to paint the incumbent Republican House members as too close to Wall Street, which is held in low regard now. It lacks context, however, and doesn't substantiate the conclusion that Lungren is a Wall Street pawn who does nothing for the middle class.


    In 2009, Lungren voted against federal legislation aimed at enacting regulatory changes for the financial industry in the wake of the 2008 economic collapse. Many Republicans opposing the bill argued that it was too costly, would cut off access to credit and could hurt job creation.

    Read more here:

    Yes, dear citizens, Mr Lungreen is all about creating jobs.

    Ami Berra has an excellent chance of taking this seat from a hardcore predictable Republican.   Volunteers are going door to door to door every single day. They're working the phones, talking to neighbors, working working working.

    But it takes lots of cash too and every little bit helps.

    We could use extra help out here.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 06:08:43 PM PDT

  •  Scott Brown (1+ / 0-)
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    Joan McCarter

    ...for bringing some BS about Warren's heritage that has already been addressed?   hell. to. pay.

    ...for demanding that she make public her personnel records from her previous employers (something nobody does who iis running for office), when the guy at the top of your ticket won't release his taxes (which everyone BUT him has done)?   hell. to. pay.

    ...for borrowing Romney's smirk?  hell. to. pay.

    ...for continuing to mention you fucking truck?  Hell. To. Pay.

    ...for casting Warren's success as a professor as something to be ashamed of?  Hell. To. Pay.

    ...for insinuating that you and Kennedy are on the same page, never mind even being in the same book, about anything*? A very special flavor of Hell to pay.

    ...for being a cocky sonofabitch that's so good looking that you think can get away with shit like "guilty as charged...I don't wanna raise taxes", which is not only false, but also about as sophisticated as walking into a job interview and saying "My greatest weakness is that I work too hard"?  HELL. TO.  PAY.

    ...for all your "Professor Warren and her piggy-bank" crap?
    HELL. TO. PAY.

    ...for citing the US Chamber of Commerce as an independent authority?  HELL. TO. PAY.

    ...for claiming that you are bipartisan?  HELL. TO. PAY.

    And, most importantly, for the past two years you have missed only one vote.  You have voted with the Republicans when they needed you.  You voted for progress when the the Republicans didn't need your vote for a particular act of obstructionism and the party allowed you to vote in a way that you could point at for the good citizens of Massachusetts and say "Look, right here I was all bi-partisan".  You are worse than a true-believer.  You are an opportunist.  And you are deceitful because by casting the occasional vote (when allowed), you hoped to present yourself as something you are not, thereby proving you are something worse than the tea-heads.  You have proved yourself to be a partisan without conviction.  So...

    ...for your cynicism and your dishonesty,
    ...for having no convictions,
    ...for cheapening the American political process
    ...for thinking you could pull one over on the people of Massachusetts
    ...for your lack of leadership
    ...for selling your soul to the Republican Party in exchange for power

    Think, Mr.Brown.  Think.  Imagine.  Dream...
    about all the circles of hell you have heard about.  Then think and dream some more... about circles of hell that Dante never dreamed of... a circle of Hell filled with Justin Beibers.  A circle of Hell with just you and Snooki reading "Democracy in America" followed by Zinn and Chomsky and Twain.  A circle of Hell where the sooty, rocky ceiling cracks opens every morning and just as you feel cool air cutting through the brimstone and just as the light of the sun hits your eyelids, you open your eyes to find Jefferson descending from Heaven to punch you right in the dick and fly back up through the once-again closing ceiling, which invariably drops little hot pieces of rock in eyes.  This is how you start every day in this circle of Hell.  Getting punched in the dick by Jefferson and have hot rocky crumbs fall in you eyes.  And every afternoon, you look longingly back on how lovely your day started.
    Think about this Mr Brown, because you should enjoy the next few days, because in a few days, there will be..




    *(okay... anything but Kennedy's misguided opposition to offshore wind)

    "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars" --Casey Kasem

    by netop on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 06:25:03 PM PDT

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