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Re: Open Thread

I've decided, Harry Reid should just come out and call The Politico a bunch of liars.  It seems all the parties never even talked to that right wing rag.

by Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle 2007-06-14 02:16PM | 0 recs
by dearreader 2007-06-15 12:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Open Thread

Check out the update at
The Republican presidential graph is all over the place! The Democratic graph is interesting too - despite recent claims that Hillary is headed up, pollsters shows her trending down, albeit slowly. Gore seems to be the only one with noticeable upward momentum.

And then look at the Bush approval graph - just for laughs.

by LandStander 2007-06-14 03:10PM | 0 recs
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I don't know why I continue to watch Cable news. I found myself earlier listening to Pat Buchanan (and worse, agreeing with him) as he was arguing with some wingnut about if Scooter should be pardoned....

What the hell is wrong with these people? It is ok to impeach Clinton for getting a Blow-job, but not ok to impeach this guy for covering up the outting of an undercover CIA agent??

I just don't freaking understand.

by benjamink 2007-06-14 03:15PM | 0 recs
Funny Obama fan video.

Check out the following diary on this new wildly popular fan made music video.

Video: Hot woman says, "I got a crush on Obama"

by lovingj 2007-06-14 03:20PM | 0 recs
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Is it just me or is the "Hillary's race to lose" post by Jerome kinda broken? Only some comments are expanded and readable, the others are listed in thread form and not all of them are selectable to be able to expand and read them. I've not had this happen before on mydd. Is this some sort of limitation of the platform being used that it can't handle displaying that many comments all at once?

by Quinton 2007-06-14 03:20PM | 0 recs
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254 comments!? If I wanted that I'd go over to DKos!
It looks like the comments have been automatically condensed - probably due to the volume.
by LandStander 2007-06-14 03:28PM | 0 recs
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I think it happens when the comment tree gets beyond a certain length (about a dozen comments deep, something like that.)

by Englishlefty 2007-06-14 03:30PM | 0 recs
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I think there should be an option at the bottom of the post to "Display" comments in the form that you want them displayed. Choose the "nested" option to get the full expanded thread.

by Korha 2007-06-14 05:27PM | 0 recs
Hillary beat Rudy by 48:43 in NBC/WSJ poll

Yet the Democrats' overall strategic posture as 2008 approaches remains far stronger. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, who has strengthened her lead in the race for the Democratic nomination, leads Mr. Giuliani by 48% to 43% in a potential general-election matchup after trailing by a similar margin three months ago

by lambiel 2007-06-14 03:25PM | 0 recs
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Fuck the Politico and their lies about Reid!!

by bsavage 2007-06-14 03:46PM | 0 recs
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I was watching CNN last night and they did this whole graphic where Reid was a sasquatch (Hairy, get it!) and how he was out of control for saying he will propose more Iraq votes soon. They argued he is only doing this to please the "anti-war left". <sigh>

by LandStander 2007-06-14 03:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Query

I have an issue for the administrators of MyDD.  However, I can't find an e-mail address on the site.  So I'm going to pose it here.

As part of my "Mudcat Saunders and Regional Stereotyping"  post, I alluded to Dan Gerstein, a political consultant who most recently worked for Joe Lieberman's re-election campaign, as a "conservative" critic of the liberal bloggers.

Much to my surprise, Dan Gerstein replied to my e-mail, objected to being called a conservative and invited me to ask him questions.  This I did and I also asked if I could post our exchange in my MyDD diary.  Still, somewhat to my surprise, Mr. Gerstein has agreed to have our exchange published in this venue.    

My question is this.  Is the publication of this kind of exchange a legitimate thing to do with my MyDD diary.  I think MyDD readers might be interested in hearing Gerstein's replies to my questions concerning his position vs liberal bloggers in the Democratic Party.  At the same time, I greatly value MyDD and would not want to do anything that the administrators find objectionable or contrary to the spirit of the MyDD site.

Is there an e-mail address I could send the query to or is this a good place to ask about the appropriateness of publishing my exchange with Gerstein in my MyDD diary?

by Ric Caric 2007-06-14 04:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Query

Sounds fine, diary away.

by Jerome Armstrong 2007-06-14 04:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Open Thread

since you asked-
why is Donald Rumsfeld given an office and an extensive staff close to the pentagon and NOTHING ever came of his role in the abu gareb torture program? 07_rumsfeld_transition.html  (a washington times story is cited)

Really, doesn't he have to pay some price?

by eyesonthestreet 2007-06-14 04:27PM | 0 recs
Bad day

   Jerome's post on Hillary didn't put me in a very good mood -- especially since it was pretty depressingly hard to argue against.

 And now this absolute abomination of an immigration bill is being revived in the Senate -- by the Democrats. A bill that I hoped was going to disappear into the mist.

 And no sign that any leading Democrats have connected the dots between the Iraq cave-in and their tanking in the polls.

 The Democrats weren't always this pusillanimous. Were they?


by Master Jack 2007-06-14 05:09PM | 0 recs
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 Yeah, you'd think the Republicans would have learned to keep their powder dry, as the Democrats so obligingly did when they were in the minority.

 And as they continue to do in the majority.

 Can they design a special neutron bomb that only affects DC Dem consultants?

by Master Jack 2007-06-14 06:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Bad day

We have had a lot of Republicans join the Democrats to get elected.  Seems like they still think the same way.  We need more real Democrats running.

by pioneer111 2007-06-14 08:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Bad day

Going from defence to attack after a dozen years is a hard change to make.

That's not to excuse their actions, it's merely to say that we need to ride herd on them every time it looks like they might falter.

by Englishlefty 2007-06-15 02:44AM | 0 recs
Dina Titus won't challenge Jon Porter in NV-3

She made that announcement tonight on Jon Ralston's political show here in Las Vegas. She said the DCCC had approached her about it, but she has decided to concentrate on the state senate, and helping Hillary's campaign in the West.

Excellent decision by Titus. I'm very relieved. Porter can be had, but it's an uphill struggle and you need an ideal candidate. Against Titus he could rely on the standard hatchet jobs via misleading/lie commercials, and since Titus already has high unfavorables the claims would have been gobbled up.

Titus mentioned a female candidate who intends to run, but I missed the name. It does not appear that '06 nominee Tessa Hafen will pursue a rematch with Porter.

by Gary Kilbride 2007-06-14 06:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Dina Titus won't challenge Jon Porter in NV-3


We need a strong candidate to take out Porter now before he can make a strong challenge to Harry Reid in 2010.  I hope there we have someone good lined up!

Is Rory Reid still a possibility?  I'll try to catch that episode of Face to Face...

by mbcarl 2007-06-14 07:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Dina Titus won't challenge Jon Porter in NV-3

That section came at the very end of the program, final two minutes. Ralston was asking Titus about the similarities between her problems in rural Nevada and what Hillary will face. Titus was very blunt about the situation, that it is much easier to convert someone who just moved here, and lives in an urban area, than to sway a rural individual whose family has four generations of Republican roots. You can tell she is frustrated she didn't get the turnout in Clark County.

Yes, Rory Reid is still a possibility. Another name I've heard is Richard Perkins, who many thought would be the nominee for governor last year but he declined to run. Both would be strong candidates. And I've also heard Shelley Berkley's husband is considering a race in that district. What gives there? Don't they live together? How can one spouse run in one district and the other in another, even if they are adjoining districts?

Berkley, BTW, has been raising plenty of cash since moving to the majority, potentially trying to intimidate any type of primary challenge. She has more than double the cash that Porter has raised so far this year. He spent virtually everything against Hafen and is running at less than half the fund raising clip he managed at this point last cycle.

by Gary Kilbride 2007-06-14 07:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Dina Titus won't challenge Jon Porter in NV-3

I think Nevada is going blue.  The difference between registered Republicans and Dems is negligible and Gov. Gibbons has proven such a liability that 2008 will be a Dem sweep in Nevada.  The casino owners still continue to give money to Republicans even though business is down at all the strip casinos because of the gas prices. Old habits die hard.  

by changehorses08 2007-06-14 09:49PM | 0 recs
Certainly possible

Depends on the matchup. Hillary will have a tough time because the rurals will bury her and she doesn't seem like the ideal candidate for Washoe (Reno).

I would rank Nevada no better than 4th among the states we lost lost time, in terms of likelihood of flipping. New Mexico, Iowa and Ohio would definitely be ahead of Nevada. Then perhaps Florida and Colorado alongside Nevada. The third tier, IMO, would be Virginia, Missouri and Arkansas, followed by North Carolina, Arizona, West Virginia and Montana. I may have left one out, typing on half an Ambien at 4:30 AM.

by Gary Kilbride 2007-06-15 03:35AM | 0 recs
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I think this is interesting: Hillary in a virtual tie with McCain and Ghouliani in Texas. Texas! I haven't seen anything on this, despite the poll being conducted late April-early May. My apologies if this has been diaried. 7/06/is_texas_turnin.html

[T]he survey shows Republican contender Sen. John McCain essentially tied with Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton among registered voters, with McCain at 36% and Clinton at 35% in a head-to-head contest. Republican Rudy Giuliani and Clinton also are essentially tied, at 32%-31%.

Link to full poll results: nt/PubCon_Journals/Texas%20Lyceum%20Poll %20Executive%20Summary_final.pdf

by domma 2007-06-14 07:40PM | 0 recs
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This is unbelievable news. Who would have thunk it a few years ago--a Republican President so bad that he could take his own party down.  My neighbors who have been Republicans for 3 generations have switched their registrations to Independent to show their anger at their own party.  As Dems we have to stand behind our party and give them a veto proof Congress.  Talk about changing an agenda........

by changehorses08 2007-06-14 09:42PM | 0 recs
&quot;Why I support Bill Richardson&quot;

Not me, but this mother of 4 in New Mexico.  It's a really wonderful diary entry, and I'd encourage everyone to take a look, regardless of your preferences. 181858/223

by CNYAlison 2007-06-15 08:06AM | 0 recs
Support Progressive Media

I am writing to encourage Progressives to support progressive media.  I don't know if there is any hope for PBS although there are still some good programs on like Moyers and Frontline. Gwen Ifill, McLaughlin, and Macneill Lehrer  are not worth watching. The war documentaries are so bad I feel I have to write a letter complaining about them if I do watch.   I would like to see progressive media supported to a degree that it will be possible to start a daily progressive newspaper.

I would like to see Pacifica and Air America become very popular and have them available to most of the country.  I realize it isn't possible because every progressive wants to lead his own revolution and create his own media..  It is just a hope.

by realtime 2007-06-15 05:00PM | 0 recs


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