Archive for the ‘Election’ Category
Posted by nytexan on August 14, 2007
You really have to love the openness and straight talk from Elizabeth Edwards. In a recent interview she smacked down Hillary and Obama on a variety of issues but one important one for me was their lack of blocking the Iraq Funding Bill.
- NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic candidate John Edwards, lambastes his rival Barack Obama as “holier than thou” on the Iraq war and accuses Hillary Clinton of failing to show leadership on health care and Iraq.
- As her husband trails Clinton and Obama in national polls, Elizabeth Edwards has been an outspoken critic of his opponents. Last month, she said her husband would be a better champion for women as president than Clinton and more recently said, “We can’t make John black, we can’t make him a woman. Those things get you a lot of press, worth a certain amount of fundraising dollars.”
- In an interview published in the August issue of The Progressive magazine, Elizabeth Edwards complained about Obama, who opposed the war when he was a state legislator in Illinois but has voted for funds for the military.
- John Edwards, then a North Carolina senator, voted in 2002 to authorize the military invasion of Iraq. Since then, he has said his vote was a mistake. He also voted against several funding requests while in the Senate — but not all, as Elizabeth Edwards claimed in the interview.
- “And honestly, the other candidates?” Elizabeth Edwards asked. “Obama gives a speech that’s likely to be extraordinarily popular in his home district, and then comes to the Senate and votes for funding … So you are going to get people behaving in a holier-than-thou way. But John stood up when he was in the Senate for exactly the thing he’s asking these people to stand up for now.”
- Edwards also criticized both Obama and Clinton for not using their influence to line up additional votes to block an Iraq funding bill in May. The two senators were among just 13 Democrats to vote against the bill.
- “We’re electing the leader of the free world,” Elizabeth Edwards said. “They should have been making speeches about why it was they were doing this, and standing up and trying to rally. And they didn’t. They weren’t leaders.”
- On health care, Edwards said Obama’s plan for universal coverage was inadequate because it left 15 million uninsured. She also criticized Clinton for not producing a health care plan and for questioning whether there was sufficient “political will” to enact universal care.
- “Hillary is saying we need to develop a political will. She hasn’t been talking to people if she thinks we need to develop it. We do not. There is consensus on this issue,” Edwards said.
- Edwards even suggested Obama’s signature theme — a plea for hope and political unity — had been lifted from her husband’s 2004 presidential campaign.
- “You listen to the language of what people say, particularly Obama, who seems to be using a lot of John’s 2004 language,” Edwards said, noting that Obama’s media adviser, David Axelrod, worked for Edwards that year.
- Spokesmen for both Clinton and Obama declined to comment on the Elizabeth Edwards interview.
Posted in Clinton, Democrat, Edwards, Election, Elizabeth Edwards, Obama, Politics | 2 Comments »
Posted by bosskitty on August 13, 2007
Rove ‘more dangerous’ on the outside
Karl Rove may be leaving his roles as hard-nosed strategist and bookish policy expert in the Bush White House, but that doesn’t mean Democrats can rest easy.
“Karl outside the White House is more dangerous to Democrats than Karl inside the White House,” said Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, who was Al Gore’s campaign manager. Her view: He’ll have lots more free time now to dream up ways to boost President Bush’s standing, “rebrand” the GOP and conquer the 2008 electoral map.
Though Rove says he is not about to vanish from politics, the debate over the legacy of his unique dual role has begun. Some say he personifies the need to limit the power of White House political aides; others say he’s a model future presidents may want to emulate.
Rove is the epitome of intellect applied to evil goals … Rove incited Republicans into more unscrupulous behavior than they could have imagined on their own . . . He will remain the poster boy for political corruption until someone has the guts to indict him.
Posted in Bush, conspiracy, Contempt, Corruption, Deception, disinformation, DoubleSpeak, Election, Evil, Executive Branch, Hypocracy, Impeach, indictment, Inherent Contempt, intelligence, Karl Rove, Legacy, Orwellian, Politics, President, profiteers, Propaganda, Republican, RNC, Rove, The Divider, The Liar, threat, Vote, War Cost | 9 Comments »
Posted by nytexan on August 12, 2007
Just another nail in the coffin of Senator do nothing for Texas Cornyn. Democratic challenger Rick Noriega has just gained the largest supporter of Cornyn and the Republican Party. Texas republicans are turning their backs on the Cornyn and taking a stand for what’s right.
From Capital Annex:
- One of the top Hispanic Republicans in the nation says he cannot support U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the next election because of the position Texas’ junior senator has taken on immigration reform.
- Houston businessman Massey Villarreal told the Guardian he would instead back Democrat Rick Noriega, a state representative from Houston. Noriega is exploring a campaign for the U.S. Senate.
- “I have decided to support Rick Noriega for U.S. Senate as a Democrat. I just don’t think John Cornyn hears my community,” Villarreal said.
- “I know he (Cornyn) supports some issues that affect my community but immigration reform is one of the defining positions in my community. I have got to support what is good for my community. At the end of the day, regardless of party, we have to come home to our community, where we grew up in the grassroots.”
- A native of Corpus Christi, Villarreal is one of the top Hispanic Republicans in the country. Named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2002, Villarreal served as chairman of the board of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly for four terms.
- In 2000, Massey was named national Hispanic vice-chairman of the Bush/Cheney for President Campaign and deputy vice-chairman of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in 2000. He also served on the national steering committee for the Viva Bush Campaign.
- Villarreal has been given state appointments, with then-Gov. George W. Bush naming him to the Texas State University System board and Gov. Rick Perry asking him to head up the Texas Department of Economic Development.
- His company is Precision Task Group, a Houston-based systems integration firm.
- This shows just what kind of appeal Rick Noriega has to Texans of all types. Clearly, not only Noriega’s immigration stance but the fact he actually served on the U.S.-Mexico border are resonating with a lot of people.
Posted in Cornyn, Democrat, Election, GOP, Immigration, Massey Villarreal, News, Politics, Republican, Rick Noriega, Senate | Leave a Comment »
Posted by bosskitty on August 12, 2007
Rice ‘sways Musharraf on emergency’
LAHORE, Pakistan (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice helped persuade Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf to hold off declaring a state of emergency, high level Pakistani government sources said Thursday. Musharraf was said to be considering the move, which would bolster military rule and suspend democratic freedoms, amid security concerns that pose the biggest threat to army chief’s rule since he seized power in a coup in 1999. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Despite Musharraf’s apparent climbdown, senior U.S. military officials remain deeply concerned that the state of emergency remained a viable option for Pakistan’s leader, according to CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr.
Scared the US, huh, Bush was not ready to pull the inevitable terror debacle to declare his own ‘state emergency’. For Bush and Musharraf, the timing must be right. So, we must keep a close eye on Musharraf , he is our weather vane for the storm Bush has planned for us.
Musharraf’s State of Emergency By Ahmed Rashid, Washington Post
LAHORE, Pakistan — President Pervez Musharraf was on the verge of imposing a state of emergency in Pakistan last week before being stopped by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and civilian advisers. It is clear to all in this extremely tense country that power is rapidly flowing away from Musharraf, even as he desperately tries to find a way out of an impossible political impasse.
Bhutto wants to restore democracy
Independent Online, South Africa – Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has reiterated his opposition to the return of two exiled former prime ministers before parliamentary elections … in remarks broadcast on Sunday, ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto highlighted her party’s opposition to Pakistan having military leadership.
Timing of Bhutto return in dispute Sydney Morning Herald, Claudia Parsons
BENAZIR BHUTTO, the former prime minister and leader of Pakistan’s largest opposition party, said she hoped to return home by mid-October for elections in which she may ally with the President, Pervez Musharraf.
“I would like to go back to Pakistan sooner rather than later, but General Musharraf still is opposed to my return to Pakistan,” Bhutto said in New York on Saturday. “He’s prepared for my return to Pakistan but the timing of it is under dispute between the two of us.”
Musharraf wants exiled leaders to stay away Staff Reporter, Dawn, Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Aug 11: President Gen Pervez Musharraf on Saturday said the return of Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif to the country before the general election would disturb the political atmosphere, adding that they would be well-advised not to insist on coming home.
Bhutto, fly in the ointment?
Posted in Bhutto, Bush, Cheney, cover up, Cowboys and Indians, crimes, Crooks, dictatorship, Disaster, disinformation, DoubleSpeak, Election, Excuses, executive privilege, Fear, Holy War, Hypocracy, Islamabad, Islamic Jihad, Lal Masjid, Legacy, Musharraf | Leave a Comment »
Posted by bosskitty on August 11, 2007
AMES, Iowa–A top fund-raiser for Mitt Romney who was indicted this week in Maryland on a $32 million fraud scheme has resigned from his position with the campaign as a national finance committee co-chair, a spokesman for Mr. Romney said.
A federal grand jury in Maryland unsealed its 23-count indictment of the fund-raiser, Alan B. Fabian, 43, on Thursday for money laundering, mail fraud, bankruptcy fraud, perjury and obstruction of justice.
Mr. Fabian, who had been one of 35 co-chairs on Mr. Romney’s national finance committee, allegedly ran up $32 million in fake purchases with his consulting company, Maximus Inc., based in northern Virginia, and pocketed the money for himself. He became a “bundler,” one of those who commit to bringing in large sums through their own networks of donors, for Mr. Romney’s campaign back in January, having previously served as a major fundraiser for George W. Bush.
Mr. Fabian contributed the maximum of $2,300 to Mr. Romney’s candidacy. The campaign will be returning his contribution, said Eric Fehrnstrom, a Romney campaign spokesman.
“We have accepted Mr. Fabian’s resignation from his unpaid, volunteer position on the national finance committee,” he said in a statement.
You won’t find this on the front page of Main Scream Media. Notice, Mr. Fabian was a major fund raiser for King George, too. Don’t remember that one making news either. Wonder what kind of perks Mr. Fabian received from the ‘A-Bomb-A-Nation’, above the law, doesn’t apply to me, executive privilege, Republican Dick-tatorship. Probably a ‘no-bid’ contract to launder money. The ‘I’m special and your not’ idiots running this country, are sharing their ‘how-to’ manual with the Romney Family Campaign Association. Of course they accept Fabian’s resignation, but I do not hear any apologies for using a criminal to squeeze voter’s pockets. So what if his buddies are criminals, as long as they have money.
Posted in Accountability, Ames Straw Poll, candidates, contributions, Corporate corruption, Corruption, Crooks, Election, ethics, Fundraisers, Hypocracy, Legacy, Mitt Romney, Politics, polls, Republican, resonsibility, Romney | Leave a Comment »
Posted by nytexan on August 11, 2007
John McCain campaign manager Rick Davis released this statement in response to McCain’s de minimis showing in the Ames Straw Poll: “Over the past eight months John McCain has met with Iowans across the state, built a broad base of support, and demonstrated why he is the most prepared candidate to lead America from day one.
“We are fully committed to competing successfully in the Iowa caucuses, and we look forward to continuing to campaign aggressively in the Hawkeye State.”
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Posted by nytexan on August 11, 2007
Iowa Independent; by: Chase Martyn Saturday (08/11) at 20:23 PM
Results coming in now:
UPDATE ON VOTE NUMBERS:
14,302 ballots cast
11th place: John Cox (41 votes, 0.3%)
10th place: John McCain (101 votes, 0.7%)
9th place: Duncan Hunter (174 votes, 1.2%)
8th place: Rudy Giuliani (183 votes, 1.3%)
7th place: Fred Thompson (203 votes, 1.4%)
6th place: Tommy Thompson (1,039 votes, 7.3%)
5th place: Ron Paul (1,305 votes, 9.1%)
4th place: Tom Tancredo (1,961 votes, 13.7%)
3rd place: Sam Brownback (2,192 votes, 15.3%)
2nd place: Mike Huckabee (2,587 votes, 18.1%)
1st place: Mitt Romney (4,516 votes, 31.6%)
FIRST SET OF VOTES POSTED:
14,302 ballots cast
11th place: John Cox (41 votes)
10th place: John McCain (101 votes)
9th place: Duncan Hunter
8th place: Rudy Giuliani
7th place: Fred Thompson
6th place: Tommy Thompson (1039 votes)
5th place: Ron Paul (1305 votes, 9.1%)
4th place: Tom Tancredo (1961 votes, 13.7%)
3rd place: Sam Brownback (2192 votes)
2nd place: Mike Huckabee (2587 votes)
1st place: Mitt Romney (4516 votes)
I wonder if there is anything behind Romney winning since this was recorded yesterday:
Last night, at the pre-Straw Poll “Ronstock” concert at the Bali Satay House in Ames,a Ron Paul volunteer played back a recording of competing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney joking about cheating in a State Fair popularity contest, stuffing the ballot box in Ames, and dodging questions across the state
Posted in Election, GOP, Iowa, News, Republican, Romney, Ron Paul, Sam Brownback, Straw Poll, Tom Tancredo, Vote | 5 Comments »
Posted by nytexan on August 10, 2007
First let me say that for some reason BossKitty’s post on HRC Democratic Candidate Forum is not showing the comment number, however, there are several good comments posted.
Now my thoughts; I liked the intimate forum but the time for each candidate seemed very short. Wrong move for Dodd and Binden as no shows……hmmmm trying to keep those conservative happy. If you’re going to talk about being an inclusive president then show up and prove it.
Obama: He used the word semantics for “marriage” and “civil unions”; however he was in full support for all legal rights to gay couples. That translated to me has all 1100+ federal marriage rights into law. He seemed to connect and understand the fight. I personally got a different view of him last night.
Edwards: Well he just seemed flat uncomfortable to be around gays. I think Elizabeth made him attend. The huge revelation to him about the gay youth facility in L.A., well John you need to get out in the community more. His religion seems to weight to heavy on his view of gay marriage. That’s a big issue since we’ve had a religious zealot in office for the past 7 years. Edwards needs to finish his journey and come back in a future campaign.
Kucinich: What can I say, he had all the right answers and he has been fighting the fight for a long time. He’s all about his belief in our founding documents and the true meaning of the words equal rights. He has the right ideas; he’s on the right track but is our country ready for a forward evolved thinker that we saw last night. It would be refreshing.
Richardson: Well let’s just say he should stay in New Mexico. He looked uncomfortable and out of place. He probably did more damage to himself showing up. Richardson would have been a good bathroom break.
Gravel: He was himself. He is for full marriage and thinks this will be a non issue in 5 years. I think he was a bit out there on that. We all know he won’t make it but the nice having about Gravel showing up is he gets in the face of the other candidates.
Hillary: Too smug, too self confident that she has the election in the bag. Her statement “I strongly support states rights determining gay marriage,” is she kidding me. Many states tried to change their constitutions against gays. What freaking country does she live in? She uses the line “I’m your girl” funny she said the same thing at the AFL-CIO debate. I wonder if she said that at the NAACP forum. Personally I’m not going for the Bush/Clinton dynasty. A vote for change is not a vote for Hillary.
Here are poll results from LOGO:
39% Barack Obama
25% Dennis Kucinich
18% Hillary Clinton
9% Mike Gravel
7% John Edwards
3% Bill Richardson
Posted in candidates, Clinton, Democrat, Dodd, Edwards, Election, gay, Gravel, Headlines, Hillary, Kucinich, LGBT, National, Obama, Politics, Richardson | 8 Comments »
Posted by nytexan on August 10, 2007
This is from Iowa Independent who is live blogging from the Ames Straw Poll.
- Iowa Democratic Party Communications Director Carrie Giddins just sent out this entertaining press release in the lead-up to the Republican Party of Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll this Saturday:
Since the Ames Straw Poll is an all day event in the middle of an Iowa August featuring candidates rehashing the failed policies of George Bush, the Iowa Democratic Party wanted to give reporters a reason to stay awake and pay attention throughout the day. Consider it free amusement, in case the candidates are not enough.
Below are some fun things to look for at the Straw Poll and the number of times the IDP thinks each will happen. Enjoy!*
|Percentage of Republicans Hoping for Another Choice (or “None of the Above”)
|Romney Flip-Flops (Just on Saturday)
|Appearances by Flip the Dolphin
|Former McCain Staffers Looking for Work
|Times Someone Calls Themselves A True Conservative
|Times Romney Surrounds Himself with Family
|Ronald Reagan Mentions
|George Bush Mentions
|Support for Bush’s Unpopular Iraq Surge
|Islamic Terrorist Mentions
|Osama Bin Laden Mentions
|Fake Police Badges Worn by Romney Staffers
|People Wishing Alan Keyes Was Running
|References to Ethanol
|Romney “Volunteers” Paid by the Campaign
|Republican Candidates Taking Iowa Seriously
*While we do not sanction gambling, friendly wagers are encouraged.
Posted in Ames Straw Poll, candidates, Election, Iowa, Politics | 2 Comments »
Posted by nytexan on August 10, 2007
In a recent CNN/Opinion Poll Giuliani seems to be leading the GOP candidates. That’s pretty sad considering Giuliani only has one day in his political career to stand on, 9/11. It’s interesting that prior to that day, anyone west of NYC probably couldn’t tell you who the mayor was, but GOP supporters have made a hero out of a guy who actually failed New York City.
Giuliani came into office not long after the first World Trade Center attack and he was made very aware of the needs of the first responders. However, Giuliani did nothing to supply the equipment, enact a plan or prepare the citizens of New York City for future events. And still he’s the hero of the GOP.
- WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is leading the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls, supported by 29 percent of respondents in a poll released Friday.
- Unannounced candidate former Sen. Fred Thompson is close behind with 22 percent, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll. Sen. John McCain of Arizona is a distant third with 16 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had 12 percent support.
- Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee follow with 3 percent each; Reps. Ron Paul of Texas and Tom Tancredo of Colorado with 2 percent; and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson with 1 percent.
- However, if former House Speaker Newt Gingrich joins the race, Giuliani’s support would drop slightly, to 27 percent, and Thompson’s to 19 percent, poll results showed. Gingrich would have 12 percent support, the survey found.
- Forty-four percent of the 357 registered voters who describe themselves as Republican or independents leaning Republican said they believe Giuliani is the most likable among the GOP candidates, and another 44 percent said they believe he has the best chance of beating the Democratic nominee come November 2008.
I don’t think people would find him so likable if they knew what a police state he ran in New York. Or, “Before picking up the “hero” moniker, Giuliani was commonly referred to in the city he governed as a “fascist” and a “thug.” These accusations didn’t just come from civil libertarians. Former New York Mayor Ed Koch likened Giuliani to the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. According to Koch, Giuliani “uses the levers of power to punish any critic.” Koch went on to explain, “He doesn’t have that right—that’s why the First Amendment is so important.”
- And 35 percent said they believe Giuliani is a strong leader, with 30 percent saying he is qualified to be president. On those questions, McCain comes in second place, with 20 percent and 29 percent, respectively.
I suppose one day counts for something!
- Asked which candidate is most honest, 22 percent picked Giuliani, 18 percent selected McCain and Thompson.
Honesty doesn’t become you Giuliani, remember how you took all your papers as mayor and place them in the private sector.
Mr. Giuliani’s decision to by-pass the Department of Records and Information Services sends the wrong message to government officials not only in New York but across America—that message being that it is perfectly reasonable and ethical to treat public records as private property. The records under scrutiny here were created during Mr. Giuliani’s tenure as mayor of New York City and are therefore public records.
Well guess that’s fitting since the GOP seems to be very against open government. After all that requires honesty.
The poll, which had a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points, was conducted by telephone Monday through Wednesday.
Posted in 9/11, candidates, Election, Giuliani, GOP, Politics, Republican | 1 Comment »