I Won't Let Bush Ruin My Birthday

Today is my birthday. Given this, the last thing I will do tonight is watch Bush blather on with yet more deception, death, and destruction of the Constitution while giving his SOTU speech. I will, instead, be drinking some very nice beer and having some very nice food down in Old City. I will see you all again tomorrow. This is an open thread.

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Transcript via Atrios, MSNBC reported this morning that Vice President Dick Cheney was as involved as one might have expected in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson. Among the things learned by MSNBC's David Shuster in the trial of Scooter Libby this morning: "Also, the special prosecutor claims that Libby destroyed a note which would have showed the Vice President's early involvement in this case."

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Just in case you had something you needed to get off your chest.

McCain Begs Theocons For Forgiveness

It is nice to see a principled, independent-minded maverick like John McCain flip-flopping and pandering to extremists. From Faux News:In a radio interview with KCBI, a Dallas Christian station, Dobson argued that McCain did not support traditional marriage values and said he has prayed "we won't get stuck with him." Dobson is founder of the Christian conservative group Focus on the Family.

"I'm obviously disappointed and I'd like to continue and have a dialogue with Dr. Dobson and other members of the community," McCain said Tuesday during a stop in Columbia.(...)

"I'm happy to say that I've established a dialogue with a number of other leaders," including the Rev. Jerry Falwell, "Purpose Driven Life" author Rick Warren and Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention.

McCain has reached out to conservatives he once crossed. Last May, he spoke at Falwell's Liberty University in Virginia. In 2000, Falwell opposed McCain's campaign for the Republican nomination and supported George W. Bush. At the time, McCain labeled Falwell and others on the right and the left as "agents of intolerance." That's John McCain for you.

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A few things...

  • Approval ratings: There are three new major national polls out today, Fox News (.pdf), Hotline-Diageo (.pdf), and Los Angeles Times-Bloomberg (.pdf). The first pegs the President's approval rating at 35 percent, with 58 percent disapproving; the second also finds the President at 35 percent, though with 62 percent approving; the third shows Bush's approval to be 39 percent and his disapproval to be 59 percent. The first two polls show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a net approval or favorability rating, 33/24 positive in Fox and 36/23 approve in Hotline. (The Times-Bloomberg poll did not ask about Pelosi.)
  • Escalation: According to the aforementioned Times-Bloomberg poll, a 51 percent majority of Americans want Congress to block the President from sending more troops into Iraq, either by denying funding (25 percent) or another legislative maneuver (26 percent).
  • Senate 2008: Following up on the news that Montana Senator Max Baucus would be raising money for South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson, who still remains hospitalized, the Associated Press is reporting that Johnson has hired campaign guru Steve Jarding as his Deputy Chief of Staff. For those unfamiliar with Jarding, the AP explains that he "is a native of South Dakota and worked for Johnson in 1997 and 1998. He helped elect Democrat Mark Warner as governor of Virginia in 2001 and has worked for former Democratic senators Bob Kerrey of Nebraska and Tom Daschle of South Dakota." [ed., Jerome: Steve Jarding also was head honcho behind the Jim Webb & netroots victory in VA in '06]
  • Republican Primaries: In his column in Roll Call this week (which is now available for free online), Stuart Rothenberg argues that Rudy Giuliani is very unlikely to nab his party's presidential nod next year. The choice grafs:

    Does anyone seriously believe that a Democrat who opposes legal abortion could be nominated for president by his or her party? Democrats wouldn't allow that officeholder to even speak at the party's national convention 10 years ago. (That may have changed now that many Democratic leaders seem intent on broadening the party's tent. We will see in 2008.)

    And if the Democrats wouldn't nominate a cultural conservative, why should anyone believe that Republicans would pick a social liberal? It seems to me that you need to suspend all your analytical faculties to believe the GOP will nominate for president a Republican who supports abortion rights, and is pro-gun control and pro-gay rights. It just isn't going to happen, at least not in my lifetime.

  • On the lighter side:This is how people drive in Portland when it snows, as it did a couple days ago (when this video was taken).
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