An Open Thread

A few things in this relatively quiet period between national holidays:

  • A judge in Missouri has written a largely political tome bashing what he sees as the liberal attack on the judiciary. Left out of this equation, of course, is the fact that when judges, like the one in question, take overtly political stances, as this judge does with this book, it debases our entire American judicial system.
  • According to a Northern Virginia Imam, Muslims in the state backed Jim Webb over George Allen by roughly a 47,000 to 3,000 margin. These numbers appear to be anecdotal -- exit polling does not include Muslim among the religion choices, but the 7 percent in the "other category" did vote for Webb by a 78 percent to 22 percent margin -- but they nonetheless raise some interesting questions worthy of further examination.
  • Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, Republican from Alabama, writes today in The Washington Post that the Democrats should embrace a bipartisan plan to "fix" Social Security with private accounts. This is just the type of "bipartisanship"I have warned about and that Congressional Democrats must stay away from.
  • Joe Biden, the incoming Senate Foreign Relations chairman who has an eye on the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, is pledging to block any move by the White House to further escalate the violence in Iraq by sending more American troops.
  • By the time of the next census, Florida may have as many congressional seats as New York. This prospect indicates that the Democrats need to get straight to work at strengthening the party infrastructure in the state so that Republicans are not able to indefinitely capitalize on the population shift away from so-called "blue states" to the so-called "red states."
  • The battle over robo-calls continues as the state of Nebraska moves to investigate voter suppression using prerecorded phone messages. This could mean that the National Republican Congressional Committee is in their sights.
What's on your mind today? Consider this an open thread...

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I agree whole heartedly with your position on the

bipartisanship of this paragraph:  We need to get far, far away from it and all those who are promoting the bipartisanship doctrine on how to get along with across the aisle.

"Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, Republican from Alabama, writes today in The Washington Post that the Democrats should embrace a bipartisan plan to "fix" Social Security with private accounts. This is just the type of "bipartisanship" I have warned about and that Congressional Democrats must stay away from."

by dk2 2006-12-26 10:08AM | 0 recs
Re: An Open Thread

Re., Biden's comment.

Thank you for posting it, I just went to his Senater website and sent him an email congratulating him and letting him know I fully supported his position. I am so looking forward to a Democratic House and Senate I could cry.

Best of the Holiday Season to ALL!!!

by ozma 2006-12-26 11:01AM | 0 recs
"Surge" is just a political scam

It will take 6 months, or more, to get the surge going and then they will whine that it needs to be given a 'chance', more time, and having gotten dumbass Democrats on board they will have effectively disarmed Democrats of their most potent weapon/issue in 2008.  This is just a replay of 2004, when so many Democrats went along and were neutered in 2004 by their support of the war.  

All this does is delay the inevitable, buying time for the Republicans.  This is just a political scam a sure as the invasion was, to rally the public around the military and stay the course.......kicking the can past the 2008 elections  and disarming Democrats.  

Reminds me of that old Peanuts cartoon where Nancy is holding the football for  Charlie Brown.  She promises that this time its for real.  Charlie goes for it every time and at the last minute she pulls the ball away and Charlie Brown lands  on his face.  Senator  Reid, meet Crharlie Brown.

by NorCalJim 2006-12-26 11:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Migration from blue to red states

People moving from blue states to red states is not necessarily a bad thing.  As most of us know, many Democratic House seats are very consolidated.  This is opposed to Republican seats which more often than not, just lean red.  I'm more than willing to have Democrats from NYC - most of who's reps get re-elected with 70+% of the vote - move to lean Republican areas to help balance them out.

by NYPopulist 2006-12-26 11:10AM | 0 recs
Re: Migration from blue to red states

Then again..

maybe it's time to expand the House to 455 members or more to combat the likelyhood that Congressmen will be representing huge constituencies (half million people for most districts)

by RBH 2006-12-26 11:47AM | 0 recs
Re: Migration from blue to red states

Great idea to expand the House.  After the 1960 census, House members represented a little over 300,000 per seat now they represent over 650,000.  This is one of the reasons people feel disconnected from their members of Congress.  The problem is expanding the size of the House is difficult considering the contempt that people hold most politicians in.  

by John Mills 2006-12-26 05:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Migration from blue to red states

And of course in the Constitution the number mentioned is "not more than one per thirty thousand." Even with advances in communications, it's difficult to see how a person now could effectively represent twenty times as many people as those 200 years ago did.

On the other side of the coin, the logistics of a legislative body with 10,000 members would be a bit daunting, to say the least. Still, I think the case could easily be made that doubling the number of reps would make the body more representative and responsive to the views of constituents.

by taliesin 2006-12-27 08:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Migration from blue to red states

It would be nice if the NYers moving to Florida where changing the political dynamics of the state but I don't see much evidence of that.  The bigger concern is that we need to start building a competitive Dem party in states like Florida and other places where the population is growing or our just won majority could be short lived.

by John Mills 2006-12-26 05:27PM | 0 recs
Re: An Open Thread

Didn't Biden do an about face here?  Wasn't he talking about giving the administration one more 'last chance'?

by IsThisOverYet 2006-12-26 11:30AM | 0 recs
Re: An Open Thread

Whatever his past position is, it's a good thing he's adamantly opposing any increase now.

by PsiFighter37 2006-12-26 11:59AM | 0 recs
Exit polling

"These numbers appear to be anecdotal -- exit polling does not include Muslim among the religion choices."

Did they at least provide "Macaca" as a choice?

by rexus 2006-12-26 12:13PM | 0 recs
Good for Nebraska

I'm thrilled to see the Nebraska PSC is investigating the robocalls. Here in Idaho, the Larry Grant campaign was hit with similar automated calls starting in early October. Direct Strategies (the RNCC vendor behind at least some of the Kleeb calls) was paid $6,253 by the RNCC to oppose Grant with phone banking as late as November 2, so Grant (and irate Idahoans) basically dealt with this for close to a month.

I'd love to see the 110th Congress crack down on this sort of crap.

by Julie Fanselow 2006-12-26 12:31PM | 0 recs
Re: An Open Thread

The Virginia Muslim voter numbers may be anecdotal, but there can be no doubt that Muslim institutions worked hard to increase the Muslim vote nationwide. Community leaders clearly see electoral muscle as an essential element in protecting the community from no-nothings like Congressman Goode. I wrote a round up of Muslim GOTV efforts after having the pleasure of walking a precinct with one such activist in the McNerney-Pombo race.

by janinsanfran 2006-12-26 02:28PM | 0 recs
I feel bad

Why am I feeling sorry for Joe Biden? I'm confused.

by FreedomOFSpeechFromTheDNC 2006-12-26 09:34PM | 0 recs

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