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November 08, 2006


And, as many have observed, the fact is that the public is getting tired of the culture wars. In South Dakota they defeated the draconian abortion ban the Legislature passed. In Arizona and Colorado extreme gay marriage/civil union bans lost. Stem cells passed in MO.

The Dems aren't going to get into these issues except where they are comfprtably in the majority, such as stem cell research and support for family planning at home and abroad. It won't matter that Bob Casey is anti-abortion because it won't come up for a vote. But the minimum wage will, and he is solid on that.

I'm happy, but not ebullient, there is much hard work to do. I'd like another 10 house seats and another 6 or 7 Senate seats.

I'm strangely confident in Pelosi; I think she'll do a decent job.

Casey's anti-abortion stand matters because we need him to be ok with stem cells if we're going to have enough votes in the Senate to override an anti-research veto. But as you say, stem cell research is an area where there is a comfortable majority in public opinion.

Do you really think it's "the public... getting tired of the culture wars" or just the mainstream honestly catching up to what were progressive positions?

Bush capitulates already. Rumsfeld out as Sec Def, replaced by Rovbert Gates, fmr head of the CIA, close to Bush the father, and a member of the Baker-Hamilton Commission.

Howard Fineman just described this (paraphrasing) as Bush being taken captive by his father's people and the Old Boys at the CIA. Good thing Cheney went hunting.

I look for some changed votes on stem cells in light of the widespread loses last night. Remember the Gang of 21 GOPers in the Senate who have to face the voters in two years or resign.
And every GOP House member who won has to run again in 2 years.

My reading of the tea leaves is that the American people wanted a change of policy in Iraq, economic benefits for the middle amd lower classes including affordable healthcare and better wages, rewamping the pay-to-play lobbyist DC scheme, tighter control over corruption and better governance.

An observation is that Bush and his abuse of power and the DC Dem establishment wimpish Repub-lite approach have been repudiated by the voters. What I find very interesting is that Rahm/Schumer's "centrist Repub-lite" candidates by and large lost and the grassroots candidates with limited DC party backing won.

The lesson for 2008 is for the grassroots/netroots to get out in front and early and support real salt of the earth candidates with the political philosophy of the region in the primaries. The DC Dem establishment of the Rahm/Schumer will once again play to the DC conventional wisdom by backing corporatist/KSt candidates. Grassroots/netroots candidates can win. They need to be supported early and in every region of the country.

For the 2008 Presidential primary the grassroots/netroots need to coalesce early on a candidate. That, IMO, is a candidate that has a clear plan to withdraw from Iraq and bring stability to the Middle East. It cannot be a cnadidate with baggage of a vote to authorize the Iraq occupation. A candidate with a populist and fairness economic message and a libertarian message on social issues and government intervention in peoples lives. If the grassroots/netroots is split on the Presidential candidates then the DC Dem establishment candidate personified in Hillary with their money and corporate media support will win and lose the general election as they always have.

We should not forget the lessons from this mid-term cycle. The American people will elect candidates with courage of conviction and a progressive/libertarian message.

McNerney, Carol-Shea Porter, Yarmuth, Gillibrand, Waltz, Tester, Webb, etc. They won despite the DC Dem establishment, the corporate media and the right wing attack machine. Let's keep that in mind.

What the real need is to groom a successor for '08 (a new entrant), or they're probably in deeper trouble. If I were one of them, I'd be afraid of an open primary with no clear favorite, which is what we will now have.

Ok, I'm having fun, you heard it here first: Robert Gates will be the '08 GOP nominee, as long as he is a practicing Christian or can fake that. His portfolio is perfect, he's got the connections.


I can agree somewhat with most of what you have said, with one notable exception which I will pose as a question to you.

Do you really think that Democrats as a class are just such superior human beings? I think that if that were so, there would be no Republican President, and there would not have been a congress and a senate for the Democrats to retake.

Overstatements of superiority are just indications that trouble lies just immediately ahead.

People are people, Mimikatz. And that is both good and bad.

I've lost track. Who will be the new Republican leadership in the Senate and the House?


Mitch McConnell in Senate and open fight in the House.

ab initio, thanks. predictions for house?


Hastert has indicated that he won't run for minority Leader. Apparently he didn't want to run for office again, but Bush pressured him (just like Foley didn't want to run again, and got arm-twisted into holding the safe seat). Public scrutiny is focussing on his household relationships, Foley can't stay in rehab forever, and a bruising fight will unearth more than the highway built to improve his land values. If Hastert backs out quietly, he can spend more time fishing and less time talking to lawyers.

Boehner is angling and positioning for the job... but tobacco money and other bribery scams might make him unpalateable to the Republicans if they sense that a mop and bucket of soapy water is facing Congress. A cleaning crew with momentum is apt to attack every spot of dirt and every stain.

For the Senate? I suspect that there are a lot of phone calls today as various scenarios are being played out. However, given the lack of planning on Iraq, I doubt if the Republicans have given much thought to the changed structure of government here.

The committees and chairmanships are going to affect what legislation gets passed and what gets halted in its tracks. If we aren't spending $6 billion a month in false wars on the other side of the planet, we can do a lot to pay down the debts and rebuild this country. The new leadership positions are going to be vital in shepherding bills rather than simply rubberstamping them.


If people in Cheney's office start to leave for the private sector, we're seeing a real intervention by Poppy's Spook Faction.

I think they are going to try to anoint an '08 candidate sometime next year by putting him(/her?) in the VP's office. And it won't be Allen!

woo hoo

we got the first head on a pike

two more to go

thanks for uniting us mr bush

Do you really think that Democrats as a class are just such superior human beings?

I don't think of it in that way

it ain't that Democrats are superior as human beings

Democrats are just superior in inteligence and morallity

the repuglicans lead in other catagories, ie lying, hypocrisy, self delusion, etc

consider the goals of the two parties

Democrats want to restore America

repuglicans want to keep george bush out of a war criminal's prison cell

that is a BIG difference

Republicans Blame Election Losses on Democrats:

Republican officials are blaming tonight's GOP losses on Democrats, who they claim have engaged in a wide variety of "aggressive, premeditated, anti-Republican campaigns" over the past six-to-18 months. "We have evidence of a well-organized, well-funded series of operations designed specifically to undermine our message, depict our past performance in a negative light, and drive Republicans out of office," said Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, who accused an organization called the Democratic National Committee of spearheading the nationwide effort. "There are reports of television spots, print ads, even volunteers going door-to-door encouraging citizens to vote against us." Acknowledging that the "damage has already been done," Mehlman is seeking a promise from Democrats to never again engage in similar practices.

I predict the US military will still be in Iraq in 2016, that the defense budget will continue to grow, and that military aid to Israel is increased annually.

Jodi, I don't think the Dems are inherently superior human beings. There was a time early in my life when there were Southern Dem Senators who had plantations that they worked with convict labor, hardly better than slavery, and some very smart, moderate Rockefeller Republicans.

But over the last 30 years the leadership of the GOP was taken over by men who got their start under Nixon and/or in bare- knuckles politics in the College Republicans, and they became completely mesmerized by the desire for power. And that power corrupted them further when they got it. They also made an unhealthy and unholy alliance with conservative Christians, to the detriment of both sides. That's why so many one-time Republicans have gone over to the Dems, at least for the moment. I think it is also uncontrovertible that Democrats care more about governing because they believe that government can actually work.

I see a real difference between GOP leaders and followers. Not to put too fine a point on it, the leaders have basically screwed the followers and served only the wealthy over the past 6 years.

It seems to me that the notable thing about the Dem House majority elected yesterday is that it will not be beholden to racist old Southern white guys. That's big news. The Republicans are the party of the racist old white guys and they simply are not America anymore -- and will be even less so in the future.

And re the subject of the post: it was precisely the places where DC Dems tried to put over candidates who appealed to the racist old Southern white guy constituency that we did not succeed yesterday. Look at the Florida races. Republicans-lite didn't cut it.

What the Republicans managed to do in the past six years is to really unite the Democrats on the issues that are most important to us: habeas corpus and more generally civil liberties, a professional civil service (recall that Bush wanted full authority to hire and fire anyone at will), social security, and some kind of universal health care. The war is more divisive; the cultural issues more divisive still. But being out of power for a dozen years concentrates the mind. The next years, assuming we get the presidency, are going to be years of restoration. Even that will be progress. We lost eight years. You can't get them back.

Each of us will fight for our personal agenda: mine is spending caps on campaign expenditures to get the big money out of politics. It won't go through, and that's true for a lot of other people's pet project. But should be able to protect and expand the core.

HA HA! The first head on the pile! That was great. I always enjoy Freepat's quips.

I voted early and was on a plane to LA during the elections (lots of happy coasters out here), and was able to watch very late coverage. Just can't say how happy I am today. All the marbles were on the table. The third round in three pivitol battles for our nation and our democracy, and Democracy Lives!!!!

DemfromCT thanks for all the great posts and hope during what was, I felt, a very dark and dangerous time. History has turned, it's that big. We may have saved our country from becoming a one party, even Facists, state and I have High Hope for the future.

These blogs do matter and I believe had a great deal to do with Democratic victory. I know there is much work to do. We must hold our party accountable in a way the Repubs would, even could (intellectually), not. But just for a moment all of you bask in glory, know you matter, know you took part, know you did your part to change history, to turn the world again away from a gather darkness. You did that. All of you. Miles are covered an inch at a time. History is changed an idea, a comment, a discussion at a time. You matter - You glorious fools!

I'm just a broke assed writer, these days. But this year, poorer than I have ever been and I gave monthly to the dems. More than I ever gave before back when I had money. All together, it wasn't so much, but I know many of you gave a buck or two here and there as well. It's the best money I ever spent. Me and you, and a million other people gave little bits of treasure and and little bits of thought, and we mattered and I am SO PROUD!

So I did a quick scan and perhaps I missed it, sorry if I did, but to all of you - CONGRATULATIONS you Gods of Democracy, you keepers of the peace, you grand men and women of concience and action. Democracy lives - You are it's blood.

its blood. Duh. Now you know why I'm a broke assed writer - paying for proof reading.


New Democrat Coalition seems to be the proper name. i.e. NYt

I was just saying "New Democrat."

Now that our side has a majority in both houses they should actually USE the subpeona power and launch a REAL independent investigation into 9/11.

One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying "We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]". Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I've ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four "pilots" among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake "pilot" of the bunch. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports. These "hijackers" somehow managed to board all four airliners with their tickets, yet not even ONE got his name on any of the flight manifests. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn't work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn't work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won't let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you "aren't supposed to think about". Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name, more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn't respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn't happen, not even close. Somehow these "hijackers" must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that is not at all like a jumbo jet, but didn't have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were "supposed to see". Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these "hijackers" wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn't even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying "We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down" attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers' magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be "Muslim hijackers" the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don't laugh) one of their passports was "found" a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously "surviving" the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also "survived" the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be "indestructable" like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn't bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Further making themselves look guilty, the Bush administration steadfastly refused for over a year to allow a commission to investigate 9/11 to even be formed, only agreeing to it on the conditions that they get to dictate its scope, meaning it was based on the false pretense of the "official story" being true with no other alternatives allowed to be considered, handpicked all its members making sure the ones picked had vested interests in the truth remaining buried, and with Bush and Cheney only "testifying" together, only for an hour, behind closed doors, with their attorneys present and with their "testimonies" not being recorded by tape or even written down in notes. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastic far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the "nineteen hijackers" is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

Debunking Popular Mechanics lies:
someone else debunking Popular Mechanics crap:
still more debunking Poopular Mechanics:
and still more debunking of Popular Mechanics:

Poopular Mechanics staff replaced just before laughable “debunking” article written:
another neo-con 9/11 hit piece explodes, is retracted:
Professor Steven Jones debunks the N.I.S.T. “report” as well as the F.E.M.A. one and the 9/11 commission "report":
N.I.S.T. scientist interviewed:
F.B.I. says no hard evidence linking Osama bin Laden to 9/11 which is why his wanted poster says nothing about 9/11:
Fire Engineering magazine says important questions about the Twin Tower “collapses” still need to be addressed:http://fe.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?Section=OnlineArticles&SubSection=Display&PUBLICATION_ID=25&ARTICLE_ID

Twin Towers’ construction certifiers say they should have easily withstood it:
USA Today interview with the last man out of the South Tower, pursued by a fireball:
Janitor who heard explosions and escaped has testimony ignored by 9/11 whitewash commission:
Janitor starts speaking out about it and his apartment is burglarized, laptop stolen:
Firefighters tell of multiple explosions:
Eyewitnesses tell of explosions:
Interview with another firefighter telling of explosions:
Firefighter saw “sparkles” (strobe lights on detonators?) before “collapse”:
Other eyewitnesses talk of seeing/hearing explosions:
Surviving eyewitnesses talk of multiple explosions there:
Cutter charge explosions clearly visible:
The pyroclastic wave (that dust cloud that a second before was concrete) and how it wouldn’t be possible without explosives:
Detailed description of the demolition of the Twin Towers:
Freefall rate of “collapses” math:
More about their freefall rate “collapses”:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of WTC # 7 building:
Photos of the Pentagon’s lawn (look at these and see if you can tell me with a straight face that a jumbo jet crashed there):
More photos of this amazing lawn at the Pentagon:
Very unconvincing fake “Osama” “confession” tape:
More about the fake “Osama” tape:
Fake “Mohammed Atta” “suicide” letter:
Commercial pilots disagree with “official” 9/11 myth:
More commercial jet pilots say “official” myth is impossible:
Impossibility of cell phone calls from United 93:
More about the impossible cell phone calls:
Experiment proves cell phone calls were NOT possible from anywhere near the altitude the “official” myth has them at:
Fake Barbara Olson phone call:
Where the hell was the Air Force?
More about the Air Force impotence question:
Sept. 10th 2001, Pentagon announces it is “missing” $2.3 trillion (now why do you think they picked THAT day to announce it? So it could be buried the next day by 9/11 news):
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan:
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan mentioned:
More on Unocal Afghan pipeline:
The attack on Afghanistan was planned in the summer of 2001, months before 9/11:
Pentagon deliberately misled 9/11 Commission:
9/11 whitewash Commission and NORAD day:
The incredible fish tales of the 9/11 Commission examined:
Jeb Bush declares state of emergency 4 days before 9/11 for Florida, saying it will help respond to terrorism:
Steel debris removal from Ground Zero, destruction of evidence:
Over two hundred incriminating bits of 9/11 evidence shown in the mainstream media:
Tracking the “hijackers”:
“Hijacker” patsies:
“Hijackers” receiving flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station:
No Arabs on Flight 77:
Flight manifests (tell me if you find any Arabs):
Thirty experts say “official” 9/11 myth impossible:
“Al Qaeda” website tracks back to Maryland:
Al Qaeda videos uploaded from U.S. government website:
Operation: Northwoods, a plan for a false-flag “terror” attack to be blamed on Castro to use it as a pretext for America to invade Cuba, thankfully not approved by Kennedy back in 1962 but was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sent to his desk:

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