Today’s Tidbits…..August 20th, 2007

August 21, 2007

Where is everyone? Bueller? Bueller? Hello…..

A few little items for your enjoyment:

Turns out Rudy spent more time watching the Yankees than he did at Ground Zero. Article here.

In the no shame department, Petraeus is the latest to play politics with 9/11. Oh, and, by the way, Petraeus isn’t even writing the report.

Keith Olbermann’s ratings are up over 75% since last year, and they are giving his show a shot as the lead in to the ridiculously popular Sunday Night Football this weekend on NBC.

Anybody watch the debate? I’ve watched almost all of them, and they each leave me hoping more and more that Albert Arnold Gore will get into the race. I have issues with each of them, and just can’t get as excited yet because my hope still is that Gore gets in. Check out this great diary on Daily Kos. For the real gore afficionados out there, check out The Gore Hub.

The Bush administration doesn’t care about your children.

and finally, a good friend of mine has started a wonderful blog about his daughter and her life with Diabetes. Please check it out and pass it on to your friends…. Arden’s Day


The Mayor Who Cried Wolf

May 2, 2007

I pointed out over on my little site how insulting Giuliani’s remarks of a few days ago were. Since then Keith Olbermann took a shot at him and we have the video from that for you.

Crossposted here.

Firefighters don’t invite Rudy

March 10, 2007

This is unbelievable. This is the kind of stuff that will doom his campaign. Forget about the 3 wives, marrying his cousin, living with 2 gay guys, or being pro-choice.

Fire Fighters Don’t Invite Rudy

One quote:

What Giuliani showed is a disgraceful lack of respect for the fallen and those brothers still searching for them. He exposed our members and leaders to arrest. He valued the money and gold and wanted the site cleared before he left office at the end of 2001 more than he valued the lives and memories of those lost.

Our members deserved the right to continue with a full search for their lost brothers and other innocent victims. Proudly, as you know, the fire service has a code similar to the military, where we leave no one behind. Recovering even a piece of a turnout coat or helmet gave our FDNY brothers and sisters and the families of the fallen some small semblance of peace, something to honor. But hundreds remained entombed in Ground Zero when Giuliani gave up on them.

The fundamental lack of respect that Giuliani showed our FDNY members is unforgivable – and that’s why he was not invited. Our disdain for him is not about issues or a disputed contract, it is about a visceral, personal affront to the fallen, to our union and, indeed, to every one of us who has ever risked our lives by going into a burning building to save lives and property.

Read the whole thing. It’s worth it.

Are we looking at a blow-out? Smile about ’08 everyone.

February 19, 2007

Yes, it’s very early, but looking ahead to 2008 fills me with joy. I’m not a gigantic fan of HRC, but I’m confident that she, or any of the other leading democratic candidates, will make mincemeat out of the potential Republican candidates.

Here’s why:

None of the Republicans, despite their best efforts, is likely to win over the base of the party. Some of the evangelical base may hold their noses and vote for them, but they are not going to galvanize the party the same way that Reagan did in ’80 and ’84 or W did in ’00 and ’04.

Let’s take them one at a time:

McCain is despised among the religious right, mainly because he has taken positions in the past that they can’t forgive–
1–He authored and was a leading advocate of campaign finance reform (a thorn in the side of the conservative base) otherwise known as McCain-Feingold legislation,
2–He has criticized the Republican Right as “agents of intolderance”, remember this great quote:

“Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right,” McCain said in 2000.

3–He supports a practical approach to immigration, which conservatives, especially conservatives in Arizona abhor:

His approach would:
* Create a temporary worker program for unskilled workers from other countries.
* Promote working with foreign governments to provide incentives for illegal immigrants to return to their home countries.
* Enable illegal immigrants to apply for permanent legal status after paying back taxes and a fine of at least $2,000, and completing a six year temporary worker program.

4–McCain has equivocated on the issue of same-sex marriage and gay rights:

From CNN: “The constitutional amendment we’re debating today strikes me as antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans,” McCain said. “It usurps from the states a fundamental authority they have always possessed and imposes a federal remedy for a problem that most states do not believe confronts them.”

and then this:

The Arizona Republic: Aug. 26, 2005 12:00 AM
Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he supports an initiative that would change Arizona’s Constitution to ban gay marriages and deny government benefits to unmarried couples.

All of these things have led conservatives over the years to distrust McCain, to never consider him “one of them.” So what does he do? Does he keep the straight-talk express alive? Does he hold true to his positions and hope to win over independents? No, he veers hard to the right:

From the Boston Herald:

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Republican presidential candidate John McCain, looking to improve his standing with the party’s conservative voters, said Sunday the court decision that legalized abortion should be overturned. ”I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned,” the Arizona senator told about 800 people in South Carolina, one of the early voting states. McCain also vowed that if elected, he would appoint judges who ”strictly interpret the Constitution of the United States and do not legislate from the bench.”

He kisses Falwell’s ass:

Falwell and McCain first made peace in a face-to-face meeting a few months ago. In a sign of their improved relationship, McCain has agreed to be the graduation speaker at Falwell’s Liberty University on May 13.

and he hires all the thugs who smeared him last time:

Taken together, the moves provide the strongest indication yet that Mr. McCain intends to run a far tougher campaign than the one he ran in the 2000 primary. And they come as he transitions from being a onetime maverick to a candidate seeking to gather his party around him and create an air of inevitability about his prospects for winning nomination.

Yes, all of this might convince just enough conservatives that he can be trusted, but in doing so, he will alienate the people who won him New Hampshire last time, the moderate independents. And he has eliminated any chance of rogue conservative Democrats crossing party lines. If he’s the nominee, he will get wiped out.


The last thing the GOP is going to want is a flip-flopper from Massachusetts.
The video says it all. He has flipped on abortion (imagine the ads McCain will run with this clip) so hard his head must be spiining.
Check out this quote from 1994 on gun control, from

In his 1994 US Senate run, Romney backed two gun-control measures strongly opposed by the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups: the Brady Bill, which imposed a five-day waiting period on gun sales, and a ban on certain assault weapons.
“That’s not going to make me the hero of the NRA,” Romney told the Boston Herald in 1994.
At another campaign stop that year, he told reporters: “I don’t line up with the NRA.”
And as the GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2002, Romney lauded the state’s strong laws during a debate against Democrat Shannon O’Brien. “We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them,” he said. “I won’t chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety.”

so what does he do now? How about join the NRA. Seriously:

“I have a gun of my own. I go hunting myself. I’m a member of the NRA and believe firmly in the right to bear arms. In our state . . . there are a series of laws restricting gun ownership in various ways. Over the past four years, I’ve worked very closely with the Gun Owners’ Action League here, which is an affiliate of the NRA, and we’ve made some changes which I think they feel have been positive steps. And so you are going to see that, I think, hopefully, in other states as well, as they make progress, perhaps further than Massachusetts has.”

And I won’t even go into what evangelicals really think about Mormonism…..

Giuliani. (Yes, this is really him kissing Trump):

*** small things:
Three wives (one of which was his cousin), lived with 2 gay men after his last divorce, pro-choice.

There are rumblings out there that Rudy dropped out in 2000, not because of cancer, but because they had polling that showed he was going to get wiped out by HRC, from The Chris Matthews Show…..

Ms. BUMILLER: I was city bureau chief for The New York Times when Rudy Giuliani was running against Hillary Clinton, and there are an awful lot of Republicans in New York City and New York state who think that the real reason he dropped out of that race was not his prostate cancer, but the fact that he was significantly behind Hillary when he dropped out. And there’s a lot of Republicans in New York right now who have a lot doubts about his ability to win the primaries and the elections. A lot of Republicans.

In my opinion, what wins elections is a combination of firing up the base, and winning enough independents in key states. The GOP used the base brilliantly in both 2000 and 2004, but with these three as the likely candidates, I don’t think they can run that play again. And this phony turn to the right by all three (even Rudy is trying a little), will only expose them as inauthentic, both to their base and to the media, while at the same time, it will alienate independents.

If one of these three is the candidate, and Iraq is still the shithole is is today, I predict a blow-out….. a 1984, 1980, 1996 type election with huge swaths of the border states and southwest turning blue. Even one or two southern states could turn.

Not to mention the Senate, where 21 GOPers are up next time versus 12 Dems….

Cross-posted at Daily Kos